Cleaning Up Candy Stains

If you have kids, then you know your kids just can’t seem to keep food in their mouths, especially candy! The worst place they can spill the candy is on your precious carpet. Candy contains a variety of dies and plenty of sugar to make it a hassle to get off carpets. If sticky candy lands on your synthetic or wool carpet, DO NOT just rip it off, as the carpet fibers will rip.

First of all, if you have a sticky piece of candy stuck to your carpet, you’ll need to scrape it off with something like a butter knife. Scrape off as much of the sticky candy off the carpet as you can. Once you’re done carefully scraping off as much of the candy as you can, continue the cleaning procedure by blotting the area with a wet paper towel. Next, you will need to use a clean cloth dipped in distilled white vinegar. The vinegar will help in dissolving the remainder of the sticky candy residue.

At this point, the candy should be removed from the carpet. You should then flush the newly cleaned patch of carpet with water, and just allow the area to dry at its own pace. Remember that store-bought house-cleaners can also help get off sticky candy stains. Once your kids get older, print out guidelines of how to clean spills/stains and slap it on their bedroom door!

Make Your Kitchen Look Larger

Does your kitchen look small and insignificant? Well, if you’re a guy then you probably don’t really care; however, if your wife or lady-friend wants you to spruce it up then we’ve got some tips for you! Just like a movie or TV set, there are plenty of tricks that can make a room look bigger.

Here are just several tips that you can use to make your kitchen look larger:

  1. Replacing the cabinet doors with glass doors will help the eye focus into the cabinet, giving more depth to the wall.

  2. If you paint your kitchen walls white, you’ll definitely make your kitchen seem to look bigger than it really is. It will give a sense of “space” in the room by reflecting more light.

  3. Instead of always using artificial light, let it more natural light.

  4. Geometric angles and clean lines for surface areas of the kitchen will make the kitchen look bigger.

  5. There are particular floor patterns that will make the floor look longer and wider. For example, over-sized diamonds with diagonal lines will allow the eye to follow a longer path.

  6. This is the most simple one: cleaning up the clutter in the kitchen! It’s simple, but it can be severely overlooked.

Homemade Cleaning Solutions

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Home cleaning solutions from the store can slowly bite away at your wallet. There are a couple of home cleaning solutions you can make yourself, probably with ingredients you already have, and all you have to purchase is a spray bottle that cost less than a dollar (unless you already have one).

Mix: 1 cup white vinegar + 1 cup of water.

With this mix you can clean bathrooms, counter-tops, floors and other exterior surfaces. If you’re going to use this mixtures for tougher exterior surfaces, like shower walls, you can heat the homemade cleaning solution until it’s a little hot. This will help the solution be more effective in breaking down the residue.

Mix: make a paste of baking soda + water

This mix can be used for tougher grime and mildew. Apply this paste to an exterior surface and leave it there for 10-15 minutes. This will soften the soap scum and mildew, making it easier for you to wipe away.

Another thing you can use baking soda for is slow-running drains. Pour about 1/2 to ¾ of a cup of baking soda into the drain, along with just the right amount of water to wash the solution. After 2 or more hours, flush the drain with hot water. Not only will this clean the drain, but it will also deodorize it! Baking soda is always a miracle worker of sorts, and this is just touching the surface of what baking soda can do.