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Spring Cleaning The Air Inside Your Home

 

Even the best vacuum cleaners can stir up dirt and dust into the air while you clean your home. High speed carpet brushes and vacuum exhausts can spread pollutants, pollen, dust mites, and other bacteria throughout your home while you clean. These unwanted dirt particles can settle on freshly cleaned surfaces and can even increase symptoms related to allergic reactions.

Reduce the amount of dust inside your home while spring cleaning by utilizing your central air conditioning and heating system. Simply switch your thermostat to the “fan” or “fan on” setting while you clean to filter the air.

Your system’s filter will work as a whole-house air cleaner and can be more effective than smaller freestanding devices because a larger volume of air can pass through it. If maintained and operated properly, your system should catch most visible dust particles before recirculating


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Toilet Cleaning Tips

 

Cleaning your bathroom can be a daunting task and maintaining a clean toilet ranks as one of the least pleasant experiences for any homeowner. Here are 4 toilet cleaning tips that keep brand name chemical cleaners on the shelf and reduce the cost to clean your latrine.

 

 

Kool-Aid: Generously coat your toilet bowl with a cheap packet of lemonade flavored Kool-Aid. Allow the powdered drink mix to sit for 30 minutes and simply flush away the grime and stains.

 

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Faster Defrost - Car under snow

Faster Defrost

January 12, 2016 1 Comment
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Depending on the temperature and the situation, here are a few tips to help defrost your car windows faster.


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Sappy Holiday Hack

December 14, 2015 2 Comments
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If you find your hands sticky from pine tree sap after decorating for the holidays or after putting up a freshly cut family Christmas tree, turn to toothpaste for relief instead of soap.


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For those who use dryer sheets, there’s a trick that still works with used sheets. I’d suggest doubling up the number of sheets … just to make sure there’s enough of the “non-stickiness” to do the job.


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Removing Foul Freezer Odors

Foul odors permeating from your freezer can ruin any appetite and cause fresh foods to become infected with horrible scents. Such unpleasant odors in your freezer may be the result of decaying, spoiled, or improperly stored odoriferous foods and may be difficult to remove.


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Bathroom faucets can be magnets for stains and water spots. Keep your bathroom faucets shiny and water spot free longer by rubbing them down with wax paper after you clean. The paper’s texture will help polish off spots that normal cleaning misses and the wax will help repeal new water stains and keep your fixture shiny!


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We show you how to identify the 3 primary types of residential plungers and provide insight on which type you should use depending on your plumbing problem.

Need a professional plumber? Learn more about the plumbing, heating, and air conditioning services …


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Changing the Batteries on Your Thermostat

Programmable control centers or thermostats such as this Honeywell Vision PRO 8000 are great system accessories that allow homeowners to have complete control over their heating and cooling systems. They allow the user to manually adjust the temperature of their home at the push of a button or to set up an automatic schedule that will ensure their system operates at peak efficiency to save them money.

 


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Tired of food sticking to your grill? Pre-heat your grill so it’s hot. Then cut a raw potato in half and use a fork to rub the cut side of the potato over the grill. The starch from the potato forms a barrier between the food and the grill creating a non-stick surface which keeps fragile food like fish from falling apart and makes clean-up a breeze!


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Throw smelly beach towels into your washing machine and fill with hot water, add 1 cup of vinegar and run the load through the entire wash cycle. Once complete, add ½ cup of baking soda and run a complete cycle again with hot water. The vinegar will break up any water mineral deposits on the fabric that may lead to mildew and the baking soda will neutralize any additional odors and stains.


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Horizon How-To: Gum Be Gone

Gum Be Gone

March 26, 2015 No Comments
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Remove sticky chewing gum from the sole of your shoe by placing your shoe into a plastic bag and pressing the plastic firmly against the gum. Make sure the gum has adhered to the plastic and place the bagged shoe into your freezer. Let your shoe chill out for 2-3 hours and when you remove it, the frozen gum should stick to the plastic leaving your sole clean. If there is any gum residue remaining, use WD-40 to loosen and remove it.


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If you discover that your old rolls of masking tape have dried out and lost their adhesive qualities – don’t give up hope! Place the tape on a paper towel in your microwave for 10-20 seconds, and they should work as if they are new again.


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Horizon How-To: Skip The Scrape By Horizon Services

Skip The Scrape

January 26, 2015 No Comments
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The night before a frosty morning, mix three parts white vinegar and one part water into a small spray bottle. Spray the mixture liberally over your windshield, side windows, and back glass. Wipe off your vehicle’s now covered windows with a squeegee or old rag. In the morning you will find a frost-free car (or at least one with a small amount of easily removable frost)! Avoid using hot water as it may damage your windshield.


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If you drop your mobile phone into a puddle of wintry slush or even into your toilet, you’ll need to act quickly to remove all water from the device if you hope to salvage it. Remove the battery and power off your device; remove all visible water with a dry towel, and then look toward your pantry for rice. Dry rice is a desiccant, which means that it absorbs water from the air around it. When placed in a sealed container with your device for at least 48 hours, the rice will absorb water from the air, creating a state where the water in the phone evaporates quickly. This may not always work, but it’s worth a shot!


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