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Save Water and Clean at the same time

After washing dishes, there's always extra water on the counter, so I use a paper towel to clean it up then wash the rest of the counters with it. This prevents me from turning on the faucet and waiting for it to get hot/cold and wasting the water just so I can wash the counters.

- Submitted by BELLE04 3/26/2010 in Around The House | 2 Comments

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Magic Erasers for Tubs

Using a magic eraser to clean the tub takes a lot of the elbow work out of removing the residue. Magic Erasers are perfect for almost all household scrubbing, but I have found them particularly helpful when trying to get water spot, residue or rust stains removed from the tub/shower.

- Submitted by BROOKEX1 3/26/2010 in Around The House | 5 Comments

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Dorm room cleaning

When my dorm room gets out of control and quite a bit messy, putting on good tunes while I clean makes me more inclined to not only just clean, but more inclined to dance while I clean, which adds some cardio to my day, and makes cleaning fun!

- Submitted by TWUJEW 3/26/2010 in Around The House | 0 Comments

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Motivating Pictures

I love to come home from work, put a cup of tea out, set some music, and grab my pictures. I spend 10-15 minutes looking at pictures, drinking my tea, with music I love in the background. It's a great way to relax when you leave work at work and switch to family life.

- Submitted by CASSIOEPIA 3/26/2010 in Around The House | 1 Comment

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Recycle

If you recycle everything you can the garbage bags are a lot lighter and trash is less likely to bust out all over the floor.

- Submitted by AMYRWATSON 3/26/2010 in Around The House | 2 Comments

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Bakiing Soda

Baking soda can be used in copious ways, bought in large amt, not harmful to humans, pets, environment. Whitens teeth, a rise in your wash, a deodorizer, make play clay for kids. The list is endless. Look up recipes on line, buy it in bulk. Be surprised how much money you can save. emoticon

- Submitted by NEWKID54 3/25/2010 in Around The House | 1 Comment

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Ant problem?

Ants hate the smell of cinnamon. If ants are invading your house, sprinkling cinnamon where they are coming in does a good job of getting them to go somewhere else and not bother you anymore.

- Submitted by PENNYE42 3/25/2010 in Around The House | 6 Comments

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Orange spray keeps the bugs away

If you have a spider or flying insect problem around your house, orange spray - or orange oil will get rid of them and keep them away. You can find orange oil at your local home improvement store.

- Submitted by TRISHREYES 3/25/2010 in Around The House | 3 Comments

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walking the stairs

I've added as one of my goals to walk upstairs a total of ten times a day. I never went unless I had a reason. Now I consciously count the times I go up. I don't count going down. emoticon

- Submitted by PENTACLE9 3/25/2010 in Around The House | 7 Comments

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"Cleanercise"

While cleaning up I always try and find an excerise I can do while doing chores. Washing dishes "leg lifts", Dusting, "lunges", washing clothes "running in place", hanging up clothes on the line "squats"...See how many you can come up with while cleanercising. emoticon

- Submitted by GANNY2 3/25/2010 in Around The House | 4 Comments
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