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Easy microwave cleaning

To clean your microwave fast, wet a washcloth and place in microwave, turn on for 1 minute and wipe it down. emoticon

- Submitted by GIRLGETTINGFIT 5/31/2014 in Around The House | 1 Comment

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Use your cleaning vinegar twice

My coffee maker needs to be descaled and it takes a large amount of white vinegar. I don't trash the vinegar, I re-use it first. A cup can be tossed into the dish washer as an additive. You can heat the vinegar and then soak a shower head in it to remove scaling. You can wrap a rag or paper towel around your bathroom faucets and pour on hot vinegar. Let it soak and the shine will come back.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 5/22/2014 in Around The House | 1 Comment

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Get clean and Spark Points

Did you know you can track "Heavy cleaning" and "housework" in your fitness tracker? So you can get motivated to clean the house knowing you'll get extra fitness minutes!

- Submitted by SALAM4545 3/1/2014 in Around The House | 1 Comment

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Dirty Microwaves

If you have a dirty microwave and everything you put in it blew up and now you have a tough mess to clean. Simply cut a lemon in 1/2 and put it in a bowl with some water and microwave for 2-3mins. The steam will loosen the mess and the lemon leaves it smelling wonderfully. Easy to clean no chemicals to smell.

- Submitted by MARISAS25 11/4/2010 in Around The House | 3 Comments

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TV Off Music On

turn off the tv and turn on the Music. TV watching requires you to sit still or be in one location. Music not alone allows your to move around. It inspires you to. Put on your favorite cd and see how long you can sit still.

- Submitted by NOAHSFITMAMA 9/29/2010 in Around The House | 5 Comments

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Use for Old Newspapers

When cleaning windows, mirrors, etc, use old newspapers rather than paper towels. You get no lint and much cheaper. If you don't normally get the paper, partner up with another person who does!! Another way of recycling.

- Submitted by NANADERRICK 9/19/2010 in Around The House | 4 Comments

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Avoid Swiffer refills

If you're like me, you love the Swiffer Wetjet cleaning fluid, but don't like the cleaning pads. They just don't seem to go very far. So, I just use an old rag instead. The bottom of the wet jet clings to the rag and it actually cleans better than the swiffer pads. Beware, it does snag the rag a little, so be sure to use an old rag.

- Submitted by LITTLEMIKEYSMOM 8/21/2010 in Around The House | 2 Comments

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Tidy by timer

When the household chores seem to overwhelm you, just set the timer on 5 minutes, and do what you can in those minutes, you´ll realize it´s more than you think! Trick is you feel like you want to do more since you once got started, set it for another 5.. and another 5...

- Submitted by NANCYMARGARETA 4/19/2010 in Around The House | 4 Comments
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