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Tuesday, August 05 , 2014

Remove Stains from Your Marble Top

If you have a beautiful white marble surface (an antique armoire or a coffee table, for example) that does not have stone-sealer protection, you need to be on the lookout for stains, because marble is a porous stone. Be sure to wipe up any spills immediately, and then do this...

For white marble: Mix one part 3% hydrogen peroxide to four parts water. Dip a cloth in the solution, and rub the stain, then wipe it quickly. If the stain doesn't go away, repeat the process. Do not use this solution on colored marble because peroxide can lighten nonwhite surfaces.

For colored marble: Spill enough table salt to cover the stain, then dribble on some milk to dampen the salt (sour milk works well, if you happen to have that around). Leave the salt-milk paste on the stain for two days (cover with plastic wrap if it's in a high-traffic area). Then use a damp cloth to wipe up the milky salt. The stain should be gone for good!

Note: These cleaning methods are safe for most marble surfaces, but there are many varieties of stone that might react differently. Be sure to test an unseen spot first with either solution to make sure it doesn't discolor the marble.

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Tuesday, May 20 , 2014

Make Fleas Flee the Natural Way

Cats and dogs love to romp in the grass and bushes...and then they bring stowaways into the house. Fleas love to settle in your carpeting and furniture. If you have fleas in your home, this is a chemical-free way to get them to go...

If you have fleas in your home, vacuum (at least once a week) all the areas where your pet hangs out. Then sprinkle common table salt in all of those same places, and after 48 hours, vacuum again. Repeat the procedure—sprinkle salt, and 48 hours later, vacuum. Hopefully by then, the vacuum will have sucked up all the original fleas and those that hatched during the four-day salting.


Wednesday, December 04 , 2013

Remove the White Rings from Your Wood Table

This tip comes courtesy of Brenda, who asked us on Facebook: “How do you get white stains off a wood kitchen table?” That's a great question. A white ring on your wood furniture is a water stain from a warm bowl, plate or pot, or from condensation off a beverage glass. It looks like your table is ruined, but it should be OK. Here's our favorite fix for a water stain: Mix plain white toothpaste with an equal amount of baking soda (usually a half-teaspoon of each will work), then massage the mixture into the problem area. Wipe the paste away and buff dry. If the area seems a little dull, rub with furniture polish or even a little olive oil, if you want to go completely homemade.

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Friday, February 15 , 2013

Trick for Sliding Furniture

If you are rearranging furniture or moving it so you can clean the floor, put old socks—the heavier, the better—on the furniture legs. Or cut off the bottom halves from clean milk or juice cartons and place the legs in them. The thick socks or the smooth, waxy carton bottoms will protect the floor from scratches—just make sure there’s no grit under them—and they make the furniture a lot easier to move.

Friday, August 10 , 2012

Home Cooked Furniture Polish

Choose one of these formulas for polishing wood furniture...

Mix ⅓ cup of distilled white vinegar with 1 cup of olive oil or

Mix 1 cup of mineral or baby oil with 3 drops of lemon extract. Rub the homemade polish on the furniture with a soft, lint-free cloth, wipe it off and your wood will gleam.

Thursday, July 26 , 2012

The Best Patio Furniture Cleaner

Spray outdoor plastic furniture with foam shaving cream and let it sit that way for 5 minutes. Use a soft brush or a coarse sponge to wipe the dirt away. Rinse the furniture with your garden hose.

Friday, April 13 , 2012

Stop Your Cat From Scratching the Furniture

Use lemon polish on furniture—cats hate the citrus smell. If the cat scratches the furniture’s upholstery, rub it with lemon-scented soap.

Tuesday, March 27 , 2012

Prevent Tabletop Scratches

Put small pieces of felt on the bottom of lamps, vases and other decorative pieces that sit on top of furniture. It’s easy to do—just attach the felt with plain white paste (school paste) or double-sided tape.