Quick Tip for Friday – removing sink stink

Before you leave on vacation or a weekend trip, sprinkle some baking soda in your sink drains, especially in the kitchen. It’s the perfect time to let the baking soda sit undisturbed. When you rinse it away after returning your kitchen will smell fresh and clean! 

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7 UncommonTips for Kitchen Cleaning | Sears PartsDirect

Nice article here with some great tips.

I like the second one about cleaning the microwave especially. You can do it using your kitchen sponge too, and get longer use from your sponge by sanitizing it!


7 UncommonTips for Kitchen Cleaning | Sears PartsDirect.

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Quick tip for Friday – update hardware

I’m cheating a little on today’s Friday quick tip because I have been feeling exhausted all day (better not be coming down with anything!).

This is advice I give often – to update the look of a kitchen or bathroom sometimes all it takes is adding new hardware to the cabinets. Quick and inexpensive!

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Quick Tip for Friday – remove a cork

Do you have trouble getting out the Champagne cork unless you use the fun but sometimes not ideal method of sending it flying off with your thumbs. “Hey, you can put an eye out with that thing!” (or break a light fixture, doh! I’ve been there done that.) Besides it’s wasteful.

popping champagne cork

Ever put a cork back in a bottle and find it nearly impossible to get back out? Can’t use a corkscrew again without crumbling the cork back into the bottle, so maybe you resort to pushing the cork in whole since it’s going to end up there anyway?

Well, rummage around in that one kitchen drawer containing the stuff you rarely use. Because hanging on to that nutcracker suddenly paid off! It is perfect for grabbing  hold of a cork you can’t use with a corkscrew.

Picture below I’m opening a bottle of oil that had a very tight cork. I was about to head to my toolbox for some pliers when I remembered my super smart boyfriend has used the nutcracker on champagne corks. Perfect!

How to remove a cork

How to remove a cork

I think this was much more sanitary and would be much better in front of guests than my pliers idea. 🙂

Happy uncorking!!

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Change faucets for easy update

This was meant to be my quick tip for Friday, but there were some technical problems with my email I had to fix before I dashed out of town for a mini vacation. So it’s my quick tip for Monday instead! 🙂

A very effective update for bathrooms or kitchens is to install new faucets. You can get maximum impact for what is usually a pretty simple job.

This sink had easy access and good foundation pipes, so it didn’t take me long to change this faucet and it made the whole bathroom feel updated!

outdated and not working so great

outdated and not working so greatquick change made big impact on this bathroom sink!

quick change made big impact on this bathroom sink!

If you plan to do this project, one way to save money is to take your time and keep an eye out for sales, close outs and clearance shelves at the hardware stores, or shop online for the style you want at the best price.

** Important tip: Make sure you understand what you need to know about buying the right replacement. There are different hole configurations on sinks and you need to make sure your new hardware matches the number of holes and the pattern in your particular sink. Kitchen sinks tend to have far more options than bathroom sinks, but if you have any doubt or confusion at all please ask for help before you buy!

*** BEST TIP *** Take a photo with you of your current fixtures to compare.

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Is DIY costing you more?

Is DIY costing you more?.

Just happened across this article and could not resist sharing it here.  Simple and well written food for thought.

By Liz Weston, MSN Money

Sometimes, certain jobs are best left to the professionals, whether it’s a home-remodeling project or a task involving your finances.

Bathroom remodel © Digital Vision, Photolibrary

Do-it-yourselfers’ tales of disaster aren’t hard to find.

Chris Hubbard of Thousand Oaks, Calif., recalls when he and a friend decided to change the oil of his first car when he was 18.

“Well, we drained the oil just fine, but didn’t know where to put the new oil. We thought it should go in where the dipstick goes,” Hubbard wrote on my Facebook fan page. “Turns out we used the wrong dipstick and put the oil in the transmission fluid. I drove the car for 3 days with no oil and oil in the transmission fluid. Ended up costing several hundred dollars to fix and later got my engine rebuilt by my mom’s boyfriend.”

Lindsay Cowdin of Fort Worth, Texas, thought she and her husband could remove the old acoustic ceiling tiles in their family room, replace the old drywall, install new insulation and put in can lighting. They thought it would take them one or at most two weekends to get the job done.

“We quickly realized our miscalculation by how long it took to remove the ceiling tiles,” she wrote. “Several weeks later we gave in and called a contractor. My husband is completely capable but had to bow to the clock. We just couldn’t live with our family room in disarray for so long. The contractor knocked it out in two days like it was his job — because it was!”

After 25 years of being a part-time mobile DJ, Steve Stewart of Saint Peters, Mo., opted to do one of his own events.

Liz Weston

Liz Weston

“I decided to do the set-up and tear down of my equipment FOR MY OWN WEDDING RECEPTION,” Steward wrote. “Luckily I have a few DJ friends who were happy to take the mic and run the show so I could enjoy myself. Not a disaster but definitely not recommended DIY.”

Sometimes, doing it yourself makes a lot of sense. You save money and get satisfaction from a job well done. So how do you know when DIY is a good option, and when you’re about to get in over your head?

Whether it’s a project involving your house, your car, a big event or your finances, you should think twice if:

Your attitude is, ‘What could possibly go wrong?’

If you can’t list several ways your project could go awry, then either you don’t know enough about the task to attempt it or you’re not thinking clearly about what’s involved (sound familiar, Steve?). You may get some insights by talking to more-experienced DIYers or doing more research. If large sums of money or legal documents are involved, it usually pays to consult a professional.

You could kill yourself.

Courting death or serious injury in pursuit of thrift . . . yeah, not such a great idea. That’s why projects such as tree trimming, asbestos and lead paint removal, and anything involving natural gas lines or 220-volt electric lines are best left to the pros. Most financial decisions aren’t going to get you killed, unless you borrow money from a mobster you can’t pay back. But you could effectively kill your financial stability by taking excessive risks, such as putting most of your money in a few stocks or falling for get-rich-quick schemes.

You could do a lot of damage that would be hard or expensive to fix.

I learned about this one the first time I turned on a floor sander and promptly gouged a big divot in a friend’s hardwood floor. He “fixed” it by positioning a piece of furniture on top. Plumbing repairs are another DIY project that can go expensively bad, since even minor leaks can cause water damage and mold that cost thousands to fix. For similar reasons, you’ll probably want to consult a fee-only planner a few years before you retire. Mistakes made in the early years of retirement — such as withdrawing too much money, taking too much or too little risk, or taking Social Security too soon — often can’t be fixed and could cause you to run out of money before you run out of life.

The job requires skills you don’t have and couldn’t acquire easily.

It’s not hard to learn how to patch a hole in a wall or change your car’s oil (if you take the time to read the manual, right, Chris?). If, on the other hand, a job is typically done by a highly paid tradesperson, you might want to think twice before tackling it. Electricians, plumbers, mechanics, masons and even drywall hangers don’t learn their trades overnight, and neither will you. By the same token, taxes and estate planning are two complicated areas of finance best left to those who make these fields their life’s work. You can DIY if your situation is dead simple, but as soon as there’s real money at stake, you should call in some help.

You need expensive tools you don’t already have.

If you can’t borrow or rent what you need, consider carefully whether you want to make a big investment versus hiring a pro to do it for you. Even if you can rent a tool, the project may take longer than you think, wiping out any savings from doing it yourself.

Somebody else could do it a lot faster and a lot better.

Painting is often offered up as the perfect DIY project, since most people can do a decent job as long as they do the prep work and have good tools. If you’ve ever hired a professional painter, though, you know the difference between a pretty good DIY job and what a pro can accomplish in a fraction of the time. The pro has already made all the mistakes you’re going to make, learned from them and improved. The pro starts with all the supplies needed, so there’s no running back and forth to the hardware store. The pro does all the cleanup, which, if you’ve dealt with the aftermath of a DIY, could be reason alone to hire one.

You really don’t want to do it yourself.

Some people love spending hours fiddling with their investments, researching exactly the right backsplash material or tracking down parts for their vehicles. Others would rather eat glass. If you’re approaching a DIY project with dread and apprehension, pull out now. Paying someone else to do the job will almost always be better than forcing yourself to do something you hate just to save a few bucks.

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It’s finally soup weather!!

Generally I am a summer and sunshine girl who just loves the hot weather, but one thing I love about this time of year when days grow shorter and temperatures drop is making soup!
My favorite method tends to be grabbing whatever looks good and start throwing it together. I don’t have much rules when it comes to making soup, and it usually turns out pretty yummy.
When I started tossing veggies in the Crockpot for tonight’s dinner it was so pretty I had to take a picture! It’s just a can of diced tomato, red and yellow bell peppers and celery tops along with a bunch stuff from the spice cabinet in some chicken stock, but there’s more to come and it is going to be good.
Can’t wait to see how it turns out!
Happy Fall cooking!

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