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6 Ways to Remove Water Stains from Your Wood Furntiure

Good Friday morning, Moppers. We hope you all had an amazing week despite how cold it’s been. We’ve been keeping warm by doing lots of cleaning, and by thinking about the weekend of course…and it’s only a few short hours away, so yay!

Last night we had some friends over, which meant lots of good food and drinks. We talked late into the evening, and while it was a whole lot of fun, this morning we woke up to something that isn’t fun at all: water marks on our wood furniture. Silly us for not putting out coasters, right?

This is the time of year when things like that can happen, though. People coming, people going, and drinks being served. Those water spots are unavoidable, really, because someone somewhere is going to forget to use a coaster.

Thankfully for you and I, we know a few methods that will take care of those water marks in a jiffy, so your wood furniture can continue looking its best all throughout the holiday season, and beyond!

Baking Soda

Baking soda seems to be a all-purpose fix for mostly anything, right? Well, water marks on your wood are no exception. Simply combine 1 tablespoon of baking soda, with 1 teaspoon of water, and mix it all together to form a paste. Then gently rub it in a circular motion over those unsightly water marks on your wood until they disappear. Remember not to use too much water in your paste, because that would kind of defeat the purpose.

Salt

If you’re out of baking soda, you can utilize salt in much the same way to get rid of the water marks left behind by sweating glasses on your wood. Combine 1 teaspoon of salt with a few drops of water, and stir it to make a little paste. Rub that paste over the water marks using a sponge or soft cloth until they’ve completely disappeared.

Petroleum Jelly

This method takes a little longer, but the results are worth it if you don’t have time to make a paste, and sit there and rub those water marks away. Simply spread some petroleum jelly over the ugly spots on your wood furniture, and let it sit for about 8 hours. When finished, simply rub the jelly away, and take those water marks with it!

Toothpaste

Not only does toothpaste clean our teeth, but it can also take care of those water marks. All you have to do is gently rub some non-gel toothpaste over the water marks using a soft, dry cloth, then wipe it away with another clean, damp cloth, and let it dry. Voila! Bye bye water marks.

Vinegar/Oil

Vinegar and oil aren’t just for salads. In this case they can do wonders for your wood. Mix equal parts olive oil and vinegar, then apply it to those ugly water marks using a soft cloth, going with the wood grain. Then, use another clean, soft cloth to shine everything up, and say goodbye to those water marks forever.

Car Wax

This one is a last resort, but it works great! Just grab some car wax, and rub it around the water rings left behind by those glasses, moving in a circular motion with your finger. Let the car wax dry, and then buff the wood with a clean, soft cloth.

There you have it, six easy ways to get rid of those water marks left behind by those who forgot to use a coaster on your beautiful wood furniture. Of course once you use the above methods to remove those rings, you’ll want to apply a bit of furniture polish to make sure everything shines like new again.

So the next time you see someone place their glass on your coffee table, don’t sweat it, because now you’re armed with all the tricks you’ll ever need to get rid of those water marks once and for all.

That’s it for today, Moppers. Enjoy your weekend, and we’ll chat with you all again next week. Until then, stay safe, and stay clean!

Downsizing for the Holidays…and Beyond!

Good Friday morning, Moppers. We hope you’re looking forward to the weekend, and get to do all the things you want to do. There’s a still a few short hours to go, but keep your head down and it will be here before you know it.

We’re going on a bit of a purge this weekend, as we usually do every year around this time. Think about it, with the holidays coming and the new year quickly following, there’s really no better time then now to start downsizing. New gifts are going to come in, so it’s time to make room by getting some of that stuff you no longer need, or use.

Where’s a person to start, though, when stuff has been building up all year round? More importantly, what’s a person to do with it all?

We’re glad you asked! Because today we’re going to offer you some tips on how you, too, can start downsizing your living space for the holidays, and beyond!

Start With the Closets

Everything always starts with the closets when it comes to downsizing. Old clothes, old shoes, whatever’s been piling up in there…it’s time to go! Take out what you don’t wear, or whatever’s not in fashion anymore, and set it off into a separate pile. When you’re done, put everything in a bag and donate it, so those old clothes aren’t going to waste, and can help someone else in need.

Oh, and this doesn’t just go for the closets in your bedroom. Take stock of all the other closets in your home, and get rid of anything you don’t need.

Toys, Toys, Toys

If you have little ones at home, this is the time of year (while they’re still in school) to start going through those old toys in order to make room for the new ones that will be coming in this season. Like your closets, set aside anything you know your child doesn’t like, or doesn’t play with anymore, and when it’s all said and done you can donate those toys to less fortunate children.

Picture Perfect

These days most everything is digital, right? Including pictures and movies. However some of us are still clinging to those old family photo albums and VHS tapes of your fourth grade recital that are taking up a lot of space. Now is the perfect opportunity to have all those photos and movies digitized on a disc, so that you can make room by passing those hardcopies on to other family members, or dare we say: toss them out. We know they might hold sentimental value, but a picture is a picture, whether it’s on your computer, or in your hand.

The Re-Gifting Process

Chances are you’ve received some items this year that you’re never going to use. Heck, some of them might still be in their original packaging. If that’s the case, it’s time to re-gift some things this holiday season so you can clear that space for other, more useful items. Not only that, but you’ll save money by not having to buy a few gifts, because you’ve already got them sitting in your cupboards.

Just make sure you don’t re-gift an item to the person who bought it for you in the first place, because that could get awkward.

Books

We tend to have a love affair with books, right? We read them, put them on a shelf…but why? We can count the number of books on one hand that we re-read once we’ve finished them, so why do we keep all these books around? To impress friends? Ridiculous. Go through your bookcases this year and get rid of anything you know you’re never going to read again. You’ll save a ton of space, and can donate those old books to the library, or local thrift shop, for others to enjoy.

That’s all there is to it. The above isn’t finite, so chances are there are tons of other little things you can get rid of to help you downsize this year. Kitchen gadgets you don’t use, old tools that never see the light of day, and sporting equipment that’s either been outgrown, or has seen better days. There are a ton of areas around the home you can clean out…just use your imagination and ask yourself, “Do I really need this?”

Chances are you don’t, which means you can have more space for the things you do need, or just more space in general for a happier, minimalized life.

Enjoy your weekend, Moppers, and we’ll chat with you again next week. In the meantime, stay safe…and stay clean!

Tips and Tricks for Keeping Your Drains Clean

Happy hump day, Moppers! Congrats on successfully reaching the middle of the week. Just think…the weekend is almost here, which means you can take some time for yourself to shop, relax, or take care of some projects around the home you’ve been meaning to get to.

One project we’ve been meaning to get to that we finally managed to, well, get to this week, was cleaning out the drains. Nothing major, of course, since we’re usually pretty good about keeping things clean, but that got us to thinking: how many people aren’t so good at keeping their drains clean?

We’re guessing it’s probably a lot, which is why today we thought we’d share with you some tips and tricks for not only keeping those drains clean, but preventing them from getting all gunky in the first place.

Tricks for Keeping Those Drains Clean

1. Baking Soda & Hot Water

Baking soda doesn’t just absorb foul odors, it works as a fantastic cleaning agent, too. Toss a handful of baking soda down your drains each day, followed by some hot water, and you’ll be amazed by how well the baking soda scrubs those pipes clean.

2. Hot Water

It might not seem like a lot, but running hot water down your sink after each use can do wonders for your drains. The hot water works to keep the oils in our various food products running down the pipes, rather than building up on the interior and making your drains slower than molasses.

3. Vinegar

Vinegar is a tremendous cleaning source. In this case, pouring a cup of vinegar down the drain and letting it sit for 30 minutes before chasing it down with some boiling water will work to keep those drains free of organic buildup that can come from leftover food and oils that are stuck in there.

Tips for Cleaning Your Drains

1. Baking Soda & Vinegar

Vinegar and baking soda work great on their own, but together they’re almost unstoppable.

Before going to bed, pour 1/2 cup each of salt, and baking soda down your drain. Next, add 1/2 cup of vinegar, and let everything bubble up and fizz for roughly a minute. Next, pour 2 quarts of boiling water down the drain, and let everything sit overnight for optimal cleaning power. The baking soda and vinegar will work to dissolve all the crud in your drains, while the coarseness of the salt will help to scrub them clean from the inside.

2. Vinegar & Ice

If you’re like us and have a sink with a garbage disposal attached to it, then you know how easily that disposal can get clogged. Here’s a hot tip for you: fill an ice cube tray half full with vinegar, and half full with water. Vinegar won’t freeze on it’s own, but together with the water you’ll make some awesome cleaning cubes to help you out. When everything is frozen, turn the disposal on, and toss down those cleaning cubes one by one. The disposal will make short work of them, and the ice will scrape the grease off the walls, while the vinegar cleans the disposal and the drain.

Tips for Preventing Clogs

  1. Don’t throw your coffee grounds down the drain, okay? Instead, toss them in the trash, or save them for the mulch pile.
  2. Don’t pour cooking grease down your drains. Instead, put it in an old can or jug once its cooled, and dispose of it in the trash.
  3. Use a screen grate over your drains to help catch any larger food particles that could instead slip down the drain, thus causing a big problem later on.

Pretty easy, right? No harmful chemicals, just the all natural power of vinegar, baking soda, and water.

If you haven’t cleaned your drains in a while, it’s best to do so now before the holiday feasting begins. That way you can cook with confidence and not have to worry about everything backing up on you.

That’s all for today, Moppers. Enjoy the rest of your week and we’ll see you all again on Friday. Until then, stay safe…and stay clean!

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