7 Best Parks and Public Places to Enjoy in Denver

7 Best Parks and Public Places to Enjoy in Denver

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Besides being surrounded by spectacular mountains and prairies, Denver also offers big natural areas that include public parks, gardens, undeveloped land and even lakes. The residents of the Mile High City can also count on parks and public spaces in Douglas, Clear Creek, Grand and Jefferson counties that are maintained by the City and County of Denver.

Visit these best parks and hang out places when you’re in Denver!

 

Civic Center Park

THE park of Denver, in downtown, is Civic Center Park, beautiful open space full of life. Tourists and locals can take advantage of the scenic landscaping and vibrant atmosphere in this park. You can check out events like Cinco de Mayo, the Capitol Hill People’s Fair, Civic Center EATS, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Denver PrideFest, and more.

Skyline Park

Skyline Park is near the 16th Street Mall and located at 15th and Arapahoe St. This park offers a comfortable getaway for people who spend their workday in downtown Denver. It is always a fun place to spend a relaxing time with your family, especially during the summer.

It’s during the summer when visitors can enjoy street food, beers on draft, family-friendly games and live entertainment or music every Friday or Saturday, at the Skyline Beer Garden. And don’t miss the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park every winter which offers free ice skating all season long.

Centennial Flower Gardens

If you’re interested in flowers and gardens, don’t miss the Centennial Flower Gardens. It’s on the banks of the South Platte River, offering beautiful gardens patterned after the Gardens of Versailles in France. The flower beds and paths showcase native species as well as other flowers which grow well in this climate. This spot is excellent for a refreshing and relaxing afternoon stroll.

Confluence Park

You’ll find this park unique and scenic. Confluence Park is where Cherry Creek and the South Platte River intertwine. You can watch kayakers go on a brave trip through the rapids with custom-designed chutes. You can also have a tanning session on the sandy banks and enjoy panoramic views of Downtown Denver.

If you love parties, you join thousands of revelers at the South Platte River Fest for live music and water sports. Ride the Denver Trolley and check out places near this park.

Commons Park

Found on the edges of the South Platte River, Commons Parks is a pleasing mix of natural and urban influences. The park is covered by native plants and a piece of reconstructed lush “sand prairie.” This spot also happens to be the city’s birthplace.

You can stroll along Little Raven Street, which is a tree-lined walkway dotted with seating areas and entries to connect the park to the heart of Denver.

Cheesman Park

If you like jogging, you’ll love Cheesman Park. It has crushed granite jogging path that winds its way around the park. It’s also a popular spot for families because of its large playground that offers delight to kids. This park is located at 8th St. and Franklin St. and also offers incredible views from the Front Range to the Cheesman Memorial Pavilion.

Washington Park

Popularly known as Wash Park by locals and it’s one of Denver’s most famous spots year-round. It features two lakes, innovative playgrounds, flower gardens, and other outdoor recreation.

Wash Park is also an ideal place for fitness options with its facilities like a recreation center with indoor pool, a bicycle or pedestrian pathway, a fitness course, a crushed granite jogging path,  a horseshoe pit, a soccer field, a lawn bowling/croquet area, and tennis courts.

Whether you’re just enjoying the day or relaxing with your family, you can soak in the glory of these parks. You’ll find that Denver, Colorado has natural areas where you can appreciate nature and things alike. While you’re out here, why don’t you hire a professional house cleaning service to help you out? This way you can have a fantastic day out and come home to spotless place.

7 Best Ways to Make Your Home Smell Nice Naturally

7 Best Ways to Make Your Home Smell Nice Naturally

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After cans and cans of air freshener sprays, you just can’t seem to find that ‘natural smell’ in your home. If you want to know how to make your house smell good, we’ve gathered some ways to help you. Your guests will surely notice and compliment the way your home smells, maybe like a orange grove or a field of lavenders. These naturally-infused recipes will add and an uplifting and refreshing to your home.

Here are seven ways on how to make your home smelling good all the time!

1. Spring Simmering Pot Recipes

A natural way to add aroma to your home is with a simmering pot recipe, which is where you heat up a mixture of natural ingredients in a pot and make your house smell like what you’re cooking. There are premade spring simmering pot recipes, or you could make some by yourself to have one on hand always.

For example, the Cranberry-Orange Stove-Top Potpourri. These pantry items can be used to help you make all sorts of stop-top potpourris. This pot recipe consists of vanilla, cinnamon, rosemary, and nutmeg, giving it a warm and cozy Christmas scent.

2. Lemon and Rosemary

With this DIY all-natural room scent, you can leave your room smelling fresh, citrusy, and clean. This rosemary and lemon room scent solution is made out of water, rosemary, vanilla extract, and of course, lemon. You don’t even have to buy a container for it, you can just use a Mason jar from your kitchen.

3. Lilac

The smell of Lilac makes you giddy and relaxed. Who wouldn’t want their homes not to smell like it? Make your home smelling like a spring breeze with this lilac air freshener spray that is made of vodka, water, and lilac oil.

4. Rosemary and Lavender Carpet Powder

This lavender and rosemary carpet powder will help your carpets avoid that musty or dirty smell, in an all natural way. Sprinkle the mixture of dried rosemary, lavender oil, and baking soda on your carpets, then let it sit for a bit less than half an hour, and you can vacuum it up for a fresh-smelling room.

5. Cinnamon-Orange Air Freshener

If you don’t want to have candles lit up everywhere in your home, this cinnamon-orange air freshener is perfect for you. With this DIY air freshener, you won’t wait long for your home to smell like autumn. It’s made with a water-absorbing polymer, cinnamon oil, orange oil, and water.

6. Scented Cleaning Vinegar

It’s not enough to cover up the unpleasant smells in your home. You need to get rid of them. To eliminate the source of bad smells, a good cleaning session is usually enough. Using a cleaner that leaves behind a refreshing scent is even better. Check out this link to learn how to make a scented cleaning vinegar that not only cleans effectively, but leaves behind a lemony fresh scent.

7. Take an orange and add whole cloves to it.

For this, all you’ll need is an orange or several—if you want to make more—and take a handful of whole cloves. Take each entire clove one at a time and push them into the orange. You can create a pretty design or simple design.

Many call this a Fresh Orange Pomander, and a pleasant scent is released from the combination of the oranges and cloves, refreshing the whole room. This way is an excellent way to make your house smell good because not only does it smell fantastic, but it’s also beautiful!

Most of these “solutions” are fast fixes for semi-emergency situations. For long-term good smell, you do have to keep the odors from starting in the first place. You can hire a professional house cleaning service to help you out. Look at these options above for areas smelling fresh and clean. And don’t forget to air out regularly by opening your windows and door to keep your house smelling naturally fresh.

Have a Family-Friendly Halloween With These Events in Denver

Have a Family-Friendly Halloween With These Events in Denver!

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Halloween is in the air, so are you ready to be spooky and get scared? If you’re looking for things to do in Denver this Halloween, the Mile-High city has lots of it. You can take your kids to explore a seven-acre corn maze, hear tales of Victorian horror, or go to a trick-or-treating at the zoo.

Don’t worry, the only thing really spooky in these events is the amount of fun you and your family will be having!

Here are some family-friendly Halloween events in Denver, Colorado!

 

Boo at Denver Zoo

At the Denver Zoo, you’ll find the annual “Boo at the Zoo.” There are more than 20 trick-or-treat stations, family-friendly entertainment under the canopy of the zoo’s beautiful fall foliage, and demonstrations of some creepy, but fascinating, animals. With the cost of your zoo admission, the activities are free and Boo After Dark offers a nighttime trick-or-treating experience. So bring your kids in their scariest costume ever!

Chatfield Corn Maze

Take your kids to his year’s Denver Botanic Gardens’ seven-acre Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms and get lost in one of the most attended corn mazes in the country. Watch the delight of children as they find their way through a mini-maze made just for them. Overlook the giant Corn Maze while at the two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges, and wind your way through acres of corn.

And don’t forget to come out during the Pumpkin Festival to pick the perfect jack-o-lantern from the 10-acre pumpkin patch.

Colorado Haunted History Tours

With one of these walking tours, you can relive the spirited history of the Wild West through the towns of Morrison or Golden. You can take the “Ghosts and Legends Tour” that takes the visitors through historic Morrison.  Who passes through these building or whose spirits still remain?

Colorado has many haunted stories throughout history. The “Murder, Mayhem and Madness Tour” displays the home of Coors Brewery that includes stories of Golden’s past stories about shootouts, murder, lynchings, etc., although that one might be too strong for some kids, as it advises strong parental guidance for children under the age of 13.

Nevertheless, these tours are on the “Ten Best Haunted Tours and Scary Story Tours Around Denver” list which are suitable for kids.

Elitch Gardens Fright Fest

At night, Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park transforms from a theme park to a “scream” park. In the daylight, children squeal in joy with free candy on the Trick or Treat Trail, but once the sun goes down, haunted creatures lurk around every corner of the park.

There are so many activities to choose from. There’s a Ghouls Match where you can battle it out through various Halloween themed challenges. Scream It Out gives an award such as Scream King or Queen to people with the loudest shriek. Don’t forget the costume contest! You’re encouraged to get creative with your costumes, but no face masks or paint due to security concerns.

Glow at the Gardens

The Denver Botanic Gardens central location also features a wonderland of Halloween  illuminated pathways and jack o’ lanterns galore.

Aside from the spectacular illuminations, guests can enjoy a wide array of activities including Live music by Jack Rice Music, “Thriller” dance lessons with Adventures in Dance, Pumpkin carving demos, Halloween storytelling from Rachel Ann Harding, and free face painting.

Denver has a lot of family-friendly events that you can choose from. While you’re having fun with these events, you can take this time to let professionals make your home clean and sparkly.

Get Your Closet Ready for Autumn with These Storage Tips

Get Your Closet Ready for Autumn with These Storage Tips

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Summer is over. As the season’s change, so do your storage needs. And with fall arriving, a lot of your summer equipment and clothes becomes idle. Instead of cramming your things into tight spaces and limiting space in your home, you can store them properly.

If you want to start organizing and storing, keep on reading!

Here are storage tips on how to organize seasonal clothes!

Summer Clothing

Being able to open your closet, or even your bedroom wardrobe, knowing that you are only going to find pieces of clothing that you will use during fall makes getting ready in the morning and looking for outfits much more comfortable.

Clothing racks are also an inexpensive and customizable option that will allow you easy access to your clothing year round. Most of these are on wheels, and the slender profile will allow you to fit quite a few into your closet or room. Clothing storage bags paired with either the wardrobe box or clothing rack make a great home away from home closet.

The best way to organize clothes in closet is that you may want to pick up a couple of wardrobe boxes. Putting these boxes in small storage space will leave you with more space in the living area. Pack clothing away in plastic bins or containers to avoid damage from moisture or bugs.

Gardening Tools

Most people are getting ready to put away the gardening accessories for another year, and bring out the winter hardware (snow blower, shovel, salter, etc.).

If you don’t have enough room for everything in your garage or tool shed, why not consider putting these tools into self-storage over winter. You can take them out the following spring, and have easier access to the things you do need in the fall and winter.

Patio Furniture

Sadly, the start of fall and winter means that you are going to be spending less time on your patio. The dinners and breakfasts outside were fun all summer, but all good things must come to an end, and everything must be put away for another year.

If your furniture is in need of added protection, covers are excellent even if you want to store them in a garage or shed.  Covers come in a wide variety of weights and sizes, depending on whether you will be storing items outside or under cover.

Pick a Good Spot

Store bins and bags in a crisp, dark, dry, and ventilated area—perhaps under a bed or in a guest room. Is the basement your only option? Add silica-gel packets to the bins, use a dehumidifier to absorb moisture, and place bricks under the containers to keep them off the floor. Avoid the attic. High temperatures can cause fibers to become brittle.

Keep Pests Away

Drop cedar blocks, balls, or sachets into the storage containers, and slip cedar rings on hangers. Insects like moths can damage your clothes over the winter. Toward them away, you should use cedar and it won’t leave any unwanted smell behind and you can refresh its scent by sanding it lightly every 6 to 12 months. You can also fill the sachets with lavender because bugs hate its scent. 

There you have it! Storage tips for the fall that will surely save extra space in your home. Another way to prepare your home this fall is by hiring a professional house cleaning service. Leave the cleaning to them!

The Essential Sights of the Mile-High City of Denver

The Essential Sights of the Mile-High City of Denver

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The capital of the beautiful state of Colorado, Denver, is known as the mile-high city and lies at the junction of Cherry Creek with the South Platte River at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. This city has plenty of top-rated attractions to choose from. You’ll run out of daytime when you start exploring the things to do in Denver, Colorado.

Come and enjoy these must-see sights in the mile-high city of Denver, Colorado!

 

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

Located 15 miles west of Denver in Morrison, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre features natural acoustics for outdoor concerts for more than 250 million years in the making.

Aside from being a concert ground, it also has excellent hiking trails. The park’s ground is situated at 6,450 feet, which represents the intersection between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains.

It has two hiking trails that give access to the park’s fantastic natural landscape and panoramic views of Denver and beyond. If you want to see the park’s trademark rock formation, take the 1.4-mile Trade Post trail.

The Red rocks trail is linked to the north for a dramatic 6-mile hike on Matthew Winters Park and it also connects you to the Dakota Ridge Trail to the east. Keep your eyes peeled for any sights of prairie dogs, red foxes, rabbits, mule deer and other wild animals.

The Denver Zoo

Founded in 1896, the Denver Zoo was in need of an update and it is committed to a long term plan to replace then modernize its exhibits.

One of the most popular attractions of Denver, Colorado is the The Denver Zoo. It is beautifully laid out and its enclosure adapted to different species like polar bears. The Tropical Discovery, Predator Ridge, and Primate Panorama are newer exhibits that gives off the element of excitement for kids.

The zoo covers 80 acres of the City Park in Denver and more than 1.6 million visitors each year. It is home to almost 4, 000 animals from all over the world.

Denver Art Museum

Opened in 1971 and designed by Italian Architect Gio Ponti, the Denver Art Museum began in a building that is now called as the North Building. This massive, fortress-like museum has a broad set of collection from American Indian, European, African, Asian, Oceanic Art. These collections also include Spanish colonial and pre-Columbian works.

They have pieces that range throughout 2,000 years worth of history with its extensive collection that has gained a reputation throughout North America. It has a broad range of cultures and tribes covering the United States and Canada. They also remodelled American Indian galleries, which are particularly impressive.  

An expansion designed by Architect Daniel Libeskind for the 146, 000-square-foot Hamilton Building was made in 2006 where it was opened to the public. The new building captivates bypassers with its Rocky Mountain peaks-inspired design, making them stare in awe.

Union Station

Reopened in 2014, the iconic 1880 building has restaurants and shops as well as a transit hub. Fountains outside the Union Station come alive during the summer, and it also provides an excellent shield from the heat for children of all ages. You can also catch a free cooking demo at the Farmer’s Market near the Union Station.

In Denver, Colorado, the Union Station is the primary railway station and central transportation hub. Sit back, relax, and soak in the view of Denver’s most iconic and historic landmarks. It is located in the heart of downtown Denver which was a renovated 1914 Beaux-Arts train station.  

It’s hard to choose where to start when you’re in this well-known Colorado city. There’s always something to do when you’re in the Mile-High city of Colorado. These attractions will keep your soul alive and give you ideas on why is Denver called the mile high city. You’ll surely love spending your day in this city. If you want to be more relaxed when you get home, hire a professional house cleaning service to give your home a calm ambiance that you deserve.  

Keep Your House Grime-Free in 5 Easy Steps!

Keep Your House Grime-Free in 5 Easy Steps!

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If you think you’re cleaning up too often, then there can only be one explanation: dirt is easily getting into your home. The best way to deal with this is by cutting out its source. Reduce the number of times you vacuum, dust, and mop by keeping dirt out of the house.

Here are five easy ways to prevent and how to clean grime build-up in your home.

 

#1. Behold the power of doormats.

What you really want to do is to stop dirt right in your tracks, more specifically on the soles of your shoes. Although there are other methods on how dust can get in like through open windows and air, you should take note that what you bring on your feet has a significant impact.

Mats help trap dirt before it can even enter your house–inside and out. To keep a majority of the grime at bay, you need to place doormats at every entrance of your home. Most of the bulk of dirt come from shoes that don’t appear to be dirty or muddy.

#2. Implement a ‘Strictly No Shoes’ policy.

If you really want your home to be nearly a hundred percent dust-free, you should try to execute a no shoes rule inside your home. You can politely ask your family, friends, and guests to leave their footwear at the entrance. You can also provide a cute basket or anything where they can place their shoes.

Another option is to lend them slippers to use while inside your place. And remember, those flip-flops should never cross the boundaries to the outside world!

#3. Check your pets before letting them in.

Pets love the outdoors. They like to run around the yard, jump into muddy pools and be free. It might feel good to see your pal having fun, but letting them out could make them carriers of grime and dirt. So, to make sure your home stays clean, give them a quick bath or shake those dust away.

#4. Clean your vents and air filters regularly.

In case you didn’t know, the dust settling on your vents can get blown into the air once you turn your heater or air conditioner on. Make sure to clean your vents and air filters on a regular basis to ensure that your machines operate effectively and trap grime before they get into your home.

#5. Monitor how frequent you open your windows.

Keeping your windows open can be a great way to brighten up your home. Not only that, but it gives you a gentle, calming breeze in the afternoon. But just like what was stated in #1, doing so can invite dust into your home in the form of pollen and other particles.

Getting to clean your home again and again due to grime build-up is undeniably tiring. Use these tips to help you lessen the time you spend on dusting and allot more time doing the things you love most. And if worse comes to shove, asking for the help of a professional cleaning service can never go wrong.

Make Your Garden “Greener”

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Make your garden “greener”? Yep. You read that right! There are even steps out in your beautiful garden that can make the art of gardening better the environment! People never look at the petroleum based fertilizers, the plastic containers plants are sold in, and the number used for beds and sheds. There is a way to make a more earth friendly garden.

 

Here are 5 sustainable garden products to start with!

 

1) Organic Soils

There are many organic soil choices on the market. One brand that is highly recommended is Organic Mechanics. People like that this line does not use peat, and can be purchased for $10 for a 16qt bag. Dr.Earth is another line of soil that has gotten high regards. This line does not leave out peat in their formula, but doesn’t use sewage sludge or chicken manure in their mix. Contrary to what people may think organic soils are not just for container gardens, but for raised beds and when planting directly into the ground too.

 

2) Recycled Plastic Raised Beds

These plastic railroad ties are not only more environmentally friendly than lumber. THey are more durable and last longer. Within a few years of a lumber built raised bed they begin to deteriorate. The one negative with the plastic railroad ties that community gardeners are using require special equipment to cut them the perfect size. Several companies started offering raised bed kits for home gardeners that are made from recycled plastic. These are easy to assemble and come in a variety of shapes and heights. They range in price from $100-500.

 

3) Recycled Kneeling Pad

These products are made in the U.S.A. from old tires in the Midwest. Traditional kneeling pads are made too small for an adult to fit comfortably, and are made from flimsy plastic of foam that don’t hold up to the abuse of the garden. The Tube Pad is made from truck tire inner tubes and are large enough for an adult to kneel on comfortably while digging in the garden. You can purchase one for $20.

 

4) Water-wise Gardening

Runoff water is something that is very wasteful. The AquaFlower is a product that can help with this problem. It is made from 100% recycled water and soda bottle fibers and is designed to sit at the bottom of the pot. It keeps the soil in place in your container and conserves water by absorbing it. It then releases it back into the soil as it dries out. You can get a set of 2 for $6.00.

 

5) CobraHead Weeder and Cultivator

This tool is inspired by an antique garden tool that was invented and manufactured in the U.S.A. You can use it to dig out weeds, create rows for planting seeds and dividing and transplanting plants. The handle for this tool is made from 100% post-industrial recycled polypropylene and the strengthening fibers are 100% post-consumer recycled wood or flax fiber. This can be purchased for just $25, and is named “the best tool in earth”.I hope that these 5 products help assist you in your garden at home! These simple changes can truly help the earth.

I hope that these 5 products help assist you in your garden at home! These simple changes can truly help the earth.

 

 

 

BONSAI!

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Being  a child of the 1980’s, I was a huge fan of “The Karate Kid”. Recently Youtube released a TV show as a sequel to the “Karate Kid” series called “Cobra Kai”. Now, if that interests you, please check it out, but it isn’t the show I’m talking about, it was just one thing that happened in the show that made me do research. In the first episode every car the main character sold he gave them a free bonsai tree. They looked so cool, so I wondered what’s the info on them. Turns out they are very ECO-FRIENDLY!

Wiki says:

Bonsai (Japanese: 盆栽, lit. ‘tray planting’, pronunciation (help·info))[1] is a Japanese art form using cultivation techniques to produce small trees in containers that mimic the shape and scale of full size trees. Similar practices exist in other cultures, including the Chinese tradition of penzai or penjing, and the miniature living landscapes of Vietnamese Hòn Non Bộ. The Japanese tradition dates back over a thousand years.

The purposes of bonsai are primarily contemplation for the viewer, and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity for the grower.[2] By contrast with other plant cultivation practices, bonsai is not intended for production of food or for medicine. Instead, bonsai practice focuses on long-term cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees growing in a container.

A bonsai is created beginning with a specimen of source material. This may be a cutting, seedling, or small tree of a species suitable for bonsai development. Bonsai can be created from nearly any perennial woody-stemmed tree or shrub species[3] that produces true branches and can be cultivated to remain small through pot confinement with crown and root pruning. Some species are popular as bonsai material because they have characteristics, such as small leaves or needles, that make them appropriate for the compact visual scope of bonsai.

The source specimen is shaped to be relatively small and to meet the aesthetic standards of bonsai. When the candidate bonsai nears its planned final size it is planted in a display pot, usually one designed for bonsai display in one of a few accepted shapes and proportions. From that point forward, its growth is restricted by the pot environment. Throughout the year, the bonsai is shaped to limit growth, redistribute foliar vigor to areas requiring further development, and meet the artist’s detailed design.

The practice of bonsai is sometimes confused with dwarfing, but dwarfing generally refers to research, discovery, or creation of plant cultivars—especially coniferous subjects such as juniper and spruce—that are permanent, genetic miniatures of existing species. Bonsai does not require genetically dwarfed trees, but rather depends on growing small trees from regular stock and seeds. Bonsai uses cultivation techniques like pruning, root reduction, potting, defoliation, and grafting to produce small trees that mimic the shape and style of mature, full-size trees.

There’s a lot more information after that if you want to check it out.

 

Now the Eco-Friendly Fun Part!

These trees are great for the environment. And your home is your environment. The crazy thing is these little trees are also good for you!

 

Health Benefits of Growing a Bonsai Tree

  • Growing and tending to bonsai trees is a wonderful hobby and a great stress reliever.
  • Bonsai trees require proper water, care, trimming, and fertilizing to be healthy. Constantly caring for your plant can help develop your patience.
  • Working with nature, including bonsai trees, can help you become a more peaceful person.
  • Indoor plants, including bonsai, can clean and help purify the air in your home or office.
  • Bonsai can help you get over your cold. Plants grown indoors can help fight fatigue, coughs, and sore throats.
  • Successfully growing and caring for a bonsai tree can leave you with a great sense of accomplishment which is very good for your health.

 

Who knew a small little tree from Japan could be so useful, Eco-Friendly, and in my opinion, so much fun?

 

I purchased one to test it out, and now I have three. I highly recommend , if you are eco-friendly, to try this. Growing them is very calming. Trimming them into the shape you want is exciting. And the compliments of guests is great.

 

Take Care!

Green Clean Your Couch With These 6 Techniques

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Our couches get a lot of love in our house… some days a little TOO MUCH! Juice spills, sticky hands, and yes, even my beloved red wine. With a busy family like mine it’s hard to keep up on each time a new stain appears, and had no idea how long some of them had been there. I was a religious user of stain removal chemicals before I found out how harmful they can be for my family and pets! I said, “bye-bye” to those right away, and began researching safe and effective ways that I could treat my couch with!

 

These are six of my favorite tips I learned along my eco-friendly journey! Before you begin make sure you vacuum the surface so nothing gets ground into your couch!

1) Red Wine

 

Believe it or not the answer is Hydrogen peroxide! First blot up as much as you can with a paper towel. Then mix a teaspoon of dish soap with a cup of hydrogen peroxide. Continue blotting on the stain. This also works on carpets and clothing! I’ve pulled red wine out of my favorite white top!

 

2) Coffee Stains

This one I was very skeptical of at first! Simply mix an egg yolk with lukewarm water, and rub it on the stained surface!

 

3) General Stain Remover

Whipped detergent works well for any type of stain. Fill a container with half dish detergent, half water, and use a hand mixer to whip it up. Use a rag to rub the froth into the spot, and then rinse the area with water.

 

4) General Stain Remover

Another general stain remover can be made using shampoo mixed with water! Yes! That’s it! You can use whatever type of shampoo you have laying around the house.

 

5) General Stain Remover

STEAM CLEANING! It does use electricity, but the only component used to do the cleaning is water! This method is great to pull out those stubborn stains!

 

6) General Stain Remover

If you have tried everything and it still isn’t coming out, it may be time to call the professionals. I personally have never had to do this, but one of my good friends has! The process is called Chem-Dry. It uses carbonation to clean upholstery without solvents, enzymes, harsh chemicals, and with very little water.

Try these six tips the next time your couch come in an unfortunate encounter! You won’t regret it!

6 Things That Should Be Cleaned WAY More Often!

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We don’t always sanitize the things that we should be. Not because we don’t care, but we simply don’t think of them! There are germ filled things that surround us on a daily basis that lead to illness. Get your disinfectant ready (there are many eco-friendly options as well)!

Here are 6 things that should be cleaned way more often!

 

  1. Shared Computers

Even if it’s only used occasionally by a couple people in the home, it’s important to wipe it down before each use with an alcohol-based towel (They make special ones for electronics). The keyboard and mouse are in direct contact with hands and fingers that are full of germs, and then you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. This can pass around illness throughout the home.

2. A Refrigerator Door

Once a week at least, or daily if you someone in the house or workplace is sick, wipe down the entire surface of it with a disinfectant wipe. Make sure that you get into all of the nooks and crannies! These get a lot of action throughout the day, and can even have bits of food on them, ultimately feeding the bacteria and virus.

 

3. The inside of the car

You don’t always think to the inside of the car when you think about cleaning your car. You should run a disinfectant along your dashboard and cup holders weekly. This is where germs accumulate because of the heater or AC blowing them there, and the food residue lining the cup holders. (If you have a child’s car seat make sure you wipe that down too)

 

    4. Remote Controls

We have all heard the stories about how gross hotel remotes are, but even the ones in ours home are germ filled as well. This is actually one of the grimiest surfaces in the home. Everyone in the home touches it all the time even sometimes when eating. This causes the remote to be full of bacteria and virus growth. This is something that should be wiped on at least once a week, if not every day!

   5. Your purse

This was one I didn’t think of right away! Your purse sees store counters, car floors, and even restroom floors that are full of germs! You are also constantly touching the handle and strap which picks up bacteria as well. The purse then comes into the house and spreads the germs inside. Spray or wipe your purse down daily. Use a fabric-safe sanitizing spray and paper towel. Hang it on a hook and let dry.

6.Your cell phone

This one is begging for a weekly cleaning! It is handled all day long by germy, food filled hands that bacteria thrives on! Cleaning with an alcohol-based cleaner is meant for digital devices.

These are some of the things that we have been neglecting! I know I won’t be forgetting these items anymore. It’s important for not only for your health, but for the health of your family and friends as well! Happy cleaning!

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