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14 Cleaning Projects That Go a Little Deeper — Naturally

Eucalyptus oil for germy door handles. Baking soda for oven grime. Here are nontoxic solutions for often-overlooked cleaning jobs Full Story
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Liese Sadler
Yesterday I used Borax, right out of the box to clean the tub and sinks. It worked very well. Also using this in the toilets instead of bleach for weekly cleaning. The box says to use a 1/4 cup and let sit, over night worked nicely.
For our hard water I also have used a 50-50 concoction of white vinegar & Trader Joe's Lavender Dish Detergent sprayed with a recycled sprayer. The vinegar smell is strong but it really makes scum build up melt off.
For my white glass cook top I use baking soda after using a razor blade for heavier stuff. That works well but I don't expect my stove to look brand new when I use it 2-3 times a day.
And I also put a couple of drops of Lavender EO on my canister vacuum cleaner filter.
And for general cleaning I've enjoyed Mrs. Meyers cleaners, it was a splurge but used in diluted form lasts a while and makes cleaning much more enjoyable! Their dishwashing liquid got top marks on America's Test Kitchen.
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katismom
Be sure you know/understand the surfaces you are cleaning. For instance, using vinegar or acidic-like products to clean soap scum/lime scale from bath glass can be very effective BUT you want to be very careful if your tile surfaces surrounding the glass (think shower tiles & the like) are marble, you can end up etching (or worse) your tile. Acid eats marble (and travertine). Sealing does not prevent this, BTW. Coffee is also acidic, which is why travertine kitchen countertops aren't always the ideal choice.
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For Garden Drama, Consider the Lowly Boulder

A boulder can be a thing of beauty in the landscape. Here are 10 ways to display them to full effect Full Story
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patricil
Fabulous article. I've been a hard core gardener for 20 years, asking big rock to let go and allow me to move them elsewhere - A best memory is when I created a "rock climb" up a steep slope in the back yard that brought you into a "wild" garden. My daughter was 7 then. It took a week to make. She was in school. On the weekend, she came running into the house and said "MOM! Did you know there were steps leading up to Mount Pinatubo?! (That's what we call the slope)... This article has given me a new perspective on rocks - To mimic what surrounds them is SO CLEVER! I suppose to surround them with plantings that mimic them is the other way make it work. Thanks so much!
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scottishflower
I had to laugh in disbelief that we should do our own chiselling. Not gonna happen.

My husband brought back rocks from a neighbour's yard when they tore down their retaining walk to rebuild. We'll use them to make a water feature eventually. The cat likes them too.
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Simple Pleasures: Movie Night for Film Buffs

In a world of rising cinema costs ... at a time when gathering comes naturally ... small screens are hitting the big time Full Story
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mrsj0hns0n
With the exception of the third photo, all of these TVs are way too far from the seating to take advantage of their high resolution. You might as well be watching a 24-inch TV in some of these rooms. And don't get me started on the crick-inducing angle of the TV over the fireplace... THX offers an easy set of distance guidelines that ensure you're getting the full impact of that ginormous TV you bought: http://www.thx.com/consumer/home-entertainment/home-theater/hdtv-set-up/
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oldglstuf
I'm no film expert, but isn't Gone With The Wind in color?
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Great Design Plant: Wild Bergamot, Friend of Foragers

Nourish butterflies and other winged creatures with the tubular flowers of Monarda fistulosa, a pretty pink native Full Story
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nabbs1
I think it was a tough winter. I think all my perennials survived but flowers were less prolific.
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robinroberts23
thanks for the excellent info and lovely photos!
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Want a More Colorful, Natural Garden? Try a Perennial Meadow

Spend less time tending and more time taking in the sights by improving on Victorian and prairie garden designs Full Story
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Ancient Surfaces
nothing says Mediterranean more than bougainvillea, lavender and jasmine.
September 22, 2014 at 9:15AM     
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eclecticedwardian
As has been pointed out in other Houzz articles, "improved" cultivars are nice from the standpoint of the gardener, but may be problematic if you are really planting for wildlife habitat--the birds and insects may require the exact native species plant they evolved with (not to mention actually preserving the native plant species itself). Since North American birds, insects, and native plants are all in deep trouble now, I hope that need will outweigh using cultivars. It is something to be aware of when you buy plants; buying the true species might be more effort. It's also worth mentioning to nursery managers, that this matters to you, and you want to buy non-cultivars.
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How to Add an Indoor or Outdoor Ramp

Improve accessibility and safety by swapping stairs for ramps in your home or yard Full Story
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sherripotter
I work for a company that provides residential services to people with disabilities and a significant part of my job is purchasing single story homes and then contracting for accessibly renovations. I am always looking for creative ways to make the ramps blend in, transitions over thresholds smoother and doorways and hallways wider. Perhaps someday building codes for all construction will call for new homes to be built to meet some of these requirements from the get go regardless of the immediate needs of the original owner. A couple of the ramps pictured here do not meet ADA requirements. A level landing is required 5' by 5' and any rise over 6" must have a railing. As stated before by someone else, the specific needs of the occupant may require more or less to truly make it accessible for that individual. I thank you for the article, the inspiration and for talking about something many would prefer not to think about! Houzz has provided me with numerous ideas over the past couple of years. I am officially addicted.
May 18, 2014 at 6:32AM     
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Susan Bishop
Good ideas gone horribly wrong: 1. My bank's new building has the push button door opener mounted behind a flower bed. When you do manage to reach the button, the door opens out across the sidewalk, making it necessary to quickly back away and swing around it before it closes. 2. The fast food restaurant where my teenage son works refitted a bathroom with an enhanced handicap stall. They made it more accessible, widened the door, and added grab rails. Alas, they then proceeded to install a foot-operated flushing mechanism. !?! Well intentioned, yes, but would it be too much to ask that they consult some of the end users to see if it actually works?
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How to Install a Green Roof

Covering a roof with low-maintenance plants has benefits beyond just beauty. Get the details here Full Story
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tchatard
@Peggy Tupper, what is the point of denying it?
Acknowledging does not mean you have to care or do anything about it.
But arguing against the obvious looks like pure propaganda/brain-washing to me and does not make you look any wiser. https://www.google.com/search?q=before+and+after+pictures+of+drought+in+california&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=DQ4SVP7UHpXbsASb5YC4BQ&ved=0CB8QsAQ&biw=1422&bih=761&dpr=0.9#imgdii=_
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pk22901
How many denials? Let us count them...

1 - climate
2 - giant oil spill
3 - nuclear meltdown
4 - cigarettes > cancer
September 14, 2014 at 11:08AM   
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How to Add an Outdoor Shower

New project for a new year: Experience bathing in a whole new light with a shower in the fresh air Full Story
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dreamhomechicc
I love the first one, so pretty! I would only use it for washing the dogs or washing off mud or sand though haha
April 3, 2014 at 7:28AM     
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furpants
Outdoor showers are also great for cyclists and their bikes. Hand held option makes it better.
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Make This Fall’s Garden the Best Ever

Planning to plant in autumn? Learn the most important tip for preventing buyer’s remorse, plus get more valuable buying and planting advice Full Story
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jillybeansisme
Dig your holes before you even buy your trees, shrubs, and plants. That way, you can have the fun of planting them when you get them home and the work is divided out! If you wet the ground before you dig, it is much easier.
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Michel Charlouis
wouldn't mind joining forces with you I am a landscaper
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Be Your Own Wildflower Nursery

Gather seeds from your garden in fall, and you'll have a selection of plants for next year — without spending a dime Full Story
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murpet
Great idea book! I picked some milkweed seed pods along the side of the road and am watching them as they open up more n more each day. They are so beautifull! Once I've gotten around to weeding a rather large patch in my garden I plan to spread them there along with Coneflower seeds to encourage the Monarch butterfly( I only saw 2this whole summer! ). Is it OK to then cover them with wood chips as a mulch to keep the weeds from returning?
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sweetypup
Like your article. I thought I was the only one who hid the evidence of my plant addiction. IF I get the plants in the ground and the containers in the recycle bin before my husband sees, then it doesn't count, right???
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Inside Houzz: More Filters Make Photo Browsing Even Better

Find the inspiration you’re looking for faster with room-specific filters for the millions of photos on Houzz Full Story
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onthecoast1
Thanks for this. I tend to suffer from Analysis Paralysis when it comes to spending money, and the Houzz site has really helped me move forward with my renovation and decorating projects. I've had a lot of successful results thanks to the wealth of information and great photos found here......wonderful resource!
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donjules
Wish this was available for the iPad!
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Inside Houzz: How to Create and Use Ideabooks

Gather inspirational photos, share them with others, and put your design dreams on the path to reality Full Story
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luv2look
@anne dee I initially tried using the bookmarklet to save articles to an Ideabook, however, it just saves an image and not a link to the article. Your suggestion of bookmarking an article works fine, thanks again.
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anne dee
that's true. Image saving only. but sometime that's all I require.
good to have the options.
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Get Grout Magically Clean — Stains and All

If your grout is grossing you out, this deep-cleaning method will help it look new again Full Story
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"Hank"
OK people, excuse the selfie...my first post!
September 20, 2014 at 8:12AM   
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belasunshine
Appreciated the advice on cleaning & sealing grout. My advice to those with shower doors, Arm-n-Hammer "Clean Shower". Spray on after every shower, no scrubbing needed. Works best when the surface is wet already. I received this advice from the guy who installed my shower doors. Works great. Can be found in Target.
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