Clean with Mean Green in 2017

There are quite a few items in the Mean Green family of cleaning products, all of which help make your home cleaner- more quickly and easily.  2017 is going to add a few more items to its already robust line of products.  These are Heavy Duty Super Strength Wipes, Auto and Garage Cleaner and Degreaser, and the Car Wash.  All work great in the garage, outdoors, and so many other messes (even your car).  The wipes are a favorite, being so “ready to go” and remove grease, grime, oil, adhesives, and other gross stuff with little effort.   They an be used all over the home, from the garage to the kitchen to the bathroom and beyond.  I would of course use a different wipe for each room…

Use by spraying down the walls and crevices after you shower, and keep mildew from growing in your bathroom. Bonus? No scrubbing required.


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Top tips for saving water at home and reducing your bills

You may not think so, but the water we drink is actually a limited resource. This is why it’s important to conserve water as much as possible. An added consideration, when you waste water, is that you end up spending more on water bills. Household expenditure is often high, so anything you can do to reduce it is a good idea.

Hopefully, you can see the benefits of saving water in your home. But, how do you do it? We have put together ten tips on how to stop wasting water at home.

    1. Only use your dishwasher when you have a full load

Using a dishwasher can actually use less water than washing dishes by hand. But, you should wait until you have a full load to start the dishwasher as it uses the same amount of water whether it’s full or not.

    1. Do not pre wash dishes before you put them in the dishwasher

If you are using a dishwasher it’s not necessary to pre-wash dishes. All you need to do is scrape off food remnants. If you do pre-wash all you are doing is wasting water.

    1. Plan your clothes washing so you have a full load

Just as using a dishwasher with a reduced load wastes water, so does using your washing machine when it’s not full. Make sure that you plan your clothes washing so that the machine is full when you use it.

    1. Use cold water to wash clothes

It’s not necessary to use hot water to wash your clothes. They will be just as clean if you use cold water. Using cold water helps to preserve water, and also helps you save on your energy bills.

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Great DIY Home Decorating Ideas and Tips

Do it yourself, or DIY is a goal oriented hobby initiated and done by an individual or groups. The fundamental prerequisite is that the person needs to learn quite fast and understand how to apply the skills to the important project, and then he does not need to hire other individuals to assist him. In the last few years, DIY home improvement and decoration has made an impact on TV and the hearts of interested professionals and homemakers. The idea of cultivating your home looks by the use of essential talent appeals to many individuals. If you want to begin the journey in do it yourself home improvement, you need to take several things into consideration for you to increase your rate of success in the projects.

Forming a plan

Planning is a vital aspect in home decoration so that you accomplish it successfully and more efficiently. It makes sure that you do not end up spending what you cannot afford or spending too much money on what you could otherwise avoid. Before writing the plan, you need to visualize how you would like your home to look. Settle on a particular colour style and theme that you would like to adopt and from there, you can start planning for the things needed to decorate your home. You need to generate a list of items you require and determine the ones that you can make by yourself from what you have and the things you need to purchase. Come up with a realistic budget for all expenses so that you avoid overspending.

Adopt a theme

Having a theme for your home will not make decoration easy but choosing a practical theme will help you save money and time. For example, you can get the right theme from Amantii fireplaces that will save you money because you will access great tropical decorative accessories for your home. You will get accessories like seashells, driftwood, starfish, corals, and leaves. You can also use what you have collected to create tropical wall hangings.

Choose a color scheme

You need to do an in-depth research of the color scheme because you will notice that most decorating themes rely on particular color schemes that will help you get the desired results. These colors are standard to a specific theme. An example is the Asian decorating themes and styles dominated by dark blue, black, and red colors. The other example is the tropical decorating themes that rely on aqua, green, and red colors. Your theme of choice will follow the same basic pattern of a fixed palate of colors for the whole DIY project.
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Home Security Tips and Advice to Avoid Burglary

If you are a property owner, you will need to be proactive if you want to reduce the risk of being a victim of burglary. While crime rates are relatively stable, home invasions and robberies can occur at any time so it would be prudent to take proactive measures to remain safe.

  • Installing Fake Surveillance Cameras

If you have the budget to purchase a fully automated home security system then that would be the best option. Property owners that do not have the budget for a high-end security system should install fake surveillance cameras. These cameras act as a deterrent to prospective burglars so be sure to add it to your property.

  • Get Rid of Flyers and Newspapers

Criminals look for signs that you and your family are not around. One potential sign is a large number of newspapers or flyers building up on your driveway. You should remove them whenever you come home from work or cancel them completely. Most flyers are available online so you can find bargains while saving the environment. If you need to get the physical flyers ask a neighbor or someone you trust to pick them up while you are away.

  • Properly Landscaping Your Property

Regular lawn and garden maintenance does more than improve your home’s appearance, to burglars it indicates that the residents are home. An overgrown lawn is a clear sign to potential burglars that you are not around. If you are considering revamping your landscaping, there are many simple planting designs to keep potential criminals at bay as well as enhance your property value.

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How To Save Money On Your Move To Your New House

If you have finally found a new home to move to, you might be so excited that you forgot how daunting and expensive the process of moving can be. However, it really does not have to be that way if you take a few minutes to review the following suggestions. This way, it doesn’t have to be as stressful as it could be.

Getting The Right Kind Of Help

One of the very first things you are going to want to do is to work on finding the best moving companies in your area. When you hire a moving company to assist you with your move, you will not have to worry about loading a moving truck on your own, or even having to worry about driving that big thing. After all, unless you have a lot of experience driving those types of trucks, you might be in for a shock in regards to how different it is to turn them, back them up, or simply judge how close you are to going over the lines on the road so you will stay in the correct lane.

Now, even though you will have to pay for their services, you might find that hiring professional movers is a great way to save money. In the end, you will not have to take as long to move everything. Whether it is because they will come with a few people to carry all of your boxes and furniture, or because they can take everything in one load, you save time. Remember, time is money. The sooner you have everything in the new house, the sooner you can unpack and get back to work.
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Snuggle-Pedic Pillow Review

Snuggle-Pedic Bamboo Memory Foam Pillow is a combination of two popular approaches to sleep comfort. This pillow comes with a bamboo outer cover that is removable for easy washing and a memory foam stuffing that is adjustable to make for the ideal level of support. Snuggle-Pedic has developed a perfect partnering of natural fibers and the technology that scientifically keeps your pillow from going flat.

Other memory foam pillows I have used have a solid center of foam which is a different sleeping experience. What I like about this pillow is the crushed filling makes resting your head more comfortable no matter what position you like to sleep in. I am all over the place at night, stomach, back, and side, so this versatility is very important.

I received the Snuggle-Pedic Bamboo Pillow around the time I purchased some cheaper bamboo pillows for around $10. These quickly lost shape and proved to me that the investment in a pillow that is durable and comfortable is worth every penny. It took a little bit of work finding the right level of softness and adjusting the filling, but now that I have it is the pillow I won’t share and travel with.
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Clean with Mean Green in 2017

There are quite a few items in the Mean Green family of cleaning products, all of which help make your home cleaner- more quickly and easily. 2017 is going to add a few more items to its already robust line of products. These are Heavy Duty Super Strength Wipes, Auto and Garage Cleaner and Degreaser, and the Car Wash. All work great in the garage, outdoors, and so many other messes (even your car). The wipes are a favorite, being so “ready to go” and remove grease, grime, oil, adhesives, and other gross stuff with little effort. They an be used all over the home, from the garage to the kitchen to the bathroom and beyond. I would of course use a different wipe for each room…

Use by spraying down the walls and crevices after you shower, and keep mildew from growing in your bathroom. Bonus? No scrubbing required.


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What Surfaces Can I Tile

Tiling on different surfaces – how is it done?

If you need to replace tiles in your home, you may be thinking about doing the work yourself. Tiling is not an easy job, but you can do it if you have patience and follow the instructions. There can be lots of different surfaces in a home, and you need to apply different techniques, depending on the surface.

The aim of this article is to look at some of the processes you need to complete, to successfully install tiles in your home. We are going to examine the process for installing tiles on concrete, wood and vinyl.

Installing tiles on concrete

The most important thing to remember, when installing ceramic tiles on concrete, is that you need to fix any cracks that are present, before you start the installation. This applies to all smaller cracks which are up to about one eighth of an inch. If you spot any larger cracks in the concrete you really need to remove the section of concrete and lay a new one.

You also need to check that there are no chemicals present on the concrete. If there are any chemicals on the surface, they can adversely affect the bonding process, when you lay the tiles. If you are unsure whether there are any chemicals in place you should drip some water on the concrete and check to see if beading occurs. If it does, it’s likely that chemicals have been used to coat the concrete.

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