Introducing Your Baby to Your Dog

Introducing Your Baby to Your Dog

If you’ve owned a pet for a number of years, you know that they have a way of working into our hearts and families like very few things do. You become attached to one another and they get used to having your full attention. So what happens when your family expands and a baby comes home? With a little bit of preparation and work, your dog or cat will accept the new family member without any problem but we have a few tips to ensure a peaceful transition.

Before the baby is born, start taking little steps to make sure that your pet understands limits and respects humans as the alpha in the house. One way to do this is by making them move out of your way if they’re blocking your path. Gently prod them with your foot until they get up and move out of the path. This will reinforce the idea that humans are in control and it will also help pets know to move before a crawling baby comes up and pulls at their tail (or eyes, or ears, or whiskers).

Once the baby is born and while baby and mama are still in the hospital recovering, bring home a blanket that has the baby’s smell on it. When you come into the house, your pets will pick up on the new scent quickly so let them investigate. A good idea is to have a treat ready for them so they begin to associate the new smell with good things. Show them affection as they sniff the baby’s blanket so they know it’s not a threat. Repeat this routine every day until you bring the baby home.

When it’s time to bring the new baby home, walk into the house ahead of the baby so the initial excitement can die down a little before the baby is brought in. Then, command them to sit and have the baby brought in while still in the baby seat. If the pets start to jump up, calmly but firmly correct them. Let them get a hint of the baby’s smell that by now they’ll be familiar with and then move the baby to a nearby but separate location, perhaps on a couch or on a bed.

As the pets get used to the smell being in the room, they’ll probably come closer for a look. This is a good sign but make sure you’re nearby in case they get too excited or show signs of aggression. If that happens, just move them away from the baby and correct them without too much aggression. Remember, you don’t want the pet to associate the baby with punishment.

Eventually, your pets will accept the new baby’s scent as part of the home and will probably largely ignore the baby for the first days. Don’t force them to interact, just let them come around on their own and always be present until you know how your pet will treat the new baby. Reward them for good behavior and discipline them when needed, both actions will reinforce the way you expect them to treat the new baby and will set everyone up for a happy blended family.

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Remove Chocolate Milk Stains

Remove Chocolate Milk Stains

Do you have children, or pets, or a rambunctious significant other or roommate for that matter? Have you come home to find yourself staring at a chocolate milk stain in the middle of your carpet? So how can you remove chocolate milk stains from carpet and upholstery? This week’s blog will give you step by step instructions on how to remove chocolate milk stains that make their way onto your home’s carpet and upholstery.

June is National Dairy Month and yes, it pretty much is a month to celebrate milk. National Milk Month was established in 1937 during a time of milk surplus by a group of chain stores looking to promote drinking milk.

Their original theme was “Keep Youthful – Drink Milk” not quite as catchy as “Got Milk”.

Milk is a good choice. It’s full of calcium and nutrients. Wisconsinites don’t need too much convincing that milk and dairy products are delicious and healthy.

By 1955 the American Dairy Association turned the event into “June Dairy Month”. It is an annual celebration of the contributions of the dairy industry.

You don’t have to go for just plain white milk either. There are tons of flavors out there.

Here a few milk flavors featured at the Wisconsin State Fair:

  • Chocolate Cream Pie
  • Orange Creamsicle
  • Banana Cream
  • Strawberries and Cream
  • Creamy Root Beer

Milk is healthy and delicious especially if it’s flavored or paired with cookies.

Unfortunately, milk can leave a stain when spilled on carpet or upholstery especially if it’s flavored like chocolate milk.

No need to cry over spilled milk, we have provided a guide to help you remove milk stains from carpet.

How to remove chocolate milk stains from carpet

Carpet Instructions:

  1. Blot as much of the chocolate milk from the carpet as possible. Use a clean cloth or paper towel to absorb as much liquid as you can. Be careful not to rub, this will spread the stains further into the carpet.
  2. Mix a cleaning solution of one tablespoon liquid hand dishwashing soap and two cups warm water.
  3. Sponge the cleaning solution onto the stain using a clean white cloth.
  4. Continue to blot until all the liquid milk is absorbed.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the stain is completely removed or there no longer is any liquid being absorbed into the cloth.
  6. If after this method the stain remains, mix a cleaning solution of one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water.
  7. Sponge the ammonia cleaning solution onto the stain and blot.
  8. Continue to blot until the stain is completely gone and no more liquid is being absorbed.
  9. Sponge the area with cool clean water and a fresh cloth. Be sure to rinse the area thoroughly. Soaps left on carpet will attract dirt and dust and lead to a residue build-up and discoloration.
  10. Pat the area dry with a clean cloth. It is important to dry the carpet thoroughly. If liquid is left on carpet it can lead to mold or mildew growth.

Upholstery Instructions:

  1. Use a clean white cloth or paper towel to absorb as much liquid as possible. Be sure to blot the stain, do not rub it, this will cause the stain to spread further into the fabric.
  2. Mix a cleaning solution of one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent and two cups cool water.
  3. Sponge the cleaning solution onto the stain using a clean white cloth.
  4. Continue to blot until the stain is completely gone and no more liquid is being absorbed.
  5. Sponge the area with cool clean water and a fresh cloth. Be sure to rinse the area thoroughly. Soaps left on carpet will attract dirt and dust and lead to a residue build-up and discoloration.
  6. Pat the area dry with a clean cloth. It is important to dry the carpet thoroughly. If liquid is left on carpet it can lead to mold or mildew growth.

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DIY Natural Kitchen Appliance Cleaner

DIY Natural Kitchen Appliance Cleaner

Cleaning chemicals can be dangerous and expense. We recommend natural cleaning solutions including these methods for a natural kitchen appliance cleaner:

The kitchen has become a gathering place. It used to be the place where food was cooked and not much else but now it is a place that we eat, hang out, and do some cooking.

Keeping your kitchen clean and disinfected does not mean that you have to use harsh and dangerous chemicals to clean. Most commercial cleaning products contain many chemicals and even some that claim to be natural sneak so chemicals in. Since the kitchen is the place we prepare food it needs to be clean but you also don’t want dangerous chemicals becoming part of the menu.

We have provided some natural kitchen appliance cleaner recipes that you can make out of products you already have in your home and they are chemical free!

Natural Kitchen Appliance Cleaner Solutions

  1. Dishwasher: To clean your dishwasher naturally is really very simple. First, find a dishwasher safe bowl, jar, or Pyrex container then fill it with two cups of vinegar. Set the bowl or jar on the top rack of the dishwasher.

Run the dishwasher on a hot cycle. Be sure not to have any other dishes in the dishwasher for this cleaning process. The vinegar will remove the musty odor.

Once the cycle has finished your dishwasher should be clean and ready to use again.

  1. Garbage Disposal: Garbage disposals are great and usually get used a lot in most households. But with frequent use you will probably find that your garbage disposal starts to stink like, well garbage. Not exactly the fragrance you want in your kitchen or home.

There are a couple ways that you can clean and deodorize your garbage disposal:

  • Cut a lemon into four chunks and shove them down the disposal. Run the disposal with running water for about 15 seconds.
  • Peel one lemon and one orange. Place chunks of the peels into an ice cube tray then fill the rest of the tray with either water of vinegar. Vinegar works best to kill the odor. Place the tray in the freezer and allow the cubes to freeze. Next, throw the cubes down the disposal and allow them to be ground up for about 15 seconds.
  • Pour ½ cup of baking soda down the disposal than 1 cup distilled vinegar and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. Then run the disposal while running the water for about 15 seconds.
  1. Oven: For a chemical-free oven cleaner all you will need is baking soda and water. Sprinkle baking soda all over the inside of the oven then dampen with water using a spray bottle to make a paste. Allow the paste to sit for a few hours then wipe away the paste with a cleaning cloth and water.
  2. Refrigerator: To clean your fridge naturally you will need a microfiber cloth. Microfiber cloths are antibacterial so you just need warm water to clean and disinfect surfaces.

First, remove the contents of the fridge (good time to check expiration dates and get rid of anything that is no longer good). Next, wet the microfiber cloth with warm water start wiping all surfaces of the fridge starting from the top down.  Microfiber clothes also have shining clothes to dry surfaces with after you wipe them down to dry and shine the surface.

These cloths are great natural kitchen appliance cleaner for appliances like the microwave oven also!

  1. Coffee Maker: When you think of germy dirt places in your home you probably don’t think of the coffee maker but the chamber in the back of your coffee maker is the perfect place for yeast, mold, and bacteria growth. Yuck!

It is best to remove all removable pieces of your coffee maker to wash way and disinfect. You can hand wash the pieces in the sink with warm soapy water. Don’t forget to wipe down the warming plate and the outside of the maker as well. It is also best to leave the reservoir’s lid open for a while after use to allow it to dry completely.

Once a month you should deep clean your coffee maker. Fill the reservoir with equal parts water and vinegar. Place a paper filter into the machine’s empty basket.

Then brew the solution halfway.  Turn the machine off and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Then, turn it back on and finish brewing. Once done, dump out the vinegar solution from the pot and rinse everything out by brewing just water for a cycle.

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DIY Don’t


DIy Don'tIt’s characteristic that when you require something done, you’ll search out the cheapest option available that offers the best service. When you require your carpets cleaned one option is to hire a professional carpet cleaner; another is to DIY and rent a machine from your local hardware store.

The first vital component to consider is how powerful the do it yourself carpet cleaning machines are. The odds are you won’t have the capacity to rent the commercial grade equipment which implies anything you can get just won’t have the punch or cleaning power that you can get by using a professional. They won’t have the high pressure needed to get deep down and then they don’t have the high suction required to get the water out that’s been put down which will result in overwetting.

The second thing to consider is the price of the chemicals. When you rent the machine, you’ll be able to buy the chemicals that are marked up to make the most measure of cash. Without them, you won’t get far, and with them, you’ll be paying so much that you may as well have got the professionals in.

You likewise must make certain about what type of carpet, the types of stains, traffic areas and odors you are trying to remove, so that you will know what cleaner to get. You will be much happier with your results if you get the correct chemicals; it’s bad using a coffee stain remover on a urine stain.

Another factor to consider is the thing that damage you could do to the carpets. Most customers don’t know the difference between cleaning a wool carpet and one made of synthetic material.

With a decent DIY machine and good quality chemicals that are right for the carpets and stains you have you may have the capacity to clean your carpet with reasonable results, however, it’s is not recommended.

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Remove Lemonade Stains from Carpet

Remove Lemonade Stains

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When you spill lemonade, read our blog for tips to remove lemonade stains from carpet:

Lemonade doesn’t look like much of a stain on carpet when it first happens but you will want to remove lemonade right away because the acidic lemon juice can lead to discoloration or have a bleaching effect on carpet.

The is just something so summer about a cold refreshing glass of lemonade. Sure you can have lemonade all year around but it just tastes different on a hot summer day.

Unfortunately, spills inside the home are not uncommon especially when you have little ones. But truthfully a spill can happen to anyone anytime but don’t panic we have provided some tips to help you remove lemonade from your carpet before it can cause any damage.

As a bonus, we have provided a delicious homemade fresh squeezed lemonade recipe as well as the amazing health benefits you enjoy from fresh lemon juice.

Lemon Juice Health Benefits:

First, let’s look at the health benefits of drinking fresh lemon juice:

  • Helps Digestion – lemon juice helps the digestive system to flush out toxins and waste from your body. It also stimulates the liver to produce extra bile which is needed for healthy digestion. Fresh lemon juice can help relieve common digestion system problems like bloating, belching, and heartburn.

Lemon juice also helps support a healthy bowel system by preventing diarrhea and constipation. The American Cancer Society recommends fresh lemon juice and water to cancer patients to help their bowel system.

  • Helps Shed Excess Pound – Lemon juice is high in pectin fiber, which helps reduce cravings and helps you feel fuller longer.
  • Strengthens you Immune System – Lemon juice is high in vitamin C which helps boost your immune system and helps your body fight off colds and the flu.

Lemon allows your body to absorb more iron which is important to a healthy immune system.

  • Gives you a Better Complexation – Drinking Lemon juice regularly will help improve the appearance of your skin. It is high in vitamin C as well as other antioxidants that help fight free radicals to keep your skin wrinkle and blemish free and smooth.
  • Boosts you Energy – Lemons are full of healthy elements like vitamin B and C, proteins, and carbohydrates which will help you feel refresh and revitalized. It hydrates and oxygenates your body as well.
  • Cures Bad Breath – the acidic of lemons helps to clean and activate production of saliva to kill odd-causing bacteria in your mouth.
  • Treats Sore Throats – Lemon juice is antibacterial and can help to fight throat infections that cause sore throats and tonsillitis.
  • Lowers Blood Pressure – lemon juice helps to clean out the lymphatic system and keep it hydrated to keep blood pressure under control.

Since lemons are high in potassium they can also help you sleep better, lower stress levels and increase your mental alertness which can all help to keep your blood pressure in check.

So freeze lemon juice is really good for you in a lot of ways. You can enjoy lemon juice by adding it to water or by making a healthy lemonade.

Freeze Squeezed Lemonade Recipe:


  • A 32 oz. pitcher
  • Eight lemons
  • Stevia All Natural Sweetener
  • Water


  1. Cut the lemons into pieces to be juiced.
  2. Squeeze the lemon juice into the pitcher.
  3. Fill the rest of the pitcher with water.
  4. Add about a teaspoon of Stevia. More or less to taste.
  5. Stir thoroughly and enjoy!

So now that you know why you should be drinking fresh lemonade let’s get to what to do if the unthinkable has happened and that refreshing delicious beverage ended up on the carpet.

How to Remove Lemonade Stains from Carpet:

  1. Blot as much of the lemonade as possible with a white cloth or plain paper towel.
  2. Mix a cleaning solution of one teaspoon cleaning ammonia and about one cup warm water.
  3. First, test a small area of carpet to be sure the solution does not cause any damage.
  4. Dab the solution onto the stain and the let sit for a few minutes.
  5. Apply more cleaning solution and let it sit a few minutes again.
  6. Blot the area repeatedly with a new clean white cloth.
  7. Rinse the area thoroughly with cool water.
  8. Dry the area with a new dry cloth.

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Remove Buffalo Sauce Stains

Remove Buffalo Stains

Buffalo Sauce and blue cheese dressing is a match made in heaven. But stains from buffalo sauce and blue cheese can be a nightmare to get out of carpet. Learn how to remove buffalo sauce stains from our blog:

We have provided some helpful tips to remove buffalo sauce stains from carpet as well as a different take on buffalo chicken.

Deep-fried wings smothered in spicy buffalo sauce and then dip creamy blue cheese dressing might just be one of the best combos EVERY.

Unfortunately, deep-fried is not exactly great for your waistline. That’s why we have included an awesome recipe that allows you to enjoy the goodness of buffalo sauce and blue cheese with a little less guilt.

Buffalo Chicken Wraps Recipe

Here is what you need:

  • About half pound of chicken breast
  • Buffalo sauce of your choice (Frank’s Red Hot recommended)
  • Blue cheese dressing of your choice
  • ½ Avocado
  • About 5 cucumber slice
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Tortilla shells ( small size recommended)

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Drizzle olive oil on the bottom of a pan or skillet.
  2. Place chicken breast in pan and turn heat to a medium setting.
  3. Salt and pepper the chicken to taste.
  4. Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees.
  5. Cook chicken until little browned on the outside and thoroughly cooked through.
  6. Take chicken out of pan and place on a cutting board. Cut chicken in cub about 1 inch by 1 inch. Be sure to check that the chicken has been cooked all the way through. ( if chicken has not been cooked all the way you can still cut it into pieces then just throw it back in the pan for a few more minutes on medium heat. This way the chicken will cook faster. Just be sure to not overcook and dry out the chicken.)
  7. While chicken is cooking wash and chop the romaine lettuce.
  8. Cut cucumber into slices then cut the slices into halves.
  9. Cut avocado into small chunks.
  10. Place the chicken cubes back into the pan and turn the heat done low. Add about ¼ cup buffalo sauce and mix together until chicken is smothered in sauce.
  11. Now that you have the chicken simmering with the buffalo sauce place tortilla shells in the oven for about 5 minutes.
  12. Take tortilla shells out of the oven once they are warm and soft.
  13. Place chicken inside of the shells, then top with the cucumber, avocado, and romaine lettuce.
  14. Drizzle blue cheese dressing over the top.
  15. Fold in half and enjoy!

These spicy little guys are a great way to get your buffalo sauce fix without the guilt of eating deep-fried wings.

Ok so now for the part about what to do if some of that delicious buffalo sauce ends up on your carpet.

How to Remove Buffalo Sauce Stains from Carpet:

  1. Use a clean with cloth or paper towel to blot as much of the buffalo sauce as possible. Be careful not to scrub because this will spread the stain and work it deeper into the carpet fibers. Blot as much of the sauce as you can as quickly as possible. The longer the stain sits the harder it will be to remove.
  2. Mix a solution that is 50 % white vinegar and 50% water.
  3. Before applying the solution be sure to test a small are of carpet to be sure that it does not cause any discoloration or damage.
  4. Dab the solution onto the stain using a clean white cloth or paper towel.
  5. Continue dabbing and apply the solution until the stain disappears. Be sure to use a fresh cloth or paper towel when it becomes saturated with the sauce to avoid spreading the stain.
  6. Once the stain has been completely removed rinse the area with cold water by dabbing the area with a clean cloth.
  7. Finally, dry the area as much as possible to avoid any mold or mildew growth.

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How to Prevent Children Messes

Prevent Messes

Learn how to prevent children messes for a happier, healthier family home: 

It doesn’t always seem like a clean house is a real possibility when you have kids. It might feel like an uphill battle that you are losing on a daily basis. We have some helpful tips on how to prevent children messes.

On an adorable side note, the Racine Zoo recently welcomed a couple new little ones. Twin emperor tamarins were born April 18 and came in weighing about 1.4 to 1.7 ounces each.

Mamma emperor tamarin, Isabella came from Zoo New England and proud papa, Marquis from San Francisco Zoo. The two have been a couple since the summer of 2012, where it was love at first sight.

Another interesting tidbit about these little creatures is that dad is a stay-at-home dad and the primary caretaker of the little ones.

So anyway, the point is little monkeys make are pretty much the same as little kids. Both can be hyperactive, have high-pitched screams and can make a serious mess.

If you have little ones, then you know what we are talking about. Keeping up with kids can be exhausting. Your home can go from spotless and clean to complete disaster in two seconds when you have kids. Your best bet is to prevent children messes if possible.

Tips to Prevent Children Messes

  1. Decide what is to keep and what needs to go. The first step to having a clean home is to declutter. Kids often have tons of toys they don’t play with anymore just taking up space and creating clutter. Go through all their toys and decided what your kids truly love and what they won’t miss. Most of the time kids don’t even notice when un-played with toys are gone. Donating un-played with toys is a great way to bring organization to your home.
  2. Go through the entire room. Go through drawers, cubbies, shelves, closets etc. Pull everything out and divide into piles. One for things to keep and another to donate. This will probably take a while so block off a day to complete this project.
  3. Leave clean space. When you are putting things back don’t try to fill every, draw, shelf and closet. It is ok to have empty space. Space item out, they will look nicer and more organized when they are not crammed together.
  4. Keep toys in one room. Avoid toys being left in the living room, kitchen, dining room or anywhere else that you don’t want them. Make a rule that toys are only allowed in bedrooms or a designated play area.
  5. Invest in bins. Bins or baskets are great for containing and hiding kid’s stuff. It is also easy for you and your kids to just toss items in when its clean up time. For even more organization label the bins or baskets with what they contain blocks, Legos, art supplies, stuffed animals, or whatever other mess making items your kids have.
  6. Everything has its place. Teach kids that every item has a place that it belongs to. Like the crayons belong in the art supplies bin and not in any other place. Having a specific place for everything will teach your kids organization and makes it easy to find the item you want quickly.
  7. Keep school papers organized. Have one place for all incoming school papers. Look through papers and then file them according to content. Be sure to label files so that you can find what you are looking for quickly. Also, it is a good idea to enter important dates and events right into your phone’s calendar.
  8. Teach your kids to clean. Instead of continuously picking up toys, teach them that cleaning up after themselves is part of play time.
  9. Out with the old and in with the new. After gift-receiving occasions like, Christmas and birthdays, go through your kid’s toys with them and decide together what items to get rid of to make room for the new items.
  10. Let kids be kids. Messes are going to happen with kids and that’s ok.

Hopefully, these tips will help prevent children messes in your home. Organization and taking the extra time to put things away in their appropriate place is the key to a clean and happy home.

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How To Clean Your Kitchen Fast

Clean your kitchen fast

Out of all the rooms in your house, the kitchen requires attention on a daily basis.

However, you do not want to spend ages cleaning your kitchen, multiple times in a day after every meal.

Below are some tips on transforming your kitchen from dirty to clean in a few minutes.

Soak dirty dishes

Scrubbing food off plates and other dishes takes a lot of time. By soaking the dishes, the food will simply fall off.

One of the first things you should do when cleaning your kitchen is to fill the sink with warm or hot water with some dish soap and leave your dishes to soak.  You can then focus on other places to clean in the kitchen. In a few minutes, the food particles stuck on the dishes will loosen and you can rapidly wash the dishes.

Clean from top to bottom

The fastest way of cleaning your kitchen is by using the rule of top to bottom and front to back. Following this rule is time-saving since you do not have to clean the same place twice.

Cleaning light colored cabinets

A couple of grease marks on your light colored cabinets, if you have any, can project the image of a dirty kitchen.

A great way to get rid of the grease spots is by placing a damp sponge in the microwave, heating it for around 30 seconds and then applying some acid-based cleaner on it.

The heat coming from the sponge gets rid of residue on cabinets and significantly reduces the time it takes to clean.

Freshen up a foul smelling garbage disposal

If there is a foul smell near your kitchen but there are no visible causes then odds are the funky smell is coming from your garbage disposal.

The garbage disposal is one of the smelliest fixtures in the kitchen. One way to get rid of the smell is by placing lemon peels in and running the disposal with water.

Another alternative for removing the funky smell is by running hot water down the disposal drain then adding quarter a cup of baking soda.

The next step is to turn off the disposal and water then leaving the mixture there for a couple of minutes. Finally, pour in a cup of vinegar and rinse well.

Polish up a stainless steel sink

A stainless steel sink which is shiny add a smart and clean touch to your kitchen.

To rapidly clean the sink without leaving a few scratches, use a wet sponge and baking soda. The baking soda gets rid of stains without scratching the sink.

Once you have gotten rid of the stains, rinse the sink with a spray bottle containing vinegar. The vinegar disinfects the sink. Once you are done, rinse the sink with water to leave it shiny.

Clear out the clutter

The kitchen table and counter top often act as dumping sites for everything, giving the kitchen a cluttered look, which is not appealing.

Make sure you place each item to its proper place.

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Eco-Friendly Landscaping Tips

Eco-Friendly Landscaping
The weather is beautiful in Wisconsin and since Earth Day is right around the corner we thought we would share some eco-friendly landscaping tips in time for your outdoor projects:

Earth day comes once a year but living an eco-friendly lifestyle is something that can be practiced on a daily basis.

When it comes to making eco-friendly changes it’s the little ones that really add up to make a difference.


Before we get into our eco-friendly landscaping tips let’s look at some Earth Day facts you may not know.

Fun Earth Day Facts:

  • The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970.
  • Earth Day originated in the US but became recognized worldwide by 1990.
  • Every year on April 22, men, women, and children collect garbage, plant trees, clean up coral reefs, chow movies, sign petitions, and plan for a better future.
  • Some schools and communities celebrate Earth Day for a whole week to expand the time frame that people focus on the earth and how to preserve it.
  • On Earth Day 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.
  • In an Earth Day celebration in 2011, 287 million trees were planted in Afghanistan by the Earth Day Network.
  • In Panama, 100 endangered species of orchids were planted and maintained to prevent their extinction in honor of Earth Day.
  • On the very first Earth Day, 20 million people gathered in the streets of America to protest the industrial revolution.

Helping the environment can start in your own backyard with our eco-friendly landscaping tips.

Reconfiguring your outdoor space is a great way to celebrate Earth Day this year.

Our Eco-friendly Landscaping Tips:

  • Pick low-maintenance plants. When choosing plants go for drought resistant plants. Drought resistant plants will not only save water but also pruning maintenance. Less yard work is a good thing! When you think drought resistant it does have to be cactus or yucca. Some great drought resistant plant options are:
  • Reuse material. Look around your property for materials you can reuse or recycle to reduce waste and as a bonus save money in the process! You can also ask neighbors for materials they aren’t going to use or check at local building sites for material that can be salvaged.
  • Use certified wood. Minimize the impact your landscaping has on natural resources and maximize your eco-friendly design by looking for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) approval. Be sure to avoid wood treated with chemicals by choosing a rot-resistant species grown in your region.
  • Reduce your lawn space. You may think that less green lush grass will make your yard look barren but that doesn’t have to be the case. Replace lawn space with low-maintenance plants, an eco-friendly patio or low impact walkway. This will cut back on water used to water grass as well as gas for lawn mowers.
  • Landscape to save energy and money. Did you know that a strategically placed tree can help save energy in your home which will save you money? Or that harnessing a summer breeze to your home can reduce the amount of energy you use? Find tips specific to where you live at U.S Department of Energy’s landscaping map.

It is important when eco-friendly landscaping your yard that you research which plants and trees work best in your region before you start digging in.

Follow these eco-friendly landscaping tips to save money, energy, water and your time. You will spend less time doing yard work and more time just enjoying your back yard.

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How To Clean Your Gutters

How to clean your gutters

Let’s face it, no one likes gutter cleaning.

This could be one of the most disliked house chores which you cannot avoid at any cost. Every homeowner who loves their house and wants to prevent it from damage must make gutter cleaning a ritual and learn to perform it at least twice a year.

The good part is that gutter cleaning is not a complicated job, you only have to learn how to do it aptly.

Skipping the chore only brings more problems including flooding and a cracked foundation. We will explore how you can clean your gutters so your home can be safe and free from unnecessary problems.

Why You Need to Clean Your Gutters

As I mentioned earlier, failure to clean your gutters can lead to other problems that you do not want to experience.

For starters, clogged gutters can affect the water drainage and wreak havoc in several ways. They can start leaking into the building, destroy the outlook and even seep into the foundation of your house.

Your gutters can get filled up with debris, grits and leaves or worse, create an ice dam on your roof!

When your gutters are overloaded with water, debris or subsequent ice, they’ll likely pull away and fall off the house. So, in order to prevent all these mess and chaos, it’s imperative to clean the gutters as when due, preferably twice a year.

Alright. Now that you know why you should get your gutters cleaned let’s proceed!

Tools for the Job:

  • Sturdy Ladder
  • Bucket (preferably one with S-hooks)
  • Safety glasses
  • Trowel
  • Gloves
  • Hose with spray nozzle
  • Screwdriver (just in case you need to remove and reattach downspout if it runs underground)

Safety First

As we mentioned earlier, the task of gutter cleaning is not difficult, but the chore can be dangerous if you fail to take necessary precautions. If you don’t feel confident about doing the task, it’s best you engage the services of a professional.

Note: Do not attempt this chore if you’re afraid of heights!

Here are some safety recommendations:

  • Be sure to have a sturdy ladder that’s planted firmly on the level ground. It’s recommended to use a stepladder on level ground and avoid climbing above the second to the last step. Do you have a two story home? If yes, we recommend going with an extension ladder.

Note: Do not lean too far out to the sides to prevent from falling out.

  • When climbing the ladder, be sure to put all the tools in a bucket and hook it to the top of where you’ll be working.
  • Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and use safety goggles to protect your eyes from loose debris. This is crucial!
  • Try as much as possible to avoid working near power lines. If your roof is near power lines, be sure to hire a professional.

How to Clean Gutters – Step By Step Guide

  • For starters, position the ladder close to a downspout and then spread a tarp beneath the section of the gutter to be cleaned.
  • Now hook your bucket of tools as well as an empty bucket to the top of the ladder. Okay, it’s time to put on your gloves and use a trowel to remove large debris (twigs, leaves, grits, etc.) and dump the same into the empty bucket. Be sure to work towards the opposite end and away from the downspout.
  • It’s time to clean the remaining dirt and small debris. Just get your hose equipped with a spray nozzle and use the same to flush out the gutter (Be sure to be positioned at the end of the gutter opposite the downspout). If done right, both the water and small debris should drain down the spout at the other end.
  • Are you having issues with draining the water? Just check the downspout strainer for clogs and rinse thoroughly.
  • Are you having issues with a clogged downspout? If that’s the case, you’ll have to work on the lower part of the spout at ground level. Once you gain access to the spout, be sure to insert the hose equipped with a spray nozzle up into the spout and blast the water through it.

This should dislodge the blockage, and even if this fails, you can use a tool called plumber’s snake to pull the clogged up stuff from the spout.

  • Now get your handy screwdriver and use it to reattach any pieces that were loosened while working on the downspout.
  • Once you’re done reattaching, use your hose coupled with the spray nozzle to flush out the gutters for the last time; as usual, work from the opposite end away from the downspout.

And that’s it! You’re now fully aware of how you can clean your gutters, so get up there and save your home today. Good luck!

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