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Posted by Afonso Real Estate on 1/20/2016

It gets dirty easily and can be a pain to clean. It is your microwave and you may think closing the door is the best solution. There is a quick and easy way to get your microwave like new and you probably have everything you need in your cabinets. The recipe is natural, low cost and very effective so go ahead and open the door to your microwave and clean away. Here is the recipe to a clean and shiny microwave: Ingredients Vinegar Water Essential Oil (if desired) 1. Combine the vinegar and water in a microwave safe bowl. †If you would like a pleasant smelling microwave you can add a few drops of essential oil. 2. Place the bowl in the microwave. Heat the water and vinegar mixture until it is boiling. 3. Let the bowl stand in the microwave for a few minutes. The steam will soften any dried splatters of food. 4. Remove the bowl and wipe down the walls of the microwave with a damp sponge or a soft absorbent cloth.





Posted by Afonso Real Estate on 1/6/2016

Bringing home baby can be stressful but making sure your home is safe for baby is a part of being a new parent. You may think that there isn't much a newborn can do or get into but before you know it your tiny little baby will be toddling around and getting into everything. Here are some quick baby proofing tips to get you started: -Check the crib slats and make sure they are no further than 2 3/8th inches apart. -No soft bedding, blankets or toys in the cribs which can cause suffocation. -Remove hanging cords and secure them from window blinds and treatments. -Plug all electrical outlets. -Set the water heater to no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. -Install locking lids on all toilets. -Store poisons, including medications in a high cabinet. All medications and toxic chemicals should also have safety lids. -Use foam corners to soften all the hard and sharp corners of tables, the hearth etc. -Install baby proof locks on drawers and cabinets. -Door locks and hinge protectors are also good ideas for doors to rooms and closets. These are just a few tips for baby proofing your home. You can find more information on how to keep kids safe from the American Academy of Pediatrics at HealthyChildren.org.





Posted by Afonso Real Estate on 11/11/2015

Painting is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to change the look of your home. Getting started and knowing what to do is usually the hardest part but the following tips these tips will help to make your painting projects easier. These instructions and suggestions can save you time and effort while helping you end up with a better-looking paint job. PREPARE THE SURFACE Clean the surface to be painted. Fill in any cracks or holes with putty before starting the painting job. Caulk all joints, cracks and seams in the surface before painting. Check around the window panes for loose or missing putty. Replace the putty in these areas before starting the painting job. Use drop cloths to cover floors, furniture, etc. PAINTING POINTERS Thoroughly mix the paint. Pour off, into another container, any thin portion of the paint that is floating on top. Use a paddle to stir the paste settled in the bottom of the can. Pouring the paint back and forth from one container to another will help thoroughly mix the paint. Line your roller tray with a plastic tray liner or aluminum foil it will save you a lot of clean up time in the end. Always use the flat side of the brush when you're painting corners. CLEANING UP Cleaning the brushes carefully after each painting job is done and then wrapping and storing them for future use. Fold wax paper around the brush and seal it with a rubber band. Clean rollers in the same basic way as paintbrushes. Take time to clean them thoroughly. Wash latex paints out of a brush with clear warm water. Following the quick and simple tips will have you with a whole new look and a clean and easy paint job.




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Posted by Afonso Real Estate on 10/28/2015

There are many common household items that can be used to solve everyday problems. Everyday products can be used to remove stains, fix broken items and even clean the toilet! Here are just a few things you can find around the house to fix those everyday problems:

  • Use Kool Aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet.
  • Use peanut butter to remove scratches out of CD's. Wipe off with a coffee filter paper. Don't use chunky!
  • Pam cooking spray will also remove paint, and grease from your hands.
  • Coat goggles and glasses with Colgate toothpaste to keep them from fogging.
  • Coca Cola will remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. It is also know to remove corrosion from car batteries.
  • Morton salt has been proven to remove wine stains. Pour the salt onto the wine and watch it absorb into the salt.
  • Listerine can be used to clean that dirty grout.
  • Vinegar will take care of a case of heavy dandruff.
  • Karo Syrup is said to get out grass stains.
  • Do you have any common household remedies to share? If so, please share!





Posted by Afonso Real Estate on 10/7/2015

We think of the spring and fall as home clean up time but taking advantage of the warmer weather and time off from work makes summer the perfect time to do a home maintenance checkup. Get Ready for Cooler Weather Do an Energy Audit Take a walk around your home and take an inventory of gaps and cracks. Plugging leaks can save you 20% on heating and cooling bills. Look for gaps under switch plates. If you find gaps install foam inserts. Make sure to turn off the electricity at the circuit box before doing this. Donít forget to check where windows meet walls, walls meet floors and pipes and wires enter the home. Plug all gaps with caulk. Other places to find leaks are fireplace dampers, mail slots, air conditioners, attic doors, baseboards and the weather stripping surrounding doors. Look for daylight, feel for drafts and listen for rattles; all clues to escaping heat. Now look outside the house. Look for gaps or damage where pipes, vents or wiring enter. Also check siding for gaps or damage, pay attention to corners where the material joins and where it meets other materials, like chimneys, windows or the foundation. Save Money on Heat and Hot Water Save on heating costs next winter by insulating the hot-water pipes in the basement or crawl space. Insulating pipes is easy; all you need to do is snap foam jackets (called sleeves) around the pipes. Make sure you know the pipeís diameter to get the correct fit. Get the Outside in Tip-Top Shape Pretty the Patio There is nothing more uninviting than dirty patio furniture. Mix up a bucketful of soapy bleach solution to keep your patio furniture squeaky clean. Mix 2/3 cup trisodium phosphate (TSP), 1/3 cup laundry soap powder, a quart of bleach and three quarts of warm water. Use a rag and soft-bristle brush to remove embedded dirt on synthetic coverings, metal and wood furniture. Rinse thoroughly and let dry. Donít destroy the deck Donít let your pretty deck flowers rot your wood deck. Make drainage room in your potted plants by setting pots on pot ďfeetĒ. For a frugal solution; just prop bricks under the pots. Look out for tree trouble Trees that hang over your roof, rub against gutters or dropping loads of leaves and sticks onto the roof should be pruned. Overhanging branches can provide a ladder for rats and squirrels, and diseased or damaged trees may fall on your home in a storm. Fix the fence Look for damage along the fence line. Mow the grass next to the fence low so you can get good visibility. Keep your fence in tip-top shape by make prompt repairs. Check fence posts for signs of rot (poke soft spots in the wood for crumbling or decay). Remove and replace the damaged areas. Keep fences painted or stained to protect the wood. If dogs or other animals are tunneling under the fence attach a 2-foot-wide apron of wire mesh around the inside perimeter of the fence.







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