ACVYou’ve probably heard about all the benefits of apple cider vinegar in the beauty department – it can be used as a toner, a deodorant, and even a conditioning hair rinse. But did you know Apple Cider Vinegar can be used as a cleaning product? If you’ve been thinking of going non-toxic, replacing your current cleaners with apple cider vinegar is the affordable, easy way to do just that. Here are some of the household items you can replace and how to do so!

1. Fabric Softener

Apple Cider Vinegar is a great way to condition your laundry if you have sensitive skin. Just add 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar in place of your fabric softener and stop all the itching caused by harsh chemicals.

2. Household Cleaner

Apple cider vinegar has a great deal of antibacterial properties so it works extremely well as an every day household cleaner. Mix equal parts water and Apple Cider Vinegar in a spray bottle and you’re ready to clean! While the vinegar smell will fade, you can add a few drops of citrus essential oil to leave a great smell once it dries.

3. Drain Cleaner

Instead of buying drain cleaner filled with dangerous chemicals, use safe items you probably already have! Mix 1/2 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of baking soda and pour that down your clogged drain. Then, pour 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar. Let the products react for 1-2 hours and then rinse with warm water.

4. Window Cleaner

Using the same combination as the everyday household cleaner, mixing equal parts apple cider vinegar and water to create a smear-free window spray.

5. Stainless Steel Cleaner

Your typical stainless steel cleaner can get pricey. Instead, use apple cider vinegar straight out of the bottle to clean your stainless steel.

6. Sticker Remover

Sticker removal can be a giant pain. Soak the area where the sticker won’t budge with apple cider vinegar for about 20 minutes, and then scrape it off!

7. Weed Killer

We’ve all read the warning labels on weed killer found at local hardware stores, so it isn’t a surprise that we can be hesitant when it comes to using those products in the yard where our children or pets spend a great deal of time. Avoid those harsh chemicals and create an alternative, effective weed killer. Mix 1/2 gallon of Apple Cider Vinegar, 1/4 cup of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap in a large spray bottle. Be sure to spray on each set of weeds individually and avoid spraying any plants you want to keep.

8. Mildew Remover

If you’re trying to get rid of mildew in your bathroom, use apple cider vinegar! For heavy mildew, use Apple Cider Vinegar on its own. For lighter stains, use equal parts Apple Cider Vinegar and water. You can add essential oils to this mix as well for a scent booster.

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Save Your Home From Dryer Fires


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Every year, more than 2900 home fires are started by clothes dryers. The leading cause of these fires are from a build of up lint from lack of maintenance. The removable lint filter unfortunately doesn’t catch all of the cloth and fabric particles, so maintenance requires a little more than just emptying the filter after each load. Whether you live in your own home or plan to purchase in the near future, it’s important to have safeguards in place for the utilities that you use that could put your home at risk. You want to make sure that the lint that gets trapped in crevices and in the hose on it’s way outside are thoroughly cleaned.

Here are a few warning signs to look for that may indicate your dryer is getting clogged up by lint:

  • Clothes are taking a lot longer to dry, and sometimes not even drying all the way.
  • Clothes may be hotter by the end of the cycle.
  • The outside of the dryer starts to get really hot.
  • The outside exhaust vent flapper isn’t opening much.
  • The laundry room begins to feel really humid.
  • There is a burnt smell in the laundry room.

If this seems to be the case, then you’ll want to evaluate your dryer. The tools you need to clean it are as follows:

  • A vacuum with a long hose attachment.
  • Dryer vent brush kit.
  • Screwdriver
  • UL listed metal foil duct tape

Here are 4 steps to cleaning your dryer:

1. Remove the lint trap filter and make sure it’s completely cleaned off. You want to make sure you’re cleaning the filter after every load to help prevent lint build up.

2. Vacuum the space that houses the lint trap filter. The filter doesn’t capture all of the particles, and this is the second place the lint will begin to accumulate.

3. Disconnect the dryer duct and clean out the duct with a long hose from a vacuum. You can also use a duct brush to help you complete a more thorough job.

4. Make sure the duct is connected properly. You don’t want it cinched in any part of the duct, to prevent crevices where the lint can get stuck.

No one knows the value your home has as much as this real estate pro, keep it protected by taking some simple cautionary steps to keeping everything in running order. And if you’re in need of a brand new laundry room altogether, don’t forget to give us a call. Great Lakes Home Team is here to help. Have a question…ask. Interested to learning more about selling your home or buying a home…we would love the opportunity to sit down and discuss your wants and needs.  http://www.greatlakeshometeam.com


Why you should be eating apples

Apples have been cultivated as far back as 6,000 B.C. The conquering Roman armies planted apple trees wherever they traveled. Apples have played a crucial role in Biblical stories, myth, culture and tall tales the world over for centuries. Don’t just think Johnny Appleseed; think Greek mythology.

The American proverb is “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” The original proverb: “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread” originated in 1866. And that’s not the first time apples were mentioned in regards to their medicinal properties. According to Chinese medicine, apples strengthen the heart, quench thirst, lubricate the lungs, decrease mucous and increase body fluids.

15 reasons why apples are a super food

  1. The contributions that apples make to a healthy diet are wide and varied. Here’s why you should make shouldn’t be eating one a day; you should be eating two!
  2. Apples have about 5 grams of soluble fiber, which has a variety of health benefits, including
  3. Reducing intestinal disorders, including diverticulitis, hemorrhoids and possibly some types of cancer
  4. Reducing cholesterol levels, which is good for the heart
  5. Helping control insulin levels by releasing sugar slowly into the bloodstream
  6. Cleansing and detoxifying, which helps eliminate heavy metals such as lead and mercury
  7. The pectin in apples helps to reduce cholesterol levels by lowering insulin secretion
  8. Research has shown that eating five apples a week lowered the risk of respiratory diseases, including asthma
  9. Eating an apple shields your teeth from decay-causing bacteria, earning it the nickname “nature’s toothbrush”
  10. Studies indicate that eating apples daily can reduce skin diseases
  11. Apples help you feel full. According to a Brazilian study, women who eat an apple before a meal helped them lose 33% more weight than those who didn’t
  12. Depending upon its size, an apple contains between 50 and 80 calories and has no fat or sodium
  13. The skin of the apple contains 10% of your daily allowance of vitamin C. They are also packed with vitamin A and flavonoids and have smaller amounts of phosphorus, iron and calcium
  14. Apples are a good source of potassium, which may promote heart health
  15. Crunchy and delicious, apples are a satisfying snack that can curb hunger pangs

Interesting apple trivia:

There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples worldwide and 2,500 in America.

Apples are grown in all 50 states, but are grown commercially in 36 states.

World’s top apple producers are China, United States, Turkey, Poland and Italy.

The average U.S. consumer eats about 19 pounds of fresh apples a year.

The apple tree is a member of the rose family.

25% of an apple’s volume is air, which is why they float when bobbing for apples.

In ancient Greece, when a man proposed to a woman he would toss her an apple; if she caught it, it meant she accepted the proposal.

Apples contain about 5% protein.

Apple trees start to produce fruit in their fifth year and can live to be 100 years old.

The largest apple weighed three pounds.

One apple requires 50 leaves to feed it and help it grow.