Category Archives: Home Tips

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10 Simple & Green Ways to Save on Energy Bills This Winter

Everyone wants to save on their home heating bills. But not everyone has the money to pay for expensive renovations or has the time to take on several DIY projects at once. Here are 10 cheap and simple ways to save on heating this winter, that may just tide you over until you can tackle some of those bigger projects. Continue reading

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12 Ways to Organize Your Dorm Room on a Budget

Just because you’re living in a 10×10 room doesn’t mean that you can’t stay organized. In fact, it’s kind of essential that you do, otherwise you won’t be able to open your door by the end of midterms. (Seriously). So here’s 12 ways to DIY and organize your dorm room on a budget. Continue reading

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How to Clean Your Bathroom Green and Quick

I have a confession to make. I hate to clean my bathroom. I’m serious. If I can clean any other room in my house first I will. I think because I was doing these weekly and bi-weekly deep cleanings that seemed to take forever that it was making me crazy. So I started looking for ways to clean the bathroom quicker so that it wouldn’t such a chore. So now about twice a week, I do this: Continue reading

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Get Through the Holidays Without Losing your Mind, Blowing Your Budget or Gaining Weight

Every year people go nuts during the holidays, often starting the next year with a host of stress and health-related problems. Not to mention broke. Well here are 15 simple tips that will help you get through the holidays like a sane person and keep you out of the poor house to boot.

1. Prioritize – You don’t have to be at every party or buy absolutely everyone you know a gift. Stop trying to keep up with the Joneses. (You’ll be bankrupt and they’ll still be annoying). Decide ahead of time the people who are worth your time and money. Or if you are having a hard time paring the list down, let your budget dictate who will get the expensive bottle of wine. Your Boss? Sure. Your neighbor? Not so much. Continue reading

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10 Easy Earth Day Ideas

  1. Recycle – Yep. You know how to do it, but do you actually do it? The easiest way to recycle is to make sure you have a designated area to do so. Need ideas? Check out these nifty ideas:

    How to Set Up a Home Recycling Station that Works

    Martha Stewart Recycling Center

    Hidden Kitchen Recycling area

  2. Upcycle – I love doing this. Seriously. And I don’t mean doing the crazy stuff, like turning a car into a refrigerator or something. I mean simple things, like reusing binder clips, or embroidery hoops, or even litter boxes. For more Upcycle ideas check out my Upcycle Pinterest page. Continue reading
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Cheap Green Way to Clean Up Pet Hair

I have a love/hate relationship with my two cats. They are fun and affectionate and really don’t care what I look like, or how off-key I sing or if my socks match, as long as I feed them. (I have a couple of friends like that too). But their hair gets everywhere, and although I have hardwood floors, it can be a real pain to keep the furniture clean.

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Hot Water Doesn’t Get your Clothes Clean

Want to be more eco-friendly? Want to lower your heat or gas bill?

Wash your clothes in cold water. Seriously.

About 85% of the energy used to wash clothes goes entirely to heating up the water. Not the movement of the drum or even turning the thing on take up as much energy as heating the water pouring into it. Most clothes don’t require hot water to clean them. It’s true. We still wash the sheets and towels and dirty rags in hot water, but everything else gets washed in cold.

Hotter water doesn’t get the ring around the collar out of my husband’s shirts. Soap and a scrub brush does. Heat doesn’t Continue reading

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How to Unclog a Drain Without Killing Yourself…

I am really scared of the ingredients in things like Liquid Plumbr and Liquid Snake and some of those hardware store chemicals out there. Almost all of them contain sodium hydroxide (a.k.a.-lye) which is highly toxic if it comes in contact with your skin, hair, eyes or breathing passages. Not to mention what it does to the environment once it’s out of the house, it basically kills all kinds of wildlife in its path and alters the ph balance of rivers and streams.. Some of the chemicals always come back up into the sink or tub and inevitably make it’s way on to our skin or into the air of the bathroom. Not.taking.that.chance.

For everyday sink, tub and shower clogs we do the following at the House of Brown:

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How to Remove Coffee and Tea Stains from Mugs

Don’t you hate those annoying coffee, tea and even hot chocolate stains that end up on your mugs and teacups? They could be porcelain, clay or glass those stains can be troublesome to remove. I went searching for a solution and was shocked to read about people using things like bleach to clean things that they drink out of! Below are a few ways to clean them easily, and they’re safe and cheap too!

Method #1 – Baking Soda

  • Make a paste of 1 tablespoon and water. Rub the paste with a cloth, sponge or a toothbrush on the stain until removed. Rinse thoroughly. Continue reading
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How to Clear a Clogged Shower Head With Vinegar

I had company recently who kindly pointed out that my water pressure was low, and sure enough when I turned on the shower, the water just came out in a trickle. But the pressure in the tub was just fine, which led me to one embarrassing conclusion…

The shower head was clogged.
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