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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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The Beauty of the 15 Minute Cleanup

You know that wonderful feeling that comes from a perfectly clean living space? Everything in its place, cabinets neat and tidy, clothes all washed and put away, fridge perfectly clean with not a single unidentifiable-science-project-disguised-as-a-leftover in sight? Bathrooms so sparkling you can see yourself in the floor from daily cleaning? Recycling bins neatly stacked and ordered by the door? Perfect hand-knit throw draped from the arm of an equally clean couch, remotes neatly arranged in the basket by your feet. Even the cat is happy and neatly curled up by the fireplace?

Nope? Me neither.

I am NOT (contrary to what this blog might have led you to believe), a neat freak. I try. I really do. And I do love organization, but as a verb. It’s an ongoing process in our household (and we don’t even have kids yet.) Although I wish I could get all of my shelves to look like this… Continue reading

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I ♥ Binder Clips

I love binder clips!  They’re cheap, come in all kinds of sizes. and can be used for EVERYTHING! I was just noticing the other day just how many ways we use them around the house. There are a million and one uses for these things, but here are 12 of my favorite…

  1. Holding snack bags closed
  2. holding the ends of my twists when I’m styling my hair
  3. Keeping a towel on my shoulders when I henna my hair
  4. Cord keeper
  5. Put at the end of the toothpaste tube so we get out every last drop
  6. Holding photos
  7. Hold hair accessories together when traveling
  8. Clothespin
  9. Keeping index cards organized
  10. DIY money clip
  11. Book mark
  12. Keeping my ID/Train pass handy

Lifehacker even showed a video of a guy who made an iPhone dock out of binder clips check it out… Continue reading

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How to Scrub a Dirty Sink Naturally…

I get busy. Sexy and I are BOTH busy. And sometimes the dinner dishes don’t get done till the next morning. (We’re human, it happens.)Last week I picked up my cast iron skillet which had been left in the sink from the day before and the sink looked like this…

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Now I know what most of you are thinking… there’s no way those “natural” cleaners she’s always talking about are gonna REALLY clean THAT!

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Savvy Mailbag: Another Way Dryer Sheets Can Be a Fire Hazard

This week’s mailbag post comes from artist and my Savvy Logo designer Akinseye Brown. No relation, but him, his wife and Sexy and I are all good friends. He shared this interesting story that was sent to him by a friend:

Akinseye writes…

The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load of clothes.) He took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material. Well …. the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn’t go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh – that’s what burns out the heating unit.

You can’t SEE the film, but it’s there. It’s what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free. Continue reading

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3 Spray Air Freshener Recipes

Here’s a few quick, cheap recipes that I use in our house. These are better for the environment as well as your health than aerosol sprays and they can be made in smaller quantities to take with you on trips! (I’m a little weird about how hotel rooms smell, and don’t get me started about those sheets! LOL).

Orange Bathroom Spray

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup unflavored vodka (or other high proof liquor)*
  • 20 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 3 cups water
  • spray bottle

Directions:
Put the liquor and oils in the spray bottle first and shake vigorously to mix. Then fill the rest of the bottle with water and shake again. This one is great for the bathroom. This one really does work well on stinky odors. Shake well before each use. Continue reading

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Organize Your Life Like You’re Getting on a Plane

The night before I go on a trip, I check the weather for the destination’s forecast, and plan my outfits for the whole week. I narrow down my footwear to what I’m going to wear on the plane, a pair of sneakers, 1 pair of heels, and a 1 pair of black flats. I decide what size suitcase and what carry on to bring, and what will go into each. I stay up late planning, and prepping, and funneling various oils, creams and conditioners into travel-size containers with the precision of a chemist. I try to get cash and packets of oatmeal ahead of time, so I won’t have to deal with the high prices of food and $5 ATM fees at the terminal, and I reserve a parking space near the airport. This process usually works out pretty well, and I get to my destination ready to relax or work or whatever. Pretty savvy right?

BUT…

For some reason, getting up, working out, and getting out of the house and to the office by 9am on a daily basis completely eludes me. I don’t hear the alarm, nothing that I want to wear (or can fit comfortably) is clean, I can never find at least one of my shoes, my phone isn’t charged, I forget to feed the cat, (who in protest, has thrown-up on my yoga mat). Sexy is ALWAYS telling me to slow down after hearing me yelp out in pain from accidentally slamming one of my appendages into a stationary object. I walked halfway to the subway once when I realized that I still had 3 twists in a roller in the back of my head, I forgot my earrings, and the alarm company was calling me because the alarm was going off because I’d left my keys in the door and it had swung open.

Then it dawned on me.

Why not approach every (week)day as if I had to be on a plane, leaving at 9am? Hmmm. With some modifications, this just might work.

So here’s my top 10 list of how to get through the week a bit smoother. I have tried this and it actually works! Continue reading

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How to Sanitize Your Sponges and Wipes

If you’re trying to cut back on using paper towels, then using Handi Wipes, Microfiber cloths and Skoy cloths and even sponges are a good option. However, in the kitchen we all want to reduce germs right? So what I do is every couple of days or so I wet my sink sponge, or cloth or whatever I’ve been using to wipe off the counters and stick it in the microwave on high for 30 seconds. (The item being nuked MUST BE WET , trust me on this.) Then at the end of the week, any cloths or dishtowels get sprayed with Hydrogen peroxide and tossed in the washer. Simple, cheap and..(wait for it) Savvy!

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DIY Dish Drainer

I love finding new uses for things I already have!

I’m lucky enough to live in New York and have a sizeable kitchen, (no closet space though, I guess you can’t have everything right?), with a double sink to boot. So usually whatever is not going into the dishwasher gets washed and drained on the other side of the sink. But sometimes there are things that don’t fit, or I’m too tired to dry them, or they’re too fragile, or well, we’re being just plain lazy. That’s when I came up with the brilliant idea of using a pan and a cookie rack as a dishdrainer. It’s easy.

Just place a “10 x 15″ cooling rack inside of a 17″ x1 2″ baking sheet like this, and voila!

Your glasses, bowls, bottles and jars all drain quite nicely.

Those are some pretty wine goblets we got as wedding presents, (thanks Vikki and Terrel!)

What are some of your kitchen DIY ideas?