Category Archives: Home Tips

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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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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 I do the following:

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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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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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DIY Natural Sink Cleaner

Ok I’ll admit it. I get busy and sometimes the dinner dishes don’t get done till the next morning. (I’m human, it happens.) This why I keep baking soda and vinegar right by the sink in case I need to make some DIY Natural Sink Cleaner. 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…

DIY Natural Sink Cleaner, savvybrown

eeeww….

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