Your pets are part of the family. So when you move, you want to make sure that your new location becomes a home to both you and your animal.
Work your pets into the details of your big day so they don’t feel uncomfortable or get left behind. We’ve already provided some tips on how to move with your pets, but now we have a checklist for every stage of your move.
Before the Move
Consider your pet from the start to ensure an easier move.
Keep your pet in mind when choosing a location.
Wherever you go, remember that your pet needs space and security. Is the location close to somewhere where it could exercise?
Are there other animals in the neighborhood that could intimidate your dog or cat?
If you will move into an apartment or condo instead of a house, make sure that the landlord allows animals. And if you move into a house, research the neighborhood to make sure your pets will be safe there. If the neighborhood sits next to an industrial park or major highway, your pets have a higher risk of injury if they leave the house.
Purchase a roomy crate or carrier, with enough room for food and water, and get your pet accustomed to the crate. You can use the carrier as a bed or a spot for eating for a few days before the move.
Find a veterinarian.
An emergency could happen at any time, so find the location of the nearest vet before you arrive at your new home.
During the Move
Moving day might be stressful for you, but it’s equally stressful for a pet has never traveled before. Try not to transport your pet by air. If you travel across or out of the country, contact the airline and make arrangements. Otherwise, use these suggestions for a pleasant car trip.
Plan pit stops along the way and keep treats on hand.
If you plan to keep your pet in a carrier for the trip, stop on occasion to let your animal walk around and do its business. Assign one person to keep track of your pets and their needs. A treat now and then or a fun chew toy can reassure your pet through the long drive.
Find a pet-friendly hotel or kennel if you are staying overnight.
Ideally, you will be able to keep your pet with you in the hotel, but you might need to arrange other boarding for your pet overnight. Remember that you shouldn’t leave your dog alone in the car due to theft or uncomfortable weather conditions.
What about my fish?
Fish present fewer issues than furry companions when it comes to planning your move. You don’t have let them out or keep them entertained during the drive. If you keep the same tank, you don’t need to acclimate fish to a new home. You only have to worry about transporting them.
To keep your fish safe, you should:
- Stop feeding your fish a day or two before traveling so they do not produce as much waste and use up oxygen too fast.
- Buy an insulated cooler, durable foam container, or fish bag. You can even set up your filter system if you have a solid container. Whatever you choose, your container needs a tight lid to keep water from spilling.
- Line the container to further prevent spills, but smooth out the lining so your fish do not get trapped.
- Keep your bag or container with a ratio of 1/3 water and 2/3 air.
- Bring bags of hot or cold water to keep the temperature steady.
You’ve finally made it to your new location, and your pet wants to roam around. Not so fast. Before you let your furry friend settle in, follow these tips.
Make your new home or apartment safe and comfortable for your pet.
As you move in, you’re going to have boxes and objects everywhere. Clear out a spot for your pet, in the backyard or in a spot inside blocked off from your other items. Put out food, bedding, and favorite toys so the surroundings become friendly and familiar.
Check that area for:
- Choking hazards
- Strong cleaners or pesticides
- Plugged-in appliances or worn electrical cords
- Access to trash cans or elevated areas
- Loose screens or fences
If you will allow your pets in, out of, and around the house, let your animals roam around as soon as it’s safe. You can also try introducing them to one spot at a time.
Give your pet some attention.
Moving is a long process, and you’ve likely neglected this loved member of your family. Take your dog on a walk around your new surroundings. Buy your cat a new toy. They deserve it.
Try these suggestions and make a personalized plan of your own so moving day goes off without a hitch.
Last week, Wheaton World Wide Moving hosted its annual Thanksgiving lunch for its corporate staff in Indianapolis, Ind. MCL Restaurant and Bakery provided the turkey, ham and mashed potatoes, while the employees all brought a side dish and/or dessert to share. Below are some of the favorite recipes to incorporate into your Thanksgiving dinner next week.
Whitney’s World Famous Taco Dip
1 package taco seasoning mix
1 16 oz can refried beans
1 16 oz container sour cream
Shredded cheese (your choice)
1 6 oz can of sliced black olives
Bag of chips for dipping
Layer starting with refried beans, then mix the taco seasoning into the sour cream and layer on top refried beans. Top it off with lettuce, cheese, tomato, black olives, and you are done!
Olivia’s Sweet Potato Casserole
8-10 peeled and boiled sweet potatoes
1 cup of brown sugar
1 stick of salted butter
Bag of mini marshmallows
1) Preheat oven 350 degrees
2) Mix sweet potatoes, brown sugar and salted butter with a mixer until it is whipped and smooth
3) Top with mini marshmallows and chopped pecans
4) Bake for 30 minutes or until the marshmallows are slightly browned and melted
Karen’s Mac & Cheese
2 cups uncooked macaroni
1/2 stick butter
5 cups half and half
Small amount chopped onion
Salt and pepper to taste.
Lots of shredded cheese of your choice
Five slices of cooked bacon (optional)
1. Preheat oven at 325 degrees
2. Melt butter in cake style pan
3. Layer the following: 2 cups uncooked macaroni, 5 cups half and half, cheese, onion, salt and pepper
4. The cold milk will make the dry macaroni stick to the bottom of the pan once you add the milk. Stir to loosen the macaroni from the bottom of the pan.
5. Cook for 45 min to 1 hour. Stir 2 or 3 times as it cooks. This allows the steam to escape as the cheese melts and seals the top of the dish.
6. Cut bacon into small pieces and spread across the top of the macaroni and cheese.
3 boxes of Stove Top dressing
1 bag of microwave rice with seasoning
1) Preheat oven at 325 degrees
2) Prepare Stove Top dressing and Rice according to directions on the box3) Place stuffing into a 9×12 pan
4) Fold cooked rice into dressing
5) Back until brown, if desired
Barb’s Pistachio Cake
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 3/4 tubes Ritz Crackers (reduced fat)
1/2 gallons vanilla bean ice cream (sugar added)
9 oz Cool Whip
2 packages instant pistachio pudding mix
Crust: Melt butter. Grind up Ritz crackers in a food processor. Combine and press in the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
Filling: Combine softened ice cream, cool whip, and dry pudding mix together. Spread on top of crust.
Freeze for at least 8 hours
Luann’s Pumpkin Rolls
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup Pure Pumpkin
1 cup chopped walnuts, if desired
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1) Heat oven to 375°F.
2) Grease 15x10x1-inch jelly-roll pan; line with parchment or waxed paper. Grease and flour paper; set aside.
3) Use clean thin, cotton kitchen towel on counter; sprinkle with powdered sugar.
4) Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl.
3) In a large bowl, combine eggs and sugar; beat until thickened. Add pumpkin; beat until well mixed. Stir in flour mixture.
4) Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with walnuts, if desired.
5) Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched. Immediately loosen cake from edges of pan; invert onto prepared towel. Remove pan; carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake in towel while hot, Cool completely on wire rack.
6) Beat cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, softened butter and vanilla in small bowl until smooth. Carefully unroll cake; remove towel. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake.
7) Wrap in plastic food wrap; refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.
Stephanie’s Pumpkin Bars
1 (18 oz) box of yellow cake mix
1/2 cup of butter, melted
13 ounces pumpkin butter (specifically 1 13-oz jar of pumpkin pecan butter from Williams & Sonoma)
1 tablespoon of flour
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of butter, softened
3 tablespoons of milk
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1) Preheat oven to 350
2) Reserve 1 cup of cake mix and set aside
3) Mix remaining cake with a 1/2 cup of melted butter and 1 egg. Press mixture lightly into the bottom of a 13×9 baking dish
4) Mix one jar of pumpkin pecan butter with remaining two eggs and milk and pour over cake mixture in pan
5) Mix remaining 1 cup cake mix with flour, sugar, remaining 1/4 cup butter, and cinnamon, and crumble of the top of the pumpkin layer
6) Bake 35-40 minutes, or until golden
7) Cool to room temp and serve.
Some more photos from the Thanksgiving Pitch In:
What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes? Post them below!
This year’s 60th Annual Wheaton World Wide Moving | Bekins Van Lines Partnership Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. was a great success by all accounts. Thank you to the attendees, sponsors and exhibitors. Please enjoy some pictures from the conference below.
To view all photos from the conference, please visit: http://DougPritchardPhotography.instaproofs.com/Wheaton-Bekins-60th
Imagine driving on a cold, snowy night and your windshield wipers aren’t working well enough to see, or on one cold morning you are running late for work and your car doesn’t start. You can prevent these mishaps by performing a little maintenance before the harshness of the winter occurs.
Get a tune-up – Your mechanic should check the hoses, belts and anti-freeze. This will prevent a weakened hose or belt from breaking and leaving you stranded.
Check your battery – If your battery is three years or older, consider getting it tested and replaced, if necessary. If it is under three years, check to make sure the battery is mounted securely and the connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
Fill up with washer fluid and consider new wiper blades – Make sure your wiper blades and washer fluid are sufficient for winter obstructions.
Check Your Tires – Your tires need to have adequate tread with “grip” to help you when driving in the snow. Make sure the tire air pressure is adequate. Deflated tires close up the tread and significantly decrease traction, increasing the likelihood of sliding on icy patches. If you are in an area that gets hit particularly hard in the wintertime, consider purchasing snow or winter tires and replacing regular tires to help improve traction, braking and control.
Fill up with Gas – Good thing gas is cheap right now, because it is best to fill it up and never let it get below half way at all times. It will help avoid freezing in the fuel lines and will keep you safer in the winter weather situations.
Keep an Emergency Kit in Your Car – In the case of an emergency, it is a good idea to have a kit in your car, consisting of a blanket, extra boots, extra gloves gloves, an extra set of warm clothes, extra water, food, ice scraper, a small shovel, a flashlight, windshield washer fluid, flares, jumper cables, a tool kit, tire gauge, a spare tire with air in it, tire changing equipment, first-aid kit, paper towels, sand or kitty litter.
Four-Wheel Drive- Check the status of your four-wheel-drive system and be sure it’s working correctly – especially because most drivers don’t use their 4WD systems in the summer. Be sure that the system engages and disengages easily and that all the drivers in your household know how to use.
An Arctic blast, polar vortex, cold snap, or whatever describes the winter these days is heading for most of the US this week and it’s time to prepare your home. We’ve listed a few simple steps to help winterize your home and save on heating costs below:
Before it turns cold, test your furnace by setting and running it on a high degree to determine if it’s working properly. You can do some maintenance yourself by changing the air filter, making sure there is a sufficient fuel supply, cleaning out the vents and checking for carbon monoxide leaks with an alarm. Consider hiring a technician to perform the yearly maintenance or if there seems to be an issue with the furnace when testing.
If you have a gas furnace make sure to test the pilot light. The flame should be blue, clear and steady. If it is sluggish or goes out, call your utility company, but don’t turn the furnace off, because the technician will need to look at the flame to see how it is functioning. The pro will clean and relight.
Chimney and Fireplace
The chimney and fireplace can be a major source of cold air. To prevent drafts, it is best to perform annual maintenance. First, check for bird or squirrel nests with a powerful flashlight. You should also check the flue and the open and close switch to make sure this is properly functioning. An easy way to check if there is an obstruction that isn’t visible in the chimney is lighting a few pieces of newspaper on fire to see if the smoke goes up and out through the chimney. If it doesn’t, you will need to clean the chimney, which is probably best if left to a professional.
Plumbing is especially susceptible to cold weather and freezing. Pipes can burst from freezing temperatures, causing very expensive repairs. To prevent this from happening, insulate exposed piping (crawlspace, attic, outside walls, etc.) with electrical heating tape and wrapping in a foam insulation.
For outdoor plumbing, use hose bibs or sill-cocks to winterize exterior faucets. In order to do this, you need to turn off the water supply inside the house and drain the water from it by opening up the exterior faucet.
In the case you are shutting down a vacant property for several months, you should always shut off the water supply and drain the plumbing system before winter.
Windows and Doors
One of the easiest ways to winterize your house and cut back on heating costs is to shrink-wrap the windows or use rope caulk to close gaps in the windows. If you have just moved you can also use bubble wrap as insulation on the windows. To winterize gaps on the bottom of a door, use weather stripping on the bottom to prevent drafty air.
Check the roof for missing or damaged shingles. Make sure gutters and downspouts are clean with no leaves. When leaves remain in the gutters they tend to add significant weight and volume causing damage.
Cover patio furniture and consider giving your deck a fresh coat of sealer before winter. Drain gas from the mower or just let the mower run until it runs out of gas. Drain any water fountains and unplug the pumps for the winter months.
The most overlooked step of winterizing is protecting your outdoor conditioner/condensing unit from wet leaves and debris which can cause freezing and rusting of internal components. A simple waterproof cover goes a long way in extending its life, especially in the winter months.
Beginning tomorrow, Wheaton World Wide Moving is hosting its 60th Annual Partnership Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. The Thrive 2014 conference will be packed with plenty of informational sessions, award ceremonies and other fun activities. During downtime, Scottsdale and its surrounding areas have plenty offer. Below are some fun facts and attractions you can find in Scottsdale.
- Scottsdale averages 330 days of sun and a temperature of 75 degrees. (According to weather.com there will be a 0% chance rain and in the 80’s on Wed-Sat).
- Popular points of Interest are: Native American and Environmental Learning Center, Hear Mussum, Desert Botanical Garden and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West.
- There are 200 golf courses are located in the city and the surrounding areas.
- The Sonoran Desert, located in and around Scottsdale, is the hottest desert in North America.
- The most popular natural landmarks are Tonto National Forest, McDowell Mountains, Camelback Mountain, Sonoran Desert and Pinnacle Peak Park.
- There are more than 100 art galleries and museums.
- Scottsdale boasts the highest number of destination spas per capita than any city in the US.
- The New York Times described downtown Scottsdale as “a desert version of Miami’s South Beach” and as having “plenty of late night partying and a buzzing hotel scene.”
- Scottsdale is home to many high-end corporate retail outlets and independent boutiques. The Scottsdale Fashion Square is nearly 2 million square feet.
- The slogan of Scottsdale is “The West’s Most Western Town”.
- The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa has a 2.5-acre water playground with 10 swimming pools, sand beach, three story water slide, whirlpool spa and two poolside bars. They also have Spa Avania, jogging paths and bicycle trails.
1. That’s Amore Gelato
2. Café Monarch
3. Franco’s Italian Caffe
4. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
5. Mastro’s City Hall
6. Takeda Thai by Moulay
7. Citizen Public House
8. Ocean Trail
9. Cornish Pasty Co.
10. New York’s Best Italian Bistro
If you are attending conference, please make sure to tag #Thrive2014 when posting photos on social media.
Even if you are not attending, stay up to date on conference happenings with the Wheaton Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the conference, including the announcements of Agent and Drivers of the Year on Thursday.
When you do an initial walk-through of a house, you’ll ask about the plumbing, the utility costs, and any previous damage. But you probably wouldn’t even think to ask if the home has any “permanent” inhabitants.
Although homeowners are required to disclose information about the home’s physical condition, they also have to reveal if there have been any murders or suicides in the home. However, when it comes to paranormal activity, the law is a bit vague.
If the home has been declared “haunted” by a government organization, then the owner must disclose that information. However, if there has never been an official record of ghostly visitations, the homeowners can stay tight-lipped about their apparition guests.
Would you live in a haunted house? Would you host spooky parties and séances for your friends, or would you run screaming from an unfriendly ghost? We searched high and low for famous haunted houses in the U.S. to find out how ghosts have treated the houses’ inhabitants. Judge for yourself if the haunted lifestyle is for you.
The Joshua Ward House
Joshua Ward was a wealthy sea captain turned merchant who built his home in 1784. Unfortunately, he chose the site of George Corwin’s house and jail. George Corwin served as sheriff during the infamous Salem witch trials. He personally interrogated and sentenced to death dozens of suspected witches. His methods were sadistic: he tortured and killed his suspects to elicit confessions.
Corwin’s home was eventually torn down and replaced with Joshua Ward’s. According to some accounts, victims of Corwin’s cruelty have been seen roaming the halls. Some have seen an older male ghost believed to be Corwin.
Today, the home is a commercial building for small businesses in the Salem area.
The Amityville House
Amityville, New York
Six members of the DeFeo family were found brutally murdered in their home in 1974. The oldest son, Ronald DeFeo, Jr., was found guilty of shooting and killing his parents and four siblings. Eighteen months later, George and Kathleen Lutz moved into the property. They stayed only 28 days.
The Lutz family reported unexplained noises, strange sensations of “being embraced,” and apparitions of a demon-like pig creature with fiery red eyes. Their story inspired the novel “The Amityville Horror,” which has also been made into a feature-length film.
Today, the home is still a residential property. It was sold in August 2010 for $950,000.
Villisca Ax Murder House
On June 10, 1912, the six members of the Moore family and two young overnight guests were bludgeoned to death. The weapon was discovered to be an ax, but the murderer (or murderers) were never found. No one knows why the Moore family was targeted.
Over time, visitors to the house reported hearing children’s crying voices, seeing a door that opens and closes mysteriously, and feeling wandering spirits.
In 1994, the home was purchased by Darwin Linn and renovated as a museum. In 1998, the Moore home was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Today, it still stands as a museum that offers daylight and overnight tours to brave visitors.
The Lemp Mansion
St. Louis, Missouri
The Lemp family immigrated to Missouri in 1838. In the 1860s, they started a successful brewery and built the Lemp mansion for the family. The family may have been quite wealthy, but they had a pattern of unhappiness-four family members of different generations committed suicide. In the early 1900s, Charles Lemp had a son with Down syndrome who was a product of an affair. The boy was confined to the attic and died at about age 40. His father killed his dog and himself soon after.
In 1975, the mansion was restored to its former glory after many years of disrepair. During the renovations, contractors reported feelings of being watched by invisible spirits. According to visitors, the spirits seemed to approve of the work being done.
Today, the Lemp Mansion is an inn and restaurant. The employees and guests alike have seen and heard paranormal experiences, including mysterious piano playing, self-stirring drinks, and the sound of a dog panting and clicking his nails on the floorboards.
St. Francisville, Louisiana
The Myrtles Plantation was constructed in 1796 by General Bradford, who came to Louisiana to escape persecution for his role in the Whiskey Rebellion. Legend has it that Chloe, a French governess to Bradford’s grandchildren, had an
affair with Bradford’s son-in-law, Judge Woodruff. Woodruff punished Chloe for listening in on a business meeting by cutting off her ear. She retaliated by poisoning a cake for his eldest daughter’s birthday. The poison killed Woodruff’s wife and two daughters.
Today, the mansion functions as a bed and breakfast inn. Visitors frequently have paranormal experiences. Some report the presence of a green-turbaned black woman, thought to be Chloe. She wakes guests by lifting the mosquito netting around a bed and staring intently. Others say they have seen the specters of two little blonde girls peeking through the windows.
Still not sure if you would live in a haunted house? Be sure to ask the realtor about the history of the home before you make a final offer. For more tips and tricks about home buying and moving, check out our other blog posts.
On a sunny, beautiful Monday in early March 2013, Marsha Davis, sat in her doctor’s office. Davis, Director of Revenue Accounting at Wheaton World Wide Moving, found a lump in her breast and her doctor was performing a biopsy. Her doctor was not optimistic the lump was benign, but Davis still had hope the doctor was wrong.
After the longest four days of Davis’ life, the doctor confirmed what she had been dreading. It was breast cancer.
Davis sat at work stunned, speechless with tears rolling down her face.
“When you get that kind of news, so many things go through your mind: ‘Am I going to die?’ ‘I’m not ready to die.’ ‘I won’t be able to see my grandson grow up.’ ‘How do I tell my husband, my son, my mom?’ My life as I knew it changed forever in a single moment.”
No one in Davis’ family had breast cancer, nor did she know anyone that had it, so she had no idea what she was about to endure. Davis had a long battle in front of her — a lumpectomy followed by 10 rounds of chemotherapy and 36 radiation treatments that lasted a year.
Despite the adversity, Davis found strength through the people around her.
“My husband was my ROCK!” She exclaimed. “I also had several great friends, family members and co-workers who gave me such encouragement, inspiration and support. Of course, my grandson Rece (who was four at the time), provided humor to my life at a time when I truly needed it.”
Davis continued to work at Wheaton during her treatments.
“They (Wheaton) allowed me to continue working and contributing through my treatments. They allowed me to work from home when I didn’t have the strength to make it to the office,” she said. “Most importantly they provided me with such unconditional, astonishing, unbelievable friendship, kindness and support through the entire process of kicking cancer’s butt!”
Davis is forever grateful for the Wheaton family that made kind gestures and sacrifices for her. Giving up paid time off, many employees took Davis to and from her four-hour chemotherapy treatments. Olivia Davis, the van line’s Sales Administrative Assistant, also formed a race team in Davis’ honor for the Susan G. Komen® Central Indiana Race for the Cure in April 2013. The team, “Davis’s Daisies,” raised more than $7,000 and was the fourth largest fundraiser in the state of the Indiana.
“The Wheaton World Wide Moving organization is not only a top-class act in moving, but they truly care about their employees,” Davis said. “I have witnessed several gestures of their generosity to many of my colleagues over the past 14 years. Never would I have imagined I would be one of the recipients of such outward compassion.”
With all of the support, Davis had her last chemo treatment on June 28, 2013, but had to continue with one of three drugs for a full year which ended this past April. She continues to have follow-up appointments every three month and takes a pill to slow the cancer cells from growing in her body every day for the next five-to-ten years.
After all Davis has gone through the past two years, she has been kind and brave enough to offer some inspirational wisdom for those who are fighting cancer and other life-threatening conditions.
“I would tell them it’s quite normal to mourn the loss of their health for a short time and that tears are appropriate,” She continued. “Cancer is beatable. The medical field has become much more educated with good information that can alleviate the fear.”
She added that the best resource is your doctor.
“There are a lot of reputable websites out there that provide great information, but there are a lot that are just full of garbage. Don’t believe everything you read,” she cautioned.
She also stated “Do not try to be super woman and allow others to help.”
Wheaton World Wide Moving is privileged to have Davis on its team and honors her, as well as all of the other breast cancer survivors during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Please visit the Susan G. Komen website for more information about breast cancer and Breast Cancer Awareness Month and how you can help.
Hart Moving & Storage celebrated its 50th anniversary last Thursday, October 16 in Lubbock, Texas. The event included a ribbon cutting ceremony with Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, facility tours, Barb-B-Que and refreshments.
Hart Moving & Storage has been a Wheaton World Wide Moving agent for 38 years and has won multiple Total Quality Care awards and the KCBD News Channel “Best of the West” in 2012. Founded by Joe Hart, their facility is located in the South Plains of the Lonestar State and is 75,000 square feet with 20 units of equipment and 25 employees.
Below are some pictures and video from the event.
Congratulations to Hart Moving & Storage on their 50th anniversary and to many more!
Done packing and think you’re ready to move? Not so fast. If you are leaving an apartment behind and want to retrieve your security deposit, you need to leave the property spotless. Even if you are moving from a house, you still want to clean whatever appliances you are taking and leave the new owners a happy home.
No need to rummage through your packed things for cleaning supplies. You likely don’t need to buy new products either-more supplies just mean more things to move. Most of these tips use common household items like vinegar and baking soda.
In the Bathroom
- Grout. Mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Scrub the mixture into your grout, let it sit for a few minutes, and then rinse itoff. Also, soak cotton balls in bleach and place onto mildewed areas.
- Showerhead. Fill a plastic bag with vinegar, and use a rubber band to attach the bag around your showerhead. Let it sit overnight. Future residents won’t have to worry about clogs or lower water pressure. While you’re cleaning the shower, use a fabric softener sheet to remove soap scum.
- Drains. For a sink, combine baking soda and vinegar, and pour it down the drain while the mixture is still fizzing. Come back after an hour or more and flush the sink with hot water.
- For a bathtub, you can add pressure to further strengthen your unclogging power. Pour the baking soda and vinegar mixture, stop the drain, and then fill in the bathtub. Take out the stopper after about an hour.
- Boiling water and even Alka-Seltzer tablets have also been known to help with clogs.
4. Toilet. Don’t let hard water stains in your toilet bowl give you a headache. Luckily, there are several fixes. You can use a wet pumice stone and a soft touch to remove the rust. Or you can soak some toilet paper in vinegar and set it around the ring. If you’re feeling adventurous, use Coca-Cola. Pour a 12-ounce can of the soda in the toilet bowl, and watch the acidity break down your stains.
In the Kitchen
- Oven. Pour 1/2 cup of ammonia into a bowl and leave it in your cool oven overnight. Clean out the next morning. While vinegar and baking soda suffice for a lot of cleaning needs, ovens often require a heavy-duty cleaner-this is a circumstance where you’ll want the extra help.
- Microwave oven. Soak a sponge or washcloth, and microwave it for about two minutes on high. The steam and vapors will loosen all of that crusted-on mess. Grab the sponge or washcloth using an oven mitt-or a different cloth-and wipe down the sides. You can get the same effect with a small, microwavable cup of water.
- Stove top. For gas stoves, pour baking soda around the burners. Then add a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Wait a bit, and scrub the gunk away. For glass, electric stovetops, you should be able to clean most of the mess with simple dish liquid and water. Use baking soda to break down serious grime.
- Cabinets. Got a greasy film on your wooden kitchen cabinets from cooking oils and grubby hands? Homeowners have seen success with mixtures of baking soda and water, baking soda and vegetable oil, and detergent and water. Use your favorite combination or whatever items you have on hand, scrub the surface, and rinse with water.
- Dishwasher. Start by pulling out the filter and washing it as you would a dish. Once you put the filter back in, run the dishwasher on empty. You can either place a cup of vinegar on the top rack or put a few packets of sugar-free lemonade Kool-Aid in the dispenser to clear out residue.
- Stainless steel surfaces. Buff counter tops, the exterior of appliances, and more with some olive oil on a washcloth.
All Around the House
- Blinds. Stick your hand in a clean, old sock and wipe down each of the blinds individually. To get rid of extra grime, dip the sock in a mixture of vinegar and water first.
- Windows. Create a solution with one part vinegar to three parts water. Dunk a towel into the solution and clean your window.Wear gloves if you don’t want to smell like vinegar for hours afterward. Then crumple a piece of newspaper to buff up the window.
- Carpet. Once again, vinegar saves the day. Most stains will come out with a cleaning solution of 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar (or a detergent that doesn’t contain bleach) and 4 cups of water.
For heavier stains, like wine, tea, chocolate, and coffee, use a mixture of 1 tablespoon of ammonia and 1 cup of water. Rubbing alcohol will work on glue or nail polish stains.
Use these simple and affordable cleaning solutions to leave behind sparkling surfaces. And most importantly, you can pick up your deposit and head off to your new home in peace.