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What Are Some Car Cleaning Essentials for Interior Detailing? 14Oct14

Most people will only let the interior of their car accumulate so much junk, and then it’s time for a good cleaning. As the months go by, your car fills with wrappers, receipts, grime and dirt.

When it’s finally time to clean out your car, you can start by sliding the front seats back and then cleaning out the junk that is hidden underneath them. You can grab the big stuff and use a vacuum on the rest. Then slide the seats forward and remove all the stuff you find below.

You won’t be able to imagine what you might find when you fully clean out the interior of your car. Pencils, pens and piles of small change are usually on the list. Vacuum off the seats, the mats and the carpet, states Family Handyman.

You’ll want to use a smaller attachment to do the dashboard and the insides of the doors. Those pockets on the doors are always gathering dust and candy wrappers. A carpet cleaner with attachments will remove the deeper dirt and clean your cloth seats.

Deep dirt settles into your car’s floor carpeting, too. Spray the carpet with a special solution of cleaner and water and then use the carpet cleaner to suck all the nastiness out. It will pay for itself if you buy a small carpet cleaner for your car, as compared to renting a machine when all you want to clean is the vehicle.

Leather and vinyl seats can be cleaned and conditioned. Use a cleaner that is made for vinyl and leather, and then follow it up with a leather conditioner, to keep the seat material soft and supple.

If you want to do the bumpers, headlights, mirrors and door handles, try the Detail Doctor, as seen on TV. It’s recommended by Danny the Count of “Counting Cars” and “Pawn Stars”, and his cars always look great.


How to Make Your Clothes and Shoes Last Longer 23Sep14

Figuring out how to prolong the life of your favorite clothes and shoes is great not only for the sake of your style and wardrobe, but your wallet, too!Spending a little extra time and thought on these items will make them last longer. Here are some tips to help get you started…

Stop washing/drying/dry-cleaning so much

Many of us are guilty of simply throwing our clothes into the hamper at the end of a long day without much consideration—it’s just routine. But all this scrubbing, tumbling and chemicals are harsh on fibers and slowly work to break them down. Instead, consider layering more delicate sweaters and shirts over thin tank tops to serve as a barrier between your skin (and sweat), and your clothes. By doing this, you’ll find washing after every wear isn’t really necessary. If you’re uncomfortable throwing the top right back into your closet, air-it out on a line or in the bathroom when showering—the steam will help refresh the clothes. Also, make sure to read the labels. Hand-wash or use the gentle cycle when necessary, and be sure to separate laundry between colors and delicates for optimal cleaning conditions. Consider investing in either a drying rack or hang up a line to dry items outside, which is much gentler than the dryer.

Rethink detergents and cleaners

Spot cleaning is a great way to take care of small blemishes while preserving the life of your clothes. Stain removal pens and wipes are small and convenient enough to throw into your purse or car without hassle, and they enable you to address spills right away so the liquid doesn’t have time to sink deep into the fabric.

On the chance you might miss a stain, take the time to also look through clothes before tossing them into the washer. Also, pay attention to directions on your detergent, which will let you know how much you really need to use per load size—most people use too much, which doesn’t make clothes any cleaner, and in fact, actually harms them by having the extra soap stick to the fabrics.

Consider storage organization

Stuffing your clothes into drawers and piling up your shoes in a basket aren’t doing any of you a favor. Storing them properly will help make them last longer, so invest in a shoe rack or organization tool that will keep your footwear properly spaced rather than piled on top of one another. Fold sweaters and pants neatly before putting them into drawers, and hang what you can in a closet, especially if it’s an item that wrinkles easily or a delicate fabric, such as silk. Lack of room doesn’t have to be an excuse to not properly hang your apparel, as Taylor Gifts offers plenty of closet hanger organizers that are designed to maximize space.

Take time for small repairs

A lost button, loose hem, and worn-down heels are all relatively fast and easy repairs that you can either do yourself, or take to a nearby tailor or cobbler for a few bucks. If a favorite black pair of jeans is fading, consider giving it a dye bath to refresh color and often make items look new again. The little effort required on your behalf is nothing compared to the extension of life you’ll give your clothes and shoes.

Wear Apparel Strategically

Not all items are meant to be donned from morning to night, rain or shine. Therefore, consider what is best for your clothing and footwear prior to getting ready for the day. Is it supposed to storm? If so, don’t wear suede shoes that can easily get damaged. Are you going to a children’s birthday party? Don’t wear fine silks that would get ruined by a child’s juice stains. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth an ounce of cure.

Our clothing helps to communicate our individuality, as well as protect us from the elements. By taking the effort to care for your attire, you can guarantee its longevity for years to come.

Cell Charge Valet 14Oct11

CHARGE VALET” width=Have you ever turned off your phone for no reason? Two nights ago I did. I didn’t want to hear it ring, I didn’t want to have to answer my cell phone if it rang. I just wanted to have a night without the phone attached to my ear catching up with friends or family–which I love but I wanted a night where I wasn’t a slave to the phone.

Normally on nights that I have nothing to do I will call or send a text message to a friend or two to do dinner, dessert, or just come over to hang out. Generally if I am at home doing nothing, I watch bad reality TV and it’s always more fun with a friend. But instead, I turned off my phone. Well, I put it on silent in case there was an emergency, but I left it on the Charge Valet so I wouldn’t be tempted to check it every 5 minutes. It was nice to have a night of pure solitude, cooking, watching TV, and not having any phone distractions.

Now I am ready and charged up for the weekend – phone on and all! What’s your weekend plan?

Personalized Travel Tumbler 13Oct11

PERSONALIZED TUMBLERIn the interest of saving money, I have been thinking about ways to save just a dollar or two here and there. One of the easiest ways to spend (and waste) money is on all of those little purchases you make throughout the week. Those under five dollar, quick-grab items that you don’t really think twice about. I’ve heard it referred to as The Latte Factor.

Coffee in the morning is a MUST for me. I buy a cup of coffee every morning before work. Yes, yes, I know…I can save so much money every week if I just make coffee in the morning before I go to work. Honestly, I am just not a morning person. Sleep in the morning comes first. I prepare everything at night so I get a few extra minutes of sleep in the morning. I like being able to switch my coffee flavor on a whim. I love pumpkin coffee that you can find at almost any coffee shop in the fall. I want to find a way to make my favorite coffee concoction at home with as little effort as possible. I’ve heard that if you brew coffee with milk instead of water, you get more of a latte. I’m going to try that method with pumpkin spice creamer from the grocery store.

I’ll try out the new coffee and hopefully save some money. Now, all I need is a Personalized Travel Tumbler to put my homemade pumpkin spice latte in every morning. Are you a morning coffee person? What is your favorite?

Car Trash Can 26Sep11

CAKE POPS MAKEREveryone has a pet peeve. One of my biggest ones is when I go to use the milk and there is just a sip left. Why can’t the last person who used it either finish it off and replace it or at least let you know that there is very little left? I feel like the solution is so simple. Another pet peeve is ketchup (or any condiment ) in a tiny little packet. The issues I have with food in a packet are many. You always need a handful of packets, they never tear easily, at some point (its happened to all of us) the ketchup will squirt directly at you and ruin your new shirt, and the list goes on.

Never fear, Heinz has come up with a new ketchup packet! You can read all about it here. In a nutshell, Heinz has spent years coming up with a new way to get your ketchup on your fries. The Dip and Squeeze packets have to options; tear off the top (like your classic ketchup packets but easeir) or peel off the lid and reveal a small container (like dipping sauce for nuggets) that holds three times the amount of ketchup as an old-fashioned ketchup packet! So now, while the kids are in the back eating their favorite kids meal, the most you have to worry about is whether or not the trash is getting in the car trash can car trash can or going on the floor…another pet peeve! I guess Heinz can’t solve all of my problems.

What do you think about the new ketchup packet?

Fast Brite 08Aug11

FAST BRITEMaking sure the headlights on your car are clean is important when it comes to safe driving. You don’t want to have dirty headlights when you’re trying to see on dark, winding roads. Fast Brite is just what you need to keep your headlights clean.

Fast Brite is quick and easy to use and will restore shine to your headlights. It’s quick two-step process to use Fast Brite. First use Fast Brite’s Lens Polish, and then use Fast Brite’s Lens Protectant. It’s a simple solution to keeping those headlights clean and clear for a long time.

For just a fraction of the cost you might pay at a body shop to get great headlight results, the Fast Brite will get you the shine you’re looking for.