How to approach home renovations

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Sometimes you are simply day dreaming when you start thinking of all the things that would make your home perfect. You start to dream of that perfect kitchen that includes a dishwasher, how nice it might be to have a fireplace, that extra bathroom; maybe even a second or third floor! Then at some point you realize if you had the foggiest idea how much some of this stuff costs, you might stop dreaming and start planning!

Chalk board Ikea hack

Very cool, easy, cheap, pretty Ikea hack.
See the complete and simple how-to post on ikea hacker here.
See the actual frame from Ikea here.

Musty Washing Machine

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I was looking for a solution to the musty smell in my washing machine and found information quite easily. Here is what to do to get rid of it!

How to get rid of a musty smell in your washing machine
  • Always leave the lid up after a wash to air the machine out**
  • Don't overload your washer to ensure it can spin and drain properly
  • Run a hot water wash with 1 cup of white vinegar -do this as often as you need to to get rid of the smell
  • Alternatively -do the same with a cup of bleach
  • Run a cycle with Glisten or1/4 cup of any dish washing detergent (yes I mean DISH washing) -this has been recommended for really suborn smells
  • Try using Fleecy
** extremely important ;-)

When your washing machine won't drain!

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While I was doing some research for my musty smelling washing machine (post coming soon) I came across a lot of other interesting washing machine information. As it happens -I have a friend whose machine won't drain after a wash so I gathered information to help them out. Here is the information I found on that topic: