November 4th, 2016

LD Picks: 4 Cleaning Tips for a Spotless Home

Darker and colder days in the winter make it difficult to stay on top of household chores. Sometimes, easy cleaning tips are all the motivation you need to finally kick-start fall cleaning.

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Strong detergents and toxic-smelling cleaning sprays are not your only option when it comes to effectively cleaning dirty surfaces. For an inexpensive and enviro-friendly option, take a look in your pantry and make a do-it-yourself all-purpose cleaner

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March 18th, 2016

LD Picks: 5 Kitchen Cleaning Tips You Need for Spring

In a busy household, something always needs cleaning. Everyone wants to avoid scrubbing, but sometimes it seems there’s no other way. Luckily, we’ve gathered some of the cleverest kitchen cleaning tips we’ve found on the web – most of them scrub-free. You’re welcome.

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How to clean your panini grill

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Photo via The Fun Times Guide

Both Panini grills and George Foreman grills offer a fun and easy way to take your favourite sandwiches to the next level. Even if the plates are removable or non-stick, grime can build up on them. The trick to keeping your grill shiny isn’t about manual labour – it’s about letting time do its work.

Once your food is cooked, immediately unplug the grill and let it cool for a few minutes. Place a few damp paper towels on the cooking surface and close the lid. The grill’s heat will steam the mess, and by the time you’re done eating, it’ll be a cinch to clean! If you have removable plates, give them a quick wipe in the sink. Give fixed ones a wipe with a wet sponge, then dry them with a dish towel.

[More at The Fun Times Guide]

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Transform your stove burners

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Photo via The V Spot

Grease marks on a stovetop can be frustrating and embarrassing. For renters, in particular, the burner grates can be a major source of kitchen shame. Unfortunately, grease stains are nearly impossible to avoid. Fortunately, there’s a way to clean them up that requires very little elbow grease (pun intended). You just need two ingredients.

Ingredients:

  1. Ammonia
  2. Large Ziploc bags

Place your burner grates in the plastic bag and add a small amount of ammonia to the Ziploc, sealing it tightly. Remember, it’s the fumes that do the cleaning, so be sure not to immerse them in liquid. Zip on over to The V Spot for full instructions, and never combine ammonia with any other substances.

[More at The V Spot]

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Get a crisp and clean stovetop

Photo via Practically Functional

First, wipe away all the loose food and gunk that’s accumulated with a damp cloth. (While you’re at it, try the technique listed above for cleaning the grates themselves.) Then, when you’re left with just the really stubborn grease and oil that caked onto the surface, try this mixture.

  1. Baking soda
  2. Hydrogen peroxide

Mix the two into a runny paste, then apply it to the problem spots. Give them a scrub with a Viva Vantage towel—its cloth-like texture makes it great for heavy cleanups. For really stubborn spots, let the paste sit for ten minutes before scrubbing. Repeat as needed.

[More at Practically Functional]

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Get sparkling cookie sheets once more!

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Photo via One Good Thing by Jillee

Over time, cookie sheets tend to get grimy. It’s easy to accept it as wear and tear, or adapt by lining them with parchment paper or tin foil. If you’re patient, however, there’s a great way to get them clean with minimal scrubbing!

Ingredients:

  1. Hydrogen peroxide
  2. Baking soda
  3. Time

Cover the surface of the baking sheet with baking soda, add hydrogen peroxide, and another sprinkle of baking soda. Then, walk away. Hours later, you’ll see that the formula soaked up the grease marks. Pretty great, right?

[More at One Good Thing by Jillee]

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Clean & deodorize your wooden cutting boards

Photo via All Kinds of Yumm

Take a close look at your wooden cutting board. Does it look dry and sad? Does it smell like last week’s stir-fry? Here’s a totally non-toxic way of sprucing up the cutting board! You need only two things.

  1. A lemon, halved
  2. Coarse salt

Start by rubbing a lemon half all over the surface. When it’s damp, sprinkle a generous portion of salt across the board and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Then, rub the salt into the board using that same lemon. (If you need more liquid, give the other half a squeeze.) When all the salt is dissolved, rinse the board, and repeat on the other side, if necessary. When you’re done, wipe a little oil onto the cutting board to seal it.

[More at All Kinds of Yumm]

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December 21st, 2015

LD Picks: Best Life Tips and Tricks

No one has time to read all the lifestyle tips on the Internet, so our editors have selected the best. Read on for smart advice on beagles, bruises, bleaching, Brussels sprouts, and more—our very favourite life tips and tricks.

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How to Remove Annoying Sticky Residue from Marble

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Marble is a relatively soft rock, susceptible to damage, so it gets a bad rap for requiring frequent maintenance. With this simple trick, however, you’ll be able to clean off even the stickiest of messes with ease.

  1. The materials You need cooking oil—either canola or olive will do—and a willing pair of hands.
  2. The setup Pour your cooking oil over the sticky residue and gently work it in using your fingers. Since marble is so soft, avoid using metal utensils or steel wools and instead, use your fingernails to peel off the residue.
  3. The cleanup Once all of the residue is removed, rinse the area with warm water and dry it.

[More at Apartment Therapy]

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December 21st, 2015

LD Picks: Best Home Cleaning Tips and Tricks

The web is full of brilliant cleaning tricks, so we figured we might as well collect our favourites in one easy-to-access place.

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Refresh a stinky mattress with a vodka bath

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Good in a cocktail, better as a disinfectant. Got a stubborn odor on your mattress? Vodka is an odorless antiseptic that evaporates quickly, eliminating the odor and odor-causing bacteria that go overlooked in ordinary cleaning.

  1. Fill a spray bottle with vodka—Silent Sam will do; no need to pull out the Ketel One or Russian Standard.
  2. Add a couple of drops of essential oil for an extra scent boost.
  3. Shake well, and spray liberally over the mattress.
  4. Let the mattress dry completely before making the bed.
  5. Repeat as needed.

[More at Real Simple]

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November 12th, 2015

8 Places You’ve Never Thought to Clean in Your Home

If you actually clean all these places in your home, you’re living proof that cleanliness is next to godliness. For the rest of us mortals, these eight locations serve as helpful reminders that out of mind doesn’t always mean out of sight.

1. Above door mouldings

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Just like baseboards, tiny ledges around your home gather dust over time. Grab a damp rag and run it along the top of the door frame. You’ll be running around the house wiping all your doors in no time.

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November 1st, 2015

Contest: Enter for a chance to win a Dirt Devil Vac & Dust!

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NOVEMBER 2015 CONTEST QUESTION:

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever discovered in your vacuum cleaner?  

We’re almost afraid to ask this question! Yes, we’ve all–at one time or another–had to look through the vacuum bag or canister to find something that we accidentally scooped up. But have you ever found something unexpected in there? We’re curious to hear about your experience! Share yours in the Comments field below*. When you do, you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of three Dirt Devil Vac & Dust Corded Sticks awarded monthly.

How The Dirt Devil Dust & Vac Contest Works:

At the end of each month from now until December 2015, we’ll give away one grand prize–one Dirt Devil Vac & Dust Corded Stick along with a London Drugs Gift Certificate worth $25–and 2 secondary prizes of a Vac & Dust Corded stick. You may only enter once per month. Please see full contest rules for details. Good luck!

*Comments may take 24-48 hours to be approved.

Watch this page and follow #LDFloorCare on Twitter and Facebook for the current monthly question. And follow @LondonDrugs on Twitter or like us on Facebook for announcements about winners and contest updates. 

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October 14th, 2015

LD Picks: 5 Grooming Hacks That Will Keep You Looking Great

The web is full of genius grooming hacks. So read these, and get pretty.

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Use a drinking straw to keep necklaces from tangling during travel

packing necklaces in straws When travelling, it can be difficult to pack jewellery. How do you keep it organized? Try threading the chain of your necklace through a drinking straw (or two!) to keep them from tangling. Then, tuck them safely in a pouch or suitcase pocket.

[More at Good Housekeeping]

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