How to Make an In-Home Glass and Mirror Cleaner

Whether you’re trying to save a little money or are more concerned with protecting the environment from harsh chemicals, making your own glass cleaner is an easy, effective solution. There are several different glass cleaner recipes you can follow, and most of them use ingredients you already have around the house. Here are a few different glass cleaners that will make your mirrors sparkle and your windows shine!

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Make Your Bathroom Holiday-Perfect (and in-law approved)

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The holiday season is drawing closer, but your bathroom isn’t exactly in shape for the inevitable scrutiny of visiting family members. The mere thought of crazy aunt Cathy searching for a bottle of hypo-allergenic air freshener is enough to make you freeze with fear. Don’t worry, with these five tips and a few household tools, your bathroom just might pass the white glove test. You’ll even want to show it off! Read More

5 Dangerous Household Chemicals

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For parents who work all day or anyone with a long list of responsibilities, the job of keeping the house clean can seem like a real pain. All too often, we compensate for our lack of time or energy for house chores by using cleaning products that “power through” tough jobs while minimizing the amount of scrubbing you have to do. Unfortunately, the fumes from these products can also power through our lungs or harm our health if we are not very careful with them. Read More

How to Fix/Prevent Black Spots on a Mirror

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Whether you buy framed mirrors online or pick up an antique mirror from a vintage store, black spots on the mirror’s corner or edges are bound to occur thanks to “mirror rot” or desilvering (you may have seen us cover the topic before on an earlier post). Silver nitrate is the responsible component for transforming plain glass to mirrors, and it’s safeguarded from damage with a copper-sulfate protective coating. Paint sealants also provide extra protection for the mirror’s back. But when these protective coatings are exposed to various elements, including air, moisture and cleaning solutions, dark spots appear or “desilvers.” Desilvering occurs thanks to the oxidation of the silver nitrate and copper sulfate, which is caused by the condensed moisture from splashes of water and other elements on the edge of the mirror. While these black spots are repairable, mirror restoration or “resilvering” requires professional help. It can be problematic because professional restoration services can be pricey and can involve the use of chemicals that are toxic to you and your environment. The good news is you can take preventative and eco-friendly restorative measures to keep mirror black spots at bay.  Read More