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DIY NATURAL KITCHEN CLEANING SOLUTIONS Ever wonder what homeowners did before the invention of cleaning products? They used items they had around the house, of course! The truth is, you don’t really need harsh chemicals to keep your kitchen clean. All you need is baking soda, vinegar – and some lemons! • Got crud stuck to the bottom of your favourite frying pan? Sprinkle it with baking soda and then add some vinegar, leave the combo to work its magic overnight and in the morning your pan should easily come clean. • When your kitchen sink is clogged, pour baking soda into the drain and follow it up with vinegar and very hot water. The bubbly reaction of the baking soda and vinegar will push the clog down and the water will rinse the drain clean. • Vinegar is acidic, making it a powerful grease remover. Mix it with water and then spray greasy surfaces like stovetops or your cabinets. Leave a few minutes and wipe clean. • Vinegar is also a great glass cleaner. You can use it to polish your glasses, clean your windows, or wipe clean any other glass surface in your kitchen. • Mix vinegar with warm water and a few drops of lemon juice and you’ve got yourself an all-natural floor cleaner. You can even pour the mixture into your swiffer-style mop. • Hate cleaning the microwave? Of course you do! Make the job so much easier by adding a few lemons to a bowl of water and microwaving for five minutes. This trick loosens any baked on food and makes it a breeze to wipe clean. • Slice a lemon in half and rub vigorously on countertop stains. Let sit a few minutes, then wipe clean. • Make a paste out of lemon juice and baking soda and use it to scrub clean tiles and grout. To really get into the crevasses, use an old toothbrush.
DOWNTON ABBEY INTERIOR STYLE The television series may be long over – and the film is already more than a year old, but the beloved characters and location of Downton Abbey will live on in the hearts of fans forever. So much so that some homeowners want the interior of their homes to imitate the famed castle where it all took place. And while this may sound a little extreme, there are ways to bring the Edwardian style into amodern home that feels both grand and contemporary. White linen tablecloths and a silver tea setting can add charm to a sitting area. Four-posted beds layered with tailored bedding and embroidered pillows dress up the bedroom. And beautiful chandeliers dripping with crystals hang from the ceiling – they don’t have to be real crystal to be lovely. Meanwhile, pay tribute to the loveable servants of Downton with a large, wooden kitchen island and lots of bustling around it.