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DIY No-Hassle Natural Solutions for Summer Messes

This summer, avoid those expensive, chemical-filled store-bought cleaners all together. Hometalk – the largest home and garden network on the web – has an arsenal of quick, easy, and safe solutions to see you through the summer season scratch-free – all using products you already have at home!


spray-bottle-cloth_300·         Salt water for wicker furniture: The abrasive nature of salt water quickly and effectively removes dirt, even from hard to reach nooks and crannies. The sodium in salt water kills existing mold, and will prevent it from growing back too – all without damaging your wicker furniture!

·         Vinegar and newspaper for streak-free, sunny windows: Let summer’s glorious sunlight into your home with this amazing secret cleaning recipe. Combine 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup vinegar, and 4 drops of dish soap into a spray bottle and wipe dry with newspaper!

·         Baking soda for pets (and shoes!): Stave off the stink of wet dog by massaging a little bit of baking soda into your pup’s fur between shampoos. Sprinkle some into sweaty shoes while you’re at it to keep your whole family smelling fresh!


·         DIY allergy-friendly laundry detergent: Between all the mud, grass, and who-knows-what-else, summer tends to require quite a few more weekly loads of laundry than the rest of the year – which can really take a toll on your fabric, your skin, and your wallet. Instead, try this DIY powdered laundry detergent recipe made of Borax, super washing soda and Ivory bar soap – you’ll get roughly 40 loads of laundry done for under $3!

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New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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