суббота, 29 апреля 2017 г.

How to Remove Cat Urine From Laminated Floors

How to Remove Cat Urine From Laminated Floors
How to Remove Cat Urine From Laminated Floors

A cat may mark his territory with urine.
A cat may mark his territory with urine.

A cat has a way of stalking past you -- and his litter box -- when he's decided that it has offended his delicate sensibilities. A puddle of urine in the middle of your new laminate floor may emphasize his disdain for your litter box cleaning skills.

Wipe up the urine with a towel or rags as soon as you find it. While laminate floors are durable, liquids will eventually seep into the floor, damaging it beyond repair.

Spray the vinegar mixture onto a microfiber towel or mop. Wipe the floor thoroughly with the damp towel, then dry with a clean towel.

Allow the floor to dry completely, then sprinkle baking soda over the area where the cat urinated. Leave the baking soda on the spot for at least 24 hours, then sweep it up.

Give the floor the sniff test. If it still smells like cat urine, apply a thin film of an enzyme cleaner formulated for pet urine, barely dampening the floor. Allow the cleaner to air-dry. Repeat as needed until the smell has completely disappeared.

  • Never allow any liquid to stand on a laminate floor. With the exception of the new vinyl laminates, a laminate floor is not waterproof. Once the liquid has soaked into the floor, the top will bubble and peel and can't be repaired.
  • While the instructions on the enzyme cleaner say to soak the area, do not leave a puddle of cleaner on a laminate floor; it may damage the floor.
  • Never use ammonia or ammonia-based products to clean urine. The cat will be attracted to the ammonia smell and may mark the area repeatedly.
  • A cat that stops using the litter box may have serious medical problems, consult the veterinarian immediately.
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пятница, 28 апреля 2017 г.

How To Remove Cat Urine (AND The Smell!) From Carpets

How To Remove Cat Urine (AND The Smell!) From Carpets
How To Remove Cat Urine (AND The Smell!) From Carpets


Cat urine in the carpet can be a nightmare! If you don’t have cats you won’t know what all the fuss is about, but if you do have cats, you know exactly what I am talking about… It is so, so difficult to clean up and get rid of odor of cat urine, especially when it is on the carpet or sprayed on soft furnishings.

I know people who have ended up replacing their carpets to get rid of the cat urine odor, but I am here today to tell you – you don’t need to take such drastic measures. Just get hold of the ingredients below and follow the simple steps and you’ll be free from the smell of cat urine in no time.

Items Required To Clean Cat Urine

  • Baking Soda
  • White Vinegar
  • Dishwashing Detergent
  • Hydrogen Peroxide 3 %
  • Paper towel or an old towel
  • A soft brush/latex gloves

Instructions For Cleaning Cat Urine

  • If the cat urine is fresh and wet, firstly use the paper towel to mop up and absorb as much of the urine as possible. Get as much of the urine out as you can. Obviously skip this step if the area is already dry.
  • Mix a solution of 50% water, 50% white vinegar. You want enough of this solution to cover the urine so it can soak through. Pour this solution over the affected carpet, making sure to cover/soak the whole area affected by the urine. Leave the solution to soak in for a few minutes and then mop and absorb as much of the solution as possible. Again
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    , you want to get as much out as possible.
  • Now get a generous handful of baking soda and sprinkle it over the affected area.
  • Mix a third of a cup of hydrogen peroxide with two teaspoons of dish soap and then pour it over the baking soda on the carpet.
  • Use the brush, or your fingers (put the gloves on!) to work this mixture into the carpet. Really work this mixture into the carpet.
  • Now just leave to dry. You can use a fan/heater to speed up the drying process if necessary.
  • Once completely dry, vacuum up all the remaining dry baking soda, and that’s it, you are done!

(Photo from: recubejim)

Original article and pictures take http://knowledgeweighsnothing.com/how-to-remove-cat-urine-and-the-smell-from-carpets/ site

четверг, 27 апреля 2017 г.

How To Introduce Your Cat to a New Dog - Skinny Ms.

How To Introduce Your Cat to a New Dog - Skinny Ms.
How To Introduce Your Cat to a New Dog - Skinny Ms.


It’s a commonly held belief that cats and dogs are mortal enemies. Of course, in some scenarios it’s true, but we’ve seen plenty of cases of felines co-habitating with canines in a pleasant manner. With time and patience, your cat and new dog will be getting along just fine—and may even become close buddies!

First, understand that it’s probably not going to happen overnight. Cats are territorial, protective of their owners, and don’t love change, so it’s no wonder they don’t take too kindly to a dog coming into the household. Make sure to give your kitty plenty of space, and even set up some areas of the house that are off-limits to the dog, at least at first.

If possible, introduce your pets to each other’s scent before their first meeting by allowing them to sniff a bed or blanket the other has been using. Animals rely on scent to understand the world around them, so it’s a little less intimidating if they’re familiar with the scent of their new friend ahead of time.

Have your dog on a leash for the first face-to-face meeting with your cat. Even the tamest pooch can be overcome by a “predator-prey” instinct when meeting a cat for the first time, and you want to ensure nobody gets hurt. Let the cat set the tone for the first meeting. If she’s curious and wants to investigate,

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allow her to approach the dog. If she checks him out and quickly retreats, don’t force face-to-face contact.

It’s a great idea to slip a few treats to both your dog and cat during their first several encounters, so they learn to associate one another’s presence with positive feelings rather than fear. If your dog is going nuts at the sight of kitty, distract him with an irresistible treat until he focuses on you and calms down.

It’s important to make it clear from the start that kitty’s food and litter box are completely off-limits to the dog. If he approaches these areas, scold him with a stern “no” and divert his attention to something positive. If possible, consider placing the cat’s food and litter box on an elevated surface or enclosed space the dog can’t easily access.

Generally speaking, the younger both of your pets are, the quicker the transition period will be. Older cats may take several months to feel comfortable around the dog, and may still prefer to keep their distance even after some time. The key is repetition and consistency. Give it some time, and your two pets will soon come to see each other as members of the family—maybe even best friends.

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вторник, 25 апреля 2017 г.

How to Give Generously When You Don't Have A Dime - Little Girl Designs

How to Give Generously When You Don't Have A Dime - Little Girl Designs
How to Give Generously When You Don't Have A Dime - Little Girl Designs

How to Give Generously When You Don't Have a Dime - You don't have to have a lot of money to give generously. I'll share with you several ideas on how to give today for little or no cost! @ littlegirldesigns.com

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I’ve been thinking about this post for a while. Little Girl Designs is about living a creative life. It’s about having a generous heart and giving to others out of that overflow. But I know that there are many people out there who don’t have much. They might read this blog and think, “Well, she doesn’t know how it is. I have so little to buy groceries with, the last thing I can do is be generous.”

But the truth is, I do know what it is like to not have much. I’ve gone through seasons where the budget was so tight there wasn’t a budget. It was food for groceries, gas, and rent. The end. And we’re in a season right now of me staying home to take care of our daughter while we finish paying off our student loan debt. Things are tight, but God always provides.

We realized early on that if we decided to focus all of our energy on paying debt and building up our savings, we would most likely develop stingy hearts. Giving generously is a heart habit–if you stop doing it, it requires an adjustment and growth to start again. So, that being said, we decided to continue giving as we could.

And I write this with a lump in my throat because as we opened our hearts to the possibility of giving, doors opened for us to give in ways we thought were way out there (sponsoring children through Gospel for Asia being one of the big ones!) It is incredible how our saying no to some things has opened up the doors to help those who are in true need.

So with that said, I wanted to share with you some of the ways we’ve used to give as generously as we can at this time. Some of them are easier to do than others, so pick and choose what works for you. You might even be inspired as you read this list to think of your own ideas!

(**Update: This list started as 9 ways to give generously, but I’ve added to it over time because I couldn’t resist! Hope you enjoy. :))

How to Give Generously When You Don’t Have A Dime

  1. Make something. A handmade gift can be a thoughtful way to let someone know you love them and appreciate their friendship. I try to create frugal gift ideas for this site and there are many other sites out there that have great tutorials for crafts and gifts that are very low-cost.
  2. Go through your books and sell them online or to a local used bookstore. We sell our old books locally because we are given a gift card to use at that store. We’ve used that gift card for birthdays and Christmas and just-because gifts. It’s so fun!
  3. Give your time. Your assistance could mean more than any present. A friend might need help with a move. Carrying boxes into a house isn’t glamorous but, wow, what a gift. From someone who has moved more times than I can count, some help on moving day would be appreciated. You could also babysit so your friend can get away on a much-needed personal creative retreat for a couple of hours. Time is so precious these days; don’t underestimate what a gift it can be to someone else.
  4. Use the Ibotta app. If you have a smartphone, you can download the Ibotta app for free, and use it claim rebates on your groceries, crafts, and clothing. Make it a habit to quickly check the app before going to the grocery store—I’ve done this and often get items for nearly free (or more than free when paired with a coupon!) Once you’ve earned $20, you can cash out your rebates for cash or a gift card. Of all the couponing apps I’ve used, this one is my favorite by far. And if you use my referral link to sign up, you’ll get $10 added to your account after your first rebate. How cool is that? :)
  5. Keep a giving jar. We use cash so when we have change, we put it in a jar. I drew up a little label and called it our “giving jar.” Here and there throughout the year, we’ll go to the bank for coin roll wrappers and fill them with our change. We’ve been able to use that money for several things, from helping children through Gospel for Asia to buying staples for our church’s food pantry. I never would have believed that change could actually add up to make such a difference.
  6. Use local couponing sites to buy gift items on extreme sale. I am by no means an extreme couponer, but I have learned a few tips from local couponing sites. I like to check a couple of sites each week to see what is on sale (some of them even post what coupons will be in the paper that Sunday so I know if I should buy a paper or not.) Doing this has allowed me to buy staples for very low prices for my family and for our food pantry. I’ve also found great deals on fun items like lip gloss, which is always a fun gift for the girls in my family.
  7. Make a gift list for the year. At the bottom of this post is a free printable gift list I made to keep track of what my family and friends like and what I’ve bought them. Buy little items as you can afford it throughout the year and store these gifts in a plastic storage bin or box. Put post-it notes on items so you’ll remember which gift goes to each person. This way you won’t be spending hundreds of dollars before Christmas or at birthdays. You’ll already have many gifts (or maybe all of them) ready and waiting to be wrapped. I’ve just recently started doing this and LOVE it. It greatly reduces stress around birthday and holiday-time!
  8. Swagbucks. If you earn just 15 Swagbucks a day, you will earn a $5 Amazon gift card each month. I don’t usually spend too much time on this site but often I’ll use it as a search engine and do the daily poll so I can earn a few ‘bucks’. They do add up. There are so many items that are under $5 on Amazon, and our favorite (of course!) is used books. I love children’s books, and the old library editions usually have my favorite illustrators.
  9. Use your gift cards to buy presents for others. This might be a hard one for you, so I don’t recommend it for everyone, but consider finding something (or several things) for people on your gift list with a gift card someone gave you. It will be the gift that keeps on giving!
  10. Make a treat. My chocolate cake mix cookies, mini-batch chocolate chip cookies, and peppermint bark brownies are all ridiculously inexpensive to make. (For the chocolate cake mix cookies and brownies, I buy the mixes around Christmas-time when they are on sale. You can also check your store’s bulk bins since mixes are usually very inexpensive.)
  11. Write a note of appreciation. Take the time to write a thank you, make a phone call, or send an email to an employee’s boss when you see they’ve gone the extra mile. So often companies only hear from the public when there is a complaint. Sometimes sharing your appreciation for a teacher to the principal or a receptionist to her boss means more opportunities for them as an employee. (If you’re the letter-writing type or want to write more, take a look at The {10 Minute} Letter-writing Retreat. This is an inexpensive resource that includes prompts, tutorials, and pages of printable stationery! It’s basically a gift to yourself that keeps on giving. :))
  12. Make a set of cards. I love making sets of cards for gifts and have several tutorials on this site. You can package these together with a treat for a thoughtful gift. (Here are tutorials on hand-stitching cards and a watercolor leaf card. Sign up here to gain access to a library of resources for creatives including a set of printable watercolor flower cards that you can print and give away.)
  13. Show some blogger love. If you’re a blogger, you know the importance of social media to get exposure for your posts. A great way to be generous is to share posts by pinning them, sharing on Facebook, or mentioning them on Twitter. Once a week, choose a blogger you want to promote and share their stuff. Even better, don’t tag them so it’s a secret. They will so appreciate your kindness!
  14. Give your stuff away. Once a year, go through your clothes
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    , books, and other household items and donate what you don’t use anymore. You can also ask around and see if anyone you know needs those items. My sisters are great at giving their kids’ clothes to friends who have younger children. This has been a great blessing for us, especially since so many of those tiny outfits were only worn once before their child outgrew them!
  15. Show kindness. When you see a mom struggling to keep a door open while maneuvering a stroller through it, take a minute to grab the door for her. When you notice someone’s smile or cute hairstyle, tell them. When you walk by someone, say hello. It is so easy to stay in our own busy world, but simply showing some kindness can change someone’s day.
  16. Ask how you can help. If you go to an end of the school year party at your child’s school, stay for a few minutes afterward to help clean up. If you work in an office and there is a working lunch, help throw the trash away before you go back to your cubicle. At the end of a long day, I am always so grateful when my husband says, “How can I help you?” It is such a simple thing and doesn’t cost a dime!
  17. Share your talents. How can you use your talents to give to others? Brainstorm a list of things you could do for people by using your natural abilities. You might love organization; could you help a friend who struggles in that area (and who has asked for help :))? If you know how to play an instrument, you could give lessons as a gift to someone. If you love to cook, there are always new moms who would so appreciate a home-cooked meal.

Ultimately, generosity is a heart-thing. You can be the richest person in the world and be incredibly miserly. And you can have hardly anything and have a warm and welcoming heart. When it comes to giving, your heart attitude is what really matters.

So, now it is your turn!

What is another thing you would put on this list? How have you learned to be generous even in times when you didn’t have much to give? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

The Giving Generously Project

P.S. Below is a gift list I made that tracks gifts by each month of the year (with lots of extra space for Christmas!) You can use this for jotting down ideas here and there and for trouble-shooting so you know how many birthdays are coming up in the next few months. There’s a box for checking if you bought or made a card, for when you bought or made the gift, and whether or not you’re shipping it. This tool has been invaluable for me, and I hope you enjoy it!

Original article and pictures take http://www.littlegirldesigns.com/how-to-give-generously/ site

понедельник, 24 апреля 2017 г.

How to Get Shit Done Even When You're Totally Unmotivated

How to Get Shit Done Even When You're Totally Unmotivated
How to Get Shit Done Even When You're Totally Unmotivated

How to Get Shit Done Even When You Really Don't Feel Like It

When I first started my business, I was surprised that getting clients and making a decent income — the things I feared most — weren’t all that difficult. Instead, the thing that plagued me was actually pretty simple: finding the motivation to actually do the work I’d been given. It might sound ridiculous, but after chatting with enough freelancers, I can tell you this: it’s a common problem. Nowadays, I’m able to get A LOT more done (even when I totally don’t feel like it!). Today’s tips are lessons I learned over the past year (the hard way), which have drastically increased my productivity, motivation, and will to get shit done. Leh do dis.

When I first started out, I had a subconscious fear that my work was going to take a looooong time to finish. Someone wants a new blog design? BRB, see you in a year! I’d built up unreasonable fears about how long the work would take to do and in turn, pushed it off over and over again.

My solution? I wrote out how long I thought each item on my to-do list would take and then I timed myself! I was shocked (shocked!) when my estimates were often 2-3 times longer than the task actually took. It was incredibly motivating to see

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how quickly I was able to work. This simple activity helped me prioritize my days ever since. What’s really holding you back from doing your work? Fear of how long it will take? Too much pride about not being able to deliver something spectacular enough? The answer might reveal a whole lot!

Want to get shit done? Make it 20 seconds easier to do. In The Happiness Advantage, author Shawn Achor describes a simple strategy for developing better habits and doing things even when we don’t feel motivated. Achor says, “Lower the activation energy for habits you want to adopt, and raise it for habits you want to avoid. The more we can lower or even eliminate the activation energy for our desired actions, the more we enhance our ability to jump-start positive change.” So the next time you decide to skip the gym? Try laying out your workout gear the night before.

It’s no wonder we can’t get things done when we spend hours of everyday staring mindlessly at a screen that magically sends us funny pictures and updates from our friends. (If given the choice between work and text from dog, one will always choose text from dog). Make it easier on yourself and tune out of social media. Turn off notifications on your phone. Set specific times that you’re allowed to check social media sites (and ONLY check at these times). I think you’ll find that when you hush the chatter of the online world, you’re able to get back into the groove of that pesky to-do list that’s been giving you side eyes since last week.

Dudes. I am pretty useless in the late afternoon. Awhile back, I used to start my day with emails, social media, and small, mindless tasks, which meant that I was doing The Big Stuff in the afternoon…when I was tired and not functioning at my best. Figure out when you feel and work your best and then do all of the things that take the most brain power during those times. Twitter can wait. Promise.

I’ll be honest, rewards never worked for me, but I do know they work for other people. Tell yourself that once you finish X, you can have/do Y. Another alternative is to reward yourself with something (like a small piece of candy) whenever you knock an item off your to-do list.

There is nothing less motivating to me than a completely messy desk. Luckily, this is a simple fix! Spend 15 minutes organizing your work area and cleaning up all that shiz of yours. When your work space is clear, your mind is clear.

I thought we’d end on an inspirational note. But seriously, some days you’re just not going to feel it and pushing yourself to work when you absolutely CAN’T will probably only result in mediocre results and even more overwhelm. Play hooky for the day or a few hours. Relax. Take a freakin’ break. Try a few things from this list. I promise you’ll feel a whole lot better tomorrow, you little hustler you.

p.s. How to Get Things Done (A Pseudo Guest Post by My Dad) + 15 Ways to Be a Good Human Today

Original article and pictures take http://thenectarcollective.com/2014/11/get-shit-done-even-youre-totally-unmotivated/ site

суббота, 22 апреля 2017 г.

How To Get Rid of Pet Stains On Carpet - One Good Thing by Jillee

How To Get Rid of Pet Stains On Carpet - One Good Thing by Jillee
How To Get Rid of Pet Stains On Carpet - One Good Thing by Jillee

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Several months ago a reader shared a tip in the “One Good Thing By You” Contest that at the time I thought was BRILLIANT…but not one I could personally use. It was her tried-and-true method for dealing with Pet Stains (or as she so adorably referred to them…Pet Potty Spots!)


While I don’t have a dog myself, No. 1 son (Erik) and his wife Kaitlyn have a boxer named Milo that we were dog-sitting for over Christmas. He’s not quite a year yet and while he’s completely trained when he’s at THEIR house…at OURS he got a little confused and accidentally left us with a “pet potty spot” on our carpet. That was over a month ago and while I tried to clean it up the best I knew how at the time, over time it has continued to get darker and darker and to bug me more and more. That’s when I was reminded of Shauna’s great tip and decided to give it a try!

All I can say is….WOW! It literally worked its’ “magic” right before my eyes!

Here is how

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it works….in Shauna’s own words:

“My best tip is for pet potty spots on the carpet. I use good old vinegar and baking soda. The steps are the important part. Pour enough vinegar to soak the stain and THEN add a small amount of baking soda. If you do the reverse, you will have a noisy, bubbly mess. Do it the right way, and you can hear the recipe cackling away, telling you how it is cleaning and deodorizing without leaving any residue. You need to let the spot dry for a day or two before sweeping up and then vacuuming. We cover the spot with a bowl or plate so that we don’t have baking soda kicked from heck to breakfast. You can actually see the yellow color being absorbed up into your little mountain of baking soda. Works on old stains too! Boo yaaaaaah!”


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I can personally vouch for every claim in Shauna’s tip! This method worked SO well and was SO easy! No rubbing, scrubbing or blotting necessary. Just pour on the vinegar, sprinkle on the baking soda, and WAIT! You literally see the yellow “potty spot” start to be absorbed by the baking soda. It’s crazy! (And kind of gross!)

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I did my very best to show the difference in the before and after pictures…but unfortunately (and FORTUNATELY!) our berber carpet is pretty good as disguising stains in general! But hopefully you get the idea. Plus, it’s impossible to deny that the stain is being removed from the carpet just by looking at the color of the once white baking soda!

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So dog owners, cat owners and grandparents of dog & cat owners REJOICE! Now you know a simple and EFFECTIVE way to clean those pet potty spots! Now go and SPREAD THE GOOD WORD! :-)

Original article and pictures take http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2013/01/how-to-get-rid-of-pet-stains-from-carpet.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+onegoodthingbyjillee/zBBd+(%22One+Good+Thing%22+by+Jillee) site

пятница, 21 апреля 2017 г.

How To Eliminate Cat Urine Smell

How To Eliminate Cat Urine Smell
How To Eliminate Cat Urine Smell

This cat is hiding because he peed on the floor again.
This cat is hiding because he peed on the floor again.

Cat urine is one of the toughest cleaning challenges. There are a variety of products on the market that claim to neutralize cat urine odor, but you can also effectively clean cat urine stains with products you may already have in your kitchen cabinets.

When I tried to save my cat from a terrible situation, he was so scared that he urinated all over me, my clothes, both of my couches, the drywall and the carpet. I tried using a pet odor remover carpet cleaner that I had on hand to clean the couch and carpet, but the cat urine odor still persisted. I had recently started using natural products to clean my home, so I decided to test them out on this tough new problem. Remarkably, the cheap ingredients did an amazing job at removing the cat urine odors from my flooring, furniture, clothing and walls. Here is what I did to remove the stain and underlying smell.

Cats have no respect for furniture or carpet.
Cats have no respect for furniture or carpet.

Clean Cat Urine from Carpet and Furniture

Use paper towels to soak up the cat urine on the surface of your furniture or floor. Stand on the towels or apply pressure with your hands to soak up as much of the urine as you can.

Fill half a spray bottle (these can usually be found at the dollar store) with distilled white vinegar. Fill the rest of the bottle with water. Spray the affected area until it’s completely saturated. Allow the vinegar to penetrate into the material for about ten to fifteen minutes.

Blot up the excess liquid again with clean paper towels.

When the area is as dry

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as you can get it, sprinkle some baking soda on it. The amount you will need varies by the size of the area. Use enough baking soda to cover the surface to be cleaned.

Scrub the area with a bristled scrub brush to work the baking soda and vinegar solution deep into the carpet or couch fibers.

Allow the area to dry thoroughly. It may need to sit overnight until it’s completely dry.

Vacuum up the baking soda. A Shop-vac or other heavy duty vacuum is perfect for this job. If the baking soda is too crusty and refuses to be sucked up, use a scrub brush to loosen it from the fabric fibers.

I used this solution on a regular fabric couch, a faux suede couch and beige carpet and did not have any issues with color change. However, that may not always be the case. Make sure to test an inconspicuous area of the surface to be cleaned when using any new product for the first time.

I repeated this process twice, just to be sure that all the cat urine odors had been eliminated. While I couldn’t smell anything, I wanted to be extra zealous because once cat urine has set into something for a long time, it is even more difficult to remove.

Clean Cat Urine from Clothing and Towels

The above method can be modified for use on urine-soaked clothes or towels. The day of my cat’s disaster, he managed to soak my skin and clothing with urine. Growing up, I had a cat that lost control of her bladder as she grew older and had many accidents in the laundry room on piles of clothes and on top of throw rugs around the house. This is an issue that a lot of pet owners have to deal with as their cats and dogs age. In some cases, when the area the cat has urinated on has become completely saturated or the smell cannot be killed, it is necessary to throw away these items or replace flooring. If, however, you catch the urine stain as soon as it happens, you can usually salvage the items.

To clean cat urine from clothes, towels and throw rugs, soak the items in a wash basin full of cold water. Add one cup of vinegar to the basin. Allow the items to soak for an hour.

Never use hot water to remove cat urine stains. Hot water steams the stain into the surface of the fabric. This is also true for a variety of other stains as well, such as blood and coffee.

After the fabric has soaked for an hour, thoroughly rinse it in cool water. Now you can throw it in the washing machine. Add a scoop of Oxi-Clean along with the normal amount of laundry detergent.

Clean Cat Urine from Hard Surfaces

If you have a cat that likes to urinate on your hardwood floors, or other types of hard flooring, the most important thing you can do when cleaning cat urine is to make sure that the smell is completely gone, otherwise the cat will continue to go in the same place over and over.

One way to clean urine-soaked hard surfaces is to use hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide has many household uses, including deodorizing surfaces and effectively eliminating mold and mildew.

Use 3% hydrogen peroxide, which you can find at your nearest drug store. Pour it into a spray bottle, undiluted. Be sure to test a small amount in an unnoticeable spot to make sure it does not bleach your floor. If the hydrogen peroxide does change the color of your floor, try vinegar instead.

To clean the floor, first soak up the liquid with paper towels. Then, spray the area with the hydrogen peroxide. Allow the hydrogen peroxide to remain on the area for a few minutes. Finally, wipe the area with a damp mop.

Stained Hardwood Floor

This area of the floor needs refinished to cover the stain.
This area of the floor needs refinished to cover the stain.

Removing Cat Urine Stains from Hardwood Floors

If your cat has repeatedly urinated on your hardwood floors to the point that the floors are discolored and permanently stained, there are two options. You can either replace the floor or refinish it. The cost to refinish a small section of the floor is about $30, whereas replacing the entire floor can cost hundreds of dollars.

To refinish the floor, you will need sandpaper, borax, oxalic acid, a paint brush and a gallon of wood stain that matches your current stain. You will also need rubber gloves to protect your skin from the acid.

First, sand the entire area. Rub the sandpaper along the grain of the wood rather than sideways to preserve the unique look of each slat.

Put on your rubber gloves and mix the oxalic acid with water, according to the package directions. Pour the solution over the damaged area. Allow the acid to sit for at least an hour. You may need to repeat this step a few times to thoroughly bleach out the stain.

Mix two tablespoons of borax with two cups of water. Mop the area of the floor with this solution, then rinse with water.

After the wood has dried, sand it again to ensure a smooth surface for the stain. Using the brush, coat the area with wood stain. It may take a few coats of stain before the damaged area matches the rest of the floor.

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среда, 19 апреля 2017 г.

How to Easily Remove Old Pee Stain and Smell from a Mattress

How to Easily Remove Old Pee Stain and Smell from a Mattress
How to Easily Remove Old Pee Stain and Smell from a Mattress

How to Remove Pee Stains from your mattress, and remove the smell! Fantastic easy tutorial on how to get urine stains out of a mattress.

The Pee Stained Mattresses Before Cleaning:

First, I want to show you just how bad my kids’ pee stained mattresses were:

How to Remove Pee Stains from your mattress, and remove the smell! Fantastic easy tutorial on how to get urine stains out of a mattress.

How to Remove Pee Stains from your mattress, and remove the smell! Fantastic easy tutorial on how to get urine stains out of a mattress.

Yuck! Definitely not what I want my kids’ mattresses to look like and to be sleeping on! Plus, the smell was not so hot.

How to Get a Pee Stain out of a Mattress


Pee Stain Removal Cleaning Solution

To remove a pee stain from a mattress you need:

How to Remove Pee Stains from your mattress, and remove the smell! Fantastic easy tutorial on how to get urine stains out of a mattress.

Take the empty spray bottle and pour in 8 ounces of hydrogen peroxide, 3 tablespoons of baking soda (add with a funnel. *If you have problems with clogging, try using less baking soda), and a drop of liquid hand dishwashing soap.

You can also add in a drop of lavender or other essential oil to help neutralize the smell. Plus, lavender oil is said to help induce sleep.

Spin everything around a little bit, but don’t shake it up too much or it may bubble up way too much. Now your urine removing formula is ready to go!

Spray it all over your mattress and get it nice and saturated, especially on the nice yellow pee stains.

How to Remove Pee Stains from your mattress, and remove the smell! Fantastic easy tutorial on how to get urine stains out of a mattress.

And that’s it! Just make sure to use the mixture right away for best results as the peroxide starts to break down in light.

Within a few minutes you will magically start to see the pee stains disappear! It’s really that simple!

I had to make another bottle since I had quite the surface area to cover with two twin mattresses, so I ended up spraying both mattresses twice as I had extra solution made up. I also realized I forgot to get the sides of the mattress (who knew

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there were stains there, too?).

The end results are amazing! There is a slight yellow residue, but vastly improved.

To get rid of the gritty baking soda residue on top of the mattress, wait an hour or so, or until the mattress is dry, and then vacuum the mattress with a high-quality vacuum (I love my my regular mattress care).

How to Remove Pee Stains from your mattress, and remove the smell! Fantastic easy tutorial on how to get urine stains out of a mattress.

Here are the results!:

How to Remove Pee Stains from your mattress, and remove the smell! Fantastic easy tutorial on how to get urine stains out of a mattress.

How to Remove Pee Stains from your mattress, and remove the smell! Fantastic easy tutorial on how to get urine stains out of a mattress.

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How to Remove Pee Stains from your mattress, and remove the smell! Fantastic easy tutorial on how to get urine stains out of a mattress.

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What have you done to remove a pee stain from a mattress?

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вторник, 18 апреля 2017 г.

How To Clean Cat Pee From Everything

How To Clean Cat Pee From Everything
How To Clean Cat Pee From Everything

If the stain is still wet, blot up as much as possible with paper towels. Stand on the towels to help absorb as much as possible. Then use a carpet cleaner or enzymatic cleaner to neutralize the odor. Enzymatic cleaners release cultures that literally eat the urine, leaving things sanitary and smell free once dry. Simply follow the directions for the specific cleaner you purchase, but remember to blot, rather than rub or scrub, to preserve the texture of your carpet. Avoid using a steam cleaner on urine stains, as the hot steam can actually cause odors to set into the fibers of your carpet!

If the stain has already dried, use a black light to identify soiled areas. Cat urine will glow green under black light, so just turn out your lights and move the black light around the floor, walls and your furniture until you've located all the spots that need cleaning.

If the odor remains despite all the cleaning, you may need to replace the pad underneath your carpet and clean the floor under the pad.

Cat urine can leave challenging ugly black stains on hardwood floors. It's imperative to clean it up immediately! But, if your cat urinated on the wood floor and you didn't catch it, there are a few things you can try before sanding

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and refinishing the floor as a last option:

• Make a paste out of baking soda and white vinegar and apply it to the stain. Leave the paste until it's completely dry and then wipe it up.

• Soak a cloth or paper towel in 3% hydrogen peroxide and lay it over the stain. Leave it for several hours, or even overnight. You'll notice an increase in odor as the hydrogen peroxide pulls the urine from the wood. Repeat if necessary then clean the area as you normally would. The dark stain should lighten slightly and the odor should decrease.

• Try a product like Dr. Elsey's Urine Removal Program.

The drawback to these home remedies is that they could damage your wood floor's finish. But, they're worth a shot first if you're planning on refinishing your floors to get rid of the stains and odors.

Cat urine on the sofa will make it unbearable to sit on. Simply cleaning the cushions surface won't do the trick, either. First, blot as much urine as possible if the stain is fresh. If possible, remove the cushion cover and wash it with white vinegar. Then, sprinkle baking soda on the cushion to soak up any remaining urine and neutralize the odor. Let it sit for 3 hours and then vacuum it off. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts white vinegar and water and thoroughly soak the stain. Allow it to dry completely. Put your clean cushion cover back on and enjoy your fresh smelling sofa!

If your kitty is urinating outside of his box often, you should have him or her seen by a veterinarian to rule out a medical reason, like a urinary tract infection or kidney problems. Additionally, see this guide that goes into further detail about the many reasons cats may choose not to use the litter box.

Did you find this guide helpful? Then see these other guides by The Catington Post:

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воскресенье, 16 апреля 2017 г.

How to Build Your Blog Following

How to Build Your Blog Following
How to Build Your Blog Following

If you’ve stumbled upon my sidebar in the last couple of weeks, you may have seen a new addition! I recently finished writing a 20-page E-Book called “Build Your Blog Following in 5 Days” and I’ve had hundreds of small business owners sign up to download the knowledge. It’s been amazing to receive so much feedback about how this information is helping people get started with their blogs!

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– Choosing a blog name

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– How to make your images “shareable”

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Looking for more?

If you love content for small business owners and bloggers, you’ll love the following posts:

* Using Pinterest for Your Small Business

* My Blog Traffic Reports

* Best WordPress Plug-Ins for Bloggers

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