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Using harsh chemicals around your home isn’t always the best way to clean. There’s a natural substance that you probably have right in your kitchen that’s perfect to clean the kitchen and every other room of the house. This substance is vinegar. Here, we’ll give you all the ways that you can use vinegar to clean up even the toughest of dirt in and around your home. Bathroom You can pour a cup of vinegar right into the toilet. You can let the vinegar sit overnight. If the toilet is really in bad shape, you can add baking soda or borax to use as an abrasive scrubbing agent. Once you scrub, flush, and notice how clean your toilet is! Vinegar is also great for cleaning the drain in the tub. You can also use vinegar straight or diluted for general cleaning around your sink and shower, as vinegar works wonders on soap scum. One great tip to get rid of hard water is to use vinegar on your shower head. Fill a plastic bag with vinegar and tie it around your shower head so that it is submerged. Let it sit overnight and remove the bag the next morning. Let the water run for a few seconds and you’ll have a much cleaner shower head! Kitchen When you’re working with food, why would you want to use toxic chemicals around the kitchen? You can wipe up spills in your fridge with a mix of water and vinegar. You can also use vinegar to clean countertops, cutting boards, your microwave and plastic containers. Just be sure to rinse everything after you use the vinegar for a cleaning job well done. Bedroom You can actually use vinegar to disinfect your mattress. Create a mix of rubbing alcohol, vinegar and some tea tree oil. Place in a spray bottle and spray on your mattress to help rid your mattress of dust mites, mildew and other odor causing bacteria. Once it dries, vacuum your mattress and it will be like new. Wood Furniture and Hardwood Floors Mix vinegar with olive oil to clean wood. You can add lemon or orange if you’d like a fresh scent. This will help to clean and maintain your wood furniture and floors. Carpets While you need to test your carpet for colorfastness, vinegar is a great substance to condition your carpets. You can mix vinegar with an essential oil for scent and spray on the carpet to get rid of dust mites. Cleaner Laundry Did you know that you can use vinegar as a fabric softener? By adding a cup of vinegar to the last rinse cycle, your clothes will come out soft and clean. These green ideas are perfect for your green home. Who knew that something as inexpensive as vinegar could be so versatile? .

Cooking vegetables from your own garden is a great experience. In the same way that you appreciate a meal made from scratch more than a frozen dinner or takeout, cooking food that you grew yourself is an extremely rewarding feeling. Aside from being delicious, growing your own food can help you save money, waste less food, consume less plastic packaging (helping the environment), and try out new recipes you normally wouldn't. When it comes to planting vegetables for cooking, however, there's more to it than simply tossing some seeds in your garden. Here's how to get the most out of growing your own vegetables for use on the dinner table.

Plant smart

One of the first mistakes beginner gardeners make is planting the wrong vegetables or the wrong proportions of vegetables. One or two squash plants, for example, will provide ample amounts of squash for most small families. So, think about the meals you love to cook and what vegetables they require. Then find out how much those plants yield. Some vegetables can be planted and harvested at many times throughout the growing season. If you eat lots of leafy greens (lettuce, spinach, kale, etc.), don't plant a huge row all at once. Instead, plant in intervals of two or three weeks so you can reap the rewards throughout the season. Similarly, many lettuces (such a romaine) are able to be continually harvested--that means there's no need for pulling the whole planet out of the ground and replanting.

Plan your meals

To get the most out of your garden plan a weekly menu that incorporates items from your garden. If your tomatoes look like they're ripening, plan for making tomato sauce, pizza, or caprese sandwiches the following week. Get creative with recipes. If you have a surplus of peppers, try different stuffed pepper recipes. The internet is your best friend when it comes to discovering new uses for surplus vegetables.

Preserving

A garden should be useful to you year-round, not just during the autumn harvest season. There are several methods of preserving your vegetables. The way you choose depends on your own need. Common means of preservation include:
  • Freezing meals. Remember those stuffed peppers? You don't have to eat them every day of the week once your peppers are ripe. Cook up some rice, beans, and sauce, stuff your peppers and bake. Eat however much you want and place the rest in airtight bags in the freezer. They'll make great lunches for when you're in a rush.
  • Blanching and steaming.  If you're not quite sure how you'll want to use your vegetables but you know you'll use them later blanching and steaming are great options. Boil or steam them for five minutes then toss them into a bucket of ice-water to cool. Once cool, drain them and freeze them in bags.
  • Canning.  This method takes some preparation and research but canning is a great way to save fruits and vegetables for use throughout the year and are great if you don't have extra space in your freezer for frozen vegetables.


111 Northwest Rd, Spencer, MA 01562

Single-Family

$449,900
Price

10
Rooms
5
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Tired of big city living? Have your own horses & farm animals in this wonderful Country Cape set on over 4.5 acres. Close to town, just a couple of miles out. You'll enjoy all of the beautifully remodeled space inside with the open floor plan that is perfect for entertaining all year round! The kitchen has granite countertops, stainless appliances & a breakfast bar. A spacious updated family room with custom fireplace leads out to an amazing screened in porch with vaulted ceiling! Tons of custom features and built-ins throughout! The relaxing mastersuite has a beautiful bath with corner jetted tub and a Peaceful & private balcony to watch over your pastures and see beautiful Sunsets! You will appreciate the oversized garage with plenty of workspace and ceiling height for larger vehicles/trucks. Perfectly set up modern full In-law apartment over the garage! PLUS a 4 stall barn with a fenced in riding area and run in for the horses.
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4 Reed Ave, Westborough, MA 01581

Single-Family

$750,000
Price

10
Rooms
5
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Beautiful Park-like Setting for this Awesome Westborough Chase Colonial, Nestled down off the street, providing privacy in a much sought after neighborhood of luxurious homes. One of the most desirable floor plans has a 1st-floor office, Beautiful eat-in kitchen with pristine hardwood floors, loads of cabinetry, granite counters, upscale Stainless Steel appliances, coveted gas cooking which flows into a family room w/back staircase leading to the spacious 2nd level. Open concept dining & living rooms w/custom moldings, Brand new gleaming hardwood floors and hand painted walls and ceilings. The expansive master suite has 2 walk in closets, master bath has tub, shower and dual sinks. The 5th BR on 2nd floor works great as a guest room or bonus room. The finished walkout lower level is complete w/full bath that could be a play Rm, media Rm, home gym and/or au pair suite. Sunny 3 seasons porch overlooking private backyard. Space and storage abounds in this pristine lovingly cared for home.
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Beautiful Parl-like Setting for this Awesome Westborough Chase Colonial, Nestled down off the street, providing privacy in a much sought after neighborhood of luxurious homes. One of the most desirable floor plans has a 1st-floor office, Beautiful eat-in kitchen with pristine hardwood floors, loads of cabinetry, granite counters, upscale Stainless Steel appliances, coveted gas cooking which flows into a family room w/back staircase leading to the spacious 2nd level. Open concept dining & living rooms w/custom moldings, Brand new gleaming hardwood floors and hand painted walls and ceilings. The expansive master suite has 2 walk in closets, master bath has tub, shower and dual sinks. The 5th BR on 2nd floor works great as a guest room or bonus room. The finished walkout lower level is complete w/full bath that could be a play Rm, media Rm, home gym and/or au pair suite. Sunny 3 seasons porch overlooking private backyard. Space and storage abounds in this pristine lovingly cared for home.
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