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Take Common Household Cleaning Supplies Out Into the Yard for New Uses

Many would be surprised to learn that common household cleaning products and other things designed for interior spaces also have terrific applications outside.

Here are some new uses for common household products that are helpful for doing cleanup work outside:

  • Use oven cleaner on the saw blades of a lawnmower to make it easier to remove caked-on gunk and clean the blade before sharpening.
  • Dish soap makes an excellent degreaser to clean oil spills and stains from garage floors. Use it as a concentrate without dilution with a strong brush. Let it soak in for a few minutes, and then rinse with water.
  • Spray window cleaner in cement or wall cracks to kill insects, like ants. A puree made from the rinds of citrus, such as oranges, lemons, or limes is a natural ant killer. Vinegar will not kill ants, but it is a good repellant.
  • Use talcum powder or borax cleaning powder to block ants, cockroaches, and other bugs from entering the home. Simply spread a one-inch line around the base of all exterior walls.
  • Make a safe, less-toxic weed killer. Mix one cup of table salt, with one gallon of vinegar, and one tablespoon of dish soap. Spray on weeds that grow in the sidewalk cracks, but do not use near good plants.
  • Use cooking spray to stops squeaks in door hinges and exterior gates.
  • When replacing a shower curtain with a new one, use the old one as a nice liner for a car trunk.
  • Use baby powder and a strong pin to make it easier to untie tight knots in a rope.
  • Neatly store small hand tools and parts using a see-through over-the-door shoe organizer in a shop, shed, or garage.

While taking care of cleaning the home, be sure to ask the agents of The Sanford Group to review current homeowner’s insurance to make sure your policy is up-to-date with the proper coverage. The agents at The Sanford Group will compare the insured value of the home with current market valuations and replacement costs, and then make an expert recommendation. Call them at 678-454-0661 or get a quote using the website of The Sanford Group.

Tips To Becoming A Safer Driver

It is not enough to simply know how to drive but that is enough to get your license. However, to really protect yourself on the road, you should practice some safe driving habits. The safer you are on the road, the better your experience will be. In addition to using some of these tips to be a safer driver, encourage others in your community and family to practice these habits as well so everyone can be a bit safer on the road. 

  • Don’t drive drunk or buzzed. It is illegal for a reason. Not only could you face a hefty fine if you drive drunk, but you also put yourself and others in danger. If you are drinking, do not drive.
  • Obey the speed limits. There are speed limits on the road to keep you and others safe. While driving, make sure you know the speed limits and obey them at all times.
  • Don’t text and drive. That text message can wait and if you think that it can’t, then pull over to read and respond to it. So many accidents occur on the roadways due to distractions like text messaging. If we all stop doing it, the roads would be much safer.
  • Always wear your seat belt. Even if you are only driving up the street, you should wear your seat belt. It can protect you more than you realize in an accident.
  • Practice defensive driving. In the world we live in today, it is especially important to be a defensive driver. Watch out for other drivers on the road and learn how to react to other drivers in a quick and calm manner.

Make sure your auto insurance is up to date as well to protect yourself on the roads. Contact us at The Sanford Group serving Ball Ground, GA for your insurance quote. 


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