On Tuesday I posted about some of the great uses for saving your real estate and how handy this inexpensive product is in use for all areas in your home, whether it be Naples, Florida or Naples, Italy. Click here is you missed Part I.
This is one of my all time favorite uses and I use it about every 3-4 weeks because the coffee stains cloud the pot and I’m a bit anal, I really can’t enjoy my coffee unless it comes out of a sparkling carafe and not something that looks like it survived an army barracks back in the 40’s. My husband will probably be humiliated that this is going in print, but, he told me that when he worked in the tv studio, he never washed his coffee cup! Yuk. He dumped the coffee, ran an eye dropper full of water thru it and called it a day. For 7 years folks! A Petri dish would probably have less bacteria. I’m thinking it probably contributed greatly to his hair loss but, what do I know??! Remove stains from coffee and teacups by scrubbing them gently with equal parts of salt (or baking soda) and white distilled vinegar. Rinse clean. Or, for the internal system, try this: Remove mineral deposits from coffee makers with white distilled vinegar. Fill the water reservoir with 1 cup or more of white distilled vinegar and run it through a whole cycle. Run it once or twice more with plain water to rinse clean. (Check the owners’ manual first.) I admit, I only do this about once a year. OVENS: Avoid the bad smell when you heat up a newly cleaned oven by using a sponge soaked in diluted white distilled vinegar for the final rinse. To clean a grease splattered oven door window, saturate it with full-strength white distilled vinegar. Keep the door open for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping with a sponge. Easily clean your mini blinds by wearing pair of white cotton gloves. Dip gloved fingers into a solution of equal parts white vinegar and warm tap water, and run your fingers across both sides of each blind. Get rid of calcium deposits on faucets by soaking a cloth or paper towel in white distilled vinegar and wrapping the area tightly. Let this sit for a couple of hours or overnight. Remove soap buildup from faucets by scrubbing them with a solution of 1 part salt to 4 parts white distilled vinegar. GUYS, LISTEN UP: Clean hardened paint brushes by simmering them in a pot with white distilled vinegar. Soak them first for an hour before bringing the white distilled vinegar to a simmer. Drain and rinse clean. Clean your grill by spritzing white distilled vinegar over wadded up aluminum foil and scrubbing the grill vigorously with it. Drum roll please….and my #1 favorite reason for the use of vinegar: Remove the smell of a dead mouse or other rodent (after removing all animal remnants) by wiping down the area with either white distilled vinegar or bleach. Then place a fabric softener sheet in the area to remove any lingering odors. Hasn’t this been a great learning experience! For further information or any questions on Naples real estate please contact Ruth Bethem at Ruth@RuthBethem.com or direct at 239-777-7007 or toll free 877-777-7545.
While finding their real estate property in Naples, I like to give my clients a little time to discover one of Naples’ greatest treasures: the Conservancy of SW Florida. After I take my clients on a tour of Naples, highlighting our beautiful beaches, amenity rich communities and unique real estate opportunities, they head out for a tour of a different type. Marine life, terrestrial life, flora and fauna are all tucked away in one place known to Neapolitans as The Conservancy. It’s been an exciting time for them as they have been undergoing some changes and renovations as part of their Sustainable Campus Initiative but still provide a memorable time at the Nature Center. They’ll be having monthly eco-themes, a mini Nature Zone where many of the Discovery Center residents are located as they created the new Dalton Discovery Center. They now have “Take Action Tuesdays” where you can get hands-on knowledge on preserving our paradise and “Sensational Saturdays” which is a celebration for the entire family. This will prove to be a great year for the Conservancy as they’ve scheduled their Earth Day for April 16 and the “Magic Under the Mangroves” gala fundraiser in March, sure to be a success. Try their “Dining for Wildlife” in April and the Red Snook Catch & Release Tournament in October. A few days ago, as a volunteer for the Naples Chamber of Commerce, I was fortunate to participate in a get re-acquainted tour that included a 45 minute narrated electric boat cruise that took us through the winding backwaters off the Gordon River and provided us with a “boatload” of new knowledge. The volunteers are simply a walking Wikipedia! It was followed by a tour of the touch tank in the temporary Nature Zone that offered live encounters with a 6 year old sea turtle, a baby horseshoe crab and some slippery little reptiles. It’s also a great opportunity to take a walking trail tour where I came across the Gumbo Limbo and the answer is no, just in case you thought it was the name of a new tropical cha-cha. It’s actually a hardy, smooth-trunked tree that sheds a papery-thin red skin. Some of you may remember that the Ritz-Carlton on the beach has a lovely little beachside cabana that serves great fare and refreshing libations of the same name. Plan to be stay a while, in other words, pack a lunch, if you care to try to identify some of the 140 species of birds that have been recorded at the Nature Center. The dozens of volunteers, interns, administrators and just some concerned citizens have joined forces years ago to make this a truly one-of-a-kind experience that melds learning and conservation so that our future generations will be able to enjoy the Naples we’ve come to know and love. One of my clients commented just last week that she always had such a hard time describing Naples to those friends and family that hadn’t yet discovered Naples. Then, frustrated because she just couldn’t find the right word that would sum up how she felt about Naples, she simply gave a heavy sigh and said “paradise.” ‘Nough said. For further information or any questions on Naples real estate please contact Ruth Bethem at Ruth@RuthBethem.com or direct at 239-777-7007 or toll free 877-777-7545.