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Want to keep your new home “green?”

Categories: Boerne Custom Homes Builders, New Braunfels Custom Home Builders | Posted: July 20, 2018

The trend as of the last few years is in moving homes, appliances, cars and seeminly most anything onto a more “green” footprint. Whether it is to help prevent toxins from going into your home, or prevent little ones or pets from getting into house hold cleaners that could be dangerous for them, most anyone today would choose to have a more green footprint. However, what if you don’t know the first thing in “going green” in your home? Weston Dean Custom Homes, a premier Boerne custom builder, shares tips on how to keep you home both clean and green!

Head on over to your pantry and get out your box of baking soda. That small box holds big things in the way of green cleaning for your home. Here are a few ways you can put baking soda to work for you, for a clean and healthy home moving forward. It might soon be a staple on your grocery list!

Remove Odors: Baking soda is a wonderful natural way to rid any odors that may be lingering in your refrigerator or freezer. Place an opened box of baking soda in the location of the odor and you will be amazed at how quickly the smell goes away. It is a great idea to keep an open box of baking soda in your fridge or freezer as a staple, and replace every 3 months.

Bring silver back to life: If you have silverware or silver items in your home that need a refresh, make a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water. Use the paste to rub onto your silver and rinse with warm water after giving a warm scrubbing. Dry off each piece before storing.

Countertop cleaning: You can clean any surface throughout your home with a sprinkle of baking soda and a damp cloth. Add more baking soda for more of a paste like cleaning mixture, and watch dirt and grime wipe away with your clean cloth. Wash off the surface with clean water when done, to remove all baking soda residue.

Removal of scuffmarks: If you have pesky scuffmarks on your floors, baking soda can quickly make those unsightly marks go away. If you have wood, linoleum or tile floors, sprinkle some baking soda over the scuff marks and wipe away with a damp cloth. Magically, your scuff marks will disappear!

Furniture saver: If you have kids or pets that have made a mess on your furniture, you don’t have to live with stains forever. Take ¼ cup baking soda and mix it with 1 quart warm water. Rub this mixture onto your furniture and rinse with a hose to remove the paste mixture. You will be left with furniture that is like new!

Buy in bulk! With all the ways that you can use baking soda in your home, consider a trip to Sam’s Club or Costco to stock up on baking soda for all the cleaning purposes in your home. Baking soda doesn’t spoil, so it is something you can buy in bulk and store for a long time. Time will not weaken the potency of the powder.



Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder.  For more information call (210) 408-9107.


6 household tricks using an ingredient you have in your pantry

Categories: Boerne Custom Homes Builders | Posted: July 13, 2018

Whether you like traditional, extra virgin, Greek, or Californian, olive oil is a staple in most everyone’s pantry. However, did you know that the olive oil you use to sauté your meals, can also be used in other areas of your home? Weston Dean Custom Homes, a premier Boerne custom homebuilder, shares 6 alternative ways you can put your olive oil to good use!

Many homeowners are turning to more natural and safe products to use in their homes, to help keep their children and pets safe from any chemicals or dangerous ingredients that could be harmful. You can find a lot of good cleaning and all purpose products right in your own kitchen pantry!

The first tip is to ditch the furniture polish and grab your bottle of olive oil. Get a bowl and mix two-parts olive oil to one-part lemon juice, and apply the mixture on a microfiber towel or cheesecloth in a circular motion to your wood furniture.

This is not only a more natural way to remove dust and protect wood from scratches but also can help prevent drink rings from forming. If you have any unfinished wood areas in your home, be sure to use mineral oil instead.

The second way you can use olive oil in your home is to aid in cleaning your garden tools. You can simply put some olive oil on a rag and wipe down the metal parts of your garden tools. This will help you to prevent dirt buildup moving forward, and make it much easier to wipe away the dirt buildup after each use.

Third, do you have any squeaky doors but no WD-40 in sight to fix them? Don’t make a run for the store, rather make a run to your pantry for the trusty olive oil again. By taking either a rag or cotton swab, you can wipe down the squeaky hinge and then enjoy the sweet sound of silence!

If you have any wicker furniture, you can protect the furniture from cracking by either wiping it with warm olive oil via a clean cloth or using an old paintbrush.

The fifth tip you can use your olive oil for is to shine the stainless steel in your home. Wipe down any stainless-steel appliances before treating them with the olive oil, to be sure there is no dirt or debris. Then, find a soft cloth like a microfiber cloth and wipe down the stainless steel in circular motions. Keep the pressure firm and you will watch the surface shine up again right in front of your eyes.

Lastly, this final tip can be used for your future baking endeavors and will save you a lot of cleanup time. Of you are going to bake or cook something that is very sticky, like honey or syrup, dab a small amount of olive oil around your measuring cup before putting the sticky substance in to measure. This will avoid having your measuring cups coated in sticky material and make it much easier to clean.

You can also dab some olive oil on a paper towel and wipe the inside of a muffin tan to prevent losing most of your muffin to sticking inside the tin.


These simple but effective tips can change the way you see your olive oil forever!



Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder.  For more information call (210) 408-9107.


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