Top 10 Money Saving Cleaning Tips for Spring with Jodi Avery

Top 10 Money Saving Cleaning Tips for Spring with Jodi Avery

Spring Cleaning with Jodi AverySpring is here and it’s time to start cleaning. Here are ten spring cleaning tips that will save you time and money. These are not your typical tips, so have fun trying them and remember to let Jodi know how they worked for you. 

  1. Swap Paper Towels For Newspapers

Paper towels are not always the most effective for wiping surfaces, especially glass. Sometimes paper towels will smear the oil, newspapers can penetrate it, making the glass shinier. If you are cleaning windows use dry bundles of newspaper and spray on an alcohol solution to cut the grease.

  1. Clean Your Toilet-With Kool-Aid

I bet you never thought Kool-Aid could be used as toilet bowl cleaner. It is natural and non toxic.  It’s full of citric-acid and really cleans the toilet. The cherry flavor is Jodi’s favorite. Before you go to bed, flush your toilet and pour in a packet of Kool-Aid. Let it sit overnight and flush in morning. Don’t worry about it staining because it’s being used on a porcelain surface and the color won’t bleed. If you don’t want to use Kool-Aid try a can of Coca Cola or Pepsi. These can also do the job.

  1. Run The Dishwasher On Empty For Sparkling Glasses

If you find spots on your glassware, it’s time to run the dishwasher without any dishes. Run a cycle with a package of citric acid crystals, which you can find at the drugstore or supermarket in the canning or spice aisle. Your dishes will come out sparkling clean.

  1. Improve Your Air Flow With Wax

After you’ve cleaned the air vents in your house, wax them with car wax. The dust won’t build up as quickly, and the air will pass through the vents better.

  1. Keep Your Outdoor Dirt Outside

This sounds basic, but by keeping dirt outside you will have less frequent dusting, vacuuming and carpet shampooing. For added protection, place a mat inside the door in addition to a mat outside the door. This will help capture any grit and dirt that can damage hardwood floors. 

  1. Get Rid Of Pet Hair With Rubber Gloves

This is an easy one. Simply put on a pair of rubber gloves and rub your hands over furniture and carpet to pick up all the hair that your beloved furry family member has kindly deposited. You can then submerge your gloved hands in water to get the hair off the gloves and scoop it up all at once.

  1. Ditch Winter Stiffness With A Beeswax Candle

There’s nothing like warm spring air coming through open windows to get rid of winter stuffiness. However, it might take more than fresh air to ditch the smell of winter. At the end of the day, nature is your best answer.  Use an all-natural beeswax candle with a mild scent to clean the air. Try a lavender scent.

  1. Fight Stains With Toothpaste

Do you have stains on your wall?  Dab some toothpaste onto a damp napkin and wipe clean. You can use the same technique to clean scuffs off your shoes, the bottom of an iron or on chrome surfaces in the bathroom to make them shine.

  1. Get Your Duvet Dry-Cleaned
    It’s all too easy to overlook, but duvets, bed spreads and comforters should be cleaned twice a year. Spring is the perfect time to have it dry-cleaned, as you switch between winter and summer quilts. Most domestic washing machines are too small to clean a duvet effectively, so you should get your duvet professional dry-cleaned. It is more likely to kill off dust mites and the allergens produced by them: this is particularly important for people who suffer from asthma or other respiratory ailments.
  1. Clean Your Oven With Baking Soda

It’s the job everyone keeps putting off, but let’s face it: the inside of your oven is in desperate need of a spruce-up after all those winter roasts and TV dinners. Here’s a tip to make life easier. Mix a little sodium bicarbonate or baking soda into a thick paste and smear it inside your oven – including the door. Leave it on for a few hours or overnight. You simply wipe it away with a damp sponge. No chemical cleaners required!

If you know anyone thinking about buying or selling a home in the Tampa Bay Area, please contact Jodi Avery at 727.238.9660 or email her at Her website is The biggest compliment to Jodi is a referral.

Top 10 Secrets to Selling Your Home

Top 10 Secrets to Selling Your Home

ShhhhhDeciding to buy or sell a home can be a tough decision. Selecting the right Realtor for the job can be even tougher. When you select Jodi Avery as your Realtor, you are taking the first step to a hassle-free and stress-free move. Jodi always goes above and beyond for her clients. Here’s a top 10 list of what sets Jodi apart from other Realtors.

10. Jodi does even the littlest of details very, very well.  Jodi is a professional photographer and will stage your home for its MLS (Multiple Listing Service) photo shoot. Jodi takes more than 250 pictures to pick the top 24 for MLS. *Sometimes people don’t recognize their home, in a good way, when she takes photos to showcase your home.

9. Jodi connects you with the best service providers in the Tampa Bay Area.  Jodi gives each client her exclusive Jodi’s A-List Book, where she puts you in contact with her personal favorite service providers she knows and trusts.  *One of the reasons why Jodi is the 2014 Service Business of the Year and #1 Individual Agent for Keller Williams- Palm Harbor for 2013 & 2014!

8. Jodi provides outstanding concierge service to her clients. Jodi hires a professional home stager and organizer to come into your home for one hour to give you tips on how to make your home show at it’s best. Jodi also shows you the latest home trends and colors for the season. She also gives you secret tips costing you less than $100 that can add thousands of dollars to the value of your home when you sell it!

7. Jodi provides “Free” garage sale signs.  Jodi drops off two dozen professional garage sale signs for you to use. She even picks them up after the sale. *Bonus, you don’t have to make them!

6. Jodi consults with clients to make critical decisions. You aren’t alone in this process. You have a professional helping you along the way! Jodi is known for her master negotiation skills and has more than 20 years of experience as a Real Estate Broker. She knows the ins and outs of buying and selling property.

5. Jodi is a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) and a Certified Investor Agent Specialist (CIAS). She knows short sales and foreclosures. *There is even a waiting list to work with Jodi.

4. Jodi helps connect you with community schools, things to do and even top restaurants. Connecting with your community is important and Jodi makes it easy with Jodi’s A-List. Not only do you get the “Best of the Best” in service providers, but you will find things to do and her list of the top restaurants in town. *Make sure you get your copy by emailing her at!

3. Jodi finds the Buyer the Perfect dream house. Jodi truly cares about her clients and has a straightforward style that is completely endearing. She will give you the positives and negatives of a house. Her character of being honest, trustworthy, and kind shows through in every step of the way. *Yes, you can have your dream house and Jodi will help you get it!

2. Jodi truly cares about her clients and arms herself with integrity, honestly and sincerity. You will have peace in your decisions because you know a friend is working for you. Jodi’s greatest reward is building deep relationships with her clients.

1. Jodi gets sellers the most money in the least amount of time with as little stress as possible. Let’s be honest, we all want the most we can get out of selling a home and Jodi prides herself on getting you top dollar! She is honored to be among the top 1% of Realtors in Pinellas County.

If you know anyone thinking about buying or selling a home in the Tampa Bay Area, please contact Jodi Avery at 727.238.9660 or email her at Her website is Having the right Realtor is the true secret to selling your home!