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How to Get rid of Cigarette Smoke Smell in Your House

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It could be you love smoking cigarettes while seated at your favorite couch as you watch your favorite show, or maybe it could be you just moved into a new house and the previous owner was a heavy smoker, either way, the smell of cigarette in a house is something to reckon with. Cigarette smoke is something that you can’t get rid off that easily.

Unless all your guests are smokers, it can feel quite embarrassing having guests coming over when smoke smell thoroughly engulfs your home. There is an endless array of solutions of solving this kind of a menace. These solutions range from avoiding smoking inside your house to smoking near a window. Still, the smoke smell can persist. Here are some great methods to completely get rid of that annoying smoke smell.

 

Start with the fabric.

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As cigarette smoke rises up it diffuses with air and finds its way to any fabric in your house. It settles on curtains and even on your clothes and books. Even when you are not smoking, you can be sure that your house will have that nauseating cigarette smoke smell. It gets worse when you open your window and the wind blows your curtains. The smoke smell then becomes increasingly notable. The best way to deal with this is by washing your curtains and clothes with detergents. Hand wash or machine wash, either can do the trick just perfectly. But just to be sure, check on the fabric for the washing guidelines given.

Mirrors and glasses do attract smoke.

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Virtually everything in your house attracts smoke and that’s why your house will ooze smell of smoke every time. A thin residue of smoke is left behind on the glasses and mirrors. The residue is too thin to be seen. On a typical sunny day, the thin film of residues gets heated up making your room smell smoke. If you often smoke while your windows are closed then you can be sure your glasses have attracted a lot of smoke residue. To rectify this, spray the glasses and mirrors with white vinegar. Using a paper towel, gently wipe the glasses and mirrors.

 

Work on your carpet too.

Getting rid of smoke smell in a house isn’t a one process kind of thing. It takes several processes and activities to make your house have an inviting fragrance. Carpets do absorb smoke smell as well and if you have a carpet then you should clean it regularly. If by mistake cigarette ash falls on the carpet, it will absorb the odor thus changing the smell in your house. You need to have your carpet cleaned and you can opt to have it taken to professional carpet cleaners or clean it yourself. During carpet cleaning, remember to use the right detergents.

Don’t forget the walls and ceilings.

Smoke is not visible but it will find its way and settle on just anything. It settles as a thin residue film and this film is actually responsible for the smoke smell in your house. Deal with smoke residue that has settled on walls and ceilings using paint. If you are willing to spend a few cash here and there, you may consider the option of repainting the walls and ceilings. A new paint mixed with sealing primer will cover the old paint thus keeping the smoke smell covered. Alternatively, you can use cleaning detergents that contain ammonia. However, it’s advisable to try these cleaning products on small areas to test the impact they will have on your wall.

 

Time to install an air purifier.

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Air purifiers work exceedingly wonderful when it comes to getting rid of the smoke smell or even dust smell in your house. These devices get rid of any contaminant that may be lingering in the air. When you install such a device in your house you can rest assured that even after a smoking session in your house, you won’t have to feel bothered by the smoke smell. This technique when integrated with the other methods discussed herein will work exemplary very good. With this device, you can very happily kiss constant smoke smell goodbye. However, remember to check the manual guidelines when you purchase this device.

 

Empty the ashtray immediately after smoking.

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Ashtrays and cigarette leftover pieces should never be left to stay in the house for lengthy periods. Ashtrays and cigarette pieces are heavy contributors as to why your house maybe smelling cigarette smoke. It is very advisable to empty and clean your ashtray immediately after a smoking session. It’s also recommended to wash clean the ashtray after emptying its content. This is because the smoke smell will still remain in the ashtray hence your house will still have that smoke smell.

 

White vinegar.

White vinegar produces excellent results when you want to eliminate bad odor in your house. White vinegar doesn’t really have a great scent but it eliminates the bad odor that lingers in your house.  Put white vinegar in a bowl and leave it in the room for a few hours. You will be able to notice a great deal of difference afterward. One advantage of using white vinegar is that its scent doesn’t linger behind even after taking the bowl out.

 

Wipe all surfaces.

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Smoke residues will settle even on hard surfaces such as the floor or even on the tables. Surfaces of table end up smelling cigarette even when there is no cigarette or ashtray on the table surface. Use ammonia or white vinegar to thoroughly clean surfaces of tables or even drawers.

These tips work great when they are integrated together. Prevention will always be better than cure, smoking outside will save you some troubles; however, everyone has their preferences. Nevertheless, always ensure your house is properly ventilated. This will not only get rid of smoke smell in your house but also eliminate other bad odors that may fill your room. These tips are easy to implement and if you put dedication and determination you can be sure that you will reap very good results.

Creative Ways To Spruce Up Your Home Flower Pots

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Have you ever walked into a room and had your breath taken away? It happens. Live houseplants and flowers in a beautiful pot are always good for your home and will achieve exactly that. They add color and give off a good homely, natural vibe. Moreover, the scent and fresh air come as a blessing to your family and guests. Often, when we talk about decorating our homes, we can easily think of everything else than plants. Yes, many have disregarded the transformation a simple home flower pot can do. Understandably though, it might be because of the effort required to care for the plant. Regardless, you wouldn’t want to miss on the magic a home flower pot can do. Health benefits of houseplants and flowers aside, they can seriously step up the overlook of your home.

By just adding a few details to your home flower pots, you will have a breathtaking space. I have noticed that people (I included at one point) have home flower pots but feel there is something missing like it’s just not good enough. You want something that matches your personality and should be good for the flower too. Well, I learned that you can easily deal with that. Faced with a sea of choices and limited funds, I was down to using what I already had. And my pots were great; just felt too plain. Therefore, I looked for ways to spruce them up and you’ll be amazed at what I came up with. With spring in the air, you don’t have to re-pot your plants. Here are some creative do-it-yourself ways you can bring life to them.

Paint

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Let’s get practical, after a neighbor springs for a new exterior paint job, it doesn’t take long for you to see everyone else standing out in front of their house with paint brochures and color swatches. Why? The answer is quite simple. A good paintwork can transform the appearance of any item in question by beautifying, adding character and personality to it. In the same way, you can transform your ordinary flowerpots into works of art with just some masking tape and spray paint. Before painting them, consider if the color will coincide with your existing décor. You can then take your plain pot and give it a new coat of paint. As you are at it, ensure that the surface is dry and free from dirt. Then apply a uniform coat of paint and let it dry. The paint should last for several years but if you are adventurous and love the change from time to time; just repeat the process. But you might consider removing the existing one before a new paint job.

If you want to make your pots even more decorative, you can use painter’s tape to create a two-toned pattern. Start by covering the rim of the pot with the tape, and then apply the first coat of color. Once the paint is dry, cover that part with a newspaper and the tape leaving the rim exposed. Go ahead and paint the rim with a different shade or color. After it has dried, remove the masking, and there you have a beautiful 2-toned flower pot. There’s so much you can do with paint; be open-minded and go for what the heart wants. It is about making you happy anyway.

Use fabric

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Using fabric is a great way of transforming your plain pots into a colorful statement piece for your home by adding character and texture to them. There are various ways you can play around with your fabrics and come up with something uniquely beautiful. My favorite is covering it with fabric strips of different attractive colors. But you can, of course, go as wide as your imagination and creativity take you, as long as it’s visually attractive though. Basically, you will have to use some adhesive to the area of the pot that you need to be covered and place the fabric on top. Before using the fabric, you can paint the pot for it to coincide with the fabric if need be.

Use a knitted cover

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For more uniqueness, you can have a knitted cover for your flower pots. You can choose a cover of different or same color. Knitting limits your pot to have one texture, regardless; you can have the cover knitted in different patterns. The upsides of having knitted covers are that you can have as many as you want since they are affordable and can easily get cleaned when they get dirty. This makes you pot look good and new as long as the cover is in good condition. It is as easy as eating pie.

Use glitters

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You can decorate your flower pots with glitter just to make them stand out a bit. I’d suggest you start by painting them first for a better-polished look. Glue the pieces to the bottom part of the planter in random patterns. Use a painter’s tape to get a clean line at the bottom.

Wrap a rope

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Wrapping a rope around your planter is an easy way of transforming it in a classic way. You can wrap the whole pot with a rope or some sort of twine; yet to add the texture you can include a wrapping paper. All you have to do is wrap the planter in the paper and trim the edges. Then using a glue gun, attach the rope around the top half of the planter.

Use burlap

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I personally love using burlap because of its simplicity that makes a big impact. Wrapping your pot with burlap and adding some ribbon can make your flower pots look really cute and elegant. It is quite easy to do and there are so many ways to embellish them. Just keep it simple by twine or jute to tie up the burlap. You can also use a chevron burlap ribbon and make a big bow for your pot.

There are so many ways you can add color to your flower pots. Incorporate some of the ones listed and watch the overlook of your space transform.

 

 

 

 

How To Hand Wash Clothes Without A Washer Or Dryer

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Modern technology is the mother of a lot of marvels today such as the machine washer and dry-cleaning machines. These have been used for more than a century now and are basic parts of our lives – helping to wash our laundry, keeping us clean and tidy.

But what if our machines just disappeared? It is imperative to know how to hand wash clothes since you might need the skills when you are in an area with no power or machines. Jungles, forests, camping grounds are just some examples of places you might need hand washing skills.

  1. First Fundamentals

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Before you embark on hand washing, you will need to gather all your dirty clothes for cleaning. Then you will have to inspect the cloth tags on the back of the neck (for upper body clothing) or the small of the back (for abdominal clothing). These tags will have information on whether it is okay to hand wash the specific cloth or not.

After you have affirmed that the clothes are hand washable, you will have to separate the white clothes from the dull colored ones. This is because some dull colored clothes bleed dyes which can permanently stain your white clothes. You can still whiten your white fabrics but that is a topic for another day.

  1. Gather your Tools of Trade

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To hand wash effectively, you will have to find a large spacious tub, preferably plastic ware to soak and wash in. Also, you will need a bar of soap and a powder or liquid detergent to help soften the dirt. You will then need water. Water from natural sources is too full of minerals, it will be hard water which is really hard to lather, and may stain clothes with the scum formed.

You can boil such water to reduce the mineral content in the water or use tap water which is already treated. You will even need more plastic tubs to rinse your clothes in. Also make sure you have a ready hanging line in place, for your clothes to dry on.

  1. 3. Soaking

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Soaking helps dissolve fats, greases, and dirt from the fabric. It also softens clothes so that washing will be much easier and you will not have to use too much force such that you damage the fabric. Remember to straighten the clothes to allow water to permeate the fabric and soften out dirt.
Also during soaking, separate heavy and light clothes.

Do not keep your laundry soaked for too long in soapy water since this might damage your fabrics.

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For the lightest clothes, handkerchiefs, and wiping clothes; they can be disinfected by boiling them. For other clothes, use detergent to clean them. Smother them with soap then hold a random part of the cloth with both of your hands. Move your hands in opposite directions to each other as if to tear them but with much lesser force. Do so quickly.

The dirt will come off and the brightness of the fabric will increase as the fabric gets cleaner. If the soaked garments start producing bad odors, you can use vinegar to purge the smells. For the heavy garments, place them on a surface and scrub the dirt off with a brush.

Otherwise, you can use a toilet plunger to agitate the heavy clothes and make the water remove the dirt. The plunger works like an agitator in a washing machine making your work easier.
Avoid washing silk garments that are brightly colored or patterned since they may bleed off dyes permanently marking other clothes. Rinse the washed clothes then repeat again for maximum effect. As a bonus, you could reuse the water to wash the second batch of clothes, with no additional detergents.

  1. 5. Drying

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After washing your clothes, you will need them dried. You can dry them without using a drier. For a quick drying method, use a thick fluffy towel. Place your damp cloth on the towel then wrap your towel all over it. Then wring the towel with the cloth in it. The water will be held by the towel and the cloth will have lost most of its water. For tough clothes, you can just force squeeze them until most of the water is gone.

You could also let the clothes air-dry out in the sun, hanging on a drying line. The sun is even better as the light rays from the sun will kill any bacteria left in the fabrics. It also restores fabric strength when the clothes are exposed to sunlight for a considerable amount of time. However, when left out for too long in the hot sun, fabrics will degrade, so beware.

  1. Tips

Don’t leave colored clothes out for long, they will fade very quickly. Also, using soft water, such as drinking water might save you time when hand washing clothes than using hard water (water from natural sources). Soft water lathers too easily making it the best for washing.

Use mild detergents when hand washing, since stronger detergents will damage your hands. Lingerie, handkerchiefs and light clothes should be washed first as they require least effort. Heavy fabrics such as denim can damage hands when washing. If they are too dirty, then using a plunger to agitate them is the best way to wash them.

Vinegar can be added to aid in cleaning clothes.

Using pegs will help keep clothes anchored on the drying line and prevent hostile winds from carrying them away. For maximum sunlight effect, you can place your wet clothes on a clean surface outdoors and they will dry twice as faster than on a drying line.Clothes that have been dried using the towel wringing method will require ironing since they most likely have a lot of creases on them.

Dispose your used washing water away from healthy plants as this water might poison them. For shoes, hang them upside down to dry quickly. Also, make sure all clothes are in their inside-out format while hanging them. This is because some of them might fall later while picking and it is better to get the inside surface dirty than the outer one.
If properly done, hand washing is more of a thrill than work. Have fun.

Ways To Make Your Storage Cabinets More Space Efficient.

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You may look at your cabinets and see that they are full. But take a closer second look. The problem might be that you do not know how to maximize that space that you have or even make use of it. There are better ways of storing your stuff without having to re-build your cabinets. You do not necessarily have to have a whole room as a pantry. Some of the ideas below will have you surprised on how much space you have been wasting.

  1. Arrange according to size and shape.

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Have items that are of same size and shape in one level of the cabinets to make sure that they perfectly fit. Putting different shapes of jars in one level may end up consuming a lot of space as they will not perfectly interlock with each other.

  1. Prioritize your items.

To avoid re-arranging your cabinet every time you want to get something, ensure that you have the most used items on the lower part of your cabinet and in the front line. This will help in keeping your kitchen always looking organized.

  1. Get organizers.

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These are big boxes found at the store and can be used to store very many things that when kept out in the open on the cabinets will tend to make the place look clumsy and unkept. However, their efficiency, try and arrange the stuff in there as well so that one box can accommodate a reasonable number of items.

  1. Get rid of plastic bags when storing dry food.

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Organizing foodstuff in plastic bags or even the grocery bags will look so untidy and is not even healthy for you. Try putting things like biscuits, beans, or dried peas in mason jars to make the place look attractive and well managed. The best kinds of jars are the clear ones so you can be able to see what you can add to your next grocery list.

This may sound weird but having some small lights either underneath each cabinet or wherever you want to place them will be a good idea. This will make the place look more spacious. It is also a good way of avoiding any bugs that like crawling in dark places causing damage like cockroaches. The lights do not have to be too bright. Just have medium light bulbs.

  1. Keep your shoe boxes.

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For the shoe cabinets, it is better that you keep your shoe boxes because they come in handy especially for the shoes that you rarely wear. Place those on the topmost shelf. Ensure that you clean that place from time to time to avoid accumulated dust.

  1. Add hooks for convenience.

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For items like pans, cake spatulas, and grill forks, you can choose to add hooks and hang them there instead of having them lying flat on the cabinets. The hooks should be placed in very strategic and safe places out of reach of children as the heavy pans may drop on them while they are playing around.

  1. Seek for extra spaces.

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You can have your DIY shelves in other places that do not make the place seem too overcrowded like at the corners of your kitchen, behind or over the doors. Put a rubber stopper on the door to prevent bagging the door to the shelf.

  1. Opt for hooks in the garage.

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Tools in the garage should be stored with a lot of caution as some of them are sharp and heavy. The best way to store them is by hanging them on hooks according to their use, size and how frequently needed they are. This is will ensure enough space for your car and your children’s bikes without having to knock any protruding cabinets over.

  1. Have inbuilt cabinets in your kid’s bedroom.

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To avoid clustering of clothes in one tiny place. You could think of going for beds that have cabinets on or underneath them. Things like toys and inner garments can fit there perfectly. Avoid places where you have to place things out in the open if they are not being used just to make sure their room looks spacious and not clumsy.

  1. Get pull down or sliding racks for smaller books.

The study room or ‘library’ can look very messy especially for the bookworms. The best idea here is to arrange your books in order on the shelf. However, you may choose to have sliding racks underneath your desk to store those small books or those with lesser volume.

  1. Closet Rods.

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Closet rods ensures that you have a lot of hanging space. You may choose to add one more rod that can carry a few shirts, trousers or dresses either beneath your original rod or underneath it if space allows. Let the added rod have the same inches as the initial rod just to have uniformity.

  1. Place the medicine cabinet in your room.

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This is meant for both safety and convenience. It is commonly kept in the bathroom with a mirror on the front. You can have a fast aid kit box and make a pullout rack on the side of it between the box and the wall. Do not place it very low where your kids would easily reach. You could even opt for a lockable micro-fridge in your room for medicine that has to be stored in there.

 

You wouldn’t have an excuse for not having to use up your space well with all those tips. Try as much as possible to be creative. If you have any difficulties in making your own shelf, you could call a handyman for help. Ensure that your cabinets are tightly fit to prevent incidences where the cabinet will fall off with everything in it. Get to know how many items you want in a cabinet to help you choose the right material to use when installing one.

Tips To Keep Your Kitchen Sparkly Clean

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The kitchen is an essential part of any home apart from the bedroom. Any kitchen speaks volume about the organization and cleanliness of any house.  This is where all the food is prepared and it has to be clean in order to avoid any health issues. The task of cleaning a kitchen and maintaining the cleanliness is never an easy job. Many homeowners find it to be a tiring task and this is why you will find many kitchens looking dirty and some have gone to the extent of becoming health hazards to the people living in the home.

If you desire a clean kitchen you have to tirelessly work for it and give your all. Cleaning a kitchen involves a lot of detailed processes which ensure that all the appliances and utensils in your kitchen stay spotlessly clean. Here are some tips that will transform your kitchen into a part of your home that you are proud of.

 

Have a clean fridge.

The refrigerator is a very crucial kitchen appliance which commands a great deal of cleanliness at all times.  There are many benefits of a clean fridge. You store leftover food and beverages in your fridge so it should be clean round the clock and safe for storing food. The food containers that go into your fridge should always be clean at all times. Before that bottle of beer or soda goes into the fridge ensure it is wiped off to remove any dust.

Regularly clean all the compartments of your fridge. You may do this by using warm water and some cleaning detergents. Don’t allow leftover food to stay in the fridge for such a long time. Always dispose of food that has overstayed in the fridge to create more space and avoid an occurrence of bad odour. A clean refrigerator will definitely add glitter to your kitchen always.

 

 

 

Keep Your Stove Clean

It’s an obvious fact that cleaning the grates of the stove is not the best job when it comes to cleaning the kitchen. Removing the grease from the grates proves to be tedious especially if you don’t have the right equipment such as a power scrubber. Sometimes you even feel like sparing yourself the hustle of cleaning and purchasing new grates for your stoves, but then you can’t purchase new ones every day, at some point, you will have to dedicate yourself and give them a good cleaning.  While that process is frustrating, using ammonia has proven to be the best solution in removing grease from the grates. Applying ammonia will definitely save you some good scrubbing time.

 

Pay attention to the microwave.

Many homeowners overlook the importance of cleaning their microwaves. Maybe it’s because the dirt inside the microwave is never seen by anyone until you want to heat some food. Dirt inside the microwave can become a host to several bacteria which will eventually ruin the food that you want to heat. It’s advisable to use lemon and some water to clean the microwave. Place lemon in a cup of water and put the cup in the microwave, then heat. The steam produced will clean the microwave and kill any bacteria present. The microwave too needs a touch of sparkling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clean The Dishes Immediately After Use

Dirty utensils are the number one reason a kitchen will look dirty. ensure that you clean the dishes every time you use them and never encourage a pileup.  Make sure you arrange them in their rightful place as soon as you are done washing them.  This will definitely give off that semblance of great order in the kitchen.

 

Keep The Countertops Spotless

Countertops are the most seen parts of the kitchen and if they are spotlessly clean then the kitchen will look clean. Ensure that you wipe and polish the countertops for that clean and sanitized look for your kitchen. Consider using  green cleaning products while at it and some kitchen items like vinegar, lemon and salt can be effective cleaning agents.

 

 

 

Let the pots shine.

If you are not using stainless pots, then you are often a victim of having stained pots after using them to cook some meals. Scrubbing the pots using steel wool is never a wonderful activity and it may leave your fingers aching so much. The cure to stained grease on the pots is using vinegar combined with salt. Rest assured that this combination can really work magic and leave all your pots sparkling. Avoid bruising your fingers while scrubbing pots using steel wool, instead use salt and vinegar and witness how shiny your pots will always beShiny pots too give off that look of cleanliness.

 

A Touch of cleanliness at The Sink

A kitchen can never be said to be clean if the sink alone is not clean. The sink is almost the heart of the kitchen, and of course, it depicts how clean your kitchen can be. At times you will end up having a clogged kitchen pipe or maybe a greased sink. It’s advisable to use cleaning products to always clean your sink. Nevertheless, always remember to rinse the kitchen every time you are done with using the sink. Remember that your sink is such a crucial part of your kitchen and that you shouldn’t underestimate keeping your sink clean at all times. This is where you wash all the dishes and the food holders and if it isn’t clean, then you risk a bacterial infection.

 

Try the lemon and vinegar combination today.

This combination is known for its endless string of uses particularly when it comes to cleaning at home. You can rely on this trick and solve a number of kitchen problems.  Cleaning with vinegar and lemon makes it easy to remove the stains that are normally in your kitchen sink. To add on that, this combination can also be used to remove bad smell that often is found in the fridge. This is such a great hack to deal with the foul smell that can be caused by food that has been in the fridge for such a lengthy time. Try this great tip and witness the freshness that will ooze from your kitchen.

 

As mentioned above, the kitchen is where meals for your family are prepared and thus it really deserves top-notch care and cleanliness. With these great, tips you can really bring some great aspect of sanitation in your kitchen. Remember that your kitchen deserves to be the cleanest room in your house where anyone who enters will feel absolutely refreshed.  The above great tips should help you transform your kitchen into this clean and sparkly section of your home.

Uses Of Salt At Home That You Don’t Know

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We mostly know salt as an awesome and vital flavor enhancer and a preservative from the dark days till now. But do you know you can use salt in a myriad of ways to solve common cleaning issues at home? To date, no other seasoning has satisfactorily replaced salt. It is amazing how much wonder salt can do yet it is crazily affordable. Salt solves many common challenges at home and also proves to be economical and environment-friendly, compared to products manufactured to solve the same issues. In fact, by the time you finish reading this, just like me, it will be your favorite ingredient. Here are various ways you can use salt at home:

  1. Dental hygiene

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Whether you have run out of toothpaste or just trying out on something new, the salt will work just fine. It is of course, not a replacement for toothpaste, but when used with or without it, solves major issues. A saltwater mouth rinse is a great option for anyone who has gum sores, sore throat or recently had dental procedures. What salt does, it temporarily increases the pH balance in your mouth, creating an environment where bacteria struggle to survive. If you are struggling with bad breath, gargling the salt rinse will help keep your mouth odor-free. It can also brighten up your teeth when you mix it with baking soda.

  1. Fruit prevention from browning

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When apples are cut and left, they turn brown. This not only makes them look less appetizing but also their flavor and other attributes get altered. There are other methods too, like using lemon juice and honey for preserving them but using salt water is a better way. Only use half teaspoon of salt in one cup of cold water and let the fruit soak for 10 minutes. When you want to eat the apple, you can quickly rinse under cold water to remove traces of the salt on the surface.

  1. Cleaning the sink drains and kitchen

Salt can be used as a nontoxic, natural sink cleaner. You probably have manufactured supplies for your cleaning, but consider how eco-friendly salt is. The combination of salt and vinegar in boiled water will cut through tough clogs, especially through grease. Although the acidity of vinegar helps to eat through the clog, salt alone can be effective. Measure a half cup of salt, then pour it directly into the drainage. Slowly pour hot water down the drain. Since you are using salt alone, you may consider repeating the process severally.

  1. Stain removal

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In removing stains, you need all the help you can get. Salt is there to help. If you have a fresh grease stain, remove it by covering it with salt. Allow it to absorb the grease then brush it away. Repeat until the stain is gone. You can also remove fresh blood stain by covering it with salt, then blot with cold water. You can also remove wine stains by sprinkling stained area with enough salt to soak up liquid. Soak the fabric for about an hour then launder as usual. Additionally, in the process, it brightens the color of your faded cloth.

  1. Exfoliating the skin

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Salt is not only a skin exfoliator but also a natural detoxifier since the salt absorbs the toxins from the skin. To be specific, sea salt is best used. The important difference between sea salt and table salt is that sea salt has higher levels of naturally occurring minerals. Dead skin results in an old and tired looking skin. Exfoliating using salt is an excellent and skin-friendly way to shed the old skin. Make a paste of sea salt and water then apply it on your face. Leave for a minute before you get into the shower and massage the salt off gently as you bath. Amazingly also, sea salt’s high magnesium content makes it a powerful anti-aging weapon.

  1. Burn and itching remedy

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Although an itching skin is not a death sentence, it can be crazily irritating, depending on the severity. The causes can be allergies, insect bites, burns or a brush with poison ivy. There are definitely, a variety of products manufactured to treat the condition, but you might consider doing it naturally since you have everything to gain and nothing to lose. To relieve a bee sting, immediately wet the spot and cover with salt. In treating poison ivy, soak the exposed part in warm salty water to help hasten the end of the poison ivy irritation.

  1. Extinguishing grease fire

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There are a number of ways to put out a grease fire, and using salt is one of them. Have you ever experienced a small grease fire, whereby, little oil spills on the skillet and the pan goes in flames? The most important thing to remember, when it occurs, don’t use water at any cost. Simply look for ways to cut away oxygen. Damp a lot of salt on it. Also never, ever use just any kind of pressurized fire extinguisher on grease fires because you might make it worse. Salt is very effective in this case.

  1. Keeping cheese fresh

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I seriously doubt if anyone uses their whole block of feta cheese at once unless they have guests. You will need to store the piece that remains for future use. But this is what you should not do, wrapping it up and tossing it into the fridge. This is because when the cheese is exposed to air, it starts to dry out and the flavor becomes sharply soar. Instead, you should store it in a paste called brine. Which you can easily make at home. Simply mix two cups of water with two tablespoons of salt. Ensure the leftover is covered fully in the mixture. This not only preserves the cheese but also gives it the salty flavor punch.

  1. Hand deodorant

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Salt can greatly act as a deodorant. Seriously, who would want to walk around with hands smelling of garlic or some other foul smell? You are right, no one. If you don’t have other products, you can simply take a salt and vinegar then rub the mixture in your hands to remove the odors.

  1. Preservation Of Food

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You can use salt to preserve fish or meat if you don’t have a fridge or in case the power lines are down and your fridge will not work for you.  Salt keeps the bacteria that causes beef or fish to go bad from thriving.

The above are the uses of salt, consider using them in your own home and you will be grateful you read this article.

 

 

 

 

Living Room Centerpiece Ideas That You Should Try Out

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Just as the name suggests, the living room is a place where you spend your most time relaxing or watching a movie. It is also an area where your guests see first immediately they enter your home hence the living room should be a center of attraction to both you and the outsiders. Here are some creative ideas which you can try out for your living room to have a lively look.

  1. Get bright colored curtains.

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First and foremost, you should have curtains that enhance the brightness of the room to compliment on both the natural light and the bulb lights. You may choose to have floral sheers without any heavy curtain or have a floral sheer and a plain bright colored heavy curtain which you can draw during the day.

One big portrait at the center of the wall in your living room is the best idea ever as it becomes the focal point of almost everything. Get an eye-catching portrait. If you do not have any idea of a portrait that would best suit your living room, you could get some advice from the store. Make sure one of your couch faces the portrait so that you could also enjoy the view as you are relaxing.

Have a sizeable sofa, one that is not too big or too small, depending with your room size.  You can have it leaning on a wall that faces your main wall or put it at the center of your living room. Get a colorful sofa but be sure that the color matches everything surrounding it. Do not have the same colors in your living room to avoid monotony. You can choose two or three colors that blend well together and play around with them to create a perfect balance.

  1. Table design.

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Get a glass table and make sure it’s thick enough to hold one or two ceramic decorations on it. You could also put a single flower vase on top. However, if you have kids around, it is better that you get a wooden table instead just to avoid incidences like falling on the table as your kids are laying around. Place the table in front of your sofa but not too close.

  1. Go for T.V mounting.

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For your living room not to seem so overcrowded, you could opt for a T.V mount instead. It should be mounted right in front of your couch where everyone can have a view of it. Do not have it too high or too low to avoid straining your neck. Get an expert to do that for you just to be sure that it is safely secured on the mounts.

If you are a fan of fireplaces and your living room does not have one, you can create one for yourself of course by the help of an interior designer. You could have it just slightly on one side of your room. It doesn’t necessarily have to be at the center since you will have your television there. If you are not a T.V fun then the center of your house will be okay for you. Do not leave your fireplace bare. Decorate it with either photos of you and your family on top or some flower vase which would also look good.

  1. Create a formal sitting area.

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If your space allows, you could seclude an area like maybe just behind your couch and place single couches or seats and a small table at the center just for you and your friends to enjoy a good conversation. A vintage design of this would blend really well with your room. You could get a stand containing a few books to read or a bookshelf and make that place a meeting point for you and your book club members.

  1. Seclude a playing pen for your baby.

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Your baby or toddler shouldn’t have to stay locked up in her room while playing. You can have a small area in your living room and have baby friendly decorations, a rocking horse or whatever your kid loves just for her to feel like part of the family. Put up a few photos that she likes on the wall that her area faces. Secure that pace with a small picket fence just for it to look like her own territory since kids love being territorial.

On your centerpieces like the portraits and photos, get some small bulbs and place them beneath or above those items just for emphasis. The lights should be a bit brighter than your main light to create that theatre theme. Opt to go for different colors of lights but make sure they blend well to avoid color clashing. Do not however put so many of those lights around the house as you will be overdoing it. Just focus on the main attractions in that room.

Chandeliers are not only limited to dining areas or the kitchen or the wide hallway to your living room. Having a big and elaborate one at the center point of your living room’s ceiling will compliment every single piece in your room. If your ceiling is too high, get a low hanging chandelier to avoid one having to look up very high just to see it. Get one that is a bit higher if your ceiling is low to avoid knocking your head over it as you go around your house.

These are a few ideas to help you bring your living room to life. Make sure you use your space wisely. Do not overcrowd it or leave it so bare and plain. Balance everything up from color to the size of your furniture and lighting. Before beginning to decorate, go for more options so that you can comfortably settle on the most suitable one for you and your family.

 

How To Rodent-Proof Your Home

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Rodents, the mention of the name rodents sends anyone panicking. Rodents are small animals that can really cause a lot of menace and destruction in your home. There’s nothing that can keep you awake at night like the sound of rodents playing in your ceiling. The small animals eat just about anything, from door frames to food leftovers to cable wires to the stuffing in your seats. There are several ways of getting rid of these small creatures but the most important thing to remember is that prevention is better than cure. You will end up investing a lot in buying mice traps which won’t achieve 100% success. The best remedy to this menace is rodent proofing your house. Here are some great tips on how to rodent- proof your house.

 

Rats love a dirty kitchen, Keep It Clean

How clean is your kitchen? Rodents really love to come out at night and feast on the crumbs of bread lying on the floor. They survive in a dirty environment and if your kitchen is really dirty then you can rest assured that you will have these creatures roaming about your kitchen. Ensure your kitchen and the rest of your house stays sparklingly clean all the times. Clean everywhere including under the stove. A clean environment will greatly starve the rodents forcing them to either flee away or face the possibility of dying of hunger.

Deal with The garbage Outside

A clean house won’t just cut it already; your compound too should be clean as well. You should ensure that your garbage remains nicely collected in one place at all times. It’s advisable to keep your garbage in a container that is tightly closed to prevent rodents accessing the garbage and causing immense havoc. Rodents love to live in piles of dirt and garbage, but if you keep your garbage properly in a tightly closed container, they will have nowhere to feed on hence they will be faced by threats of starvation.

 

Ensure your doors and windows Are Tightly closed.

Rodents are relatively small animals and can force their entry into a house in a very small opening. It’s important that you ensure that all your windows and doors close properly leaving no space for any rat to enter. Rodent proofing your house is really an efficient way of keeping rats at bay from your house hence, all necessary steps should be taken without hesitation. In case you notice a small opening in your door or window have it repaired as soon as possible. Also, ensure that your rooftop has no openings that can be used as a point of entry by rodents.

 

Clear the vegetation around your compound.

Rodents also love to live in vegetations, from which they try to gain access to your house. It’s of the essence that you ensure that the vegetation around your compound remains tended to. Keep the grass short and the bushes well-trimmed at all times.  Invest in some great landscaping services if you can’t take care of the vegetation. With nowhere to shelter, rodents won’t find it easy to survive in such an environment. In case there are branches of trees hanging above the roof, they should be cut. These branches can be used by rodents as means of gaining access to your house. With both the inside and outside of your house looking clean and well-kept, you can rest assured that rodents won’t give you sleepless nights.

 

 

Avoid leaving food or water on the table.

It’s very advisable that you clear any leftover water or food on the table in the living room or in the kitchen table where it can easily be accessed by rodents. It’s also advisable to avoid storing food on the floor, doing so will be making it easy for rodents to access the food.  When they come out of hiding they sniff around in search of food or water. This is why leaving uncovered food on the table will invite rodents in your home. If they are any leftovers, they should be kept in the refrigerator or in a place no rodent can access.

 

Ensure your house  foundation has no gaps/holes.

Rodents don’t really require such huge holes as they can squeeze themselves in very small holes and find a way inside your house. It’s very prudent to inspect the foundation of your house and ensure that there are no gaping holes that can easily be used by rodents to gain access to your house at any time. If there are any holes you should cover them with wire mesh and sand.

 

Avoid piles of clothes and dirt.

As stated earlier on, rodents love such a dirty environment. You can be guaranteed that any place piled up with dirt or even old clothes or old newspapers is a prime spot for rodents to live in. Rodents don’t necessarily have to feed on food, they can gladly survive on eating these old newspapers and old clothes, thus it’s important to ensure that your house has no clutter that will invite rodents into your home.

 

Nevertheless, there’s always the option of seeking advance advice from pest control companies who will give you advice on how to perfectly rodent-proof your house. As a matter of fact, you can have them come and do some inspection in your house and advice you on the best measures to take to prevent rodent infestation in your house.

 

Always remember that, rodent largely survive in an environment with a constant supply of food and water, and that if these two are taken out of the picture, rodents won’t find it easy to survive in that place. They will be forced to migrate to another location. Don’t wait till you get infested by rodents in order to start desperately looking for ways to deal with the problem. Anticipate the infestation and start rodent proofing your house in order to avoid the great havoc caused by these small animals.

 

Above all, always maintain a clean environment both inside and outside the house. Don’t compromise on cleanliness if you really want to avoid rodent infestation in your house. A rodent free home will certainly give you happiness.

 

 

 

Natural Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Bedbugs.

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Ever heard of ‘don’t let the bedbugs bite?’ well, sometimes they do and they can be very disastrous. Getting rid of them can also be very costly and at times little or no result can be seen. Here are a few suggestions that will help overcome that bedbug challenge.

  1. Pour hot water on your mattress.

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Mostly, bedbugs like to stay on the edges of the mattress where they cannot be easily seen. They pop out at night to feed then get back to their habitat. The best idea is to get the mattress out of the house and pour very hot water on the edges and anywhere else you might have spotted them.           Be sure to also pour hot water on the bed as well. After that is done, clean the entire house using a disinfectant.

  1. Air your bedding frequently.

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A stuffy area is a good breeding ground for bedbugs. It is always important to air your beddings from time to time. Constant removal of beddings and exchanging them will disrupt any intention of breeding thereby making it unsuitable for the bugs to make that area a habitat. Your sleeping area should always be clean and free of any unnecessary stuff laying around.

  1. Get rid of your mattress.

In severe cases, you can opt to get rid of your  bed bug-ridden mattress and anything else that has been infested by the bedbugs. The best way to do this is to burn the items such as, mattress, pillows and any other kind of item that has the bugs. This is one of the best ways since you are sure that the bugs are gone for good.

  1. Vacuum clean.

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After you have done all the washing, airing of beddings and hand-cleaning, you can vacuum clean as well just to make sure that you have rid all the bedbugs. Make sure to vacuum everywhere. Do not ignore any place in the house. Bedbugs can reach anywhere. The closet should be thoroughly cleaned since that is the major place where they can hide.

  1. Clean your car.

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Bedbugs are transferable through the clothes we wear. In addition to turning the entire house upside down when cleaning, do not forget to strip the car seats and go through them one by one as you pour the hot water on them. This will make sure you don’t get bugs back to the house from your car.

  1. DIY spray.

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You can make your own DIY bed-bug spray using baking soda. Make sure the baking soda is slightly more than the water you need for it to mix or rather you could mix vinegar and any kind of pepper and spray around the house targeting on the infested areas. Bedbugs cannot stand that smell. Be sure to frequently spray as a repeat process will be more effective.

  1. Get rid of unwanted stuff around the house.

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It’s a bit hard for us to let go of some things around the house even though we no longer need them. For the sake of a bug-free home, it’s advisable that you get rid of unnecessary stuff in the house. Be sure to dispose of them well. If possible, burn them all. This includes the piled up stuff in the garage.

  1. Observe hygiene.

All parasites love to live in a very dirty and clumsily kept place. Try and thoroughly clean your entire house as you vacuum it at least three times a week. Also, keep checking on the sides of the cushions and mattress for any sign of bed bugs. This will keep the bugs from habituating in your house. Hygiene is very important because even if all the other steps to getting rid of bedbugs work, you will need to be very clean both personally and around the house to prevent them from coming back. Do not forget to clean your pets as well.

  1. Use hot steam.

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There are very many places that bedbugs like to hide and lay their eggs. One among most of them is inside cracks. That place might be very hard to reach even with a vacuum. You can use a steam cleaner if you have one or alternatively use the normal steam. Point the steam inside the crack for it to spread the heat on the bugs and their eggs. Do steam cleaning repeatedly over a couple of weeks just to make sure there is no sight of any bedbug.

  1. Put mattresses and throw pillows in their covers.

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To avoid going through all that work of cleaning the mattress and all the seat pillows, get some of those mattress covers and pillow cases. That way, when you sight or sense any presence of bedbugs, you will only wash the covers. Make sure, however, to wash the covers regularly with hot water as this is another preventive measure on bedbugs.

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Get pyrethrum seeds and squeeze them using a garlic squeezer to get the oil from the seeds. Mix the oil with a little water and apply the mixture to the infested areas. Do this frequently for best results. The oil contains some kind of toxicity that gets into the nervous system of the bedbug thereby killing it. This is the best homemade insecticide as it is not harmful to your pets or children.

 

All the above steps are very helpful to get rid of those stubborn bugs that take forever to go away. Other tips mentioned there are also good for avoiding the bedbugs. If none of the above tips work for your situation, it is advisable that you get a professional to help you through the horrifying experience. Bedbugs are one of the most dangerous pests to have around the house so it’s better that if you spot some blood stains on your sheets or clothes, start off with some of these remedies to avoid the long-term effects.

Reasons Why Your Home Decor Looks Anything But Cohesive

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Many of us will enter into a friend’s home and will feel that we have jumped into a new environment. The home looks so good, it even smells better. When reality hits you about how your house looks like and you definitely notice the great difference even more. The difference is only the arrangement and decoration. So what causes one’s own arrangement to feel inferior down hearting oneself? Here are a few tips on why you may be doing it wrong compared to the friend above.

Color clashing

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This is the very common mistake made by many especially the men. Being a man you may have probably been accused a couple of times by a lady of being color blind. Clashing the color especially in the table room can make the even visitors feel uncomfortable when chatting. So find someone who will mix match the right colors for your home interior to create harmony.

Being a copycat

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When decorating your home be yourself and do it to your liking and preference. The problem with most people is trying to make their home look like their friends or their neighbors. They end up making a huge mess of their home. Try and find and experiment with your own style that you will be proud of and find out how easy it is for everything to fall into place with no struggle. It also will give you a sense of belonging and pride when you sit and have friends around.

Inadequate space

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The conception that having a lot of items defines your success is still a major barrier to décor cohesion at home. Having too many things makes it impossible to have a well arranged and decorated home. You will find places with two or three sets of furniture in a single room making it too crowded and difficult to move around. Even if you try your best to decorate it, you will find that it is still not appealing to the eye. It is better to go for quality than quantity. You can decide to have a single set to each of high quality rather than many low-quality furniture pieces.

Over-ambitiousness

This is a problem to those who often like to take in new concepts. They tend to have many photographs with them and try to have their home to look exactly like the photo. In the end, it tends to become worse than their original decoration. Others even try to blend two or three concepts hoping to bring out the ultimate but it hardly works as those are ideas from different people.

The imbalance between the new and the old

Some people may opt to go with a lot of old furniture and a few of the new ones or vice versa. Mixing furniture in such a way may create a confusing environment. It is preferred to go with a single way either use the modern furniture or the old. If you mix by any chance make them appear in harmony.

Furniture contrast

The contrast found in some houses among the furniture is another good example why your décor may not be in cohesion. Having every piece of furniture made of wood apart from a single metallic chair creates an imbalance in the house. The metallic chair will seem out of place and many people will avoid it as one will feel uncomfortable and in most of the case will be the center of attention around the room.

Inadequate lighting

Lighting in a home determines the mood of the atmosphere. Gloomy lighting may be viewed or associated with dull functions whereas bright lights can be associated with fun, enjoyable occasions. Make sure you light your house to the occasion. Let the lights in your house be a reflection of the occasion. The color of the light also plays a part in the cohesion of your décor. Choose the best color for you and make sure it gives just the right amount of light needed.

Inconsistent design style

Some people may think to have a different color or paint in different rooms of the home is a good thing. It may seem good but there is a feeling when you move from the living room to the bathroom then to the kitchen you are in a totally different world. The kitchen seems out of place as it does not match with the living room so does the bedroom and bathroom. It is advisable to try and come up with a major theme color to go all around the house. This also includes your flooring. It is advisable to have the same tile color across the house. You can still use different types of the floor like tiles and wood but make sure their color is in harmony.

Excess hanging art

People love to put up family portraits from antics they have acquired from trips and things that are just for fun like shells, animal horns among other things. They may be a positive addition to your décor yet still they can be disastrous. The antics are a symbol meant to signify something special but when they become too many they lose meaning and become as any other junk around the house. This is especially if you do not hang them in a specific place but you just put them up anywhere across the home. Try and have at least not more than five in a single room. You can hang your art the right way by choosing only a few relevant pieces.

 

We all desire our homes to have the perfect décor. When we take into consideration the aforementioned points we will have the home we all desire. Some of the points to consider are actually very simple to put into practice as they require no financial input. Let us try to produce that perfect outlook we all wish our homes look like rather than just admiring the magazine portfolio of the home decors we wish to have.