If your microwave is looking a little unsanitary after one too many food explosions, don’t panic – it can be cleaned for free in just a jiffy. Just pop a heat-proof cup of water with half a lemon and its juice in the microwave on a high setting for a minute or two. 1. Leave the mixture in the microwave with the door closed for 5 minutes for the steam to do its work, then easily wipe down the inside of your microwave. The lemon will leave your entire kitchen smell clean and fresh!
Microwaves are the most overlooked appliance in the kitchen area. Most people shut the door and say “i’ll get that later”. Before they know it it’s weeks later and that same explosion is still in there. If you don’t have time to keep up on these tasks at least weekly consider hiring a cleaning company to help!
Clean your blender with soap.But it’s actually easy to remove that stuck-on gunk by pouring some warm water, a little baking soda, and a little dish soap in your blender and pulsing it for a few seconds. Afterward, just give it a good rinse or pop it in the dishwasher to get it looking like brand new once again.
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When cleaning a litter box you should use hot water and a hand dishwash liquid to clean the surfaces. Avoid using chlorine bleach for cleaning. Fumes are created through a chemical reaction between the bleach and residue ammonia remaining in a litter box after it has been emptied.
For help with cleaning the “human litter box” or toilet give your local cleaning ladies a call. They will help get all the hard to reach dirt, dried up pee or whatever is around the outside of your toilet clean.
Quick Tip to cleaning your toilet bowl:
Next, grab some bleach. (The bleach will help break up mold or any stains that may be in your toilet) Pour a cup into the bowl, and brush around the sides and under the rim. Let sit for five minutes, then flush again. Your toilet bowl should be sparkling clean.
Hand dish washing liquids are formulated to facilitate removal of greasy soil from dishes. They also suspend the soil in the wash water to facilitate rinsing. Although a hand dish washing liquid does not have to produce any meaningful amount of suds to be effective at removing soil, suds stability has become accepted as an indication of product’s remaining cleaning power.
Consumers union surveyed staff members regarding their dish washing habits. The respondents reported using one or more of the following methods. In fact, many of the respondents reported using all three methods.
Squirt a quantity of hand dish washing liquid into a sink before or during the process of filling it with water. Then clean the dishes using a sponge, brush, scrubby or dishcloth.
Squirt some detergent into the dish and wash it using a sponge, brush, scrubby or dishcloth.
Squirt some detergent directly onto a sponge, brush, scrubby or dishcloth, which is then used to wash the dishes.
Most test methods for hand dish washing liquids are based entirely on the products’ ability to sustain a head of foam in hard water while challenged by soiled plates. The number of plates that hand dish washing liquids will wash before the suds are depleted varies from product to product and is affected by water hardness. Several well known national brands washed more that 12 plates in both hard and soft water. Most of the brands will not to much worse.
**Tip of the day: DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT use a hand dish washing liquid in an automatic dish washer– it will OVERSUDS.
Taking your pets with you in the car can be fun, but the mess they leave behind is neither wanted or encouraged. But, they can’t help it, so instead of keeping your fur babies home, here’s a super easy car cleaning hack. Have a spray bottle with plain water in it. Mist the seat where the pet hair is. Don’t soak the seat. A little water goes a long way. Using a squeegee, run it over the upholstery. It will pull all the pet hair with it.
It is not necessary to clean things that are not dirty. Sometimes, all that is needed is a touch-up. You do not need to dry-clean a suit when it only has to be aired, brushed, or pressed. If there is a hand print on and otherwise perfectly clean mirror, don’t feel you have to clean the entire mirror; just attack the hand print and be done.
Surfaces that you and your visitors can’t see like the top of a cabinet, don’t have to be cleaned regularly. Put some paper down, and when it gets too dirty, pick the paper up and throw it out.
Daily: Dishes should be washed, dried and put away. Kitchen counters should be wiped after each meal. Clean the kitchen sink and wipe the range surfaces (including the microwave) once a day or, even better after each use. Picking up will become like a second nature.
Weekly: Dust furniture and shelves; vacuum and where applicable brush upholstered furniture. Vacuum rugs and floors. Clean under furniture and behind it. Damp mop the kitchen floor. Dust radiators, woodwork, pictures and mirrors. Wipe window sills, and brush shades and blinds. Clean kitchen range burners. Wipe the refrigerator and kitchen cabinet fronts. Polish metal surfaces.
Monthly: Do one or more of the following special jobs in several rooms on the same day: vacuum and where applicable brush curtains and draperies. Wipe wood trim and where needed wipe walls and around doorknobs. Wash windows. Wash and if necessary wax the kitchen floor. Polish wood furniture and vacuum upholstered furniture, paying special attention to cleaning under cushions and in crevices between the back of the cushion support. To prolong life, turn over mattresses, end to end and side to side. This will help equalize the wear. In hot water clean air conditioner filters according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
THIS MAY SEEM LIKE A LOT OF ODDS AND ENDS TO KEEP UP WITH. THE DUSTING OF THE FURNITURE CAN BE OVERWHELMING. THIS IS WHERE WE COME INTO PLAY. TO HELP YOU KEEP UP ON ALL THESE ODDS AND ENDS AROUND YOUR HOUSE.
Do you depend on sunscreen for skin protection? Millions of Americans do, but they shouldn’t rely on it alone. The rate of melanoma diagnosis is increasing. The consensus among scientists is that sunscreens alone cannot reverse this trend. Yet a good sunscreen can play a role in preventing sunburns – a major risk factor for melanoma – provided you use it correctly.
Sunscreen should be just one tool in your toolbox. These eight little-known facts about sunscreens will help you spot problem products and avoid getting burned.
1. There’s no proof sunscreens alone prevent most skin cancer
Rates of melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – have tripled over the past 35 years. Most scientists and public health agencies – including the Food and Drug Administration itself – have found little evidence that the use of sunscreens in isolation from other sun protective measures prevent most types of skin cancer. Read more.
2. Don’t be fooled by a high sun protection factor
Products with high sun protection factor, or SPF, tempt people to apply too little sunscreen and stay in the sun too long. The FDA has proposed prohibiting the sale of sunscreens with SPF values greater than 60+ and have called higher SPF values “inherently misleading,” but the agency has not yet issued a regulation that carries the force of law. Read more.
3. The common sunscreen additive vitamin A may speed the development of skin cancer
Retinyl palmitate is an antioxidant that combats skin aging. But studies by federal government scientists indicate that it may trigger development of skin tumors and lesions when used on skin in the presence of sunlight. Other governments warn that cosmetics may contribute to unsafe amounts of vitamin A, and recommend against using vitamin A-laden cosmetics on the lips and large portions of the body. Yet the sunscreen industry continues to add vitamin A to beach and sport sunscreens and other products with SPF.
EWG recommends consumers avoid sunscreens, lip products and skin lotions that contain vitamin A or retinyl palmitate, also called retinyl acetate, retinyl linoleate and retinol. Read more.
4. European sunscreens provide better UVA protection
Nearly every sunscreen sold in the U.S. claims to offer “broad spectrum” protection, which suggests they shield against harmful UVA rays. But many products are too weak to be sold in Europe, where standards are higher. In Europe, sunscreen makers can formulate their products with four chemicals that offer stronger protection from UVA rays. American manufacturers have been waiting for years for FDA approval to use these sunscreen ingredients. The FDA has asked for more safety data, but until the FDA approves these ingredients and lifts restrictions on combining certain active ingredients, Americans will not be able to buy sunscreens with the strongest UVA protection. Read more.
5. Sunscreen doesn’t protect skin from all types of sun damage
SPF measures protection from sunburn, but not other types of skin damage. The sun’s ultraviolet rays also generate free radicals that damage DNA and skin cells, accelerate skin aging and may cause skin cancer. American sunscreens can reduce these damages but not as effectively as they prevent sunburn. People can run into problems if they pick a sunscreen with poor UVA protection, apply too little or reapply it infrequently. Sunscreen companies commonly add SPF boosters that inhibit sunburn but may not protect from other damages. The FDA should strengthen its regulations to ensure that sunscreens offer the best possible skin protection. Read more.
6. Some sunscreen ingredients disrupt hormones and cause skin allergies.
Sunscreen is designed to be applied to large portions of the body, several times per day. Sunscreen ingredients soak through skin and can be detected in human blood, urine and even breast milk. Several commonly used ingredients appear to block or mimic hormones, and others cause allergic reactions on sensitive skin. The FDA’s sunscreen rules grandfathered in sunscreen active ingredients that were already on the market. The agency has never reviewed evidence of ill effects of all ingredients used in sunscreens. Read more.
7. Mineral sunscreens contain nanoparticles
Most zinc oxide and titanium dioxide-based sunscreens contain nanoparticles one-twentieth the width of a human hair, to reduce or eliminate the chalky white tint that larger particles leave on the skin. On the basis of the available information, EWG gives a favorable rating to mineral ingredients in sunscreens, but the FDA should restrict the use of unstable or UV-reactive forms of minerals that would lessen skin protection. Read more.
8. If you avoid sun, check your vitamin D levels
Sunshine causes the body to produce vitamin D, a critical function that sunscreen appears to inhibit. Vitamin D, technically a hormone, strengthens bones and the immune system and reduces risks of breast, colon, kidney and ovarian cancers, and perhaps other disorders.
About 25 percent of Americans have borderline low levels of vitamin D, and 8 percent have a serious deficiency. Breastfed infants, people with darker skin and people who have limited sun exposure are at greatest risk of vitamin D deficiency. Many people can’t or shouldn’t rely on the sun for vitamin D. Check with your doctor to find out whether you should be tested for deficiency or should take seasonal or year-round supplements.
Cleaning tip of the day
Got a low pressure shower head? Try cleaning it with the instructions below to get that pressure back.
Restore your shower pressure.
Unclog your shower head by mixing equal parts white vinegar and water and pouring it into a plastic bag. Tie the bag around the shower head to immerse the holes in the solution and secure with a twist tie. Let soak up to an hour, then remove and wipe away the loosened deposits.
Keeping dirt and germs outside of the facility is a good prerequisite to starting your floor care program off right. By establishing a pre-cleaning routine that involves clearing the dirt and debris from the outside areas of your facility, you can minimize the amount of dirt containing your floors on the inside. Installing proper entrance matting will also help to contain any stray dirt trying to make its way inside.
What is a heart-healthy diet?
A heart-healthy diet is:
High in omega-3 fats, found in many fishes, especially salmon
What’s the difference between healthy fat and unhealthy fat?
Saturated and trans fats can be especially harmful to your heart and arteries. A heart-healthy diet is low in these harmful fats but includes moderate amounts of healthy fats. Mono- and polyunsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fats, are good for your heart.
When it comes to your weight, all fats are equally high in calories. When it comes to your heart, some fats are bad and some are good.
Why are saturated fats so bad for me?
Saturated fats are unhealthy primarily because they raise blood levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the so-called “bad” cholesterol. No more than 7 percent of your calories each day should come from saturated fats. For a person eating 2,000 calories per day, that’s 16 grams of saturated fat, the equivalent of less than 3 ounces of cheese.
To decrease your saturated fat intake, cut down on meat, cheese, butter and cream. Switch to more plant-based fats instead. For example, add guacamole instead of cheese to your tacos. Spread peanut butter — especially natural peanut butter — instead of butter on your toast. Sauté vegetables in a teaspoon of oil instead of a pat of butter.
Why are trans fats so bad for me?
Trans fats, commonly found in deep fried foods or foods made with partially hydrogenated oils, are especially harmful because they raise LDL cholesterol and also decrease the “good cholesterol,” high-density lipoprotein (HDL). There is no recommended level of trans fat because any amount can be harmful.
Fortunately, nutrition facts labels on packaged foods are now required to list trans fat content. Read labels and avoid foods containing trans fats.
Save a pretty container when the candle’s spent by rinsing with steaming hot water and scooping out the wax residue inside with a paper towel. This will allow you to use that pretty little jar for something else around the house. Who knows you may even want to make your own candle and you now you already have the jar for it.
Speaking of which have you ever wondered how to get more “Scent throw” from your candle?
The term used to describe the strength of fragrance for a candle is called “scent throw.” Scent throw is used to describe how the candle smells while the wax is solid (cold throw) and how much aroma is given off after it has been lit (hot throw). There are a number of things you can do to maximize the scent throw of your candles.
Use the recommended percentage of fragrance oil for the type of wax you’re using. For more information on recommended fragrance oil and wax combination.
Be sure to weigh your fragrance oils on a scale, not measure in a cup or spoon.
Add fragrance oil at 185Fº and stir gently and thoroughly with the melted wax.
Let your candles cure before test burning them. The minimum cure time is 3 days, while 1-2 weeks is the preferred curing time.
Place a lid on each candle and store them in a place away from excessive heat or light.
Keep the container size and room size in mind. The wider the diameter, the stronger the fragrance will be. While a smaller candle, such as a tin or jelly jar, may be sufficient for a bedroom or bathroom, a larger living space may require a candle with a wider diameter to fill the room with fragrance.
You may also want to evaluate your wick choice to ensure that it is not under or over wicked as that will also affect your hot throw. A wick that is too small or too large will directly impact how strong your candle smells. The following two links will help you evaluate your wick.
Hopefully these steps help you enjoy your candle a little bit longer. Especially if you are crafty and making them yourself!!!!