Cleaning Tips and Tools

Household Cleaning Products

Ever gone and stood in the household cleaning products aisle in your local supermarket? The sheer quantity of all the different products that are available these days is astounding.

So how do you pick which ones will do the job in your house? Do you read the labels to see what the manufacturer claims the product will do?

Do you check what the chemical ingredients are?

Or do you just look for the cheapest option?

Believe me, sometimes the cheapest option can be the most expensive!

A cheap cleaning product is expensive if:

It doesn’t do the job you bought it for,

It doesn’t do the job very well and needs to be done more than once, or

You need to use twice as much (or more) than you would with another product to get the job done.

Kitchen Cleaning Products

In the kitchen, every surface and appliance needs to be cleaned, and in that supermarket, you will find a different product for each and every one.

You will find surface cleaners, spray, and wipes, floor cleaners, oven cleaners, glass cleaners, ceramic tile cleaners, mold removers, cleaners with a disinfectant in them, creme cleaners, stainless steel cleaners, dishwasher cleaners, fridge cleaners, and deodorants, drain cleaners and more.

If you were to buy just one of every type of kitchen cleaner you would be too broke to buy or build the extra cupboard you would need to store them all!

So how do you know which household cleaning products your really need?

Bathroom Cleaning Products

In your bathroom, you probably have a shower alcove, a bath, a toilet, mirrors, and a bathroom cupboard (not to mention the floor and the walls) that will need to be cleaned regularly.

In the bathroom I find that is not necessarily the particular cleaning products that you use that make a difference in how easy or difficult the cleaning job is, it is how you use them but more about that later!

Laundry Cleaning Products

The choice of laundry cleaning product you buy will depend on the particular laundry task (washing wool, removing stains, cleaning the laundry, ironing, etc) and the tools you are using to do it.

For example, do you wash by hand or is your washing machine a top-loader or a front loader?

Do any of your family members have sensitive skin or are they particularly hard (messy) on their clothes?

If you are washing a mechanic’s work clothes you are going to need a different product than if you were washing your delicates!

Upholstery Cleaning Products

Cleaning your upholstery can be tricky depending on the design of your furniture and what the covers are made of.

Carpet Cleaning Products

For carpets, you will find spot cleaners, shampoos, dry shampoos, and deodorants. Some are more effective than others.

Window and Glass Cleaning Products

Hands up to anyone who actually likes cleaning windows!

If you have got your hand up, I have got a ton of windows here that you can clean anytime you like…

Cleaning Tips and Tools

How to Wash Clothes

Learning how to wash clothes is an important step if you ever want to be really independent.

Taking the washing home to mum is all well and good, but believe me, once you and all of your siblings have left home, it won’t be long before your mother finds new and more exciting ways to spend her time!

Collecting and Sorting Your Laundry

Before you get started to check through the house or apartment and find all of the items that need to be washed.

This will include any dirty clothes, bed sheets, bath towels, hand towels, tea towels etc.

Don’t forget to check under the bed and inside your shoes (a couple of my kids had a bad habit of putting their dirty socks inside their shoes!)

Once you have gathered up all the washing, you need to sort them into piles. Each pile will be a separate load (particularly if you are machine washing). Most of your items should fit into one of these categories:

  1. Lights and whites
  2. Delicates
  3. Towels
  4. Brights and colours

If you are not sure which pile to put an item in, check the label on the garment. It should give you an idea of which method of washing you should use for that particular item.

Washing by Hand

You might find that the best way to wash woollens or delicates is by hand. The instructions on how to wash wool can also be used for washing your delicates by hand.

Washing in a Machine

Each pile should be a separate load in your washing machine.

If you are not sure which cycle to use for a particular load, see if you can find the booklet that came with the washing machine. Most manufacturers will provide a guide as to which cycle is the most appropriate for different types of loads.

Some of the major manufacturers include a guide on how to wash clothes in their machines, so it is well worth a look.

You can check online for a copy of the washing machines manual if you can’t find your copy – it is amazing what you can find online these days!

Some how to wash clothes ‘don’ts’:

Don’t wash your towels and sheets together, unless you don’t mind fluff all over your sheets and you don’t mind ironing them!

Don’t wash new brightly coloured items with lights or whites, unless you don’t mind your white business shirt coming out of the wash a motley pink (or blue or green) colour!

Don’t wash wool garment or delicates in with the rest of the wash, unless you like your wool jumpers with a felted look and your delicates with lovely holes or tears in them!

Don’t overload the machine. You want enough room in the machine for the clothing to agitate properly if you want the clothes to come out cleaner than when they went in!

Drying Your Clothes

If at all possible, dry your laundry outside in the sun particularly if you have used a laundry detergent or soaker that has an oxygenated bleach.

The sunlight activates the bleach and as a result, your laundry will come off the clothesline cleaner and fresher than they would if you just threw them in the dryer.

If you are worried about your laundry feeling stiff when they come off the clothesline (can happen with towels and other cotton or linen items) you can fix this by finishing them off in the dryer for 10 minutes or so.

Last Step – Fold and Put Away

The last step in how to wash clothes is to fold your laundry and to put it all away. I find it is best to do this as your garments come out of the dryer or off the line. If you leave them in the laundry basket, they will become crinkled and in all likelihood, they will require ironing.

For those items that are going to need to be ironed anyway (although why you would buy garments that need ironing in the first place is a good question to ask yourself), put them on a hanger until you can get the iron out. Hanging them will help to reduce the amount of crinkling and creases that you have to deal with.

Cleaning Tips and Tools

How to Clean Laminate Flooring

If you have laminate flooring in your house, it is important that you understand how to clean laminate flooring correctly.

Laminate flooring is a cheaper alternative to hardwood flooring, and they are attractive and reasonably hardwearing. This type of flooring can be laid over most surfaces and as the boards just clip together just about anyone can lay them themselves.

But (and there is a but) although laminate floors are relatively easy to clean, over mopping these floors can cause the boards to warp and buckle.

If you are cleaning a room with laminate flooring, make cleaning the floor your last chore.

If you are dusting or cleaning counters you are probably going to knock small dust particles and other debris onto the floor as you work, so if you don’t want to clean the floor twice it pays to leave them until you have done everything else.

Cleaning Laminate Flooring – Step by Step Instructions

Get out your trusty soft-bristled broom and thoroughly sweep your laminate flooring.

I have a long-handled dustpan that I use to collect all of the dust and debris after sweeping, it saves me from having to get down on my hands and knees. Although to be honest it is the getting back up that presents the real problem these days!

Your broom will remove all of the larger particles and stir up the ones that are too small to be collected by the broom. So it pays to run over your laminate flooring with a dry cloth sweeper as well (similar to the one in the photo above).

Now you are ready to spot clean the floor.

The easiest way to clean your laminate flooring is to mix up your cleaning solution and some water in a spray bottle.

Read the instructions on your bottle of cleaner to make sure that you get the concentration right, too much cleaner and it will difficult to remove from the floor, not enough and your solution will not be as effective in removing the marks on your floor.

I recommend that you clean your floor in small sections, trying to do the whole floor at once will only make the job harder.

Lightly spray the solution directly onto the floor. Do so sparingly though, you do not want to saturate the floor, you just need a light covering.

Now you can either use a damp towel (you will need to get down to floor level again – ouch!) or a microfibre wet sweeper or wet and dry Swish Mop to wipe the cleaning solution over the floor.

Providing you haven’t overdone it with the spray bottle, your floor (or the section that you are working on) should be as good as new. But if the floor is still wet you can go over it with a dry clean towel to remove any excess liquids.

Interior Design and Decorating

Roller Blinds – the Safest Choice for You and Your Kitchen

Decorating any room requires a large amount of thought and consideration, and this is never truer than in the case of the kitchen. There are a number of safety risks in a kitchen that aren’t present in all the other rooms in the house, which means a number of other factors must be taken into consideration when purchasing window treatments.

Roller blinds are perhaps the safest choice when it comes to kitting out your kitchen. Whilst curtains are a very popular choice throughout most homes, they are simply impractical for use in a kitchen mostly due to the way they hang. The number of hot equipment and naked flames that could potentially be used in a kitchen means that there is a huge risk of curtains being blown into the path of a hot stove and catching fire.

On the contrary, roller blinds do not run this risk as they are securely fitted tight to a wall, meaning there is very little chance of them being blown around by a gust of wind. Similarly, they can be rolled up and raised totally out the way which means that any risk is 100% eliminated before it even has the chance to develop. This is also particularly handy when it comes to saving space.

If your kitchen is particularly compact, then roller blinds are a sensible choice as they can be rolled up and out of the way. Curtains, on the other hand, are thick and can protrude from a window – taking up a large amount of room.

It’s not unusual for families in smaller homes to double up their kitchen and use it as a dining room too. If this is the case, then window treatments are even more important than usual as they will need to be used to create the right mood and let the appropriate amount of lighting into the room.

There’s nothing worse than being absolutely blinded by sunlight whilst eating a meal, yet there’s something not quite right about eating without any natural light in a room. Roller blinds allow diners to control this and allow the perfect amount of light to seep into the room.

When decorating your windows, it’s extremely important to consider practicality as well as visual appeal. Whilst curtains may be up your street, they pose a wide range of risks in a kitchen that could prove to be costly. Roller blinds provide you with a much safer option and don’t take compromise the visual appeal of your windows either.

Interior Design and Decorating

Decoration for Walls

Do you want to add some excitement to your dreary walls? Want to brighten up your living room or den, liven up a bedroom or bath? How about adding some flair to your kitchen or office? You can do all of this and more with some simple do-it-yourself (DIY) wall treatments using easy-to-learn techniques.

DIY walls allow you to spend money you might normally spend on a decorator on tools and supplies to create great wall finishes instead. Rather than hiring a laborer, learn a few simple DIY techniques to help you dress up your walls.

As anyone who chooses a DIY  project instead of hiring a professional knows, the delight you feel from seeing your completed project is immeasurable.  Knowing you did it yourself will fill you with satisfaction every time you walk into the room. And DIY walls are one of the easiest places to begin revamping your home decor.

Consider your options

Paint: There are so many colors available and so many painting techniques that your choices are virtually unlimited. Paint the whole room, one wall, or even a diagonal half of a wall. Use pastels, brights, or anything any between.  And if you can’t find what you want, have your colors custom mixed. The sky is the limit!

Wallpaper: Again, you have many options to choose from including a top border around the whole room, or only on one or two walls; a border mid-way around the entire room, or every wall fully covered.  Use your imagination and make the room uniquely yours.

Wainscoting: This DIY option is a bit more challenging but very doable. You’ll need some low-tech carpentry skills, but you can find dozens of books to help you learn how to create and install wainscoting. And your friends will be so impressed when you’ve done it!

Faux Finishes What about a faux finish such as paint bamboo, brick, or paneling? There are unlimited options here as well. You’ll need some patience, and it may take some trial and error, but your walls will look like you hired an expensive decorator… when you did it all yourself!

Fabric: Ever thought of upholstering your walls? You can! Upholstery fabrics work best for this, but any durable fabric will work including denim, canvas, suede, or leather. You’ll probably want to limit this technique to only one wall or partial wall, but some people have used it for entire rooms with interesting results.

Vinyl Wall Art: This is a trendy technique of creating vinyl appliques out of ConTact paper that you attach to the wall. Create a variety of impressions, including a feeling of the outdoors, contemporary geographical designs, a more traditional effect, or even a bit of romance depending on the colors and shapes you select.

Silhouettes: Another trendy, though not necessarily new DIY wall technique is to fill one wall with silhouettes such as busts of Victorian women, or for a more country look, Amish figures Done with tape, labels, and black paint, this creates a dramatic point of interest in your room.

Interior Design and Decorating

Add Warmth to Your Home This Year

If you’re looking to change things up a bit this New Year, consider making some changes to your home. A new decorating scheme can add flair and warmth to your house, making it a space that relatives and friends can’t wait to spend time in. A few touches here and there will transform a home with little effort, letting you kick back and relax in your new space.

A warm and cosy home is an ideal way to make your living space inviting for both family and friends, particularly in the cold winter months following the New Year. You can add warmth to your home in a number of ways, from new accessories to appliances designed to insulate and heat.

For accessories, choose textiles in warm colours. Drapes are an instant way to give a room a facelift, and curtains in fabrics like velvet or faux suede add depth and a comfy feeling. Rugs, throw pillows and a soft blanket on the back of a sofa will add warmth without costing too much. Make sure to pay attention to the colours you choose, however. Look for reds, browns and deep purples. These shades are modern and stylish and create a warm vibe instantly.

For even more heat, choose appliances that bring a few summer climates indoors. This isn’t the case today, though. Electric heating systems come in a variety of chic designs that are meant to work with your décor and blend into space.

When combining warming accessories and appliances, make sure to spread the design throughout the home. Living rooms, bedrooms, even kitchens and bathrooms can all benefit from these tips. Start by layering elements throughout the home, like a pop of colour here and there that you want to incorporate. By working a little at a time, you can transform the entire house without putting forward too much time or effort.

Don’t forget lighting to add a soft touch to any space. Table lamps, chandeliers and other overhead lighting create an inviting feeling throughout the day, creating bright light in the morning and a dim glow in the evening. You can add small table lamps to any spot to warm it up, like on a console table or a countertop in a hall bathroom.

Whatever your design plan, make sure your home reflects your personal tastes and style. A home should show off your personality and be a welcoming place for you to come back to. With a bit of forethought and planning, you can use some simple tips to create a warm and inviting glow in your home. It’s the perfect way to kick off the New Year with a bit of design flair.


Cheap Kitchen Appliances

Buying a new kitchen appliance is not an easy task because it requires the discovery of the ideal product for your kitchen.

Cooking utensils, including refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, blender,  mixer and grinder, and various other things.

There are outlet stores and appliance stores to find the necessary equipment to match your needs.

Read some helpful tips that you should consider buying appliances, cookware, and cooking utensils.

Therefore, it is necessary to consider the options for your choice to make. However, with a slice of knowledge and the right attitude, you can easily buy.

Buy a kitchen product is an important decision, as you would expect when you purchase at least a decade or more of work. In addition, these devices are expensive.

Think about what your model refrigerator design is best suited. It saves you the tedious replacement of the goods after the sale or dealing with it, even if you do not like it.

Reading online reviews about this product to a consumer audience a really long way to help you decide.

Cheap Kitchen Appliances

The dishwasher and kitchen waste compactor are also very important. Some kitchen equipment necessary for each family, and the same goes for cooking and eating.

Today, online shopping is better to save as an option than in bricks and mortar stores. There are many reputable online stores that offer discounts for each product they’re trying to offer. A package combination, including dishwasher, microwave, stove, oven, and refrigerator.

Once in a store, compare the features of different models and different products. Buy appliances on the Internet is safe and even recommended as a method to make too many models.

Reviews check to compare and buy from the comfort of your home. Before the purchase, return and warranty policy, and research. Getting the right information on benefits, as they are very important.

Finally, cooking utensils and as a style statement for some, but as a matter of a kitchen for the last room where you invite guests to linger.

If you follow these tips, it is certain that the quality kitchen appliances cheap for your needs to find consistency.

Kitchen Improvements

Virtual Kitchen Designer

Before thinking about renovating your kitchen or give it a facelift, you should think about the overall design of the kitchen design that will inspire an ideal renovation or facelift. The overall design is a long time before the construction of a house. You should make sure that your kitchen is built to your specifications.

After the kitchen was designed and built, a limited number of models can be used in renovations. Getting a good plan for the renovation of the kitchen is through the design you saw somewhere or just be inspired only by virtual kitchen design.

Virtual kitchen design is used today by home improvement experts who have combined cutting edge technology to their business. You can consult with them, or use software to create your own designs. The advantage of this design is that they determine the final look of the finished kitchen after renovation.

Kitchen renovation and facelift should not be saving trial and error, but a touch process that takes time and money. This means that any changes need to do before the actual construction takes place. Home improvement specialists offer professional advice in the process. If you did not get to decide on the colors of your new kitchen, the virtual design can help you to make a decision.

By correcting the colors you want in the virtual design,  you can make the final decision.

Make virtual designs are easy. It does not take an expert to turn your ideas into a virtual design. There are hundreds of computer programs you can use to create your virtual designs. Some are more detailed than others, some easier than others. Make sure you have a person that can help you to put your ideas together.

Not only make a design for you, but a virtual design will also help you to estimate the budget in advance. If it’s in your budget, you are free to start your building. If not, you can change your design so the final design fits into your budget.
Do you have plans to renovate a kitchen?

Now you can design your kitchen online with a virtual kitchen designer.

This software allows you to try varieties of tile flowing, different paint colors, kitchen cabinets, countertops, and wall tiles in a sample kitchen.  You can view virtual kitchen design selections with a simple click of the mouse.

Once you find the combination of kitchen design you want, you can print your results. This gives you easy access to your kitchen layout for future shopping needs. You can also click on the internet.
With a variety of selections from, including wood floors and a variety of colors, wardrobe, desk, wall tiles, choose colors, your kitchen online has never been easier. To use this, just visit an online virtual kitchen designer.

Get started designing your virtual kitchen with a virtual kitchen designer!

Using a Virtual kitchen designer is easy to do in simple steps. Select a room or upload a picture of your kitchen. Then start creating your newly designed kitchen by mixing and matching colors, materials, and finishes.  When you are all done, save or print your new kitchen design.

Kitchen Improvements

Shaker Kitchens

During the eighteen century, the American colonies make the shaker kitchen design, which was due to their social and religious movement. Shakers were known for complex, sophisticated, and very efficient in their lives. They even have their houses in a practical, reasonable, fair, and care is based. It currently makes to adapt the idea of simplicity, purity, and functionality of Shaker-style kitchen cabinets to many modern houses.

However, many other designs such as Shaker Kitchen Cabinets, Textile, survived chairs, tables, and colors, and still influence modern kitchen designers today. It’s a no-frills kitchen and function that is the most important question.

Shaker kitchens used high-quality wood. You may consider maple, cherry, and perhaps a different kind of wood for present kitchens. If it is too expensive for renovation, you can only take into account the 16shaker table in the middle of the room set up. Then when you play the cabinets to store-bought, you can find a way to do this, take the simple look. The table is stable with straight legs shed very little. This would be the center of the room to be easy.

Shaker kitchen cabinets, for example, solid, well built with simple hand movements, and much. Another feature of the Shaker kitchen cabinets doors, a glass window visible and easily as possible, in order to cook everything, as he or she goes about preparing a meal, soft colors.
Authentic Shaker kitchens counter-tops tend to be solid wood or bright polished marble or granite, although this rule is not carved in stone.  One of the instruments was increased was hard to cut iron-rich black granite.

Shaker Kitchens

If you need some ideas for your shaker kitchens, check out the tips under your interior design:

If you have a large bright area, so you can afford it, consider a dark shaker kitchen, small kitchens with limited light colors.

For a contemporary look, choose a bold color and usually bright red, for example – just cool with the traditional colors of the walls.
The beauty of a shaker kitchen you can supply a wide range of styles to find the spectrum – from traditional to the modern and contemporary country – or something in between.

When selecting your shaker kitchens, a little reflection on the ground that you choose – it makes no sense, a beautiful peeling laminates floor! Wood or stone is an ideal choice for high quality, durable floors.
Once you have selected the shaker kitchens – do not forget some thought into the lighting and flooring – traditional or modern. A well-lit kitchen is essential to change the atmosphere and mood, so you can enjoy the kitchen as bright light and atmosphere, dimly lit kitchen at night.

Kitchen Improvements

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Kitchen Exhaust Hood

The kitchen exhaust hood is an essential part of the kitchen renovations neglected by many people.

If all the setting of a fire alarm system is definitely a good idea to install.

It is used to get rid of the smoke, fat, and moisture you generate when cooking.

It comes in energy-saving and traditional models and will clean the air in your kitchen by this strenuous exhaustion.

A kitchen exhaust hood can also improve the look of your kitchen.

It comes in many different styles, from a unique custom to an ancient style.

The copper or iron kitchen exhaust hood is easy to polish and can be given a nice look.

If you choose a kitchen exhaust hood, you should always remember that heat and moisture, they need to resist your kitchen.

Therefore, the kitchen exhaust hood is almost always made of coated metal, which is to prevent moisture damage.

The kitchen exhaust hood can be easily mounted on walls or ceilings.

People who want their kitchen exhausted hood to be a nice part of their kitchen design, often choose unpainted kitchen exhausted hood.

The kitchen exhaust hood is an important part of any kitchen. You can use the focus of the design or simply to its functional use.

The kitchen exhaust hood is usually placed over the top of the stove to absorb the smoke and fumes from the kitchen.

Sometimes it eliminates kitchen odors due to spicy cooking.

It uses a fan or an electrical device to move the smoke and to help create a healthy and clean atmosphere.

It also uses a metal screen activated carbon to filter oil, odor, and grease. And it also prevents smoke detectors give false alarms.

The kitchen exhaust hood must be cleaned regularly, or at least twice a year.