Think Your Home Is Clean? Make Sure These Home Items Are Clean Too

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Everyone wants to have a clean home, and there is a general rule or schedule of places and things that need to be cleaned in your home, such as:

  • Refrigerator shelves should be cleaned and disinfected once per month
  • Toilets should be scrubbed and cleaned inside and out about every week
  • Sinks should be cleaned and bleached twice per week or more often
  • etc.

However, it is usually the surfaces, objects, places and things around the home that don’t necessarily have a set cleaning schedule that quickly become the dirtiest, most germ-infested places in your home. Today, we are going to look at some of these objects and places and try to devise a rough cleaning schedule for them — so your home is safe and clean.

Be Sure To Clean Sponges

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Personally, we are a bit extreme with this one, as sponges can soak up a lot of germs, viruses and contaminates that will make you sick with salmonella and other foodborne illnesses. We recommend to buy sponges in bulk, and to throw them away often. Sponges can usually be found in your local dollar store, so our advice is to stock up with a ridiculous amount, so that you are not tempted to use the same sponge for too long. If you really want to get the most out of your sponges, we recommend that you clean the sponges after every use involving food. There are two ways to disinfect your sponges:

  • Microwave sponge (After being soaked in water) for about 3 minutes to allow the water to boil and steam away any harmful bacteria.
  • Soak in a bleach solution (usually 1 cap full to every quart of water) for 15 to 20 minutes.

Be Sure To Clean Your Cutting Boards

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Cutting boards that are used to cut meats, vegetables and other food items in your home can become dirty quickly, and any food matter left on the board can quickly feed a growth of bacteria. We firstly recommend that you have more than one cutting board — at least 1 for meats and another for non-meats — with 3 being the best amount, so that you have an extra one while the others are being cleaned and sanitized.

Cleaning the cutting boards is easy, just scrub the boards with a clean sponge until they are free of food, make a bleach solution of 1 1 cap full of bleach to every quart of water and soak the boards for 15 to 20 minutes. Scheduling this depends on how much you cook and use the boards. For a cook that makes food every single night of the week, soaking in the bleach solution is recommended 1-2 times per week.

Be Sure To Clean Your Pillows

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We all should be cleaning our pillows more often than we really are. Pillows collect a lot of sweat, skin cells, and other gross things during their use, and should be cleaned very-regularly. Cleaning pillows is easy — depending on the materials they are made out of. Simply throw them in the clothes washer on the setting recommended on the tag to get them perfectly cleaned. When it comes to a schedule for replacing pillows, again this depends on the type of pillows you have and prefer. We prefer the cheap $7 per pillows from the local megastore, and we throw the old ones away and replace them every 10-14 months.

Be Sure To Clean Your Laundry Basket

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Ah ha! You probably hadn’t thought much about that one, right? It is easy to forget laundry baskets too need to be cleaned, because usually, by the time the basket is empty, you think all of the cleaning/laundry you had to do was already done. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. Laundry baskets can get quite filthy from all of the dirty, sweaty clothes that it gets filled with. Depending on the type you have, dictates how often you should clean it. If you have a cloth laundry basket that can be washed, wash it along with clothes or by itself every 1-2 loads. If you own the plastic type of laundry basket, wash it with a bleach solution in a large sink or with bleach solution in a spray bottle.

Be Sure To Clean Your Drip Coffee Maker

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When it comes to coffee makers, you may have a build up of bacteria or other contaminates anywhere inside or outside of the machine, but what we are concentrating on today, is cleaning the inside of the machine. While the inside probably won’t have too much dirt or bacteria inside it, it most likely has buildup from minerals in the water you are using to brew your coffee. Don’t worry, this is an easy and inexpensive fix. Simply add white distilled vinegar into the contain that you normally fill with water for the coffee and turn on the machine. The vinegar will run through the machine in the same matter that water does in the brewing process, but the vinegar will break down any solids or minerals that have accumulated within the machine.

These are just a few ideas of places and objects that often get overlooked in the cleaning process, but as we are freaks about cleaning, we will be sure to bring our readers even more. Check back often for the best cleaning ideas and articles to help you have a safer, cleaner home.

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Gas Furnaces Are Cleaner Burning and Energy Efficient

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How do you heat your home? If you’re like most people, it’s not something that you think about very often. After all, heat is heat – and you really only consider it when you get cold or you see your heating bill. Unfortunately, heat does come with a price and often a high one at that. If you want a great way to reduce the amount of money that you spend on heating every winter, you can make the same move as money – to move away from traditional oil-based furnaces and instead invest in a gas furnace for your home heating needs.

Energy Savings and Energy Cost Savings

178555347If you’re put off by the price of getting a new heating furnace, don’t be alarmed – while there is a price tag attached to any gas furnace, the savings you’ll get from making the switch mean that the unit will pay for itself in under five years. Not only that, but there are also incentives for moving to gas heating – many local utilities offer bonuses to their customers who make the switch, and many years even see federal tax credits offered to those who choose a more environmentally sound method of heating their homes.

The savings are easier to see when you start to look at your heating bills, though. Your heating bills can drop by as much as half if you are willing to switch over to gas, and the prices are actually dropping by the day. As overall energy prices continue to plummet, gas is one of the fastest-dropping commodities around – heating gas has dropped in price by around ten percent, falling even faster than oil. If you want the cheapest heat around, it only makes sense for you to consider a gas furnace.

Your heating furnace is an important part of your home, so do your research before you make a change. Once you read up on the topic, though, you’ll find that there is no better choice than a gas furnace. If you want to save money and stay warm despite the weather outside, there really is no better option than gas.

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Frighteningly Common Places Where You Can Get Bed Bugs

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Bed bugs are nasty little creatures that can infest homes and furniture, and cost homeowners and business owners millions of dollars worth of damage every single year. They are resilient and can breed into millions very quickly. They bite and can spread disease, but the most terrifying thing about bed bugs is just how easily they can spread from one home to another. Here are some common places that you can get bed bugs from — most of which are quite common:

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This is one of the most common places where bed bugs can be found, and the greatest source of their spread from one location to another. Hotel rooms that become infested with bed bugs are so dangerous for spreading due to the high number of visitors from other places that come through the average hotel. It is not just run-down and shady motels that are in danger of becoming infested, even five star resorts can become infested quickly. Even if the problem goes unnoticed for as little as a week, up to 7 individuals or families may come into contact with the bed bugs in that time and can spread quickly to other homes and locations.

 Movie Theaters

Yes, it is scary to think that you can bring bed bugs home with you from simply sitting in a movie theater for a few hours and watching a movie, but it is true. Recently several girls attended a Phoenix, Arizona area movie theater and left with bites all over their legs. Apparently, the movie theater seats themselves were infested with bed bugs and the little creatures hitched a ride home in the girls’ clothes. Though this is frightening, it was a warning sign to many, and many of the theater chains answered by regularly heat-cleaning theater seats to prevent this from happening in the future.

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Taxis

The seats of a taxi cab — just like the seats of a a movie theater — can be a perfect home for a family of bed bugs. Usually, if a person enters a cab with bed bugs, the risk of transferring onto other passengers is relatively low — as long as the cab is regularly cleaned. In the case of a very unclean cab owner, an infestation can occur within the seat, causing millions of bugs to be bred. Once the seat has been infested, the risk of transfer onto passengers becomes much greater.

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Used Furniture

While this one is a little more obvious, it is still frightening to think that when you are buying a piece of used furniture, that one purchase could cause a lot more headache than you realize. If you purchase a used couch, and the couch is infested with bed bugs, as soon as you bring it into your home, the rest of your belongings are in danger of also becoming infested. Many property managers now place clauses into rental agreements where the renter must promise not to bring in used furniture found outside on curbs and near dumpsters because of the extremely high risk of infestation.

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Second Hand Stores

With so many people trading in and donating clothing, it is not hard to imagine just what a danger the clothing in a second hand store poses for bed bug infestations. While many of the larger chain thrift stores such as Goodwill and Savers practice steaming clothing and furniture that has been donated or dropped off, not all second hand stores follow this practice, so be aware of this if you are a thrift store shopper.

What it comes down to, is that any clothing or cloth based material can be the perfect home for a bed bug infestation. Infestations are not only creepy and gross, but they can cost thousands of dollars in damage and cost the time that it takes to completely treat a home or space that has been infested with bed bugs.

Helpful Tips And Tricks For Those Interested In Auto Repair

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Anyone who owns a vehicle knows that auto repair is often annoying. You will either have to spend money to get a mechanic to fix your car or invest some time and energy into fixing your car yourself. Neither way is especially pleasant, but reading this article will make the experience better for you.

Do not take your car to the first mechanic you find. You need to do some research to find a reliable mechanic with fair prices. Ask your friends and family about the mechanics they have been to in the past and check the Internet to find reviews written by other customers.

Checking and repairing the air conditioning in your car is quite complex. If you need to have it checked or fixed, find a mechanic with an air conditioning certification. The gas used for air conditioning is potentially dangerous and this system is a lot more complex than the other parts in your vehicle.

You should wash your car often to avoid rust. Rust will happen, but you can slow things down by keeping the car clean. Wax the paint job to protect it.

When you top off your motor oil, avoid spilling oil on your engine by wadding up a couple of paper towels around the oil receptacle on the crank-case. This will absorb drips and spills. Be sure to dispose of your empty oil container and the paper towels responsibly when finished adding oil.

Always ask about the certification and the insurance of a mechanic before letting them fix your car. If something goes wrong, the mechanic’s insurance will cover damages and usually provides you with a car you can drive until yours is fixed. A mechanic who is not certified does not have an insurance either.

You can make car repairs less stressful. The advice provided here can significantly help in making your next auto repair experience a better one. Your vehicle and you will both benefit from this.

Remove Grease And Oil From Clothes Easily

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Staining your clothes is bad. Staining your clothes with oil or grease? That’s worse. While a typical stain comes out in the wash, tougher stains really can ruin your clothes. Fortunately, you don’t have to throw out your favorite new shirt just because you got some grease on it. You don’t even have to seek out an expensive cleaning product to take care of your issue. All you need to do is to use simple products that you might have at home to take care of your stains.

160116206Stop for a moment, and realize that there are many products on the market that can get grease out of things. After all, grease doesn’t permanently stain your dishes, it doesn’t stay on your hands forever, and it certainly doesn’t always remain on your scalp. If these products work on other things, they will work on your clothing.

A general rule to follow is that if the product is meant to get rid of oil or grease, it will help you to remove grease and oil from clothes. This means that products like shampoo, Lava soap, and even dishwashing detergent are great things to use to treat your oily, greasy clothes. Be sure to remember that what you’re doing is a treatment – it’s not a substitute for a good wash. Treat the stain with your substance of choice, give it a moment to work, and then throw the clothes in the washing machine – depending on the severity of the stain, you should have your clothes back to normal quickly.

While grease stains on clothes can be a pain, it doesn’t mean that you’ll have to throw out your favorite shirt. Use a substance that is meant to treat grease, treat your stain, and give it a wash – the whole process is simple and shouldn’t require you to go out and buy any sort of stain-fighting chemicals. If you want to keep your clothes clean, always make sure that you use logical, simple methods to get the job done.

If you want to learn more tips like this, check back often – your next life-changing trick is only an article away.

Teach Yourself Top Pest Control Tips Through This Article

164446450Do you have pests skittering around in the darkness? Do you see the tell-tale signs of creatures that have invaded your home? Both homeowners and renters face issues with pests and the problem cannot be solved on its own. Read on to learn how you can toss all the pests out of your house.

Spraying bees, wasps, and hornets with hairspray can be a good way to kill them. There are alot of different ways to kill bugs and you will get rid of new ones as well.

You should never purchase a home before having it inspected by a professional beforehand. Certain signals of infestation prove easy to spot and identify. However, be mindful that you might not know what exact species you are dealing with for at least a few days.

Keep all of your foods tightly sealed in a container. Many kinds of pests are attracted to the scent of food, so do not give them anything to be drawn to. Further, once your trash fills up, make sure it is taken outside immediately. Garbage is also known to attract insects.

It can be quite difficult to eliminate bedbugs because they can hide in out-of-the-way places. Prior to exterminating, close open holes. This will ensure that bugs cannot hide in the holes during the extermination process, only to emerge later.

Even though fleas are notoriously difficult to eliminate, you can use several techniques to rid your home of the fleas and their eggs. First, vacuum every day and use flea sprays. Be sure that you get rid of every vacuum bag that you use as soon as you are done.

Regardless of if you are a homeowner or a renter, you have a vested interest in keeping insects and rodents away. Use the advice offered in the article above to help you treat your pest problem. You ought to live in a home that does not have pests scurrying everywhere.

Make Your Own Household Cleaner And Save Money

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If you are the type of person who appreciates a clean home, you know how expensive household cleaners can be. Thankfully, there are ways that you can get around spending so much money if you are willing to make your own household cleaners.

If this sounds like something you are interested in learning more about, here are some tips to get you started:

Bathroom

Baking soda and Dawn dish detergent are an excellent combination for cleaning your bathtub and your bathroom sink. Combine the two of them together when you are ready to start cleaning. You are soon going to wonder why you have been wasting so much money on expensive bathroom cleaners.

Windows

Rather than spending three or four dollars on a bottle of window cleaner, consider pouring some vinegar and water in a spray bottle. This is a great way to clean your windows and your mirrors. It is going to wipe away any grime that you may have on your mirrors. If you are only dealing with toothpaste on your bathroom mirror, you can use a wet washcloth and a clean dry towel to clean your mirror. You are going to find out right away why this is such a popular way to clean mirrors.

Flooring

Now, it’s time to think about your floors. Vinegar and hot water are an excellent way to clean and sanitize your flooring. This is going to work on every type of flooring including wood floors.

Don’t think for one moment that just because you cannot afford to buy the latest cleaning product that you can’t have a sparkling clean home. Consider investing in some essential oils to put in your homemade cleaner. This is going to make your entire home smell amazing.

You are going to want to invest in some spray bottles. This is something that you can buy from your local dollar store. Always make sure that your spray bottles are properly labeled. This way, you will always have plenty of cleaning solution on hand. If you have more than one bathroom in your home, place a spray bottle in each bathroom. This will help ensure that you always have a quality cleaning product on hand.

Get A Leg Up On Controlling Pests In The Home By Following These Tips!

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When a pest is driving you up the wall, what can you do? Where can you find the best advice online? This article is a great first place to look, so you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to learn how to get rid of your problems once and for all.

If you decide to use pesticide, keep in mind that these harmful chemicals could hurt your pets. If possible, have someone take care of your pets until you get rid of your pest problem. Make sure the food you give to your pets does not come in contact with the pesticides.

Pest likes to hide in cracks and small crevices. You should get a caulk gun and fill all the small hiding places you can find. Check for new hiding places regularly and replace the caulk if you need to. You can spray paint over the caulk if you want to conceal it.

Are you able to see through the bottom of your home’s doors? If so, this means pests have an easy way to enter your home. In order to eliminate this issue, you need to fix the height of the door. You could also just add a weather strip seal to your doors.

Fleas are hard to eradicate, but you have several options in how to rid your home of the fleas and their eggs. Vacuum at least once per day and use a flea spray. Be sure you get rid of the bag in your vacuum after you vacuum up the home.

Reading seems to provide the answers to everything, be it pests or otherwise. This article has given you all you need to know. It’s important that you get started dealing with the issue today. Once you have it all under control, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy life again.

Preparing Yourself For Having Your Carpets Cleaned

103583799Your carpet really has a full-time job. People are always walking on the carpets and potentially spilling things onto them. It takes a true professional to undo years of damage and foot traffic. Are you aware of the things you need to consider when choosing a carpet cleaner? The following article will teach you what you need to know.

If you want to combat the odors when you are cleaning, add baking soda to your bag. Baking soda will help to neutralize some of the smells that you will get in your bag such as pet hair and old food. This will help you to feel more comfortable and sanitary when you have to dispose the bag.

Think about your pets and your children before you have your carpets cleaned. While many companies have changed their ways, others are still using chemicals that can be hazardous to the health of animals and children, who will have their face right in the carpet. Know what they use before you allow them to clean your carpets.

Watch out for cleaning services that advertise by the room or that contact you by phone. Remember that rooms come in many sizes. Professional carpet cleaners should base pricing on the overall area of the rooms that they clean.

When it comes to looking for a carpet cleaning company, do not always believe that cheaper is better. In fact, when a company offers a very low rate, you ought to be wary of them. Usually, a company with steeper rates will provide you with better, more efficient results.

The carpets in your home are the same as unpaid professionals. They get walked on every day and can not clean themselves. Why not lend a helping hand by treating your carpets to a professional cleaning? You can now find the right company by using the tips you’ve read.

What Everyone Should Learn About Home Security

177238248When you live in an area with a high volume of crime, or there are little ones in your home, security quickly becomes a priority. Do not neglect the issue because you think the only options are expensive. Read the tips in this article to begin feeling safer at home.

Do you allow your dog to stay in your yard while you are away? Your furry friend is also a great storage place for your extra key. Attach the key inside their collar and make sure it can’t be seen. This works very well if you have a pet that is not very fond of strangers. You will get the access you need without having to worry about your safety.

Change your locks whenever you undergo a major life change. Whether it is moving into a new home or a former relationship moving out, you should always be aware of who has a copy of the keys to your home. You should also change your locks anytime you lose your keys.

Get to know your neighbors. Your neighbors are a valuable resource that can help keep an eye on your home when you cannot. When neighbors watch out for each other, you can be alerted if anything suspicious is occurring. Keep an ear out for neighborhood gossip too! If you hear about houses in your area being broken into, it might be time to step up security.

Don’t show off your expensive possessions to the entire neighborhood. Take a step outside and look through your windows. If you can see expensive items that are potential targets for thieves, consider moving those items out of plain view. Or invest in a set of curtains that can be drawn to prevent potential intruders from targeting your valuables.

Instead of assuming that the only way to make your home safer is by installing an expensive home security system, educate yourself. This article should have provided you with some ideas on the subject. Remember these tips in order to start feel more secure and safe when you’re in the home.