Archive | July 2014

How to Clean Your Dishwasher

Why Clean a Dishwasher?

Because the door attracts fingerprints every time you load it with dirty dishes, and the interior (especially the corners and crevices) accumulates residue comprising food particles, grease, and soap scum. Not only do these deposits look bad, they eventually begin to give off an odor because of bacteria that thrives in warm, moist, and dark places. A monthly cleaning can keep your dishwasher looking like new.

Clean the Door

Open the dishwasher door so you can get at its top and sides. Dip a small toothbrush in hot, soapy water, and scrub around the door. Make sure you dig into the grooves of the rubber seal and any other crevices, including the hinges. This step might require gentle scrubbing with abrasive cleanser. Wipe up the resulting grime with a household sponge dipped in hot soapy water. Wipe away any cleaning solution left behind with a clean, wet sponge.

 

Clean the Tub

Before you start cleaning the tub, use a handful of paper towels to grab any debris from the base of the dishwasher. You’ll find most of the debris around the drain.

Once the debris is removed, set a dishwasher-safe cup of plain white vinegar on the top rack. (The dishwasher should be otherwise empty.) Run a full cycle, choosing the hottest water possible to disinfect the unit while it’s being cleaned. When the cycle is done, wipe out the inside of the dishwasher with paper towels or a clean, dry cloth.

 

Clean the Accessories

Your last step is cleaning the accessories. Take out the racks. Wipe off any stuck-on food particles or other debris. Scrub the spray arm with a soft brush or toothbrush to remove clogs.

 

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Sources:

“How to Clean a Dishwasher.” Better Homes & Gardens. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Aug. 2014.

 

How to Keep Cool This Summer

The summer time comes quick after spring and quickly raises your home energy costs to keep it cool. There are multiple ways to keep yourself and the children cool in the summer and some ways help you save money also. Check out these facts to keep cool, have fun and save energy this summer.

Keep popsicles and ice cream stocked in the deep freezer for the children. You could even get creative and make cool cups or snow cones, set some chairs up outside in a nicely shaded area then enjoy.

 

Put a pool in the backyard if you do not already have one installed. Pick up a pool from the nearest supermarket take it home and follow the instructions on the box. When purchasing a swimming pool be sure to check for all of the equipment you need for easy access, keeping the pool clean and covers that may not already be included. With a large swimming pool you just have to fill her up one time and keep it covered when not in use. Don’t forget floats, a beach ball and some new summer swim wear.

 

Keep drinks in the freezer to keep hydrated when you step outside. This will keep your drink cold while you’re outside in the heat. Then for the children you can freeze some Capri Suns and cut the top off with scissors, then use a spoon to eat it like a sno cone. I enjoyed doing this as a kid.

Caulk your doors and windows. Running a bead of caulking around interior and exterior doors and windows will create a seal to minimizing air flow, keeping cool air in and hot air out. Buy high quality caulk, and it will be many years before you need to remove and replace it.

 

Reverse your ceiling fans. If you have an electric ceiling fan, you should run it clockwise in the winter to force the hotter air downward, and then counter-clockwise in the summer to pull hot air up toward the ceiling. Most ceiling fans have a reverse switch that lets you make this change.

 

Avoid cooking with the stove/oven. Gas and electric stoves throw off a lot of heat when in use. During hot summer months, cook using more a heat-efficient countertop convention oven, toaster oven or microwave. Better yet, fire up the grill and cook outdoors! Bring home some food that you can throw on the pit outside instead of cooking inside. This way you can cook with propane, wood or coal.

You can also check out this DIY video on how to create a homemade air conditioner. Hope this helps.

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“10 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool in Summer Without Air Conditioning.” 10 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool in Summer Without Air Conditioning. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 June 2014.

 

How to Improve Family Time at Home

Are you having trouble getting your family at home on the same page that you’re on? Sometimes it could just be a lack of communication going on inside the house or maybe the family has interfering schedules. it’s very important that everyone in the house is in sync with one another. If you haven’t incorporated different ways to acknowledge the issues at hand, here are a few tips.

1) A Family Meeting

Family meetings are one of the best sources of communication for the family. This time allows everyone to say what they have on their mind. The important thing about communicating during family time is to not to allow anyone to talk over one another, everyone must hear each other out before making any comments or questions. It is also important to always tell the truth, but be careful of what you say and how you say it.

2) A Family Calendar

To know about the things or events that are going on underneath one roof it is a great idea to post a calendar somewhere visible on the refrigerator or on the wall. This way no one will be unaware of anything and there will be no one to blame for being misinformed. For example, if Jimmy is coming home late Friday night or Sarah’s staying at a sleepover for the weekend, as long as it’s marked down on the calendar the parents will not have to be concerned of their whereabouts. The important thing about the calendar is making sure that you still mention in person what you put on the calendar; because someone may forget to check it.

3)Family Movie/Game Night

Have a movie night with the family to spend some quality time together. Pull out an old board game, like monopoly! Nowadays, family time isn’t how it used to be. Most teenagers or young children are cooped up in their rooms on phones, tablets, video games, etc. Make them bring the video game in the family room; ask them to teach you how to play. Just interact with one another, without the phones and other electronics involved.

Please watch the video below for additional information

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“How to Improve Family Relationships in 2014 by Parenting Expert and Contributor Dr. G.” YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 01 June 2014.

 

 

Patriotic Decorations for the Home

As the Fourth of July approaches, you may want to create a patriotic atmosphere in your home. From centerpieces to homemade flags, there are a variety of decorations you can add to your house.

Table Décor

If you are inviting guests over to celebrate the holiday, you want to ensure that your dinner table leaves a great impression on your visitors. To start, you can choose red, white, and blue plates and utensils. Using these colors for your tablecloths can also be very useful.

Centerpieces

For your dining or living room tables, you can think about adding a centerpiece to bring out a patriotic feel. These centerpieces can range from bouquets to star and ribbon embellishments.

Wall Décor

Aside from table décor and centerpieces, wall décor is an unique way to prepare your house for the holiday. To do so, you can string Fourth of July garlands and banners around your home.

Room Décor

There are several ways you can prepare your rooms for the Fourth of July. Whereas red, white, and blue pillows and throws are good ideas, you can also consider patriotic picture frames and rugs.

Wreaths

Living in an apartment or house, your doors may seem bare. However, wreaths are a wonderful solution and can add to the patriotic feel. Attaching die-cut stars or using the American flag colors, you can design a wreath that will remind you of the holiday.

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http://www.favecrafts.com/Fourth-of-July/24-4th-of-July-Decorating-Ideas http://lilluna.com/fourth-of-july-decor-ideas/

 

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