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

 

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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.

 

 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Recycling is the process of turning used waste materials into new products. This prevents potentially useful materials from being wasted as well as reducing energy use and pollution. If the U.S. recycling levels can reach 75% it will be the environmental benefit of removing 50 million cars from the road each year and it will generate 1.5 million new jobs. Improving and increasing recycling is one of the greatest opportunities for our environment, our natural resources, and our economy. Are you in need of a recycling bin? Here, do it yourself..

What you’ll need

Empty box, gift wrap/cloth, stapler, packing tape, scissors and a trash bag

Step 1– Cut off the flaps of the box and set them aside to use later

Step 2– Measure the paper or cloth you’ll need to cover the sides and the bottom of the box, add two inches on each side.

Step 3– Place each side of the box onto the paper or cloth leaving out two inches on each side. Fold the two inches of extra paper or cloth neatly and secure it with the tape or a stapler or some glue.

Step 4– Take both longer flaps of the box and cover them in paper or cloth securing it with tape.

Step 5– Line your bin with a trash bag and place the wrapped longer flaps at the bottom of the bin so the nice side shows.

Step 6– Take both shorter flaps and place one on top of the other using the longer side and mend the two together with packing tape to ensure the two pieces are slightly secured together.

Step 7– Fasten the cardboard into your bin to create a divider and two compartments

What to recycle

After setting up your recycle bin and decorating it the way you like, use the chart below to help you understand what to recycle and what not to recycle. Also, be sure to rinse the items out before throwing them into the recycling bin.

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“WHAT IS PROJECT SUNLIGHT?” Project Sunlight. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 June 2014.

“Fun Recycling Facts for Kids – Plastic, Paper, Glass, Aluminum, Recycled Waste.” Fun Recycling Facts for Kids – Plastic, Paper, Glass, Aluminum, Recycled Waste. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 June 2014.

“Recycling Facts.” Recycle Across America. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 June 2014

 

Tips for Making a Safe and Convenient Home for Your Toddler

Toddlers need a whole lot of supervision all the time. Some toddlers’ favorite thing to do is cry, especially when it’s an inconvenience for them to get their way. Some toddlers are always getting hurt and most toddlers always make a big mess. Here are some tips to help parents prevent minor injuries and make things easier for their adventurous toddlers around the house.

Tip 1:Using a step stool for hard to reach places

When toddlers have to wash their hands after using the potty someone usually has to help lift them up to reach the sink or you will find them trying to do it themselves climbing up on the sink with their feet dangling holding themselves up with their arms. With the step stool this makes it easy for the toddler to pick up and place right where they need it. The step stool becomes a convenient tool for both the parent and the toddler because now the parent can just sit and listen for the water to turn off after 60 seconds. Getting a step stool for your toddler is very convenient for the toddler’s needs. Perhaps there are crackers on the second shelf in the pantry and Mom is sorting laundry so she gives the toddler permission to get the crackers themselves the step stool is always accessible and light enough to lift around the house.

Tip 2: Placing edibles in the refrigerator for easy access

Some days parents want to relax with their toddlers so they lie across the couch and put on a family movie, in the middle of the movie your toddler gets thirsty but the parent is too comfortable to get up, they could send the kid to pour their own juice but I believe that’s asking for a mess to happen. An easy problem solver for this would be to purchase small milks and juices, Capri Sun juices; bottles of water, fruit pouches, lunchables and fruits like plums and easy peel oranges. Put them in easy to reach places inside the refrigerator like the bottom drawers or on the door of the fridge on the bottom shelves. Then when the little one wants a snack it will be easy for them to grab and get back to their activities.

Tip 3: Bathmats for stability

More than 43,000 children are injured in slips and falls in bathtubs each year in the United States according to the report published in the July 13 online edition of Pediatrics. There’s one very easy way to prevent bathtub injuries, place a bath mat in the tub to sustain the child’s stability as he/she stands during and after their bath. There’s a variety of styles and colors, so finding one that interest’s your child shouldn’t be a difficult task.

Tip 4: Kid-friendly utensils

Dinner time for toddlers seems to always be a challenge. It’s guaranteed to be messy, but we also want to make sure the children are safe. This is where kid friendly eating utensils are effective. The sharpless forks and the small serving spoons are simply safer for toddlers. The sharpless edges prevent toddlers from scaring mouth tissues, which always seems to be a concern. The small serving spoon puts the risk of them choking down. Also, most toddler eating utensils have grip assist and happens to be dishwasher friendly.

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“Bathtub Accidents Injure 43,000 U.S. Kids Each Year | The Kid’s Doctor.” Bathtub Accidents Injure 43,000 U.S. Kids Each Year | The Kid’s Doctor. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 May 2014.

“Choking Prevention for Children.” Choking Prevention for Children. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 May 2014.

 

 

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