I am currently reading a book called Life Hacks and I have to report that it is full of good, sensible advice on a lot of things.
More Household Tips
For example, to sharpen a pair of scissors, try cutting a folded sandpaper, the coarser and rougher the sandpaper, the better . Before you know it, you have a sharp pair of scissors.
I bet you do not clean your washing machine regularly. Some of you might have not even thought of cleaning it, even once. But then again, why would you clean a washing machine when its function is to wash and of course, clean.
But actually a washing machine should be cleaned regularly of soap scums that get accumulated, so that it will function better.
It is very easy to clean and disinfect a washing machine. Just pour in 2 cups of distilled white vinegar into the soap compartment and then run the machine on a full cycle without adding any other detergent or clothes to wash.
It is as easy as that.
How to clean mould and mildew
It is easy enough to get rid and clean mould and mildew without resorting to anti-bacterial agents and bleach which are harmful to the environment.
Moisten a cloth with vinegar and rub it to the moldy parts and the tiles. To clean the grout, scrub with an old toothbrush dip in vinegar.
We should all do our bit for our environment. As such, we must take particular care that we do not reach for chemically manufactured products at the first instance when faced with some things that can be remedied by a more enviromentally friendly solution.
Removing Ink Stain
If some ink got to your clothes, do not use ammonia-based cleaner but instead soak the item in milk for a few hours.
Then wash as normal.
If you get ink into your white shirt, rub the ink stain with toothpaste, live for a couple of minutes.
Then wash as normal.
How to Remove Berry Stains
Picking ripe berries, bursting with goodness and sweetness, can stain your hands. The easiest and fastest to remove the stain is to rub your hands with lemon wedges.
Bicarbonate of Soda
Photo by JMorton
I always have a tub of Bicarbonate of Soda (NaHCO3) just by the kitchen sink.
I find that it is the most effective cleaning agent for stainless steel like my sink and also my cutleries. Just a few shakes of the Bicarbonate of Soda is enough to clean and leave a sink sparkling.
Bicarbonate of Soda – Cleaning Solution
Bicarbonate of Soda is often overlooked when going shopping for cleaning solutions. This is sad as Bicarbonate of Soda is not only an effective cleaning agent, it is also less harsh for your skin, especially if you suffer from allergic reaction for other cleaning solutions that are available in the market.
Bicarbonate of Soda – Magic Sink Cleaner, by JMorton
The history of Bicarbonate of Soda as a cleaning agent is as old as the ancient Egyptians. They used NaHCO3 as a soap.
But today, it is more popularly know as baking soda, which is a leavening agent in cooking.
You might also have noticed that bicarbonate of soda is added to toothpaste to make your teeth sparkle and freshen your breath.
I am not scared of spiders but I know who is. Catching one even the smallest ones is such a drama with him. 😉
I have to admit though that I am a bit wary of moths. I am superstitious when it comes to moths. I had this weird idea, passed to me by my family back in the Philippines, that they are the visiting spirits of dead love ones. And they are visiting to send some sort of warning. Scary
According to two thousand Britons surveyed by Homeserve, the home insurance provider, the top pests that would send fear into most householders’ heart are the following:
1. Spiders – 67%
2. Hornets 65%
3. Rats 64%
4. Wasps 58%
5. Cockroaches 55%
6. Mosquitoes 51%
7. Foxes 49%
8. Mice 35%
9. Fleas 13%
10. Pigeon 13%
11. Slugs and Snails 12%
12. Moths 8%
13. Flies 6%
14. Ants 4%
Did you know?
Mosquitos apparently prefer to bite children rather than adults.
Also another mystery is that they prefer blondes to brunettes. If that is really the case then I must be secretly blonde. Mosquitos positively feast on my skin, that is why I contracted malaria as a child.
My sister said that mosquitos actually prefer people who have sweet tooth.