How to Save Money, Have a Clean House, and Not Suffer From Chemical Poisoning

Turn on the television on any day, and you’re likely to see an advert for some new cleaning product that promises to do what no other cleaning product has been able to accomplish. A fashionably dressed actor joyfully demonstrates how to remove those tough stains with little or no effort at all, then steps back and admires her handy work (It is usually a woman, isn’t it?).

Let’s be honest here. When was the last time you wore a snappy outfit to clean your house? And if we’re being honest, we can’t help but wonder why that super housekeeper on the telly allowed her walls to get so dingy in the first place. But that’s all beside the point, really. What really matters to us is whether the products we use will actually perform as advertised, how much they will cost, and what chemicals are in the toxic brew that can dissolve away such filth without the user breaking a sweat (or into hives, for that matter).

When we go to the store to buy the new miracle cleaner, but when we look at the price, we gasp, wondering if it contains some rare earth element. We pick up the product and try desperately to read the blurred, tiny print on the label. There are no ingredients listed of course, but there are several paragraphs, advising users what to do if they swallow or inhale the product, get it in their eyes, of even find themselves in the same room with its fumes. Scary, to say the least. But you needn’t worry; there is a miracle cleaner available everywhere that works as well as the costly toxic bombs, and is no more hazardous than, well, salad dressing! And that miracle cleaner is…Vinegar! Here are a couple of examples of how plain old vinegar can work as well as the high-priced and much more dangerous cleaners on your grocer’s shelves.

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For cleaning surfaces like your stovetop, fridge, countertops, or floors, just mix equal parts vinegar and hot water. You’ll find that it will dissolve grease and grime quite effectively. If you like, you can add a bit of lemon or essential oils to it to impart a nice scent. Lavender is particularly nice, and certainly much more pleasant than the pungent chemical aroma of commercial products.

Clearing slow or clogged drains

This is an easy one, and you needn’t don a pair of chemical gloves and respirator when you use it.  Pour about a third cup of bicarbonate (baking soda) down the stubborn drain, followed by the same amount of vinegar. It will bubble, gurgle, and foam up, which is a satisfying thing to watch all by itself. But when you tire of listening to it, walk away for a bit, perhaps twenty minutes or so. When you return, bring a pan of very hot – but not boiling – water, and flush the concoction down the drain. If the drain was clogged with anything less than a massive clump of hair or a deceased rodent, the water will rush right through. I will caution you, however: if you happen to splash some of the soda and vinegar in your face, refrain from licking your lips, as it doesn’t taste particularly good. At least there’s no need to call the poison centre, however.

Scouring tubs and toilets

When you tire of inhaling abrasive dust and chemicals every time you clean the loo, there is another “miracle” cleaner that you can use that doesn’t burn your eyes and nose or leave your hands feeling like century-old leather. Just wet the surface down, and sprinkle some borax powder on. Then, using your sponge or scrubber, wipe away the dirt. Simple, isn’t it? For more stubborn stains, you can pour a bit of vinegar on the surface first, then add the borax and proceed with the scrubbing. And again, you needn’t take hazardous material precautions whilst you work. The borax can sting if it gets in your eyes, of course, but utter a quick curse word or two and wash out your eyes with water, and you’ll be right as the rain in no time.

These are but a few examples of inexpensive and non-toxic products that you can get at the grocer’s, and that will do as fine a job of cleaning as the high-priced hazmats. Experiment a bit, and do a little searching here on the Internet to find even more ways you can cut your costs while cleaning, by using products you likely have stored in your pantry, anyway.

 

Why Schools Have Joined The Tablet Revolution

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As the learning landscape shifts towards a technology-driven experience, it’s becoming more common for Australian schools to adopt the ‘BYO iPad’ policy. As remaining on the forefront of technology is now almost an essential part of life, it seems only natural to ensure our future leaders become associated with new advanced technologies within their everyday learning environment. Here at Brus Media we know it may seem unnecessary to teach six-year-olds how to use a tablet, however the facts remain that tablets have many advantages that go beyond general entertainment, videos and gaming apps. Tablets have certainly gained momentum for business use, general use and entertainment use. Here’s why schools have jumped in on the tablet revolution as well. (more…)

 

Using a Plant Hiring Business

Is the office in the need for some green? Although many businesses spend a good amount of time on their landscape design, these same businesses may avoid investing in some plants and flowers that could really brighten up the workspace. This is where companies like Gaddys plant hire and hundreds of others come in. These companies offer consulting and interior design services for offices that need a little green around their office.

These companies will work with a business to set up the best design and layout for plants in the office. Whether its desk plants, floor plants, or flowers, these plant consulting businesses will find what type of plant would look best around specific parts of the office.  (more…)

 

Tips for Picking Out a Gun Safe

When you buy gun safes, there are a few different options that you need to look into before you decide which one you want to get. Not all safes are equal, not by any means, and some are also going to be more right for you than they would be for someone else. Everyone is in a different situation as far as what they desire and what they need, and those factors have to be taken into account. Below are a few tips that can help you make the right choice if you have not been sure which type of safe you should get. (more…)

 

Top Tips for Saving Money in the Home

We have all become a little more savvy with our money in recent times. It seems that everyone wants more bang for their buck. What used to be called penny-pinching is now called being savvy and there is nothing wrong with that. In times of austerity, we all need to know how to save money in the home. People are a lot less wasteful with their cash in recent times and everyone wants to make their money stretch further. The great thing is that there is no need to go without the things you want, but by being careful with your money you can reduce your household bills and save money in the long run.

This guide will give you some ideas how you can save money in the home. (more…)

 

Reasons to Keep Your Garage Tidy with Wall Accessories

LV.MDN.WeldedCompleter-thumb When you look into your garage, does it look like a tornado tore through a storage unit? For many people, this extension of the home is in disarray for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s from a lack of time or proper storage capabilities, items are strewn about not really having a place to be kept. However, installing wall accessories can help you keep your garage organized and well maintained.

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It can be maddening when you’re looking for a specific tool or piece of equipment that you need in order to complete a home repair task. You know you have the item, but you can’t find it under all of those boxes, power tools and various gardening equipment.  (more…)

 

Why Everyone Should Seek The Advice of an Architect Before Renovating a Property

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 Buying a ‘fixer upper’ is often a choice people make for one of three reasons; the building is beautiful in itself, in a beautiful spot, or maybe financial constraints mean that this is the only avenue available to someone who wishes to own their own property. Of course, there will be other reasons why people are driven to take on such a challenge.

Derelict properties are often only worth the land they sit upon. Sometimes the building may be listed and, therefore, demolishing it and building new isn’t an option. This often leads to properties standing empty and unused for years as the cost of renovation will be more than the property will be worth when complete. (more…)

 

Is a Micro Apartment Right For You?

Micro apartments are one of the latest trends in real estate, but are these tiny dwellings a lifestyle that’s right for you?

While some cities will classify a micro apartment as anything under 500 square feet, most micro apartments are usually 300 sq. ft. or smaller. Typically, there are no separate rooms for the kitchen and bedroom, and many will share a communal outdoor space. While living in the tiny space requires an adjustment, there are many advantages as well.

Creative Design

With tiny spaces to work with, micro apartment renters are coming up with creative ways to design their living space.   (more…)

 

Home Improvements Still Going On

This is indeed a long term project.  We  started  this  ten years ago and up to now  it is still going on. I guess, this home improvement for our retirement home will take some more years. I would say, another  5-10 years depending in the finances. Until we will retire there, I believed  it is already done.

IMG_4081The terrace/patio which is still going on. I hope the workers can already paint it before I arrive there…soon!

I am really proud of this  project. It cost a lot of hard work and money but it is slowly paying off because as of now,  we are seeing  the concrete  results and the house is already standing. (more…)

 

Concierge Services For a New Move

Ever wish that concierge services could be provided to people who move to a new city, region, or state?The isolating feelings that can arise when entering a new place for the first time can be overwhelming. This is especially true when a new renter or homeowner has to coordinate new utilities and services for where they live. After a move, it may be difficult to compare and contrast different rates between utility businesses, finding services for the new apartment or home, or just knowing a general directory of places in the new city or region. (more…)

 
 

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