Whenever you are washing your clothes, you should be careful to not make a mistake. There are many factors that may cause damage to the garments (cause discoloration or shrink them, for example). Those could be the cleaning solution you are using, the temperature of the water, the cycle you chose, or an inappropriate cleaning approach that is not suitable for the particular type of fabrics.
If you just took out your laundry load and your favourite shirt lo longer fits, do not panic. It happens to the best of us. If you or someone else accidentally threw a sweater or a pair of jeans in the dryer on high heat, keep reading to find out how to unshrink them and enjoy them again. Depending on the fabric, you may not be able to completely restore them to their original condition, however, there are steps you can take to loosen the fabric. Continue reading “How to unshrink clothes”→
Electric kettles are a great addition to any kitchen. They let you prepare anything that requires hot water in an instant. They heat up quickly and efficiently, saving you the hassle of turning on a stove and waiting for water to boil slowly. Whether you want a cup of hot tea or plain boiling water for a quick pasta dish, your electric kettle will be there for you. In general, electric kettles are very low-maintenance and do not require a lot of attention. However, it is important to watch out for mineral buildup. That is, especially if you live in a hard water area. Calcium and magnesium will build up on the inside of your kettle. This will affect how long the kettle takes to boil water. Removing this mineral buildup is known as descaling. If your water contains more minerals, you may need to descale your kettle more often. In general, it is enough to deep clean your kettle once a month or per manufacturer’s instructions. If your kettle is made of glass, you will be able to see when buildup occurs and know when it is time to clean it. Continue reading “How to clean an electric kettle?”→
Butcher blocks come in many varieties. However, all of them are beautiful and easy to maintain. Whether you have a free-standing butcher block, butcher block countertops, or a butcher block cutting board, it is important that you know how to properly maintain this amazing tool. Butcher blocks are made of strips of wood glued together. Wooden butcher blocks are less expensive than stone ones, however, they require more maintenance. They should be sealed regularly to prevent damage from water and kitchen liquids. Lucky for you, cleaning a butcher block is extremely easy. You don’t need any special products or skills. You can use any cleaner you have at home. Sealing your block is also surprisingly easy and non-toxic. You can do it at home with supplies you already have in the kitchen.
Butcher blocks should be cleaned after each use, no matter used for food display or preparation. Blocks that are regularly used should be sealed with food-grade mineral oil once a month. Even decorative blocks should be oiled at least once or twice a year. It is of crucial importance that you clean and seal your butcher blocks since any food residue that has not been properly removed will cause bacteria growth. In this article, we will share our favourite method of cleaning a butcher block in a few easy steps. Keep reading to find out how to do that. Continue reading “How to properly clean your butcher block”→
Nail polish remover can do magic when it comes to getting rid of the colour from your nails. However, you can in fact use this product for much more around the house. Cleaning stains and scuffs is a task that would not be a problem for acetone. However, if you are using acetone-free nail polish remover to be gentler on your nails, those hacks will not work for you. If you have a bottle lying around, grab it and get on with these valuable tips and tricks we have to share with you. The reason why acetone-based nail polish would work is that acetone itself is a potent, highly-flammable solvent, which means that its chemical composition renders it efficient for dissolving various substances (like hardened nail polish). It will also help you remove a number of pesky marks from all over the house. Keep reading to find out what the unexpected uses for nail polish remover are. Continue reading “How to use nail polish remover for cleaning around the house?”→
There is nothing like the look and feel of a brand-new brick building. Whether the brick surface is inside or outside, its cleanliness when newly built is simply beautiful. Unfortunately, the post-construction cleaning process is not the easiest. It is of crucial importance that you plan and execute it well, in order to achieve that neat and beautiful new look. What is more, brick is a material that becomes dull and worn out-looking with time. Even though bricks are durable, the loss of colour, stains, and surface erosion when cleaning them are not uncommon. To avoid that, you should be careful about what solutions and methods you take. In this article, we will share tips and tricks on how to approach such a task. Keep reading to find out how to properly do post-construction cleaning, as well as how to tackle exterior and interior brick walls. Continue reading “Cleaning brick walls, and what to keep in mind”→
A properly working humidifier can be a lifesaver. However, simply turning your humidifier on is not enough to get rid of dry air and respiratory illnesses. It requires regular cleaning and fortunately for you, cleaning it on a regular basis is not a complicated task at all. During the cold, dry months of winter, humidifiers are there to save the day. They add moisture back to the air in the room, soothe dry skin, and they also improve symptoms of colds and a number of respiratory issues. However, when not cleaned regularly, humidifiers can actually start to do more harm than good. The standing water makes a perfect ground for bacteria, mould, and mildew growth. If you leave all those in your humidifier and turn them on, all you will do is allow them to spread around your home and they will eventually make your allergies worse. Ideally, you should empty out, clean, and sanitise your humidifier once a week. In this article, we will discuss how to clean a humidifier in a few simple steps. This method should be able to apply to most types of humidifiers. However, you should always check your owner’s manual for any specific recommendations and warnings. That way you will make the process easier and avoid any damage to your humidifier. Continue reading “How to properly clean a humidifier?”→
Silicone is a non-stick material used in bakeware, spatulas, cooking molds, and other tools. Those are very easy to use but not particularly easy to clean. You can wash them in the dishwasher, however, you may need to take on a hand-washing approach now and then. You should always wash your silicone bakeware after every use. If it becomes sticky, a deeper cleaning might be needed. Do not ignore that, since leaving them like this will make the problem worse and cause them to be extra sticky and grimy. Regular cleaning of all your silicone kitchenware will help you maintain it nonstick, clean, and easier to use. Add it to your deep cleaning routine, before the buildup of dirt and grease will cause issues. Continue reading “How to clean sticky silicone bakeware?”→
We all love dishwashers. They save us a lot of time and quickly transform our dirty dishes into sparkling clean ones. You usually clean plastic and wooden tools, as well as metal pots and pans. If you look around, there are many other items inside your house that are made of the same materials. We will talk about all the things you can actually clean in your dishwasher. Always make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Also, depending on the item you want to wash, you may need to clean your appliance as well. Continue reading “Things that can be cleaned in the dishwasher”→
When it is time to clean a carpet in any of the rooms around the house, the first thing that comes to mind is vacuuming. But what if you don’t have a vacuum cleaner because you just moved in, or it is broken, or someone is sleeping in the house and you don’t want to wake them up? In fact, cleaning a carpet without a vacuum cleaner is possible. After all, back in the days when technology was not so advanced, people still had carpets. And yes – they were cleaning them regularly. Depending on the type of carpet, you can use different methods. For example, some carpets can be swept. Keep reading to find what other methods you can use to clean the carpets at home without a vacuum cleaner. Continue reading “Cleaning your carpet without a vacuum cleaner. Old school carpet cleaning methods.”→
If you like spicy food, hot sauce is probably your best friend. You can use it for pretty much everything. While giving a great spice to a variety of delicious meals, hot sauce can also leave annoying and unsightly stains on your clothes, carpets, or upholstery. The good news is that those stains are relatively easy to remove as long as you know the correct method.
There is usually some artificial colouring added to the hot sauce but unless a huge amount of those was added, you should be able to easily get rid of the stain by using common household items such as heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent, white vinegar, and a stain removal stick. Make sure you do not put a stained garment in your dryer. The heat will set the stain and cause it to become permanent. Continue reading “Removing hot sauce stains from clothing, carpets, and upholstery”→