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No matter how much of a clean freak you tend to be, the stenches and odors of everyday life are unavoidable. But don’t let that get you down — there’s often an easy, homemade way to dispel stink from every area in your home.

 

Stinky trash

Wash indoor and outdoor trash cans with hot soapy water to remove smelly bits and debris. Leave a couple of used fabric softener sheets in the bottom of your kitchen trash can and compactor to absorb odors.

 

A burnt-on food spill

If food from a casserole dish bubbles over onto the stovetop or oven floor, sprinkle salt on the drips to absorb the burned smell (this will also make it easier to clean up later).

 

A musty freezer

Place a clean sock filled with dry coffee grounds inside to deodorize this pesky spot in your kitchen.

 

A smelly microwave

The awful stench of burnt popcorn seems to hang around forever, but it eventually disperses. To speed up the process, fill a large microwave-safe bowl with 1 1/2 cups water and three or four chopped lemons along with a fragrant spice, like cloves. Bring to a boil in the microwave, and then leave it to steam inside for 15 minutes (until the water cools down and can be removed safely). Leave the door ajar for an hour or so to air the microwave out.

 

A foul dishwasher

Check that the drain hose isn’t crimped, and look in the bottom of the machine for bits of food and gunk. Then, pour a gallon of household vinegar in the bottom, let it sit for an hour or so, and run the washer through a full cycle. If the odor is still strong, call a plumber. It could potentially be a hazardous problem that needs to be remedied by a pro.

 

Rancid wooden cutting boards and counters

Scub the wood with a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda or salt. Rinse well and season with mineral oil.

 

A pungent kitchen

While cooking sharp-smelling items, like fish or cabbage, place a small bowl of white vinegar on the stove to absorb the odor. To stop offensive fridge smells, pour baking soda into a plastic margarine tub and poke holes in the lid; change as often as needed. Wipe down fridge walls with white vinegar to get rid of any lingering odors.

 

A sour-smelling garbage disposal

Freshen it by throwing in lemon or lime rinds while it’s running, followed by lots of cold water.

 

The toilet

When this frequently used bathroom fixture needs deodorizing, pour 1 cup of household vinegar into the bowl and let it stand for at least 5 minutes. Scrub briskly and flush.

 

Not-so-fresh bathroom air

Dab essential oil (cinnamon or orange) onto cotton balls, and place them in a small bowl on a shelf. Put matches in a pretty basket near the toilet for handy use.

 

Dingy carpeting

To quickly deodorize a smelly rug, sprinkle a box of baking soda over it, and let settle into the fibers for 30 minutes. Then, vacuum it up.

 

A musty mattress

Spray with a disinfectant like Lysol to kill the bacteria that causes odors. In between cleanings, sprinkle some baking soda onto the mattress, wait 15 minutes, and vacuum.

 

A dank basement

Open containers of activated charcoal (look for it at pet stores) absorb moisture, so they help fight mildew smells. If you find mold and mildew is a major problem, look into getting a dehumidifier.

 

A stale closet

Hanging clean socks filled with dry coffee grounds works here, too.

 

A smelly pet

Guests are about to arrive and you suddenly realize your pooch or kitty doesn’t smell so pleasant. For a quick fix (until bath time), lightly sprinkle their fur with baking soda, rub it in, and then brush out.

Do you want a bookcase in your home in which you can display your beloved and cherished book collection? If yes then you can get one installed at any unused space in your home. For finding out that place, take a look at the ideas below:

Utilize The Space Under The Stairs

 

 

Build a Bookcase Around Your Bed

Claim The Space Along The Window Seat

 

Hack The Space of Staircase Landing

 

Build It Above The Breakfast Nook Seating

 

Carve Out a Space in Kneel Walls

 

Claim The Space Under The Bed

 

Book Lovers Would Love to Have One Bookcase in The Bathroom Too

Add a Bookcase to The TV Wall

Swap Any Door with a Bookcase

 

Get a Bookshelf in Your Kitchen

Use The Unused Space of Your Staircase Wall

Universal design is not, as some would think, strictly for the elderly or disabled. The concept of universal design is to make living and work spaces equally comfortable, safe, and accessible for all, regardless of height or physical ability. These ideas might help make a home safer for an older resident, but they’re pretty smart for homeowners of all ages.

 

Easy on the Hands. You probably don’t think much about turning a doorknob, but it can actually be quite a chore, even painful, for someone with arthritis or other conditions. Simply replacing doorknobs with lever-style hardware can make life easier for residents. Levers are also best on faucets, and illuminated rocker switches are better than the standard toggle light switches.

 

Friendly Floors. Slippery surfaces are not the only danger underfoot, although they’re the most obvious. All floors should be made slip-resistant, such as by adding nonskid mats under area rugs (or getting rid of the area rugs completely). Trips are as dangerous as slips, so eliminate trip points like thresholds wherever possible, or reduce their height. For those who use walkers, adds Cratsley, low-pile carpeting is safest so the walker doesn’t catch on deep pile and cause a fall.

 

Safe Stairs. For older people living on more than one level, stairs can be especially dangerous. Handrails are a must, on both sides of the staircase if possible. Lighting is also critical, says Cratsley, so make sure the entire stairway is well lit from top to bottom. Clearly defined steps that show where the edge of the tread is can help prevent falls.

 

A Well-Lighted Place. The staircase isn’t the only part of a home that needs good lighting. A dark room is an invitation to a bump or a fall, so make sure there’s adequate lighting in every room, hallway, and doorway. Entryways are especially dangerous if not well lit.

 

Landing Places. Fumbling with keys, packages, the mail — all can distract and unbalance someone entering or exiting a home. In addition to providing lighting at entryways be sure to have a table, bench, or other surface nearby for putting things down.

 

Better Baths. Most people think of shower grab bars as the way to make bathing safer. There are other ways to help ensure safety in the bath, says Cratsley. Think about adding grab bars by the toilet, too, or other places in the room where someone may need a helping hand. A step-in shower is safer than a tub, but if that’s not possible add grab bars that help someone getting in and out. A single-handled faucet control reduces the chances of scalding at the sink, and a pressure-balanced control does the same in the shower. A hand-held showerhead is often easier to use for someone with limited mobility than a fixed showerhead

It’s no secret we love our summers in Western Australia, but for some, winter is an even more magical time of the year.

The arrival of cooler temperatures means you can get the doona out of storage and finally have a reason to wear Ugg boots. What you may not have considered is what six months of summer storage might have done to your gas heater when you drag it out and plug it in for the first time.

Like many other appliances in your home, heaters aren’t something we spend much time thinking about, until we need them to work. In the warmer months, gas heaters tend to sit neglected and build up dust, so a quick clean and tune-up at the start of the winter season will keep them running safely and efficiently, keeping you warm when you need it most.

ATCO Gas Australia owns and maintains the underground network of pipelines in WA, which brings natural gas to more than 700,000 homes and businesses in the state.

ATCO offered the following advice to keep your gas appliances in good working order this winter.

Service regularly: Most manufacturers recommend gas appliances be serviced every two years by a qualified technician. Check your owner’s manual or the manufacturer’s website for further information. Check air filters: Air filters and fans can become blocked by lint and dust. Depending on the make and model of your gas heater, you may be able to clean the air filter yourself. Consult your owner’s manual to see if this is recommended and how to do it. Hoses and connections: Check the hose on your portable gas heater, as they can become damaged or deteriorate with age. The bayonet connectors should also be examined for damage. An approved technician can replace any faulty hoses or connectors. Flue pipes: If your appliance is vented externally, flue pipes should be checked for damage. Holes or loose-fitting joints require immediate attention. If your flue needs servicing, call a licensed gasfitter to have it cleaned or repaired. Ventilation: For all indoor heaters, ensure your home is well ventilated and vent sources are unobstructed. Barbecues and patio heaters should only be used outside with adequate ventilation.

Used properly, well-maintained natural gas appliances are a safe, cost-effective and efficient source of energy for your home. To find out more, visit yourgas.com.au

A worm farm is a fantastic way to minimise food waste by turning your organic kitchen waste into nutrient-rich fertiliser for your plants and soils.

Worms eat organic waste and turn it into liquid fertiliser and worm castings (the organic material that has been digested by the worms). Both of these products can be used on your garden and on your pot plants to keep them thriving.

You can use worm liquid to replace fertiliser. The liquid needs to be diluted until it is the colour of weak tea. This mixture won’t burn your plants. You could bottle your excess liquid and give it as a gift with instructions on how to use it.

Composting is another great way to reduce organic waste and improve soils.

Turn your organic waste into a free source of garden fertiliser and soil improver Reduce waste going to landfill

Available in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials (metal, concrete, polythene or fibreglass), rainwater tanks are essential in many regional parts of Australia and can be just as useful in urban areas, helping to: Provide water for flushing toilets, washing clothes and the pool. Reduce your water consumption. Reduce your water bills. Reduce stormwater on roads, drainage infrastructure, creeks, streams and beaches. Reduce contaminants in our waterways. Reduce the amount of sewage discharged to the ocean or rivers. Irrigate your garden during periods of drought.