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Be careful about what goes down your drain to keep you away from calling a plumber.  Here are some ways to treat and prevent these issues using you already have at home.

From time to time pour a little bleach into the sink and let it sit for at least an hour before you run down water in the sink. Use drain screens to keep hair, soap scum, and other solids from making their way into the drain. Clean the sink stoppers regularly. Never dump paint, paint thinners, and other chemicals down the drains. Avoid pouring down the drain cold water. This will keep the grease and oil             in solid state. Never pour grease down the drain, and clean greasy pots and pans as thoroughly as possible with a paper towel before cleaning in hot water in the sink. Pour boiling hot water down your drains once a week. This will help to melt and flush away oils and grease.
Children tend to climb on furniture to get closer to something they can’t reach.  That’s why we need to secure all our furniture to prevent from injuries, or worst, death. Televisions should only be placed on furniture designed to hold them, and must be anchored to the wall or a TV stand that is out of reach of the child. When unplug, tuck the cords away to keep children from pulling on them. Place heavier things on the bottom of the furniture. Use straps and brackets to secure your TV. Install furniture with anti-tip devices. Remove fun things (such as toys…) that might tempt kids to climb. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to secure TVs and furniture properly.

Staining wood floor is not difficult as we may think.  We can do it at home by ourselves.

 

Materials:

 

stain paint tray paint stirrer mop floor sander clean rags

 

 

Steps:

 

Sand Floors

Prepare the floors by sanding and remove all sawdust thoroughly.

Mop the Floors

Use a wet mop or wet rag to remove the specks of dust and grains completely, and allow to dry for at least 30 minutes.  This will cause the wood to better accept the stain.

Test the Stain

Test the stain in a unnoticeable area of the floor or on a sample piece of wood before applying it to the entire floor.

Apply The Stain

Apply the stain with a rag, sponge or an applicator. Make sure it is applied evenly and watch for drops and pooling.  Work from one side to the other.   Let dry completely per the stain’s instructions.

Remove Excess Stain

Wait for at least at least 10 minutes to allow the stain to soak into the wood, then wipe out some excess stain.

Add Protective Coating

The stain only adds color or tone to the wood but does not protect the wood. Add a layer of polyurethane or another protection over the finished stain to protect the wood.

Allow To Dry

Let everything to set and dry completely before adding furniture or anything into the space.

 

We do agree with this believe that a happy, beautiful home is a source of confidence and joy in people’s lives. Thinking a new home decoration might stressful in you are boring, to create the ideal interior, you just need to know a few simple tricks. There is no need to begin a drastic repair or make a dramatic rearrangement. T he best part? Those minor updates are usually inexpensive and require practically no effort to complete.

Mirrors give the illusion of space

A colorful print on curtains can refresh any room

Hang curtains closer to the ceiling to create the illusion of large windows

Try to hide annoying wires

Easily build a bed canopy using curtain rods

Use drawers to increase storage space

Dark colors make a ceiling look higher

Hide a bed behind curtains

Play with colors to get the illusion of a high ceiling

Cover outlets and switches with colorful cases

Pests can be found everywhere, and they are annoying.  They are high risk to our health as they carry dangerous diseases.      There are different products you can buy in the market to rid these pests, but most of them are not effective and are containing dangerous chemicals. With simple and easy remedy, you can get rid of them naturally and effectively and budget friendly.        Just simply pour in a spray bottle: 1/2 cup of shampoo, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, and 1/2 cup of vinegar. Shake it well, then spray the solution where the roaches and mosquitoes frequently stay.  You can spray this solution everywhere in your home as it’s not dangerous for the family and pets.

House cleaning tools and equipment are one of the essentials in the house.  But, sometimes after cleaning, we easily forget to clean the tools.  Making a habit of cleaning and maintaining them regularly will keep your tools increase the service life, as well as the performance of the equipment.  This will also save you money from having to replace them quickly.

 

Broom and dustpan 

The best way to clean the broom is to comb the bristles regularly.

Occasionally, wash the entire broom and dustpan with a mild dish soap and water to keep it clean. Pat the tool dry or allow it to air dry afterward.

 

Store your broom off of the ground. Be sure to hang your broom against a wall or from a ceiling. Storing the broom on its bristles will result to a bent and split bristles.

 

 

Vacuum cleaner.  A vacuum cleaner needs more frequent maintenance.

 

Clean the the bag or canister on a vacuum cleaned and empty.

Be sure to clean the air filter.  Every few uses the vacuum cleaner’s air filter should be cleaned.

Clean the brush roll.  It easily becomes wrapped in hair and other long fibers. This hair and debris can be removed with your fingers.

 

Mop heads, cleaning cloths and rags.  All of these items can be cleaned by using a detergent or hot water and vinegar to sanitize. Be sure to air dry before storing.

 

 

Sponges.  These sponges can quickly become covered with bacteria.  Soak the sponges in a mild bleach solution, or for most bacteria reduction use an undiluted vinegar.

Add a decor to your house with these easy to maintain plants.

Large plants that grow inside your house will surely catch attention and add a green touch to your space.

 

Schefflera (umbrella plant)

It can grow between 4 to 6 feet tall.  This tropical shrub can tolerate a little bit of direct sun. Most professional growers prune this plant to increase growth and to have a better look.  It is easy to maintain, though it requires a large pot to grow.  Good light without direct sunlight will give you the best result for this plant.

 

Fiddle-leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)

A native to western Africa.  These grow up to 5 feet tall and grows best in lowland tropical rainforest. Plant this in a bright indirect sunlight.  Let the soil dry completely before watering it.

 

Ponytail Palm

An eye-catching houseplant that doesn’t require a lot of watering, it can go for weeks. It holds a lot of moisture in its bulbous trunk.  Placing this plant in a  bright light spot will help it grow more healthy.  You should let the soil dry completely before watering.

 

Common Fig (Ficus carica)

A native to the Middle East and Western Asia.  It is now widely grown throughout the world.  Provided with enough sunlight, this plant can bear fruit.  It can grow to 7 to 10 meters.

 

Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana)

A Native to Lord Howe Island (Australia).  This plant does not need pruning or repotting.  Even those who don’t have a green thumb can grow this because it is easy to maintain.  It also doesn’t need a lot of watering, only when the soil feels dry. It is seen most often in offices.  Place this plant in an area where it can receive indirect sunlight.

 

Croton (Codiaeum)

It can grow as big as 10 feet tall, have variegated leaves with shades of red, yellow and green.  This plant needs a very bright light location to keep their bright colors.  It needs a location with higher humidity.

Save money for your gift wraps by recycling and using inexpensive crafts.     Scrap Wrapping Papers Don”t throw your scraps! Wrap your gift in a plain paper.  Wrap the strips vertically around the box, leaving a little space in between each.  Then, wrap the strips around the box horizontally.  Weave each strip in and out of the vertical strips, alternating over and under. Repeat until you create a woven effect and you have reach you desire width. Musical The “Jingle Bells” sheet music used to create an amazing gift wrap.  Karen Bartolomei of Grapevine used the “Jingle Bells” sheet music; she enlarged it on a copier, and printed it onto thick paper.  For finishing touches she added some ornaments. Elegant Gift Bag By adding simple embellishments, ordinary brown paper bags are transformed into elegant wrappings. Lace ribbons through two small holes in the flap of a bag, then tie a millinery fruit into the knot. Vintage-feel wrap Vintage-look papers, buttons and lace brown ribbons make great handcrafted packages. Mix Tape Plain Kraft paper is dressed up with colorful masking tapes, and then the frayed striped drinking straws used as a topper. Sweet idea Plain paper, folded cupcake liners and twine go together for a simple but unusual wrap.  Use different sizes of cupcake liners.
You don’t have a disco ball for your party?    This easy to make disco ball will save your money, and surely your party will shine. You will need: Glue Large Balloon Newspapers 2 Bowls (1 for mixing glue and water, and another 1 to hold the balloon) Cover your table with some newspapers to protect from any glue spills. Tear the newspapers into strips then put to one side. Blow up the balloon and place in a bowl. Mix glue and some water in the second bowl.  If you think it’s too thick just add some.  Mix well. Dip the newspaper strips into glue mixture then squeeze off excess. Smooth strips onto balloon.  Repeat this process three times until the whole balloon is covered. Leave to dry overnight. Poop the balloon and remove it from the center.  Leave a hole for hanging. Add more layers to get the required thickness and strength.  Reinforce the top of the ball with several extra layers. Paint the entire ball gray or black (or any color you would prefer}.  Allow to dry completely, Begin applying the mirror tiles using glue.  Make a straight row of the tiles around the middle of the ball.  Keep adding rows until it reach the top and the bottom
To make a beaded Christmas angel;  First, you have to put seed beads and medium crystal beads in safety pins.  You could easily make these with larger pins (gold or silver).  You could also use different colored beads. Cut a piece of thin wire (bendable wire), make a loop on one end to stop beads falling off as you thread. String the safety pins in a wire with alternate large crystal beads and medium pearls. Continue to string alternating beads and safety pins, making sure that all the safety pins are around the same way. Make a circle of the wire so that skirt will be formed, then twist the free wire ends around itself to secure them, and trim off the excess. Cut a thin wire, string this piece through the other end of each of the safety pins to create the top of the skirt.  Again, twist the ends of the wire to secure and trim the excess. Cut a long piece of super thin wire (for the wings and hands). Loop this piece through the skirt so you have about half  on each side.  Put a large crystal bead onto one side of the wire, then thread the other end of the wire through the bead the other way around so that the bead sits across the top of the skirt to form the body. String seed beads onto each piece of wire and bend to form the wings. Onto each wire string an oval bead, a seed bead, another oval bead and a seed bead.  Fold the wire back around through the first three beads to form the arms.  Loop the wire once around the base of the wings so that the wire points upward. Thread both pieces of wire through the extra large pearl bead for the head. On top of the head, add crystal seed beads for the halo. Twist the wire to secure. Loop the wire for hanging and trim the excess.  Here it is!  You have just made an adorable beaded angel!