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Cleaning Tips - 100 Home Cleaning Hacks for Every Room!

Housework is the bane of everyone’s existence! Unfortunately, for most of us, it’s something that must be done.

Everyone knows that a clean home is essential for the health and safety of our families, providing protection from the outside world, restoring our energy, bringing comfort and creating lifelong memories.

Thanks to the internet, people from all over the world are always sharing their favourite time-saving hacks for maintaining a clean and well-organised home. We have collected 100 of these home cleaning and organisation hacks and displayed them here to save you time.

Easy to Follow Tips To Lounge Area Perfection

Transform your living room into a cosy and comfy haven with clever tips and tricks that are sure to make you feel welcomed and relaxed.

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Fend Off Food Stains and More Dining Room Cleaning Tips

The dining room is both a place of nourishment and social connection. Make your dining room the place where your family want to be and share their day.

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Bedroom Cleaning Tips for A Good Night's Sleep

Ever tried to function properly on a poor night's sleep? Create healthy sleeping habits by keeping the bedroom a clutter-free and conducive to sleep.

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Keep Your Kitchen Tidy and Other Tips

End the mental anguish brought on by a cluttered kitchen and master the secret culinary hacks practised by master chefs for decades.

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Bathroom Cleaning Tips From The Pros

The bathroom is the most well-used room in the house and a breeding ground for all kinds of nasty germs! Here are some tips to transform your bathroom the freshen up it deserves.

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Expert Guides for an Effortless Laundy room Room Cleanup

How to create a laundry that can cope with anything from stains and spillages, to other clean up crises in the home.

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Study Room Cleaning and Organising Tips

A cluttered workspace quickly saps productivity! Create a study space that inspires your best work.

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How to Have a Clutter-proof Garage and More

The garage is often the go-to place to store the clutter you remove from your house. Here’s how to organise the garage into more than just an overcrowded storage space!

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Yard and Garden Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

The garden should be the crowning glory of your home. It's the part of the house that often creates the first impression while at the same time offers much-needed relief from pollution.

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Easy to Follow Tips To Lounge Area Perfection

Whether for movie marathons, hours of video gaming, entertaining guests, or for that much-needed space to relax in some peace and quiet to lose ourselves in a good book, the lounge or living room is a vital hub in the home.

A lot of quality time is spent by the whole family spends in the lounge area, so it's important to keep it neat, healthy and organised. It’s also the place where you make an awesome impression as you entertain guests, business partners and throw the occasional party.

Think about it, dead skin and body oils on the cushions, crumbs and spilt drinks on the sofa, and even the remnants of Friday night pizza stuck in between the couch cushions! To add to that, there are coffee stains, stacks of books and magazines smothering the table top, not to mention the keys and insane numbers of remote controls that you have no idea, what they are used for littered around. The sight is enough to make anybody cringe!

From choosing the best pieces of furniture, carpeting and rugs to having everything clean and neatly organised, it hardly seems that the lounge room is a relaxing prospect to take on. Fortunately for you, we have compiled some of the best tips out on the internet to help you achieve lounge perfection without too much pain and anguish. So read on because we got you covered!

Cleaning Hacks to Put the Shine Back in Your Living Room

When friends and guests drop by your place to visit, your living room is most likely the first corner of the house they’ll see, and for some people, the first impression is important and lasting, so it’s hardly surprising that...

most of us go out of our way to make our living rooms look clean, inviting and comfortable. And free of hard-to-ignore blemishes, if possible. Keeping your living room clean and looking great is no easy task, as it is essentially an area where most decorative items are placed, requiring regular care and maintenance. For people on the go who have multiple priorities to keep track of, such time-consuming upkeep may not always be the best option. One to way optimise your time is to use time-saving cleaning hacks that will help you make your living room look great and stylish without tiring yourself out in the process. For example, dusty blinds, drab curtains, and stained porcelain dishes can be made to look like new using simple homemade remedies; wood floor scratches can be dealt with easily using a variety of simple fixes. Afterwards, you can also improve the ambience of your living room (and other parts of the house) by placing DIY fragrance bowls, reed diffusers or vases of flowers in the room.

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Use Baking Soda to Give Your Fabric Sofa a New Lease on Life

Do you have a fabric sofa, which still looks fine but is starting to give off an embarrassing odour and is getting increasingly harder to ignore as time goes on? Great news! You don’t have to give up on it just yet...

there’s still a way for you to salvage your treasured sofa with a homemade remedy that won’t necessarily burn through your wallet. All you need is lots of baking soda, which has excellent absorption properties, and a vacuum cleaner. First, sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda on your couch; let it stay for an hour before vacuuming it all off. For best results, you can follow this up by applying a generous coating of an odour-eliminating scent and wait until all the moisture dries up (which can take hours). Until then, the sofa should be off-limits to everyone.

Lesson: Always have baking soda on hand for emergencies like this; also note that if you’re not satisfied with the results, you can always call in professional help.

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Banish Unsightly Marks from Your Wood Furniture with These Homemade Remedies

Visible marks (water rings, white marks, stains, etc.) on the floor, table, desk, cabinets, or coffee table can be an unsightly – in some way, a mute and constant reminder of one’s...

own carelessness and lack of foresight if left unattended for too long. It’s a good thing that there’s an array of simple remedies for that.

Fortunately, there are multiple solutions to deal with this annoying little problem. There is a quick fix for those ugly discolourations, which can be attributed to pizza boxes, wet bottles and soda cans, glasses, bowls, or any other hot or cold item that have been left to stand (unwiped!) on the wood surface for far too long. The key to these quick fixes is that you don’t necessarily have to search far and wide to get hold of the things you will need for this task. You can make use of common household substances such as baking soda, oil-vinegar mixture, or mayonnaise, or you can simply use a hairdryer by holding it over the affected area at low heat setting.

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Organising Tips for A Clutter-free Living Room

A clean and well-organised living room is a pleasure to come home to, regardless of how your day went. However, this busy area can get cluttered pretty quickly, so now and then a serious effort to declutter...

and clean would be necessary to turn your living room into an oasis of calm and serenity.

One way to keep things streamlined is to place your electronic appliances and devices (TV, music systems, players, recorders, DVDs, CDs, etc.) in the same area with their attendant wires/cables, adaptors, and remote controls. This minimises their intrusive presence (e.g., inside a custom coffee table or designated cabinet) when not in use. Make use of bookcases, storage drawers, ottomans, as well as decorative chests and boxes/baskets as containers for books, magazines, toys, accessories, and other items. Designate a mail centre where all mail, bills, receipts, flyers, etc. are kept and sorted, recycle junk mail promptly. (Check out Ideal Home for more details on how to pull this off.)

Also, try to make an effort to reduce the clutter at regular intervals (daily, if possible) so items don’t pile up to an unmanageable degree and eventually dissuade you from doing the task altogether.

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Three Ways to Deodorise Your Carpet

We want our homes to look good and be a great place to live in, but this can be a bit difficult to achieve when musty-smelling carpets keep ruining the atmosphere. It’s a good thing that there are several remedies that you can try to tackle this “smelly” problem...

Firstly, let's look at what causes carpets to smell in the first place. Carpet odours can stem from several causes. Fortunately, for every potential cause, there is a corresponding specific solution. For example, one likely source of the unpleasant smell is your pet(s). For this type of problem, one can use a pet odour remover (e.g., E-Pet Odour Eliminator), then follow it up by pouring club soda on target surfaces and using a carpet cleaning machine to round the finish the job. Another likely culprit is smoke odour, for which baking soda (followed by vacuuming) is recommended. As for mildewy carpets, first you must dry out the carpet by installing a dehumidifier, heat pump or ventilation system in the room and then use floor fans (angled downwards) to help speed up the process. After drying, lightly spray the carpets with a vinegar solution; then wait for it to dry.

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Have A Small-ish Living Room? here's How to Get Around That

Don’t let having a small-ish living room get you down. If your living room feels a bit cramped at the moment, there’s a way to work around that. Here are several design tips as well as furniture layout ideas to help...

you make the most of what you have to get that spacious feeling without having to spend a small fortune on renovations or hefty new purchases.

You can make your small living room feel a bit roomier through the judicious use of mirrors and wallpapers. While you’re at it, consider ditching your full-size and bulky furniture and opt for smaller, versatile ones instead; specifically, use those (ottomans, benches, coffee tables) with built-in storage. If your living room happens to have a high ceiling, take advantage of this by stacking artwork and wall decors vertically to give off the impression that the room is larger and grander than it is. Plants also offer a great way to add depth and a dash of colour in your living room. Note that plants work particularly well when placed in corners and beside or behind chairs and sofas.

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Remove Animal Hair from Carpets and Furniture with a Squeegee

If you own an air conditioner (AC), you know they can be an absolute godsend during hot, scorching summers. However, you might be making one (or several) of these mistakes without being aware of it and unknowingly ...

jeopardising your family’s health and hiking your electricity bill in the process.

How does this happen? Mostly through negligence or ignorance, it turns out. If you have forgotten or chosen not to have your AC filters cleaned or changed regularly (change filters at least once every 3 months), then the ball is in your court. This becomes even more of an issue if you are using your AC system continuously. Other mistakes include not having your AC units serviced annually, not taking full advantage of fans, lack of programmable thermostats, setting your thermostat too low, poor positioning of thermostat or vents, an absence of blinds or curtains, and cooling empty or unoccupied rooms.

Having your ACs cleaned regularly will not only lower your electricity bills (a grimy filter can increase your AC bill by 5–15%), it will also make them more effective and efficient (and thus lengthen their service life), and — more importantly — safer for your health.

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Picking The Right Sofa for The Living Room

Picking out the right upholstery for your living room is an important decision for which several factors should be considered. Aside from budget issues and personal preferences, other considerations — dimensions, family...

needs, quality, style, comfort, and cleanability — should be kept in mind, too.

The living room is a multipurpose area where family members usually gather to indulge in R&R and other activities, and like most family-oriented rooms its focal point is typically anchored on the couch. So picking the right upholstery is crucial when setting up your living room, and generally the choice comes down to leather or fabric. Carefully consider the dimensions of the couch in relation to the room size as well as your family’s needs, quality, style (how it matches or accentuates the rest of your room decor), and comfort level. And because it is likely the largest furniture in the room, another important issue is where to place it (balance, traffic patterns, space).

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Fend Off Food Stains and More Dining Room Cleaning Tips

Whether building from the ground up or buying a new house, a good number of people tend to put great emphasis on the dining area. Where it's located in the house, the size of the dining area and even the design and pieces of furniture is of great concern. And rightly so! The dining room is more than just a place where your family and friends eat; it's also a key place where your family can sit down at the end of the day and share how their day went.

The dining room always receives a great deal of traffic. From everyday mealtime with the family to occasional visitors, the dining area can become untidy very quickly. Given the amount of food and drink that goes through the dining area, it's not surprising that grease stains, food crumbs, spilt drinks, and stale, pungent odours are a frequent occurrence in the dining room.

There are ways to keep the dining room tidy and fresh, and there are ways that can make matters worse, that even with professional help, are beyond salvage. Here are some articles to help you effectively clean and organise your dining room to keep it looking its best for many years to come!

How to Remove Salsa from Wool Carpet

Bare floors in the dining room, especially large ones, look drab and sparse. As if there's a hole that sorely needs to be filled. You’ll feel this cold emptiness especially at your feet where the floor’s cool temperature...

transfers up your feet and legs. You can add some warmth, literally and figuratively, to your dinner time by installing carpet. There are a number of carpet materials to choose from. Avoid delicate materials and opt for more durable carpet materials, such as wool or solution dyed nylon. In dining rooms, carpet is often frequently be exposed to accidental spills and crumbs. So what do you do if your prized wool carpet gets splashed with your favourite salsa? Don’t panic; it’s not the end of the world! Keep calm and follow this quick salsa cleanup guide to salvage your precious wool carpet.

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Declutter Your Dining Table

It starts with the small things: car keys left on the table, mail, the morning paper, books and magazines, cell phones and laptops and pretty soon the dining table is completely overrun by needless clutter! A cluttered...

dining table may seem overwhelming, but with a bit of determination, you’ll be able to regain your dining space.

Start by determining which items do not belong there and return each item to its rightful home. A key and coat rack by the door may prevent them from landing in the dining area. Mail should be sifted and put away immediately. Consider installing a side table by the wall to house phones, tablets, laptops and untidy charging cables. Books should be returned to shelves while antiquated magazines need to be recycled. Just following the simple logic of everything having a proper place is a good start to make your dining experience a non-cluttered event.

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Removing Red Cordial from Carpet

Your kids are running around the dining room with red cordial in their hands. It doesn’t take a genius to predict what happens next. They slip, trip or just flat out throw a cup of red cordial on your lovely...

dining room carpet. The food colouring in red cordial is notorious for leaving permanent stains on carpets if not treated right away. You will have to act quickly to have the best chance of removing the stain. This trick significantly reduces the impact of the stain and makes it easier for a professional carpet cleaner to remove the stain completely.

First, you need to soak up as much of the red cordial as possible. Do this by placing a thick towel over the stain until you don’t see any more transfer. Rinse with cold water and blot dry. Apply some stain remover like Electrodry’s Electro 3 spot and stain remover. Repeat until there is only a faint stain left.

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Homemade Cleaning Polish For Wood Dining Room Furniture

Installing a window in the dining area adds a new dimension to mealtime, adding an airy, spacious feeling to each meal. Many people, sadly, tend to neglect their windows and just give them a token clean every...

once in a while. Especially during the harsh winter months, windows are a forgotten portion of a house. This neglect can make windows cloudy and murky, significantly cutting down the amount of natural light that comes in.

Commercial window cleaners are loaded a large number of toxic chemicals which may be jeopardising your health, harsh on certain finishings in the home and bad for the environment. You can battle window dirt and grime using safe and easy to make cleaning solutions that can also be used to remove mould and mildew. All you need is some vinegar, rubbing alcohol (or vodka), cornstarch, distilled water, essential oils, and a bit of good old elbow grease. And you’ll get that dining room window sparkling in no time.

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5 Best Essential Oils to Repel Common Bugs and Insects

Ants, flies, fleas, cockroaches, and mosquitoes in the dining room? Ugh! No! The dining room is simply no place for these pesky critters! But how do you get rid of unwanted house pests?...

Chemical insecticides and repellents should have no place in the dining room, as they leave a nasty toxic scent in the air, not to mention potentially harmful residues. One way to keep pests at bay is by keeping the dining room clean and tidy after every meal. Wipe up food spills, sweep or vacuum crumbs from the floor, and put away used linen.

Even the strictest dining room cleaning regimen is not a foolproof way to keep pests away. Harness the natural repelling power of plants through essential oils! The pleasing aromatic essence of plants can be used to fight off a variety of insects, depending on the oil used. They can be sprayed, placed in a bowl of water, a diffuser, or absorbed in balls of cotton.

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Why You Always Need Vodka in Your Dining Room

Aside from making a mean martini and other favourite party cocktails, vodka has found its way into the elite circle of natural cleaners, alongside the ever popular vinegar and baking soda. Vodka is probably a more versatile, yet...

potent cleaner able to cut and remove grease and oil, remove stains, deodorise, refresh fabrics, linen and carpets and is also a very powerful disinfectant.

Especially in the dining room, chemical cleaners, disinfectants, and air freshener should be banned throughout the world! Not only do they leave a nasty lingering odour; they also contaminate the surfaces of dining tables and chairs with toxic particles that could end up in our food. Yuck!

Vodka, on the other hand, is natural and biodegradable. It’s safe to ingest; some even drink it by the bottle! So even if you’re not a big drinker, you should always have vodka in your dining room.

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Make Dining Room Windows Sparkle With a DIY Cleaning Solution

Installing a window in the dining area adds a new dimension to mealtime. Everything feels airy, spacious and refreshing. Many people, sadly, tend to neglect their windows and just give them a token once over every...

once in awhile. Especially during harsh winter months, windows are a forgotten portion of a house. This neglect can make windows cloudy and murky, significantly cutting down the amount of natural light that comes in.

Commercial window cleaners are loaded with so many toxic chemicals that using them consistently is not good for you, your home, or the environment. But you can battle window dirt and grime using safe and easy to make cleaning solutions that can also be used to remove mould and mildew. All you need is some vinegar, rubbing alcohol (or vodka), cornstarch, distilled water, essential oils, and a bit of good old elbow grease. And you’ll get that dining room window sparkling in no time.

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Layout Tips for Small Dining Rooms

Space is a commodity that seems to be in short supply in many homes these days. As humans, we are very adept at creatively maximising our living in even the smallest of spaces. A small dining room is considered to be tougher ...

to plan, design and layout compared to a compact bedroom or living room, requiring a bit more imagination to pull off. But when you do, it’ll be an amazing feat!

Start off by drawing a simple layout of the dining area and draw where you want things to be placed. Measure the room and take note of how big the pieces of furniture need to be to fit the space. Remember to allow for movement. Consider placing the table by the window to give it a more airy and open feel. Light, neutral coloured walls will help as will mirrors to make the room seem larger. Compact and transparent furniture also helps to give the dining area a greater sense of space.

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Refresh Dining Room Carpets and Rugs With Baking Soda and Essential Oils

Carpets and rugs are highly recommended by some experts as they trap dirt, pollen, and allergens and contribute to healthier indoor air. In the dining room, rugs and carpets are...

more prone to collecting accidental spills and food crumbs. This is why it’s important to not only clear the table after every meal but to vacuum the carpet as well.

Regular vacuuming, however, may not be enough to rid carpet smell but shampooing them all the time is not the best idea either as the water and chemical detergent may seep down into the baseboards potentially causing permanent damage to the carpet. Instead, a simple solution of baking soda and essential oils is a quick and effective way to eliminate carpet odour. Just sprinkle it on the carpet, leave it to sit for a few hours and then vacuum thoroughly. Yes, it’s that simple! The baking soda will absorb and neutralise the odours while the essential oils will add a pleasant aroma to your dining room.

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Chic Polyester Chairs

You’ve finally found the one dinner table to rule them all! Your kids love it, and that solid slab is just the sort of thing to withstand their abuse. Now, you’ll need good chairs to go along with your dining table. Hopefully...

something that is elegant, resilient to staining, and easy to clean. And that distinction goes to polyester.

Wait, what? Polyester? Yep, gone are the days when polyester was a rough and tough affair that won’t garner any second looks. Polyester has come a long way and is quickly becoming a chic dining chair option. Of course, picking the right dining chair involves more than just the fabric, you also need to consider height, whether to go with armchairs or not, but whatever design choice you make, you can be assured that there’s one that comes in polyester. Once your dining set is complete, you need to make sure they’re clean and well maintained.

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Sleep Tight (and Right) with These Nifty Bedroom Hacks

Unlike other rooms in the house where utility and multiple priorities are streamlined to serve a more unified function, bedrooms are areas where personal preferences are given free rein. Your bedroom is your own designated territory within the house, a place where your identity is unquestioned and your choices are the only ones that matter. Depending on the family circumstances (size, the age of family members, and economic resources), a typical dwelling unit usually has several bedrooms, each one reflecting the outlook and character of its inhabitants. So, the last thing you should expect is for these rooms to have the same exact needs, looks, and level of cleaning required.

As a rule, bedrooms don’t receive a lot of traffic but are often used for longer time periods by their occupants. As such, the rule of thumb is to expect the unexpected especially when you’re dealing with children’s bedrooms, because these are high-maintenance areas where many “messy” incidents can happen (food spills, vomit, pee, pet stains, etc.) and mess can ensue in the blink of an eye.

Because the bedroom is our sanctuary, we do our best to make them as clean and safe as possible, and to create a restful and comfortable atmosphere. It’s not something that you can easily achieve overnight, but here are several articles to help you navigate your way towards a clean, well-organised, and comfortable bedroom.

Keep Your Home Smelling Great with DIY Reed Diffuser Room

Keep your home (especially your bathrooms and bedrooms) smelling fresh and clean by making your own reed diffuser using natural ingredients. It’s time to throw out those commercial chemical-based air...

fresheners and make use of homemade reed diffusers and essential oils to perfume certain areas of your house – such as bathrooms, closets, litter box areas, shoe racks – with therapeutic aromas.

Reed diffusers are safe, cleaner and better alternatives to synthetic fresheners because they don’t contain aerosol, don’t radiate smoke or heat, don’t leave wax or ash behind, and will keep your house smelling fresh for at least 3 months. As a bonus, they also add to the decor. To make your own diffusers, you are going to need the following: reeds (which can be bought online), a funnel or bottle, essential oils, carrier oil, and vodka. For the optimal essential oils/carrier oil combination, it is recommended to use a 70% essential oils/30% carrier oil blend. Begin by mixing the carrier oil, essential oils and vodka (in a bottle or funnel); swirl the mixture gently. Place reeds in the bottle and leave them for about 1 hour; next, flip the reeds, so the dry ends are now immersed in the oil. Note: Keep flipping the reeds every week continually until it’s time to replace both reeds and mixture (when there’s no more scent).

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Extend The Life of Your Pillows With This Easy Trick

Unfortunately, pillows do not last forever. After some time, used pillows will start showing the unmistakable signs of ageing: wrinkles and lumps, discolouration (yellow stains), frayed edges, and a musty...

smell. But even as you try to delay the inevitable, you know there’s only one way this is all going to end – those once fluffy, immaculate-looking pillows are on their way out.

But hang on. There’s no need to give up on these pillows just yet. There is a way to extend their shelf life (as long as they’re washable) — and save a few bucks in the process — if you follow this simple hack. First, note that this easy restoration job requires the following: laundry detergent, powdered dishwasher detergent, bleach (or its alternative), borax.

Start the process by soaking your pillows in hot water. Then, in a large pot of hot water, blend all ingredients until they are dissolved thoroughly and pour the solution into the washer (or wherever the pillows are soaked); leave for 30 minutes. Next, wash the pillows (full wash cycle) and thoroughly dry them.

For a more detailed description of the rescue process, let Jillie’s account take you every step of the way.

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How To Deal With Mould Spots in Your Bedroom

There is nothing more alarming than finding grey or black mould spots in your room, but how do you combat them? Mould can pose a serious health issue and should be dealt with...

as soon as possible. There are many mould experts out there who would be glad to help you deal with your mould problem. They will also willingly tell you what do and what NOT to do to ensure that mould doesn’t appear in your house in the future.

Lastly, if you’re curious about the source of this problem, note that there are two common causes: airborne moisture (warm moisture-laden air interacting with a cool ceiling, causing condensation, which then leads to mould growth) and liquid moisture (e.g., plumbing failures, roof leaks).

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Organize Your Way to A Clutter-Free Bedroom

Your bedroom is your domain, your sanctuary, a place to relax, reflect, and recharge so you can be ready for the next day’s grind. So it goes without saying that you would want an environment that’s as conducive to...

rest as possible. Get into the right mindset by removing unnecessary clutter and organising your stuff will minimise stress and stimulants that might ruin your chances for a good night’s sleep.

Clutter often starts with small things: car keys left on the table, mail, the morning paper, books and magazines, cell phones and laptops and pretty soon the bedroom table is completely covered by needless clutter! A cluttered bedroom table may seem overwhelming, but with a bit of determination, you’ll be able to reclaim your bedroom space.

First, think minimalism when it comes to furniture and decor (too many knick-knacks and furniture can make your room look smaller). If possible, keep your work out of the bedroom; if you have to work at home occasionally, designate a separate place for that. Avoid hoarding. Reorder your wardrobe; keep only those items (clothing, shoes, jewellery, bags, etc.) that you need, and give away, sell, or donate the rest. Avoid piling and draping clothes where they shouldn’t be – either hang them up or put them in your laundry basket. Keep your shoes on a shoe rack or in their boxes. Consider utilising the space under your bed for extra storage or make use of bare walls for shelves.

For a more restful sleep, make sure that your mattress and carpets are cleaned thoroughly. The same applies to your curtains, bed linens, and window blinds. You might also to want keep certain plants in your room – they’re great air purifiers and fabulous as ornamental add-ons.

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Give Your Mattress The TLC It Deserves With These Hacks

A good firm mattress is a key to getting a good night’s sleep. This is because it directly impacts on your spinal cord and sleeping alignment. If you fail to take this into account, you could end up with back pain when...

you wake up, which in turn could have an unpleasant impact on the rest of your day. As such, it makes sense to invest in a good quality mattress and make sure that it’s well cared for throughout its shelf life.

To ensure that your mattress enjoys a long shelf life, take note of this list of useful hacks from Homebliss to minimise the chances of damage to your mattress. It also offers suggestions on how to deal with spills (which can occur with surprising regularity when you have young children, teenagers, and pets in the house) and how to care for your mattress.

Another way to ensure that your mattress is thoroughly clean and safe for use is to have it cleaned by a professional cleaning service like Electrodry every once in a while because regardless of how well or how often you clean your mattress, it’s likely that you may have missed a few spots.

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Simple Hacks To Organise Your Bedroom Closet

Your closet needs to be a place of joy and celebration of who you are now — not who you were. Stacy London “A well-organised closet is a nice thing to behold — orderly and colourful...

(or just plain utilitarian), with neat, well-demarcated lines and well-constructed partitions and drawers, which tell you exactly where each piece of your wardrobe should go.” It’s one of the first things you check as you prepare to reconnect with the rest of the world, making a visual sweep of what you have and deciding what to wear — like picking the right type of armour before going off to battle. For those with limited closet space, the challenge is how to put every square inch of space to good use without making a jumbled mess.

Awesome Inventions has drawn up a list of helpful tips to help you organise your closet (and thereby optimise the space available to you). From tiny cubbies placed inside a closet (for your shoes) and multipurpose hangers (for scarves, ties, belts, and shawls) to utilising picture frames from which to hang your sunglasses and costume jewellery. They also recommend putting in pull-out shelves, racks (for pants), a metal shoe organiser, built-in ironing board (if you don’t have a laundry), labels on boxes and drawers, as well as a pegboard (for bags, purses, accessories) for easier navigation.

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Space Saving Hacks for Small Bedrooms

Just because you have a small bedroom doesn’t mean you have to make do with a crowded, messy room, cramming every available centimetre of space with your stuff. Here are several tips to help you make the best use of...

the space that’s available to you.

Start by choosing a bed frame and/or a headboard that can accommodate drawers for extra storage space. Shelves – overhead, floating, stacking, or wall shelves – will help you save space and organise your things; you can also place a shelf above your door. For other types of furniture, pick out those – ottoman, benches, desks, etc. – that can multitask as storage containers. If you do need a desk but don’t have enough space for it, consider a fold-down desk which takes up minimal space.

Make use of bare walls and corners by placing a clothes rack in these areas. Optimise your closet space with pegs, racks, and hooks for your coats, pants, bags, shoes, belts, ties, etc. Place inserts inside your drawers to keep your things neat and organised.

Additionally, a hanging laundry hamper behind your bedroom door, and woven/fabric baskets as containers for your miscellaneous clutter can help you to make more space.

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Keep Your Bedroom Clean With These Clever Eco-friendly hacks

In the face of a near-constant onslaught from dust bunnies, food stains, pet hair, and a lingering smell that over time your nose has become desensitised to, your bedroom may no longer be as clean as it once was. Solving your problem...

in one fell swoop by using strong but potentially harmful chemicals may be tempting (after all they are fast-acting, convenient, and easily obtained), but before you go down that track, you should consider the safer and less expensive alternatives that also allow you to achieve similar results.

These eco-friendly hacks include using all-natural, homemade DIY solutions to clean and address specific areas in your room. You want your bedroom to smell fresh and clean? Blend a bunch of essential oils and spray the mixture inside your room instead of using artificial fresheners. Likewise, you can also give your dusty blinds and radiator a thorough clean-up using common household items (water, vinegar, hangers, old socks). If your mattress and carpets are beginning to look a little tired, you can revitalise them with natural disinfectants (baking soda, vodka, lemons, water, etc.). Meanwhile, toothpaste is a great way to remove stubborn watermarks! Likewise, an eraser can be used rub out scuffs on white walls and oily marks on your light switches.

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Common Mistakes We Make With Our Airconditioners

If you own an air conditioner (AC), you know they can be an absolute godsend during hot, scorching summers. However, you might be making one (or several) of these mistakes without being aware of it and unknowingly ...

jeopardising your family’s health and hiking up your power bill in the process.

How does this happen? Mostly through negligence or ignorance, it turns out. If you have forgotten or chosen not to have your AC filters cleaned or changed regularly (change filters at least once every 3 months), then the ball is in your court. This becomes even more of an issue if you are using your AC system continuously. Other mistakes include not having your AC units serviced annually, not taking full advantage of fans, lack of programmable thermostats, setting your thermostat too low, poor positioning of thermostats or vents, the absence of blinds or curtains, and cooling empty or unoccupied rooms.

Having your ACs cleaned regularly will not only lower your power bills (a dirty filter can increase your AC bill by 5–15%), it will also make them more effective and efficient (and thus lengthen their service life), and — more importantly — better for your health.

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Boost Your Bed's Comfort Level With These Nifty Tips

Nothing beats snuggling within the comforts of your snug, comfortable bed to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside while the rest of the world goes about its business. The fact that we spend roughly one-third of...

our day in bed should at least give you an idea of how the quality of our sleep affects our health and our lives in general. It’s not just a matter of indulgence because industry figures have shown that a sizeable portion of the human population suffers from sleep problems.

So, barring any stressful circumstances that could affect your sleeping patterns makes perfect sense! Here are a few hacks to help you make your bed super comfortable without buying a new mattress or knocking your budget off balance.

For starters, you can enhance your bed’s comfort level by adding a mattress topper and a pillow that’s more appropriate for your sleep style. Other options include using good quality sheets (choose cotton) and layering your bed with a duvet and a soft blanket on top and adding more pillows as needed. Electric blankets and pads are always good add-ons during winter. Also, make sure your bed is always made.

"A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book." — Irish Proverb

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Master The Art of A Spotless
Kitchen with Some Simple Tips

Food is a basic requirement to ensure a species' survival. Food is essential for growth and development, while also replenishing energy spent through mental and physical exertion. This principle alone makes the kitchen the central hub to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. With the number of food items that pass through a typical kitchen, you need to keep on point to ensure that you're preparing healthy meals that are free from contaminants. Not an easy feat to achieve since there's so much more to a kitchen than just a standard stove and sink.

Let's consider a "few" of the items in the kitchen. Firstly, you have food items, spices and condiments, cooking tools, dishware, cutlery, glassware, pots and pans, a stove, a microwave, the fridge, the kitchen sink and waste disposal, countertops, cupboards and cabinets, numerous appliances and more! Sauce and soup spills, oil and grease stains, food crumbs, mouldy spoiled food, grungy tilework, smelly rubbish bins, an overfull fridge, unsanitised knives and cutting boards among other things make cleaning and organising your kitchen no piece of cake. But the fact that you’re reading this means you’re keen to tackle the kitchen problem head-on. So dive in and soak up as much as you can from these amazing cleaning and organisation hacks.

How to Organise Your Kitchen

Cooking is a tough task as it is. Even more so if you can’t find the right tool you’re looking for when you need it! Imagine you’re neck deep in clutter looking for that wood spatula to use, all the while the pasta you’re boiling has…

disintegrated into a sticky, soggy lump. If you have a hard time finding the pot, pan or whatever you need, it’s either because you’re hopelessly absent-minded, or you have a very disorganised kitchen! The wide assortment of cooking tools, dishware, cutlery, pots and pans, can easily end up anywhere. In the kitchen, space is a luxury very few can afford. So having a well-organised kitchen can help to make kitchen work easier and more efficient. Here are a number of kitchen hacks that can guide you on your way to having a more organised kitchen.

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Keeping a Healthy Kitchen

In the home, nothing needs more care and attention than the kitchen. It's where we prepare the food that ends up in our bellies to nourish us and restore our energy. So it's simple logic that we need to…

maintain a clean kitchen. From the seemingly mundane task of cleaning up after cooking and eating meals, there's more that you can do to ensure you have a healthy and well-sanitised kitchen.

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Amazing Uses of Lemons in the Kitchen

Every kitchen needs lemons. I'm not talking about a lemon microwave or fridge. I'm talking about the actual fruit. We love it in cocktails, adore it in salads, and is practically a burst of…

zesty addition to pretty much any recipe you can think of. But aside from the obvious culinary uses of lemons, this wonder-fruit is also a very viable option for cleaning the kitchen. The citric acid in lemons is a potent degreaser, cleaner, disinfectant, and deodoriser! It’s also much safer to use than chemical cleaning solutions. A single lemon can refresh cutting boards, polish your tiles, cut through grease on stovetops, kill mould and mildew, disinfect cooking tools, and freshen up your microwave and fridge. And when you’re finished with that lemon, you can throw some in the garbage disposal to clean and freshen that up while the rest can be thrown in the bin for an instant deodoriser.

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The Power of Vinegar

Vinegar is a sight that's all too familiar in the kitchen. Many palate-tickling meals have been made with vinegar playing a major role in the dish's success. But beyond cooking, the vinegar has a rich history of…

other uses in fields such as industrial, medical and domestic. Using vinegar for household cleaning is not a new trend as the cleaning properties of vinegar’s acetic acid have been heralded for many decades now. This is why it’s not uncommon to see a bottle of vinegar tucked away in the bathroom, garage or in other places in the home. If you use a lot of vinegar in your food preparation, you could also use that same vinegar during the cleanup. Use it to clean and disinfect knives and scissors. Disinfect and deodorise your kitchen sponge. Remove rust and gunk from the taps. Vinegar is also effective to remove smelly food odours from your hands. Follow the link for more ways on how you can harness the power of vinegar.

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Fantastic Food Hacks

Preparing food can be a time-consuming and messy affair. For accomplished chefs, the way they cope with prep time is by preparing everything before even starting the actual cooking, which the French affectionately call...

mise en place. Some of them will even have ingredients that do not spoil prepared a day before cooking. There was a time when seasoned chefs held these food hacks close to their chests. Thankfully, in the age of the internet, this has changed as more and more people are sharing their favourite food hacks online. Learning food hacks can reduce cooking time, make foods taste and look better, and more importantly, make you look like a kitchen wizard in the eyes of your family and friends! From the simple act of picking up eggshells to making fun pancakes, there should be something here that appeals to you and can be applied to help you give your culinary skills that much needed wow factor.

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Make Cloudy Drinking Glasses Sparkle with Vinegar

Having cloudy glasses in your cupboard can be a real head-scratcher. You had them cleaned in the dishwasher, even washed them by hand but the glasses remain stubbornly…

cloudy. On your own, you're somewhat fine with that. But what if you had company? Extremely important and snobbish company? How would you feel serving them refreshments using those same cloudy glasses? Feel free to excuse yourself for several minutes while you get new drinking glasses. Washing them with water does little to solve the problem because the problem, to begin with, is the water used to wash them. Hard water is what’s causing your glasses to become dull and cloudy. So even with repeated washing with the same water, you’re making the problem worse. Click on the link to find out how you can make drinking glasses sparkle with the power of vinegar.

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Baby Steps Your Way to a Cleaner Kitchen

Tackling a kitchen is a daunting task, especially if you’ve got your hands full at work as well. It’s almost impossible to find the time to give your kitchen a good enough clean. Not all of us can spare a…

whole day just devoted to cleaning the kitchen. So for those that don’t have the luxury of time, you can always baby step your way into a cleaner kitchen. What makes this perfect for the busy homemaker is that you can space it out into 20 short minutes a day over a month! A common hack most people like to employ is to divide the work into more manageable segments so that you don’t get overwhelmed. This also applies to when it comes time to clean the kitchen. You need a to devise a plan where you can tackle one aspect of the kitchen a day and set aside a small portion of time to do it.

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Clean And Declutter The Fridge

Do you find yourself wincing in pain while trying hard to hold your breath every time you open the fridge? Does that take away box look familiar? Like you’ve seen it many times before? From that Chinese...

restaurant that closed down over a year ago? My friend, you have a serious fridge clutter problem. It’s one thing to have magnetic souvenirs, photographs, and to-do lists sticking on the door of the fridge. But having spoiled, expired, and rotten food items in the fridge is asking for trouble. Aside from the pungent stench, you also run the risk of bacteria growth and contaminating other food items. Aside from obvious health benefits, keeping the fridge clean and clutter-free can also reduce its electrical consumption significantly, as the refrigerator can work more efficiently. The link below should inspire you to get rid of those “sentimental” food items you can’t seem to let go. Clean your fridge and be free of clutter.

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Dishwasher Is Not Just For Washing Dishes

Having a dishwasher in the kitchen is a joy. Gone are the days when you have to manually scrub dishes by hand, dropping and breaking the odd plate or glass here and there. Nowadays,...

you just need to put them in the dishwasher, put in some detergent in and leave it to do its thing. It’s that easy! The dishwasher will add water, dispense detergent, rinse and dry the dishes all on its own. All that's left for you to do is to put away the dishes and make sure that the dishwasher is clean and in the best shape. But did you know that there's so much more to a dishwasher than just washing dishes? People have been using the dishwasher to wash a whole host of things other than dishes. Follow the link below to know how you can take care of your dishwasher and what other things you can use it for.

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Stove Cleaning Hack

Grease spills and splashes are commonplace in the kitchen. You can’t be too obsessive-compulsive when it comes to cooking. The kitchen will get messy while preparing a meal. What you shouldn’t do is…

let the grease and stains on your stove sit there uncleaned waiting for your next cleaning session. The food and grease on the stovetop are more than eyesores; they are also unhygienic. Ideally, you need to clean the stovetop after cooking a meal. A quick wipe down with a clean rag is usually enough to keep the stovetop spic and span. When you do get more stubborn stains, you might need something with a bit more muscle to cut the grease and grime from your stovetop. Using chemicals to clean your stove may not be a good idea as they leave toxins behind that could potentially get into whatever you’re cooking. Plus, they may be flammable. Here are some safe cleaners you can use on your stovetop.

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Refreshing Bathroom Clean Up
Tips from The Pros

When it comes to housework, the bathroom is one of the most neglected rooms in the house. However, the bathroom is the perfect environment for mould, germs and bacteria to grow and reproduce! All that moisture, humidity and minimal sunlight make the bathroom feel like a tropical paradise to these nasty critters. It’s a fact that the average person spends about 3 months of their lives in the bathroom and uses the loo about 2,500 times a year! That's a lot of time exposed to harmful germs which could be affecting your health.

A bathroom also needs to be tidy and well-organised to prevent falls and other accidents. This means that everything you need and use is stored properly and easily accessible when it’s needed.

So how do we ensure the bathroom is the haven we’ve always thought it to be? There’s no getting around to it. You need to get down and dirty and tackle the bathroom to give it a deep clean, disinfecting and decluttering. Check out the articles here and find out how you can give your bathroom a freshening up like a pro!

Maximise The Potential Of Your Bathrooms With These Hacks

Maximise the potential of your bathroom by repurposing used household items (spice racks, plate holders, coat hooks, etc.) into something both functional and...

ornamental for your bathroom or add in a few things to enhance the overall effect.

Clever use of mirrors and lighting make a small, claustrophobic feeling bathroom look and feel bigger than it actually is. Pull-out drawers in cabinets, an extra shower curtain rod for hanging items on, or a shelf over the door may allow you to squeeze in some extra space too.

To reduce clutter, organise your personal hygiene and beauty products using small baskets, spice racks, and magnetic board.

Beneficial houseplants (e.g. aloe vera, begonia, and dracaena) which have been strategically placed, preferably close to the window will improve the overall feel of the bathroom

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Tips on How to Clean A Glass Shower Door

Cleaning your glass shower door regularly sounds like a tedious chore. However, when you consider the alternative — an accumulation of hard water and a build-up of soap-scum...

on glass shower surfaces leading to etching and permanent damage to the glass, and a cloudy looking glass shower door — it makes perfect sense to wipe down your shower with a squeegee or a microfibre cloth after each use.

A squeegee is an excellent tool for cleaning or removing something (e.g., water, pet hair) from a surface. Meanwhile, a microfibre cloth works great against water spotting and build-up; it’s also quite useful for accessing difficult-to-reach areas such as tight corners and below door handles.

After a wipedown, wrap things up with a quick spray of daily cleaner. If you’re not a big fan of using a chemical-laden shower spray, you can always go online and look for suggestions on how to make your own.

Another great thing about cleaning your shower daily is that you won’t have to do as much deep-cleaning as you did before and the glass will remain shiny. For a more detailed discussion on how to clean your bathroom (including the shower door) and how to achieve more satisfying results, check out the link below.

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Scrub The Stains Off Your Tub in 4 Easy Steps

Bathtub stains are not only an eyesore; they also leave you with a feeling of unease and dread. So before you climb into your bath for a good long soak, maybe it’s time to take a good look at it and decide if a good scrubbing is...

in order.

Here are 4 easy ways for you to clean your bath and remove those ugly stains. First, get your rubber gloves and your cleaner ready. Before you take the plunge though, note that the cleaning method you use largely depends on the type of bathtub you have. Porcelain is durable and can withstand most cleaning solutions; enamel is sensitive to bleach or strong acid, which can cause rust-like stains to appear; acrylic may become deformed if abrasive tools are used.

Then, we move on to cleaners. Your first choice is a commercial cleaner (your choice). Read and follow the instructions carefully to ensure that you are using the right product for the task you have in mind. Another choice is baking soda, which is mixed with hydrogen peroxide and can be used for all types of tubs. Next is vinegar, which is suitable for porcelain tubs. When mixed with water, vinegar works well in removing hard water stains and soap scum. You can also use shampoo, which is good for removing soap scum and will make your chrome taps shiny.

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Bathroom Cleaning Hacks That Are Guaranteed To Make Your Life Easier

Cleaning the bathroom is hardly anyone’s idea of a good time, but we do it anyway because the alternative is… well, unthinkable! Using powerful chemicals to clean, deodorise, and...

disinfect our bathrooms may seem like a good idea and make this job easier, but in actual fact, many of them contain harmful chemicals which impact on the user as well as the environment in general.

With this in mind, Best Herbal Health has compiled a list of smart time-saving tips that will show you how to clean even the grimiest of items found in your bathroom. This includes the toilet bowl, sink, bath, shower, tiles, and glass shower doors using only simple and natural ingredients such as lemon, vinegar, baking soda, black tea, etc. These handy tips are not only effective and affordable, but will also free you from hours of scrubbing and having to deal with the harsh effects of traditional cleaners.

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Whip Up Your Own Daily Shower Spray

Cleaning the shower often presents us with a bit of a dilemma - do you clean it every day with a store-bought shower spray with its potentially damaging effects or not as often but spend more time exposed to the chemicals.

There is, however, a third, easier and much safer option creating your own shower spray!

The ingredients required for this little DIY project aren’t all that difficult to gather up, making it a quick and effective solution.

For ingredients, you’re going to need the following: water, white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, dish soap, and lemon oil (note that this is optional). To create this mixture, you’re also going to need a large container, a funnel, and a spray bottle. For a complete description of the steps, please see link below.

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Tips to Making A Small Bathroom Look Bigger

If you have a small bathroom, then illusion is one of your best allies. Think of it as a clever attempt to redirect attention from the fact that you have a limited amount of space to work with...

Strategically placed mirrors are one effective option to create the illusion of depth – the bigger and the more of them, the better! Lighting (natural if possible) will also enhance your efforts as will light-coloured items to brighten the atmosphere and give the impression of a larger room.

Sliding doors are a great way to optimise the limited space, as are built-in shelves or open vertical shelves on bare walls; better yet, carving storage niches onto your exterior walls.

If renovating, opt for a pedestal-type sink or a floating basin and vanity design to allow you more storage space. The use of woven baskets, magnetic boards, stacked plate holders, wine holders, jars, older boxers, etc., are other great ways to hold and organise your stuff.

When choosing the right material for your floor tiles, large tiles work well in small bathrooms – a smaller number of grout lines create the illusion of a bigger space. If possible, use the same tile pattern and adopt a monochromatic colour scheme for the entire room as this leaves an impression of continuity creating a more expansive feeling. Opting for clear glass when partitioning off your shower area to allow light in and minimise visual contrast.

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Simple Hacks to Clear a Blocked Sink

A blocked sink can stump even the most seasoned of cleaners and make a mockery of our earnest efforts to solve the problem by trying one solution after another, only to be thwarted by discouraging results which...

sometimes end up making things worse (resulting in considerable annoyance and frustration). Using drain cleaners or clog-dissolving chemicals may seem to be the obvious solution here, but there are times when even they are ineffective. Add to this the ever-present worry about the health effects of these chemicals and their impact on the environment and this is a real conundrum.

So, how do you unblock a stubbornly blocked sink without resorting to chemicals or having to call a plumber to clear the pipes? Fortunately, you don’t have to look too far or expend much effort — all you need are two things: baking soda and vinegar. This is also going to require some hot water and the drain plug, as well as a few minutes of your time.

This problem can be solved in three simple steps. Head on over to Jillee’s page and check out her detailed step-by-step instruction (with pictures) to get a good idea of how to pull this off.

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Deciding on the Right Tiles for Your Bathroom

Choosing the right tiles for your bathroom is not exactly a science, but it helps if you already have some ideas in mind. It’s not just about the overall appearance (size, shape, colour,..

material, finish) – other factors also need to be considered such as grout, budget, light, room size, preferences etc.

The size, shape, and layout of the room will affect the size and shape of your tile. During the planning stage, you should already have a fair idea of where your cabinets, bathroom fixtures, mirrors, etc., will be located, which will give you a rough estimation of the surfaces that will need tiling. Consider the proportion of the tile(s) you want to use in relation to the size of the room; don’t forget to factor in grout lines in your plans, because they, too, are an important part of the whole shebang.

The style, colour, and finish of the tile(s) that you select must complement the style of your bathroom and its fittings. Note that lighter-coloured tiles work well if there is minimal or zero natural light coming in, as they reflect light and will brighten up the room. On the other hand, if your bathroom gets a lot of natural light, you should avoid using high-gloss tiles because they are too reflective and create glare.

For a more detailed look at these factors, check out what an interior designer thinks about bathroom tiles on this page.

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Tips For An Energy Efficient Bathroom

One effective way to achieve energy efficiency in the bathroom is to decrease the amount of water that goes there. Reduce water usage in the bathroom by almost 50% by simply switching to specific types of plumbing fixtures...

While some of these fixtures can be pricey, they do pay off quickly because of the savings they bring in terms of lower water and electricity bills. For example, when shopping for plumbing fixtures, try to opt for high-efficiency showerheads and taps, because they have lower water flow rates (look for newer models). Adding aerators to your taps (high pressure, reduced flow) will also drastically reduce your water consumption. Select low flow toilets; if you don’t have the dual-flush variant, you can also install a flush converter, which enables you to adjust the settings as needed. Use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) instead of incandescent bulbs, and try to avoid overlighting when using the bathroom.

Also, avoid water wastage by checking your fixtures and fittings regularly for possible cracks, drips, and leaks.

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Expert Guides for an Effortless Laundry Room Cleanup

Next to the kitchen, the laundry room is a homemaker's domain. This is where the magic happens! Stained and smelly clothes are transformed into soft, bright, crisp and fresh, wardrobe wonders. In order for them to keep working their magic, there are many areas of concern that a homemaker needs to take into account to maintain a healthy and effective laundry environment.

Not only is the laundry the place where clothes are lovingly refreshed, but it is often a storage place for a multitude of other important cleaning and sanitising tools and products used in the rest of the house. An inefficient cleaning method will set you back hours, hours you could have used to accomplish other tasks in the house. Knowing how to address these issues properly can minimise the sting of cleaning. It saves you sweat, time, and money while also giving you the best cleaning results.

Luckily for you, we have compiled a few hacks to make laundry time a breeze so you can spend less time making clothes amazingly fresh and clean and more time to spend with family and friends. Read, and we’ll guarantee that you’ll find a hack that will suit your particular need.

How to Make a Tile and Grout Power Scrubber

Bathroom tiles are prone to water stains and soap scum. Grout lines are porous by nature. So dirt, gunk, and grime are easily absorbed into the grout, which makes for a very tough cleaning job.

The traditional cleaning method is by scrubbing them with a small brush, such as a toothbrush. Imagine cleaning a wall of tiles with that tiny toothbrush. Multiply that by four walls and add another massive tiled area such as the floor. It will wear a person out just thinking about it!

Deeply cleaning tile and grout requires a great deal of time and effort. You can make things easier while cutting the cleaning time in half by making your own tile and grout power scrubber. Grab an electric drill and a rounded soap dispensing palm brush. Attach the palm brush to the electric drill using a long screw, add your favourite cleaning solution and you can power brush your way to a cleaner, fresher and healthier tiles and grout.

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How to Remove Grease Stains from Clothes

Pizza is an all-time favourite meal for many, so is bacon. Unfortunately, both of these foods contain a whole lot of grease, which unfortunately is not kind when it meets up with your favourite shirt. But whether...

you drop pizza topping on your shirt or get a splatter of oil while cooking bacon, you always seem to end up with a grease-stained shirt, that is nigh-impossible to shift!

The internet has a ton of resources on how to win the fight against grease stains. Baby powder, chalk, talcum powder, cornstarch or WD-40, are just some of the things people on the web recommend you to try. You can even try mixing and matching various methods to find one that works for you. But the simplest and most widely used solution is dish detergent. Apply dish detergent on the grease spot and gently rub using your fingers. Let it sit for about 15 minutes or so and wash normally. This technique is said to be effective even on old grease stains.

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Remove Mould And Mildew Using Vodka

Though widely used, bleach is not an effective way to remove mould. It may be able to whiten the mould stain, but apart from that, bleach does little to kill mould. What it will do is aggravate the mould and…

make it reproduce faster. You’d be better off served by a natural cleaning solution, and one that works extremely well against mould and mildew is vodka!

Mixed with water and essential oils, a spray of vodka will efficiently get rid of mould and mildew problems. Just spray the vodka solution on the mould-infected area, wait 10 minutes or so to let the vodka dissolve the mould, then wipe with a clean cloth. It works well on a multitude of surfaces, even on fabrics and tilework. Learn how to make a mean mould cleaning machine using vodka by clicking on the button.

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Diy Stain Remover
Spray

Stained clothes usually end up in the back of a closet, thrown in the bin or donated to charity. But it doesn't have to be this way. There has to be a natural stain remover that's safe yet effective.

For years, people have been experimenting with safe and common household recipes to clean everything, with varying amounts of success. But these 2 laundry stain remover sprays are a surefire way to rid your clothes of unsightly stains.

The first solution has only 2 ingredients: dishwashing liquid and hydrogen peroxide. Mix 1 part dishwashing liquid with 2 parts hydrogen peroxide and spray it on the stain. Leave the mixture to sit for a few minutes then wash normally.

The second one requires some water, liquid castile soap, lemon essential oil, and liquid vegetable glycerin. Put the mix in a spray bottle and spray away!

Both solutions work wonderfully it just depends on what ingredients are available to you.

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Cleaning The Washer And Dryer

The washing machine and dryer you have in the laundry room are vital in making sure you get fresh, clean clothes every time. If you start noticing an unpleasant odour coming from freshly washed clothes, it’s probably a good time to clean the washer and dryer…

Use a soft, clean cloth dipped in a solution of equal parts vinegar and water for a thorough clean that should remove stains, chemical residue, deodorise and disinfect the machines. Don’t forget to take out traps, filters, and dispensers and give them a good wash as well!

Move the washing machine and dryer so you can clean around and under the base. You'd be surprised how much dirt and dust have accumulated there unnoticed. Sweep them up or vacuum and finish with a damp mop. Make sure that the washing machine and dryer are level with the floor to avoid placing undue stress on the moving parts of the machines.

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How To Unshrink Clothes

Clothes shrink for many reasons: wrong water temperature, not reading the care label, using the wrong detergent, and improper washing and drying methods can send your favourite blouse straight to your daughter’s dollhouse! We have all been guilty of laundry mistakes,...

what’s important is that we learn from our mistakes. Making sure to read the care label on garments and following them to a T as well as following instructions of detergents, fabric conditioners and even the washing machine and dryer will help us avoid repeating the same mistake.

Thankfully, there is more than one way to skin a cat, or in our case, more than one way to unshrink clothing. There are a lot of methods floating around on how you can unshrink clothes. Click on the link button below to learn how you can prevent clothes from shrinking as well as in-depth instructions on how to unshrink clothes of different fabrics using different solutions.

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Amazing Uses Of Vinegar In Laundry

From the kitchen to the bathroom, vinegar has proven itself to be a potent and reliable cleaning aid. In the laundry, vinegar is just as indispensable as a detergent and can be handy for various situations…

The acetic acid in vinegar whitens, brightens colours, softens fabric, disinfects clothes, and deodorises sweat and cigarette odour.

Putting a bit of vinegar in the rinse cycle prevents lint from sticking to clothes. And if you are bothered by detergent residue in clothes, vinegar is an effective aid to remove these residues that can make colours and blacks look dull.

Aside from fabrics, vinegar can prove useful for even the heavy-duty stuff. Vinegar is safe for use in a washing machine, in fact, it can be used to clean your washing machine and dryer! You can even use it to clean tile and grout, remove stains from taps and with a bit of baking soda, can unblock drains.

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DIY Drying Racks

Line drying laundry is a tried and tested way of effectively drying all kinds of washing. Apart from pure nostalgia, line drying clothes has a slew of benefits. You save power by not using a dryer, wear and tear on your clothes is minimised, and they generally come…

out fresher with brighter whites and more vivid colours, and more importantly, you prevent clothes from shrinking. Ultraviolet light is also a powerful killer of many germs.

Sadly, not all people have an area where they can install a proper clothesline. Also, there will be days when the weather is less than ideal to dry clothes outside, especially during the wet winter months. You can, however, still reap some of the benefits of hanging clothes to dry by installing drying racks in the laundry room. You don’t have to purchase costly drying racks as you can create your own. Repurpose old stuff in the house to transform into a perfectly functional drying rack.

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Making Short Work of Laundry

Laundry is an arduous chore that can become overwhelming very quickly if left to get out of control. By the time you separate the whites from the colours, adult clothes from your kids' and further separate light or delicate fabrics from heavier ones, there are…

often many, many loads that need to be done to keep up with your families needs. This is even before you consider transferring all of these loads to the dryer, before folding and ironing them and putting them away again!

If you find that your laundry has a tendency to become an insurmountable mountain fairly quickly, consider washing a load of laundry a day. This will result in a more manageable number of clothes that can then be quickly folded or ironed and put away before putting a fresh load in the dryer. Some people like doing a load every morning so that they can easily fold a smaller number of clothes by bedtime.

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Baking Soda Laundry Uses

Since ancient times, baking soda has been used to brush teeth, as a body soap, and is the main agent used in the mummification process. But how can you harness the power of baking soda for laundry use? Well, baking soda is...

a known water softener which allows you to use less detergent. It also boosts the potency of bleach, cutting bleach use by half. Baking soda is also a gentle abrasive which makes it so effective to clean and remove stains. Half a cup of baking soda in the rinse cycle will remove odours from clothes and soften the fabric.

But aside from disinfecting and deodorising clothes, making the fabric soft and whites and colours bright, baking soda also has many other uses. Baking soda solves a clogged drain, cleans soap scum from tiles, removes gunk from grout, and can be used to make the linen closet fresh and odour-free.

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How to Maintain a Mould-free Laundry Room

Mould thrives in warm and humid environments, which makes your laundry a prime location for a mould colony. Apart from making an ugly mess of ceilings and walls, mould can also destroy dry walls and make the...

indoor air unhealthy. Dirtyclothes in the laundry also run the risk of attracting mould, which is bad because mould is known to eat away at fabrics. But how do you keep your laundry mould-free?

Mould needs moisture to breed, so you’ll need to keep the laundry as dry as possible especially after doing the washing. Check for leaks in the plumbing and your washing machine. Proper ventilation will also help in keeping the room dry. Open a window or install a ventilation fan. Consider using a dehumidifier if these options are not available to you. Keeping the laundry tidy, clean, and dry will greatly reduce the possibility of mould infestation.

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Smart Study Room Cleaning and Organising Tips

Reserved for studying or getting some work done, your study needs to maintain an atmosphere of tranquillity where you can focus, concentrate and ultimately, be productive. It's hard to achieve your best when you have a study that's cluttered and messy. You'd be forgiven for a study getting messy during the course of high stress times such as when exams or deadline are looming. But when the clutter and general untidiness gets so overwhelming that you can no longer work efficiently, it becomes a problem.

Unless you’re exhausted after working for hours to finish a job, a quick tidy up to return books to their shelves, throw scraps of paper bin, etc, never goes amiss. But apart from the desk area, there's still carpets and rugs, hard floors, and upholstery that need regular cleaning. These are the things that comprise your study and sooner rather than later, you will have to address the coffee stains on the carpet, the wax buildup on the floor, the cigarette odour from your curtains and upholstery. You’ll need to go the whole nine yards for a study that’s clean, fresh and conducive to work.

We’ve compiled a few hacks to help you clean and organise your study.

Organise your Study/Home Office

You might think that by having everything laid out, haphazardly, across the desk it provides you easy access to what you might need. But all that really results is a little game of finding a needle in a haystack.

You lose more precious time than by having things in order and in properly labelled and designated places.

This is why it’s essential to have your stuff well-organised. Consider an inbox and outbox system so that new mail, bills, paperwork comes into an inbox on the left side of the desk, you deal with them in the middle and when you’re done, the important ones are filed in an outbox on your right, while throwing unnecessary ones straight to the bin. It’s a simple trick that helps you create fluid and efficient workflow that goes from left to right. Learn about more organisation hacks by clicking the button below.

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Choosing a Sofa for your Home Office

For many people who work at home, a single chair and table are all they need to get work done. But for some, having clients or partners over for business meetings is an absolute must. Some crucial meetings can take…

a good chunk of the evening and provide an appropriate place for rest, should the need arise. Even when you work alone, there may be times when you need to take nap to reboot and refresh. Which is why a sofa in the home office makes perfect sense.

For home office use, you can forego the loveseats or the reclining theatre seats complete with put away table and cup holder. Consider your office space and determine where you plan to place the sofa. You can have a corner sofa if that’s where you choose to place it. Ideally, go for sturdy frames and durable fabrics that are easy to clean.

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Smoking In Your Study

We all know the damaging effects of both first and second-hand smoking. But third-hand smoking is the worst! Third-hand smoke is the toxic residue left long after you’ve extinguished your cigarette. It coats …

upholstery, carpet, clothes, and other materials. Not only that but it leaves that nasty cigarette smoke odour in the room which lingers on and on. That’s the toxins that are still in the room. An air freshener can temporarily mask the smell but does nothing to remove the toxins. This is the main reason why third-hand smoke is considered to be the worst. It’s invisible and yet it’s there and it’s there for a long period of time.

If you, or people you work with, are in the habit of smoking in the study, you should consider stepping outside to smoke. Have a strict smoke-free policy in your study and, if necessary place signs to discourage people from smoking in the study. The link below offers more information about third-hand smoke and how you can fight it.

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Study Layouts For Small Spaces

When it comes to study room sizes, it does matter, but with a bit of ingenuity, you can easily overcome a space handicap. As is the case with every room in the house, planning what should be in...

your study room and where to put things is a great place to start.

With more and more people working from home, it's a necessity for them to have space where they won't be disturbed and are able to get work done. Nowadays, you don't really need to have a dedicated room as your home office. An old unused broom closet, an empty space under the stairs, an out of the way corner, or even a small space in the kitchen works just as well. There's plenty of resources on the internet to inspire you on how to go about it. A small amount of carpentry-skill or if you see yourself as a DIYer, you can even consider taking it on as a project and design and build your own work nook.

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Home Office Cleaning Hacks

When it comes to our home office, we want things left where they are. Unless the office space is cluttered, we don’t want someone else poking their cleaning tools around and leaving your stuff misplaced...

making it almost impossible to locate. This is why it’s important to learn some hacks to quickly maintain the tidiness of our office space.

Even when you don’t see any visible dirt, germs and bacteria are probably crawling around on your phone, tablet, laptops, and your chair! You’re too busy working during the week to really devote time and effort to give your home office a thorough clean.

A quick spot of cleaning here and there every day will prevent dirt and mess from piling up. By doing quick cleanups like wiping down your stuff and dusting, means you won’t need to do a tonne of cleaning in the weekend, leaving you time for more important things.

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Choosing the Right Air-conditioner for your Home Office

Fun Fact: Before air-conditioning, schools gave kids a break during the summer as it was too hot to learn. Which became the summer vacation as we know it today. Air-conditioning…

reduces humidity, improves air quality, protects equipment from overheating, and basically just makes the workplace more comfortable and conducive to productivity. So if you’re serious about having an awesome study, consider having air-conditioning.

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Ideal Flooring For A Home Office

As with any part of the house, choosing the right flooring for your home office will greatly depend on your needs but could also affect your use. Unlike the living area or the bedroom where, comfort is…

the number one concern, a home office needs to be efficient and aimed at productivity. If it’s too comfy, you might end up doing more sleeping than actual work. It also doesn’t need to be super pricey, more function than form and not distracting. If you plan to see a lot of clients, business partners and customers in your home office, you can still go with something uniquely interesting yet professional at the same time.

When it comes to home office flooring, there are 2 major choices: wall to wall carpeting or timber flooring. Both offer a luxurious look and feel and while carpet floors will minimise sound vibration, hardwood floors are easier to clean and maintain.

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Removing Coffee Stain From Carpet

Australians are the coffee connoisseurs of the world and for good reason, Australian cafes serve some of the best coffee in the world. Australians really love their coffee, just as much as everyone all over the world...

There’s just something about coffee that boosts our productivity in the morning and also reduces stress towards the end of the day.

So whether you’re studying or working at home, chances are, you have your favourite brew on hand. That’s perfectly awesome, but what happens when it leaves your hand and lands on the carpet? Now that can’t be good. Coffee stains on carpets are one of the worst things that can happen. But if you act fast, there’s a good chance you can save your carpet from an ugly permanent coffee stain. Click on the link to discover how to deal with a coffee spill and keep the carpet in your study stain-free.

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Top Tips for Keeping Carpet Clean During the Colder Months

Winters in some parts of Australia can be very cold and wet. Stepping outside is a harsh reality that we all have to face. And we just can’t wait to step back into the warm comfort of our home....

Well, you’re going to have to wait just a bit longer lest you want to take the outdoors into your home.

The winter brings an abundance of rain, mud, and fallen leaves. You can avoid dirt, leaves, and debris on your carpet by installing mats at entryways and practising a no shoe policy indoors. Invest in cheap indoor slippers and have them by the door.

Other tips to keeping your carpet clean is to vacuum frequently, have a spot cleaner ready, and make sure to also keep the porch and entryways as clean as possible. The article below provides a more detailed guide on how to maintain a clean carpet even during the wet winter months.

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Tips To Maintaining Your Study’s Timber Flooring

Timber floors are renowned for their durability and ease of maintenance. Sweeping with a broom or a vacuum with a soft-bristled attachment can do wonders to keep your wooden…

floor clean. Spills are easy to wipe away. Hardwood floors are also beautifully distinct with a style that is always on-trend. As timber floors age, they have more character, mirroring their owner’s lifestyle.

Hardwood floors are also quite expensive which is why they need proper care to get your money’s worth. Entry mats in entryways are a good start to keep outdoor debris away from your timber. Pet nails should also be groomed to avoid scratches on your floor. Water and heat are common enemies of wood. Avoid wood floors from getting wet or subjecting them to direct sunlight. Having a yearly professional cleaning will greatly help in keeping your timber clean and sparkling.

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Caring For A Leather Couch

You just splashed out and purchased a new leather sofa for your study. You can't wait to call a meeting and show it off to your business associates. Understandably, that’s a very good reason to get a leather couch…

for your study. Your aim to impress people with your leather seat is no doubt going to work beautifully. But in a few months time and after countless business meetings you notice that your leather couch is becoming more and more unimpressive.

Unless you’re rolling in money and can’t be bothered with a little leather maintenance, there’s no reason to replace your leather couch. All you need is to give your leather couch a bit of TLC. Leather is more durable than fabric lounge suites and easier to clean and maintain. Normally, a bit of dry-cloth dusting and vacuuming is all you need to keep leather clean. Apply leather conditioner once or twice a year. For more tips, just follow the link.

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Fun Ideas For A Stylish Study Space

School is tough for kids as it is. What with all the historic dates, scientific formulas, algebraic equations, and literary classics to make your head spin, it's hard to have fun studying. If you’re looking for some way to...

inspire your kids a neat and well-organised study space is a great place to start. A clutter-free environment helps your kids focus and concentrate on their tasks.

But a clean study area doesn’t have to mean that a boring and clinical area with no personality. You can add some style to the study room to make homework a fun and enjoyable experience for your kids. Depending on what your kids are into, you can add some personal touches to their study area. Be sure to get your kids involved in the process to understand what they really like and what helps them to learn best. This will allow your efforts to be best utilised in creating a fun and user-friendly space that they want to be in. The folks at Wired.com have some excellent ideas. Click on the link below for some fun ideas for a stylish study space.

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How to Have a Clutter-proof Carport and More

For many people, having your own car is essential! That 4-wheeled investment can literally and figuratively take you a long way. We use it get to and from work, pick up the kids from school, buy groceries at the supermarket, and to go on holiday. You can take care of your investment by keeping it protected from the weather and car thieves by parking it within the safe confines of your garage.

But aside from being just a place to stow your precious vehicles, the garage also doubles up as a place to store your freezer, house the washing machine and dryer, and keep an assortment of tools. The garage may also double as a workshop for little projects, a makeshift band rehearsal studio, a gym or sometimes even a bedroom/sleepout.

Even with the multitude of uses we have for a garage, it still suffers from being the part of the house that seldom gets enough care. Forgetting to include the garage in the regular home cleaning will turn it into a storage unit overflowing with clutter and home to a variety of pests, germs, and bacteria. Check out our featured articles to find out how you can maintain a clean and fully functional garage.

Fix Rusty Tools Using Vinegar

Whether exposed to the elements or left sitting in the drawer, toolbox or hanging on the tool rack for a good period of time, rust will find its way into the tools in your garage. Countless…

products are on display that promise to remove rust from just about anything. Others will also resort to grinding and heavily sanding rusted tools to bring them back to life, while some will simply give up and throw them in the rubbish, give them away or offer them up for sale at really low prices.

Thankfully, you can hold off on buying new tools. There’s a safe and easy way to restore rusted tools -- by using vinegar. The natural acid in vinegar is potent at dissolving rust. By submerging your rusty tools in white vinegar for a few hours and giving them a light scrub with a toothbrush, it’s easy to remove standing rust.

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Choosing The Right Garage Flooring

If you keep treating your garage as a storage unit, it's bound to end up looking like one. Just because your guests very seldom see the garage, it doesn't mean you can just leave it looking untidy. You can…

add some style to the garage while still keeping it functional. And what better way for your garage to make a big impact than by starting with the garage floor.

There's no clear-cut rule when it comes to choosing the type of flooring for your garage. If you like, you can install wall to wall carpeting or even parquet wooden floors, and it won't be such a sin. But you need to be practical since garage floors are subject to a great deal of wear and tear, you'd be best served with proper flooring that's suited for garage use. Below is a quick guide on how to choose the right floor for your garage.

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Maintaining Metal Garages And Carports

Many debates have been started (though still not concluded) on garages and carports. Garages offer more security while also serving as storage space. Carports are easy to...

build and very cost-effective. Garage or carport, whatever floats your boat is fine. We won’t judge. But how you maintain them is where you can be judged. An ounce of maintenance is better than a pound of cure, or in this case costly repairs. Especially if your garage or carport has a lot of metal components, you should make it a habit to be sure that the garage or carport is always in tip-top shape.

A garage or carports main purpose is to protect your vehicle from the elements. But who’s protecting the protector? Simple, you! I’m not saying that you need to hold a humongous umbrella over the garage or carport, but some diligent maintenance and care, they should look good and last for a long time.

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Garage Makeover

All too often people pay top dollar for their dream car only to park them on the lawn or in the driveway because their garage is full of clutter. Sadly, the garage gets the least love when it comes to...

cleaning. It houses an assortment of tools and needless junk that quickly builds up into an overwhelming clutter that you never seem to get around to dealing with. But the more you put it off, the more messy and unhealthy your garage becomes. Imagine the filth in your garage can harbour toxic gas, germs and bacteria, or make an ideal home for creepy crawlers. This garage makeover guide will make short work of the mess and make your garage clean and healthy in no time at all.

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Organize Your Garage

You’ve finally caved in and decided to organise the garage. You open the garage door and as soon as you see the mess in there, you're having second thoughts, and you just want to go back to…

the lounge and binge on your favourite Netflix shows. But you stay determined and think: “No! This is the weekend where I will finally organise my garage.” Good for you and good luck with that!

Fortunately for you, you won’t need luck to have everything in the garage organised and put in its proper place. This may be daunting at first, especially if your garage acts as a sort of tip where we keep a lot of stuff that we don’t want in the house. Fishing rods, skis, skateboards, bikes, tools, sports equipment, etc. With all of that, it makes you wonder how you still have enough room to fit your car. Follow the hacks below to organise your garage.

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Baking Soda Uses in the Garage or Workshop

If you’ve been following our page for a while now, you’ve probably noticed how we praise baking soda as a cheap and safe cleaning aid that you can use all over the house. Well, the garage is no...

exception. So add another box of baking soda the next time you’re doing the groceries to have it permanently in the garage.

Baking soda can clear up a blocked drain, even the more serious blockages. A cup of baking soda is all it takes to dissolve the gunk that’s blocking the drain. You can use it to get rid of a troublesome odour and keep stored items fresh. Baking soda is a gentle abrasive which can be used to scrub clean a variety of surfaces safely, it can remove rust from metal, and it also makes a good chrome polish. It can make oil spills disappear, and if something catches fire, you can douse the flames with a generous helping of baking soda.

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Prevent Mould Growth In Garage

The garage is the odd-man out when it comes to home maintenance. Aside from keeping the car safe, this is where broken or unused things end up, becoming a storage cupboard of sorts.

Garages also have less insulation than other areas in the home making them more prone to moisture and poor ventilation. Dark, warm, moist, and dusty, a perfect environment for mould to breed. And with the neglect that a garage gets, it may be too late before we notice that large, ugly patch of mould hiding in the corner, or behind those boxes.

By this time, it could be too late to treat on your own, and it might be necessary to get professional help. But as with most things, prevention is better than cure. Most of the time, preventing mould growth in the garage is cheaper and more convenient than having professional treatment. This guide will help keep annoying, unhealthy mould from growing in your garage.

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How To Clean A Garage Floor

Aside from the usual daily dose of dust, the garage floor is also exposed to whatever the car brings in. Whether a commute to the city or a trip to the Outback, the car has a nasty habit of taking home unwanted souvenirs...

Without regular cleaning, the floors can get grimy and dirty. So the longer the garage floors are neglected, the harder it will be to clean. The first thing you need to do is to clear out the garage. Everything that’s not nailed down should be taken out to create more working space and also for you to get most of the floor area cleaned.

Make sure to protect the lower part of drywalls and electrical sockets from getting wet by covering them with plastic or a tarpaulin. Sweep the entire floor area and, depending on the floor type or floor cover, do the necessary cleaning procedure. The link below gives more detail on how to easily clean the garage floor.

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Cleaning an Oil Spill in the Garage

No matter how careful you are, getting an oil spill on your garage or carport floor is inevitable. All cars develop oil leaks at some stage. You need to take a mental note to remember to bring the car in for maintenance...

For now, you need to deal with the oil spill on your garage floor to prevent it from making a permanent stain.

The first thing you need to do when faced with an oil spill is, of course, address the source of the spill. Check if it is still leaking or if it has stopped. If it continues to leak, you might need to have it checked by a mechanic. Just don’t leave the oil spill unattended and have a towel or rag to soak up as much of the oil spill as you can. From there you have a wide range of options to choose from such as dishwashing detergent, baking soda or kitty litter, the choice is yours.

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Prevent The Garage From Polluting Indoor Air

Having an attached garage is more cost-effective than building a detached garage from the ground up. Having an attached garage is also more…

convenient especially during less favourable weather conditions. The same applies to kids, pets, and groceries. Transport is so much easier. But as with most things, there’s a caveat for having an attached garage. The biggest downside is indoor air pollution.

Car emissions in the streets are bad enough, but when it starts to creep into your home, it’s a silent hazard that can cause serious health risks or even in some cases death. Aside from car fumes, the garage often houses a variety of dangerous chemicals like paint, thinner, pesticides, etc. Forget chemical air fresheners; they just add more fuel to the fire. You’ll be served more by looking into indoor plants that can cut indoor air pollution. Apart from that, click on the button to help keep harmful fumes from entering your home.

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Carport Design Tips

The garage has long been the standard to keep cars safe and secure. Though there may be times when that option is not available, like when you have a tight budget and a garage is an added expense, or you simply don’t want to...

deal with the hassle of having a lengthy and messy construction project at your home. This is where a carport comes in handy.

Carports save the same purpose as garages as they can provide shelter for your vehicle to protect it from the elements like snow, rain, wind, and harsh sun. They are much cheaper to put up and can often be a quick d.i.y job completed in a weekend. Carports can come in a variety of styles and materials which is why there’s absolutely no reason for you to settle for a carport that won’t do your home any justice. Below are 7 top tips for carport designs.

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Yard and Garden Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

A well-kept garden creates an awesome first expression. If you're planning on putting your house on the market, a great garden can increase the street value of your property immensely. Let's face it, the garden and front yard is the first thing people will see. If you notice a lot of passersby stopping and taking selfies, you're probably doing a good job with your garden. But when even your neighbour's dog is wary of going anywhere near your garden, it's a sign that your garden is giving off a wild jungle vibe.

The yard, on the other hand, is a great way to entertain company during those perfect summer evenings. Think about it: your closest friends are congregating by your awesome outdoor setup, there's the mouthwatering smell of shrimp and steaks wafting off from the barbie, and there are plenty of ice-cold beers going around. This is why you need to keep your yard clean, functional and presentable.

But with all the plants, grass, gardening tools, equipment, and outdoor furniture, it's a tough job to keep your backyard and garden in pristine order. Thankfully, we have the perfect tips and tricks to help you on your way to backyard and garden perfection.

8 Easy Steps to Keep Your Garden Tools in Shape

Either for planting shrubs or sculpting and trimming hedges into green works of art, garden tools are essential to maintaining an inviting backyard and garden. But the wear and tear…

brought on by garden keeping takes a huge toll on garden tools. Rocks and dirt can dull them while exposure to weather can make them prone to rusting. Often, they get neglected during the winter as it’s not the weather for any gardening. But when spring rolls around, you get a hold of your gardening tools and find them rusty and ready for the trash.

Thankfully, there are ways you can salvage those tools and make them look and work like a champ again. Garden tools work best when they are cleaned and free from rust and dirt. Unless you plan to replace your tools every season, keeping them clean will make them last and be usable season after season. Follow the link below for 8 easy steps to keep your garden tools in tip-top shape.

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6 Tips to Keeping Your Garden Pet-friendly

The garden is an enticing environment for pets where they can run around and explore. Unlike the boring confines of the indoors, in the garden, they can lie on the cool grass, dig in the soft…

ground, chase birds all day, and make a buffet salad of your beloved plants. It's all fun and games until the dog gets poisoned by one of the plants and you have to rush the poor thing off to the vet.

The garden may seem like a safe enough place for your furry friend, but the truth is, there is a myriad of dangers in a typical garden that can spell doom for our pets. There’s mulch, fertilisers, pesticides, venomous creepy critters, and toxic pesticides. All these posing a serious threat to your pet, but you wouldn’t keep your pets indoors for the remainder of their natural life, do you? Take it from Martha Stewart as she has some great tips to keep your garden a pet-friendly environment.

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Budget Landscaping ideas

Imagine this: You walk past a house with a very scenic garden landscape filled with colourful flowers arranged in a neat row, slate stone steps looking like islands in a sea of luscious green grass. It gives off...

the impression that the owner of the house is also neat, orderly, and presentable. You get home to your modest garden thinking you too can have an awesome gardenscape. You call up landscaping professionals and are floored once you hear about the astronomical price tags a landscaping job comes with.

Landscaping your garden is a sure-fire way to catch people's attention. And you don't have to shell out some serious cash in order to enjoy one. WIth a little research and know-how, you can do a bit of landscaping to improve the look of your boring garden. Scour the internet for inspirations and decide on the look you’re after and then try it out. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it right the first time. The good thing is that you’re trying and you’re trying it on your own garden. As you progress, you should be able to go by feel knowing which goes where and what else you can do to add more punch to your gardenscape. Below are some budget landscaping ideas to help you get started.

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Yard and Garden

A well-kept backyard or garden speaks volumes about what people can expect once they do enter your home. If it's unkempt outside, people will assume it's a total jungle inside! This is...

quite acceptable during the cold and wet winter months when you can’t stay out and tend to your garden. But once spring rolls around, there is no excuse for having an unkempt backyard and garden. So avoid giving off a poor impression by including your backyard and garden in the spring cleaning grand plan.

Apart from the unfavourable impression an out of control backyard or garden makes, it can also be the source of many health risks. If you have dead rotten plants and carcasses of local wildlife scattered on your lawn, you have a problem. That is of course unless the zombie apocalypse vibe is what you were going for! Plus there could be a whole new ecosystem right in your yard, housing dangerous spiders, toads, and even snakes! So follow the guide below to make your yard and garden shine like a tropical paradise.

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How to Care for most Garden Furniture

Perfect outdoor weather conditions is a perfect time to have meals out in the garden or the backyard, free from the confines of the dining room. Or to entertain guests away from the stuffy…

living room. These are excellent reasons why outdoor furniture is still as popular as ever. Nowadays, the style and make of outdoor furniture rivals that of whatever furniture we have inside the home.

From wicker to teak to aluminium there are now more choices than ever, coming in designs that are elegant, durable, and functional. But whatever style or material you choose for your outdoor furniture, one thing remains the same: the need to care and clean them. Of course, as with any investment, you need to look after them to get your money’s worth out of them. Click on the link to know how you can care for your garden furniture to keep them looking great for a long time.

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Genius Tips For Organising Outside Your House

Backyards and gardens serve different purposes depending on the owner’s lifestyle. Health conscious people may grow fruit and vegetables for use in their meals. Those with kids might…

prefer to have a more child-friendly backyard with a mini playground to keep their young ones active. While socially inclined owners wish to make their backyard the perfect party venue complete with hanging lights, tables and chairs, an outdoor bar, and a barbecue the size of the outback!

Whatever your needs, one thing is certain: you must keep your lawn and garden well-organised to maximise its intended function! This makes some form of storage space, a must so that things can be put away tidily until they are needed. It keeps items such as tools and toys clean and free from weather damage and your backyard free from clutter.

The link below offers more genius tips to help organise the outside of your home

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Nifty Garden Storage Ideas

Gardening is one of the best hobbies you can try your hand at. You don't need to be athletic and nimble, or superhumanly strong and buff. You don't need the most expensive equipment to enjoy gardening either. While...

not all of us are born with greenfingers, with a little patience and care, you too can grow a garden that's Instagram worthy.

However, even the most modest of gardening tools still require good care so they can be effective and usable season after season. One way to care for them is to keep them in a safe storage space. An ordinary garden shed is sufficient to protect them from the elements and away from children and pets. Even without a proper shed, you can still find ingenious ways to keep tools safe and handy. The article below shows just how with a few nifty garden storage ideas.

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Top 12 Must have Garden Herbs

Herbs are wonderful plants, not only do they offer many health benefits, but they can also provide a cool and calming effect. They can cool and purify the air of toxins, are able to ward off a variety of pests, and getting down…

and dirty in the garden is a joyful hobby everyone should dig into. Herbs are great for cooking. Adding definite taste benefits to a variety of salads, soups, and pasta. So if you have a space for a garden, having a selection of herbs is a must!

But why do you need to plant herbs when you can get fresh ones from the market real quick? Having your own patch dedicated to herbs saves you the hassle of going to the market and picking out the freshest. If it came from your garden, you know that it’s fresh, without a doubt! Many people find gardening to be therapeutic and relaxing offering a zen-like experience. To know which herbs are the best, click on the link below for 12 must have garden herbs.

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7 insect-repellent Plants You Should Have in Your Garden

Nothing ruins a quiet dinner with the family in the dining room, or hosting an outdoor barbecue cook-out in your backyard than seeing scurrying cockroaches, or…

buzzing flies, or biting mosquitoes. Pests are as much of a nuisance inside your home as they are outside. By now, you’re wise enough to keep your hands off of toxic bug sprays or nasty rat poisons. They are health hazards waiting to happen, especially to your little kids and cuddly pets.

So how can you win the fight against pesky pests? Simple, by using plants! Nature has a way of dealing with pests as some plants can repel and drive them away. These plants may be repulsive to pests, but they are pleasing to humans. Some of them even have health benefits while others can be included in your kitchen recipes. Here are 7 insect-repellent plants that you should have in your garden.

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