Cleaning day at home is nothing less than a festival. It takes up the entire day and is very tiresome. Here are a few tips for you to make cleaning easy and less time-consuming.
- You can use a small paintbrush to clean tiny cracks or crevices of chandeliers, furniture, windows or any such areas which are otherwise impossible to reach. The soft bristles are perfect for dusting minute spaces and also delicate items such as porcelain or carved figurines.
- Removing stickers without a trace is a serious challenge. If you have removed as much of the sticker as possible, you can remove the rest with a little Ben Gay ointment and a blow dryer set on low heat. The same works on carpets also.
- To make the sink sparkle wipe a stainless steel sink with vinegar or a touch of oil on a cloth.
- Half a cup of pure lemon juice mixed with a cup of olive oil makes an excellent furniture polish, especially for hardwood furniture or floors.
- Toothpaste isn’t just for cavities. You can also use it as a great spot cleaner for marks on the floor and walls and for cleaning small pieces of jewelry and silver.
- The best way to dry curtains is to hang them outside, in a breezy place, away from direct sunlight so as to avoid bleaching. Letting curtains dry naturally in a hanging position allows the creases to fall out, and a quick iron afterwards will have them looking like new.
- While cleaning screens in electronic devices, it is safer to spray the cleaning liquid on the soft cloth and then use it on the screen instead of directly spraying it on the device.
- To clean wooden, glass and brass surfaces, use a mixture of baking soda, liquid soap and hot tap water. Shake well inside a spray bottle and use it on the surfaces to get sparkling results.
- Have you ever seen dust bunnies flying from your ceiling fan when you turn it on for the first time in weeks? You can get rid of those easily by placing an old pillowcase over one of the ceiling fan blades and slowly pulling off the pillowcase. The blades get dusted and the dust bunnies stay in the pillowcase, instead of parachuting to the floor.
- To remove stains on marble, sprinkle salt on a fresh cut lemon. Rub on the stain very lightly to avoid removing the polish on the surface. Wash off with soap and water.
Going green often doesn’t take too much effort. By following simple steps, you can contribute to the earth in big ways. Here are some such methods:
- Switch off lights and fans when not in use. Make sure all switches are off before you go to sleep. This can save hours of electricity from being wasted.
- Close the tap while brushing. It is said that leaving the tap open during the recommended two minutes of brushing can use up to 5 gallons of water every day.
- Take a bag along whenever you go to a shop. Shops charge you for every bag that you buy from them. Taking your own bag can save you money and also protect the environment.
- Encourage children to switch off computers and other video games devices after they have finished playing.
- Use public transport whenever possible. By driving your own vehicle, you are adding to the pollution in the atmosphere.
- Refrain from using vehicles if you have a short distance to cover. Walk that distance. It is also beneficial for your health.
- If you will be away from your computer for a long time, make sure you put it on sleep mode before you go. This will have save the energy consumed by the PC.
- Change the settings in your printer such that it prints on both sides of the paper. This helps to save a lot of paper.
- Other ways to save paper are reducing the margin and size of the font and images. An even better way would be to use soft copies instead of print outs.
- Use organic waste from the kitchen as compost for your garden.
These are only a drop from the ocean of easy ways to go green at home. But, every little step makes a big difference. Start small, today!
We are living in a period where extensive environment conservation is required. The small steps that we take at home can go a long way in helping keep the planet clean and green. One of the most basic ways to begin is by sorting out the garbage and disposing them properly. Following are the various categories under which you can segregate and sort the garbage at your home.
- Save newspapers separately. Remove any glossy leaflets or inserts from them.
- Pamphlets, magazines, glossy papers, phone books, envelopes and paper used in packaging can be stored together.
- Make sure there are no materials other than paper. Remove any rubber bands or plastic wrappers.
- Store cardboards and other thick papers separately. They are of higher recycle value than other kinds of paper.
- Plastic goods are grading differently according to their quality. However, it is wise to store them according to according to variety.
- Plastic bottles of all sizes can be stored together. Store plastic cans, cartons and plastic bags separately without any overlapping.
- Glass materials are usually recycled according to their color. Even then, it is safe to separate bottles from tube lights, bulb, mirrors, and sheet glass.
- Aluminum, Steel and Copper
- Tin cans that contained food have to be rinsed and dried.
- Aluminum foil, copper and bronze articles can be stored together for recycling.
- In case computers and mobile phones are in working condition, they can be sold or donated. If they are not, most companies encourage customers to return their products to the manufacturer. Alternatively, you can also deposit it at a local recycling station. There are a number of recycling stations all over the country.
- It is advisable to dispose batteries at a Hazardous Waste Collection site.
Our responsibility doesn’t stop with segregating the garbage. We must also encourage people who collect garbage to dispose them in the same way. This small act by each one of us can save the planet a few more years.
The bedroom is the most important room in the house. This is the place you can personalise and make it exclusively your own. Check out a few ideas to bring your bedroom to life.
- The best way to personalize your room is by pasting photographs of yourself, your friends and your family on the walls. The basic idea is to fill your room with memories. You could put these photographs in different frames, make your own collage or even your own chain of photographs hanging on the walls!
- Another way to personalize your room is to add lighting. Use fairy lights to adorn the walls along the sides or make your own table-side lamp.
- Pick and print out or design quotes from your favorite people and stick them on your walls. You could even paste pictures of your favorite celebrities.
- Select the bedding that goes with your personality. The color of the rugs, pillows and bed covers will reflect your character, making your room as unique as you.
- Put up a display cabinet and arrange all your prizes, medals and other collections.
- Make sure you frame and hang your best pieces of art to show off to guests.
With these tips in mind, start personalising your room today!