Cleaning Kitchen Appliances

They get grimy, dirty, smelly and can be some of the dirtiest things in your home. What are they? Your kitchen appliances! But with some everyday household items and a little bit of elbow grease, your kitchen appliances can look and smell like new for many years to come.

 

To clean your dishwasher:

Regularly clean the seams and liner of your dishwasher this will help reduce bacteria buildup and improve its effectiveness.

Scour the inside of your dishwasher with a pad dipped in baking soda to remove residue and stains from the interior surface and crevices of your dishwasher.

Run a regular cycle of wash with lemonade. The ascorbic acid will help remove any remaining buildup, and leave your dishwasher smelling clean and fresh.

To clean your oven/range:

Loosen baked-on food inside your oven using a plastic spatula.

Use the juice from two squeezed lemons to clean your oven. Place the juice into an oven safe dish, throw in the lemon remains and bake 30 minutes at 250 degrees. Now you have a clean and fresh smelling oven.

To clean your refrigerator:

Clean your refrigerator monthly.

Remove all of the food from your refrigerator and discarding items that are aged or expired.

Create a paste from ½ cup of baking soda with 1 tbsp of vinegar. Apply the paste to a soft scouring pad, and scrub. Wipe away any residue with a damp sponge,

Vacuum the undercarriage of your fridge.

Wipe down the outside with warm water and vinegar.

Keep baking soda at the back of fridge to help keep it smelling fresh.

There is no need for fancy cleaning products the things you have around the house will do just fine.  Do you have any other tips for keeping your kitchen spic and span?

Focus On Your Personality While Furniture Shopping

When you welcome guests into your home, you’re inviting them to explore your personality, as they take in the pictures on your walls, your window treatments and the size and type of your furniture. Don’t opt for drab. Celebrate your guests by decorating your home with furniture that showcases the best of you. Create rooms that invite you and your guests to relax, feel cared for, energized, calm and inspired.

Your feelings are excellent guideposts
Start by focusing on furniture colors and texture. Colors, textures and styles of the furniture in your home have a positive or negative influence on your mood and energy. There are psychological color charts and emotional color wheels that explain the impact that different colors have on people. For example, purple generally represents mysterious, romantic and luxurious feelings.

But, don’t limit yourself to charts and color wheels. Trust your instincts. You may feel differently when you’re around certain colors than other people do. For example, you might feel powerful and energized while sitting on a black, leather sofa or while reclining in a forest green indoor hammock. Stay open to combining and blending colors. A peach colored three-seat sofa might work well with a yellow or purple lounge chair.

A good way to discover which types, textures and colors of furniture best align with your personality is to visit interior design stores. Pick a day when you’re schedule isn’t jammed with a list of to-dos. Check out different color pallets. Interior design stores may have color pallets at the front or center of their shops.

Don’t be afraid to ask clerks to suggest different colors and furniture styles that may work well in your house. You could also let the clerk know more about your personality, so he can offer better furniture suggestions.

Test drive furniture before you bring it home
Sit on furniture. Lay across store beds. Pay attention to whether your feet hang off the edge of the mattress and how you feel while laying on your back and left and right sides on store beds. Is the sofa long enough to allow you to nap on a lazy weekend afternoon or does the end of the sofa create a nagging ache in your neck?

Back to that leather sofa – does it look great in the showroom but stick to the backs of your legs each time you stand after sitting on it for a few minutes? Also, consider how well accessories at your house complement furniture you’re thinking about purchasing.

Perhaps more importantly, consider how you feel while looking at and sitting on furniture. Some furniture may bring on a bout of nostalgia. Other furniture may find you feeling aggressive or even emotionally flat.

Pay attention to these cues. Unless you’re an international concert performer who’s in a different town three to four nights a week, you’re probably going to spend a lot of time at home. Choose furniture that works for you, furniture that puts your personality center stage.