So simple and literally nothing to do except buy and install. This idea uses two toilet paper roll hangers and a matching towel rack. The toilet paper roll hangers are face in opposite directions for design aesthetics. The towel rack has small s hooks added to rod to allow for necklace display. Very cool and super easy – we like that the best!
Although you may be tempted to avoid the prices of professional contractors, you will often need their help in dealing with maintenance and home improvement. Home repairs and maintenance can turn out to be trick and complex for those with no experience of their own, so it is likely you may do more harm than good. If you don’t have the experience you can do some simple maintenance done by following these tips:
- The Toilet
Any water leaking from the tank in your toilet and going down the drain results in money literally going down the drain as well. This can have variations, such as dealing different levels of water damage to your bathroom as well. If you want to find whether your toilet is leaking, then you should add a bit of food coloring to the tank itself. Come back after an hour or so and check the color of the water in the bowl. If you find out the toilet is leaking, then you will need to replace the flapper or seals. Remember to shut off the water so you’ll be able to work in peace. Flush the toilet so the tank will be empty and dismantle the mechanism so you’ll be able to change the flapper. Place the new one on and replace everything the way it was before turning the water back on.
- The Faucets
If the faucets around your home are leaking, this means you have washers that have been worn out with use. These types of seals are used inside the handles of your faucets, but in most cases they are made of rubber which wears out quickly. You should replace them by once again closing the main water supply, then unscrewing the handle and replacing the old washer with a new one so it will seal properly.
- The Washing Machine and Dryer
You should check your washing machine on a regular basis for any possible leaks or other mechanical issues. You should keep in mind that the most commonly used reason for insurance claims is the possible leaks in the machine’s water supply. Check the water lines at least once a year and replace them if you see evidence of any corrosion or leaks. You should check for possible discoloration of metal pipes as this may indicate issues that need to be addressed. The drain hoses of your washing machine are very important as they are pretty much one of the few things that stops the water flow from invading your floors.
You should also see how well the drain lines are fitted by using pliers to check the tension. You should make sure they are tightened up until you can’t tighten any more. Any plastic lines should be replaced every three years or so.
The dryer on the other hand will need to be cleaned from lint as often as possible, otherwise you risk letting it collect and heat up until the point of ignition. Regular cleaning will also prolong the life of the heating elements inside.
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Use a large clear glass vase.Place four to six small gold/silver glass ornaments in the bottom (you can get these on clearance now). Put a toilet paper roll in the middle and place ornaments all around the toilet paper tube. This gives a round nesting area for the candle. On top of the toilet paper tube place silver.gold ribbons that you have curled. On top of that place a white (in glass jar) candle on top of the ribbons. The 2013 sign was created by cutting pieces of paper to fit the photo areas of the frame. each was hand written (or if you are computer savvy this can be done on the computer). Great centerpiece. (You could also try using all black and white ornament balls) (You can spray paint old ornaments to give uniform look also.)
Shower and Tub: Scrub as you normally do, this time also removing your shower curtain to launder or use a heavy duty soap scum remover to get the grime off of shower doors.
Toilet: Get into all of those nooks and crannies, and that includes the parts that no one sees behind the porcelain throne and underneath.
Medicine Cabinet: Remove everything from your medicine cabinet and any other cupboards or cabinets you use to store bathroom products and thoroughly clean all surfaces. You’ll be surprised at how much soapy residue or old shampoo – or just plain dust – has accumulated in there. This is a great time to throw stuff out- and don’t be bashful! If you feel bad about throwing away half-full cosmetics or shampoos, put them in a yard sale. People will buy them.
Sinks and Mirrors: Follow your usual routine, but this time, add q-tips to your arsenal to really get into each crevice of your mirror and bathroom fixtures.
Bathroom Trash Can: Can liners only can do so much from keeping dirt and germs from the surface of your trash can. Spring cleaning is a great time to actually clean and deoderize this container. Hint: the tub is a good place to do the cleaning, before you scrub the tub.
It’s time to get your home spring-ready. More than likely you have been buying the same cleaning products for years. However, it’s a good idea to consider switching to cleaning products tagged green or good for the environment. They aren’t just at specialty stores anymore; they’re popping up every day at grocery stores and supercenters. With more options comes confusion and uncertainty.
To cut through it all, we talked to Matt Pliszka, a scientist with Simply Safe Products. His company’s mission is to bring green cleaning to the mass market at an affordable price.
What should you look for in a green cleaning product?
First, look at your mainstream traditional brands. If the label says “warning, corrosive, danger,” that should be a big tip-off. If it burns the skin, then chances are it’s not good for you or the environment. Things to look for on the label are “non-hazardous,” “mild or nonirritant,” and “neutral pH.”
What does neutral pH mean?
A pH in the 7 range, that’s the pH of water. Alkalinity can cause skin irritation and other issues. Generally, if there is no mention of pH, then the product is either an acid or alkaline.
If it has a neutral pH, how does it clean?
Neutral pH cleaners use detergents and get underneath the soil to loosen it from below. Then wiping takes soil away. The detergents release the soils from the surface.Chemical cleaning agents attack the soil and surface, which can be very aggressive. Chemical cleaning also doesn’tjust stop at soil, which is why the surface you’re cleaning can become marred or ruined.
I have noticed a lot of cleaners use citrus or say they are all-natural. Are these green?
There’s an assumption that if it’s all-natural, it’s safe and environmentally friendly. Not necessarily true. Many orange cleaners use d-limonene from orange peels. It is a great cleaning agent for grease, but it’s flammable and an air pollutant. If you see a cleaning agent that says all-natural, be suspicious; there’s a lot of chemical processing involved in converting fruits into cleaning agents. Likewise for nontoxic because household cleaners are never meant to be consumed.
Which cleaning products are the biggest offenders?
Drain cleaners are the most hazardous. There really is no other option, so buyjust enough for one use. Of the most commonly used products, dishwasher detergents, tub-and-tile cleaners, and toilet bowl cleaners are the worst. Look for dishwasher detergents that contain no phosphates. Waste-treatment plants cannot remove phosphates, so they end up in natural water areas. •