7 Amazing Benefits of Having a Clean Home

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Are you familiar with that feeling from getting back home from work, seeing the clean and neatly organized furniture, newly washed sheets, fresh indoor air, and such? Ooohhh… that satisfying feeling that instantly puts us in a good mood.

We, of course, would want this every single day. Unfortunately, with all the other errands and work we need to get done, we tend to forget to keep our home clean. But do you know, there’s a lot more to it than just being a clean home and giving us that satisfying feeling — there are other benefits you can get! And this might just push you to put an extra effort to squeeze in keeping your home clean no matter how busy your day is.

Increased Immune Health

Keep your family feeling good and healthy by eliminating dust, mold, bacteria, etc, in your home. A dirty home can contain all these stuff that causes colds, viruses, and may even spread dangerous bacteria. Regular cleaning can help a lot in keeping you and your family away from sickness.

Self-accomplishment

Knowing that you’ve done something productive, plus seeing the lovely results, can extremely boost up your energy and make you feel happy! There’s nothing like the feeling of accomplishing something that you can sit back, look at it, and admire.

Promotes calmness

Having a dirty and disorganized home has no difference with the chaotic outside world. Our home is the place where we should be able to relax at. Coming home to a clean and tidy space will bring you calmness, peace, and tranquility – leaving all the noise and chaos outside of your home.

Lessen Allergies

A number of us have allergies, and n=some major causes are allergens from dust, molds, and such. Regular vacuuming and sweeping will help you get rid, or at least minimize those allergens. A clean hoe promotes fresh indoor air!

Get you some Exercise!

Get moving and get your blood flowing in a good way! A Lot of body movement is required when you clean your home -from mopping, vacuuming, lifting furniture, sweeping, and more! To make it more fun, add your favorite tune as your background music to keep the good mood!

Organized

One thing that can stress us out is having to look for simple things at the last minute and when you’re running late! Having a clean home come with it being organized. You would know where specific things are kept – saving you from future hassles!

Loving Guests!

Have you experienced feeling embarrassed having guests over because of the scattered toys of your children, or a pile of various books in your center table, and the likes? Well, you are not alone. Having a clean home means you are ready for any unexpected visits! This won’t require you to be piling up all the mess in a cabinet within a minute before opening the door for your guests!

6 Basic Tips for an Organized Home

A clean and organized home is just what we need to start a day right!

1. Hang Pans and Utensils in the Kitchen

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Stop wasting valuable space and start hanging pots, pans, and utensils. You can install small hooks on the sides of your cabinet’s exterior. Lessen the clutter and make things look more organized.

2. Install Sturdy Overhead Racks in Your Garage

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With all the various tools, materials, equipment – it may be a hard time to keep things looking tidy and making space in the garage. Overhead racks are your answer for an organized home!

3. Combine Clutter With Pretty

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We always have this spot where we drop things unconsciously until they become a clutter. Add a pretty accent to it – like a flower vase, table runner, and such.

4. One in One Out Rule

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This shouldn’t just be taught to kids. When you buy new things, let’s say a new shirt, look for old clothes you rarely use and toss it in the donation box.

5. Drawer Under the Bed

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There’s a lot of space under your bed that can be put to good use. Get drawer from an old cabinet or simply have one installed underneath.

6. Bedsheet During Playtime

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If you have kids and it’s their playtime, lay a blanket on they play area floor and stack all their toys there. Once playtime is over, simply bring all ends of the blanket together and dump all of the toys in the toy bin.

Proper Way to Replace an Old Kitchen Faucet Easily

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A kitchen will never be complete without a faucet to provide clean water. This plumbing fixture allows you to have a source of water to help prepare your meals or wash various items in your kitchen and dining room. Without the presence of a working faucet in your kitchen, all of your cooking duties will be severely compromised. If you are in the middle of this particular scenario, the best course of action is to determine why your kitchen faucet is malfunctioning and how it can be best resolved. To help you out, here are the certain replacement steps you should follow if you have a defective faucet in the kitchen.

First and foremost, you need to locate the water valves under your kitchen sink. Once you have located this specific valve, turn it off immediately. This step will stop the flow of water into your kitchen, giving you the freedom to take out your old faucet and replace it with a new one. After turning the valve off, turn on your faucet to drain the remaining water and relieving it from pressure.

Now that there is no water flowing into the faucet, you can now start disconnecting it. To do this feat, you’ll need a pair of channel-locking pliers and an adjustable wrench to help you out. Place the pliers on one end of the water line and use the wrench to loosen it from its position. If the water supply line is showing signs of wear and tear, you should think about replacing them too with a flexible variant. Furthermore, do remember to place a basin underneath the supply line because there will be water coming out once it has been loosened.

After disconnecting the supply line, you can then take out your old and malfunctioning faucet. Be careful as you are performing this step because you might cause damage to other plumbing pipes inside your kitchen sink. There will be some dirt that will come out too from your old faucet so you need to prepare for that as well.

By this time, you should take out your trusty tape measure. This tool will help you get the accurate diameter of the holes in your kitchen sink. Compare those readings with those of your new faucet’s dimensions. This should be done to ensure there will be a perfect fit between the replacement faucet and the sink in your kitchen.

As soon as the measurements match up, insert the new faucet into those holes and seal them with the help of a gasket. After sealing the new faucet, get your tools again to connect it to the water supply line. Once it has been connected, turn on your kitchen’s water valve and the faucet afterward. You can now check if your new faucet releases water using the right amount of pressure. To make sure everything is working fine, check the area under the sink for any water leaks.

Although it might seem daunting at first, anyone can replace an old and worn out faucet in the kitchen. With the proper set of tools and a little bit of patience, you can accomplish this task faster than what you expected.

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What’s that Smell? How I Banished Garbage Disposal Smells from My Sink

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There are places in the kitchen that seem to just gather smells. The trash can. The produce drawer in the fridge. The trap in the bottom of the dishwasher. The garbage disposal.

The thing that these all have in common is that they’re where food goes to decompose. It’s the bacteria that goes into decomposition that causes the smell. We don’t like these smells because they signal that bacteria – which our bodies, of course, are naturally averse to. Yes, that sickening feeling in your stomach when you smell your stinky garbage disposal is a survival thing.

Last week I was in the kitchen making some tacos for dinner for my two teenagers when I got a whiff of something that made my stomach lurch. What was that? I checked the fridge. Nope, that wasn’t it. I checked the trash can to find that it was empty (that boy of mine had taken out the trash!). Then I followed my nose to the sink to find the source – the garbage disposal! Ick!

Though everyone in my household is really good about keeping the water running while the garbage disposal is running, apparently that’s not enough to keep bacteria totally out. Who knew?

I quickly decided to come figure this problem out – after Taco Tuesday dinner of course.

Cleaning the garbage disposal blades

First off – NEVER STICK YOUR HAND OR ANOTHER OBJECT INTO YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL. I cannot overstate this. No smell is worth losing a finger or sending a rigid object flying towards you when your garbage disposal kicks it out. Cleaning your garbage disposal NEVER involves putting anything rigid down there, and of course, you should NEVER put your hand in the garbage disposal. You probably didn’t need to know that, but it’s worth saying firmly.

This part isn’t so hard. Luckily I had used some fresh lime juice to make the taco filling, so I was perfectly placed to get to the deep down smell. To clean garbage disposal blades, all you need to do is to put something down there and run the garbage disposal as usual. Here are some ideas.

  • Pour half a cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar down your garbage disposal and let sit for five minutes. Then run the hot water and turn on your garbage disposal.
  • Pour two cups of ice down your disposal. Add a cup of coarse salt. Turn on the cold water and run the disposal until the ice is gone.
  • Stuff the rind of two lemons or three limes down your garbage disposal and run as usual.

I, of course, used the lime rinds that I had leftover from Taco Tuesday. It worked like a charm!

How to clean a garbage disposal splash guard

This was SO much easier than I ever imagined.

What you need:

  • Old toothbrush
  • Antibacterial, anti-grease kitchen cleaner spray

All you’ve got to do is to lift up the corners of the splash guard and spray your cleaner, then scrub off the crud, one corner at a time. Again, NEVER stick your fingers down near the blades, even if the garbage disposal is off. Rinse with cold water, working your way around the edges. Take your time, running cold water to see how you’re doing. It’s cleaning the underside of the garbage disposal guard that makes the difference here, so get in there!

If you’ve never cleaned your splash guard (like me), then you might find that this takes a little while. But in ten minutes you’ll be done with the whole process! No more bacteria. No more smell. Next time I’m sending my sixteen-year-old to do this one. DIY I for everyone!

Meanwhile, if you need to get a new disposal, you can find them here.  (We will do a DIY article on how to replace them in the near future.  it’s not hard!).