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We will not stay only in the kitchen, even though you can use most of the following  tricks there.

 

  1. Storing Of Lemons

Lemons always come in handy at home, whether you use them for your tea or for making homemade lemonade, so it is not unusual to buy many pieces at one time. To keep them good as long as possible, put them in a sealable bag and squeeze out as much air as possible. Then place the bag on the bottom of a fridge. While the lemons stored out of a fridge would dry out, those stored in a fridge will be great for several weeks.

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  1. Garlic Peeled Quickly

When you are preparing potato pancakes or pork with garlic next time, remember the following method of fast peeling of garlic. Divide the garlic into cloves, squeeze them gently with a cutting board or a platter and put them in a sealable container. Shake the container vigorously for a few minutes, so that the cloves will rub and peel themselves clean.

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  1. Silicone Will Help You To Fill Salt Or Pepper

How to pour ground pepper in a pepper shaker or how to fill a small salt shaker with salt without spilling it all over? A silicone muffin mould can be a great help for you so that you can accomplish the task easily.

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  1. The Muffins Without Cups

Have you ever made muffin dough and found out, you do not have enough cups for baking? You do not need to despair, as the cups can be easily replaced by the squares of the normal baking paper. Use a glass with the same diameter as the holes in the baking sheet, press the paper in and shape it inside.

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  1. A Cutting Board Not Slipping

Do you need to affix the cutting board, so that it did not move on the worktop while you are cutting? All you need to do is to spread a wet towel or a dishcloth below the cutting board and it will cling.

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  1. Storing Of Flip Flops

The flip-flops or sandals will survive the winter without pressing down the bends when you hang them on a hanger e.g. at the bottom of a cabinet. You can adjust a normal wire hanger by bending it to create a hanger for the flip flops.

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  1. Non Slippery Slippers

Do you know the uncomfortable feeling when your slippers slide on the floor? You can avoid it easily by applying a little matter with a melting gun on the soles, ideally into the recesses of the pattern, so that it did not protrude and pinch.

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  1. Peeling Of Ginger

You should always have some ginger at home in winter to use it as first aid for colds. We are going to advise you how to peel it easily without struggling with a knife on the surface unevenness or without cutting off too much pulp. Just take an ordinary spoon and try to peel the ginger with it.

 

  1. The Quick And Healthy Ice Cream

In winter, you usually do not have plentiful supplies of ice cream in your fridge. However, we have a tip for you how to meet you kids´ tastes quickly and healthily. Put an ordinary cheese dessert or yogurt in the freezer and stick wooden or plastic sticks from popsicles in it.

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  1. The Lemon Shine

Do you need to polish a water tap or other kind of chrome finish? You do not need to despair if you do not have a special agent at hand. Just use a half of a lemon that you have squeezed into your tea before. The lemon juice will create a beautiful lustre on the surface.

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The windows and mirrors, that do not fog. The water taps, the scale does not adhere to, and the floor, you can just wipe with water gently and the dirt is gone. You can have all these things with the help of the nanotechnology.

The nanotech is not associated with cleaning yet, but it has so many advantages that it should be from now on.

With the help of the nanotechnology products, the surfaces are coated with an ultrathin layer of silicon dioxide that is a microscopic layer of glass in the form of tiny nanoparticles. The surface treated with it can easily be washed only with water, it has a self-cleaning effect, it is protected against the subsequent contamination and it is hygienically clean.

“Its effects protect the treated surface from water, scale, misting, dirt and contamination, and thanks to its hydrophobic and antistatic effect makes further cleaning without the use of hazardous chemicals much easier. These products have a high cleaning power, high concentration and they dilute easily,” an expert says.

The nanoproducts are suitable for the treatment of flooring, such as tiles, stone, wood, vinyl, linoleum and laminate flooring, as well as for the glass surfaces of mirrors and windows, for the furniture, lacquered wood, imitations of leather and all kinds of plastics. These products can remove rust, scale and more. They create a surface, which repels the dirt and protect the materials from fungi and bacteria.

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How Does The Nanotech Work?

You may have already heard the term “the lotus effect”. If you watch a lotus in the nature, you will find that it is clean all the time, the water does not adhere to it, it runs down and rinses any possible dirt. And that is exactly how the surfaces of materials treated with nanotech products work.

The surface is vapour-permeable even after the application of the layer because the nano layer does not adhere using a binder, but only the chemical bonds and the magnetic forces. This makes the resulting protection surface resistant against the influence of frost and moisture, neither it is influenced by frequent changes of temperature or by the impact of chemicals.

The protective film ceases only by mechanical wear off or by gradual weathering, so the layer needs to be recovered after some time. Even the nanotechnology cannot guarantee the surfaces to be completely resistant to the contamination however it certainly prolongs considerably the time interval between the necessary maintenance, which is quicker and easier then. Moreover, it is also cheaper, because you need just water to remove any impurities.

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How Do You Use Them?

Perhaps you are slightly sceptical now and ask yourself, whether these products require any special treatment. But as we could test ourselves, you cannot see any difference. Pour the detergent into a bucket and then mop the floor as usually. You should only be careful about the recommended dosage, as these are mostly strong concentrates. You will see that the floor resists getting dirty and creating streaks considerably longer, it is shiny and it requires just sweeping.

 

An Effective Combat With Viruses

The nanotech cleaning products often contain the nanosilver. It is a natural and effective antibiotic that has a future use in medicine, too. It can eliminate 650 species of pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungi and moulds. The viruses and bacteria are becoming more and more resistant to antibiotics, but they are helpless against the bactericidal effect of silver nanoparticles, “a scientist says.

How to remove dust from the TV screen, computer monitor and form other electronic devices? If you do not want to damage them, do not grip the tissue and the window cleaner any more. We are going to tell about the correct procedures.

With most home electronics, it is not worth experimenting or using products with a different purpose, e.g. a window cleaner.  If you do not want to make more harm than good, you should follow these recommendations.

 

The Monitors And The TV Screens

You definitely should not use anything else then pure water and special detergents on the monitors and the TV screens. The market offers various kinds of sprays and kits for cleaning of the “black electronics” including the TVs, LCD displays and the PCs. There are also the special wipes or a very good “Swedish Cloth” with microfibers.

  1. First of all, remove the dust from the screen. Brushing or blowing with a cool air stream are the gentlest methods. You should not blow on it with your mouth, as you could splutter on the surface.
  2. If you want to use water (ideally distilled one, as the experts say), use only a very small amount and not directly on the screen (which also holds for the special cleaning liquids). Dampen a cloth with water and do not apply pressure when wiping the screen.
  3. Use a very soft microfiber cloth dampened with lukewarm, ideally distilled water. Never substitute the microfiber cloth with a paper towel, toilet paper or a normal cloth.
  4. Start the cleaning only when the TV is turned off and cool completely, as streaks always remain on a heated screen. It is best to unplug it before cleaning.

If you want to clean a screen or a monitor, special cleaners as well as an antistatic cloth are necessary, as the antistatic cloth helps to prevent dust from accumulating. When you buy a TV from a higher model series, an anti-static cloth is included. It is made of non-woven material, which prevents the adhesion of fibres to the screen.

 

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The Plastics Of The Home Electronics

Cleaning the plastic parts of the appliances, i.e. their “boxes” is easier; you just need a soft damp cloth with a very thin solution of dishwashing liquid. However, it only applies to hard gray plastics. The shiner the plastic is, the more care it needs to avoid visible streaks from forming.

The products designated for shiny plastics are available on the market, you can get them e.g. in the motoring equipment stores because they are often found in the car interiors. On plastics, particularly on the shiny kinds, do not use any abrasive products which might scratch them. Whenever you use the wet treatment, you need to polish the surface dry completely.

 

The CD And The DVD Players

In addition to surface cleaning, the CD and DVD players also need an occasional cleaning of the mechanics, which get clogged with dust. It can cause skipping of the CD and a poor playback. To clean the mechanics, you can buy and use a cleaning CD. If it does not help, you should better have it cleaned by a specialist technician.

Speaking of players – it is good to clean even the discs occasionally, which means simply wiping them with a microfiber cloth. Avoid polishing them with your sweatshirt or our trousers as you could scratch them. You can also use a cleaning spray or other detergents to clean the discs.

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How To Clean A Keyboard

First, disconnect the keyboard from the PC or turn the laptop off before attempting to clean it. Then turn it upside down and blow the dirt with a stream of air out. Rinse the individual keys with a cloth or a tissue with a drop of dishwashing liquid, but the cloth must never be dripping wet. The special cleaning products are available as well, such as a special “modelling clay”, which you press between the keys thus removing the dirt. You can also use a small brush.

We do not want to frighten you – not really. But if you do pay attention to the cleanliness, you should also look at places where normally the sun (or the bulb) does not get.

Is there an evil disease lurking in hidden corners of your apartment? Most likely, it is not. But when cleaning, it is good to remember the places you would normally ignore.

The bacteria are living with us, and they are good – it would be much worse without them. But they are not always helpful. Those living on a few forgotten and hardly ever cleaned places of your apartment can unnecessarily cause an infection (or just to be a mysterious source of unpleasant smells).

 

A Cup Of Coffee?

Most of us enjoy a cup of coffee or tea every day. While the standard and electric kettles are relatively easy to clean (because we are aware of their uncleanness), we tend to forget the coffee machines. That is way you should always keep your kitchen in the same condition in which you would like to see your favourite restaurant´s kitchen.

Although we do not realize it much, the coffee contains oils, which are very apt to deposit in coffee machines of all types. Although manufacturers recommend the standard procedures for cleaning of the filters, you should also clean all the parts that come in contact with coffee by means of vinegar about once every six months.

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The Enemy Lurks In The Bathroom

The bacteria like dark and damp places, which are numerous in a bathroom. You have one of them literary at your hand: when did you last look into your toothbrush cup? If it is more than a month, the toothbrush is now probably partially dipped in something you would not like to touch with your bare hand.

A bath mat is another treacherous place, as it soaks not only water but also the sweat from your feet. The best solution is to get a few bath mats and wash frequently – basically whenever you put the towels in the washing machine. You do not need to worry, unless your mat is soiled heavily, it will not do anything to the towels and the hot water with the washing powder remove the bacteria.

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The TV Addiction Is Harmful

Not only mentally harmful. Long sitting impairs your digestion, weakens your muscles and bring you about back problems – and you also touch ugly critters every day. Do not believe?

Try to get a close look at your remote control then. It is very likely, you will find greasy deposits around the buttons formed by your sweat combined with other particles, tiny crumbs of food, dust particles etc. Not to mention what a surprise you would find if you disassembled the remote control.

A similar problem appears on computer keyboards and mice or on mobile phones. Hardly anyone washes his or her hands before using them and that is how they look in a few months.

 

We keep the pets at home because they make us happy. Despite it, there are some troubles related to them, and the dog´s and cat´s owners are usually aware of them.

The pet s´ hair tends to get caught almost everywhere: on a sofa, on chairs, carpets and even on wooden furniture. But what can you do to avoid it? Try out the following tips.

 

Start From The Pet

The rule No 1 is: Take good care of your pet´s hair so that it does not lose it unnecessarily all over your apartment. In practice, it means to brush it twice a week, at least (but it naturally depends on the type of your pet´s hair and how often the pet moults). Regular bathing or trimming the hair also helps, if it appropriate for the breed.

 

The Furniture

If you have upholstered furniture and pieces with fabric coverings in you home, is recommended to use the double-sided tape or the rollers you use to remove the dust and hair from your clothes. But there is a drawback, however: the furniture´s surface is much larger then you clothes, so you will have to use plenty of the adhesive tape, especially if you have to get your chairs or couch rid of the hair continuously every day.

The alternative is a rubber glove; you moisten it and go lightly over the surface of the furniture. The hairs stick to it and you can rinse them away easily in a sink with a strainer. You can also spray the furniture with the mixture of water and fabric softener and wipe it gently away.

Use an anti-static spray and a soft cloth on any wooden furniture. The static is a major problem when removing your pet´s hair, because it causes its adhesion to places you want to remove it from. The spray for wooden furniture prevents the phenomenon.

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The Floors

The carpets are obviously the most likely items to capture the pet´s hair. If you want to have both pets and carpets at home, you will have to get accustomed to more frequent vacuuming. Still there may be some troubles, anyway.

To get the hair hidden inside the fibres out of the carpet, run it over against the direction of the texture with the bath pumice. The carpet fibres get straightened and you will have a better access to the dirt inside. When vacuum cleaning, do it against the direction of the texture first and then in other directions, to remove as much hair as possible.

On a smooth floor, do not sweep the hair, as it would only fly around the room or get caught in the broom; nor remove it with a wet cloth or a wet mop, because it would be difficult to get it out later. A dry electrostatic mop it is the best solution.

 

The Clothes

The classic sticky rollers are more useful on clothes than on the textile coated furniture. Keep one ready right in your hall, so it is always at hand when you are leaving your home.

Next method requires using a tumble dryer, if you have one at home. Even after a short tumble drying, the hairs fall off and gather in the filter, so you can remove them much more easily; the filter is intended for capturing of dry dirt, after all.