Hazards Associated With Cleaning Your Home

Keeping your home clean shows that you care about where you live. Despite your best efforts,without realizing it, while doing deep cleanings, you may use household cleaners that could be hazardous to your health. Many of these products have safety labels on them. You could save yourself and your family a visit to an emergency room simply by reading and following the usage directions on the container.

Clean your home safely

Other household cleaners may be products that you have used for years. The cleaners may have been used in your family for generations. But, that doesn’t mean that the products are always safe. In fact, hazards associated with products that you may use while cleaning your home range from minor to acute.

  • Acidic products and bleaches should be used while wearing gloves. Household cleaners made with corrosive chemicals should also be used while wearing gloves.
  • Bleach based household cleaners can be harmful to young lungs and skin. Open windows when using these products. Leave the room and get some fresh air if you start to feel congested or a burning sensation in your eyes or lungs.
  • Strong fragrances or scents in household cleaning products can irritate your respiratory system. Companies that make cleaning products don’t always reveal all the chemicals in their products. Pay attention to how you feel when using certain household products. Stop using products if you start to feel ill.
  • Products that contain chemicals like nitrites,carcinogens and diethanolamines could take years to show their effects. However,long term effects of these cleaners could help to create acute or chronic illnesses.
  • Steel scrubbers can chip, cut and damage your hands. Wear gloves when scrubbing with steel scrubs. Change the gloves if the scrubs start to tear the gloves. To protect your hands, also toss steel scrubs in the trash when the scrubs start to break down. Hard cleaning agents can speed up the breakdown of steel scrubs.

Plant based household cleaning products may be safer. Avoid mixing cleaners as a chemical in one cleaner could become toxic if combined with a chemical in another cleaner. As often as it is said, it is worth repeating – keep household cleaners (even if you deem them to be safe) out of the reach of children.

Teach children not to open the tops on products. Also, ensure cleaners that you bring into your home have a childproof cap or seal on them. When using cleaners, wipe appliances, counter tops and other areas dry before leaving the area. You may even decide to do heavy cleanings while your children are visiting relatives or outside playing.

Fresh scents can masks corrosive and other harmful chemicals in household cleaners. Before using products, including household cleaners that you’ve used for years, read safety warnings on the labeling. Open doors and windows as needed and take breaks between cleanings to avoid inhaling too much of any cleaner at once.Consult your physician if you or your child becomes ill after coming into contact with a household cleaner.

How to Save Money on Furniture

It’s amazing how one piece of carefully chosen, strategically placed furniture can drastically improve the look and feel of your kitchen, living room, or any other space in your home.

While it is very satisfying to pick out furniture that delights you every time you look at it, furnishing and decorating your home can take a big bite out of your budget. What many homeowners don’t stop to consider, however, is that it is possible to get good deals on nice furniture without depleting your bank account.

Here are a few strategies for accomplishing that.

  • Take advantage of sales, discount coupons, and closeouts. When a furniture outlet advertises that they “will not be undersold,” it’s often worth your while to stop over and take them up on that offer. First, however, it’s necessary to know what the competition is charging for the same or very similar furniture. Once you’re armed with that information, you’re in a good position to pay the lowest possible price. Like any type of shopping, comparing prices will save you money.
  • Dispense with your aversion to negotiating. Have you every heard people say “I hate negotiating” or “Negotiating makes me feel uncomfortable?” Are you one of those people? For whatever reason, it’s a mind set many people have. The disadvantage of thinking this way, however, is that you may be missing out on chances to save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars a year. When you add up the savings and realize all the worthwhile ways you can use that saved money, you may reconsider your position on practicing the art of negotiating!
  • Estate sales can potentially be a great source of good quality, reasonably priced furniture, and sometimes you can stumble upon incredible bargains. For obvious reasons, your ability to negotiate the best possible deal increases as the end of the sale approaches. When you play the “waiting game” or tell them you’ll come back later or tomorrow, you do run the risk of someone else snatching up that great dresser, coffee table, or antique lamp you had your eye on. Waiting can be a gamble which sometimes (but not always) pays off. There’s also an art and science to getting the best deals at antique shows, but effective bargaining requires the right mindset, a little knowledge, and plenty of practice.
  • Attending garage sales can also yield great bargains and unique finds. Homeowners holding garage sales are often motivated to liquidate their old furniture –especially if it’s a moving sale. If you’ve ever held a yard sale, yourself, you know that the last thing you want to do at the end of the day is to haul unsold furniture back to the house when the sale is over.

With a little research, friendly negotiating, and patience, finding great furniture for the right price is an attainable goal.
 

Homemade Drain Cleaner

Do you have clogged drains? All of us will experience a backed up drain at some point in our life. Store bought drain cleaners have harsh chemicals and can be expensive. Homemade drain cleaners can be an effective alternative to the store bought ones, and you probably have everything you need in your home already.

Here is how to clear your drain the natural way in just a few minutes:

1. Pour ½ cup baking soda into the drain.

2. Pour ½ cup of vinegar into the drain.

3. The ingredients will start bubbling and fizzing.

4. When the bubbling and fizzing has stopped pour boiling water into the drain.

5. Flush the drain with hot water.

You may have to do this a few times, but soon your drain should be as good as new.

Space Saving Tips for Small Bathrooms

A home with a small bathroom is a major turn-off for some potential home buyers. However, the reason they are displeased usually isn’t about the size of the room itself, it’s not being able to fit the features they want inside the room.

Considering how many large objects are usually in bathrooms, you would think they would contain a lot of square footage. That’s not the case, however, with many smaller homes.

In this article we’ll go over some tips for making the most of the space in your small bathroom, allowing you to fit more inside without making the room a claustrophobic nightmare.

Vertical space…

Use it. Most people forget that they’re only using about half the the space around the perimeter of their bathroom. You can install shelving that extends over your toilet or along the top of one of the walls to store things like towels and extra rolls of toilet paper.

Installing a large mirror with storage cabinets is another great way to take advantage of vertical space. You’ll get extra storage, save floor space, and create the illusion of openness by having a large mirror in the room.

Sink space savers

The space around bathroom sinks is seldom used to its fullest potential. If you have a wall mounted sink you can install a rack underneath to hold towels, mouth wash, or other bulky items.

If possible, use a rectangular shaped sink and mount it in the corner of the room. Narrower sinks open up more floor space, as does keeping it off to the corner.

Omit the tub

I’ve had an unopened container epsom salt sitting in my closet for years. I’ve been saying that I’ll use the next time I take a bath, but who knows when that will be. If having a bath tub isn’t necessary for you, go with a bathroom design that utilizes a stand-up shower instead of a bath tub.

Reach deep with sliding drawers

Instead of reaching behind boxes of Q-Tips and bottles of shampoo just to get your mouth wash, install sliding drawers that bring everything within reach.

You can utilize a sliding drawer in any vacant corners or spaces in your room. Are there a few inches between your toilet and the wall? It might be a good place to install an extra storage unit that slides out.

Prepare your battle station

Kitchen design takes advantage of several space-saving and convenient decorating techniques that are often left out of the bathroom. Instead of stuffing your hair dryer and curling iron into a drawer or leaving them on the counter, install a holster rack designed just for those tools.

Many good chefs keep their knives stuck to a magnet over the counter. You can utilize this technique in the bathroom as well. If you don’t want to have your tweezers hanging on your wall for everyone to see, install the magnetic strip behind your mirror to keep them out of sight.