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Month: January 2017 (page 1 of 5)

Kitchen Cabinet Installation – Step-By-Step Instructions on How to Install Kitchen Cabinets Yourself

Now that you have your new kitchen cabinets, you are ready to
move on to the next big step…..Installing your kitchen cabinets. While
the actual installation of the Kitchen Cabinets isn’tall that hard, the
critical first step is measuring and marking out where the cabinets
will go. By placing layout markings on the walls and floors, it will not
only help you with kitchen cabinet placement and stud locations, but it
will also help you locate where adjustments and shims will be required.
Before we get started there are a couple of items that you will need
for the project:

Pencil

Level or Laser Level

Drill

Tape Measure

Stud Finder

Clamps

1″ x 3″ Piece of lumber (6′-8′ in length) or an Inverted U-shaped frame (see notes below)

Shims

Screws (long enough to go 1 1/2 into the studs)

Utility knife or chisel

Marking Compass

An extra set of hands (you may have to bribe one of your friends)

As
I mentioned above, you have the option of using a piece of 1′ x 3′
lumber for the installation or building a frame to support the cabinets
(I have included a picture of a sample frame below). This can be made
out of 2′ x 4’s and should be tall enough to support the bottom of your
wall cabinets. If you plan on installing more than one kitchen, then I
would suggest the frame, but a piece of lumber will do just fine if this
is a one time event. In either case, you will need another set of hands
to help with the installation.

In this case we bought (RTA)
Ready-To-Assemble Kitchen Cabinets from RTA Kitchen & Bathroom
Cabinet Store. Now the kitchen cabinets are assembled, we are ready to
start marking out our layout lines. Some people start with the base
cabinets, but we are going to start with the wall cabinets first. There
is no right or wrong way to start, I just prefer to start with the upper
cabinets first.

1. Use a level and a pencil to draw a parallel
line across the wall about 3 inches up from the floor. Measure down from
this line, to the floor, and find the floors high point (if it has
one), and mark a line at that point. From that high point, Measure up 34
1/2 inches and draw a level line across the wall to designate the top
of the base cabinets.

2. Now that you have the top of the base
cabinets marked, measure up another 19 1/2 inches and a level line
across the wall to indicate the bottom of the wall cabinets. Lightly
mark each cabinets’ dimensions and placement on the wall to make sure
that your original layout is correct.

3. Use a stud finder to
locate the wall studs. Use a pencil to mark the stud locations at least 6
inches above and below the line for the bottom of the wall cabinets.
Draw straight vertical lines between the top and bottom marks to
indicate the center of the studs.

4. If you decided to go with the
piece of 1′ x 3′ lumber, now is where you will use (if you decided to
go with the U-shaped frame, it will come into play after all your lines
are laid out). Screw a temporary 1′ x 3′ support rail to the wall,
aligning the top edge of the rail with the line for the bottom edge of
the wall cabinets. Attach it by driving 3 or 4 two inch screws through
the rail into the wall studs.

5. Now that we have all the lines
marked, it is time to start installing your kitchen cabinets. We are
going to start with the corner cabinet (here is where your helper’s
extra set of hands will be needed). Place the corner cabinet onto the
temporary support rail and have your helper hold the corner cabinet in
place. Drill pilot holes through the sturdy cabinet back or its support
rail and into the wall studs. Screw the cabinet into the wall using two
screws that are long enough to penetrate the studs by at least 1 1/2
inches. Check the top of the cabinet for level and the front of the
cabinet for plumb. If you have to correct the position, just back the
screws out a little bit and top shims behind the cabinet at the stud
locations. If it is plumb and level, drive the screws all the way in and
add several more into each stud to ensure that the cabinet is secured
tightly to the wall.

6. Now we are going to move onto the cabinets on
either side of the corner cabinet. As you install each one, use the
clamps to secure each cabinet to the neighboring cabinet and then check
it for plumb with your level. On faceframe cabinets, it is a good idea
to drill two 1/8 inch pilot holes through the sides of the faceframe and
use screws. In this case, with frameless, ready-to-assemble kitchen
cabinets we are going to screw through the plywood sides and use shims
in between the cabinets to ensure a tight fit and make sure that the
cabinet faces are plumb.

7. After all the wall cabinets are in
place, install the corner or end base case cabinet. Use shims where
needed to level the cabinet and raise it up to the line which indicates
the high point of the floor. Be sure it is level from front to back and
from side to side, then screw it to the wall studs. If you don’t have a
diagonal corner cabinet or blind base cabinet in the corner, push the
adjoining cabinet into place and clamp the two units together. Add a
filler strip if needed to allow the doors and drawers enough clearance
to open and close properly. If necessary, tap shims under the cabinet
and behind it to adjust for plumb and level.

8. Drive screws
through the cabinet back (and shims) into the wall studs. Trim any
excess material from the shims with a sharp chisel or knife. Continue to
add adjoining cabinets in this manner, joining them the same way you
connected the wall cabinets in step 6.

9. If your cabinets end up
butting against another wall, you may need a filler strip to make up the
last few inches. If you have custom cabinets, they should have been
built to fill this gap, but if you are using stock or RTA Kitchen
Cabinets the filler strip may be needed. If you do need to use a filler
strip, leave the last cabinet detached from the other cabinets. Clamp a
straightedge to the face of the nearest installed unit, extending far
enough for you to put alignment marks on the end wall. Allow a 3/4″
offset behind those marks (for the thickness of the filler piece) and
fasten a cleat to the wall. Then install and fasten the last cabinet and
measure the gap between its face frame and the wall.

If the wall
is flat, simply rip the filler board to the required width and fasten it
in place. If the wall is irregular, you’ll have to scribe-fit the
filler board. Start by setting a marking compass to the width of the
gap, then place a strip of 1″-wide masking tape along the filler board
in the area where it needs to be trimmed. Clamp the board to the end
cabinet’s face frame, then trace the wall contour with the compass.
Remove the board and cut along the scribe line with a jig saw, then
reinstall it to check the fit. When it’s right, drive screws through the
adjacent face frame into the edge of the filler board. Screw or nail
the other side to the cleat.

At this point, your kitchen cabinet
installation is complete. If you purchased matching crown molding or any
other details, these should be easily installed now. Depending on
whether you had to use shims under the base cabinets, you may have to
install some trim pieces by the toe kicks to cover up the shims or any
gaps at the bottom of the kitchen cabinets.

I hope this helps make
your kitchen cabinet installation as smooth as possible. If you need
any help with cabinet selection, kitchen layout tips, or ideas for
cabinet styles, check out RTA Kitchen & Bathroom Cabinet Store

Organizing A Garage Sort And Categorize First

As a family gathers “things,” those items tend to collect in one or two places around the home. Many of the family possessions, tools, and boxes of small items find their way to the garage, remaining there in a disorganized way over the years. There is a better way to make use of the garage space that isn’t occupied by a car, but many homeowners avoid organizing a garage because they see it as a task that is too difficult.
While there is no way to completely avoid the time and effort it may take to organize years of clutter, a few simple steps may lead to a specific place for items that can still be available for use each day.
Sort your garage items – Organization begins with sorting and categorizing but there is a step in the garage process that comes first. Homeowners and family members should first empty the garage. Only then can the sorting and organizing begin. A few main categories will be helpful (tools, sporting goods, household items, lawn and garden supplies etc. One of the benefits of emptying the garage during the organizing process is that misplaced items will be uncovered and can be returned to the correct place in the home. If there are some possessions that would be better stored and accessed in the basement, set those aside as well. Homeowners discovered older, unwanted items that can be recycled, donated to a charity or, as a last resort, thrown away.
Separate seasonal items and equipment – It is relatively simple to install a rack or other place for hanging lawn maintenance equipment. This serves to keep the tools and equipment out of the way until they are needed. Grouping season-related tools and equipment together helps as well – snow blowers, shovels, sleds etc. separate from summer items. A cabinet can be designated for the items that are “out of season.” When that time of year arrives, the tools, equipment and sports items can be rotated out of the cabinet and onto the rack or exposed storage space.
Additional shelving and cabinets – Cleaning and organizing a garage using available space and shelving is enough of an improvement for many homeowners. But others choose to add storage cabinets or shelving to further organize their possessions. Garage organizers of various kinds can be purchased at hardware and home improvement stores. Several companies manufacture ready-made, sturdy shelves, racks and cabinets. In fact, garage organizers have become very popular and the industry has grown considerably over the past few years. Companies have created special use garage-organizing items that keep possessions out of the way but accessible.
Create efficient working area – Many garages lack a solid workbench or work table, so many homeowners choose to install one during garage organizing. Some even add a tool chest or toolbox, along with a pegboard for hanging small, often-used items.
Relocate trash and recycling bins – To make the organizing process more efficient, and to prepare for the future, it may be wise to locate trash and recycling bins near the garage entrance. This will help with disposal of items during cleaning and organizing and will also make the trash/recycling containers more accessible for future use.
Invest a little time in garage organizing and a few dollars in garage organizers to make the garage a more efficient part of the family property.

Shower Stop Leak Solutions

A leaking shower not only causes headaches but it can cost a fortune to repair if it is not attended to quickly and correctly. In the past shower repairs would mean the tiles would have to be removed and a waterproof membrane applied to ensure a water-tight seal. Nowadays, there are remedies which do not require any tile removal or changing any of the original aesthetics.

Its a fact, buildings move. Tiny shifts in underground stability or building settlement can cause cracks in your shower or bathroom. There are other causes, but a crack in the wall and floor junctions or in between grouting and tiling causes massive problems to the wall and floor behind them. By using the DiaOSeal system developed by Shower Repairs Plus, they can repair, re-seal and provide a water-tight shower or bathroom with a very long lasting finish. The DiaOSeal Hydro-barrier is a clear liquid that seals the tiled area, stops further leaks and is totally non-invasive.

Having a bathroom which has mould and mildew is not pleasant, although having a bathroom which leaks water onto woodwork, carpets and through ceilings can cause monumental damage. By fixing a leaking shower as soon as possible is the best and cheapest way to keep your house from severe damage.

Once the area is treated, the specialist DiaOSeal sealer is impenetrable by water, stops further leakages; it treats and seals the shower eliminating the failed membrane as well as being retaining its strength against chemical cleaners.

Do you require a service from Shower Repairs Plus? Inspect the taps and tap penetrations behind the flanges for water penetration or leaks. If the sealant is cracked, missing or look in poor condition, reseal the penetrations immediately. Check all of the fixtures and fittings. If a shower is on the first floor, check the ceiling below. If it is sagging, swelling or staining, you have a leak.

In tiled areas, checking the condition of the grout is vital in keeping a shower cubicle free from leaks. Any hair line cracks encourage the formation of efflorescence and carbon calamite. This is when the water seeps through to the cement work and dissolves the lime leaving white scaly salt deposit behind.

Dealing with a leaking shower is vitally important to be performed earlier rather than later. Any signs of damage or leaks, such as staining, cracks in the grouting, efflorescence and damaged walls, means water is leaking.
Silicone and cheap store purchased sealants can crack and age over time. Visually check the area yourself, but have Shower Repairs Plus carry out a compressive service on the shower and have it backed by a 12 written guarantee against leakage.

Acquiring Cheap Flooring Calls For A Little Effort

If you’re among those who can afford to remodel your home or office any time you want, that’s very nice for you. People who cannot renovate at the drop of a hat can still make needed home improvements. If you live on a budget, you can cut corners by using cheap flooring.

Cheap doesn’t mean using a product that won’t last more than a couple of months. It means getting a top notch product that can last for a long time. Many people aren’t aware of the deals that are obtainable, if you take the time to ask around.

One of the most popular options available is free flooring. This is not cheap flooring – it’s flooring at zero cost. Although you won’t need to pay for it, it is possible to occasionally discover a treasure for your home.

Often historic houses or busy companies don’t make the effort to fix up their floors, even if they simply need a little bit of work. Look into a local online forum. You can inquire if anyone has any flooring they would like to part with. Depending on the size of the room, you may even be able to get left-over brand new flooring.

But deciding on free flooring is most likely not going to get you sufficient material to do a big area. The best way to get cheap flooring for larger rooms is to go out to your local flooring center. Home improvement stores and furniture retailers that carry a variety of flooring types are the most effective resources.

Take the time to check out those in your vicinity, and ask specifically for discontinued flooring. A discontinued item is sold for much less since the store can’t order any more of it. They don’t sell it at the normal price because they are limited in how much they can sell you.

Online sites also sell cheap flooring. You will find discontinued products available on the internet also, but they may not be as attractive a bargain, because they often charge extra for shipping and handling.

These choices may require you to go beyond your comfort zone. If you are not comfortable with actively looking for cheap flooring, just be patient. At some point, there will probably be a sale on the items you desire. Of course, sales usually are not going to be as cheap as discontinued flooring, but you may save some money.

Actively seek the best deal and you are sure to find something that will work for you and your personal needs.

The Quiet Integrity Of Japanese Interior Design

The key point of all Japanese Interior Design is natural serenity, unostentatious refinement or, wabi, as the Japanese call it. While bright, bold colors are still used everywhere in Japan, they are done with restraint and they are used to express a profound awareness or concept of ying and yang. Colors, as well as other elements that are opposites, must work together in harmony. The balancing of light and space is the beginning element for all Japanese Interior Design.

Light is diffused and living and sleeping areas are flexible and usually have moveable screens. Some sleeping areas are futons put on the floor at night, then packed up during the day and stored for more living space. This might seem very strange for westerners, but it is the Japanese way of life. Japanese Interior Design is a simple form of design if you understand the underlying principles. Ignoring these principles will make Japanese Interior Design very difficult for the average Interior Designer.

The Japanese Home

The Japanese home is a private sanctuary hidden away from the chaos and hectic challenges of the world outside. The traditional dwellings are made from natural, organic materials, such as clay, straw, paper, woods (both hardwoods and bamboo) and stone. Japanese Interior Design also makes use of water, natural light and greenery. Again, the use of the ying and the yang are seen as the inside dweller is bringing the outside in to live in harmony. This timeless design is still a fascination to most designers.

The Japanese room is known for its clean lines and uncluttered look. There is furniture in a Japanese room, however, not very many pieces. The colors of Japanese Interior Design are usually quite subdued, showing preference for colors that are soft and quietly restrained. These colors are drawn from neutral palettes, incorporating grays, beiges, browns and off-whites. The majority of Japanese color schemes are monochromatic and lend themselves to dark hardwoods, polished concrete, bamboo or stones and pebbles.

The sliding doors in Japanese Interior Design are known as shoji screens, fusuma doors and ranma transoms. Another standard in Japanese homes are their floors. These innovative floors are a tatami mat flooring system. The tokonoma alcove is another element of the Japanese Interior Design home. This alcove is a spot for family treasures and artwork or seasonal decorations. You might find a bonsai, hanging scroll or ikebana displayed in the tokonoma alcove. This alcove serves as a similar role to a mantle over a fireplace in a Western home. If you are interested in reading an interesting interior design book, than a book on Japanese Interior Design is the book you should read as the Japanese are indeed a fascinating culture to study.

Finest Rubber Flooring And Waterproofing Solutions For Your Home

Revamp your leaking floors and roofs
Roofs are the backbone of any building. If the roofing is done in a proper manner, then it will sustain any calamities. Along with roofing, flooring of a home is also important. While making a home, flooring plays an essential role as it leads to a strong base. However, even after acting appropriately, hassles are faced and problems related to roofing and flooring erupts. The major threat to the floors and roofs is from water as it puffs up the floor and creates pores in the roof. If you face any of these problems, then it is important to take help from the experts who are having the knowledge to deal with such issues. Construction Companies offering handyman servicesin Maryland has created goodwill in the market by offering a wide number of waterproofing solutions for both roofs and floors. All across Maryland, handyman services is renowned for providing flooring and roofing solutions with ease.
Services offered by handyman
Once you contact flooring contractors MD, you will be able to get the ultimate solutions for the problems of leaking roofs and cracked floors. Rubber flooring is the specialty of handyman services and the material, which is used by them, is eco friendly. After you have contacted the firm, an expert professional will be at your service and understand the root cause of the problems, which you are facing with your floors. As varieties of rubber flooring options are available, you can take them into use accordingly. The material or rubber, which is used for flooring, is made in the manufacturing units of different construction firms with use of high-tech machines and technology. The rubber floors offered by flooring contractors MD are slip resistant and easy to clean. Unlike other rubber floors, rubber flooring done by flooring contractors at Maryland does not smell bad and have a longer life.
What more we have in our kitty for the residents of Maryland
As we believe in satisfying our customers with our services, we have a team of specialists and experts and through them, we are offering a wide number of waterproofing solutions that are mentioned below:
Traffic Coatings with use of Elastomeric and Urethane
Special coatings for water repelling
Sheet Membranes
Repair of spalls and restoration work
Installation of varieties of sealants
Masonry work and filling of cracks
Structural protection
Along with flooring, waterproofing solutions for the roofs is also provided. The waterproofing membrane, which is used by the flooring contractors, is of high standards which results in positive outcomes. No matter what is your requirement, flooring contractors at Maryland has the right membrane for use accordingly. Waterproofing membrane used by handyman servicesin Maryland is of Italian quality with membranes reinforced from polyester.

Deep Acne Scars The Best Dermal Filler To Correct Ice-pick, Rolling And Pock Marks Type Scarring

Reducing deep acne scars resulting from severe bouts of cystic or nodular lesions requires a well thought out cosmetic corrective plan. And according to reports in Dermatologic Surgery, popularized scar removal options like laser resurfacing may not satisfactorily smooth away deep acne scars. Yet, patients can readily witness scar depth reductions in indented acne scaring using aesthetic therapies such as dermal fillers.

Silicon based dermal fillers

In a 30-year perspective study of using dermal fillers to correct acne scars, doctors Jay Barnett and Channing Barnett deemed medical-grade liquid silicone the only filler substance that permanently and precisely corrects acne scars. During their investigation, the researchers reviewed the lives of five patients with a history of acne scarring. Each patient showed improvements from injections of liquid silicone at the initial treatment session and at 10-, 15-, and 30-year follow-up sessions.

Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers

Even though silicon based dermal fillers work, heavily marketed fillers made of hyaluronic acid also present a potential deep acne scarring corrective. While the results from dermal fillers can prove pleasantly dramatic, in the case of hyaluronic acid, the enhancements may only last six months. Moreover, most Food and Drug Administration approved dermal fillers like Perlane have only been tested on and prescribed for correction of nasal labial folds, not acne scars that can arise on multiple areas of the face.

Calcium-based dermal fillers

In a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, investigators tested a dermal filler composed of calcium hydroxylapatite to treat acne scars. Researchers used the filler to correct both round or saucerized acne scars, and deep acne scars with a sharp triangular shaped called “ice-pick” scars. After administering the dermal filler to ten patients with various types of acne scarring, the investigators found that only saucerized acne scars responded well to the treatment. Scar improvements lasted up to twelve months in some volunteers.

How to select a dermal filler

While dermal fillers offer dazzling results, they aren’t cheap. And typically, the longer the filler lasts, the more expensive the treatment. Dermal injections can run from $300 to $2000 for treated area so plan to spend smartly. Moreover, a dermal injection is only as aesthetically beautiful as the professional delivering the shot.

When seeking a dermal injection, seek a professional possessing experience with correcting deep acne scars with dermal fillers. Lastly, when using a dermal injection, make certain that you have your acne outbreaks under control because dermal injections are contraindicated for facial areas experiencing pain or inflammation, including pimples.

Sources:

Barnett, Jay & Channing Barnett. treatment of acne Scars with Liquid Silicone Injections: 30-Year Perspective. Dermatologic Surgery, November 2005; vol 31, no 4, pp 1542-1549.

Food and Drug Administration. Perlane Injectable Gel P040024s006 Labeling. May 2, 2007. http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/pdf4/p040024s006c.pdf

Goldberg, David; Snehal Amin & Mussarrat Hussein. Acne scar correction using calcium hydroxylapatite in a carrier-based gel. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, September 2006; vol 8, no 3, pp. 134-136.

Woo, S; J Park & & Y Kye. Resurfacing of Different Types of Facial Acne Scar With Short-Pulsed, Variable-Pulsed, and Dual-Mode Er:YAG Laser. Dermatologic Surgery, April 2004; vol 30, no 4, pp 488-493.

Popular Home Improvement Projects for Potomac, MD Homeowners

Whether done for simple maintenance, curb appeal or enhanced usability, home improvement is a common investment among residents in the Potomac, Maryland area. It is interesting to take a look at several of the most popular home improvement projects consumers in Potomac invest their time and money into year after year. This information sheds light on the best types of home improvement projects homeowners can tackle as well as the primary motivation they might have for doing so.

Roof Repair and Replacement

Roofing work is at or near the top of the list of most popular home improvement projects not only here in Maryland, but across the country. A fully functional roofing system is critical to the condition of a home because it protects the rest of the house from the attic on down to the foundation from water damage. Roofing contractors in Potomac are busy year round keeping up with requests for repair work and full replacement jobs in existing homes as well as installations in new construction. Roofing is one of the most essential home maintenance tasks because it impacts the livability of a home as well as its appearance.

Kitchen and Bath Remodeling

Kitchens and baths are some of the areas Potomac homeowners spend the most money on for a few different reasons. One reason is quite simply that these types of projects are more complicated, usually involving the work of multiple trades such as plumbing, electrical, flooring, paint and wall covering, and others. Another explanation is that homeowners understand that kitchens especially are a focal point of the home interior, on both a visual and functional level. Investing money in home improvement projects in kitchens and bathrooms makes sense because these areas will help resale down the line.

Interior/Exterior Painting

The same explanation also applies to paint work all through the home, both inside and out. Quality exterior painting greatly enhances curb appeal and gives prospective buyers a wonderful first impression when they pull up the driveway, and expert interior paint and wall covering work carries that feeling all through the house. It is no coincidence that painting is one of the most popular home improvement projects in Potomac, MD because it shares the same cosmetic and functional attributes found in roofing and kitchen/bath remodels. Home improvement is a serious investment, and the most popular projects are those delivering the biggest return on investment.

Ash Separator (Ash Can Filter)

Cleaning ash is both messy and dangerous. Naturally, homeowners might think of using a regular vacuum as a solution, but that would be a big mistake. Regular vacuums aren’t suited for this particular task and for some very good reasons.

The first and most obvious reflects the danger involved. Hot sparks and embers can endure for a long time while hidden in cool dust. When regular vacuums inhale them, paper filters catch fire and plastic melts. This is not a good thing.

Another reason is due to lack of containment. Particles pass easily through regular filters. An excess of fine dust leaves that lingering ashtray smell in the air and gray film on furniture, causing users to gag and experience that sticky icky feeling. Homeowners spend time and money cleaning their homes afterward. That’s too much aggravation.

Yet a third reason deals with debris that clogs vacuum bags and filters. Packed dust and other particles restrict the inflow, cause backup and weaken the suction. Users are left cleaning out their vacuums every few minutes.

The most critical reason why regular vacuums are insufficient, however, is that debris hinders performance, slowing operation over time. Fine dust and burning embers clog and damage the motor, causing irreparable damage. This is akin to an embolism going into the brain. Death can occur. Vacuums are no different.

The current market has two options for cleaning ash: the ash vacuum and the ash can filter also called “ash separator”. These two are not the same, but both guarantee impressive results.

Ash vacuums are designed to pick up cold or warm ash from fireplaces and stoves. They are constructed with fire-resistant materials and have a pre-filter cage for added protection. Their metal nozzles and steel canisters ensure that potentially dangerous debris is picked up and stored away safely and without a mess.

Ash can filters, on the other hand, have no motor but are reinforced with metal and are extremely durable. They require a connection with a regular vacuum for suction power, although this connection can be notably poor and the suction weak due to the ash filter’s internal capacity and clogs do occur on occasion. What makes them worthwhile is the fact they have a spark arrestor screen pre-filter to deflect hot sparks, smoldering embers and other dangerous particles. Ash can filters inhale only cooled fine ash, so their capabilities, though limited, are specialized.

By the way, ash vacuums run anywhere from $100 to $300 or more, depending on the brand and make.

Ash can filters fall in under $100, so buyers save some money on the latter.

House Cleaning Tips and Tricks

If you are like me, house cleaning is a job that gets constantly put off. I just don’t feel like there is enough time for me to mop, sweep, dust, scrub, scrape, and polish. Thankfully, there are people out there who have been doing this kind of thing for years. These professionals know the ins and outs of the job, and they will tell us the secrets to prevent it from taking over our lives.

Okay, let’s start in the kitchen. When attempting to scrub and sanitize this massive filth and germ attractor, be sure to start on the right side of the stove and work clockwise around the room. This will leave the stove, typically the dirtiest part of the kitchen, for the last task. By doing this, you are reducing the amount of dirt and grime you spread to other parts of the kitchen during your cleaning process.

While in the kitchen, make sure that you disinfect the sink when scrubbing it. Disinfecting and sanitizing this area regularly is very important because it has been proven that the kitchen sink actually contains more germs than the toilet bowl. Now moving on to the dishwasher, I find myself rationalizing that I can skip this machine because it’s getting cleaned every time I use it. Well, I could not be further from the truth. The dishwasher is home to caked on grime and many nasty germs like e-coli. Because of this, it needs to be wiped out regularly with a combination of baking soda and bleach. This combination will kill those germs while removing old, crusty food.

To avoid the manual labor of scrubbing the bottom of your oven, a great tool to use is an oven liner. This great invention can be wiped with a towel and placed in the dishwasher to be cleaned and used over and over. It will prevent the black soot that is so prevalent in ovens from coating the bottom of yours.

A great time saver when dealing with house cleaning is to clean as you go. A great example of this can be illustrated in the kitchen. As you prepare a meal, fill the sink with hot, soapy water. Place the preparation dishes in the water to soak as you enjoy the meal, and then do the same with the dinner dishes. By the time dessert is over, all of the dishes can be transported from the sink to the dishwasher with little or no scrubbing. Along these same lines, be sure to wipe up any spills as they happen. They will be much easier to eliminate this way, than if you wait until they harden.

Another time saver when it comes to house cleaning is to simply wash your shower curtain liner with a few towels in the laundry. This method will be much faster than trying to scrub the mildew and grime off by hand, and it is not nearly as disgusting either. Also, to easily tame the toilet, simply pour some tang in the bowl and let it stand for a few minutes. The citric acid works as a scrubber to eliminate all of those nasty stains.

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