A great Do It Yourself, Chemical Free Drain Cleaner you can use around your home in place of those harsh chemical clog cleaners you normally buy.
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With the winter season coming upon us, which in Vancouver is actually more of a rainy season, the important topic of having clean rain gutters comes up.
To ensure your gutters are functioning properly and draining the water it is recommended that you have them cleaned a few times per year.
Here are some great tips on what to look for and how to properly maintain your gutters.
Cleaning the Gutters:
There is absolutely no short cut to doing this, the only way is by getting up on the ladder and reaching into the gutters to pull out all the leaves but the best way to make your life a bit easier is to do this after a good rain.
The rain causes the leaves and other debris to stick together making it easier to take out.
To ensure your safety, always be sure to use a safe ladder and have someone around spotting you and no matter what, never try to reach further than you should.
Flush the Downspouts:
To flush the Downspouts clean, take the hose up with you on the ladder and spray water from the hose directly into the downspouts until they are flushed clean.
Inspect Fascia Boards:
Fascia Boards are the underside of your roof overhang that most gutters are attached to.
If they are not properly fastened the gutters can come loose when they are full of leaves and debris or during the next major storm and can end up damaging your home.
Another major problem to look for when inspecting your Fascia Boards is that since they are made of wood they can rot over long periods of time.
To avoid dry rot make sure there is no mould growing on the wood and ensure that all screws are tightly screwed in.
Repair Holes / Leaks:
Small holes and leaks in your gutter can be easily fixed by filling them in with putty or roofing cement.
Larger ones will need to be filled with fitted sheet metal so you may need to call a professional for that.
As the temperature begins to drop and the sun rises and sets later on in the day, it is a sign that the warm summer days are ending and the cold winter days are beginning.
For those who have fireplaces in their home, it also means that it is time to start lighting up ye ole’ fireplace to help keep their homes warm.
But before you do you might want to get a professional in for a WETT and SITE inspection in order to deem whether your fireplace is safe to use or if you may need to have some work done on it first.
WETT stands for Wood Energy Technology Transfer inspection of a solid fuel-burning system.
It must be performed by a WETT Certified professional for compliance with applicable codes and standards.
SITE is a set of standardised guidelines and procedures that are done in three levels.
Level 1 (Readily Accessible):
The system can be described as quickly or easily reached for inspection.
Level 2 (Accessible):
The system can be described as reachable for the purpose of inspection / evaluation.
Access could first require the moving or removal of a panel, door or other types of covering and could require the use of ladders and common tools such as a screwdriver, wrench or hammer.
Level 3 (Concealed Accessibility):
The system can be described as accessible only by invasive means.
This may require the removal of constructed area of the system or building to gain access for the purpose of implementing a level-3 inspection / evaluation.
It may also require the use of speciality tools and equipment.
So before you light up that fireplace this upcoming Winter be sure to give some professionals a call and schedule your inspection.
The holidays are coming up and the beginning of Fall is the perfect time to begin cleaning up your home to avoid that huge job a week before the holiday season.
Here are a few places you can start decluttering to help get a start on your fall cleaning.
Take all the spices, seasonings and condiments out of the cabinet and give the shelves a quick cleaning.
Before putting everything back in the cabinet be sure to check on their expiration dates and throw out any expired products.
Our freezers usually become like a black hole, things go in but many never come out.
Unplug your freezer and let any ice that has been building up for months to defrost, pull out all the items you have inside and go through them one by one seeing what can be put back in and what you should just go ahead and dispose of.
Now that summer is over it is time to take a look at what you really did wear and what you bought but never got to wearing.
Choose what you want to keep and what you may want to donate or sell.
While you have all those shoes out be sure to give the closet or shoe rack a good dusting.
Any toys that your kids have outgrown should be gotten rid of now in the fall in order to make room for the new toys coming for the Holidays.
Clean up, repair and put away your garden tools and supplies so they will be clean and ready to be used for next spring.
Do a quick sweep and dust in your living room, collect all outdated magazines and books you know you will never read again or are not interested in reading and donate them to your local library and make space for the new ones.
Most of us have some beauty products laying around in our bathroom that we bought months, maybe even years ago and have never touched them or we tried them but didn’t like them so we just left them there to gather dust.
It’s time to gather up all these products and get rid of them, maybe ask some friends there is always a few of them that will gladly take some beauty products off of your hands.
We have all used rubbing alcohol to clean out cuts before putting on a band-aid but did you know that rubbing alcohol is a great choice for disinfecting more stuff than just your bruises?
You can use it to clean your bathroom, kitchen and many other places.
Get rid of water stains and keep your mirror and any other reflective surfaces streak free by wiping it down with rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth.
Add a little bit to a clean cloth and use it to wipe down your granite counter tops to give it a nice shine.
Your blinds attract a ton of dust and grime coming in from the outside so instead of just giving it the usual dusting, give it a nice wipe down afterwards with some alcohol to help kill any bacteria.
Fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and spray a little bit throughout your room to help eliminate lingering odours.
If you have some ink stains on your clothes, give it a pre-wash with some alcohol, it will ensure that when you wash the piece of clothing the stains will come right off.
Vinegar is one of the best choices when wanting to do an eco-friendly cleaning.
Unfortunately, Vinegar has that horrible smell that you really would not want your home to smell like after cleaning it.
The easy solution to that problem is a great solution you can make that will make your vinegar solution smell good and still be as effective as ever.
All you will need to make this cleaning solution is the following:
Gather up a few dried pine needles that you can find on the floor beneath the evergreen tree, remove the needles and place them into a glass jar.
Fill the jar with white vinegar until all of the needles are covered.
Put the lid back on the jar, make sure it is sealed nice and tight, then put the jar in a dark cupboard to sit for a few weeks.
We recommend to let the needles soak for at least five weeks before using.
After you have let the solution sit for a few weeks, filter the needles out of the vinegar using a colander and you are done.
Use about 1/3 of the vinegar mixed with 2/3 of water for a general cleaning.
* For best results for your vinegar solution, be sure to store it in a cool, dark place when you are not using it.
If you have knives in your kitchen that contain rust stains and just can’t get the rust off of the blades, here is an easy and natural solution to try out.
All you will need is a cup, some lemon juice, some warm water and a dish scrubber.
The first thing you need to do before anything is to gather up all the knives that have rust stains on them.
Next, fill the cup ½ way with warm water and the following ½ with lemon juice.
Make sure it is a cup large enough so that the entire blade of each knife can be soaked in the lemon / water solution.
Set the knives in and let them soak for about ten minutes.
Once the ten minutes pass, most of the rust on the knives should have come off by itself but if any still remains on the knives just grab the dish scrubber and give the remaining rust spots a good scrubbing.
If the rust is still stuck on the blades of the knives you may need to let them soak in the water / lemon juice solution for a bit longer than ten minutes.
We have been using salt for as long as we can remember and have figured out thousands of ways to put it to use but just in case you haven’t heard of some of the cleaning methods you can use, here is a list.
* We actually made a whole post on this a few weeks back, read the entire article here.
When the stove finally cools down just wipe it up.
Rinse the clothing afterwards, if you see the water is coming out in the colour of the clothing repeat the steps mentioned above.
You have cleaned the glass from your oven doors from both the inside and outside but have you ever cleaned between both glass oven doors?
Grease and grime get wedged in that hard to reach place on a constant basis and most people aren’t sure how to clean it.
Here is a great tip on how to do so.
We recommend you use a ruler because it is both long enough to reach up inside the oven door and sturdy enough for you to move around in the tight space.
Soak the cleaning wipe in a solution made of vinegar and water.
Wrap the cleaning wipe around the ruler and use the rubber bands to hold in place.
Remove the bottom drawer of your oven and find the rectangular vent located on the oven door.
Some ovens have the vent on the top and bottom of the door while others feature a vent only on the bottom.
Insert your home-made cleaning tool through the vent and make sure there is enough space to be able to move it around, you do not want to risk it getting stuck.
If it is the right size, run the cleaning wipe along the dirty glass to clean off all the grime and grease.
You may have to replace the cleaning wipe a few times before your glass oven doors are fully clean.
The name stainless steel always seems to deceive as the name sounds like you should not have to worry about any stains, perhaps it may be stain proof but that is so not true.
If you are looking for some great home-made solutions to put the shine back into your stainless steel sink, try some of our recipes listed below.
To clean your sink, try making a paste consisting of baking soda and water which you will rub onto your sink and let it sit for a few minutes then give it a good rinse to wash all the paste off.
Your sink should be looking brand new.
A great and simple solution for removing water spots is by dipping a sponge into white vinegar and rub the water stained spots.
This trick also works great for removing rust.
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We found out from our experience that this is the fastest and the most efficient way of cleaning your home.
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