Keep pillows and comforters fluffy by using wool dryer balls during the dryer’s cycle.
The wool dryer balls help prevent down-filled items from becoming lumpy and are said to help prevent static cling and wrinkles, soften fabrics and help speed up the drying process. As a bonus, they contain no chemicals and can either be made or purchased online.
How to Make Wool Dryer Balls
Add a few drops of essential oils to the dryer balls to add a pleasant scent to your dried laundry.
Be aware that these dryer balls eventually breakdown after so many tumbles in the dryer, so they will need to be replaced.
If you do not have any dryer balls on hand, a clean, new tennis ball might due. However, test the ball first to see if the color may bleed on to your item. Be mindful of the heat level you use in your dryer as that may cause color to transfer from the tennis ball to the item being dried. To be safe, use a low heat or no heat cycle.
The dishwasher is a great convenience when it comes to cleaning, but some kitchen items should not be cleaned by the dishwasher as it may damage the item or the appliance itself. Here are the items you are better off cleaning by hand.
Some Plastic Items
Generally, reusable plastic cups and dishes are dishwasher safe. Check the item for markings that it is dishwasher safe. Even if the item is dishwasher safe, be sure to Continue reading
An oven that produces smoke when baking or broiling food might be due for a good cleaning or it may also indicate defective part or the need for a repair.
WARNING! Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read this before you start any repair.
If you have a new oven, it’s recommended that a “burn in” is performed before using it to bake or cook food. The smoke produced from the new oven burn in process can be caused by the protective coating used on new oven, or can even be caused by the insulation surrounding the oven. Once the burn in is completed, your oven should be smoke-free.
For more information about “New Oven Burn In”, see our blog post on the topic.
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A reminder for Halloween – never put seeds or pumpkin pulp in the sink drain, garbage disposer or the toilet. The pulp and seeds from the pumpkin can harden and clog the drain, sewer and even break the garbage disposer.
Instead, wrap up the inside material from the pumpkin in newspaper and dispose of it in the trash, or use it a garden compost pile.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds can be cleaned and baked as a treat! Here is a simple recipe.
- Gather and separate the pumpkin seeds from the pulp and rinse thoroughly to clean off any pulp. Place the wet seeds on a paper towel to dry.
- Mix the seeds with some melted butter and salt and spread apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
- Preheat the oven for 350°F. Place the baking sheet with seeds into the preheated oven and roast from 15-20 minutes.
Get creative by using different seasonings on your seeds. Make sweet pumpkin seeds by adding cinnamon, sugar or honey, or go spicy and add paprika, cumin and cayenne.
Your sheets might seem clean, but consider this fact from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, “the average adult person may shed up to 1.5 grams of skin in a day. This is enough to feed one million dust mites!”
In addition to sweat, skin oils, and saliva, your bed sheets could be harboring millions of dust mites and if you have allergies, this could be making them worse. To get rid of these mites, consider changing or washing your bed sheets once a week.
Here are some tips to get the cleanest sheets. Continue reading