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How NOT to Care for Your Vacuum

Saturday April 19, 2014

When vacuum care is missing in action, it can have a serious effect on the life of this cleaning tool. And it can end up costing you money to repair or replace it.

Do you find your vacuum isn't living up to its projected lifespan? A vacuum's life is impossible to estimate, because how much you use it can differ considerably from any projected lifespan based on average use. And your definition of  'average use' may not be the same as someone else's.

There's really no clear-cut time frame for a vacuum's lifespan, but with some TLC, you can hopefully extend its working years. When care is lacking, it can be short-lived.

Learn How NOT to care for your vacuum, so you can better understand what happens, when your standard of care isn't quite what the manufacturer had in mind. Your vacuum's life may depend on it.

Warning! It's a little tongue in cheek, but you'll get my drift. After all, it's a shame  to see people waste money, when some TLC can cure what ails your vacuum. Find out what you should change if you want to extend the life of your vacuum in:  Vacuum TLC Gone Wrong - How NOT to Care for Your Vacuum.

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Options for Reducing Household Waste

Thursday April 17, 2014

When in comes to managing waste, there are several options to reducing that abundance of trash we generate, some of which are recycling or composting.  But there's also practical appliances that can help to reduce the amount that goes to the landfill.

Simple recycling may be sufficient for some households, but others may need more help in way of  disposers or compactors.  While both help to reduce trash,  they have very different functions and even their installations differ.

Which one is best for you depends on a lot of factors including space or whether you're renting or own your home.  Some households employ a variety of tools and methods.  Learn more about these options and find one or two that work for you and can help you to better Manage Your Household Waste.

And Earth Day is coming right up! So get ready to make a difference.

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Tip of the Week: Springform Pan

Wednesday April 16, 2014

To make certain that you have inserted the bottom flat piece properly into the sides band section of a springform pan, have a look all the way around.

Missing a small area can easily happen. It's a quick visual that will confirm a proper seal and help to reduce the risk of dripping into your oven. You'll be glad you checked.

Read more:  Tips on Buying and Using a Springform Baking Pan

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If you like retro - you'll love the VFAN

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Vornado® recently released a reissue of their original metal fan from the 1940's and while the new VFAN is big on classic style, it's compact in size yet is an efficient air circulator.

This classic fan comes in three colors and though vintage looking, will blend into any living space. But be warned, it's bound to get a few admiring glances from your guests.

Learn more about this classic room fan in my: Vornado VFAN Air Circulator Review

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Sprouting Your Own Little Veggies

Monday April 14, 2014

I've been using a Biosta Seed Sprouter for decades and I'm still amazed at how fast you can grow sprouts, in the convenience of your own kitchen (or living room), with very little care.

A sprouter and special sprouting seeds are all you need to watch them grow and enjoy tasty mung beans, nutritious lentil or tangy radish sprouts and more.

In fact, there's so much more in way of sprouting seeds than when I first started growing sprouts. At that time, only four seed choices were available in my area. Now there's a wide variety available as well as mixed seed packages.

Learn more about sprouters and how they work in my: Seed Sprouter - Definition and Use.

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Problem Hands? Some Knives are Easier to Grasp

Saturday April 12, 2014

Having joined the growing number of North Americans who suffer from arthritis, I've experienced first hand how this disease can affect simple kitchen tasks like cutting, slicing and dicing. And when your grip on the knife is not firm, that can lead to injuries.

When buying a knife, there is a knife feature you can watch for that can make holding a knife more comfortable and the handle shape can also help improve control. For those who struggle with these kitchen tasks, there are other options to consider too.

Read more in my: How to Chose a Kitchen Knife for Better Handling, Control if Problem Hands

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Soniclean vacuums - how they cleaned in my home test

Friday April 11, 2014

There's no doubt given performance during my home test, that Soniclean's VT Plus Upright Vacuum uses a unique type of cleaning technology when it comes to carpets. And it certainly works! It's also fun to watch. This lightweight upright may be limited in function (no tools) but it sure is a delight to take for a spin.

Soniclean's smaller Handheld canister-style vacuum was also surprising, though it does not use the same technology as their upright model. Some things could benefit from a redesign, but power isn't one of them. Learn more about these two vacuums in my:

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Stylish Pet Food Storage

Thursday April 10, 2014

You have to hand it to Simplehuman®, they have a way of making even a pet food bin look like stylish food storage that belongs in a stainless kitchen.

It's airtight which is essential when it comes to food storage, with a removable BPA-free food-safe inner bucket and a robust lock-tight handle. The exterior is easy to keep clean and this pet food storage is available in different sizes. This bin would also be perfect for storing bird food.

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Tip of the Week: A little wipe is quick, easy

Wednesday April 9, 2014

After you use a counter appliance such as this KitchenAid stand mixer to make your favorite recipe, take a minute to give it a full wipe, even if it doesn't look like it needs it.

It's so easy to splash a little batter here and there, and very hard to see sometimes especially on a white appliance. Allowed to dry, it will be harder to get off later.

That wipe will ensure it stays a nice bright and shiny white (or whatever color your mixer is). Wipe the cord too; it has a tendency to pick up counter dirt easily.

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True or False: Mineral-free water best choice

Monday April 7, 2014

True! That would be the preferred water choice for all small appliances, but unfortunately, that can be hard on the budget. At the very minimum, use demineralized or distilled water in your steam iron, garment press, steam mop, steam generator or fabric/garment steamer.

Your fabric care appliances will love you for it and it will not spit out scale deposits on your garments and appliances will last longer. I try to keep a jug of distilled water on hand just for these appliances.

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