Clever shopping: Have a bite before grocery shopping

Have a bite before grocery shopping. Never go grocery shopping while you’re hungry. Shopping while hungry is bad for your budget, you tend to buy more.

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How to clean a baby carpet safely

Vacuum the entire carpet twice in different directions. Stains on carpets can be cleaned with a solution of water, ammonia and baking soda. Take a liter of water and 3 tablespoons of ammonia and mix the ingredients. Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Take your carpet brush, soak it in the solution and sweep out the baking soda in the same direction. Once the carpet is completely dry, vacuum the rest of baking soda once again.

Using natural cleaners is the safest way to clean baby rugs. Chemicals may stay on the carpet after cleaning and can cause the irritation of baby skin. Baking soda is a natural remedy and it is absolutely NON-toxic. Baking soda does not cause allergic reactions.

Juice and fruit stains on the carpet can be easily removed with hot soapy water.

Tea stains can be removed with vinegar. Mix one part vinegar with two parts water and apply to the stain. Use an old toothbrush for removing small stains.

Fine salt is an effective cleaning agent for grease stains. Pour some salt on the stain, let it set for a few minutes and then rub it with a wet cloth. Remove the rest with a vacuum cleaner.

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How to get rid of fruit flies

Fruit flies love moisture, are especially attracted to ripened and rotting fruits and food leftovers.

  • Make a trap. Sugar water helps to get rid of fruit flies. Take a bowl with hot water, pour some sugar in it, then put two tablespoons of white vinegar or apple vinegar and mix everything. Vinegar’s fragrance attracts fruit flies. The fruit flies fly in and drown.
  • Bag up all rotting fruits and vegetables and take the bag outside to the trash.
  • Always cover sweet fruit bowl or store fruit in the plastic fruit bowl with a net.
  • Don’t leave crumbs around the table.
  • Remove any leftover and clean your dishes after each meal.
  • Don’t over water plants. Remove dead leaves and other decaying stuff from the top of the soil.

 

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Remove stains from wooden kitchen utensils

Wooden kitchen utensils pick up stains from the various dishes. When your wooden kitchen utensils start to change their color, put them in the glass of carbonated mineral water and let them soak for 15-20 minutes. Carbon dioxide gas removes the discoloration. After that, wipe with a soft cloth or micro fiber cloth and air dry.

Rub the wooden kitchen utensils with some lemon peels, then rinse. Lemon acid has antibacterial properties and removes the discoloration.

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How to remove grease stains from wooden furniture

To remove grease stains from wooden furniture use a piece of absorbent paper as a blotter. Place the paper on top of the stain and press a warm iron on a low setting over the paper. Let it cool. Repeat if needed.

Use colorless dish soap or liquid dish detergent to cover the entire fresh grease spot on furniture. Let it soak for 2 minutes, then rinse with water and dry immediately with a soft cloth.

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Repotting a plant: Water the plant the day before transplanting

Do not water the plant before transplanting, because dry soil removes easier. Best water the plant the day before transplanting.

1. Remove the plant from the pot gently and free the roots from the substrate.

2. Cut away dead or rotted roots. Put some drainage to the bottom of the pot before repotting.

3. With slight rotating movements, set the plant in its new pot and fill it with substrate.

4. Gently shake the pot so that the substrate may settle. Add a little more soil, if necessary.

Do not water directly after repotting. Wait a few days, then water thoroughly.

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