Carpet care 101: It starts with you — July 24, 2017

Carpet care 101: It starts with you

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Caring for your lovely carpet is easy when you follow a certain cleaning process. Here’s what yours needs.

You bought a lovely carpet for your living room floor when you moved into your new house. By any standards, it is a stunning piece of work – thick and luxuriant, it adds glamour and elegance to your home.

But it is also the source of much heartburn and dismay. Your little children are always dropping food and juice on the floor. Sometimes, another member of the family trails dirt into the home. You are on constant vigil against dirt, spills and stains on your beloved carpet. There haven’t been any major hazards by now, but what if there are? If your carpet is irreparably spoilt, you might need to discard it for another.

The problem of how to remove carpet stains is compounded by thick, fluffy carpets that hide their stains better than others. So it might be a while before you spot an old dried stain – which might become impossible to clean at all.

How to remove carpet stains using Vanish

  • Only a really clean carpet can show its stains even from a distance. So start your carpet care by vacuuming it first. This will help you dislodge dust and keep your carpet primed for stain removal whenever needed.
  • Whenever there is a food spill or a mess made by your child or pet, get to work at once. Remove as much of the spill as possible using a paper towel.
  • Now blot the stain with wet paper towel. Take care not to rub the stain or dab hard, or the stain will set into the fibres and become difficult to remove.
  • Take Vanish Oxi Action Carpet & Upholstery Pre-Treat Spray and use it on the stain. Spray it directly and leave it to work on the stain for about five minutes. After this, the stain will be gone and the carpet can be washed as normal.
  • If the stain was not removed completely with the Vanish spray, you will need Vanish’s carpet shampoo for the job. Add the product to the stain as directed to cover it completely. Here’s how you prepare the shampoo: Mix 1 part shampoo to 9 parts cold water and create foam from it. Apply the foam on the stain using a soft brush. Now allow the foam to dry before vacuuming away the residue. The foam takes the stain with it.
  • in case you spot an older stain, take a capful of the Vanish carpet shampoo and pour it over the stain. Leave it on for about 5 minutes and then wipe with a clean cotton cloth gently.
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Why to avoid soap residue on dishes — July 21, 2017

Why to avoid soap residue on dishes

When you clean the dishes with hands or in a dishwasher, you might have noticed minor stains of soap residue on the dishes. It happens with almost everyone who cleans the dishes at home, hotel or restaurant. The first question that comes to mind is if the residue is harmful to the health or not. Most of the countries force the companies to write the chemical composition of the detergents on the pack. However, in some locations, it is not mandatory. We often miss to check the ingredients and do not realize how potent these dishwasher detergents can be. We have compiled a list of chemicals found in different dishwasher detergents with their effect on the health to give you an idea.

  • Ammonia: If you are familiar with the chemical, you must be aware of the fact that it can damage eyes, skin and respiratory tract.
  • Cocamide Dea: Though it is a modified form of coconut oil which is completely harmful, this chemical is a possible carcinogen that means it can cause cancer.
  • Coal tar dyes: These dyes though present in small amounts in most of the detergents, they can carry heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium and lead which is not good for health at all.
  • Formaldehyde: The trade names of the chemical are methylene oxide, methanol and methyl aldehyde. It can cause cancer along with allergies and asthma.
  • Chlorine bleach: It is one of the most common ingredients of a dishwasher and it is used in concentrated form. It can cause breathing problems and is considered one of the main reasons of household poisoning.
  • Phosphates: Banned in some countries, phosphate is still used in many geographical locations in dishwasher detergents. This chemical helps in removing the food residues from the dishes. It can cause severe environmental damage and health problems.
  • Glycol Ethers: These chemicals help in breaking down the grease in the food. It can cause irritation, intoxication and anemia as well.
  • Sodium Borate: It can cause hormonal disorders.
  • Fragrance: It feels good to use scented dishwasher but the industry uses more than 3000 chemicals to create different fragrances and any one of them can be dangerous and cause an allergic

Now you have some idea about the chemicals in the soap detergents you are using. Even the best dishwasher detergents have some chemicals so that you can get the completely cleaned dishes. In order to make sure that no one in your family comes in contact with the harmful effects of these chemicals, you should not leave any residual traces of soap or detergent on the dishes.

There are chances that your dishwasher needs repair or cleaning which may cause it to malfunction. If you wash dishes with hands, make sure that the tap water is not hard. If it is, you can use special soap or tablets available in the market to treat water before using it. Hard water also leaves stains on the dishes which are not easy to clean. Treating hard water before using it for any household work can save your family from many trips to ER. Stay safe and remember to learn about the composition of the detergents you are going to buy.

How to clean your dishwasher —

How to clean your dishwasher

 

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Do you know that dishwasher you have bought can go filthy if not taken care of? Or you have already turned it into a mess? Well, it happens with every one of us and we have to understand that dishwasher needs to be cleaned regularly. Most of us think that it runs hot water and soap all the time then it should be clean but the food particles often settle down in the places where you cannot even imagine. It leads to the dirty dishwasher and funky smell which is not good for health.

It is not a hard task to clean the dishwasher. There are certain dishwasher cleaners available in the market as well but it is always good to give it some personal touch every once in a while. We have listed down a few points and steps which will help you in understanding the process.

You will need:

  • White vinegar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Baking soda
  • Pieces of cloth
  • Toothpicks and a toothbrush
  1. First of all, run the dishwasher and wait till it completes a cycle. Now remove all the trays and racks from the dishwasher.
  2. There are holes on the spinning arm. Check them first. If they look like holding some leftover food material, use the toothpicks to clean them. It may take a little time and patience so be prepared for it. These holes should be clean to ensure proper flow of water during the cleaning cycles.
  3. Now, check under the door of the dishwasher and see if there is any leftover material there. If it is not getting cleaned properly, disassemble it in your sink and use a toothbrush to clean it. Add a little baking soda on the toothbrush to make it shiny again.
  4. Next step is to clean the drain. You can use a toothbrush and baking soda to clean any clogged portion of the drain. You may notice some leftover food particles there. These food particles are the reason behind that funky smell. Clean it properly and rinse with warm water.
  5. Next step is to clean the seal of the dishwasher. It gets really filthy with time. Use a damp cloth soaked with water vinegar mix thereafter adding a few drops of lemon juice in it as well. It will not only remove the dirty stuff but will also remove the smell from the seal.
  6. Now check the racks and trays. If you see any food particles sticking to them, clean them properly. Wash them with warm water and let them dry.
  7. In case you see any rust stains, make sure to use dishwasher safe rust remover to get rid of those stains.
  8. The next step is to clean the exterior of the dishwasher. Use a toothpick to clean the buttons and sides of the control panel. You can spray a mix of warm water, vinegar, and lemon juice and then wipe it with a damp

It is important to clean the dishwasher once every month. The dishwasher is responsible for providing clean and safe dishes for your dining table. It is important to make sure that it remains clean and safe so that you can use it for a long period of time.

Why is it important to clean the rugs and carpets on regular basis? —

Why is it important to clean the rugs and carpets on regular basis?

Today we all like to decorate our houses with rugs and various other interior décor items. However, due to busy schedule and day to day routine we do not have enough time to clean these things. If we have a servant in our house they tend to clean the showcase and various other things however cleaning a carpet or rug is not an easy task. Hence, they always tend to avoid these kind of things which needs a lot of pain and time. We need to understand that cleaning the carpet is one of the most important things in our day to day life. Below are some of the most important reasons which are connected to rugs and the benefits of cleaning the carpets on regular intervals. Just go through it and start acting up on it as soon as possible.

  • Carpets do look clean and tidy from top however have a lot of dirt and dust particles which sits over it on daily basis. The dust which is accumulated over our feet itself gets stuck over the carpet when you walk over it. You let your kids and pets play in the same carpet. This is what causes allergy and various other infection. This is because the dirt gets stuck over your kid’s body or pet’s body. Hence, it’s very important to clean the carpet on regular basis all you got to do is to vacuum your carpet after every two days. This will help in cleaning off the tiny dust particles which are stuck over the carpet.
  • Many a times it happens that there are stains been caused over the rugs and carpets due to various reasons. Your child might drop something and generate Ketchup Stain, your pet might drop some food. These in return will spoil the carpet. If you keep the stain as it is bacteria will easily get formed over the carpet within a span of time. So you can just make use of a damp cloth and try to clean it off. If you feel you will not be able to remove the stain from the carpet you can call a professional there and then. They will come and take your carpet to clean it. They will not only clean it but also add conditioner which will help in increasing the life of your carpet.
  • Buying a carpet is quite easy however taking care of it in the right manner is what matter. You need to take care of it like a baby. By giving it the right care it will help you in keeping the ambience clean and healthy at the same time help the carpet in providing the best interior appeal to the house. If you are a working women then it’s good to take up a contract with a service provider on annual basis. They will take care of your carpets in the best ways.
Parenting Tips for Child’s Overall Development —

Parenting Tips for Child’s Overall Development

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The early years of life is when we see rapid mental growth, along with the development of mental and physical skills. It is during their early childhood that children pay more attention towards friendship and teamwork. This is the golden period when you can teach moral values and help develop a sense of responsibility in them.

Pay equal attention towards their diet and physical activities, since obesity in children is a rising problem worldwide and invites diseases at an early age, says the Saudi Journal of Obesity. Additionally, incorporate discipline and set clear rules for watching TV, playing, sleeping and studies, and stick to them. Learn how teaching values, outdoor activities and healthy eating can help your child.

Teaching Moral Values

Unconditional love and kindness, honesty, hard work, cooperation, compassion, forgiveness and respect for elders are the most important values that you need to teach your child. Always take time out to talk to your child. Ask them how they spent their day in school with their friends. Then tell them about what they did right and what they did wrong. Your daily efforts will provide them a judgement of right and wrong, and protect them from daily societal negative influences, while laying the foundation for them to develop into good and responsible citizens. Continue reading motivational and inspirational stories to them.

Encourage Outdoor Activities

Initially, you can take your child outdoors and play different sports with them. Once they make friends and develop interest in a particular sport, you can let them play on their own. Give them the freedom to shout, jump, run, hop or skip. In open spaces, children are much more physically active, hence challenging themselves. How they interact with their friends tells you a lot about their mental wellness. Like every concerned parents, you might fear injuries, infection and dirt. But don’t let your fear hinder your child’s physical and mental development. Just keep a good quality detergent and first aid kit available at home. In case of injury, take care of the wound and use products like Vanish Gold Oxi Action Powder to remove stubborn blood stains. But never stop them from playing outdoors.

Promote Healthy Eating Habits

The best way to ensure optimal physical, mental and brain development is to ensure the right nutrition for your child. Excessive and irregular consumption of junk food is the reason why most children lack focus, feel lethargic and develop diseases at an early stage of life. Take out all the unhealthy food from your kitchen and fill the cabinets with fruits, vegetables and nuts. Learn simple recipes using such ingredients that you can offer your child in fun ways that they will enjoy. Further, educate them about the importance of drinking lots of water and remaining hydrated, especially in hot climates like that of Saudi Arabia.

And don’t fear dirty clothes, injuries and blood stains. These are all part of childhood. Just learn easy ways to take care of them.

Benefits of Dishwashing Tablets — June 23, 2017

Benefits of Dishwashing Tablets

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Dishwashing is one of the necessary activities in any household; if your dishes are not washed clean, your meals are not satisfying. Like many appliances, the dishwasher has gone through many innovations. Earlier for dishwashing detergent powder was used, nowadays there are many options like gels, tablets, etc. Each has its uses.

Dishwashing tablets have revolutionized the way we do our dishes. Earlier we had to measure the amount of detergent and had to be careful about spilling the detergent. It has made dishwashing easier and less cumbersome. And the tablets contain a pre- measured quantity of soap for every use.

Some Benefits of Dishwashing Tablets

  • More Efficient Cleaning: It is very convenient to use as there are fewer chances of putting too much or too less detergent. This makes your cleaning easier as the right amount of detergent is used in every wash, and you can confidently go about washing the dishes. As excess detergent can create excess suds and it will end up damaging the components of your dishwasher, which will then need to be replaced and create a lot of hassles for you. Dishwashing tablets take care of this problem and your machine too as they come in a pre-measured suitable quantity.
  • Saves Water and Energy: As they come in pre-measured quantity, the wastage of water is less. If you use too much detergent, it will take more water to rinse your dishes, and the dishwasher will have to run longer as well to rinse the dishes properly and in the process requiring the dishwasher to run longer and consuming more power. This problem is taken care of with pre-measured detergents in the tablets.
  • Saves Money: Although detergent powders are cheaper than tablets when used in excess can damage the components of the machine, and the repair work will cost extra money. No such problems with dishwashing tablets and your machine run smoothly without requiring any repairs.
  • More Convenient: The dishwashing tablets are a more convenient option and are preferred over conventional detergents because of this convenience mainly. As they come in tablets, it is easier to load in the washer without bothering about spills. And these tablets have multiple functions in the course of washing which saves a lot of time in the process, as some functions are completed in one tablet cycle like pre-wash and then wash and finally rinse.

These dishwashing tablets come in handy while washing glass and ceramics etc. and give a great shine to the dishes. Some dishwashing tablets are composed of simple detergents, but there are some others which are made of special gels and power balls very useful in removing stubborn stains and grease.

So these advantages far outweigh the cost factor of the tablets. These days in the busy lifestyle that we all lead, it is smart to switch to the dishwashing tablets for a more convenient washing. So more and more people are switching to these tablets and having an easier time doing the dishes.

How to Encourage Kids to Love Cleaning! —

How to Encourage Kids to Love Cleaning!

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Teaching a child to have an active participation in the household chores can be tough. But teaching them from this stage will help in building a responsible citizen. While doing household chores may not interest a child, and that’s where parents have to take a lead role. Parents should do these things!

The first thing to do is just stop nagging or pleading them and figure out ways to ‘make them do it.’ Here’s how you can give it a push!

  • Creating A Playtime: As a parent preparing food can be a monotonous daily activity. And, if you belong to the working class, it is very tedious indeed. However, here you have a solution. Make your kitchen time a play time. Motivate your child in a way and engage him/her to prepare a dish for you. But make sure that, you just don’t shout for all the spillover and mess. It is expected from them, instead; teach them how to clean it properly. Play a nice dance beat and just create the tempo. That’s all you need to do. Once, your kid finds it interesting enough; you are often going to see your little wonder roaming in and around the kitchen.
  • Engage In More Difficult Tasks: Everybody loves the feeling of overcoming a challenge, and when your child completes a very tough task and gets appreciation from you, it will have a positive effect. Engage them in activities like cleaning the weed in your lawn or cleaning the hamster cage. While they may find it a bit boring, you can give them some tools to do the work with. Kids love to use things which they don’t have much access to. But make sure never to encourage them to work in exchange for rewards, because this process is not going to work after a period.
  • Cleaning Dinner Table: Dinner is a family time affair and usually after the sessions, mommies tend to clean and arrange everything. Why not engage your child in this? Well, the dads can take a note here too. What you do will reflect in your child, and if you always lend a helping hand, your child will automatically get inclined towards it. You can even teach your child to use the dishwasher but keep in mind to choose a good dishwashing liquid to avoid any form of hassle.
  • Change the Routine: Include your kids in allotting a routine for everyone. Right from cleaning the house or cooking a meal once a week, give them works to do. For a change, you can even ask them to arrange another room instead of their own. While initially, it may seem to be a torturous thing, it will be changed into a habit soon.
  • Give Them A Purpose: Make them feel that they are an essential part of the family and an excellent team worker. Like taking the dog for a walk, although you should accompany them but make them take the lead and even collecting the poop and throwing it in the bins to build a sense of responsibility.

So, instead of scolding or just asking them to do it, daily chores can be fun and exciting for them and subsequently will automatically attract the kids, and things can just be simple.

How to Express Your Love to a Girl — June 13, 2017

How to Express Your Love to a Girl

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I have a crush on your mind, I fell for your personality, and your looks are just a big bonus.” ~ The Notebook

Love has no language, but “I love you” can be said in different languages like “Wo ie ni” in Chinese, “Je t’aime” in French, “Ti amo” in Italian, “Tangsinul sarang ha yo” in Korean, “Ana Behibek” in Saudi Arabian. Love is all pervasive and therefore finds a place in all languages. But apart from saying those three words, how else can you express your affection for your beloved? Here’s a look.

Send Her Flowers

Nothing works better than a bouquet of flowers when it comes to expressing your love. Find the best flowers available in the market and add a romantic note like “beautiful flowers for a beautiful girl” or some lines from a poem or song on it.

Ask Her Out for Coffee

Coffee dates always provide a comfortable environment to say “I Love You”. But don’t hold your coffee mug while doing so, just in case she surprises you – either with an agreement or a disapproval. You might just end up upending the cup on yourself and will be left to deal with all those stubborn coffee stains all by yourself! Of course, the good news is that even if she does for some reason reject your advances, you can go home and try some Vanish Gold Oxi Action Powder to clean up your favourite shirt.

Never Forget to be

  • Honest: Always tell her your true feelings, if you’re genuinely falling in love with her. Honesty is the key to lasting relationships.
  • Thoughtful: Simple actions like bringing her favourite coffee when she needs it the most, letting her choose the movie that you both see, and buying her something that she has been craving for ages. Be considerate of how your actions will affect her. Make an effort to remember important dates and occasions.
  • Affectionate: This is an obvious way to tell make her aware of your feelings. But never try to invade her comfort zone and be conscious of doing things that she might feel uncomfortable with. Grabbing her hand, surprising her with a bear hug, kissing her on the cheek or forehead can really make a girl feel special.
  • Chivalrous: Opening doors for her, offering her your jacket if she is cold, dropping her home, etc., might sound clichéd but are proven chivalrous acts that impress girls. Try to make her feel both safe and respected, giving her the assurance that you’ll stand up for her whenever she needs you.

In the end, the easiest and the most straightforward way to show your feelings is to just tell her. No need for a big song or a proposal banner tied to an airplane. Just three simple words will do the magic. Just take a moment and say these three magical words, sincerely. Luckily, in this case you don’t have to fear those stubborn coffee stains.

The Most Valuable Road Trip Tips —

The Most Valuable Road Trip Tips

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Roads trips are not only fun and invigorating, they’re also a great way to discover that you account for such a tiny spec in this universe!

Planning that perfect road trip can be a tedious task. It isn’t like you just leave spontaneously without packing any essentials. There are lots of things that need to be considered. For instance, what if your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere and you need to refill the engine oil? The moment you open the bonnet, your beloved Abercrombie & Fitch can get dirty as hell. If luck is acting strange, you might even get those stubborn grease stains on your favourite shirt. Don’t worry, the engine oil will take care of the overheating, and the super effective Vanish Multi Use Liquid will tackle those ruthless stains. Don’t forget to carry adequate supplies of both.

Read on to find out the other essentials you need to consider before being a part of the open roads.

The Road Trip Checklist

  1. Get Your Car Serviced

While sudden plans can sound like fun, they’re not really a wise thing to do, especially if you intend on travelling long distances. Plan well in advance, say a week before. This will ensure that the tyres, wheel balancing, alignment, as well as the engine and brake oil are checked and in perfect condition.

  1. Have Flexible Plans

In a place far from home, things might not go according to plan. You might have planned to spend the night at some roadside motel you checked out on the internet. But what if that place is full or no longer exists? Instead of panicking, if you have some alternatives noted down, things would continue smoothly.

  1. Be Safe, Not Sorry

Whether you’re going solo or with mates, long drives can get boring after a while. But that doesn’t mean you should be texting or speeding. It just takes one second to devastation. If you really want to attend that call, stop your car on the side, put the blinkers on, finish talking and carry on with your journey.

  1. Health is Wealth

To ensure a healthy road trip, carry an anti-bacterial cream, cotton wool, bandages, antiseptic liquid, and medicines for fever, pain, motion sickness, nausea, etc. Falling sick in the midst of a kickass journey would be such a bummer!

  1. Keep Your Loved Ones Informed about Your Whereabouts

Road trips are about being free and wild. Still, it is wise if you text your loved ones, informing them where you are. It’s good if your whereabouts are on public record.

By following the things mentioned above, you don’t need to worry about any accidents, grease stains or injuries. Play safe. Stay cool.

How to use dishwasher in the most efficient way — May 29, 2017

How to use dishwasher in the most efficient way

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Dishwashers are great and irreplaceable home appliance when it comes to getting done the extremely monotones work of cleaning your dishes. Apart from using the best dishwasher detergent powder, following some standard guidelines on the best practices of efficiently using the dishwasher will help you ease the task.

  1. Remember these essential guidelines first.
  • Pre-flush dishes if in the machine throughout the day. In any case, you are fleeing, simply rub off the food particles and leave as is.
  • Secure all plastics. On the off chance that you don’t, impacts of water may make these pieces flip over, fall onto the warming component and dissolve.
  • Never stack things. The water shower won’t have the capacity to reach (or clean) the dish that is on top.
  1. Load the base rack deliberately.
  • Load plates and bowls so that the filthy side faces the water shower. Pots, skillet, and meals ought to point down for the best cleaning outcomes.
  • Watch out for utensils with long, thin handles. They may sneak past the rack and keep the shower arm from turning openly.
  • Tuck level dish and platters at the edges and back of the rack. Never put them in front, by the entryway — they’ll shield the cleanser from achieving the dishes. (Tip: For additional side space, move your flatware wicker container to the middle if conceivable.)
  • Ensure the forks and spoons don’t settle together. Put a few handles up and others down, so all surfaces get washed.
  • Keep the silver and stainless steel separate. If these both touch in the dishwasher, a response may happen and the silver flatware could pit.
  1. Cups go on the top rack.
  • Place glasses and mugs between the lines — never on top. The tip of the prong can leave a water spot.
  • Angle mugs as much as the rack configuration will permit to shield water from pooling on the base of the tipsy and curvy glasses. Still got puddles? Empty the base rack initially to stay away from the trickle.
  • Arrange wine glasses meticulously. To help forestall breakage, don’t give them a chance to knock against each other or the highest point of the dishwasher.
  1. Don’t stock up on an excessive amount of cleanser.
  • Powders, fluids, and parcels can all perfect well. Be that as it may, the cleanser must be crisp, or it won’t carry out the leftovers. A decent general guideline: Buy just what you can go through inside two months. What’s more, you ought to dependably keep the cleanser in a dry and cool place which shouldn’t be under the sink spot; the cleanser can cluster or break down.

Apart from these mentioned guidelines, follow a simple routine of cleaning the dishes regularly immediately after the use. Keeping the used dishes unwashed for too long will make the food particles on it dry, thereby making the cleaning work an additional effort.

Dishwashers are a great help! You can get the best out of this effective home appliance when you combine the best dishwasher detergent powder with standard practices.