Protecting Your Pipes From Nasty Grease Clogs

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There are all kinds of things that really should not go down a kitchen drain but one of the biggest no-nos, even if you have a garbage disposal is fatty grease. You know, the kind you might have left in the pan after frying up some yummy bacon.

Why is grease such a problem? Because often rather than going straight down the drain it hardens and clings to the sides of the drain pipe. Do it often enough and you’ll end up with a clogged pipe. If everyone in your neighbourhood does it it can even eventually lead to clogged sewer pipes.

Preventing Greasy Drain Pipes

What’s the best way to keep grease out of your drain and yet still actually cook and eat all the foods you love? Many people think that garbage disposals remove grease, but it’s not true. To avoid grease getting in your drain:

• Make sure you scrape greasy foods off your plates into the garbage can instead of your garbage disposal. You should also use a strainer in all of your sink drains so that greasy leftovers don’t accidentally slide in.

• For cooking grease, let it solidify in the pan, then throw the solid waste into the garbage can.

If you create a lot of grease at one time, like when you use a deep fryer, this oil should be collected and then taken to a collection facility where it is usually accepted for free. A tallow company typically picks up this cooking oil and then recycles it.

Accidental Grease Spills

What if, despite your best efforts, you accidentally get grease in your drain?

Well, one spill isn’t going to cause your pipes to clog but it is better to be safe than sorry (and standing in a kitchen full of water at some point because a clogged sink overflowed.) In this case it’s always a good idea to boil some water and then pour it down the drain regularly. This will help to turn the grease from a solid back into a liquid so that it will move along smoothly as it should. By adding vinegar and baking soda to the boiling water you’ll break the fats down and make your drains smell fresher too.

Dealing with a Grease Clog

It’s pretty easy to tell if grease is starting to clog your pipes. You’ll see that the water is draining slowly. There may also be a gurgling sound as it flows through the pipes. And there may be bad smells coming from the drain. This can indicate a grease clog just waiting to cause a problem.

If there is a small clog often the baking soda and boiling water trick will solve the issue. If that does not work you can try (gently) plunging the clog away. Should that fail don’t be tempted to waste your cash on drain unclogging potions. They often do not work, are not designed for grease removal anyway and may contain chemicals that harm your pipes (or you!) Instead call the plumber to have them degunk your pipe properly. Yes it’s an extra expense you could probably live without, but better to live with that than the headaches and hassles a water damage incident as a result of an ignored clogged drain pipe can bring.

How to Safely Clean Your Home’s Gutters Yourself

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Clogged gutters lead to overflowing gutters which can then lead to all kinds of problems. Leaks in your walls, ceilings and basement, damage to your foundation and even a dead garden can all be caused by the overflow from a clogged up gutter. Cleaning them on a regular basis can prevent much of this trouble though. This is especially true when those autumn leaves start tumbling down and as we’re sure you know, many of them end up clogging up your gutters rather quickly.

Gutter Cleaning Basics

Cleaning a gutter is rather more complicated process than cleaning the rest of the house, indoors or out. However if you have a basic idea of what you should do and a head for heights then you can do the job yourself. Here are the basic steps:

 

  • Find the sturdiest ladder you can. It may be a good idea to have a friend with you to help steady the ladder.
  • Once you are at roof height and can see the gutters, begin clearing out any debris that is loose with a plastic garden trowel or even, in a pinch, a plastic spoon. We emphasize plastic as most modern gutters are made of it and metal tools can easily damage them, leading to new holes and leaks that were not there before.
  • Some people try to use a leaf blower to clean their gutters. This, on the face of it would be efficient and if you have a low roof it may work well. Standing on a ladder and trying to use a leaf blower can be very awkward and dangerous and will usually be something that a homeowner should not attempt.
  • Flush the gutters with a garden hose to remove as much of the remaining debris as possible. This can also be a good way to discover leaks before the snow arrives and they are allowed to cause all kinds of problems unchecked.
  • Check the downspouts around your home as well. If you do find a blockage you may be able to clear it with a hose but be very careful, gutters are fairly easy to damage with a high pressure water stream.

The Downsides of DIY Gutter Cleaning

As you can see, cleaning the gutters around your home is not an easy process and even if you don’t mind the idea of working on a ladder it is often not very safe either. A better and safer idea would be to call in the professionals. A professional gutter cleaning will be far more efficient and if there are other problems with them apart from a buildup of debris they can be discovered and in many cases the company can repair them on the spot, or at least make plans to come back and do so before the winter arrives.

Most people who try to clean their own gutters do so to save money. There are some areas of home maintenance where doing it yourself makes great sense but this kind of project is often not one of them. Calling in a professional gutter maintenance service is more affordable than you might imagine and certainly a better alternative to gutters damaged by the over enthusiastic use of a hose or worse still injuries that result from a fall off a ladder!

 

Great Reasons to Incorporate Some Natural Interior Design Products into Your Home Decor

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Over the last few years more and more people have been trying to be a little more environmentally conscious when it comes to many different aspects of their lives including trying to use more “green” products and materials for the interior design in their homes. From flooring to furniture and almost everything in between more and more people are adding some elements of natural interior design to their homes and for some very different reasons.

Here are some of the more popular natural additions people are making to their homes and the advantages that can be gained if you choose to do the same:

Natural Interior Design: Flooring

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Several natural flooring products are considered to be very hot right now. For example natural stone is making a comeback in a big way. Natural stone is a great choice for flooring in the kitchen or for an outdoor room and the choice of colors and tones is quite extensive. It is a very popular option for those who live in warmer climates as it has the ability to remain fairly cool in the heat (although that can be a disadvantage during a cold winter) Natural stone is expensive but it will also outlast most other forms of flooring by decades , something that is good for the environment in terms of reducing waste as well as good for a homeowner’s long term budget!

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Traditional hardwood flooring is also being replaced with more eco friendly options. Bamboo is as durable and beautiful as any hardwood and because bamboo is a grass it is a renewable resource making bamboo flooring a very environmentally friendly choice. It is also a smart choice for family homes as bamboo has natural anti bacterial properties that can help make your home a slightly healthier place for everyone to be.

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Another renewable resource used to create flooring is cork. Cork does come from a tree but only the bark is harvested, leaving the tree itself alive and thriving. Lots of people love cork because the flooring has a natural “give” – try squeezing a wine cork to see what we mean – that is very easy on the feet as well as great sound absorption properties that can help make a busy, noisy place a slightly quieter place.

Natural Interior Design: Wall Coverings

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People are also going greener when it comes to choosing what to adorn the walls of their home with as well. One interesting trend is the return of milk paint. Milk paint is made of real milk proteins, clay and natural colorants and was widely used in the 18th century by the colonists who settled the US. Because of the concern about all the dangerous chemicals that modern paint contains that are bad for the environment and for humans more people are rediscovering this natural, chemical free alternative that also creates a very unique look when used in the home.

Another natural wall-covering that is gaining popularity pretty rapidly is grass cloth. Grass cloth looks like a very rough and textured wallpaper that is actually woven from all natural fibers by hand. The look can be a very unique one and is certainly a lot more environmentally friendly than traditional paper based wallpapers.

Natural Interior Design; Recycled Products

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More and more products made from recycled materials are finding their way into our homes as well. These includes beautiful brightly colored counter tops and wall tile made from recycled glass and sturdy but lightweight plastic home furnishings that care crafted from recycled plastic from simple soda bottles! Old wood is also finding new life in the form of reclaimed wood flooring and reclaimed wood furniture.

These are just a few ideas for incorporating natural and eco friendly interior design into your home, there are plenty of others you can explore. What all of this demonstrates though is that going green and natural does not have to mean that you live in a “hippie” home, just that you are a little more thoughtful and responsible about the materials and products you choose for your home decor.

Tile Flooring Installation Mistakes that Homeowners Make You Need to Avoid

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As a flooring material, ceramic tile is many things; great looking, extremely durable, versatile and suitable for use in almost any room in your home. The one thing that ceramic tile – when used on the floor anyway – is easy to install. However, encouraged by big box home store salespeople many homeowners do decide to give floor tiling a go themselves.

With the right instruction this actually does not need to be such a rough job after all. However, there are some common mistakes that many people make when laying a tile floor, and then caring for it later, that if you can avoid will back the end result so much better. Here are a few of the most common of those avoidable tile related faux pas.

Getting the Tile Math Wrong

Usually, when a homeowner is purchasing floor tile if their salesperson is a knowledgeable one then they will advise them that buying 5-10% more tile than they have actually measured out that they need is a good idea. Unfortunately, many people mistake this advice for a sales pitch and stick to purchasing the exact number of tiles they need and no more.

Then the job begins. A tile cracks. The homeowner has to cut a few tiles to fit them in an awkward nook or cranny. And then all of a sudden there is a big patch of bare, untiled floor remaining and no more tiles left. At best this will now involve halting the job and heading back to the store to buy more and at worst getting to the store and discovering there is no more of this particular tile left in stock! The extra really is necessary, not only to make sure your tile installation goes smoothly but also as a precaution so that you  have a few extra tiles on hand in the future should one become damaged or cracked.

Poor Prep

In a hurry to get the job done as soon as possible many people skip one very important step when laying floor tile; they fail to prepare and clean the sub floor below properly. Thinking that a clean, smooth sub floor does not matter as it will be covered up soon any way, it can be tempting to skip sweeping and sanding. However, surface preparation does matter a lot. Laying tile over a dirty, uneven sub floor – and we’ve even heard of people tiling  over a mouldy floor – often results in an uneven floor that is prone to lifting tiles as they never really adhered properly in the first place. It c an also lead to a sunken floor and even gradual water damage as the water used to mop the floor gradually seeps through little cracks.

Grouting Errors

Grout is perhaps one of the most potentially troublesome things about having a tile floor in the first place. It does not have to be though. Further down the line, when your tile floor has been in place for a while and it is time for its first professional tile cleaning, a good tile cleaning company will be able to effectively remove the grime that will inevitably build up as well as seal it so that it remains cleaner longer.

However, a homeowner can also help minimize the grimy grout problem when they are laying tile by ensuring that they remove excess grout as they work. Doing so is a little more time consuming and painstaking but the extra effort will pay off in the future.

How to Transform an Ugly Bathroom with DIY Tile Painting

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A lot of us live with rather dreadful bathroom tiles – that is they are a horrible colour or have a very old fashioned or just plain ugly  pattern – because we are simply not that enamored of idea of ripping all the tiles off and starting from scratch. So we put up with a less than attractive bathroom. But, if you have a spare weekend and can use a paint brush then there is a quicker, cheaper alternative to re-tiling your entire bathroom – painting your bathroom tiles. Here’s how easily it done:

What you Will Need

A basic tile and grout cleaner
Wet & dry sandpaper
Rolls of masking tape
Paint brushes
Tile and laminate primer
Tile paint – in a more fetching shade

Urethane based clear topcoat 

How Its Done

Get started by cleaning the tiles carefully and thoroughly with the tile cleaner of your choice. After rinsing them all off  use the sandpaper – 240 grit works best – to “rough up” the tile surface a little (not too much though) Try to keep the sanding as even as possible across all of the tiles though, otherwise the final painted result could look rather lumpy and bumpy.

Next apply one even coat of primer to the tiles. Make your paint job as even and smooth as possible and watch out for stray drips and globs of paint. Remember to work the primer into the grout recesses. Let the primer dry for at least 6 hours before moving ahead.

Carefully apply your first coat of paint. What kind of paint should that be? According to the experts a latex based high to semi gloss is the best choice as its water resistance is excellent and it cleans relatively easy.

Careful painting really is the key when it comes to painting tiles the right way. The biggest mistakes people tend to make are failing to adequately clean the surface of the tiles before they begin and applying the paint in coats that are too thick, so take your time and correct any mistakes right away, while you still can. Try to keep you strokes as straight and even as possible and make sure you have plenty of light so that any mistakes can be spotted – and corrected – before everything starts to dry.

After applying the paint, allow two to three days for it to dry. Once the paint has dried, seal the tiles with several coats of clear, water-based urethane, something that will seal in the new color beautifully and add extra protection and longevity to your new bathroom look.

Not sure what tile painting could really do for your bathroom? Check out the gallery below to see some of the great results others have achieved as inspiration.

Home Craft Corner: Clever Eco Friendly Uses for Unwanted K Cups

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Instant, single cup coffee makers like the Keurig machines are hugely popular right now, both as a way to save time and a way to save money at the coffee shop. The little cups – usually referred to as K cups, no matter what brand you actually use – can be a bit of a problem though as they are not exactly very environmentally friendly. Sadly millions of them are ending up in the garbage (and therefore in landfills) every year and that fact is giving these convenient coffee makers a bit of a bad rap in ‘green’ circles.

You don’t have to throw all of those K cups away though. With a little bit of time and imagination they can be given a second life, and kept out of a landfill, in a number of different ways, which will help you feel a bit better about your love of your Keurig. Here are just a few ideas:

K Cups for Gardening

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One very practical use for used K cups is to use them as tiny planters for seedlings. The hole in the bottom means they drain away naturally in the same way as a standard plant pot and as, for example, the foundation of your own indoor or outdoor herb garden they can be very handy. Once the seeds begin to grow you could even choose to use them to create a hanging indoor garden!

K Cups for Organization

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Can anyone really ever have enough storage? For most of us the answer is no, not really. Clean out a few K cups though and you can add a little bit of efficient storage in minutes. All of those odd bobby pins, hair ties and clips that always seem to get lost so easily? A K cup can be a great place to store them. And they make great craft or office supply organizers too.

Getting Really Crafty with K Cups

If you have the time you can get even more creative with all of those used coffee pots. Give one of the ideas a try:

K Cup Garland Lights

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No doubt you have seen all of those great looking photos in glossy home and garden magazines that feature outdoor living spaces – porches, decks and patios – that are adorned by strings of twinkling fancy fairy lights. But why spend money on such things at the store when you can make them yourself using just a few dollar store supplies and those K cups you usually throw away?

What You’ll Need

A plain string of mini lights (most dollar stores carry them)
12 (or more) clean, empty K cups
Craft knife
Craft paint (optional)

How It’s Done

If you want a fancier look for your lights begin by using craft paint – spray paints work very well – to color the outside of the K cups. Cover as desired and set aside to dry.

Unwind the light string and working one by one poke a light bulb through the bottom of a K cup until all of the lights have ‘shades’. The K cups, if already used, will already have a small hole in the bottom, but as you will need to thread the small light bulb through you may need to make the hole a little larger in order to work the light bulb through. Hang as needed and enjoy.

Mock Bell Chimes

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Speaking of the outdoors, a little extra decoration rarely goes amiss either if you want to create a great outdoor living space. One way to do that easily is with these great looking mock bell chimes.

What You’ll Need

Clean, used K Cups
Metallic spray paint
Poster paints
Thin Ribbon
Colored duct tape

How It’s Done

Spray each K cup with metallic paint and set aside to dry. Once the first coat of paint has dried you can decorate each cup even further using poster paints to help you create a really unique looking decor piece.

Once everything is dry thread each cup onto a length of ribbon, knotting the ribbon after each one is threaded to keep the cup in place. Once you have threaded all the cups you want use the remaining ribbon to create a hanging loop, reinforcing it with a layer of colored duct tape for extra durability.

Want To Change the Look of Your Bathroom? Look to the Walls

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For any homeowner, no matter how big or small their bathroom might be one of the quickest and often most inexpensive ways to give to give the whole space a nice quick face lift is to change what is on the walls – in other words the wall coverings.

When it comes to bathrooms there are lots of different options available to you but you do have to keep in mind that bathroom wall coverings must to be able to stand up to a lot more what might be on the walls in other rooms in the house. Lots of heat, lots of moisture and usually the need for more frequent cleaning are just some of the challenges that bathroom wall coverings have to be able to meet. To give you a little inspiration though here is some information about some of the best choices when it comes to bathroom wall coverings:

Paint – Repainting your bathroom is a very easy way to totally transform the look and feel of the space in just an afternoon . Gloss and semi gloss paints are best for the bathroom though as they have the ability to repel water and are usually much easier to keep clean. The only time paint might not look great in a bathroom is if the walls are already a bit bumpy and lumpy as paint will only accentuate that. Still want to paint? A good sanding may help.

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Wallpaper – Wallpaper is making a comeback and there are a lot of gorgeous wallpapers out there. Trouble is most of them are simply not suitable for use in the bathroom. For the bathroom vinyl wall coverings are a better choice. They are moisture repellent, pretty easy to hang and there are still a lot of choices out there to help brighten up your bathroom.

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Tile – Tiles have been used in bathrooms of all sizes literally for centuries. Porcelain or ceramic tile is often considered to be the perfect bathroom wall covering in terms of sheer durability and ease of cleaning but covering all of the wall space in a medium to large size bathroom with tile may not be very cheap. Accent tiles on a painted bathroom wall are a nice inexpensive alternative though.

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Glass Block – Glass block is really taking off in terms of popularity for use in the bathroom and for a lot of very good reasons. Glass block has a smooth, sleek modern,look and can let in a lot more natural light (always a great thing for any sized bathroom) without exposing you to the outside world! Again, this is not the cheapest option in the world and you will definitely need the help of a good contractor to help you install it but the finished look is usually breathtaking while also being durable and easy to keep clean.

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Porcelain vs. Ceramic Tile: When to Choose One Over the Other

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You have a DIY project in mind that calls for some tilling. You plan on heading to the home store soon to pick some out. Once there you are presented with not only color and pattern choices but material choices too. When choosing between the two most common – porcelain tile and ceramic tile – they are pretty much the same thing, right? Visually maybe but in actual fact the two do have differing properties that mean one is probably better suited in certain situations than the other. With that in mind let’s look at some common scenarios:

The Scenario: A tile installation in a room with high moisture content

The Best Tile Choice: Porcelain

You’ve always read, heard and thought that ceramic tile is a great choice for use in a ‘moist’ room like the bathroom, and to a lesser extent, the kitchen. And it is. But porcelain is better.

Why? Because of their moisture absorption rates. The Tile Council of North America defines porcelain in terms of water absorption. Specifically, porcelain tiles absorb less than 0.5 percent of water. Ceramic and other non-porcelain tiles absorb more than 0.5 percent water. More porous tiles can lead, over time, to unseen mould and mildew (usually behind the tile itself and in a water damage situation – a bathtub overflows, a washer leaks in a tiled laundry room, a dishwasher leaks on a kitchen floor – the porcelain will be better equipped to handle the situation.

The Scenario: Your DIY Job Will Call for a Lot of Tile Cutting

The Best Tile Choice: Ceramic

The area you need to tile is an awkward one. Odd nooks and crannies and unusual shaping means that you already know that you will need to cut lots of tiles in order to make everything fit. According to the TCNA in this case ceramic is probably the better choice. The less dense nature of ceramic tile makes it easier to cut accurately, resulting in a better looking – and better fitting – tile job.

The Scenario: You are Tiling Outside

The Best Tile Choice: Porcelain

As ‘outdoor living’ spaces become more and more important to homeowners – and more and more formal and ‘designed – tile is popping up more often, most commonly to help create a patio where there was previously no formal structure economically and and relatively easily.

Such things can look truly stunning and which tile is best often depends upon where you live. Here in Ontario, where hard freezes are common in the winter outdoor grade porcelain tile wins over its ceramic peers every time.

This is because when ceramic tile freezes, it absorbs moisture. This causes ceramic to expand and break, but the higher density of porcelain makes such things far less likely.

A Word About Tile Grades

Both ceramic and porcelain tiles are graded by the TCNA and this is something you should also be paying attention to when shopping, no matter which material you opt for. The grading breaks down as follows:

Grade 1 – This is the weakest of all standard grade tile and is best for wall installations only.

Grade 2 – This is a great choice for all kinds of wall tile installations but it is also suitable for floor installation in areas that see only light foot traffic – a guest bathroom for instance.

Grade 3 – This grade of tiling is probably the most commonly used in residential building. It is a great choice for flooring areas that get light to moderate foot traffic like the kitchen and the master bathroom.

Grade 4 – Another great residential tile flooring choice but this grade can stand up to heavier daily foot traffic without losing any of its beauty.

Grade 5 – These are the tiles that can stand up to it all. They are used in really high traffic areas like airport concourses and shopping malls and are the best choice for outdoor projects.

You’ll Never Guess How Easy It Is to Deep Clean Your Kitchen. Try These 7 Simple Hacks

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Who doesn’t shudder at the thought of having to deep clean the entire kitchen? All that grease and grime makes you wish you could somehow magically get another kitchen ASAP. But obviously, things just don’t work that way and the job, however gross, has to be done.

Deep cleaning might not be as difficult as you might imagine though. Check out these pro tips below on how to use unconventional methods (aka natural ingredients) to keep your kitchen looking clean and smelling fresh too!

Use baking soda. On everything.

We just love baking soda. Not just because it’s a brilliant recipe ingredient but because it can be used as an all-around ‘everything’ cleaner, especially in the kitchen.

Greasy Oven? Spray the inside with water and sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda all over the inside of your oven. Keep spraying with water after a few hours or so and let sit overnight. You can then scrub off the remnants of your last baked masterpiece off for a clean looking oven.

Slimy sink? Although stainless steel sinks are relatively easy to clean, some grease may not come off as easy with ordinary cleaners. Sprinkle baking soda all over the area that needs special attention and scrub away with an old toothbrush. You’ll probably notice your reflection from the shiny sink afterwards.

Kitchen tiles and grout, which does tend to get grimy easily, can also be scrubbed to like new with the simple ingredients of water and baking soda and a toothbrush.

Dispose of the stink with lemon

A garbage disposal is one of the toughest spots in the kitchen to clean. Sadly, they often get rather smelly no matter what you do. Want an easy fix? Just throw in a half slice of lemon through your garbage disposal and let its citrusy power chase away all the stink coming out of the disposal. You can also use this trick on your sink itself by rubbing a slice of lemon all over it.

Deep clean chopping boards with– you guessed it– lemon!

Feeling like your wooden chopping board needs some TLC? Sprinkle a generous amount of salt on the board and use a half slice of lemon to scrub. Not only will this disinfect your cutting board, it will also leave a fresh scent.

Use oils to clean your microwave

Now although that sounds counter-productive, you can totally clean your microwave using essential oils. Saturate a big sponge with water and place it inside your microwave. Fill a spray bottle with water and a few drops of essential oil (lemon essential oil is a favorite) and spray inside. Set your microwave for about 2 minutes and then turn it on. Afterwards, let the sponge cool down enough for you to handle it and use that sponge to wipe out the inside. So easy!

Clean while you blend!

Blenders might look tough to clean but all you need to do is fill it with a little bit of water and a few drops of dish-washing liquid, turn on the blender and watch it clean itself like magic! Make sure you rinse off remaining soap residue though, which can be done most easily with a clean water ‘blend’.

Use ammonia to clean gas stove burners

Pour about a quarter cup of ammonia in a sturdy Ziploc bag and put the stove burners inside. You don’t need to soak the burners. The idea is to let the ammonia fumes dissolve the grease and hardened oils. Leave the bag tightly sealed overnight and wipe it clean with a sponge. And there you go, good as new. (Warning: do not mix anything with the ammonia as it might create toxic fumes.)

Use Kool-Aid in your dishwasher

Run a small amount of lemonade or lime Kool-Aid powder through your dishwasher instead of the usual cleaner (sans dishes of course). The citric acid will do the cleaning for you as it wipes out stains and old lime deposits. Kool, huh?

Home Design Trends: Bathroom Design Ideas – A Vintage Inspired Bathroom

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If you are considering remodeling or redecorating your bathroom you do have to decide, to a certain extent, upon a basic design theme for it. While many people are choosing to go very hi- tech and contemporary by adding sleek new fixtures and replacing their bath with a generous walk in shower others still prefer a more traditional, vintage look. Vintage does not have to mean antiquated though. Here are some ideas to help you create a vintage bathroom that functions as well as modern bathroom but still harks back to the best bygone eras had to offer:

Bathtub – If you are going to be creating a bathroom with a vintage feel the right bath tub is a must. If you don’t have the time – or the inclination – to go hunting through antique showrooms and junk yards for a real vintage bathtub there are a number of new bath tub designs available that mimic their ancestors perfectly including modern day takes on that most classic of tub designs, the claw foot.

Flooring – Ceramic tile really is the best choice for flooring in a vintage themed bathroom, but you can deviate from the classic black and white subway tile look (although it is gorgeous) To help make a small bathroom look larger choose a larger ceramic floor tile size, as fewer grout lines to distract the eye means that the whole room looks and feels more spacious. Another nice touch for a vintage bathroom is the addition of a mosaic of some kind on the floor.

Window Treatments – Modern Venetian blinds will look a little out of place in a vintage bathroom, Roman blinds may be a better alternative. Fabric draperies are another great looking choice but if your bathroom is not properly ventilated at all times you do run the risk that over time they will become magnets for mold and mildew.

Accessories – Basically anything, as long as its not to modern, goes here and you can have a lot of fun accessorizing a vintage look bathroom space. Ornate tooth mugs, Art Deco mirrors, shabby chic pieces and even chandeliers can all help you set the right tone and if you shop in the right places you can even find toilets that fit the theme but still offer modern day efficiency.

Need a little inspiration? Here are some vintage inspired bathroom looks we love and we think you will too: