Diane Horrigan's Blog
Apart from the door to your home, one door that continually opens and closes is the access to your refrigerator. The kids open it, your friends open it, everyone always wants something from the fridge. The refrigerator is one of the most useful appliances in the kitchen. It helps in preserving both raw and cooked food, storing drinks and condiments. Its functions make it essential for it to be clean to reduce the risk of food poisoning. Apart from health reasons, dirt most times makes household appliances get old and faulty.
Disinfecting Your Refrigerator Safely
Take out Everything
- Unplug the refrigerator
- Take out Everything
- Take out any removable parts of the fridge such as shelves, drawers, and bins.
- Dispose of fruits, vegetable, food or drink that are moldy or expired.
- Dispose of meats that have unpleasant smell or freezer burn
Wash the freezer thoroughly
- Soak parts in a basin of warm water with your regularly dish-washing soap for some minutes.
- Scrub the parts clean with a sponge.
- Dry up parts properly with a clean cloth before putting them back into the refrigerator in case of excess water.
- Scrub off the stains from the walls of refrigerator and freezer.
- For tough stains, apply a bit of baking soda with some water to produce a mixture of a thick paste. Then use it on the stain and allow to sit in for an hour before wiping it out with damp cloth or sponge.
Don't Forget the Outside
Use a multipurpose spray and microfiber cloth to wipe the handles and the outer surface of the refrigerator. If the outer surface of your fridge is stainless, it's best you use a stainless-steel polish rather than a multipurpose spray to prevent smudges.
Put your food items back in
Put back food into the refrigerator and clean jars or bottles before putting them in. Double-check the expiration date on any item before keeping them back.
Disinfecting your refrigerator doesn't look hard, after all, you can do this in less than 20 minutes. It is crucial and hygienic to do a complete clean-up at least once a month to prevent stale and unpleasant odor. Out of your busy day to day schedule, it's necessary you create a monthly time table for disinfecting your refrigerator and make sure you stick to it. Stay clean, stay healthy and always remember health is wealth.
The last chore you want is to clean the bathroom. With a busy family, it’s difficult to even get in the bathroom let alone give it more than a once over. But, every so often, you need to set aside time to give your bathroom a deeper clean. It will improve the function of your fixtures, increase the life of your plumbing, and when you’re all done you can take that spa-like bath and know you’re in a pure environment.
You may clean out the toilet bowl frequently, but how often do you clean out the tank? Depending on where you live and your incoming water, that tank may house anything from bacterium to moss and a few things in between. To add insult to injury, sometimes those stains in your bowl actually come from the tank. Try this first: Add a cup of distilled white vinegar to your tank. Let it sit for a while to loosen crusted on hard-water deposits. If necessary, use a clean toilet brush to brush the vinegar and water mixture up the sides of the tank too. When you’ve gotten the crusty stuff off, flush your toilet several times to remove all the vinegar residue.
If your tank still has stains, add some oxygen-based bleach to the tank and stir it up. Let it sit overnight, if possible so that it can work on those stains.
Periodically, your tile and grout need some extra lovin’. If you use a tub and tile cleaner, leave it on a little longer one day and then wipe it all down and reseal your grout. If you prefer less harsh methods, make a paste with oxygen bleach or use hydrogen-peroxide and put is on the grout to whiten it before using the sealant. One other natural product option is a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. Make a paste and use a toothbrush to scrub into fine grout or a cleaning brush for wider grout.
Get your mirrors squeaky clean with a solution of water, isopropyl alcohol, ammonia, and dish soap. Spray the solution on your mirrors and glass shower doors and enclosures and rub with a paper towel or microfiber cloth for a streak-free reflection.
If your faucet sprays out the side or in a strange pattern, you probably have hard water nuggets built up in the aerator. Your faucet aerator helps reduce waste and makes your water flow more efficient, so when it gets plugged up with hard water deposits, you need to clean it out. In very hard-water locations, do this every couple of months. Unscrew the aerator from the end of the faucet. If you do it frequently, it should come off quickly. If it’s stuck on, use an adjustable wrench or pliers, but wrap a washcloth around the aerator first so that you do not mar the surface. Soak the aerator screen in a solution of water and vinegar to dissolve the deposits, then brush them away with a soft toothbrush. Take care not to damage the screen.
Taking care of your home maintains its value and improves your chances of selling it for a higher amount. If you have questions about which maintenance projects to tackle before you put your home on the market, seek the advice of your real estate professional.
All house buyers have different pet peeves when it comes to evaluating homes, but there are a lot of easy fixes you can do to reduce the chances of losing a sale. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Squeaky doors: Lubricating squeaky hinges is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your chances of making a positive impression on prospective home buyers. A seemingly small thing like squeaky door hinges can make your house seem old, poorly maintained, and in disrepair. A squeaky door hinge is probably not going to make or break the sale of your house, but in combination with other little flaws that prospects might notice, it could have a major impact.
Weeds cropping up: Another clear signal to prospects that your property hasn't been properly maintained -- at least in their minds -- is the existence of weeds. Other than an overgrown lawn, nothing detracts from curb appeal more than weeds coming up everywhere, especially in driveway cracks, walkways, and front steps. If your home is on the market or you're considering selling it in the near future, getting rid of noticeable weeds will help improve your property's curb appeal and make a better impression on prospective buyers. If you hate the idea of handling or applying commercial weed killers, non-toxic household items like vinegar or salt have been known to nip the weed problem in the bud. Whether you use store-bought herbicides or natural remedies, make sure you don't damage any nearby plants that you want to protect. In some cases, manually pulling out weeds and carefully digging out the roots is the most risk-free approach, although it's also the most labor intensive!
Dust and cobwebs: No matter how thorough you think you've been in cleaning your house, you're probably going to miss a few spots that prospective buyers will notice. In small amounts, a little dust is not going to make or break your sale, but like squeaky door hinges, small problems add up! Areas that homeowners and house cleaners often overlook include baseboards, ceiling fans, and corners of ceilings.
Unpleasant odors: If your house smells like pets, mold, or mothballs, that sometimes can be a deal breaker. Bad odors are a major sensory turnoff that could easily sour people on the idea of making an offer on your house. Musty odors are often indicative of a larger problem, such as a damp basement, leaky pipes, water damage, or mold infestation. Eliminating odors prior to having your house shown can be as simple as doing a thorough cleaning, or as complex and expensive as hiring a mold remediation service.
The good news about preparing your home for sale is that a seasoned real estate agent can provide you with the advice, guidance, and help you need to maximize your chances for attracting offers and selling your property for its full market value.