5 Steps to Cleaning All Your Kitchen Appliances

Your kitchen appliances take a lot of heat — literally and figuratively. Whether it be oil splatters, moldy produce, or burnt food stains, your appliances can get dirty in the blink of an eye and guess whose job it is to clean it up? Sadly, yours.

Half of the battle of cleaning your dirty appliances is getting the motivation to get it done. And we mean REALLY get it done. Take it from a lazy cleaner herself, it’s so easy to just swipe a moist paper towel over the mess and put off the actual deep cleaning for another day.

Well, we’re happy to bring you the motivation that you need to finally get the job done! Do It On a Dime made a fantastic kitchen cleaning motivation video, specifically for getting your grimy appliances finally clean.

No more putting it off! With these five steps, you’re going to have a kitchen full of glistening appliances in no time at all. Here are a few of our favorite motivational tips from the video below.

1. The Toaster Oven

Cleaned toaster oven.

Nothing collects more crumbs than the notorious toaster oven. After weeks (or, let’s be honest, months) of cooking English muffins and toast for a quick breakfast, that bottom tray can look pretty gnarly.

While it’s helpful that there’s this tray for collecting these pesky crumbs, it’s not a self-cleaning tray. And, truthfully, it doesn’t catch NEARLY all the crumbs you produce! Not only that, but let’s not forget the outside of your toaster oven, which does not escape any nastiness.

This trick is easy, fast, and will leave you with a like-new toaster oven!

Combine lemon juice and a little water with cream of tartar so you make a runny paste. Using a soft sponge, clean the entire inside and outside of your toaster oven with this mixture. To really scrub the window of your toaster and the grimy bottom, use a cleaning toothbrush to really get a serious clean.

Finish with a kitchen appliance polishing cloth and you will be shocked by the end result.

2. Your Stovetop

Cleaned stovetop.

When it comes to spills and stains, nothing sees the most obvious grime than your stovetop. That means you have to keep up with them probably more frequently than the other things covered in the video below.

She uses water only cloths from E-Cloth to wipe down her stovetop with any all-purpose, natural cleaner. But if you’re just taking the first step towards a continuously clean stove, you might need something a little bit more heavy-duty to get that initial layer of grime off.

Do It On a Dime suggests a cleaner called Bar Keeper’s Friend, which will seriously clean any less-than-clean kitchen surface you’ve got. The one drawback is that it’s pretty chemical-heavy, but it’s worth it for that initial clean! Switch to some chemical-free, less harsh products after this wash.

For tips on cleaning three other appliances in your kitchen, make sure to watch the Do It On a Dime video below! Then share with us any motivational tips you have for getting the kitchen clean.

45 Life Lessons, written by a 90 year old

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for things that matter.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye… But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful.  Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to be happy.  But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose Life.

28. Forgive but don’t forget.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give Time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d
grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you think you need.

42. The best is yet to come…

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

If You Do These 6 Things, You’ll Never See Another Spider in Your Kitchen, Bathroom or Bedroom Again

Most people are simply frightened by insects and spiders. Especially if you live in a house with a big yard, then you frequently come across these pesky bugs.

You may have tried numerous commercial products in order to repel bugs and spiders, but despite their limited potential, you should be aware of the fact that they are loaded with harmful chemicals.

On the other hand, you can naturally eliminate them and finally fight your arachnophobia. This is how!

Even though you may think that over-the-counter insect repellents are the easiest and most effective way to solve this problem, natural repellents are much more efficient, and do not contain any of the chemicals in the commercial products!

Citrus

Spiders simply hate citrus fruits, so if you have some lemon essential oil, you can effectively eliminate them. Moreover, you can also rub some peels of lemons and oranges on areas where spiders appear, such as baseboards.

Cedar

Cedar can repel spiders from your closets, by placing cedar blocks in your cupboards and closets, as well as your garden. Additionally, you can purchase cedar hangers and forget about spiders, as well as moths, near your clothes!

White Vinegar

You probably already know that vinegar is one of most versatile items you can use in your home. Its smell keeps ants, mosquitoes, and spiders at bay. You can prepare a natural repellent spray, by mixing 1 part vinegar in two parts water, in a spray bottle, and spray all around the house and the yard.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Spiders hate peppermint as much as we love it! You should make a natural repellent, by mixing 8 drops of essential oil, with a bit of liquid dish soap, to help spread the oil molecules in the water in a spray bottle. If the solution does not smell minty enough, you can add 8 more drops of peppermint essential oil. Shake the bottle well, and then spray it all around the house.

Furthermore, you can mix vinegar and peppermint, and prepare another natural repellent.

Chestnuts (and other tree nuts)

Tree nuts like chestnuts, walnuts, and horse chestnuts are effective in repelling spiders as well. Their scent includes a chemical which spiders cannot tolerate. You should place several on the windowsills and you will quickly solve this issue!

Keep it clean!

Your home should be absolutely clean in order to prevent these unwanted guests. This means you’re your floors should be vacuumed and swept. We also advise a seasonal de-clutter, and you will be surprised how much space you actually have at home!

Furthermore, make sure you also clean the outside part of the house. If you have a lawn, it should be cleaned of leaves, sticks, and clippings. Additionally, you should investigate whether you have some gaps in the doors or window sills. If you live in an apartment, regularly clean the balcony and windows.

If you are one of those who are continually struggling to maintain their home spider-free, then, these tips will definitely be of great help!

Experts Have Declared the Amount of Time You Can Safely Leave Butter Unrefrigerated and It’s Definitely Not What You Would Expect

Oh, butter. There’s something so wonderfully magical about this item. Its spreadable quality makes it the ultimate partner for a toasty piece of bread or slathered atop a warm muffin. It also aids in perfect pastry perfections and meals galore! Because of its wide variety of uses, you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who can go without the use of butter.

As a child, you likely got scolded once or twice for unintentionally leaving the milk on the counter for a few hours, causing it to spoil and ruining the entire gallon. Obviously, this scenario isn’t something that occurs intentionally but, on average, most dairy products require refrigeration if not in use. Things such as cheese, yogurt, and cream follows the same pattern.

When it comes to butter, there has seemed to be a little discrepancy. In my house growing up, butter always was refrigerated unless it need to sit out for some time to warm to room temperature. In my mother-in-law’s house, that’s completely opposite. She leaves her butter sitting in a dish on the counter.

It’s an age-old debate as to whether or not it is actually safe to consume butter that has been unrefrigerated for a period of time. Butter is, after all, comprised of milk so does that make it fall into the category of constant refrigeration? Because this question has circulated for quite some time, food researchers decided to do a little investigating.

Before long, they discovered just the allotted amount of time that butter can stay unrefrigerated before it spoils. Needless to say, we were a little shocked. While it is a preference, you can leave butter in a butter crock or a similar, air-tight container for up to two weeks. Naturally, there are some rules to that limit.

The butter must be salted because this type of butter has a higher sodium content that aids in keeping bacteria at bay. If your kitchen temperature stays near 70 degrees, you must always refrigerate your butter no matter if it is salted or not simply because the butter won’t be able to stay somewhat solidified at a temperature that high.

While the FDA hasn’t quite jumped on board with this logic, you can leave your butter out at your own risk. It all goes back to personal preference. Now that you know the limit, has that changed your mind about leaving it out or keeping it stored in the fridge?

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Spray This Liquid In Your Home and There Will Be No Mosquitoes, Cockroaches, or Flies Within Hours

It`s summer and most people are excited to enjoy the nice weather, but outdoors has its own way of bringing pests into their lawns, gardens, and homes.  And, there is nothing more annoying than bugs buzzing in your ears, crawling around, and biting you.

Just imagine you are enjoying in your garden and a buzz seems to be coming from everywhere! But, prior turning to a spray of pesticide, consider the following!

Pesticide and You

Although reaching for a bottle of pesticide is the easiest way to deal with these pests, you are actually doing more harm than good. Pesticides are extremely toxic and are designed to kill. They are available in many different forms, from powders and sprays to fogs and crystals. While you are not a bug and you might wonder where is the harm, this doesn’t mean that they are not bad for you too. If a substance is bioaccumulative, your system will continue collecting it without a way to flush it out from the body. Therefore, while short term exposure to pesticides might be trivial, continual use comes with its own set of health risks.

Health Effects of Pesticides

If you are frequently exposed to pesticides at home or work, the chances are you are at risk of overexposure. This may lead to:

  • Irritation to eye, nose, and throat
  • Damage to central nervous system and kidney
  • Increased risk of cancer

Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Muscular weakness
  • Headache

Continual exposure to pesticides causes far more dangerous symptoms. Specifically, being exposed to pesticides can lead to cancer, damage to the kidneys and liver, and disruption of the endocrine system.

Sadly, most American homes have certain form of pesticide or pesticide residue in their homes, which leaves countless people at risk of exposure.

Homemade Pest Solution

The good news is that you don’t have to live with these pests, nor do you have to put your health at risk by using conventional pesticides.  While a clean home is something everyone strives to keep, we cannot catch them all!

The following recipe is completely safe to use on the annoying pests instead of using detrimental insecticides. It uses natural ingredients only, such as essential oil. Although it is not designed to kill them, it is ideal for repelling them for good.

Ingredients:

  • Spray bottle
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 20 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 20 drops of basil essential oil
  • 50 drops of peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Mix the vinegar, water, and essential oils in a spray bottle. Seal well and shake to combine the ingredients.  Spray in areas you notice pests such as under doors and windowsills. Give it a good shake prior each use.

With this recipe you will be able to keep pests at bay while keeping your family members safe from detrimental conventional pesticides.

This is How You Should be Cleaning Your Towels

I’m not going to lie, there are times when I pick up a dish rag, give it the “smell test,” and rack my brain, desperately trying to remember the last time that I’d washed it. And unless you’re an absolute domestic god or goddess, I bet that you do the same thing from time to time!

Because we don’t want you to be spreading germy nastiness onto your family and houseguests who use those towels of yours, we have turned to our favorite “hostess with the mostess,” Rachael Ray, to see what she has to say on the topic.

To get the full scoop on how often we should all be washing our towels, she invited a cleaning and organization pro by the name of Peter Walsh to share his advice.

Curiously enough, the expert starts his informative spiel by explaining that the towel itself has less to do with the matter than you may think! He says, “The issue is not so much the towel, it’s the wet, moist environment where there’s lots of humidity in the bathroom.”

Keeping a towel in dank places like the bathroom or the kitchen can end up leading to these two problems: 1) the towel may stay constantly wet, especially when placed on a hook and 2) the moisture can exacerbate unpleasant smells that may be living in your towels, even if they are freshly washed.

Now, it’s pretty disgusting to think about, but it’s also important to recognize the fact that harmful mold and bacteria can grow on towels, especially if they are being exposed to dampness.

Rachael Ray guest holds up towel

Nevertheless, we don’t want you to freak out too much because there’s a way to solve this unpleasant quandary! Take the first scenario, for instance: that dreaded folded towel hanging from the hook. Walsh affirms that no one should be using these contraptions in the first place as the towel can get “stuck together and doesn’t have a chance to dry.”

If you’ve been paying attention so far, then you would know that, that is pretty much the OPPOSITE of what we want to see happen!

Walsh explains that the best way to keep towels sanitary for longer is by hanging them on a towel bar. “Make sure to hang a towel over a rail so the air can circulate; that’s really important to avoid mold and bacteria growing,” he says.

As far as the second issue goes—getting rid of that stink from your towels—the expert has his own DIY concoction for tackling the issue, and, lucky for us, it only involves combining a couple of everyday household ingredients.

Now, it’s important to note that even the cleanest towels may be harboring putrid smells, so there comes a time when you need to wash them with something other than traditional laundry detergent.

To get Peter Walsh’s full secret recipe for keeping towels spotless and smelling GREAT, be sure to click on Rachael Ray Show’s clip below. With that helpful info, it’s safe to say that we all will have more confidence in hanging those towels. Good to know!

What do you think of this DIY towel cleaning recipe? How do you keep your towels fresh? How often do you wash them? Tell us all about your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!

10+ Powerful Photos From Hurricane Harvey That Show The Devastating Power Of Nature

Hurricane Harvey is currently devastating southeastern Texas, including the city of Houston. Disastrous flooding, winds gusting up to 95 km/h, and even tornadoes have already caused billions of dollars in property damage, and have reportedly claimed at least 9 lives. Since Harvey made landfall at Rockport, Texas, in the early hours of August 26th, the Internet has become inundated with harrowing photos and stories from affected areas – stories of tragedy, rescue, community and generosity. We’re bringing you the ones that are making headlines, and stirring hearts, worldwide.

If you would like to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, Houston mayor Sylvester Turner has set up an emergency relief fund which can be found here.

Scroll down the see the storm that is being called “the worst disaster in Texas history” for yourself. Our thoughts are with all those touched by this event.

#1 A Furniture Store In Texas Is Providing Shelter And Food For Hurricane Victims

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#2 A Dog Named Otis Is Walking Around Sinton Tx Carrying A Entire Bag Of Dog Food With Him

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#3 This Policeman Worked Countless Hours Helping Victims Of Hurricane Harvey Until He Passed Out From Exhaustion

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#6 Joe Garcia Carries His Dog Heidi From His Flooded Home

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#7 Floater Baby – Mother Who Was Waiting For Rescue During The Hurricane Shared A Picture Of Her Baby Floating In A Large Plastic Container

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10 WAYS TO RID SPIDERS FOR GOOD WITHOUT ANY CHEMICALS

The U.S. has recently been plagued by some serious weather systems. This means spiders are likely lurking. While spiders usually reside outdoors, they can become a huge nuisance once they decide to build their webs inside your house, or even worse in your kitchen.

Luckily, there are many home remedies to manage these critters. Keep them at bay with these 10 all-natural spider repellents:

1. Peppermint essential oil, dishwashing liquid. Add 3 cups water, 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid, and 1 tablespoon peppermint essential oil to a spray bottle. Shake and spray. ehowhome reminds us this formula is a spider repellent, not a spider killer.
2. Cinnamon. Sprinkle cinnamon around the perimeter of your house to prevent spiders from coming inside, as recommended by Common Sense Homestead.
3. Minty cotton balls. Dip cotton balls in mint essential oil and place them underneath or outside your home, says Common Sense Homestead.
4. Chestnuts. Common Sense Homestead recommends keeping chestnuts on your window sill to deter spiders.
5. Salt water. Common Sense Homestead says salt water is an excellent spider killer. Spray a solution made from 1 gallon of warm water and 1 ounce salt directly onto spiders and spider nests.
6. White vinegar. Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and water and use the mixture to spray cracks and crannies, says Natural Living Ideas.
7. Citrus peel. Rub citrus peels on baseboards, windowsills, and bookshelves to prevent spiders from coming in the house. Natural Living Ideas says spiders detest citrus with such fervor, even lemon scented furniture polish will do the trick.
8. Cedar hangers. If you find spiders lurking in your closet, switch to cedar hangers, as suggested by Natural Living Ideas.
9. Tobacco. Spiders know to stay away from tobacco. To make an effective spider repellent, Oh Simply suggests mixing tobacco with water and spraying it on home entry points.
10. Coconut oil. It really does cure everything, doesn’t it? Oh Simplysays mixing 1 part coconut oil with 2 parts water can prevent spiders from intruding.
What’s your favorite all-natural spider repellent? Tell us when you SHARE this article on social media!

You’ll Want to Keep this Emergency Can Opening Tip

Everyone should have a few survival skills up their sleeve just in case emergency strikes, even if it’s something you think you’ll never need. Weather disasters, wilderness mishaps, and sharknados can hit when you least expect, and you could be stuck without essentials.

With this in mind, should you ever find yourself without a can opener but with plenty of canned rations, the hack below could be useful. You might not even be in a survival scenario. You might have a broken opener, you could be visiting someone’s house who lacks this basic tool, or you just hate can openers (wink-wink lefties). Whatever the case, if you’re confident, have a little upper body strength, and a good dose of common sense, this should work fine.

DaveHax spills the canned beans on how to open a can when there’s no can opener available. Provided there’s a metal spoon on deck and a level surface, the right amount of pressure will help pop the top. It’s important to mention that without proper safety precautions, one risks getting cut by the jagged edge of the lid. Here’s a look at how Dave does it:

  1. Grip the can with one hand and the bowl of the spoon in the other.
  2. Rub the edge of the spoon’s tip along the top of the can to make a groove, enabling you to puncture it.
  3. Use the spoon’s edge to cut around the can until it’s open.
Image of canned corn.

Watch the video to learn how and where to start spooning the can. There’s a bit of a methodology to it for an easier carve. DaveHax recommends wearing gloves to prevent getting injured. Nobody wants a severed artery. Nobody wants blood in their canned tuna. And nobody feels like getting a tetanus shot over some canned peaches. So, take his advice or at the very least have a towel or sleeve ready.

Though the reasons could be limited as to why you wouldn’t have a can opener in the first place, you can still add this tip to one of your “Just in Case” lists. Those lists might include: “Just in case a blizzard knocks out our power for days and all we have is an electric can opener”, or “Just in case the end of the world is here and we have to loot for spam and beans, but dang it, we forgot a can opener.”

There you have it folks. Never be caught with cans of scrumptious food and no way to open them, whether you’re out camping or riding out an apocalypse. If you’re faced with a choice of drinking urine, eating rodents, or ripping open a can, this might be the route you want to take. Don’t forget to add metal spoons to your doomsday bunker as a backup to a manual can opener. Remember this tip.

What do you think of this emergency makeshift can-opening hack? Which canned foods do you always keep stocked at home or while on trips? Share with us in the comments!