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House Cleaning Tips and Tricks

If you are like me, house cleaning is a job that gets constantly put off. I just don’t feel like there is enough time for me to mop, sweep, dust, scrub, scrape, and polish. Thankfully, there are people out there who have been doing this kind of thing for years. These professionals know the ins and outs of the job, and they will tell us the secrets to prevent it from taking over our lives.

Okay, let’s start in the kitchen. When attempting to scrub and sanitize this massive filth and germ attractor, be sure to start on the right side of the stove and work clockwise around the room. This will leave the stove, typically the dirtiest part of the kitchen, for the last task. By doing this, you are reducing the amount of dirt and grime you spread to other parts of the kitchen during your cleaning process.

While in the kitchen, make sure that you disinfect the sink when scrubbing it. Disinfecting and sanitizing this area regularly is very important because it has been proven that the kitchen sink actually contains more germs than the toilet bowl. Now moving on to the dishwasher, I find myself rationalizing that I can skip this machine because it’s getting cleaned every time I use it. Well, I could not be further from the truth. The dishwasher is home to caked on grime and many nasty germs like e-coli. Because of this, it needs to be wiped out regularly with a combination of baking soda and bleach. This combination will kill those germs while removing old, crusty food.

A Guide To Basic HVAC Maintenance

If you are a homeowner, you know how important your heating and air conditioning system is. Whether it is the coldest part of wintertime or the hottest summer months, you need to be sure that your HVAC system is running at full capacity. To ensure that your system is in the best possible shape, you should educate yourself a bit on general HVAC maintenance. Rather than spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on maintenance, you can take a few simple steps on your own to ensure that your system is running as efficient as possible when you need it most.

The most basic way to stay on top of maintaining your HVAC system is by replacing the filters as frequently as necessary. If you want your heating and air conditioning system to efficiently run at full capacity when you need it most, check your filters. You should inspect them at least once a month, and change them at least once every three months. You may need to replace them more frequently or less frequently, depending on how dirty they are when you inspect them.

You should also inspect the belts and fan a few times every year. It is wise to conduct these inspections before drastic changes in weather occur. That way, if you encounter any problems, you can take action before you will really need your heating or air conditioning system. Clean the blades of your fans, and make sure to see if the motors are properly running. You can also lubricate the bearings, and inspect belts and bearings to see if they must be replaced. You should also ensure that the belts are properly aligned, so that the system will run properly.

Key Points To Success With Your Organic Vegetable Garden

Many people across the developed world are looking for new and rewarding ways to go green and avoid the pitfalls of modern food cultivation and supply. Organic gardening has become a popular method for ordinary people to grow their own vegetables, using only natural methods of fertilization and pest-control.

Food grown in this way is not only more healthy, but also tastes better. Organic vegetables and fruit are more nutritional, contain a higher vitamin content and have no chemical residue. Growing your own food without chemicals is also better for the environment.

There’s also the fact to consider, that if you grow your own fruit and vegetables, you know what’s in them.

Everyone Needs Rattan Garden Furniture

The material of the garden or patio furniture you choose will greatly influence the look of your outdoor space and ultimately just how much you can enjoy it. One of the most popular, and for many good reasons, is rattan garden furniture. This phenomenal option has a lot to offer anyone who wants to relax in comfort, style, and convenience.

Strength Without The Bulk
For the most part outdoor furniture is heavy in weight making it a pain to move. And this is especially common with the tougher and more durable materials. However, with rattan it’s a different story. Rattan has the rare advantage of being very lightweight but also unbelievably strong. This allows you to be able re-arrange, carry, put away, or take out rattan garden furniture with ease. Most large pieces usually only take one person to move yet are much stronger than the vast majority of other woods.

Tons Of Choices
Rattan is also immensely popular and well-known for its huge variety of options. It can be used to make anything from chairs to day beds and in all shapes and sizes. Consumers also have the option of choosing real rattan or rattan effect garden furniture which is a synthetic variety. Many people love the look of handsome natural wood while others are attracted to the very similar yet even more durable synthetic variety, it all comes down to personal preference. In terms of colors while normally brown, it can range from white all the way to black. And, of course you have the option of rattan garden furniture sets which offer multiple matching pieces and normally the best deals.

GoGreen Farms-Tuberose Basics

Tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa) is an aromatic flower widely grown in the plains of India and blooms profusely during the summer and rains. The name reflects the fact that the plant is grown from tubers; hence, tuber-ose (and not tube-rose). Like gladioli these are tall flowers with stem length of 80 to 100 cm and spike length of 30 cm in medium size. The large size has stem length of 100 to 120 cm with spike length of about 40-45 cm. The stem contains waxy white flowers (Double Pearl) and pure white flowers (Single Mexican) borne in pairs along the spike. Apart from the flower and bulbs which have good commercial value, the essential oils extracted from tuberose are widely used in perfume industry. As its Indian name indicates “Rajanigandha” (rajani-night, gandha-fragrance) emits its enchanting fragrance all through the night.

The demand for tuberose bulbs and flowers is on the rise in the European Union which is the largest importer of tuberose bulbs. The countries that import the bulk of the tuberose bulbs are the Netherlands, UK, Italy, Spain and Germany, while Poland is a potentially upcoming market. Tuberose bulbs are in great demand in the USA also.

The two well-known tuberose varieties are Single Mexican and The Double Pearl. The former is preferred for its enticing fragrance, while the Double Pearl is preferred in flower arrangements due to the density of the flowers on its spikes. The Pearl also exudes fragrance characteristic of the tuberose, but to a lesser extent than the Single Mexican variety. Several Indian hybrid varieties are also widely grown. Notable among these are Rajat Rekha and Swarna Rekha in single flowered and double flowered tuberose respectively. In Rajat Rekha there are silvery white streaks along the middle of the blade, while golden-yellow streaks are there on the margins of the blade in Swarna Rekha (rajat meaning silver and swarna meaning gold in Hindi). There are other varieties also like Prajwal (Single) and Vaibhav (Double).