The Different Uses of Duct Tape That Will Surprise You

Duct tape is durable and sticky, and a helpful tool around the house and shop. You may have a roll stuffed in a drawer or stashed in the garage, but this handy item is more than a workbench tool or prom dress fabric. Try using these more non-conventional duct tape ideas.

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Residue from Stickers

Super sticky duct tape not only adheres to surfaces, but it removes leftover remnants from other adhesive products. Use duct tape to remove adhesive left behind by glass stickers, like those huge new car stickers on the car window glass. Cover the leftover adhesive area with duct tape and rub with your hand several times. Peel away the duct tape and clean off the window with glass cleaner. It may take a couple of tries, but it works well.

Removing Warts

Warts, caused by a virus, are contagious and can spread fast. You can stop the spreading of warts and give healing a boost by covering the wart with duct tape. Change the tape every two days or as needed until the wart disappears.

Opening Stuck Jar Lids

Do you ever struggle with the occasional jar with a lid seal that’s so tight you can’t open it? Grab a 12-inch long duct tape piece and wrap one-quarter of the way around the lid. Securely fasten the tape to the lid and use the other end to pull and the lid should open. If you have a stubborn lid and the tape strip breaks, use multiple layers of duct tape for better strength.

Stop Bugs

Seal small holes in walls and around pipes with duct tape. Bugs move toward dark and humid areas, so they are drawn to the duct tape area where they get stuck. For flies, hang long duct tape loops from patio soffits or ceilings. Like commercial strips, flies and bugs get trapped when landing on the tape strip.

Animal Hair Removal

Loop duct tape, the adhesive on the outside, around the hand, creating a device for lifting dust and hair from furniture and clothing. Paint rollers also work as a hair removal devices when wrapping the duct tape around the sponge roller for a homemade lint brush roller.

Tidy Cords

Use duct tape to manage electronic cords around the house. With a single duct tape strip and a clever folding technique, the tape adhesive never touches your cords and unraveling them is easy.

Emergency Hole Patching

Nothing’s worse than small holes popping up when we least expect them. We all have those worrisome holes; our favorite sneakers, outdoor furniture webbing hole, or a tear in the hose on the vacuum cleaner. While it’s not a permanent fix, duct tape makes an emergency repair until fixing or replacing the piece.

Seal a Plastic Crack

Duct tape is a quick fix for holding cracked storage boxes or trash cans together, giving the item extra life before replacing. A single strip of tape holds together most plastic cracks to help seal out moisture and keep contents inside dry.

Every Day Practices for Keeping Bathrooms Spotless and Sparkling

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As one of the most used and abused rooms in any house, the bathroom can become dirty and cluttered in the blink of an eye. The task of cleaning the bathroom often seems monumental, which results in the average person putting it off longer and longer. This results in the task becoming even bigger, as the bathroom only gets dirtier with each passing day. How is it, then, that some people have bathrooms that seem clean and bright all the time? The trick is in the tasks they perform each and every day that keeps the bathroom from getting dirty in the first place. This article will present several tips that will help you to keep your bathroom spotless and sparkling all the time.

Tip 1

Prevent clutter

One of the reasons bathrooms can look messy is that they can be cluttered. This clutter may be too many things on a counter, or it can be dirty clothes on the floor. Either way, the first rule of thumb is to eliminate the clutter. Use a basket or hamper for dirty clothes. This will keep the floor looking neat and orderly. Use small baskets for loose items on the counter. This will help keep them looking neat, and will make it easier to clean the countertop by simply lifting one basket instead of a dozen small items.

Tip 2

Empty trash regularly

The trash can in a bathroom is usually open topped. This means that even at only half full, a bathroom trashcan can look messy. Thus, empty out the trash on a regular basis. You don’t need to replace the bag every time, so don’t worry about added waste or cost. Rather, if the trash is half full of dry products, dump the contents into a larger bin, such as the kitchen trash. This will keep the bathroom looking neat, without any unnecessary waste or expense.

Tip 3

Dry up any water immediately

Whilst water on the counter seems perfectly harmless, it will create spotting and stains if left unaddressed. One way to prevent this mess is to dry up any water immediately. By wiping the faucet and water taps you will keep the sink’s hardware shining and bright. Wiping out the sink after each use will also help to prevent unsightly water stains and other issues, such as mold and residue buildup. This holds true with the shower as well. Wiping the shower out after every use is a quick and easy way to prevent nasty residue and staining. Thus, a simple wipe after every use will go a long way to keeping your bathroom looking spiffy!

Summary

The main reason that cleaning the bathroom is such a chore is because so many things are allowed to get out of control. Following the three tips in this article will help keep things from getting out of hand, and thus, keep your bathroom clean and fresh each and every day.

4 Tips on Using Coconut Oil to Clean Everyday Items

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In my opinion, there are few things better in life than a good, comfy chair. Leather chairs are considered the best by many, as they mix comfort and luxury. The thing with leather is that it can become dull and dry if not properly maintained. This article will show how using coconut oil can restore any leather chair, as well as other household items, to their natural shine and strength.

Tip 1 – Treating leather furniture

Coconut oil, when used on a regular basis, will not only keep your prized leather chair from drying and cracking, but it will help to maintain a luster that will brighten the rest of the room. Simply apply a small amount of oil with a cloth or a sponge, rubbing it in gently in circular motions. This will not only improve the look of your chair, but it will extend the life of it too.

Tip 2 – Treating leather accessories

Not only is coconut oil your leather chair’s best friend, but it can be the best friend of any leather coat, bag or shoes you have as well. Applying coconut oil to a leather bag, by rubbing in small amounts with a soft cloth, will restore it to looking like new. The same goes for leather shoes and jackets, which can get dull and worn with regular use. Coconut oil will also keep the leather from drying out and cracking, thus extending the life of your favorite leather accessories significantly.

Tip 3 – Polishing wood surfaces

Another surface that can get dry and dull is wood. A natural magnet for dust, wood can lose its natural luster quickly if not properly cared for. Applying coconut oil to any wooden surface will help to restore the lost luster, and keep your wood looking bright and alive. Simply apply coconut oil the same way you would apply any other wood treatment, such as lemon oil or furniture polish. Dust the surface first, then apply the oil with a soft cloth, gently rubbing it into the surface using circular motions. Not only will the coconut oil give your wood a renewed shine, but it will protect any wooden surface, extending its look and life for years to come.

Tip 4 – Maintaining other wooden objects

Wooden spoons, utensils and even lamp bases also need to be treated to prevent from drying out and cracking. Applying a small amount of coconut oil to your wooden accessories will bring them back to life, restoring their natural luster and suppleness. Rub a small amount of oil into any wooden item using a soft cloth, being sure to leave no residue. This is a quick and cheap way to ensure you get the most from your wooden items.

Coconut oil is a cheap and easy to find item that is a plus for anyone with wood or leather objects that will need to be properly cared for. Not only is it easy to use, but it is also safe, as it is all natural with no added chemicals. A definite must for anyone who is looking for a natural solution to their cleaning needs.

How to Minimize Mildew in your Home

White and powdery mold and mildew, living in shower corners and damp basements, is both annoying and dangerous. This living substance feeds on wallpaper, wood, fabric, and organic surfaces where there’s too much water, heat, too little to no ventilation or sunlight.

Small amounts of mildew don’t cause sickness, but it spreads if left to grow unchecked. Mold triggers allergies and ruins household items like clothing, wallpaper, and furniture.

Below are ways to clear out the mildew from common areas around the house.

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Damp Fabric, Towels, and Shower Curtains

If your kids left a damp towel in their gym bag and you see white speckles, take the towel outside and shake or brush the mildew off then let it dry in the sun for at least three hours. If it’s colored, soak in color bleach for at least 30-minutes and soak whites in chlorine bleach and water. Rinse well and wash as normal. Use on shower liners and curtains made of plastic and wash on gentle.

Antique Books

If you have musty old books, open and place them in the sun, and let air dry for three hours. When pages feel dry, use a dry cloth, and brush the mildew from the pages. If the books have stains, dip a cloth in one part bleach to four parts of water, dampen the cloth and wipe the book gently. With a clean damp cloth, carefully wipe away the chlorine water without rubbing or over-saturating the pages. Pat dry and sprinkle with baking soda or cornstarch to absorb any moisture and brush away using a clean paintbrush.

Upholstery and Mattresses

Vacuum the item throwing away the filter and bag when done. Not replacing the filter and bag disperses mildew spores in the air when you vacuum again.

If stains stay, dip a sponge in one cup of warm water mixed with one cup of rubbing alcohol. Rinse the mattress by wiping a second time with a clean sponge dampened with clear water.

Let the mattress or furniture dry in the sun 3 or 4 hours or dry with a fan blowing on it. To kill lingering spores, spray with Lysol or another disinfectant. If the item still has stains or a musty smell, throw it away.

Walls

Walls are a breeding ground for mold and mildew when there’s poor ventilation. When mildew first appears, add ¾ cup of bleach to 1-gallon water. With protective gloves, apply the bleach and water using a brush. Leave solution on 15 minutes, then rinse with clean water. Using a fan, dry for 30 minutes to an hour. If this doesn’t remove the stains, replace the sheetrock.

Furniture, Cabinets, Tables, and Other Wood

Using the brush tool, vacuum loose mildew off wood surfaces. Dip a clean cloth into one gallon of water that has two squirts of dish liquid added. Wring out the cloth and working in small areas, clean the wood. Using a damp cloth, rinse then dry under a fan. Don’t let the wood get over-saturated or it will damage the wood. If a film appears on the wood, wipe with mineral oil and restore the wood by applying a soft wax paste.

Tips on Beating the Heat Without Air Conditioning

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With global weather going through crazy changes, different places are experiencing weather patterns outside the norm. This can mean some places are experiencing colder weather than normal, such as parts of Europe and Britain which have encountered snow and ice in a way completely uncharacteristic of the environment. Another issue faced by some areas is abnormal heat. One of the problems with heat over cold is that almost every place is equipped to handle colder temperatures, while some places are unprepared for hotter temps. Thus, places without air conditioning are having to battle hotter and hotter temperatures on a more regular basis. This article will present several tips on how to beat the heat, even if you don’t have air conditioning.

Tip 1 – Don’t leave windows open all day

One of the knee-jerk reactions to hot weather is to open windows to allow for better air flow. While this may seem logical on paper, in practice it can actually work against you. This is because the air you bring into the house can actually be hotter than the air already inside. Although the air is moving, this doesn’t mean it will have a cooling effect. Just ask your hair drier… Thus, keep windows open only when the external temperature is lower than the internal temperature. Close windows at the hottest parts of the day, and open them when the temperature drops. A good rule of thumb is to close them shortly after sunrise, and open them again just after sunset.

Tip 2 – Keep the curtains closed

The main source of heat during the summer is, of course, the sun. Yeah, like you didn’t know that. The problem is that the sun can heat a house just by coming through the windows, whether they are open or closed. This heat is known as ‘solar heat’, and it is the basis for what makes a greenhouse work. Thus, whenever you open your curtains on a bright, sunny day, you are essentially turning your house into a greenhouse. To keep the internal temperature down, keep your curtains closed during the brightest part of the day. Open east facing curtains after noon, and be sure to keep west facing curtains closed between noon and sunset.

Tip 3 – Use seasonal curtains

Light, flowing drapes are wonderful on a nice, cool spring day, but they can in fact be detrimental during the summer. The fact that they will let in all the sun’s light means that they will also let in all the sun’s heat. Thus, to keep your rooms cool in the hottest of summer days, hang heavy, dark curtains that keep the light out. This will all but eliminate the solar heat, which is the number one source of hot internal temperatures all year round.

In summary

Following these three simple tips will help you to minimize the heat in your house without the need of air conditioning or even fans. Reducing solar heat will go a long way to making your home not just comfortable, but also more energy efficient.