How to Clean Your Kitchen Sink In Just 4 Easy Steps

You scrub your dishes in your kitchen sink every day, but how often do you actually scour the sink itself? We tend to think of our sinks as being “clean” because they are constantly being rinsed with water (and a fair amount of dish soap too). Over time though, germs can get a foothold (did you know that it is actually dirtier than your toilet?). So now and again, you need to get serious about cleaning your kitchen sink. Otherwise, it won’t be a sanitary place to wash your dishes!

That means rolling up your sleeves, grabbing a few cleaning supplies, and putting some elbow grease into the job. In this article, we are going to teach you everything you need to know to get your sink spotless and germ-free!

Supplies:

  • Liquid soap
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar (optional)
  • Lemon juice (optional)
  • Sponge
  • Old toothbrush

You’ll notice we’ve listed the white vinegar as “optional” here along with the lemon juice. That is because they can be handy, but whether or not they are appropriate depends on the type of sink you have.

Here are some specific precautions for cleaning different types of kitchen sinks:

  • Stainless steel: Keep acids and salts away from stainless steel, as well as ammonia and bleach. Also, avoid using sponges with an abrasive texture. You don’t want to damage the beautiful finish on your stainless steel sink. Some people said that you can use lemon despite its acidic properties. If you do this, we recommend not leaving it in contact with the steel for too long — or just skip it to be on the safe side.
  • Ceramic: This material may be scratched easily. For that reason, you should not use abrasive materials or cleaning agents.
  • Cast iron: Cast iron sinks come with an enamel coating, so you must take care when scrubbing it. Abrasive cleaners, sponge pads, and wire brushes should be avoided.
  • Copper: Do not use harsh chemicals. Avoid acids as well if the sink has a patina. Otherwise, the patina could be damaged or stripped away.
  • Stone: As stone is porous, it can absorb anything that comes into contact with it. For this reason, you should not use harsh chemicals or acids.
  • Porcelain: Mild acids like lemon juice or vinegar are usually fine so long as you do not leave them sitting for too long.

Basic Steps to Clean A Kitchen Sink:

  1. Start by rinsing out your sink. Get all of the debris out of the way so that you can work.
  2. Next, dust the inside of the sink with baking soda. Get a sponge and start scrubbing. In contact with the wet surface of the sink, the baking soda will form a paste. This is a great way to pull up any stubborn debris and also take care of stains. It should give your sink a bit of a polish as well.
  3. Now it is time to tackle the drain flaps, the faucet, and the handles. Baking soda paste works great for this as well. Switch from the sponge to the toothbrush so you can get into all the nooks and crannies.
  4. Rinse out the sink. Get a paper towel and wipe down the faucet and handles as well so that all of the baking soda is gone.
  5. This final step is optional. If your sink finish is likely to be damaged by vinegar, do not do it. If vinegar is safe to use in your sink, soak a few paper towels in it, and then use them to line the inside of the sink as well as the faucet and handles. Go and do something else for 20 minutes, then come back and remove the paper towels. Finish up with one more quick rinse of your sink using dish soap and warm water.

Advice for Stubborn Stains:

Got a stubborn stain that just won’t come out? You may need to do some concentrated spot work. This is where you can use the lemon juice. Try mixing it in with some borax (so long as you are not cleaning a surface where borax will be too abrasive) and scrub hard.

Alternately, you can try again with the baking soda or the vinegar. Harsher products like ammonia, bleach, and hydrogen peroxide might work if absolutely necessary, but these can damage a lot of sink finishes, so use them only as a last resort.

Long-Term Care for Your Kitchen Sink

What is the best way to avoid having to give your kitchen sink a meticulous cleaning? You know the saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Well, that applies with kitchen sinks too.

After every use of your sink, rinse the entire basin thoroughly. Then grab a soft cloth and wipe down all the surfaces so that they are dry. Do that each and every time, and you will minimize the amount of maintenance your sink needs to stay sparkling clean.

Now and again, you will still have to thoroughly clean and sanitize your kitchen sink, but the more diligent you are with the daily rinse and wipe-down, the less often you will need to bring out the baking soda and the vinegar.

One last tip is to make sure you do not leave certain foods or beverages in contact with your sink for too long. Coffee grounds and tea bags are particularly notorious for leaving deep, stubborn stains on sink surfaces. The sooner you get these out of your sink and rinse out any residue, the better.

With Regular Cleanings, Your Kitchen Sink Can Retain Its Spotless Shine For Years to Come

Once you get your dishes washed, dried, and put away, the last thing you probably feel like doing is scrubbing down the entire kitchen sink. But you know what? A clean kitchen sink is worth it. Keeping your kitchen sink sanitized means you and your family stay healthy. And by buffing up the polish on your sink now and again, you can bring it back to that same beautiful shine it had on the day when it was new.

 

How to Clean Hair Brushes

Why It’s Important To Clean Hair Brushes?

So you love your hair, you take pride in your hair. You wash your hair daily, have regular appointments with your stylist to get it cut, colored, so on and on. It’s possible you spend far more than you even think you should on your hair. You love pampering your hair so much that you forget that your hair brush also needs pampering from time to time. Take some time to make sure you have clean hair brushes.

Imagine this, you just finished washing your hair. It’s all nice and clean. And then you take your brush or comb that you’ve used a million times before on your unwashed hair and use it on your freshly cleaned hair. Think about that for a moment. You’ve just taken your dirty hair that was left on the brush/comb and mixed it with your freshly clean hair. Now it’s not as clean as you may think it is.

How Do I Clean It?

Let’s face it, clean hair brushes and combs are a lot better than dirty brushes and combs. They collect debris of dirt and dead skin and its continuous build-up is not good for your lovely locks. The residue left behind by those lovely hair products, also your hair natural oils can leave your hairbrushes and comb look grungy.

Along with your own, hygiene it’s very important to keep tools of daily use like comb and hairbrushes clean. Your hair brush and combs are a tap of germs, conditioner, oil, dead skin and old hair. It may not seem like a very big deal but clean brushes and combs help the way you style your hair and keep them fluff free.

Wait! There is no need to throw out that old brush or comb and get new ones just because it has accumulated so much lint over the gap of months or years. Here are some very valuable tips to keep your hair brushes and comb clean and work like new.

1. Removing The Hair

It is recommended to do this in a bathroom rather than a kitchen as kitchen is mainly used for cooking food and any loose hair can go into the food and make it unhygienic. First, remove all the hair with your fingers or a toothpick. Pick out as much hair as you can. You can also wet the hairbrush and comb under water this will soften the hair and it would be easy for you to remove them

2. Dampen The Brush

Place a small dab of shampoo onto the bristles of the comb or hairbrushes. Carefully rub the bristles together with your hands but make sure the points of the bristles do not hurt you.

3. Soak The Brush

For the remaining bits of hair and debris, soak the brush under warm water with a bit of baby shampoo or detergent. Generally speaking, baby shampoo is very good for cleaning makeup brushes. The warm water and detergent will soften the dirt and debris in the hair bristles.You can also use vinegar and baking soda for cleaning hair brushes and combs. Pour half cup of vinegar in half cup of warm water and soak all your brushes and comb into it for about half an hour. Wait till the dirt and hair get dampen and soft. Similarly, you can mix baking soda with warm water and soak in your hair brushes.But remember, an exception to the baking soda process is that, not to immerse certain types of hair brushes and comb into it.

The cushioned brush, the wooden bodied brushes, rubber brushes and comb and natural boar bristled brushes. Permitting water to get through the vent hole on cushioned brushes will erode the cushioning of the brush faster and it will reduce its shelf life. A wooden bodied brush or comb may cause wood to absorb water and may cause damage to the finish and make the body swell and break. While natural boar bristle brushes contain natural hair that would take in moisture as would other types of natural hair so the bristles can twist or curl if dampened.

4. Use A Toothbrush

You can use a toothbrush for cleaning the debris and left over in the bristles of the hair brushes and comb. This will indeed be helpful in cleaning the hair brushes and comb till the end of their root inside the bristles. It would be advisable to use a new tooth brush rather than old one. You cannot use the one for your hair that you used for your teeth; could you? Rinse the combs and hair brushes well.

5. Dry The Brush

Take a clean cotton towel would be preferred, dry the combs and hair brushes with the help of the cotton towel and let the remaining water dry on its own. Keep them in some clean place so that further dirt, grime and dust particles do not stick on it as this can easily happen when the combs and hairbrushes are wet.

6. Repeat

Now, after drying, again clean it with a dry towel so that the dust particles are removed if any are there in the hair brushes and comb. And VOILA, You are done! Your hairbrushes and combs are now clean and you can use them for keeping your lovely locks beautiful. Washing the hair tools twice a month can be very helpful for your long tresses; it will not only keep your hair clean but also helps in keeping your hair healthy.

Bonus Tips

  • Throw away pieces of hair stuck in your brushes because that could build up oil in your scalp and this can damage your hair.
  • Remove your hair from your hair brushes and combs after each brushing
  • Always clean your hair brushes and comb gently so bristles do not break off.
  • Never use finger to scrub a brush, it is very painful to get pinned in the finger by a bristle and even worse under a fingernail.

Hopefully, you’ve learned some awesome tips on how to keep your brushes and combs clean! If these worked for you, drop us a comment below. And if you have any other tips on house cleaning please leave us a comment below. We love to hear from our readers!

The 5 Cleaning Mistakes Renters Make When They Move Out

Moving is stressful. You’ve got boxes to pack, U-Hauls to rent, and IKEA furniture to disassemble. And that’s BEFORE the cleaning mandated by almost every lease. Not only do you have to take apart everything you own and fit it into the back of a 10’ truck, you have to clean the apartment after it’s empty.

If you don’t? Be prepared to fork over that security deposit.

Every day at ABODO, we help dozens of renters find their new New York apartments. And working with property management companies, we hear a lot about the mistakes those renters make when they move out. Here are the five most common things people forget to clean — and some tips on how to clean them.

  1. The Oven
    Ovens are hard to clean. That’s probably why so many people get charged for cleaning them incorrectly or incompletely. You can use regular household cleaners and sprays on the range top. Be sure to remove all grates and burner tops and soak them in hot water to loosen caked-on grease and oils.

    But normal cleaners won’t do much inside the oven, and that “self-clean” feature will only do so much. For a proper cleaning, you’ll need industrial-strength chemicals like Easy-Off or Mr. Muscle. First, brush out any debris from the bottom of the oven, then soak each shelf in hot, soapy water. Then apply the oven cleaner, being sure to open windows and circulate air to diffuse the fumes. Put on a pair of gloves, and wipe everything down. Repeat as necessary — sometimes it can take a few tries.

  2. The Dishwasher
    “The dishwasher washes my dishes,” you might be thinking. “Surely I don’t need to wash it.”

    Wrong. Dishwashers can get nasty. Think about it — they’re moist, enclosed, dark environments with bits of food waste.

    To clean your dishwasher, remove the filter and soak it in warm, soapy water, then pour a cup of white vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher and run a low cycle. After that, leave a cup of baking soda in the bottom of the dishwasher overnight to remove the odor of vinegar. Run a normal cycle, and you’re done. (Now that you’ve put all this work into cleaning the dishwasher, don’t forget to wipe down the seal, too.)

  3. Cabinet Fronts
    You’ll probably be so focused on emptying out your cabinets and cleaning the shelves inside that you forget about the forward surfaces. But cabinets can get surprisingly dirty, especially if they’re near stovetops. Plus, you often open them when you’re cooking, which means stains and fingerprints are common.

    To clean, use a mild all-purpose spray and a sponge. For particularly stubborn stains, Magic Erasers are your best friend.

  4. Top of the Refrigerator
    Ah, a classic. You’ve been putting cereal boxes and pans on top of the fridge for so long that you haven’t even thought about what else could be up there. Usually, it’s a lot of dust. Be sure to wipe it down. If you use a Swiffer, use a wet sponge afterward to make everything shine.
  5. Holes in the Wall
    Sure, you probably remember reading in your lease that any holes you make in the wall will have to be refilled. But what’s one nail? Okay, two. Okay, three. Okay, a whole system of brackets. Where else were you supposed to hang your flat-screen?

    Don’t get charged for each hole you leave. Be sure to fill every hole, no matter how small, with spackling or wall joint compound. Allow it to dry, then sand it down. Depending on the size of the hole, you might need a patch, which you can then cover with more spackling. Touch up and cover the area with paint, if you know the shade used on your wall. If not, leave that to your landlord.


Overwhelmed? Remember — you can always outsource your cleaning duties to a team of professionals. Visit Maid Sailors for a quote.

Winterize Your Home: When to DIY and When to Hire Another Guy

As a homeowner, preparing your property for the harsh winter months can help prevent more dramatic renovation costs down the line. Preparing your plumbing, checking your roof, sealing windows, and stocking up on winter home essentials are all ways people prepare for the cold weather, but sometimes the jobs add up to more than just that.

Unless you have an endless supply of time and the confidence of expertise to tackle any home repair project, you may want to hire people to help winterize your home. On the other hand, conquering smaller chores yourself can help save money and give you a feeling of accomplishment. Below are some of the most necessary winterizing tasks for homeowners and our opinions on whether to DIY or hire another guy.

Pipes and Irrigation Maintenance

When water sits in your pipes or irrigation system, it risks freezing when the temperatures drop. When your pipes freeze with water in them, they risk expanding, cracking, and rupturing pipe walls. This leads to problems with your home’s plumbing overall and can cost thousands to fix. Depending on where you live and the type of sprinkler system your house has, there are different ways to remove water from your irrigation. There aren’t as many ways to winterize pipes, but it can still be a time consuming process. Furthermore, if you don’t get it completely right, you risk leaving amounts of water that can freeze left behind. In our opinion, it’s best to hire a professional to do this job.

Verdict: Hire another guy.

Insulate Garage

Your garage lets a surprising amount of warm air escape from your home’s HVAC system, which can raise your utility bills while making your home less comfortable. To keep air in, insulate your garage with fiberglass batt insulation. Fiberglass batt insulation is inexpensive yet effective– music to a homeowner’s ears. Working with this kind of insulation takes a certain amount of skill, and the materials themselves can be quite hazardous, especially if inhaled. That’s why we recommend hiring someone else to do this important winterizing task for you.

If you want to DIY something in the garage, fill in cracks along the walls and seal windows with caulk. It’s an easy, quick project that can save you money on heating bills.

Verdict: Hire another guy.

Protect Plants and Flowers

With all the work you put into your garden during the warmer months, you don’t want your plants and flowers to suffer in winter. There are various ways to protect your garden before the freezing temperatures start:

  • Add new mulch around flowerbeds and trees
  • Wrap tree trunks with burlap
  • Invest in covers that can keep plants warm in cold environments

 

Once the cold weather sets in, bring potted plants indoors to keep warm. Set them up in an area with sunlight to ensure they don’t wither away. Before a freeze, water your plants to help protect the roots and keep them from dying. Winterizing your garden is a constant process, but the tasks themselves are not difficult. That’s why we say go ahead and DIY this one.

Verdict: DIY

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As a homeowner, the upkeep and maintenance of your house is a constant in your life. Taking care of little things now can help prevent catastrophic costs down the line. Sometimes the best way to go is to do-it-yourself, but some tasks are best left to professionals. When winter rolls around, your home is susceptible to many cold weather damages. Protecting your pipes and irrigation can prevent plumbing damages. Insulating your garage will keep heat in and regulate power bills. And protecting your plants from freeze will help preserve the work you did all spring and summer. Whether you choose to DIY or hire another guy, doing these things before winter will help keep your home in shape for the colder months.

 

 

 

How Cleanliness Effects Our Life?

We all like a clean and tidy home but most of the time it is ignored if we are busy with our job. This may result in poor health, most of us are not aware of it. If you are surrounded by dust then you might have allergies and lung diseases. Untidiness not only affects you physically but also mentally. For example, if you came back home after a hectic day, the first thing you sees is your untidy bed what would be your feelings? If you go to the kitchen for some meal, you see a bundle of unwashed dishes, what will be your reaction? In short messiness and untidiness may result in stress.

Personal cleanliness:

Personal cleanliness is very important for every individual. It includes washing hands, bathing regularly, brushing teeth etc. You should also focus on fingernails; a researcher says that if you don’t take care of your nails, more bacteria than toilet seat reside under it. Just imagine how much you have to pay just for it. Maintaining your personal cleanliness not only makes you confident and healthy but also save you from hospitals. Ignoring it may isolate you socially as well because no one likes the smelly and messy person.

Home cleanliness:

If you are doing the job you may maintain your personal cleanliness but cleaning your house properly might be a tough job for you.  As discussed earlier, most of the time it is ignored. If you don’t dispose of the garbage regularly you may fell seriously ill because this thing can’t be ignored. If you don’t do the dusting and vacuum your carpet or rug minimum twice a week, you inhale dust and may suffer from lung diseases, allergies and so on. If your home’s LED tube lights or simple lights are covered with dust you have dim and dull illumination. A research shows that you release stress while washing the dishes, so it affects your health not only hygienically but also mentally.

If you still don’t have time for cleaning then you may go for house cleaning services or call your friend to help you out.

Office cleanliness:

Although it’s not your job to clean your office it affects a lot. Clean and tidy environment results in more productivity. It is the job of office management to maintain its cleanliness. Messy offices usually result in dull employees and less productivity. If we talk about office cleanliness it must include proper files arrangement, clean and comfortable cabins for employees, healthy lunch and obviously the basic cleanliness.

School cleanliness:

When we send our children to school, we first visit it to see whether we are satisfied with the education system, the behavior of school administration and teachers and whether the school is hygienically fit? It’s the duty of government to ensure the hygienic standard but still, we are concerned with it. School is the second home for children, so its cleanliness affects a lot. The school having talented teachers and proper hygienic conditions mostly produce sharp and bright students.

Conclusion:

As the general importance of cleanliness is discussed above, let me give you a comparison of living in the tidy and untidy environment. If we talk about living in the untidy environment, one will be more confused, ignored and far fewer chances to have friends. One should be less productive and might have hygiene-related diseases.

In contrast, if we talk about having a tidy environment, one will be more relaxed, confident and have a social circle. One will like to invite his\ her friends at home. One will be more determined to work and will stay happy and young for longer.

Author Bio:

This guest post was written by Hassan Khan Yousafzai, he is passionate about Digital marketing. Along with an educational background in Software Engineering, he is bridging the gap between marketing and development department. His current adventure is Crest Led and Techland, he has been consulting brands all over Pakistan to gain online traffic and profitable leads.

 

All You Need to Know about Residential Fire Sprinkler

Family safety is the top most priority of every one. Not only from outside, but your family deserves the protection from any sort of danger inside the home too. The most commonly reported home incidents include the fire accidents which may incur huge losses to the unfortunate families. Fire is never friendly to its users. A short circuit, gas leakage from stove, a malfunctioned electrical equipment or a slight negligence while lighting up a candle may convert a small flame into a raging fire. Thanks to the wonders of modern construction engineering which offers safe and reliable solutions to fire incidents. One such essential safety measure is the use of residential fire sprinkler to better avoid as well as fight with the dangers of fire.

In the USA and Canada, fire sprinklers are not confined to offices and commercial buildings only. The use of these small but effective fire sprinklers is gradually increasing in homes as well. These fire sprinklers offer life safety benefits which definitely matters the most to the residents. Therefore, the US jurisdiction has made it mandatory for some local communities to have this system installed for sustainably better standard of living.

Why to install a Fire Sprinkler?

Life is precious and should never be compromised at any cost. A residential fire sprinkler doesn’t even cost heavy on your pocket. Foremost, it keeps you at ease from the dangers of all sorts of fire accidents. These sprinklers respond at once and alert the residents simultaneously of any fire hazard. The efficient system immediately extinguishes fire without letting it spread around the entire home even before the fire fighters come for rescue. Fire sprinklers use water smartly to set off fire only in the affected area and keeps the rest of your belongings safe. Installation of these systems is not only lifesaving, but surely gives you return on investment by increasing the value of your house and reducing the insurance cost. The fire sprinklers are far better choice than fire alarms. A fire alarm don’t help in controlling fire and sometimes even don’t alert you if they run out of batteries. With a fire sprinkler you don’t need to take any such worries. Unlike any other fire prevention system, the sprinklers actually fight with the fire to stop it at once. In case of a massive accident, these sprinklers give the dwellers enough time to escape. Thus it reduces the chances of death or injuries. Also they don’t require much of maintenance. They only demand you to inspect the water valve to be kept on.

How do Fire Sprinklers Work?

The fire sprinklers are installed on the ceilings or high on the walls. These sprinklers can be “wet”, using water, or “dry”, using nitrogen, to fight with fire. Wet sprinklers are more commonly used as water reacts faster than any dry agent. But the only problem with wet systems may appear in winters when water in lines get frozen. In such cases, the nitrogen of dry system continues to work effectively.

The fire sprinklers are connected with the main water line within a home or a storage tank filled with water. These sprinklers are regulated through the water pump or valves which must be kept on to make the system working. The sprinkler pipes are made of chloro-polyvinyl chloride or cross-linked polyethylene which are light weight and cost friendly material. The fire sprinklers carry a glass bulb filled with gas and liquid and a seal that melts with heat. In case of a fire, as the heat approaches the ceiling and comes in contact with the sprinkler, the glass bulb expands to the extent that the inner gases cause it to be broken. The heat further melts the seal to let the water from the pipes start showering on the fire. The water droplets from the sprinklers have the capacity to penetrate into the fire without being evaporated. Thus cause it to set off before it spreads across home.

Some Myths associated with Fire Sprinklers

Though fire sprinklers are famous to be safe and cost effective, still many are reluctant in using them. It is because of the myths that are often associated to this firefighting system. Firstly, it is believed that fire sprinklers use more water than necessity. It is not true at all. It only uses the quantity that can penetrate down the fire to control it which is far lesser than the amount used by firefighters in case of a deadly fire.

Another misconception is about its cost. As discussed earlier, from installation to maintenance, it doesn’t demand much from you. In fact, it adds value in terms of less insurance premiums, more market value of your home and an uncompromised family safety.

The very benefits of a residential fire sprinkler proves it to be a must try. Of course you love your family and want them to be protected always. You’ll never regret having the system installed in your home.

House Cleaning and Stain Removal Tips

A clean house not only looks wonderful but it also helps you stay healthy. A clean house can get you many compliments from your guests. A clean house is a reflection of your personality. It’s important to clean your house regularly to keep it sparkling and spotless.

You can opt for house cleaning services in NJ for complete cleaning solutions. Follow a cleaning routine to clean every corner of your house and to keep it stain proof. Here are some simple house cleaning and stain removal tips, read on.

  1. Use homemade solution and right tools

Use a DIY solution to clean your house. Mix a part of vinegar in two parts of water and add a bit of soap solution. You will be able to remove all the dust and stains from your windows and corners of your house using this solution. Also, stock up on the right tools for cleaning your house.

Use a good microfiber cloth for dusting purpose. Use a good squeegee for cleaning your windows. Use a soft towel for wiping off the dust from furniture. The right tools can help you to clean in a proper way.

  1. Clean vents and filters

It’s important to clean bathroom vents and dust filters every week. Use a vacuum cleaner or simply use a cleaning solution for removal of stains. Air filters also need to be clean as lots of dust is accumulated in these filters. Deep cleaning is important if there is dirt and stubborn stains in vents and filters.

  1. Clean the walls with dust mop

Clean your house walls with a dust mop or a Swiffer. These tools are easily available for your home cleaning needs. Use a dust mop and clean your walls after every three to four days to ensure that there is no dust. Clean walls can enhance your home décor too.

  1. Clean the kitchen area

There are maximum stains in your kitchen area because of regular cooking. For cleaning kitchen stains, dunk a sponge in soap solution. Now, wipe off your cooktop and kitchen cabinets with the help of sponge. You can also dunk a sponge in hot water, squeeze and simply wipe off the stains and dirt from your kitchen area.

  1. Clean the bedroom

Organize your closet occasionally and do away with everything that is not required. Change your bedspreads once every week. Also, wash your covers and cushions regularly. Flip mattresses when required and dust the furniture. Vacuum your bedroom floor to remove dust and stains from the area; this will help to clean your room in the right way.

  1. Use vinegar and lime

For stubborn stains, you can use a solution made from vinegar and lime. Put one part of vinegar and some lime juice in two parts of hot water. This solution can help to get rid of stubborn stains from your flooring, kitchen cabinets and bathroom tiles. DIY solution for home cleaning can give you good results for cleaning.

House cleaning task is easy if you dedicate a time for cleaning. You can also opt for house cleaning services in NJ for complete cleaning needs.

Author Bio:

Adriana Smith

Adriana Smith is a creative writer by profession and hobby, currently working as a freelance writer. She aspires to help her readers get the best home care services by sharing personal tips learned through both years of experience and thorough research.

 

The Truth About Green Water Softeners

For those looking for water softeners and trying to live greener, your job may be easier than you think. While there are plenty of water softeners on the market with “eco” and “green” as part of their name, water softeners are inherently green.

It’s Easy Being Green (When You’re A Water Softener)

Because a water softener keeps appliances efficient and water free of buildup, they already are helping you save water, electricity and contribute to a reduced use of detergents, soaps and other cleaning agents. While there are a couple of considerations to boost the green power of your water softener, know that you already are making a green choice!

Water softeners save you water because you are able to clean your home, dishes and laundry correctly the first time using pure, soft water. Worried about harsh chemicals? This is another reason water softeners are ideal for green consumers – you no longer need to rely on toxic cleaning agents, and that’s good for the environment. In addition, your appliances will last longer with soft water, reducing your family’s overall carbon footprint.

Upping The Green Factor

To boost the green power of your water softener purchase, go for one that is non-electric. Not only are you saving electricity, you are reducing even more water waste. Because of the way non-electric water softeners are engineered, these products use kinetic energy (the energy of movement) to only soften what you need softened, reducing water waste and eliminating the need for electricity to operate. Additionally, choose a softener that doesn’t contain additives, which enter the local water supply and aren’t good for the environment.

If you’re in the market for a water softener and trying to be green – rest assured, a good water softener is a green water softener! By following these tips, you are well on your way to having a green home.

 This post was made in collaboration with Chris Knippa, the owner of Kinetico Water Softeners of San Antonio, Texas.

7 Instagram Feeds that Will Inspire you to Recreate your Space

Do you find yourself on Instagram for hours at a time admiring all of the organized, stylish spaces? Are you wondering how you can make your home Instagram ready? Get ready because today we’re discussing 7 Instagram feeds that will inspire you to recreate your space.

If your anything like us, then you’re loving all of the organized stylish homes on Instagram. These days they’re everywhere! So instead of being envious here at Maid Sailors, we choose to be inspired by these Instagram accounts.

To make it a wee bit easier, we’ve narrowed it down to our top seven Instagram accounts to follow for home organization and stylish decor. From kitchens to offices, these feeds are curated with the best photos to inspire you. Following these Instagram feeds will inspire you and make it feel possible for you to recreate the home you desire.

1. @Westelm

West Elm is a chain retailer that sells a variety of local handpicked furniture, home accessories, and kitchen items. What I love about their Instagram is that you can instantly become inspired by their decor and shop their inventory right on Instagram. Does it get any easier than that? We don’t think so. Follow @westelm and @westelmredbank for new and innovative inspiration today.

2. @Simplyspaced

Looking for new and innovative ways to organize our pantry? Simply Spaced home organization’s got you covered. They’ve got some great tips like mixing glass jars with wicker baskets and using clip-on changeable labels. They love transparency! Follow them for more great home organizing tips today.

3. @Theeverygirl

The Everygirl is the ultimate online resource for women. Aside from their amazing lifestyle advice the everygirl also offers home organizing and office styling tips. If you’re a successful career driven women who’re looking to enhance her home office check out @theeverygirl.

4. @Organizedbyaly

Located on the east coast and featured on the Rachael Ray show, Aly Finklestein shows off the ultimate home organization skills. From kitchens to closets @organizedbyaly has got you covered. I mean seriously, can this closet get any cuter? Go ahead, follow her!

5. @Clutterhealing

I don’t know about you but I just love the name of this Instagram account. Clutter Healing is a professional organizer and intuitive house healing service in West Hollywood, California. They provide you with tips and tricks on how to stay organized and live an amazing life as a minimalist. Follow @clutterhealing for more energy healing inspiration.

6. @Organizedliving

Get home improvement ideas at your fingertips when you follow @organizedliving. They’re leading in closet storage systems and organizing tips. You can also find a local Organized Living office to help you. 

7. @Neatmethod

NEAT Method is a luxury home organization service located in over 36 markets across the globe. Their Instagram is the ultimate resource for learning to create style and efficiency in your home. Follow them @neatmethod for more luxurious organizing tips!

Where do you find your inspiration? Do you find it on social media? If so, which Instagram feeds inspire you? Have the accounts we shared in this post inspired you? Be sure to let us know in the comments below! 

Learn How to Create a Wabi-Sabi Home

If you’ve heard of the term “Wabi-Sabi” it’s a term the Japanese use that essentially means finding beauty in imperfection. Wabi means to live with humility and simplicity. And Sabi is the ability to accept the lifecycle of anything and everything. So when referring to the context wabi-sabi home, this a home that promotes humility and simplicity while embracing its authenticity

When it comes to creating a wabi-sabi space using abstract ideas, it’s not always as simple as the name implies. We went ahead and did some research so we could put together some tips to help you create your own wabi-sabi space.
  1. Start with the basics

In order to really create a wabi-sabi environment in your home, you need to get back to the basics. This means getting rid of anything that doesn’t serve a purpose and only keeping your valuables that provide simplicity. In other words, learn to be a minimalist. Minimalist only keep things that provide them with a calm and happy spirit which allows them to maximize the joys of life and everyday living. If you’re serious about creating a wabi-sabi home, you need to get serious about minimalism. 
  1. Bring in the outdoors

Natural elements such as plants are major components of a wabi-sabi home. Plants along with other organic material are known to bring good energy into the home. And don’t worry, if you don’t necessarily have a green thumb you can still bring in the good energy by using succulents
  1. Declutter

Being a minimalist doesn’t exempt you from clutter. Although the less you have the easier it is to escape the clutter. But it does still happen. Clutter-free spaces inspire feelings of peace and tranquillity which are the third most important element of a wabi-sabi space. This peace and tranquility will invite a sense of calm and order into your home.
  1. Discover homemade

Creating this new space is all about celebrating your newfound simplicity and authenticity. What a better way to do that then to discover authentic homemade decor? Maybe this is something you fell in love with on Etsy or in a flea market. Or maybe it’s something you made yourself. If done right (not too much or too little) this type of decor will help bring out homes most important characteristics.

What type of space do you have?