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Stop Using Drop In Toilet Tabs

You know the tabs, the toilet tabs. Some are made of bleach and others, with blue dyed cleaning products. Visually they appear to be cleaning without your effort, but they are quite dangerous and threaten the integrity of your toilet’s inner workings. Not only are they dangerous to your home’s plumbing, but they aren’t effective at cleaning either. Your plumber would be happy to know you’ve quit using these nuisance products.

Dangers of Toilet Tabs

If these products could be more controlled, they might be helpful, but they are too concentrated with corrosive chemicals and stay in what place, corroding your flapper, tubing, and any other rubber pieces involved in the mechanics of a toilet. Because of this causing misshapen toilet flappers, these tablet products contribute to water loss as well. The blue dyed chemical cleaning toilet tablets are only responsible for disguising iron deposits and ugly marks inside your toilet, not actually sanitizing. The product also gunks up the toilet’s jets underneath the rim and will prevent the toilet from flushing toilet properly over time.

The Safe, All-Natural Alternative

A safe alternative that automates your bathroom cleaning is to use distilled white vinegar. Pour 1 cup inside the back toilet tank, half designated to the overflow, the small rubber pipe that stands up in the middle of the tank. This piece is responsible for sending water through the aforementioned under-rim jets. The natural acids inside distilled white vinegar will gently dissolve the same lime, iron, and other deposits and ugly marks that you were only disguising with the harmful competitors. Using distilled white vinegar not only cleanses your toilet bowl with little effort of yours, it gently cleanses the mechanics of the toilet, making it run optimally. The best practice is to use distilled white vinegar in the toilet tank once monthly.

Other Uses for White Distilled Vinegar

White distilled vinegar has hundreds of applications in the home because of its miraculous natural cleaning ability. A common way to further automate your bathroom cleaning is to spray down your faucet and shower fixtures with the vinegar mixture and then rubber band a sandwich bag of vinegar to it. Leave it for hours and it will clean and polish your metal fixtures. When mixed with baking soda, it fizzes and provides a little bit more abrasion for tough to clean debris. It also cleans wine stains with ease within the stain’s first 24 hours. Any material responds well; including cotton and cotton polyester.

Automated Bathroom Cleaning

Cleaning an undermaintained bathroom is hard work and unavoidable hands-and-knees scrubbing; tubs, tile and grout, floors, and toilets, mirrors, countertops, and sinks. With these suggestions, you can start implementing bathroom cleaning maintenance that will minimize the deep cleaning you’ll need to do occasionally. All of these suggestions are keeping in mind professional housekeeping and plumbing advice, and opt for the safest and most natural but effective cleaning methods.

All Natural Monthly Drain Cleaning

Marthastewart.com offers this all natural drain cleaning method to keep your drains from draining slowly over time as build up occurs. Remove your sink’s stopper and as best you can, pour ½ cup baking soda into the drain, followed by ½ cup of white distilled vinegar. The mixture will foam and dissolve fatty acids and gunk. Let the mixture work its magic for 5 minutes, and then pour boiling water down the drain to force out the mixture and the unclogged material. Do this every month or two to maintain your pipes naturally!

Clear Shower Clogs and Shine Metal Fixtures

You’ll quickly realize that white vinegar is a miracle. This trick is one you may have already heard of! Pour some white vinegar into sandwich bags, spray some onto your metal shower and sink fixtures, and rubber band the bag over them as well. Let them sit for a few hours and they will deep clean your faucet and shower head for you! The vinegar will shine the metal gently, and actually loosen any mineral deposits and grime that has clogged the openings of your showerhead.

The Truth About Toilet Tablets

Professional plumbers say the only use for the fun, blue toilet tablets is for toilets in drug testing facilities (so that testees don’t dilate their urine with the water). Not only the blue tablets, but other tablet products put into your toilet and tank are known to quickly corrode your toilet’s important mechanisms and are made of a lot of harmful chemicals. Vinegar to the rescue! You can pour vinegar into your tank, and into the small tube part inside the back of the tank to put it to work cleaning not only your bowl, but the inner parts of the machine that is your toilet.

Shower Cleaning Machine

Some people swear by shower cleaning machines that suction cup to the inside of your shower. You can find a Scrubbing Bubbles machine in store or online at Amazon for under 20 dollars. If the machine is not your taste or you do not have an enclosed shower it works best in, you can kind of employ the same concept by keeping shower cleaner in your tub and spraying it down the walls after every use.

Minimize Mold and Moisture

A lot of the work that your bathroom requires over time is cleaning and disinfecting mold and mildew caused by a lack of ventilation. Installing a better ventilation system in bathrooms is often the first task set forth by homeowners during a renovation. Most ventilation is just not adequate enough to prevent mold completely. The best thing you can do is amplify the exposure of light in your bathroom, increase airflow such as through a window or installing a better system, and always keeping the fan on for a full 30 minutes or longer after you’ve showered.

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Wintery Bathroom Themes and Decor

Making your bathrooms cozy for winter months is a priority for some. If you live in a place that stays cold for over 3 months, you need all areas of your home to make you feel secure and “held”. Here are 4 great concepts for “warming” your home’s bathrooms and in turn, your spirit.

Log Cabin/In The Woods

There’s something timeless and classic about a log cabin bathroom that keeps people decorating their bathroom this way. Wooden walls or items, black bears, rustic signs, pine trees and greenery, plaid, fur, and antiques are great ways to solidify this theme. Ensure the space is warm, inviting, and even romantic, by stocking it well with candles or lanterns.

Literally Warm It Up

Affordably, you can purchase very cozy-feeling rugs or replace your lights with heated lights during the winter. There are also some amazing investments that can be made to warm up your bathrooms in the winter including the installation of heated towel bars to keep your towels warm, heated floors, or a fireplace. You can also visually warm up the space, with colors like red, brown, and orange. Rather than doing the obvious and purchasing items that are this color, such as the shower curtain and accessories, consider taking the leap of painting the wall!

Textures and Material Choices

If you are completely renovating a bathroom and live where it gets cold in the winter, consider getting the best winter materials. Materials such as copper, brass, soapstone, and volcanic limestone are well-known for keeping water warm. Test for air leaks by lighting an incense and walking around your bathrooms. The smoke should flow vertically, and when it flows horizontally, you know that air is escaping. Use heavy drapes for large windows to block further air leaking, but use a layer of sheer curtains to take advantage of the sun when it is shining. You might also consider the warm look of a cloth shower curtain that is multi layered and pulls back the same way a curtain wood, so that when you are enjoying a bath, you feel like you are in a special enclosed space.

Spa Theme

Another way to encourage your comfort in a cold winter bathroom is to make it feel like a spa. Purchase lush towels of every size and display them around the bathroom. An essential oil diffuser that delivers aromatherapy and a pleasant looking steam can instantly warm your spirit. Great oils to diffuse during winter are clove and bergamot. These oils in your bathtub will also warm you. Consider stocking your droors with plenty of baking soda boxes and epsom salt for muscle soaks. Proper lighting for relaxation is a must. Candles are obvious choices, but you can also play with others. Ambiant color therapy machines, especially those with sound therapy options are also a great contendor.

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Tools Every Household Needs

Are you a new home owner? Newly fledging your parent’s nest? Recently divorced or made single? Creating a new work space in your garage or craft room? Having a basic tool set for yourself is a must and also makes a great gift for any loved one who finds themselves in one of these situations. […]