Have You Organized Your Refrigerator?

Still have last month leftovers stocked on your refrigerator shelves? The refrigerator should be cleaned out and sanitized frequently for health reasons. If you’re ready to take on the daunting task of organizing and cleaning your refrigerator, we’re going to show you how you can do so effectively. It’s time to throw out expired condiments, old food and clean the gunk from the corners.

How To Clean Out the Refrigerator

Perhaps the easiest way to clean out the fridge is to empty out the contents. You can do this section by section, or all at once. Setting everything outside the refrigerator allows you to determine what needs to be thrown away and what food items can be kept. Of course items that need to be discarded should be thrown in a trash bag, while the others can be kept to the side so that you can load them back into the fridge.

More than likely, the interior of the fridge is less than pristine. Before you load the contents back in you should take a wet, soapy cloth and wipe off the crumbs and food remnants that are stuck on the shelves. For areas with gunk that’s tough to remove you can use a solution of vinegar of water. Make sure you dry wipe the fridge dry. Don’t forget the drawers and the fridge doors.

Arrange The Refrigerator Like A Professional

When loading the refrigerator back after thoroughly cleaning it you should organize it like the professionals do. Restaurants organize their refrigerators based on food safety. Professional kitchens organize food in the fridge based on the temperature it requires to be cooked. Prepared foods and leftovers that don’t require a high cooking temperature are usually stored on the top shelf in the fridge. Chicken, uncooked meats, and other raw foods are placed on the bottom shelf. When foods are organized this way you won’t have to worry about cross-contamination.

Here’s a guide you can follow for loading the refrigerator:
Door – The door is the warmest section of the refrigerator. Therefore, you should store condiments in this area.
Drawers – The drawers are meant to hold produce which is your fruits and vegetables.
Upper Shelves – The upper shelves should be used to store ready-made foods like yogurt, cheese, leftovers, and drinks.
Lower shelves – Raw foods

Thanks for reading and hopefully this helps you with the task of cleaning out your refrigerator, and makes it a little easier!

Placement of New Appliances

Giving Your Appliances Some Space of Their Own

Bad things can happen if you don’t give your appliances the space that they need. Here are the most common occurrences of crowding an appliance.

1. You should not install a range or cooktop flush against a side wall. For sure, you don’t want to do this with a gas range or cooktop. Manufacturer directions are going to warn against it because of the fire hazard resulting when the flame from the gas burner is that close to a flammable wall. I’d argue that it’s also a bad idea to install electric ranges or cooktops against a side wall. Even if there isn’t a safety issue, it makes the two elements next to the wall not so useful for larger pots and pans.

2. Make sure that refrigerator doors swing open more than just 90 degrees. They need to open wide enough not only to give you access to the refrigerator’s contents, but also to allow inside drawers or compartments to slide out. Take into account that a protruding refrigerator handle bumping up to an adjacent wall may prevent a refrigerator door from opening far enough to grant full access to the refrigerator’s contents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Corner installations of appliances can prevent adjacent doors or drawers from opening. For example, the dishwasher below might have worked just fine in this design if it had a recessed handle. However, the adjacent drawer cannot be opened in this instance.

I once showed this dishwasher quandry to a designer friend of mine. She quickly pointed out the cause of the problem. “This is the reason we have CKD’s. It’s a designer’s job to make sure that this doesn’t happen.”

Of course, there are sometimes tradeoffs to be made. Consider the refrigerator below. The refrigerator protrudes into the kitchen aisle. A counter-depth refrigerator could have been purchased instead of the full-depth model shown below, but they cost more and do not store as much food. It’s up to the customer, but it’s the salesperson or designer’s job to advise the consumer and let them make the decision.

 

 

 

 

 

For the best advice on purchasing major appliances consult a professional such as the sales advisors at Arizona Wholesale.


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Fixing Common Household Mishaps

Do you ever get frustrated and feel like your home is always falling apart? Do not fear, because we have easy solutions to fix those common household mishaps.

How to Fix Common Household Mishaps:
Smelly Garbage Disposal: With your garbage disposal off, pour two full cups of ice down the disposal. Let the disposal crush the ice then rinse it with water. While the garbage disposal is off, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar down the disposal. This will cause a reaction that you will be able to hear and see. Let the mixture sit for a couple of minutes then pour a pot of boiling water down the disposal to take away any remaining gunk.

Note: After you are done with eating your citrus fruits, throw the rimes down the disposal. The disposal will shred them and make a pleasant citrus smell. This is dually beneficial, because the citrus can help break down any remaining grim left in the disposal while smelling delectable.

Stinky Washing Machines: Mix together 1/2 cup of water with 1/2 cup of vinegar. Take a wash cloth and dip it into the mixture. Run your wash cloth around the door’s rubber seal and leave the door open to air it out. Now, add one cup of baking soda to your empty washing machine tub. Then pour one cup of distilled white vinegar in the detergent dispenser. Lastly, put the washing machine on a hot cycle with these two ingredients in place. It will help take out any unwanted smells and clean the machine.

Broken Toilet Flush Arm: Take off the toilet’s tank lid and unchain the toilet’s lift chain. Take a crescent wrench and remove the nut that attaches the current handle to the bowl. Make sure to replace the handle with the same type of handle from your local home improvement store. Tightly attach your new handle to the toilet bowl, hook the toilet’s lift chain and place the toilet tank lid back in place. Test the new handle by flushing your toilet to see if it works properly.

Squeaky Doors:Take off the hinge pin from the squeaky door. Apply a coat of petroleum jelly directly on the hinge then put it back in place. Test out the door and the squeaking should have stopped.

Dead Doorbell: Unscrew the screws on your current doorbell and take out the pushbutton. You will need to disconnect the wires from the pushbutton and touch them together. Listen for a “ding, dong” and it is fixed! Go to your local home improvement store and purchase a new doorbell replacement. You will need to follow the specific installation instructions, but you should have a properly working doorbell.

Ta-da, we hope you enjoyed these easy fixes to various household problems. Do you have any other suggestions you would like to share with us? Leave it in the comment section below.

First Time Home Buyers

You have taken the plunge, you are officially a first time home buyer. First and foremost, we want to congratulate you on your new adventure. While owning a home, you will learn a lot from experiences. While experiences are great and build character, we want to help inform you before you find yourself in a sticky situation. That is why we have created a list of things all first-time homeowners should know. We want to help you before you find yourself in a troubling situation.

A First-Time Homeowner’s Guide:

If you are still in the process of buying your home, never skip out on an inspection. An inspection can save you from costly unforeseen circumstances in the future.

Do not be late or miss your house payments. This one may seem obvious, but first time homeowners can struggle with managing their new financial situation. Write down your list of monthly expenses and make sure that everything is paid off before you buy anything on your list of “wants.”

Cut down on unnecessary expenses by doing the work yourself. With self-help books and video tutorials online, you can do nearly anything nowadays. Before you spend a couple hundred bucks on a professional, do some research and try to fix the issue yourself.

Do not ignore major issues in your home. The issue could become worse and cause you to spend more money in the long-run.

Buy items to satisfy your needs, not your wants. An expensive cooktop may be something you always dreamed of, but it may not be a financially sound decision for you. You can always upgrade your appliances in the future, but for now, stick to what falls within your budget.

Make sure to keep up with your lawn and yard work. Some cities/townships can actually fine homeowners if their grass grows too long. Take pride in your home’s curb appeal and work hard to maintain it.

We hope that you found this list helpful and informative. Let us know what you think in the comment section below! We look forward to hearing from you.

Five Organization Mistakes You Could Be Making

In the process cleaning your home, do you feel like you’re making a big mess? When you have a lot of stuff it can be challenging to achieve a polished look. While your house may even look clean, common organization mistakes can make it increasingly difficult to keep it that way. Here are some of the biggest organization mistakes that you could be making:

Mistake: Organized and clean are the same thing

Just because you’ve managed to allocate all the clutter to one side of the counter where it’s neatly piled, doesn’t mean that you’ve organized the space. Yes, organized and clean are two different concepts. If the countertops, desktops and other flat surfaces in your home are filled with all kinds of items, it’s time to find a home for each thing. Before you know the pile will have completely disappeared.

Mistake – Full Refrigerator

While a full refrigerator is usually a good thing, in this case it isn’t. From sticky notes, magnets, report cards and photographs; when you have to many things tacked to your fridge doors it can look like a cluttered mess. Professional organizers suggest using a clipboard to hold your reminders, shopping lists and other important things that you tend to attach to your refrigerator.

Mistake: Disheveled Kitchen Shelving

Whether you have an open shelving concept or traditional closed in cabinetry scheme you should make sure that the dishes are neatly piled. Avoid piling dishes at random. For instance, a plates and bowls should not be stacked on top of each other.

Mistake: Not Organizing the Closet to be Functional
Of course, we desire a chic closet space that is organized with our most elegant or trendiest pieces at the forefront. However, the things that you wear should be accessible, which means that they should be arranged towards the front of the closet. Be realistic about the items that you’ll be using the most. Keep things neat and you’re guaranteed to have a functional, yet stylish closet space.

Mistake: Out of Order Drawers and Containers

You know that drawer or container that you tend to use to store all kinds of odds and ends? Try using additional containers with different compartments within a storage space so that you can allocate like things in the same area.

Essential Oils

Essential Oils have become a popular trend amongst various households. Homeowners have begun to take a liking towards the natural movement because of its rejuvenation. You may be skeptical at first, but the natural remedies can be very beneficial to the body and your home. Essential oils are not only amazing for aromatherapy but they can help you while you are cleaning your home. You can add drops of some classic oils into your homemade cleaner and voila, it adds a refreshening scent.

Getting to know the oils.

There is a wide selection of essential oils available to consumers, but let us focus on the most common oils:

Bergamot. This oil derives from the Citrus Beragamia tree and is commonly used to help with stress, anxiety or depression. Also, the oil has been known to help treat skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

How to use: It is recommended to use this in a diffuser or diluted bath water. Experts advise not to apply this oil directly to your skin in its pure form.

Eucalyptus. This oil is known to be very fragranced and consumers love how it can help with respiratory issues, migraines, and muscle aches. You will instantly notice its “cooling” property when you begin to use the oil.

How to use: You can use this oil in a diffuser or apply it to your skin with a carrier-oil. Experts encourage using Coconut Oil as your carrier oil to help reduce skin sensitivity.

Pro-tip: This oil is great to use as a disinfectant because it prevents the spread of germs and infections.

Jasmine. You will quickly find out that this oil is one of the more expensive oils you can buy. It is has a rich scent and strong properties that make it a top seller. Jasmine is used for depression, childbirth, respiratory issues, addiction problems, and serves as a stress reliever.

How to use: Jasmine can be added into your bath, diffuser or apply to your skin with a carrier-oil.

Lavender. This oil smells delectable while helping to fight colds, migraines and stress. Also, you can use lavender to help you have a better night’s rest.

How to use: You can add this oil into your bath, diffuser, or add a few drops on top of your pillow before you go to bed.

Lemon. Lemon tends to be homeowners’ favorite oil because of its clean, refreshing scent. Not only can you add this oil to your homemade cleaning products, but it can help boost your mood! How nice is that? The oil can also be used to help digestion and skin irritation issues.

How to use: You can add this oil into your diffuser, bath, homemade cleaning products, or onto your skin with a carrier oil.

Peppermint. If you frequently suffer from migraines, peppermint oil will become your best friend. Not only can it help with migraines, but peppermint can help digestion, your mood and increase your focus.

How to use: Peppermint oil is extremely versatile which is one of the reasons homeowners love it. You can use it in a diffuser, as a massage oil, in your bath, or as a mouthwash.

Tea Tree. Mothers love this product because it helps to boost their children’s immune system and fight infections. It can help with cold sores, respiratory issues, muscle aches and even the flu! The best part about this essential oil is that it works fast to help aid the user.

How to use: You can use a diffuser or apply it directly to your skin with a carrier-oil.

Note: It is important to understand that a little goes a long way with essential oils. You should only be using between 3 to 6 drops during each use. We encourage you to talk to your doctor before using any essential oils and understand that essential oils are not a replacement for your current medications.

Homemade Essential Oil Floor Cleaner:
Take a medium sized bucket and fill it with hot water. Then take 1/4 cup of white vinegar and add it into your bucket. Lastly, put in 15-20 drops of lemon, citrus, or grapefruit essential oil. The best part about this floor cleaner is that there is no rinsing required. You can just wash your floors and let it dry. This floor cleaner is okay use on any hard surface flooring.

Four Things You Should Check In Your Home Every Year

Owning a home comes with a hefty responsibility. Since your home is probably the biggest investment you’ll make in your lifetime then you want to make sure that you maintain it. Although, you would rather spend your free time relaxing here are four things you should do every year to ensure you’re running a well-oiled machine.

  1. Replace the batteries in the smoke detector

Ever heard of the old adage “better than safe than sorry”? Yes, every year you should be switching out the old batteries in your smoke detector for new ones. Modern smoke detectors feature hard-wired backup batteries that must also be replaced. However, it doesn’t stop there. After trading batteries you should ensure that all the smoke detectors throughout the house are in working order.

In addition to the smoke detectors, you should also check your carbon monoxide detectors. Every year thousands of deaths occur due to faulty carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure you change the batteries at least every six months to a year.

  1. Inspect the fire chimney

Before you fire up your fireplace during the cold winter months you must fire perform a thorough inspection of your chimney. Make sure the gas logs are positioned correctly, look for cracks in the glass door and make sure the burner holes aren’t clogged.

Even when the fireplace is not in use it should be inspected because the chimney has dangerous gases that can be carried to the stove and that shouldn’t be inhaled. Be sure to clean it periodically.

  1. Central Air Conditioner Maintenance

Of course, seasonally you’ll need to remove the leaves and clean the debris from your central air conditioning unit. Use the hose to spray the fins and remove all the dirt from the inside out. Be sure to test the unit after you’ve cleaned it to ensure that it’s working properly.

  1. Doors and windows

Before winter hits, you should perform an inspection of all the doors and windows in your home. Check for weather stripping around the front and back door. Look for cracks in the windows and tears on the screen. Checking for signs of wear around the window frame is important for safety issues.

DIY Laundry Pods

Homeowners are becoming obsessed with natural home remedies that replace harmful, chemical-filled products. Have you ever considered swapping out your traditional laundry detergent for an epic DIY project? Forget your regular, old detergent and switch to these amazing all-natural laundry pods.

Supplies:
Hand Grater
Large Mixing Bowl
Ice Cube Tray
Butter Knife
Stylish Airtight Container

Ingredients:
Castile Soap
Washing Soda
Epsom Salt
Baking Soda
White Vinegar
Lavender Essential Oil

How to Make Lavender Detergent Pods:

Step One. Grate one full bar of Castile soap with a hand grater.

Step Two. Grab your large mixing bowl and mix together your freshly grated soap, one cup of washing soda and 1/4 cup of epsom salt.

Step Three. (Optional) Make your own washing soda by pouring a thick layer of baking soda on a baking dish. Turn your oven on to 400 degrees fahrenheit. Place the baking dish on the oven’s bottom rack and bake for approximately one hour. You will need to stir the mixture once or twice while it is baking. Wait for the mixture to become grainy rather than its original state of being silky. After an hour, remove the baking dish from the oven and let it cool.

Step Four. Combine one cup of your washing soda to your large mixing bowl. Slowly pour in 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Make sure to continuously stir while added in the white vinegar until the mixture becomes “clumpy.”

Step Five. Add ten to twelve drops of your lavender essential oil to the mixing bowl for a refreshing scent. (Note: You can try out different essential oil scents with your detergent pods)

Step Six. Pour the contents of the bowl into your ice cube tray. Make sure that they are tightly packed into the tray by securing the mixture down with your fingers.

Step Seven. Wait one day before removing the pods from the ice cube tray.

Step Eight. Remove the lavender pods from the ice tray and place them into an airtight container of your choice.

Voila! These homemade pods are perfect for high-efficient washing machines, because they contain a small amount of suds.

A Quick Clean

Sometimes you do not have enough time to do a deep clean of your home or apartment. If you are looking for a quick yet efficient cleaning routine, we have you covered. You should not have to compromise quality for time. Let us focus on seven items that you can quickly clean in under an hour.

7 Items to Clean:

  1. Clear the Clutter. Before you can begin cleaning, you will need to put away all of the items around your home. Encourage your family members to partake in the cleaning and create a fun game. Assign every member a certain room then set a timer for thirty minutes. See who can pick up the clutter the fastest in their room and have a reward prepared for them.

  2. Throw away trash. Go through all the rooms with a trash bin and throw away any trash that may be lying around your home. Afterwards, empty out all trash cans.

  3. Wipe down surfaces. After you have cleared the clutter and trash from your rooms, you will want to wipe down all of the surfaces. Use a disinfectant wipe on door knobs, handles, and light switches.

  4. Vacuum, sweep, and mop. Next you will want to focus on floors by doing a quick sweep then mopping the floors. If you do not have time to mix a solution, try using a portable spray mop.

  5. Swap out towels. Run around to all of your bathrooms and place clean hand towels out for drying. Make sure to throw the dirty towels in the washing machine.

  6. Clean the toilet bowls. Squirt some toilet bowl cleaner inside of your toilet and scrub them out with a toilet bowl brush.

  7. Light candles. Finish your cleaning off with some candles. They create a pleasant smell and they will set the tone for a relaxing evening.

Whether you are having company over or want to tidy up your house, this quick clean can come in handy. We hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks for a quick home cleaning. Let us know what you think in the comment section.

DIY Wooden Cutting Board

If you are in the kitchen a lot, you understand the importance of owning a quality cutting board. You can never have too many cutting boards when you are trying to prepare a giant meal. Buying wooden cutting boards can quickly become expensive. This summer, make your own wooden cutting board:

Supply List:
A Piece of Poplar Wood (Preferably: 1×10 x 3’)
Hand Saw
Drill and 5/8” Drill Bit
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Butcher Block Oil
220-Grit Sanding Block
Cloth/Rag
Mild Dish Soap
Clean Dish Rag

Step One. Take your poplar wood and measure 16 inches. Mark a spot at the 16 inch mark and use a speed square to help you draw a straight line from the bottom of the wood to the top of the wood.

Step Two. Grab your hand saw and cut through the line you just drew.

Step Three. Now you are going to make a hole in the wood by taking your measuring tape and marking 1-1/2” from the perpendicular sides on the top left corner. Ultimately, you will have drawn a plus sign.

Step Four. Take your 5/8” drill bit and drill a hole through the plus sign.

Step Five. Using your sanding block, begin to sand off the any uneven corners of the wooden board. All sanding should be done gently and be aware off the edges.

Step Six. Pour your butcher block oil onto a cloth or rag. Then you will take the rag and begin to rub the butcher block oil onto the wood.

Step Seven. Let your wooden board dry overnight before using.

Step Eight. Clean off your board with mild, no dye dish soap and warm water. Make sure to completely dry off the wooden board with a clean dish rag.

Note: Try to not let any food sit on the cutting board for an extended period of time. Always clean your wooden cutting board as soon as possible to keep it in great condition.

Cutting boards are not only great gifts for yourself, but they are great gifts for families and friends. People will love this unique gift idea and cherish the craftsmanship.