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How To Clean A Dishwasher In Three Steps

How To Clean A Dishwasher In Three Steps

You have to clean your dishwasher on a regular basis, but it's simple. Find out how to clean a dishwasher in three steps from www.drugstoredivas.net.So, let me put this out there: cleaning your dishwasher is a thing. It’s something you are supposed to do. I know, I know. It’s sort of news to me too. When we were in the apartment, I never cleaned our dishwasher. It cleaned our dishes and I assumed that meant it cleaned itself too. But you know what they say when you assume … you’re usually wrong. So yes, I was wrong about the dishwasher. It never occurred to me at the apartment, but in the house, well, I think we have harder water here. You can see build up on the bottom of the dishwasher like we never saw in the apartment, so cleaning was needed. Is needed. You have to do it regularly. 

Sigh. Just one more thing for the to do list, right?

Actually, cleaning the dishwasher is really easy. It’s three steps. It takes a bit of time (which means you need to hand wash your dishes for a few days), but you only have to do it once every three or so months, so no big deal.

How To Clean A Dishwasher In Three Steps

It’s three steps. Just three. And you use items that you probably already have in your home.

You have to clean your dishwasher on a regular basis, but it's simple. Find out how to clean a dishwasher in three steps from www.drugstoredivas.net.

Step 1: Clean the filter.
Remove the filter (at the bottom of the dishwasher) and clean it. I wash it with dish soap, then rinse it with hot water. This way, I’m sure to clean the outside and inside of the filter. The inside is where the gunk really builds up, so you want to make sure you clean it. If you’re feeling lazy, you could soak your filter in hot, soapy water instead, but I feel like actually cleaning it by hand cleans it a little better.

You have to clean your dishwasher on a regular basis, but it's simple. Find out how to clean a dishwasher in three steps from www.drugstoredivas.net.

Step 2: Wash with vinegar.
Pour one cup of white vinegar into a dishwasher-safe bowl and place that bowl in the top rack. Run a dishwasher cycle. Make sure the settings are on high temperature and sanitizing wash. Ours will only run these settings on a normal wash, not on a one hour cycle. Let it sit overnight.

You have to clean your dishwasher on a regular basis, but it's simple. Find out how to clean a dishwasher in three steps from www.drugstoredivas.net.

Step 3:Wash with baking soda.
Sprinkle one cup of baking soda in the bottom of the dishwasher. Run it again on the same cycle: high temperature, sanitizing wash. Again, let it sit overnight.

That’s it. It’s a lot of waiting, but there’s not really much to it.

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How To Keep Water From Boiling Out Of The Pot

How To Keep Water From Boiling Out Of The Pot

I work at home, which is a lot busier than you think it would be. People think, oh, you  work at home. You can do laundry and make dinner while you work. And you can whistle too. Sure, it seems like that’s all possible, but it’s really a lot of multitasking. Unloading the dishwasher while coffee is brewing; boiling eggs while I take a shower.

Yes to that last part. Very much yes.

It’s actually the perfect amount of time. Put eggs in water on the stove. Take a shower. Come back, eggs are ready.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Don’t you worry about the water boiling over?” No. Why? Because I have a trick.

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How To Keep Water From Boiling Out Of The Pot

This is easy and the best life hack I can give you.

When you put water in a pot on the stove, put a wooden spoon over the top. I use bamboo wooden spoons, but any sort of wood will work. Just place it on top and go about your day. The water will boil but when it hits the spoon, it will simmer back down. Seriously. All on its own. It’s kind of like magic.

Test it out today when you’re making pasta. Or eggs for egg salad. You’ll be amazed.

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How To Get Grease Out Of Your Jeans

How To Get Grease Out Of Your Jeans

Did you drip grease on your favorite pants? Find out how to get grease out of your jeans from www.drugstoredivas.net.

Experience is an educator, especially if experience comes in the form of dripping grease onto your favorite jeans when you’re out to lunch with your mom. Bad experience? Well, it depends how you look at it. Lunch with your mom is always a great thing; potentially ruining your jeans is not. Luckily for me, my mom had a trick for getting grease out of jeans.

I’ll let you in on it because I’m chock full of life hacks lately. (Speaking of those, have you seen my way to get wrinkles out of clothes without ironing? Okay, sorry, I’m burying the lede here.)

So, to get grease out of your jeans, as soon as you are able, use a toothbrush to scrub dish soap into the grease spot, then throw your jeans into the wash.

When they come out, inspect them. If the spot is out, feel free to dry your jeans. If the spot is still there, use the toothbrush to go back over it with dish soap. Then wash. Repeat that until the spot is gone. Then throw the jeans in the dryer. Make sure you don’t dry your jeans until you are sure the spot is out or it will set in forever.

That’s all.

It works too. After lunch, I followed these instructions and it worked to get the spot out.

The moral of the story: listen to your mom (and don’t freak out if you get grease on your jeans).

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How To Get Wrinkles Out Of Clothes Without Ironing

How To Get Wrinkles Out Of Clothes Without Ironing

Did you forget to take your clothes out of the dryer and now they're wrinkled? No worries. Find out how to get wrinkles out of clothes without ironing here.

We’ve all done it. You wash a load of laundry, put it in the dryer … and then something happens. A friend calls to see if you can run an errand with her. Or you run to the grocery store for the thing you forgot for dinner, come home, start cooking, and completely forget about the laundry. Next thing you know, it’s bedtime so you lay down, and then remember the laundry that has been sitting in the dryer for hours. You don’t want to get up to fold it and, even if you do, it’ll be wrinkled.

And then that leaves the dreaded iron. You have to pull out the ironing board, find the iron, fill it with water (or empty it, depending on what the tags say), and spend more time ironing than you would rewashing it all. 

But you don’t really want to rewash and start over. So where does that leave you? It leaves you at this post. I have a secret. Come closer. Closer.  Closer. I know how to get wrinkles out of clothes without ironing.

Toss a few ice cubes into the dryer with your dry clothes. Run the dryer on a normal cycle. You’ll hear a little clunking of the ice against the dryer walls, but that’s nothing to worry about. The heat in the dryer will melt the ice, creating a steam that will de-wrinkle the clothes. When the cycle is over, take out the clothes and fold them (unless you forget again).

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Power Clean Your Bathroom In Only 10 Minutes

Power Clean Your Bathroom In Only 10 Minutes

Learn how to power clean your bathroom in only ten minutes at www.drugstoredivas.net.I don’t mind cleaning. I like having a clean home and I know little magic cleaning fairies aren’t going to come into our home while we’re sleeping and make it sparkle. So it falls on us to sweep and scrub and all those other tasks that just seem like you don’t do anything until you skip them and really don’t do anything. Like wiping the counter. No one notices if you wipe the kitchen counter and it sure seems like it doesn’t make a difference, but skip wiping it for two days and see just how gross it becomes.

So you have to clean, and you have to clean the bathrooms. That’s a task that no one wants to spend too much time on because it’s kind of gross. I remember when I moved into my first apartment, my grandma asked me who was going to clean my toilets. Because surely it was something I had never done before. “I’ll hire someone,” I told her. I had my first, real full-time job and full-time income and thought I was a baller. She laughed and told everyone that I was going to hire someone to scrub my toilets. She was right. The toilet leaning fell on me, just as I’m sure it falls on you.

No worries. I’m a pro now. I figured I would share my secrets with you so you can power clean your bathroom.

Power Clean Your Bathroom In Only 10 Minutes

Minute 1:

  • Pour in the toilet bowl cleaner. Shut the bowl.
  • Use a cleaning wipe (or spray on a paper towel) to wipe down the basin of the toilet and the top of the lid.

Minute 2:

  • Remove everything from the counter/sink (anything below the mirror)
  • Clean the mirror.

Minute 3:

  • Use a cleaning wipe (or spray on a paper towel) to wipe down the counter.

Minute 4:

  • Wash the sink.
  • Wipe the hardware.
  • Put back everything on the counter/sink.

Minutes 5 and 6:

  • Quick scrub the tub.*
  • Wipe the hardware.

Minutes 7 and 8:

  • Sweep the bathroom floor.
  • Vacuum up any dust.

Minute 9:

  • Open the toilet.
  • Use a cleaning wipe (or spray on a paper towel) to wipe down the toilet bowl’s seat (both sides), the base, and the inside of the lid.

Minute 10:

  • Use a toilet brush to scrub the inside of the toilet.
  • Flush.
  • Use a cleaning wipe (or spray on a paper towel) to wipe down the inside of the bowl (cleaning any areas where water flows).

*This is mostly the method I use in our guest bathroom because that shower only gets used when we have guests. Before and after they come, I give it a full cleaning. In between, though, I just give it a quick weekly two minute job.

Done in ten minutes. Seriously. It took me longer to type this post than it takes me to clean the bathrooms.

If you maintain them and do this every week (I do it every Monday), you won’t have to worry about a deep clean that takes forever.

This method works pretty well in our master bathroom as well, although we have a separate tub and shower in there. So I wipe down the tub (which we don’t use regularly) during my weekly clean and we clean the shower and curtain separately.

What quick cleaning tips do you have?

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How To Freeze Milk

How To Freeze Milk

freezing milkI usually buy half gallons of milk when we need it. We use milk in coffee and here and there in a recipe, but that’s about it. I don’t put milk in cereal, although Pete does. So if we have a bunch of cereal in the house or if we’re having company stay for a few days, I’ll buy a gallon. But other than that, it’s a half gallon. If not, it’ll go bad.

But last month, a gallon of milk ended up being only a few cents more than a half gallon so I decided I would buy it and try to drink more milk. Bad timing, though, because we were set to leave for New York for two weeks and we would never finish a gallon before then.

“I think you can freeze milk,” I told Pete.

“I used to do that all the time,” he told me.

Well why I haven’t been doing this all my adult life, I don’t know. But I tried it, it worked, and I decided this has to be a blog post because who else doesn’t know about this?

How To Freeze Milk

Freezing milk is really simple and should be done as soon as you open the gallon to guarantee the milk is as fresh as possible.

Pour half the gallon into two 32-ounce Nalgene bottles, leaving about a half inch of air. The milk will expand when frozen, so you need to give it that room to do so.

I say use Nalgene bottles because they are BPA free and work great for both hot and cold beverages. It’s really well insulated, which is exactly what you need for this to work. Plus, when the milk expands, these bottles will not warp. A thinner container might do so.

Place the Nalgene bottles in the freezer.

Drink the opened milk and when you’re done, grab one of these Nalgene bottles out of the freezer and put it in the fridge.

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After the milk sits overnight, much of it will be still be solid and some will be liquid. When I was ready to use it, I poured it into a microwavable safe cup, ice chunks and all. I heated it up and made hot chocolate with it.

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Since hot chocolate needs warm milk anyway, it didn’t matter that it went in the microwave first. But what if you just need it for cereal? Just wait until day two. By the second day in the fridge, almost all of the milk was liquid. If you’re freezing milk, it’s because your milk isn’t being used quickly so you shouldn’t mind that it doesn’t defrost immediately.

Freezing milk is so much more economical. Ever since I figured this out, I’ve been buying a gallon and freezing half of it. It’s a nice little savings on our grocery bill too. Do you think you’ll try to freeze milk?

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