How to Properly Clean Refrigerators

Keeping a refrigerator clean is one way to keep them working properly for years to come. A build-up of spilled food is a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew.  It also creates permanent unsightly stains.  This is the perfect time to check all components of the refrigerator and freezer to make sure they are in good working order. Read on to know how to properly clean refrigerators.

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Remove Food Items, Drawers, Racks and Shelves

All food items will need to be removed in order to reach all areas of the refrigerator for cleaning. Remove all of the crisper drawers, shelving and racks and set to the side for a thorough cleaning. Clean the freezer compartment separately so that your frozen items will not overly thaw during the process.

Wash the Interior

Cleaning the interior portion of the refrigerator can be done using a mild detergent mixed in warm water. Use a small sprinkle of baking soda on any stains and stuck-on foods. Rinse the surface with clear warm water. Let the surface air dry as you clean the other parts of the refrigerator that you removed earlier.

Wash All Drawers, Racks and Shelves

The parts removed from the refrigerator might fit in the dishwasher, but do not be tempted to run them through a cycle. The parts can become warped from the heat of the water, or damaged from the jet spray. Clean each piece separately, by hand, using dish washing liquid and warm water. Rinse with warm water and dry each piece with a towel. Make sure they are completely dry before returning them to their position inside the refrigerator.

Use a Vinegar and Warm Water Rinse

Protect the interior from mold and mildew by wiping with warm water and vinegar. Allow the surface to air dry as you prepare to reassemble all parts. Use a stiff cleaning brush to make sure the seals and gaskets are free of dirt and mildew.

Completely Dry Interior and Reassemble

Wipe the interior of the refrigerator with a towel before replacing all racks, shelves and drawers. It is important that the interior and all parts are completely dry to avoid the development of mildew on the surface. Replace all food items once all parts are back ion their proper position.

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How to Find the Best Mattress

Most people spend approximately 33 percent of their lives sleeping, making the bed one of the most used piece of furniture in the home. The mattress that you sleep on will determine your quality of sleep and how comfortable you feel during the night. To sleep soundly and feel rested each day, there are a few important tips to find the best mattress to sleep on.

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It’s important to read the reviews of different mattresses to determine customers’ experiences with the products. Consider the comfort level, the firmness of the product, and if the mattress maintained its durability.

Test it Out

Although it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by dozens of white mattresses when visiting a store, try to test out three to four mattresses that fit within your budget. This will make it easier to get an idea of what type of mattress is most comfortable without getting confused with the number of options that are available. It’s important to bring your partner along to determine how much you both enjoy certain products and if you have enough room on the bed to stretch out.

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Consider testing out a foam mattress or a coil mattress to evaluate how they each differ from one another. If you choose a mattress that has coils, consider an inner-spring mattress or a non-inner-spring mattress. Those who prefer a softer mattress can opt for a mattress that is constructed out of different types of foam.

Many people also have allergic reactions to the type of materials that are used on mattresses, making it important to consider the best natural mattress that is safe to sleep on. Opt for a product that is constructed out of renewable resources like bamboo, aloe, and palm or castor oils.

Review the Warranty

Most mattress companies offer 30-day warranties to ensure that you can return the product if you change your mind after taking it home. Review the warranty to protect your investment and allow yourself to have the freedom to choose another product if you’re unsatisfied with your original choice.

To improve your quality of sleep and enjoy spending time in your bed, it’s important to choose the right mattress that can be used long-term. By narrowing down your options and conducting research, you can feel satisfied with your purchase and avoid waking up throughout the night.

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Choosing Reliable Partners for Heating Repairs

A broken heater during a Columbus winter can pose a danger to your family’s health. This makes it important to have a reliable partner for heating repairs Columbus and other cities in the US. Exposing family members to a cold environment causes discomfort at the very least. Prolonging this exposure can lead to respiratory illnesses, flu, and joint pains. Getting professional services for heating repairs and maintenance can help ensure the safety and comfort of your home environment. But how does one choose a contractor for such services?

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You can easily find contractors for any home service requirement on the internet. One simply has to pick one that can be relied on. Customers would often check the contractor’s web page to get to know their company profile and service details. Professional looking websites would definitely have more appeal and credibility compared to others. It also helps if the website is user-friendly so customers can easily find the information that they need. This usually include the types of services offered, company profile, service records or customer feedback, licenses and certificates, coverage area, insurance, financing options, and contact information.

Extra perks like discounts, promos, and membership rewards offered in webpages also add to their appeal. These perks may be seen as reflections of how customers are being valued in the company. But one has to go beyond looks to find a reliable partner for heating repairs. Customers need to digest the content of the webpage to help them make the right choice. Contractors who are able to present their portfolio in short and direct to the point statements usually appear more professional than those with hard sell tactics. However, these sites should also be able to give detailed information about their services and track record. FAQ pages can be helpful in this aspect.

The primary consideration of most customers when it comes to choosing reliable partners for heating repairs include cost, service inclusion, and customer service track record. Contractors who are able to present credible details for these concerns are likely to get business from their pages. As for customers, it is but prudent to check for independent contractor reviews to validate information gathered from their web pages.

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A New Fitness Regimen We Should All Have

Sometimes, there are things we know we should do but put off again and again.  We always have excuses. We have more urgent things to do. There are more important things that require our attention. I am so guilty of this! (Although I really have my hands full right now! Promise!)

One thing that I have been putting off was starting my journey to financial freedom. Last June (my goodness! That was months ago!), I received a financial journal from Avida Land.  I did browse through it when I first got it but never took time to really delve into it. I realize now I should have made time for it sooner!

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The journal includes very specific actions we can take on our path to financial freedom.  It starts with a guide on how to determine whether you are financially fit.  Once you have figured out where you are financially, you are then guided on how to make your own roadmap.  It also lists several investment options and advice on how to choose which one is most suitable for you.  As you go through the journal, you are encouraged to make a commitment to achieve your long-term financial plans.

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Taking the First Step

As with everything we do in life, it all begins with the first step we take.  In this road, our first step is to determine where our finances lie by creating a Cash Flow Statement and a Statement of Assets and Liabilities. Sounds daunting, right?! Good thing the Avida financial journal has made this easy by providing step-by-step instructions on how to make them.  What wasn’t so easy was finding out that we’re not in such a good state.

Thus, I now feel compelled to start a new fitness regimen – a financial fitness regimen!

 

What I Should Do!

The same way we discipline ourselves in the way we eat or exercise, we must also learn how to discipline ourselves financially.  This is my focus now.  We really don’t spend much on unnecessary material things and don’t splurge on expensive branded clothes and accessories, but we do spend a lot on food and leisure activities. Before I move forward to finding investment options, we must make sure we have enough to invest in them.  So, this is my  mantra now:  SPEND LESS THAN WHAT YOU EARN

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By cutting down on some unnecessary expenses and going back to our habit of setting aside a portion of our income, I think we could get back on track soon.

My Fitness Regimen

So far, here’s what I’m committing to do:

  1. Allot a portion of our income to savings. Set them aside right away!
  2. Eat out less often.
  3. Make a budget and stick to it!
  4. Do a weekly review of expenses.
  5. Find other sources of income. (business ideas anyone?)

With my new financial fitness regimen, who knows, maybe we could have more than enough for that dream house we’ve been pining for.

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The Evolution of Safe Trampoline Design

Trampolines are a great outdoor activity. They promote a fun and active lifestyle. However, if you pay attention to the news you can probably recall several incidents involving trampoline injury. Thousands of people are injured yearly. Sadly, there are no improvements to or advances in trampoline safety standards in the US. Trampoline designers have made a few sundry attempts to address this problem — traditionally by installing weak foam padding around the springs and frame that lost most of its absorbency after initial contact.

While they are fun to jump on, trampolines come with a list of possible injuries and even the risk of death. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, accidental deaths on trampolines can occur by:

  • Bouncing into another person
  • Not properly landing while jumping or doing stunts
  • Falling or jumping off of the trampoline
  • Falling on the springs or frame of the trampoline

Indeed, from 2000-2009, there were 22 deaths in the US resulting from these types of occurrences.  There have been so few trampoline safety improvements over the years that when one finally came along, people took notice. Based on the designs of a mechanical engineer and proactive parent from New Zealand, Springfree Trampoline introduced a series of design improvements that have completely changed the game.

One interesting and unique improvement is the SoftEdge mat. This innovative mat absorbs 30 times the amount of shock than traditional trampoline pads. Combine this with the removal of the springs from the trampoline equation and the concealment of the frame beneath the surface, and suddenly you’ve removed 90% of product-related injury. This is why the hidden frame approach works the best — and only Springfree uses this approach. This method eliminates the need for springs.  It also reduces the potential threat of jumpers coming into contact with the frame. This means that when you buy a 10ft trampoline at Springfree Trampoline you are interacting with composite rods beneath the mat, rather than dangerous springs on a horizontal plane with the mat. This makes the experience safer than ever before.

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In 2006, 80 percent of trampolines came with safety nets. While this helped to reduce the injuries resulting from falling to the ground, new dangers were created due to the risk of colliding with the support bars of the net. This is why Springfree has introduced the FlexiNet enclosure — which uses pliable composite rods in place of rigid steel poles which help to guide bouncers safely back to the mat. These poles are curved outwards and act as a guiding mechanism instead of a potential threat.

After safety concerns, your next question should concern quality manufacturing. If you are searching for safe trampoline alternative for you family, you don’t want to have to replace it every year. Every quality piece of athletic equipment needs to be made with highest quality materials where each component is thoroughly tested on-site for quality assurance. Quality trampoline parts will also be able to withstand the hot summers and wet winters, without losing any structural integrity. Make sure to find a company with a weather resistant guarantee to ensure that you aren’t buying another trampoline in a few short years. Follow these steps, and you’re sure to find the right trampoline for your backyard in no time.