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Twelve easy tips for cleaning tough messes

Twelve easy tips for cleaning tough messes
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GET RESULTS WITHOUT TOO MUCH EFFORT: Cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore.

There are some household items that always seem impossible to clean, no matter how much you wash or scrub them.

Instead of wasting your elbow grease next time, try some of these tricks to get those hard-to-clean items spotless with minimum effort.

Whites

For the whitest whites, one blogger suggests mixing equal parts laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, and half the amount of borax (a cleaning agent you can find at the supermarket) with the hottest water possible.

Soak your whites in the mixture for a couple of hours, then without rinsing them throw them in the washing machine and run a hot cycle.

For extra-tough stains or yellowed whites, you can also add bleach to the potent mix.

Pillows

You use them everyday, but chances are you never wash them and simply throw them away when they start to smell musty.

Instead of tossing them out, clean them using the same mix of cleaning age…………… continues on Stuff.co.nz

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For many homeowners the biggest utility bill is electricity. Heating and cooling the home makes up nearly half of electricity costs, but the next biggest source is the water heater. Water heaters can account for up to 25 percent of total household energy use. Taking steps to improve the energy efficiency of a home with better insulation and more efficient furnaces and air conditioners can reduce energy costs significantly, as can making sure water heaters are operating properly.

However, purchasing a high efficiency water heater does little good if the environment in which it operates is not right. The main culprit in reducing the efficiency of water heaters is hard water. Nearly 90 percent of American homes have hard water which contains high levels of calcium and magnesium. These minerals cause scaling, a buildup that clogs waterlines and plumbing forcing appliances to work harder and operate less efficiently. Hard water can reduce the efficiency of water heaters and increase electricity costs by as much as 48 percent according to the Battelle Memorial Institute.

The problem can be particularly severe with electric water heaters. These can accumulate up to 30 pounds of calcium carbonate, a rock-like scale, eventually damaging the heating element which will have to be replaced. The cost of hard water is not higher just because of reduce…………… continues on nwitimes.com

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