Hidden Electronics Danger

Did you know that you could have a serious potential problem for your electronics devices hidden in your home or office? One that’s hiding in one of the most common places, your carpet?

A common road de-icing chemical, magnesium chloride, has been cited in articles by the USDA, Electric Co-Op Today, and the Colorado Motor Carriers Association as a cause of electrical arcing on electrical systems and wiring failures.

Worse yet, you could be inadvertently making the problem worse by trying to clean.

To learn more read our article on Carpet In The North.

Fixing a Clogged Sink Drain Trap

Under the sink is a u-shaped piece of pipe that blocks sewer gas from getting into your home. Unfortunately, it can also block water from going down if too much junk has collected there. This is the infamous “trap”.

To clean it you’ll need a bucket to catch any sewage water that may drip from the pipe, a pair of rubber gloves, an old toothbrush, a damp rag, and some cleanser. If the nuts/clamps are too tight you may also need a large pair of pliers.

Remove the trap and clean it and also clean the exposed pipe ends under the kitchen sink with a damp rag and some cleanser as well.

Replace the sink trap and tighten the nuts and run water down the sink to look for leaks.

You’re done!

Discover more about fixing your sink and keeping it smelling fresh in our Stinky Sinks article!

How to Clean Your Clothes Dryer

Keep your clothes dryer operating in tip top shape.

Aside from cleaning out any melted crayons or other items that can coat the inside of your dryer’s drum, there are a few other places to keep in mind.

If your dryer doesn’t seem to dry as well, it may be a simple fix.

The most likely culprit is your dryer exhaust hose.¬† In most cases either your hose is plugged or you have lint and other debris backed up into your dryer exhaust, or both. To fix this problem…

  • Get a small garbage can or plastic bag.
  • Wait for your dryer to cool.
  • Unplug your dryer.
  • Move it away from the wall.
  • Unclamp the dryer hose in the back and pull off the dryer hose.
  • Shake the hose into the trash can or bag (this may be very dusty!) until you are sure there is no blockage.
  • Using a narrow diameter brush or a similar tool, try cleaning out any visible debris from inside the dryer exhaust.
  • Re-attach the hose, check that it is tight, replace the dryer, and do a test load.

Basic maintenance such as this will prolong the life of your dryer and make it last longer.

Read more Dryer Maintenance

Mold on Bathroom Walls

If you have mold growing on your bathroom wall or shower enclosure it is important to stop it before it does more damage. You can use water and a 10% bleach solution in a spray bottle to wash the area to kill any mold spores. Make sure you have on the ventilation fan as bleach fumes are toxic.

Turning the bathroom ventilation fan each time you use your shower will also help by removing moisture from the air before it collects on your walls.

Fix Showerhead Mineral Buildup

If your showerhead pressure is lower than it used to be and the water is squirting out in directions that it should not be then mineral buildup in the showerhead could be the cause. Remove the shower head and use a paperclip to poke the minerals¬†out the holes of the showerhead. Rinse the showerhead with clean water to remove any mineral pieces. Soak the showerhead in white vinegar for about an hour to remove any mineral deposits inside that you can’t reach with the paperclip. Rinse the showerhead in water and place back on shower pipe. Turn on water and test the clean showerhead to remove any of the remaining vinegar solution.

Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes

If you have concerns about the chemicals you are using in your home to clean with you can try out a couple of make it yourself recipes for all-purpose cleaners, floor cleaners, furniture polish, carpet spot removers, rust and mold removers. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has published a guide to make some of those recipes http://www.pca.state.mn.us/publications/w-hhw1-09.pdf

You can print off this article and cut it in half to share with a friend. Happy cleaning naturally!

How to Fix a Stinky Sink

Lets face it; we pour everything down the sink and after a while it starts to smell pretty foul.

You can disinfect your sink pipe and drain by mixing a gallon of hot water with a cup of chlorine bleach and pouring the solution down the drain.

If your sink is made from delicate material such as natural stone you’ll want to carefully pour it down the drain so it does not come into contact with the sink.

You can also keep a sink smelling clean just by pouring several buckets of boiling water down the sink each week. After you use boiling water to cook food such as pasta or making tea, pour the boiling water down the drain and it will kill many germs near the top of the drain and flush them away.

Finally, there are bacterial powders that you mix with water and then pour the solution down the drain. If your house uses a septic system, then this may actually be your best solution, since it will help keep your septic healthy as well!

Discover more about fixing your sink in our Stinky Sinks article!