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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Jazz up a boring washer and dryer set

Doing laundry can be a little be more fun if your laundry room is happy and cute. If painting is a bit too daring for you, or you rent, a good option is electrical tape. It comes in lots of colors and leaves no residue.

Check out this striped and polka-dot set!

If stripes aren't your thing, you can also use vinyl lettering and designs.

These are some fun, non-permanent ways to add some flair to your daily chores.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Laundry Room Aesthetics

Are you sick of losing laundry behind your washer and dryer? Adding a simple shelf can help prevent this and add a decorative touch to your laundry room.

If you have a front loading washer and dryer set you can take it a step further and install a folding table over them. This helps keep laundry from getting lost and give you a nice clean surface to fold your clothes.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Brick Oven Pizza in Your Normal Oven

Want to have brick oven pizza in your normal oven? All it takes is two 12 inch unglazed ceramic titles. Place one tile on the bottom rack and one tile on the rack above it. Turn your oven to the highest it will go and let it preheat for 45 minutes. You now have a brick oven. Follow any brick oven pizza recipe and you'll yummy pizza in no time. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

How To Move an Appliance

The first thing to know is that dirt and grit under the foot of an appliance can increase the friction enough to damage flooring pretty easily. So the first step is to mop the floor. You should also have someone helping you. 

When its dry, the first step is to take a piece of cardboard that's big enough to have the whole appliance on it and still have some to grab on to. Tilt the appliance back onto its back feet, and slide the cardboard under the front feet.

The next step is to set the appliance down, and tilt it onto its front feet. Kind of wiggle the appliance so that it's back feet are on the cardboard as well. The whole appliance should be on there now.

Have fun moving your appliance around! Remember to be safe while doing it!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

How to clean Stainless Steel Appliances

Just like wood, steel also has a grain. These are the very faint striations that can be found on the surface of your appliance. An entire sheet of steel will have the same direction grain. That said, an appliance will usually have other steel pieces attached, such as handles and knobs. These other pieces may have a different direction grain, so make sure you are aware of this.

Will your appliance be ruined if you do not clean in the direction of the grain? Nope. Nothing dramatic will happen! Only that If you wipe perpendicular to the grain, more cleaning residue (mixed with any grime already on the steel) may get deeper into the tiny little crevices of the grain. For optimal shininess, its best to go with the grain. This rule applies to any cleaning agent you use on any piece of stainless steel.

What you'll need

  • 2 non-abrasive cleaning rags. I went with 100% cotton because it has almost absolutely no residual lint. However, in the past, I have used run-of-the-mill paper towels, which worked ok (they do leave some lint)
  • Dish soap. Here I used "Dawn"
  • Baby oil or any mineral oil
  • Stained steel


Mild and quite loveable, dishsoap is amazing in fighting grime off dishes...and appliances! Who knew? This step will clean excess oils off the steel, and make polishing much more enjoyable!

  1. Apply a small amount to your cleaning rag. Rinse with a small amount of water, just enough to make your rag damp
  2. Wipe along the grain line of your appliance. For extra stubborn fingerprints, you may need to go over the area a few times. 
  3. When thoroughly finished cleaning an area, dry any water marks with a dry towel.


This is the rewarding part. 

  1. Put a *small* amount of mineral oil or baby oil on your second rag. Really, a couple of drops will be more than sufficient!
  2. Similar to cleaning, follow the grain of your steel, and move in either direction. 
  3. Polishing the steel in this way will give you optimal results.

You're done! Enjoy your shiny appliance!