9 things you shouldn’t store in the fridge

We’ve got some great tips to help you make space and keep your fridge fresh smelling and organized. Often times we keep items that take up a lot of space in the fridge. This can happen a lot in summer. Other times, we keep items that are probably better off in room temperature too. We’ve compiled a list of things not to keep in the fridge so that you can really free up some room for more suitable items.

  1. Any Breads

By keeping bread in the fridge you are simple increasing the chances of it going bad. If you want to get the most out of your loaf try buying some bread bags and storing them in a cool dry place at home.

  1. Onions

The trick with these is to keep them away from sunlight and in dark areas. You often see onions sprout when they are outside of the fridge. If they are in the fridge their aroma can affect other fruits and vegetables in the salad drawers to best to keep them out. If you have a half cut onion its probably best you freeze it.

  1. The Tomato family

This is rather a surprising one for most people. The kitchen counter or even the windowsill is the best place for tomatoes. Keeping them in the fridge lessens the taste. Tomatoes need higher temperature to sustain taste.

  1. Pastry

Typically, at parties or at any occasion cakes don’t last more than a few minutes. In case they do and if they cake doesn’t have real cream on it you can store it in any airtight container for 3 or so days. If it does have cream you need to place it in the fridge.

  1. Coffee

Coffee has a very strong smell. It’s better to store coffee in an airtight container and not in a fridge as its aroma can dominate all other smells. This applies for coffee beans as well as ground beans too.

  1. Garlic

Not much explanation is required with respect to the characteristics of garlic, especially its odour. Garlic does just fine in dry ventilated areas so keep it away from the salad drawer.

  1. Avocado

The quickest way to ripen an avocado is actually to place it alongside a banana. Placing avocados in the fridge actually slowly down the ripening process. Place them in open bags if you want them just right.

  1. Melons

If it’s a melon you just bought, you can place it outside with confidence. Just take a look at all those roadside melon stands as an example. Once you’ve cut them make sure you use cling wrap and place them in the fridge.

  1. Honey

Honey is probably the only food on the planet that doesn’t go bad. You can be more than confident about placing it outside the fridge and in any cupboard.

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How to remove grease stains

Grease stains is a common problem faced by cyclists. The key to having a great cycle to travel around town, is maintenance. Keeping the bicycle oiled can often cause an oily mess. Tackle those ugly stains with our handy advice.

Shoe Polish is known to contain pigment and oils, well, Bicycle grease stains are very similar to that.

As a general advice you can scrape off any solid pieces with a blunt knife. When specific fabrics are involved, follow these instructions:

Carpeted area: The carpet often bears the brunt of an assortment of stains in almost every household. Use clean paper towels to blot after applying a couple of drops of WD-40 on the areas in question. Try to leave an interval of 30 seconds after you apply the WD-40. Following this you can work your way from out to in and just gently dab at the affected area. You can keep repeating this process until the stain has been removed. You can also use White Wizard to cleanse the carpet of any remaining colour traces. If there is a mark or two, apply the product and then leave it be for a couple of minutes. The start dabbing the areas with a paper towels. After the stain has been removed completely. Use a clean cloth to dry.

Fabrics: For fabrics the process is depends upon the size of the stain itself. If it is a deep stain follow the same process you did for the carpet. Follow it up with a treatment of Stain Devils No. 3 to remove any traces of the previous product used. Machine wash as usual at the end before you wear. If the grease stain is quite small initially, then all you have to do is to rub a little liquid detergent and wash for instant results.

5 ways to get more from your dishwasher

Ensure your dishwasher is doing all the hard work instead you, with these important tips.

1 Use Vinegar

Vinegar is amazing from cleaning everything from mirrors, to kitchen tops and now can be used to clean your dishwasher too. All you have to do is take a couple of cups of vinegar and place it on the top most level of your dishwasher and turn on the machine. You don’t have to add any other detergent too.

2 Use a wire to clean spray arms

In case the vinegar wash is insufficient due to the presence of thick debris you might need to use a wire to clear out the tiny spray holes. The wire can be small, similar to the ones people use for hanging picture frames.

3 Nitty Gritty Gunk can be cleared using a toothbrush

One of the finest tools to clear the stubborn rubbish from your dishwasher is a used toothbrush. Next time, think twice about throwing one of those away as you can use the bristles to clean any build-up off filters.

4 Silverware organization prior to loading the machine is key

Unloading the dishwasher becomes extremely easy if you do end up placing all the cutlery in the trey. A lot of people are guilty of not doing this.

If your spoons and forks are entangled amongst one another it might be hard for the dishwasher to do its job properly and clean the spoons and forks thoroughly. A trick is to place half facing up and the other half facing down. As a safety measure ensure the sharp end of all knives are pointing down.

5 Empty the items below

A typical scenario is when you empty all the cups from the top rack 1st and all the water spills back on to the bottom rack, soaking the dried items again. Ensure you clean out the bottom first to avoid this issue.

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5 ways to cut your weekly cleaning time in half

Statistics provided by Mintel indicate that people spend about 4 and three quarter hours to clean their homes. If you want to spend your time outside, instead of giving your house an extra clean like most Brits do, then follow these tips to half the time required.

  1. Increase the Frequency

Cleaning as you go, can be the hardest thing to do for a lot of folks. If you are able to wipe down the kitchen after each cooking session, rinse the sink after every cleaning session then you will have much less to do later on. Equip the bathroom with a squeegee to wipe down shower doors, tiles and basically anything that is exposed to moisture.

Hang a cloth around too so that you can mop large amounts of water on the go. Constantly use an anti-bacterial to wipe door handles so that everything is spic and span. You need to stay organized to make the process quicker so keep boxes and tools in the living rooms and playrooms so that everything can be put back in a tidy manner.

  1. Compartmentalization

Clean from the top to the bottom so that it’s not counterproductive. Instead of tackling the cleaning task one room after another. Try to work on a single task at a time and always leave the vacuuming and mopping to the end.

  1. Prevention is better than cure

Simple steps can be taken to ensure your home is not dirty in the first place. Simple tasks like taking off your shoe before you enter, ensuring the shower plug hole is equipped with a drain cover etc. Doormats need to be strategically placed so that one is outside as well as inside the front door. Make sure your toaster is devoid of crumbs at all times, this can prove to be unhealthy if not paid attention to. These quintessential steps will prevent dirt from entering your home initially.

  1. Kitchen odour

This is a fairly common problem in most households. Ensure you stock up on bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice. This will help keep things like your dishwasher, oven and stove devoid of odour.

  1. Great tools

If keeping your house clean is important to you, don’t be afraid to spend and change that powerless vacuum cleaner that barely sucks any dirt out of the carpet. You must also remember to regularly empty the bags so that the vacuum works efficiently. Make sure other appliances like steam cleaners, dishwashers and washing machines are also well maintained and functioning well.