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9 Neat Ways to Clean With Vinegar in the Kitchen

The Vinegar Institute provides these cleaning tips with vinegar.

1. Coffee maker cleaner (automatic): Fill the reservoir with white distilled vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle. Rinse thoroughly with water when the cycle is finished. (Be sure to check the owner's manual for specific instructions

2. Microwave: To loosen splattered on food and to deodorize, combine 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar and 1 cup of water in a microwave-safe dish. Set on high for 30 seconds.

3. Deodorize the kitchen drain: Pour one cup of white distilled vinegar down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water

4. Clean the refrigerator: Wash the inside surfaces with a solution of equal parts water and white distilled vinegar

5. Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards: Wipe with full strength white distilled vinegar.

6. Ant deterrent: Wash counter tops, cabinets and floors with white distilled vinegar.

7. Fruit Flies: Place a bowl filled with ½ quart water, 2 Tbsp. sugar, 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar and a couple of drops of dish soap to attract the fruit flies.  But always eliminate the source of attraction, i.e., ripened produce.

8. Cleaner Dishes and Glasses: Pour 1 ½ cup to 2 cups white distilled vinegar in the bottom of dishwasher, along with regular dishwasher soap.  Wash full cycle.

9. Remove Refrigerator Smells: Place 1 cup apple cider vinegar in a glass and set in refrigerator.  Within 2 days, any smell is gone! 

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Summer Solstice Celebration

June 21 is the summer solstice... and marks the beginning of summer and spending more time outside. Here are ways to salute the sun and this special day, which also happens to be the longest day of the year.

  • Sit outside and read a book. This is a good way to get connected with the sun and nature.
  • Commit to be healthier. Summer is a great time to eat more fresh foods and find one exercise that you love to do - and do it. (The whole family can bike or hike together.)
  • Honor the sun. If you enjoy doing yoga, start doing Sun Salutations. Begin on the morning of the summer solstice and aim to make it a daily habit from this time on.
  • Update your look. Go through your clothescloset. Send unwanted clothing items to the charity store, a friend or to the rag bag. Visit your favourite clothing store and choose one or two new items.
  • Throw a party with a bonfire. A bonfire is part of the tradition of the summer solstice. Just be sure to choose a location where it is both safe and permitted to burn a bonfire.
  • Travel.  Next year, consider spending summer solstice away from home, at one of the key destinations where the summer solstice has been celebrated for centuries. Britain's Stonehenge is a must for the avid observer of the summer solstice. Two other places where people like to celebrate the summer solstice are Sedona in Arizona and Cairo.
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Clear the Deck – How to Clean It

All decks even low maintenance decks require regular cleaning. Over time, leaves, dirt, mold, and mildew can create a buildup that can be slippery - and doesn't look very good either. Visit your favourite hardware store or garden centre and speak to someone about which product to use - and then use this step-by-step guide.

1) Remove all furniture, grills, and objects from the deck.

2) Sweep the deck removing all loose dirt and leaves.

3) Use a slender tool to remove any leaves and other debris that is trapped between the boards.

4) Rinse the deck off using a garden hose or pressure washer. When using a pressure washer be sure to raise the nozzle a few feet off the deck to prevent damaging the wood.

5) Follow any mixing directions for the cleaner. Then, apply it by working it into the deck with a stiff bristle brush or push broom. Allow the foam to sit on the deck for about 15 minutes.

6) Rinse the foam off the deck with a garden hose or pressure washer.

7) If a stain persists, repeat the process as necessary.

 

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Great Father’s Day Gift Ideas

What have you planned to give your father this Father's Day? Here are 10 great ideas.

  1. Make him a card, and give it to him with a 'Bestest Daddy Ever' key ring
  2. Bake his favourite cake.
  3. DVD series (Mad Men Anyone? Breaking Bad).
  4. Golf lessons.
  5. Gift card to his favourite sporting goods shop.
  6. Basics (socks or a tie - some dad's love receiving these as gifts as they won't buy them for themselves).
  7. Couch potato gift basket (fill a basket with his favourite snacks, a six-pack of beer and chocolates).
  8. Photo montage (with photos of your dad with all the special people in his life).
  9. Brunch at his favourite restaurant.
  10. Time - spend the day with him!

 

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Cleaning Your BBQ

With barbecue season in full swing, it's important to keep cooking surfaces clean. Here's a quick 6-step guide to cleaning your grill.

  1. Fill a bucket or the sink with half water and half vinegar. Put the cooking grates from the grill into the solution and soak.
  2. While the grates soak, use a wire brush to softly scrub the main grill and clean away any ash or build-up. If you have an older gas grill, remove any briquettes or lava rocks first so you have access to the main burner.
  3. Once you've removed all the debris, reassemble the grill.
  4. Use a wire brush to clean the grates.
  5. Replace the grates and leave the whole barbecue grill to air dry for about 15 minutes.
  6. Spray the grill with a light coating of oil for easier cooking and cleaning for the next time!
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