Ideas to Clean Stainless Cabinet Handles

If you’re looking for a clean, simple look in your kitchen, then stainless steel kitchen cabinet hardware can be the perfect fit. It’s an ideal match for the new stainless steel appliances and can add a touch of modern elegance to any kitchen. While stainless kitchen cabinet hardware is probably the least demanding when it comes to cleaning, it will still need a little attention from time to time. Heat and grease can take a toll on your kitchen cabinet hardware and stainless is no exception. So be prepared to do a little maintenance on this otherwise carefree home hardware.

If your stainless cabinet handles and drawer pulls have been up for a while, they may be looking a little dull and in need of a cleaning. It’s possible to do an in place cleaning if your kitchen cabinet hardware isn’t too dirty. You can clean them right along with the surface of your cabinets, using a soft damp cloth and an orange based degreasing cleaner. Follow up with a dry cloth to polish your kitchen cabinet hardware to a sparkling shine.

Removing Your Stainless Cabinet Handles for a Thorough Cleaning

If your Stainless hardware is really greasy and grimy, you really should remove it for a more thorough cleaning. This means grabbing your screw driver and removing all the drawer pulls, knobs and hinges so you can give them a good scrubbing. It’s a good idea if you can have someone help you with this as it will require removing the cabinet doors and you don’t want them twisting or falling in the process. Start by unscrewing the bottom hinge first and leaving the top screw in the upper hinge until last. Have your helper steady the door while you remove the last screw and carefully lower the door.

Remove all the kitchen cabinet hardware from the doors and do the same for all the drawers. Mark each door and drawer as to it’s location by using a small sticker or piece of tape. Place screws in a container for safe keeping. If these need cleaning add water and a little orange cleaner to let them soak. Place all your hardware in a dishpan or other suitable sized container and cover with warm water and orange degreasing cleaner, following the label’s instructions as to the amount to use. Don’t place small pieces, such as knobs directly in the kitchen sink. If you have a disposal unit on your sink it’s easy for the smaller pieces to fall into it.

Reinstalling Your Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

After the kitchen cabinet hardware has soaked for about 15 to 20 minutes it’s time to scrub off the grim. This is where an old tooth brush can come in handy. It’s sturdy enough to remove the loosened dirt but won’t scratch your drawer pulls and knobs like steel wool or harsh abrasives might. It’s also great if your stainless cabinet knobs and handles have any detailing at all. Place all the clean pieces out …

Hotel Kitchen Requirements

Hotel kitchens are not the same as domestic kitchens and their requirements can differ to other professional catering scenarios. The demands on a hotel can be extreme and failing to equip or fit out a busy kitchen can lead to disaster and lead to unhappy guests and poor revenue.

Catering is just as important a requirement of a hotel as accommodation and quality of food and service needs to be got right. A badly designed hotel kitchen can lead to poor service, a lack of quality in the food and a decline in guests staying at the hotel.

One of the first aspects to get right is the kitchen layout, which needs to be properly thought through.

Everything should be on hand and kitchen staff should not have to needlessly move around and most kitchens are divided into preparation, cooking and service areas which helps to keep service running smooth.

Ensuring there is enough room to work is also important as it will reduce the risk of accidents and prevent staff for getting in each other’s way. Good planning is therefore vital in designing and fitting a kitchen, proper thought into how the kitchen will run will prevent flaws in the design process. Often it is best to speak to experienced staff who have to work in such an environment who will be able to provide good feedback as to what could cause problems.

Feedback is also essential when it comes to kitchen appliances and catering equipment. This too is important to get right and needs to be both practical and easy to clean. Quantity and size is also important to get right as too few knives, or other essential utensils, and staff will be left frustrated waiting for reach other to finish with items.

Size should never be underestimated. A busy hotel restaurant will not only serve those staying in the hotel but also their guests, and a good hotel restaurant can attract non-patrons too which can increase revenue potential.

The hotel kitchen is key to the running of a good hotel restaurant, and if it is operating smoothly will help ensure the restaurant is popular, and guests are kept happy.…

Home Decor – Family With Dogs

We were finally ready for a dog in our home. We researched different breeds to match our lifestyle. We both wanted a big dog with a gentle disposition, and, as we looked through the pictures of the different breeds, one caught our attention. Bernese Mountain Dogs are beautiful, big and sweet-natured. This was what our new “baby” was to be! After meeting with the breeder, and a bit of a wait, we brought home our little fella, Dante.

We were very happy to have a vinyl kitchen floor during potty training. Although he was quick to learn, he was after all a puppy. Vinyl floors are durable and very easy to keep clean. This was also a blessing because Dante had no idea how to wipe his feet during the rainy summer days.

We also learned that baby gates were not just for human babies. Because the rest of the house had mostly carpeting, we felt a gate was just what was needed. This saved on a lot of extra carpet cleaning, which is not my favorite chore.

For the first several months I wondered why everyone talked so much about this breed shedding so much. I hadn’t noticed much at all. Well, as our cute little fluff ball grew, and he gained about ten pounds a month, I began to notice a little change in that situation. Little by little there began to be little fluffy tumbleweeds in the corners of his domain. Soon the little fluffy fur balls were requiring daily broom attention. Eventually it became obvious that a vacuum was the only way to keep those floating clouds of fur from outrunning my broom. First I tried a little cleaning upright vacuum. Just charge it up and go! Only I found that I could empty the canister several times before I was done and the charge was gone before the fur was.

Well, if that little upright was not working out for me, I decided to move on to my old faithful canister vacuum that had disposable bags and an electric cord. It was great! There was no recharging mid-job, the bag could hold all the fur that puppy of ours could shed. I still had to make use of it daily, but it worked like a charm. Dante didn’t mind the noise, and didn’t chew the cord. He didn’t even seem to wonder where his fur was going. I didn’t mind his shedding since I had figured out an effective remedy for the flying fur. Somewhere in the back of my mind I may have thought “What was it they said about going through a vacuum every year or two?”…

What Is an Outdoor Living Area? One Definition

What is an outdoor living area? The easy answer is simple and very broad: it can be whatever the owner wants it to be, providing of course that it is outside and that a good deal of time is spent living in it. What are your wants and needs? How do you like to spend your time out-of-doors? These are the questions that will help develop your definition of an outdoor living area. For these reasons, my definition of an outdoor living area includes the following features:

  • a furnished patio, dining area and kitchen.
  • an activity area including a swimming pool and lounge area.
  • a well designed landscape and garden area to add ambiance.

First and foremost, the key elements of an outdoor living area, like the inside of the home, include a kitchen, a dining area and a patio sitting area. When weather permits our family likes to cook, eat, relax and entertain outside; my wife and I like to have our friends over; our three teenage children like to have their friends over. Cooking, then, is important and takes place at all hours from morning until midnight. A good barbecue forms the center piece of any outdoor kitchen but an extra burner or two in some form also make life easier for the cook. An ample work surface with a chopping block or cutting board can further increase the cook’s pleasure time outside. Access to water, whether it be full outdoor plumbing or simply a hose hook-up or water dispenser, is yet another necessity. One more important feature is a means of keeping food and beverages cool and handy, either in a fridge or cooler on ice. An added bonus for me is a sit up counter area where friends can watch and keep me company while I cook. All of these features should be arranged to form an efficient working triangle just as they are indoors. Next, the kitchen should have easy access to the dining area. A dining table with seating to accommodate groups larger than just immediate family is a wise move if space permits. Once again, a bonus here would be outdoor storage space to hold patio dishes, flatware and linen. A chest or garden hutch could easily be adapted to fit this purpose. Finally an area to sit, relax, read, converse and even watch TV if possible is a lovely addition to any outdoor living area. Comfortable chairs, couches, side tables, a glider or porch swing and even a daybed can make this area cozy and inviting. Patio furniture can be purchased in a wide range of styles and materials to meet anyone’s taste and preference; my bias leans to cedar patio furniture.The goal here, ultimately, is to make the outdoor living area mirror the comfort and design of the indoors.

In addition to eating, relaxing and entertaining outside, we also like to be active; thus my outdoor living area also includes a swimming pool and space for other activities. Pools come in …

Modifying a Home for a Senior

Most seniors want to live independently for as long as they can. Moving into a nursing home or assisted living center, or moving in with children or other relatives, may make sense for any number of reasons, but one must take into account the senior's self-esteem. Very few seniors are comfortable in situations where they feel they are a burden on someone else, either financially or logistically. In the United States, over 90 percent of those who own their own homes want to "age in place."

There are various ways to modify a house to make it safer or more accessible to a senior who is beginning to lose easy mobility or who already suffers from physical limits. Modifications can sometimes be problematic; Many seniors will be living in homes that were built decades ago, well before builders were thinking about design considerations for the elderly. We might not think twice about a narrow doorway or a staircase, but for a person with physical limitations, these can be impassable barriers.

In order to determine whether a house can be appropriately appropriated, do a room-by-room assessment, taking into account safety and accessibility issues. There are several detailed safety checklists available online that address issues such as electrical supply, electrical appliances, smoke detectors, and the like; Many of these are common-sense issues, such as keeping electrical cords close to walls wherever possible and ensuring that circuits are not overloaded. For an older house, consider having a licensed electrical inspector come over and ensure that the system is safe and up to code.

Is everything in the house accessible? A senior with restricted mobility will likely not able to access the highest shelves in a closet or cabinet, so be sure that only seldom-used items are stored there. If most of the home's storage space is inaccessible, you might need to add additional storage space. And all plugs and switches should be easily reachable. Current code specifes the proper placement of plugs and switches, but older homes may have these in odd places.

If the senior will continue to cook in the kitchen, then this is an important room to check thoroughly. Are all the cabinets easy to reach? The top shelves may be inaccessible, so put commonly used items on lower shelves. Are the countertops at a comfortable level? If they are too high to work on comfortably, they may need to be lowered. This will likely involve installing at least some new cabinetry. Are the stove controls easy to manipulate? You can install a device that will automatically turn off an electric stove, via a timer or motion detector. Such automatic switch-off devices are not yet available for gas stoves, so if you have gas, you might consider switching to electric. Also, make sure that the range hood completely covers the stove top and effectively sucks out all the cooking smoke. If the hood is too small, quantities of smoke may escape into the kitchen and the rest of the house, …

Housing by Increments: A Great Pay-As-You-Go Solution

Buying an existing home or building a new one is an expensive proposition, but if you’re willing to take an unconventional approach, you can build your own home by increments and spread the cost out over a period of years, possibly saving yourself a mortgage.

The first step is finding and purchasing a piece of property. You need to have the property inspected and judged acceptable for sewage or a septic system and availability to water and other utilities, and to make sure the land is zoned for residential use. Make sure you get all the building permits and other documentation you need, and then plan your home.

You might want to look at plans for homes, for sale in bookstores and through a number of magazines, or you might want to design your own home. Think of ways you can build your home in stages, making sure that the home is habitable at an early stage of building. One young couple decided to build a conventional stick-built home, but finished off the basement area first and capped it, then lived in the cellar while building the rest of the house.

There are companies in existence that offer modular homes built largely in a factory and then assembled on-site [http://www.shelter-kit.com/lofthouse.html]. Some of these are created in segments which can either stand alone or be pieced together either all at once or over a period of time. The manufacturers will be able to give you valuable advice on how best to proceed.

Make sure that the most necessary parts of your home are built first. If necessary, you can live essentially in one room that serves as kitchen, living room and bedroom-renters of efficiency apartments do it all the time-but unless you want to live really roughly and use an outhouse (not a pleasant thought!) one of your first priorities should be to build a fully functional bathroom.

Also make sure that, even though you plan to add on to your home in increments, you plan the entire structure of the home up front. You may decide that you will add on a laundry room in two years, for instance; you will want to have the plans for that laundry room now, so that expensive plumbing and electrical work will be done in the most efficient manner possible. This generally means clustering rooms that need a water supply close together to minimize the material needed.

Building your home over a period of years by using your own money or by accessing short-term unsecured personal loans, or a combination of the two, will allow you to own your home outright immediately and save you many thousands of dollars over your lifetime. If you’re willing to be patient and live unconventionally for a while, it’s a great option.…

Once-A-Month-Cooking: How to Make Your Plan Work

As one of the oldest children in a family of nine, I know that cooking for a crowd can almost be a full-time job. Once-a-month-cooking has been a lifesaver for our family. In the beginning though, when we first heard of cooking 30 meals in one day, it sounded rather impossible. It was not until we had tried it, though, that we found it is not only possible, but it can even be quite simple and fun!

Blessings

If you are skeptical about taking on what might seem like an overwhelming task to you, let me first share some of the blessings which have resulted for our family from once-a-month-cooking.

o It has saved us many hours of trying to figure out what to have for dinner and answered the infamous question, “What’s for dinner?”

o We have been more readily able to show hospitality to other families when the main dish is already made and in the freezer. (We usually plan ahead for this by doubling or tripling seven to ten of the recipes on cooking day to use as “company meals.”) In like manner, it is much easier to being meals to needy families when you have casseroles in the freezer ready to be pulled out and heated at the drop of a hat. (We also plan for this by preparing many of the dishes in disposable pans.)

o It saves time (You only have to do mountains of dishes one day a month, not every day! You also don’t have to start dinner at 4:30 p.m. or earlier everyday… just pull dinner out to thaw in the morning.) and money (You can usually save quite a bit by buying in bulk).

o We are brought closer together as we spend a special day as a family cooking these meals.

o This is an excellent lesson in Home Economics for your children. Mom always has the oldest girls plan the menu, grocery list, and strategy for the cooking day. She often has us do the grocery shopping, as well.

Planning

Proper planning is essential for a successful cooking day. I usually start planning at least a week in advance. First, pick which day will be your cooking day. Clear your schedule that day. You will want to focus your energies entirely on cooking.

Menu Planning: After you have chosen your cooking day, begin menu planning. Go through your cookbooks and find recipes suitable for freezing. Strive for variety. My list usually includes: one-dish dinners, meatloaf, meatballs, layered casseroles, soups, chili, hamburgers, meatless dishes, and so on. Make sure that you include a number of family favorites, in addition to any new recipes you may be trying out. You do not want to fill your freezer with meals your family won’t find appetizing! When you write down your menu, make sure and write down the cookbook and page number the recipe came from. In addition, mark whether you are planning to double or triple the recipe.

Make Your Grocery …

Use This Homemade Garlic Oil Recipe to Repel Raccoons

Raccoons can start to become a real nuisance this time of year. The weather is nicer and the nightly temperatures are higher, making the spring and summer season prime time for raccoon activity. If you live near wooded or forested areas, or in an area that is known for nuisance raccoon interference, it is wise to do everything you can in order to protect your property from raccoon infestation and damage. This includes removing all food and water sources from the exterior of your home, keeping trash cans locked up and latched, sealing up vulnerable entry points in your roof and siding, and implementing non-harmful strategies to scare raccoons away.

The most effective methods for scaring raccoons away involve safe and humane solutions like automatic lighting, ultrasonic sound machines, and of course, repellants. It is not recommended to purchase store-bought wildlife repellants because they may contain hazardous chemicals that can be dangerous for raccoons, pets, people, and plants. Instead, make your own raccoon repellant right from the comfort of your very own kitchen. Continue reading to learn a wonderful and effective raccoon repellent recipe that calls for organic ingredients like garlic and mineral oil.

What You Will Need:

  • 9 Cloves of Garlic
  • Mineral Oil
  • Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • Plastic Spray Bottle
  • Enclosed Glass Container
  • Water

Note: All of these ingredients you can purchase at either a grocery store or department store. Each item is inexpensive and easy to find.

What to Do:

Mince 3 ounces of fresh garlic cloves. You probably only need 6 or 7 cloves to get 3 ounces of minced garlic, but having extra on hand is always good.

Combine the 3 ounces of minced garlic with 2 tablespoons of mineral oil in a glass container.

Seal the glass container and let the mixture marinate for 24 hours.

After 24 hours has passed, combine 16 ounces of water, 1 tablespoon of ground cayenne pepper, and 2 tablespoons of the garlic mixture in a plastic spray bottle. Shake it well.

Put on your protective gloves (and eyewear if you have it) and spray the perimeter of your property with the solution. Also spray areas where you have actually seen raccoons. Avoid common areas and areas where your pets play. The cayenne pepper can irritate their eyes and nose.

Note: Before spraying the perimeter of your property, be sure to test a small area of grass and plants to make sure your solution is not harmful.

Re-apply the solution every 4 days, and after heavy rain. Keep the garlic mixture refrigerated for higher potency.…

Advantages Of North Facing House Plans

North facing houses are ideal for all members of the family. Researchers have found that magnetic forces of the earth are usually generated from the North Pole; therefore, if your house faces north, your house will receive a lot of positive vibes through the entrance door that faces north.

There’s a belief that north represents water elements and since water resembles wealth, there’s a belief that if your house faces north you will enjoy more wealth and prosperity. According to the Hindu culture, Kuber (god of prosperity) resides in the north; therefore, if your house faces north you have high chances of prospering in life. There are also high chances that your business will prosper when your business premises face north.

Features Of North Facing Houses

These houses tend to have sun almost throughout the day which means that you don’t need to leave the lights on. This saves you a lot of money that you’d have spent on your energy bills.

When you are designing the house you should ensure that there are no obstructions that will prevent the house from receiving the right amount of sun. This means that you need to get rid of trees, land and anything else that might be distracting the house.

As rule of thumb you should ensure that the open area is left on the east and north sides of the house. You should build balconies in the northeast corner. To maintain the original size of the house you should avoid extending the corners of the house.

You should ensure that the main entrance faces the northeast corner. Experts believe that when the entrance faces this direction it symbolizes the flow of positive energy.

When it comes to the kitchen you should ensure that it’s located at the southeast corner of the house. If it’s impossible to build the kitchen here you should consider building it at the northeast direction.

If the house has a stair you should ensure that it’s located in the northeast or northwest corner. The garage, security room and the electricity meter board should be located on the northeast corner of the plot.

Conclusion

Whether you are building a residential or commercial house, it’s wise that you construct the house using the north facing design. For ideal results you should ensure that the architect that you choose to design the house has experience in designing north facing houses.…

Do You Have Small, Tiny Red Bugs in Your Bathroom?

Although there are several possibilities, the potential of a stored product pest infestation should not be overlooked- in particular, the presence of flour beetles.

The confused flour beetle and the red flour beetle look very similar in appearance. The best way to distinguish the two is by examining their antennae. The RFB’s antennae take on a clubbed shape with three segments at the end, while the CFB’s antennae gradually enlarge towards the tip, ending in a four-segmented club.

Another difference between the two beetles is that the RFB (primarily found in southern states) is a strong flier, while the CFB (primarily a northern pest) does not fly.

As adults, both beetles have shiny, reddish brown bodies that are about 1/8 inch long, flattened, and oval. They have a very wide food range including flour, rice, cereals, grains, spices, grain products, shelled nuts, dried fruit, chocolate, beans and other similar materials.

Average life span of both the confused and red flour beetle is between 1 and 3.5 years. They have four life cycle stages, which include the egg, larvae, pupae and adult. It’s important to note that all four stages of the life cycle may be found in infested grain products at the same time.

When female beetles of either species lay their small, white eggs, they do so in flour or other food material. The eggs, which are coated with a sticky secretion, become covered with the product and easily stick to the sides of sacks, boxes, and other containers.

In the larvae stage, both species are small, slender, and worm-like in appearance. When fully grown, the larva is 3/16 inch long and white, tinged with yellow.

As confused flour and red flour beetles transform into a small pupa, they gradually change from white, to yellow, and then brown. Shortly after turning brown in color, they transform into an adult beetle.

So now that we’ve identified the pest, the next question is:

Why is a pest that feeds on flour, rice, and other grain products in my bathroom instead of my kitchen?

The answer to the above question is very easy- you have a food source in your bathroom.

To eliminate the pest problem, you just have to remove the food source. Thoroughly inspect your cabinets, drawers, and closets for rodent poisons, septic system treatments (powder or flake form), hidden pet treats, rice bag heating pads, prescription drugs, etc. It can be a frustrating task, but with a little persistence, you should be able to locate the source of your problem.

Happy Hunting!…