5 Tips to Help Extend the Life of Your Dishwasher. By Guest Blogger Karleia S.

By Guest Blogger Karleia S.

5 Tips to Help Extend the Life of Your Dishwasher

Photo provided by Guest Blogger, Karleia S.
Photo provided by Guest Blogger, Karleia S.

Considering the cost of a new dishwasher, it’s in the best interests of consumers to take care of their kitchen hardware. While it’s true that modern dishwashers don’t require much in the way of upkeep, their life cycles can be significantly shortened through negligence. If you want your latest dishwasher to go the distance, these quick tips are for you.

Optimize the PH of Your Water

It’s no secret that hard water can do a number on pipes and fixtures over time. People tend to forget that it can also severely damage appliances like dishwashers. Test your tap water for excessive mineral content and soften it if need be so that it has a pH of roughly 7.
Run at the Right Temperature

Another little known fact about dishwashers is that they require hot rather than warm water to operate correctly. That’s because water that isn’t at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit will promote the development of detergent deposits in places where you don’t want them. Check your temperatures and adjust the hot water heater as needed.

Use the Right Kind of Detergent

When selecting a detergent, avoid gels and go with good old-fashioned powder. Look for something that doesn’t contain chlorine bleach. It’s also a smart idea to avoid “rinse aid” additives. Last but not least, keep a supply of fresh detergent on hand that hasn’t been sitting around for a long time and store it in a dry place.
Clean those Filters Regularly

If you want your dishwasher to run trouble-free for years, regularly clean any filters and traps that you see. In addition, occasionally check and clean the spray arm holes to remove any detergent deposits that have accumulated. For more involved repairs and maintenance, go with a qualified repair shop such as Atlas Appliances Ltd.

Load It Full, Load It Right

Last but not least, only run your dishwasher when you have enough dirty dishes to fill it up entirely. When loading, place heavier items on the bottom. It’s also wise to use a dryer rack rather than the automated dry cycle, which just wastes electricity and prematurely burns out the heating element.

A Penny Saved Is a Penny Earned

If you adhere to the guidelines detailed above, your dishwasher will last a whole lot longer. The savings on repairs can run into the hundreds depending on the specific make and model in question. A little preventative maintenance and a few simple habits will ensure that your appliance delivers outstanding ROI.

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Shrunk that New Shirt and now it’s Ruined. Stupid Tip of the Day:

By Tia Cristy


Stupid Tip of the Day: Shrunk that New Shirt and now it’s Ruined.


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It’s happen to the best of us, you get a new outfit, you wash it and then you pull it out of the dryer to find, it has shrunken down a couple sizes. Is it ruined? Maybe not. There is a tip you can try before discarding the new garment.

Fill the bath tub or large sink with hot water and hair conditioner. Submerge the way too small clothing, into the water and pull and stretch back out. Let it soak for 10-20 minutes stretching it out several times throughout the soaking time.

Remove from water and wring out excess water. No need to rinse. Reshape the garment and let dry flat, pulling and stretching where needed. It should dry back to original size. Fluff in dryer for a couple minutes once fully dry, to soften if necessary.

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3 Things You Didn’t Know about Yoga, Chiropractic and Your Spine. Guest Blogger Proactive Chiro.

3 Things You Didn’t Know about Yoga, Chiropractic and Your Spine

By Proactive Chiropractic and Rehab Center, Guest Blogger

Photo Provided by, Guest Blogger Proactive Chiropractic
Photo Provided by, Guest Blogger Proactive Chiropractic

Your Spine

The spine is one of the most neglected parts of the body when it comes to health attention. Oftentimes, the spine subject becomes crucial after experiencing upper or lower back pain. Such pain can be as a result of irritation of the spine structure; which includes bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves, joints and spinal disks.
The pain is not only felt along the spine, but also can be spread to other parts of the body. Daily activities such as standing and sitting for long hours, lifting heavy equipment, over-exercising, among others can also have a huge impact in causing back pain, since they impact the spine anatomy.

Chiropractic, Yoga & Your Spine

It follows that, chiropractic and exercise programs; especially yoga, have provided the most fundamental and sustainable treatment. They are not only affordable to patients, but also friendly. They can be used be used almost by all patients in every stage including non-patients who want to prevent spine problems.

Chiropractic services involve treating spine-related problems by relying on manual therapies to relieve back pain and sustain spine health as opposed to medication; which they do not recommend. These therapies include spine adjustments and manipulation. The health professionals practicing chiropractic services are called chiropractors. Chiropractic services and yoga programs have several interesting and similar features relating to spine health.

3 Things You Didn’t Know

1. They are for everyone

As yoga takes 90, 41 and 12 year-olds, so do chiropractors. These days chiropractic services are like gyms- several outlets and taking even non-patients, who want to safeguard their spine health. It’s exciting to join a team full of young teens, moms, athletes and flexors.

Most people are even taking their pets-especially dogs and cats, for chiropractic and yoga programs. It is not in vain, but it is a healthy and great source of strength. For patients, both methods offer non-surgical treatment for back pain. People gain a lot from chiropractic-yoga experience. Yoga and chiropractic services provide self-realization lessons, be it health, or personal gratification to all cadres of people. They are known to work hand-in-hand.
The beginners of yoga classes are prone to injuries and require the services of chiropractors to assess the level of damage and relieve pain through various spine manipulations. The partnership provides harmony enabling the recruits to adapt to various yoga stretches, postures and motions. Modern innovations have even provided for ‘chiro-yoga’ exercises in which the recruits are made to understand the anatomy of the spine and the perfect curvature.

2. Personal control

Chiropractic patients have to realize that they have personal control over their health. The need for a healthy spine is paramount especially because it controls the major functions together with the brain. The level of therapy requires patient commitment and cooperation with the chiropractors.

The patients develop a deep belief on the ability of the body to heal itself without the necessity of drug intervention. The belief stipulates that there are two categories of intelligence-natural and educated. The natural intelligence makes crucial involuntary decisions such as what amount of pancreatic juice to produce, vasodilation effects, among others. On the other hand, the educated intelligence is in control of the personal self and should be kept in control to achieve vitality and longevity.

Likewise, people taking yoga classes believe in the innate self, where the creator is part of the creation-hence all solutions are within. There is universal intelligence in achieving enlightenment in health, using the body. Therefore the energy should be channeled to positives through exercises, healthy diets, meditation and relaxation.
All these aim at providing an optimum environment for the innate body. Both are patient-centered, stress and anxiety-free allowing people to work at their own pace and endurance. The consequences are tremendous, including improved fitness, stress reduction, and management of chronic conditions.

3. Improved fitness and healing

Yoga and chiropractic services enhance muscle strength, more flexibility and balance. People can stretch and flex their various muscles. Proactive Chiropractic and Rehab Center, Chiropractors in Charlotte are currently using thermal massage to relax muscles gently and thoroughly.

People aiming at losing weight can join yoga classes and the overall general fitness will be improved. The result can be a more acceptable personal image that contributes to self-esteem and confidence. By enhancing the neurological, spine and brain function, yoga helps to maintain a steady posture and energetic self.
Chiropractors provide a solution in healing acute and chronic conditions, and oftentimes they refer their patients to attend yoga studios for quick recovery. The common feature has been used to heal neck and back pain, sciatica, pain in the arms, feet and ankles; arthritis, sleep disorders and other health problems.

A Chiro-Yoga Combination
In conclusion, chiropractic treatment and yoga classes should be combined. The former should provide an improved neurological system though manipulations of the spine-body relations while the latter should provide strength of the muscles, general body and mind through the yoga poses.

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Smelly Closets? How to Get Rid of the Problem.

By Tia Cristy

Smelly Closets? How to Get Rid of the Problem.
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Problem: Everything I’m pulling out of my closet smells like it’s been in there for too long and everything is wrinkled. What is that and how can I fix it?

Tips from Tia:

That tends to happen during the humid seasons. Closets are dark and humidity causes dampness, so a mildew can form in the closet space. A quick remedy to get rid of the smell in the garment immediately, is throw it in the dryer for a fluff. 5-10 minutes on high, will blast the smell and wrinkles. But, to solve the closet problem, the best tips for closet care can be done all year around.

First, fill a spray bottle with 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water. Spray the closet, hitting the clothes and shoes. The vinegar will kill the mildew and prevent static build up on clothes.

Next get activated charcoal. you can find it at hardware stores and such places. Hang it in your closet this will remove any moisture, so the smell and wrinkling will be gone. (If the charcoal doesn’t have it’s own pouch, you can use a stocking to hold the charcoal and hang it.)

This should help with the smell and moisture. If you continue to have issues, there could be a bigger problem inside the walls, so you may need to contact a reliable contractor.

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Sex and “Small” Infections. (MA)

By Tia Cristy

Sex and “Small” Infections.
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Problem: A friend and I were talking about yeast infections and she said my boyfriend can get it from me, if I have one. Is that true? And is it a big deal?

Tip from Tia:

Truth be told, no transmitting infection should be considered small; any infection can flourish into a bigger problem. The “small” infections are known to be yeast infections or bacterial infections (BV). These infections can be transmitted sexually.

If you or your partner, is currently suffering from one of these “small” infections, it’s best not to engage in intercourse, until the infection has cleared.

Even engaging in protected sex, can still allow these infections to be transmitted, since they can infect the skin, topically.

If you think you’ve had sex, while having an infection, be sure to inform your partner. Like “they” say, if you’re responsible enough to have sex, you’re responsible enough to talk to your partner about sexual health.

Seek medical attention, if you have symptoms of itching, burning, odor and/or discharge.

A quick tip to remember is, if you have recently gotten over an infection and you have sex, wiping up with hydrogen peroxide after, can help both you and your partner from reinfection. But, be advised, don’t use too much peroxide, frequently, because this can cause changes in your body’s natural balance.

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Lengthen the Life of a Dish Sponge. Quickie:

By Tia Cristy

Quickie: Lengthen the Life of a Dish Sponge.
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Dish sponges don’t last super long with all that bacteria jumping, at the chance to grow.

But, lengthen the life span by washing with soap, rinse really well, and put into the microwave (as long as they are metal free) for 30 seconds.

This will kill the bacteria and give new life back to the sponge.

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Calm Fight or Flight. Tips on Triggers:

By Tia Cristy

Tips on Triggers: Calm Fight or Flight.
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Fight or flight is a response, many have experienced in their life time. The kids are making too much noise, your spouse has been neglectful or hurtful to your feelings, your boss could give you a hard time for not meeting a deadline at work or the family and the holidays are feeling to be too much too bear, could all be reasons to feel fight or flight.

The positive response is to remain calm, and approach situations in a refine matter. Yet, fight or flight can cause an up rise in your voice or tears in your eyes. There is a trigger point to help calm a fight or flight response, so you have enough time to approach the situation accordingly.

At the instant you feel that feeling come on, rub the tip of your thumb with a good amount of pressure. Rubbing thumb to thumb is very effective. Take several deep breaths, while rubbing the thumb. This should ease the quick response, and give you a calmness to handle the mood appropriately.

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No Need to Treat Patent Leather. Stupid Tip of the Day:

By Tia Cristy

Stupid Tip of the Day: No Need to Treat Patent Leather.
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It’s actually a good idea to treat patent leather, whether it’s a bag or shoes. Patent leather can scuff easily, so treating it can prevent and protect that from happening.

The simplest way to treat patent leather is using a cloth dipped in petroleum jelly, and polishing it on, in a circular motion. Once you’ve covered the patent leather, use a dry clean cloth to buff off the excess.

This will leave your patent leather conditioned and protected.

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5 Smart and Simple Tips for Avoiding Debt. Guest Blogger Karleia S.

By Guest Blogger, Karleia S.


5 Smart and Simple Tips for Avoiding Debt

Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Karleia S.
Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Karleia S.

People have been conditioned to believe that aggressively avoiding debt is no fun. Spending money is one of the easiest ways to get immediate gratification, no matter how short-lived this sense of gratification might be. Unfortunately, overspending has become all too common and it is having a significant and very negative impact on average life qualities. Following are five steps that you can take to avoid debt while still living a pleasure-filled life.

1. Create a Budget

Sadly, many consumers are still eking it out from check to check without solid, written plans for how they are going to manage their money. Not having a budget greatly increases the likelihood of debt and it also eliminates the ability to maintain a consistent savings plan. Take stock of your regular expenses and your total monthly income and then determine the best way to part your funds out. Make sure that you have adequate funds for entertainment and that you are always saving at least some small portion of your earnings for a proverbial rainy day.

2. Increase Your Income

The majority of debt that people are currently taking on right now is associated with short-term funding solutions such as payday loans and car title loans. If you find that you are always searching for some extra cash to cover your regular expenses, you probably aren’t earning enough money. Consider taking on more hours, starting an online business or applying for a better-paying job. When your income is not sufficient for comfortably meeting your costs of living, the practical decision is to increase it. There are many ways that you can do this without having to work more or harder. Spend time brainstorming to determine which strategies will work best for you.

3. Start Using Credit Cards for Emergencies Only

As Faber Inc reminds us, your credit cards should be reserved for major, planned expenses and for emergencies. If you are pulling your cards out each time you enter a store, tracking your spending and adhering to your budget will be impossible. Keep only one credit card in your wallet for urgent expenses and keep the rest of them locked up at home. You may even want to decide whether or not having more than one or two cards is necessary.

4. Start Doing More For Yourself

Before hiring any service provider, consider your own skills and resources and see what you can do on your own. This is true whether you need a handyman or have been paying a local deli each day to make your lunch. Any effort that you make to cut down your spending will give you more money to save.

5. Create a Regular Workout Plan

Exercise and good financial habits are surprisingly connected. This is because most people are making emotion-based decisions each day, rather than practical, balanced judgments. Regular exercise floods the body with feel-good hormones, making it much less likely for people to crave the immediate gratification that unplanned spending provides. Best of all, you really don’t need more than free time to get your fitness routine going. Try taking long, daily walks or creating a small, low-thrills workout area at home. You’ll spend less and feel better.

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Storing Nail Polish Remover. Quickie:

By Tia Cristy

Storing Nail Polish Remover. Quickie:

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Nail polish remover can be tall and unable to stand upright in a drawer or cabinet. A good way to store nail polish remover, is to put it in a sealing sandwich bag. It will keep the nail polish remover from damaging anything, if it should happen to leak.

Storing other items like clippers, nail file and cotton balls along with it can be a great way to keep items all together, and make it already for traveling.


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