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4 Ways to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew

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I’m sure it happened to you at least one time to have a bottle of wine you would like to drink, but you didn’t have a corkscrew. Here are some ways to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew:

A. With the help of tools in the house:

a. Use a patent with a sharp tip
– Insert the tip of the patent in the cork, taking care that half of it stays out.
– Use the handles of the patent to remove it, and the cork will come out with it.

b. Use a penknife
– Insert the knife blade into the wine bottle stopper using a little pressure.
– Spin the cork with the help of your penknife. Repeat the movements until you can remove it.

B. By pushing the cork:
– Drill the cork. This will help release the pressure when you push it.
– Place the bottle on the floor or on a flat surface.
– Push the cork into the bottle with a strong object such as a spoon handle or fork, or anything else. Take care not to stain with wine when the cork goes into the bottle.

If you use a key to push the cork, insert it between the bottle and cork, releasing the pressure gradually until it goes into the bottle.

C. Using a hammer:
– You need 3-5 short nails and a nail hammer. The nails must penetrate completely into the cork.
– Using the hammer, insert the nails into cork as close as possible to form a line.
– Use the thin part of the hammer and thumb as a support point.
– Grab the nails with the hammer and remove the cork from the bottle.

D. Using a scissor:
– You need a small scissor, used by children.
– Open the scissor and insert one of the blades into the middle of the cork.
– Carefully apply a small pressure and push the scissor blade to the half of the cork.
– Spin the scissor handles while pulling the stopper, and it will come out with the scissors blade.

7 Unexpected uses for lemon salt

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Although lemon salt is not a very popular ingredient nowadays, it was used in the kitchen by parents and grandparents to prepare soups and other dishes. Lemon salt has many uses you didn’t even know. Let’s read about 7 unexpected uses that will be very helpful for you.

See how this culinary ingredient can be used to clean carpets, make a bubble bath or remove the mold from the house!

Remove the limestone from the bathroom. Clean the sink, shower or toilet using this citric acid-based cleaner. Lemon salt removes water stains on objects, but also limescale, so it is ideal in cleaning the house.

Dissolve the metals in the water. If vinegar or acetic acid is used to remove the limescale from the washing machine, you can use lemon salt to remove the metals from the water successfully, making it ideal for treating harsh water.

It’s used on the market as a food additive. For many products in the food industry, lemon salt is labeled with E330. This is found in processed foods and in commercial juices.

Eliminate bacterial infections with citric acid. You can get rid of throat infections if you do gargle with lemon salt. In addition, it is a good disinfectant for the mouth and throat.

Restore the pH. Citric acid is an ingredient often used in personal care products such as shampoos. It acts as an antioxidant, regenerates the skin and slows down the aging process.

Relax in the tub using citric acid as a bubble bath. Mix citric acid with water, baking soda and essential oils if you want to enjoy a relaxing bath.

Use it to clean the walls and carpets. Citric acid in combination with water removes mold from your home if you rub the affected wall with this solution. In addition, citric acid makes carpet’s colors look like new because lemon and water effectively remove stains.

How to make a natural degreaser – 4 recipes

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Preparing home cleaning products has numerous advantages, such as the fact that you know the containing ingredients and you can avoid stinging odors, unpleasant residues and irritants that cause allergies.

Moreover, if you do this yourself, you can save money because the ingredients used are cheap and simple to find, such as lemon, baking soda and vinegar.

Here’s how to prepare a natural degreaser:

Degreaser with essential lemon oil: Mix 2 cups of hot water with a teaspoon of baking soda and 20 drops of essential lemon oil. Spray this solution and wipe with a paper towel.

Degreaser with essential orange oil. Mix 100 g of baking soda with 50 g natural liquid soap based on natural oils and add 20-25 grams of essential orange oil. Moisten the surface that needs cleaning, put the degreasing paste on a sponge and rub until the dirt disappears. Then wipe the surface with a paper towel.

Degreaser based on essential citrus oil. Mix half a cup of salt with 400g of baking soda and 1/4 cup of water in a bowl to form a degreasing paste. Spread the paste onto the fat and let it act very well. Then mix ¾ cup of distilled vinegar with 10 drops of essential citrus oil in a spray container. Shake the container well and spray the solution over the paste. Wipe the surface with a paper towel.

Degreaser based on vinegar and citrus peel. Put the shell from 6 grapefruits, 8 oranges and 12 lemons or limes in a jar and pour distilled vinegar until they are completely covered. Place the lid on the jar and let the solution stand for 2 weeks. Then remove the citrus peels and squeeze the solution, putting it back in the same jar. Mix equal parts of water and citrus vinegar in a spray container and use this degreaser to clean the surfaces.

How to set a formal dinner table

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Although we often take family meals, setting the table for a formal dinner can create some difficulties. The dishes are arranged according to a logical order, in the sense that the tableware is placed on the table from the outside to the inside, in the order in which we need them.

Tableware and dishes

Arrange the tableware on the table as soon as you placed plates and napkins. This way you can leave some distance between plate and cutlery.

In front of each chair, place a support plate. If salad is served at the table, it can be placed over the base plate or instead of the bread plate.

Place the forks on the left side of the plate, with the salad fork (shorter fork) on the left, followed by the fork for dinner, near the plate. On the right side of the plate place the knife, with the blade towards the plate. A teaspoon is placed next to the knife, followed by the soup spoon. In the end, the cutlery handles are aligned so that they are parallel and evenly spaced from each other.

Additional dishes

Place a plate of bread on the table in front of forks with a butter knife on top. There are glasses of different sizes that will be placed in the order of height from the largest to the smallest, starting from the right of the knife. The largest glass is water, followed by a glass of red wine and a glass of white wine or other alcoholic drinks. The side dish is placed on the left side of the salad fork.

Good to know

The table should never be filled with more utensils than is necessary at some point. Not more than three knives and three forks on each side of the plate should be placed on the table at the same time.

At dessert time, tableware can be placed in front of the support plate, horizontally. Place the fork with the ribs towards right and teaspoon towards left in front of the main dish, while the desert saucers sit on the right side of the table, only when sweets are served.

Finally, the seafood fork should be placed on the right side of the knife. If necessary, bring a bowl of water to the table if the is served fish at the dinner.

5 Plants that help you sleep better

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Ornamental plants not only beautify your home, but they can help you sleep better because it purifies the oxygen in the room. Here are 5 plants that will improve your sleep:

1. Ivy is ideal for air purification, being easy to take care of it because it doesn’t require special care. This plant should be kept at a moderate temperature, preferring semi-moist soil and indirect light.

2. Mother-in-law’s tongue is the ornamental plant that produces the most oxygen, which helps to have a long and deep sleep, so it is advisable to keep it in the bedroom.

3. Jasmine is known as a plant that requires much sun, but it develops easily and in shadow or in indirect light. Jasmine flowers soothe anxiety, improving the quality of sleep and giving a well-being mood when you wake up. Moreover, they naturally give a good smell in the bedroom.

4. Aloe vera doesn’t only possess medicinal properties such as healing burns but is ideal for destroying chemicals in the air.

5. Lavender has a pleasant, relaxing and soothing fragrance, ideal for the bedroom, as it helps you have a restful sleep.

How to remove sweat stains from clothes

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Paradoxically, sweat stains are caused by deodorant or laundry detergent, products, which should normally prevent the occurrence of such problems. Here’s how to remove the sweat stains from your clothes:

First of all, you need to identify the cause of the appearance of sweat stains on your clothes. White stains are caused by aluminum-based deodorants and yellow stains by carbon-based detergents. So it is advisable to choose a deodorant without antiperspirant and change the laundry detergent.

Analyze the stains so you can choose one of the methods below, depending on their color and texture.

Choose an easy stain removal treatment if these are superficial, as follows:

– Transparent carbonated juices;
– A paste made with baking soda and a little water;
– Crushed aspirin.

Choose a strong treatment if stains are hard to remove, as follows:
– White wine vinegar (avoid balsamic vinegar because it stains);
– Lemon juice;
– Professional stain removal solution.

Allow any of these two treatments to penetrate into spots for up to 2 hours, depending on their severity, and then rinse your clothes thoroughly with warm water.

Put the stained clothes in the washing machine along with the rest of your clothes. Add a special detergent against stains to the washing machine to make sure they are removed.

If the sweat stains are not removed, add bleach directly on them and wash the clothes again. Beware, however, because it can discolor colorful laundry.

How to remove red wine stains

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If you stained your clothes, carpet or any other textile with red wine, don’t worry! You can remove the stains using different methods. No matter if there are old or fresh stains, we have very effective solutions for you! Red wine stains can be removed very easily, as follows:

1. Remove fresh stains
Apply a thick layer of salt to the stained area, completely covering the spots and let the salt work for an hour. This will absorb the wine and will be easily removed by brushing.

Pour the mineral water onto the stain and wait for the bubbles to disappear before pouring again until the stain disappears. Let the material dry.

Pour milk on the stain, let it work and clean the area with a kitchen towel or a paper towel. Don’t press, because the stain will penetrate even deeper into the fabric. The stain will disappear in less than an hour. Then wash the fabric regularly to remove the milk and smell.

Pour hot water over the stain in a sink until it disappears. Let the material dry.

2. Remove older stains
Apply shaving foam on an old wine stain and stretch it with a spoon. Then wash the material, and the stain will disappear by the miracle.

Pour vodka over the entire surface of the stain, cleaning it with a cloth, in the time. Let the vodka penetrate the material and the wine stain will disappear. Then wash the material, as usual.

Pour white wine over old red wine stains until it gets stuck in the material and they will disappear. Then wash the material, as usual.

3. Removal the stains using  cleaning products

Read the labels carefully before applying them on the fabric. Choose a safe product that doesn’t damage fabrics. Soak the stained material in hot water and squeeze it thoroughly before applying the cleaning product. Apply the cleaning product as indicated on the label.

How to get rid of cockroaches

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Cockroaches are the most common pests worldwide, being especially attracted by food and water. The most common species are German, Oriental and American cockroaches. Besides being ugly, these insects carry viruses and bacteria that are harmful to human and pet health. Here’s how you can get rid of them:

I. With borax and sugar
Borax kills cockroaches and prevents insects from entering the house because it dehydrates their carapace and destroys their digestive system. In order for this substance to be more effective, it is advisable to mix it with sugar because it attracts cockroaches into the trap.

1. Mix 3 parts of borax with a portion of sugar.
2. Spread the mixture into the areas where the bugs appear at night. (Wear gloves and wash your hands afterward.)
3. The next morning you will find many dead cockroaches that you have to remove.
4. Repeat the operation for several days until you get rid of them.
You can replace borax with boric acid or baking soda. Don’t use this method if you have small children or pets.

II. With essential kaffir lime oil
1. Add 8-10 drops of this type of oil to 2 cups of water.
2. Pour the solution into a spray container.
3. Spray the solution in areas affected by cockroaches.
4. Pour the remaining solution into the sink and drain pipe.
5. Repeat the operation for several days.

Other essential oils that kill insects are mint and tea tree oil.

III. Using coffee

The aroma of coffee attracts cockroaches to the surface, making it one of the natural remedies against this type of pest.

1. Fill some jars with water.
2. Put wet coffee grounds wet in some small disposable glasses and put them in the jars.
3. Place the jars in the places where the cockroaches appear at night. They will be attracted to the smell of coffee, will enter in the jar and will not be able to escape.
4. The next morning, throw the contents of the jars.
5. Repeat the procedure for several days.

IV. Using laundry softener

The cockroaches breathe through the skin, and the laundry softener affects this process, killing them by asphyxiation.

1. Mix equal amounts of laundry softener and water.
2. Put the solution in a spray bottle.
3. Spray the solution directly on cockroaches and in areas where they hide.
4. Repeat the procedure until you get rid of them.

The dangers of washing machines

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It is assumed that the washing machine is the cleanest household appliance, but it actually houses bacteria, germs, and unpleasant odors. Here are the unsuspected dangers of the washing machine:

1. Mold may appear in front-loading washing machines on the door seal and even on the interior walls, in the form of black spots, which can be transported on freshly washed laundry. Ask for help from a specialized person if you are confronted with this problem.

2. Infestation with E. coli is a very serious matter, which can affect other types of laundry, washed together with underwear because traces of feces provide a good environment for infestation. So it is very important to always wash your own underwear.

3. To kill germs and bacteria on laundry and to properly disinfect them, it is advisable to use washing cycles at high temperatures.

4. Use perfume-free detergents in the washing machine if you have sensitive skin to avoid irritation.

These are some of the dangers of a washing machine. In order to avoid them, you can simply follow some simple rules, like washing certain types of clothes at high temperatures.

How to clean your kitchen without chemicals

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Cleaning products from the market are not always the best solution for maintaining cleanliness in the kitchen! Some products don’t clean in-depth objects full of dust, fat or limestone, cost a lot and contain toxic substances.

If you’re tired of spending money on cleaning products and it’s not very clean in your kitchen, you now have a cheap, healthy and efficient alternative.

What do you need:

1. a sprayer (found in household utensils).

2. water;

3. vinegar;

4. a few milliliters of olive oil.

Steps:

1. Pour water and vinegar into the sprayer.

2. Shake the composition for a few seconds.

3. Spray the substance obtained on the dirty surfaces. It can be a fridge, a sink, a table or other dirty objects.

4. Wipe the dirty surface very well with a towel or a soft cloth (to avoid scratches).

5. For extra brightness, soak a cloth in a little olive oil and wipe the already cleaned surface with it.