Mistakes You Should Avoid When Cleaning A Toilet

Mistakes You Should Avoid When Cleaning A Toilet
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Cleaning a toilet seems like a pretty easy job, but it isn’t. Surprisingly, very few people get it right when it comes to toilet cleaning. You might think you’ve done everything correctly only to find out that you made a few mistakes.

It is impossible to claim that you know how to clean a toilet if you always make the mistakes discussed in this article. No homeowner wants their visitors to catch them with a filthy toilet. It will put them off and portray a bad picture of you. While you might try everything possible to ensure that the toilets are clean, remember not to make the following mistakes.

Don’t Rush

Toilet cleaning is a job that no one fancies, but that does not mean you should do a shoddy job. Cleaning a toilet requires utmost concentration, meaning you should take your time to ensure that all the nooks and crannies are clean. 

Spending enough time cleaning the toilet will ensure that it is spotlessly clean and all the germs and bacteria are dead. The same can’t be said if you choose to clean the toilet in a hurry. You might end up skipping some of the dirtiest corners because all you want to do is get the job done as fast as possible. 

Do Not Mix Cleaners

You should use toilet cleaners according to the manufacturer’s instructions and there is no place the guidelines mention that you should mix different cleaners. So, why would you even want to try it in the first place? Unless you want to ruin your toilet or harm yourself, you should avoid mixing cleaners. 

Cleaners contain different chemicals, and mixing them can cause harmful reactions. Some reactions will produce toxic fumes, while others will neutralize the cleaning properties of the chemicals. The bottom line is, mixing cleaners does not make them stronger; they make them ineffectual instead. 

Failing To Clean Your Toilet Consistently

While cleaning the toilet is considered a dirty job, you should ensure that it remains clean. Unfortunately, most homeowners clean their toilets when they deem them to be extremely dirty. This is a costly mistake because stains tend to build up, making it pretty challenging to get rid of them. The only way you are going to keep stains and germs away is to clean your toilet consistently. Ensure that you clean your toilets every day, or at least every two days.

Not Wearing Rubber Gloves

Most Cleaning tasks require you to wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from harsh chemicals and germs. Unfortunately, some homeowners do not see the need to wear gloves when cleaning the toilet. You might be using the toilet alone, but that’s not a good reason to abandon rubber gloves. If cleaning a toilet is as disgusting as people claim, why would you fail to wear gloves? It doesn’t make sense! Apart from the gross nature of the job, toilet cleaners contain harsh chemicals that should not come into contact with your hands. Always ensure you wear rubber gloves whenever you are cleaning your toilet or bathroom.

Not Cleaning Some Spots

Most people assume that toilet cleaning is all about scrubbing the bowl and cleaning the toilet seat. Well, you are mistaken if you are among them. There are so many spots exposed to germs, but people tend to neglect or ignore such areas. Some of these areas include the toilet cover, flush handle, and around the toilet seat hinges. Such areas need to be cleaned if you are serious about your toilet cleaning.

Neglecting Your Toilet Brush

Most people neglect their toilet brushes once they are done cleaning. Failing to clean the toilet brush gives bacteria good breeding grounds, and you’ll use the same dirty brush to clean your toilet next time. You should clean the toilet brush after use and sanitize it with hydrogen peroxide.

If you’ve been making any of the mistakes mentioned above, you now know better. 


Designing A Yard That Adults And Children Can Enjoy

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Americans continue to value their lawns – as found in research by The National Association of Landscape Professionals. The survey showed that 81% of Americans have a yard, and the vast majority of them say that lawns are a key feature they look into when buying or renting a home. If you have children, then you probably know how important a yard can be when it comes to ensuring that they enjoy unstructured play time outside. If you have just moved to a new home (or you are renovating your current home) and you’d like to design a yard that is useful for adults and children alike, keep the following considerations in mind.

Keeping Your Lawn In Top Condition

When landscaping a child-friendly yard, many parents enjoy creating a dedicated ‘kids’ play’ area, with features such as houses, slides, mini picnic tables and benches, and the like. Kids love to jump and run on grass, and this could wrest from the perfectly manicured look of your lawn. To keep your yard lush and green, enclose the kids’ play area inside an elevated wooden frame. Keep kids safe and injury-free by using rubber chippings or rubber flooring in their play area, using a contrasting color like purple to highlight the vivid green of the surrounding lawn. Seed and aerate your grass regularly, and reuse grass clippings as a natural fertilizer. Use the appropriate seed for your area; warm season grasses like Bermuda and Bahia are ideal for the Deep South and the lower southwest and southeast, while cool grasses like Kentucky Bluegrass and Ryegrass grow well in colder areas.

Creating An Appealing Dining Space

If your yard is large, a gazebo is a perfect accessory that will enable you to entertain guests in style. Gazebos look great as central features, but can also work well on one side of your yard. Smaller yards can still accommodate a dining space – one that is connected to the home and covered by shade sails or electric roof lantern blinds. Some can open up when the weather is right, enabling you to enjoy a warm day beneath the sun in the spring and the cooler days of summer. This area can include both a table and chairs for adults, as well as poufs, hammocks, and small chairs for children.

Planting A Vegetable Patch

Enlisting your child’s help in growing seasonal fruits and vegetables is a wonderful way to get them acquainted with the ways of nature. If you can, create a dedicated patch, once again framed by wood or the same material you used to protect their play area. If you don’t have enough space for both, grow a vertical garden, using wood pallets as support for vegetables and fruits – including tomatoes, garlic, onions, peppers, beans, cucumbers, and eggplants. You can also try out sustainable techniques such as aeroponics, which save 95% of water yet deliver a 50% increase in yield. To grow an aeroponic garden, you need to invest in one or two aeroponic towers, each of which requires just one square meter of space.

Americans are as passionate as ever about gardens, which makes sense at a time in which gardens have been the main play area for children for several months on end. To make the most of your garden, start off by keeping your lawn in optimal shape, selecting the right type of grass, and watering and aerating the lawn as recommended. You can also make the most of any available space by creating dining and entertainment areas, and by growing your very own garden with the help of your children.


Butterfly Craze Decor and Gifts are charming pieces of nature

Butterfly Craze Decor and Gifts are charming pieces of nature

I love the little touches in my home. Half the fun after buying new furniture is finding ways to add a touch of color or decor around it. With gentle touches of nature, Butterfly Craze has decor and gifts for the kids and adult spaces. I love my Butterfly Craze Artificial Lavender Plants in White Box Pots. I was able to find 2 different spots for them. On my new bar area and in my office window.

lavender plant

With these whimsical treasures for anyone young at heart, they have more lavender options as well as pillows, dress up, bedding and more. I love that they have an Amazon shop for fastest shipping on most items and their website shows all of their products in one place, ready to ship (free shipping after $40).

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I don’t have to only see the back of our storage shed from my office window, I can see my lavender pot instead. These are the touches that can transform a space. Butterfly Craze decor and gifts is for the imaginative child or the nature-inspired adult. Just see the dress up tiaras, gowns and more for the kids and their charming home decor for Mom, including peony’s and hydrangeas!

office decor

Visit Butterfly Craze on Amazon and check back to see the latest items they will add often.


SANSI’s New Battery-Powered Motion-Sensing LED Warm Nightlight

SANSI Battery-Powered Motion-Sensing LED Stick-Anywhere Warm Nightlight

New from SANSI are the Battery-Powered Motion-Sensing LED Stick-Anywhere Warm Nightlight pack. This 3-pack of nightlights are designed to hang or stick anywhere you need a few seconds of light in a dark spot. The sensor sees motion in darks spaces and gives off 15 seconds of light.

These lights come with a hook for hanging and a double-sided adhesive to stick in spaces. I am taking these to the RV for the bedroom closets. They will easily hang or stick inside and given the dark space, these will give me light as I get our daily clothes ready. They also work great in home closets, coffee spaces to get that morning cup poured, hallways and kids rooms.

sansi night lights

These SANSI nightlights requite 3 AAA batteries (not included). They illuminate super-bright & warm nightlight of up to 40 lumen output. It is plenty of light without making it unnecessarily bright for when you just need enough to get around. Up to 13Ft illumination range with a Detection Angle of 100° as it senses motion in the dark.

night light

Just move around, it turns on and goes off in 15 seconds. If I need light a bit longer I can wave my hand or move in front of it to reactivate.

stick anywhere led

You can order your SANSI Battery-Powered Motion-Sensing LED Stick-Anywhere Warm Nightlight for camping, home use or safety spaces on Amazon.