Stainless steel cutlery is made up of iron alloy. This element makes such cutlery difficult to stain. Nonetheless, it doesn’t provide protection against fingerprints and other marks that can alter your cutlery’s neat appearance. Do you have forks, knives and spoons that no longer look shiny because of stain? Here are the best practices you can observe to maintain the polished appearance of your utensils.
- Take note that you must remove excess food from your cutlery the soonest possible time. When excess food are let to stay on your cutlery for a long time, the salt and acids in them will cause gradual damage on your stainless steel utensils. In connection to this, clean them in a mixture of hot water and dishwashing liquid.
- Remove water spots with the use of a clean, dry and non-abrasive cloth. Do not use a blower or any drying tool for your cutlery. Just hand dry them. They are less likely to have unwanted natural drying marks when you dry them sooner than later.
- Try natural cleaning solutions if your dishwashing liquid can’t remove the marks on your cutlery. These include vinegar, cider, lemon juice, olive oil and soda water.
- To polish with vinegar or cider, buff your cutlery in a circular motion with a soft damp cloth lightly dampened with cider or undiluted white vinegar.
- If you ought to use soda water, rinse the cutlery in the liquid and dry immediately with a dry non-abrasive cloth.
- Lemon juice and olive oil can both be applied with a soft dry cloth, gently rubbing away at the stain.
Putting your dog to sleep is really a difficult decision to make. He’s practically part of the family and losing him will definitely be painful. However, there are instances when this is the best thing that you can do for your beloved pet. Here are some of them.
Terminal illness – If your dog has been diagnosed of terminal illness, ask your veterinarian what to expect at the next stages of his illness.
Significant pain – Does your dog groan in even after taking medications? This could be a signal that his medications are no longer working.
Poor quality of life – How’s your dog’s life going to be like? If he can no longer stand up, get down stairs, defecate, and urinate on his own, the quality of his life is pretty poor. He will just be extremely lonely for the rest of his days if he lacks quality in life.
Expensive treatments needed – Can you afford your dog’s treatment and medication? Many owners have acquired debts for their pets’ treatments only to find out that their pets can no longer make it.
Lack of appetite – Your dog is about to die if he no longer wants to eat. He will just become weaker each day if there’s no food in his body.
Extending your dog’s life for your own reasons is quite selfish. You must be ready to decide and to do what’s good for your pet even though it’s going to be painful.
Do you always fail at keeping your daily budget? Well, don’t fret. You’re not the only who experiences that. However, you must take this at a serious problem which you need to solve in order to free yourself from the painful consequences of budget failure.
Underscore your reason for budgeting – A personal reason for budgeting will make you motivated to stick with your budget no matter what. Budgeting won’t work for your advantage if you’re simply following outlined steps in a self-help book about finances.
Have a specific goal – While short-term goals are permissible, it is better if you have long-term goals in mind. An example of a long-term goal is buying a house or having a college fund for your children. Such kind of a goal will push you to make daily sacrifices just to stay on track with your budget.
Consider how much money you earn – How much is the paycheck you bring home? That is minus all taxes and other deductions and insurance contributions. From there, you will be able to budget your money effectively – how many percent will cover basic expenses, monthly bills, savings, etc.
Make your budget realistic – Can you really save 50% of your monthly income? Can the remaining 50% cover all your family’s expenses? You might end up scrimping on your basic needs – food, water, shelter – just to save a lot of money. But, where will this bring you? To the hospital as you might get sick due to malnutrition. Hospitalization will cost more than shopping for healthy foods and vitamins. So, budget your money correctly.
If you don’t have an energy-efficient home yet, you can start building one today bit by bit. After all, it is not one of those home improvement projects which can be achieved over night. Here are some tips through which you can reduce energy, save from bills and help the environment.
Correct bad habits – What are your daily habits when using energy – electricity and gas – inside your home? Leaving appliances on after use, for example, can add up to your energy consumption and bill. Make the effort to correct these bad habits.
Invest in insulation – A comfortable temperature is needed inside your house when the season or weather changes. To avoid energy wastage just to achieve a comfortable temperature, invest in insulation for your ceiling, floors and walls. This will end your heating system problems.
Take advantage of the energy sun offers – Consider installing solar panels on your roof. Solar energy is very much reliable. It is good for the environment too. If you cannot afford the ready made solar panel systems sold in most markets, you can create your own system by following some online tutorials.
Improve your windows – Install double glazing or window films. This will keep the heat from penetrating into your house. You can also fit the blinds and shutters tightly to reduce your window problems.
Draught-proof your house – By draught-proofing your home, you can enjoy lasting benefits of heat inside your house. On a windy day, check the edges of all of your windows and doors. You’ll be able to hear and feel a draught. Then, attend to the draught source appropriately.
Are you one of the many employees who are now allowed by their bosses to work from home? Yes? Well, congratulations! This might come as a relief during the first weeks but a burden when it has gone longer and you cannot motivate yourself to be productive any more.
Create a distraction-free office – It will definitely be harder for your whole being to focus on work when you’re at home. It’s because your mind and body knows that is the place where you rest and play. Also, it is a place filled with distractions – TV, pets, neighbors, kids, etc. Therefore, it is a must for a you to dedicate a quiet area in your house as your official home office.
Be physically ready to work – Brush your teeth and take a shower after exercising or running in the morning. Don’t go straight to your computer to work once you wake up. Chances are you will be sleepy while working.
Follow a schedule – Believe it or not, adults are comforted by routines just like kids. You’re most likely to accomplish a lot of tasks if you have a definite schedule to follow day in and day out. This also disciplines you to stay working on a task until you’re completely done. You can have a break every two or three hours of working straight. Make sure that your breaks are not longer than your work time.
Post a to do list – A to do list will help you see clearly if you have been productive through out the day or not. Before going to bed at night, list down all the things you need accomplished the next day. Use time blocks or limits in achieving each task so that you don’t have to waste time thinking how you can finish everything all through out the day.
Communicate with your boss and co-workers proactively – Contact your boss and co-workers often. Don’t wait for them to call you especially when you need to update them about a project or task. This will help you get things on the right track. This will also make you feel still part of team – of a real company for that matter.