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One of the best parts of finally moving out of home is the freedom to do whatever you want in the kitchen. Sure, it’s nice having other people around to cook for you when you’re working late. But it’s also nice to cook what you want, when you want, and experiment with your appliances as you see fit.

Here, I’ll share a few of my own kitchen experiments that went right. These unconventional kitchen appliance uses are things I’d never have tried back when I had roommates looking over my shoulder, but now they’re a part of my regular routine.

1. Use Your Crock Pot/Slow Cooker to Make Yogurt

I’ve never been a fan of advanced meal preparation. I enjoy the experience of cooking a meal for myself when I get home from work, so the idea of making all my meals on a Sunday and reheating them throughout the week just doesn’t appeal to me. But I still love my crock pot for one reason: I use it every week to make yogurt.

Making your own yogurt in a crock pot couldn’t be easier. Here’s the entire thing:

  1. Fill the crock pot with milk (whole, 2% or skim) and turn the heat on high.
  2. Heat the milk to 180 degrees.
  3. Turn off the crock pot and wait for the milk to cool to between 120 and 100 degrees.
  4. Add a cup of probiotic yogurt with live bacteria cultures to the crock pot.
  5. Wait 10-12 hours.

There. You now have an entire crock pot full of yogurt. If you want it thick, strain it.

2. Use Your Microwave to Disinfect Sponges

As I said above, I prefer to cook meals as often as possible, so I rarely use my microwave to reheat food. Not that it has anything to do with safety – the idea that microwaves are dangerous is a myth (for more Danby kitchen posts, click here - www.danby.com).

But I still keep a microwave in my kitchen. For cleaning. Yes, really.

It turns out microwaves are pretty good at disinfecting kitchen sponges – which are utterly disgusting, by the way, so you should definitely do this. Or throw your sponges out more often. But why do that when you could zap the microbes away?

3. Use Your Washing Machine to Clean Plastic

Don’t want to scrub those dirty dog toys by hand? Throw them in the washing machine.

Before you turn away in disgust, just think about it. Is there anything sticking to that toy that doesn’t stick to the bottom of your socks? No. If your washing machine is good enough for that, it’s good enough for dog toys.

Of course, I’d advise checking the manual for your machine first. Some models don’t recommend putting anything aside from clothes in the wash. I know for a fact that Danby’s portable washing machines have this limitation, but that could be because of their smaller size (if you like the idea of a portable washing machine, click here – www.danby.com).

Living in a small house, staying in a dormitory or just renting an apartment, people still preferred to get portable appliances to their homes. By having a portable appliance inside the house, the owner able to maximize it space and have more space to move around. It is very inconvenient if you still get a regular appliance for your home. Aside from the inconvenience you will experience, it will consume a lot of space and can be expensive for maintenance. Choosing a portable appliance have many benefits for people living alone or by twos in a small house. It is an economical and practical way to do. The feeling you like living in a huge house because you have so much place to move. It is a sort of having a feeling of freedom. You will not feel stress and constricted to move around on your place.

There are companies offers portable appliances. A lot of variety you can choose for your specific needs. For example, for your laundry area you need to have a small portable washing machine that consume very little space to make room when you do your laundry. This is best suits you to have because it easy to use, will save you time and money. You don’t need to go to the laundry shop at the middle of the night when you forget to clean your clothes. You can do that in your comfort zone. No more hassle experiences going outside.

For your kitchen area, there are so many appliances you can place. The most important to have is a portable dishwasher for your home. Portable dishwasher is an substitute to built-in units. The portable ones have wheels for moving purposes and have an in and out of storage. There is not dedicated water line but you can hook it up to a faucet and drain into the sink below.

Many people don’t realize they can pick out their own style of finishings or textures for the surfaces in their home.  Usually, they’re just presented with a couple of options of granite or wood when they’re picking out the countertops, cabinets, and floors.  However, beyond these options, there are hundreds of different types of finishings you can do to your home to truly make it customized to your own style and preferences.  I think a home will be individualized the second you make the decision to stray from your interior designer’s advice.  Yes, they have a vision in mind for you, but it’s your home and I believe you should be able to style it as you like.

I am a really big fan of picking out different styles of finishings for floors.  When you walk into someone’s home, you don’t really notice their floor unless it’s something really different.  Typically you’ll find either dark hardwood floors, light hardwood floors, or carpet (if you still live in the 70s).  And you can’t really distinguish one person’s hardwood floor home from another unless if it’s a different colour.  That’s why I’m really enjoying this new style of flooring called epoxy flooring.  You can get a variety of different epoxy floor coating, and what it does is transform your floors into long lasting, easy to clean floors.  It’s basically a coating on your floor, and you can get whatever design you want on it.  It’s extremely hard and easy to maintain, making it a perfect finishing for your floors.

The paint price for epoxy floor isn’t too bad either.  For the amount you pay, you get a long lasting floor that you don’t need to worry about getting scratched or spilled on.  It is also capable of creating really cool illusions or even colours on your floor.  Trust me when I say that when people walk into your home, they will definitely remember how amazing your floor is.

Being able to come up with your own vision for your home can be hard.  You’re not sure what it will turn out like.  A great tip is to go check out different finishings on surfaces in a design house.  Or even just ask your interior designer about the different options on finishings and textures.  They’ll definitely know what you’re talking about and you can even wow them with your skills!

Choosing the right grill for your household is so difficult because there are tons of new innovations and upgrades to choose from. There are also different features each gas grills have. So you need to be very certain which gas grill to choose and for your main purpose. Other have limited features, like it is just best for grilling chicken or other meat.

According to the review for best grills, the advantage of choosing gas grill, it is the best way to cook your favorite meals without hassle of cleaning it up. Unlike the conventional type of grill, you need to prepare the things you need and to be able to use it, you need charcoal. Which is so inconvenient that you spend most of your time cooking. Gas grill your food without the charcoal mess. It is very efficient, more enjoying to use and the best part is save time for you. You can bond with your family, relatives and friends in no time.

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Here below are the important things you need to check when choosing the best quality gas bbq grill for your family.

•    Heating
Check the heat consistency, the preheat time, number of main burners and if it is natural gas capable.

•    Power (Btu)
Check the total burner BTu and main burners

•    Grilling Areas and Dimensions
Check the grilling experience, the primary grill burner capacity, the warming rack burner capacity, the primary cooking area (square inches), the warming rack area (square inches) and the warming rack clearance (inches)

•    Grill Construction
Check the cooking grate material (example: Porcelain-enameled Cast Iron), the caster swivel wheels, the accessory hooks, have storage area, removable drip pan, if it has Rotisserie Kit and Condiment Rack

•    Warranty and Support
Need to know the burner warranty, parts warranty and you need to have their phone & email support in case you have some problem about the gas grill you purchase and it should have a downloadable owner manual

•    Dimensions / Size
Check also the Height (inches), Width (inches), Depth (inches) and Weight (pounds). The measurements of the grill are significant, so you know where is the best place you can put it.
Regarding the size of gas grill, it depends to your family size. For small gas grill, it is perfect for small family and a home with limited space like studio type or apartment. For big gas grill, it is perfect for reunion, party and more.

Routinely used as a building material and especially popular in the 1950s and 1960s, asbestos has since been proved a hazardous substance that can have devastating effects if not handled or disposed of with caution.

asbestosOften present in pipe and boiler insulation, ceiling tiles and coated surfaces, this fibrous mineral is still found in many buildings and can cause serious or even fatal lung injuries if sufficient quantities are inhaled.

Thankfully, awareness of the dangers has improved in recent years and by knowing how to stay safe it's possible to work with asbestos without incurring any adverse effects.

Working with Asbestos

The presence of asbestos is not a danger alone, as the material only becomes a problem when it breaks apart. Those working in proximity to asbestos need to be aware of the dangers of breathing in microscopic particles of asbestos dust. In England and Wales, specially trained and qualified workers must adhere to strict guidelines when handling this dangerous material.

Do Not Disturb

Used frequently until the 1990s when it was banned, asbestos is still frequently found in homes, commercial buildings and caring institutions. It is important not to disturb the material unless absolutely necessary. Risk of ill health can be reduced by hiring specialists to check the condition and type of asbestos that may be present in a building. Sometimes removal is not the best option.

Staying Safe

Nobody should attempt to disturb or dispose of asbestos unless properly trained to do so. If found in contact with it, appropriate safety wear should be used, including protective masks and goggles to reduce any chance of inhalation or ingestion (peritoneal mesothelioma occurs in the abdomen, whereas pleural mesothelioma affects the lungs).

It's important to make sure nobody else stumbles across the waste product and it should never be removed using a vacuum cleaner or placed in a standard dustbin or skip. Special services are available to remove the product safely and effectively without it harming anyone in transit.

Worst Case Scenario

In the event of prolonged exposure to asbestos, there is a possibility of developing cancer and in this situation claiming mesothelioma compensation would be a possibility. Mesothelioma is a rare, specific type of cancer caused by asbestos poisoning, usually occurring long after people have been regularly exposed to the material in the workplace.

With so much asbestos still remaining in buildings up and down the country, it's essential that everyone knows how to identify it. Employers have a legal duty to protect their workers, especially builders and tradespeople who may encounter the material as a matter of course. Everyone else can stay aware and avoid exposure to asbestos should they come across it, instead calling for support from licensed professionals and those with specialist knowledge and experience.

By knowing where asbestos lies or is likely to lie within a building and by taking adequate precautions, there is no reason why anyone need suffer any ill effects.

Lewis Jones-Brown is a writer specialising in health and safety in the workplace and related subjects. Lewis understands that claiming mesothelioma compensation can be a difficult experience for many people, but believes that the opportunity to obtain justice should never be overlooked.

The advantages of laser eye surgery procedures like the LASIK are multifold and the most attractive part of the ‘deal’ for patients is the fact that they can simply get back to their life almost instantly after the surgery.

laser eye surgery

As unbelievable as it sounds, laser eye surgeries usually last around 20 to 30 minutes and after you are done with them, you can get back to your work within a day or two at the most. Yet, by taking some simple precautions and following easy tips, you can ensure that your recovery is on track and uncomplicated.

  • Always ask someone to accompany you to the surgery. While you may not be too frightened by the procedure to require moral support, it is best to have you drive someone back home since your vision takes time to adjust.
  • Use the steroid based medication you have been handed without fail in the initial hours post surgery to reduce the pain. After that, do not forget your scheduled ‘artificial tear drops as they help in keeping the eyes moist and quicker recovery.
  • It is best to bring out your cool shades that you have stashed away for that wonderful day on the beach as bright sunlight, at times even when you are indoors might hurt your eyes. Keep yourself away from sunlight as much as possible and avoid watching TV, reading books or spending time in front of the system for the first 48 hours.
  • Keep almost everything away from contact with your eyes! It is as simple as that and that includes water, soap, cosmetics, shampoo, any artificial agents, make up and even your own hand. Do not rub your eyes and use protective goggles in case you are taking a bath.
  •  Do not get involved in any sport or heavy physical activity for a couple of weeks at the very least. Since your vision is still adjusting, there might be a slight problem with depth perception. Also wear a special mask your surgeon provides you with while sleeping to make sure you do not rub your eyes in sleep.

If you have heard the statement “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” a million times before, then you have simply not heard it enough. As much clichéd as the statement is, it is probably still the biggest understatement as most people tend to pay very little attention to what they put on their plate early in the morning.

The stress of modern life and the constant race with the clock has meant that most of us give breakfast either a complete skip or fill it with the wrong stuff. In case you are planning to shed weight and get in shape for your next visit to the beach, then here are 5 healthy foods that your breakfast must include so that you move closer to your target --

Raspberries

They are delicious, easy to integrate into your breakfast schedule and most importantly, provide you with the fiber content you need. Fruits, in general are great as part of your early morning diet and they also add in much needed ‘fructose’, which will take care of your energy needs.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is gaining plenty of popularity these days and you can see a wide variety of ‘oat’ options lined up in any supermarket and health shop off late. There is plenty of sound reasoning behind this new found love for oats. Not only do they leave you full for a long day ahead, but oats contain lots of protein and fiber which will help kick out fat as you go for your next workout.

Toast with Peanut Butter

You will not have too much to complain about regarding a lovely toast of bread with peanut butter on it. Another food item rich in proteins, this brings together taste, health and loads of calories in a nutritious fashion.

Eggs

One of the best thing about eggs is that they leave you full for a long time compared to other healthy breakfast options and this means you will keep away from junk food before you go in for a proper lunch. They also present you with various options, if you are an innovative cook and bring much needed balance to your diet.

 Yogurt

When we say yogurt, we mean the real deal and not frozen yogurt, which is not really that good as part of your breakfast. You can mix in a wide variety of fruits along with yogurt to give this protein-rich diet a tasty twist.

While you include the healthy stuff, cut out items like muffins, bagels, pancakes and even cereal, if possible, to give yourself the best possible chance to shed weight and acquire a fit look.

The idea of having a supply of pure oxygen at home may conjure up images of elderly people struggling to breathe, but you will discover it has plenty of other uses. In fact, everyone can benefit from taking in more oxygen, so even if you are super-fit, you should consider how you could use it.

Medically pure oxygen can now be bought in a number of forms, ranging from cans with inhaler caps small enough to fit into a car glove box or handbag to 110 litre bottles with face masks. That means it is simple enough to be used by almost anyone in their own home.

The science behind oxygen therapy is straightforward and goes a long way towards explaining why it is beneficial in so many different ways. Most people get all the oxygen they need by breathing air, but even a small deficit will lead to headaches, tiredness, irritability and stress.

In contrast, increasing the amount of oxygen that enters the lungs and is then absorbed into the bloodstream is known to give an almost immediate energy boost and improve concentration levels and alertness. It also has valuable medical benefits, such as slowing the cell-ageing process, bolstering the immune system and helping to deal with breathlessness.

Studies have shown inhaling ten breaths of pure oxygen raises the oxygen content of the blood by 15 - 20 per cent, so you can expect a positive effect almost straightaway. The only thing you need to decide is what to use it for.

General pick-me-up

Perhaps the most obvious way in which to use oxygen at home is as a general pick-me-up as you cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life. Everyone gets tired after a hard day at work and tackling housework, so you are sure to appreciate anything that alleviates fatigue.

A few breaths of pure oxygen from a can will give you a handy energy boost and improve your concentration levels, as well as help to make you feel less stressed and bad tempered. You will find this is particularly effective in hot weather, when the air quality drops and it is more difficult to take on all the oxygen your body needs, or if you have spent the day sitting in a warm or poorly-ventilated office.

Keep fit routines

Many professional sportsmen use pure oxygen as part of their training programmes, as studies have shown it can help them to get the most out of their routines. One of the key benefits is that it speeds up the recovery time after exercise, which allows athletes to do more reps and sets.

At an amateur level, you probably won't want to extend your workout, but will enjoy the fact your body gets rid of lactic acid more quickly, meaning you will not feel as sore afterwards. Tests have also shown inhaling pure oxygen during and after exercise can help to improve weight loss, which is a real bonus.

Hangovers

The only certain way to avoid a hangover is to ensure you do not drink too much alcohol, but if you have overindulged, you will discover a few breaths of pure oxygen will help to deal with the after effects. It helps to speed up the metabolic rate and clear the toxins from your body more quickly, so inhaling it before you go to bed or when you wake up should help you get rid of the headache and tiredness caused by too much booze.

Medical treatments

The use of oxygen therapy in hospitals is commonplace, as it can alleviate the symptoms of respiratory conditions, such as asthma and bronchitis, and improve the energy levels of people recovering from serious illnesses. You can also benefit from this at home by inhaling pure oxygen to help cope with breathlessness and fatigue, but you should check with your doctor before you start using it.

There are many out there that are looking for healthy and glowing tan and while getting one might seem like a bit of a hassle during the process, the end results will often keep you motivated. While the usage of an indoor tanning lotion goes a long way in achieving the look you want, you do not want to sacrifice your skin’s health for short term benefits. Here are six tips that will help you get the best tan from your indoor tanning lotion.

→ Take the advice of your certified tanning consultant or a health specialist on the product that you wish to sue before actually purchasing it. They most likely will give you a detailed review along with how safe it is for usage and if it suits your skin type.

→ Purchase your tanning lotion from a trusted source, which you are both familiar with and is renowned for delivering quality products. When it comes to tanning solutions, just like in case of most cosmetics, stay away from the really cheap ones as they could be either damaged or even harmful to your skin. Prefer quality and stick to a descent source.

→ Try it before you buy it- this is a pretty good principle when it comes to a tanning lotion. If you do not like the lotion after purchase, then you will waste all of it as most likely you will not open the bottle again. Trying it will also determine if it suits your particular skin type as well.

→ Apply it evenly and this will ensure that the natural bronzers in the tanning lotion work throughout and give you an even tone. Generous and even application often yields excellent results.

→ Stick to one tanning lotion for a sustained period of time and do not jump brands and products at an instant. Use them according to the instructions and await the results with a tad bit of patience. Skipping around with various products only damages your skin.

→ Use your tanning lotion the right way and give it ample time to kick in. Applying it a good 30 minutes before hitting the tanning bed is often a good way to go. But do check out individual optimal times for each product and follow accordingly.