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How to clean a toaster: tips from cleaning technicians

I think everyone loves using their toasters either to make an amazing breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It’s something that we often use but we rarely clean, am I right? What if I told you I have some great tips and tricks for easy cleaning methods? And the best part is that they come from the cleaning technicians over at

How often should I clean my toaster?

A question that I know many of you will have. An important thing you should do right after you use your toaster is to remove any crumbs. This will ensure that the break won’t have a burnt taste.

When it comes to cleaning it, of course, it depends on how frequently you use it. Usually cleaning it once a week is enough.

Let’s start cleaning

It’s time to clean your toaster! How to do it? The first thing you should always do is unplug it so that we are safe. If you just used yours allow it to cool completely before proceeding with the actual cleaning method.

Then hold the appliance over a sink and shake it well in order for the crumbs to fall. If yours has a removable tray on the bottom open it and use a brush to remove the crumbs.

Mix warm water and dishwashing liquid in your sink and submerge the removable tray. Wash it well with a sponge.

The next thing you should do after the removable tray is now clean is to dip a sponge in the same mixture and start wiping the exterior of the toaster. Of course, once you are done either allow it to air dry or dry it with a cloth. You also can use a little bit of vinegar when cleaning the exterior if you want to make it shiny.

The best way to prepare your garden for winter

Your garden completes your house and is a huge part of the appeal of it. Don’t neglect your garden in the winter because it might die. You need to do certain things to prepare it for the upcoming cold days so that it doesn’t fully lose its appeal.

– Don’t forget to prune the trees

Your trees will make it through the winter days but if you want them to look good even then you must prune them. Removing dead branches and preventing diseases from spreading will also keep your trees stay healthy in the winter.

– Protect your plants

Trees can make it through the winter, yes, but plants can’t. If you leave them out in the cold they will die.

Either move them somewhere warmer, in a greenhouse for example. This will save you the troubles of having to buy new plants once the winter is over.

– Don’t forget to get rid of dead vegetation

All of the dead vegetation in your garden should be fully removed before the winter comes. Leaving it can spread diseases that will ruin your whole garden.

– Remove weeds

Weeds are not appealing and they can actually be deadly to your garden. Make sure you remove them before the winter comes since they are more dangerous when it’s cold.

Keep one thing in mind – weeds cannot be used as mulch. They won’t enrich anything. In fact, they will cause great damage to your garden and will regrow very easily.

– Play around with different lighting

Winter definitely doesn’t mean that you should let your garden look boring and depressing. It can still be appealing to the eye even if the weather is terrible. You can buy different lights that fit the aesthetic of your garden well and will transform it in those cold days.

How to dye your carpet at home for free

You can always buy a dye kit or hire a professional to do it. What this article is about though is how you can dye your carpet completely using natural ingredients. When I first heard about these tricks I am going to share with you I was absolutely stunned. I had never even thought that it is possible to use household items that create stains to dye your whole carpet. It is a great way to cover already existing stubborn stains that not even a professional cleaning company can get rid of. Did you know you could turn your red wine stains into a work of art? If you are bold just add more stains using the same wine you accidentally spilled that one time and there you go… You immediately turned such a nightmare into something creative and beautiful. That’s what we call owning your mistakes.


In my opinion, the best thing you can use to dye your carpet is coffee. It gives a great rich beautiful color. The only thing you will need is… well, coffee, carpet/ rug, and a large plastic tub.

Let me start by saying you should use only natural fiber carpets/ rugs. Some other materials like rayon and polyester won’t soak up the color and you will make a huge mess for no reason.

So… Start with washing your rug/ carpet. For bigger carpets, I will advise you to have a cleaning company like Monster Cleaning deep clean it for you.

Then brew a pot of coffee – the stronger it is the better so make it twice as strong as usual. Allow it to cool so it’s warm. Pour it into a large plastic tube – big enough to hold your rug/ carpet.

Mix your coffee with clear water and see the color. If it’s too dark for your likings – add more water. And keep in mind – add warm water.

Soak your rug/ carpet in the solution. Remove it after about an hour and rinse it. If you don’t like the color soak it for another hour. Repeat these steps until you reach your desired color.

How not to hurt your carpet or hard floor

Maintaining your furnishing is very important. When you have to take care of your floor is equally as important. Carpets require special attention but hard floors can be quite demanding too. We aren’t going to dabble in how to clean or scrub them but we will talk about what you can do to protect them from getting damaged or dirty.

Avoid making these mistakes

Dry carpet cleaning is an excellent way to clean your carpet but it goes wrong you will regret it. This is why you should be more careful in preventing the rug from getting dirty on the first place. This will greatly reduce the chance of it being ruined because you won’t need to take any risks with detergents and such. The same goes for hard floors – you want to keep them away from danger and this will make your life a whole lot easier.

With carpets you just want to know in advance whether your rug will be exposed to direct sunlight. If so, make sure that the blinds are often down or that the curtains are closed. If you can’t avoid exposure to sunlight, then simply go for a carpet of a lighter colour and this way it won’t get faded. Also:

  • Don’t use bleach on it
  • Don’t use toxic detergents
  • Don’t use sharp objects to clean it

Here are even more cleaning tips

Then you need to know if you are putting the carpet right beside a door that leads outside. This will mean that the rug is endangered by mud and water. You want to make sure that people take their shoes off before walking in or you will have to put some sort of a mat on it. Either way you are better off not having a carpet there. Don’t spill water on your rug. It’s as simple as that. Water and other liquids when dropped uncontrollably on the fabric might damage it, loosen it and overall destroy the integrity of the carpet. Keep it dry.

You hard floor can take much more beating but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful. Very few things can drill holes in cement or stone by accident but if the floor is ceramic you need to watch it. Don’t allow people who are heavy stompers walk on it with high heels or heavy shoes. The floor might get cracked. Even some little scratches on the surface might make it look bad especially if you are after a certain colour pattern. Water is also not the floor’s friend. If you have tiles or cement water can get into the cracks and with time the whole floor might corrode. Cracks will widen and it will be absolutely compromised. Don’t carry heavy things over it – you should wheel your fridge or washing machine over the hard floor. If you drop heavy machinery on it, it will surely get destroyed.

Bad odor in the kitchen? Get rid of it now

Kitchen Cleaning

No matter how carefully and thoroughly you clean your kitchen, there is still a chance that bad odor will linger in the air. The sources of the smell can be various, and even if every surface and the last cup from the dinner are sparklingly clean, there is still a possibility that you will have to locate the source and neutralize it. For this purpose, you will not need to posses special skills or get yourself some fancy equipment. All you have to do is follow your nose until you find out what is causing all the trouble.

Once you have done that, proceed in accordance to the type of emergency you have:

  • If the smell comes from the fridge, throw away any expired food from it. If the problem persists even after you did this, simply wipe down the walls, shelves and other surfaces inside and outside the fridge and you will see that the bad-odor problem is fixed.

  • In order to avoid bad odor from the trash can to enter your kitchen, there is one simple thing to do – put several slices of lemon on the bottom of the can. Next time you take away the trash, just replace the slices with fresh ones and you will notice the positive change.

  • Fish smell is neutralized by placing a bowl or a cup of regular bleach somewhere in the kitchen while cooking. Make sure it is positioned in a way that you do not hit it accidentally and splash bleach everywhere around. This will fix the smelly fish problem.

  • Kitchen CleaningPlastic containers are useful, but over time they accumulate such bad odor that they become nearly useless. A magical solution for that problem is simply cleaning well the container. Then dry it even better, put a crumbled piece of newspaper inside and close it. Let it sit through the night, and when you throw away the paper the next day, you will notice that the smell is gone too.

  • If you have wooden kitchen supplies like cutting boards, salad utensils, cups, bowls etc. you know how unpleasant they may smell from time to time. Rubbing their surfaces with a slice of lemon always leads to great results with minimal effort.

There is a special perk for those of you living in London. Take a look at this website   and decide for yourself if you want to do all of this on your own. 

If you follow those simple shortcuts to a odor-free kitchen, it is guaranteed that you will make your whole food preparing process much more pleasant. 

Cleaning your home office – the hassle-free solution

Home Office CleaningWorking from home could be both a blessing and a curse. Among the many problems that may occur while you are earning your living from the home office you have set up in the spare bedroom or the garage, maintaining the place in a comfortable, tidy and representative state could very well turn out to be the hardest one or the troubles of end of tenancy. But have no fear, with these tested strategies that are proven to provide great results, you will never have to worry about your home office cleaning again.

  • Clutter is often the biggest problem in every office. There is a very good possibility that paper piles around every corner of your home office too. So make a habit of filing everything immediately after you have used the document in question. This will not only spare you a lot of effort in your special home office cleaning day, but will make your work more organized and will optimize your process.

  • You should take extra care of your electronic equipment – computers, printers, scanners, faxes etc. You should definitely pay special attention to them in case you often eat in front of the keyboard, while doing some extra work at the time when you should be resting. There are special wipes for electronics that will make this task easy like a walk in the part. Get some of those at your local supermarket.

  • Home Office CleaningIf paper-clutter is a problem, general desk clutter is even a bigger one. The artistic chaos is a good thing, but you should contain it to a reasonable limit. So, once a week take ten minutes to de-clutter your desk completely. Items that do not belong to your home office environment have no place there so just move them to the living space of your home, or throw them away.

  • The key to having the perfect home office is to assign space for everything – from the computer to the pile of sticky notes. Make a plan for dividing the space for everything you use while working and stick to that plan.

  • If you cannot afford professional cleaning services, vacuum your home office yourself every evening after finishing work. Twice a month take care of the windows and under no circumstances let rubbish pile up in the bin. In this way your office will become a more pleasant work place and you will make good impression on clients if you meet with them there.