Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Cleaning a kitchen floor

You will need:
Dishwashing soap

The best and easiest way to clean a vinyl or tiled kitchen floor is to get a bucket and mop. Depending on your floor area, you may put an almost full amount of water in the bucket or half of a bucket of water in it. Then add a little amount of bleach into the water inside the bucket, would probably best to use the top cap of the bleach bottle as a measuring device, so one top cap is equal to a bucket of water, then also add a little amount of dishwashing liquid onto it, then use the mop in mixing this together. The purpose of combining the bleach and the dishwashing liquid is to clean and also disinfect your floor at the same time, and there is no need to rinse it after mopping in this procedure.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Simple Chicken & Vegetable Soup

This is one of my favorite winter soups, a chicken and vegetable soup that cost less, healthy and so easy to make.

Here is how to do it :

• Boil a 100g pearl barley with 300 ml cold water in a covered pan for 10 minutes.

• Melt 15g butter in a pan with 1 tbsp olive oil. Add a finely sliced leek and sliced celery stick. Then cover and cook over a very low heat for 5 minute, stirring occasionally. Add 2 sliced of carrots, a diced potato, 2 chicken beast fillets, 1tbsp fresh thyme, 600ml chicken stock and the barley and its cooking water. Bring to boil, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

• Remove the chicken and cut into pieces. Return to the pan and reheat. If there are left over, you can pack it in a flask and refrigerate or freeze the rest for later.

How to grind a coffee beans

Today I bought packets of 2 Columbian coffee beans thinking it was the ground one and when I got home I was very disappointed as it was coffee beans and I do not have a coffee grinding machine. I tried crushing the coffee beans with the end of the rolling pin on a bowl, took ages to crush half of a bag, however it was not fine enough that when I tried brewing it, it tasted so weak. I do not really want to go back to the shop and have the one of the un-opened coffee bags replaced as the petrol would cost more than the coffee price. But anyway, I found a great solution to grinding coffee beans, I use a blender! It only took a minute to grind the whole bag (227g) of coffee beans and got the perfect grain. So if you do not have a coffee grinding machine, try a blender, it does the job well!

Coffee beans

Grinding it using a blender

After grinding the coffee beans using a blender, the result is the same as the ones you get on a packet of ground coffee.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

To take a rust off from a wok

All you need is a potato, a dish washing liquid and water.

Here is how to clean it:

• First, get a potato and slice it in half
• Using the half sliced potato, rub it in a circular motion against the rusty wok surface
• Add a just a little amount of dish washing liquid in the work and continue to rub the potato against it.
• Once the potato reduces its size due to scrubbing, use the other half slice potato to do the same procedure.
• You will then see that the rust on the wok surface is slowly coming off
• Finally rinse with warm water and see the difference.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Removing Oils spills from carpets and fabrics

I am a big fan of Kim and Aggie and I always watch their TV program to get tips on house cleaning so I could use some of their economical procedure. Their procedure usually works well and these are my favorite and probably the most useful thing everyone should know, so I am sharing this with you.

To clean or remove oils, grease, and fats

• From carpets: Place kitchen towel over the spill and apply a cool iron to the other side to draw the grease up into the paper. Shampoo the carpet.
• From fabric: Use a pre-wash stain treatment or rub liquid laundry detergent into the fabric before washing in as hot a wash as the fabric can take. If the stain is persistent, repeat the process.
• From upholstery: Cover the stain with talcum powder. Allow to dry then vacuum off. If the stain persists, try dabbing with methylated spirits (test on an inconspicuous area first) or a proprietary stain remover.