December 5th, 2013
From candy canes to chocolate truffles, every delicacy imaginable is out on kitchen counters and dining tables during the holidays. With all of this sugar, your thoughts often drift to weight gain, but sugar has another casualty: your teeth. To avoid a new cavity during your next dental visit, it is critical to understand how sugars affect your teeth and how to improve your tooth health. Dr. Karotkin from Advance Orthodontics says, ”You do not have to avoid all sugars during the holidays as long as you have good oral habits.”
What Sugar Does
Sugar, or starch, entering your mouth must be digested along with other molecules. Digestive liquids work on the sugars and subsequently create acids. If these acids remain in your mouth, such as from neglected brushing or constant sugar consumption, the acids slowly eat away at your tooth enamel. Cavities and other tooth decay begin, causing dental issues that may remain for months. It is not just candies that are detrimental to your teeth. Sugary drinks are also prime candidates for acid increases and tooth decay. Read the rest of this entry »
December 5th, 2013
As a modern society we like to think that we know a thing or two about kitchen design. After all, we should have learned from the mistakes made in the past when it comes to choosing kitchen fittings and furniture! There are some cases where looking back can provide us with stylish inspiration for modern homes but also some cases where we can shake our heads and say “That was never a good idea!”
Here for your entertainment and for your education, is a list of 10 kitchen no-no’s which should never be repeated!
- Carpet: Yes that’s right…fitted carpets in the kitchen! It seems blindingly obvious to us now that a carpet does not belong in the kitchen but way back in the mists of time…around the 1960s where all-modern carpets and carpet cleaning equipment had lulled homeowners into thinking this was a good idea…there were many people who happily added a carpet to their kitchen. Even with the best wet and dry vacuum cleaner in the world there is nothing to convince us that a carpet is a good floor covering in a place where grease and food is going to be regularly splattered about! Imagine the smell of a carpet which has seen multiple early morning fry ups!
- Orange Pine: That terrible orange coloured pine wood which was so popular back in the 1970s and 1980s is a huge no-no which is still sadly seen today in outmoded kitchens which have yet to be overhauled. Ugly and overpowering it wasn’t pretty back in the day and it’s not pretty today!
- Tacky Tiles: Even if you’re fond of a kitchen tile with an illustration on it, there are limits! Some are fine…there are some gorgeous hand painted tiles about today but if your kitchen is sporting the kind with fruit or even vegetables on it then it’s time for a change! Read the rest of this entry »
November 30th, 2013
With energy prices on the rise, it is more important than ever to find ways to reduce energy usage. One of the best rooms to focus on is the kitchen. With so many different electrical appliances, however, you may not know exactly where to start. So here are some top tips on how to save on energy usage in the kitchen.
Buying Energy Efficient Appliances
The first step you should take when trying to save on energy consumption is to replace old appliances with newer appliances that are energy efficient. To do this, make sure to always check the appliance’s energy rating. For example, refrigerators and freezers are the biggest consumers of energy in a house after central heating. So finding an energy efficient one with an A+ or A++ rating can save a lot of money. Read the rest of this entry »
November 25th, 2013
It is no crime to get drunk or make merry and knock down a glass of wine over a friend’s shirt, the carpet or even your clothing. In fact they may even laugh about it if they are happy or drunk too. But the next morning when everyone has sobered up and experiencing the excruciating hangover, you will go like, “gosh my favorite shirt is stained” or “shit, my carpet is a mess”!
When this happens don’t cry over the spilt milk, beer or wine. Here are some great cleaning tips and tricks post party solutions.
Open Up The Windows
First things first. If your pals were too drunk to make it to their place, wake them up ask them for help in cleaning out and open up the windows to allow the free circulation of air. This is a cleaning tip for the air, which is if you didn’t notice. Read the rest of this entry »
November 25th, 2013
But first, what is a Zip Hydrotap?
The Zip Hydrotap is a new type of water filtration system. The big difference is the tap has two
levers, offering both instant boiling water
for hot drinks or cooking (yes, make a cup of coffee or boil up some pasta!) and instant chilled drinking water from the same tap (filtered water no less). There is even an extra option to add instant sparkling water also.
I have so much already on my worktop, why add something else?
Many people struggle to find enough kitchen workspace, while various implements such as coffee machines and kettles litter the available surfaces. The Zip Hydrotap reduces this clutter to one minimalistic tap on the worktop. If you don’t even have space for this, there is an All-in-One option available which replaces your existing tap over your sink with a single tap which delivers filtered boiling or chilled water via the levers on the top, and non-filtered water for cooking or rinsing via the mixer tap at the base,so you can truly have the best of both worlds.
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