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Inexpensive, Pretty & Easy Makeover For My Two Old GE Refrigerators

Makeover for GE Fridges (Mobile)

Hi there, dear friends :D

Ah, I think I have finally  recuperated well and rested sufficiently from the really hectic clean-up from my minor house renovations, decluttering, frenzy preparations and feast cooking for the Chinese New Year! :lol: 

Time to get down to updating my blog ….  I have a new series of health foods and drinks to share with you. These days, many people are turning to natural ways of using healing foods to improve or maintain good health, and therefore, it is good to learn really effective but yet inexpensive information for good health. 

But first, I want to show you what I did to give my two 17-year old GE (General Electric brand, imported from the US) refrigerators a pretty and retro makeover! 

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Orange Infused Vinegar To Make Homemade Cleaning Enzymes Smell Better, To Repel Ants

Orange Infused Vinegar

Hi there, dear friends :D

I was reading up on vinegars for cooking when I stumbled across this Orange Infused Vinegar which is used primarily for cleaning.

Then an idea came to me ===> why don’t I  mix some of the Orange Infused Vinegar to my Homemade Enzyme Cleaner for a better fragrance ?  :idea:

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A Simple Way To Remove Stale, Musty Smells & Terrible Odours From Your Vacuum Cleaners

Hi there, dear friends :D

If you have a vacuum cleaner that is similar to mine (pictured above) and have been using it a few years, you will know exactly what I mean when I complain about the awful stale smells that come out through the air outlet when the vacuum cleaner is in use. :lol:

If you also have pets in your home, especially dogs that have their doggy smells and that shed their fur a lot (like my Beagle, Benji), then your vacuum cleaner is bound to emit some foul odours after being in use for a while. :roll:

I have tried spraying air fresheners into the box that collects dust, hairs, etc.. (my vacuum cleaner is the bagless type) but they only mask the bad smells for a while, and sometimes, the smells are made worse.

Now, I had also tried putting a few drops of essectial oils into my vacuum cleaner’s dust box but the thing is this – as long as the stale smells are not removed, they will still stand out over the over the pleasant essential oil smell. :evil:

Yesterday, I decided to apply the same thing I use to remove smells from mattresses – I had written about that about 4 years ago here :-

How To Remove Urine & Other Odours From Mattresses

Use Medicated Powder !   :idea:

 

There are many brands of medicated powder in the market but any brand that you have or are familiar with should work as well. :idea:

Please note that I am not being paid by Electrolux or Ammens companies to promote their products.  :wink:

Here’s what I did – it’s really easy ===>

1) just give a few liberal shakes (I would say about 3 tablespoonful) of Ammens Powder onto the floor and then vacuum that up.

2) continue to go about your vacuuming chore

3) after about 5 minutes of vacuuming, you will notice the musty, stale vacuum smell is gone, replaced by the smell of the medicated powder

4) after you are done vacuuming, empty your dust bag or box, and then suck up another few shakes of Ammens powder.

5) store your vacuum cleaner and let the medicated powder continue to neutralise the odours in the vacuum cleaner, hoses, filters and dust box

6) on your next use of the vacuum cleaner, see if the stale smells are all or almost gone. If yes, then you can put a few drops of your favourite essential oils, like Lavendar or Rose, into the dust box…or just vacuum/suck up a few drops of the oils.

Voila! There you have it ….  a cleaner and fresher smelling vacuum cleaner! :D

Hope this technique works for you, too.

With best wishes,

choesf :D

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Using Homemade Enzymes To Fix & Clean Water Leaking Air-Conditioners

homemade-citrus-enzyme-cleaner-005-smallMy newly prepared fruit enzyme cleaner made from lemon and orange peels

(READ HERE for the homemade cleaning enzyme recipe)

Hello there, dear friends :D

After an unusual period of rainy weather, the hot and humid heatwave is back again in tropical Malaysia and the air-conditioners become a necessity again to get a good night’s sleep! 

Somehow, electrical appliances tend to go out of order at the wrong time, and in my case, my bedroom air-conditioner developed a  leak  at 11pm on a Saturday! Aaarrggghhh…..how frustrating!  At least, if it needed a technician to come and fix it, it could have chosen to break down on a weekday afternoon, right?  What a bad timing indeed! :roll:  :lol:

The thought of having to sleep and sweat through the hot night was too unbearable and definitely out of the question. My other alternative was to leave the air-conditioner on and bear with the continuously leaking water sounds ===> drip, drip, drip…..oh, one would never be able to sleep well through all that..well, at least not for me as I am a very light sleeper. :lol: 

So, out of desperation, I thought of using my homemade enzyme cleaner to see if it could help fix my leaky air-conditioner. I know the leak was caused by some blockage in the water drainage pipes and I know enzymes can help to clear the kitchen sink outlet pipes.  :idea:

Wow, good news! My air-conditioner stopped leaking immediately after I sprayed enzyme all over the metal slates of the air-cond and it didn’t leak again for a good one week. Then it started leaking again and I did the enzyme “treatment” again and that stopped the leak. So, I presumed that I should have sprayed the enzyme cleaner more often to clear the air-conditioner pipe better.

Another reason why I thought of using the enzyme was because every time my air-conditioners are being serviced by my regular technician, he always poured a little enzyme onto the air-conditioner slates after he has installed the air-conditioner after cleaning/servicing.  That was to help clear the outlet pipe for water condensation, he said. Anyway, he was the one that also taught me how to make my own enzyme cleaners. :lol: 

I found out from an electrician and my technician that the stuff or gunge that is blocking the air-conditioner water condensation outlet pipe is some jelly-like stuff and if that is the case, then the enzyme should work in breaking down or “melting” the jelly. :idea:

Here’s the method on how to use your homemade enzymes to clean and fix your leaky air-conditioner (split unit A/C only)  :-

1) prepare a strong enzyme cleaner of 1 part enzyme (strained)  to 1 part water in a spray bottle.  Add a tablespoon of baking soda to balance the acidity of the enzyme so that it doesn’t rust the parts of the air conditioner. Give the mixture a good shake in the spray bottle.

2) turn off the air-conditioner (if you haven’t by now)

3) if you can remove the plastic cover of the air-conditioner, that makes it easier to the enzyme onto the metal slates by giving you more room/space to work. Otherwise, pull up the cover as high as it can go. 

4) remove the air-conditioner filters. Either vacuum the filtered dust off or given the filters a good rinse in the bathroom and let dry.

5) carefully spray the enzyme cleaning solution onto the air-conditioner slates.  Be sure to avoid spraying onto areas that are connected to wires or any other electronic boards. For this , I had used up almost a whole cup of the cleaning enzyme mixture. 

6) give the enzyme about 30 minutes or so to clean the slates and blocked piping.

7) turn back on the air-conditioner and see if the air-conditioner has stopped leaking. If not, spray another cup of the enzyme mixture and see if it will work this time. It should as it was successful for me on the two occasions that I tried out this method of fixing the leaks of my bedroom air-conditioner.

It is best to give a few more “enzyme treatments” to your air-conditioner the next day to allow further cleaning and clearing of the water outlet piping.

Caution!

1) do this “enzyme treatment” at your own risk of damaging your air-conditioner! This is only an emergency measure for those times when you can’t get your technician to come and fix your air-conditioner.

2) if you can, try to check the air-conditioner outlet pipe to see if there is water flowing out when the air-conditioner is on. The rate and amount of water flow will tell you how bad the pipe is blocked and the seriousness of the leaking problem. The “enzyme treatment” may not work if the pipe is completely blocked.

3) it is best is you can get your air-conditioner technician to check it out and give it a proper cleaning to prevent further leakings.

Good Luck!

With best wishes,

choesf :D


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Suffusing The Universe With Loving Kindness

Good morning, dear friends :D

This is one of my favourite musical pieces that I listen to to calm down and fill the energies in my home with loving kindness. It is a musical rendition by Imee Ooi of the Buddhist Metta (Loving Kindness) Chant, with lyrics in the Pali and English languages.

Metta chanting is the radiation of loving kindness to all beings in all directions. May they all be peaceful and happy always!

When one does this regularly, one will  :-

  • feel peaceful and relaxed
  • have anger melting away
  • feel more loving
  • feel compassionate
  • find it easier to de-stress


Enjoy :D

With metta,

choesf :D

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How To Make Wine Vinegar by Paul Kovi – Recipe posted by Louise

Good evening, dear friends :D

Ah, my wonderful blogger friend, Louise, has shared this recipe  on how to make our own wine vinegar at my About page and I thought to set up a new post here so that you can have easy referral to it. I’m very sure you will be delighted to find a way of making your own vinegar. :wink:

All credits of this recipe goes to Louise who has a really interesting blog called “Months of Edible Celebrations” – every day of the year, there are some fascinating festivals or themes going on and Louise has certainly put in a lot of research, thought and heart into writing those articles.

Thank you very much, dear Louise, for sharing this recipe with us! I know I will enjoy making the vinegar and thinking about Count Dracula and Transylvania!  :D

READ HERE for Louise’s fascinating post titled “Nibbling my way to Count Dracula’s Castle” for more recipes and information….

With best wishes,

choesf :D

transylvania

Hi choesf,


I will be posting a few recipes from the following book in the next day or so, (I haven’t decided which day yet as it is a sort of halloween themed post, Dracula included:) Anyway, the following recipe is one I will be posting. I thought you might appreciate so I am posting it here not to interfere with your regular posts. I tried to email you but it seems I either misplaced your email address or never had it. I am a bit hurried but I wanted to get it off to you before I forget. Hope you like it, Louise…

A Wine Vinegar for Autumn from Transylvanian Cuisine by Paul Kovi

Ingredients :-

  • A bunch of green grapevine tendrils
  • 2 ounces raisins or dried, pitted sour cherries or cornel
  • 1 ear of young corn
  • 2 ounces lentils
  • 3 quarts dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 or 2 pieces fresh and ripe fruit (any kind), cleaned and stemmed

Instructions :-
1. At the beginning of the summer fill a wide-mouthed glass gallon jar one fourth full with the following ingredients: green grape vine tendrils,raisins (or dried sour cherries or cornel) ear of corn, and lentils. Pour in enough wine to fill jar halfway and stir in half the honey.


2. Cover the top of the jar with cheesecloth and tie it down. The mixture will first ferment then turn cloudy before it eventually clears up.


3. When 2 weeks have elapsed, place the jar in a cool but not too cold spot. Add 1 or 2 pieces of cleaned, stemmed ripe fruit of the season to the jar and let stand.


4. At the beginning of September add enough wine to the jar to fill it. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons honey. Place the jar in a sunny spot again for 1 week (be sure the contents do not become too warm), then return it to a cool spot.


5. Do not move the jar until the first days of October. By this time the vinegar will have a layer of sediment on the bottom, and will be clear on top.


6. Carefully siphon off a bottle (1 quart) of the clear, ready to use vinegar and fill the jar again with the same amount of white wine.


7. If the vinegar is handled carefully (not moved or shaken), it will not spoil. This procedure of draining off the clear vinegar should be repeated again from time to time (taste it occasionally, and siphon it about every 2 to 4 weeks). Be sure to replace the removed amount with fresh wine. It produces a very good vinegar.

Variations:

Using an existing vinegar base, one can prepare new vinegar from a favorite wine and some fruit (or other sugar-containing plant) in the following manner:

Fill a 2-quart wide-mouthed jar with wine (or with any kind of fruit soaked in wine), Cover the mouth of the jar with cheesecloth and tie it down, then put the jar in an evenly warm place.

The top of the wine will develope a skin after a while; stir it back into the wine by shaking the jar. Continue this process until 1/4 or 1/2 quart gelatinous wine skin forms. Transfer this gelatinous wine to a similar size jar. Fill the jar with some vinegar from the recipe above.

Let stand in cool spot. When the contents settle, slowly siphon off the top for use. Replace the removed amount with fresh wine. Be sure to siphon off new vinegar at least once every 4 weeks. Bottle the vinegar and store it in a cool place.

Note: If the wine develops a skin on top, be sure to skim it off. Wine vinegar prepared in such a manner can be used as a base for flavored vinegars as well.

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Use Your Homemade Enzyme To Clean Your Washing Machine & Rid It Of Odours & Mildew Buildup Forever !

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Hi there, dear friends :D

Two years ago, I had written about using bleach and vinegar to get clean my washing machine in the post :-

Remember to clean your washing machine monthly

However, since I started using the miracle homemade fruit enzymes (READ HERE on how to make your own enzymes at almost zero costs) for all my household cleaning purpose, my washing machine no longer has any bad smells and mildewy buildups.  Because I also use enzyme to do my laundry daily, my washing machine is going to stay odour free and clean on the inside all the time.

For those who will be cleaning their front loading washing machine for the first time using homemade enzyme, here are the instructions :-

1) unplug the washing machine

2) remove everything on and around the washing machine

3) get ready the following items :-

  • a small pail,
  • 2 old face towels or rags,
  • 2 to 4 cups of enzyme,
  • scrub brush with a long handle,
  • a roll of paper kitchen towels,
  • a spray bottle filled with enzyme (use full concentration for tough cleaning, diluted with some water for milder jobs)

4) remove the detergent drawer. To remove caked mould and dirt effectively, soak it in some concentrated enzyme for the moment.

5) spray inside the area which holds the detergent drawer with undiluted enzyme

6) use a few pieces of paper kitchen towels to wipe off the yucky mess in the folds of the rubber ring at the door opening.  Remove as much of the dirt as you can

7) dilute one cup of enzyme with 5 cups of water in  the pail

8 ) wet the rag in the diluted enzyme and rub it all around the folds of the rubber ring. Rinse cloth and repeat again until as clean as possible.  Pour away the pail  of water that is now dirty

9) prepare another batch of cleaning solution in the pail, i.e. 1  cup of enzyme with 5 cups of water

10) wet another piece of rag in pail of  diluted enzyme and wipe all the other surfaces of the washing machine, i.e. door, knobs, sides, top, etc…

11) use the long-handled brush to scrub at the area that holds the detergent drawer. If possible, do like I did – use a hose to spray some water at the same time you brush away the caked dirt there. If not, then just spray more enzyme or water while you remove the dirt. Flush or spray with water until that area is as clean as possible.

12) for the detergent drawer that has been soaking in the enzyme, use a brush to scrub away the grime there. If need be, use an old toothbrush to get at those hard to reach area. Rinse clean and put back the drawer back into the washing machine.

13) the final step of cleaning your washing machine is to put in 2 cups of enzyme into the detergent drawer, plug back in your washing machine and put it through a normal wash cycle (without any dirty laundry) with a temperature of 37 degrees Celcius or 98 degrees Fahrenheit. The enzymes work best at this temperature. :idea:

There you have it…your washing machine is now clean on the inside and the outside and even the water pipe outlets should be cleaned by the enzyme….and most important of all, there is no more smells and fungus and  mildew there! :D

How to get your laundry really clean and good smelling ?

Answer :- Just add in a quarter cup of enzyme to the detergent! :idea:

I noticed that when enzyme is used together with laundry detergent, my laundry no longer smells funny. Even the fragrance of the fabric softener is enhanced. Somehow, the enzyme helps to remove the bacteria in the laundry – a good confirmation this is my laundry no longers smells mildewy even when we have no sun and it has been raining for 2 days. Previously, in this kind of environment, my clothes will smell a bit mouldy and I would have to re-wash them again.  :roll:

For really dirty laundry, just soak it overnight in your washing machine (remember to add in 1/4 cup of enzyme), and continue the wash first thing the next morning! Voila! My towels are so white and fresh smelling these days! :D

Hope you can try the enzyme out yourselves to see how it will work for you. I bet you will be happy with your washing machine and doing laundry from now onwards!

With best wishes,

choesf :D

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