How To Clean A Lasko Blower Fan

A Lasko blower fan comes in different shapes, sizes, and features; thus, the cleaning process also changes depending on the fan we are dealing with. If the fan is not maintained daily, the dust accumulates to create debris inside, and one starts to wonder how to clean a Lasko blower fan with such a compact structure.

How To Clean A Lasko Blower Fan

Lasko fans usually come in enclosed and compact designs; thus, cleaning them has always been challenging. We are here to the rescue; in this article, we will be covering every type of Lasko blower fan to make your cleaning process easy and comfortable.

Materials Required

  • A set of flexible brushes, if you are not up to disassembling the fan.
  • Duster
  • A disinfectant spray or disinfectant wipes for keeping the air passing through the fan completely germ-free. 
  • Screwdriver
  • Vacuum cleaner (Electronic)
  • A small bowl to keep all the small pieces of hardware safe in one place.
  • An air compressor
  • A soft cloth
  • Multipurpose oil
  • Vinegar or rubbing alcohol

Cleaning A Lasko Tower Blower Fan

A Lasko tower fan was designed to provide air at a massive velocity in a compact structure.

However, cleaning a Lasko tower blower fan is not the easiest task as the design is compact. Thus, it might need some extra attention when it comes to cleaning.

  1. Begin with unplugging the fan and plug the brush cleaner into your vacuum cleaner; if you do not have a vacuum cleaner, you can move forward with using a brush set to remove the dust from the fan.
  2. Start with vacuuming or brushing the intake grill and remove the dirt from the grill.
  3. Now take any soft cloth (microfiber is highly preferred) and clean the outer fan housing. 
  4. If you see any stains or spots, put some vinegar or rubbing alcohol on the soft cloth and gently rub on the stained area. 
  5. Keep rubbing until the stain is completely gone.

The method of cleaning the Lasko tower mentioned above is preferred if you want to avoid disassembling the fan.

If you want to deep clean and move forward with disassembling the fan, here is the link to the video guide to help you in the cleaning process.

Cleaning A Lasko Pedestal Blower Fan

Pedestal fans are really popular in the hot regions of the country, as they are a pocket-friendly option and are easy to maintain. Thus cleaning a Lasko pedestal blower fan is an essential task because of its extensive usage.

Here are the steps you need to follow.

  1. Since a Lasko pedestal fan is a bit larger than a tower fan, it will need disassembling. Start with opening the rear and front grills; if you need assistance, please refer to the product’s manual for disassembling.
  2. Once the disassembling is done, start with cleaning the blades and grill. Add some water and some liquid soap to the bowl and dip the blades in it.
  3. For the other parts of the fan, use the damp microfiber cloth for cleaning. Use some vinegar or rubbing alcohol for the stained parts of the fan.
  4. Now take the grill and blades of the fan and start rubbing with a flexible brush to remove the dirt and debris.
  5. Once the scrubbing is done, wash the grill and blades and leaves them to air dry before you start to reassemble. 
  6. Ensure you do not touch the motor during the cleaning process, as the water will undoubtedly ruin the motor.

In most of the cleaning processes, we usually suggest using a microfiber cloth to remove dust and dirt.

The cloth has several pros when it comes to cleaning; here is the link to a study highlighting the cleaning properties of the microfiber cloth.

Cleaning A Lasko Box Blower Fan

A Lasko box fan is a lower-cost option than a Lasko pedestal fan. It is a high-efficiency fan, primarily used at home because of its easy-to-use design.

Since the fan is a high-performance fan, it is time to move forward with cleaning a Lasko box blower fan to keep it in the best shape at home.

  1. Cleaning a box fan is nearly impossible without disassembling; thus, begin with opening the four screws of the box present at the perimeter of the front grill.
  2. Since the grill is completely removed, now you can remove the blades by gently rocking the side of the blade to side and pulling up.
  3. Fill a bowl with some water and add a few drops of soap to it.
  4. Now dip the microfiber cloth into the bowl and start cleaning the blades and the grills. You won’t need a brush this time.
  5. After cleaning, give a quick wash with clean water and let it dry.
  6. Once the fan is completely dried, start to reassemble the fan.

Cleaning Of A Lasko Window Blower Fan

A Lasko window fan is one of the finest creations, as it has multiple features, but it does not create any extra noise along with those features.

The fan is extremely quiet in terms of use; thus, you must never miss the regular cleaning of a Lasko window blower fan to maintain this quality.

  1. The fan needs disassembling; thus, make good use of your screwdrivers, remove the fan from the window, and place it up on the floor.
  2. Now remove the screws and lift the grill cover from the main body of the fan.
  3. Take the microfiber cloth and remove the dust and debris from the grill and the blades.
  4. Add some water to the bowl along with a few drops of liquid soap and dip the microfiber cloth in it.
  5. Now use the damp cloth to clean the fan’s internal parts, including the panels, knobs, grates, and blades.
  6. Once the cleaning is done, leave them to dry and then reassemble.

A Lasko window fan needs much more regular cleaning than the other fans, as they accommodate a comparatively larger amount of debris as they are placed on the window.

Cleaning A Lasko Wind Machine Blower Fan

A Lasko wind machine fan comes in different shapes and sizes, but this fan also demands disassembling when cleaning.

In addition, it might be tough to maintain these fans regularly considering the structure; that is why we are discussing an in-depth process of cleaning a Lasko wind machine blower fan, as it will be done once in a while.

  1. Take the fan and place it on the floor. Now start removing the screws by using a screwdriver, and do not forget to remove the knobs.
  2. Once the screws and knobs are removed, take out the grill and give the blades a good wipe with the microfiber cloth to remove the dust and debris.
  3. Add some water to a bowl and put a few drops of liquid soap.
  4. Now dip the cloth into the bowel and start scrubbing the fan to remove stains and extra dirt.
  5. Now wipe it clean and let the blades and grill air dry.
  6. Once the parts are completely dried, start to assemble them.

Lubricating The Motor When It Squeaks

In the above paragraphs, we have talked about cleaning the blades, grills and maintaining the quality of the fan, but what about the motor.

When the motor starts to squeak, it needs some lubrication, and thus in this section, we will discuss lubricating the motor when it squeaks.

  1. First of all, start with turning off the fan to block the electricity flow.
  2. Unscrew the fan and remove the cage.
  3. Unscrew the lock bolt and remove the blades from the metal shaft.
  4. Now spray the oil around the holes in the shaft using a fine tube.
  5. Now wipe off any extra oil and put the blades back on.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Lasko Fans Produce Cool Air?

Lasko fans do not have any type of cooling mechanism installed in them. Thus, they do not produce any type of cool air. If the fan is placed in front of an air conditioner, it might be possible, but otherwise, it is entirely impossible.

How Can I Reset My Lasko Fan?

To reset a Lasko fan, try switching off the main power of the fan and leave it like this for at least 15 minutes. Now take the fan into a new room and a new power outlet and see if the issue gets resolved. If not, please call customer service.

Conclusion 

The first and foremost thing to remember about cleaning a Lasko fan is that the process changes depending on the type of fan you are cleaning. Regular cleaning of the fan provides you and your family a good air quality and saves you from any extra manual work. Always be careful while cleaning; make sure the fan is switched off.

How To Clean A Leather Purse from A Thrift Store

Perfume, notebook, wallet, ballpen and a sunglass are spilling out of a leather purse

Fast fashion is on the rise, and it is deteriorating our planet day by day. Thrift stores are a boon in this time of environmental crisis. Thrift stores are sustainable and affordable but not always clean.

And cleaning them can be a task, more when its leather. Solet’s discuss how to clean a leather purse from a thrift store.

How To Clean A Leather Purse From A Thrift Store

Thrift stores are a blessing, especially when you want to stay in trend and do not want to spend much money to buy those fashionable items. Cleaning a leather purse might sound a bit scary, as leather is one of the most sensitive materials to work with, but we can assure you it is an easy and quick process to go through.

Leather purse placed on the grass

Pick Up A Good Quality Bag From A Thrift Store

If you want to do a successful clean-up for the leather bag you bought, you have to make sure that it is in the best condition when you buy it from the thrift store.

Here are some pointers that you can look out for:

  • First, look out for stains on the leather of the purse.
  • Second, make sure the leather is in good condition; keep an eye on the torn pieces of the bag.
  • Finally, make sure all the zippers are functioning correctly.

You need to look out for the points mentioned above, as if you buy a highly damaged bag, it will be really difficult to get good results even after cleaning the bag.

Also, once the payment is made for the bag, there is no chance of returning it at any cost.

Materials Required

Before moving on to the cleaning process, let us get the ingredients required to keep the cleaning process seamless and easy.

Here is the list of materials required for cleaning your leather bag from a thrift store:

  • Some clean water in a bowl: water and leather are not a very good combination for cleaning, but we can use the water sparingly while cleaning the purse.
  • A few clean pieces of rag: You can source this item from your old clothing or towels. The fluffier the cloth, the better are the results; make sure the clothes are colorless, as they might leave the color while cleaning.
  • Leather Shampoo: Well, we can not clean leather with ordinary shampoo. Since leather is sensitive material, a good quality leather shampoo will work well during the process.
  • A good disinfectant: We do not know where the bag came from and where it was initially stored; thus, to ensure that it is bacteria-free, buy a good disinfectant spray or liquid.
  • Leather recoloring balm: Since it is a second-hand purse, there may be some discoloration on the bag; thus, to restore the color of the bag, you will need a good quality leather recoloring balm.
  • Leather Conditioner: Now, to make the leather feel soft and tender after the cleaning, you will need a leather conditioner to make your bag last longer and make the leather firm.
  • Leather protecting finish: After the cleaning process, you might want to protect the leather from water or any damp environment; that is where leather protecting finishing comes into the picture.
Perfume, notebook, wallet, ballpen and a sunglass are spilling out of a leather purse

Step 1: Get Rid Of The Stuff From The Previous Owner

Before you begin the cleaning, you might not want anything that belonged to the previous owner with you.

Thus, the first step is to get rid of the stuff from the previous owner.

  • Typically, the thrift stores make sure that there are no items in the bag from the previous owners but double-check to make sure.
  • There can be cards, wooden combs, receipts, or other small items in the bag, so pour them out in the trash compartment.
  • You might need to unstick some items from the bag by hitting them.

Step 2: Wiping Off The Dust

Once you are done with getting rid of the stuff from the previous owner, it is time to start working on the bag. Start with wiping off the dust from the leather bag.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Take a small piece of rag and start wiping the outer and inner surface of the leather bag.
  2. Always shake the bag after cleaning one compartment of the bag. Make sure all the compartments of the bag are cleaned properly.

Step 3: Cleaning With An Anti-Germ Wipe And A Damp Cloth

Once you have wiped off the dust, it is time to get rid of the germs from your beloved leather purse. Now you have to move on with cleaning the purse with an anti-germ wipe and a damp cloth.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Take a clean anti-germ wipe and clean the inside and outside of the leather bag. One wipe will be enough to cover the whole bag.
  2. Now take a small piece of rag and dip it into water. Now squeeze it to remove extra water from the rag. 
  3. Now concentrate your efforts on the stained areas; make sure you do not apply a lot of pressure while you go about this step.
  4. Now put the purse into a ventilated area to let it dry.

If you can remove the stains in this step, you can apply leather conditioner; if not, you need to follow the next step.

Step 4: Cleaning The Purse With A Leather Shampoo

If you cannot remove the stains from the purse in the previous step, it is time to upgrade our cleaning tools.

Now you need to start cleaning the purse with a leather shampoo to get rid of those stubborn stains from the leather bag.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Take a small amount of leather shampoo and apply it to the outer surface of the bag. Now take an old toothbrush and concentrate your efforts on the stained area.
  2. You will observe lather coming from the scrubbing action, and it will pull out the dirt. Make sure you do not scrub too hard.
  3. You can spend about 30 seconds on each spot, and you will observe a smooth surface emerging on the bag.
  4. Once the scrubbing is done, take a damp cloth and clean the purse.
  5. Now keep the purse in a ventilated area and let it dry.

Here is a link to a study concentrating on the qualities of leather and its cleaning.

Step 5: Removing Scratches From A Leather Purse

Since the stains are being removed, the surface of the leather will become pretty smooth, as any loose strands of leather are being removed by scrubbing action.

Man taking a photo of the landscape while carrying his thrifted leather purse

If you observe any kind of scratches on the purse, this step is a must.

Here are the steps for removing scratches from a leather purse:

  1. Take the purse and observe for any discoloration and scratches on the surface.
  2. You can move forward with using a spatula to remove a little amount of leather recoloring balm and apply it to the respective area.
  3. Ensure the recoloring balm is applied evenly on all the areas, and more pressure should be applied on the scratched ones.

You can move forward with applying a few coats of the recoloring balm to make sure you get your desired look.

Step 6: Applying The Conditioner And The Protector Finish

Since the discoloration and the cracks have been taken care of by the balm, it is time to move forward with the final step, applying the conditioner and the protector finish.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Take a clean piece of white rug and put some conditioner on it. Now apply the conditioner evenly on the surface of the bag.
  2. Wait for at least ten minutes and then take another clean piece of rag and move forward with applying the protector finish on the outer surface of the leather bag.
  3. Now your leather bag is good for use.

This step will protect the bag from water and other damp environments and give that shiny look you desire.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is It Safe To Buy A Leather Bag From A Thrift Store?

Yes, it is completely safe and healthy to buy a leather bag from the thrift store; just check the bag thoroughly before buying it and clean it before using it.

Can I Get Good Quality Items From A Thrift Store?

Yes, you can buy good quality products from a thrift store, as they check it thoroughly before selling.

Conclusion 

Thrift stores are a blessing, especially if you are going through a financial crunch. However, it is not about class all the time; sometimes, you need to be mindful while shopping, think about the clothes that are dying in your closet, and creating unnecessary waste on the planet. It is time to take responsibility and go thrift shopping.

How To Clean A Drum Set

Close up of a drum set

Everybody desires an excellent shiny drum set, as it gives you a different type of environment and motivates you to play your best tunes. But cleaning a drum set might seem like a challenge as it is massive and has a complex composition. Thus, the question arises of how to clean a drum set in the best way possible.

How To Clean A Drum Set

A shiny drum set is attractive to the audience; thus, keeping it clean is the drummer’s responsibility as it shows that you respect your instrument. Likewise, if you appreciate your instrument, the music will respect you. Hence here are the steps you need to follow to keep your drums in the best shape possible.

Materials Required

Wiping off the dust might take a few seconds, but dealing with the debris is not that easy.

Person playing drums

You will need your cleaning ammunition to get the best results. Here is the list:

  • A microfiber cloth or a terry
  • A one-inch brush
  • A 0.5-inch brush
  • A wood conditioner or polish (lemon oil)
  • A non-abrasive chrome polish
  • A mild lubricant for the moving parts
  • Some masking tape
  • Petroleum jelly

Step 1: Disassembling Your Drum Set

The first and the primary step to deep cleaning is disassembling your drum set. It will give you a proper space, and each inch of the drum set will be thoroughly cleaned.

  1. Start with loosening up each part of the drum set and group them accordingly so that none of the parts get lost.
  2. Make sure you separate the metal and the wood parts, as a different method is used to clean depending upon the nature of the material of the parts.

Here is the link to a video guide showcasing how to disassemble a drum set and reassemble it after cleaning.

If you avoid this step, the shine that you desire might not be achieved. 

Step 2: Brushing Off The Rims

Once you are done with disassembling the drum set, you need to move forward with the next step, brushing off the rims. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Take your one-inch brush and start removing the chipped wood pieces from the rims of the drum set.
  2. Go for a 0.5-inch brush if there are nasty pieces of debris stuck around the rims, as they won’t go off easy with a 1-inch brush.
  3. You need to follow this step with your toms and the snare drum.

Here is the link to the study about snare drum written by Vic Firth; it concentrates on the methodology followed in the classical and modern form of music, keeping in perspective the usage of the snare drum.

Step 3: Polishing The Rims, Cymbals, And Hardware

After brushing off the dust from the rims, it is time to move forward with polishing the rims, cymbals, and hardware.

Again, avoid using any type of non-abrasive polish on the wooden parts, as it might compromise the quality of the wood on the drum set.

  1. Cover the wooden parts with masking tape, take some non-abrasive chrome polish, and dispense a little amount on the terry or microfiber cloth.
  2. Now take the microfiber cloth and start spreading the polish gently on the metal parts of the drum set.
  3. Make sure the polish is spread evenly, and use an extra amount if needed. Once you are done spreading, clean the polish with a clean terry or microfiber cloth, it will give the metal parts a good shine.
  4. Follow the steps mentioned above for the top rims, bottom rims, cymbals, and other drum set hardware. Do not use this method on the snares.
  5. Keep an eye on the tight spaces and make sure the polishing cream does not get assembled in the tight spaces and leave nasty stains.
Disassembled drum set beside a potted plant and guitar

Here is the link to a study highlighting the features of microfiber cloth and why it is best for cleaning various materials such a the surface of a tinted window and titanium rings.

Step 4: Polishing Your Toms, Snares, And Bass Drum

Once you are done polishing the rims, cymbals, and hardware of the drum, it is time to put your focus on polishing your toms, snares, and bass drum.

Here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. Since a non-abrasive polish cannot be used on the wooden parts, take a different microfiber cloth for the wooden parts of the drum set.
  2. Now remove the masking tape that you used to cover the wooden parts of the drum set.
  3. You can use any wooden conditioner or a lemon oil polish that gives the wood a good protective layer for the wooden parts. Lemon oil is a better option, as it does not leave any uneven stains.
  4. Dispense a little oil on the microfiber cloth and start spreading on the wooden parts of the drum set.
  5. Once the oil is evenly spread, take clean terry or microfiber cloth and remove the excess oil from the surface. You will see that good lustrous look after the clean wipe.

Wooden parts are a bit sensitive to deal with; make sure you use mild products and a good brand.

A wrong product can compromise the quality of the wooden parts that, in short, deteriorates the quality of the whole drum set.

Step 5: Reassembling Your Drum Set

Once the cleaning and polishing are done, it is time to move forward with reassembling your drum set.

After cleaning, it is more of a challenging part to build the whole drum set back.

Here are the tips and tricks that you need to follow before reassembling the drum set:

  1. Make sure you use some petroleum jelly on the lug screws. It will help in preventing any cross-threading while reassembling.
  2. While reassembling the drum set, make sure each part is carefully tightened to make it fit correctly. Each screw should be finger-tight.
  3. Next, gather some appropriate tools to reassemble the hardware of the drum set.
  4. Once you are done with the tightening and assembling, make sure you do not leave any fingerprints on the drum set. Give a quick clean with a microfiber or terry to ensure the quality.

Step 6: Tuning Your Drums

During the cleaning process, you might have detuned your drum set. Hence, make sure that you properly tune your drum set before playing.

Also, do not forget to take a selfie with your drum set after such hard work.

Close up of a drum set

Pro Tips and Tricks For Maintaining A Clean Drum Set

Cleaning a drum set is an exhausting process. Thus it is impossible to clean it now and then.

Thus, maintenance is the key; here are some pro tips and tricks for maintaining a clean drum set:

  • Make sure to add a packet of dehumidifiers inside the toms, bass drums, and the snare when you change the drum skin.
  • If you are using steel wool to clean your hardware, use a polishing grade like #0000, as more course grades will result in scratches and might throw a bit of debris.
  • Place your drum sets in dry and cool areas to avoid mold and mildew, as they form at a thriving rate in moist environments.
  • Make sure the inside of your drum is arid. Otherwise, an organism might start living in your drum set, and nobody wants that.

Drum sets expect a lot of physical effort when cleaning and maintaining the quality of the instrument, but it is all worth it, as a lustrous and shiny instrument can produce the best music.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can One Know If The Drum Set Is Good?

Here are few points to look out for a while buying a good drum set. First, find a balance between the cost and the quality of the drum set. Keep a good eye on the hardware of the drum set, make sure it is solid, and prefer buying a bundled hardware.

How To Take Care Of An Electronic Drum Set?

Taking care of an electronic drum set is pretty easy. Always clean with a soft cloth. In case of stains, use a damp microfiber cloth for cleaning. Do not use alcohol-based products on the module. Avoid placing any vinyl products on the module.

Conclusion 

A deep clean of the drum set might take a huge chunk of your day, but it is necessary to clean your drum set at least once a month to maintain its quality. If you cannot afford a monthly cleaning session, make sure you follow the steps in parts. It will ease up your cleaning hours and maintain the quality of the instrument as well.

In addition, a regular cleaning session can save you from that long day of physical effort.

How To Clean Chalky Plastic Lawn Chairs

Red and blue plastic lawn chairs surrounding a fire pit

The people living in the warmer regions of the country might understand the value of having pretty lawn furniture in their homes. However, maintaining the beauty of the furniture is a bit of a challenging task; the sun usually results in the chalky look of the furniture. Therefore, to keep your plastic lawn chair in the best shape, it is essential to learn how to clean a chalky plastic lawn chair in the summers.

How To Clean Chalky Plastic Lawn Chairs

Your plastic chair might lose some charm with the passing time, as the UV rays seem to harm the chair’s color. However, it can be restored. In this article, we will discuss various methods that you can use for cleaning your chalky lawn furniture.

People wearing masks while sitting on white plastic lawn chairs

Products That You Can Work With

There is no one hard and fast rule when it comes to treating a chalky lawn chair. Thus the products mentioned below are going to support one methodology.

  • Plastic rejuvenator
  • Mild abrasive cleaner and car wax
  • WD-40
  • Vaseline
  • Heat gun
  • Spray paint

These products can be easily bought from a store, and they also speed up the cleaning process for a chalky lawn chair.

You choose the product of your choice depending on your budget.

Method 1: Using A Plastic Rejuvenator

Various products can be used to go about treating a chalky plastic lawn chair. So let us begin with discussing using a plastic rejuvenator to treat a chalky plastic lawn chair.

Here are the steps that you will need to follow:

  1. Take a small bucket of water and add some detergent or mild soap to it.
  2. Now clean the chair using a mild scrub by applying pressure in a circular motion.
  3. Now wash the chair with clean water and let it dry. 
  4. Now take a soft cloth or a microfibre cloth and put some plastic rejuvenator on it.
  5. Now wipe the chair with the microfiber cloth to spread the rejuvenator even;y on the chair.
  6. Let the chair dry outside and see if the chair needs a second coat.

Do not forget to read the instructions before applying the plastic rejuvenator, as the instructions might change depending upon the brand of the rejuvenator.

Method 2: Using A Mild Abrasive Cleaner And Some Car Wax

Suppose you are not interested in moving forward with the plastic rejuvenator thing.

In that case, you might be interested in using a mild abrasive and some car wax to restore your chalky plastic lawn chair this summer.

Here are the steps that you will need to follow:

  1. Take a bowl and mix ½ cup of baking soda into 1 gallon of clean water.
  2. Now rinse your plastic lawn chair with this solution and let the chair dry.
  3. Now read the instructions on the car wax container and apply the coat accordingly on the chair.
  4. Once the chair has completely dried, you have to buff the wax away.

If your chair is quite dirty and has many stains, sprinkle a little baking soda on your sponge, scrub the chair until the stains are entirely removed, and then rinse the chair.

Method 3: Using WD-40 

WD-40 is one of the most unusual elements one can think about when cleaning a chalky plastic lawn chair.

The package comes with an instruction manual, or you can also read it on the official website.

Here are the steps you will need to follow for using WD-40 on your lawn chair:

Red and blue plastic lawn chairs surrounding a fire pit
  1. Take some water in a small bucket and add some baking soda and mild soap to it.
  2. Now rinse the chair well with a sponge and scrub the chair in a circular motion.
  3. Give the chair a good clean with some clean water and let it dry.
  4. Now spray some WD-40 on the plastic lawn chair and spread it with a microfiber cloth.
  5. Now take a clean, soft cloth and wipe the extra WD-40 off from the chair.

Here is a link to the video guide for cleaning a chalky plastic lawn chair with WD-40

Method 4: Using Vaseline To Clean The Plastic Lawn Chair

Vaseline is one of the most pocket-friendly cleaning items that are available in our household. It is easily available in the market and does not require any special instructions for the application.

Here are the steps that you will need to follow for using Vaseline to clean the plastic lawn chair:

  1. Take a buck and add one gallon of clean water to it. Now mix at least ½ cup of baking soda to create a mild abrasive for cleaning the lawn chair.
  2. Now take a sponge, dip it into the solution, and clean the chair in a circular motion.
  3. Rinse the chair with clean water after scrubbing and let it air dry.
  4. Now take some amount of Vaseline petroleum jelly in your hand and apply it evenly all over the chair.
  5. Let it sit for about a minute, and then remove the jelly with a microfiber cloth.

Here is the link to a study discussing the properties of petroleum jelly in our daily lives.

Method 5: Using A Heat Gun

The steps mentioned above might look pretty simple and easy to do, but using a heat gun is a complicated mechanism.

Therefore, you need to be familiar with using a heat gun before you start using it on your chalky lawn chair.

Here are the steps you need to follow for using a heat gun to clean your plastic lawn chair.

  1. Start with setting up the temperature of your heat gun from low to medium, depending on the brand of your heat gun. If you have any doubt, always go for the lower settings.
  2. Now move the gun over small sections of the chair to heat the area evenly. You will observe that the quality of plastic is improving.
  3. Once you are satisfied with the section you are working on, move on to the other section.
  4. Repeat until the complete chair is cleaned.

This process is a long one and might demand a lot of patience from your side. Make sure you work equally on all the sections. Otherwise, patches might be formed on the chair.

Rows of black plastic lawn chairs

Method 6: Using Spray Paint

Using a heat gun is one of the most complicated and time-consuming processes to keep your chair an excellent shiny look.

The easier cleaning your chalky plastic lawn chair is by using spray paint to restore the color. Here are the steps that you will need to follow:

  1. Mix some vinegar and baking soda in a bucket of water and clean the chair with a sponge.
  2. Let the chair dry and then spread some newspaper on the floor and turn your chair upside down.
  3. Take the can of the spray paint and start spraying the bottom region of the chair. Make sure that there is a distance of at least 8 inches from the floor.
  4. Once the bottom part of the chair is painted and dried, turn the chair upright and repeat the same process for the upper side of the chair.

Some areas of the chair might demand some extra coats depending on the quality of the paint.

How To Prevent The Oxidation Of A Plastic Lawn Chair

There are a few precautions that you can take to prevent your lawn furniture from getting a chalky look. Here are some tips that you should consider:

  • First, make sure you bring your furniture inside, especially when the sun is really strong.
  • If your furniture is big and cannot be brought inside, buy a good quality plastic protection spray to protect your furniture from the harmful UV rays from the sun.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Get Stains Out From A White Plastic?

Here are a few methods that you can consider for treating stains on white plastic:

  1. Bleach: Mix one part of bleach in 4 parts water and submerge the plastic into the solution for an hour, then remove the piece and wipe it dry with a clean cloth. Bleach is pretty handy for cleaning various materials such as oyster shells and silicone ear plugs.
  2. Vinegar: Mix equal parts of vinegar and water into a bucket and dip the plastic into the solution; remove the piece after one hour and wipe it dry with a cloth.

How Can I Remove Mildew From Plastic Chairs?

Lemon juice works best for mildew. Spray some juice on the plastic, let it sit for 10 minutes, and clean the area with a clean cloth.

Conclusion 

Beautiful lawns are one of the reasons that people can enjoy the summer to the fullest with a cold glass of lemonade. Maintaining the lawn furniture might seem like a challenging task, but it is not if you use the right products. You can also opt for preventive measures to keep the furniture in its best shape.

How To Clean Ceiling Fans With Vinegar

Clean white ceiling fan

Ceiling fans are one of the major necessities, especially in the warm regions of the country. To prolong the lifespan of a ceiling fan, it is essential to learn how to clean ceiling fans with vinegar, as vinegar is one of the most home-friendly items.

How To Clean Ceiling Fans With Vinegar

You need to be patient while cleaning the ceiling fans; thus, make sure you pick a weekend to clean your ceiling fans. Vinegar and baking soda are some of the most pocket-friendly materials that we will be using in various methodologies involved in cleaning the ceiling fan.

Living room space

A Few Steps For Your Safety

Before you begin with cleaning your ceiling fans, here are a few steps for your safety that you should not miss at any cost:

  • First, ensure you wear the cleaning safety kit, and it involves safety goggles, a face mask, salute, and safety gear. 
  • Second, ensure the ceiling fan is switched off; double-check this step; otherwise, it might result in nasty injuries.
  • Finally, the ceiling fan blades might take some time; thus, make sure you sit on a step stool or take a long ladder to avoid any strain on your arms and neck.

There is a lot of dust involved in the cleaning of a ceiling fan.

If you are an asthma patient or suffer from any other respiratory diseases, avoid cleaning the ceiling fans by yourself.

Materials Required

Before moving on to the cleaning process, let us get the ingredients required to keep the cleaning process seamless and easy.

Here is the list of materials required for cleaning your ceiling fans with vinegar.

  • A screwdriver: It will help in removing the blades.
  • A step ladder: This will help you in reaching the desired height for better cleaning.
  • Vinegar: It is the main cleaning ingredient.
  • Baking soda: In case of excess dirt and gunk
  • Old Pillowcase: Pulling down the ceiling fan.
  • Old sheets: It is required to collect the dirt.
  • Toothbrush: Required for scrubbing.
  • Bucket
  • A clean cloth 

Step 1: Cleaning The Ceiling Fans Without A Ladder

To ensure the best quality of your ceiling fan, it is necessary to clean them regularly; thus, here is the step-by-step guide for cleaning the ceiling fans without a ladder:

  1. Start with spreading some old sheets on the floor to accumulate the dirt that will be removed while cleaning and keeping a broom ready next to the sheet.
  2. Now take your ceiling fan duster and start dusting the fan to remove the dust and debris from the fan. Continue to dust until you see the clean surface of the fan.
  3. Now use the broom to collect the dust in one place on the sheet.

This step might be difficult for asthma patients and people with shortness of breath; thus, be careful during this step.

Step 2: Removing The Grease

Once you are done removing the dust and debris from the ceiling fan, it is time to remove the grease.

Here are the steps that you need to follow in cleaning the grease off the ceiling fan:

Clean white ceiling fan
  1. Take a dry paper towel or a dry cloth and place it on the greased area. 
  2. Let it absorb the grease and then wipe to remove the grease and extra dirt from the ceiling fan.
  3. Now take a wet sponge or a soft cloth to wipe the ceiling fans clean.

Repeat the above steps until the thick grease is removed, it will leave the spots, but that will be taken care of by the vinegar solution that we will prepare in the upcoming steps.

Step 3: Removing The Ceiling Fan Blades For Cleaning

To give some relief to your arms and neck, move forward by removing the ceiling fan blades for cleaning. It will allow you to clean the smallest spots on the blades and yield better results.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. You will need a head screwdriver and a step ladder to remove the blades from the ceiling fan.
  2. Take the screwdriver and start unscrewing to remove the blades. You need to place the scoot just behind the blade and start unscrewing.
  3. There are a total of three screws you need to remove; tackle every screw one by one.
  4. With the last screw, you have to be extra careful, hold the ceiling fan’s blade with one hand, and use the other to unscrew the blade to avoid any fall.

Here is the link to a video guide highlighting the process to understand better going through the steps mentioned above.

Step 4: Cleaning The Ceiling Fan With Vinegar And Baking Soda Mixture

If your ceiling fan is extra dirty and has greasy spots on it, you have to move forward to cleaning the ceiling fan with vinegar and baking soda mixture to get really good results. This mixture is pretty versatile, it also works for cleaning Jack Rogers shoes, hand saw blades, grill mats and pizza ovens.

Here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. Start with taking a bowl and mixing two tablespoons of baking soda, four tablespoons of soda water, and four tablespoons of vinegar to prepare the cleaning solution.
  2. Now take an old toothbrush and dip it into the solution and start scrubbing the blades with it. Do not forget to apply the solution to the back, edges, and corners of the fan. 
  3. Repeat The above steps until the required results are met.
  4. You can dip a microfibre cloth or soft cloth into the solution and wipe the fan with it to treat the stains.
  5. Once the cleaning is done, wipe the fan dry with a dry cloth or kitchen towel, and once the fan is dried, screw the blades back on the ceiling.

Here is the link to a study discussing the cleaning properties of vinegar as a major ingredient.

Ways To Clean The Ceiling Fan With Homemade Vinegar And Baking Soda Cleaning Spray

There are various ways to clean the ceiling fan with the same ingredients. We will now discuss how to clean the ceiling fan with homemade vinegar and baking soda cleaning spray.

Here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. Take an empty spray bottle and mix equal parts of vinegar and baking soda with some clean water. Shake the bottle and mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Now spray the solution on the greased area and let it sit for five minutes. Now use a piece of soft cloth to clean the greased area off.
  3. If you want to use a sponge for cleaning, spray the solution into the sponge and start wiping the fan in a clockwise manner.
  4. Once the fan is clean, let the fan air dry or wipe the fan dry with a microfibre towel.
Room with ceiling fan

Cleaning a ceiling fan is not much of a difficult task but demands a bit of elbow grease. However, once you are done with the cleaning, the results are incredibly satisfying.

Maintaining A Ceiling Fan

If you want to save yourself from huge physical effort while cleaning, you need to know the ways of maintaining a ceiling fan in the first place.

Here are some tips for maintaining the quality of a ceiling fan:

  • Always remove the blades while cleaning because the dirt starts to accumulate around the motor. It will result in overheating and will result in the reduction of the lifespan of the ceiling fan.
  • You can also use furniture polish as a final touch while cleaning to protect the surface of the fan.

A final polishing will not let the dust particles accumulate on the surface of the fan. Thus it prevents you from cleaning the fan now and then.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Direction Should A Ceiling Fan Rotate During Summers?

During the summer days, the fan’s rotation must be set counter-clockwise, as it will kick the hot air out of the room and make some space for the cold air to come inside the room. This way, the rooms will be comparatively cooler than the ceiling fan set in a clockwise direction.

How Can I Save More Energy By Using A Ceiling Fan?

Nowadays, high-speed ceiling fans are getting quite popular in the market for their energy-saving properties. In addition, they provide you a wind chill effect without using an air conditioner, thus save you from extra bills all year round.

Which Length Downrod Must Be Used With Ceiling Fans?

To enjoy the cool air from the ceiling fan, the height of the blades must be between 2.4 to 2.8 meters from the floor. This way, you can enjoy the maximum efficiency of the ceiling fan.

Conclusion 

One can opt for various methods while cleaning a ceiling fan, but this method is both home-friendly and pocket-friendly. However, the cleaning items that you will buy from the store will be expensive and might contain some harsh materials that can damage the ceiling fan; thus, always go for a home-based cleaning approach.

How To Clean Silicone Ear Plugs

Silicone ear plugs

We want to remind you that prolonged usage of unhygienic ear plugs can lead to various ear problems. Thus it is essential to be familiar with how to clean silicone earplugs, especially if you are a swimmer and use the silicone earplugs daily.

How To Clean Silicone Ear Plugs

To make sure your silicone earplugs get completely cleaned, you have to make sure that you are cleaning your ears as well. The earwax from your ears can end up making the earplugs dirty again. Be very particular when cleaning comes into the picture; it is necessary for your health in the long term.

Silicone ear plugs

Materials Required

Before moving on to the cleaning process, let us get the ingredients required to keep the cleaning process seamless and easy.

Here is the list of materials required for cleaning your silicone ear plugs:

  • A damp cloth to clean your ears from the outside.
  • An ear wax softener is required to clean your ears before you wear the earplugs back on.
  • A syringe but without a needle to pour water and deep clean the earplug.
  • A soap for treating the dirt.
  • A small bowl: It is necessary for mixing the liquids.
  • Some alcohol: This is a must for disinfecting the earplugs after cleaning.
  • A spray bottle
  • A soft-bristled brush: To treat the discolored area of the silicone earplugs.
  • Some warm water
  • A soft towel: wipe the earplugs dry.
  • Bleach (optional): It is only required if your earbuds have gone through some discoloration
  • A pair of rubber gloves

The items mentioned above are easily available in the household. Thus you might have gotten a hint that it is not much of a challenging task.

First, however, make sure you handle the silicone earplugs with care and do not damage them.

Preventing Your Ear Plugs From Getting Extremely Dirty

It is tough to deal with an extremely dirty silicone plug; thus, make sure you follow a routine to maintain the quality of the earplugs.

Here are some of the pointers that you can follow for preventing your earbuds from getting extremely dirty:

  • Avoid extra touching of the earplugs; if you are not going to wear them, just put them back into the case.
  • Do not touch the ear tips with your hands to remove any contamination from the earbud; you will end up worsening the situation even more.
  • Make sure you have washed your hands before touching the earplugs.
  • Always keep your silicone earplugs in a clean and dry case to avoid any bacterial growth.

This point is critical; never share your silicone earplugs with anyone else.

The points mentioned above might seem basic, but the cleaning process will be comfortable for you if you follow these points religiously.

Moreover, these pointers will increase the lifespan of your earplugs.

Step 1: Cleaning Your Silicone Ear Plugs

If you are a swimmer, earplugs are a part of your daily routine. Thus it is your responsibility to keep them in the best shape if you want your ears to be healthy.

Here are the steps that you will need to follow for cleaning your silicone earplugs.

  1. Take a bowl and add some water to it. Now add a few drops of mild liquid soap and mix it well to create a cleaning solution.
  2. Now take an old toothbrush and dip it into the solution and start scrubbing the earplugs.
  3. Take a dry and soft towel and clean your earplugs dry.
  4. Now take an empty spray bottle and add some alcohol to it.
  5. Give your earplugs a spray of alcohol to disinfect them from any bacterial growth.
  6. Once the earplugs are sprayed, leave them on the towel to air dry.

See, this is a short process of cleaning the earplugs if they are stain-free; if your silicone earplugs have certain discoloration, you will need to follow the next step.

Here is the link to a study indicating the disinfecting properties of alcohol. They work pretty great for disinfecting items like card sleeves, printer drums and Juul pods as well.

Step 2: Treating The Discoloration On The Ear Plugs

If your silicone earplugs are slightly old, you might notice some discoloration that looks quite gross.

It does not mean the earplugs are dirty, but the quality of the silicone becomes quite questionable, and you will not feel confident wearing them.

Here are the steps you need to follow for treating the discoloration on the earplugs.

  1. Take an empty spray bottle and fill it with some diluted bleach.
  2. Now spray the bleach solution on the discolored area and let the spray sit on the earplugs for at least 15-20 minutes.
  3. Now wear your rubber gloves to avoid any reaction on your hands, and take a soft bristle brush to scrub the plugs.
  4. Scrub the earplugs in a circular motion and clean them with cold water.
  5. Now take a soft towel and wipe the silicone earplugs completely dry.

Bleach is one of the best ingredients when it comes to treating the colored parts on any item, they work great for faux wood blinds, dried oyster shells, and bamboo blinds as well. Here is the link to a video guide about cleaning the silicone earplugs.

Step 3: Cleaning Your Ears Before Reusing The Silicone Ear Plugs

You cannot miss this step at all; make sure your ears are completely clean and the wax is completely removed from your ears.

If you skip this, there will be no use in cleaning your silicone earplugs in the first place.

Here are the steps that you will need to follow for cleaning your ears before reusing the silicone earplugs:

  1. Take a soft, damp cloth or a microfiber cloth and clean the outside and inside of your ear. Never use a cotton earbud, as it will move the earwax even further. Microfiber cloths are great tools for cleaning, they are used for cleaning mother of pearls and drum sets as well.
  2. Now put some earwax solution into your ears by using a dropper and wait for at least fifteen minutes to let the softener do its magic. An ear wax softener is easily available in pharmaceutical stores.
  3. Now take a syringe, fill it with either saline solution or water, and squirt the water into your ear to wash off the wax.
  4. Drain the remaining amount of liquid from your ears and pat your ears dry.

Follow these steps every few days to ensure the cleanliness of your ears; it is good for your hearing ability as well.

In addition, this routine will help you keep your silicone earplugs in the best shape possible.

Why Is It Important To Check The Due Date Of Your Silicone Ear Plugs?

Silicone earplugs are one of the most sustainable earplugs available in the market right now, but we cannot forget that silicone earplugs also have an expiry date that has to be honored.

Here are the answers to why is it important to check the due date of your silicone earplugs:

  • Once the due date has passed, the quality of the silicone starts deteriorating, and that is not healthy for the ears of the user.
  • In addition, bacterial growth will start to happen on the silicone earplugs, thus making them highly unfit for future use. 

Once the due date has passed, the silicone earplugs are supposed to be disposed of in the trash. They can be worn for a maximum of four weeks, depending upon what brand you are using.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Times Can We Use A Single Pair Of Silicone Ear Plugs?

You can keep on reusing your silicone earplugs until they start getting dirty; that is up to five uses at the maximum. Also, keep a check on the due date of your silicone earplugs as you need to dispose of them in the garbage since they cannot be used any further. Finally, make sure you do not touch your earplugs often as it results in bacterial growth over the silicone earplugs.

Is It Possible To Sleep While Wearing Silicone Ear Buds?

Yes, it is completely fine to sleep while wearing your silicone earbuds, as they are meant to be worn while sleeping or swimming. However, you might feel a bit uncomfortable sleeping with an earplug inside your ear, especially if you sleep on your side. If you are increasing the use of earplugs, make sure you maintain a hygienic routine to keep them in the best shape.

Is It Possible To Clean Silicone Putty Ear Plugs?

No, do not clean the silicone putty earplugs at any cost, as they are disposable ones made up of a mixture of silicone putty and soy wax. It is easier with foam earplugs, and you can just dip them into a bowl of water and scrub a little.

Conclusion 

Never forget the hygiene of your ear is equally important as the hygiene of your earplugs. Thus, it is essential to maintain a fixed routine and clean the buds after every 4-5 uses. The process mentioned above will take hardly a few minutes of your life, but it will prolong the life of your silicone earbuds and ensure a good hearing tendency as you get older. 

How To Clean Turkey Necks

Turkey with a close up of its neck

Who does not love holiday food and a turkey is one of the best parts of the holiday meal. People eagerly wait for the holidays just to enjoy the delicious turkey with their family and friends. But to make a good turkey, the meat must be cleaned properly; thus, in this article, we will discuss how to clean turkey necks to enjoy some clean and delicious meat.

How To Clean Turkey Necks

Cleaning a turkey is one of the most rigorous processes, especially cooking and eating a wild turkey. We recommend a store-bought turkey, as a lot will reduce the efforts for cleaning. We will be discussing each step in detail to understand all precautions and tools you need for cleaning.

Turkey with a close up of its neck

Step 1: Thaw The Turkey Before You Start Cleaning

If you are not going to cook the turkey right away after you buy it from the store. It is recommended to thaw your turkey before you start cleaning; it will improve the texture of the meat after cooking.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Take the turkey and place it in a plastic bag.
  2. Fill a bucket with cold water and completely submerge the turkey into that cold water.
  3. Make sure you change the water after every 30 minutes.
  4. You can also directly take the turkey and thaw it into the microwave by setting it in defrosting mode. 

You are not comfortable with any of the methods above; you can refrigerate the turkey for at least 24 hours. Here are some precautions that you might follow:

  • If you are thawing the turkey in cold water, make sure the plastic wrap is airtight, the water should not enter the wrap.
  • If you are thawing in a refrigerator, thaw it for at least two days before cooking.
  • Make sure your hands are perfectly washed before you start handling the turkey. Tie up your hair and wear rubber gloves for protection.

Step 2: Removing The Packaging And Placing Turkey In The Baking Dish

Once the thawing is done, move forward with removing the packing and placing the turkey in the baking dish.

Remove the packaging without damaging the turkey’s skin and take it out carefully and place it on the baking dish.

Here are some pointers for consideration during the process:

  • Do not let many surfaces touch the turkey; the more surfaces the turkey touch, the more you will need to clean the turkey.
  • Ensure the juices that come off the turkey do not touch any of the other food around it. If there is an accidental contact, make sure you throw away the food.

In the last point, there is an exception, the food that is supposed to be cooked inside the turkey does not need to be thrown in case of contact.

Step 3: Removing The Neck And Giblets From Turkey

Once the packaging is removed and the turkey is placed on the baking dish, it is time to remove the neck and giblets from the turkey.  

Raw turkey
  1. Grab the turkey with your hands to hold it still.
  2. Now take your other hand and carefully reach the inside of the turkey and pull the neck and giblets, leaving the inside hollow.

You can choose to cook the neck and giblets of the turkey. Here is the link to a video highlighting the amazing recipe to cook the neck and giblets of the turkey.

Step 4: Rinsing The Inside Of Turkey

Once the neck and giblets are removed, it is time to move forward with rinsing the inside of the turkey. Here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. If you have planned to cook brined turkey, start with emptying your sink.
  2. Take a bowl and using your thermocouple water heater add some hot water and a few drops of organic soap in it. 
  3. Now take a soft brush, dip it into the soapy water and start cleaning the inside of the turkey.
  4. Now fill the turkey with some cold water ( 2- 3 inches) and rinse the turkey’s cavity with some hot steam.
  5. Once the cavity is cleaned, drain the water out from the turkey and place it on the roasting pan.

If you are not cooking brined turkey, you do not need to wash the turkey outside. This is because cleaning the outside of the poultry animals does not help in removing bacteria at all.

Though here are some pointers you might consider while cleaning the inside of the turkey.

  • Make sure the roasting pan is kept next to the sink to avoid any extra mess.
  • Cover the surrounding area with paper towels to avoid any spills in your floor.

This is one of the most crucial steps in hygiene; thus, make sure you take your time while going through the process.

Step 5: Washing The Areas Touched By Turkey

When you are cleaning the turkey and removing the head and the giblets from the body, many juices are being secreted from the body; that juice contains a lot of bacteria.

Thus you need to start washing the areas touched by the turkey to ensure the hygiene of the kitchen and other eatables is not compromised.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Start with washing your own hands and forearms with warm water and soap. Wash for at least a minute to make sure the bacteria is removed.
  2. Take a bowl and add some hot water to it. Add a few drops of liquid soap and mix it well.
  3. Now take a scrub brush and start cleaning the sink, shelf, and other utensils that the turkey has touched.
  4. Make sure you throw away all the eatables that the turkey touched, as they are cross-contaminated.

This step is necessary to ensure the safety of the kitchen and the family members as well. Meat can be a source of various diseases; thus, we have to make sure that we eat clean meat.

Here are some pointers that you might want to consider while cleaning:

Oven roasted whole turkey
  • You can also spray an organic disinfecting liquid into the kitchen for extra protection.
  • You can also make one by mixing bleach and water and rubbing it on the kitchen surface. Make sure you clean the bleach coating before using the kitchen.

Plucking A Clean Wild Turkey

The mechanism mentioned above works well for the store-bought turkey, but this method of cleaning the turkey will work well with the clean wild turkey. Here is what you need to do to pluck the clean wild turkey.

  1. If you are planning to roast or deep fry your turkey, start with plucking the turkey’s feathers with your bare hands. Make sure you wear rubber gloves.
  2. Now take a sharp knife and remove the head and neck of the turkey; you can also remove the wings if you like. Make sure you leave the drumstick shape after cutting.
  3. Now heat a large pan at 66C and dip the turkey into the water for at least 30 seconds to make the plucking easy.
  4. Take a strong rope and hang the turkey at head height. Now start to pluck the feather, taking a few at one time.
  5. Once the turkey is entirely plucked, take a knife and remove the turkey’s innards for clean meat.
  6. Now you can start separating the body parts of the turkey if you want to cook separately.

Go for a store-bought turkey if you want a shorter process of cleaning and cooking; dealing with a wild turkey requires some elbow grease.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Will Happen If You Forget To Rinse Turkey While Cleaning?

If you are cooking roasted turkey, there is no need to rinse the turkey at all, but if you cook brined turkey, you cannot miss this step at any cost, as food cooked inside the turkey can spread bacteria if not rinsed. Here is what will happen if you forget to rinse the turkey while cleaning.

How Long Will It Take For Turkey To Unthaw In The Refrigerator?

The turkey should be thawed for at least 24 hours for every 5 pounds of frozen meat. So for a 20-pound turkey, you will need to thaw it for four days. Keep a check on the turkey while it is in the refrigerator; see if the turkey needs to be drained. Here is the answer to how long it will take for the turkey to unthaw in the refrigerator.

Conclusion 

Cleaning the turkey necks might seem like a lot of work, but trust us, once you taste that delicious meat after cooking, all this hard work will seem worth it, it might actually be easier than cleaning sheepshead. Make sure the hygiene of the kitchen is not compromised at any cost. Keep your kitchen organized and disinfected during the cleaning process, and it will minimize the mess in the kitchen.

How to Clean Card Sleeves

Hand holding three cards placed in card sleeves

If you are a card collector, you might be aware of the importance of having good quality card sleeves to protect your precious card collection. However, even though you might not use the cards much, if the card sleeves are not stored properly, they will get dusty and dirty. This article will discuss how to clean card sleeves to keep your card safe and clean.

How to Clean Card Sleeves?

This article will discuss three different methodologies that you can use for cleaning your card sleeves. You need to be extremely patient and careful while you hold and clean the card sleeves. Otherwise, you might end up damaging the whole thing. Make sure you get your cards carefully out from the sleeves and put them somewhere safe.

Materials You Need to Prepare

As mentioned above, the article has three different methodologies, but all three methods will use home-based materials.

Hand holding a trading card covered with a card sleeve

We will not be using anything fancy or of strong chemical nature.

Here is the list of materials you need to prepare before you start cleaning the card sleeves.

  • A large bowl to pour water for the bath.
  • Hot water to loosen up the debris from the card sleeves.
  • Coldwater to separate the dirt and the debris from the card sleeves.
  • An old soft-bristled toothbrush from gently scrubbing the dust out of the card sleeves.
  • Some rubbing alcohol acts as a cleaning spirit to remove any stains or dust in just one go.
  • A microfiber cloth to pour the rubbing alcohol and clean the card sleeves.

The materials mentioned above are easily available in the market and are quite pocket-friendly and safe to use while cleaning.

Method 1: Give Your Card Sleeves a Refreshing Bath

This cleaning method is necessary when the card sleeves are way too dirty with dust and other debris. You do not need to be a professional to experiment with this method for cleaning your card sleeves.

To give your card sleeves a refreshing bath, here are the steps that you need to follow.

  1. Take a large bowl and add some warm water into it; you can add any mild cleaning agent of your choice and mix the ingredients well with a spoon or spatula.
  2. Once the ingredients are perfectly mixed, dip your card sleeves into the mixture. Soak the card sleeves for at least a few minutes to loosen up the dirt and bacteria.
  3. Once a few minutes are gone, take another bowl and fill it with some cold water. Transfer the cards into the cold water, and you will observe that the dirt and debris are separating from the cards.
  4. Leave the cards submerged in cold water for a while. After 15 m minutes or so, remove the sleeves from the cold water and let them air dry.
  5. It might seem that the armor has been cleaned, but still do not touch the sleeves as it might result in unwanted folds.
  6. Leave the cards as it is for about an hour to let them dry naturally.

You might become impatient and try to speed up the drying process. Do not use any types of external tools as it may lead to severe damage to card sleeves.

Method 2: Cleaning the Card Sleeves With an Old Toothbrush

Cleaning the card sleeves with water is a risky process, as it may cause severe water damage to the card sleeves. It is always recommended to maintain the card sleeves daily to keep them in the best shape.

Here are some pointers for cleaning the card sleeves with an old toothbrush:

  • A soft-bristled brush will do the trick in removing the dust and debris from the card sleeves.
  • You just need to hold the cards in one hand and softly use the brush in a swift motion to remove any type of dirt.
  • Ensure you are not putting much pressure on the card sleeves, as it might result in severe folds or any other damage.
  • Do not use a hard brush, as it might tear the card sleeves.

To keep the card sleeves safe from getting extremely dirty or any other damage, make sure you maintain the quality by storing them properly and taking every possible precaution to avoid any unwanted fold and damage.

Method 3: Using Alcohol to Clean the Card Sleeves

If you are not satisfied with the results from the previous methodologies, alcohol is here to save the day.

But we must warn, you have to be extremely careful while using alcohol to clean the card sleeves.

Here is the process for using alcohol to clean the card sleeves:

  1. Take a bottle of some rubbing alcohol and a microfiber cloth to dab the card sleeves with alcohol.
  2. Put a few drops of alcohol on the microfiber cloth and gently rub them on the card sleeves.
  3. You will observe that the alcohol plays the role of cleaning spirit, and the dirt is gone just one swift clean.

During this method, a sign of warning makes sure you do not put an extra amount of alcohol on the cloth; otherwise, the sleeve might stick, or any unwanted folds might be created. Be patient while cleaning the card sleeves.

Here is the link to a video guide of the above methodology.

How Can You Keep Your Card Sleeves from Getting Dirty?

Card sleeves seem to get dirty, especially when they are not stored in the best conditions. Here are some pointers on how can you keep your card sleeves from getting dirty:

  • First, make sure you buy a binder and store your card sleeves to keep them safe from any kind of dust and dirt.
  • You can also store your card sleeves in a closed box.
  • Finally, make sure there is no eating or drinking around the card sleeves.

Follow the precautions mentioned above to keep your cards and card sleeves in the best shape possible.

Hand holding three cards placed in card sleeves

How Long Do the Card Sleeves Usually Last?

The lifespan of card sleeves depends on the usage of the card sleeves and the maintenance provided to the card sleeves from your side.

Here are some pointers for how long the card sleeves usually last depending on the use:

  • If you are using the trading cards for several hours continuously, you can expect the card sleeves to last for a few weeks or a month.
  • On the other hand, if you do not remove the cards much from the sleeves and only use them to store your cards, you can expect the card sleeves to last for a few years or forever.

Most people are seen to change their card sleeves in a couple of months.

When Is the Right Time to Replace the Card Sleeves?

If you are using the card sleeves daily, a time will come when you will need to replace your card sleeves before it starts to damage your cards.

Here are some pointers on when the right time is to replace the card sleeves:

  • First, it is suggested to replace the card sleeves when they start to get dirty, you can try to clean them, but it can result in some damage to the card sleeves.
  • Second, if the card sleeves do not shuffle smoothly as they did in the past, it is another sign that you need to replace them.
  • Third, if the stickiness among the sleeves seems to increase, it is another sign that the sleeves need to be replaced as soon as possible.
  • Fourth, once the card sleeves start getting wrinkly, they need to be replaced, as they might damage the card inside it.
  • Finally, if your card sleeve got some o=kind of the mark, you need to replace it at any cost immediately.

If you avoid the points mentioned above, you can end up damaging the quality of your cards.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Choose the Sleeves for Your Cards?

The card sleeves must be of the same size or similar size as the card. In addition, the card sleeves are supposed to be opaque, thick, and must have a plain background to avoid any hints. So, here is the answer to how do you choose the sleeves for your cards.

Is It Possible That Card Sleeves May End Up Damaging the Cards?

Yes, card sleeves may damage the cards, especially if the card sleeves are of the wrong size or are not being used correctly. The only way to protect your cards is not to use them much and keep them stored.

Conclusion 

Many people recommend replacing the card sleeves instead of cleaning them, as they believe the cleaning will damage the sleeves even more. However, if you are not a professional cleaner, be patient with the cleaning; make sure you handle the card sleeves with immense care to avoid any folds or water damage during cleaning. Remember, you can always replace the card sleeves if needed.

How to Clean a Brother Printer Drum

A close up shot of a Brother printer drum

Most of the electrical items start to attract dust after a certain amount of time. This starts to interfere with the smooth functioning of the machine and decreases the lifespan of the electronic. The same is the case with the Brother Printer; thus, we will discuss how to clean brother printer drums in this article.

How to Clean Brother a Printer Drum?

If you are not maintaining the cleanliness of the Brother printer regularly, it can do severe damage to the printer. Thus in this article, we will discuss the in-depth methodology for cleaning the printer at home by yourself. 

Materials You Need to Prepare

The cleaning process of Brother printer drums is a complex one and demands advanced equipment for cleaning.

Some of the tools are quite advanced, and it might be difficult for a newbie to get the hang of it. Here is the list of materials you need to prepare before you start cleaning the Brother printer drums.

A close up shot of a Brother printer drum
  • Toner vacuum: They are specifically required to clean the toner cartridges and trap the toner particles.
  • Clean paintbrush
  • Two toner cloths: They are necessary to trap the toner particles, and the activated nature can catch every little particle left in the toner cartridge.
  • Cotton swabs: Regular cotton swabs can be used for wiping the cartridges.
  • Rubbing alcohol: It is the main cleaning agent in the process, it works great for numerous applications like cleaning Juul pods and card sleeves.
  • Microfiber cloth: It is required to apply the rubbing alcohol in the cartridges.
  • Face mask: It is necessary to protect yourself from any type of toner particles. These particles should enter your lungs.
  • Latex gloves: They are necessary to keep your hands clean during the process.

The materials mentioned above are easily available in the market and are quite pocket-friendly and safe to use while cleaning.

On the other hand, the toner vacuum might be a bit expensive as it is one of the most advanced equipment that we are using in the cleaning process.

Step 1: Turn Off the Main Switch of the Brother Printer

Before starting the cleaning process, it is essential to let the printer cool down first. Thus it is essential to turn off the main switch of the Brother printer. Moreover, you will not want to electrocute yourself while cleaning your printer.

Make sure you switch the printer off at least one hour before the cleaning process.

Step 2: Opening the Printer and Viewing the Components

Once the printer is cooled down, you need to move on to the next step: opening the printer and viewing the components inside. Take your printer’s reader manual and see the instructions for opening up the printer. 

Each printer is different, some might have latches or an opening hinge, and some might require a screwdriver to open up. Here is a link to the video guide for opening up the printer with a screwdriver.

Step 3: Removing the Detachable Components from the Printer

Once you have opened up the printer, you need to identify the detachable components in the printer.

Since we are deep cleaning, removing the detachable components from the printer is extremely important. Here are the items that you need to remove:

  • With the help of your reader’s manual, identify and lift the all-in-one toner cartridge. If your printer is new and inexpensive, you will have one all-in-one toner cartridge.
  • Now identify and take the imaging drum out of the printer. It is either bright green or blue.

Make sure you grab the drum from each side, avoid touching the surface of the drum. Be very careful while lifting the imaging drum and place it in a dark area.

Here is the link to a study that discusses why the imaging drum is placed in an area with no light.

Step 4: Wiping the Toner Cartridge With an Activated Toner Cloth

Once the components of the printer are out, it is time to divide and conquer. You need to start with the toner cartridge first.

Thus, you need to follow the steps while wiping the toner cartridge with an activated toner cloth.

  1. Spread one activated toner cloth on the floor and place the toner cartridge over it.
  2. Now take another activated toner cloth and start wiping the toner cartridge slowly with minimal pressure. 

One activated toner cloth will be enough to wipe the whole toner cartridge, but you must be careful while cleaning the toner cartridge. Here are some pointers that you should consider:

  • First, make sure your face is fully covered; the toner particles are harmful if they enter the lungs.
  • Second, make sure no toner particles are left on the floor, as they can be dangerous.
  • Finally, it is recommended to cover your hands as well while cleaning.

Here is a link to the study highlighting the various effects of toner particles on the lungs if they enter the respiratory tract.

Step 5: Position the Toner Vacuum Into the Printer Chassels

Once the toner cartridge is finally clean, it is time to clean the printer chassels. You will need a toner vacuum for this; it is an advanced machine; thus, make sure you have your reader’s manual in hand.

Here are some pointers that you need to consider positioning the toner vacuum into the printer chassels:

  1. Go through the reader’s manual carefully and adjust the settings of the toner vacuum accordingly.
  2. Carefully place the toner vacuum in the printer chassels.
  3. Now switch the vacuum on and suck all the toner particles that were spilled into the printer chisels.
  4. Make sure you move the nozzle of the toner vacuum really slowly so that no spot is missed.
  5. Make sure you spend at least 3 seconds on each crevice.

At first, using the toner vacuum might seem scary, but if you follow the reader’s instructions carefully, it is just a piece of cake.

Step 6: Cleaning the Hard to Reach Nooks With a Paintbrush

Once we are done cleaning the bigger components of the Brother printer, it is time to move towards cleaning the hard-to-reach nooks with a paintbrush.

We cannot use a toothbrush or a scrub brush, as we may damage the printer.

Here are the steps that you will need to follow:

  1. Take the paintbrush in your hands and hold it at a certain angle so that it can reach the small corners easily.
  2. Now scrub those hard-to-reach nooks gently to loosen up any dirt or toner particles from the area.
  3. Now carefully use the toner vacuum and suck the particles loosen up by the paintbrush.

Step 7: Cleaning Up the Corona Wires

Once the toner particles are removed from the printer, it is time to clean up the wiring. Do not be afraid, and you will not be electrocuted, as the printer is switched off.

Here are the steps that you will need to follow for cleaning up the corona wires:

  1. Take a cotton swab and some rubbing alcohol.
  2. Dip the cotton swab directly onto the rubbing alcohol.
  3. Now identify the corona wires; they can be easily found around the paper rollers.
  4. Now rub the cotton swab on the wires and twist it when one side of the swab is covered with soil.

The main role of the corona wires is to attract the toner particles by releasing a static and help in printing, thus making sure you clean them well for seamless printing.

Step 8: Basic Cleaning

Since all the major items in the printer are being cleaned, it is time to move forward with the basic cleaning. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Remove the dust from the internal fan using a can of condensed air.
  2. Eash the paper feed roll with some rubbing alcohol.
  3. Do not forget to disinfect the external surface of the printer with some rubbing alcohol.
  4. Now replace the inner components.

Now close the printer back and check if it is working fine. This cleaning routine is necessary to make sure the upcoming prints are not bad.

Nowadays, the printers are programmed to start their internal maintenance by themselves.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Is My Brother Printer Printing Dirty Pages?

The primary reason is you have not cleaned your printer for quite a while, and the printer platen is dirty with ink. Here is why your Brother printer is printing dirty pages.

What Does It Mean When My Brother Printer Says Cleaning?

Your Brother printer is programmed to perform maintenance purges after a certain interval of time. It ensures printing quality. Here is the answer to what it means when my Brother Printer Says Cleaning.

Conclusion 

The steps mentioned above might seem like a lot of work, but you need to do it for the better functioning of your Brother printer. If you skip the cleaning, your printer will not be there to provide you with fresh and clean prints for a very long time. In addition, these machines demand continuous maintenance and care; thus, make sure you provide the required attention to them.

How to Clean a Titanium Ring

a pair of titanium rings

Everybody dreams of a perfect engagement ring, but it becomes our responsibility to keep it in the best shape once we get one. Since titanium is one of the metals that signify a long-lasting bond, we have to learn how to clean a titanium ring to keep that sign beautiful for a lifetime. 

How to Clean a Titanium Ring?

If you want to tell your partner that you cherish their efforts, try to maintain the biggest gifts they have given to you. A titanium ring is a costly item available in the market, but the cleaning methods are highly pocket-friendly. 

Why Is Cleaning a Titanium Ring Extremely Important?

Since we are discussing cleaning a titanium ring, it is essential to understand why cleaning a titanium ring is extremely important.

  • Titanium is one of the most reactive metals. Thus the dirt stuck on the ring might react with the metal and damage it permanently.
  • If the ring is not cleaned, it might lose its shine and color over time, ending up tarnishing the beauty of the jewelry.
  • It is extremely unhygienic, as our hands are one of the body parts that interact with our face several times; thus, you might interact with many germs daily.
A titanium ring

Materials Required

Before moving on to the cleaning process, let us get the ingredients required to keep the cleaning process seamless and easy. Here is the list of materials required for cleaning your titanium ring at home.

  • A small bowl for mixing liquids.
  • Lukewarm water to dip and clean the Titanium ring.
  • A mild soap to remove dirt.
  • Vinegar or Windex solution for cleaning anodized rings.
  • Microfiber towel for drying the ring after rinsing.
  • A soft cloth for scrubbing the ring.
  • Polishing cloth to provide that final lustrous look to the titanium ring.
  • Cream Metal Polish, in case you have scratches on your ring.

Cleaning a Titanium Ring

Cleaning a Titanium ring is quite an easy process that involves only three basic steps:

  1. Take a small bowl and fill it with lukewarm water. Now add some dishwashing liquid and mix.
  2. Now dip your titanium ring into the solution for at least five minutes.
  3. Now take out the ring and start rubbing with a soft cloth.
  4. Once the ring is completely clean, dry it with a microfiber towel. If you leave the jewelry to air dry, that might result in spots.

You can also use ammonia for cleaning your ring, but there is a warning: if your jewelry is made of colored titanium, do not scrub or use any other harsh cleaning solutions.

Cleaning a Colored Titanium Ring

Cleaning a natural Titanium ring is not much of a challenge, but cleaning a colored titanium ring involves a certain amount of risk.

You cannot be careless while cleaning colored titanium jewelry, as a single act of neglect can result in loss of color from the jewelry. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Take a bowl and make a mixture of lukewarm water and mild soap. Now dip the ring into the solution for at least 5 minutes until the dirt is removed.
  2. Do not scrub the ring or lose color; instead, dip the ring in the ammonia or Windex solution. 
  3. Now put the ring into a microfiber towel and start patting gently to clean it. Do not harm the oxide layer of the jewelry, as it provides color to it.
  4. Now rinse the jewelry with clean water and pat it dry with a soft towel. Avoid air drying, as it may leave spots.

If you notice any discoloration happening on your ring, do not be scared. You can get your ring anodized, and the color will be restored.

Cleaning a Titanium Ring With Gemstones

Cleaning a titanium ring with gemstones also requires extra care in terms of ingredients. Any harsh ingredients will damage not only the titanium but also the gemstones on it.

Here are the steps you need to follow while cleaning;

  • Read about the durability of your gemstone before moving forward with cleaning it. Otherwise, you might end up damaging the gemstone on the titanium ring.
  • Do not soak your ring in the water unless you are sure it is safe for the gemstone. If the ring has diamonds on it, you can move forward with the dipping, as it is a durable stone.
  • Do not use ammonia or any other ultrasonic cleaners, as you may end up deteriorating the gemstone. 
  • You can simply use a damp microfiber cloth and remove the dirt from the ring.

Here is a link to a video guide highlighting the process of cleaning a titanium ring with a gemstone. 

Precautions for Wearing a Titanium Ring

Even though titanium is a durable material, it will scratch over time if you are wearing your titanium jewelry daily.

Thus here is the list of some precautions you must take while wearing a titanium ring, as our hands are exposed to various activities that might harm the ring.

  • Do not eat your titanium ring, where it can experience some harsh bumps or hits, as it may damage the metal or the stone.
  • If your ring contains another metal like gold, avoid wearing it in showers or swimming pools, as the chlorine in the water will end up damaging the metals present in your ring.
  • Do not over-clean your ring. Titanium rings are not supposed to be cleaned every week, and if you are doing so, the ring will lose its color.

Titanium rings demand a bit of precaution to keep them of the best quality. It is suggested to avoid wearing your titanium jewelry every day, as it may damage the metal; in the case of engagement rings, follow the precautions mentioned above. 

Polishing a Titanium Ring or Other Titanium Jewelry

As we talked about above, titanium is one of those metals that demand a lot of maintenance and might get damaged if you are reckless while wearing it.

But the damage can be somewhat restored; now, we will talk about polishing a titanium ring or other titanium jewelry to keep them in their best shape.

  1. If your ring is extremely dirty, you can directly use a polishing cloth on it and remove the dirt from your ring.
  2. If your titanium ring has undergone some damage and has scratches on it, use some cream metal polish.
  3. Take a soft cloth and put some cream metal polish on it and gently rub on the ring.
  4. Now prepare a mixture of water and mild soap.
  5. Rinse the ring into the mixture and see the results.
  6. If the scratches do not disappear, visit a jewelry store and get it polished professionally.

You should get your jewelry polished at least once every six months to keep it shiny and scratch-free.

a pair of titanium rings

Some Cleaning Tips for Your Titanium Jewelry

Here are some extra tips for cleaning your Titanium rings and other jewelry at home.

  • Do not experiment with different harsh solutions when it comes to titanium jewelry.
  • Titanium is a hard metal. Thus it might experience some scratches on the surface, but if your ring also involves a mixture of soft metals like gold, you have to be extra careful about the colors.
  • Never use a scrub brush for removing the dirt; you can repeat the cleaning process multiple times if the ring is extremely dirty, but avoid using a scrubbing brush at any cost.
  • If the dirt ring is not that dirty, avoid using vinegar as well. But in the case of anodized rings, vinegar is the best resort; avoid using soap for them.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does a Titanium Ring Last?

Titanium is one of the most durable metals. Thus the expected longevity of your beautiful titanium ring is that of a lifetime. Of course, your ring might need some cleaning or polishing, but the metal never dies; that’s why titanium is used in making engagement rings.

Can a Titanium Ring End Up Coloring Your Finger Green?

Not a chance; a titanium ring can never turn your finger green, as the metal does not tarnish at all. A good quality titanium metal will never color your finger, but the same cannot be said in the case of an alloy.

What Are The Disadvantages of a Titanium Ring?

Titanium is a metal with high reactivity. Thus it involves a lot of precautions while wearing it. In addition, the impurities in the metal are almost impossible to remove, as the metal reacts with them.

Conclusion 

Cleaning a Titanium ring is not that big of a challenge, as one expects, as it is one of the most expensive metals available in the market, in terms of jewelry. Though it demands certain maintenance and precautions that one should follow to keep it in the best shape. It is funny how simple ingredients like soapy water can save your ring from dirt and make it pretty again.

How to Clean a Snorkel Mask

A man wearing a snorkel mask

Snorkel and Scuba masks are quite a challenge when cleaning, as it requires special attention and care to avoid any damage and prevent them from fogging up. So now the question arises, how to clean a snorkel mask, as summer is here and snorkel masks are becoming a part of our summer look. 

How to Clean a Snorkel Mask

Fogging is one of the main challenges faced with a snorkeling mask. Thus the cleaning methods will specifically target it for a better user experience at the beach. The cleaning methods discussed in the article are simple and involve materials that are easily available at home. 

Materials Required

Here is the combined list of materials you will need for each of the methods presented in this article.

  • Toothpaste
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Warm water
  • Baby Shampoo
  • A spray bottle of anti-fog solution
A snorkel mask on the sand

Method 1: Cleaning A Snorkel Mask With Toothpaste

Dirt is one of the major reasons behind the fogging up of your snorkel masks, as water loves the cozy environment due to dirt and sticks to the glass.

Hence, cleaning a snorkel mask with toothpaste can help you with the fogging. Here is the step-by-step guide:

  1. Start with putting just a little bit of toothpaste both on the inside and outside the lenses (use a couple of dabs, not more than that).
  2. Now take a microfiber cloth and gently scrub the inside and the outside of the lenses. If you do not have a microfiber cloth, use a soft towel and do not scrub too hard.
  3. Make sure your fingers do not touch the glass, as they have a certain amount of natural moisture in them. Do not use a brush for scrubbing as well. It can cause scratches that can worsen the fogging.
  4. Once the mask is lightly scrubbed, rinse the lens with warm water to remove the toothpaste thoroughly.
  5. Now take a microfiber cloth, use the unused part of the earlier one and clean the lenses dry.
  6. If your mask is dirty, it might take more than one round to make the lenses spotless.

Toothpaste is one of the magic cleaners and also has a few soothing properties in case of acne. Moreover, it is gentle and hardly has any side effects because of its mild properties.

Method 2: Applying an Anti-Fog Spray to the Inside 

If you want to win this fogging war, this step is necessary to follow. Once the cleaning is done, you need to move forward with applying an anti-fog spray to the inside of the snorkel mask.

Here are the step by step instructions:

  1. The most pocket-friendly way of going around this step is to mix a little bit of baby shampoo with clean water. Make sure to mix five parts of baby soap and one tablespoon of water.
  2. Apply this mixture to the inside of the snorkel mask.
  3. The best method to put an even coat of the mixture is by using a spray bottle. So, put the mixture into the spray bottle and spray an even coating of the mixture on the lenses.
  4. If you do not have a spray bottle, go with putting a little bit of solution directly on the mask and move it around to spread it equally on each side.
  5. Once the spreading is done, clean the lenses dry with a soft and clean microfiber cloth for the best results.
  6. Do not use the anti-fog solution outside the lens, as the fog is not accumulated on the outside, and avoid touching the lenses with fingers due to natural oils.

After using this method for cleaning your snorkel mask, you are all set up to make as many dives as you want. Here is the link to a video guide for cleaning the snorkel mask when you run out of anti-fog spray.

A snorkel mask beside the pool

Method 3: Do Not Forget to Rinse Your Mask After Every Snorkel

The best advice you can get regarding cleaning and maintaining a snorkel mask in the ocean or beaches is not to forget to rinse your mask after every snorkel.

This advice goes for everything you wear, like swimsuits, action cameras, wet suits, etc.

  • Do not forget to use fresh water to rinse off all the extra dirt particles from your snorkel after each dive.
  • If you avoid regular rinsing, the dirt and the salt from the ocean and beaches will degrade the plastic and silicone parts of the mask, thus resulting in the premature aging of the material.
  • If the advice is avoided, your mask seals and adjustable straps will be compromised, thus do not forget to give a good rinse after each dive. 
  • This advice is also valid for full-face snorkel masks.
  • After every dive, make sure you focus on the lenses, adjustable straps, the frame, and the silicone skirts of the mask.

Here is the link to a study highlighting the use of the snorkeling mask during the pandemic.

Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Snorkeling Mask

If you go regular dives, you might have explored some anti-fogging products in the market, but they are quite expensive and may not hold that value when it comes to quality.

Here are a few things that you need to know before buying a snorkeling mask so that you can make a fair choice.

  • Try to go for a home-based DIY to save you some money because even if the spray works, it might not be that good at the ocean.
  • Try to give the baby shampoo technique a shot, as it has active agents in it that can remove the dirt easily, and its mild properties do not cause the lenses any harm, this is also effective in cleaning sheepskin seat covers.
  • If you are still moving forward with buying an anti-fog spray, make sure that it is reef safe because it is friendly to marine life.

Since marine life is suffering from man-made objects, make sure that you use reef-safe sunscreens and eco-friendly products for sustainable and eco-friendly diving.

Ways to Keep Your Mask Fog-Free During Snorkeling

We have discussed the cleaning mechanisms that keep the snorkeling masks fog-free, but what about the fogging during snorkeling.

Here are a few tips and tricks to keep your mask for free during snorkeling.

  • Do not keep your snorkeling mask in the sun before going for a dive, as it gets heated in the sun, and when it enters a cooler environment, the warm air begins to condense and start to fog on the inner sides of the lenses.
  • Even if, after all the efforts, you still end up getting some fog on the glasses, the best method to go about this is using your saliva.
  • Take out your, ask and spit on the lenses and rub, it might seem a bit gross, but this method is effective as it repels condensation.

Fogging can ruin the whole diving experience, thus practicing these easy tricks during your next trip to the ocean or beach for a great diving experience.

How to Clean the Snorkel Tube?

In the aforementioned methods, most of the attention is given to lenses and silicon parts of the mask. Now it is time to learn how to clean the snorkel tube for the best diving experience:

  1. Cleaning it is pretty easy; start running some clean water through the tube to remove any dirt or sand from the tube.
  2. If the tube is dry, make sure you run the water through a mouthpiece and ensure the tube is rinsed well.
  3. Now put some antibacterial soap through the mouthpiece, do not use anything with strong chemical properties.
  4. Now rinse off with some clean water, and voila, your tube is completely clean.
A man wearing a snorkel mask

Frequently Asked Questions

What Precautions Should One Take With a Snorkeling Mask?

Make sure your snorkeling mask does not have any contact with the sand, as it can form scratches on the lenses and compromise the quality of the mask. Even if the sand somehow sticks to the surface, do not press it too hard; just rinse it with some water.

Why Are There 3 Different Sizes of Snorkel Masks?

The snorkel masks cover at least 80% of the face. Thus, it is essential to have three different sizes for a better fit. The XS size fits well for the children. The S/M size fits well for women and children above the age of 10, and the M/L size fits well for an adult male.

Conclusion 

If your snorkel mask is dirty or greasy, it can ruin your exciting plans at the ocean or beach. The above-mentioned methods hardly take a few minutes of your time and make sure that you have a memorable diving experience this summer. Snorkeling masks are delicate when it comes to maintenance; thus, make sure you handle them with care so that the quality is not compromised.

How to Clean a Pancake Griddle

Person cooking pancakes using an electric griddle

When it comes to breakfast, pancakes are the best; they are lightly sweet and taste like heaven. So pancake griddles are a part of our regular household items in cooking. But, unfortunately, the griddles tend to get dirty easily. Thus the question arises of how to clean a pancake griddle in the easiest way possible, as it demands some physical strength if the food gets burnt.

How to Clean a Pancake Griddle

If you want to enjoy a perfect pancake, you need to have an ideal pancake griddle as well, and for that, you need to keep your pancake griddle shape in the best way possible.

Why Cleaning a Pancake Griddle Is Important?

Everyone enjoys a crispy pancake. Thus many people think of not cleaning the pancake griddle. But here we present you the reasons why cleaning a pancake griddle is essential:

When you are cooking pancakes or sandwiches, oils and fat is released. If the pan is not cleaned, it will create a gummy layer that will deteriorate the quality of the pan.

If this is continued, the heat won’t reach the food, and it won’t get cooked properly.

Person cooking pancakes with a stovetop griddle

Materials Required

Before starting the cleaning process, understand that two types of pancake griddle are present in the market, a stovetop pancake griddle and an electric pancake griddle.

If you have an electric one, please make sure you do not dip it in water.

Here is the list of materials that you will need for cleaning:

  • A soft sponge or dishcloth for wiping.
  • Paper towels for drying the griddle dry.
  • Any mild dish detergent to remove the dirt.
  • Some lukewarm water
  • A spatula
  • A pair of heat resistant gloves

Step 1: Start Heating Things Up

A pancake griddle might have some greasy build-ups or charred food accumulated on the pan that can be difficult to remove.

Thus, to make sure the pan gets cleaned up and save yourself from extra physical effort, start with heating things up a bit. Here are the following steps.

  1. Switch on the pancake griddle and wait for a while to let things heat up a bit.
  2. Cleaning a hot pancake griddle is relatively easier than a cold one as the greasy build-ups over the pan get hardened up and can be easily removed using a spatula.

Step 2: Getting Rid of the Debris

Dirt and debris become a part of the cooking utensils as they go through too much-burnt food, oils, a few spills, etc.

This results in the accumulation of greasy debris and some bits of burnt foods etc.

Thus, to keep the griddle at the best quality, getting rid of the debris is extremely important.

  1. Since the pan is heating up, the grass will be turned into charred pieces, now take a spatula and gently start scraping those bits of debris and dirt from the pancake griddle.
  2. Ensure the pan is still hot to ease up the process and do not scrape too hard. Otherwise, it will result in scratches.
  3. Once the scraping is done, sweep the bits and crumbs off the griddle.
  4. Keep scraping until the debris is completely removed.

Be patient when it comes to scraping; make sure you do not hurt the pan’s surface, as it may compromise the quality of the pan.

Here is the link to a video guide on scraping the debris from the griddle.

Step 3: Washing Up the Griddle

Once the scraping is done, and the hard debris is removed, it is time to move forward with washing up the griddle.

Here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. Add some water to the surface of the griddle while the pan is still hot. You will see that the pan will cool down a bit, and the water starts bubbling.
  2. Now add some mild detergent in that water to clean the stains from the pan.
  3. Do not reduce the temperature of the pan manually; let the water boil for a few minutes. 
  4. The above step will loosen up the hard debris and the stuck batter from the pan.
  5. Depending upon the amount of diet present on the griddle, you might need to repeat this step a few times.

Here is the link to a study about electric griddles, as you cannot go with the steps mentioned above in the case of electric griddles.

Instead, the study highlights the dos and don’ts in terms of cleaning an electric griddle.

Step 4: Finishing Up the Cleaning Process

After repeating the above steps a few times to remove the dirt and stains, it is time to finish the cleaning process.

Since the dirt is loosened up, it is time to give a good wipe to the pancake griddle. Here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. Now it is time to get rid of the soapy water and the remaining residue from the pan. You need to take a kitchen towel or a paper towel to soak up the liquid from the pancake griddle.
  2. Now take the spatula, place the napkin over it and start sweeping the pan to clean it up.
  3. Repeat the steps mentioned above until the pan is thoroughly cleaned.

Make sure you do not use clothes when it comes to the wiping process; here is the link to a study highlighting how bacteria get accumulated in the kitchen hand towels and why one should avoid using them. 

Step 5: Drying the Pancake Griddle

Once the pancake is thoroughly cleaned, it is time to move forward with drying the pancake griddle. If you have an electric griddle, make sure you are careful with the above steps because if the water enters the electric parts and ruins the griddle.

Here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. If your pancake griddle is still a little damp after cleaning, take your kitchen towel and wipe the pancake griddle dry. 
  2. You can also let the pancake griddle air dry.
  3. If you are using a non-stick pancake griddle, make sure you do not use the metal spatula. A metal spatula might hurt the Teflon coating of the pan.

You can use a wooden spatula or a silicone spatula to remove the dirt.

Pancake Griddle Cleaning Tips

If you want to make your cleaning jobs process easier, you need to start a maintenance routine for your pancake routine.

Person cooking pancakes using an electric griddle

The tips and tricks mentioned below will help you keep your pancake griddle in the best shape.

  • Always use a damp kitchen towel or napkin paper to clean up the pancake griddle after each use. It will protect the griddle from accumulating any greasy buildup or debris.
  • Make sure you remove the burnt bits of batter instantly after use. If you have a stovetop griddle, you can directly put it under tap water to make the cleaning easy.
  • If you have a griddle made up of cast iron, always use a damp kitchen towel to clean it up after use.
  • Once you are done removing the dirt bits, make sure you give your griddle a quick-cooking spray. It will help in preventing the sticking of food bits on the pan.
  • Do not cook anything at a high temperature; you will end up burning the griddle, and the food will stick to the griddle as well.
  • Before adding the soap water to the griddle, spray the pancake griddle with some vinegar to remove stains from the griddle.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Should I Get Rid of Burnt Food from My Pancake Griddle?

Start with diluting some vinegar and heating the pancake griddle. Once it is heating, add the diluted vinegar mixture to the pan and boil for at least 10 minutes. Now add baking soda to it; the reaction will help loosen up the burnt pieces of food.

What Is the Best Oil for Cooking on a Pancake Griddle?

Sunflower oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil sit well with the pancake griddle. The oil you choose should have a high smoke point on the pancake griddle, as it will avoid the accumulation of greasy bits and protect the griddle from nasty burn marks. 

Conclusion 

Griddles are one of the best inventions in cooking, as they are not just limited to cooking pancakes for breakfast but allow you to experiment a lot when it comes to cooking. The only setback with griddles is that they tend to get dirty fast.

Thus they demand a regular cleaning to keep them in the best shape. The metal griddles are easy to clean, but for a non-stick griddle, you have to be careful with the scraping process and be gentle while cleaning.