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Steps to Make Your Own Drain Cleaner Without Resorting to Chemicals

When your sink or shower drain gets clogged, you may automatically think that the quick fix will involve spending cash for a caustic and potentially toxic drain cleaner. However, you have other options aside from that. Instead of spending time and money snaking your drain, you could make your own drain cleaner by using common and inexpensive household ingredients. There are common methods for making a drain cleaner that you do all by yourself. Consider this how-to guide to help you make and apply a homemade drain cleaner without resorting to chemicals or other expensive methods.

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So, the next time that you’ll encounter a clog, scour your kitchen cabinets instead and look for these materials and tools:

– Bucket
– Paper towels
– ½ cup baking soda
– ½ cup salt
– 1/8 cup cream of tartar (approximately 2 tablespoons)
– Mason jar
– 2 cups boiling water
– Rubber gloves

 

Then, follow these steps:

  • Get your small bucket and shovel out any accumulated water in the sink or tub. Then, remove the drain cover and try to clean around the inside edges of the top of the drain using any old bathroom cleaner. If you’ll see any hair or soap scum near the surface, use the paper towel to reach in and pull it out.
  • In the mason jar, mix the baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar. The purpose of the salt and baking soda is to help break up the clog. Meanwhile, the cream of tartar which will hang out on your spice rack or with your baking supplies will help clean the metals. With the lid on the mason jar, shake the components well before pouring it down the drain.
  • After that, pour two cups of boiling water down the drain and let it sit for at least an hour.
  • Next, try to run water on the sink or tub for a few minutes in order to clear the homemade cleaner from your drain and make sure that the clog is gone. If there’s still residual powder, use the paper towels to clean it up.

So, that’s a quick and low-cost solution for a clogged drain. To avoid future clogs, make cleaning your drain a part of your regular routine. For a more complicated drain problem, you may need other tools and materials aside from those mentioned above. Try to visit the best plumbing shop in Australia.

On the other hand, if the problem seems greater, it’s time to call a professional plumber to do the task for you. You may contact us at http://www.youplumbing.com.au. Our highly-skilled plumbers will help you to ensure that your needs are met and that you and your family can enjoy your home comfortably and worry-free.

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Essential Design Pieces for your Home

Interior design may vary from one homeowner to another. But regardless of preferences and rules, some design tips are a must-have for every home. These design pieces will complement every kind of home, and suit every design preference for any homeowner.

1. Something you’ll splurge on

Sure, decorating a home must be cost-efficient but a splurge on an item you have been eyeing for so long will be worth it. This will help make the total design of your home classy and elegant (even if you compromised on some pieces). But splurging should be tactical. This means you need to splurge on an item which will be placed in the center of your design. It should be eye- catching regardless of the area you are at home. An example of a splurge- worthy item is a piece of extravagant lighting.

2. Something Basic

After you splurge on the central piece of your design, look for basic pieces to complement it. If you splurge on too many items for your décor it will stretch your budget too thin.

3. Something wooden2888118022_253e973165_o

Some homeowners can’t get enough of wooden furniture while others seem to be wary of using it. But wooden pieces are indispensable in any design, for it helps in adding warmth to any home. It shouldn’t just be confined to the dining room and kitchen. Wooden pieces help to bring an organic feel to any room. It balances the effect of a clean white wall, personal art pieces, and elegant fabrics.

4. Something black and white

A monochrome element will give your design a sophisticated look. Whether you go for a piece of photography or a painted canvas; a black and white piece will add an element of maturity to your home.

5. Something bright or bold

This doesn’t have to be something with a bright color. It can be anything that will stand-out in the total design; a risk as others call it. A risk can be a mismatched piece of furniture or an eccentric vintage find.

6. Something that sparkles

A lighting piece is splurge-worthy because it can give your home a photo-ready finishing effect. Something that sparkles will give your home a sense of movement. Lights are the best pieces to give this effect. Other pieces that will help your design to sparkle are: polished silver-toned metals, sleek satin fabrics, lacquered cabinets and items with sequins or pieces of mirror on it.

This next section refers to items that are essential for any celebration.

7. Cloth napkins

This may be irrelevant for most homeowners who seem to prefer meals on the go over actually dining in the house. But, it won’t hurt to keep them handy on top of your dining table for an element of color and softness for your dining room. Who knows, you might get the chance to eat at home.

8. Champagne flutes

An unexpected celebration is usually a time to pop open a bottle of champagne. It would be a shame if you did not take this advice, and you did not have any champagne flutes for your next celebration.

Lastly, a design should not only be appealing to the eyes but is functional as well.

9. A place to unwind and read

Your home shouldn’t just be filled with decors and furniture. You should also allocate a space where you can spend some time to read a book or an iPad, to help you unwind. A good set-up for this space is a plush chair where you can tuck a stool and a handy floor lamp.

If you found these tips helpful and would like to make inquiries on designs involving plumbing products and services, don’ hesitate to contact us at info@youplumbing.com.au or visit our site at http://www.youplumbing.com.au.

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Choosing the Right Bathroom Lighting

Choosing the right lighting for your bathroom can help make it a functional haven. Here is a list of lights you’ll need to transform your bathroom into a private space of luxurious refuge.

1. Task Lighting16269578323_4b79e33053_b
This type of light helps maximize the use of a mirror to help you see yourself while doing bathroom activities like brushing, shaving, and make-up application. To lessen shadows, especially during make-up application, mount a pair of scones at eye level to both sides of the mirror. The wattage of a task light depends on the location where you’ll install it.

2. Accent Lights
This type of light helps show off the beauty of the art pieces hung on your bathroom walls. It can focus the illumination on each art piece or on a spot where you love to put a sculptural bouquet of flowers.

3. Decorative Lighting
The best way to add visual sparkle to your bathroom is by installing a decorative light. If you have a square-shaped bathroom, a single pendant will do the trick for you.

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4. Ambient Light
For bathrooms with taller ceilings, ambient lights are best installed along the perimeter of the available space. Usually, an ambient light functions as a fill light, able to hide fixtures by creating an indirect light. If you choose a pendant type ambient light, it will multi-function as a decorative light.

Putting these lights together can do wonders to your bathroom. Scones mounted on a large mirror on top of a sink vanity can act as a task light. For a multi-mood effect, dimmers with recesses can provide this kind of ambient light. Also, large mirrors on the vanity or over the tub will help reflect these layered lights effectively.

Our shop can help provide the best quality of bathroom fixtures and lights to suit your needs. For additional assistance and queries, contact us through our site at http://www.youplumbing.com.au or send as an e-mail at info@youplumbing.com.au

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