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Did you know that indoor house plants have many health benefits, as well as having the ability to brighten up a room? They increase oxygen levels throughout the day, remove pollutants, and apparently can even increase memory retention by 20%, making them perfect for studying or working at your desk! If you’re lost about where to get started, check out our top 10 indoor house plants below for inspiration. Let us know if we missed your favourite one out – we’d love to hear about it!

Top 5 Indoor House Plants

5 – Peace Lily

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Despite their beauty, these plants are very easy to take care of which is why they are popular office and home plants. All they ask for is medium to low light, and not to be over watered. Check the top of the soil weekly and water when dry. Remember that they are more tolerant of under watering than over watering so don’t make a watering schedule for them.

🌿This plant is the top of NASA’s list for cleaning the air! It removes removes formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene (ie bad things) whilst looking beautiful, too! 🌿

4 – Aloe Vera

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Of course, we had to include Aloe vera! This plant carries endless health benefits and doesn’t demand too much form you, either. Make sure that you plant it in a wide container with a potting mixture similar to one which you would use for succulents. The most common cause of death for these plants is a lack of drainage, so water every 3 weeks and avoid keeping the soil soggy constantly. Place it in bright but indirect light, such as behind a curtain in an office.

🌿Squeeze the jelly-like substance out of the leaves and use it to treat sunburn, burns, bruises, acne, psoriasis and many other things, but make sure to never take it internally!🌿

3 – Chinese Evergreen

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Known to be a very durable houseplant, the Chinese Evergreen plant is both simple to look after and lovely to look at! Make sure you keep it away from any drafts (if anything, it prefers humid conditions) and water it moderately, allowing it to dry out between each time. You’ll notice that the leaves can gather a lot of dust, use a soft damp rag to wipe this away and leave it to air dry.

🌿They are well known for filtering out air pollutants  and getting rid of more and more toxins as time and exposure continues🌿

2 – Spider Plant

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This lovely houseplant is perfect for newbies! You can hang them in baskets, put them on shelves, or leave them on tables to show off their long leaves. Water it once a week, and keep the soil slightly moist during hot months. Fortunately, this plant only needs moderate light to survive, and this doesn’t even need to be natural light, so you can brighten up and dark workspace with them.

🌿These plants are non-toxic so are safe for pets and children to accidentally eat! They also absorb carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and xylene whilst producing oxygen, so it’s a win win!🌿

1 – Rubber Tree

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This lovely leafy houseplant needs time to dry out between watering, so make sure to keep it mildly hydrated with a spritz of water on the leaves every now and again. Place it in indirect light to keep it extra happy!

🌿Rubber trees are best known for their large leaves which absorb airborne chemicals and break them down, whilst converting carbon dioxide into breathable oxygen for you! 🌿

Do you think you’ll be investing in one of these indoor house plants? Or do you already have one?

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We’re sticking by you in this article! We know that there is nothing more frustrating than wanting to do a quick DIY job at home but not being sure on which glue to use- especially when there are so many types of glue out there. That’s why we’ve done our research and put a clear guide together, so you can get yourself out of that sticky DIY situation quickly!

Furniture

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When repairing a wobbly piece of furniture, always use a PVA adhesive. It is simple to use, doesn’t need mixing, and can be sanded down easily. Also, it dries clear so you don’t have to worry about mess! PVA can be used on almost any surface, including timber, metal and masonry. It is known as the best glue to use on wood, however, make sure that you get rid of any ‘old’ glue between the joints, and put a firm clamp on the wood parts being bonded to prevent any movement (which makes the glue weaker). It’s also worth double checking that you’re using a water resistant PVA glue prior to trying it out on garden furniture!

PVA advantages

-Only toxic if you eat it
-No dangerous fumes or hazards
-Can be diluted with water

PVA disadvantages

-Can take up to 24 hours to dry
-Not fully waterproof
-Certain algae and types of fungi can break it down

Skirting Boards

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When securing skirting boards, we recommend using a construction adhesive. It is multipurpose and heavy duty and can come in a cartridge, tube or pressure pack. To fix your skirting boards, first make sure that all the surfaces are dry and free of dust. Then, cut the nozzle to the right thickness (this should be around 5mm) and apply this to the top and bottom of the back of the skirting board. Bring the surfaces together and manoeuvre the skirting boards back into position before holding them up with tape. Allow 24 hours for the adhesive to fully set before removing the tape.

Construction Glue advantages

-Reduces the need for screws, nails and other fasteners
-Flexible and waterproof which makes it perfect for outdoor use (fix your decking with it!)

Construction Glue disadvantages

-Can be very toxic
-Can be flammable

Fixing Ornaments

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If you recently broke a treasured ornament then all hope is not lost! Superglue, or cyanoacryates, are perfect for small repairs when you need a strong and waterproof bond. This makes it perfect for fixing glass, ceramics and toys. The key to using superglue, is that less is more!  If you’re worried about using too much glue on a small ornament, then tip it onto some tine foil first and use a toothpick to apply it precisely over the damage.

Super Glue advantages

-You only need a small amount, so one tube can last you a very long time!
-Often very cheap and easy to find
-Dries very quickly
-It’s clear!

Super Glue disadvantages

-If it comes into contact with your skin it can be painful and difficult to remove! (We recommend trying to remove it with kitchen oils or WD-40)
-It can sometime dry too quickly, making it impossible to make mistakes
-The glue can dry up quickly if not stored correctly

Reattaching Laminate

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Damaged edges of laminate benchtops can be glued down easily using a contact adhesive. The rubbery glue is available as either a solvent or water-based type, and can be applied to the surface with a brush before pushing the surfaces together while the glue is still tacky. The adhesive glue bonds on contact, therefore, you won’t need a clamp!

Contact Adhesive advantages

-No need for clamps!
-Dries quickly, making it perfect for a quick touch-up
-Has a long lifespan

Contact Adhesive disadvantages

-Can be expensive
-Can be very toxic! Make sure that you read the label thoroughly before use.

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Winter has set in, and with shorter days and longer nights comes an unfortunate increase in home burglaries. In fact, there’s normally a 25% spike in the number of home burglaries during autumn and winter. People go on holiday, homes are left empty, and the wet, windy weather can wreck havoc on loose panels and fences, leaving spots open for burglars to take advantage of. Never fear though – steps can certainly be taken to keep your home safe, and we’ve put together our best advice!

Secure your french door

You can buy fancy tools to do this, but a tension rod also works very well! Just extend the rod to ensure it’s pushing against your french door, keeping it from being forced open.

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Be alarmed

Inexpensive alarms can be added to your doors and windows. Even a small noise could be enough to deter a burglar, and will signal that there is security throughout the house. These alarms are best used as well as wireless alarms, and in ‘hidden’ areas of the house which are used less often.

Invest in a small safe

There’s no need to splash out on a huge safe (unless you want to pretend you’re a spy in a movie…no judgement here). A small safe can be a very worthwhile investment to keep your sentimental or irreplaceable items safe. Be sure you fasten the safe to the floor or wall so it cannot be taken.

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Reinforce garage doors

Go old school style and reinforce the doors in your garage using plywood panels and two brackets. This will help prevent weak spots in the door that burglars can easily target to gain entry.

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Think about your house exterior

Burglars will often choose houses that are shielded in some way (by bushes for example) from the public. This is something to keep in mind when deciding on your exterior landscaping.

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Keep your spare keys safe

Burglars will sometimes search for spare keys left outside the house in order to gain entry. It can make a burglary experience even more horrific, as some insurance companies can refuse to pay out if there’s a lack of forced entry. A combination lock box for your keys, screwed to an inconspicuous part of your fence, will help prevent this. To be even safer, you could leave them with a neighbour.

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Motion detector lighting

Motion detector lighting is a proven crime deterrent, and they can be pretty inexpensive to get your hands on.

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Build a fence

If you haven’t already, fences are a great way to protect your property. Solid fences can be easier to climb over, and provide more shelter for a criminal. Consider securing your home with a gapped fence, perhaps with spikes on top.

Reinforce your doors

Burglars often gain entry with force, splitting the doorjamb. Reinforcing the hardware with a reinforcement plate kit on your door can prevent this.

Change the locks

If you’ve moved to a new property, it’s a good idea to change the locks. You don’t know how many copies of the key were made by previous owners, or where these have ended up – better safe than sorry!

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Don’t leave expensive items on show

Cars, barbecues, bikes.. all these things advertise your property to a criminal. Although it’s extra hassle, consider storing these things safely in the garage and out of sight from wandering eyes. Likewise, this applies to drawing curtains so they’re pulled shut when the house is vacant.

Befriend your neighbours

Crime tends to be lower in tight knit communities where neighbours will look out for each other. Making an effort to get to know your neighbours could be very worthwhile in the long run

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Don’t advertise your holidays

Resist the urge to post about upcoming holidays on social media, or to leave messages on your landline saying you’re away. Check where your calendar is, and if it’s facing an outside window, consider moving it – it lets people know when the house will be vacated.

Take extra precautions when away

It’s a good idea to buy a cheap radio and leave it running to create noise in the house. This combined with turning the sound of your doorbell down may make it difficult for a burglar to determine whether or not the house is occupied. When preparing to leave, we also recommend putting timers on your lights, and double checking every door and window is locked.

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The best thing we can recommend, as all houses are different, is to walk around the outside of your property and try to see if through the eyes of a robber. Where are the weak spots? What are the deterrents? Doing this will hopefully give you a fresh sight on the vulnerabilities of your house and allow you to compensate for them.

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We all have those objects in our house that we hide at the bottom of the cupboard, objects with stains so ingrained we start to think maybe it’s always been that way, objects we don’t even try to fully clean anymore. Well, it’s time for a change. These 10 cleaning tips will have your things sparkling new again, and loads of them can be accomplished with simple household items!

1. Chopping boards

Lemon and salt works wonders on chopping boards. You can either mix the two together in a bowl, and rub this solution on with a wet sponge, or you can place salt directly onto the board and rub the lemon over it until the juice comes out. Once done, rinse, dry, and voila!

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2. Copper pots

Copper pots looking more brown? Sprinkle salt on the surface, add vinegar, and rub with a wet sponge until the original colour returns.

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3. Oven trays

If you want to remove the grease from your oven tray, mix hydrogen peroxide with baking soda until it becomes a paste. Cover the entire tray, let it sit for half an hour, then wash.

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4. Carpets

We all have carpet stains from one time or another. To get rid of stains, mix vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray onto the stain, cover with a damp cloth, then turn your iron to steam mode and run this over for 30 seconds.

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5. White trainers

Are your favourite trainers more grey than white? Mix 125ml of white vinegar with 60g of baking soda. Apply this to your shoes with an old toothbrush, and rub the entire surface thoroughly. When done, dry them carefully with a cloth, and enjoy your new trainers!

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6. Towels

To get new feeling fluffy towels, rinse them in salty water after a regular wash. After this, leave them to dry outside.

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7. Glasses

Glasses can take on a more opaque tone after years of use. To get them transparent again, soak them in a container of vinegar and let them sit. Once soaked, simply remove and wash.

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8. Frying pan

With a concoction of just baking soda and water, your frying pan will be looking sparkling and new. Let the solution sit for a few hours, then rub thoroughly with the soft part of a sponge.

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9. Aluminium pots

Add a little oil and alcohol to a cotton ball, and rub this over the surface. This should get rid of rust and dirt, you can even add a little citrus juice to be sure!

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10. Between your tiles

Hot water and vinegar will give you your shiny floors back.

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We hope we helped to show you some new cleaning tricks (although no doubt your grandma knew them all already!) If you’re still in cleaning mode, we have plenty of other articles to help you get your house spotless while saving on the labour!

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As the weather gets colder and colder, it’s a good idea to take another look at what you can do to optimise your heating. Heating your house can account for a huge percentage of your energy bill, and there’s nothing worse than paying for heat you never feel! This checklist should have you getting the most from your heating, and will keep your house warm in winter.

1. Stop the drafts

A draught excluder by the door, a chimney balloon, or even covers for your keyhole and letterbox can have a huge impact on stopping heat from escaping, and keeping you cosier!

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Draught excluders can be very easily DIYed with some fabric or blanket and a little insulation (or even rice!)

2. Insulate your windows

Windows are a major source of heat loss. If you have single pane windows, consider installing storm windows. Newer storm windows open and close and can be left on throughout the year. This can be a much cheaper option than replacing all your windows, which will reduce heating costs but will not ‘pay for themselves’ for around 20 – 30 years. 

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For an EVEN easier option – try getting some window insulation film. This just covers your windows and is super simple to put in.

3. Bleed your radiators

If there’s trapped air in your radiator, it could be preventing effective heating. To fix this, find a radiator key the right size, and look for a small valve at the top of one side of your radiator. Turn off your heating, and make sure everything is entirely cool.

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Turn the intake and exit valves to ‘open’, insert the key, and turn it anti-clockwise. You should hear a hissing, which is the trapped air leaving your radiator. Some water will also come out so it’s handy to have a rag on hand. When the water becomes a steady stream, turn the valve back off, and tighten.

4. Change out your curtains

Quilted or thick curtains can be installed in under 10 minutes and will stop drafts from entering through the window.

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5. Invest in a heater

Space heaters can save you money by allowing you to warm a single room rather than the whole house.

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6. Tin foil is your friend

A layer of tin foil behind your radiator reflects the heat and prevents it disappearing through the wall. You can buy foil specifically for this purpose, which works a little better than kitchen foil.

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7. Seal leaks

If you have a basement, do a little sweep and see if you can find any leaks. Expanding foam and replacement insulation can patch up anywhere that needs it.

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8. Find the drafts

Spots around your house will let out the heat, for example, if the space around a socket has become worn over time. Finding these sources of lost heat will allow you to make your home more efficient. An infrared thermometer uses an LED light to identify warmer or colder spots.10 Simple Tricks to Keep your House Warm in Winter DIY do it yourself manomano the handy mano mano energy efficient heating infrared thermostat detect drafts

Alternatively, you could invest in an energy audit for a detailed report.

9. Insulate your loft

A lot of heat can be lost if your loft isn’t well insulated. A quick, cheap fix to this is to purchase some loose-fill insulation and distribute this across your attic. Be careful not to fall through the floor if you do this yourself!10 Simple Tricks to Keep your House Warm in Winter DIY do it yourself manomano the handy mano mano energy efficient heating spray loose insualtion loft attic

While you’re up there, we recommend checking up on existing insulation for damage (although if you have expanding foam insulation, don’t disturb this without the proper safety equipment).

10. Weatherstrip doors and windows

Weatherstirpping is attached to your door frame to keep light and air out once it’s closed. It’s a good idea to install it, to prevent drafts and wasted heating. 10 Simple Tricks to Keep your House Warm in Winter DIY do it yourself manomano the handy mano mano energy efficient heating weatherstripping weatherstrip doors doorframe

If you have weatherstripping, check for any leaks by slowly moving a lit candle around the perimeter of the door and seeing if the flame flickers.

Follow this checklist for an energy-efficient home – your wallet will thank you! If you’re looking to solve all the problems in your house, why not check out our article on 10 simple ways to repair things around the home? Want to get festive? We’ll show you how to make your tree last longer this Christmas.

 

 

Source: familyhandyman