Cleaning Vehicle

A broom is the quickest way to clean snow from a car. You can cut the handle down on the broom and store it in the trunk.
In the glove box, keep a few Handy Wipes to remove gas odor from your hands from filling the tank.
Remove auto grease from hands with baking soda and water.
A hubcap can be used as a shovel if your auto gets stuck in the snow, mud, or sand.
Place a bag of kitty litter in your trunk, in case you get stuck in the snow. Sprinkle some under the tires to get traction.
Make a drip pan to collect oil drips by placing corrugated cardboard in a cookie sheet. Or fill a cookie sheet with kitty litter. Change as needed.
Paint a bright color strip or use luminous tape on center of back wall to aim the car down the center of garage.
If you have poor lighting in garage, place reflector tape on objects that might be hit.
Use carpet strips, foam rubber, or pieces of rubber tire around support studs or framing that car doors open against.
Never warm your car in an attached garage and never with the garage door closed.
When tuning up your car, set the gap on spark plugs using the widest gap that the manufacturer recommends. Your car will run better, idle better, and will give you better gas mileage.
Apply vaseline to battery posts for better contact.
Clean hard to reach areas (dashboard, cup holders) with a dampened sponge tipped paint brush.
If battery terminals are heavily corroded, the quickest and easiest way to clean them is to pour carbonated soft drink over them. It will eat the corrosion away. Baking soda mixed with water will also do the trick.
Laundry pre-wash liquid removes tar from your car’s finish.
Peanut butter has been known to remove tar from car finishes also.
Avoid putting air in your tires if the temperature is below 10 degrees F. The valve could stick and let all of the air out of the tire.
If wipers are beginning to wear down, you can extend their life by rubbing them briskly with sandpaper.
Clean windshield wipers with a good scrubbing of baking soda and water.
A radio antenna will slide up and down easier if a coat of wax is applied occasionally. Wax paper works great for this job. Rub the wax paper up and down the antenna, the wax from the paper will coat the antenna.
Drop a business card (or file card with your name on it) down the window slot in case you ever need to prove ownership.
Line your car trunk with a plastic rug protector to protect the carpeting. It will make clean up easier if dirty or greasy objects are placed in the trunk.
Prevent rust by keeping the underside of your car clean also. Place a lawn sprinkler under your car and turn on full blast. Move occasionally so it will reach all areas. This is a good way to remove all salt and road grime.
Leave one window open a crack to prevent frost from building up on the inside of the window.
If you chip the paint on your car, clean promptly and apply clear nail polish to area to prevent rust.
Remove road salt from carpet with equal amounts of vinegar and water.
Make your own washer solvent that won’t freeze by combining 1 quart of rubbing alcohol, 1 cup of water and 2 tablespoons liquid detergent. This formula won’t freeze down to 35 degrees below 0.
Remove tar from rubber car mats by dabbing a generous dose of linseed oil on tar. Let it soak for about fifteen minutes and blot with a dampened cloth.
If car windows tend to steam up on the inside, carry a blackboard eraser in your vehicle. Wiping the condensation away with the eraser.
Use newspaper to wipe windows dry after cleaning to avoid streaks.
Keep an auto maintenance book. Write down dates that repairs, or maintenance was done. Write down where the work was done or by whom.
On a piece of tape write the mileage down when the next oil change is due. Attach this to your upper windshield or another convenient place to remind you when it’s time to change the oil.
Never wash your car in the sun to prevent streaking.
A dust mop head, worn as a mitten is great for washing your car.
Coca-cola® and aluminum foil will clean rust off your car bumper.
Remove old bumper stickers with lighter fluid. Soak stickers for a few minutes then gently remove with a razor blade.
Clean headlights, chrome and enamel with baking soda.
Steel wool pads with soap cleans white sidewalls the best.
Clean splattered bugs off with baking soda and a nylon net.
When white walls are clean use a little vinyl top wax to keep them clean longer.

Cleaning Kitchen

Effective dish cleaning:
Adding a few tablespoons of vinegar with the washing detergent, cleans the dishes effectively. The vinegar helps remove the grease on the dishes and makes them shining.

Spills in the oven:
Sprinkle salt on the spills immediately and after the oven is cooled, clean up the surface with a damp sponge.

Cleaning the teapot or kettle:

  • The hard-water and lime build-up in a teapot or kettle can be removed by pouring in two cups of vinegar and bring to a boil. Let it boil for 10 minutes, then rinse properly.
  • Remove deposits or burnt spots in a tea or a coffee pot – put some ice cubes, cut-up lemon, and salt with a little water and whoosh around and let sit overnight.

Shining a stained sink :
Sprinkle a half cup salt and then rub with lemon. Leave it for a few minutes and rinse.

Linoleum floor cleaning:
Remove marks on linoleum by rubbing the affected areas with toothpaste and then washing the floor.

Prevent stains on plastic containers:
Rub the inner part with vegetable oil before placing the food in the container. Usually tomato based food causes the stains in the container.

Kitchen surfaces:
Mix 1 part ammonia to 3 parts water or try diluted bleach solution. Spray the solution on the floor and get rid of the stains and get hygienic floor.

Eradicating food odors:
Soak cotton in pure vanilla in a plate. Keep this plate in the refrigerator to get rid of odors. Keep the this cotton out of reach of children, this cotton contains alcohol.

Getting rid of odor in garbage cans:
Sprinkle 1/2 cup borax at the bottom of the garbage cans.

Cleaning coffee maker:
Pour vinegar into the coffee maker and turn coffee maker on as if you are preparing coffee. Repeat this with a new stock of vinegar until it runs clear of calcium deposits.

Cleaning Clothes Laundry

Below are quick Cleaning Clothes tips. Share your comments.

Cleaning Clothes

To remove perspiration stains in clothing, soak in warm vinegar and water.
Microwaves can be used to emergency disinfect clothes, such as a child’s cap that another kid has put on, as long as they have absolutely NO metal in the zippers, buttons, rivets etc. ALWAYS place a cup of cold water next to the article to absorb the heat and microwave on high until the water is steaming.
Cleaning Clothes Removing mildew stains from clothes: Begin by brushing of mold outdoors so you don’t scatter mildew spores in the house. On washable fabrics, pretreat by rubbing detergent into the dampened stain. Then, launder the items in hot water, detergent and chlorine bleach, if it is safe for the fabric. If the stain remains, sponge it with hydrogen peroxide, rinse and launder. If the item isn’t bleach-safe, soak it in an oxygen bleach that is safe for colors, then wash it. Take non-washable fabrics to the dry cleaner and tell them what the stain is.
Urine Stains: For washable fabrics that can be bleached… pre-soak them in cold water for at least thirty minutes. Launder these fabrics in hot water using detergent and chlorine bleach according to the directions on the bleach container. For washable, non-bleachable items, sponge the stained area with a solution of equal parts of household ammonia and water then launder the item in warm water and detergent. Rinse it well. For non-washable items, sponge just the stained area with clear water to which a few drops of ammonia have been added. Then, sponge with clear water only.
Gray Dingies: One cause of the gray dingies is overloading the washing machine. When you do this, the clothes cannot move freely, resulting in poor washing and unremovable soil. To estimate the right-sized load, place dry, unfolded clothes in the washer loosely until it is about three-quarters full. Another cause is using non-phosphate detergents, particularly the granular type. If you`re using a non-phosphate detergent, use the hottest water possible and dissolve the detergent in the water before adding the clothes. If you have hard water, you might want to add about a third to a half cup of packaged water softener along with the detergent.

Cleaning Bathroom by Yourself

Cleaning bathroom is one of the boring jobs to be done. Usually people do the cleaning on weekends. Get some tips on cleaning bathroom below.

Cleaning Bathroom

Bars of soap too small to use effectively can be pressed into the sides of new bars softened by recent use.

cleaning bathroom

Shower curtains can be renovated by being washed, on gentle cycle, with a pint of white vinegar.

If you have more than one bath to clean, keep separate cleaning supplies in each bathroom, that way you can clean the bath at a moments notice.

To clean tubs and showers use a product that contains phosphoric acid, their is no scrubbing involved.
Buildup on shower doors: Wipe with lemon oil. Removes buildup and keeps doors protected longer from future buildup.

Removing mildew from shower or bath: 3 parts bleach and 1 part water – put in spray bottle. Spray on mildew areas and it will virtually disappear.

Before you start cleaning bathroom, you can apply the cleaner for 15 mins. This will help in better cleaning.

A clean bathroom is towards a better hygiene.

Buying New Mobile

Buying New Mobile

Mobiles are available with number of features today. Depending upon the requirement a mobile phone should be purchased. Before you go to buy a new piece, go through the following tips:

Display screen

Look for a phone with a TFT (thin film transistor) or Active Matrix screen which provides a wider viewing angle compared to the traditional passive LCD technology. For playing games, watching videos, TFT screens are must. Few more considerations should be the size, resolution and no. of colours.

Sound

Sound should be loud but not noisy. Polyphonic, MIDI, MP3, WAV are the types that mobiles play. Polyphonic, MIDI are standard, however people love MP3 songs to be played as their mobile phone’s ringtone!

Camera

Use a camera phone to take spontaneous pictures or even video clips. Nowadays phones have 1 Mega Pixel / 1.3 Mega Pixel cameras while earlier it was lower resolution. The higher end phones have started offering 3.2 Mega Pixel cameras. A few even offer 5.0 megapixel camera.

Connectivity

GPRS/EDGE allow you to connect to internet and are preferred if you are mostly connected to internet. A data cable, bluetooth or infrared capability allows you to browse internet on a computer. It also allows you to exchange images, videos, music files with computer or other handsets.

Network Band

GSM phones worldwide work in 3 bands – 900, 1800 & 1900 (these numbers refer to frequency ranges in MHz). If you plan to take & use your mobile abroad, make sure you get a tri-band phone (one which can operate in all the three bands). Some phones have also started offering the WCDMA (the future of the GSM network) 2100 band.

Multimedia Features

While travelling FM radio or music player can help you cut the time. An external attachment like a headphone is required to connect to the radio. Advanced models can stream videos too!

Internal Memory

Internal memory should be reasonably good. It should be enough to carry messages. If it is full you wont be able to receive further messages unless you make sufficient space in it or change the memory location.

Expandable Memory Slot

Memory should be considered if you plan to use it as a multimedia device.Memory cards (Multi-media cards, RS-MMC Cards, Memory Stick / MS Pro) come in denominations of 128 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB and 2 GB. Some advanced models supports 8 GB cards as well.

Java Enabled

Check if your phone is java enabled as java enabled phones are able to run a number of games and applications.

Last but not the Least

Check for an efficient Organiser / Alarm application, Predictive Text Messaging (T9 system), and good battery life.

Buying New Laptop

Check out the following tips before you head towards a laptop shop for Buying New Laptop:

Processor:

Everyday work like – word processing, spreadsheets, emails, chatting wont require you buy the latest processor, instead a normal speed processor would do the work. However, if you are interested in gaming, photo editor software, etc you would probably need some higher speed processor. Today, Duo core processor are rocking in the market.
The Dual core processor and the Core 2 Duo processor have different meanings and their working.

Dual Core: There is actually one processor but it is programmed in such a way that it works as if there are two processors.

Core 2 Duo:There are actually two executing units in hardware and this makes this type of processors faster.

Soon there would be Quadra core processors in the markets! Only buy according to your needs, but make sure that it is not outdated for atleast 7-8 forthcoming years.

Memory:

Memory plays an important role in the functioning of a computer. The higher the memory the better the performance. If you are installing Vista as the operating system on your computer, minimum recommendation is 1GB memory. However, 512MB is sufficient otherwise. Memory has become cheaper today.
Many sellers provide an option to upgrade the memory free of cost while purchasing.

Supplemental battery:

If you are away from an electric supply outlet most of the times, keeping a supplementary battery is always a better option. Buying the battery at the time of purchase is even a better option. The price has a considerable difference.

14.1-inch wide screen:

Small size screen is a good option for frequent travelers or mobile people. It also facilitates the battery use. However, smaller size screen can cause eye strain.
Buying a 14 inches monitor is a balanced choice.

120GB hard drive:

Unlike earlier, today 40GB is rarely found in the recommended configurations of the computer. If you are a music freak buy a 120GB or higher capacity hard-disk, if affordable.
An 80GB hard disk also does wonders.
The speed of hard disk is also an important factor to consider, this makes the data access faster. Normally the hard-disks have 5200 RPM. However, prefer buying the hard disks with higher speed. This is particularly important when the hard disk is very much loaded with the data.

Touchpad pointing device:

Touchpads are easier than sticks. Make sure, that the touchpad is not very small, that makes it difficult to work on the computer.
Some touchpads have a scroll bar in itself. This makes the scrolling easy without the need to take the cursor on to the scrollbar and move it up and down. So far only vertical scroll is available in the touchpads.

Multiple USB ports:

Atleast two USB 2.0 ports should be available. Most of the times you connect your ipod or an mp3 player, your digital camera, a USB pen drive all at one time. Our recommendation would be three however, two would be sufficient too.

Sony Latest Laptops:
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Buying New Digital Camera

Read the following tips before marching to a digital camera shop for buying new digital camera.

Match megapixels to your use:

Most point-and-shoot cameras offer at least 5 megapixels, which is plenty for producing 11-by-14-inch prints. Cameras with more megapixels will yield even larger prints and allow you to blow up a part of an image with less likelihood that the print will be blurry. If you plan to make only 4-by-6-inch prints, you don’t have to shoot at the camera’s highest resolution-and as a result, you can fit more shots on your memory card.

Look for rechargeable batteries and a charger:

The cost of disposable batteries adds up over the long run. Some cameras can use AA batteries of any type-disposable or rechargeable. That capability can be helpful if your rechargeable batteries run out of juice and you don’t want to wait while they replenish.

Disregard digital zoom:

Most cameras offer at least 3X optical zoom-and some boast an optical zoom as high as 15X. But sometimes vendors tout a high total zoom that includes digital zoom, which you should disregard: Digital zoom produces photos that are inferior to those produced with an optical zoom.

Look for a low-light focusing aid:

Some cameras have auxiliary lights that help them focus in dim settings. That’s important for many indoor shots.

Try the camera before you buy:

Some cameras have commands and menus that are easier to use than others, a comparison you can make only with a hands-on trial. Also evaluate the lag time between when you press the shutter button and when the camera actually takes the picture. Try the zoom lens-does it operate quickly and smoothly? Find out how long you must wait between taking pictures. And try the LCD viewfinder-in the sun if possible-to determine how easy it is to read.

Give extra consideration to a camera with a good selection of software:

Look for useful packages such as Adobe Photoshop Elements, Ulead PhotoImpact, and Corel Snapfire for editing images, as well as applications for organizing and sharing them.

Don’t base your decision on video capability:

Any still camera’s ability to take moving pictures is limited. If you want to shoot video, invest in a camcorder dedicated to the job.

Consider investing in a memory card reader or a camera dock:

A memory card reader acts like an external hard drive attached to your PC or laptop, allowing you to download pictures directly from your camera’s storage media. Many newer laptops have one or more memory card slots built in, as do some inkjet printers. If you have a second memory card, you can keep shooting while the images download, rather than having to keep the camera hooked up to your PC. Alternatively, some cameras come with a dock or offer one as an option, and some of these docks offer a dedicated button for uploading all of your new photos on a memory card. A dock also charges the camera’s battery.

Sony Latest Products under Digital Cameras:
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Buying new Desktop

Here are a few points to note to before you buy a desktop. These tips would help you get your needs fullfilled in budget.

Warranty and Support

Just one year warranty should be fine. Going for more years’ warranty would make you loosen your pockets by considerable amount. Organizations may get options like 24 hour support, however they must pay nicely for it.

Additional software should be purchased based on your needs. Basically you would need the operating system, office suite and anitvirus software. Visit vendors websites for details on buying or upgrading your system software.

Look for a comfortable cabinet – the CPU box
Look for the USB 2.0 ports, audio and video connectors at the front of the cabinet. This will ease you connect your daily devices like cameras, mp3 players, mobile phones, headphones, etc easily without the need to see the back of the box.

Do not wait for price fall

Prices keep falling, dont delay your computer purchase on this otherwise you would yourself in the endless waiting period. Every time the prices fall, you will find the configuration that you want would be available for the same price that you had selected for the lower configuration that was available a few months back! This chain is endless so there is nothing to regret if you find that the PC you already bought is now cheaper.

Buy slightly above minimum specifications required

Always buy PC with slightly above the configuration you need. This will improve the usefulness of your PC for longer period.

Upgrade at the time of buying

Hard drive with double memory can be bought by adding just a few bucks to the price of the device if upgraded at the time of purchase itself. Similarly, upgrading RAM is also advantageous. It improves the configuration, quality for a little price. But do not run after this if it is not at all required.

Keyboards should be comfortable in use

Some keyboards cause stress on fingers/palms. Keyboards are available with extra buttons and fancier looks. Go for the extra buttons for specific needs only. However, having shortcut keys like for media player could be helpful.

Quick Tips for Desktop Buying

  • Buy the desktop computer configuration as per the business needs. Buying the desktop for your business may result buying a desktop that can’t handle the workload and would inefficient for the execution of your business. similarly, don’t waste too much on unneccessary things.
  • Make sure that you can expand the configuration in future. The memory, or drives may be required to expand at a later date. In addition, dont keep too much room for expansion, otherwise you will find the cabinet bulk covering too much space.
  • In secondary storage, the hard drives – You’ll spend a little more while purchasing, but if you skip now, you may pay higher later.
  • While checking the prices of the computer shown or described in an advertisement, make sure that the price includes all the displayed components like monitor, etc. If the pricing doesn’t include the monitor you may have to increase your budget.
  • Buying a desktop from a manufacturer company will keep your system waranteed. However, getting it assembled can also be a nice option. Usually, the components come from their specific manufacturer company with a guarantee or warantee period. So getting the system assembled is, financially, a cheaper deal. Just make sure the dealer guarantees you providing proper service when required.
    If you are buying the desktop for business, a branded desktop or a desktop from a reputed manufacturer is recommended.
  • When buying for a business, warantee and prompt support are utmost important points to consider. Prompt response should be available when required. Otherwise the downtime of your business may be higher if they solely functional on computers.
  • Financing packages are available if you are running short of money. Properly read ALL terms and conditions of the financing company before signing any deal. Check the hidden costs and any other terms and conditions.
  • Evaluate your workspace before you buy.

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How to close applications in android mobile phones (running in background)

It is a good idea to close the applications running in background in the mobile phones to save battery power. This is especially useful when you are on travel.

There are many applications that we think are closed but they actually keep running in background and utilize the processing power, hence the battery.

  1. The procedure may vary from mobile to mobile, but more or less the procedure is similar:
  2. Keep the main button of the mobile phone pressed. The button can be a touch button to tap on screen or a hardware button on the phone. Keep it pressed until you see some menu or options.
  3. In Samsung Galaxy Note, after the first step, you get the list of applications recently used. Tab “Task Manager”, you will the list of applications running (active) currently.
  4. Close any unwanted applications that are currently running by tapping “Exit” for that particular application.
  5. Tap “RAM” in the top menu and tap “Clear Memory”. Clearing memory usually clears the memory that is held by the applications not active and can be closed. It may or may not closed any application that you were using. Ensure to save your current work on any application, if any.