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Wine Corks Here are a few of the most common waste items you probably didn’t know can earn you money: ## Toilet roll tubes Surprised? Well, it’s true! Believe it or not, but they are actually selling. As much as up 20p per roll! However, there is a catch. If you want to get anything for your empty toilet roll tubes you need to sell them in sets of 25, 50 or 100. ## Kitchen roll tubes Yes, empty kitchen roll tubes are being sold as well. And people are actually buying! The prices are very similar to those of toilet toll tubes, while the key is to sell them in sets. ## Tin ring pulls This is another thing that usually ends up in rubbish bin even though it can earn you money. It’s not a huge amount of money as they typically sell at 1p per piece but then again, a pound here and a pound there can add up quite a decent sum. ## Wine corks Yep, you can make money from old wine corks. And old wine bottles too! How much depends on several factors including whether the cork is natural or synthetic and things such as engravings. Believe it or not, but some corks are actually collectible and as a result, they are highly sought after. Unsurprisingly, these are much more valuable than non-collectible corks which most often go for about 10p per piece. ## Empty perfume bottles Got pretty empty perfume bottles? If so, there is a great chance that you can turn them into money. How much depends on the perfume in question but some bottles can reach as much as £20! This is because some perfume bottles are considered collectibles, while some are desirable for other reasons, most often their usability for arts-and-crafts. ## Old buttons If you want to make money from selling old buttons, it may be worth to bear in mind that the older they are the better! Vintage buttons tend to be collectible and therefore, they can be quite valuable, especially those predating the 20th century. />

6 Surprising Waste Items That Can Earn You Money

November 15, 2018

Vacuum Cleaner Photo 2 ## Here is how to deal with the most common causes of a smelly vacuum cleaner: ### The bag This is by far the most common reason why vacuum cleaners begin to smell bad. It is either because the bag is too full or containing things that are a breeding ground for bacteria such as decaying food particles, dead bugs, pet hair, etc. The solution is as simple as removing the vacuum bag and replacing it with a new one. It is recommended not to wait for the bag to become completely full before replacing it. When to replace the vacuum bag depends on several factors but if you vacuum on a daily basis or/and own pets for instance, it’s a good idea to do it every month. Have a bagless vacuum? In this case, the smell obviously isn’t coming from the bag. Instead, the culprit could be the canister. The solution? Clean the canister and let dry thoroughly before reassembling your vacuum cleaner. ### Filters If your vacuum cleaner still smells bad after you’ve replaced the bag/cleaned the canister, the smell could be coming from the filters. No matter if your vacuum cleaner is bagged or bagless, its filters need to be cleaned on a regular basis. How? Majority of modern vacuums come with filters that are simply rinsed by warm water. However, you are highly recommended to check your vacuum’s instructions manual. Also, be sure to check when you are supposed to replace filters. Most brands recommend replacing them every six months. ### Hose and attachments While most people eventually check the bag and filters, many forget to check the hose and attachments which can also be the culprit for a smelly vacuum cleaner. The hose, roller brush and other attachment come in direct contact with dirt and therefore, they are prone to dirt buildup and blockages which can cause unpleasant odour. For that reason you should clean the hose and attachments from time to time and check them regularly for blockages. This goes for both bagged vacuum cleaners and their bagless counterparts. />

Got a Smelly Vacuum Cleaner? Find Out the Most Common Causes and Their Solutions

October 21, 2018

How to clean motor oil picture 1 Whether you stained your clothes with oil during cooking or while fixing your car, the sooner you deal with the stain the more likely you will have success in removing it. Ideally, you should avoid wearing your finest clothes while cooking or working on your car but unfortunately, it’s not always possible to change into something you won’t feel sorry if it gets stained. For example, if your car breaks down on the road, getting it fixed is obviously more important than avoid the risk of getting your clothes stained with engine oil and possibly also with rust and tire grease. But what about your clothes? Don’t worry, even the most stubborn car stains can be removed relatively easily and effortlessly. **Things you will need:** - Paper towels - Some kind of absorbent, for example corn flour or baby powder - Washing-up liquid - An old toothbrush />

Remove Oil Stains from Clothing

August 21, 2018

Chemistry Instead of buying more cleaning products, hoping that they will succeed in what the existing ones have failed, it may be a good idea to try with all-natural, safe and very effective ingredients that can be found in just about every kitchen: baking soda and vinegar. Both have been used as an alternative to the conventional cleaning products for a very long time and besides being all-natural and safe, they actually work. In addition to helping you save quite a lot of money as quality cleaning products aren’t inexpensive, cleaning with baking soda and vinegar will also help you reduce the use of harsh chemicals. They may do their job well but most chemical cleaning products are extremely toxic to the environment and if not handled properly, very harmful to human health as well. ## What is Baking Soda Anyway? />

Baking Soda and Vinegar for Cleaning

July 30, 2018

Photo of British Pound Bank Notes ## The ARLA: 9 out of 10 Tenants Who Fail to Get Their Deposit Back Do So for Not Returning the Property Clean The main purpose of tenancy deposits is for the landlords to protect their properties from damage ‘beyond normal wear and tear’. But it is also supposed to ensure that the property is returned clean. For majority of tenants, this is motivation enough and according to the ARLA Propertymark, most tenants do get their full deposit back. However, it is not that uncommon for the landlords to keep a part or the entire deposit, most often as a compensation for damage. But they may also take money from the deposit to cover for the cost of [professional end of tenancy cleaning]( According to the ARLA, 9 out of 10 tenants who fail to get their deposit back do so for not returning the property clean. ## Anything Less than Professional Level of Cleanliness Unacceptable for Landlords Unless specifically stipulated in tenancy agreement, landlords cannot force their tenants to have the property cleaned by professional cleaners when leaving. But they can require the same level of cleanliness as at the start of tenancy. And since most properties are professionally cleaned before a new tenant moves in, landlords can require professional grade of cleanliness. Again, this doesn’t mean tenants must have the property professionally cleaned when leaving but unless done by the professionals, the landlord may keep a part or even the entire deposit based on the (un)cleanliness argument. This is because what is considered clean by the tenant may not be considered clean by the landlord. ## Professional End of Tenancy Cleaning One of the Easiest Ways to Get Full or Most of the Deposit Back To get full or most of the deposit back, it is of utmost importance to return the property in the same condition as at the start of tenancy with the exception of ‘reasonable wear and tear’. But it is important to note that broken pieces of furniture or stain on the carpet for instance don’t qualify as ‘reasonable wear and tear’. If you have caused damage to the property, the landlord can take money from the deposit to cover the costs of repair or replacement. The landlord can also take money from the deposit for professional cleaning if the property was insufficiently clean when leaving. But if done by a professional company specialising in end of tenancy cleaning, the landlord cannot use the (un)cleanliness argument to take money from the deposit. If they are unhappy with the level of cleanliness, it is the responsibility of the cleaning company to re-clean to the level expected by the landlord. ## Can’t Agree with the Landlord on the Deposit Return? If you think the landlord wants to take too much money from your deposit or shouldn’t take any at all, you can raise a dispute with one of the [government approved tenancy deposit schemes (TPD)]( In England and Wales, these include MyDeposits, Tenancy Deposit Scheme and Deposit Protection Service. Until the dispute is resolved, they will protect your deposit. />

(Un)Cleanliness the Main Reason for Tenancy Deposit Disputes

May 16, 2018

## Over 60% of Brits Open the Door to Unannounced Guests Even though as much as 86% of respondents said they don't like receiving unexpected guests, more than 60% of surveyed Brits open the door, with another 26.7% noting that it depends on who it is. However, nearly 10% of those who said they open the door added that they rather wouldn’t but can’t because the car, dog or other things give them away. Only 12.6% of respondents never open the door to people popping around unannounced. ## Dirty Dishes the Most Common Cause of Embarrassment London Cleaning System found that many Brits who open the door to uninvited guests prefer if they didn’t have to when their home doesn’t look its best. Furthermore, as much as 77% of respondents said they were embarrassed by the mess, with the majority feeling ashamed because of dirty dishes (66%). Other commonly cited embarrassing messes included children’s toys being shattered all over, stained carpet and limescale build-up in toilet. ## Londoners are the Least Likely to Open the Door to Unexpected Guests Analysing the responses by regions, the cleaning company researchers got some very interesting results. They found that of all respondents those living in Greater London are the least likely to open the door if they don’t expect anyone (19.4%), followed by the South West (14.5%), the West Midlands (13.9%) and the South East (13.8%). Survey respondents living in the East of England, on the other hand, are most likely to open the door (68%), followed by Yorkshire and the Humber (66%) and the North East (64.5%). ## North Easterners Most Likely to be Ashamed by Mess The North East was also found to have the highest percentage of those saying they were ashamed by the mess - 84%. Messy homes were also found to be very embarrassing for respondents living in the East of England (79%) and the West Midlands (77%). It is important to note, however, that this doesn’t necessarily mean homes in those regions are the messiest in England. Instead, the results suggest that respondents living in the North East, the East of England and the West Midlands are particularly sensitive about cleanliness/tidiness of their home when receiving guests, even if these are unannounced. 

Unexpected Guests: Messy Home Embarrassing for 77% of Brits

May 04, 2018

## Here are the top 5 tested and proven vinegar household uses: ### 1. Descale just about anything No matter if it’s a kettle, shower door, tap,… vinegar can deal even with the most stubborn limescale deposits, including those that accumulated over a longer period of time. To clean the most problematic areas, use a bottle spray and leave vinegar sit for an hour before wiping it off. Alternatively, cover with cloth soaked in vinegar (for example a tap). ### 2. Disinfect If you’re worried about germs, vinegar will soon become your best friend. It has scientifically been proven to kill bacteria and viruses including the flu virus. In addition to eliminating germs on kitchen surfaces and bathroom/toilet, vinegar can thus be also used as a preventive measure against flu (e.g. to disinfect door handles, remote control, computer keyboard and other surfaces that are most likely to be contaminated). ### 3. Eliminate odours As hard to believe as it may sound, it is actually true. Unfortunately, many people find the smell of vinegar highly unpleasant, so it’s not a good idea to spray the sofa, carpet, mattress, curtain or other smelly surfaces if you are expecting to receive guests in a couple of hours or earlier. But don’t worry, once the vinegar smell dissipates, your home will smell much nicer. ### 4. Replace a fabric softener Many fabric softeners - including those created especially for people with sensitive skin - can still be irritating for some people. The alternative? Yes, vinegar. And no, your clothes will not smell after vinegar, if you are perhaps wondering. At the same time, it will help sanitise your washing machine and minimise limescale buildup. ### 5. Clear slow moving drains To make it work, however, vinegar should be used in combination with baking soda and very hot water. To clear the drain, pour in one cup of baking soda and then one cup of vinegar. This will create a chemical reaction which will dissolve remnants of soap, hair, food and other “cloggers”. Wait for about 15 to 30 minutes - depending how bad the drain is clogged - and then pour in very hot water. **Please note that all the above mentioned vinegar uses involve the use of white (distilled) vinegar.** />

Vinegar - An Outstanding All-Natural and Non-Toxic Cleaner

April 27, 2018

## Lab Tests Not Promising Results of a lab test by [Which?]( showed steam cleaners and their effectiveness in a whole different light. Of 28 tested models, only six were to become Best Buys. Furthermore, some were found to make cleaning even more difficult than by hand, while other models were leaving lots of water. Does this mean steam cleaners are a waste of money? Not at all. But it depends greatly on your needs and of course, the model. ## Even with the Best Steam Cleaner, You Will Still Need Chemicals Steam cleaners can be used to clean anything from hard surfaces and carpets to windows and even kitchen appliances including oven. However, there are a few things that cannot and mustn’t be cleaned by a steam cleaner. Examples include wood, marble, brick, silk and other materials that can be damaged by steam or water. As a result, even the best steam cleaners that can effectively deal with the most stubborn dirt, grease and grime don’t eliminate the need for chemicals entirely. But they can reduce the amount needed considerably. ## Steam Kills 99% of Harmful Bacteria but Steam Cleaners May Not Even though steam cleaners don’t involve the use of any chemicals, they promise to kill 99% of the harmful bacteria. Theoretically, they do because most organisms can’t survive exposure to steam but in reality, steam cleaners may not kill all the germs including the most dangerous ones. This can occur due to improper use, inadequate temperature or/and insufficient period of time the device was applied to one spot. ## End Verdict A steam cleaner can without a doubt be very useful to have at hand. But you will probably still need some chemicals to effectively clean your home. If you’re considering to buy a steam cleaner just because you don’t want to use chemical cleaning products (or at least reduce their amounts), it may also be worth to try all-natural alternatives both to buy and DIY at home. And believe it or not but they can be just as effective - if not even more so - than their conventional counterparts without being harmful to either human health or the environment. If you have decided to buy a steam cleaner anyway, you are highly recommended to take some time to think what do you really need before starting to look for the best model at the best price. Also, be sure to read official tests and user reviews, especially if you are having difficulties deciding which one to choose. />

Steam Cleaners - Do They Really Eliminate the Need for Chemicals?

April 24, 2018

To make decluttering easier, simpler and faster, you are recommended to follow the simple tips below: ## Organise Make a plan where you will start and move to the next room (or piece of furniture) only after the one you are sorting out is fully decluttered. If you don’t do one room at a time, you will create even more mess and make decluttering even more difficult and time-consuming. ## Sort your things immediately To declutter effectively, sort your things in at least three boxes with the following labels - yes, no and maybe. And be sure to resist the temptation to put too much things into the “maybe box”. Instead, consider following the so-called six-months rule: If you haven’t needed the thing for at least six months, you probably don’t really need it. ## Sell, donate, recycle Just because you don’t want or need a particular thing anymore, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s worthless. On the contrary, most things have some value to someone. So instead of simply throwing unwanted things away, you should consider sorting them further and try to sell, donate or/and recycle. ## Label the boxes carefully The more details the labels contain, the better. Even though you may feel it’s a waste of time, labelling the boxes’ content will save you a huge amount of time when unpacking because you will know exactly where to look for particular items. ## Set realistic goals The amount of time you will need to declutter depends greatly on how much things you have to go through. But if you want to sort through your things effectively, don’t expect to be done in a few hours. Decluttering unfortunately tends to be a very time-consuming task, so be sure to set realistic goals and stick to your plan. If you by any chance don’t succeed with decluttering by the time of end of tenancy cleaning, it’s a lot better if you are left with one or even two rooms than a little bit of everything all over the place. Also, the cleaners will highly appreciate if the property is at least mostly empty. />

Why and How to Declutter Before the End of Tenancy Cleaning

April 12, 2018

- Return everything to its original place. You are supposed to leave the property in the same condition as at the start of tenancy. This also includes the original arrangement of the furniture and other items, if there were any. Obviously, the cleaners don’t know where particular items are supposed to stand and they won’t move heavy pieces of furniture. You can also return everything to its original place later but it’s a better idea to do it before professional cleaning. That way the cleaners will able to effectively deal with surface scratches, stains and other floor marks which may or may not be considered fair wear and tear. - Empty your home completely. Ideally, schedule the cleaners only after you have moved all your belongings to your new home. Needless to say, it is extremely difficult to clean with piles of things all over the place. If it’s not possible to have the property fully or mostly emptied, you are highly recommended to mention it to your cleaning company. They will tell you what to do so that the cleaners can do their job properly. - Double check all the drawers, shelves and cabinets for any valuables, especially those that have emotional significance. End of tenancy cleaning also includes emptying the drawers, shelves and cabinets. The things left behind are considered unwanted and as a result, they are thrown away by the cleaners. While emptying drawers, shelves and cabinets, the cleaners may or may not spot items that may have a monetary or/and emotional value. You are therefore highly recommended to go through all the drawers, shelves and cabinets once again to make sure nothing important gets left behind. />

How to Prepare Your Home for End of Tenancy Cleaning

April 09, 2018

Monthly NO2 Averages Within “Low” Index but Levels Vary Greatly by Time of Day

To find out more about NO2 pollution, London Cleaning System company decided to further analyse the official data, looking back as far as 2010 when longterm exposure to the harmful gas was blamed for nearly 6,000 premature deaths. The company’s researchers noticed that while NO2 monthly average levels at roadside were considerably higher than in background, they didn’t exceed the “low” index level not even once by January 2018. But time of day charts revealed that NO2 levels vary greatly during the day and most importantly, always peak at the same time of the day.

NO2 Levels Always Highest During Morning and Afternoon Rush Hours

Charts presenting NO2 concentrations in London at different time of day in January 2018 show a very predictable pattern. The levels begin to rise just before the morning and afternoon rush hours, and peak around 8 to 9am and 5 to 6pm. Just like the monthly averages, the NO2 concentrations are higher at roadside than in background at all times of the day. Despite that, they remained within “low" index level, reaching a maximum of 60.3 ug/m3.


London’s NO2 Readings - What Do the Figures Reveal?

March 26, 2018

1. Take off your shoes

Dirt is the greatest threat to your carpet. It won’t only make it look uninviting but it will also cause damage to the fibres, leading to a noticeable change of colour and texture. It is therefore of key importance to reduce the amount of dirt that gets on your carpet to minimum. And taking off your shoes when entering your home is one of the easiest ways to do so. If - for any reason - taking off shoes isn’t an option, you are advised to consider buying a large doormat to trap dirt from shoes and keep it off your carpet.

2. Keep those paws clean

If you have pets, you are advised to consider keeping a towel at the door to wipe your dog’s paws when returning from outside. If you own a cat, this obviously isn’t an option. However, a mat at the cat flap or door will make a huge difference. It is also a good idea to trim those claws or at least install a cat tree, scratching post or something similar to discourage your cat from scratching your carpet.

3. Prevent direct sunlight exposure

Believe it or not but direct sunlight exposure can seriously harm your carpet as prolonged exposure to UV light can eventually lead to discolouration, most often in the form of fading. To prevent this from happening, you are recommended to try to limit your carpet’s exposure to direct sunlight by installing blinds, using curtains or some other method to block sunlight.

4. Move furniture or/and use furniture coaters

Furniture can cause a serious damage to your carpet in the form of indentations which can become permanent, especially if furniture is left on the same place for years. For that reason it is highly important to move your furniture from time to time - just an inch or two to the left or right every few months is all that is necessary to prevent those dents from becoming permanent. It is also a good idea to consider furniture coaters which help minimise furniture dents by distributing the weight more evenly.

5. Have your carpet professionally cleaned on a yearly basis

Just because you vacuum your carpet on a regular basis, that doesn’t mean it’s clean. Unfortunately, even the most powerful vacuum cleaners cannot remove the dirt and dust that over time accumulate at the base of carpet. Besides making the carpet to look and smell dirty, the accumulated dirt and dust can eventually also become a potential health hazard, triggering allergies, asthma attacks and other health problems. To keep your carpet clean to the base and prevent it from jeopardising your health, you should have it professionally cleaned once a year or more frequently if you have pets.


Simple Ways to Protect Your Carpet and Extend Its Lifespan

March 14, 2018