Clean refrigerator coil once in a while to keep up the energy efficiency

The efficiency of your refrigerator goes down because of dust build-up on the condenser coil. So, these coils need to be cleaned once in a while to keep up the refrigeration efficiency.

Clean refrigerator coil once in a while to keep up the energy efficiency
View of the condenser coil under the fridge (outside panel removed).

Safety first

Before you clean the coil, fully disconnect the fridge from all power sources. Disconnect all lines including any water supply pipes. Move the fridge to a secure location for easier cleaning.

Locate the condenser coil

In modern refrigerators, this is underneath the refrigerator. In older refrigerators, the coil is on the back. Sometimes the coil is located inside a panel. So, you might have to remove the panel in order to access the coil. Make sure you read the refrigerator’s maintenance manual to locate the condenser coils. Use a flashlight to locate the coil and dust.

Use a refrigerator coil brush

You can also use a paintbrush to clean the coil. Using a refrigerator coil brush makes this cleaning easier. These are long brushes that can penetrate well inside the coil and gives a good clean.

Vacuum the coil and fan

Once the coil is brushed, do a vacuum to remove any visible dust particles. Take care not to break any parts while brushing or vacuuming the coil. Vacuum the refrigerator fan too if that’s accessible. There might be dust accumulated on the fan blades. Give it a good vacuum and you are done!

Note: If you are not sure how to clean the refrigerator coil, it is better to approach a professional who can do this for you. Make sure you clean this coil at least once a year to keep your fridge running at full efficiency.

Use isopropyl rubbing alcohol for cleaning electronic devices

Isopropyl rubbing alcohol (also called as IPA or Isopropanol) is a great hard surface cleaner with a high evaporation rate. It has a lot of applications around your home and office.

Why use isopropyl rubbing alcohol for electronics?
As rubbing alcohol is surface friendly, it will not cause any damage to your electronics. It is extensively used in the electronics industry for cleaning printed circuit board components, computer screens, displays, stencils, fiber optics, cables, keypads, electrical contacts, and connectors.

Things you can clean with isopropyl rubbing alcohol:
Use it to clean your cell phones, tablets, mouse, keyboard, and all other electronic components.

You can also use it to remove the thermal paste from the CPU fan, flux paste from motherboards, printer ink, dirt build-up on electronics and other components.

Isopropyl alcohol is safe for most plastics, seals, and ceramics. It effectively removes greases, oils, and flux without adding additional residues to contacts, relays, and circuit boards connectors.

Isopropyl rubbing alcohol as an all-purpose cleaner. It is completely miscible in water. To use it as a general multi-purpose cleaner, just mix it with the right amount of water and fill it in a spray bottle. You can use it as a sanitizer. It disinfects, and kills all the bacteria!

Note: Alcohol is flammable so use it with caution. Always read labels, warnings, and instructions before using chemical cleaning agents.

Remove batteries from electronics before storing them away

Most of the electronics are subjected to corrosion due to their leaking batteries. I am sure you have all seen corrosion of battery compartments at some point in your lifetime.

It is always better to know the different types of batteries used in your devices. Some types of batteries do leak. Rechargeable batteries like NiMH, NiCd and non-rechargeable batteries like alkaline batteries leak as well.

So, if you are not frequently using these battery-powered devices, do store them separate with batteries removed.

Make mathematics fun for kindergarten kids

Today, many children feel that their math lessons are difficult. We need to cultivate their interest in mathematics right from their kindergarten years.

Teach math with real-world experiences.

When you take your child for a walk, teach them shapes with real-world examples. When you take your child outside for shopping, make them count things on shelves. For example: While at a grocery store, ask your kid to grab you 5 strawberries, 3 apples, and ask them to count them all together. This way, teaching can be done lively outside in the real world. So, the idea here is to make math as real as possible.

Maths with facts.

Make them love math by telling them some cool math facts. Facts about numbers, shapes, and anything that would make them love math. For example: What comes after a million, billion and trillion? A quadrillion, quintillion, sextillion, septillion, octillion, nonillion, decillion, and undecillion.

Do math talks.

Read, prepare yourself and create interesting math conversations with your kids. Whether in the playground or at home, once in a while do the math talk. For example: Ask them to think of a number, double it, add six, divide it by half, then ask them to subtract it with the number they originally thought in their mind. The answer is 3.

Math with food.

Kids love to eat their favorite foods. Once in a while, introduce a little bit of math along with their favorite food. For example, make them earn cookies with some simple additions and multiplications. If not math facts, then food can help you in making math fun for kindergarten.

Printable math games.

There are lots of math games, maths puzzles available online that you can print out. Color print them and make them learn math with a fun twist. They will be excited to learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Just a simple search on google can get you lots of free printable math games.

Lastly, avoid math phobia.

If you hated math when you were young, it doesn’t mean your child will also hate math. Never tell them that you hated math too. Never tell them math is complicated. It is very important that you avoid transferring your math phobia to your kid. Make them feel that math is easy and fun to learn.

Lemon ginger tea for cold and sore throat

Lemon, ginger, and honey for making lemon ginger tea

A tea made from the mixture of ginger, lemon juice, honey, and water is a perfect remedy that can cure your sore throat quickly. And it’s easy to make.

  • Cut ginger into very thin slices.
  • Add 1 to 2 cups of water to a pot and add ginger slices to them.
  • Boil the ginger slices well for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Now filter the ginger slices and pour the tea into a cup.
  • Squeeze some lemon juice into it. Make sure you remove lemon seeds from the tea.
  • Now add 2 tablespoons of honey and stir well. And, it's done.

Lemon is packed with vitamin C. Lemon juice is a natural disinfectant and also adds a nice flavor to your ginger tea. Adding honey will provide a soothing sensation to your throat.

Lemon ginger tea can also help you with morning sickness, relieves nausea, clears sinuses, fights bacterial infections, clears bad breath with its cleansing abilities.