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Useful tips for your Coffee Machine performance! ?>

Useful tips for your Coffee Machine performance!

cleaning-coffee-espressoKnowing how to treat your coffee machine right will not only help you maintain it thus having it for a longer period of time working fine and in a good shape, but also, it will make it possible for you to have the best coffee drink out of it. Even if you think you may know it all, you may find it helpful to read a few more tips about how to improve your coffee machine’s performance and prolong its life while drinking a tasteful coffee. Here we go:

Cleaning your machine frequently and thoroughly!

If you want to keep your machine clean, do not think that you have fulfilled this task by just wiping the coffee grinds all over it or on the warming plate, that is just 1/10 of the work. You need to also clean the internal part of the machine thoroughly. A very good idea is to do this on a monthly basis (if you make lots of coffees) or at least once in two months (if you use it less). There is a DIY recipe that will work miracles for the matter. You have to put one-third white vinegar and two-thirds water in the water deposit and start the machine. Make sure that no coffee or filters are forgotten in the machine. Run it as usual. Than, rinse the water deposit and fill it up with water only. Run the machine again, twice, so you can take out all the vinegar that went through. It will help clean every single water deposit that might have gotten in the pipes or other parts of the machine.

Find out he right grind for your machine!

Some people think that all coffee has the same level of coarseness, but it is not true. Manufacturers produce three basic levels of ground and medium is the most common used and found in the supermarket shelves. But the thing is that depending on the type of the machine you are using and how you like your coffee (let’s say dripped, espresso, filtered, etc.), the proper grind to use might vary. For example, if you are found of dripped coffee, you should try to use a very coarse grind otherwise, a very fine one might come all inside your coffee and it will taste too strong and bad. Instead, if you are using an espresso machine judge, than the finest, the better. Try to find a local coffee shop that might grind the coffee beans for you and have them as you request.

Brew only how much you’ll have at the spot

Most people have the bad habit of brewing a whole pot of coffee and than have just half a cup of it. The leftover coffee will (at some point) get cold and on the other hand it also looses its taste and effectiveness if it stays brewed for a long time. So, unless you are using an espresso machine, try to brew as much coffee s you are having in that very moment and brew some more when you need more.

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How to Lower Garbage Disposal Noise

GARBAGE-DISPOSALIt’s definitely no secret.

If you are here, than you own a garbage disposal.

Not only that but you own a garbage disposal, and are more than likely sick of the loud noises it makes.

Especially, when one of your perfectly crafted pieces of silverware takes a good ole dive into that drain, without you seeing it.

Metal on metal grinding—screeches into your ear way very unpleasantly.

But even when your grinding up your waste like your supposed to, it can be pretty irritating at times.

But that shouldn’t be the reason why you don’t take a chance on these extremely convenient pieces of equipment.

Lets take a look at why you are hearing the sounds that you are, and what you can do to reduce them the most.

Why the Noise?

There are few factors into why your hearing such loud noise coming from your garbage disposal. For instance…

Wear and Tear

Over the course of usage, all garbage disposals are going to go through “wear and tear”. It is the very nature of their existence, to grind up and dispose anything that you feed to it.

Over a certain length of time, parts are going to get worn out and not operate as efficiently and smoothly as they once did. With parts not working together as one you get met with a very high level of noise.

Quality Of Parts

Purchasing the right brand can be all the difference in the amount of noise it produces. Cheaper brands that you may never have heard of are able to make their products at a low cost with a low price because the parts being used are low quality.

Low quality parts break down faster and do not operate, as they should consistently. Causing noise levels to reach uncomfortable heights.

Jammed or Other Obstructions

This one can be identified almost immediately after you flip your switch on. I can’t tell you how many times one of my daughters mini-kids sized utensils slipped past me and into our disposal. I go to flip the switch not pay a mind to this, and I am met with one of the most unpleasant sounds I have ever heard.

Anytime you get a piece of plastic [or heck even a rock] in your garbage disposal you are going to hear it as clear as day.

Loosely Fastened

When installing your garbage disposal it is very important that you tighten each part down per the instructions, evenly and tightly. Failure to do this will results in your disposal shaking more than it already has to.

For optimal performance your disposal needs to stay still, if its free to bounce around beneath your sink, than your definitely going to hear something about it.

Internal Parts Malfunction

Sometimes everything is working just right. Every part is working together to efficiently eliminate any solids in your waste so that it will smoothly and calmly exit out of your home and in your sewer system.

That is, unless one part isn’t doing his job. In which case, your disposal is going to seize up and make some cries for help while it does everything it can to keep working.

Vibration

Now this is one that is going to occur no matter what model you purchase, or what make you decided on. The richest man in the world can have the most expensive garbage disposal known to man, and still he will be met with the sounds of vibrations. The key is to limit these, not eliminate them.

Your disposal unit works from a horse powered electric motor and its function is to grind up anything that comes into its path. With so much mechanical energy going on in there, you are naturally going to get some vibrations.

How to Reduce Noise?

Ok so how do we lower the noise of a garbage disposal? We know the factors that go into why they make noise but what can we do to lower that?

This comes down to being an educated consumer, and that’s exactly what we are making you—right now!

Some brands and models will do it for you, with features that specifically target noise reduction.

Psst…want to know a secret?

The keyword for the best noise reduction with garbage disposals is—rubber

Additional Insulation

Some makes will feature additional insulation that is wrapped around all of its mechanical parts. This added layer helps hold in those decibels[measurement of sound] so they stay inside your garbage disposal.

Sink Mounts

Specific sink mounts used for sound reduction can be very useful. By applying specifically designed and extra secure rubber mounting. These help reduce the amount of vibration you would typically get, and help all your parts move efficiently.

Anti-Vibration Piping

How does something like this work? By wrapping the piping in rubber, of course! These are sometimes called “grommets” and they wrap around your piping so that the vibrations from the operation of your garbage disposal are absorbed into the rubber, and therefore reduce the sound level that they cause.

Sink Size

The materials that make up the sink you are hooking up to, can make all the difference in noise level. For example if you have a deep sink like myself, you are going basically hooking up to an amplifier.

Much like when someone blows through a horn, it amplifies the level of sound that is transmitted. The same goes for your garbage disposer to your sink. If you happen to have a smaller sized sink than you will experience a much lower level of noise here.

Sink Material

There are different types of materials that make up sinks. My sink is a very deep porcelain made. So my sound it fairly loud and echoing throughout my home, but if it were made of a much nicer material like say, stainless steel?

Then I would require ear muffs or plugs every time I went for that switch. Stainless steel sinks are much thinner and therefore they vibrate a lot easier. With more vibration comes a lot more sound. Think about both the depth and the material your sink is made of, to get a good guesstimate on your noise level.

In Conclusion

We hope you found out everything you need to know on how to reduce the level of your garbage disposal. As you can see there are a lot of different factors ranging from the type of mounting you use to the quality of parts to even the material your sink is made out of.

If you have any other questions concerning the noise level of your garbage disposal, please leave us a message and we will gladly answer it in a timely manner.

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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day, in my mind is a very important day for me spiritually. In fact I might consider it the most spiritual for me of all the traditional observed American holidays. Why? Well besides getting roses, breakfast in bed and getting to put my feet up most of the day, its about celebrating the beauty and wonder of the goddess through myself and all other mothers. It is a deep connection to the all through caring and our bodies bringing life into this world that ties us.

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It is also very important for non-mothers to honor their own mothers in their lives. So I wanted to share with you my experience for this past Mothers Day, not only what my family did for me, but how I honored the mother in myself.

– I slept in. I know I work hard taking care of myself, home business and my son and I owe it to myself and family to get extra rest when able.

– I enjoyed family time. My family is very important to me and I value every second we can spend together where work does not factor in. We even went to see all the cousins which was a special treat.

– I read a book. Not only because my husband got me a Kindle and I was excited to use it, but also because I value time where I can enrich my mind and grow on a spiritual level. This is also one thing I always want to do but rarely get time for.. and to be able to read for even 10 minutes is a blessing!

– I got a few things done that I had been putting off. One of the best perks of mothers day is that my husband helps out and tries to cover things I normally do in a day and gives me a full and complete day off. And now that thing that was in the back of my mind bothering me to get done is done. Not having to worry about one less thing being done is always a gift that keeps on giving.

– I ordered myself a new mother goddess pendant. I am so excited to get it and it will be worth the wait, but I needed to treat myself and find a new trinket to honor my motherhood.

– I meditated. Because alone time with nothing on my mind is always SWEET.

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Spring Cleaning: The Spirit.

Taking care of our spirit is something that we as moms tend to put off..I know I do. During spring I like to take some extra me time and focus on my spiritual connection to the all. Reconnecting is always a deep experience.

-Take time to ponder how you are a goddess… that you are a mother and a creator of life…a vessel of love and a care taker. Feel the goddess pumping through your veins and treat yourself as such.

-Take a ritual bath. Cleanse your spirit by bathing in sea salt and focusing on all the bad stuff going down the drain. Anoint yourself with essential oils after, using your favorite flower oil.

-Sprinkle and smudge yourself and home. Concentrate on getting out all the negative energy in your home and the sea salt and water washing it away and the smoke working to clean it.

-Spiritually Sweep/besom your home. Focus on getting all the bad stuff just cleaned out of your house. Start at a door and work around your home room to room in one direction until you finally sweep out all the old energy out the door you started.

-Make time each day to Meditate. Take time to contemplate the wonders of spring.

-Set up a spring altar. Include eggs and flowers and and even pictures of your children and or small animals.

– Dye and Paint eggs with your kids with sygils or important spiritual symbols of your family.

-Plan a spring feast…Plan to celebrate Ostara, Easter, Spring Equinox…Maybe even Beltaine…But plan to do a feast to honor spring with your whole family. For me growing up I always associated spring with my grandma making the pizzagaina, so that might be what our meal is built around in our family.

-Have a Spring fling… Take extra time to flirt with that certain someone special and be reminded of the fertility of spring.