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These vintage 1940's silver candle sticks show how silver should look. Photo courtesy of BerdAndBee

Most people do not have a kitchen full of silver any more, but for those of you who do have a few items, perhaps candle sticks or goblets, there is a really easy way to clean it.

Silver gets a black sheen or coating to it just from being exposed to air.  If it is also subject to handling, it will get a tarnished look very quickly.

But do not despair, it is not like the old days when you would have to sit and rub and rub that silver till it once again shone.  No now we have some quick and simple tricks and you already have all the things you need at home.

1. Grab your toothpaste and squeeze some onto your fingers, run this over the silver product ensuring that you have a thin but even coat all over the silver item.

2. Now get your old tooth brush kept for cleaning – if you do not have one, you really should, so use your current tooth brush and buy a new one for your mouth – then with a bit of warm water on the tooth brush work in short brushes all over the silver.

3. Rinse the toothpaste and water off your silver after a good brushing.

4. Using a soft cloth or tea towel give your silver a good rub to dry and polish.

And that is it, quick and easy silver cleaning!

Image courtesy of Marie G

So you have been watching your little baby steadily grow, each day they amaze you with the new things that they can do, from frowning to smiling, to rolling and sitting.  But when they suddenly discover the ability to move, be it by crawling or going commando across the floor, the joy may quickly turn into hazard brainstorming session.  And, well, that is a good thing!

Little children learn from their mistakes, but there are some that you just want to avoid them ever making! So now is the time to think about what you need to do to child proof your home!


Children will love to open cupboards, pull on draws and peak behind closed doors.  This is a great sign of their curiousity and development, so you do not want to stop all exploration.  However you do want to prevent their little fingers finding anything that could be dangerous.

The items to consider as potentially hazardous to a child include:

Kitchen – Any draw with knives or sharp implements, any draw with plastic bags, any cupboard with chemicals or cleaning equipment, any cupboard with medicinal supplies.

Laundry – Anywhere cleaning products or laundry products, pest control or gardening equipment (such as fertilizers etc) are kept.

Bathroom – Anywhere medicinal supplies, hair products such as hair moose and any cleaning products.


While cooking you need to be alert.  Either fit a safety door to the kitchen or ensure that you are vigilant.  Turn pot handles to the back of the stove and ensure the child stays away from a hot oven.


There are a number of things you can do to safe guard your child from water.  The facts are that children can die in a small bucket of water, so it is good to ensure that all outdoor water features, pools or buckets are either empty or have protective fences around them.  Inside ensure that the bath is always let out.

Another task to attend to is the temperature of your hot water, ensure that you have set it at an appropriate level in order to not burn or scold the child should it come out hot.  See Adjusting your gas hot water heater.  Also get in the habit of always turning the hot tap off first, so the cold water can cool the metal fixtures.

Finally ensure that you have a good quality mat down to reduce the chance of your child slipping.


It goes without saying that electricity is one of the most dangerous currents pulsing through any household.  Given a child’s curousity it is hard to ensure that they will never stick something inside a power point, so cover all accessible power points with a plastic cap when not in use.  Also ensure that you have a safety switch fitted, this will flick your power off should it happen to short circuit, hopefully protecting the child.

Door stoppers and strips

These are often overlooked, but they are quite important.  Look around your home for any door that shuts too quickly or sharply, and doors which have dangerous inside edges (that is when the door is open, does it leave a gap between door and frame where a child may place their finger).  If so, address these by putting in a door stop or a strip to ensure that your child’s fingers remain safe.


Stairs can prove fatal to a little child, so it is worth getting a gate.  These are usually very easy to fit.

On the fun flip side, you may also want to protect your DVD, VIDEO, WII etc from little fingers, slices of toast and being used as a money box.  In these cases your child is likely to be fine, in fact probably proud of their achievement, however you may have an expensive repair bill.

Check out the DIY Bargain Bin for all your child proofing needs.

Image courtesy of Rebecca Butler

Is there anything worse in the world than an unstable dishwasher that wobbles around in its little home, rattling the cupboards and the plates.  I don’t think so, but it should be very easy to fix.  Here we will take you step by step through how to achieve a perfectly level dishwasher!

1. Disconnect the power before progressing.

2. Check the level legs are firm and flat on the floor.

3. Close your dishwasher door and using a spirit level held vertically against the front door check that the bubble is centre.  If it is not you will need to adjust the legs.  Press firmly in the top centre to take the weight off the front legs by tilting the dishwasher backwards.  If the legs are hard to adjust by hand, use an adjustable wrench to assist.

4. Check the side to side level by opening your dishwasher door and placing the spirit level horizontally at the top of the dishwasher.  Adjust the legs until the bubble is in the centre.

Your dishwasher should now be perfectly level, but you may need to check it again if it starts to return to its wobbly ways.

The DIY Bargain Bin has a number of supplies to assist with a kitchen renovation or makeover, look in the DIY Bargain Bin Kitchens / Kitchen Fixtures and Appliances section to find out if we have what you are looking for.