Boiling Water as a DIY Humidifier (a few other cool ones too)

Did you know that you can use boiling water as a humidifier? As a kid growing up in the country of the plains of Texas, and although I didn’t know it then, I was privy to a lot of homegrown methods of getting things done ,that even in my lifetime have gone to the wayside.

One of those methods that has kind of got forgotten but I remember quite well is the art of using boiling water as a DIY humidifier.

The old house that my grandparents owned had the furnace style that was kept beneath the floor and worked by sending heat into the house through metal vents that looked like a 2 x 3 grill.

I remember if you stood on it too long, it would melt your shoes.

diy boiling water humidifierI also remember my grandmother putting a pot of water on that furnace grill.

I didn’t know what that pot of water was nor did I have any interest in that as a kid.

But now I know she was using that pot of water as a humidifier. The furnace underneath the house was so hot that it was not only melting shoes, it was drying out the air and causing all kinds of havoc with dried out noses, throats, and lips. Putting a pot of water on the furnace was a way of offsetting the dryness in the air and relieving those symptoms.

Boiling water as a DIY humidifier

is a trick that is as old as the hills you might say.

If you were to compare it to today’s humidifiers, the method of boiling water as a humidifier would be considered a vaporizer if you were to buy it at a big box store.

Vaporizers boil water to moisturize the air with steam. Boiling water on the stove is the exact same thing.

The only difference is the vaporizers usually come with some sort of medicinal additive like Vicks to help with congestion and breaking up phlegm.

But there’s nothing saying that you can’t add essential oils to your boiling water and get a similar, if not better breathing effect.

Some of the most common essential oils for adding to a vaporizer, Diffuser,  or a DIY humidifier are:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Clove
  • Rosemary
  • Oregano
  • Ginger

1.Eucalyptus oil

Next to putting Vicks rub all over your chest, eucalyptus oil is one of the most popular ways of combating breathing problems. It is known for its anti-inflammatory agents that help minimize respiratory flare-ups including bronchitis and asthma.

2.Peppermint oil

Peppermint is a lot like eucalyptus, it not only has a similar smell, it also has many of the antimicrobial properties that help ward off bacteria and viruses that eucalyptus oil has.

3.Lavender oil

If you ever do any research on what kind of things you can do to help you relax, lavender essential oils usually appear at the top. Lavender oil is known for its ability to reduce anxiety and promote a sense of calmness. Lavender oil is an excellent addition to your do-it-yourself humidifier.

4.Clove oil

Clover oil is another essential oil that is known for its benefits related to respiratory conditions. When inhaled, clove oil is a deterrent to allergy and asthma triggers.

5.Rosemary

Rosemary oil has a very unique smell that is great to add to your homemade vaporizer. Not only does it smell great, it contains an ingredient called ” Cineole”

According to the US National Library of Medicine, Cineole reduces cough frequency after 4 days.

5.Oregano

Oregano oil in your homemade humidifier will help fight off a cold bug. It’s true. Oregano oil contains three ingredients that are known to fight off bacteria. Carvacrol, Thymol, and Rosmarinic acid, all found in oregano oil, create a natural antibiotic and fungicide.

6.Ginger

Ginger oil has been shown to effectively decrease the symptoms of a cold. If you got the sniffles, adding Ginger oil to your boiling water humidifier is an excellent way to open up your airways and make it easier to breathe in general.

A bowl of water in front of a fanAlthough boiling water as a humidifier is an excellent do-it-yourself way to add moisture to the air, adding steam to the air is not always what you want out of a humidifier.

Cool mist humidifiers are generally known to be more soothing as a method of adding moisture to the air than hot steam.

A bowl of water in front of a fan

You can get a good DIY cool mist humidifier effect by placing a bowl of water in front of a fan.

That is essentially what an evaporative cooler does. It blows a fan across water to add cool air to the house.

By putting a bowl of water in front of a fan, the fan helps evaporate the water and moisturize the air and give you a cool breeze off the water at the same time.

Although it’s not going to be as effective as buying a cool mist humidifier, it’s still a very good option if you do not have a humidifier.

Humidify a room with a bowl of water

When you think about it, water evaporates. And though it may not evaporate at the rate that can give you instant relief, just leaving bowls of water around the house is a humidifier because the water will evaporate and add the moisture to the air.

Leave the water in the bath

One of the easiest ways to have a huge DIY humidifier is to run a bath and leave the water to evaporate instead of draining it out.

Take a shower for humidity

Leaving the doors open when you shower so that the moisture from the shower gets into the rest of the house is also a adequate do-it-yourself humidifier.

Air dry your clothes

I’m old enough to remember when dryers were much less popular and people dried their clothes on clothes lines in the backyard.

They also draw their clothes on clothes lines inside of the house when the weather is not permitting.

  It may have taken a lot of door spaces up but nevertheless it increased the humidity inside of the home.

diy dryer hose humidifierDIY Dryer hose humidifier

Dryers are hooked up to the wall with a hose that expels the heat and humidity outside when it is working.

Unhooking the hose so that the heat and humidity is expelled inside is a do it yourself humidifier that will actually do the job of a warm mist humidifier.

Get some fish

A fish tank is basically the same concept as leaving bowls of water around the house to evaporate.

Your aquarium serves the same purpose and it makes for an excellent hobby.

There are also fish tank/ humidifier combination devices being sold on Amazon. Might be worth checking out.

flowers in a vase diy humidifierFlowers in a vase

Another way to keep containers of water around the house is to put flowers out in vases.

Same concept as leaving bowls of water around the house, only with the beautiful addition of flowers to help humidify the home.

House plant sweat

House plants can actually be a good source of indoor humidity because of the little known fact of House plant sweat.

It’s actually called plant transpiration. It’s the process where moisture passes through a plant’s stomata or pores and releases water into the air through their foliage.

  This is one of the main reasons for keeping your plants clean. To ensure that their pores are not clogged.

Some plants make better humidifying plants than others though.

Some of the best house plants keep in your home for dry air are:

Spider Plant humidifier

Spider plants are really easy to grow and they increase the humidity indoors.
They are also on NASA’s big list of air purifying plants which gives them a double bang.

English ivy is another easy plant that has a high humidity increasing rate.

It also is good for reducing the carbon monoxide in the air.

Rubber Plant humidifier

Rubber plants are one of the coolest house plants you can own that also have a high transpiring rate.

They are also on NASA’s list of natural indoor air purifying plants.

Rubber plants also have huge leaves which aids in the humidifying process immensely.

Dwarf Date Palm

Also a cool looking plant to have in the house that is great for increasing the humidity in the home is the dwarf date palm.

Basically a miniature palm tree that can get pretty tall on its own.

Super easy to grow and keep healthy too.
diy houseplant humidifier

Recap:

Boiling water as a humidifier maybe a old trick but it is one that still works as well as it ever did. It is not only a great way to add moisture to the air, it is also ready to add essential oils to help you breathe better or relax if you want to.

 Other DIY tricks people use to increase the humidity in their home is to place bowls of water around the house to evaporate. Good one.

Keep flowers out in vases, same concept, also a good one.

Unhook the dryer hose. You will definitely get some humidity with this trick.

Humidifier plants.

Putting the right plants in your home will not only increase the humidity but will also increase oxygen and decrease indoor air pollution. Win. Win.

Check out the Air Innovations “everything you need in a humidifier” model MH -908 if you want to skip the do-it-yourself route.

 
 

Other Resources: Vaporizer or Humidifier

Thermostat flashing “Cool On”-Honeywell Troubleshooting

1. Honeywell Thermostat flashing cool on

The “Cool on”  message on a Honeywell thermostat is also known as “delay mode”. It often flashes in the form of a blinking snowflake  or as the word “wait’ as well.

It’s a courtesy message to let you know that the AC will delay in coming on for approximately 5 minutes in order to protect your unit from short cycling which can cause damage.

Honeywell thermostat says waiting for equipment

The waiting for equipment message on a Honeywell thermostat is to let you know that there will be a short delay before the AC powers on to prevent short cycling.

Honeywell thermostat says temporary

Whenever your Honeywell thermostat says temporary or temporary hold, it means that the temperature has been temporarily adjusted until the next scheduled change.

The “permanent hold” message indicates that the temperature is set at its permanent scheduled setting.

Honeywell thermostat says recovery

Recovery is a thermostat mode that indicates your air conditioner has turned back on after it has shut down because of a scheduled “off” period. The recovery mode message is nothing to worry about, it is simply a courtesy to let you know your AC has restarted in order to begin reaching the next scheduled temperature.

Honeywell thermostat says aux heat on

The Aux heat message on a Honeywell thermostat is to let you know that auxiliary heat has turned on in addition to your compressor as a supplement to get your temperature up.

It is a feature put in place to help your heat maintain temperature when the outdoor temperature is extra cold.

honeywell thermostat not turning onHoneywell thermostat “Return” blinking

The word “Return” flashing on a Honeywell thermostat simply means that the thermostat is returning to the preset schedule that it has been programmed for.

Honeywell thermostat says low battery with new batteries

According to Honeywell, if you are still getting a low battery message or the word Lol appears on screen even after you have replaced the batteries,
Then take the batteries out and replace them in the opposite , completely backwards position.
Leave the batteries in the thermostat backwards for about 30 seconds.
Take them back out and put them in the right way.

The message should be gone.

If that doesn’t work, there’s responsibility that the batteries are not good. Retry with new batteries.

Honeywell thermostat says ” leave”

Leave is the message on the Honeywell thermostat is the setting that you put your thermostat on when you are going to be away.
In other words, you’re going to be leaving for a while so you leave your thermostat on a lower or higher number based on the season so that it is not running at full capacity the entire time you’re gone.
Or it could be that it’s just sick of your face.

Honeywell thermostat blinking heat on

Heat on is the message on a Honeywell thermostat that is letting you know that there will be about a 5-minute delay before the heat comes on after the thermostat has been set.

The reason for this is to protect the equipment from short cycling and doing damage to the compressor.

This is the same message that appears when the AC comes on, except when the AC comes on the message will read “Cool on” or show a symbol of a snowflake.

Either way, there is nothing to worry about. It is simply a courtesy to let you know that there is a small delay between setting your thermostat and it coming on.

Honeywell thermostat is blank with no display

If your Honeywell thermostat is blank, the most likely issue is that the batteries have died. If you’re thermostat does not have batteries, then you have probably thrown a breaker.
Simple fix. Check the breaker first. If it is not tripped, then switch out the batteries.

Thermostat flashing _Cool On_ - HoneywellHoneywell thermostat reading wrong temperature.

The temperature sensor on a Honeywell thermostat is the most likely culprit win the thermostat is reading the wrong temperature.

Dust inside of the thermostat can accumulate on the sensor and cause it to gauge the temperature accurately. Popping the thermostat open and blowing out the dust with a can of keyboard air may solve the problem.

Another issue that can cause a Honeywell thermostat to read the wrong temperature is that it is not level.
Check to see if the thermostat has been knocked out of place and is sitting crooked.
If it is, simply level it back out and the thermostat should be reading the right temperature again.

3.  Another scenario that can cause your Honeywell thermostat to read the wrong temperature is its placement inside of your home. If it is not centered correctly inside of the area then it will not read the whole room accurately and could be affected by hot or cold spots in the room.

Honeywell thermostat not turning on

A Honeywell thermostat not turning on is usually a case of not getting power. If the batteries are completely dead, the thermostat will not turn on.
Also if the breaker is tripped, the thermostat will not be able to get power either.
A blank display, buttons not working, thermostat just not coming on, are all indicators that you need to check the battery or check and see if the breaker is tripped.

If the display is on but the thermostat is still not adjusting the temperature, then more than likely you have a dirty or malfunctioning sensor. Taking the thermostat apart and blowing out the dust can clear the sensor off and get the thermostat to working again. Or else replacing the thermostat is a little easier job than disassembling one.

Does Clorox Bleach Kill Fleas? 9 Highly Effective Killers

Does Bleach Kill Fleas?

“Clorox color safe bleach will kill fleas in your bedding, carpets , and furniture but it should not be sprayed directly on your dog or cat. The smell of bleach is much too strong for animals and can cause vomiting. Your pet will be tempted to lick it off as well. Clorox bleach is very poisonous if ingested.

Clorox bleach is very effective at killing flea eggs as well. It is not an instant solution and you should expect to wait at least 2-3 hours before the fleas are completely dead.”

In the west Texas town I grew up in, the climate was typically dry, the wind blew constantly and it was not unusual to see a lizard scurrying away at any moment.

It was also not unusual to deal with fleas on a constant basis. Remembering back, it seems like we were always putting a flea collar on our dogs.

And once the dogs brought the fleas into the house, we all had fleas.

I can remember sitting and watching TV and trying to catch a flea jumping all over me.

I also remember catching them, squeezing the heck out of them, only to find that they didn’t seem to be affected by being squeezed whatsoever.

And as soon as I let go, they jumped and were back on me.

Yikes. Is there anything more annoying than fleas?

Fast forward 40 plus years. We now have every solution, remedy, recipe, anything you want to know about how to get rid of fleas right at our fingertips.

Here’s a list of home remedies to get rid of fleas. (We’ll also let you know what doesn’t work!)

How to kill fleas in the dryer

Killing fleas in the dryer will be effective if you first wash your bedding, clothes, what have you with color safe bleach on the hottest temperature your washer has.

Turn the dryer to the hottest setting also. The combination of water, Clorox, and high temperatures will easily overcome any fleas or flea larvae that have gone through the wash and dry process.

Do you need to use color safe bleach to kill fleas?

 

Bleach is very strong and will take the color out of anything that it is sprayed on. It will not only take the color out, it will weaken the fabric so that it tears very easily if it is not diluted with water well.

It is important that you use Clorox color safe bleach and that you dilute it properly with water before you spray it on any fabric including your furniture or your carpet.

Before you spray any kind of do-it-yourself solution like bleach, find a spot that you inconspicuously spray it on to see if it’s going to change the color or weaken the threads.

Back to the canines:

How to kill fleas on dogs

dog with fleasA simple solution to getting fleas off of your dog is Dawn dishwashing soap.  It will coat any fleas on the animal and keep them from escaping when you’re washing the dog.

Simply dilute the dawn with some water to make a homemade shampoo.

Then bathe the dog using the dawn dishwashing soap diluted shampoo that you made and let it sit on the dog for a good 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing him or her off.

Fleas are notoriously bad swimmers so having your dog submerged in water with Dawn soap lathered on them is a sure way to  trap and kilk any fleas that are on the dog.

Want to take it a step further?

Will vinegar kill fleas?

 

 

Vinegar will not kill fleas but it is a strong deterrent for fleas. They cannot stand the smell of vinegar and will flee as fast as they can get away from it.

Vinegar combined with Dawn dishwashing soap can be a flea deterrent to the already effective Dawn dishwashing soap for flea method.

Adding vinegar to your dog’s bath is one way of leaving the smell of vinegar on your dog and helping keep fleas from wanting to be on the dog.

Another way is to dilute some vinegar with water in a spray bottle and spray it directly on your dog. The smell of vinegar on your dog will quickly make the fleas on him want to jump away from him.

Will lemon kill fleas?

lemon for fleasLemon will not kill fleas. Lemon is not poisonous, not even to fleas. But like vinegar,  it is a strong deterrent for fleas.

For a lot of people, using vinegar to ward off fleas is not an option because they cannot stand the smell of vinegar.

Lemon juice can be diluted with water and used as a spray to deter fleas on your pets without the smell of vinegar.

Is it as strong a deterrent for fleas as vinegar, probably not. But it will still work pretty well for those who do not want to mess with vinegar at all.

On the other hand

Lemon juice can be combined with your vinegar and water spray solution to make a doubly strong flea deterrent and it will take the edge off of the vinegar smell to make it more bearable.

Will Rosemary kill fleas?

 

 

Rosemary is a spice that is known to be an awesome flea deterrent but it is not an insecticide and will not kill fleas.

Rosemary however has a pleasing smell compared to vinegar, similar to the smell of incense.

Ground Rosemary can easily be sprinkled around the home, on the furniture, behind the pillows, the carpet and rugs, anywhere there is the likelihood of fleas.

Combining Rosemary with lemon juice and water we’ll also make a very strong solution that you can spray directly on your animals without worries of poisoning them or irritating their skin.

Combine Rosemary, Lemon Juice , and Vinegar in a water diluted spray.

You now have three cord strand that will keep fleas at bay and smell Great.

Dehydration

There are some DIY solutions that simply amount to dehydrating fleas. Fleas tend to flourish in warm moist environments. Using a product to dehumidify an area will rob fleas of their need of moisture, which will kill them and chase them away to find moisture.

Salt.

salt for fleasSalt kills fleas by drying them out and damaging their fragile exoskeleton. Salt is one of the easiest desiccant products that you already have around the house.

Salt is a natural dehumidifier that also has an abrasive quality to it. The combination of dehydration and navigating through the rough terrain that salt presents to fleas, leaves the fleas with no chance of survival.

To use this method, grinding the salt to a powder will work better using household salt right out of the container.

The method is to dust your carpets and furniture with the finely ground salt.

Wait a couple of days then thoroughly vacuum.

Unfortunately, it is not a one-time, winner takes all, solution.

You’re going to have to use this method every 2 to 3 days to be satisfied that the fleas are gone.

Will baking soda kill fleas?

Baking soda will kill fleas by drying them out. It is very similar to salt in that it has a dehydration quality that will dry out a fleas exoskeleton and leave them with no chance to survive.

The method of using baking soda is exactly like the method of using salt to get rid of fleas.

Dust your carpet and furniture with baking soda, allow to sit a day or so, then vacuum it completely up.

Remember to dump the vacuum canister outside in a dumpster or outside trash can. Preferably away from your house. If your vacuum has a bag, take it to a dumpster also.

You will need to do this process every few days till the fleas are under control.

Salt and baking soda can be mixed together to make a doubly strong desiccant for getting rid of fleas.

Will Borax kill fleas?

 Borax is also a natural dehumidifier that will dry a flea out sufficiently that it cannot survive.

The only problem with using borax compared to other flea dehydration methods is that borax needs to be used a lot more carefully so that it doesn’t get on your skin and in your eyes.

That also means that it should not get into your pets eyes or onto their skin. So you will have to barricade the area before using borax to get rid of fleas.

Take Away

This article is a few popular ways to get rid of fleas using household products.

Clorox Safe Bleach is one of the only household products that will actually kill fleas.
Remember that bleach will deteriorate and take the color out of any fabric if it is not diluted properly. To make sure that you do not do anything to damage your furniture or carpet, only use color safe bleach and spray it on an inconspicuous area first to ensure that it is not too strong to have an effect on your personal items.

Most do it yourself; flea solutions are used as a repellent. Which also has its place. Items like vinegar, lemon and rosemary, as well as essential oils all can work to repel fleas on your animals very well.

Methods that use dehydration like salt and baking soda are also very popular and many people use them with great success.

How to kill fleas instantly?

cat with fleasKilling fleas instantly is not as easy as it seems. But there are many commercial flea killers that have the capacity to do just that.

There are many commercial flea killers available like Vet’s best flea and tick spray, that will get the job done.

Most people will prefer to get flea drops like K9 Advantix flea and tick prevention and just put it on the back of the neck of the dog.

Commercial insect Killers for fleas and ticks that you put directly on your yard also can be much faster and do a quicker job of getting rid of fleas than going the do-it-yourself route.

Ortho home defense and black flag flea and tick are both very popular products to keep fleas from becoming a problem in your yard and transferring themselves to being a problem inside of your home.

Methylated Spirits( 19 Answers About Denatured Alcohol)

Methylated spirits is another word for denatured alcohol. Or Ethanol alcohol that has been de-naturalized.

Yes, Methylated spirits are the same alcohol that you drink to get drunk on, yet it has been treated with poisons to ensure you do not do so.

Why ruin such a pure ethanol beverage by adding things to destroy its rate of consumption?

Taxes. Profit. It’s That Simple.

Without the additives to discourage the consumption of methylated spirits, the purity and dirt cheap price methanol spirits would be an easy alternative to vodka. And much purer.

(Methylated spirits still have the share people who try to drink it, the result can end up being blindness. No matter how bad you need to drink, I’m sure you don’t want to be blind. So avoid drinking denatured alcohol at all cost.)

Even though drinking it is out of the equation, methylated spirits have a lot of other uses and a surprising amount of folklore and urban legend surrounding them.

Is Methylated Spirits the Same Thing as Mineral Spirits?

No. Methylated spirit is made from grain alcohol and mineral spirits are made from petroleum.

Mineral spirits are typically called paint thinner and are good for thinning oil paint and cleaning oil paint out of brushes.

Denatured alcohol is good for cleaning shellac out of your brushes. But it will not work for oil or acrylic and latex.

Is Methylated Spirits the Same as Rubbing Alcohol?

No. Both are made from ethanol alcohol but methylated spirits have additives that make them poisonous and foul-smelling. Which also makes it unsuitable to use on your skin.

Rubbing alcohol is used for sterilizing and as an antiseptic, therefore it is pure. Rubbing alcohol or Isopropyl alcohol is suitable to use on your skin and is often used to clean wounds and remove dirt and oil from your skin.

Antiseptic?

No. Just the opposite, methylated spirits have been treated with poisons that will burn the skin rather than help clean it.

Safe for Skin?

No. Methylated spirits is also called denatured alcohol because it has been changed through the addition of additives that have been put into it to discourage consuming it.

The additives are smelly and poisonous. Not conducive to Skin Care. If you get denatured alcohol on your skin, you should wash it off immediately by running water over the area for at least 10 minutes.

Can You Clean Wounds with Methylated Spirits?

Methylated spirits are poisonous and should never be put on an open wound.

Can You Drink it?

Methylated spirits are dangerous to drink. It has been intentionally poisoned with additives that not only smell bad, can actually cause blindness. It should never be consumed as an alternative to any alcoholic beverage despite its origin of being pure alcohol.

Will Methylated Spirits Stimulate Hair Growth?

Urban legend has it that using methylated spirits on your scalp can hope your hair grows faster. The alcohol content of the methylated spirit is said to be the catalyst.

But the truth is just as methylated spirits is dangerous if it gets on your hands or face, it is also dangerous on your scalp.

There are other types of products that have alcohol in them that you can put on your scalp and experiment with hair growth with.
But denatured alcohol is poisonous and should not ever be applied to your scalp or any other part of your body.

Help a Beard Grow?

Many people believe that the alcohol content in methylated spirits will help a beard grow out faster. But Methylated spirits are treated with additives that make it dangerous to ingest or get on your skin.

There are many other products like aftershave or rubbing alcohol that could be experimented with as beard growth enhancers but denatured alcohol will not help your beard grow, it will only burn your face if you put it on it.

Does Methylated Spirits Kill Lice?

Methylated spirits should not be applied to your child’s head as an insecticide. Technically the alcohol content in methylated spirits will kill lice but it will also severely burn your scalp in the process.

Rubbing alcohol or Isopropyl alcohol will kill lice and not injure your child.

An easy recipe to remove lice from your child’s scalp is to put rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and spray your child’s head very well with it. Be very careful not to get it into their eyes.
After the alcohol has sat on their head for about 10 minutes, liberally apply hair conditioner to their head and begin to comb out the lice, wiping the comb off every time you bring it through the hair.

Will Methylated Spirits Kill Mold.

Methylated spirit is an excellent cleanser for removing mold. Denatured alcohol is an all-around excellent bathroom cleaner. It can be used to clean porcelain, marble, shower curtains, and windows. Only remember that denatured alcohol is also a solvent for shellac. So stay away from trying to clean anything that has a varnish veneer.

Glass cleaner

Methylated spirits make an excellent glass cleaner that has the benefit of drying very fast. It is very close to vinegar in its ability to leave a streak-free windshield or mirror.

Laminate floors

Denatured alcohol is an excellent spot cleaner on laminate floors. Due to its un-abrasive nature, it will remove grease and nail polish without scratching.

Acne.

Methylated spirits are not good for acne or pimples because their poisonous content will burn the skin. Rubbing alcohol can be used for removing oil from your facial pores safely, but denatured alcohol should never be intentionally applied to the skin.

Ringworm

Because methylated spirits contain menthol, it has been mentioned that it is a good solution for getting rid of ringworm. But because it contains menthol does not mean that it should be used as a topical solution for any type of fungus including ringworm or athlete’s feet.
A better solution is an over-the-counter fungus spray.

Paint prep

Denatured alcohol makes a good paint prepping solution because it is good for lifting grease and dust. Only be sure that you are using gloves while you are dealing with the methylated spirits.

Denatured alcohol also has the added benefit of being able to tell you what type of painted surface you are dealing with. By applying a small amount of denatured alcohol onto a painted surface, you can quickly whether or not it has a shellac or varnish sheen.

Degreaser

Methylated spirits are one of the oldest tricks in the book when it comes to a cheap household degreaser.

Nail Polish Remover

Denatured alcohol is a good nail polish remover from clothing, flooring, carpeting, etc. But it is not a substitute for nail polish remover to be used on your fingers.
Methylated spirits contain poisons that can burn your hands and should only be used with gloves on.

Skin Lightening or Bleaching

Another urban legend that has popped up is that methylated spirits will bleach and lighten your skin. This is totally unfounded and is dangerous. Putting denatured alcohol intentionally on your skin will burn. It has been intentionally treated with additives that are poisonous and should never be ingested or applied topically.

 

Can you use Methylated Spirits as Fuel

Ethanol is a great stove fuel. And since methylated spirits are primarily ethanol with additives to keep you from drinking it, it actually makes a good stove fuel also.

But since denatured alcohol has such a high ethanol content, it tends to burn very hotly. Which has in turn created a crisis of people being burned using it as fuel. So much so that PubMed has declared that it should never be used as a fuel.

Summary

Methylated spirits or denatured alcohol have a lot of pros and cons.

As a cleaner, it is excellent for cleaning anything greasy and makes an outstanding bathroom cleaner that can handle mold and lime as well as leave a streak-free clean mirror.
It is also a great choice to remove fingernail polish from clothing and other surfaces like the floor and carpeting.

It is also excellent as a solvent for removing shellac and prepping for a paint job.

But as a topical skincare solution for cleaning wounds, antiseptic care, acne, fungus and ringworm, lice removal, or a solution for helping hair grow, it should never be used.

So in the final summary, when it comes to methylated spirits:

Inanimate objects, Yes
Animate objects, No!

How to Remove Burnt Smell From Microwave

Recently the trend of spicy macaroni and cheese has hit the shelves and couldn’t be more popular at my house.

And with everyone at home from the recent crisis, it seems like around here,  macaroni and cheese is the only thing that kids want to eat.

And since the Mac n cheese comes in individual servings that you just add water to and microwave, it makes it a super easy way to keep the kids fed with something that they want anyway. Plus they can fix it themselves.

But this trend recently led to an event in my house that was funny to everyone because of what happened and who it happened to,

but it left a lingering burnt smell in the kitchen and in the microwave for weeks.

REMOVE BURNT SMELL FROM MICROWAVE


What happened?

My daughter decided to fix her some instant macaroni and cheese and forgot to put the water in it before she put it in the microwave.

It burned and smoked up the whole house. The smell was repugnant and lingered in the kitchen for about 3 days.

The smell in the microwave seemed to be permanent.

Now, I have smelled some burnt stuff in the microwave, and up till now I would have said that popcorn is the worst thing you can burn in the microwave, but I don’t believe that anymore.

The smell of burnt macaroni in the microwave, specifically macaroni that is dusted with the cheese flavoring without any water, is by far the worst smell I have ever encountered, burning something in the microwave.

The smell was so bad that my instant reaction was that we were going to just have to buy a new microwave. it really seemed that there was no getting the smell out.

But I did a little research on the internet and decided to try a few do-it-yourself solutions.

I tried boiling a glass of water with vinegar in it. No dice.

I tried washing the inside with vinegar. Still didn’t do the trick.

I scrubbed the inside with vinegar and baking soda. Nope.

The burnt smell was still there and continued for a few weeks.

I’d love to say that I kept with it and eventually found the miraculous cure for getting the smell out of burnt macaroni out of the microwave, but that’s not the case.

I blew it off.

But every time I used the microwave, the smell reminded that I was probably going to have to buy a new microwave soon.

It took someone else to come along and tackle the burnt smell problem to finally get rid of it.

My other older daughter in an uncommon move decided to clean the kitchen. She was in a mood to deep clean the house.

This is a person who has been attempting to clean her room going on years now.

But there she was , scrubbing and mopping and washing and wiping. Odd.

About this time, I decided to heat up my coffee in the microwave and realize that the smell was completely gone from the burnt macaroni incident.

I asked her how she got the burnt smell out of the microwave and she pulled out a little travel bottle of a concoction she had whipped up.

What was it?

Clean Microwave with Lemon

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What is the best way to get the burnt smell out of a microwave?

Vinegar, Lemon Juice and Water

Specifically: 1/2 cup of water, 3/4 cup vinegar and a couple tablespoons of lemon juice. Both lemon juice and vinegar have a high pH and strong acid content making their alkalinity especially potent at removing stains and odors.

“Lemon” turns out to be the magic ingredient that I was missing.

Honestly I would not have believed it if I did not see it for myself since I’d already tried my own version of do-it-yourself cleaner that I had found on the internet.

But it was the real deal and I can’t deny that that simple recipe cleans the odor out of the microwave so well.

Now I’m on the Lemon train.

And I’ve been discovering a lot of things that lemon is good for.

It turns out lemon is actually very good for a multitude of cleaning duties.

 

1. Polishing Silverware with Lemon

The acidity of lemons makes it very effective at polishing and shining silverware. It also has a load of antibacterial properties that help leave your silverware safer as well.

Along the same lines, It is also excellent for shining up your chrome. Add a little salt to the lemon juice for extra strength and some grit to get down deep.

2.  Clean Coffee maker and Coffee pot with Lemon

Vinegar, lemon juice,  and water, will get all the coffee stain buildup out of the coffee maker by running the DIY cleaner through a couple of cycles.

The coffee pot may need to soak a bit in it. But the result will be a brand new shiny looking coffee pot when it’s cleaned up with care.

3. Use Lemon as Flea Repellent

As it turns out, fleas are repelled by the smell of lemon and vinegar. According to Hunker, boiling lemons, water, and instead of adding vinegar, add a bit of Rosemary.

This solution can be sprayed right onto your dog, put under their collar, or sprayed directly on your couch or rug, wherever your pets are hanging out and transporting fleas to.

4.  Get Rid of Ants and Roaches with Lemon

Ants and roaches are also repelled by the smell of lemon and vinegar. The solution can be sprayed all along the baseboards and window seals to help ward off the nasty insects.

That’s only a few uses you can get out of using vinegar, water, and lemon around the house.

Clothes whitening, dandruff, even as an all-natural anti toxin that will help clean out your gut, it seems the uses of vinegar and lemon are endless.

lemon for cleaningBut like anything else you see on the internet, make sure you do your due diligence and do a trial run before you go hog wild taking another person’s advice.
After all, if it were an over the counter cleaner, the directions would tell you to try it on a spot that you can hide before you spray it all over everything.

What Kills Spiders? Vinegar? Bleach? Hairspray?

What Kills Spiders?

Obviously there is a unique place in the world for spiders. I’m not going to argue the benefits of letting spiders be, even though personally that’s the position I would normally take. At least helping it to get outside when I see one in the house.

But having the fortunate and sometimes unfortunate situation of being the only man in a house full of women and girls,

I can tell you that there is no reasoning and no articulating words you can say to a woman, at least the ones in my house, when they see a spider.

Hysteria is the only emotion that can be drawn from in that moment.

Even if it’s a small spider. God forbid a tarantula ever enter our domain.

So this article is about what household items and sprays that you have around that can kill a spider when the evil dares to encroach upon your castle.

What kills spiders?

Here is a brief list of household items you probably already have on hand and some that may be even already within arms length. Good Luck in your Spider Removing endeavor.

Does vinegar kill spiders

Does vinegar kill spiders?

Vinegar is a spider repellent because it contains acetic acid. Vinegar is often used as a household cleaner to remove mold and mildew because of this very ingredient.

Mixed with water is also one of the easiest and best window cleaners you can use. Chances are you may even have a spray bottle of vinegar and water under your sink ready to use in case you see a spider in the house.

“Using a easy recipe of one part vinegar and one part water, you can spray the solution directly on a spider and it will definitely flee.”

And since the odor the white vinegar is enough to repel a spider, placing small bowls of white vinegar around the inside of your house is a easy way to repel and keep spiders from coming inside of your home.

Does bleach kill spiders?

Bleach is a fungicide as well as a pesticide because it has the capacity to kill bacteria better cellular level.

The acid in bleach destroys anything it comes in contact with, and yes that does include spiders.

But bleach is not recommended as a pesticide because it is not only dangerous to pest it is dangerous to humans. And destructive to anything you spray it on.

But if you’re in a pinch and you need something fast to get rid of a spider, one part bleach to three parts of water will do the trick.

Spray it directly on the insect and any web or spider eggs you can identify.

And get ready for your clothes to be stained White and eventually tear apart.

Does hairspray kill spiders?

Hairspray does not typically contain poisons that would kill a spider but it does have a coating effect that would smother the spider,

it will basically glue the spider’s body and legs, restricting any motion. This at least will give you enough time to get rid of the spider or get help to remove it.

As an insecticide, they are much better household options to get rid of spiders than hairspray.

Does Windex kill spiders?

When you see a spider and you are in a quick pinch to find something in a hurry that will execute him,

“Windex is a product that you may have nearby that will kill a spider. Not only will Windex kill a spider, you can adjust the nozzle so that you do not have to get too near to the spotter to douse him with Windex.”

Once you spray the Windex on the spider, give it a little bit and you will see that he has curled up and died.

does bleach kill spidersDoes Febreze kill spiders?

Febreze is a household item that is likely to be an arms reach when you spot a spider.

That is good because febreze contains an ingredient called hydroxypropyl beta-cyclodextrin and another ingredient called Benzisothiazolinone that are both lethal to spiders.

Dousing a spider with febreze or any spray household air freshener, will not only kill the insect, it will not leave behind the toxic smell that you get from spraying a repellent like Raid.

Does Lysol kill spiders?

Lysol is poisonous to spiders but spraying on a spider with more than likely Chase it off rather than kill it on the spot. Although it will probably go somewhere and die.

Grabbing a broom and swatting the spider is more effective than spraying Lysol on it.

Does salt kill spiders?

Salt will kill spiders and it is one of the most easy and effective ways to repel spiders and keep them from coming into your house.

Obviously salt is not a spur of the moment something you can grab and kill a spider type of a solution.

But as a deterrent for keeping spiders out of your house, mixing warm water and salt in a spray bottle and spraying all of your perimeters, doors and windows, and dousing any eggs or webs you see with the salt and water solution will keep spiders from entering your home.

 One drawback is, if it rains it’ll wash the solution away and you’ll have to do it again.

What household cleaners kill spiders?

Most household cleaners will not kill a spider instantly but they will inhibit its movement till it curls up and dies.

Any aerosol that you have available is likely to chase the spider off and eventually kill him and if the spray has an adhesive element to it like spray glue or hairspray, the spider will not be able to move and eventually die on the spot.

Spiders are very fragile creatures and any aerosol household spray that you have handy will eventually kill a spider.

What kills spiders instantly?

A commercial insect spray is a better choice if you need the spider to die instantly.

Does hairspray kill spidersDoes Raid kill spiders?

Raid spider blaster will kill spiders on contact. And sometimes waiting for a spider to die or using a repellent to scare them is not an option.

I have tried to keep a light-hearted approach to killing spiders in this article because it is such a funny thing to see how scared of spiders that some people can be. Especially the women in the girls that I live with.

But there is no denying that some spiders need to be very carefully dealt with.
If you live in a household, like I do with a lot of children and females, it’s worth teaching them to be able to identify when a spider is especially dangerous.

The Black widow and the Brown Recluse are both spiders that are popular but are deadly if they bite you.

If you have a spider infestation or think that you have spotted a dangerous spider in your home, the best thing to do is call a professional to examine your home and professionally exterminate the problem.

 
 

How to Make Gold Paint. The Color Mixing Guide

Do you know how to mix the right colors to get a great looking gold shade? Regardless of your painting furniture or slaving away on your next Picasso?

Mixing your own paint while might not only be cheaper, can also help you dial in to get the perfect shade of gold you are looking for.

In this guide, we will teach you how to make Gold paint as well as Metallic Gold and Rose gold.

How to Make Gold Paint.

What colors make gold?

Gold. The color of royalty. A symbol of wealth. And a signal of both affluence and prestige. All that and more.

But as a color of paint, it is not the easiest to mix. But it is easy to get too light or too dark and end up looking like rust or spicy mustard.

How to make gold paint?

Below is a list of color combinations that can be mixed to make gold paint.

What colors make gold?

Combination # 1

Yellow – Red – Blue

1.Mix the yellow and blue together to make green.
2. Add Red to make Brown.
3. Add more Yellow

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Combination # 2

Black – White – Yellow

1.  Combine the White and the Black to make Gray
2. Mix the Gray with Yellow

Combination# 3

Orange – Yellow- Brown

1.  Mix the Orange and Brown to get a Terracotta color. Terracotta is a Sienna shade that is a very red Earth color.
2. Mix the Terracotta with Yellow.

Combination #4

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What two colors make gold?

The simplest recipe for gold paint is Yellow and Brown.

1.  Start with Yellow.
2.  Add in a small amount of Brown. A little goes a long way.
3. Depending on the shade you’re after, either add more Yellow or more Brown till You get the desired Gold paint you’re looking for.

If you start with Brown and add Yellow, it will take an enormous amount of Yellow paint to overtake the Brown to make Gold.

That’s why you should start with Yellow and only add a tiny bit of Brown and try it before you add anymore.

Combination # 5

Black – Red – Yellow

1.  Mix equal parts of Black and Red to make Maroon.
2. In a separate spot, pour out some Yellow paint.
3. Add the maroon to the yellow.
Mix it in slowly till you get the shade of gold that you want.

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How to make gold acrylic paint?

Black – White – Yellow

1.  Combine the White and the Black to make Grey
2. Mix the Grey with Yellow for a great looking acrylic gold color.
3. (Optional) Add in Gold sparkles to give it a metallic Sheen

How to make Rose Gold paint?

Combination# 1

Gold – Silver – Red

1.  Combine equal parts of gold and silver paint.
2. Slowly add Red till you get the desired Rose Gold color that you are after.

Combination # 2

Gold – Silver- Pink- Gold Sparkles

1.  Equal parts Gold and Silver
2.  Add Pink
3 . Add Gold sparkles to give it a metallic look.

Combination# 3

Gold – Silver – Red – White

1.  Mix Equal parts Gold and Silver
2.  Pour out some White and a separate spot.
3. Add Red to the White till you get a Dark Pink.
4. Mix the Dark Pink with the Gold and Silver mixture.

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Homemade AC Coil Cleaner- 5 DIY Recipes

Is it time too deep clean the HVAC system again?

Keeping the components of the central heat and air unit that you rely on for warm and cool air clean are essential for not only getting the best results out of your AC but also making sure your energy bill stays manageable.

The air conditioning evaporative and condensing coils carry a lot of weight in determining how well your AC unit is able to cool off your house.

When they get dirty it
can decrease the capacity of your unit to cool your home and increase the amount of energy it takes to do so. A air handler with dirty coils can actually increase your energy bill as much as 40%.

But the good news is, you do not have to pay somebody or spend a lot of money on a specific degreaser or cleaner to revive your AC’s copper coils back to their original shine and performance.

A perfect homemade AC coil cleaner for both your evaporative and condenser coils is as easy as going to your cupboard or medicine cabinet and pulling out a couple of household items that most people are sure to have around.

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Homemade AC coil cleaner- Homespun Recipes

 

1. Vinegar and alcohol

  1. Half cup of vinegar
  2. Half cup of rubbing alcohol
  3. Baking soda

If this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s basically the same ingredients as DIY window cleaner.

Nevertheless, alcohol and vinegar are an excellent combination to make sure that any tiny debris stuck on the coils breaks completely loose.

If you have debris that won’t come off without a little scrubbing, baking soda is a natural cleaner that has a mild abrasive element to it that will help with scrubbing without damaging the coils.
Vinegar is also one of the best cleaning tools to remove mold and mildew.

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2. Soapy water and baking soda

  1. Water
  2. Dish soap
  3. Baking soda

Another easy recipe with ingredients that most people have around the house. A bucket of water with a little bit of dish soap and some baking soda if you need something abrasive to loosen up anything stuck to the coils.

With any type of homemade AC coil cleaner, remember to use a light brush and take it easy on the coils. You don’t want to scratch the coils or bend the fins that protect the coils.

3. Bleach and Water

  1. Bleach
  2. Water

A three to one combination of water and bleach (bleach being the smaller portion) in a spray bottle is an excellent homemade solution to clean the coils on your air conditioner.
Not only will bleach kill mold and mildew, it will also help prevent it from coming back.

Warning: If you don’t like the smell of bleach or if you have any type of adverse challenges with bleach, you probably want to stay away from this option. The reason is there is a chance that the smell will creep into your ventilation and into your home.

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4. Vinegar and water

Using a homemade AC coil cleaner made up of simply vinegar and water is an excellent easy do-it-yourself solution for cleaning the coils in your AC unit.

Equal parts:

  1. White vinegar
  2. Water

White vinegar is one of the most effective mildew and mold cleaners there is. It not only removes mold, it leaves behind disinfectant properties that hinders mold from coming back.

5. Compressed air and dust buster

What could be an easier solution to cleaning the AC coils than using an air compressor to simply blow off any debris.
Using a compressor to blow the debris and dirt off of the coils is very effective but just hitting the area with a sudden force of air will scattered dust and debris all through your AC unit.

So before using forced air to clean the unit, it is best to take a dust buster or vacuum with the right attachments to get and get as much dirt and debris up as you can beforehand.

Another reminder. The fins that surround the coils are made out of very light tin. Be careful not to barrel down with the air. Keep it three or four inches away to ensure you do not bend the fins.

 

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5. Garden hose

On the evaporative side of the AC which is outside, you will find that keeping the area tidy around your AC unit will help your AC run much more efficiently.

Simply taking a garden hose and applying some of pressurized water to the outside of your unit and even into any of the inside that you can actually reach with a garden hose spray attachment will help your AC run easier and along with keeping the air conditioner filters replaced will give you less opportunities with your unit freezing over.

Why Does My Room Smell Musty?

Musty is a word that is sometimes used to describe the feeling you get from a stale or a stuffy room. It’s usually a smell that you just can’t quite put your finger on, but you know that there is something that is not quite right. But in most cases that “not quite right feeling” is the presence of mold and mildew.

Why Does My Room Smell Musty?

A musty smell in a room is an indicator that you have moisture coming in somewhere that along with dirt or grime has become a source of food and nutrition for mold and mildew to take root. Mold can take root and grow very fast when given the right ingredients. A musty smell should be taken seriously as a warning that there is an issue with mold close by.

I’ve had a personal experience with this.

In my neighborhood there was an issue with heavy rains that washed over the curbs and went up the driveway and eventually seeped into the backdoor of the house.

It didn’t seem like much at the time so we really didn’t do too much about it besides put some towels down to soak up the water. And it was the very back of the house that doesn’t get a lot of traffic anyway.

A couple of months later I noticed a rotten smell coming from that area.

I pulled out a bookshelf that was in that corner and pulled up the edge of the carpet only to find that dark green and black mold had spread heavily underneath the carpet and had made its way all over the wall and the back of the shelf, including all the books on it.

It was pretty shocking to see how much the mold had taken over.

We had to take the carpet up and remove and replace the drywall on that side of the room.

Luckily the mold did not turn out to be the dangerous Stachybotrys or black mold.

All that to say that if you have a musty smell in your room, it’s a situation that you should take seriously.

Mold can do more destruction than you may be giving it credit for. And do it much faster than you may think.

Mold can also exasperate allergies and is known to be a trigger for asthma.

What you are looking for in your room when you have a musty smell is an inappropriate source of moisture.

According to the National Library of Medicine , Mold spores are practically everywhere and there is really no way to get away from them or keep them out of your house. But without an adequate source of moisture, they cannot grow and colonize into a problem.

So the fundamental thing you’re looking for in the case of a musty smell is moisture and the supply of that moisture.

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Why Does My Room Smell Musty in The Morning?

What could be some reasons your room smells musty?

  1. Wet carpet
  2. Wet drywall
  3. Window seals
  4. Excessive humidity
  5. Dew
  6. Leaves
  7. Moldy items in trash
  8. Moldy food laying around
  9. Mold inside of the HVAC duct work

1. Wet carpet

Remember that you are looking for the source of the moisture.

If you have wet carpet then the ideal is to figure out why it is wet.

Some reasons may be as simple as a soaking wet towel laying on the carpet or has there been a big spill that was not cleaned up?

If you have a large area that is damp, then there may be a leak that has sprung from a pipe beneath the flooring.

it will be worthwhile for you to peel the carpet back and make sure that your floor is not soaking wet beneath.

And if it is, you should make it a priority to have it fixed as soon as possible to avoid further damage and mold growth.

2.  Wet drywall

It can be a smell can be coming from the walls if a pipe inside of the wall has busted. Examine the walls and see if you can find any areas where they are bubbling, swelling, or peeling which would indicate that moisture has gotten inside of the drywall.

3.  Window seals

One area that moisture can get into the house easily is the windows. If the windows are not sealed properly, you can find moisture creeping in around the window. If it has been going on for a long time, you will also find the frame around the window rotting.

4. Excessive humidity

If you live in an area with a climate that is prone to high humidity, you may find that it is the humidity that is causing moisture to build up inside of your room. If this is the case, then mildew is probably showing up on your walls or ceiling somewhere.

This is the case in many basements. The level of humidity inside of the room causes condensation to build on the walls and create a natural food source for mold and mildew.

The best solution in that case is to use a dehumidifier to pull moisture out of the air so that it does not have a chance to become a problem in the form of mold.

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5.  Dew

Many people claim to be more concerned with the dusty smell in their house in the morning time.

That morning musty smell is usually associated with the moisture that develops in the air in the early morning hours.

It’s the moisture that is commonly known as dew.

Dew can help turn the volume up on the smell of mold and mildew in the morning.

6.  Leaves

Leaves, specifically in the Autumn season can pile up in gutters and around the house and make an excellent environment for mold to take root. And once the mold has colonized inside of the leaves, any sort of rustling around caused by the wind or by kicking the leaves can unleash mold spores into the air.

7.  Moldy items in trash

Sometimes a musty smell is coming from a moldy item that has been thrown away and just sitting there stinking. The trash can is one of the first places to look when you smell something musty in your room.

8.  Moldy food laying around

Moldy food can cause a very pungent musty smell when it is laying out or in the trash can. Items like half eaten hamburgers and apple cores are best disposed of in the main kitchen area where the trash is taken out more frequently.
If you have a musty smell in your room, looking for any food that has been left out to mold is a good place to start.
Another place that you can find moldy musty smells is in the kitchen sink where the garbage disposal is. If the garbage disposal has not been cleaned properly in a while, you are liable to smell moldy food coming from there.

9. Mold in HVAC ductwork

If there is mold in your ductwork, you can be sure that it will be distributed throughout the house every time the heating or air conditioning comes on.

According to this study, mold can be commonly found inside of an air handler, specifically the wheel fan blades, the ductwork, and the cooling coil fins.

Another source of mold coming into the house through the ductwork is the evaporative coils. Dirty evaporative coils contain all the ingredients for mold to flourish and find its way inside of the house.

If you have a musty smell coming from your HVAC ductwork, cleaning the evaporative coils located on the outside section of your unit is a good place to start to reduce the volume of mold spores coming in.

Another trouble area for HVAC systems when it comes to mold is the drip pan. If the drip pan is not draining sufficiently, water can build up in the pan and become a source of mold.

Clearing any blockage from the drip pan to the outside drainage is also a good way to ensure that you do not have mold growing and coming in through your HVAC.

UV systems are often used to target areas like evaporative coils and drip pans so that mold does not have a chance to colonize and become a problem in your air quality.

Does a Michigan Basement have a Higher Potential for Radon?

What is a Michigan basement? A Michigan basement is basically an oversized crawl space. An area under the house that has been dug out to make room for storage. And most known for the location they stem from. You guessed it, Michigan.

Though they are not typically made large enough to be able to walk around in some people do put their washer and dryer there. Other major machinery and appliances that can be located in a Michigan basement for easier access include the water heater, the HVAC, and the electrical breaker box.

Access to plumbing underneath the house is also a reason people may dig out a larger crawl space beneath the house.

Michigan basements are rarely finished beyond cementing for breaking the walls so that the walls do not cave in. The floor it’s typically just left as dirt.

The climate inside of a Michigan basement is is damp and cool. For this reason the dugout crawl space is often used as a wine cellar.

A wine cellar needs to stay around the 45°, to 60° range and maintain a relative humidity of about 60%. That describes the climate inside of a Michigan basement pretty well.

As you can imagine, being that the floor in the Michigan basement is usually just dirt, it is easy for this type of basement to flood. Especially in heavy rain.

Sump pumps with radon mitigation and dehumidifiers are generally kept on hand to keep the area dryer during the rainy season.

Michigan Basement radonOther drawbacks too keeping a Michigan basement is the exposure to Radon.

The air pressure in a home can perform like a vacuum pulling radon out of the soil beneath the house.
Digging out the dirt beneath the house for a Michigan basement adds to the danger of radon exposure.

Radon is an odorless gas that comes from soil and is the second leading cause responsible for lung cancer when exposed for long periods of time. A Radon test is the only way to know whether or not you have a problem.

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The environmental protection agency recommends covering the floor of a Michigan basement with plastic and venting the area outside underneath the plastic to avoid radon exposure.

The plastic sheeting could be as simple as your standard 6 mm polyethylene. But if you go with a contractor you will probably have to upgrade to a fire rated membrane. The plastic won’t stop the radon but it will cause the radon to travel through the path of least resistance. As long as there’s some type of exhaust fan at the edge, the result is good.

Insulating a Michigan basement is also a must to keep right on from leaking into the house. Spray foam is the easiest way to get around joist and makeshift walls.

If you find you have high levels of radon, then you may be looking at installing a radon removal system which could include pouring a cement slab over a radon guard insulation and a vapor barrier to keep the radon from leaking up and also providing a way to capture it.

hardhatThough all houses have the potential of radon coming Getting in, a home with a Michigan basement has a higher potential for Radon.

Homes with Michigan basement should test for Radon often and employ a radon mitigation system for her a radon abatement service to ensure that radon levels in your home are below the accepted safety standard of 4.0pCi/L