The online vacuum-cleaning hack that Dyson is warning against

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When it comes to housework we all have our favourite products and methods, but what about when it comes to cleaning our cleaning equipment?

A hoover hack has recently been doing the rounds on social media, which reveals an alternative way to clean a vacuum cleaner. It’s caused quite the commotion online, with avid cleaners commenting on the unlikely technique. However, Dyson has since warned against the method.

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The vacuum-cleaner hack

Posting in the We Love Mrs Hinch group on Facebook, a woman shared how she takes her machine apart and soaks the pieces in a bathtub of water overnight. Of course, she highlights that anything electrical should be left out of the equation. She goes onto to explains that, as a result of the soaking, the bath water turns from clear to a murky grey to signify that all the dirt has come out of her vacuum.

hoover cleaning hack

Image credit: Trevor Richards

The original post sparked debate online with some users branding the bath soaking technique as ‘stupid’.

One fellow group member wrote, ‘What? Who on earth cleans a vacuum out? I thought only Monica from Friends did this and even then she only vacuumed her vacuum.’

While another asked, ‘Am I the only one freaking out?’

But others admitted to doing the same with their machines. Someone else commented, ‘I did mine like this over the weekend and it works and the suction is like new.’

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What the experts say

hoover cleaning hack Dyson advises against

Image credit: Dyson

In a recent development, Dyson has now warned against trying this method at home. The company advises that the machines should not be exposed to water. They state that there’s only one piece of the vacuum which can be safely washed every three months — the filter. This helps keep the machine in the best condition.

Dyson also advises to wipe the rest of a machine down with a cloth.

A Dyson spokesperson said, ‘We do not recommend that owners expose their machines to water. Owners should refer to the cleaning instructions in the manual provided with the machine upon purchase. The only component that can be washed is the filter, which should be washed every three months to maintain the machine.’

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‘To clean other components, we recommend wiping with a cloth. If the machine is dropped into water, please do not use and contact the Dyson Helpline.’

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Best of Black Floral

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I wore the best little black floral dress when I was wandering around Palm Springs, variations on that kind of pattern are my favorite. I was reminded how many black floral pieces I have in my closet including jackets, tops, and shoes! Black floral is my jam when it comes to what I wear but there’s a great selection of modern black florals in home decor too.

Floral and botanical patterns always feel fresh in spring and summer, the light backgrounds are lovely, but the black background gives a floral a moodier feel, don’t you think? I love these fresh interpretations on this classic motif!

shower curtain / gold trim chair / bluebonnet print

zinnia quilt / art print / daphne rug

floral wallpaper / arm chair / roses wall art

garden pillow / embroidered curtain

black floral seville curtains / roses suitcase / wall tapestry

Captivating Blue & Green Accent Interiors Under 55 Sqm (With Floor Plans)

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Blue and green accents shape the modern interiors of two homes, each measuring just under 55 square metres. Bright blue and rich green coloured elements captivate and charm, and visually expand the modest proportions of each place with their added interest. Each apartment also features custom fit workspace designs, set into window reveals of living rooms. Whilst we can revel in the open airiness of home number one, home number two amazes with an inventive floor plan that manages to squeeze three double bedrooms into just 52 square metres–without any of them looking like a broom closet. Check out the floor plans at the end of each tour for more space savvy ideas.


Designer: Studio Open  
Visualizer: Studio Open  

Entering at the living room dining room combo of home number one, we encounter a vivid blue dining set. This is a pivotal piece for the open plan room, due to its dominating colour and the predominantly white decor that surrounds it.

The 50.8 square metre home layout requires some astute furniture choices in order to maximise the feeling of space. A modern sofa design drops the arm rests in order to narrow its footprint. A small side table makes up for in colour what it lacks in surface area.

An ultra slimline floor reading lamp wraps the edge of the mini sectional sofa.

The blue chairs and matching round dining table stand out against a background of white kitchen cabinets and whisper grey walls.

A clear glass vase makes a simple centrepiece for the small dining table.

A single armed sputnik chandelier makes a sculptural addition to the neat dining area, its black stem contrasting boldly against the snowy white backdrop.

One blue chair pulls up at a minimalist home office area by the windows of the living room. A custom cut desktop spans the width of the window nook, and bespoke office shelves climb an alcove.

The cool grey and white one wall kitchen runs into a warm feature wall of natural wood, which makes a welcome addition to the stark room scheme. Two modern wall sconces dot a tiled backsplash in the kitchen, beside a minimalist chimney extractor.

In contradiction with the simplistic kitchen design, a unique soap dispenser brings interesting form and finish to the countertop.

Blue and multicolored modern artwork brightens up a grey painted brick wall.

The exposed brickwork continues down the hallway, adding texture and architectural character.

A decorative wall mirror punches smooth elliptical curves onto the rugged wall.

Another modern wall sconce lights the entryway.

The grey bedroom is enlivened with indoor plants.

Above the headboard, a plain wooden shelf disguises an LED reading light.

A dog sculpture peers inquisitively from the floor.

Blue framework builds a colourful open closet design in the bedroom, and another elliptical wall mirror with light serves the dressing area.

A lush green Swiss Cheese Plant and a magenta rubber ducky make colourful companions inside a very grey bathroom design.

The bathroom vanity light matches the other orb wall sconces seen in the kitchen design, hallway and bedroom. Green wall paint around the vanity area seems inspired by the natural beauty of Monstera Deliciosa leaves.

A half circle wall mirror completes the vanity set up, above a shallow modern vessel basin.

Floor plan.


Visualizer: Alexey Anisimov & Julya Chernova  

The second blue accented apartment is a 52 square metre layout with three bedrooms. A plush blue velvety accent chair lights up the lounge right off the bat, next to a grey modern sofa and a stylish black floor lamp.

The lounge area runs into a dedicated home office area, which is kitted out with smart storage and shelving for files.

Decorative wall pattern smokes and swirls beside an equally curvaceous modern desk chair design.

The modern home office desk is plenty long enough for two users (as illustrated on the floor plan at the end of the tour), with just enough space left over to squeeze past down the walkway into a neighbouring bedroom.

A rectangular coffee table crosses a geometric area rug, which plays on the chevron cut of the wood laminate flooring. Gypsum wall panels undulate waves of white across the upper half of the TV wall.

Cork tiles characterise the first bedroom, which is closed off by a portiere. Inside the sleeping nook, the headboard wall is a blue cushioned dream with chevron quilted upholstery. Repositionable wall sconces bend in from each side of the bed to provide reading light.

Green kitchen units are teamed with natural wood wall cabinets and a timber countertop.

A wooden breakfast nook bench dips into the L-shaped kitchen arrangement, situated beneath a bright window. Green cushions accent the banquette seat, and deep green dining chairs pull up alongside the small dining table.

Moving into the next bedroom we find a combination of blue and green decor elements.

Densely patterned blue wallpaper makes a striking backdrop.

A green comforter turns back to reveal a grey flip side.

The final bedroom we see is situated en route to the latter, so a portiere provides privacy once again.

Another lively wallpaper print adds individuality to the space.

A geometric patterned chest of drawers vibes with chevron weave bedroom curtains.

More sharp chevrons cut pattern into jade green bathroom tiles.

Laundry equipment hides behind bifold cabinet doors.

Timber planks clad the bathroom walls.

Blue poufs adorn an exquisitely tiled entryway floor.

Three bedroom floor plan.

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I promised a few people that I’d write something about all the racist Valentines that you find if you search for old images. I didn’t want to share them with the rest as if they were just “funny.” So here they are, on their own with a short write up. And, of course, don’t click if you aren’t up for some truly awful and disturbing reminders of how acceptable this attitude used to be.

Spring Desktop & Phone Wallpapers

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Today is such a beautiful day! In February, we get a few days with clear skies and soft sun and it’s just enough sunshine to get me so excited for spring. I do most of my traveling in spring and fall, and I’ve been grounded since August when I went to Peru so I’m excited because….today I’m headed to Palm Springs! I’m there on a whirlwind trip for just 48 hours to tour the town, take pictures, and visit with one of my favorite cousins who lives nearby. We try to connect once a year so I’m excited to see him tomorrow! Follow along on my Insta stories tomorrow and Wednesday, I’ll be running around town photographing the iconic spots!

I received a request from a few readers for new desktop wallpapers, so I designed three new versions for spring. The 16 by 9 ratios work for most desktop monitors, and the 16 by 10 ratios work great for most laptops. Just click on the links below to download the .jpg file and use it as wallpaper on your computer or cellphone.The first design is this watercolor wash desktop and phone wallpaper, I’ve added a March calendar to it.

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Next is a climbing vine design, you may recognize it from this fabric pattern. 😉

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And finally a cherry blossom pattern.

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I’ll share some of my Palm Springs adventures in my Instagram stories this week and I’ll be back Wednesday!

xo

How a Couple Left Their Stamp on Their Wedding—No Monogramming Involved

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The guests at your wedding are there to celebrate two people: you and your significant other. Most couples not-so-subtly remind everyone of this by plastering their names on signage, party favors, and even cocktail napkins. Elena Mahno and Asher Zafar took a different approach. The now-Brooklyn-based duo wed last summer in their hometown of Toronto—and there was no monogramming involved. 

“We decided to forgo many of the cultural expectations and re-create an evening with every detail being unique to us,” says Elena. Instead of a sit-down dinner, the couple had plates of food floating around the venue, Berkeley Fieldhouse, all night long. They said their vows under a giant chandelier of wisteria made out of paper, rather than a flower-laden arch. Their backgrounds (Elena is Eastern European; Asher is second-generation South Asian) played a big role in the vibrant, interactive installations, which they called on artist friends to create. The whole event—from the “I do’s” to the dessert—was undeniably them. Here’s how they put their subtle stamp on things. 

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Tea was an important part of both Elena’s and Asher’s upbringings, but it has a major presence in their adulthood for different reasons: Elena has a bad habit of forgetting full cups around the house, and Asher is the one constantly picking them up. “He says I don’t like tea—I like the idea of tea,” says Elena, laughing. To honor this endearing ritual, they decided to turn a tree house on the property into a tearoom where guests could drink two different types of chai and explore the wooden spoons, Soviet-era cups, and saris they brought from home. 

“He says I don’t like tea—I like the idea of tea.”

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Everyone expects to see miniature versions of you and your spouse on the top tier. Colorful little dinosaurs, on the other hand? Elena peppered the spray-painted creatures over all the desserts and throughout the space as a low-key homage to Asher’s love for the Toronto Raptors; the team was in the NBA playoffs during the wedding. 

Get Everyone on Board

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The entire day was a group effort. Asher’s father recited a sehra (Urdu poem) during the ceremony, while a paper-artist friend designed and installed laser-cut panels inspired by images of the couple’s favorite places from around the world.

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Another pal lent them his Alfa Romeo Spider for the day, and when the car stalled on their way to the venue, a stranger rolled up his sleeves and pushed them out of traffic to safety.  

“Dig deeper and you’ll learn more about who you are as a couple.”

Skip the Gifts Table

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Instead, guests left letters and gift cards in a birdcage marked by embroidered hoops, which Elena used as signage throughout the space; the pair stretched patterns that were special to both of their cultures, such as paisley, across the rings. It’s easy to buy decor that’s already available on the market, but following your own path (even if your families don’t understand the vision at first) pays off. “Dig deeper and you’ll learn more about who you are as a couple,” says Elena. “It will manifest in a very authentic way. We don’t get to do that often in our lives.”

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Spring Desktop & Phone Wallpapers

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Today is such a beautiful day! In February, we get a few days with clear skies and soft sun and it’s just enough sunshine to get me so excited for spring. I do most of my traveling in spring and fall, and I’ve been grounded since August when I went to Peru so I’m excited because….today I’m headed to Palm Springs! I’m there on a whirlwind trip for just 48 hours to tour the town, take pictures, and visit with one of my favorite cousins who lives nearby. We try to connect once a year so I’m excited to see him tomorrow! Follow along on my Insta stories tomorrow and Wednesday, I’ll be running around town photographing the iconic spots!

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And finally a cherry blossom pattern.

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All wallpapers for personal use only.

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50 Random Acts of Kindness

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I have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day. It’s cute when little kids hand out Valentines to their classmates, and it’s sweet if your spouse or significant other recognizes your relationship in a small way, but to me it mostly feels like a forced display of affection that puts too much pressure on people to perform. I think it’s far more meaningful to tell someone you love them on a Tuesday in April than on a certain holiday we’ve designated on the calendar.

That being said, there’s another day to consider investing our time and money in. Monday is Random Acts of Kindness Day. To me, the most attractive quality in another human is kindness. Loyalty, honesty, and a great sense of humor are wonderful traits to have, but I’ve always measured how close someone will be in my life by how kind they are to their fellow humans.

We live in a fast paced society where we make our busyness our social status, but the truth is we all have an hour or two we can carve out of our schedule to practice kindness. In anticipation of Random Act of Kindness Day coming up on Monday, I offer these fifty ideas to choose from. 🙂

buy the coffee for the person behind you in line

offer to walk someone’s dog

write a heartfelt note or text to a friend to remind them why they are important to you

bring cookies to a nursing home

compliment a stranger

keep care packages in your car to hand out to the homeless

write thank you letters to men and women in the armed forces

spend time with an elderly relative or assist an elderly neighbor

give up your seat on a bus or train

offer assistance to someone in a stranded car

send someone a song with a text “thinking of you!”

volunteer for a non-profit once a month

stop and buy the lemonade from the kids with the lemonade stand

donate books and gifts to a children’s hospital

tutor a kid struggling in school

bring bagels and spread to your coworkers

tip your waiter generously

pay for someone’s overdue library fees

donate school supplies to classrooms

give your umbrella or jacket to a stranger

give grocery gift cards to someone struggling financially

plant a tree

sit with someone new at lunch at work or school

offer to share your table with a person dining alone

bring flowers to someone you know could use some cheering up

tell someone how nice their hair or clothes look today

call an old friend you haven’t spoken with in awhile

send printed photos of grandkids to grandparents

deliver a plant to the office of your significant other

shovel your neighbor’s driveway

offer to mow your neighbor’s lawn

leave a sticky note on a stranger’s car wishing them a nice day

donate backpacks or school supplies to struggling families

plan a “kids are the boss” day where the kids make the rules

tell the regular people who help you (barista, grocery clerk, custodian) that they matter

offer to babysit for free

offer to pick up goods for family and friends on a grocery or Costco run

sign up for be my eyes to assist the visually impaired

pick up someone’s dry cleaning for them

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send a text or make a phone call to someone just to ask “how are you today?”

offer to cook someone a meal during a hard time

invite a friend for a mani or pedi as an opportunity to catch up

pay the toll for the person behind you

put change in an expired meter

help someone with heavy bags at the airport

offer up your table at a busy restaurant

check in with someone who is ill

write a positive recommendation for a local business

give someone a great big warm hug!

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Pick a few on the list and get busy spreading some kindness around!

p.s. if you’d like a printable list, I made a PDF of these 50 random acts of kindness to print.:)

Weekend Reading 2.9.20

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Last week my daughter turned sixteen and on the day all I could think was I was just so so happy for her. I remember how sixteen was a major life shift for me. I couldn’t wait to experience the freedom of driving myself wherever I needed to go.

My daughter’s perspective is different. She was in no hurry to get her license on the day she turned 16. I think it’s because we live in a smaller town where everything is within biking or walking distance: her high school, her friends, and the places they like to hang out.

But maybe it’s because she feels no rush. She’s moving at her own pace. She has her permit and the training behind the wheel has begun, but she doesn’t share the urgency I had to be free as soon as possible. She’s on her own path, happy to drive the old family Honda the half mile it takes to get to school, when she’s ready.

Life has its stages and it’s delightful to be a witness to her transitioning, to her blooming and growing. It gives me great joy to see her moving slowly out into the world, in small steps, excited to experience all the good it has to offer.

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p.s. We lost Kirk Douglas this week. He holds a special place in my heart because my son used to clap and sing along to this song just about every day when he was three. Every human leaves an imprint, that was his on me.