Quick & Easy Monsoon Care Tips for your Home

All of us are awaiting the monsoons after the rising and scorching heat of the summers. Though we wait for them, we also dread them in some ways. Its just a beautiful thought of feeling and experiencing the lush freshness in the air but at the same time facing the mould and moisture on everything we see around us. Since we are stepping into this beautiful season, I thought I’ll give you a few tips on what to do and what not to.

Closet Care.
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1. Use good quality camphor balls to combat moisture and insects.
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2. Neem leaves help to keep Silverfish away which is a common insect seen during monsoons.
3. Silica sachets also keep the place dry and mould free.
4. If possible, install a low-watt electric bulb in your shoe rack. This will keep it dry and odour free.
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5. Sprinkle a few clove pods among your clothes to keep your clothes from smelling damp.
Leather Accessories

1. If you have leather accessories, use it as much as possible in dry places. Do not store leather in plastic bags. Its best to store it in airy spaces.
2. Do not wipe it with a wet cloth. In case it gets wet, just let it dry at room temperature. Do not attempt to blow dry with heat from the air blower. The leather will loose its natural oils and lustre.
3. If your leather couch or goods catch fungus, take a tablespoon of dettol in half a litre of tepid water. Rinse the cloth in the water and wipe the fungus affected surface. Once it is dry, you can also apply a high-quality natural oil cream which can be bought in any leather store.

Carpets, Rugs & Upholstery

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1. Whenever you get a chance, put your pillows and rugs out in the sun, so that the moisture evaporates and removes the musty smell.
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2. The best thing to do is roll up your carpets and rugs and put some pouches of silica inside them.

3. Spray fabric freshner on the upholstery and rugs, they keep the surface dry and odour free.
Some general do’s & don’t’s
1. Keep windows open. Make sure there is enough cross ventilation.
2. Put silica pouches next to electrical gadgets.
3. Do not let water accumulate anywhere close to you. Its leads to mosquito breeding.
4. Start your home projects like painting, water-proofing, etc. after the monsoons.

Top Tips for Laptop and Health

How many of us face discomfort while we work on our laptops? All of us right? Using a laptop all the time is not only inconvinient but can also lead to back pain. Since we can move a laptop around the house really easily, we neglect little things which can cause serious damage to our back. Before you damage your back, you might want to think about just how you use your laptop. Here are some suggestions.

1. Keyboards & Mouse
Ideally you should use a separate keyboard and mouse while working for extensive period. The screen should be at arm’s length while the keyboard needs to be pushed closer to the body which is not possible as you extend your hands while working on the laptop. This leads to slouching causing upper back pain.

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2. Stable Base
Always have a stable base for your laptop where there is support for your arms, and not on your lap. Use tables with one end suspended so that it slides under your sofa bringing the table closer to your body instead of you leaning towards the screen.

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3. Posture
Use laptop holders or tables in order to adopt good sitting posture with lower back support.

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4. Take breaks!

Take regular breaks. If you’re moving, there’s a lot less stress on your muscles and joints.

5. Good Habits
Get into good habits before the aching starts. Back pains build up slowly and can cause severe damage.