Category Archives: HOME Helps

BEAUTY Bonus & HEALTH Helps: Callus-free Grip

I get callus easily, specially when doing light weights and handyman projects for my home. I need to balance fitness and getting things done with having smooth and soft hands for shaking hands with clients during my day job.

Glad to have these gloves for good grip without the formation of calluses. The best feature for me is the lightness and breathability of the fabric that comes in contact with skin, so it’s comfortable to use due to less perspiration.

The stretchability provides a good fit for snugness, but still needs to be tested for performance having used it for only a month now for light use. As a rule, I get a size smaller to allow stretching if I plan to use it frequently and/or subject to several washing. For this, it doesn’t constrict blood vessels.

The grip works fine even for handling grips without ridges or grooves. Since sweat is contained in the absorbent inner lining, it is slip-free.

The stitchings have held for my light to medium use. The velcro straps makes it easy to use and take off anytime. So far, no unwanted smell as long as it is hung and air-dried after each use.

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HOME Helps: Space-Saving Laundry & Toy Hamper

The best feature this lightweight & collapsible laundry hamper has is its durability. I have had a similar piece in the past, but the stitchings were so flimsy & the wire was so thin that it broke after attempting to carry it with a heavy load at its fringes.

When not in use, it can be reduced to a neat circular heap of 16” in diameter by 1” in height & even less when compressed. At its max, the height is 2-high & can carry up to 20-kilograms of clothing, though at this weight, I would drag it or carry it from its base to make sure I can use it for a longer period.

The mesh keeps the contents well-ventilated and see-through that it can be used as a container for other things, such as toys for kids, as a hanging container for small potted plants, and as a temporary cage for my daughter’s pet rabbit.


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HOME Helps: Legible from Across the Kitchen

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Jumbo Timer by Accuon with 1.5″ digital display

I have 150/150 vision and when cooking or baking I do not wear my reading glasses. A timer helps me to be productive during waiting time, and to have one that is readable from afar is favorable over a mere buzzer that alarms only at the exact time. The LCD displays 1.5-inch high digits, can be set to count 1 hour and 30 minutes, can be positioned by standing, hanging, clipping or sticking on the ref with magnet, and is a power saver at 1 AA battery. Its clean geometric design in a 3.15 x 2.75 x 0.75 inch plastic case is an awesome addition to my minimalist kitchen.

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HOME Helps: Functional Cabinet Door Latch Keeps Off Prying Small Hands

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Child-Proof Cabinet Safety Locks (by 6s) by The Baby Lodge

When you live in a tiny house, storage solutions can be quite limiting, and it starts being an issue if you often have baby guests in tow! Since I have no choice but to keep risky poisonous cleaning chemicals on lower cabinets, I would need to baby-proof them to keep out prying curious hands from avoidable trouble.

These safety locks is a functional and easy-to-install solution as it keeps cabinets securely locked by merely adhering 2 strap holders on both sides (one fixed and one moving surface like the door, or both moving like 2 doors) with double-sided tapes. Because it does not require drilling, it can be installed intuitively or with simple instructions. The only difficult step is when cutting the plastic notched strap and attaching it to the steady catch or strap holder to get the right length that will prevent the doors from being slightly pried open, if you choose it to be completely closed.

The latch opens by pushing on 2 buttons on the latch catch (as the other ideally remains fixed). I recommend the latch opening to be on the moving part (ex. cabinet door) to avoid being caught in the crevice upon closing.

I should say that the adhesives are sturdy enough after passing a pull stress test by 120-pounder me mimicking a pull force of a 4-year old. Since the lock set comes in 6s, I can use the others as a deterrent for cabinets and pet doors that need to be more secure, without going through the hassle of installing a lock and key.

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HOME Helps: Takes Out Closet & Basement Odors

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Pest & Mouse Deodorizer by J.I’s Mouse Deodorizer

No matter how I clean out our junk closet, a few months will bring the same fetid smell of pest droppings. Even with traps and poisons to get rid of these pests, the odor remains for days or even months if it’s not properly aired out. I tried the traditional baking soda and charcoal to absorb the undesirable smell, but it is not enough. The smell sticks to the walls and floors.

This mouse deodorizer comes in a biodegradeable paper pouch where you need to poke or slash 3 to 5 holes of ½-inch long for the deodorizing effect and scent to emit. Each pack can cover a room volume of approximately 5 cubic meters. For larger areas, poke more holes in a bag, or simultaneously open the bags according to room size. It leaves a fresh scent, too, that is non-irritating. I like it that it is non-toxic and safe with children and pets.

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HOME Helps: Wider Grip, Floating Heads & Hookability onto Pan Edges

First to go when I buy kitchen utensil sets are flipper spatulas. So this piece is the first to be tested with almost everyday frying. What I like about it is its wide handle grip, that gives better leverage when used. The material after several use had not melted down on the tips or by the long stem where it hits the side of the pan due to its temp threshold of 410-degrees Farenheit. The holes on the spatula allows fat to drip from fried foods prior to finally lifting it off the pan.

For all, the handles where it meets the slimmer stems of heads, are larger in width so it acts as a hook onto pan edges to prevent the entire utensil from slipping into food for large wide-mouthed containers. It also allows utensils not to touch the surface, seemingly “floating”, when laid laterally, in case you have to put one down without a plate.

The carousel is a useful holder to make all utensils accessible and visible when there are several dishes to prepare simultaneously.

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HOME & HEALTH Helps: Easy-Read Digital Display Body Temperature Thermometer

When someone in the house has a temperature, it’s both inconvenient for the caregiver and the patient to use an ordinary mercury thermometer. Not only do you have to stick it uncomfortably under the tongue, within the armpit or elsewhere, but it takes preparation time to disinfect, shake the thermometer to the base temp and waiting five (5) minutes to arrive at a reading.

This digital thermometer by FamFave solves the last two (2) issues. All I have to do is turn it on, wait for a few seconds for it to reflect the last reading, and once the light turns off, I can stick it to take the temp, and wait for a reading to be made, which is roughly less than a minute. It beeps to signal that it is time to take off the temp to get the reading. The LED digital reading is on dark font against a light background, with a green LED to light up the 3 cm x 1 cm display, legible on a dark or lighted room for a 150/150-sighted person.

Since, body temperature is crucial on a per degree-Centigrade or Celsius, accuracy is important. To test, I compare the reading this makes versus my old thermometer. The difference is what I would take as the inaccuracy of the battery-operated medical device, though it provides the reading to 1/10th of a degree. So, the difference can only be accounted for on a per degree (not 1/10th) reading, This turns out negligible, so I will have to take the reading as it is.

I still revalidate the entire process by feeling the hotness of my patient’s skin compared to one who has normal temp because nothing beats touch therapy.

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Preparing and Drinking Ceremonial Green Matcha Tea in Line with Tradition

Enjoying a drink and the culture that goes with it is an educational thrill I share with my family. After orienting them that green matcha tea are grown only in certain areas of Japan and undergoes arduous processing of shading, deveining, drying and pulverizing, it would be a waste not to enjoy it to the fullest with poor preparation.

Bearing the recommended measurements of the ingredients at the right temperature, mixing it with a whisk to completely dissolve the powder is crucial in the overall taste. I wouldn’t like to waste a lump of it by allowing it to stay at the bottom of the cup, neither would I like an uneven distribution of taste from start to the last, where undissolved powder influence the taste.

This ceramic green matcha tea bowl helps in the process of tea preparation. The finish is smooth and curvy, and gives an earthy appreciative sense of the drink even while preparing it with its ashen handcrafted appearance. It is much like using a bamboo whisk instead of more contemporary wares. The bowl prolongs the warm temperature of the water while keeping the outer bowl cool to the touch. The bowl mouth is 5” in diameter allowing access for moving around the whisk while having a small surface area to maintain the liquid temp.

The bowl can be used to prepare 2 small tea cups of the drink, and can be used as the actual tea drinking bowl. It is quite heavy which allows it to be stable on flat surfaces despite its narrower base (approximately ½ the diameter of the opening).

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HOME Helps: Sparkling Clean Teeth for my Furbabies

Don’t we love it when our pets are as clean and well-groomed as we are? Cleaning my pooch’s teeth is something I do at the same time as I have mine cleaned by a dentist, except that with them, I now do it by myself, without need to bring them to the vet.

This set of dental tools by Majestic Bombay just made me able to do it myself without going to the vet, saving some big bucks. It’s composed of 1 mirror and 1 double-ended tool with flat and semi-curved tips. Both are on an approximately 7-inch handle with grooved grasp and completely made of anti-rust stainless steel. I used the tips to scrape of the tartar build-up. It is strong (doesn’t bend) and the dull edges limited the unavoidable bleeding that occur during the process.

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HOME Helps: Citrus Zester that does the work fast

I like putting orange rind onto almost anything… cookies, tea, sauce, etc. So this means I do a lot of grating and zesting. I used to have a square grater box which took longer because of the rolling-turning motion you have to do with the fruit. And it even produces uneven rinds that can make my goodies bitter.

This long grater/zester by LinchPinWorld is such a simple tweak to the kitchen tool but has taken a lot of the pain out of the process. This time, I don’t have to slide-roll-twist to get all the best parts, it’s the grater that I manipulate to reach all the peel surface areas I choose.

It’s made of stainless steel so it looks like I won’t have a need to buy another one in the near future. The blades are sharp and give even thin rinds. It comes with a cover for storing.

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