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How to clean oven racks – THREE simple methods to get racks sparkling again

“Ensure your oven racks are completely submerged in the cleaning solution.

“Leave the stainless steel racks to soak in the baking soda cleaning solution for at least six hours.

“Tilt the bag after two hours, so that the racks become recoated in cleaning fluids.”

The racks can be left to soak overnight in the oven-cleaning bags to help dissolve the grease.

After the racks have had time to soak, they can be removed from the bags, while wearing protective gloves, and rinsed carefully in hot soapy water.

Author: Katie Sewell
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Top miner Alrosa to sell Russia’s LARGEST cut diamond as demand for gems back on sparkling form

Author: RT
This post originally appeared on RT Business News

Russia’s leading gem miner is to sell the largest colorless diamond ever produced in the country. The unique precious stone, weighing 100.94 carats, is predicted to fetch more than $ 19 million at Christie’s auction in Geneva.

The gem, aptly named the Spectacle, and part of a namesake collection, will be put on sale by the auction house on May 12, Alrosa announced earlier this week. It is described as a Type IIA, D Color internally flawless diamond. That means it is extremely rare – among only 1 to 2% of all earth-grown diamonds – and the purest diamond by color scale.

Christie’s expects the stone to fetch between $ 14 million and $ 19 million. An ultra-rare oval 14.83-carat pink diamond from the same collection was sold last year at Sotheby’s for $ 26.6 million, becoming the most expensive diamond in its color grade. Another item from the Spectacle collection, a 20.69-carat Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond named the Firebird, was acquired by luxury jewelry and gem brand Graff at the end of 2019, but the price of the deal was not revealed. 

The Spectacle was polished from a 207.29-carat rough stone unearthed in 2016 in the Yakutia Republic in northeast Russia. It was one of the biggest discovered this century, according to Alrosa and took more than a year and a half to cut. 

The auction comes as the demand for jewelry begins to recover from the coronavirus crisis. According to Alrosa’s first quarter results, diamond sales have risen 65% year-on-year, with seasonally high sales to the US and China coinciding with pent-up demand for engagement rings as a result of the pandemic. Alrosa said polished-diamond prices had already exceeded their pre-crisis levels, and expected demand for rough gems to remain sustainably high in all the key markets.

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Cleaning: Mrs Hinch fans share clever hack to leave windows sparkling and streak-free

Some recommended mixing vinegar with water and wiping it off with a cloth or newspaper.

One wrote: “[Use] white vinegar and water 50/50 mix, dry with a microfiber cloth.”

“A mixture of water, vinegar and washing up liquid. Old school with newspaper to dry it off,” another added.

A third said: “Wash with water and vinegar, dry down with squeegee from Poundland/Home Bargains then buff with scrunched up newspaper.”

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Window cleaning: Mrs Hinch fans share hack to leave windows sparkling with 'no streaks'

With Britons continuing to spend time indoors during the coronavirus lockdown, properties may need cleaned more regularly. If cleaning windows, homeowners have explained how this can be done simply using vinegar.

How to clean windows

The social media user wrote: “What can I use to clean windows please?

“I bought glass and mirror stuff and it just left it smeary and I used a brand new microfibre cloth.

“I saw the mess and tried hot water with a squirt of washing up liquid and vinegar.


“I used yet another new microfiber cloth to put it on and wiped it off using newspaper.

“When the sun shone on the window later in the day they looked terrible.”

The homeowner stated she used window cleaning products to clean her windows but was left with streaks.

Other homeowners were quick to offer cheap hacks to clean windows only using vinegar.

“White vinegar [and a] new microfiber cloths… No streaks and sort the frames out to,” [sic] a third said.

A fourth said: “White vinegar is the best,” while another added: “White vinegar and water.”

While there are lots of expensive products available to buy in the supermarket, these may not be necessary. 

Looking online can be a great way to get cleaning tips. 

How to clean your electric toothbrush – eight tips to keep a sparkling smile

Dental hygiene is important and an electric toothbrush can really help when maintaining healthier teeth and gums. You must avoid being too aggressive when brushing with an electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes are very effective at removing trapped dirt, as well as keeping tooth decay and gum disease at bay. These toothbrushes have a brush head that vibrates, utilising micro-movements that enable the bristles to access hard to reach areas between the teeth.

How to clean your electric toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes are used to clean your teeth, but after time they can begin to smell and become grimy.

You need to regularly clean your electric toothbrush to keep it in the best shape to clean your teeth effectively.

Cleaning your electric toothbrush just once a month can help extend the lifespan of your toothbrush.

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Make sure to always unplug your toothbrush before you begin cleaning it and wear gloves when working with bleach.

You should wipe the metal post which attaches to the toothbrush head with a cloth.

If a cloth does not clean the area thoroughly enough, use a cotton swab dipped in the bleach mixture to clean the crevices.

Next, use a cloth on the base of your toothbrush to clean away water and toothpaste buildup.

Wipe your toothbrush handle to dry it thoroughly.

You should never submerge the body of your toothbrush in water because it can lead to an electric shock.