||[May. 3rd, 2006|10:41 am]
Crossposted in several other LJ communities
1. I live in a flat with concrete block walls, and every winter I have trouble with some of the walls turning green and my clothes getting mildewy.
I wash my walls with Exit Mould a few times a year, use DampRid containers and wardrobe sachets in my closet and try to keep the place warm and dry (there is a heatpump in the living room, but it doesn't heat the other rooms very effectively), but I can't quite keep on top of it. I was wondering how other people deal with this kind of problem. Also, I'd like some tips on how to get stubborn mould stains off kitchen appliances (such as fridges and the like) and how to get them off the back of drawers, KEEP them off and prevent the problem from reoccurring.
Also, I'm thinking about buying a dehumidifier for the bedroom, but I've read on the Consumer magazine website that some of them don't cope well with the cold NZ climate and can break down if they ice over. I'm just wondering if any of you could recommend brands that you have found effective. I'm thinking of getting a cheap Warehouse (local sore, like Walmart - I come from New Zealand, btw) job, but I don't want to waste my money if it's not suitable.
I'm also thinking of buying a heater for the bedroom, to keep it warmer and drier during the times I am up and awake in there (I work full-time nightshifts, so airing my place out can be a challenge at times) and an axtractor fan for the kitchen (one of the ones that goes on the wall, next to your window), to help prevent the steam from cooking from lingering on and making things worse. If anyone has suggestions for good heater and/or fan extractor brands, I'd also be interested in hearing about those.
2. I have heard that placing half a lemon and a bowl of water in one's microwave and cooking them for a few minutes will help dislodge any gunk which is stuck to the walls, but I don't have a lemon - do you know of anything else I could use?
3. I was wondering if frozen sausage rolls would still be ok after one and a half years in a freezer, or if they'd have freezer burn and need to be thrown out. Also how long they'd take to defrost.
Any advice or suggestions would be most welcome.
Thanks a lot.