Pinch and a Punch, it’s the First of the Month!

“Pinch and a Punch, it’s the first of the month!” Let’s face it you will still hear someone say that or at least comment when it’s the first of the month.

Use it to act as a reminder to do those regular checks and services that are so easy to forget – such as cleaning out your washing machine and dishwasher,  health checking for lumps on yourself and giving the car a maintenance check.

Here are a few that a quick and easy to do:

Alarms test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Dishwasher put a cup of white vinegar on the bottom rack of your dishwasher on a hot wash to clean and freshen the insides.

Washing Machine do a hot wash with half bag soda crystals to prevent limescale build up, and a squirt of white vinegar in the soap drawer.  This will prevent build up of washing detergents in your pipes and stop smells.  Also leave the door ajar when not in use to stop any mould forming on the seal.

Tumble Dryer Double check there is no lint build up in the filter although this should be done after every use.

Microwave put a small bowl of lemon juice and water and heat on high for a couple of minutes (depending on your power output), leave the door closed for a couple more minutes which will loosen any debris and you can then simply wipe around the inside.

Cars If you don’t do a lot of mileage it’s easy to forget but make sure you check tyre pressures, oil, water and battery levels.

Health Be sure to check for lumps in your bumps, men and ladies. It’s quick and easy to do in the shower and early detection can often result in far more successful outcomes.

If you’ve been putting off booking your smear test or mammogram, or have concerns about your prostate, make that appointment today.

Dysons If you have a Dyson remember to clean the filters out every three months. Use the 1st of January, April, July and October as a reminder.

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6 thoughts on “Pinch and a Punch, it’s the First of the Month!

  1. This is a great post as it’s reminded me that since becoming an ‘adult’, the 1st of the month has lost all meaning for me (except that it’s when my mortgage payment is due – not the most exciting of things!) I like the idea of using it as a prompt for more commonplace things – may have to start incorporating this into my life!


  2. Great tips, especially for the washing machine! We do so many loads and get a lot of detergent building up. Will add that to my husband’s To Do List 😉


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