How to clean your Dishwasher and Washing Machine

Dishwasher2Here is a simple and easy-to-do method to clean your dishwasher and washing machine.

Washing Machine

  1. Mix ¼ cup water and ¼ cup baking soda.
  2. Pour into the detergent container of machine
  3. Pour 2 cups vinegar into the drum
  4. Set washing machine to normal and hot cycle.

 

Dishwasher

  1. Pour 1 cup vinegar into a container and place in the dishwasher
  2. Run the dishwasher on a hot cycle
  3. Remove container and sprinkle 1 cup baking soda on the bottom of the machine
  4. Run the dishwasher on a short and hot cycle

 

 

The Secret of Happy Relationships

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I am unashamedly happy.

I say ‘unashamedly’ because sometimes we are made to feel as if were not allowed to be happy. With all the unhappy people around us we are made to feel guilty about our own happiness – as if it’s our fault that we’re happy, and that by showing and expressing our happiness, we are somehow bragging or attempting to make other people feel bad about their circumstances.

What a crock of nonsense. It’s peoples own weltschmerz that is defining their perceptions about happy people. Their reality is defined by their distorted view of ‘how things should be’, instead of the reality that nothing is ever perfect. No relationship is perfect and no person is perfect. That ‘perfect’ partner that you fantasize about does not exists, sorry. Maybe in a Disney movie, but not here on earth.

So what makes a couple happy? What are the ingredients for happiness in a relationship?

  1. RespectRespect for yourself firstly, and then respect for your partner. Many people respect their partners but not themselves. When you look in the mirror what do you see? Someone that your partner can respect? Someone that your partner can look up to and be proud of? If not, then you have to become respectable. If you don’t then it means you don’t respect your partner.
  2. Be the person you want your partner to beStop trying to change your partner. Just be what you want your partner to be. Be the kind of person that he or she would look up to and respect. Stop trying to change your partner. Stop trying to live your life vicariously through your partner. Look inward first, before you look outward.
  3. Unconditional loveBig words, but very important. Unconditional love means just that. It’s not some meme on Facebook. It’s real. But what does it mean? It means that you love your partner with all their faults and shortcomings. You love without condition and demands.

    You love them for who they are, not for what you want them to become.

  4. Learn to spend time with yourselfBoy oh boy, but some people can be demanding. They are so scared to be left alone that they can only be happy if they are the center of attention. It’s because they cannot stand being in their own company. Find a hobby or read a book. Go for long walks – alone. Learn to spend time with yourself because if you can’t then your partner will be smothered and suffocated by your constant needyness. Space and time is very important in a relationship. You need to be able to do your own thing, and you need to be able to give your partner the time and space to be alone.

    If your happiness is dependent on the attention you get, your relationship will fail.

  5. Don’t sweat the small stuffHave you ever seen these small arguments start? Perhaps about the dirty spoon that was left on the table? It starts as a banal argument and then escalates into a full-blown nuclear war. Thinking back on all the arguments, almost all of them started with stupid, insignificant disagreements. Almost all of them escalated into the third world war. This can easily be avoided by not sweating the small stuff. It takes two to tango and one person can not have an argument on their own. It’s your choice if you want to participate in the fight or not.

    Ask yourself this question when the tensions rise: “Will it make any difference in my life if I don’t argue about this?”

  6. Laugh and laugh and then laugh some moreLaughter cures everything. You can’t be unhappy while laughing. Make each other laugh, often. Be silly. Be spontaneous.
  7. Your partner must be your best friendI think this is the most important aspect of a happy relationship. If your partner is your best friend then you will be able to spend time in each others company without getting bored. Friendship in a partnership is more important than love. Love means nothing if you’re not best friends. Best friends talk about everything and anything.

    Best friends forgive and make up, they don’t get divorced.

 

DSTV didn’t listen. Now they’re going to pay.

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In 1998 I wrote a letter to DSTV and warned them that their arrogance is going to cost them their business. Over the years DSTV has become the poster boy for a company that exploits its customers to the point of extortion. They were riding the wave of first mover advantage. But, instead of building a long-term, sustainable business, they milked us for all they could.

One of the things they did was to charge customers as much as they could. It wasn’t a case of adding a reasonable margin, but instead how much they could get away with. That can work as long as you have the monopoly, but not when you get some competition. The low-cost airlines do the same. They would sell flights for as much as they could, instead of trying to make a reasonable profit margin. That is why a flight from Johannesburg to George can cost twice as much as a flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town, which is twice the distance. It’s exploitation and greed.

Companies that make easy money because they have a monopoly often exploit their customers and are examples of the ugly side of capitalism. They never last in the long term.

DSTV ignored my warnings and continued on their path. In 1999 Netflix launched and today they launched in South Africa. DSTV will not be around in 2025. Their days are numbered. They milked the cow and it’s now dry.

Instead of focusing on innovation and building a long-term, sustainable business by being customer-centric, they just killed the goose that lay the golden egg. Or rather, Netflix came and stole the goose.

Netflix just stole the goose.

DSTV has been warned numerous times about their arrogance. Arrogance in companies is often demonstrated through the way it treats it’s customers. DSTV has by far the worst call center in the country and despite many complaints refuse to change its ways. It’s almost impossible to deal with them and the frustration levels of customers are high, never mind the exorbitant cost of the monthly subscription. The DSTV website is one of the worst websites in South Africa and despite many complaints they continue to ignore their customers. Double billing is rife and I have come to the conclusion that purposeful mismanagement cannot be ruled out. It’s just happening too often.

Again this year, at the beginning of January thousands of customers were incorrectly debited twice. The call center acts as if they were not aware of the double billing, treating their customers as if they are fools. Of course they knew.

DSTV opened the door for Netflix. They realised this a few months ago and attempted to block them by launching Showmax. Unfortunately too little, too late. Netflix now has the first mover advantage and DSTV is trying to play catch-up. With a whole bunch of pissed off customers, I don’t think they’re going to get very far.

It’s going to take a little while for consumers to become Netflix savvy, but its going to happen. When devices become more user friendly and connectivity becomes even cheaper, there will be a mass exodus from DSTV.

Now we just need Netflix to get some of the big attractions in their bouquet, such as local sport, soapies and the like. It won’t be long before you have absolutely no reason to be a DSTV customer.

Arrogance in business is fatal.

R.I.P Dstv.

 

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