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Combatting Illnesses Starts at Home!

Our home is important to us, it keeps us protected against the harsh outside elements and dry against the rain, which is why you might find it surprising that our home could actually be affecting our good health! There are a few things around the house that can leave us with cold symptoms or even weaken our immune systems if we aren’t careful, follow this guide to ensure your home works with you and not against you.

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In the Fridge

You use the fridge to keep things cool and safe to eat, however, it can also be home to huge amounts of bacteria that can cause nasty illnesses including salmonella. Not to mention, it can rapidly speed up the spoiling of your freshly bought produce, wasting both food and money when you need to throw it out. To combat, clean your fridge out regularly, using a vinegar-water mixture to ensure any hidden bacteria is sufficiently tackled and making your fridge safe again.

In Your Bed

Not the bed! Likely your most comfortable place to kick back and relax after a hard day’s work, your bed can actually cause you to feel more lethargic and irritate conditions such as asthma and allergies. This is due to an increased build up of dead dust mites and their waste that collects in your sheets and pillows.

Wash your bedding regularly at a minimum temperature of 40degrees C with an antibacterial detergent and avoid making your bed (or pull back the sheets when you do). A warm, moist room is heaven to a dust mite, yet simply pulling your sheets back during the day removes this moisture and causes them to dehydrate and dry out.

On Your Walls

Have you noticed any black mould spots or fungi growth on your walls? You might be suffering from a damp problem that will require a damp proofing company to come out and remedy the situation. You may also find similar in the walls while carrying out home improvements, make sure to stay aware and record any damp spots you notice.

Increased damp in the home not only affects structural integrity but the nasty spores released by the fungi can cause you to cough and sneeze more and negatively affect pre-existing breathing conditions including asthma. Click here for more information on treating a damp problem via a professional damp proofing company.

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On Your Sponge

Not many people realise that their kitchen sponge is, most often, the dirtiest object in your home, filled with bacteria which can be quickly spread around your kitchen or onto your tableware. To prevent germs and bacteria taking over your sponge when you are finished washing up or cleaning down, wash thoroughly in hot water, wring out as much water as possible and leave to dry in a well-ventilated spot in your kitchen. You can also sanitise your sponge by dampening slightly and heating on high in the microwave for a minute, although it might be easier to regularly change your sponge, once or twice a week.

In Your Shower

The shower is an area in the home that many people think couldn’t possibly harbour any ill will towards us, surely! It is the place that we get clean after all, however, all that dirt has to go somewhere, and it doesn’t always end down the drain. Your shower curtain is a prime offender and should be washed on a minimum 40degree C wash on a regular basis to prevent build up of mould and bacteria, along with your bath mats, particularly if you are using baby powder in your drying routine.

A 2009 study found that up to 30% of shower heads contained high amounts of Mycobacterium avium a type of bacteria known for causing infections and diseases when inhaled or swallowed. While there isn’t a high risk of contracting an infection from the presence of this bacteria, make sure to take apart your shower head and clean thoroughly with a vinegar-water or anti-bacterial mixture, replacing the head every six to eight months.

By being on top of regular cleaning and changing the way we clean some materials in our home (hot washes for anything that regularly comes into contact with your skin) we can ensure that our home keeps us safe, warm and healthy rather than wearing us down.

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How To Get Cheap Designer Clothes

Most of us don’t buy that many designer labels when we’re shopping for clothes. The prices are just too high. But getting high quality clothes is actually a good way to save money in the long run because they’ll last longer, not to mention they look great. If you spend your days looking longingly through shop windows wishing you could afford all of that great stuff, I’ve got news for you. You can! There are some handy little tricks you can use to make designer clothing more affordable and they work for everybody.

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Sell Old Clothes

Anybody that claims they wear everything in their wardrobe is a liar. Everybody has a load of stuff that they haven’t worn for ages but haven’t been bothered to get rid of yet. If you want some new clothes and you can’t afford the designer labels that you’re dreaming of, why not sell some of those old clothes? It’s a great way to declutter your wardrobe and make a load of extra cash at the same time. List all of that old stuff on eBay and then use the money you make to buy a couple of great designer pieces.

 

Look For Voucher Codes

People use voucher codes to get discounts on all sorts of things, and clothes are no exception. You might not be able to afford designer clothes when they’re full price but dressing up using discount codes is affordable for everybody. You can get some pretty massive discounts if you shop around. There are always new discount codes popping up so make sure you favourite the websites and check them regularly, otherwise, you might miss out on the deal of a lifetime. There are so many great voucher code sites around, if you know where to look you can not only find money off clothes but off everyday household items and even trips and experiences. Sites like dealsdaddy and dealsqueen make saving money everyday really easy so you can make savings in all areas of your life.  

 

Buy Second Hand

People are sometimes a bit put off buying second hand clothes. There is always a worry that they’ll already be worn and damaged and they won’t last you that long. But you don’t have to worry about that with designer clothes. They should be good quality so it doesn’t matter if people have had them for a year or two before you. If you go online to sites like eBay, you should be able to find plenty of second hand designer stuff for a fraction of the price of buying new. Just make sure that you look at all of the pictures properly to make sure there is no damage and check the reviews on the buyer to make sure that they’re trustworthy.

 

Ignore Trends

The fashion world moves quickly and things are only considered fashionable for a short time before the next big thing comes along. The good news is, you can use this to your advantage. Clothes that don’t follow current trends are still going to look great if you wear them right but a lot of people follow those trends religiously. So, when things aren’t ‘in’ anymore, shops are going to have trouble selling them and they’re likely to knock the prices down. That’s when you can come in and buy it all up cheap.

Buying designer clothes doesn’t have to empty your bank account, just use these simple tricks and you can afford them easily.

 

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Considering replacement windows? Here’s everything you need to know

As time passes, your home’s windows can increasingly show signs of wear and tear. Perhaps you can spot patches where a frame appears to be warping or the glass has become inadvertently scratched.

In fact, there are cases where a problem can evidence itself long before you scrutinise how the windows actually look. You might regularly feel a draught or notice your energy bills rising – and either can be signs that your windows are letting too much cold in and excessive heat out.

Why uPVC windows can be plastic fantastic

If your home is traditional in design, you might be seriously considering having wooden frames fitted for the windows. However, while those frames could initially appear to have a subtly complementary look, effort would be regularly required on your part to keep those frames looking good.

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That would be on top of the relatively high expense which wood windows can incur right from the start, but you could be pleasantly surprised by how effective uPVC windows can prove as alternatives. They are low maintenance and available in styles suited to a wide range of properties.

With uPVC windows these days also incorporating the most sophisticated window technology, you can expect the benefits to keep stacking up over the lifetime of the windows.

Pedal to the metal with aluminium windows

Sadly, on the subject of the lifespan of plastic, it’s almost half that of well-maintained metal, says Ideal Home. So, should you switch your preference to metal instead? This could be an especially good idea if your home has a contemporary design.

Aluminium windows can look cool and industrial while remaining resilient. This physical strength means that manufacturers of aluminium windows can afford to significantly slim down the frames to make more room for glazing. That’s no small boon given how this glazing could boost the insulation.

Better Homes & Gardens details how. Also keep in mind that, whether you favour uPVC or aluminium windows, you can also order uPVC or aluminium bifold doors to go with them. These doors, which allow the light transfer of windows and the flexibility of doors, can be ordered online.

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How to help keep heat leakage at bay

As the temperatures outside fall, you should expect your home to keep you warm; however, it might not do so to optimum ability if the windows are lacking in thermal efficiency. This situation could require you to up your spending on heating, but new windows could take away this need.

Basically, the more thermally efficient windows are, the less heat they will leak. It’s reassuring, then, that all of the uPVC and aluminium windows and doors available from Bifold Shop, which is based in Gloucestershire but can supply to any home nationwide, are noted for their thermal performance.

To learn more about any of these products, you can dial the company on 01453 820892 and then select the first option presented. The company’s website details further plus points of what could serve as exciting additions to your abode.

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What Makes A Memorable Wedding?

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For hundreds of years, couples the world over have shared in the same toil. On a day like your wedding, most people will want to capture more than just the hearts of their guests, with the event of their lifetime living on in the memory of all who attended. To achieve a goal like this, there are loads of different tools available in the modern world. From small tokens to large-scale operations, any married couple to-be can create an unforgettable wedding, and this post is going to be going through some of the best ways to do it.

 

The Location: A lot of people consider the venue which they choose to be the most important part of their wedding. From traditional options like grand cathedrals to the quirkier places at your disposal, like farms and offices, people will get married anywhere, nowadays. Of course, though, it should always be somewhere important to you. One of the best ways to choose this part of your wedding is by considering places which have significance to both of you. You have a chance to be really creative with your venue, giving you the chance to snag something really nice, even if you’re on a budget.

 

The Ceremony: The ceremony you go through on your wedding day will often be based on the traditions of your homeland’s most prominent religion. Nowadays, a lot of people are taking a different approach to this part of their wedding day, going for a ceremony which they like rather than one which has be done throughout history. You don’t have to change this element of your wedding completely to make it special, though. Instead, if you’d prefer to stick with the normal ritual, like the symbolic exchange of wedding rings, you could look for someone important to you to deliver it.

 

The Vows: Writing vows is never an easy process, and a lot of people choose to go for something which boilerplate, sharing an experience with loads of other couples. With a little bit of preparation, though, it shouldn’t be too hard to put your own feelings onto paper. Your vows don’t need to be beautifully written, and they don’t need to sound like a poem or a song. Instead, as long as you draw them from your heart, they will be a lot more memorable than the normal experience people have. There are loads of sites around the web which can help you with this part of your big day.

 

The Breakfast: Once the ceremony is complete, events like this will typically change to a new location for a big meal for everyone to share. Food is one of the hardest things to get right when you’re hosting a lot of different people, while also being one of the easiest parts to remember, making it critical that you appeal to everyone. The easiest way to do this is through a simple buffet with options from a wide range of backgrounds. A lot of people make the mistake of going over the top with their food, and this can leave some of your guests feeling uncomfortable for this part of the event.

 

The Speeches: Along with food, people will also like to give speeches during the breakfast, and this is something which a lot of people struggle to get right. Some of your guests will be better at public speaking than others. It’s worth taking this into consideration when you’re picking those who will talk, even if tradition dictates that someone nervous should do it. Having someone bomb when talking will overshadow a large part of the event in some people’s memories, while also creating unpleasant ones for anyone who gets embarrassed.

 

The After Party: Of course, no wedding is complete without an after party, and this is the part of the day a lot of your guests will be looking forward to. It takes a lot to plan a successful do like this, though. Below, you can find some of the key elements you’ll have to put together if you want to create an evening which people will remember.

 

 

  • The Music: Live music is commonplace at wedding events, with a lot of people choosing this option over a DJ. Websites like AliveNetwork.com can help you to find local musicians who are dedicated to attending weddings. Of course, this is something only you and your partner can decide on, though, as you should always go for the sound which appeals to you the most.

 

 

 

  • The Fun/Games: Most wedding parties are more than just a bit of time spent on the dance floor. Along with this, other little entertainment areas can be found, including activities like photo booths, basic crafts, or something a little more creative. The best examples of this can be found at weddings which go out of the box. The only thing you have to aim for here is fun!

 

 

 

  • The Drinks: It’s hard to avoid a little bit of booze at an event like this, and most new couples will want to spend some time reveling in their new status. Of course, though, too much of the stuff can make an evening quickly devolve into chaos. Companies like thegreatmobilebarcompany.com can help you to organise a bar which limits you guests to a sensible amount of drinks. This is one of the best ways to keep things under control without making it boring.

 

 

The People: Finally, as the last area to consider, a lot of people make the mistake of inviting far too many guests to their wedding day. It’s impossible to enjoy yourself when you’re torn between talking to people for the whole event. To avoid this, having a smaller affair will often make it a lot easier for everyone to take in the celebrations as they unfurl. Of course, though, like this other elements in this post, this is something you have to decide.

 

Hopefully, this post will give you all of the help you need to start working on your big day. It can be easy to go down the same route as everyone else when you’re planning a wedding, choosing the options which seem most popular. You only get one of these events, though, and it’s worth making it your own.

 

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Get a handle on your money

How I Handle My Money?…

…Well I kinda don’t which is my biggest problem. I’m not bad with money but I’m not good with it either.

I’ve never been in money trouble or owed the bank anything. I’ve been in debt to a clothing catalogue a long time ago lol but looking at my blog that can’t really come as a surprise.
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So… when I was approached to feature a loan company on my blog I  was in two minds but in an attempt to educate myself and provide information on a company to anyone in my situation that reads this, I’m going to give it a whirl.

Cashlady is actually one of the best loan companies I could be writing about because they have a unique selling point that even I thought was pretty smart and its what stood out to me the most. It is a free service, they don’t charge their customers to make applications when using them.

Brokers boast a simple and quick service, by applying through a broker such as Loanable  you stand more chance of being accepted as your application will be seen by more lenders. You can apply online and get an instant decision . They have a comprehensive website and a team of staff available to call, which I would strongly suggest making full use of if you are as green as me when it comes to borrowing. They specialise in personal, property and business loans and with it being a purely online service it is very efficient.

If you absolutely must borrow, I think brokers are the best way to go as you find the best fit for you compared to going direct to companies like Amigo loans who are an actual lender.

This has always been something I feel should be taught in schools. Growing up I had so many friends that knew almost nothing about managing money and it’s something  that is so so important to everyday life. Companies that provide payday loans really must be a life saver for people that get into the odd sticky situation when the next pay day just isn’t quite soon enough.

When dipping your foot into the world of borrowing it can be overwhelming at the best of times and I think people make rash decisions when the pressure is on and money is needed immediately. You need to choose the right service, borrow only what you need and make sure there are no hidden charges. Services that have a help team are the best especially for first time borrowers who need short term financial help.

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As you have probably gathered by now, I am no financial guru but all I will say is that you should find out as much as you can about who you are borrowing from and make sure you know everything about the loan you are getting so you don’t get any nasty surprises if you do decide to go ahead.

As well as taking out a small loan you can also find ways to save money when doing things like decorating your home , when you save money buying inexpensive pieces for your home in places like Ikea and Home bargains you have more money to spend on the more important things.

I hope this post is even a little bit informative.

All content and opinions in the post are my own despite the fact that the post is sponsored.

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A bit of me.

Like a lot of people, I use my phone throughout the day every single day, so when it comes to personal items I want to customise, my phone is way up there.
I customise so many things from the font on my phone, ring tone and screensaver all the way to speech bubble colours for each individual text conversation. I love changing up my phone because it keeps something new that you may have for up to two years.
When I was younger I used to have multiple cases for my phones in a multitude of colours and designs to suit outfit or mood but as I’ve grown up I’ve only ever had one at a time and I use it strictly for function (although it is always something cute).
The opportunity arose to get a personalised phone case for my current phone, Samsung Galaxy S7, so I thought it could be really fun to make something I love that I can’t just pick up on the high street. I know a lot of people would use this opportunity to get a photo or something personal to them printed onto a case but that’s just not me at all. When I think of a personalised item I think of something I’ve always wanted but haven’t been able to find rather than “ohhh I can put my face on this” lol.

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I love roses and at the moment the screen saver on my phone is of some beautiful roses that I spent a long time searching for because I wanted specific colours and I even put a filter over them to give them a vintage look, I’ve only had this screen saver for a couple of weeks and I absolutely love it so when I was offered a personalised phone case I knew that I would want that rose design (with the vintage filter) on it. It’s an image that I love and its a phone case I would 100% buy if I saw it. Just to make it more personalised I had my name printed on it too. On nights out in bars and clubs I always leave my phone on the table with my friends when I go to the bar or the bathroom so I thought having my name on the back would be fun and handy.

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When the case came I was very surprised by the quality, its very well made and sturdy, I’ve had a lot of cases in the past that are cute but you know immediately that it’s not going to last long at all but this one is really well made and I feel very safe with my phone in it. The printing job is really nice and it definitely captured the vintage look I was going for and I love it.

Check them out if you want to make your own phone case like I did.

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My mother, my heart.

I saw a post about a company that engraves photos and words onto jewellery and I immediately thought of my mum. I lost my mum on Christmas day 2014 and since then I have gotten a couple of tattoos with her in mind which I love but I don’t really go into when people ask about them because I find tattoos to be very personal. So when the opportunity came about to get a piece of jewellery with her picture on I definitely wanted to do that.
I sent Gemzbyemz the clearest picture I could find of my mum and the words I wanted on the back of the necklace and I received my piece really fast.

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I wasn’t really sure what to expect as far as how clear the image would be and how well you would be able to make out her face and features on a piece of jewellery so small but I was so surprised and pleased, the image is clear as day.
It’s mine and my mum’s birthday month next month and I feel like I got this just in time.

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It’s a beautiful piece and a really nice idea and it’s definitely something I will cherish. I would like to get one for my sister too as I think she will love it.
The heart necklace is gorgeous and there are other things on the site that you can have engraved if you want something else, like cufflinks or a trinket box as gifts. You can even have cushions made with photos of your choice. There are so many items available that make great gifts and wedding favours.

Emma was an absolute pleasure to deal with too, she made it all very clear what she needed and and was very helpful when I my image file wouldn’t go through. Overall the customer service was excellent and the whole process was really quick.

Unfortunately the necklace was too short for me because I have a fat neck lol, but I bought a longer silver replacement necklace that fits me and now it’s perfect.

I don’t talk about my mum much on social media or on my blog, but she was my world, the best person I have ever known and I will continue to pay tribute to her in every way that I can, forever.

Plus Size Vintage Clothing

Full figured women can also enjoy vintage styles and designs. Plus size vintage clothes are a great pickb, as they often have figure-flattering features that highlight your curves while also celebrating your individual style.

The following designs are the best picks for plus size ladies looking to enhance their fashion and wear clothing from a more stylish era.

1920s – Shift Dresses

For a vintage inspired style that is faltering for fuller figures, look no further than the classic shift dress. Popular among flappers and statement-makers in the 1920s, these dresses are as elegant as they are easy-to-wear. They often have no inherent structure and fall easily over the body, allowing you to move with ease while still incorporating vintage design elements.

When it comes to finding the perfect plus size shift dress, be aware of your proportions. Finding the perfect hemline and sleeve length is always key. Because these dresses essentially cover up your curves, you will want to show a little skin in other places to ensure you don’t look too matronly while wearing pieces from this era.

1930s – Structured Style

The 1930s was famous for its more structured styles. When it comes to plus sized figures, structure can be incredibly flattering. Find a fitted suit dress from this era that nips at the waistline and creates a stylish, chic, and sophisticated silhouette that will make you feel pretty and powerful all at the same time.

The key to finding the perfect look from this era is perfect tailoring. Don’t hesitate to take your vintage pieces to a tailor for a unique fit that makes you look your best at all times. Sometimes even a half an inch can make a huge difference when it comes to your overall look.

1940s & 1950s – A-line Dresses

For plus size women with a vintage sensibility, you can’t go wrong with a retro a-line dress. These styles are a dream for women with fuller figures, as they hit you in all of the right places. These dresses typically feature a waistband or seam point that hits right at your natural waist and highlights the smallest part of your body. A full circle skirt and fitted bodice perfectly balance your proportions, creating or enhancing your hourglass figure.

These dresses come in a variety of beautiful colors and patterns, allowing you to express your style in the best way possible. Often, they feature vintage prints like polkadots or gingham that further enhance their retro beauty. These dresses are as fun to wear as they are figure flattering, making them the perfect pick for anyone looking to wear plus size vintage styles.

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Dressing for Success: Some Of The Ways You Can Do It

When it comes to your appearance it what you think about yourself that matters over anybody else’s opinions, but sometimes your confidence can be knocked. If you have a job that requires you to put yourself out there a lot of the time, if you find that you are trying to stay on your feet with a new business venture or going solo and doing freelance work, if you just want to rock the household chores sometimes dressing for the success you want can make all the difference. But how can you do that? I thought I would share with you some of the ways you can dress for success.

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It starts with what is underneath

 Sometimes when it comes to the clothes that you wear, you have to start with the basics and that can mean the lingerie and underwear you are wearing. It isn’t necessarily about wearing something pretty, although that can help you to feel great, but it is more to do with wearing something that fits you well and enhances your body shape. This is when looking online for cheap lingerie by Lingerie Outlet Store could help you to find the right pieces. Once you have underwear that fits perfectly, you will find that the clothing you wear fits you better and looks incredible.

 

Dress for the occasion

 Dressing for success isn’t always about the power suit for that meeting at work, you may work for yourself, stay at home or simply have a different type of job that requires different clothing. Instead, dressing for success means you are dressed for the occasion, then eat way you can be and whatever that situation may be.

 

Wear clothes that suit your body shape

 It is important to understand what your body shape is and to dress for it rather than against it. You will always feel more confident in the clothes you are in if they fit your figure well and look the part. You can identify your body shape easily enough online and the difference it could make to how you look is amazing.

 

Think of your skin tone

 Your skin tone can play a big part in how you dress as certain colours will enhance your look whereas others will drown you out and not do anything for your appearance. So it is crucial to know whether warmer or cooler tones suit your skin tone better. You can do this through trying out different clothes and seeking advice online to help you identify the best colours for you.

 

Put your look together

 Dressing for success and feeling good about it is only part of the story, you also need to think about putting the whole look together. Having the right clothes is great, but making more effort with your hair, a slick of lipstick or a bit of make and doing things that help boost your confidence can also work wonders for your overall appearance.

 I hope these tips help you to dress for success.

 

 

Gadgets and Accessories for Vaping You Can’t Live Without

It seems the days of the traditional cigarette could be left behind as vaping grows more and more popular. It has been reported that, although not risk free, vaping is less harmful than smoking. If you’re a regular smoker and debating making the switch, or a vaper looking to try out some new gadgets, read on below to find out how you can make the most from your vaping experience.

 

Cartomizers

This is a great tool to use when you’re just starting out with vaping. You pair it with the battery and you’re all set. VIP offers a superb selection of flavours, with everything from apple to vanilla. You can also choose the strength of nicotine in each pack, which is a definite perk over your standard pack of cigarettes. With cartomizers you can pick what’s exactly right for you.

 

Protective Case

 The chances are you’ll be taking your vape equipment with you wherever you go. Just like you put your phone in a case to protect it, so you should with your vape – there’s a lot of delicate equipment going on in there. One hefty drop to the floor and you could potentially damage your e-cigarette beyond repair. A case can protect it and prevent you from having to pay for a whole kit.

 

Charger

 Speaking of being on the go with your vape equipment, you’re best off including a charger. The last thing you want is the battery to run out, meaning you can’t smoke for the rest of the day. You could always invest in a high-power battery, this can keep your equipment lasting longer, and you don’t have to worry so much about always being near a charging point.

 

Bottles

If you fancy the idea of mixing your own blends from your e-liquids, having a few empty bottles is a top idea. You can buy empty containers from vape stores, then get creative with your concoctions. You might even find your new favourite flavour, and it’s entirely your creation.

 

Cleaning Equipment

 It’s not the most glamorous part of any vape tool kit, but it is an important one. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy either, some cotton swabs and paper towels will do the trick. As long as you’ve got something to clean up after yourself when you’re pouring new liquid into the e-cigarette. It’s going in your mouth after all, you want to keep it as hygienic as you can.

 

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