How to Keep Your Used Volkswagen Running and Handling Well

Volkswagens are known for being quality cars that can stand up to the test of time. This is why a used Volkswagen is a good choice for a vehicle in Singapore. If you own a used model, then you need to know some distinctive techniques for taking care of it over the years. You can do a few things to keep your used Volkswagen running and handling well in Singapore.   Monthly Oil Checks The first and simplest step is to check the oil in your used Volkswagen once every month. This is important because the older nature of the engine and the conditions in Singapore can cause more oil to be used than normal. You might also have a small and almost unnoticeable leak. If you notice the oil level dropping, then add some more to the car until it is time for a full oil change. The best option for a Volkswagen is a 100 percent synthetic oil made for this brand of car.   Bleeding the Brakes Something to be concerned about with a second hand Volkswagen in Singapore is the brake system. You really do need to perform a brake bleeding every 18 to 24 months. Bleeding the brakes is going to remove any air pockets that have formed. Check the brake fluid to make sure that it is not dark and thick. If you notice low brake fluid levels, then that normally means you need to replace the brake pads just to be safe.   Pay Attention to the Dashboard Lights Volkswagens come with a relatively good dashboard light warning system. The system tends...

Cut Your Shower Time in Half With These Double-Duty Shower Products

  Everyone loves a refreshing shower whether you schedule yours upon rising in the morning or shortly before bedtime to unwind from the rigors of the day. Whatever your schedule, it pays to know a few tricks to reduce the time you spend in the shower because as relaxing as it may be, long showers can dry your skin and hair. On top of that, long showers waste water and energy required to heat the water.   The Science behind Combination Bath Products   Surface cleansing is the primary function of bath products. To accomplish this, the body wash, shampoo or other cleaning product contain a type of chemical known as surfactant that washes dirt off by breaking the adhesive action between water and the greasy material on the skin or hair surface. The foaming action lifts the dirt and prevents re-adhesion to the skin. Surfactants are known to wash off oil along with the dirt, which can cause skin dryness or hair frizziness. To solve this issue, moisture is added back using different products. In the case of hair, applying a conditioner after rinsing off the shampoo results in a coat of silicone applied to each hair strand. Depending on the formulation, the conditioning product is a protectant, moisturizer and gloss enhancer as it fills in the ruts and roughness in the hair strand. Two-in-one or three-in-one combination products are specially formulated for multifunctionality. This means that only one product is used when showering, eliminating some steps and cutting down on time spent and water used on showering.   Shampoo and Conditioner Combination   With one application of...

A Guide to Different Types of Consumer Goods Certified Halal

Halal-certified goods have “halal” in Arabic script, followed by “halal” in English. Others have a crescent symbol. The design of the certification itself is different depending on which association has certified it. Organic, vegan, kosher and cruelty-free products will tend to be halal. These of course can be expensive, if not hard to find. And besides, you cannot know for sure if they are really halal. Some are musbooh (“doubtful” or “suspect”). As a Muslim consumer, the best way to ensure you are getting halal goods is for them to be certified. But which ones are? Fortunately, the halal industry is growing around the world, and there are already several types which are certified halal. Let’s take a look at two major consumer industries, food and makeup. Halal Food Halal food is free from pork, alcohol, blood and the haraam parts of animals. Meat prepared from living livestock and according to Muslim guidelines are halal. Specifically, food can be certified halal if they do not contain: • gelatin or pectin • L-cysteine (made from human hair, chicken or duck feathers) • alcohol: wine, liquor, beer batter, rum flavor, ethyl alcohol or ethanol, vanilla extract, wine vinegar, torula yeast, brewer’s yeast extract (by-product from beer-making), naturally brewed soy sauce, erythritol, and grape wine by-products (grape skin powder, oil and seed extract) • cochineal or carmine (insect-derived) • nucleotides • confectionary or resinous glaze (insect-derived) • carrageenan (if ethyl alcohol is used to crystalize it) • stevia (crystallized with alcohol) Additionally, they must use raw ingredients, and be processed, sanitized and packaged according to Muslim dietary requirements. Halal makeup The red...

How to Get Your Bathroom Looking and Smelling As Clean As Possible

One of the areas of your home that needs more attention than the others is the bathroom. An unattended bathroom can become very dirty, smelly and potentially dangerous. A few tips will help to keep your bathroom looking and smelling as clean as possible. Soak Your Showerheads Your showerheads can become filled with grime, mineral buildup and bacteria. You want to clean the outside and inside of your showerhead. You can do this by soaking the showerhead in white vinegar for several hours or overnight. Take the showerhead down and put it in a bowl filled with vinegar. Alternately, you could fill a bag with vinegar and tie it over the showerhead if the fixture cannot be taken down. Get a Squeegee for Vertical Surfaces The vertical surfaces in your bathroom are the most prominent ones. You want them to look smooth, clean and free from streaks. An easy way to achieve this is by using a good squeegee for those vertical surfaces. A squeegee can be used to quickly clean mirrors, tiled walls, shower curtains and windows. The cleaned surface will be even, clear and devoid of any unattractive debris. Use the Right Cleaning Equipment on the Floors You need to take special care with your bathroom floors. Not cleaning them correctly could leave the floors slippery, coated in accumulated film and looking cloudy or stained. You want to use a broom to clear away debris. Mop the floors with a good detergent. It is really a good idea to use commercial cleaning equipment to clean and buff the floors so that there will be no staining. Thoroughly...