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Collecting and harvesting rainwater: tips & tricks

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Every person consumes approximately 100 liters of water per day. This is drinking water quality, although not all of it is needed for drinking. Because unlike drinking, eating, cooking, and personal hygiene, water for flushing the toilet and watering the garden does not have to be of drinking water quality. Because this can only be achieved with great effort and expense. If you want to save drinking water and drinking water costs, you can collect and use rainwater instead. We’ll reveal everything you need to know in this article.

What is rainwater?

Rainwater is the precipitation that occurs when the water evaporates from seas, lakes, and rivers, i.e. when it changes its physical state from liquid to gaseous. The rising water vapor cools down with increasing altitude, whereby it condenses: Small droplets of water form again, which together form a cloud. If the cloud cools down further, the small droplets become larger and larger, which at some point become so heavy that they fall out of the cloud: It is raining.

Is rainwater clean?

Rainwater contains different substances depending on which body of water it once evaporated from and which path it took when it rose into the cloud and later with it. This is because various dust grains, volcanic ash, pollen, spores and microbes naturally float in the waters and in our atmosphere. In addition, there is man-made dirt, including fine dust from exhaust gases and tire wear from our vehicles, factories and houses, as well as pollutants that we apply in the course of cultivating arable land and forest land, for example. These dirt particles also swim in bodies of water or swirl through our air – and can be detected in the rain.

Difference between rainwater vs. drinking water – a comparison

Rainwater is created in a natural cycle. Drinking water, on the other hand, is withdrawn from nature’s cycle and treated.

While natural rainwater is comparatively soft, the drinking water from our water pipes is rather hard. The reason for the higher water hardness of tap water is the so-called hardness builders, i.e. minerals that are in it, especially calcium and magnesium – both are essential for us humans.

According to the consumer center (VZ), tap water counts in Germany

  • with 0 to 7 degrees of German hardness (dH) as soft water (hardness range I: 0 to 1.3 millimoles of calcium oxide per liter).
  • with 14 to 21 degrees dH as hard water (hardness range III: 2.5 to 3.8 millimoles calcium oxide per liter)

The water hardness of rainwater, on the other hand, is close to zero.

3 good reasons why collecting rainwater is worth it

It was already mentioned above: Rainwater can replace a large part of the drinking water used as service water in the house and garden.

Rainwater saves costs and fees!

Since rainwater falls from the sky free of charge, you also save a proportion of the corresponding water costs, which in turn result from the complex treatment of tap water. And you can also save on the so-called precipitation fee: This is charged for draining rainwater into the sewer (per square meter of the drained area). If, on the other hand, rainwater is retained as desired by law, for example evaporating on a green roof (garden house, carport) or allowing it to seep into the garden soil (both can be achieved with controlled irrigation), you save the precipitation fee.

Rainwater is environmentally friendly!

You should also consider the environmental costs that you collect with rainwater and save using rainwater: Drinking water is of inestimable value, it is one of the most valuable raw and valuable materials of our time. The less drinking water you waste unnecessarily on growing and caring for your ornamental and useful plants and the more rainwater you use instead, the better the ecological footprint of your own harvest.

Rainwater is the better irrigation water!

For watering plants in the house, on the balcony and in the garden, hard, i.e. very hard, tap water is rather unsuitable.

Various plants, for example rhododendrons, camellias, orchids and ferns, cannot tolerate too much lime. In addition, many plants do not get the additives of chlorine, fluorine and ozone, which serve as preservatives in tap water.

And you should also know that: The collected and stale rainwater is usually warmer than freshly tapped irrigation water. This saves your plants a (too) cold shower.

The natural content of minerals in rainwater also has a nourishing effect on plants: it works like a mineral fertilizer.

How can you collect rainwater?

If you want to collect and use rainwater in the future, you need the necessary equipment. Which one depends on whether you collect rainwater from a roof or without a roof.

Collect rainwater – this is how it works with a roof!

The rainwater quality is best as long as the rainwater has not yet touched the ground. It is, therefore, best to collect rainwater fresh from roofs, for example, roofs of houses, garden houses and greenhouses, pavilions, garages, carports, patio covers or sheds. To protect the building fabric, the buildings need a gutter to catch the rainwater and a downpipe to drain it away – into the ground, an existing drainage system or in a collecting container: If the rainwater ends up in one, you can collect it continuously and later use as needed.

The classic is the rain barrel, which is already available in a luxurious version with a cover and tap as well as a sieve/filter. For example in our online shop – take a look!

Our tip: Smaller rain barrels are also suitable for collecting rainwater on balconies and terraces; larger alternatives are rain tanks and rain barrels. You can read more about choosing the right container for your rainwater collection project in our article ” The rain barrel at the garden house: better irrigation water for free “.

For larger collection volumes you need larger collection containers. For example, so-called rain collectors, which also collect rainwater for household consumption, use special underground tanks or cisterns. Both can be installed underground and do not take up any space on the property or in the garden. In addition, the underground rainwater collection slows down the germination of the water.

Rainwater flows from the roof

3 ways to collect rainwater – this is how it works without a roof!

You don’t have a roof to collect rainwater? Then let us show you three alternatives:

  • Collecting rainwater in containers: Place containers on the balcony, terrace, or in the garden to collect rainwater. These can be bowls, buckets and pots. The larger the opening, the more rainwater you collect with it.
  • Collect rainwater in water-repellent tarpaulins: You can also use a so-called tarp, which you buy from an outdoor outfitter, or a sun sail to collect rainwater. You stretch the tarpaulin strategically – with a gradient! – in the garden and let a corner open into suitable collecting containers so that the rainwater collects in them.

Our tip: Are you missing trees or posts to attach the tarpaulin? No problem! Install a rotary clothes dryer in the garden! You can dry your laundry on it in sunny weather and put a tarpaulin on it and collect the rainwater in rainy weather.

  • Collect rainwater on a DIY rain canopy: You can use a self-made frame as a rain canopy to collect rainwater in a targeted manner. Build the frame from four posts, cross slats with a slope and a foil on top, ideally so high that the rain barrel or rain tank can be placed underneath. If you then green the side of the frame with climbing plants, you have created an attractive privacy screen for the bin or tank.

Are you looking for more inspiration around garden design? Take a look at our Pinterest channel . There we have put together a variety of beautiful boards on the topic of house, garden and garden shed for you.

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Would you like to have your kitchen as the first day for years? No, it is not a dream. Having your kitchen like new is very easy if you follow these 10 tricks to take care of your countertop. The future of your kitchen is in your hands!

The countertop is one of the most used parts on a day-to-day basis and is exposed to continuous actions that can deteriorate it, so taking care of your countertop is essential. A correct choice of the material from which our countertop is made is a key point in its maintenance.

Choice of countertop

There are many options that we have today for our kitchen countertops, but your choice depends on whether you have to change it in 2 years or many more.

We bet on the best for your kitchen, where quality, safety, and design are the main points on your kitchen countertop.

When choosing a countertop for your kitchen, reason, and emotion have to go hand in hand, since it is so important that the countertop be able to last 20 years in perfect condition, as that in 20 years you will still be in love with it. A sure hit? The Silestone Helix model in the image.

Tricks to take care of your countertop and make it look like the first day

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Countertops

And, if in addition to making a perfect choice, do we take care of our countertop in a few small steps? The result is to enjoy the kitchen of your dreams for many years.

1. Daily cleaning, easy and fast!

A thorough cleaning of the countertop is not necessary, but keeping it clean will help keep it in perfect condition over the years.

2. Dry and shiny, so yeah!

Drying it after cleaning contributes to its maintenance, lengthens its optimal state and, in addition, we prevent watermarks from leaving any streaks on the surface.

3. If we have a stain, let’s go for it!

If we remove the stains when they have been in a short time, we avoid that grease can become embedded in our countertop and that the material can become contaminated and deteriorate.

4. Avoid extreme heat sources

Using protectors when we place very hot pans is a small action that our countertop will thank us for.

5. Say yes to cutting boards

Cutting into the countertop may seem like a good idea to us, but even if the material is scratch-resistant, continued use can cause erosion of the countertop.

6. Use products that are not aggressive for daily cleaning.

The granite or quartz from which Silestone, Sensa, or Dekton countertops are made, are very resistant materials, but the continuous use of very strong degreasers can end up damaging the countertop. The same happens with steel, we will have to choose cleaners for this material.

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Countertops

7- Avoid the use of bleaches or chlorine disinfectants.

Bleach is a product that, used continuously, can damage our countertop. In the case of specific cleaning, it is important to rinse afterward with water to minimize the aggressiveness of this cleaner.

8. Beware of chemicals.

If we use ammonia it is very important not to mix it with chlorine because it can damage the material and, also, give off very harmful gases.

9- Do not polish our countertop!

The materials are manufactured in such a way that they have protection against stains and heat and, if we polish it, we will lose that layer on the countertop.

10. Clean in circles, said by the experts!

Brands such as Silestone, recommend cleaning stains by making circles, as it helps the material suffer less from friction.

These are just a few tricks to take care of your kitchen countertop, and you don’t just have to make the right choice in the materials. This decision, although complicated, is very important. Request your budget, we will make your kitchen like one of your dreams.

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Today we are going to prepare fresh pasta at home, it seems very cumbersome but it really is not. Today we show you it and we are going to make it very easy, without using any device, so no one will have an excuse to say that you cannot make fresh pasta at home.

The paste always triumphs among the smallest, so if we make fresh pasta at home with them, we will spend a delightful day in every way. Pasta is a staple food and like all cereals form the basis of our diet, it is healthy and nutritious food.

The problem with making fresh pasta at home is that once you try it, you get hooked because everything you make has a special flavor. Do you remember the meat lasagna that we prepared the other day? Be sure to try it with this fresh pasta recipe and you will see how delicious it is.

How to make fresh pasta

Ingredients

  • 300 gr of strength flour
  • 100 gr of common flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

Preparation of fresh pasta

make fresh pasta at home

Make fresh pasta at home

In a large bowl. or on the counter directly, we put the two types of flour, we make a hole in the center in which we put the eggs, salt, and oil. Mix a little with the help of a fork, then knead with our hands until we obtain a homogeneous dough that does not stick to our hands.

If you have Thermomix or any other mixer, you just have to put the ingredients and knead.

Once the dough is ready, we wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in the fridge for a couple of hours. We put flour on the hob, divide the dough into several pieces. With a roller, we stretch each piece very well, if we are going to make lasagna we cut a sheet the size of the mold.

If we prefer to make noodles, we roll the pasta very stretched and floured on both sides. We cut the cylinder into thin slices, unroll and we have a noodle. We let them dry a bit, I use a roller between two doors of a kitchen cupboard.

Once we have cut all the noodles, we put a saucepan with water to boil and we cook them. Once cooked, drain and add to the sauce that we like the most.

Let’s go! Today everyone to prepare fresh pasta at home … Then remember to prepare for example some spaghetti carbonara and tell us how are you …

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Our healthy recipe book “Smoothie Recipes Challenge” is not just any ebook; it is the beginning of a new lifestyle. It is a free book where you will find 7 irresistible smoothie recipes, so you can make, every day of the week.

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In this way, every day, you will be able to discover a new option to incorporate shakes and smoothies into your life, in an easy and fun way.

In addition, to know a “little” more, how to make smoothies and shakes together with their main benefits, Also learn the steps you must follow, to make your weekly shopping healthier.

Free Ebook: Smoothie Recipes Challenge

In the following link, you can download our FREE healthy recipe book with the best smoothie and shake recipes, along with the most effective tips and tricks to stay in shape.

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What can I find in the Smoothies Ebook?

In our e-book you will find:

  • 28 pages full of ideas and recipes to incorporate smoothies and shakes into your daily life.
  • Basic indications to indicate you to a healthy life.
  • Tips and tricks for making smoothies and shakes.
  • Guide to make the purchase.
  • Complete guide to getting started with the “Smoothie Recipes Challenge”
  • 7 original smoothie recipes, and many more surprises 😉

Why should I download the “Smoothie Recipes Challenge” e-book?

From Smoothie Recipes we have been in charge of making a selection of the best smoothies for those who want to start a healthy lifestyle and incorporate these types of recipes into your diet.

We have lovingly designed a 7-day plan/challenge. The idea is that at least once a day, you incorporate a smoothie or smoothie naturally in your weekly menu.

Each of the recipes, which you will find in this e-book, will detail the necessary ingredients and the procedure, step by step, so that you can enjoy a delicious recipe, without having to be an expert Chef.

We promise you that none of them will take you more than 5 minutes!

With this challenge, our goal is to help you adopt a healthier lifestyle, and make everything easier.

What should I do to download it?

The e-book “Smoothie Recipes Challenge” is in PDF format, so you can read it with practically any device such as your computer, mobile phone, or on your tablet. In addition, there is the option to print it if you wish, in order to have more hand, the recipes that we propose.

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