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Frugal Family: Good Clean Savings

Frugal Family: Good Clean Savings
News from Patch.com:

Since many readers seemed to enjoy a past article on Frugal Cleaning, here are some ideas for good clean savings on something we all deal with — laundry.

I first heard about making your own laundry soap on the popular show, “19 Kids and Counting,” and as I’ve said before, “If anyone knows how to save, it’s a family with that many kids.”

In the laundry soap aisle of the grocery store, you’ll find your necessary supplies: a bar of Fels Naptha soap, a box of Washing Soda and a box of Borax. 

To make the soap:

* Simply grate the bar of soap into a pot containing 4 cups of water. Cover that and cook over medium-low heat until the soap is completely melted. Pour that mixture into a 5 gallon bucket and add 1 cup of the washing soda and a half cup of the borax.

* Stir with a paint stick, or in my case, a stick blender specifica…………… continues on Patch.com

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It’s Easy Being Green: Fun with Baking Soda
News from Center For American Progress:

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Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, has been widely used for a long time. In fact, the ancient Egyptians reportedly used a mixture containing the substance for soap. It’s cheap—about $ 1 for a pound—and you can use it around the house as an alternative to many different household cleaning and personal care products.

The list below covers some uses, but it’s really the tip of the iceberg. (And while you’re at it, don’t forget to celebrate National Bicarbonate of Soda Day.)

Brush your teeth. A paste made from baking soda and a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution can be used as an alternative to commercial nonfluoride toothpastes.

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Red Cross Offers Post-Hurricane Safety Tips

Red Cross Offers Post-Hurricane Safety Tips
News from Patch.com:

RETURNING TO YOUR HOME AFTER THE STORM
Safety Information from the Red Cross

Concord, NH, Sunday, August 28, 2011

As Tropical Strom Irene moves out of New Hampshire, people are starting to return to their homes, cleaning up debris and checking for flooding and wind damage. The American Red Cross in New Hampshire offers important information to keep residents safe as they clean up after the storm and get their lives back in order.

First, follow the advice of local authorities in making sure it is safe to return your neighborhood or home. Have a map to help you re-route in case there is heavy traffic or impassable roads. Take with you an emergency kit of supplies in case utilities are still out, including flashlights, batteries, bottled water, a crank or battery-powered radio, and non-perishable foods. Wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots. If possible, leave ch…………… continues on Patch.com
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Cleaning Up Post-Irene Flooding
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Even though residents tried to prepare for Hurricane Irene before the it hit the area this past weekend, many still experienced flooding in their homes.

Now that the storm has passed and some of the water has receded and been cleaned out of homes, the cleaning may not be done yet.

According to Mold Detection and Remediation Specialists, Inc., the key to dealing with a flood is to clean it up correctly to prevent future expenses.

Mold Detection and Remediation Specialists, Inc., which is based in Bucks County as well as New Jersey, states that the first step in dealing with a flood is to get the affected area dry fast because mold growth can begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours if the area is not dried properly.

Run fans and dehumidifiers in the affected area and keep the relative humidity below 50 percent, recommends Mold Detection and Remediation Specialists, Inc.

Discard any moisture-damaged porous or…………… continues on Patch.com
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Campgrounds mostly avoid serious damage from Irene

Campgrounds mostly avoid serious damage from Irene
News from Norwich Bulletin:

For 5-year-old Corinne Edele, the wind and rain of Tropical Storm Irene dulled in comparison to the post-storm trauma of not being able to use the pool at Strawberry Park campground.

“I like to swim,” said the young vacationer, who, with her parents, Chris and Jennine, and brother, Damien, 9, made the annual trip from Manorville, Long Island, to enjoy Connecticut’s outdoors.

“We’ve been coming here for several years, and we weren’t going to let the storm change our mind,” her father said.

Tropical Storm Irene didn’t deter campers at Strawberry Park or Hide Away Cove Campground in Dayville — both sites were without power as of Monday night.

The Edele family rolled up the canopy on their recreational vehicle, put away the lawn chairs and packed the screen tent that protects them from mosquitoes, and huddled together as the storm hit.

“It really wasn’t too bad,” Chris Edele said. “The only problem is that without power, we can’t use the pool.”

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Cleaning Up Irene: 10-Foot Python Found In Brooklyn Apt.

Cleaning Up Irene: 10-Foot Python Found In Brooklyn Apt.
News from Gothamist:

Most people who left their apartments this weekend in the face of Irene made arrangements for their pets—helped by the fact they were allowed into shelters! Of course there were some exceptions. A few pets went off on their own and a few owners apparently just abandoned their buddies. Like the owner of a 10-foot python found yesterday on the eighth floor of the Howard Houses on Mother Gaston Boulevard in Brownsville.

The snake was found by NYCHA employees yesterday morning who were inspecting a leak coming into a seventh floor apartment. The workers then went to investigate the source of the water—the apartment upstairs, where nobody was home. They qu…………… continues on Gothamist
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Tips for those dealing with post-Irene damage
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Hurricane Irene came, saw and conquered many parts of the Eastern seaboard this past weekend, leaving some towns in shambles while others with minimal flooding in her wake. The hurricane is so far responsible for 32 deaths in 10 states, and is predicted to cost the entire region over billions of dollars in damage.

Here are some other quick facts on the storm’s impact (via Reuters):

  • 3 million people left without power along its path;
  • 9,000 flights cancellations across the region;
  • Up to 13 inches of rain fell on states across the east coast with more than 10 in. of rain in parts of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and upstate New York, bursting the banks of many rivers already swollen by record-breaking rainfalls in August;
  • North Carolina suffered the biggest blow, with at least seven people killed in the state and 444,000 hous…………… continues on USA Today

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Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home

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SCENTED LAUNDRY PRODUCTS MAY POSE UNKNOWN HEALTH RISKS

SCENTED LAUNDRY PRODUCTS MAY POSE UNKNOWN HEALTH RISKS
News from Sky Valley Chronicle:
(SEATTLE, WA) — Many of those scented laundry products millions of people use – detergents, softeners, and fabric sheets in dryers – may contain toxic chemicals.

Anne Steinemann, a University of Washington professor of civil and environmental engineering and the lead author of a new study, says her latest research project showed more than 25 volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including two classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as carcinogens, being emitted by clothes dryers that handled laundry washed with a top-selling scented liquid laundry detergent and dried along with scented dryer sheets.

The testing process involved washing and drying new, pre-rinsed organic cotton towels in the washers and dryers of volunteer homeowners. All the machines were meticulously cleaned before testing began and during the drying process, a canister placed inside the dryer vent opening captured the exhaust, which was then analyzed.

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Experts say caution, focus important for after storm clean up

Experts say caution, focus important for after storm clean up
News from Jacksonville Daily News:

After the waters recede, the task of cleaning up damage from floodwaters may remain for many area residents.

The task can be a daunting one, but organizations like the Red Cross and N.C. Cooperative Extension offer tips to help residents determine what needs to be done and how to do it safely.

“Cleaning up after a flood is going to be a big task and it will help to think about what your priorities are before you start,” said Robin Seitz, an extension agent at the Onslow County Cooperative Extension center.

Before beginning the clean-up process, make sure that it is safe to enter the building and address safety issues first. If an electrical system has been flooded, it should be checked by an electrician. If a fuse box is located in a flooded basement, do not turn electricity on until the water has been pumped out, Seitz said.

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Post hurricane safety tips from New Hanover County

Post hurricane safety tips from New Hanover County
News from WECT-TV6:

From New Hanover County:

(New Hanover County)– The New Hanover County Health Department has some important safety tips to follow:

Avoid Dangerous Areas

If waters continue to rise, evacuate the area immediately.

Do not walk in, play in or drive through flooded areas. Flood water contains hidden hazards and may be deeper and faster-moving than it appears. Wear shoes at all times.

Stay away from downed power lines.

If you get a cut or puncture wound, get a tetanus booster shot if you have not had one in the past 5 years.

Drinking Water

Public and private wells that have been flooded or have lost electricity may have become contaminated. Water must be treated before use. Use only bottled water for drinking and cooking, if available.

Tap water used for drinking, cooking, brushing teeth or making ice must be boiled for at least five minutes before use.

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Free & Cheap for Aug. 27

Free & Cheap for Aug. 27
News from Brandon News and Tribune:

Here’s a roundup of deals from our blog, which you’ll find by searching “Free & Cheap” at TBO.com. The highlights appear here each Saturday.

Weekly webcast: Restaurant deals

The struggling economy has hit many people in their wallets, pocketbooks … and stomachs.

But our Free & Cheap bloggers say restaurants are coming to the rescue with great deals, some through discount certificates at

Restaurants.com.

Just be careful, they warn in the weekly webcast: Every deal has restrictions.

Like free samples? Use the Web

For years, I’ve gotten free samples in the mail through StartSampling.com.

You give them some demographic data, like how many people live in your household and if you have cats, and they send samples you choose to your house.

I’ve received vitamins, soap, detergent and cleaning wipes, to name a few.

Some are chintzy, but hey, it’s free!

Peter Bernard

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Paw friendly pads
News from OCRegister:

Every now and then, modernist catalog-retailer Design Within Reach dishes tongue-in-cheek pearls of wisdom. To wit:

“A home is only for show. A home should never be cluttered. If shoes, socks, cups, newspapers, toys, jackets or family photos ever find their way into public view, remove them immediately, or better yet, just throw them away. Never allow children or pets in a home, for they are messy and sometimes emit unwanted odors.”

No muddy paws on this elegant Great Dane, but no worries if there were. All the fabrics in this room are Sunbrella indoor-outdoor, available at Calico Corners. A spot-cleaning is an easy spritz of dish soap or even bleach and the pizza or red wine spill is no big deal. Zippered cushion covers can be removed and machine-washed.

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Cancer survivor commits to an organic life

Cancer survivor commits to an organic life
News from MPNnow.com:

A healthy diet has always been important to Lori Allison. But it wasn’t until she was diagnosed with breast cancer — nearly two years ago — that she decided to make a lifestyle change.

“If my immune system was built to fight disease, what compromised that entity from doing its job?” said Allison.

“That’s what drove me.”

Allison — who lives with her husband, John, and children, Moriah, 15, and Jonathan, 12, in Canandaigua — said
it drove her to a “drastic” lifestyle change that focused on a consumption of organic, all-natural products. Her first step, she said, was to research ways to achieve her goals and eliminate those outside elements that she said were putting her at risk.

“I don’t pretend to have gained all I need to know,” she said. “I read, read, read all the time to stay current with studies, trends, new learnings, and as a result, I learn something new every day.”

John, her husband of 26 years, said the research didn’t come from “fly-by-ni…………… continues on MPNnow.com
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Hurricane Prep Tips

Hurricane Prep Tips
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We don’t often face hurricanes in the D.C. area, so planning for one might seem daunting. FEMA, Ready.gov and the National Hurricane Center offer plenty of tips, and we’ve mixed in a few of our own below:

 

PLANNING:

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