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Tips to keep your wardrobe looking its best

Tips to keep your wardrobe looking its best
News from NYU Washington Square News:

Published September 29, 2011

In our constant effort to save money, we end up giving up a lot of things. But personal hygiene should never be one of them. So how can you keep your clothes nice and crisp without spending money at the dry cleaner’s? Here are a few helpful tips that are guaranteed to keep your closet fresh.

Steam it
A mini steamer is extremely effective for achieving that freshly ironed look without having to bust out the old ironing board. Not only are they easy to use, they cost only about $ 20 (about the same price as dry cleaning four shirts). They’re also small enough to keep stowed away in a dorm room.

Shower it
For those of you who would rather not join the mini-steam revolution, try the shower. No, don’t wear your clothes in the tub — instead, bring them into the b…………… continues on NYU Washington Square News

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Mold: A Growing Problem for Flood Victims

Mold: A Growing Problem for Flood Victims
News from WNEP-TV:

Victims of the September floods are now facing a growing problem, mold.

If it is not cleaned up properly, mold could be hazardous to your health.

While the damage on the outside of many flood-damaged homes is clear, it is what is now growing inside that could really pose serious health risks.

Theresa Scanlon-Vaccaro gave us a tour of her parent’s badly damaged home in Jenkins Township, a hard hit area in Luzerne County. Mold is covering just about everything inside the gutted house and the garage.

“There’s mold everywhere. There’s mold in the bedrooms, in the bathroom, in the kitchen, the living room, the family room. It’s everywhere, it’s everywhere,” said Scanlon-Vaccaro.

The experts say there is so much mold like this after the most recent flood than in previous ones because in areas hard hit, there’s still no electricity.  That, combined with days and days of rainfall, is the perfect recipe for mold.

“A lot of people are cleaning with b…………… continues on WNEP-TV
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Dishwasher cleaning tips

Dishwasher cleaning tips
News from HeraldNet:
Cleaning a dishwasher is not usually at the very top of our cleaning list. Most of us believe that dishwashers clean themselves.

However, over time, rust and lime can build up and become a problem. The insides of your dishwasher can be made to sparkle by using a powdered citric acid cleaner. Fill the soap cup with the citric acid and let the machine run for a full cycle.

Vinegar can be used where no rust exists. The process is easy. Start the dishwasher and allow it to fill with hot water. Open the door and pour in two cups of white vinegar. Allow the dishwasher complete its full cleaning cycle.

If your dishwasher smells, then remove the bottom rack and look for food and debris trapped in and around the drain filter.

James and Morris Carey

Go to www.onthehouse.com for more home improvement tips and info, or call our listener hot line 24/7 at 800-737-2474 (Ext 59).

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Tips for a New-Car Clean
News from bestofneworleans.com:

Keeping the interior of your car as close to showroom condition as possible makes drive time more pleasurable — and helps keep the value of your vehicle at the upper end of the Kelley Blue Book scale (barring accidents and mechanical problems). That level of cleanliness takes more than wiping down the dashboard and vacuuming every couple of weeks.

  Here are some tips for how to do it right:

  • Before using any product on your car, check your owner’s manual for recommendations or cautions about cleaning inside components. For most jobs, all you really need is window cleaner and a bucket of mild, liquid soap well-diluted with water. If you do buy special products, test them on inconspicuous spots to see if they cause damage.

  • Use a paintbrush, toothbrush and toothpicks to get grime and debris out of hard-to-reach corners, crevices, around the hardware under the seat, etc. Brush dirt where you can easily reach it with a vacuum.

  • Many of the…………… continues on bestofneworleans.com
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101 Ideas: Prepare your house for fall

101 Ideas: Prepare your house for fall
News from Fall River Herald News:

Fall is here, so here are our ideas for preparing your house for the change of season.

– Create a gallery wall with four to eight simple black frames, where you can switch out the artwork depending on the season. Try using orange and red leaves in the fall.

– Now is the right time to spruce up the outside of your home. By updating external paint colors, fresh landscaping along pathways and porch accessories, you can increase the value and appeal of your home.

– Walk through the house inspecting all doors, windows, hinges and locks. Replace any damaged hardware, and don’t hesitate to call a pro to help with updating locks.

– Clean your shiny surfaces. To clean chrome, glass or stainless-steel appliances, fill a spray bottle with a mixture of 50 percent rubbing alcohol and 50 percent water.

– Change air filters. It’s a simple but important step to take — every month, in fact; replace all air filters in your home for cleaner air and better circulatio…………… continues on Fall River Herald News
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Bryan Brasher: Now’s good time to head off surprises of worst sort
News from Memphis Commercial Appeal:

On the final day of the 2009-10 hunting season, I hung my waders up on the drying rack inside of my garage where they stayed until the opening weekend of the 2010-11 season.

I didn’t use them for spring fishing so I know I didn’t do anything to hurt them.

There was no one in the house but me, so I know they weren’t tampered with.

But for some reason, a pair of waders that was totally leak-free in January 2010 had a sizeable leak in the crotch by November 2010.

Trust me, folks, opening weekend is not a good time to find out your waders are no longer water-tight.

Especially if the weather is unseasonably cool.

So with the memories of that cold, wet weekend still fresh in my mind, I’ll be putting my equipment through a little preseason testing before the 2011-12 hunting season begins.

It wouldn’t be a bad a idea for you to do the same.

Waders are a good place to start.

Put them on and wade into your swimming pool.

Pu…………… continues on Memphis Commercial Appeal
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Hulme retro furniture shop boss goes online to give tips on keeping stuffed …

Hulme retro furniture shop boss goes online to give tips on keeping stuffed …
News from Manchester Evening News:

Ever wondered how to keep your stuffed animals clean? Or how to spruce up a Formica table?

One woman has all the answers – and is offering little known tips about how to maintain the weirdest ornaments.

Laura Geither, 43, runs Planet Vintage Girl, a retro furniture shop at the Insitu emporium on Chester Road, Hulme.

Laura admits she’s obsessed with mid-20th century design and the materials that often go with it – vinyl, chrome, plastics, fibreglass and Formica.

And she wants the world to know that Worcestershire Sauce makes a great brass cleaner, while Brasso is better for cleaning Formica.

She said: “I’ve always been into the 40s, 50s and 60s design of tables, chairs, and other bits of furniture. But they present a challenge because people often don’t know how to maintain them and they often end up on landfill sites because they get ugly quite quickly.

“This is bad for the environment because things like plastics don’t degrade for literally…………… continues on Manchester Evening News
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Tips on hostel stays for first-timers
News from OCRegister:

If you are interested in trying a hostel, here are some tips for first-timers or those who haven’t stayed at a hostel since their hippie heyday.

•How to find hostels.

Hostels are more hospitable towards families, even if most, like this one in Alaska, are still geared toward youthful travelers.

MARLA JO FISHER, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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The Internet has made hosteling easier and more appealing by providing websites where you can book online and read traveler reviews. Past guests rate hostels by location, cleanliness, staff helpfulness and social atmosphere. The hostel owners provide photos and descriptions that may or may not tell the whole story. I wouldn’t book a hostel that has an approval rating lower than 80 percent, and I always read all the comments to see if it’s my kind of…………… continues on OCRegister
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Eight tips from IRS on summer activities with tax implications

Eight tips from IRS on summer activities with tax implications
News from Alexandria Echo Press:

As you reflect on summer memories, the Internal Revenue Service reminds you that some seasonal activities may have a tax benefit or implication.

If you helped a charity, moved, married, vacationed, experienced a damaging storm, sent the kids to camp or paid for college, hold onto the records or receipts. “If you haven’t already, establish a central location to keep tax-related documents,” said Carrie Resch, IRS spokesperson. “Not only are some records required to claim a tax benefit, but they can also remind you of months-old transactions and simplify the process when you file in 2012.”

Here are tips from the IRS that may help you lower your taxes or avoid tax problems:

1. If you got married report any name change to the Social Security Administration before you file your next tax return and report any address change to the Postal Service, your employer and the IRS to ensure you get tax-related items. Also, use the Withholding Calculator at IRS.gov to make sure…………… continues on Alexandria Echo Press
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10 smart tips to help prepare your home for autumn

10 smart tips to help prepare your home for autumn
News from Vineland Daily Journal:

Fall has basically arrived at our doorstep.

Use these smart tips to prepare your house for the cooler weather.

• Create a gallery wall with four to eight simple black frames, where you can switch out the artwork depending on the season. Try using orange and red leaves in the fall.

• During the early fall days when summer’s humidity seems to linger, use the time to spruce up the outside of your home. By updating external paint colors, fresh landscaping along pathways and porch accessories, you can increase the value and appeal of your home.

• Walk through the house inspecting all doors, windows, hinges and locks. Replace any damaged hardware and don’t hesitate to call a pro to help with updating locks.

• Clean your shiny surfaces. To clean chrome, glass or stainless-steel appliances, fill a spray bottle with a mixture of 50 percent rubbing alcohol and 50 percent water.

• Change air filters. It’s a simple but important step to take — every mo…………… continues on Vineland Daily Journal
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Warning consumers of furnace cleaning scams; Important tips to winterizing …

Warning consumers of furnace cleaning scams; Important tips to winterizing …
News from Huron Daily Tribune:

Whatever your heating needs are this fall and winter, make sure you hire a certified professional from a reputable company to do the job. Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Director Steven H. Hilfinger offers some sensible tips to help consumers avoid paying for needless heating repairs and equipment.

“Most mechanical contractors are reputable, competent, and fair,” Hilfinger said. “Unfortunately, at this time of year, we see more activity from furnace ‘scam artists’ who try and take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners, especially senior citizens, by scaring them into unnecessary repairs or replacement, and scamming them out of a lot of money. We want to alert consumers to avoid becoming victims of this fraudulent and unscrupulous practice.”

The Bureau of Construction Codes in LARA offers the following tips to help consumers recognize questionable and potentially fraudulent con…………… continues on Huron Daily Tribune

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Tips for Drafting Ski Property Rental Agreements
News from First Tracks:

Salt Lake City, UT – It’s that time of year again. Winter is just around the corner and skiers and snowboarders are beginning to book their winter getaways. Most homeowners and real estate agents are focused on getting their properties ready for the busy ski season ahead. Understandably, the rental agreement they use to rent those properties is often one of the last things they consider. After all, many have a form agreement – often the same one they have used for years – and use it for every rental. The importance of a good lease is often overlooked.

Why should a homeowner or real estate agent care about having a well-drafted lease, particularly when the chances of litigation are remote? Simple. A good lease affords powerful protections. Basic issues like nightly rates, cleaning fees, and damage deposits are only a small part of any good rental agreement.  A lease sets expectations in advance, can prevent problems before they arise and puts the law more cle…………… continues on First Tracks
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Beware of furnace scams as we head into winter

Beware of furnace scams as we head into winter
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The state of Michigan says whatever your heating needs this fall, going into winter — from furnace cleaning — to repair or replacement, make sure you hire a certified professional from a reputable company to do the job.

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Director Steven H. Hilfinger offers some sensible tips to help consumers avoid paying for needless heating repairs and equipment.

“Most mechanical contractors are reputable, competent, and fair,” Hilfinger said. “Unfortunately, at this time of year we see more activity from furnace ‘scam artists’ who try and take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners, especially senior citizens, by scaring them into unnecessary repairs or replacement, and scamming them out of a lot of money. We want to alert consumers to avoid becoming victims of this fraudulent and unscrupulous practice.”

The Bureau of Construction Codes in LARA offers the follo…………… continues on WNEM Saginaw
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Tips for hiking with your dog

Tips for hiking with your dog
News from MiamiHerald.com:

Fall is here and what better way to take advantage of all the season has to offer than going on a hike with your four-legged friend. Your dog can be one of your best hiking companions. They force you to keep a brisk pace, provide you with a willing partner, and force you to be more attentive to the trail. To help make the best of this adventure, the American Kennel Club offers the following tips on what to bring with you when you hit the dog-friendly trails with Fido. Among them:

-Water: Your dog is working just as hard as you are while hiking, so make sure to bring plenty of water. If you’re hiking less than four hours, bring one to two bottles for your dog and offer him water every half hour. Take along a collapsible bowl for your dog to drink from.

-Plastic bags: Don’t forget to bring bags for cleanup with you. Your dog will need a bathroom break at some point, and you need to be prepared.

-Leash: Most hiking trails require your dog be on the leash. Even if a…………… continues on MiamiHerald.com
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Vt. Health Department offers mold cleanup tips
News from Houston Chronicle:

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Health Department is offering homeowners who are cleaning up from Irene tips on how to get rid of mold.

The fungi travel through the air as tiny spores and can spread quickly in wet conditions. Health officials say it’s an allergen that can irritate the eyes, nose and throat and can cause serious reactions and respiratory problems for people who are allergic to it or have chronic conditions like asthma.

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