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Tips on stain removal

Tips on stain removal
News from London Free Press:

Tips on stain removal

Last Updated: November 30, 2011 2:00am

Remove a lipstick stain from fabric with a bit of toothpaste and eucalyptus essential oil. (Shutterstock)

It is the festive season and many partygoers who have stained their special holiday outfit want to know how to remove the spots so they can wear their clothes as planned.

The most common questions involve red wine, lipstick, makeup, and coffee. Here are some stain removal instructions for washable items.

Caution:

• Never rub a fresh stain with bar soap. Soap sets many stains.

• Time and heat can set some stains permanently. Deal with the problem as soon as possible. Avoid machine drying or ironing until you’ve exhausted all stain-removal e…………… continues on London Free Press

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Tim’s Tips: Prepare your gardening tools for winter
News from The Daily News of Newburyport:

It’s hard to believe that we are at the end of November and the weather is still so warm. If this carries on through the rest of the winter, we will save a bundle in heating costs.

Last week, I told you about the need to put your chemicals away before the cold hits. This week’s chore is to gather up all the gardening tools and get them ready for winter.

Shovels should be wiped down to get all the dirt off the metal parts. Leftover dirt will cause rusting. A light coating of oil, or an application of a silicone spray, will finish the job.

The same goes for any other long-handle tools. Pruners and loping shears should have the metal parts cleaned too.

Sap builds up on the blades, making it harder for the tools to make a clean cut. Remove the sap with rubbing alcohol and then apply oil or silicone spray.

Your gas-powered tools need cleaning too. Dried…………… continues on The Daily News of Newburyport

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Barry Lewis: Readers lay waste to my dish-washing method

Barry Lewis: Readers lay waste to my dish-washing method
News from Times Herald-Record:

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Published: 2:00 AM – 11/27/11
Last updated: 7:13 AM – 11/27/11

“Of course you’re wasting water, Barry. And you’re wasting dish detergent by squirting each plate and utensil. As for the dishes being washed by dirty water in a full sink; what do you think is happening in the washing machine before it rinses? Swallow your pride, admit your wife is right and fill up the sink.”

That little note is from Maxine Diethelm, who l…………… continues on Times Herald-Record

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Use Foster’s Donations List to help others this holiday season
News from Foster’s Daily Democrat:

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Top tips for organising your new home

Top tips for organising your new home
News from Sydney Morning Herald:

I used to be a wee bit obsessive-compulsive about having a tidy house. It was my attempt at imposing order on a chaotic universe. Children fixed all that – they left me without time or energy to indulge in OCD-like behaviour.

But my youngest recently turned 18, and I’m free again; free to spend time brushing crumbs out of the cutlery tray, wiping grime off the door-knobs and refolding my Irish linen to prevent wear lines – if only I had the stamina.

Of course the best time to organise your home is when you first move in; start as you mean to go on. Getting organised may seem all too hard when you’re already worn out with the business of relocating your life, but you’re going to have to unpack and set up anyway, so why not lay the foundations of a more orderly existence in the process?

Have all the little things in order an…………… continues on Sydney Morning Herald

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Tips to Keep Your Kitchen Humming for the Holidays
News from Fox News:

So, you got through Thanksgiving – but you’re not done yet. 

From here until the New Year, there’s a whole lot of potential entertaining coming your way. Be it the cookie baking you do for friends, family, and the poor, beleaguered UPS guy, the annual holiday cocktail party for which you’ve become oh-so famous, or those unexpected, “Surprise!” holiday overnights guests who show up to ring it in with you and yours, now is a great time to get your kitchen appliances in tip-top shape.  It can save you time some cash to boot – and who doesn’t need that this time of year?

Below, are a few easy tips for keeping things humming—and toasting, and whirring, and chilling—along, so the heart of your home ready for anything, come what may. 

Keep Your Percolator Perky No mere mortal can make it through Toys R Us in December without a good caffeine fix, so keep your machine clean with some easy maintenance. Oils from coffee beans can gunk up the inside…………… continues on Fox News

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Cleaning house the green, vegan way

Cleaning house the green, vegan way
News from MiamiHerald.com:

Many people think the word “vegan” describes a diet, but veganism is about much more than just food. Veganism is a lifestyle – a lifestyle which seeks to minimize harm in whatever ways possible. Thus, vegans eschew cosmetics that were tested on animals, clothing made from fur or feathers or skin, and any other products that may be harboring sneaky animal parts.

But these days, it’s not just the vegans who are searching for cruelty-free consumer choices. In this world of endless options, in an age where it’s often easy to find an earth-friendly, animal-friendly alternative, more and more mindful folks are asking themselves – well why not? I mean, who wants a chemical cleanser that was tested on innocent critters? What’s the purpose of choosing a soap made with tallow? The plant-based suds work just as well, and without supporting an environmental nightmare of an industry!

Lucky for us, it’s easier than ever to clean with a conscience. From Me…………… continues on MiamiHerald.com

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Mothers, Daughters Collect Cleaning Supplies for The Drake House
News from Patch.com:

Approximately 212 members of the National Charity League (NCL) Gardenia Chapter attended the annual Mother-Daughter Tea at the East Hampton subdivision clubhouse in Marietta this month.

The tea is a NCL tradition from the early days when an afternoon tea was considered a proper social event. Today, NCL chapters around the country continue to embrace their long-standing traditions as well as create new ones with the changing times. The Mother-Daughter Tea remains an important Gardenia Chapter activity which also has a functional purpose.

This event provides the members with another opportunity to give something back to the local community. This year, each mother-daughter family donated a variety of household cleaning supplies to assist the residents of The Drake House in Roswell. The Gardenia Chapter collected 305 items including laundry detergent (40), fabric softener and dryer sheets (30), bleach and stain remover (25), kitch…………… continues on Patch.com

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cleaning

Make those rooms sparkle …

Most people hate it, but everyone has to clean. So why not do it right? This guide takes readers through the house, room by room, demonstrating how to clean each one thoroughly and efficiently—even the bathroom and the garage. Plus, it provides an A-to-Z treasure trove of hints to make cleaning even easier.

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Gratuity tips to observe

Gratuity tips to observe
News from Cherry Hill Courier Post:

Hey, big spender.

Handing out any tips this year?

Even in these hard times, 59 percent of us are giving a little something to the folks who take care of us all year, walking our dogs, waxing our floors and washing away our gray.

The biggest beneficiary of holiday tips is the cleaning person, according to the Consumer Reports National Research Center. All told, 61 percent of house cleaners get an extra thanks, usually cash or a gift card. The median value: 50 bucks.

Only 12 percent of consumers tip the trash collector but those who do are fairly appreciative, typically handing out $ 20.

Personally, I think the stalwart souls who arise before the crack of dawn to deliver newspapers deserve a reward. About 45 percent of readers agree, the survey says. Again, $ 20 is the sweet spot.

Emily Post, the etiquette expert, says tips are a tangible way to say thank you.

In addition to hairdressers, manicurists and barbers, she suggests you be…………… continues on Cherry Hill Courier Post

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Green Tips: ‘Made in America’
News from Patch.com:

The holidays are fast approaching, and it’s time to start thinking about holiday shopping.  In these tough economic times with so many Americans unemployed, consider buying “Made in America” products. American manufacturing companies have been especially affected by the economic downturn, and it’s important for each of us to do what we can to help turn this around.

Most of our home goods, clothes, shoes, appliances, computers, trinkets, etc. are made in China and other Asian countries.  We buy them because not only are they often the only option, but also they are cheaper.  At what cost however?  Lost jobs here in America?  Products made in sweatshops using child labor and unfair labor practices?  Poor quality? Listed below are several websites with directories of American made products, a couple of which list products made in each state.  

  • AmericansWorking.com www.americansworking.com/
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Barry Lewis: Readers lay waste to my dish-washing method

Barry Lewis: Readers lay waste to my dish-washing method
News from Times Herald-Record:

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Published: 2:00 AM – 11/27/11
Last updated: 7:13 AM – 11/27/11

“Of course you’re wasting water, Barry. And you’re wasting dish detergent by squirting each plate and utensil. As for the dishes being washed by dirty water in a full sink; what do you think is happening in the washing machine before it rinses? Swallow your pride, admit your wife is right and fill up the sink.”

That little note is from Maxine Diethelm, who l…………… continues on Times Herald-Record

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Volunteers/Donations Needed, 11/27 – Denver Post
News from Volunteers/Donations Needed, 11/27 – Denver Post:

Bird rescue Wild B.I.R.D., 1880 S. Quebec Way, Denver, needs adult volunteers and monetary donations to help continue operations at its rehabilitation facility. Wild B.I.R.D. has sheltered, rehabilitated and released more than 10,000 healthy native birds into the parks and open spaces around Denver. They work closely with local veterinarians, the Colorado Division of Wildlife and numerous local organizations. For information on how to donate or become a volunteer, contact Debbie Strimple at 720-371-7808 or e-mail info@wildbirdrehab.com.

Audubon Society of Greater Denver naturalist training The Audubon Society of Greater Denver is hosting training for naturalists who assist at the Audubon

Center at Chatfield with programs and nature hikes, as well as teaching in schools and/or leading nature hikes at locations throughout the Denver Metro area. The Audubon Naturalist Training Program consists of 40 hours o…………… continues on Volunteers/Donations Needed, 11/27 – Denver Post

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Putting a garden to bed for the winter

Putting a garden to bed for the winter
News from The Seattle Times:

Getting the garden put to bed for winter can really save some effort next year.

Finishing up any harvesting, cleaning up dead plant material, tidying the mess and disarray, and packing away things you won’t need during the winter help prepare everything to be ready for spring.

Cool weather makes these final chores easier to accomplish, and getting them done will save a lot more time next season, when so much needs to be done all at once.

Here’s what to do:

Cleanup. To add years to their life, remove and store hoses that won’t be used, plant supports, tags and decorations. Harvest any last fruits or vegetables and pull up the dead annuals. Clean out overgrown areas to keep pests from finding shelter over winter. Empty all containers; store the soil if you plan to reuse it next year, but wash and sterilize the pots by rinsing them with a solution of nine parts water to one part chlorine bleach. This is the time to r…………… continues on The Seattle Times

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Slipper Genie Microfiber Cleaning Slippers, Pink

  • Open toe slipper in pink for women with microfiber fingers that catch hair, dust and dirt; one size fits most
  • Cleans faster, easier and better; slippers can go where mops cannot
  • Velcro pad attaches/detaches cleaning cloth from slipper
  • No hard edges, so safe to use on all floor surfaces–including wood, tile, vinyl
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Whether you have tile, linoleum or wood floors, you know how hard it is to keep them clean. With the Slipper Genie Microfiber Cleaning Slippers, cleaning is as easy as walking across them. Slippers feature microfiber fingers that catch hair, dust and dirt. Plus, because of the size and shape, the Slipper Genie Slippers can go where mops cannot. Cleans faster, easier and better! Slippers do not have any hard edges so they’re safe to use on all floors. One size fits most.

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Foster’s Holiday Donation Request List – Foster’s Daily Democrat

Foster’s Holiday Donation Request List – Foster’s Daily Democrat
News from Foster’s Holiday Donation Request List – Foster’s Daily Democrat:

Time seems to pass quickly during the holiday season so responding to needs requested by the organizations listed below is something to do soon.

The list is open to all nonprofit organizations collecting food, clothes, toys, money, gift cards and other goods to help individuals and families for the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.

Organizations collecting year round are also encouraged to participate in the donations list.

To appear on the list, a representative should fill out the coupon attached and return it to: Rodney G. Doherty, Executive Editor, Foster’s Daily Democrat, 150 Venture Drive, Dover, N. H. 03820.

The donation request may be dropped off at the newspaper’s Venture Drive address. A separate list can be attached to the coupon if it is mailed or dropped off at the newspaper. For electronic filing a link is on the fosters.com website to email to donations@fosters.com. It is i…………… continues on Foster’s Holiday Donation Request List – Foster’s Daily Democrat

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Ask Anna: Here’s how to clean blinds
News from Record-Searchlight:

Clean blinds once a week with a wool duster and once a year by taking them down and giving them a thorough cleaning.

There is a question I am asked frequently: What is the best way to clean blinds?

Whether you have miniblinds, vertical blinds, wood blinds or shutters, there’s the once-a-month quick cleaning and there’s the once-a-year deep cleaning.

For all type of blinds, I suggest using a lamb’s wool duster to wipe them clean each month. It’s easy, fast and the natural oils in the wool collect dust and leave blinds clean and shiny.

If you are like me and you hate cleaning the blinds so much that you purposely put off that once-a-month task for say … 11 months, then you will need to give the blinds a good deep cleaning.

Deep cleaning is much easier than it soun…………… continues on Record-Searchlight

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Better Business: Carpet cleaning services -

Better Business: Carpet cleaning services -
News from tips for the holiday season – Memphis Commercial Appeal:

You may be planning to get your carpets or rugs cleaned for holiday parties and guests. With so many companies to choose from and advertised prices that run the gamut, you want to be sure you get your money’s worth and don’t run into problems.

One fellow who filed a complaint with us about a carpet cleaner said, “Wrong chemicals were used. I tried numerous times to get them back out. Now the phone number to reach them is disconnected.”

Another lady said, “They lost or stole one of my oriental rugs. When I call, they hang up on me.”

Another man’s experience was equally frustrating. The company did a poor job of restretching his carpets, leaving visible seams; did such a lousy job of cleaning tile and grout that he refused to let them seal it; and knocked an antique clock off his wall, causing $ 755 in damage. In his response to the complaint, the company owner said the workman who broke the clock was a subcontractor and would have to make his own arrangement…………… continues on tips for the holiday season – Memphis Commercial Appeal

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Space Relations: Cleaning Tips For Semi-Clean Roommates
News from Crushable:

Even if you’re a neat freak, the chances that you actually want to do more than your share of cleaning in a home you share with roommates are pretty slim. There’s something about cleaning up other people’s stuff that just seems gross, whether it’s wiping a glob of toothpaste off the bathroom sink or smooshing down the garbage pile so the trashcan lid will close. When it’s not yours, it’s hard to want to touch it, clean it, or throw it away. Especially if it’s food or bathroom-related.

Because of this fear of the unknown, and also because most of us are very lazy, shared homes are usually pretty bad examples of cleanliness. So today I wanted to share with you guys some cleaning tips for semi-clean people living with roommates. This isn’t a list that teaches you how to clean the dishes. We all know how to clean the dishes; we just don’t like to clean them. Think of it as a guide to cleaning your way to a half-assed home, which is really the goal we’re al…………… continues on Crushable

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Simple recipes, smart cleaning tips

Simple recipes, smart cleaning tips
News from New Straits Times:

Celebrity chef Sjaiful Anuar Adzhar (left) interacting with participants during the Scott ‘Fun & Creative in the Kitchen’ workshop.

One of the workshop participants squeezing an orange for a dressing.

The event, held at the school’s hall, saw the students being paired with either their mother or father to prepare the nutritious “Tasty Tortilla Wrap” and delicious “Slurpy Smoothie”.

Guided by celebrity chef Sj…………… continues on New Straits Times

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Tips to save cash when buying an HDTV on Black Friday
News from msnbc.com:

Ready to buy a new HDTV? Don’t! Well, at least not before reading these tips for Black Friday shoppers.

Are the TVs on sale really good deals? What about buying a no-name brand? Can you get the best TV from a doorbuster sale?

By planning your buying strategy, you can spare yourself time, money and grief.

Why leave the house?
Many of the lowest-priced Black Friday TVs are no-name brands we don’t recommend. If you’re looking for a name-brand TV on Black Friday sale, we found Amazon and others to be the same or only slightly higher priced. This is because they closely track major retailers’ pricing.

Keep in mind all brick-and-mortar stores collect sales tax, while (for now) most states don’t collect tax on many online retail sales. This may make up for any price difference, or even contribute to the savings. We urge readers to check online pricing before heading out to the stores on Thanksgiving or anyti…………… continues on msnbc.com

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