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Sheriff’s office collecting items for My Sister’s House

Sheriff’s office collecting items for My Sister’s House
News from Statesville Record & Landmark:

The women and children who come to the local battered women’s shelter often do so without many of the basic necessities, and in some cases, with little more than the clothes on their backs.

My Sister’s House tries to replace some of those basic necessities on a limited budget.

The need is there year-round, but it is particularly great during the holiday season, and a group of local law enforcement officers is stepping up to help fill the shelves at the shelter.

The detectives with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit are collecting supplies for My Sister’s House during the next few weeks, and in mid December, will host a Christmas party at the shelter for the women and children who are housed there.

Capt. Julie Gibson, who heads the SVU, said the idea of collecting supplies is not a new one — the division has been serving as a collection point for several years. This year, one of the SVU’s newest detectives, Sean Schutt, is takin…………… continues on Statesville Record & Landmark

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5 DIY Cleaners That Save Cash
News from Earth911.com:

Most of us don’t think twice about heading to the store for common household products like detergents and other cleaning supplies. But why pay more for pre-made products when cheaper, all-natural alternatives abound? Making household products yourself can save hundreds of dollars per year, and you’ll cut back on the use of chemicals in your home. Check out these five quick and easy DIY household products to keep your wallet heavy and your footprint light.

Think keeping your home clean has to cost a fortune? Think again. Say goodbye to store-bought cleaners and do it yourself on the cheap. Photo: Flickr/Pixel Drip

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Most homemade household products contain the same ingredients. The first – and probably most obvious – is soap, which you can purch…………… continues on Earth911.com

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Real Simple: Cleaning

Is there ever a week when cleaning isn’t atop your loath to-do list? Within hours of disinfecting the kitchen work surfaces they’re inevitably covered with sticky marks and scattered crumbs, and it seems to take mere minutes for the dust to settle once again on that sideboard. The dirty work, truly, is never done.Still, there’s no sensation quite like having a spotless home. After the bath has been scrubbed, you, too, feel like a sparkling version of yourself – calmer, healthier, cobweb-free. Be

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Clean city: Missoulians 3rd in monthly sales of household supplies, website says

Clean city: Missoulians 3rd in monthly sales of household supplies, website says
News from The Missoulian:

Here’s Missoula’s dirty little secret.

We’re clean freaks. Maybe we don’t have much – our per-capita income as of 2009 is $ 23,500 – but we keep what we have clean.

Alice.com, a large online outlet for everything from laundry detergent to toilet brushes, places Missoula at No. 3 in the nation in its monthly spending on household cleaning supplies.

Based on sales on its own website, Alice.com says Missoula households spend an average of $ 55.99 a month on cleaners, detergents, air fresheners, soap-scum removers and other things. That places the Garden City at a squeaky clean No. 3.

“Wow, that seems pretty high,” said Lanette Ellison as she was picking up some Windex and other liquid cleaners Thursday afternoon at the North Reserve Street Albertsons.

It is pretty high.

At $ 55.99, Missoulians spend far more than the national average of $ 23.65 – at least in orders from
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Baby laundry: Tips for cleaning those mountains of clothes

Baby laundry: Tips for cleaning those mountains of clothes
News from Washington Times:

SILVER SPRING, MD, November 3, 2011 – It’s inevitable. It comes with the new mother badge of honor – laundry, and lots of it.  Now that your little one is here, you may feel like your life has become full of three things, feedings, dirty diaper, and laundry. Whether it’s spit-up, diaper leaks and blowouts or drool, babies go through a lot of clothes…and changing pads and crib sheets and swaddle blankets and bibs, and the list goes on.  So, when it comes to laundry, you think it’s pretty straight forward right?  Here are some considerations when assessing what to wash when, and how to wash those things.

Pre-wash

Wash baby clothing and cloth products before you put your infant init or on it.  There can be all sorts of irritants on clothing coming from stores, not to mention germs.  Chemicals can be left on the fabric from the factory, as well as dirt from the packing and shipping process. Bacteria and virus can wind up on the clothing fr…………… continues on Washington Times
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Clearing out water and packaging

Clearing out water and packaging
News from Kansas City Star:

SC Johnson introduced a version of its popular Windex window cleaner earlier this year that’s sold in a “snip ‘n’ pour” pouch, so customers can refill old bottles with a concentrated Windex formula diluted with water from the tap. The company is test marketing a contraption called the All-in-One, a dispenser for concentrated versions of Scrubbing Bubbles, Fantastik and other cleansers. In March, Procter & Gamble is scheduled to introduce Tide Pods, a “compacted” version of liquid laundry detergent in single-use capsules meant to eliminate the need to measure and reduce the overuse of soap.

These kinds of super-concentrated cleaners have come and gone since the ’70s, with mostly limited success. But consumers will see a resurgence of them in the months to come due to the success of niche cleaning products and pressure from large retailers including Wal-Mart, which are seeking to maximize shelf space, reduce their environmental footprint and showcase their eco-stewardship.<…………… continues on Kansas City Star
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Inspectors leave cleaning tips at FVRH

Inspectors leave cleaning tips at FVRH
News from Stirling Observer:

HEALTH inspectors who arrived unannounced to check out the new Forth Valley Royal Hospital at Larbert found a few areas for improvement.

The team from the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) visited the hospital in September.

As well as examining NHS Forth Valley’s self-assessment information they then inspected the hospital to validate the information, meet patients and staff, and visit wards and departments to assess how clean the hospital was and if it was meeting national standards.

While in general being satisfied with the job that NHS Forth Valley and private contractors were doing in terms of cleanliness and infection control, they nevertheless found som…………… continues on Stirling Observer
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Tips to prevent illness this winter

Tips to prevent illness this winter
News from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

(ARA) – The colder winter months are notorious for sniffling noses, deep coughs, achy bodies and fevers. It’s cold and flu season, which means it’s a good time to reduce your exposure to germs and stock up on supplies that will help you escape any illnesses, or at least help you tolerate any symptoms.

Preventive care is key to avoiding the traditional winter illnesses of cold and flu. Here are some tips to keep those icky germs at bay:

* Hand washing is very important, so stock up on soap and antibacterial cleansers and have them ready by every sink in your house. Also consider using disposable towels to reduce the potential for germs to transfer between family members.

* Starting off healthy can help you be strong against…………… continues on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Magic Touch

Magic Touch
News from Seven Days:

The kitchen counter in Alan Newman’s house is lined with fancy bottles of beer. Craft brews in big, brown bottles with corks in the top and enigmatic names such as 13th Hour.

Years ago, these might have been beers made by Magic Hat, the quirky craft brewery Newman started in Burlington in 1994. But they’re actually part of the Barrel Room Collection brewed by Boston-based Samuel Adams. Newman purchased them from the brewery on a recent trip to see founder and brewer Jim Koch.

Newman has called Koch a friend and competitor for almost 20 years. Now he’s calling him something else: boss.

Fourteen months after he was forced out of Magic Hat, Newman is jumping back into the beer business. Only this time, he’s not doing it on a shoestring. Last week, Newman announced a partnership with the biggest name in craft brewing: the continues on Seven Days
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Your help is needed to keep Personal Care Bank going
News from Auburn Citizen:

At a time when most banks are raising or instituting new fees for their services, we’re proud to continue our efforts with no-fee Personal Care banking!  

Options’ Personal Care Bank was begun earlier this year, with the goal of providing personal hygiene and cleaning products to individuals and families who couldn’t afford them. Based on our experience with the income-verified population we serve, we were confident the demand and need was great for these items, most of which cannot be purchased using food stamps or other program coupons. And for the people we serve, there is no charge for these desperately needed personal care items!

Now, we’re not talking about extravagances here. Our “bank” freely distributes many of the everyday items you and I take for granted. Basic necessities such as toilet paper, hand soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and laundry detergent line our shelves.  Shampoo, deodorant, paper towels, shaving cream, dish detergent and feminine hygiene prod…………… continues on Auburn Citizen
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Health officials offer tips to eradicate mold

Health officials offer tips to eradicate mold
News from Orlando Sentinel:

Health officials say there are ways to get rid of mold:

Remove standing water and wet materials. If drywall, carpet padding or insulation is not easily cleaned, it may have to be replaced.

Consider wearing gloves, goggles and an N-95 particle respirator found at most hardware stores. People with mold allergies or asthma should not try to clean it up.

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Recommended: Applying to grad schools? Clean up your Facebook

Recommended: Applying to grad schools? Clean up your Facebook
News from msnbc.com:

By Athima Chansanchai

It’s crunch time for college and graduate school admissions, and while thousands are twisting and turning over their essays, they might want to spend just as much time cleaning up their digital profiles.

Kaplan Test Prep surveyed admissions officers at the top law schools, business schools and colleges across the U.S. this summer, and found those looking at future lawyers to be the most active in pre-screening applicants using their online footprints. The Kaplan data showed 41 percent of law school admissions officers (from 128 of the nation’s 200 American Bar Association-accredited law schools) said they have Googled an applicant to learn more about them, while 37 percent have checked out an applican…………… continues on msnbc.com
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Tips to help stay slim this winter
News from The Seattle Times:

This time of year is always the same story: several months of parties, dinners and sweet treats. Candy everywhere. The temptation is more than most people can handle. Even if you only indulge occasionally in mashed potatoes, bread or dessert (not to mention calorie-filled alcoholic drinks), it’s still enough to increase body fat.

The average person gains between five and seven pounds over the holidays. But since fat doesn’t weigh much, the scale doesn’t accurately reflect the extra bulk you may be carrying. Still, there are seasonal things to help you stay in shape during this season. Winter’s cold weather alone makes you burn extra calories to stay warm. You can use the season to lose fat, and also add techniques to keep your appetite in check so that you enter the New Year without gaining even a pound. Here are some tips:

GO FOR A QUICK JOG OUTSIDE WITHOUT ENOUGH CLOTHING: A 10-minute run in just jeans and a sweatshirt (no jacket) will force your body to produce heat…………… continues on The Seattle Times
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