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Tips for clearing clutter for the new year

Tips for clearing clutter for the new year
News from Chattanooga Times Free Press:

  • The beginning of the new year is a good time time to take your accumulated clutter and toss it, sell it, store it or give it away.

    Photo by McClatchey Tribune /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Out with the old. In with the new. What better time is there than the new year for clearing out unwanted items? It’s time for a clean sweep. Below are tips on how to take your year-end clutter and toss it, sell it, store it or give it away.

Say goodbye to the Christmas tree

After the lights are taken down and the ornaments are put away, what shall be done with the naked Christmas trees?

Hamilton County Recycling Centers are accepting trees through January. The designated space is outside the ga…………… continues on Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Housekeeping for the holidays: Moms offer cleaning tips to keep you sane
News from News-Democrat:

Posted on Mon, Dec. 19, 2011

BY ALEXANDRA KUYKENDALL
MOPS International, www.MOPS.org

“How do I keep my house from becoming a total wreck during the holidays? I have very little time for cleaning, so I need quick housecleaning tips to help make the house look presentable!”

This was the question posed to me recently when I offered to contribute to an article on dealing with holiday stress. The only thing that keeps me from falling out of my chair laughing is that the person who asked me to write on this topic has never been to my house, seen the inside of my car or laid foot in my office. To put it bluntly, housekeeping is not my strong suit.

My tips on dealing with holiday stress have more to do with maintaining a budget or a schedule that wouldn’t cause children of all ages to have meltdowns. But since this was t…………… continues on News-Democrat

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All for a clean carpet

All for a clean carpet
News from Deccan Herald:

Maintenance

A Dyuti offers tips on how to clean your carpet, from banishing dust to erasing stains and spills.

The party season is far from over (in fact, it’s only beginning) and your poor carpet’s already appearing bedraggled?! Sure, it needs some cleaning, but how? Perhaps, you can resort to professional carpet cleaners. But, if you intend doing it yourself, here are a few helpful hints.

Of the many methods, your choice depends on the type of cleaning you want. Is it merely stain removal or odour too? Or, it’s banishing the dust that prolonged foot-traffic has piled up? If it’s the latter, the time-honoured method is to ferry the carpet outside the house, use a carpet rod, rug-beater or broom and beat/shake all the accumulated dust away. Exposure to sunlight eliminates mites. Applying soap-water and brushing the carpet is another.

However, today, people prefer more effective, scientific and safe avenues. The most c…………… continues on Deccan Herald

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Ask the Plumber: How to keep a kitchen sink clean
News from MetroWest Daily News:

Q: Dear Ed: We recently remodeled our kitchen and I now have a “farmer’s” type sink with the apron front. From what I understand, it’s made out of a “fireclay” material. What exactly is fireclay and what is the best way to clean this type of material?

Linda, Kansas.

A: Different sink materials require different cleaning techniques. Here are tips for cleaning the three most popular types of kitchen sinks.

– Fireclay: Fireclay is basically a heavy-duty vitreous china sink. A good tip is to rinse after each use and wipe it down with a dry cloth. Soft cleaners can be used when needed. Don’t use abrasive pads and cleaners, which can scratch and dull the surface of a china sink.

– Stainless steel: Clean with a quality “stainless steel cleaner/polish.” Use a cloth and work with the grain of the stainless material. Avoid using wire brushes, steel wool, or abrasive cleaners. Small scratches from everyday use eventually blend in with the finish.

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P&G Lobbying Costs Shoot Up

P&G Lobbying Costs Shoot Up
News from Yahoo Finance:

Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG – News) reported that it has spent $ 996,497 during the third quarter 2011 on issues related to international trade, foreign relations, consumer safety, tax code and other issues. Lobbying charges increased 30% from the previous quarter of $ 765,000, while it shrunk 3% from the $ 1.03 million incurred in third quarter of 2010.

According to the filing with the House clerk’s office on October 20, P&G lobbied the Congress, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Environmental Protection Agencies and several other agencies.

In addition, the company lobbied the Patent and Trademark Office and opposed on trade barrier issues as the company is looking for expansion opportunities globally.

In another news flow, P&G inked a deal with the fast-food chain owners Panda Express, to open 200 franchised dry clean…………… continues on Yahoo Finance

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Dirty little secrets: Can your bad habits actually harm your health?
News from INFORUM:

FARGO – When real estate agent Jenny Schuster shows a house for sale to her clients, she says it’s a 50/50 chance whether the bed will be made.

She’s stepped on clothes and tripped over shoes while walking people through homes. She sometimes has to pick things up ahead of her clients to get them out of the way.

Schuster also understands. Everyone has their own dirty little secrets, so to speak.

“People are so busy now, and their priorities have changed,” says Schuster, with Park Company Realtors. “Keeping things looking fantastic is the last thing on their list.”

The same is true in her home. “If my bed’s not made, I don’t have a problem with it,” Schuster says. “If I’m going to do dishes or sit down and read to my kids, I’m going to read to my kids.”

When she walks into an immaculate home, she’s actually a bit shocked. “I wonder how they find the time,” she says.

The way we keep our homes has changed, says Carolyn Forte, director of…………… continues on INFORUM

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Innovative Restoration & Cleaning offers tips for winter visitors

Innovative Restoration & Cleaning offers tips for winter visitors
News from Jupiter Courier:

— Innovative Restoration & Cleaning, one of Florida’s premier providers of mold remediation and prevention, water damage restoration and various cleaning services, is officially welcoming the Sunshine State’s winter visitors with 10 tips for helping to prevent mold and musty odors in their homes, condominiums and apartments.

“Many of our winter visitors just accept that a musty odor is normal because their homes have been closed up for the summer months,” said Pat Rogusky, founder of Innovative Restoration & Cleaning. “Unfortunately, that musty odor is a sign that there is a moisture problem in the home, typically linked to high humidity. The good news is, this is a problem that is easily remedied with little or no expense unless the home has experienced water intrusion from a neighboring unit or from within the home itself.”

Rogusky said when the relative humidity within your home exceeds 60 percent, there is enou…………… continues on Jupiter Courier

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Plumber: How to keep a kitchen sink clean
News from Evansville Courier-Press:

Q: Dear Ed: We recently remodeled our kitchen and I now have a “farmer’s” type sink with the apron front. From what I understand, it’s made out of a “fireclay” material. What exactly is fireclay and what is the best way to clean this type of material? Linda, Kansas.

A: Different sink materials require different cleaning techniques. Here are tips for cleaning the three most popular types of kitchen sinks.

Photo by (SHNS photo courtesy Kohler)

Fireclay sinks are easy to manage; just rinse after each use and wipe it down with a dry cloth.

– Fireclay: Fireclay is basically a heavy-duty vitreous china sink. A good tip is to rinse after each use and wipe it down with a dry cloth. Soft cleaners can be used when needed. Don’t use abrasive pads and cle…………… continues on Evansville Courier-Press

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Briggs & Stratton Introduces AMPLIFI ™ Hose Powering and Storage System

Briggs & Stratton Introduces AMPLIFI ™ Hose Powering and Storage System
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MILWAUKEE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Briggs & Stratton, a leader in yard and outdoor power equipment, introduces AMPLIFI, a new hose powering and storage system for faster and easier everyday, outdoor cleaning and watering projects.

“AMPLIFI is the world’s only hose powering and storage system made for homeowners looking for a step up from their standard garden hose”

The first of its kind in the market, AMPLIFI is a versatile watering and cleaning system featuring an electric motor and pump, a five-setting spray nozzle with Detergent-on-Demand capability, and an attractive, durable hose storage container. AMPLIFI can supercharge a garden hose…………… continues on Business Wire

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SAPD: Detergent thief arrested for cleaning out dollar stores
News from KENS 5:

by Noelle Gardner/ KENS 5

kens5.com

Posted on December 13, 2011 at 8:57 AM

SAN ANTONIO — Police say a woman was arrested for stealing detergent from a dollar store on the city’s far west side.

According to an arrest warrant, Veronica Ortiz worked with an accomplice to steal a large amount of laundry detergent on Nov. 30 from the Dollar General in the 11000 block of Potranco.

Police were called after the clerk saw two suspects back their truck up to the rear of the building to load up on the stolen goods.

Ortiz and her partner are also accused of hitting a second Dollar Gen…………… continues on KENS 5

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How To Be Organized: The Best Cleaning Tips of 2011 (PHOTOS)

How To Be Organized: The Best Cleaning Tips of 2011 (PHOTOS)
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Save Energy with Green Tips from the Sonoma County Dryer Vent Cleaning Wizard
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(EMAILWIRE.COM, December 28, 2011 ) Sonoma County, CA – Service by the Sonoma County Dryer Vent Cleaning wizard improves dryer efficiency to reduce energy cost. Clothes dryers are among the top 5 energy consumers in American homes. Dryer vent cleaning and additional energy saving tips from the Wizard can reduce energy consumption significantly.

Green technology is a sign of the times as consumers become more aware of the need to conserve energy. Rhonda Nole, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard, shares energy saving tips with all her customers. “My customers appreciate the information we provide. Generating public awareness through education is a very important part of our service.”

Rhonda explains to her customers that dryer vent cleaning provides adequate air-flow required to allow c…………… continues on Emailwire

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Tips To Clean Ceramic Tiles

Tips To Clean Ceramic Tiles
News from PR-USA.net:

The unglazed varieties soak in the grime and dirt. The glazed varieties are easy to clean. The stuff that is in between these tiles is called as grout.

When it is about flooring, ceramic tiles are a substance of choice for most homeowners and designers. It is because they are available in different designs, finishes and colors. More importantly, they are considered eco friendly. Because of their better life span, house owners need not have to replace more often. In short, there is comparatively less wastage and reduced energy needs for product transportation, installation or manufacturing. The only challenge is in cleaning these tiles.

 

Many people do not like the idea of cleaning these tiles. The dirt and st…………… continues on PR-USA.net

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Cleaning Tip: Freshening Up the Garbage Disposal
News from Augusta Daily Gazette:

Garbage disposals are a handy appliance for sure. Just dump all those food scraps down the drain and you’re good to go. No need to carefully scrape off your dishes before moving them to the sink.

But with all that junk running through the system, it can get pretty smelly. Fortunately, some Hometalkers have shared two simple methods they use to freshen up their garbage disposal.

Citrus fruits are a popular choice, just drop in the rinds of oranges or lemons, run the disposal and you’ll have sweet smelling air in the kitchen. Coffee grinds are also a favorite, as they freshen and scour the system. Be warned though, the grinds can accumulate in the pipes and cause backups.

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Pique the Geek 20111211: Would I Lye To You?

Pique the Geek 20111211: Would I Lye To You?
News from DAILY KOS:

The formula for sodium hydroxide is NaOH, giving it a formula weight of 40 grams per mole.  It is indispensable in the chemical laboratory, being used for everything from a glassware cleaner to an important reagent for many chemical reactions.  Sometimes the more expensive potassium hydroxide is used instead because it is more soluble in alcohols than the sodium one.

In graduate school I had to do quite a bit of organic synthesis and used a base bath for cleaning difficult glassware.  A base bath is a big glass jar (the one I used was was about 20 L, or five gallons) filled with either ethanol or isopropanol with a lot of potassium hydroxide dissolved in it.  To use it, you just prerinse the glassware and then soak it overnight in the base bath.  The next day, glassware rinses clean with no scrubbing.  I also used a detergent bath for less heavily soiled glassware, which was just a similar container filled with distilled water and Alconox, a c…………… continues on DAILY KOS

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Accent American Master Carpet Cleaner in Tampa Reveals 5 Tips To Save Carpet

Accent American Master Carpet Cleaner in Tampa Reveals 5 Tips To Save Carpet
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Accent American’s Master Carpet Cleaner in Tampa, Ken Jordan, reveals five must-dos to save carpet, time and replacement costs helping to stretch budgets.

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) December 26, 2011

Accent American’s Master Carpet Cleaner in Tampa, owner Ken Jordan, reveals five carpet care must-dos to save carpet, time and replacement costs helping families stretch budgets in these tough economic times.

Carpets and flooring are a major expense for home owners often purchased after hours of agonizing shopping. Proper care will keep them looking beautiful and under warranty for years of enjoyment. “Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation circulating on the s…………… continues on YAHOO!

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Area Residents Learn Energy Saving Tips from the Manhattan Dryer Vent Cleaning Wizard
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(EMAILWIRE.COM, December 20, 2011 ) Manhattan – Dryer vent cleaning is critical maintenance in preventing mechanical problems and fire hazards. Unfortunately many people do not give dryer vent cleaning a second thought. “Your clothes dryer is one of the top 5 energy users in your home and one of the top causes of house fires if not properly maintained,” said the Manhattan Dryer Vent Cleaning Wizard.

John Ryley, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard, explains how air flow is the most important requirement for a clothes dryer to function properly. “Without proper air flow, the dryer will labor through additional cycles to dry each load of laundry,”…………… continues on Emailwire

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Workers Cleaning Up Rubble at State Opera House


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Ear Cleaning Q&A with Dr. Hampson

Ear Cleaning Q&A with Dr. Hampson
News from Patch:

Is it safe to clean your ears with a cotton swab?

It’s perhaps the most common question asked of Dr. Christopher Hampson—an ear, nose and throat physician at Midwest ENT Consultants. The answer is one that everyone should pay attention to: Dr. Hampson says you should never use cotton swabs (such as Q-tips) to clean your ears, because cotton swabs can be very damaging to the ears, particularly if pushed too far into the ear canal.

Here are some more frequently asked questions Dr. Hampson receives:

Q. Why is it important to clean your ears, and how often should it be done?

A. It’s important to clean your ears so that you have just the right amount of earwax. If you don’t clean them, earwax can become impacted, resulting in ear aches, hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing, or the sensation of sound in the ear). The frequency of ear cleaning varies by individual,…………… continues on Patch

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Tips for hair care during winters
News from Times of India:

Shikha Shah Dec 24, 2011, 12.00AM IST

(Tips for hair care during winters)

Women dread winters, and how! The cool breeze may calm their souls but it leaves their hair frizzy and unmanageable. Here are some expert tips to keep the mane healthy and lustrous and the scalp squeaky clean this season.

December is here and it’s time for all you ladies to pull out the stylish woollies an…………… continues on Times of India

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