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E-helpful hints

E-helpful hints
News from Hartselle Enquirer:

Published 11:38am Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I love e-mail. I get all sorts of things via e-mail. I get funny stuff, sad stuff, helpful stuff and silly stuff. I received one last week that was full of helpful hints. I want to share some of them with you.

A sealed envelope can be open by putting it into the freeze for a few hours. Afterwards, you can gently slip a knife under the flap. The envelope can also be resealed. Of course, I mean an envelope that has been accidentally sealed by humidity.

Empty toilet paper rolls can be used to store appliance and extension cords. The rolls can be labeled as to which appliance it belongs or the length of the extension cord. Of course, in a house with children empty toilet paper rolls are also great for binoculars, “rainmakers,” and other imaginative things.

I love candles. I don’t love cleaning my candle holders of wax residue. I’ve found that if there is a lot of wax it can be easily removed by placing the candle holder in the freezer for a few hours; then the wax will just pop off. However, if there is just a small amount of wax residue and the candleholder is glass or crystal, I usually put it through my dishwasher. Candles will burn longer if they have been stored in the freezer.

With six children in the house, it’s not unusual for us to have splint…………… continues on Hartselle Enquirer

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How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Cleaning Service: With Companion CD – ROM

A lot of people believe that they can set up and operate a cleaning business that will reap big profits with a few dollars and some cleaning supplies. The reality is most of these startups fail in a couple of months. As with any business, it takes hard work and time to develop a profitable cleaning business. However, armed with the detailed information in this new book, you can have your recession-proof cleaning business up and running quickly. You will learn how to build your client list quickl

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Tips for Smart Office Recycling

Tips for Smart Office Recycling
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Even though 80 to 90 percent of the solid waste generated in your office is recyclable, many offices could step up their recycling efforts. According to EPA, not only do such efforts save money, but they can help reduce the carbon footprint of a company.

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Doug Berjer, product manager for CFR, which manufactures eco-friendly carpet cleaning systems, offers several office recycling tips to help facility managers expand their office recycling programs.

“The first step involves simply surveying the trash,” says Berjer. “Determine what is going in the trash and what can be recycled. Ask your trash collecting company what they will and will not recycl…………… continues on EHS Today

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How To Clean CDs & DVDs?
News from BoldSky:

Your favourite and priceless cds get scratches after multiple uses. This can be really irritating as well as depressing. Cleaning the cd or dvd should be done very carefully if you want to save them from scratches. Take a look at these tips to clean cds or dvds without spoiling them.

Tips to clean cds:

1. Check if the cd has warning signs or not. Few cds or dvds are difficult to clean and therefore check warning signs before cleaning them.

2. Always use soft cloth pieces and gently clean the cds or dvds and avoid getting scratches.

3. You can also use wet paper towels to clean dirt from cds or dvds. Be gentle while rubbing the paper towel on the inner and outer edge.

4. For weekly cleaning, use dry cloth piece to remove dirt from the cds.

5. To remove scratches from the cd or dvd, use toothpaste. Use a soft brush/cotton ball to clean and remove the scratches from the inner edge of the cd or dvd.

6. If the dvd or cd is greasy or sticky, use baby shampoo. Mix baby shampoo in lukewarm water. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and clean the cd or dvd. Dry with clean cotton piece.

7. Often cds get fingerprints on the inner edge. To clean such stains, add few drops of alcohol or methanol and rub on the cd.

8. Instead of cleaning with tap water, prefer mineral water. Tap water has more salt which can spoil the c…………… continues on BoldSky

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Five Things Tuneup: Getting your bike in shape

Five Things Tuneup: Getting your bike in shape
News from Albany Democrat Herald:

If you don’t get out and ride in the winter like members of the Mid-Valley Bicycle Club and the Santiam Spokes, this  might be a good time to think about your bike that’s out in the garage and probably in need of some work. Most routine maintenance is pretty simple. Pump up the tires and clean and oil the chain and gears. If you need more help or advice, bring it to a bike shop. Oregon Outdoors went to Bike N Hike in downtown Albany and got some tuneup tips from longtime service manager Dick King. Here’s what he had to say:

1) Clean gears and chains. It will allow the bike to shift and change gears properly, quickly and quietly. A chain scrubber — a plastic housing with brushes inside that fits around the chain — is one tool to consider. A cleaning solution such as Simple Green does a good job. “Use something that’s citrus-based,” King says, “because it’s clean and green.”

2) Lube the chain. Use  bicycle chain lube. Avoid motor oil and sprays such as WD-40. “I prefer a drip bottle over a spray can so it doesn’t get all over everything,” he says. “The spray lubes can be devastating to brakes.”

3) Brake pads. “They can wear out, but they can also get old and hard,” King says. “There are warning marks on the pads, so you can see  if they are worn out. And you should be able to pus…………… continues on Albany Democrat Herald

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities
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The Volunteer Center of Reno County, a United Way Agency, is a central clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities in Reno County. Area nonprofit and governmental organizations have submitted the following requests for help. To pursue one of these or other volunteer opportunities listed with THE VOLUNTEER CENTER call 665-4960 or email volunteercenter@hutchcc.edu

YOUTHFRIENDS OF RENO COUNTY is seeking an office volunteer. Duties include photocopying, filing, assembling packets, some computer work, and other office duties. Attention to detail, the ability to work independently and knowledge of basic computer programs are required.

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Tips for properly thawing frozen pipes

Tips for properly thawing frozen pipes
News from Chicago Daily Herald:

We take for granted that when a faucet is turned on, water will come out. But in the wintertime, freezing pipes can keep that from happening. It’s not only inconvenient, but it can cause a lot of damage to your home.

When thawing the pipes, accidents happen, so here are some tips to help you thaw your pipes carefully, avoiding damage.

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Obviously, if you can avoid frozen pipes, you can avoid these problems. Heat tape can be wrapped around pipes to prevent freezing. Insulation also can help. If pipes freeze inside your home, keep these areas — like kitchen or bathroom cabinets on an exterior wall — open so household heat can keep them warm on freezing days. In some cases, shutting off the water, with pipes empty, can prevent the damage. The old let-the-water-drip-from-a-faucet method works, too.

If pipes do freeze, a slow thaw is better than a fast one. Open a couple of faucets near the frozen area of the pipe. This will allow steam, which can occur during a thaw, to be released from the pipe. This pressure, which can build up if you don’t release it, is what can cause the pipe to burst.

A heat lamp placed near the frozen pipe can help warm it back up. It might take a while, but the extra heat eventually will thaw the pipe.

Pouring hot or warm water over the pipe at the fr…………… continues on Chicago Daily Herald

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Cleaning up the clutter
News from WTNH:

Updated: Saturday, 18 Feb 2012, 2:04 PM EST
Published : Saturday, 18 Feb 2012, 2:04 PM EST

(WTNH) – If clutter is cramming your drawers, cabinets and closets now is a good time to get at it and clear away some of the stress that clutter can bring.

Organizing expert Lisa Lelas has some tips for how to get started.

If you can’t decide whether to keep something or toss it, Lelas says to ask yourself the following three questions:

  • Do I still love it?
  • Do I still use it?
  • Do I still need it?

If you can’t answer yes to any of those questions then toss it!

Lelas says there are three basic considerations for organizing your inside space:

1) DEFINITION OF PURPOSE: Know what each storage space is to be used for. Location should be a consideration.
2) LIKE ITEMS TOGETHER: All baking supplies together in one cabinet, arts and craft items together in another, and so on.
3) FREQUENCY OF USE: The most frequently used rooms in your home should house the most frequently used items.

When clearing out a messy drawer, have two shoe boxes and a brown paper shopping bag handy. Empty the drawer completely out. Use on box to recycle items that will go back into the drawer, the other box to relocate items that belong elsewhere in your home, and use th…………… continues on WTNH

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Child trapped in self-cleaning loo

Child trapped in self-cleaning loo
News from Courier Mail:

House of horror: A terrified young boy was trapped in a self-cleaning toilet similar to this one. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

A THREE-year-old boy was trapped in a self-washing restroom in New Zealand as it started its cleaning cycle.

He was repeatedly drenched with detergent and water as his mother frantically tried to break down the door, stuff.co.nz reported.

The 10-minute ordeal came after Zachery, who has autism, ran ahead of his mother, Jessie Wakelin, into the Invercargill Council-run public facility in Stirling Point, on the North Island.

Before his mother could catch up, the child got locked in when the door slammed shut behind him. As an automated voice warned the toilet was about to begin its wash cycle, Ms Wakelin heard her son crying for help inside.

A crowd of 20 people gathered to try to help the woman rescue her son, the New Zealand Herald reported. She was terrified the water was hot and her son would be seriously hurt.

“Because he was screaming, I didn’t know whether it was hot [water] … It was horrible, really horrible,” she told stuff.co.nz.

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Child trapped in self-cleaning loo
News from The Daily Telegraph:

House of horror: A terrified young boy was trapped in a self-cleaning toilet similar to this one. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

A THREE-year-old boy was trapped in a self-washing restroom in New Zealand as it started its cleaning cycle.

He was repeatedly drenched with detergent and water as his mother frantically tried to break down the door, stuff.co.nz reported.

The 10-minute ordeal came after Zachery, who has autism, ran ahead of his mother, Jessie Wakelin, into the Invercargill Council-run public facility in Stirling Point, on the North Island.

Before his mother could catch up, the child got locked in when the door slammed shut behind him. As an automated voice warned the toilet was about to begin its wash cycle, Ms Wakelin heard her son crying for help inside.

A crowd of 20 people gathered to try to help the woman rescue her son, the New Zealand Herald reported. She was terrified the water was hot and her son would be seriously hurt.

“Because he was screaming, I didn’t know whether it was hot [water] … It was horrible, really horrible,” she told stuff.co.nz.

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Top tips for Cleaning Companies at schools

Top tips for Cleaning Companies at schools
News from Fastklean:

18/02/2012

Cleaning Companies employed by schools will be interested to hear some top tips for disinfecting educational institutions.

According to cleaning product company Spray Nine, there are several things Cleaning Companies can do to reduce outbreaks of diseases and bacterial infections at schools.

To begin with, Cleaning Companies must observe the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. While cleaning removes visible dirt from surfaces, disinfecting actually destroys viruses and is accomplished through the use of a chemical spray designed to kill bacteria.

They should also make sure they disinfect areas that may usually get overlooked. For example, while cleaners often focus on gym mats, cross contamination is more likely to occur on a keyboard or telephone.

All high touch surfaces such as these should be tackled.

On-site training should also be provided to ensure all workers are able to eliminate bacteria properly, as disinfectants require accurate dilatation, correct application and proper dwell time.

Cary Zelich, marketing manager at the firm, noted: “Although more schools are greening their cleaning programs, there’s still the need for traditional disinfectants to…………… continues on Fastklean

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Hints from Heloise: Tips for clearing up windshield woes
News from GoErie.com:

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Dear Heloise: I can’t seem to clean my auto windshield. I have tried vinegar and ammonia, to no avail.

When the morning sun hits the glass, I cannot see out. Any suggestions? — J.H., via e-mail

Dear J.H.: Cleaning the windshield is important, because you do need to see out. Heloise Central checked a few automobile owners manuals and spoke with an auto detailer.

They all recommend using ordinary household window cleaner, with a soft cloth, followed by drying with a microfiber cloth.

This works for both inside and outside the vehicle, and is best to remove smoke and dust film. If possible, leave windows open to circulate the air.

Don’t use chlorine-based and disinfectant-type cleaners. They can damage defoggers, electrical conductors and radio antenna pieces. — Heloise

Dear Readers: Before you leave on a long trip, disconnect your garage-door opener.

There are only so many radio frequencies, and there is the possibility that a crook could have an opener that will open your door. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: I had a bunch of leftover rectangular wicker baskets. One day, I…………… continues on GoErie.com

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Church calendar: Feb. 17, 2012

Church calendar: Feb. 17, 2012
News from Daily Comet:

Published: Friday, February 17, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 4:46 p.m.

A black history program is scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 26 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 168 Brocato Lane, Raceland. The program is sponsored by Lashekia Brown and Rhea Meads.

A healing and deliverance service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Ramada Inn, 1400 W. Tunnel Blvd., Houma. Bishop A.L. and the Rev. Joyce Dowdell of New Testament Full Gospel Potter’s House No. 1 and 2 in Auburn, Ala. are the event’s guest speakers.

Revival services are scheduled Feb. 26-29 at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 1220 Aycock St., Houma. The Rev. Paul Bergeron of Houma will lead the revival. Bergeron recently served as one of the main speakers at the National Rosary Congress in Charlotte, N.C. He serves as chaplain of the Cruisin’ Cajuns motor home club.

A service celebrating New Rising Sun Baptist Church’s 112-year anniversary is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. March 4 at the church, 230 St. Charles St., Houma. The Rev. Haywood Sims of St. Luke and New Mt. Zion Baptist churches is the service’s guest speaker.

The annual spring festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 31 and April 1 at Dularge Community Baptist Church, 549 Andrew St., Houma. For information, call 346-1689.

A $ 10,000 raffle fundraiser is scheduled for April 14 at Mar…………… continues on Daily Comet

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Anthrax-Killing Foam Proves Effective in Meth Lab Cleanup
News from Lab Manager Magazine:

Sandia’s decontamination foam is now also a meth eraser

Sandia National Laboratories’ decontamination foam, developed more than a decade ago and used to decontaminate federal office buildings and mailrooms during the 2001 anthrax attacks, is now being used to decontaminate illegal methamphetamine labs.

Mark Tucker, a chemical engineer in Sandia’s Chemical & Biological Systems Dept. and co-creator of the original decontamination foam, said it renders all types of typical chemical and biological agents harmless.

“For structures contaminated with meth, owners have two choices: demolish it or reclaim it,” said Kevin Irvine, vice president and general manager at EFT Holdings, which licenses the Sandia formulation and sells it under two names, EasyDecon ® DF200, certified against chemical and biological agents, and Crystal Clean, intended for meth cleanup.

The meth cleanup problem is a big one. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Clandestine Meth Lab registry lists thousands of locations in the U.S. where law…………… continues on Lab Manager Magazine

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Officials offer fire safety tips

Officials offer fire safety tips
News from Belvoir Eagle:

By: Justin Creech/Staff writer |

Fort Belvoir Fire and Emergency Services personnel hosted a fire safety class at the North Post Fire Station on Sunday to educate Belvoir residents on fire safety measures.

Among the topics reviewed were cleaning smoke detectors once a month, battery maintenance, kitchen fire safety and keeping a hard phone line in the home in case of a power outage.

Smoke detectors should be cleaned once a month, according to FES Fire Marshall, John Weaver, and the battery in a smoke detector should be replaced every three months.

“Smoke detectors are like condominiums to spiders because nobody ever checks them,” said Weaver. “They should be cleaned once a month because the spiders’ web will disrupt the sensors in the detectors to where they don’t work or they wear the battery out.”

Cleaning a smoke detector once a month was a surprise to Andrea Williams, Colyer Village resident.

“I never knew you had to vacuum your detector,” said Williams with a chuckle. “But, I’ll add that to my cleaning regimen now.”

Having a better understanding of fire safety is why…………… continues on Belvoir Eagle

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6 Valentines Day Cleaning Ideas
News from After Cleaning – BoldSky:

Post valentine, your house will be in a big mess. Your partner’s dress stained with lipstick, wine, chocolate and food stains on dress as well as on carpets. The empty bottles need to be discarded, food remains and messy bedroom will all have to cleaned and organised. Take a look to know a few tips about valentines day cleaning (after cleaning) and more.

Valentines Day After Cleaning – Tips

If you still stressed and in a hangover, you need not worry as it is too simple to set right the mess.

1. For lipstick, wine and food stains on apparels – Soak them in soapy luke warm water, hand wash the dress. You can also use your old soft bristled tooth brush to take off the stains easily.

2. Candle wax – If your carpet has drips of candle, all you need to do is use your old hair dryer over it and scrape using the plastic putty knife.

3. Chocolate stains – Use a stain remover (lemon, vinegar solution) or a mild soapy water to remove stains. For light coloured clothes, you can conceal the stubborn stains using bleach pen or fabric paint.

4. Empty Wine Bottles – No-soil plants grow well in wine bottles and look attractive. They can decorate tables and windows.

5. Messy Bedroom – Make the bed and place some cushions in the dash board area. The floo…………… continues on After Cleaning – BoldSky

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8 Tips for Keeping Your Laptop Healthy and Happy – Mashable

8 Tips for Keeping Your Laptop Healthy and Happy – Mashable
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