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Gardening tips for the fall season

Gardening tips for the fall season
News from NorthJersey.com:

Summer went by so fast. I feel, like others, that it just started.

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Harvest your figs as soon as they are ready to avoid fruit beetles that lay their eggs in ripe figs.

Fall is a busy season for gardeners. We have to start cleaning up. I am already raking leaves, harvesting late veggies, and cutting the last blooms.

Now is the time to pull out all plants that are done and to get started with cold weather crops. II have a large amount of plants in terracotta pots. They have to be emptied and cleaned before you put them away for the winter. Tip: put newspaper in between each pot; this way, in spring they will come apart easily.

All the dirt from your pots should go into the compost. If you have a large spot like I do for your compost, put over ripe tomatoes, melons, squash, even peppers. You do not want them in the corner. Their seeds can sprout again next year.

The one thing I have learned over the years is that you should not put Morning Glory vines into the compost. I did that one year and had Morning Glory vines on everythin…………… continues on NorthJersey.com

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Tips to make your home stand out when selling it
News from Your Houston News:

If you are thinking of maybe downsizing and selling your home there are a few things that can make your home stand out from the crowd.

Of course there is the obvious of keeping the yard looking neat and clean. Keeping the yard looking good tells potential buyers that you have taken care of this home and they are getting a home that won’t need a lot of repair.

Make sure your front door “wows” the visitors to your home. For wood and fiberglass doors all it takes “Sunwax” to make the door fresh. If your door handle is brass (or any metal) clean it up with “All Gleam” and keep it looking good during the sale by spraying it with “Superior Shield.” Any cracks in outside mortar should be filled with “More Flex” that comes in a tube. When buyers walk into your home, it should look as big as it can look. Painting all the rooms the same color helps with that illusion. A light yellow we call “Mellow Yellow,” or “Light Taffy” on all the walls including the ceiling are good neutral colors.

Trim moulding at the ceiling should be white for the Mellow Yellow and Dark Taffy for the Light Taffy color. Take care of any wall cracks with “Dry Dex” spackling and “Good Bye Cracks.” If you have wood, ceramic, stone floors give them a mirror shine with a “Quick Shine Floor Kit” and 20 minutes of your time.<…………… continues on Your Houston News

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Hair care tips for different hair types

Hair care tips for different hair types
News from India.Com Health:

There is no universal solution that fits all hair types. Here are some things you can do for the different hair types:

Greasy Hair

A little oil or grease in your hair is normal; in fact you need it to keep your tresses in good c…………… continues on India.Com Health

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Experts warn that detergent capsules are choking, poison threat to kids

Experts warn that detergent capsules are choking, poison threat to kids
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Laundry detergent gel packs are a potential hazard to children because they can be mistaken for candy.
  • In August alone, U.S. poison centers got 734 calls regarding children and detergent gel packs
  • U.S. poison hotlines have received 2,950 calls so far this year
  • Parents are urged to store concentrated detergents out of reach of young children
  • If a child has ingested a packet, call your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222

Washington (CNN) — They are the size of marshmallows and the colors of peppermint twists.

And because some small children think they might be treats, laundry detergent gel packs — which recently hit the market — are proving to be a potential home hazard.

Authorities in the United States and in the United Kingdom say there has been an uptick in…………… continues on CNN

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Mother feared toddler son would be blinded after he bit into detergent capsule … – Daily Mail
News from Mother feared toddler son would be blinded after he bit into detergent capsule … – Daily Mail:

  • Layla Miles feared 22-month-old son Riley Leach would go blind in one eye
  • He bit into pink Vanish Powershot Gel Cap, causing detergent to squirt in his eye and mouth and drip on to his stomach
  • Toddler was hospitalised for four days and put on a drip
  • Case is latest example in worrying trend of children putting detergent capsules into their mouths
  • National Poisons Information Service recorded almost 650 incidents involving detergent capsules last year
  • Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents calls on manufacturers to redesign packaging

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A mother feared her toddler could go blind in one eye after he bit into a liquid laundry capsule, causing detergent to squirt in his face.

Layla Miles believes that her 22-month-old son Riley had mistaken the pink Vanish Powershot Gel Cap for a sweet.

It is the latest in a string of cases in wh…………… continues on Mother feared toddler son would be blinded after he bit into detergent capsule … – Daily Mail

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Hints from Heloise: Tips for cleaning driveway concrete

Hints from Heloise: Tips for cleaning driveway concrete
News from Times Herald-Record:

Published: 2:00 AM – 09/15/12

Dear Heloise: Driveway concrete: How do I make it look new again? It seems a worker parked a leaky truck on our driveway. Then he tried to clean it by power washing. Not a good result. Can you help? — Catherine G., via email

Catherine, this is a common problem, because cars, trucks, etc., do sometimes leak oil and other fluids onto driveways.

Since power washing didn’t remove the stain, it may be oil, and might need a grease-cutting cleaner to tackle the problem.

Try this Heloise homemade cleaner: Make a thick paste using sudsy household ammonia and baking soda. Take a stiff bristle brush, scrub the paste into the stain really well and let it sit until dry (being sure to keep pets and small children away). Rinse well. You may need to do this more than once for stubborn stains.

If a couple of tries doesn’t achieve good results, there are commercial oil-stain removers available at hardware or home-improvement stores. Have other stain or cleaning problems around the house? For a copy of my Heloise’s Homemade Cleaning Solutions, just send $ 5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (65 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Cleaners, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. It includes money-saving “recipes…………… continues on Times Herald-Record

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Moving Tips: What to know about cleaning agents
News from U-Pack Press Room:

If you are moving into a new home for the first time, there are some things that you should be aware of before using cleaning agents in your home. While many of your cleaners will explain how to use them, there are things that all homeowners must know in order to keep themselves and their family safe.

Avoid contact with cleaning agents

It is extremely important to know what you are doing when you clean. While much of it is very straightforward, there are always little issues that can easily get you sick or hurt. When dealing with bleach, you should never mix it with any substance other than water. Some cleaners will have ammonia in them, and this can have dangerous consequences. The two substances have a chemical reaction that emits a toxic vapor of chlorine gas that can seriously injure someone. The best advice is to avoid mixing any cleaner with another, unless you are absolutely sure it is safe to do.

Many cleaning agents can hurt you in other ways, as well. While no one should ever ingest these items – and you should have all cleaners locked away if children are around – it is necessary to protect your skin with many of them. Using rubber gloves will help keep you protected in these situations, while goggles are also a good idea.

Take precautions when washing commonly used areas

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Tips for making repairs to marred table surface

Tips for making repairs to marred table surface
News from Chicago Daily Herald:

Table linens were designed to class up a plain table, but if you are using them to hide a damaged table surface, maybe it’s time to make some repairs. Here are some of our favorite tips for cleaning up your tabletops and making them look presentable again.

Scratches are the most common problem, and they are easy enough to fix. A good general cleaner for your tabletops is mineral spirits paint thinner. It gets rid of grease, oil and wax that tend to build up on these flat, exposed surfaces. A light, oily polish is a good protector for everyday use.

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Check your hardware store for some “scratch pens.” These come in a variety of wood-tone colors and are used like any other marker to fill and cover any small scratches. They also make filler pens for deeper scratches that work the same way but are made with wax or some other filler along with the stain. Home remedies include rubbing the meat of a pecan over the scratch to fill it or using a crayon in the right shade. Even shoe polish could be used in a bind.

Burns are a little harder to disguise. It’s best if you can lightly sand out the burn and then use one of these fillers over the scar.

Water rings are another common problem,…………… continues on Chicago Daily Herald

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Five Tips for Women to Deal with Everyday Aches and Pains
News from Dubuque Telegraph Herald:

(StatePoint) As a woman, you most likely experience aches and pains from your daily activities no matter what your lifestyle entails. In fact, a recent study shows 89 percent of women experience some type of muscle or joint pain every year, and 63 percent experience it weekly, according to ProAct, an independent marketing research firm.

But whether the discomfort stems from a day at work, strenuous exercise or housework, pain has its price — from feeling tired and low on energy, to contributing to feelings of stress, depression and frustration.

Before discomfort gets the better of you, reduce your risk for pain and relieve the aches you already have with these simple measures:

Avoid overexertion: Don’t save all your heavy-duty chores for one weekend, especially if you’re not regularly active. “If you suddenly spend the whole day cleaning out your basement, or climbing ladders to clear gutters, muscle strain or overexertion is highly likely,” says family physician Elena Klimenko, M.D. “You have to let muscles build up gradually.”

The same goes for working out. Consult a physician or fitness professional to build an exercise routine safely.

Relax: Hot baths, gentle stretching and meditation can help prevent and relieve stress-relate…………… continues on Dubuque Telegraph Herald

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Experts warn that detergent capsules are choking, poison threat to kids

Experts warn that detergent capsules are choking, poison threat to kids
News from WLFI.com:

Updated: Thursday, 06 Sep 2012, 7:43 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 06 Sep 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

Washington (CNN) – They are the size of marshmallows and the colors of peppermint twists.

And because some small children think they might be treats, laundry detergent gel packs — which recently hit the market — are proving to be a potential home hazard.

Authorities in the United States and in the United Kingdom say there has been an uptick in phone calls and hospitalizations resulting from children who have swallowed or otherwise been exposed to the gel packs of highly concentrated laundry detergent, perhaps believing them to be candy.

U.S. poison hotlines have received 2,950 calls concerning exposures to children 5 and under so far this year, with 734 calls in August alone. Not all exposures are poisonings or overdoses. No deaths have been reported.

“Because they are colorful and squishy, they are attractive to children,” warns the American Association of Poison Control Centers. “They can look like candy or something fun to play with.”

But the capsules contain strong alkaline cleaning agents that can destroy tissue…………… continues on WLFI.com

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Detergent Capsules Can Be Choking Hazard

Detergent Capsules Can Be Choking Hazard
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By Mike M. AhlersCNN

POSTED: 4:03 pm PDT September 5, 2012

UPDATED: 1:13 am PDT September 6, 2012

They are the size of marshmallows and the colors of peppermint twists.And because some small children think they might be treats, laundry detergent gel packs — which recently hit the market — are proving to be a potential home hazard.Authorities in the United States and in the United Kingdom say there has been an uptick in phone calls and hospitalizations resulting from children who have swallowed or otherwise been exposed to the gel packs of highly concentrated laundry detergent, perhaps believing them to be candy.

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Spic-and-span, homestyle
News from Buffalo News:

The kids are back at school, and you can almost see the dust settling as the whirlwind of summer activities is replaced by peace and quiet.
You can also see the fingerprints, the smudges, the stains in the carpet.
Rather than filling your house with the smell of chemical detergents – and paying a fortune for them – why not try some all-natural alternatives that have withstood the test of time?
Mary Miller, of the Town of Tonawanda, first started using natural home cleaners out of concern for her 19-month-old daughter, Claudia.
“It snowballed from making soap blends to use on my daughter at bath time to making the majority of household items in my own kitchen,” Miller said.
Using ingredients like raw local honey, washing soda and essential oils, she makes everything from toothpaste, deodorant and diaper wipes to bathroom scrub and all-purpose household cleaner. She likes them because she thinks they work better, aren’t full of harmful chemicals and aren’t tested on animals.
Perhaps best of all, they save her a ton of cash.
“We cloth diaper, so we do a lot of laundry in my house. After four months, I barely put a dent into the 15 or so pounds of detergent I made,” Miller said. “I imagine $ 20 worth of soap will last me at least a full year, if not longer.”
Think natural cleaners don’t have the same muscle as commercial ones?
Think again…………… continues on Buffalo News

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Get Organized: How to Clean Up Facebook

Get Organized: How to Clean Up Facebook
News from PC Magazine:

Between the addition of Timeline and the constant changes in its interface and settings, Facebook moves too fast for many people. If you worry that your Facebook account looks out of control to others, here are some tips on how to clean it up.

Most of us know that maintaining an online presence is crucial these days, but a messy Facebook page that overflows with TMI (too much information) can backfire. It could cost you a potential job, change the way your professors see you, and even damage your reputation among your friends. Maybe you went on a “liking” spree, and now half your friends can’t even bear to look at your Timeline, cluttered with meaningless activity. Maybe you posted a sarcastic jib at someone else’s expense or an improper photo that, in hindsight, you know you shouldn’t have.

All that junk has accumulated on your Facebook account and the thought of cleaning it up is probably overwhelming.

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Home Economics: Some tips for cleaning up after flood damage

Home Economics: Some tips for cleaning up after flood damage
News from Philadelphia Inquirer:

When anything remains wet for more than two days, mold begins to form, according to the EPA. There also may be germs and bugs in your home after a flood.

So, you need to begin cleanup efforts as soon as possible. The EPA recommends that you protect yourself as you clean, wearing an N-95 respirator (available at hardware stores), goggles, gloves, long pants, long-sleeve shirt, and boots or work shoes.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross offer a booklet, Repairing Your Flooded Home, that contains standard advice, as well as lessons learned from the worst-case scenario created in New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina seven years ago.

Don’t rush to move back in. After a house has been flooded, it must be thoroughly cleaned and dried to be habitable again.

It’s understandable that people want to return to their homes after a flood, but they often don’t realize what they may be facing. Just opening doors may be difficult because the water has made the wood swell. Plaster ceilings and walls may be water-logged and heavy. Floorboards may have come loose, joists may be weakened, and there could be holes and exposed nails.

Before you go back inside, have a professional shut off your electricity and gas. Water damage to lines and pipes can bring with it danger of electro…………… continues on Philadelphia Inquirer

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Procter & Gamble trying to re-energize

Procter & Gamble trying to re-energize
News from San Francisco Chronicle:

For much of its history, Procter & Gamble didn’t just launch products, it created product categories, from the first mass-produced disposable diapers to Crest teeth-whitening kits. That’s one reason P&G has more than 1,000 doctoral graduates among the 8,000 employees at its 26 innovation facilities around the world.

“P&G is largely a branded science company,” says Larry Huston, the company’s former innovation officer who’s now managing director of 4inno, a consulting firm.

Lately, though, there’s been a dearth of pioneering brands emerging from the world’s largest consumer-products company. Spending on research and development in the year ended June 30 was $ 2.03 billion, or 2.4 percent of sales, the same as the prior year and down from 3 percent of sales in 2006. P&G’s most recent homegrown blockbusters – Swiffer cleaning devices, Crest Whitestrips and Febreze odor fresheners – were all launched at least a decade ago.

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