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Get spring off to a fresh start with these easy cleaning tips

Get spring off to a fresh start with these easy cleaning tips
News from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

(BPT) – Spring is finally here. It’s time to throw open the windows and get the kids ready for fun times outdoors. It’s also time to start those spring cleaning projects. In fact, 72 percent of Americans make spring cleaning an annual task.

Spring cleaning projects usually require many different products, but this spring there’s one product that can accomplish multiple tasks on your cleaning check list. New Tide Oxi Multi-Purpose Stain Remover can spring clean all around the home – from your bathroom to the patio. If you struggle with identifying what to tackle on your to-do list first, here are some easy projects and tips to get you started.

* Change out your closets. For many people the arrival of spring also brings the changing of wardrobes and 44 percent of spring cleaners feel organizing clothes is an important task. Sweaters and turtlenecks go back into storage and bright short sleeve shirts and white pants are back in style. This is also a great time to look at your spring clothes to determine if anything needs to be washed after being in storage for months. Choose a detergent like Tide Original to remove odors and give clothes a freshly washed scent. To really see a difference in stain removal and to whiten whites and brighten colors, add new Tide Oxi Multi-Purpose Stain Remover to detergent to get yo…………… continues on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Tips for keeping walls, woodwork clean
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Better Homes & Gardens Senior Editor Amy Panos, in Saratoga Springs in 2012. (Credit: AP / Kate Mathis)

Walls can get dirty before you know it — from a splatter of spaghetti dinner to the crayon artistry of a roaming toddler to fingers simply reaching for a light switch.

It’s easy to pass by walls and woodwork every day without a second glance, but spring-cleaning season is a great time to give them the attention they deserve.

Like many housekeeping tasks, regular cleaning can help avoid bigger cleanup work later on.</…………… continues on Newsday

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DIY products make spring cleaning easier, safer and less expensive

DIY products make spring cleaning easier, safer and less expensive
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Yesterday, I threw open all my apartment’s windows and let the warm spring weather in. I cranked up some music and started in…………… continues on K-State Collegian

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Clean laundry naturally by making your own supplies: detergent, softener …
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This photo provided by Sherri Griffin shows dryer balls that reduce drying time, static cling and wrinkles. Griffin, of Orlando, Fla., calls her homemade laundry detergent, fabric softener and dryer balls �a dream team.� �I often hear that people can’t give up the fresh smell that they get from using dryer sheets, but what people don’t understand is that smell comes from � chemicals,� says Griffin. (AP Photo/Sherri Griffin)

It’s convenient to pick up some laundry detergent at the store, but it’s not difficult to create your own.

Soap and water are a time-tested duo against dirt and germs, and homemade cleaners can carry away grime…………… continues on Brandon Sun

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Coca Cola Secrets: 7 Things You Never Knew About Coke’s Recipe

Coca Cola Secrets: 7 Things You Never Knew About Coke’s Recipe
News from Huffington Post Canada:

No matter who you are, you probably remember begging your parents for a glass of Coca-Cola as a child and still crave the fizzy sweetness of it as an adult.

Coca-Cola, one of the world’s most famous drinks, is turning 128 on March 29. The drink was originally created in Atlanta, Georgia by a pharmacist named John Pemberton in 1886 on approximately this date (though its birthday is celebrated on May 8, the date it was first served in a restaurant). In an effort to gain success, Pemberton created several concoctions before coming up with Coca-Cola’s legendary recipe.

Since then, the drink has grown in popularity and is now sold in more than 200 countries. What started as an experiment is now one of the largest corporations in the world, worth an estimated $ 173 billion, according to Forbes.

The company’s success, however, hasn’t come without controversy, largely surrounding their top secret recipe. While we all know it’s not the healthiest drink in the world, rumours allege that the recipe itself…………… continues on Huffington Post Canada

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It’s easy to make your own laundry detergent
News from The Olympian:

It’s convenient to pick up some laundry detergent at the store, but it’s not difficult to create your own.

Soap and water are a time-tested duo against dirt and germs, and homemade cleaners can carry away grime without added chemicals or perfumes.

All it takes are a few, simple ingredients to make laundry detergent — liquid or powder — and fabric softener. Then cut down on drying time and static cling by tumbling wet clothes with homemade dryer balls.

Faith Goguen Rodgers’ switch to homemade cleaners began a few years ago after she used a commercial-brand cleaner on the bathtub.

“I’d cleaned it, and then I really didn’t want to get in it. The bleach smell and feel — it didn’t feel good,” she says.

“Then when I had kids, it didn’t make sense at all. It feels a lot safer knowing what’s in my cleaners.”

Rodgers is an herbalist with three young children who creates all the cleaners she uses in her Lafayette, Colo., home — even the toothpaste. While the health piece is “really big” for her, she’s also motivated by cost.

“You save a ton of money making your own,” she says, especially if you buy ingredients in bulk.

Homemade cleaners, particularly laundry soap, lack much odor, but a pretty scent can be added with essential oils. This lifts the laundry-detergent-making project up a notch — adding some olfactory fun.

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Tips for keeping walls, woodwork clean

Tips for keeping walls, woodwork clean
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It’s easy to pass walls and woodwork every day without a second glance, but spring-cleaning season is a great time to give them the attention they deserve.

Regular cleaning can help avoid bigger cleanup work later.

“It doesn’t have to be as difficult of a job as it sounds,” said Amy Panos, senior editor at Better Homes and Gardens. “The easier you can make it on yourself, the more likely you are to do it.”

Dirt and scuffs

Walls tend to get dirtiest around light switches and door knobs.

They also get marked up from accidental kicks or the brush of a bag near baseboards. Toddlers’ hands often find their way to walls with filthy fingers, crayons, and markers.

“The sooner you get to a mark that is noticeable, the easier it will be” to clean, said Sharon Grech, a color and design expert for Benjamin Moore.

People are wary of cleaning or washing painted surfaces because they fear it will remove the paint. But the technology has improved over the last decade, and paints now are more stain-resistant and durable for cleaning.

Still, it’s important to use the right products.

To remove everyday marks, Grech suggested using a clean cellul…………… continues on Kansas City Star

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Spring Cleaning Tips: How To Find A Place For Everything
News from Huffington Post Canada:

VICTORIA – There’s more to cleaning a home than scrubbing floors and dusting shelves — organization is a key step too.

Kyla Rozman, owner of Vancouver-based In Order To Succeed Professional Organizing Inc., says people waste a lot of time hunting for items at home and work because their things don’t have a permanent spot.

The organizing expert says one of the most important steps to keeping a home neat and organized is assigning a place for items, especially if the space is being shared with other people.

Containers are an essential tool for creating a spot for stuff.

The container, box or basket creates clear defined borders, which keeps items from being pushed into the back of a cupboard or drawer, or becoming confused with other things that may be cluttering the space.

“A container is really powerful as well because it creates a limit,” she says. “The homeowner commits that once the container is full you can’t add another container beside it, and you have to get rid of something to add something.”

Choosing the right container is also an essential step in organizing a space, and Rozman says for visual people, it is important to select a clear box or bin.

“It doesn’t matter if you like something that looks pretty. You really need clear,” she says. “Don’t put a lid on it. If you do, it is really ha…………… continues on Huffington Post Canada

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The natural detergent

The natural detergent
News from The Hindu:

The house-help Mary calls it ‘soapkai’ or soap fruit. Known locally in Kannada as “Antwaalad-kai,” in Hindi the name is “Ritha.” This is the soap nut, a saponin laden miracle of nature. Its Latin name is Sapindus Mukorossi or the Indian Soap Berry. Thanks to the local authority and the Forest Department, many trees of the “Ritha” have been planted in the neighbourhood. Summer is the fruit fall season and below the tree one finds a lot of the fruits lying around.

Chitra, an architect, is a big fan of the Ritha berries. On her daily trip to the office on the cycle she never fails to stop and pick up some of them. They are brought home and then dried in the hot sun. Once dry they are put in water and boiled for some time till all the saponin comes out. After a few hours a nice, thick soap liquid is ready. This liquid soap is now ready to be used for many a purpose.

The first is as a clothes washer. A few drops can generate a rich yet gentle lather and clean up the collars of the dirtiest shirts. The liquid can also be tossed with clothes into the washing machine and it does a thorough job of cleaning clothes. The best part is that the wash water is now free of phosphate and other harmful chemicals and can be used for the garden without fear of them harming the plants. The soap nut liquid can be used…………… continues on The Hindu

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Spring cleaning: You can do this
News from Charlotte Observer:

Finally – finally! – spring has arrived. The flowers are blooming, the trees are turning green again and – hey, how did those baseboards get so dusty?

Amid all the joys of spring comes something not quite so inviting: spring cleaning. Done right, it can breathe new life into your home and free your spirit from the weight of clutter, soap scum and dog hair.

“Spring is new beginnings,” said Beth Dannenhauer, owner of the Maid in Heaven cleaning service in Charlotte. “It kind of transcends into the house: ‘Let’s just give this a good cleaning.’ It’s good for the soul.”

And, she points out, it’s also good for the body. Accumulated dust mites, airborne allergens and dust particles can make us sick, especially in today’s nearly air-tight homes.

“Healthwise,” said Dannenhauer, “it’s very important to get that house clean, get it disinfected, do those chores that you maybe don’t do but once a year.”

But while most of us feel at least a tiny twinge of that spring-cleaning bug this time of year, not everyone actually rolls up sleeves and gets it done. We like the idea of a tidier, healthier home, but we don’t really like scrubbing baseboards.

Geralin Thomas, owner of Metropolitan Organizing in Cary, says there are ways to make all those deep-cleaning chores feel less like, well, chores.

“Sometimes it’s…………… continues on Charlotte Observer

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Pro Tips: Top 10 tips for spring cleaning

Pro Tips: Top 10 tips for spring cleaning
News from The Elkhart Truth:

Wendy Taddeucci is a Certified Professional Organizer who owns Simply Organized Coaching in LaPorte. 

If you have any questions for Taddeucci, leave them in the comments below the story. She’s agreed to answer them between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 1. 

1. Schedule time

Trust me on this one. How many times have you said, “I’m going to organize that closet, drawer, garage, etc.,” and it never happens? Pick a date and a time and write it on the calendar. Honor that appointment like you would any other.

2. What do you want?

Step into the room you want to organize and ask yourself these questions:

  • What can’t I do in this room because of the clutter?
  • What do I want this room to function as?
  • What do I want this room to look like?
  • What do I want this room to feel like?

3. Sort it out

The first step in the organizing process is to sort items. This is contrary to the belief that you should go to the nearest stor…………… continues on The Elkhart Truth

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5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Marketing Your Law Firm
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Spring Cleaning Tips For 2014

Spring Cleaning Tips For 2014
News from International Business Times:

It’s time to open up the windows and say goodbye to winter. Spring is finally here, and that also means time to whip out the rubber gloves and disinfecting solution. Spring cleaning can seem like a daunting task, so to make things a little easier, here are some tips to help with the housework.

It Will Probably Take More Than One Day

Spring cleaning rarely get completed in a day. Alexandra Ross, president of Professional Organizers in Canada, told the Huffington Post it depends on the size of someone’s space. “Depending on the size of your house and your availability, spring cleaning should take between two days and a week,” she said.

Go to the Store

First, the proper cleaning supplies are needed. A local grocery store will most likely have every item that is needed. Going green is a good idea for homes with children who have allergies. For example, mixing white vinegar with water can replace glass cleaners. Or a three-part baking soda, one-part water paste can be used to polish silver or get rid of stains in the kitchen,

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Tips from the pros for cleaning your home
News from HeraldNet:

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014, 1:00 a.m.

How do your cleaning skills compare to those of pros who’ve earned homeowners’ shining reviews?


Just in time for spring, here are some tips, tricks and tools of the maid trade, supplied by highly rated cleaners our research team recently interviewed:


Vacuum right with the right vacuum: Weekly vacuuming is key to clean carpet. Do it more often if you have pets or kids. And consider this three-step approach to power-sweeping a room:


1. Clean the perimeter with the edging tool.


2. Begin at the far corner and move backward so you don’t leave footprints.


3. Vacuum slowly and steadily; this works better than numerous quick passes.


Cleaners prefer lightweight machines that feature HEPA filters to remove allergens and which come equipped with easily released attachments and long hoses that fit under furniture and reach ceiling corners.


For best results, raid the pantry: Kitchen staples get rave reviews from maids, who share these ideas:


Put bowls of white vinegar or coffee beans in a room to absorb odors.


Freshen carpets, sofas and mattresse…………… continues on HeraldNet

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Getting a perfect custom home, classes in Orange and Medina, spring cleaning …

Getting a perfect custom home, classes in Orange and Medina, spring cleaning …
News from The Plain Dealer:

Steam cleaners remove dirt, germs and bacteria.

It’s possible to build the perfect dream house if you know what you want and pay attention to details.

PERFECT NEW HOME: Yes, it is possible to get your custom home built perfectly, with no regrets and nothing forgotten or left out. The design website Houzz has an article titled “Get a Perfectly Built Home the First Time Around.” The key is to know what you want, and think big.

CLASSES IN ORANGE: Learn to make sew pillows and cushions, and plan a kitchen redesign at classes offered by the Orange Community Education and Recreation program. Registration is required; the deadline is two days before class starts.

Just Pillows & Cushions: Learn how to make cushions for a chair or sofa; beginning sewers will start by making pillo…………… continues on The Plain Dealer

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Libman® Shares Customers’ Best Spring Cleaning Tips for National Cleaning …
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LIGHTNING RELEASES — Arcola, Ill. (March 26, 2014) – National Cleaning Week is in full swing (March 23 – 29) and is the perfect opportunity to kick off spring cleaning efforts. The Libman® Company is sharing its customers’ best cleaning tips to help consumers get a leg up with spring cleaning.The Libman Company, a 118-year old American manufacturer of cleaning products, has teamed up with The Accidental Housewife, Julie Edelman, as well as its own customers to offer some of the finest tips to help you make the most of your spring cleaning time and resources.

Over the past 10 years, The Libman Company has compiled an abundant list of helpful cleaning tips that were originally submitted by its customers for the ongoing “Tip of the Month” contest. Upon submitting their tip, entrants are automatically entered to win the monthly grand prize package: a Libman® Prize Pack featuring a Libman® Wonder® Mop, Large Angle Broom and a Power Scrub Brush.
“We consider our customers cleaning experts in their own right, and appreciated any new insights and uses they have not only for our products, but clean…………… continues on Ticker Report

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5 Facebook Spring Cleaning Tips

5 Facebook Spring Cleaning Tips
News from InformationWeek:

Here’s how to cut down on clutter in your news feed, adjust your notifications, and update your privacy settings.

LinkedIn Tips: 10 Steps To A Stronger Profile

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It might not feel like it in your neck of the woods, but spring is finally here. This season, while you tidy up your yard and closets, consider adding your Facebook account to the routine.

Facebook underwent a number of changes over the winter, and keeping up with all of them can make your head spin. The social network announced a redesign, updated continues on InformationWeek

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Spring cleaning tips for moms with little ones
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Now that we’ve had a taste of Spring weather, we know that spring cleaning season is right around the corner.

We can all use a few good tips for tackling our spring cleaning, but those of us with little ones at home could use a lot of good tips! Jennifer Durbin, author of Pregnancy Tips for the Clueless Chick shares some simple ideas for making your spring cleaning a little easier.

Cute Cleaning

Boon Patch: Make your cleaning a lot easier and a whole lot more stylish with the new compact Boon Patch. These bottle drying patches are a must have for anyone who isn’t crazy about having their kitchen counter cluttered with bottles and sippy cups. The best part is that they don’t scram ‘bottle drying rack’, in fact they are quite cute and perfect for drying most of your dishes so you’ll be using it long after baby has outgrown sippy cups.

Repurpose the Unused

Tiered Serving Platter: Is there anything more fun than finding a new use for something that has been sitting in a closet for the past year? Think outside of the box when it’s time to reorganize the nursery. You can easily turn a cute tiered serving platter into a stylish new changing table organize…………… continues on WNCN

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Support Grows for RI Plastic Bag Ban

Support Grows for RI Plastic Bag Ban
News from ecoRI news:

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

Support for a statewide ban on plastic bags has increased since 2013 when such a bill was first introduced. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News photos)

PROVIDENCE — Efforts to pass a statewide ban on plastic check-out bags recently intensified, as support swells for the proposed legislation.

At a March 20 Statehouse hearing, a range of supporters, from high-school students to veteran environmentalists, pressed a sympathetic House committee to curtail the use of an everyday item they say fouls neighborhoods and threatens natural places, most notably Narragansett Bay.

“There is a change coming,” University of Rhode Island senior Margaret Martino said. “We can be the first to make that change and have the Ocean State be the first state to ban plastic bags statewide.”

So far, more than 100 municipalities across the county, including all of Los Angeles County, have placed restrictions on plastic bags. Hawaii, also has a bag ban, but it was enacted island by island rather than statewide.

In 2012, Barrington became the first Rhode Island community to pass such a ban.

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25 years later, Exxon Valdez spill effects linger – mySanAntonio.com
News from 25 years later, Exxon Valdez spill effects linger – mySanAntonio.com:

In this April 21, 1989 file photo, crews use high pressured hoses to blast the rocks on this beach front on Naked Island, Alaska. This is one of only two beaches that are being worked on, of the 58 beaches in the Prince William Sound. On March 24, the crude oil tanker Exxon Valdez grounded on a reef and spilled nearly 11 million gallons of oil in the waters. Nearly 25 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill off the coast of Alaska, some damage heals, some effects linger in Prince William Sound. Photo: Rob Stapleton, AP / AP

Photo By Rob Stapleton/AP 

In this April 21, 1989 file photo, crews use high pressured hoses to blast the rocks on this beach front on Naked Island, Alaska. This is one of only two beaches that are being worked on, of the 58 beaches in the Prince William Sound. On March 24, the crude oil tanker Exxon Valdez grounded on a reef and spilled nearly 11 million gallons of oil in the…………… continues on 25 years later, Exxon Valdez spill effects linger – mySanAntonio.com

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