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Simple tips for cleaning your kids’ sports gear

Simple tips for cleaning your kids’ sports gear
News from gulfnews.com:

The start of the school year often means more than backpacks, books and pencils cluttering mudrooms and kitchen counters. Fall sports are back, too, and with them stinky jerseys in the laundry room and mud-clogged cleats in the garage.

There are simple ways to mitigate the stench and the dirt that come with active teens, says Good Housekeeping contributing editor Heloise, who has written several home and lifestyle advice books and the Hints From Heloise syndicated column. We asked her what she’s learnt from years of answering readers’ cleaning and organising questions.

“It just takes a little extra effort, along with some tricks,” Heloise said. Here are some of her tips.

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He Lost his Fiancé & Baby to Ebola…Read Nigerian Ebola Survivor’s Dennis …

He Lost his Fiancé & Baby to Ebola…Read Nigerian Ebola Survivor’s Dennis …
News from Bella Naija:

Today Vanguard Newspaper published an exclusive interview with Dennis Akagha, the fiancé of nurse, Justina Ejelonu who died from Ebola.
You can click to read the entire interview on the Vanguard Website

We are publishing excerpts from the interview below to highlight the plight of Ebola patients in Nigeria. We are aware of the steps being taken by the Lagos State Government and Federal Ministry of Health to curb the spread of the virus and hope that patient and suspected Ebola patient care continues to improve.

May Justina and her baby’s souls rest in peace.
The story below is heartbreaking…

He and Justina’s Relationship
The truth is that Justina and I were not legally married, we were planning for our traditional marriage in October and she just got this job.

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Datebook 8/28/14
News from Murray Ledger and Times:

Knit-wits will meet

The Knit-wits group will meet Friday, Aug. 29, at 1 p.m., in the Community Room of the Calloway County Public Library. Knitters and crocheters of all levels are welcome. For more information, call Dot at 270-293-5588.

Grogan reunion to be held

The descendants of Thomas Richard Grogan will meet for the annual Grogan Family Reunion Sunday, Aug. 31, at the University Church of Christ. The potluck meal will begin at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Grogan Herndon at 270-293-8780.

Blood donation opportunity

An opportunity to donate blood will be Friday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Walmart, US 641 North. For an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 8-800-RED CROSS.

CCPL to close for holiday

The Calloway County Public Library will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, for Labor Day.

Registration for fall leagues is available 

Online registration for Murray Youth Bas…………… continues on Murray Ledger and Times

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Table linens 101: Fabrics, sizes + cleaning tips

Table linens 101: Fabrics, sizes + cleaning tips
News from FOX 9 News:

by Ross Sveback, rosssveback.com

Table linens are serious business to those of us obsessed with entertaining, from patterns and colors to sizes and fabrics. To others, it can be confusing what to purchase or how to maximize our investment. Here are some of my favorite fabrics and styles of table linens to help you gain an understanding of this entertaining must-have.

Want to know a secret of mine? One of my favorite places to find great linens is Williams-Sonoma!


70″X70″ – 1-4 people

70″X80″ – 6-8 people

70″X108″ – 8-10 people

70″X126″ – 10-12 people

Storing your tablecloth – you can either store folded or rolled onto a large cardboard roll so the cloth stays flat with no creasing.

Types of fabrics

Linen – the most common fabric I prefer due to it’s durability as well as being lightweight. Easy to clean, spot treat stains immediately and you can wash at home on cold. Iron the cloth and store as desired.

Cotton – just as common as linen with a lower price point, used more for casual entertaining, yet can be…………… continues on FOX 9 News

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Tips To Clean And Maintain Barbecue Grills
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Grilling is a form of cooking where you cook the meat directly over the stove after marinating the meat. Due to the high temperature of the grilling,this type of cooking can generate carcinogenic chemicals which are harmful to the body. We can avoid this by using garlic, rosemary, olive oil and various other products are used to prevent this while cooking.

Another method is to pre-cook the meat in the microwave before placing them on the grill,…………… continues on BoldSky

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DIY: Baking soda can work wonders around the house

DIY: Baking soda can work wonders around the house
News from Fresno Bee:

Not long ago I made an amazing thrift store haul: a badly tarnished silver platter that I picked up for $ 3.95. She’s so dingy and sad looking, I’m fairly certain that if my blue-tag special could speak, she would just be silently weeping in her tainted, forgotten way.

As an incredibly thrifty individual (READ: cheap), it stands to reason that spending twice as much on a silver polish as I did on my silver platter would be a no-go. Harkening back to conversations with my grandmother, I remembered her advice about an inexpensive (READ: dirt cheap) silver-polishing solution: baking soda.

There are a million reasons to trust baking soda with most tough cleaning jobs, but the best one: just about every cleaning-solution manufacturer touts its greatness on their labels.

And this got me thinking: Why are we buying products with all these chemicals when, in the end, they all use the same magic ingredient available for 97 cents a box in the baking section? What else can this magic little cleaning muscle do?

In the case of my thrifty find, a mixture of baking soda and little water to form a paste turned a weeping, forgotten dish into a glamorous, sparkling platter. It took a little elbow grease and about a half-hour, but from start to finish — from thrift store to the final, shined product — I spent a total of $ 4 (5 cents worth of baking soda, $ 3.95 f…………… continues on Fresno Bee

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Flood woes fueling appliance and furniture sales
News from The Detroit News:

Madison Heights— Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest, but Sue Tyler spent the entire day rebuilding and restocking the flooded basement of her Huntington Woods home.

After days of dragging wet and ruined property outside to the curb, Tyler was at the Home Depot in Madison Heights on Sunday loading two large boxes of new cabinets into her car to replace the ones lost in the downstairs laundry room. In recent days, Tyler also bought a new washer, dryer, water heater and furnace after flood waters ravaged those, too.

“We just keeping telling ourselves it’s just stuff, but it’s wearing you down. We are very tired,” she said.

So are thousands of others, who nonetheless trudged to big-box appliance stores and smaller mom-and-pop shops this weekend for washing machines and dryers, refrigerators, drywall and cabinets.

From Dearborn and Royal Oak to Warren, homeowners continue to refurbish basements and homes after the massive storm dumped up to 6 inches of rain.

Karleton Wright, assistant store manager at the Home Depot in Madison Heights, said the store has been extremely busy every day for the past two weeks. A “flood recovery zone” was set up just inside the store’s e…………… continues on The Detroit News

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Essex reader has question about rust on garage

Essex reader has question about rust on garage
News from BurlingtonFreePress.com:

HENRY DE MARNE 5 a.m. EDT August 23, 2014

Q: We have a white metal garage door that’s about 20 years old. There are some rust spots showing on it and we’ve tried everything to remove it without success.

We also have a sink with rust spots, which will not come off. Would you please let us know how we can remove this rust? — Essex

A: Try lightly sanding the rust spots on the garage door until all signs of rust are gone. Clean the entire door with a car washing or similar brush and detergent.

Prime the rusty area with a metal primer, such as Rust-Oleum, and paint the door with your choice of an acrylic latex for exterior use using a synthetic bristle brush.

You have not said what type of sink you have; is it the kitchen, bathroom or laundry room sink? Is it acrylic, porcelain enamel or something else, and where are the rust spots in th…………… continues on BurlingtonFreePress.com

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The Lost Art of House Cleaning: A Clean House Is a Happy Home
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6 tips for spring cleaning

6 tips for spring cleaning
News from Stuff.co.nz:

SPRING HAS ALMOST SPRUNG: Don’t groan with lack of enthusiasm, spring cleaning is human nature!

If you think spring cleaning is just for the uber OCDs in the world, you’re wrong. Like a lot of things that derive from our ‘cave men days’, the annual task of cleaning and taking out the trash goes a lot deeper than wanting to scrub those germs out of the kitchen bench, or overload our senses with the strong smell of bleach.

“Humans are physiologically designed to refresh and revitalise,” says Sarah Laurie, a lifestyle coach and author.

“The word clutter is derived from the word clotter, which means to coagulate and so where there is disorder, clutter or un-cleanliness, in theory, our energy becomes slow and stagnates. 

Accordingly, when we are surrounded by mess, it leads us to not think as clearly, we are more likely to procrastinate, and we become more tired and irritable.” 

Make sense really. Are you fearful to open up your cupboards as you aren’t sure what might fall out and injure you? Does it frustrate you that you’ve run out of room under the bed – your usual go-to place for redistributing the clutter? Does the thought of just walking into the spare bedroom make you feel exhausted?

If you have answered yes to thes…………… continues on Stuff.co.nz

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Lufkin mom raising awareness about alternative cleaning items

Lufkin mom raising awareness about alternative cleaning items
News from KTRE:


For parents with autistic children, everyday items such as laundry detergent can bring an added sense of danger.

A Lufkin mom is hoping she can bring an alternative for everyday household items.

Mahjal Bengiz said keeping everyday items such as laundry detergent and dish soap in her house wasn’t an option.

“We started into it not by choice but because we had to do it,” Bengiz said.

Bengiz is the mother of an autistic child and said a little over a year ago she was told by her son’s doctor to get rid of everything in the house with toxic chemicals.

“Kids with autism are the most sensitive to toxic chemicals which are present in a lot of our household cleaners and detergents,” Bengiz said.

And after research she found an alternative.

“For you to get really non toxic household stuff you just have to make your own,” Bengiz said.

Simple items such as baking powder organic soap and oil can replace items that are common place in every American house.

Bengiz is leading classes hoping to spread her knowledge to anyone no matter what the reason is.

There are some parents that come to the classes that have autistic children, but many of the students are people who just want to live a he…………… continues on KTRE

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From Trash to Treasure: Inside Long Island’s Garage Sale Subculture
News from Long Island Press:

Caroline Arguell followed the hand-written signs leading her to an estate sale at a home on a typical suburban side street in Bellmore on a recent Friday morning and gleefully started sorting through the knickknacks, furniture and other random second-hand items.

Other deal-seekers young and old joined her in waking up early to dig through the unwanted contents of strangers’ attics, chatting casually with one another while searching for something valuable. Some join such hunts in the hope of finding something worth reselling. Many are lifelong regulars at similar sales, forming a seasonal subculture of shoppers hopping from sale to sale once the warm weather arrives—buying everything from electronics to antiques.

“Somebody’s junk is somebody [else’s] treasure,” said Arguell, 40, who didn’t find anything worth buying that day, but enjoyed the thrill of the hunt regardless. After 35 years of repeating this ritual, she ponders reselling some of her finds at a garage sale of her own—but not just yet. “I was just driving and I saw this bright sign [advertising the sale] and I said: ‘Oh my God let’s go to this estate sale!’”

Estate sales, tag sales, yard sales, moving sales and garage sales are virtually all the same thing. The only difference may be the location or the reason for the sale. Estate sales tend to take place indoor…………… continues on Long Island Press

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How to Clean Your House in 30 Minutes: Easy System for Cleaning in Half the Time
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Tips for a Clean, Guest-Ready Home

Tips for a Clean, Guest-Ready Home
News from DigitalJournal.com:

MISSION, KS–(Marketwired – Aug 22, 2014) – (Family Features) Now is the season for enjoying backyard BBQs and poolside parties with friends and family — not being trapped in the house for pre- and post-party cleaning. With a little planning, you can minimize time spent on daily chores and maximize time spent soaking up the sun and creating memories with guests.

Here are a few quick tips to clean and prep your home for a season of get-togethers — anytime day or night.

Load the dishwasher first. When you’re throwing a get-together, the last thing you want is to open the dishwasher to find dirty dishes. Make sure to run the dishwasher the day before your guests arrive to ensure everything is clean when you need it.

Select a machine that delivers on washing and drying performance and avoids do-overs, like the Frigidaire Gallery® Dishwasher. It’s an affordable and efficient option that features the OrbitClean® Spray Arm, which provides four times better water coverage than your average dishwasher for an excellent clean. The dishwasher also delivers a “One Wash. One Dry. One Time.” promise with innovative technology that thoroughly washes and dries the dishes the first time, so you can move dishes straight to the cabinets — no towel drying needed.

Prepare dishes for the wash cycle. To ens…………… continues on DigitalJournal.com

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Car Doctor: Tips for cleaning oil leak stain from driveway
News from The Providence Journal:

Q. My car has an oil leak and although I don’t care much about it I parked in my neighbor’s driveway and it left a stain. I put some cat litter down and that helped a little but the stain is still there. The good news is he is away for a couple of weeks. What can I do to try to clean up the oil stain and stay friends with my neighbor?

A. The best method is with a pressure washer and a commercial cleaner. Some homemade remedies that people have sent me over the years are: pouring cola on the stain, WD-40 and household dish detergent such as Dawn. I recently talked with someone who swears by a mixture of Woolite and water. All of these generally require some scrubbing and then a rinse and repeat if the stain is still there.

Nitrogen in tires

Q. What do you think about using nitrogen in car tires? I recently had my car serviced and they offered a tire rotation and nitrogen air fill for $ 49.95. The dealer suggested that nitrogen would also improve my car’s gas mileage. What do you think?

A. Nitrogen has been used in racing for years and it has several benefits. Loss of inflation pressure up to 5 percent a month is normal for most tires. Nitrogen molecules are larger than oxygen molecules and, therefore, are less prone to “seeping” through the tire casing. In addition, it has b…………… continues on The Providence Journal

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Best detergents for smelly sports and camp gear

Best detergents for smelly sports and camp gear
News from ConsumerReports.org:

All across America, kids are coming home from summer camp with duffel bags full of seriously soiled clothing, some of which haven’t have seen the inside of a washing machine in weeks. At the same time, pre-season sport camps are ramping up just as temperatures are peaking. The result is a fearsome mix of smell and stains, including grass, mud, blood, sweat, syrup, and more. If you’re the unlucky parent in charge of these rank, festering laundry piles, you don’t want to leave the job to just any detergent. Here are the few winners from our latest laundy detergent Ratings that can stand up to the end-of-summer challenge.

High-efficiency champ
If you have a front-loader or high-efficiency top-loader, consider Tide Ultra Stain Release. At 25 cents per load, this liquid detergent costs more than most, but it was tops in our tests at overall cleaning power, vanquishing grass, blood, and dust sebum (whi…………… continues on ConsumerReports.org

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House cleaning means the exterior, too
News from The Southern:

House cleaning isn’t just an inside job. Your siding, driveway and garage floor get dirty, too. And just as a freshly cleaned car seems to drive better, a spic-and-span exterior feels great to come home to.


You can clean it the tried-and-true way, rinsing with a hose, using a long-handled brush to scrub with soapy water (laundry detergent works) and then rinsing well.

To remove mildew or algae, consider a hand-pump garden sprayer and oxygen bleach (NOT chlorine, which can strip color and kill plants). Mix powdered oxygen bleach with warm water, stir and apply with a long-handled brush to dry siding. Let it work for about 10 minutes. Use a water hose to rinse well.

You may be tempted to use a power washer, but use caution and start with the lowest setting. Water jets can injure people and damage masonry, stucco or wood siding, and may force water through seams of vinyl-siding panels. Also, power washing alone will not remove mold or mildew.

If you use a pressure washer, be sure to wear eye protection. Start at the top of your house and work down, directing the water downward and going side to side across the siding.

Concrete driveway or garage floor

Concrete is porous and will hold stains if vehicle fluids like oil, grease and antifreeze are allowed to linger. Other stains can come from tires, mold, mildew…………… continues on The Southern

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08-20-14 Fall Cleaning Tips to Help Rid Your Home of Autumn Allergens

08-20-14 Fall Cleaning Tips to Help Rid Your Home of Autumn Allergens
News from The Shopper Online:

Many people think of allergies as a spring problem, but most sniffle sufferers know that fall can pose its own issues. Mold and ragweed are common fall allergy triggers, as well as dust mites, which are naturally more prevalent in the home during the drier months.

“You can turn your home into a safe haven from fall allergens with regular, strategic cleaning and a few preventive measures,” says Robin Wilson, an interior design expert and an ambassador with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

To help make your home more comfortable this season, Wilson is offering some fall cleaning tips to eliminate allergens and maintain a clean and healthy space:

• Wash your bedding.�  Mattress and pillow protectors will help control dust mites. As an added precaution, wash your bedding in warm or hot water every month and replace pillows every three years.

• Check for mold. Moisture breeds mold, so make sure to scan the inside of dishwashers, under the fridge in the water pan and in sink and bath drains. Change water dispensers and icemaker filters on a regular basis.

• Vacuum frequently. Whether you have wall-to-wall carpeting, tile or hardwood floors, it’s important to eliminate dust and dirt. Vacuum, mop or steam clean flooring regularly.

“Use a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, which captu…………… continues on The Shopper Online

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