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Fall cleaning tips to help rid your home of Autumn allergens

Fall cleaning tips to help rid your home of Autumn allergens
News from Progress Index:

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 eli…………… continues on Progress Index

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Fall cleaning tips to help rid your home of Autumn allergens

Fall cleaning tips to help rid your home of Autumn allergens
News from Progress Index:

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 eli…………… continues on Progress Index

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Clean This!: 320 Reasons to Stop Cleaning


"Cleaning is the most boring, pointless way to spend your time that ever existed," writes author Mary McHugh. Just think of all the wonderful things you could be doing instead: " You could be learning to play the clarinet. " You could plant a lilac bush. " You could be riding a motorcycle down Main Street. And although the house, your clothes, the children, and dog have to be cleaned sometime, Clean This shows you how to get the cleaning done with the least amount of effort: " Lots of children love to vacuum. Exploit this fact. " If you never cook, you never have to clean up. Two very good things. " Polish your floors by skating across them in your bunny slippers. Anyone who has ever pushed a broom, washed a dish, or scrubbed a toilet will welcome McHugh’s tongue-in-cheek advice. Artist Adrienne Hartman’s cheerful illustrations help alleviate any lingering guilt from the mess. So put down the broom and let the dust bunnies multiply. Remember, nobody ever changed the world by cleaning a bathroom
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Fall Cleaning Tips: 9 ways to get your home ready for cooler temperatures

Fall Cleaning Tips: 9 ways to get your home ready for cooler temperatures
News from Stockton Record:

Beautiful fall colors mean changing temperatures and the looming arrival of winter. Get a head start on the shifting seasons by readying your home for less sunlight and more time spent indoors.

Clean light fixtures

Shorter days mean more time spent indoors and lights being on longer. Now is the time to change any burned-out light bulbs and clean the light fixtures. Most light fixtures can be cleaned with a little soapy water. If time is limited, then just dusting your fixtures can help brighten a room. Don’t forget to clean the outside lights; you’ll want to be aware of any future patches of ice.

Make sure to dispose of burned-out CFL light bulbs properly. The mercury found in them can be damaging to the environment. Local recycling centers for CFLs can be found on earth911.com.

Clean carpets

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15 tips for a squeaky clean fridge
News from The Week Magazine:

Get ready to bust out the baking soda…

Did you know that Nov. 15 marks official Clean Your Refrigerator Day? While not a national holiday, it should be one, because let’s face it — your fridge is gross. It’s okay, everyone’s fridge is a little bit gross, and no matter how bad things are inside your icebox, they can always be cleaned.

And what better way to clean out the inside of where all your delicious food rests before your consumption than with a few wacky and offbeat tips you might not have cooked up on your own? Let’s chow down and get cracking.

1. Pre-clean dirty culprits
Sure, it might seem like a no-brainer for most of us to clean up things after they spill or leak in the fridge (think bad milk cartons, sticky condiment bottles, poorly designed takeout boxes), but what if you cleaned those things before they had a chance to mess your fridge shelves? That’s right — pre-cleaning is sometimes actually the best way to clean. Give everything that could turn on you a good wipe-down before sticking it in the fridge, from jam jars to ketchup bottles to oily dressing containers.

2. Keep things that go bad easily where you can see them
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Fall Cleaning Tips from Arco Cleaning

Fall Cleaning Tips from Arco Cleaning
News from HamletHub:

Fall is the season of change, but it’s not just the trees that change. As temperatures drop we start spending more time inside, we turn on the heat in our homes and start drinking hot coffee to stay warm. Thus it is important to stay on top of your fall cleaning and maintenance to protect your home from the elements and to maintain a comfortable living environment. Here are our top five cleaning and maintenance tips to help get you through the fall season.

Clean Your Windows: The fall is the perfect time to get your windows cleaned. When windows become dirty and degrade over time, the amount of sunlight they let in decreases. Cleaning your windows will save you money spent on your heating bill as outdoor temperatures decrease.

Remove Dust From Inside Your Home: The colder it gets outside the more time we spend inside. Dust and allergens however can make your home feel stuffy and unpleasant. We recommend a thorough house cleaning to remove dust, improve air quality and make your home feel fresh. You should also consider vacuuming your carpets or having them shampooed and steam cleaned. Carpets act as giant sponges absorbing dust, dirt and allergens.

Clear Your Patio: During the fall it is important to take care of your deck and patio furniture. Your patio furniture should be properly covered or stored. If not, your pat…………… continues on HamletHub

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Tips for cleaning up after a pet accident
News from Philly.com:

Q: I was getting ready to take my dog out the other night when I discovered that she had just peed on our carpet. What’s the best way to clean it?

A: The good news is that there are some great products and techniques for lifting out odor and stains. When you discover an accident right away, grab some cleanup towels (we always have a pile of old grubby ones on hand) and blot up as much of the urine as possible. Press down really hard to soak it all up and make sure the urine doesn’t have a chance to penetrate to the carpet pad. Then toss those towels in the laundry bin and saturate the area with an enzymatic cleaning product. The enzymes break down waste so it doesn’t leave stains, and they neutralize odors rather than mask them.

Apply the cleaning solution to an area larger than the actual wet spot from the urine to make sure you get everything. Your dog will be able to smell any remaining urine, even if you can’t. Place a clean towel over the area and weight it down with a stack of thick books or some other heavy object. The pressure will help to wick the moisture from the carpet. Check the area in 24 hours. It should be mostly dry by then, and you can remove the books and towel. The spot should be free of any stains and odor.

Avoid using ammonia-based cleaners. Ammonia is a by-product of decomposing urine, and the scent wil…………… continues on Philly.com

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Fall Cleaning Tips from Arco Cleaning

Fall Cleaning Tips from Arco Cleaning
News from HamletHub:

Fall is the season of change, but it’s not just the trees that change. As temperatures drop we start spending more time inside, we turn on the heat in our homes and start drinking hot coffee to stay warm. Thus it is important to stay on top of your fall cleaning and maintenance to protect your home from the elements and to maintain a comfortable living environment. Here are our top five cleaning and maintenance tips to help get you through the fall season.

Clean Your Windows: The fall is the perfect time to get your windows cleaned. When windows become dirty and degrade over time, the amount of sunlight they let in decreases. Cleaning your windows will save you money spent on your heating bill as outdoor temperatures decrease.

Remove Dust From Inside Your Home: The colder it gets outside the more time we spend inside. Dust and allergens however can make your home feel stuffy and unpleasant. We recommend a thorough house cleaning to remove dust, improve air quality and make your home feel fresh. You should also consider vacuuming your carpets or having them shampooed and steam cleaned. Carpets act as giant sponges absorbing dust, dirt and allergens.

Clear Your Patio: During the fall it is important to take care of your deck and patio furniture. Your patio furniture should be properly covered or stored. If not, your patio…………… continues on HamletHub

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10 spring cleaning tips & tricks
News from Stuff.co.nz:

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RUBBER GLOVES: They aren’t just for cleaning windows and the toilet – they work wonders on removing pet hair from the furniture.

So you’ve decided to give your house a spring-clean. You’ve stocked up on all the cleaning products you will need, rolled up your sleeves and … found that you really, really don’t want to clean, or scrub, or dust or in fact, do anything.  We get it. So we have looked around the internet for tricks and hacks to make the job a little bit easier for you. Don’t forget that the reward – shiny, sparkly, brag-worthy house - will make all your hard work worth it.

1. Deodorise your microwave with fruit

So you cooked something stinky in the microwave – maybe it even exploded – and the smell is lingering in a sinister fashion. According to The Huffington Post one of the easiest ways to get rid of microwave smells is to cut a lemon in half, sprinkle it with salt and scrub the inside of the microwave with it. 

2. Use a hairdryer to get rid of water ri…………… continues on Stuff.co.nz

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Health Department cautions Vermonters about Hantavirus

Health Department cautions Vermonters about Hantavirus
News from The Eagle:

— The Health Department is reminding Vermonters to use caution when cleaning up rodent infested areas after an out-of-state resident recently contracted Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome while visiting Vermont.

The person who became ill was most likely exposed to rodent droppings while cleaning up a seasonal home in August and has since recovered from the disease.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is a serious respiratory disease caused by an infection with a type of hantavirus. Symptoms include fatigue, fever, headaches, muscle aches, dizziness and chills followed by coughing and shortness of breath. Approximately one-third of people who have Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome die from the disease.

Most hantavirus infections occur in the western part of the U.S., but sporadic cases have been reported in the northeast. The Health Department recorded one other hantavirus case in 2000.

Most people are infected by breathing in dust contaminated with rodent droppings, urine, saliva or nesting materials. Sweeping or vacuuming stirs up contaminated dust and can put people at risk for hantavirus. Rodent…………… continues on The Eagle

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New England in Brief
News from Brattleboro Reformer:

Hunters: check website for antlerless deer permits

MONTPELIER (AP) — Deer hunters who applied for a muzzleloader season antlerless deer permit can now go to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department website to see if they will be receiving a permit in the mail.

The department announced the winners Monday after a random drawing.

A total of 17,050 December permits have been authorized for use in 13 of Vermont’s 20 Wildlife Management Units.

The permits will be mailed to recipients in November.

State deer biologist Adam Murkowski says knowing if they’ve received a permit will help people plan their hunts.

1 infected with mouse virus in Vermont

MONTPELIER (AP) — The Vermont Department of Health is warning residents to be cautious when cleaning up rodent-infested areas after someone came down with a potentially deadly virus carried by deer mice.

The person who became sick with hantavirus pulmonary syndrome was likely exposed to rodent droppings while cleaning up a summer home in August and has since recovered.

The Health Department said Tuesday that most infections happen in the western United State but the Northeast has had sporadic cases, including one in Vermont in 2000.

Most people contract the disease by breathing in dust contaminated with rodent d…………… continues on Brattleboro Reformer

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

Five top tips for spring-cleaning
News from The Southland Times:

Spring is here! So it’s time for a timely reminder about some ways that you can clear clutter and lighten up your life ready for summer, without creating waste or pouring pollution down the drain.

Spring-cleaning is also a great way to get more organised, which results in better productivity, less stress, and better use of your resources.

Here are our top five tips for clearing out and cleaning up, without firing everything into a rubbish bin or skip.

Identify any unwanted items around your home that may have value to someone else and put them aside to advertise, ie on Trade Me or in the classifieds.

Hold a garage sale and re-home all your old sports gear, furniture, clothing, shoes and soft toys in one go.

Donate any unsaleable items that you can no longer use, or take them to a secondhand or reuse shop.

Reorganise the things at home that you really need, or use regularly, so they’re easy to find. That way, you won’t be tempted to go out and buy something new when you’ve already got a perfectly good one hiding in a forgotten cupboard.

Remember, we wear 20 per cent of our clothes 80 per cent of the time, so don’t be afraid to have a good clear out of clothes and donate what you really don’t need.

To reduce packaging waste and pollution, spring-clean with chemical-free alternatives, such as micro-f…………… continues on The Southland Times

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What’s cooking
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From chopping boards to pots and pans, Dr Chemical shares his top tips to keep your kitchenware spotless and hygienic.

A question I am often asked is how best to clean cooking utensils – knives, chopping boards, pots and pans, etc.

You’ve created your culinary masterpiece but what to do about the mess afterwards?

Try these tips to ensure your cookware is hygienically cleaned.

CUTLERY

The cutlery is easy – the stainless steel that modern cutlery is made out of is nonporous, and so is a poor substrate for bacterial growth.

A quick rinse in hot water and detergent or a cycle through the dishwasher and the job’s done.

CHOPPING BOARDS

Chopping boards are not quite so straightforward. The issue here, of course, is bacterial growth.

Whether they are made out of wood or plastic, they possess a degree of porosity, with crevices in which moisture can lodge and bacteria can grow. And this is the best time of the year for it (or the worst, depending on how you look at it), with all the damp weather around.

There are several ways of disinfecting hard surfaces – bleach, laundry disinfectants and so on – but the easiest is the way it’s done…………… continues on The West Australian

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Spontex New Home Cleaning Bundle


The Spontex New Home Bundle is a bumper cleaning kit for all new home owners. The bundle is packed with clever cleaning essentials like the Washups sponge scourers with their exclusive stop grease treatment, Everyday Protect gloves and the microfibre window cloth which can be used all around the house. Contains: Washups Sponge Scourers 2pk, Tough Scourer 4pk, Heavy Duty Scourer Pads 3pk, Dishbrush, Scourer Pad 1pk, Microfibre Window Cloth 1pk, All Purpose Cloths 6pk, Kitchen Cloths 2pk, Sponge Cloth 5pk, Gloves 1pk and Disposable Gloves 1opk. EAN: 3384120193352.
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Tips for a clean, guest-ready home

Tips for a clean, guest-ready home
News from Ellwood City Ledger:

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 ensure dishes get clean…………… continues on Ellwood City Ledger

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Envelopes in Marriott Hotels Invite Tips for Maids
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Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping.

The campaign, called “The Envelope Please,” begins this week. Envelopes will be placed in 160,000 rooms in the U.S. and Canada. Some 750 to 1,000 hotels will participate from Marriott brands like Courtyard, Residence Inn, J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotels.

The name of the person who cleans the room will be written on the envelope along with a message: “Our caring room attendants enjoyed making your stay warm and comfortable. Please feel free to leave a gratuity to express your appreciation for their efforts.”

Shriver, who founded an organization called A Woman’s Nation that aims to empower women, says many travelers don’t realize tipping hotel room attendants is customary. “There’s a huge education of the traveler that needs to occur,” she said. “If you tell them, they ask, ‘How do I do that?’” She said envelopes make it easy for guests to leave cash for the right person in a secure way.

So how much should you leave? Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson says $ 1 to $ 5 per night, depending on room rate, with more for a high-priced s…………… continues on ABC News

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Becoming a lean, mean jean cleaning machine – Columbia Daily Tribune

Becoming a lean, mean jean cleaning machine – Columbia Daily Tribune
News from Becoming a lean, mean jean cleaning machine – Columbia Daily Tribune:

Of all the chores one does around the house, laundry is perhaps the most daunting.

That could partly be because “laundry day” is something of a misnomer. In our house, the laundry gets washed on Saturday, but it doesn’t necessarily get folded and put away in a timely fashion. Delicates might linger on the drying rack for days. Garments found to be missing buttons or having dropped hems end up in a purgatory wherein they float over to my sewing box, where they sit untouched until somebody wonders what it’s doing out and returns it to the laundry so it can repeat a cycle of washing, drying and neglecting.

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Attack rust spots on metal with sanding, primer and paint
News from Chicago Daily Herald:

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?

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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 o…………… continues on Chicago Daily Herald

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Chimney cleaning tips

Chimney cleaning tips
News from LubbockOnline.com:

Chimney cleaning tips

A clean fireplace and chimney are the best defenses against hazardous conditions that can cause chimney or home fires. For those who did not clean their chimneys in the spring after extensive winter use, it is imperative to handle cleaning prior to lighting your first fire in the coming winter.

Chimney cleaning can be a do-it-yourself job. Rods and brushes can cost as much as $ 150, depending on where you live. That is roughly equivalent to the cost of hiring a professional chimney sweep once. But if you have a fear of heights or prefer not to climb up on the roof to inspect the chimney, you may just want to hire a professional.

When cleaning your chimney, first place plastic sheeting in the fireplace and around the opening to the fireplace inside the home. Then climb up on the roof and remove the chimney cap inspecting the chimney for soot and creosote, which tends to be thickest at the mouth of the chimney where it will cool and stick to the inside of the masonry. Use the correct size brush for your chimney to make adequate surface contact to sweep out the debris. Go inside and clean up the residual mess, then reach up into the chimney from the fireplace side and remove any other soot before moving into the basement (or wherever the chimney reaches the bottom) to remove any soot that has dropped from that are…………… continues on LubbockOnline.com

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Fall cleaning tips to help rid a home of autumn allergens
News from Press News:

StatePoint – 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 capture…………… continues on Press News

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