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Two years of Wood County Health inspection reports – Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

Two years of Wood County Health inspection reports – Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
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10 Brilliant Laundry Hacks That Will Zap the Toughest of Stains
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Laundry is one of those chores most of us loathe. Let’s face it: There’s not much to get excited about when it comes to lugging piles of clothing from your bedroom floor to your basement, dealing with stains of unknown origin and then, perhaps worst of all, spending hours re-folding it all, putting it back in the drawers and waiting for it to happen all over again. It’s a bummer of a chore made worse depending on how many members of your family there are.

I know in my family of five, it finally became impossible to keep up with and we were forced to hire some of it out. For those who are unable (or unwilling to do that) there are hacks. SO MANY HACKS, in fact.

It’s actually kind of incredible how many unique ways there are to get certain stains out using only household products. Anyone who does laundry on a regular basis will love these 10 amazing laundry hacks and tricks for getting stains out. Make sure to keep it handy for when you need it!

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House cleaning means the exterior too

House cleaning means the exterior too
News from MiamiHerald.com:

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.

•  Siding: 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 allowe…………… continues on MiamiHerald.com

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How to store outdoor furniture, cushions, grill and more for the fall and winter
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Sep. 3, 2014 at 12:03 PM ET

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Omaha District employees volunteer for a better community

Omaha District employees volunteer for a better community
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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – The third Saturday of any given month represents an annual event taking place somewhere.

Across the United States, military men and women are honored in Armed Forces Day events annually on the third Saturday in May.
For volunteers from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District that third Saturday of the month takes place in August.
It’s called Paint-A-Thon, and this year it took place on Aug. 16.
It has nothing to do with engineers painting at any of our six main stem dam; nothing to do with the commander getting his office walls upgraded; and nothing to do with one of the division secretaries putting in an order for paint supplies.

If you ask any of the employees who volunteer, it’s much bigger and much more rewarding.

Twenty-six years ago, Brush Up Nebraska came to life as a community-based volunteer program that paints homes of qualified low-income elderly and low-income permanently disabled homeowners, in the Omaha Metropolitan Area. The upgrades to the home helps homeowners maintain their property, and beautify the community.

Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” The Omaha District and the many volunteers who support this annual event have been giving for more than 25 years.

“Sequestration in 2013, had leadership choosing…………… continues on DVIDS

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Handle aluminum gutter cleaner with care
News from Chicago Daily Herald:

Q. I enjoy your articles. A past article included a “recipe” for cleaning aluminum gutters. I’ve used it before but have misplaced it. I believe it included TSP and possibly another detergent. Could you forward the copy?

A. You can make a solution consisting of 1 cup TSP-PF, 1 quart fresh Clorox bleach and 3 quarts of hot water, making up one gallon, and apply it with a soft bristle brush or a clean, white rag. Be aware that TSP-PF and bleach are harmful to vegetation, so you should soak it first, cover it with plastic and rinse the plastic, and soak the plantings again when all dripping has stopped.

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Simple Green All Purpose Cleaner has also worked well, but there is a question as to its use on aluminum. There are reports that it can dull the finish, so try it in an inconspicuous area…………… continues on Chicago Daily Herald

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Fall Cleaning Tips

Fall Cleaning Tips
News from charlestonchronicle.net:

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 icemake…………… continues on charlestonchronicle.net

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House cleaning means the exterior, too

House cleaning means the exterior, too
News from Richmond Times-Dispatch:

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.

SIDING: 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.

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10 Brilliant Laundry Hacks That Will Zap the Toughest of Stains
News from The Stir:

Laundry is one of those chores most of us loathe. Let’s face it: There’s not much to get excited about when it comes to lugging piles of clothing from your bedroom floor to your basement, dealing with stains of unknown origin and then, perhaps worst of all, spending hours re-folding it all, putting it back in the drawers and waiting for it to happen all over again. It’s a bummer of a chore made worse depending on how many members of your family there are.

I know in my family of five, it finally became impossible to keep up with and we were forced to hire some of it out. For those who are unable (or unwilling to do that) there are hacks. SO MANY HACKS, in fact.

It’s actually kind of incredible how many unique ways there are to get certain stains out using only household products. Anyone who does laundry on a regular basis will love these 10 amazing laundry hacks and tricks for getting stains out. Make sure to keep it handy for when you need it!

More from The Stir: 10 Kitchen Hacks That Will Save You Time & Money (PHOTOS)

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