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Study: Hundreds of kids harmed by detergent ‘pods’

Study: Hundreds of kids harmed by detergent ‘pods’
News from Providence Eyewitness News:

CHICAGO (AP) — Accidental poisonings from squishy laundry detergent packets sometimes mistaken for toys or candy landed more than 700 U.S. children in the hospital in just two years, researchers report. Coma and seizures were among the most serious complications.

The cases stem from the more than 17,000 poison center calls about the products received in the past two years. The calls involved children younger than 6 and most weren’t seriously harmed. But one child died last year and the potential risks highlight a need for even safer packaging, the researchers said.

Some manufacturers already have revised packaging and labels in efforts to make the detergent packets or “pods” safer for children. The study found calls dipped slightly after some of those changes were made.

The products contain concentrated liquid laundry soap and became widely available in the U.S. two years ago. Some are multicolored and may look enticing to young children. Poisoning or injuries including mouth, throat and eye burns can occur when kids burst the capsules or put them in their mouths.

In the study, 144 had eye injuries, 30 went into comas and 12 had seizures.

Exposure to household cleaning products is among the top reasons for calls to poison centers involving young children. In 2012, detergent packet calls accounted for a fraction — about 6 percent — of…………… continues on Providence Eyewitness News

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Holiday gifts for your handy men and women
News from Chicago Daily Herald:

Following my annual practice, here are holiday gift suggestions for the handy men and women in your life. At the top of my list this year are several tools for your shop or home toolbox:

• Black & Decker’s impact driver (model BDCS801). It is an impressive tool for what B&D calls “light duty,” and with a price tag of $ 40 at Amazon, it should be in every home toolbox. I have used mine a lot since getting it and have been very impressed with the length of the charge.

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• For heavier duty, and ideal product in the DIY’s shop is the Black & Decker 20-volt lithium impact driver. Impact drivers are so superior to regular drivers that someone told me he gave away his other drivers after getting his B&D impact driver. They are not drills, however, so you also n…………… continues on Chicago Daily Herald

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The Penny Pincher: Fantastic cleaning tips

The Penny Pincher: Fantastic cleaning tips
News from Daily Herald:

I feel like cleaning at my house is a battle that I’m constantly losing. No matter how hard I try to get ahead and stay ahead, I always find myself lapsing.

I even plan out time to specifically tackle certain aspects of cleaning. Then, of course, something always comes up last minute to derail my plans. Is this an issue for anyone else?

In hopes of getting a little better at getting caught up or maybe someday even getting ahead, I sought out some great ways to get a stellar clean without investing too much time or money into it. From scrubbing off hard to remove discoloration from baking pans and wooden cupboards to more simple tips and tricks, the Pinterest pin I found most helpful and intriguing was “55 Must-Read Cleaning Tips and Tricks.” If you’re looking to get ahead yourself, or at least not be behind, check it out!

And happy cleaning!

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Christmas office cleaning tips
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28/11/2014

Christmas is a busy time for many businesses, who will be juggling staff absences with seasonal rotas, and managing the demands of clients at the same time.

This will undoubtedly put a lot of pressure on both staff and managers, as they struggle to keep on top of everything. 

It is important to ensure that during this somewhat chaotic time, the office is well maintained and tidy in order to prevent important documents from disappearing and make it easier for all concerned.

Working in a clean and tidy office also has many productivity benefits and makes it a much more pleasant environment to work in.

In addition, maintaining your workspace also helps to lower absenteeism, by reducing stress levels and potential accidents.

This is particularly important at this time of the year, which is undoubtedly one of the most hectic periods for many companies.

Of course, the best ways to facilitate a clean and tidy office is by hiring a commercial cleaning company who can help your workplace to stay clean and tidy.

Professional cleaners can be a godsend at this time of year, especially when you are already inundated with what seems like endless work and client requests.

Although there are many ways you can help to clear your office, which we will go into later, it is always better to delegate this tedious task to experience…………… continues on Fastklean

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Study: Hundreds of kids harmed by detergent ‘pods’

Study: Hundreds of kids harmed by detergent ‘pods’
News from Salt Lake Tribune:

The products contain concentrated liquid laundry soap and became widely available in the U.S. two years ago. Some are multicolored and may look enticing to young children. Poisoning or injuries including mouth, throat and eye burns can occur when kids burst the capsules or put them in their mouths.

In the study, 144 had eye injuries, 30 went into comas and 12 had seizures.

Exposure to household cleaning products is among the top reasons for calls to poison centers involving young children. In 2012, detergent packet calls accounted for a fraction — about 6 percent — of the 111,000 calls involving young children and cleaning products, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Many calls involve regular laundry detergent, which can cause mild stomach upsets, but poison center experts say the new concentrated laundry packets seem to cause more severe problems.

Jessica Morin of Houston says her 9-month-old daughter, Marlow, was sickened earlier this year when Jessica’s grandmother mistook a detergent pod for a teething toy and put it in the baby’s mouth.

“I called poison control and they said to take her to the ER immediately,” Morin said. Marlow was repeatedly vomiting and underwent tests, but doctors at Texas Chil…………… continues on Salt Lake Tribune

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Laulima: Dad recovers from injury, Mom to lose her job
News from KHON2:

Today’s Laulima family received a financial blow when Dad got injured and now Mom is about to lose her job.

Earlier this year, Dad suffered an injury on the job and despite doctor’s orders to stay out a year, he went back to work after only a few months.

Mom will lose her job this month when the company she works for closes.

They don’t ask for toys or luxuries, just clothes for the children: size 12 to 14 shorts and medium or large shirts for their seven-year-old son, for their four-year-old son, size 5 or extra-small shirts and shorts, and for their three-year-old daughter, size 3T shirts and shorts.

Mom says their vacuum just broke so she asks for that and groceries for healthy meals. Dad asks for laundry detergent and cleaning supplies for the house.

In the spirit of laulima, or working together, you can make a difference for this family by providing a hand up, not a handout.

If you’d like to help this family, you can e-mail laulima@koka.org, call Keiki O Ka Aina at (808) 843-2502 or <…………… continues on KHON2

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Happy Handyman Houston Community Newspapers

Happy Handyman Houston Community Newspapers
News from Your Houston News:

This week brought so many questions about home maintenance and cleaning. I guess everyone was gearing up for Thanksgiving. Well hopefully, some of this will help you for the next holiday – Christmas. The next time I write to you, I will be telling you about a new product line we are going to carry. So stay tuned!

Now to the email …

Question: Johnnie, my glass oven door has been dirty all year (ok, since the last holiday). Well, I want to clean this oven door before all the company comes again this year. What can I clean it with?

Answer: Holy Cow is a great oven cleaner. It contains no harsh chemicals, and no fumes. It’s the best de-greaser that I know of. So you can clean the oven, glass top stove and vent a hood in the kitchen.

Question: My dishwasher racks have some rusting spots. It’s leaving rust on my dishes. I have a dishwasher that is not that old and when I called about replacement racks, I was shocked at the price. My dishwasher works just fine, I don’t want to replace it. I just want to fix racks so that they don’t leave rust on the dishes. Do you have any ideas?

Answer: First we want to take care of the rust. Spray the rusty parts of the rack with Rust Cure. Follow the directions and wait for it to cure. It will never rust in those spots again. Then us…………… continues on Your Houston News

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Bluebird House


This rustic bluebird box with a 1-1/2 inch entrance hole is a great house by itself and also for those that have the traditional bluebird trails. Best choice for a universal bluebird house. Has side opening for easing cleaning and grooves below entrance for young to exit. 9-1/2 inches wide x 5-1/4 inches deep x 14 inches high.
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Tips given for home maintenance, cleaning

Tips given for home maintenance, cleaning
News from Your Houston News:

This week brought so many questions about home maintenance and cleaning. I guess everyone was gearing up for Thanksgiving. Well hopefully, some of this will help you for the next holiday – Christmas. The next time I write to you, I will be telling you about a new product line we are going to carry. So stay tuned!

Now to the email …

Question: Johnnie, my glass oven door has been dirty all year (okay, since the last holiday). Well, I want to clean this oven door before all the company comes again this year. What can I clean it with?

Answer: Holy Cow is a great oven cleaner. It contains no harsh chemicals, and no fumes. It’s the best degreaser that I know of. So you can clean the oven, glass top stove and vent a hood in the kitchen.

Question: My dishwasher racks have some rusting spots. It’s leaving rust on my dishes. I have a dishwasher that is not that old and when I called about replacement racks, I was shocked at the price. My dishwasher works just fine, I don’t want to replace it. I just want to fix racks so that they don’t leave rust on the dishes. Do you have any ideas?

Answer: First we want to take care of the rust. Spray the rusty parts of the rack with Rust Cure. Follow the directions and wait for it to cure. It will never rust in those spots again. Then u…………… continues on Your Houston News

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