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  • Top 10 Ways to Clean Your Home and be Eco-Friendly
    HOW Read Signal Words on labels The signal words poison danger warning or caution found on the label of products such as pesticides and cleaning products are placed there by order of the federal government and are primarily for your production In some cases these signal words are on the label because of the potential impact the product can have on the environment Poison danger denotes a product of most concern one that is highly toxic and ingesting small amounts in some cases a few drops can be fatal Warning means moderately toxic as little as a teaspoonful can be fatal and caution denotes a product that is less toxic one in which it would be necessary to ingest between two tablespoons and two cups to be fatal Corrosive products can damage skin and mucous membranes and a strong sensitizer is a chemical that can increase allergies HIGHLIGHTS Labels provide information by which you can protect yourself your family and the environment 4 LEARN NON TOXIC CLEANING BASICS How to use kitchen cupboard ingredients WHY Save money protect your health reduce your use of valuable resources of the earth avoid petroleum products and other non renewable resources HOW Learning to clean from scratch making homemade recipes can truly work if you take time to understand a bit about the chemistry behind how the materials work Make sure to keep all homemade formulas well labeled and out of the reach of children Note how to safely reduce four airborne allergens in the home with these simple steps HIGHLIGHTS Establish a safe cheap and simple lifestyle 5 OF MOPS SPONGES RAGS AND OTHER ACCESSORIES Natural reusable WHY Reduce your use of non renewable resources avoid products with potentially harmful ingredients such as sponges with antibacterial ingredients reuse old shirts as rags and more Use cloth rags instead of paper towels to save trees Save money HOW Look at your purchase of mops paper towels sponges buckets vacuums and more with an eye towards their durability health and environmental impact If you must use paper towels buy recycled unbleached paper HIGHLIGHTS Reusable mops rags instead of paper safe sponges HEPA vacuums all work towards providing your home and environment with fresh clean air and reduce your consumption of nonrenewable resources 6 LEARN ABOUT YOUR WATER Is it hard or soft WHY With hard water you will most likely need to clean with a detergent instead of a soap to avoid soap scum HIGHLIGHTS Choosing the right product for the right job reduces time and resources 7 DISINFECTANTS CHLORINE BLEACH Look for alternatives WHY Just as antibiotics are causing drug resistance so too are disinfectants Chlorine bleach can cause cancer causing chemicals to form in the waste water stream HOW Make a safer antibacterial spray Visit your natural food store and ask for their recommended chlorine beach alternative Seventh Generation and other brands offer alternatives that work HIGHLIGHTS A healthier home and healthier environment 8 CONSERVE WATER WHY Clean water is one of our

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  • How to Destroy the Ultimate Stink: Cat Urine!
    Things You ll Need Black light Paper towels or old towels Plastic bowls Water Distilled white vinegar Baking soda Gloves Soft bristle brush Liquid dish washing detergent 3 percent hydrogen peroxide Wet or dry vacuum Instructions Locate the cat urine stain and smell before cleaning the affected areas It is easy to spot fresh urine stains especially on carpets but it might be difficult when the urine dries For dried urine use a black light to find these stains You can buy a black light online Remove a fresh stain as quickly as possible For carpeted areas place some paper towels over the urine and press down with your feet to absorb the urine Do not rub the stain because it will only make the stain larger Repeat the process of blotting the urine with towels to absorb it Combine equal parts solution of water and vinegar in a bowl Pour a sufficient amount of the mixture onto the carpet and allow it to penetrate the carpet fibers Use paper towels to absorb the excess mixture Alternatively you can utilize a wet vacuum for this Allow the affected carpet area to dry completely Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the carpet area Mix a half cup of hydrogen peroxide with 2 tsps of liquid detergent in a bowl Pour this solution over the affected area Let the mixture dissolve in the baking soda Take the scrub brush and work the mixture into the stain Wear the gloves while scrubbing the area Allow the area to dry thoroughly before removing any dried baking soda and mixture with a vacuum Get rid of cat urine smell on a mattress by using the same homemade solutions Remove the mattress from the bed and repeat Steps 2 to 5 then use a

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  • Tips on How to Get Kids to Clean Their Rooms
    as simple as it sounds for good reason Fifty thousand new products were developed last year explains Phillips and there are 17 different kinds of toothpaste at the drug store It s hard to be selective and we often overbuy The result is excess that s in on or around us she explains Extra stuff complicates our cleaning and makes kids discouraged It causes problems because we lose things and get frustrated and it can be the source of family fights To help Phillips suggests that we SOS or simplify our surroundings If you re a clutter collector ask yourself Is this item enhancing my life If the answer is No then give the item away to charity or toss it in the trash can For other ideas see our article Get organized Ten expert ideas to improve your family time Stay positive It s crucial to encourage family fun even when it comes to cleaning And remember the parents attitude particularly the mother s drives the household pace says Phillips Ask any of my eight grown children and they ll all say that the work they did together as a family was as fun as the play or at least they had better say that she laughs Keep in mind I had eight tries to get it right Getting it right for Phillips meant that the children generally didn t clean solo nor were they told they had to clean before they could play Instead she tried to make cleaning part of the play Phillips calls it home improvement and a typical session would go like this First she told everyone ahead of time when they re going to do home improvement Then she made the incentives family orientated for example serving a special bacon and egg muffin breakfast before tackling the chores Phillips notes that there wasn t always a reward and if there was one it wasn t always food The real reward is being with the family and accomplishing something Children find out that good things happen when we all work together Phillips also encourages consistency and setting expectations that you can meet every time Create a game If games and rewards work best in your family you may want to try role play or theme based games This may not work for the long haul but it can help to lay down good cleaning principles get everyone involved and enjoying themselves If your little ones are into trains it s time to clean the station For the animal lovers be the zoo keeper Whatever pretend scenario you create keep the motto that cleaning is a part of staying healthy and happy and necessary in everyday life whether it s pretend or real For a little older kids you might want to try theme related cleaning games In the clean up area for example hide a set number of candies dinosaurs or seasonal cut outs such as paper Easter eggs or pumpkins Make sure they find

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  • Creative Ways to Organize Your Child’s Playroom
    toys that could be broken easily Just make sure that the shelves are clearly labeled for person or item Shelves could come in the form of bookcases cubbies or even lockers Just make sure that the toys especially the high demand toys are within reach Use the upper shelves for toys that aren t used as much Plastic bins These are wonderful particularly when they are clear and labeled well For example you could have a Barbie bin that includes a separate container for all the dolls all the clothes and all the accessories Depending on the size of the bins you could stack these on the shelves or line them up against the wall Arts and Crafts Zone This is where your children can stretch their creativity Because kids usually like to work with lots of art supplies at a time a round table works nicely There are different options for keeping the supplies together but the key is to keep them together Rolling cart A rolling cart with integrated organizers is fantastic This can be stored against the wall when not in use It is nice because the kids can grab the supplies they need for a particular project without making a mess Craft caddies Another option is to have separate craft caddies Bathroom or cleaning supply caddies work well too One caddy could include crayons and colored pencils one could include scissors and glue one could include paints etc Label accordingly Plastic boxes Shoe size boxes are another very practical alternative These can be stacked nicely on book shelves The trick to making these useful is to keep separate boxes for separate tools as described above in craft caddies If all the supplies are just tossed into the box it will make finding the midnight blue crayon all that much harder Label the outside so the contents can be easily identified See through plastic shoe bags These can hang on a wall or the back of a door They include several individual slots that are just the perfect size for small supplies Label each slot so the supplies get placed back into its proper home Reading Schoolwork Zone This is where your children can get lost in a wonderful fairytale or buckle down to do some homework The following items make this zone a comfortable area Desk You want a desk that isn t too big but is big enough for your children to grow into For example they may not be ready for a computer yet but when they are you ll want plenty of desktop space available to accommodate Comfy chair If the desk chair isn t comfortable it most likely won t be used Bean bag While a chair is nice for the desk a big bean bag is great for reading books Bookshelves What reading zone is complete without bookshelves Supplies Make sure that the desk is supplied with the necessary school supplies pencils rulers calculators etc TV Electronic Game Zone You may

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  • Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips for a Greener Laundry Day
    heaters which produce hot water without conventional energy They have the fastest payback period of any renewable energy system and will provide hot water for laundry dishwashing showers pools hot tubs and more Greener washing techniques With a good washing machine you re already on the right track to developing a more eco friendly laundry practice But whether you re working with a state of the art washer or are grappling with an older washing machine there are things you can do to minimize the environmental impact of the wash up portion of your habits Full loads When washing be sure to run the machines only when full This helps to maintain maximum efficiency since the amount of energy used to wash a load of laundry varies little depending on the total amount of laundry in the machine Multiple wears You can often wear a pair of jeans or T shirt two or even three times before it needs washing Doing so can reduce your energy consumption for laundry by five times 3 To don t throw it into the washing machine unless its stained or smelly Cold water Between 80 and 90 of the energy consumed to wash a load of laundry goes to heating the water When you wash in cold water 4 you re effectively reducing your energy consumption by 80 to 90 All natural laundry detergents and fabric softeners The chemicals you use to get your laundry clean is equally important to the energy you consume Look for eco laundry detergents and natural fabric softeners to minimize the toxins you re putting into the environment or make your own fabric softeners or eco detergents Minimize detergent use By using too much detergent your washer will be weighted down by bubbles 5 making it run less efficiently so use only enough detergent as is necessary Spin speed If you live in a humid climate where it takes a long time for things to dry either on the line or in the dryer use the highest possible spin speed on your washing machine to squeeze as much moisture as possible out of the laundry before drying If however you live in a dry climate and are hanging our laundry to dry indoors which will reduce your need for a humidifier this tip can be ignored Drying with the planet in mind Getting your laundry dry after an eco friendly wash cycle is easier than you might think and could reap hefty energy and financial savings if you follow these tips Back to back loads Choose one day as laundry day and do back to back loads of laundry in both the washer and the dryer This will help to retain any heat used for the loads reducing the total energy you use Clean lint trap Your lint trap allows air to circulate through your dryer and the more it s clogged the less efficient it is It is therefore very important to clean out your lint trap before

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  • Answers to Your Bed Bug Questions
    also be present in boxes suitcases or other goods that are moved from residence to residence or from a hotel to home Bed bugs can live on clothing from infested homes and may be spread by a person unknowingly wearing infested clothing What are the symptoms and signs of bed bug bites Bed bugs bite and remove blood from humans Bed bugs are most active at night and bite any exposed areas of skin while an individual is sleeping The face neck hands and arms are common sites for bed bug bites The bite itself is painless and is not noticed Small flat or raised bumps on the skin are the most common sign redness swelling and itching commonly occur If scratched the bite areas can become infected A peculiarity of bed bug bites is the tendency to find several bites lined up in a row Infectious disease specialists refer to this as the breakfast lunch and dinner sign signifying the sequential feeding that occurs from site to site Bed bug bites may go unnoticed or be mistaken for flea or mosquito bites or other types of rash or skin conditions since they are difficult to distinguish from other bites Bed bugs also have glands whose secretions may leave odors and they also may leave dark fecal spots on bedsheets and around their hiding places in crevices or protected areas around the bed or anywhere in the room Bed bugs have not been conclusively proven to carry infectious microbes However researchers have implicated bed bugs as possible vectors of American trypanosomiasis Chagas disease and studies are ongoing to determine whether bed bugs may serve as disease carriers What is the treatment for bed bug bites Typically no treatment is required for bed bug bites If itching is severe steroid creams or oral antihistamines may be used for symptom relief Secondary bacterial infections that develop over heavily scratched areas may require the use of antibiotics How do I detect a bed bug infestation in my home You can look to see if you can identify the fecal stains egg cases and exuviae shed skins in crevices and cracks on or near beds You should also look at other areas such as under wallpaper behind picture frames in couches and other furniture in bedsprings and under mattresses and even in articles of clothing While fecal stains and skin casts suggest that bed bugs have been present these do not confirm that the infestation is still active Observing the bed bugs themselves is definitive confirmation that an area is infested You may require professional assistance from a pest control company in determining whether your home contains bed bugs How do I get rid of bed bugs in the home Getting rid of bed bugs is not an easy process and most cases of bed bug infestation will require treatment by a pest control expert A variety of low odor sprays dusts and aerosol insecticides can be used to eradicate bed bugs These must

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  • Donating Unwanted Clothing to the Right Local Charity
    less fortunate Some organizations can be as small as a local church or community group or much larger as is the case with national charitable organizations As with donations of time talent and money if you have unwanted clothing that you would like to donate you should take into consideration several factors before making a final decision Decide what charitable organization you would like to support Charities have different groups they benefit Some organizations focus on impoverished areas or individuals Others focus on workforce development for specific communities Decide how you would like your donation to help Larger charities have a national reach Find out if your donation will stay local Some charities like those associated with your local church support the community in which you live Other larger organizations may spread out resources to other communities with a larger need If you want your donation to benefit your own community make sure the benefits will be received by your community Make sure the clothes are not damaged before donation Prepare your clothes for donation by making sure they are clean undamaged and easy to transport Put your unwanted clothes in a garbage bag for easy transportation Make sure your charity has a valid donation site Find out the location of the nearest donation site Charities often have specific locations where they will accept donations Some charities offer pick up at your home with advance notice though these can be limited based on their resources Get a receipt and maybe you can get a tax deduction Find out if the charity you donate to can provide you with a receipt for tax purposes You may be able to write off your donation on your tax return Check with your tax adviser for specific details and limits on deductions Tips Warnings Make sure to catalog your donations in case you do not get a receipt You may be able to claim a tax deduction anyway Check with your tax adviser Make sure the charity is legitimate and has a good history either nationally or in your community There are fraudulent organizations Some local charities will pick up the boxes of clothing you are donating right from your doorstep some local charities have drop off boxes in designated locations that you can inquire about or locate online and other local charities require you to bring the clothing you are donating to the organization s physical location Below are a few online charity directories that can be very helpful when you are making your decision to donate clothing or other used items to a specific local charity in Massachusetts With these online charity directories you are able to refine your search for a local charity by the area charity name or cause Furthermore you can view what types of clothing articles are accepted by a local charity where the local charity is located if the local charity offers pick up services for your donate clothing and how to go about donating clothing to

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  • Blog
    Environmentally friendly cleaning starts with a few easy cleaning tips Choosing environmentally friendly cleaning products and removing toxic Read More How to Destroy the Ultimate Stink Cat Urine Written by The Maids Monday 27 June 2011 There are a lot of cat lovers in the world and cats are great furry companions They can be playful affectionate and a lot of fun but they are not without their own unique messes It is true that one of the worst smells in the world is cat urine And to make it worse cats are more likely to pee on the same spot they did before unless all trace of that distinct smell is gone So you can see that very important that that stain and smell are cleaned up quickly and effectively Here is a great article from Read More Tips on How to Get Kids to Clean Their Rooms Written by The Maids Monday 27 June 2011 Every parent knows that kids can create a lot of mess and their rooms can be a disaster area Teaching your kids to clean is an important life skill and a great place to start is their own rooms While no kid wants to clean there are ways that you can make cleaning fun and easy for them so they are able to get into the habit of picking up after themselves A great guide from Kaboose com by Leigh Felesky goes over what you can do to help your kids learn to clean their room Get your kids to clean up Read More Creative Ways to Organize Your Child s Playroom Written by The Maids Monday 27 June 2011 Use creative strategies to organize your child s playroom and keep it organized Organizing your child s playroom can become a tedious and sometime endless project that results in a constantly messy playroom Although your good intentions lie with the child s enjoyment of the playroom you may be going about organizing the playroom the wrong way By looking at the playroom and the organization of the playroom from your child s perspective you may find that your system for organizing is neither practical nor functional The toys and other objects in the playroom should be labeled for simple identification and in a way that makes Read More Eco Friendly Laundry Tips for a Greener Laundry Day Written by The Maids Monday 27 June 2011 Laundry probably isn t your favorite thing to do around the house but there are some eco friendly ways to go about doing your laundry so that you can at least feel a little bit better about laundry days There are some great Get your already green laundry greener by following simple eco friendly laundry tips eco friendly laundry tips available that will help you save water and save energy when doing the laundry and there are eco friendly laundry detergents in the market that allow you to take a more eco friendly approach to doing your laundry

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