October marks the start of the entertaining season. Nothing makes entertaining easier than having all your tablecloths, table runners and cloth napkins cleaned and ready for use. Knowing how to clean table linens and store them correctly is the key.
Start by knowing exactly what material your table linens are. Fifty years ago you could assume your tablecloth was either linen or cotton but today a variety of other materials are used. Check to see if there is a care label anywhere on the tablecloth and follow it exactly. If there are no care instructions, then just place it in cool water and hand wash it with a gentle old fashioned laundry soap. Rinse it thoroughly and do not use a fabric softener, as it will discolor the fabric in storage. Let it hang dry and press with a cool iron.
Knowledge is power when trying to remove a stain. There are three major stains that occur on a tablecloth or cloth napkins. The first is red wine. Wine tends to drip down the edge of the bottle or glass and leave a ring on the tablecloth. This stain can easily be removed with hydrogen peroxide. Treat the stain as soon as possible. You can even dab the area with the hydrogen peroxide while it’s still on your table. The hydrogen peroxide will start to work and fade the stain. Place the tablecloth in a cool soaking bucket and add more hydrogen peroxide onto the stained area. Leave it overnight. Spot wash the area with a gentle laundry soap and keep working at the stain until it disappears. Place the tablecloth in the washer with a gentle laundry soap on a cool water setting. Use a permanent press setting if it’s available. After the rinse cycle, remove the tablecloth and let it air dry. If the stain persists, repeat the entire process. Patience will win when tackling a red wine stain.
Another typical stain on a tablecloth is greasy oil. The stain is tricky and needs to be addressed before you put the tablecloth in the wash. Pre-treat the oily spot with rubbing alcohol. Let it sit for 15 minutes then go over the spot with a pure bar soap. Do not use a colored deodorant soap for this job. The rubbing alcohol will break down the oil and the soap will surround it and pull it out when you rinse the fabric. Place the treated tablecloth into the washer and wash on a cool water setting. Let the tablecloth air dry and check the spots. As long as the tablecloth does not go in the dryer you can continue to treat the spots until they have disappeared.
The third spot that occurs on cloth napkins is lipstick. Lipstick should be treated like the oil stains above but before and during your treatment you want to dab the area with a clean white cloth so as not to spread the lipstick into the surrounding area. Start by dabbing the stain with the cloth treated with rubbing alcohol. Continue to dab it until you don’t see any of the color coming out of the fabric. Then pour the alcohol on the spot and let it sit for 15 minutes. The alcohol will break down the oil. Before rubbing the bar of soap over the stain, dab the area again to see if there’s any more color coming from the fabric. If you get more lipstick on the clean white cloth, repeat treating the area with the rubbing alcohol. Once the white cloth is no longer pulling color from the cloth you can proceed by rubbing the bar soap of the area and putting the napkin into the washer. Make sure to check that the stain is totally gone before putting the napkin in the dryer.
If you have an heirloom tablecloth that is starting to yellow or fade, add some oxygen bleach to the wash cycle to brighten the colors and remove the dingy look. Remember to avoid fabric softeners in the rinse cycle as they can affect the coloring of the tablecloth.
It’s much easier to iron a damp tablecloth is much easier than a dry one. Plus, it gives your tablecloth a nice crisp look. Remove the tablecloth from the rinse cycle and let it air dry until it’s just damp. If any areas get too dry, spritz them with plain tap water in a spray bottle. If you’re feeling nostalgic, they still make the laundry sprinkler head you can place in a glass bottle.
Hang your tablecloths on a padded hanger and store them in a clean, dry closet. Avoid hanging them in a basement or attic as they will tend to absorb the smells from those areas. It’s easiest if you store them in the room where they will be used. Then you don’t have to search the entire house when you need them.
Cloth napkins and placemats should be stored in a drawer and wrapped in a light paper. This will keep them clean, fresh and free from dust.
Table runners should also be hung on a padded hanger. You can wrap them in a plastic dry cleaning bag or a trash bag to keep it free from dust. Don’t seal the bag at the bottom. You want air to be able to flow around it.
A great way to store heirloom linens, as well as napkins and place mats, is to use a cardboard wrapping paper tube. Wrap the linens around the tube and store them in an airtight plastic container. Wrapping them around the tube will prevent wrinkles and fold marks. You can use a soft piece of ribbon or a rubber band to hold them in place.
It’s so nice to be able to share a holiday meal with family and friends. And with beautifully clean, fresh table linens, the meal will seem even more special.
So many of the exercise, diet, and weight loss programs out there focus on the exterior, or the visible: how many pounds you've shed or how many inches you've lost.
But they fail to address the invisible.
First of all, they don't address what's going on inside your body: the changes in your hormone levels, metabolism, muscle mass, and bone density as you age—all of which affect your appearance.
Secondly, they don't address this critical topic: your relationship with yourself. This relationship is one of the inner causes of weight gain—the emotional or spiritual issues that cause you to struggle with your weight and health.
You're not a bank account—you're a chemistry lab. That's why it's time to start over.
It's time to give yourself a clean slate.
Listen to JJ share three of the five secrets she lists in her book, Invisible Fitness Formula - The 5 secrets to release weight and end body shame. Once you listen to this interview you'll definitely want to go out and purchase the book.
You can take JJ's 10 question quiz, to learn what's blocking you. Click here to take the quiz.
Want to skip the quiz and go directly to the book? You can purchase it on Amazon here.
Meliora Cleaning Products is on a mission to provide families with the information and products they need to have a clean, comfortable home without exposure to toxic and environmentally damaging chemicals.
“What do you mean, Proctor & Gamble agrees to reduce the amount of cancer-causing chemicals?"
That was founder Kate’s reaction when reading about the 2012 reformulation of Tide Free and Clear, a product marketed to parents as "free of harmful chemicals."
She quickly learned that a chemical titled “1,4 dioxane,” previously found in Tide Free and Clear, is also a classified as a cancer-causing contaminant. This was disturbing in itself, but as Kate dug deeper, she was shocked to find out the 1,4 dioxane is present in many conventional laundry detergents - even those without dyes and fragrances.
Aided with a background in materials and environmental engineering, Kate navigated complicated cleaning product disclosure laws and massive ingredient lists to simply find out what people are using in their everyday lives. Her conclusion? You should be able to know what's in the products you're using... and not need an advanced degree to understand them.
Propelled into action, Kate began formulating her own laundry detergent and cleaning products based on simpler ingredients, ones that anybody would recognize as familiar, like… vegetable soap or baking soda. Knowing that socially-focused businesses can create huge change in the market, she founded Meliora K, LLC in 2013 to illustrate that a cleaning company doesn’t need to rely on secret formulas and mysterious chemicals. In 2016 the name was updated to Meliora Cleaning Products.
Sharing full ingredient lists in the cleaning products industry places Meliora Cleaning Products among the top responsible companies. Sharing the full recipes means the business goes beyond best practice to prioritize human and environmental health over the traditional profit model in the cleaning product industry, a distinction that has earned the company accolades including first place in the 2013 Quinlan Social Enterprise Competition. in 2015 the company formalized these practices and had them audited by a third party, becoming a Certified B Corporation.
These are some of the questions we asked Kate:
Meliora is a Latin word that means "better" that's pronounced "meh-lee-OR-ah." You might recognize it as part of the English word "ameliorate", which means "to make better."
Picking Meliora Cleaning Products as our name shows that we want to do things better, both compared to the status quo and also striving to make ourselves better each day.
Yes! We don’t use any animal-derived ingredients. If you follow our recipes on your own, be sure to use our Soap Flakes or vegetable-based soap to make your own flakes. Many soaps contain tallow (often listed as sodium tallowate).
All the oils in our All-Purpose Home Cleaner, Soap Sticks, and Bath & Body Bars are USDA Certified Organic oil. However, we have not gone through the process of getting the USDA Organic seal on our products. If you'd like to see the certifications from our suppliers, please reach out and we'll share them with you.
Technically, our Laundry Powder CANNOT be USDA Organic. The mineral content (washing soda and baking soda) is too high for the Laundry Powder to qualify as an "agricultural product." You can read all about the details on labeling here.
We do, however, select only ingredients that work and are people- and planet-friendly. That's why we're so proud of our MADE SAFE Certification, as well as our 4.0 from the Environmental Working Group where all our ingredients got an A on their Guide to Healthy Cleaning.
Yes! The laundry soap is low-sudsing, so it works well in HE machines. You only need 1/2 scoop - or 1/2 Tablespoon - per load in a HE machine. Less water means letter Laundry Powder.
Toss the Laundry Powder directly in with the clothes. Skip the dispensing drawer - trust us, it'll dissolve just fine.
Short answer: Nope.
Long answer: Still no. A preservative is "a substance added to a product to destroy or inhibit multiplication of microorganisms." These microorganisms commonly pop up in products which have water as a primary ingredient (liquids, gels, etc.). As all of our products are solids or powders, we do not need to add a preservative to keep them shelf-stable. Yay! While you may notice occasional clumping of our Laundry Powder in really humid environments, this does not affect the effectiveness one bit. Simply break the clump apart and keep washing your clothes.
Really long, overly-detailed answer: While preservatives do a great job of preventing nasty stuff from growing in your liquid soaps and shampoos, some of them have unfortunate side effects. The Isothiazolinone family of preservatives - common in cosmetics and other things you'll find around your home - have been increasingly found to trigger contact dermatitis all around the world.
Agencies in various countries and regions (i.e. the EU) have started to ban the use of isothiazolinones (MI/MCI) in leave-on cosmetics, but they haven't tackled the cleaning and home products...yet. While this allergic reaction doesn't affect everyone, it can become a major problem for those with sensitivities to MI and similar preservatives.
If we ever expand into liquid-based products, rest assured we will not use any preservatives with a known negative-health impact in our products.
Yes! There are no ingredients in any of our products that would interfere with the normal operation of your septic tank. We use all biodegradable ingredients, and no disinfectant or antimicrobials that could kill off the bacteria in the tank.
Click here for one short and good resource from our really smart friends at Cornell that we used when doing this research, in case you would like to reference it yourself.
We don’t recommend pouring large amounts of our powder, or any cleaner, down your drain. Normal use amounts, per the instructions on the packaging, should be fine.
Hard water is "hard" because of higher levels of dissolved minerals like calcium and magnesium (here's an awesome map of water harness levels across the US).
The reason we have Washing Soda (sodium bicarbonate) in our Laundry Powder is to fight against hard water. Washing Soda acts as a "booster" because of its water softening effects: by softening the water, fewer Calcium and Magnesium ions interact with the soap in the detergent and therefore the soap can do its job to clean, rather than get caught up in soap scum and hard water deposits.
How much the Washing Soda "softens" the water depends on how hard your water is. We've seen some people with *really* hard water need to add even more washing soda to their laundry, directly into the washer, to cut through the minerals in their water.
Conventional detergent contains chemicals that are added especially to create these sudsy bubbles. They may look nice, but suds don’t do anything to get your clothes clean, so we skip them. As a bonus, this low-sudsing property makes this recipe great for using in High Efficiency (HE) washers!
Certification labels are one way to make sure the products you are using actually are what they say. Our current certifications are:
These certifications demonstrate their commitment to responsibly running a business with a people- and planet-friendly focus.
To learn about Meliora or to purchase their product, visit: www.meliorameansbetter.com
Heating and cooling your home is the most costly energy in your entire home.
A comfortable home is a happy home. But it also has to be energy efficient. That's why thousands of families are choosing Fujitsu Ductless Mini-Split Systems for whisper-quiet, energy-efficient heating and cooling for their homes. These sleek units require no ductwork and allow for flexible, room-by-room temperature control. And with available utility rebates, the savings start on day one.
Mini-splits are heating and cooling systems that allow you to control the temperatures in individual rooms or spaces.
Mini-split systems have two main components -- an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air-handling unit(s) (evaporator). They are easy to install usually requiring only a three-inch hole through a wall for the conduit; which houses the power and communication cables, copper tubing, and a condensation drain line, linking the outdoor and indoor units.
Mini-split heat pumps are not only great solutions for whole home or new constructions but make good retrofit add-ons to houses with “non-ducted” heating systems, such as hydronic (hot water heat), radiant panels, and space heaters (wood, kerosene, propane). They can also be a good choice for room additions where extending or installing distribution ductwork is not feasible, and energy efficient new homes that require only a small space conditioning system.
If you are a mom with a child starting school for the first time, you want to get things right. Jaska Damato's son is starting school and her son's new teacher sent home the list of items he will need before he starts school. One of the items on the list is Clorox bleach wipes. Jaska said these weren't something she ever used in her own home and didn't feel comfortable about buying them for her son to use at school. Instead, Jaska reached out to Leslie Reichert, the cleaning coach, for some ideas on what she should do. In this conversation you will hear how to approach your child's teacher, offer alternatives and even how to change the policies in your entire school.
Some of the things we mention in this show:
Environmental Working Group's Cleaning Product Data base which can be found at this link.
Recipes for making a DIY disinfectant that was seen on the Dr. Oz Show. Link
It's amazing to think that in the past two years we have gone from a few listeners to 400,000! So to celebrate this milestone, I picked snippets of the four top shows to share with you. These are not my favorites, but yours. These four shows have the most listens of all of my shows. Sit back, listen and enjoy! And thanks so much for listening.
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Cleaning the stovetop, oven and microwave
This article can be seen at www.maidbrigade.com/blog
Your oven has been called the “heart” of the kitchen. You prepare every meal on the stovetop or inside the oven itself. Your stove and oven get lot of use AND abuse. Spills dry, harden and burn onto their surfaces. Let’s look at a few ways we can clean them as well as prevent spills and messes on your stovetop, microwave and oven.
Tips for your stove top
Spills should be wiped up as soon as they happen, but the burners have to cool down before you can wipe the stovetop. Because you need to wait for it to cool, the spills to continue to burn onto the cooktop. Start by letting the stovetop cool completely before trying to clean it. Use a wet microfiber cloth and wipe off large debris. Fill a spray bottle with distilled white vinegar and spray the entire stovetop with straight vinegar. Let the vinegar sit on the stovetop for a few minutes. Vinegar is a natural acid and the longer you let it sit on the surface, the better the acid work on the buildup. Wipe the area again with the microfiber cloth that’s been rinsed with very hot water. If there are still some stubborn spots, respray the area with vinegar and then sprinkle the area with baking soda. Use a scrubby sponge that is designed to be used on non-stick surfaces and scrub the areas in a circular motion. I recommend using a Skoy Scrub and also an Xtreme Sponge. The sponge will start to turn brown as the buildup is removed. Rinse and repeat the process until the entire stovetop is completely clean. Finish with a gentle glass cleaner and a fine woven microfiber cloth to leave the stove top with a nice shine.
If you have a glass topped stove, there is a great little tool that will help keep the cook top looking great. It’s a flat-edged razor. The razor will remove burnt on spots with a quick pass. You can also use the razor with a combination of baking soda and vinegar to remove buildup. Make sure the razor is very sharp and is always used at a 45-degree angle to the stovetop.
If you have a gas stove, be very careful when cleaning around the area over the pilot light. This area is extremely warm and if you spray a cleaner directly on the area, it can damage the finish. Also, if you are using harsh chemicals the heat will turn it to steam and off gas fumes into the air.
Tips for your oven
One great tip to prevent spills from getting to the floor of your oven is to use something to catch and keep spills off of the oven floor. You can use aluminum foil and place it under the pan you are using. Don’t place the foil directly on the oven floor as it may actually stick to the surface. Instead, use foil on the rack underneath the one you are using or around the pan that is cooking on the rack. This will let the air continue to circulate in the oven and bake evenly. You can also use a cookie sheet as long as it’s larger that the pan you are baking. An oven liner is designed specifically for preventing spills. The oven liner is not affected by the heat, but some manufactures recommend not using around birds – which means they are off-gassing. You need to check with the manufacturer of your oven before using an oven liner so you don’t damage the oven floor or restrict the air flow in the oven its self.
Self-cleaning ovens should never be cleaned with a chemical cleaner. The finish is designed specifically to have the debris fall off once the oven is heated to 500 degrees. If you use a chemical on the finish, it will damage those properties. You can wipe the finish with a damp microfiber cloth after the oven has run through the self-cleaning cycle and has cooled completely. You can also spot wash spills with a damp microfiber cloth.
Ovens without a self-cleaning option can be cleaned by mixing up a paste of baking soda and water and “painted” on the walls and floor of the over. Fill a spray bottle with distilled white vinegar and spray all the surfaces. You will see the baking soda start to foam up. Continue to spray the oven every 15 minutes for an hour. Then let this mixture sit on the oven surfaces overnight. The next morning all you will need to do is wipe the entire oven down with a wet microfiber cloth. The reaction between the baking soda and the vinegar will lift everything off the oven walls and base. It also will leave the oven clean without any residue that could be dangerous to your family. Regular oven cleaners are very toxic and if they aren’t completely rinsed from the oven can penetrate your food and seep into your air. By using vinegar and baking soda you are using the science of natural cleaners that won’t hurt anyone.
Tips for your microwave
Microwaves should wiped thoroughly after each use. But not everyone that uses the microwave wipes it out after they use it. Instead, leftover spills and spatters get microwaved onto its surface. A quick tip for cleaning the inside of the microwave is to place a cup of water and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in a microwaveable container in the microwave. Microwave this mixture for 1 to 2 minutes until it boils and steams up the inside of the microwave. The lemon juice is a natural acid and it will adhere to the spills on the walls of the microwave and work to loosen them while the microwave is cooling. Once it’s completely cool, use a damp microfiber cloth and wipe the inside surfaces. All of the debris will wipe off and the microwave will be sparkling clean with no residual chemicals to have to rinse off.
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I recently wrote a blog article for Maid Brigade on how to clean your gas grill. Since I had so many questions about this simple task, I decided to do a podcast on it as well. You can read the complete blog post at MaidBrigade.com/blog
The first warm evening of spring makes me want to crack open the grill and put on some steaks. But you don’t want to use the grill unless you’ve taken the time to clean it first – squirrels and mice often use grills as a place to hibernate in the winter. And then there’s all that burnt-on yuck that over-wintered there for months. So make sure it’s been cleaned and prepped before the first use of the season. All you need is 30 minutes to clean the gas grill.
Items you will need:
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Finally, it’s the official start of summer which means that our pools are starting to warm up enough for us to enjoy splashing around in the water. It also means that we need to pull out our swimming suits to see how they fared through the winter. It never fails that when you go to try on your favorite suit you hear that crunching noise from the elastic and the fabric doesn’t seem to be as stretchy as it was the year before. Without the right care, even a high quality swimsuit may not make it through one swimming season. Here are some do’s and don’ts for caring for your swimwear.
You can download the do's and don'ts at this link.
You can read the article on www.maidbrigade.com/blog
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Join Jill Sullivan and I as we talk about how I got started becoming a Green Cleaning expert and ways that you can make your home less toxic. Jill is a great interviewer and I'm sure she's asking me the same questions you'd like answered so you can learn more about living a toxic free life. We talked about the science of microfiber and how simple products in your pantry can clean and why. I also shared some tips for keeping yourself and your pets free from ticks. You can get the recipe for my tick repellent at this link. https://greencleaningcoach.lpages.co/diy-tick-repellent/
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I was recently asked to look at Martha Stewart’s Summertime cleaning list of things that need to be cleaned. I had to say that I don't even clean these things in the summer. So I went through her list and made some “suggestions” so you don’t have to spend as much time cleaning this summer. Some would call these hacks - other are suggestions. When the weather is nice, I recommend just cleaning what’s dirty and saving those big projects for the fall. Unless you have a cold rainy day with nothing better to do. Summer is not a time to clean – It’s a time to get outside and enjoy!
Martha's list in the bathrooms: □ Discard expired cosmetics, beauty products, and medications.
Leslie - A quick way to realize what you use is to use a travel makeup bag and pack it as if you were traveling. Use what is in the bag every day and see if you feel like you are missing something. At the end of the summer, go through the rest of your makeup and purge those items you never touched all summer.
Martha's list in the Bedrooms: □ Launder or dry-clean blankets. □ Replace cool-weather bedding with warm-weather bedding.
Leslie - Place blankets in a vacuum sealed bag and put them away until fall. You can launder them when you take them out.
Martha's list in the closets: □ Reorganize closets, giving away unwanted items. □ Replace cool-weather clothing with warm-weather clothing.
Leslie - Place a plastic tub in your closet and place warm weather items in there as you have time. Do the reverse with a container holding your summer clothes. Anything that doesn’t come out of the summer container by the end of the summer gets given away.
Martha's list in the home office: □ Clean out files. □ Review and update insurance policies, contracts, and household inventories.
Leslie - These items are great things to do on a snow day. Don’t waste a beautiful summer day worrying about them.
Martha's list in the kitchen: □ Vacuum refrigerator grill and coil. □ Wipe the inside of the freezer.
Leslie - Spot wash your frig as it needs it. Use plasticware and paper plates for outside dining. You’ll won’t have to spend as much time cleaning up.
Martha's list in the living room: □ Rotate heavy curtains, rugs, and throws for lightweight ones.
Leslie - Instead just pop the curtains into the dryer and leave on a light toss for 10-15 minutes. That will knock the dust off and you won’t have to go through washing, drying and ironing.
Martha's list in the outdoor spaces: □ Clean gutters. □ Scrub outdoor furniture, umbrellas, and awnings. □ Scrub porch ceilings and walls. □ Scrubs porch floors, decks, patios, the driveway, and walkways. □ Wash light-fixture covers.
Leslie - Get yourself an electric blower and a power washer. These two things can help you clean your outdoor space easily without scrubbing or brushing. Use the blower to remove dirt and debris from your patio, deck and even the sides of your house. The power washer will clean off your outdoor furniture, fences and light fixtures.
Martha's list in the utility spaces: □ Clean the attic and basement, giving away or discarding unwanted items. □ Remove lint from the hose attached to the back of the clothes dryer. □ Vacuum and mop attic and basement floors.
Leslie - Focus on the dryer vent and the garage. These two things can’t be cleaned in cold weather correctly so focus on them in the summer. The dryer vent can be cleaned with a special dryer vent tool that goes inside the piping and pulls out the buildup. Clean the garage by putting everything out in the driveway and using a blower to clean out all the buildup from the winter months. Forget the broom – just blow it out.
Martha's list throughout the house: □ Dry-clean non-machine-washable window treatments. □ Dust radiators. □ Launder machine-washable window treatments. □ Oil window and door hinges. □ Polish metal door and window hardware. □ Remove, wash, and store storm windows. □ Reseal stone surfaces. □ Reseal grout. □ Send area rugs without backings out for professional cleaning. □ Shampoo wall-to-wall carpets and area rugs with backings. □ Steam-clean upholstery.□ Strip and rewax vinyl and linoleum floors. □ Take books off shelves; dust shelves and books. □ Vacuum and wipe walls and ceilings. □ Wash windows and window screens. □ Wax wood furniture. □ Wax wood, stone, concrete, brick, and unglazed tile floors.
Leslie - This entire list can be done in the fall except for cleaning your windows and screens. Instead of removing and washing screens, just wipe them with a large looped microfiber cloth. The microfiber will capture the dust on the screen and make it look as clean as if you washed it.
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Question 2 What are some ways to keep my home cooler this summer? I want to "summer-ize" my home in a green way.
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If you are looking to start "greening" up your home, one the best places to start is in your laundry room. That's right, with just a few ideas we can remove thousands of chemicals that your family is being exposed to.
Do you have skin issues in your family? Start by switching out your laundry detergent with an old fashioned laundry SOAP. The science of laundry detergent is the deter-gent is a chemical that is something that is put into the fabric of your clothing during the wash cycle and is left there to "deter" dirt and oils from getting to the fabric. It acts like a shield to protect your clothing from the dirt and grime. Detergent acts like a shield against dirt, but also lays on your skin for 24 hours and after awhile your body starts to react with rashes and irritations. Most allergists don't even understand the science of detergent and how it works. That's why they never even ask you to try switching to a soap. Laundry soap works differently. It goes into your clothing and wraps itself around the dirt and oils and pulls them out of the clothing. It works differently, but the best part is that it totally rinses out of your clothing, leaving them clean and free from chemicals. In this episode I'm sharing my Great-grandmothers laundry soap recipe with you along with a DIY fabric softener and even some DIY dryer sheets. You can download a free PDF of the recipes here.
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In this podcast we are going to talk about some tips that block the weed seeds as well as make up a DIY weed killer.
Here are some tips on preventing weeds in your yard:
Here are some tips on weed removal:
Other things you can try
Lemon juice – Lemon Juice is also a natural acid, just like vinegar and will work to kill weeds if sprayed on them. I don’t use lemon juice in my recipe as it’s much more expensive and vinegar is cheaper and you get much more for the same price.
Rubbing alcohol – Alcohol will work to burn the weeds too. You could add a ½ to the recipe if you like.
Corn Meal – Corn Meal works like the salt to pull the water out of the weed. It also works to suffocate it from the sun and the air. I’m not going to recommend it as it will leave your garden covered in a white powder and will need to be mulched into the soil.
Torching – This is a convenient way to remove weeds from a patio or drive way with cracks or seams. It doesn’t kill the root system. You could start with a torch to kill the weed and add the vinegar mixture afterward to kill the root system.
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Expect more than clean.
Today, I'm interviewing Alison Grimes from the Mesothelioma Asbestos Awareness Center.
What is Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, heart, or abdomen. Caused primarily by the inhalation of asbestos fibers, mesothelioma is most commonly diagnosed in older individuals who worked with asbestos in an industrial setting. Prognosis for mesothelioma is poor, but early detection and newer treatment methods have given many patients hope for survival.
Asbestos is the only confirmed cause of mesothelioma. When inhaled or ingested, asbestos fibers lodge in pleural tissue of the lungs, heart, or abdomen, causing inflammation and scar tissue that can eventually lead to tumors.
When asbestos is disturbed, the fibers become airborne and may be swallowed or inhaled, eventually becoming lodged in the delicate lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. The fibers cause irritation and scarring, which can mutate, inhibiting the body’s natural cancer defenses. Eventually this scar tissue may develop into tumorous growths.
Symptoms of mesothelioma may appear anywhere from 10 – 50 years after exposure. While the connection between asbestos and deadly lung diseases was known prior to the 1900s in asbestos mine workers, it wasn’t until the 1960s that an official study linked asbestos exposure with incidents of mesothelioma and other related diseases.
It's tick season here in New England and I've heard it's going to be one of the worse ones ever. Everyone is asking about ways to repel them without using chemicals. In this episode we talk about ways to repel and remove ticks from your home and your body.
Did you know?
Ticks feed on mice while they are small. So removing mice from your home will get rid of the ticks too.
Ticks are arachnids and are smaller than a period on this page. Make sure you can identify a tick.
Ticks carry more than just Lyme's Disease. They are carriers of numerous different diseases and bacteria.
Nymphs are baby ticks that usually can't get any higher than your ankles. Make sure to wear white socks that are tucked in. Once they get on you they can crawl anywhere.
Ticks don't latch on immediately. They look for thinner skin that they can penetrate such as behind your ears or on your scalp.
If you've been outside, take a shower right away and check and scrub everywhere!
Ticks like humid areas so if you keep your lawn manicured they will likely move to a woodsy area. You can edge your yard with mulch or gravel to create a buffer between the lawn and wooded areas.
Make up a DIY Tick Repellant. You can download the recipe here.
The Project Pawsitive Foundation is a team of excited (maybe even hyper!), enthusiastic, and caring friends in the construction and business industries who love to surprise deserving animal rescues in need of great repair with amazing facility renovations.
Renovations are filmed to take viewers on the team’s quest and get a first-hand look at why so many rescues are in desperate need of help, the importance of animal adoption, and how to prevent animal cruelty.
Whether you are a volunteer at a local shelter, or someone who has rescued many animals, you know how important a rescue shelter is in saving the lives of innocent animals. There are literally thousands of animal shelters around the country working tirelessly to save and rescue millions of animals each year. The financial burden it leaves on many facilities is devastating. Crumbling foundations, leaking roofs, frozen waterlines, and rusted kennels lead to increased stress on the animals and lowered adoption rates because people think it’s simply too sad to visit a place in ruins. Together, we can rebuild these terrible tragedies.
Through the eight years Project Pawsitive has been in service to the animal community, they have significantly increased adoption rates by over 50% in some cases and reduced euthanasia rates by over 60% in others. They’ve created an atmosphere that fosters reduced stress on the rescues and increases morale around the entire facility. These renovations are not about making a beautiful transformation, they are about changing the stigma about shelters and creating an environment that makes the rescue animals more adoptable.
Their mission goes nowhere without your support. You can become a member of The Pawsitive Club by donating $10 a month. They have a goal to renovate four amazing shelters in 2017 and get thousands more beautifully-innocent animals adopted!
You can visit their web site at www.projectpawsitive.org
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After years of prosecuting hard-core criminals, rising legal star Alan Bell took a private sector job in South Florida’s newest skyscraper. Suddenly, he suffered such bizarre medical symptoms, doctors suspected he’d been poisoned by the Mafia. Bell’s rapidly declining health forced him to flee his glamorous Miami life to a sterile “bubble” in the remote Arizona desert.
As his career and marriage dissolved, Bell pursued medical treatments in a race against time, hoping to stay alive and raise his young daughter, his one desperate reason to keep going. He eventually discovered he wasn’t poisoned by a criminal, but by his office building. His search for a cure led him to discover the horrifying truth: his tragedy was just the tip of the iceberg. Millions of people fall ill and die each year because of toxic chemical exposures―without knowing they’re at risk.
Stunned by what he discovered, Bell chose to fight back, turning his plight into an opportunity. Despite his precarious health, he began collaborating with scientists dedicated to raising awareness about this issue. Soon, he also found himself drawn back into the legal field, teaming up with top lawyers fighting for those who had already fallen ill.
Both a riveting medical mystery and a cautionary tale, this book puts a human face on the hidden truths behind toxic dangers assaulting us in our everyday environments―and offers practical ways to protect ourselves and our children.
Allan is offering all of my listeners his 21 tips on keeping your home free from toxins - without a huge investment of money. Just like he stated in my interview, people are suffering from chemical sensitivities but don't have the budgets for some of the solutions. Download his 21 tips today and learn how you can detox your home.
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Today's podcast is sponsored by Maid Brigade. Having a shorter to-do list means getting more important stuff done and enjoying more quality time. But our lives are so busy these days that our to-do lists are only getting longer. This is the reason people choose Maid Brigade cleaning services!
FreshBox Farms’ indoor hydroponic farms are bringing fresh produce closer to your home by breaking down the old barriers set by traditional farming. Their produce is delivered to stores within 24 hours of harvest; often in the same day. Growing indoors at their farm in Millis, Massachusetts, means their greens are always in-season, and are available FRESH all year-round.
FreshBox Farms’ greens are of the highest quality and grown purely, without ever using pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or any other chemicals. Their crops are never genetically modified and proudly verified by the Non-GMO Project.
FreshBox Farms’ greens are clean from seed to your kitchen! Most other greens are triple-washed in chemicals because they are grown in dirt, exposed to pollutants, and handled by many people as they are transported thousands of miles. In comparison, their products are grown in climate-controlled, clean, indoor environments and are handled using only the best practices to maintain their cleanliness.
Kosher Certified – All of the greens are certified as adhering to the highest Kosher standards by KVH Kosher, one of the top Kosher certification agencies in North America. This serves as a testament to the purity and integrity of the farm’s operation.
FreshBox Farms grows indoors by using Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) where their modern-day farmers provide the perfect temperature, humidity, and lighting for their crops to grow hydroponically. Because hydroponics allow the plant roots to sit directly in water to receive nutrients, they use 99% less water than field farming. Their indoor growing system allows them to grow vertically on shelves using a much smaller footprint; depending on the crop grown, one of their 320 square foot farms can yield as much as nineteen-acres of farmland.
All of their produce is grown hydroponically in specially outfitted enclosures. Each unit operates on its own as a fully sustainable farm with its environment carefully managed through mechanical and digital controls. This means year-round quality food production without the need to transport food cross-country. A clean growing environment also means no need for pesticides or herbicides.
Their seedlings start off as tiny little plants neatly contained in cork-sized blocks. They grow all of their seedlings themselves from carefully selected, non-GMO seeds. From there they are planted in a hydroponics system and nurtured, to grow to larger full sized plants for harvest.
Harvesting & Packaging
Each vegetable is harvested using their proprietary system, by their Harvest team, who wear gloves to prevent contamination. The produce is then packaged locally and shipped locally – ready to go on store shelves often within hours!
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Spring is here. The air is warmer, the sun is brighter and this motivates us to want to clear out the old and make everything fresh and new again. Here are three things you can do to get your home organized for spring.
1 Declutter The first and most important step in spring cleaning is to get rid of clutter. The less clutter you have, the easier it will be for you to clean and organize.
Whatever space you’re working in, you’ll want to start by sorting through everything and donate, recycle or toss any unused or unwanted items. Start with obvious junk like magazines and papers. Pay special attention to getting rid of anything past its prime by checking all expiration dates on canned goods, dry goods, medication, sunscreen and cosmetics. You will be surprised by how much is beyond the date and can move along, creating valuable space!
Getting rid of things can be a struggle for a lot of people. Make it easy on yourself and have trash and donation bags at the ready. Make sure you compile a list of local charities and what kind of donations they will accept.
Here are a few things to keep in mind while you’re decluttering. Be realistic about selling items. Is it really worth something? Will it be easy to sell? Will I get around to doing it (soon)? Ultimately, is it worth the time and effort? You can always donate the item instead.
Items for donation should be in good, usable condition. If it’s not, it should be recycled or tossed. Some donation locations will take stained, torn clothes for recycling.
Use Freecycle, craigslist, and local Facebook groups. These are a great way to sell or give away just about anything. You know what they say: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
Get it out of the house! You also want to make sure you get sale and donation items out ASAP. Nothing is more deflating than working really hard to clear out and clean up a space and keeping a pile of bags or boxes stacked in a corner. Likewise, nothing is more rewarding and inspiring than getting everything out the door and seeing all of the space you’ve re-claimed.
2 Put your winter clothes away (and organize your closet while you’re at it)
Spring is here! We can finally put away those bulky, itchy winter coats and sweaters and break out the sandals and shorts. Use this opportunity to clean out your closets and de-clutter your wardrobe.
The first step is to sort through everything. Get rid of anything you haven’t worn all season, anything that doesn’t fit or anything that is worn out. This goes for shoes and accessories as well as clothing. Don’t take up valuable storage space holding on to something you’re not going to wear again next year.
For seasonal clothing storage, use clear plastic bins and label them well. To keep suits and dresses from getting wrinkled, store them on a clothing rack in fabric bags. For long-term storage, make sure clothes can breathe. Wash the garments and store them in a breathable container, such as a rattan trunk or fabric case. Add cedar blocks to keep clothing-eating critters away.
To keep your closet organized, try one or all of these solutions: Use matching hangers to create a visually consistent look (Huggable Hangers help maximize hanging space). Organize clothing by type and/or color. Install a few hooks on an empty closet wall to hang belts, umbrellas and handbags. Pick up a clear, over-the-door shoe bag for small accessories such as hosiery, scarves and jewelry.
Don't overstuff. Keep your closet and drawers 80% full, so you can see and access everything easily. To keep clutter at bay, live by the rule: one item in, one item out. Love what you own and only own what you love!
3 Identify your clutter hot-spots and make them work for you. Organizing means everything needs to have a place. When deciding where to put items, it’s best to start by identifying your clutter hot-spots. We all have areas in our home where clutter tends to collect. We walk in the house and drop our mail on the counter and it piles up right there. Instead of fighting the habit, just contain it where it is. Look at where clutter collects and set up ways to organize it. Place a decorative bowl where you usually drop your keys. If your coat closet is on the other side of the house, then hang hooks where you tend to walk in the door. If mail and papers pile up on your counters, place a nice box or basket there to contain them until you have a chance to go through it all. Having items contained also helps when you need to do a quick clean up!
Sarah Buckwalter is a Certified Professional Organizer® with over 17 years of experience. She is the founder of Organizing Boston, the most renowned organizing firm in New England and winner of Best of Boston Home™, Best Professional Organizer.
Highly regarded and nationally recognized as an organizing industry expert, Sarah frequently lectures on organizing and business development. She has shared her organizing expertise in print and on dozens of news and television programs. Sarah has appeared several times on the hit television series, “Hoarding: Buried Alive” on TLC.
With a desire to help more people get organized, Sarah created Organizing U. Organizing U offers an organizing service directory, personal home organizing courses, and professional organizer training programs.
In my podcast, 135: Eating You Alive The Movie, we interviewed the director and co-producers of the movie, Eating You Alive. We heard the health benefits of eating a plant based diet, but after the interview, we had a lot of comments saying they agree that they should switch to a plant based diet, but they don't know how. So I invited Nancy Addison back to the show to talk about becoming a healthy vegetarian.
Advocates for this nutritional approach to wellness include Suzy Amis Cameron, James Cameron, Samuel L. Jackson and Penn Jillette as well as healthcare experts Doctors Dean Ornish, Neal Barnard, John McDougall, Joel Fuhrman, Caldwell Esselstyn, Michael Greger & T. Colin Campbell.
Featuring leading medical experts and researchers, Eating You Alive takes a scientific look at the reasons we’re so sick, who’s responsible for feeding us the wrong information and how we can use whole-food, plant-based nutrition to take control of our health—one bite at a time.
If you can't wait to see a screening in your area, you can buy the movie now at this link: https://www.diginextfilms.com/projects/eating-you-alive
I also interviewed Nancy Addison who was in the movie. Nancy is a nutritional consultant, author and lecturer has helped thousands of people overcome health disorders. Her book, “How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian,” was written after years of research to find a cure for her own health problems. Frustrated with conventional medicine, she embarked on a long course of study into many different healing concepts, including ancient Chinese medicine, macrobiotics, Mediterranean cuisine, natural hygiene, raw foods and mega-supplement therapy. Incorporating the most beneficial components of each concept into her own system of health and healing, her success inspired her to share it with others.
Nancy is offering a sample of her book: How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian to all my listeners. You can download it here If you want to purchase the entire book it is available on Amazon*, or on Nancy's website: