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Three Tips for Holiday Safety

November 13th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

The holiday season is a special time for families in the home. With decorating, baking and wrapping presents together, winter can be warmer in the home than any other season. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we can sometimes overlook safety in the home, which can easily turn a wonderful season into a stressful one. With these three holiday safety tips, you can keep your home safe for the holidays with just a few simple precautions:

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• Stay Secure

Many vandals and career criminals know that the holiday season is a windfall for expensive gifts and electronics. Be extra vigilant when it comes to locking doors and windows when you leave the house and at night. Even during the day it’s a good idea to be cautious and take note of anything suspicious in your neighbourhood. Keep an eye on your neighbours’ homes, especially if you know that they will be out of town for the holiday season.

• Be Aware

It’s probably not ideal to leave a large pile of wrapped gifts in a visible area of your home, as these may entice burglars or people who are casing your neighbourhood to break in. Be aware of any known scams that are happening in your area as well. Criminals sometimes pose as delivery people or service people in order to gain access or knowledge about homes. The same idea is used in charity scams where criminals go door to door to collect support for a charity, only to pocket the proceeds. Always ask for proper identification before talking with anyone, or don’t open your door to strangers at all.

• Double Check

Your decorations have been sitting in storage for nearly a year. Before you mount those lights, be sure to thoroughly inspect them for loose or frayed wires, which can start a fire. Always ensure that your tree is well-watered so that it remains lush and green instead of drying out, which can also pose a fire-hazard. It’s also a good idea to secure your tree and double-check it to prevent children, pets or the elderly from being hurt or knocking it over.

We hope you enjoyed these holiday safety tips. We want you to stay safe this holiday season!

Spring Cleaning the Eco-Friendly Way

March 28th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

It’s spring time! Let’s wash away those last bits of winter with some good old-fashioned spring cleaning. We’ve got some tips for cleaning up that are better for you and better for the environment than some of the traditional cleaning products you find in the stores.

Cleaning stainless steel – Olive oil and white vinegar work well to clean stainless steel and remove the smudges and fingerprints from it. Start with the oil on a clean rag rubbed over the stainless to polish and remove the smudges. Follow up with the vinegar on a clean rag to remove any residue. Let dry.

Cleaning glass – Mirrors and windows can be sparkling clean with a 1:1 mixture of white vinegar and water. If you find that you’re ending up with streaky windows with this method, use about 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol in 3/4 cup water to remove all the traces of the previous glass cleaner from your windows. From then on, you should be able to use the vinegar and water mixture with no problems!

Cleaning furniture – Most of the time a slightly dampened clean cloth will do the trick when it comes to dusting your furniture but if you find that you need to occasionally polish it, here’s a mixture to try. Add a few drops of olive oil to 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Shake this up and using a clean rag, rub it onto your furniture. Use a dry rag to remove any excess and to buff the wood. (You may want to try this on an inconspicuous area of the furniture to make sure it’s safe for the finish).

All purpose cleaner – This works well for kitchen counters, appliances, inside your refrigerator, and items such as trash cans and cat litter boxes. Put 4 tablespoons of baking soda in a quart of warm water. Apply with a sponge. Follow up by wiping with a clean sponge or rag dampened with plain water.

Scouring powder – Just apply baking soda with a damp sponge. I keep some in a jar beside my kitchen sink so it’s handy!

Toilet bowl cleaner – Mix 1/4 cup baking soda with 1 cup vinegar and pour it into the toilet. Let it sit for half an hour. Scrub with a brush and rinse.  

These are a few ideas to get you started with all of your spring cleaning! What’s your favourite eco-friendly cleaning tip?

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