Archive for June, 2009

All Natural Window Cleaner

Posted on June 30, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Add 1/2 cup vinegar to a 32 oz spray bottle.  Fill the rest of the bottle up with warm water and add 1 tsp of Dr. Bronners Peppermint Soap.  Shake and clean!

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Why wouldnt you hire the Cheap housecleaner?

Posted on June 20, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I was recently at a family event when one of my relatives who does housecleaning  “under the table” wanted to know what my company charges.  When I told her she said to her friends standing with us , “Why would anyone pay that when they could hire me (for $10  less an hour)?”  And my question to her was:  “Yes why would anyone hire an individual  for $10 less an hour when they could hire  a legitimate established service for just a little more?
Some things are more important than cheap, such as peace of mind.  Something that seems cheap and a good deal now may not seem so cheap when that individual falls in the home and injures herself and sues the homeowner.  No matter how “sweet”  your housecleaner is, or how close you have become, when faced with no income, no savings, and high medical bills, she will sue you and she will win.  Contrary to popular belief, homeowners insurance will NOT cover such injuries.   What happens when this individual maid uses the wrong product on your granite countertop or marble floor  and ruins it?   She will not have to ability or the insurance policy to cover damages with her cheap rates!  What happens when she doesnt feel like showing up for work…well there is no back up plan.  If she wants to bring her baby with her?  Is she feels like stealing from you?  It happens all the time.  And it is illegal to hire an undocumented worker AND  it is illegal to pay someone without withholding  social security and federal and state taxes from their pay.   When you hire an individual maid you then become her employer in the eyes of our government  and if you do not withhold taxes and social security from her pay, when/if this person files for disability or social security you could suddenly be in a very expensive situation!
Think carefully before you hire the cheap cleaner!

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Clean Up the Great Indoors

Posted on June 8, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Environmenalists are laboring to clean up the Great Outdoors but what about the Great Indoors?
Furniture, fabris, paint and carpet all leach volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which may cause many physical  problems.
There is a simple remedy:  Potted plants pull chemicals into their leaves and roots, where they are broken down and rendered harmless.  Two 12 to 14 inch plants in a 100 square foot room will significantly shrink VOC levels, says Bill Wolverton in his upcoming book  Plants: How They Contribute to Human Health and Well-Being.
Rubber plants, english ivy, ficus and boston fern all work  particularly well.  Instead of using soil you can use clay pebbles instead which can be up to 50 percent more effective in cleaning the air.

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