Archive for June, 2011

Great Uses for Coffee Grounds!

Posted on June 29, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Coffee grounds have many uses.There has been a lot of information lately that coffee isn’t so bad for us after all, and that it is a  good source of antioxidants that will boost brain power.

So, save those grounds – not only do they make  a good fertilizer for your plants, but keep some near the sink.

Rub some over your hands after preparing garlic, fish, or onions and the odors will  magically disappear.

You can also put some in an old margarine tub with holes poked in the top of it,  and it will absorb odors from the fridge.

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Home Fire Safety Tips

Posted on June 22, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Fire SafetyAt our Kiwanis club meeting last month, our speaker was from the Dekalb County Fire Department and she spoke to us about fire safety.

Here are some of the main points that she made:

  • NEVER, EVER try to put out a KITCHEN or ELECTRICAL fire with WATER. That will only cause it to flare up.
  • You can use baking soda, or a fire extinguisher. In the case of a kitchen fire on the stove, covering the pan with a lid will usually help to extinguish the fire.
  • Always have working smoke alarms in your house and change the batteries twice a year. Everyone should also have, one, preferably 2 fire extinguishers. They should be shaken once a month to keep them from drying or clogging up.
  • If you live in a 2 level house you can get collapsible folding ladders from Walmart for about $10 that you con keep under the bed in case of fire and it will save lives.
  • In case of fire drop to the floor and crawl to the nearest safe exit with a towel etc over your nose and mouth.

It’s just good to be reminded of these points, and be sure that your children know these things too. There was a very tragic case here of two teenage boys in the kitchen trying to make themselves some fries one day, and the pan caught on fire.

Their first instinct was to throw water on the fire which sadly, fanned the flames up and into their faces and they both later died.

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Live Well In a Small Space

Posted on June 15, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Here are some interesting recommendations by Sarah Susanka, author of  The Not So Big House:

If you have a small house,  one of the best ways to increase the feeling of spaciousness is to bring in the light.  Open drapes and blinds, or install a large mirror that will reflect a window.

If you have 2 small rooms, create space by removing the shared wall.

Vary the floor materials.  Instead of  having the same flooring material throughout the house,  break it up with several different materials.

Create visual vitality by accenting one wall with a saturated paint color.

Use a spotlight or highlight  a piece of art.

And – strictly my opinion –  get rid of knick knacks and go for a more streamlined,  minimalist feel in your furnishings.  As I have said before,  I think the credo of “have nothing in your home which is neither beautiful or useful” says it all!

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Green Cleaning Products We Use

Posted on June 8, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

In my previous blog I talked about just a few of the reasons to switch to green cleaners.  An additional reason for us to find safe but very effective cleaning products,  was for  the safety of our employees – especially since we have many long term employees.

We use four products from “Earth Friendly Products“;  (1)  the floor cleaner, (2) furniture polish (3) stainless steel cleaner and (4) the parsley kitchen and bathroom cleaner.

Their product line is  made from natural organic plants and renewable minerals such as lemon oil, olive oil, lavender, coconuts, cedar oil, parsley essence, earth salts, and tea tree oil.

Each product is formulated under strict environmental standards that surpass  the industry’s current accepted green credentials:

  • 100% sustainable plant based ingredients
  • Free of genetically modified ingredients
  • biodegradable
  • Neutral PH
  • Phosphate-Free
  • Caustic-Free
  • Formaldehyde-Free
  • Petrochemical-Free
  • Dye-Free
  • Chlorine-Free
  • Synthetic Perfume-Free
  • Ammonia-Free
  • Greywater/septic safe

Another plus is that their product line is completely manufactured and packaged here in the United States!

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So you want to do your own “spring clean?”

Posted on June 1, 2011. Filed under: Household Tips, Time Management | Tags: |

Want to do your spring cleaning yourself? Get the kids involved.The easiest way to spring clean,  in my opinion,  is of course to hire Sponge & Sparkle!  However, if you decide to do it yourself,  here are some  useful pointers:

  • Simplify your cleaning products.  You don’t need a specific cleaner for each  task, and there are many great green cleaning products  available now.
  • Organize your supplies to save time. Have a caddy  with all your supplies in one easy to carry tray and be sure to include a long duster, lots of clean cloths, and a toilet brush.
  • Work with a purpose. Work like we do – top to bottom, left to right, no backtracking.
  • Add some fun!
    • Get the whole family involved and  look on this as an opportunity to bond and have some fun (yes I said fun), exercise  and get a lot accomplished in the process.
    • Music is a must!  It not only helps you work faster, it makes the time fly by.

Once your home is clean, be sure to take time and appreciate your accomplishments!

Want More Spring Cleaning Tips?

The Spring Cleaning Checklist We Use for our Clients

Essential Tips for Organizing your Spring Cleaning

Pre-clean Before You Tackle Spring Cleaning

How to Spring Clean Like the Professionals

The History of Spring Cleaning

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5 Reasons Why Green Cleaning Products are better

Posted on June 1, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

FACT #1:   Liquid dish soap is the leading cause of poisonings in the home for children under the ae of six (over 2.1 million accidental poisonings a year).  Most brands of liquid dish soap contain formaldehyde and ammonia.

FACT #2:  The typical  home today contains an average of  62 toxic chemicals – more than even a chemistry  lab of a 100 years ago!

FACT#3:  Women who work in the home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than women who work outside the home.

FACT #4  Out of 2,435 pesticide poisonings in a  one year period, over 40% were due to exposure to disinfectants and similar cleaning  products in the home.

FACT #5  Today children have  chemical exposures from birth that their parents didn’t have until they were adults.  Because children are exposed to toxins at an earlier age than adults, they have more time to develop environmentally triggered diseases with long latency periods, such as cancer.

These are just  some  of the reasons why strong and toxic chemicals should be avoided, especially when there is no valid reason for putting your family’s  health in danger.    Green cleaning products work just as well,  if not better than the toxic formulas, and  many can be found right in the grocery store aisle, OR you can just  hire a green cleaning service like Sponge & Sparkle.  We  have,  through research and extensive trial and error,  found products that we are excited to use  because they work so well, are completely safe and smell fresh and clean.

(Source:  www.aromatherapy-for-mind-body-and-soul.com)

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