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How to Combat Holiday Stains and Chores

How to Combat Holiday Stains and Chores

    December arrives, and with it comes a whirlwind of shopping, cooking, baking, organizing, hosting and a general (but joyous) chaos. When there is so much hustle and bustle, our schedules get off. It’s hard to keep up with household stuff. This becomes a problem when visitors pop in for a holiday visit or you have an upcoming party to host.   One of my best tips for staying on top of Holiday Chores: MAKE A LIST. Lists … Read entire article »

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How Do You Juggle It All? Cleaning Tips from a Working Mom

During my first pregnancy, I daydreamed about peaceful days spent strolling through the park or rocking a sleeping infant in my arms. While I love being a mom, my life is more chaotic than I’d envisioned. I have two young boys and work full-time outside the home. The competing demands of children and clients mean that I’m juggling all sorts of tasks from a never ending to-do list. Since my priority is finding time to spend with my boys without neglecting my responsibilities to my clients, I wind up “dropping the ball” on some tasks.  The first sacrifice I made as a working mother was sleep. I’ve decided that I would rather have an extra hour or two of playtime with my boys than sleep. 4 hours is typical. 6 hours feels like … Read entire article »

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What Stains Drive You Crazy?

What Stains Drive You Crazy?

My little boys are high energy; they zoom from one activity to the next without stopping for a breath. My older son loves soccer, which is a wonderful way to keep active, but terrible for keeping his clothes clean. Everything winds up with a grass or mud stain. The clothes that manage to escape the mud and grass get stained at lunch! Removing grass stains without fading the clothing is a big task, which is why … Read entire article »

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Keeping Pool Toys and Lawn Furniture Fresh

Keeping Pool Toys and Lawn Furniture Fresh

I was challenged to use Arm & Hammer Baking Soda to tackle a large cleaning project around my home. I’ve already successfully used Arm & Hammer Baking Soda to clean my children’s bath toys and stuffed animals as well as to freshen our diaper pail and deodorize our refrigerator. I’ve also tested Arm & Hammer’s Spinbrush and Whitening Toothpaste. I don’t particularly enjoy large cleaning projects, but I do enjoy eating outside and playing with my kids … Read entire article »

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Cleaning Pool Toys and Outdoor Furniture

Cleaning Pool Toys and Outdoor Furniture

Summer is my favorite season. My kids love swimming, playing and dining outside. Aside from battling pesky mosquitoes during our evening meals, our biggest outdoor challenge is finding a way to clean patio furniture and grimy pool toys. Arm & Hammer has challenged me to use their baking soda to ease some of my outside cleaning pain. Knowing how versatile and effective baking soda is when I’m cleaning my bathroom and kitchen, I’m optimistic about using it … Read entire article »

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Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Challenge: Cleaning Baby Toys

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Challenge: Cleaning Baby Toys

I was challenged to switch to Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and to test new ways of using this versatile product in my home. In a previous post, I discussed how intrigued I was by the possible uses of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda in the nursery. I already used the product in my fridge to deodorize, but I also started using it to freshen our diaper pail. One of the other suggestions was to use … Read entire article »

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Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Challenge

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Challenge

I’ve used Arm & Hammer Baking Soda for years as a deodorizer in my refrigerator and freezer because the baking soda neutralizes and absorbs food odors.  I was recently challenged to use Arm & Hammer Baking Soda in a new way in the home. Before the challenge, I hadn’t realized how many uses there were for baking soda. Arm & Hammer has a “Solutions” website that lists a wide variety of ways to use baking soda.  I … Read entire article »

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Washing My Cares Away With Whirlpool

Washing My Cares Away With Whirlpool

As a newlywed, I didn’t care much about my washer and dryer. Oh…how things have changed. In my pre-kid days, I wore lots of dry-clean only clothing to work. I did two or three loads of wash a week: sheets, towels/whites, and our clothing. Now as the mom to two kids, I do at least one load a day because, as every mom knows, babies make a lot of laundry. Babies dirty their clothing. They … Read entire article »

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Kill Germs and Dust Mites with the Oreck Halo

Tests have shown that there are more germs on household floor surfaces than on toilet seats, kitchen counters and bathroom tiles combined. While exposure to some germs may help build children’s immune systems, allergens like mold, dust mites are a leading trigger of allergy and asthma systems in both children and adults. Regular vacuums alone– even those with HEPA filters– can’t kill the dust mites. Since carpet can contain as many as 100,000 dust mites per … Read entire article »

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Tips for Faster Floor Cleaning

Tips for Faster Floor Cleaning

I’ve been looking for a hard floor cleaner for as long as I’ve had hard floors. Typical upright vacuums don’t work because they are designed around a rotating brush to funnel debris towards a single suction point. If you put the spinning brush on a wood floor it just throws debris all over. If you stop the brush, the vacuum doesn’t pick up dirt across its entire width. Canister vacuums with hard floor attachments are better, … Read entire article »

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