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November 30, 2012

A New Sense of Appreciation for Clean


When Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, I was confined to my apartment for days as New York was rendered transportation-less and my office was left without power. Not the most organized person anyway, my apartment quickly looked like the storm had come inside the building.

As the days grew longer, I cared less and less. Friends came over for power and food and showers, I was only wearing leggings – motivating myself to clean was not a top priority. The dishes in the sink were piling up, the clothes were forming an external closet of sorts and it was a mess.

One night however, my friend Abigail snuck into my kitchen while I enjoyed board games in the living room.
Before I knew it, my sink was empty and my silverware was sparkling. My kitchen no longer looked like a disaster relief zone, but instead a blank slate for treats and tasty drink creations. As I pledged my undying gratitude to her, I began thinking about what a kind gesture it was for her to do that for me.

In all of my time having friends over, I have never had someone voluntarily take over the clean-up effort. It was such a nice thing to know that nothing awaited me after my friends left. It made me feel appreciated and loved.

This fall, my goal is to find ways to make my friends feel appreciated and loved the way I felt when Abigail cleaned my kitchen. And now I know that cleaning up after a dinner party is the clear way to my heart.


November 15, 2012

Conquer Those Frustrating Fall Stains


The onset of fall means fun for the family, but can put a heavy load on the laundry room.  While football games, pumpkin picking and Thanksgiving dinners can make permanent memories – they can also lead to permanent stains. To make life a bit easier we have some helpful tips on how to vanish those frustrating stains.

Did the caramel from a candy apple drip onto your new shirt?
Quickly rinse the spot with warm water to dilute the caramel. When you get home, rub liquid detergent into the stain, and then wash in the warmest water safe for your clothing.  Air dry so you can check for any remaining stains left behind. If necessary, follow-up with a wash in color-safe bleach or liquid chlorine bleach and voila!

Did you drop pie on your best tablecloth?
Start by removing the excess pie from the tablecloth or if it’s already dried, brush off the residue.  Then rinse the spot in cold water to dilute the stain and prevent it from setting.  Wash the tablecloth in warmest water safe for the fabric.  Finally, if necessary, follow-up with a wash in color-safe bleach for colors or liquid chlorine bleach for whites.

Grass stains from a game of football?
First, soak clothing in a solution of water and detergent before washing in the warmest water safe for the fabric.  Air dry and check carefully to be sure stain was removed.  Repeat if necessary.