Helpful Hints

Rick Douglas : June 29, 2016 2:40 pm : MMBlog

Helpful Hints from Minit Maids

DRAIN CLEANERS are one of the most toxic chemicals there are, appearing on the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Hall of Shame because they can cause blindness, burns, and be fatal if swallowed.  Make your own drain cleaner using pantry ingredients, with no worries about toxicity.  You just need vinegar, baking soda, and citrus fruit peels.

GARBAGE DISPOSAL & DRAIN CLEANING:  (1) Pour 1 cup of BAKING SODA into the disposal, then pour in the same amount of VINEGAR.  Watch it sizzle and bubble up like a volcano!   Then, run your disposal and wash it all down with hot water.

GARBAGE DISPOSAL CLEANING: Add DRIED CITRUS FRUIT PEELS (if left out, peels dry in just a few days and become brittle, so they are then safe to use) to the disposal and run it for a minute or so while running hot water down the drain.  This will clear up those nasty odors.

CLOGGED PIPES: Use just baking soda, vinegar and boiling water to literally unclog pipes – it really works!  After pouring in the baking soda, then some vinegar, let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then pour a tea kettle of boiling water down the drain to rinse it all out and the clog will be gone.

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Rick Douglas : June 29, 2016 2:37 pm : MMBlog

Does your Kitchen stink!!???

If your kitchen seems smelly, and you’ve taken out the trash, you’ve cleaned out the fridge, you’ve sprayed air freshener (don’t do it) and tried baking cookies but nothing improves…

Look down the sink!  The kitchen sink’s garbage disposal chops up food and washes away crumbs, but also collects bits of debris that linger, harboring bacteria and producing that stinky smell.

It’s important to give your sink a clean-out every week!

Pour one Cup baking soda and one Cup white vinegar down the disposal.  Let the mixture bubble up for 10 minutes.   Boil a kettle or pot of hot water.  Pour water down the drain to flush out the baking soda and vinegar mixture.

Or try, filling the drain with two cups of ice and one cup of salt.  Turn on cold water, and run the disposal until the ice is gone.  This will clean the blades.

For extra deodorizing power, peel an orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit and drop the rinds down the disposal one piece at a time.

Your kitchen will thank you!   (Our thanks to The Huffington Post)


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Holiday Stress???  Follow some of the tips below to relax.

Rick Douglas : June 29, 2016 2:34 pm : MMBlog

Walk away from worries

“The rhythm and repetition of walking has a tranquilizing effect on your brain, and it decreases anxiety and improves sleep,” says nutrition-and-wellness expert Ann Kulze, MD. Aim for a brisk, half-hour walk every day.

Take a whiff of citrus

Researchers studying depression have found that certain citrus fragrances boost feelings of well-being and alleviate stress by upping levels of nor epinephrine, a hormone that affects mood.

For an all-day pick-me-up, dab a little lemon or orange essential oil on a handkerchief to tuck in your pocket.

Squeeze here

The fleshy place between your index finger and thumb is called thehoku spot in traditional Chinese medicine. Applying firm pressure there for just 30 seconds can reduce stress and tension in your upper body. So if you start to feel overwhelmed by the holiday chaos, give your hand a squeeze and take a deep breathe.

Do less, enjoy more

“We go overboard to please others during the holidays: shopping, cooking, sending cards, and attending every event,” says George Pratt, PhD, a psychologist at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla in California. “Instead, take care of yourself by saying no at least once—and maybe more.”

Forget perfection

Stop obsessing over doing it all. The world is not going to end if the house is a little cluttered or dinner is on the table a few minutes late. “Focus your energy on enjoying the people in your life,” says Donna Schempp, the program director for the Family Caregiver Alliance. Don’t sweat the small stuff and your holiday will be much more enjoyable!


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