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Alternatives to commercial cleaning products

Here’s a few tips taken from The Safety Report website that you may find useful and even help you save money.

Worried About What’s in Those Cleaning Solutions?

There are many inexpensive, easy-to-use natural alternatives that can safely be used in place of commercial household products. Here is a list of common, environmentally safe products which can be used alone or in combination for a wealth of household applications.

* Baking Soda – cleans, deodorizes, softens water, scours.

* Soap – unscented soap in liquid form, flakes, powders or bars is biodegradable and will clean just about anything. Avoid using soaps which contain petroleum distillates.

* Lemon – one of the strongest food-acids, effective against most household bacteria.

* White Vinegar – cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and wax build-up.

* Washing Soda – or SAL Soda is sodium carbonate decahydrate, a mineral. Washing soda cuts grease, removes stains, softens water, cleans wall, tiles, sinks and tubs. Use with care, as washing soda can irritate mucous membranes. Do not use on aluminum.

Paying for your window cleaning

The old scam of conmen collecting payments for window cleaning has reared it’s ugly head again. This time in Bridport.

Bridport News reports that an alert was put out to tenants after window cleaning contractors for their local housing provider warned that con men were targeting residents and were knocking on doors requesting money for the cleaning work after the contractors had left the area. A spokesman for the window cleaning firm ‘Clean Image’ advised tenants not to part with any money and said: “Clean Image does not request money from residents, so this is a scam.”

The fact is, this can also happen to private residents too. Stories of con artists knocking on doors and posing as the window cleaner’s payment collector has been an all too often occurence that has caught out many an unsuspecting resident. So be on guard and always check that the person knocking on your door is a legitimate employee of the company. If you don’t know them by sight then call your window cleaner before parting with any money.

Simon Cowell gets pelted with eggs on Britains Got Talent

In a rare television moment, Simon Cowell gets eggs thrown at him on live’ TV. Although Simon seems to have egg on his face (or was it his chest?) he seems to take it in his stride and remains calm and in good humour. Most of it seems to have landed on his jacket though, so I guess the worse thing to come out of it (apart from someone in security getting fired) is a cleaning bill, which I’m sure Simon can afford.

By the way, if you ever get your windows ‘egged’ (a common practical joke by naughty children) here’s a tip… try removing the eggy mess with hot soapy water and detergent and agitate with a stiff nylon brush, leave for a couple of minutes and then repeat until all the egg has been removed.

Better still, why not call your local friendly professional window cleaner ?

How does Simon Cowell like his eggs? “funny side up”