6 Home Security Tips

When securing your home and the safety of your loved ones, you can never be too cautious. Here are some effective security tips that will help make your home safer:

  • Deadbolt locks - They may be more expensive than spring latch locks, but they provide maximum security.
  • Alarm system - Having an alarm system is a great deterrent to intruders. If a burglar breaks in, a shrill alarm could scare him away.
  • Make sure your home looks occupied - leave on some interior lights, a radio, or a TV.
  • Always lock your doors and windows - No matter how safe your neighborhood is, there is always a chance a burglar is nearby.
  • Keep shrubs and bushes trimmed - burglars like to conceal themselves before entering a home.
  • Contact Always Home and let us regularly visit your home while you are away, and identify potential problems.
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Healthy Home & Home Safety

fanToxic black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum, as it's known to scientists, can release spores as it feeds on organic materials in common household materials like drywall, carpet, insulation or sub-flooring that have been exposed to moisture.

These spores, if ingested or inhaled, can cause a range of unpleasant and even dangerous symptoms in humans.

The most common black mold symptoms and health effects are associated with a respiratory response. Chronic coughing and sneezing, irritation to the eyes, mucus membranes of the nose and throat, rashes, chronic fatigue and persistent headaches can all be symptomatic of black mold exposure or black mold poisoning.

In particularly severe cases of prolonged exposure, black mold health effects can be more dangerous. Often compounded by allergic reaction to the black mold spores, these symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, and bleeding in the lungs and nose.

Toxic black mold can be costly to remove, and black mold exposure and black mold poisoning can cause a wide range of health problems, some of them severe. Understanding black mold symptoms and health effects can help you and your family.

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The Biggest Threats to a Healthy Home

moldAreas that you suspect may trigger mold growth should first be inspected for any leaks or excess moisture.

Once any existing leaks have been repaired, mold susceptible areas can be kept dry with a dehumidifier, which should reduce the incidence of mold growth.

Treating areas of existing mold growth should always be done while wearing a respirator or mask rated for work with mold spores, and arms, legs and hands should be covered to prevent an allergic reaction. After removing any moldy debris such as sub-flooring or drywall, hard surfaces can be treated with commercial mold control products containing bleach or ammonia, which can help to eradicate any surviving mold.

For continued mold prevention in problem areas, you can apply vinegar one to two times a week. Vinegar makes areas too acidic for mold growth, and can prevent moldy buildup in areas like showers and sinks. WE use vinegar in condensate pipes to eliminate mold that breeds in the discharge from your AC unit. A regular scrub of the area with borax and water will also help to prevent and control mold growth. Always follow the manufacturer's directions for the correct mixture ratio.

Mold in homes can cause significant damage and even health risks, but by understanding the range of mold control and mold prevention products available, you'll be equipped to keep your home mold free.

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9 Tips To Prevent Mold

Mold can be good - it's essential in making brie and penicillin.

For example, and necessary for the decomposition of organic matter in nature - but it can also be very, very bad, especially when it grows undetected in your home. Mold spores spread easily and cannot be completely eradicated.

moldMold can grow anywhere: on carpet, clothing, food, paper, and even in places you can't see, such as the backside of drywall, areas inside walls around leaking or condensing pipes, and above ceiling tiles. Not only is a mold problem difficult and costly to fix, but mold can also produce allergens and irritants (and, rarely, toxins) that may compromise your health.

So, what can you do if you're concerned about mold growing in your home? The best approach is preventing mold before it becomes a problem. The key to mold prevention is simple: moisture control. Here are nine ways to curb moisture indoors, and the mold that thrives on it.

1. Identify problem areas in your home and correct them.

You can't mold-proof your home, but you can make it mold-resistant. Do an audit of your home: where are the problem areas? Do you notice frequent condensation on an upstairs window? Is there a water stain on the ceiling from a persistent leak? Preventing mold from growing or spreading might be as simple as ripping up carpet in a damp basement, installing mold-resistant products, or repairing damaged gutters. Or it may be a matter of major excavation and waterproofing. Whatever the case, address the problem now. It might cost some money up front, but it will surely be costlier down the road if mold continues to grow unchecked.

2. Dry wet areas immediately.

Mold can't grow without moisture, so tackle wet areas right away. Seepage after a heavy rainfall, accumulation from a leaky pipe, even a spill on the carpet should be dried within 24 to 48 hours. If you've experienced a flood, remove water-damaged carpets, bedding, and furniture if they can't be completely dried. Even everyday occurrences need attention: don't leave wet items lying around the house, and make sure to dry the floor and walls after a shower. Don't leave wet clothes in the washing machine, where mold can spread quickly. Hang them to dry - preferably outside or in areas with good air circulation.

3. Prevent moisture with proper ventilation.

It may be that your routine domestic activities are encouraging the growth of mold in your home. Make sure an activity as simple as cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing a load of laundry doesn't invite mold by providing proper ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and any other high-moisture area. Vent appliances that produce moisture - clothes dryers, stoves - to the outside (not the attic). Use AC units and dehumidifiers (especially in humid climates), but make sure they don't produce moisture themselves by checking them periodically and cleaning them as directed by the manufacturer. Your energy-efficient home may be holding moisture inside, so open a window when cooking or washing dishes or showering, or run an exhaust fan.

4. Equip your home with mold-resistant products.

Building a new home or renovating an old one? Use mold-resistant products like mold-resistant drywall or mold-resistant Sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paints. Traditional drywall is composed of a gypsum plaster core pressed between plies of paper. Mold-resistant drywall is paperless - the gypsum core is covered in fiberglass, making the surface highly water-resistant. Moisture-resistant drywall is especially valuable in areas prone to wetness, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. Not only is traditional drywall more susceptible to mold than the paperless kind, but it is also difficult to rid of mold, and removal and replacement can be expensive. Mold-resistant gypsum board is also available; the core of the drywall is developed in such a way to prevent moisture absorption, and thus prevent mold growth.

5. Monitor humidity indoors.

The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent.

You can measure humidity with a moisture meter purchased from your local hardware store. You'll also be able to detect high humidity by simply paying attention to potential problem areas in your home. Telltale signs of excessive humidity include condensation on windows, pipes, and walls. If you notice condensation, dry the surface immediately and address the source of moisture (for example, turn off a humidifier if water appears on the inside of nearby windows).

6. Direct water away from your home.

If the ground around your home isn't sufficiently sloped away from the foundation, water may collect there and seep into your crawlspace or basement.

7. Clean or repair roof gutters.

A mold problem might be a simple matter of a roof that is leaking because of full or damaged gutters. Have your roof gutters cleaned regularly and inspected for damage. Repair them as necessary, and keep an eye out for water stains after storms that may indicate a leak.

8. Improve air flow in your home.

According to the EPA, as temperatures drop, the air can hold less moisture. Without good air flow in your home, that excess moisture may appear on your walls, windows and floors. To increase circulation, open doors between rooms, move furniture away from walls, and open doors to closets that may be colder than the rooms they're in. Let fresh air in to reduce moisture and keep mold at bay.

9. Keep mold off household plants.

They're beautiful and help keep your indoor air clean - and mold loves them. The moist soil in indoor plants is a perfect breeding ground for mold, which may then spread to other areas of your house. Instead of getting rid of your plants, try adding a bit of Taheebo tea to the water you give to your houseplants. The oil of this tree, which withstands fungi even in rain forests, helps hinder mold growth in plant soil and can be found at natural food stores.
Finally, educate yourself on our climate - it's hot and wet here in the South - quite different from the cold and wet Northeast, the hot and dry Southwest, or the cold and dry West - understand how it responds to moisture. There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to mold prevention. Knowing what works for your climate and your home is an important first step. As I mentioned before, never leave your home for an extended period without calling us and instating a weekly home watch regimen.

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Hurricane Season

hurricaneThe official hurricane season begins on June 1st and ends December 1st.

Global Weather Oscillations (GWO]) says the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season will be stronger than last year, and it will be the most dangerous and costliest in 12 years for the United States.

GWO has issued the most accurate preseason predictions of any organization the past 8 years, including last years' prediction that the "Atlantic Basin" (which includes the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico) - would enter a Climate Pulse Hurricane Enhancement Cycle in 2016.

David Dilley, Senior Meteorologist correctly predicted 8 months in advance that GWO's prediction zones for the Florida Panhandle and Florida's East Coast northward to North Carolina - would experience hurricane and/or strong tropical storm conditions in 2016, with multiple strikes likely.

I'm reminded of the Girl Scout and Boy Scout motto, which is relevant as we approach the 2017 storm season "Be Prepared".

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STORM WATCH

stormAlways Home is the only licensed real estate company in Sarasota that has an extensive Storm Watch program.

Our program is professionally run with extensive crew selection, training and supervision - ensuring our members' shutters are installed properly and immediately upon a storm watch.

For a community to qualify for the Storm Watch program we require a minimum of ten members. Each participant in the program is required to have an inspection inventory conducted by our crew chief in advance of Storm Watch activation. We have found that in 80% of all inventories either parts or shutters are missing or installation problems occur. This the reason for an inventory.

When we are alerted to a storm watch or alert we call you and ask permission to install your shutters. Our prices are 50% or less of those you try to call before a storm. Be Prepared this year. Your home is one of your largest investments - protect it!

Current members - Ensure we have your current mobile number, email address and your annual membership is paid. If you do not wish to pay by credit card - leave a check for your contract amount in your garage in the event of a storm.

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Heading Home?

TrafficBefore leaving home here are 10 items you need to check:

  • Water systems
  • Turn off your hot water heater and your main water supply inside/out
  • Sewer systems - All toilet lids down and drain stoppers in place
  • Disposal - Run ice through your garbage disposal and no more food
  • Refrigerator - Empty the refrigerator of all perishable food, remove ice and shut off refrigerator water supply line. Place all pasta in refrigerator.
  • HVAC - Have your system serviced and filters replaced before you leave. Thermostat set between 78 - 80 degrees and humidistats at 50%... no higher.
  • Appliances - Unplug all appliances, including TVs, computers to prevent damage in thunderstorms. Place fresh batteries in smoke alarms and turn on ceiling fans.
  • Run dishwasher.
  • Washer/Dryer - Leave washer door and detergent drawer open and dryer door. Have dryer vent cleaned.
  • Interior - Open closet doors, close drapes and ensure windows and doors are locked.
  • Exterior - Check irrigation systems, arrange for lawn cutting, keep foliage away from house, check roofs and gutters for debris. Move patio furniture inside.
  • Security - Cancel mail, newspapers and cable. Review your insurance policy for vacancy stipulations.

Of course, become a Gold Key member and sign up for weekly Home Watch services, surprisingly affordable and invaluable protection for your home. Our web site has a complete check list, should you wish to download the form.

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Storing Your Car?

carsInStoreWhatever the reason for your time away from the vehicle, you'll need to put it in storage.

If you simply let your vehicle sit in a garage for an extended period, you may return to a dead battery or - worse yet - a damaged engine, ruined tires and a rat's nest under your hood.

Here are important steps to take before you store a vehicle. They will preserve the life of the engine and ensure that your car starts when you return to it.

  • Keep It Covered - A garage is the ideal place to store a vehicle. This will protect it from the elements and keep it at a temperature that's relatively stable.
  • Clean It Up - It may seem counter intuitive to get the car washed and waxed when you're putting it away for months.
  • Change the Oil - Change the oil if you will be storing the vehicle for longer than 30 days.
  • Top Off the Tank - Fill the tank with gas if you expect the car to be in storage for more than 30 days. This will prevent moisture from accumulating inside the fuel tank and keep the seals from drying out. You should also purchase a fuel stabilizer.
  • Keep It Charged - An unattended battery will eventually lose its charge. Get someone to start the car every two weeks and drive it for about 15 minutes. The low-tech solution is to disconnect the negative battery cable. You'll likely lose the stereo presets, time and other settings. If you want to keep those settings and ensure that your battery starts the moment you return, purchase a battery tender, also known as a trickle charger.
  • Don't Use the Parking Brake - It's usually a good idea to use the parking brake, but don't do it when you leave a car in storage.
  • Prevent Flat Spots - Make sure your tires are inflated to the recommended tire pressure. If a vehicle is left stationary for too long, the tires could develop flat spots.
  • Keep Critters Out - A garage will keep your car dry and relatively warm. Unfortunately, those are also two things that make a garaged car attractive to rodents. Place steel wool in the exhaust pipe. Spread mothballs along the perimeter of the vehicle. The smell will drive mice and rats away.
  • Maintain Insurance - You might be tempted to cancel your auto insurance - there is a chance that the insurance company will raise your rates due to the gap in coverage.
  • Home Watch - Always Home will check your trickle charger or drive your car if you ask for this service. Minimum driving time is 15 minutes.
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Personal Property Protection ... Can you remember everything in your home?

personal propertyIf you lost your personal property by storm, fire or theft do you think you can remember everything in your home?

Unfortunately, you will remember less than 80% of what was in each of your rooms.

Worse - how are you going to document the loss of your items with your insurance carrier without evidence? From our most basic to our comprehensive photographic inventory you can achieve the Peace of Mind knowing that you can make a 100% claim if needed. Our appliance inventory is $100. A full photo inventory of each room in your house is only $200, which includes 4 photos per room. If you have collections or valuables you wish to have a photo inventory we charge only $75/hour.

Each inventory is transferred to a CD for your records and additionally stored on our secure server, should you ever have a claim. Don't take the risk of losing thousands of dollars. Schedule an inventory by calling our concierge desk.

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Storm Protection ... It starts with adequate protection

stormAlways Home believes storm prevention starts with adequate preparation.

The first step is performing an inventory of your shutters and hardware to ensure that nothing is missing and everything is properly organized and stored in preparation for a storm. Always Home's crew will perform your inventory and put up and take down your storm shutters and prepare your home for high winds.

The program is tailored to accommodate your association's rules and regulations.

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Home Watch ... It's a necessity in a subtropical climate

Alarm & security systems are important but adding home watch significantly increases home security.

Weekly Home Watch monitoring is able to detect potential damage from water leaks, pest infestation, HVAC system failures or inadequate maintenance, thereby mitigating expensive repairs. Even if you have stopped your newspapers - tell tail signs of absence, like circulars in the driveway are quickly corrected, reducing the likelihood that your residence becomes a target for crime.

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Insurance Claim Denied - Words of advice from our service providers

If you're absent from your home for 14 days or more without a property management company checking your home and documenting its condition your insurance company may deny your insurance claim for negligence.

Don't be caught unprotected.

Over the years that our members have found the need to address four preventative items to protect their property and achieve Peace of Mind.

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Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight ... Warning To Citizens

Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight is issuing a warning about traveling thieves that come to Florida in winter months solely to take advantage of unsuspecting citizens.

Every year, criminals travel to the state of Florida to commit crimes of theft, burglary and fraud. Unfortunately, Sarasota County is not immune to their scams. The organized groups often pass down their "trade" from generation to generation and rarely leave evidence behind. They are also good at blending in, which is why citizens need to be vigilant about who is in their neighborhood.

"The key to stopping these criminals is to call law enforcement when you see someone or something that looks suspicious," said Sheriff
Knight. "A deputy can determine their reason for being in the community Valerie McCarthy, President and whether it's legitimate, before a crime occurs."

Sarasota County has mostly seen unoccupied burglaries, which often occur right after residents leave so that means suspects are watching their victims drive off. Always set your home security alarm if you have one, even for short trips, and keep doors and windows locked. If you see something suspicious get a good physical description, the vehicle description and a tag number if possible and call 911.

To help educate citizens about the risk posed by these organized groups, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office created an informational web page and video so residents know what to look, what to do to protect themselves and their neighbors and how the agency is working to combat these crimes.

For more information visit www.SarasotaSheriff.org and under Crime Prevention click Traveling Thieves. The educational video can be found as well on the agency's YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/SarasotaSheriff.

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Do You Know Why Siesta Beach Is White ... and cool all year round?

siesta keySiesta Beach is located on Beach Road on Siesta Key. Siesta Beach is known as one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the world.

At the "Great International White Sand Beach Challenge" held in 1987, it was recognized as having the "whitest and finest sand in the world." The sand looks like snow.

Do you know why? Unlike beaches elsewhere that are made up mostly of coral, Siesta Beach's sand is 99% quartz. Even on the hottest days, the sand is so reflective that it feels cool underfoot. It's estimated that the sand on Siesta Beach and Crescent Beach on Siesta Key is millions of years old, and started in the Appalachians and flowed down the rivers and was eventually deposited on the shores of Siesta Key.

Shallow water depth in the near shore area together with year round lifeguard protection, makes this one of the safest beaches in the County and great for small children.

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Tip Of The Month - How to clean a shower curtain liner

showerI used to buy a new shower curtain liner every 4 to 6 months but I didn't like the idea of throwing them away to sit in a landfill, and we ran out of ways to reuse them a long time ago, so several years ago I figured I had nothing to lose and threw it in the washing machine.

It's really simple to do and I get a clean, like-new shower curtain every time that's free of mold, soap scum and hard water stains. All you need to do is to take your shower curtain down and put it in the washing machine. I usually add 2 or 3 old bath towels, that I use on our dog, to help clean the curtain.

Next I add a small amount of detergent and bleach and set the washer to use hot water on a regular cycle (you really want to make sure you use hot water for this). I've used both a top loading and a front-loading machine to do this and I have always gotten great results from both.

After the cycle is done, pull your curtain out (it will have some water in it so be careful how you do this). You could put it in the dryer for a little bit but I just hang it back up in the shower to dry. I put it in a laundry basket to carry to the bathroom, open it over the tub and hang it back up, smoothing it out as I go. In no time your curtain will dry and you'll have a clean, like-new shower curtain for zero dollars. I have had the same curtain now for about 4 years and as long as it gets clean and stays intact, I'll keep using and cleaning it.

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Tips On Your Return

returnWords of advice from our service providers

  1. Make sure to use your alarm system when you are n town. Not only are you more likely to have a burglary in season but you need to exercise the system to ensure it is working properly.
  2. Check your water temperature. We recommend when away to turn down your water heater temperature. Now is the time to reset. We recommend 120 degrees, which will provide water warm enough for a comfortable shower or washing dishes but not burning hot.
  3. If you haven't cleaned your dryer vents in years now is the time. Not only will your dryer work more efficiently but you will reduce the chance of a vent fire.
  4. Check your washing machine hose and refrigerator water line for leaks. These two areas account for the majority of water leaks in a home.
  5. Change out the air filters. Even though you may not have been in the home they have still been working. We recommend every 3 months and even more frequently if you have pets.
  6. House smelling a little musty? Want to freshen it up? Place an air freshener in your air intake duct in your central HVAC system right behind your air filter. Remove the air filter. If there is no ledge to place the freshener, screw in a hook, insert the freshener in a stocking or old pantie hose and hang from the hook. Your air throughout the house will be fresh as a daisy.
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Hurricane Season Is Fast Approaching ... Are you ready?

hurricaneAlways Home is deeply involved in storm preparedness.

We have a Storm Watch program that handles the putting up and taking down of your hurricane shutters in advance of a hurricane warning. One lesson we have learned is that it is mandatory to perform a comprehensive inventory and practice installation before your home is fully prepared. Our experience has shown that 80% of homes (including new construction) have deficiencies. Shutters missing or don't fit, hardware missing and bolts that do not align with insert holes. The major box stores no longer stock the necessary bolts and tools that you will require to install your shutters. There is a solution - Always Home.

If you would like us to assume responsibility for this service give us a call. Visit our web site for important information on preparing for a storm. www.gotoalwayshome.com

Basic Preparedness Tips - Don't neglect these simply steps

Know where to go.

If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.

Put together a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate

If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.

Make a family emergency communication plan.

Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications.To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word "alerts."

Preparing Your Home ... It's a necessity

Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.

Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.

Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.

Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.

Hurricane Watch ... Conditions possible within 48 hours

Steps to Take:

Review your evacuation route(s) & listen to local officials.

Review the items in your disaster supply kit; and add items to meet the household needs for children, parents, individuals with disabilities or other access and functional needs or pets.

Hurricane Warning ... Conditions are expected within 36 hours

Steps to take:

Follow evacuation orders from local officials, if given. Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.

Follow the hurricane timeline preparedness checklist, depending on when the storm is
anticipated to hit and the impact that is projected for your location.

What To Do When a Hurricane is 6 Hours Away

If you're not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are.

Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.

Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.

Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

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Cleaning Tip of the Month

spongeDo Dishwasher Duty

Once a week, shake baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe around the machine's edges to remove stuck-on food or stains.

To clean the inside, run an empty cycle with Dishwasher Magic, a product designed to kill bacteria like E.coli. "During cold and flu season, add a quarter-cup of bleach to the regular dish cycle to kill bacteria," says Brian McCarthy. The dishes will be safe and sanitized after the rinse cycle is finished.

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Our Concierge Desk

One of the advantages of Always Home membership is your access to our concierge desk.

What a bargain at $55/year! Call or email Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm with your requests. It's no surprise that housekeeping is our #1 request. We have a cadre of third party service providers on call to address your needs.

Remember it normally takes two weeks in season and one week off season to schedule a quality cleaning service without paying a premium. If you're on a regular periodic Valerie McCarthy, President program its much easier to make minor changes. Here are some cleaning tips you will find both useful and amusing.

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Top 5 Cleaning Tips

1. Sanitize Your Sponges

Sponges gross me out. I just feel like they are perfect for harboring millions of germs. I do like the sponges with the rough side for scrubbing out hard- to-clean pots and pans, but end up throwing them out before their life cycle is over. What a waste!
Instead, put them in the microwave for a couple of minutes and watch as the microbes sizzle away. 2 minutes and it will kill 99% of germs!

2. Kitchen Cabinet Gunk Removal

Have you taken a close look at your cabinet doors lately, especially around the handles? You'd be surprised at how much gunk can accum
ulate over time. To be honest, I'm not sure that I've ever given my cabinet doors a good scrub. Yikes! This cabinet cleaner only requires 2 ingredients, and you probably already have them right in the cabinet that needs to be cleaned.

1 part vegetable oil 2 parts baking soda

Mix together with a spoon and go crazy! I like to use my fingers when I use baking soda, because I feel like I can really work the fine grains of baking soda into the surface best that way. But you can certainly use a cloth or a sponge if you prefer to keep your hands mess-free.

3. Clean Small Toys

I've never thought to wash anything in my washing machine other than clothes, but I suppose a laundry bag can make it possible to clean so much more, including small Lego pieces! You could also use this concept in the dishwasher.

coking sheet4. Cooking Sheet Cleaner

I actually have a few cookie sheets that look just like that - gross! They seem to rust and get grimy really fast. I just cover them with foil before doing any actual baking. Is it time for a cleaning? I think so. Not only does this cookie sheet only require two ingredients but there's also no scrubbing required! Just let it sit and do its job while you tackle other things. Here re the 4 steps.
Sprinkle baking soda Sprinkle hydrogen peroxide

Wait 2 hours Wash it off

5. Clean Fan Blades With A Pillowcase

If you're anything like me, you have about a dozen extra pillowcases lying around in a spare closet. Wait, is that just me? Use one to slide onto the blades of your ceiling fans, and then wipe the blades off inside the case. No more dust in your face! So quick and easy, too.

Season Special $55 ... regularly $99

Always Home services are provided exclusively to its members. For less than $5/month you can call or email our concierge desk and request a one-time service or add any number our services to meet your home management needs. Membership also entitles you to discounts with our Preferred Vendors and Contractors and many merchants around town. All our vendors are background checked and meet "Best Practices" in their service category.

Membership entitles you to:

Always Home's Services:
Absentee Homeowner, Seasonal Rental, Annual Rental,Home Inspections, Construction Management

Gold Key Service Provider Discounts - 10% OFF or more
Lawn Maintenance, Lawn pest control, Pool/spa care, Household pest control, HVAC maintenance, Plumbing maintenance, Housekeeping, and a whole lot more

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I used to buy a new shower curtain liner every 4 to 6 months but I didn't like the idea of throwing them away to sit in a landfill, and we ran out of ways to reuse them a long time ago, so several yea...
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Whatever the reason for your time away from the vehicle, you'll need to put it in storage.If you simply let your vehicle sit in a garage for an extended period, you may return to a dead battery or - w...
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Before leaving home here are 10 items you need to check:Water systemsTurn off your hot water heater and your main water supply inside/outSewer systems - All toilet lids down and drain stoppers in plac...