Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cleaning Stainless Appliances streaky dishwasher refrigerator

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I have written about cleaning stainless appliances before, but I wanted to share a new love I have for Sidol.  I use my CasaBella microfiber for stainless on a regular basis to keep my appliances looking good. HOWEVER, do you have those streaks running down your dishwasher because of spills, over use and the face that it cleans dirty dishes?  Do you have those same streaks on your refrigerator because of ice/water in the door or little ones (or big ones) not being careful when they pull items out of the fridge?

NOT to worry!!  Just get out your Sidol.  It can be a little tricky the first time you use it, but I have found it works best used as follows:

  • Get a microfiber (not your good stainless steel one) and get it really wet and then wring out as much water as possible (always in my instructions about using a microfiber). 
  • Put a small amount of Sidol on the microfiber and rub it in a circular motion onto the stainless object.  
  • Do a small amount at a time, like half the dishwasher, because you don't want it to completely dry. 
  • Wipe the Sidol off the object with a clean part of the microfiber, or if you are doing a large object, you might want to use two separate microfibers.
  • Buff the stainless object, finishing up with a dry cloth, if necessary, but continuing in a circular motion.  

So, use the CasaBella for day to day cleaning and use the Sidol for bigger jobs or appliances that have been neglected or abused (by spills and dirty hands.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Quick Clean up for Cat or Dog

If your pet is just a little smelly and is in between baths, I have a quick and easy way to give them a little shine and fresh smell.  We did this on Bobette and DJ this morning.
  • Brush really well.
  • Mix water with Pet Odor And Stain Eliminator By Unique,  POE,  (10 parts water to one part POE) and spray onto a microfiber cloth that you have wet and wrung out as completely as possible.
  • Wipe the animal's coat with the microfiber; rinse and repeat, as necessary depending on how dirty or smelly they are.
  • Brush again.  

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Unique Manufacturing Products Pet People Stain Odor

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Online:  Buy Unique All Natural Stain & Odor Products Here

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Unique green cleaning products are your natural solution to cleaning up life's little (and big!) messes. Our natural cleaners, odor and stain removers, carpet cleaners, drain openers, holding tank cleaners, grease cleaners and septic tank products are safe, cost efficient and effective. That means you can do twice the work with half the effort and cost! Green cleaning has become quite a hot market and we're proud to have been green before it was cool or profitable to call yourself green. For over 20 years we've been making organic, all natural products for furniture cleaning, concrete cleaning, carpet cleaning, safe drain cleaning and stain removal and we've always been non-toxic and safe. Often cleaning with chemicals will provide a good temporary band-aid to your problems, but will leave you dissatisfied with the long term results. That's because once chemicals are used, they're used up. Our bacterial products are made from safe, environmentally friendlys bacteria (similar to those found in yogurt) and once they start working they won't stop until there is nothing left for them to work on. They literally devour the stain or clog or grease that can be such a hassle and turn it into carbon dioxide ensuring that the problem won't return. Sound familiar? Well, it's basically what nature has been doing since the beginning of time... recycling the waste that we leave behind. We just sped up the process!

Best HEPA Vacuum Cleaners

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Check out Good Housekeeping's review of the Miele Vacuum Cleaner, Bolero

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Capitol Weekly: Dems, enviros won’t abandon legislation for Green Chemistry initiative

Capitol Weekly: Dems, enviros won’t abandon legislation for Green Chemistry initiative

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Electrolux Versatility Review

The Electrolux Versatility EL8502 Vacuum Cleaner is a bagless HEPA upright with Quick Release Wand and hand-held turbo-brush, crevice tool and dusting brush to easily clean everything from floor to ceiling.
If you are looking for a nice bagless vacuum then this is it!
·         Clean Air emitted from the vacuum while vacuuming
·         Lightweight attachments
·         Retractable dusting brush on the end of the attachment wand (one of my fav features)
·         Attachments are easy to use and don’t tip the vacuum over
·         Relatively Quiet
·         Easy to dump dust cup
·         Turbo tool that is held in place on the front of the vacuum by a magnet (way cool)
·         Wonderful suction power
·         Floor-to-Carpet switch on the handle
·         No cord reel
·         Medium weight
I just know what I like, but Steve (my husband and self proclaimed vacuum expert after 25 yrs in the biz) says cord reels make vacuums heavier and lightweight vacuums just don’t clean as well.  So, to get a good clean, there will be some weight and to have the convenience of a cord reel, it adds more weight.  Not to mention one more thing that (more frequently than other parts) can break. 
Overall, I really like this vacuum cleaner.  I have only done a test drive through the house so far.  I will post more as I use it more.

Stone River Music Festival Nature at it's Best!

Great way to enjoy nature, hear some awesome music and give back to the local community by helping their music programs.

The first annual Stone River Music Festival will be held September 24-26, 2010 on private land prepared and donated for this event by Lincoln County residents Jim and Vickie Pittsley. This beautiful setting, located 3 miles North of the picturesque town of Chandler, will be the backdrop for an entire weekend of grass roots music showcasing Oklahoma bands and musicians.

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New Personal Care Products and Best Friends

Had a couple of my best friends over the other night.  These are women I have known since I was in elementary school.  Yes, that was a long time ago.  One flew in from Washington DC and the other still lives in the small town where we grew up, Chandler, OK.  There's nothing like people you've known your whole life.  Can't even pretend to be somebody you're not, because they know better.  I am truly blessed to have a group of friends that I've known that long.  This is the group of people that I can always count on.  We all know we are blessed and try to get together as often as possible.

On to the reason for my blog.  I had samples from several companies, Fruits and Passion, JR Watkins, Daub and Bauble, Van Yulay, and we sat down to try these products and decide which ones we should sell in our store.  Problem is, we liked them all.

Fruits and Passion has a nice gourmet kitchen line, Cucina.  They have ceramic and glass bottles with lotion and soaps for the kitchen which are very nice, higher end and of course, smell great.

JR Watkins has been around since 1868; nestled in the Mississippi River Bluff town of Winona, MN., Watkins has been America's pioneer in natural living since 1868. We like that they've been around so long, they are in Minnesota, (where my husband is from and where all our children, grandchildren and most of his family still live) and they have several product that are certified by the Natural Products Association. We love the lavender and vanilla lotions.

Daub & Bauble, another product made by a Minnesota company, is just cool.  Cool packaging, cool scents and cool products. 

Van Yulay, a company from North Carolina has some nice personal care products, a lot made with Emu Oil.  I have some issues with their packaging and labeling, but they are small and they hand make the products and hand label the packaging.  Gotta love that. 

Watch for some individual postings about some of these products and which ones we decided to put in our store and on our website.  More to be revealed as soon as I get a new keyboard.

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Monday, August 2, 2010


We recently launched  a brand new website, .  Thanks to  Back40design

We think it is fabulous.  If you are shopping for Vacuum Cleaners, cleaning supplies, natural products in Oklahoma City, then check it out.

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July 27, 2010 Susan Grant, CFA, 202-387-6121
Elizabeth Owen, NACAA, 615-498-1563
Anna Huddleston-Aycock, NACPI, 727-464-6213

Bogus Help Saving Homes from Foreclosure was Fastest Growing Complaint in Latest Consumer Agency Survey
Washington, D.C. – The nation’s economic woes hit consumers and state and local consumer agencies hard last year. The latest survey these front-line agencies conducted by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators (NACAA) and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators (NACPI) shows that the majority received more complaints in 2009 than the previous year, and many of those complaints were related to credit and debt. At the same time that demand was up, many of these agencies saw their resources shrink.
 More than half of the agencies reported that they received more complaints in 2009 than they did in 2008. Complaints related to credit and debt rose from #3 to #2 in the top ten. The fastest-growing complaint in 2009 was bogus offers to help consumers save their homes from foreclosure. Inadequate budgets and staffing was the biggest challenge that many agencies faced; of the 28 agencies that responded to a question about budget cuts, 71 percent reported that they experienced cuts last year, compared to 47 in the survey report for 2008.
“Consumers who are desperately trying to fend off collection agencies or save their homes from foreclosure are prey to scammers who offer to help them and then take their money and run,” said Susan Grant, CFA Director of Consumer Protection. “Despite layoffs, hiring freezes, and furloughs, state and local consumer agencies are making herculean efforts to keep up with these and other complaints.”
In addition to bogus offers to help consumers save their homes from foreclosure, which were the fastest-growing complaints last year, complaints that were particularly related to the recession included aggressive collection practices, debt settlement and other types of debt relief services, advance fee loans, business opportunities, business closings, landlord/tenant problems resulting from foreclosures, job scams, investment schemes, and auto dealers failing to pay off loans on trade-ins.
“When times are hard, consumers are more vulnerable to false promises of easy ways to make or borrow money,” said Anna Huddleston-Aycock, a Justice Analyst with the Pinellas County Department of Justice and Consumer Services in Florida and current President of NACPI.
The agencies that responded to the survey received more than 300,000 individual complaints and obtained nearly $110 million in restitution or savings for consumers last year. “State and local consumer agencies handle all kinds of complaints, from a $15 order that the consumer never received, to a $150,000 problem with a home improvement contractor, to multi-state actions involving thousands of consumers,” said Elizabeth Owen, NACAA Executive Director.
Following are the complaint categories that most frequently appeared in the agencies’ top ten lists. Their ranking in the top ten in 2008 is noted in parenthesis.
Top Consumer Complaints for 2009
1. Auto: (1) Misrepresentations in advertising or sales of new and used cars; lemons; faulty repairs; leasing and towing disputes
2. Credit/Debt: (3) Billing and fee disputes; mortgage-related fraud; credit repair; debt relief services; predatory lending; illegal or abusive debt collection tactics
3. Home Improvement/Construction: (2) Shoddy work; failure to start or complete the job
4. Utilities: (4) Service problems or billing disputes with phone, cable, satellite, Internet, electric and gas services
5. Retail Sales: (5) False advertising and other deceptive practices; defective merchandise; problems with rebates, coupons, gift cards and gift certificates; failure to deliver
6. Services: (6) Misrepresentations; shoddy work; failure to have required licenses; failure to perform
7. Internet Sales: (9) Misrepresentations or other deceptive practice; failure to deliver online purchases
8. Household Goods: (7) misrepresentations; failure to deliver; faulty repairs in connection with furniture or appliances
9. (tie) Landlord/Tenant: (8) Unhealthy or unsafe conditions; failure to make repairs or provide promised amenities; deposit and rent disputes; illegal eviction tactics; Home Solicitations: (9) Misrepresentations or failure to deliver in door-to-door, telemarketing or mail solicitations; do-not-call violations
10. Health Products/Services: (10) misleading claims; unlicensed practitioners; failure to deliver
The survey report provides real-life examples of complaints from state and local agencies’ files along with tips on how consumers can protect themselves in those situations. It also describes the biggest challenges that state and local agencies faced last year and their biggest achievements.
The agencies said that new laws were needed to:  Curb debt collection abuses Protect consumers from unfair practices in financial services Address problems with free trial offers Hold “lead generators” responsible for steering consumers to fraudulent Web site operators Improve enforcement against errant doctors and other practitioners of “healing arts” Regulate home improvement contractors and protect consumers from subcontractors’ liens Deter scammers from using money transfer services to get payments from their victims Provide a 3-day “cooling off” period for car purchases Help consumers facing foreclosure Protect consumers when businesses fail to deliver promised goods or services Place more limits on the use of “robo calls” Deter gas gouging Regulate towing companies Give local consumer agencies more power to enforce the law
Ten Ways That Consumers Can Protect Themselves
1. Look at the track record. Before you buy from unfamiliar companies, check with your state or local consumer agency, the Better Business Bureau, and online complaint forums to see if other people have reported serious problems.
2. Hire licensed professionals. When you’re hiring home improvement contractors or other professionals, ask your state or local consumer agency if they must be licensed or registered and how you can check to confirm that they are.
3. Pay the safest way. When you buy goods or services that will be delivered later, pay with a credit card so you can dispute the charges if they don’t arrive or aren’t what you were promised.
4. Use gift cards and gift certificates promptly. Even well-established businesses can suddenly close or go bankrupt, and it may be impossible to get refunds for the unused balances on gift cards and gift certificates.
5. Don’t pay in full upfront. If you are asked for a deposit for home improvement or other services, pay a small amount, never the full price upfront.
6. Recognize the danger signs of fraud. Be suspicious of any requests to wire money; scare tactics or pressure to act immediately; promises that you can borrow, win or make money easily if you pay a fee in advance; and any situation in which someone gives you a check or money order and asks you to send money somewhere in return.
7. Get all promises in writing. Verbal agreements are hard to prove. Carefully read contracts or finance agreements and make sure you understand them before you sign.
8. Seek help for financial problems from legitimate sources. If you’re having trouble paying your bills, consult a nonprofit consumer credit counseling service. Steer clear of debt settlement services that require most or all of the fees to be paid before any of your debts are settled. If you can’t afford your mortgage payments, contact your lender to try to work out a loan modification. If the lender is unresponsive or unhelpful, call 1-800-569-4287 or go to to find a local housing counselor certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Reject unsolicited offers of help from any company except the lender to whom you send your mortgage payments.
9. Know your debt collection rights. Under federal law you have the right to dispute debts that you don’t owe, and many states prohibit action to collect debts after a certain number of years. Federal and many state laws also prohibit debt collectors from calling with annoying frequency, falsely threatening legal action, and discussing debts with people who aren’t legally responsible for them.
10. When in doubt, check it out. If you’re not sure what your rights are or you think something might be fishy, ask your state or local consumer agency for advice.

The complete survey report can be found at Consumer Complaints Survey Report
The consumer tips sheet can be found at 2010 Consumer Tips Sheet

CFA is a nonprofit association of some 300 pro-consumer organizations in the U.S. NACAA and NACPI are membership organizations of consumer protection agencies at all levels of government. CFA has periodically conducted consumer agency surveys since 1992. This survey, conducted with 33 state and local CFA, NACAA and NACPI member agencies in the U.S., was completed in May 2010 and covers a one-year period, which in most cases was January-December 2009.