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Ice Maker Germs

The fridge, home to yummy food and loads of bacteria.  Yep. You read that right. Bacteria. Keep your fridge cleaned out regularly to avoid a buildup. But you need to make sure you clean ALL your fridge. One of the most neglected places in your fridge that you may not think about cleaning is the ice cube maker.  If even the freshest ice cubes come out of your ice machine appear cloudy and smel...

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Remote Control Germs

What is one of the most-touched items in your household? We’re sure many of you said the fridge door handle, doorknobs, or even the sink knobs, and while those are accurate, you may not have thought of your remote control. Some studies have shown that a remote control may have up to 70% more bacteria per square inch than your home’s toilet seat!   To clean your remote control, wipe it down wit...

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Clean Those Gutters

Last week we mentioned the importance of cleaning leaves out of your gutter. While it is an important thing to do, it’s even more important to make sure you do it safely!  When cleaning the gutters of your home, make sure you have a good, sturdy, and extendable ladder. Always place your ladder on a sturdy surface. Make sure it isn’t set on landscaping rocks because those can shift dangerously ...

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Gutter Shovels

You may not think that leaves can cause damage to your home, but sadly, you would be wrong. The gutters that line your roof can get easily congested with leaves during the fall and that can lead to damage to your roof and foundational damage. Clogged gutters keep them from doing their job of diverting water away from your home. Don’t have the proper tools to clean the gutters? No worries! You ...

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Slippery Leaves

We know it’s hard to get the kids to go outside nowadays, but at least it’s a little easier when the weather starts to cool. We were all kids once and we know just how tempting it is to run through piles of leaves bunched up on the lawn when playing outside. Many of us also experienced quite the tumble when doing so. Our foot slipped on an especially slippery patch of leaves and we went banging...

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Don't Lose Your Grip!

Autumn can be a bit rainy, and the leafy carpet that covers the ground can get slippery! To avoid slipping and tripping all over the place, be sure to leave home wearing shoes with plenty of traction.  We know everyone likes to leave home looking their best but be sure you go strutting out on the town in shoes with some grip on the bottom. The more lines and grooves in the bottom of your shoes...

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Reduced Visibility

Fall is finally here! The temperature is getting cooler. The days are getting shorter. The trees are changing colors. The ground is soon to be covered in a lush carpet of fallen leaves. Sadly, many of these things combine together to form the perfect storm for accidents to happen. Both the shorter days and the leaves on the ground lead to reduced visibility, especially for those working or exer...

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Protect Your Lungs!

If you’re someone who likes to shred leaves after raking them up, you should consider wearing a respirator! Shredding produces a lot of dust, and while you may think leaf dust is harmless it can do some real damage to your lungs.  You don’t have to fork out a lot of money to buy a respirator. Just use an old t-shirt and make your own! Instructions: Lay out the old shirt flat on a flat surf...

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Aloe for Blisters!

While watching the trees change color during the fall is beautiful, you’re going to have to deal with those leaves when they fall down and clutter up your yard. That means you’ve got to bust out that rake! Working in the yard can lead to all sorts of painful blisters on both your hands and feet. How do you take care of those blisters, or even better, make sure none ever pop up? To help prevent...

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Fiber Packed Pumpkin!

Need a little help getting things moving?  Try pumpkin! Pumpkin is packed with fiber which can help you feel fuller and satisfied longer, and it can help clear out those uncomfortable blockages. Just one cup of cooked pumpkin contains 2.7g of fiber and is just 49 calories! That one cup is also high in vitamins A, B, C, and E and other beneficial nutrients, and it can be prepared in so many di...

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