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  September/October 2012 Issue
 
 
Cleaning Matters
 
 
Laundry KEEPING YOUR BLACKS BLACK. Calling all witches! Want your dark clothes looking like the midnight sky? Click here to learn how to keep blacks black, protect bright colors in the laundry, and get rid of melted chocolate on your clothes. (Not to mention lint, or pet hair with all those black cats creeping around.)
Surfaces DO YOU KNOW WHAT’S ON YOUR KIDS’ BACKPACKS? Everyone talks about back to school – but what about the ‘back home’ part? When your kids come bounding through the door in the afternoon and drop their stuff on the kitchen table or counter, do you ever think about where those books and backpacks have been? Eww. Here’s how to keep those surfaces clean and germ-free.
Handwashing CELEBRATE CLEAN HANDS.
Lest anyone make fun of the fact that there are days and weeks to commemorate everything, here are two celebrations we strongly support: National Clean Hands Week (September 18-24) and Global Handwashing Day (October 15). It’s a matter of health, so read about ways to get your whole family in on good clean fun.
Dishes CLEANING PLASTIC IN THE DISHWASHER. It’s time to help your kids with homework and start packing those lunches! Whether you’re creating sandwiches and snacks to land in a lunchbox, or carting leftovers to the office, you’re likely using a zillion little plastic storage containers. Here’s a handy guide on getting them clean in your dishwasher.
Sustainability REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE.
The leaves outside may be turning all sorts of red, orange, brown and yellow, but we’re committed to staying green. Here are 10 tips for cleaning and storing everyday (and not so everyday!) items. After all, the better you take care of coats, sneakers, lunchboxes and more, the less you have to buy and replace.
Ask Nancy There’s nothing better than throwing open the windows and enjoying the crisp autumn air. But what do I do about dirty windowsills and window coverings?
Click here to find out.
 
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