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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

FREE Printable's to organize your life!

Many of us get to doing so many home improvement and cleaning chores that we start to forget what needs to be done, and when. Try using some of these FREE printables below to make your life easier and more organized. Click images to see printing instructions.

This first printable is from Behind The Studio, and is a Free kitchen cleaning checklist so that you can clean your kitchen to perfection! 

This printable check list comes from Organizing Home Life and is a Daily and Weekly Chore Schedule. Use this list daily to keep on top of household chores.

Printable three is for the laundry room and gives you a helpful checklist of places to clean that could help prevent a fire, like your dryer vents! Print out this chart from and remember we do FREE dryer vent cleanings with the booking of a Air Duct cleaning!

This To-Do List comes from Overflow Living and is a great chart to help you organize your week, things to do, and your shopping list! Print out "To-Do List 1"

Hope these help and be sure to let us know if you use any!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What you need to know!

Fragrance Hazards 

 Did you know many manufacturers list product ingredients on their websites, but they don’t have to list fragrance ingredients? Fragrances in cleaners are seldom disclosed, and one fragrance can contain 50 to 200 compounds, including dozens of volatile organic compounds. Terpenes, for example, give products a pine or lemon scent, but they’re linked to respiratory problems. They also can react with ambient ozone to form formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and other irritants.

Bathroom Mold

  Mold in bathrooms, where there is an abundance of moisture can be a big problem. Don't forget that you need to have proper ventilation in your bathroom. Showering and bathing lead to humidity, which leads to mold.

Broken Bulbs 

 Switching to CFL bulbs saves both money and energy, but knowing how to properly clean up a broken bulb is essential. Bulbs contain mercury, which is poisonous to living beings. DO NOT VACUUM. Vacuuming is not recommended unless broken glass remains after all other cleanup steps have been taken. Vacuuming could spread mercury-containing powder or mercury vapor. Be thorough in collecting broken glass and visible powder. Scoop up glass fragments and powder using stiff paper or cardboard. Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder. Place the used tape in the glass jar or plastic bag. Place cleanup materials in a sealable container.

Fool the Robbers

 Store valuables in your child’s sock drawer rather than in your nightstand. Reports have shown that robbers go for the master bedrooms and completely skip over children's rooms.

Ditch the Plastic

  Although the plastic bag at dry cleaners is meant to protect clothes, you should remove it as soon as you get home. “Plastic traps odors, moisture and humidity." “If there’s a latent, clear or invisible stain on the garment, it can get worse inside the bag, because a lack of oxygen can cause some stains to oxidize and become more visible.”

The Holiday Chill!

Things you never knew you could store in the refrigerator for the holidays!

 1. Candles. Candles burn slower when lit if not at room temperature. So, before the holidays, store your candles in the Frig before you get them out and light them, and they will burn all day long!

2. Batteries. Giving your family members electronic gadgets and toys for the holidays? The environment of the refrigerator extends the shelf-life of the battery. The freezer can also be used to store them in.

3. Angora Sweaters. The cold temperatures of the refrigerator has been known to reduce shedding in angora sweaters. Chill your sweaters and make sure you don't shed on your relatives this holiday!

4. Flowers. If you buy your flowers for holiday decor early, just place them in the refrigerator until the holiday festivities start and they will be fresh and beautiful.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Crafts by Cassie: Washer Bracelet

I'm sure many of you have spare tools and parts laying around your house from
random "Fix-it" projects. Now, you can turn those odds and ends into beautiful
crafts that your friends and family will love!

Washer Bracelet

What you will need: 
Washers (I suggest the lightest weight ones you can find), superglue, thin ribbon, and scissors.


Step One: Cut a piece of your ribbon to about 6 inches in length. 
Step Two: Put a dab of superglue on the face of the washer and apply the start of the ribbon to it.
Apply pressure for a few seconds for a solid hold.
Step Three: Start wrapping the ribbon around the washer, applying dabs of glue where needed.
Step Four: Once you have covered the washer in ribbon, place one last dab of glue on the washer, apply the ribbon and hold it, then cut off the excess ribbon.
Step Five: Repeat this process until you have enough washers covered. I have a wide wrist so I used
seven washers, but this many may not be necessary for the average wrist. 


The technique I used to braid the bracelet with the washers can be a little complicated,
but is a great technique to keep the washers in place. The best explanation I have found was 
borrowed from Megan at Nestled. She used it to made a necklace, but the same steps are used to
make the bracelet.

(Click the image to be taken to the related post)

The finished product can be tied around your wrist or a clasp can be added to the ends. Make sure you use ribbon you love, and feel free to change up the color and pattern of the washers! Make it your own and share with your friends. This projects makes a great gift for others!

Hope you like my crafts,
now be sure to share your own and join the link ups!

 Homespun Happenings 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Cleaning Prize Pack Giveaway!

It's time for our monthly giveaway! For November we will be giving away a Cleaning Prize Pack that includes lots of goodies for a healthier home!

Giveaway Includes:

*Two Bottles of our HomePro Spotter! 
(Learn more about this professional strength spot treatment HERE)

*One Chem Sponge
(Learn about Chem Sponges HERE)

*Bottle of Hand Sanitizer

*First Call Back Sack and Hat

*2013 Magnetic Calender

* 15% off Carpet Cleaning Coupon ($75 Value)

*and MORE!

How to enter:

Entering is easy! Simply use the form below to follow First Call. You have the chance for multiple entries depending on how many ways you want to follow. The Giveaway ends Nov. 29th and the winner will be contacted via email. Prize is PICK UP ONLY. Reply within 48 hours to claim your prize, and come to First Call at 3205 NC Hwy 62 North, Burlington NC 27217 between 8am and 5pm to pick up your basket!

Good Luck!

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Product Uses: For Use On: carpeting, rugs, fabrics, upholstery, curtains, drapes, car interiors, clothing, boats, leather, nylon, cotton, acrylic, wool, vinyl, rayon, olefin, polyester, or any other water safe fabric.

What HomePro Spotter Can Clean: HomePro Spotter can remove most food stains, beer, soft drinks, creme de menthe, milk, prune juice, coffee, tea, blood, iodine, catsup, egg, grease, fresh latex paint, rust, lipstick, grease, oil, dirt, grime, charcoal, marker, pen, grass, pet stains, soot, smoke, soil, most inks, crayon, chocolate, fruit juice, grape juice, gravy, ice cream, jelly, tomato sauce, wine and hundreds more.

Always test fabric/fiber for color fastness in an inconspicuous area.

 Cleaning Fresh Spills Or Stains: 

Step 1. Remove loose material and blot excess liquid with a clean absorbent cloth. (Go to step 2) Cleaning

Old And Stubborn Stains: 

Step 2. Apply HomePro Spotter directly to stained area. Allow to penetrate 30-60 seconds. Blot with a clean absorbent cloth. The cleaning agents in HomePro Spotter breakdown (emulsifies) the stain and the surfactant in HomePro Spotter unlock the soil from the fabric and suspend the dirt in the liquid. When you blot with a clean dry cloth, the liquid containing the stain transfers to the cloth. *Special precautions are necessary if the stain has been caused by animal urine. The urine may affect the color fast nature of the dye used in the carpet.

Step 3. Apply HomePro Spotter directly to stained area. Allow to penetrate and let dry naturally. This will allow time for the enzymes to break down the stain. Important: Other cleaning products may "set" a stain. By using HomePro Spotter first, you assure yourself of full stain removal. We cannot guarantee our effectiveness on stains which have been previously treated with another cleaning product. Never mix HomePro Spotter with another cleaning product.

Tips: Shampooing Carpet/Upholstery: When shampooing use HomePro Spotter as a pre-spotter on tough or old stains and heavy traffic areas. Also add 1 oz of HomePro Spotter per gallon to solution tank with carpet shampoo as a cleaning booster. Pre-spotter: HomePro Spotter is an excellent laundry pre-spray.
Carpet Stain Removal: After you have applied HomePro Spotter to a stain, put cloth over stain and stand on cloth to help the transfer process. Sometimes the added pressure from standing on the cloth helps the transfer process.

Call us today and ask for a bottle of HomePro Spotter!