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According to GoodHousekeeping.com
By Associated Press
SEP 2, 2016
The federal government Friday banned more than a dozen chemicals long-used in antibacterial soaps, saying manufacturers failed to show they are safe and kill germs.
"We have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, the Food and Drug Administration' drug center director, in a statement.
Friday's decision primarily targets two once-common ingredients — triclosan and triclocarban — that some limited animal research suggests can interfere with hormone levels and spur drug-resistant bacteria. The chemicals have long been under scrutiny, and a cleaning industry spokesman said most companies have already removed the now banned 19 chemicals from their soaps and washes.
The FDA said it will allow companies more time to provide data on three other chemicals, which are still in a majority of products sold today. The agency told manufacturers nearly three years ago that they must show their products are safe and effective. Regulators said Friday the data submitted for the chemicals did not meet federal standards for proving safety and effectiveness.
"Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs," Woodcock said in a statement. "In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term."
The FDA ban comes more than 40 years after Congress asked the agency to evaluate triclosan and dozens of other antiseptic ingredients. Ultimately, the government agreed to publish its findings only after a three-year legal battle with an environmental group, the Natural Resources Defense Council, which accused the FDA of delaying a decision on the safety of triclosan.
The group cited research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found triclosan in the urine of three-quarters of Americans tested for various chemicals. The FDA is now undertaking a sweeping reevaluation of soaps and washes used by consumers and health professionals.
The American Cleaning Institute, a cleaning chemical association, disputes the FDA's findings, saying in a statement "the FDA already has in its hands data that shows the safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps."
The group's spokesman said companies are planning to submit data on three chemicals currently used by industry: benzalkonium chloride, benzethonium chloride and chloroxylenol. The FDA delayed making a decision on those chemicals for one year.
One important note to consumers: The FDA decision does not apply to hand sanitizers, most of which use alcohol rather than antibacterial chemicals.
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YES, I am calling you out! When You ask for a quote please understand a few things and please do not take offense to anything said.
1. That does not include me coming in 4 or 5 times for the same price.
2. The instructions are simple. Unless I CHOOSE to come in multiple times, which I will tell you, the price will include me coming in to start it, such as windows (depending on how dirty they are). The next time I come in all work on the inside should be completed. This includes carpet, paint, electrical, and other miscellaneous tasks.
3. I expect to be the last one backing out. The next set of foot prints that walk through the property should be the realator and the potential renter / homeowner. If you decide to go into the property to do work afterwards and you would like for me to come in and clean behind there is an extra charge for this. If I come and the property is not ready to be cleaned there will be a trip charge for this. When I place you on my calendar to come to do a total house clean, I have set aside that day for you. I cannot work around 10 people in a house trying to complete the project and all of my efforts are gone to waste.
Please know that I am there to help you sell your home and you hire me to come in to do a job. Now, it certainly would not make any sense if I came in to clean only for it to be dirtied by other people only for you to have to clean it up again. With that being said, just clean up behind yourselves. But also know that I WILL WORK WITH YOU. I am not heartless, I just dont like doing things twice. Time is of the essence and I am one for working smart, not hard!!
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I would love to hear your questions and comments! What do you have for me?
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When a cleaning service comes out to do an estimate and gives you a price that seems a little inflated, please dont come across as having sticker shock. So let just list a few things that make a GOOD cleaning service worth its weight.
1. You should not be treated like a number or a time stamp Meaning, some will come in and charge by the hour and give you exactly 2 hours, for example, and leave. It does not mean they are getting everything done or doing it the proper way. So with that being said, when you have someone charging $40-$60, I promise they are not doing everything the way it should.
2. Don't be afraid to ask what their price includes. Just remember the old saying, " You get what you pay for!!" no matter if it is a franchise or a small business.
3. When talking about small businesses, understand the overhead that has to go into running that business. They are buying their own supplies to bring to your home, using his or her own equipment, gas, paying their helper bee, insurance, etc. You ask how is this your problem? Its not!! But keep that in mind when at the end of the day, they have come to clean your home so you dont have to at the end of the day. So now that all the overhead is taken out of the $40-$60 they MAY turn a profit.
4. Just becaue you are a freind does not necessarily mean you will always get a discount!!!
There are so many more factors that go into the pricing aspect, but this just gives you an idea of where I am coming from and the figures given above are just examples.
What are your thoughts?
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Let's start by saying anything posted is not to come off offensive but things I have either been asked or I have encountered throughout my journey of owning my business. Pease take into consideration that whenever you call to make an appointment whether it be with myself or a different cleaning company, we have put you on the schedule under the notion that we will be coming in to do what was initially dicussed or previously arranged. You MUST keep in mind that you may not be the only one on the schedule for the day. IF there is additional work that you would like done, know there is a chance that the cleaner may or may not be able to do it if you present it upon arrival. Therefore, please call ahead and ask if it is possible to etch out a little more time to accomodate the chore that is being asked to be done. If it can't be done then arrangements can be made to do it anothere time and keep in mind there may be additional fees.
What are your thoughts or questions?
|Posted on May 26, 2016 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
I want to take this time to thank all of my customers for their patience and understanding. As you all know my health took a little bit of a detour over the past month. You will all be happy to know, as far as it seems, I am back on the upswing and starting to be able to eat again.
Again, Thank you and I am looking forward to taking care of you for the days to come.
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Springtime is here and pollen and dust is in the air. Below are a few tips to show you how to cut down and/or eliminate unwanted dust.
Upgrade your furnace filter.
Bust dust by tackling its mode of transport—air. If your home has a heating or cooling distribution system, this helps control dust by filtering the air, and having the proper filter for this system can make a noticeable improvement in everyday dust settlement. But most visible dust settles on floors and furniture before it can enter the heating/cooling system, so no filter will completely eliminate dusting chores. Make sure to change your filter every 3-4 months as a dirty filter can damage your furnace.
Clean the air while you clean the house.
All vacuums whip up dust with their "agitator" (the cylindrical brush that sweeps the carpet) or blowing exhaust stream. That dust eventually settles on the surfaces you've just cleaned. You can filter out some of that dust before it settles by switching your thermostat to "fan on." This turns on the blower inside your furnace and filters the air even while the system isn't heating or cooling. Leave the blower on for about 15 minutes after you're done cleaning. But don't forget to switch back to "auto." Most blowers aren't designed to run constantly.
Change your bedding every week.
Your cozy bed is a major dust distributor, and that dust can multiply like bunnies if you don't keep on it. One solution? Your bedding collects skin flakes, sheds its own fibers, and sends out a puff of dust every time you roll over. To minimize the fallout, wash sheets and pillowcases weekly. Items that aren't machine washable don't need weekly trips to the dry cleaners—just take blankets and bedspreads outside and shake them. You can smack some of the dust out of pillows, but for a thorough cleaning, wash or dry-clean them.
Use the right cleaning supplies.
A damp or disposable rag will help cut down and capture dust not just spread it around. Cloths that attract dust with oils or waxes also work well but just keep in mind they can leave residue on furniture. However: Use vacuum attachments only on surfaces that are hard to dust with a cloth, such as rough surfaces and intricate woodwork, because the exhaust stream from a vacuum whips up a dust storm.
Give rugs and cushions a beating.
Every time you walk across your carpet or rugs it can stir up not only the dust particles, but pet hair and dander. Take time at the end of the day and vacuum at least once a week or more depending on how bad your allergies are. Taking your rugs outside and draping them over the banister or clothes line, beating them with a broom will also help remove those unwanted dust bunnies. Beat cushions in the backyard or use slipcovers and give them a good shake. If you want to eliminate upholstery dust, buy leather- or vinyl-covered furniture.
Organize your closets to keep dust to a minimum.
Using plastic containers for your clothing, garment bags for your unused items such as winter coats and wire shelving to remove any items from the closet floor will give it a neater appearance, allows you to vacuum the dust bunnies from the floor and keeps your clothing free of dust
Use the right vacuum.
Suction alone isn't enough to pull much dust out of carpet. For good results, you need a vacuum with a powerful agitator (the brush that sweeps the rug). When it comes to wood, tile or vinyl flooring, your best choice is a canister vacuum without an agitator (or with an agitator).