6 Common Cleaning Tasks You Probably Forgot (That Will Make Your Home Cleaner and Safer!)

Do you use a cleaning schedule? Having a set schedule of what gets cleaned each day, each week, and each month (like those in our free cleaning binder) can make keeping up on seasonal cleaning tasks so much more doable, and, in fact, make it feel like there is less cleaning to do when spring Read more about 6 Common Cleaning Tasks You Probably Forgot (That Will Make Your Home Cleaner and Safer!)[…]

Emergency Preparedness: Why You Should Have A Kit

In some areas of our great nation, it’s easier to predict when certain weather patterns will start and end. In other areas, the weather or conditions could be unpredictable. Most people don’t bother taking the time to put together an emergency preparedness kit in the event that they find themselves needing certain items that they Read more about Emergency Preparedness: Why You Should Have A Kit[…]

Deer Mice and the Hantavirus

Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome Central Oregon, like most rural areas have an abundance of wildlife–including rodents such as the deer mice. Many people don’t know that, though cute the deer mice is a main carrier of the Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). This is a life-threatening disease that is spread by: Inhaling airborne particles of urine, droppings, and saliva from infected Read more about Deer Mice and the Hantavirus[…]

Little Signs Your House Has a Big Problem

Some house problems are obvious from the get-go—for instance, you know you’re in trouble when raw sewage starts backing up in your basement shower. Other problems, however, are not as apparent. They creep up on you, silently wreaking havoc in your home while you remain blissfully unaware. The best time to address any problem is Read more about Little Signs Your House Has a Big Problem[…]

10 Things Never to Plug into a Power Strip

No matter where you live—house, apartment, dorm room, mobile home—one factor remains constant: There never seem to be enough power outlets. This may explain the popularity of multi-outlet power strips, which provide additional outlets and also let you control… Refrigerators and Freezers 1/11 Large appliances like refrigerators require a lot of power and frequently cycle Read more about 10 Things Never to Plug into a Power Strip[…]

The DIY Dilemma: Knowing When It’s Time to Call in the Pros

  Every year during the first bright days of spring, I look up at the nearly 45-degree pitch of my roofline, see gutters and moss buildup that needs cleaning, and envision the myriad ways I could injure myself addressing these issues Sometimes the reward outweighs the risk, but other times my life seems too short Read more about The DIY Dilemma: Knowing When It’s Time to Call in the Pros[…]

Mold and Mildew

8 Ways to Mildew-Proof Your Bathroom

Choose Mildew-Resistant Paint After you enjoy a steamy shower, your bathroom walls absorb the lingering moisture, which can spur the growth mold or mildew. Choose a paint that resists mildew, or one that has a mildew-resistant additive mixed into it, to give your walls an extra measure of protection. Keep It Well Ventilated Mildew thrives in Read more about 8 Ways to Mildew-Proof Your Bathroom[…]