Candy Overload: Tricks to Deal with the Treats

Categories: Oxi Fresh - Just for Fun

Let's Put the Candy Down

Seas of Snickers, mountains of Milky Ways, and fields of candy corn – a big Halloween Haul is every kid’s dream and every parent’s mini-nightmare.

Of course you’re happy to see the kids happy, but when your mind turns to the upcoming sugar-crashes and potential dentist bills, you start to worry.

So besides candy rationing (which does help), how can you keep the little ghouls and goblins grinning while also keeping them healthy? Continue Reading post – Candy Overload: Tricks to Deal with the Treats

Facing the Paint: Getting Face Paint and Makeup out of Clothes

Categories: Cleaning Tips, Laundry Tips

What a Handsome Jack

Face paint and Halloween are inseparable. Unfortunately, it seems face paint and costumes are inseparable too! No matter how careful you are, you or the kids almost always end up with makeup smudges and smears on your nice costumes.

But a green smear or red splotch doesn’t have to forever haunt your outfit -  this amazing tip from Rachel Yatuzis can make those oily makeup spots disappear! Continue Reading post – Facing the Paint: Getting Face Paint and Makeup out of Clothes

Orange, Black, and Green – Three Ways to Stay Eco-Friendly During Halloween

Categories: Green Tips

What a Handsome Jack!

Halloween is a really fun holiday. You get to give out candy, snack on sweets, create costumes, and watch lots of kids and adults act like goofballs. Of course, like any holiday, sometimes we get so in the spirit of things that we forget about staying green.

Not to worry though, because we’ve got three great ways to reduce waste this Halloween while still having a great time!

Continue Reading post – Orange, Black, and Green – Three Ways to Stay Eco-Friendly During Halloween

Oxi Fresh Keeps Growing!

Categories: Oxi Fresh Franchise, Oxi Fresh News

If you’ve been hoping for Oxi Fresh to come to your area, you may be in luck! In the first three quarters of 2014, Oxi Fresh hit a major growth spurt and opened 48 new locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Now we can service more people everywhere!

With the opening of these new franchises, Oxi Fresh has surpassed their previous two year’s growth and is on the path to have a truly record-breaking year. When asked why Oxi Fresh has grown so much recently, Kris Antolak, the Director of Franchise Development, said, “I believe entrepreneurs are choosing Oxi Fresh because we’re the next step in the evolution of the cleaning industry. We’re a company that combines green systems with modern technology to create a streamlined, powerhouse of business.”

The systems and technologies Mr. Antolak refers to includes Oxi Fresh’s suite of business tools, which covers everything from an online training program to a Scheduling Software system to powerful marketing tools like automatic email campaigns.

“We’re really excited about this growth,” said Jonathan Barnett, the president of Oxi Fresh, “and not just because it means we’re a bigger company now. For me, our growth proves that Oxi Fresh is a strong company. Our Home Office team works hard every day to support our franchisees, and they in turn work just as hard to be the best local business owners they can be. I’m really proud of the whole Oxi Fresh Team.”

To read more about Oxi Fresh and its franchise opportunities, click here. To read the original article, click here.

Green Living: Making Cleaning Green

Categories: Cleaning Tips, Green Tips

We all feel that cleaning is supposed to be a clean activity. If we’re making the living room look lovely, surely it’s a good thing to do, right? Surely it can’t do any harm.

Not necessarily. A lot of cleaning products and techniques may get our homes feeling fresh, but they’re not good for the environment. In fact, some things we do for the sake of spotlessness are downright bad for the ecosystem.

Not to worry though, because there’s a lot of simple things you can do to make cleaning truly clean and green. (Thanks to Earth911.com, HowStuffWorks.com, and Heloise for the great tips!)

Dispose of the Disposable Disposition
Life is full of “disposables.” Disposable paper towels, disposable mop pads, and disposable dishes all make our lives more convenient, but they add up to a lot of trash fast.

To make your cleanings greener, drop as many disposables as you can. Turn to cotton or microfiber towels, cloth napkins, an actual mop instead of pads, etc.

Washed Out
This is a simple but important tip: don’t use the dishwasher or washing machine until you’ve got a full load ready. Doing smaller loads may be slightly more convenient, but it means you end up wasting a significant amount of water and energy.

Make Your Own Solutions
The grocery store is just absolutely jam-packed with cleaning chemicals of every variety. Unfortunately, many of those sprays and powders are anything but green.

Thankfully, you can make safe and effective cleaning products with eco-friendly products at home. Heloise at GoodHousekeeping.com has put together a stellar list of DIY cleaning products that includes everything from glass cleaners to brass cleaners!

Keep Landfills Less Full
Over time, we all end up with more stuff than we need: extra dishes, old clothes, and miscellaneous odds and ends. You may be tempted to toss some of this stuff and put what you can in the recycling bin, but there’s something you should do first: donate.

There are countless charities out there that will gladly take what you don’t need. Even odd things like an old sink can find a home through Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore Program! You can also use programs like Freecycle to find people in your area who might want those old dishes and spare cleaning products.

Hopefully, these tips make your cleaning efforts more eco-friendly. Thanks again to Earth911.com, HowStuffWorks.com, and Heloise for the great tips! Check out their sites for more great information.

The Spotlight: Sweat Stains. Yuck.

Categories: Cleaning Tips, Green Carpet Cleaning

There’s really no delicate way to talk about this one, so let’s just get it out of the way: people sweat from their armpits and leave ugly stains on white shirts. It’s entirely natural, normal, and gross.

Thankfully, there are ways to make these spots disappear and restore your white shirts and blouses back to health. This solution comes from Jillee, Jordan, and TopCleaningSecrets.com.

What You’ll Need
Dishwashing Liquid
Hydrogen Peroxide
Baking Soda
Laundry Scrubbing Brush

Let’s Get Cleaning
- Step 1 -
In a bowl, mix one part dishwashing liquid with two parts hydrogen peroxide. How much you make depends entirely on how may shirts you’ll be cleaning. We recommend starting with a smaller batch and just mixing more as needed.

- Step 2 -
Apply this mixture to the armpit stain – both inside and out – and then sprinkle the area with baking soda.* Scrub at the spot with the Laundry Brush.

- Step 3 -
Let this dwell for 30 to 60 minutes and then proceed to launder the shirt normally. Before you put the shirt in the dryer, though, check to see if the stain is completely gone. If it’s not, repeat this process. You need to do this before drying or the heat will help set the spot and make it trickier to remove.

And that’s it! You don’t have to sweat those underarm stains any longer! You can also try this method on colored shirts too, just make sure to test it first to ensure it won’t bleach the fabric.

Thanks again to Jillee at OneGoodThingByJilee.comJordan at Picklee.com, and the team at TopCleaningSecrets.com. Be sure to check out there sites for more awesome tips!

*You should always test any cleaning solution on an inconspicuous part of the garment before treating the spot itself. Apply a small amount of the solution to a towel, blot the clothing, rinse the area, and let it dry. Check the spot for discoloration and rub it with a towel to make sure there is no dye transfer.

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