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Green Living: Back to School Tips

Categories: Green Tips

Soon the buses will be rolling up, the backpacks will be slung over shoulders, and the kids will be back in school.

Of course, before they head off you’ve got to run the Back-to-School gauntlet. Is it possible to stay green while dealing with demands for school supplies and new clothes? It sure is and Oxi Fresh has the tips to help you out!

Lunch: It’s in the Bag
Let’s start with an easy one: brown bags are big no-no if you want to stay green. Even if the bags end up recycled – and there’s no guarantee with energetic kids – there’s a greener choice to be had in reusable lunch bags and boxes.

Let your kids pick their own bag to add a bit of fun (and to help reduce the chance of them “forgetting” their bag at school)!

Surplus Supplies
Ten folders for a dollar! 24-Pack of Pens for 99¢! Back-to-School sales can be pretty tempting, but don’t go on a shopping spree just yet.

Before you buy, check to see what you have at home. Most of us have more school supplies stocked up than we realize and a few minutes of running inventory can help save you money and keep you from creating pointless waste.

It’s Cool to Pool
Kids have got to get to school somehow, but these days there are too many parents driving their kids. It’s convenient, of course, but it makes for a lot of extra pollution.

Thankfully, there are tons of ways to cut down on this problem. First off, if your school offers a bus, that’s always a great choice. A second option is set up a carpool with any nearby neighbors whose kids also go to the school.

If you live within biking or walking distance of the school, you could also set up a Walk/Bikepool. That’s when an adult chaperone or two will go through their neighborhood, gather up the kids, and lead them to school. It’s a great way to cut down on pollution and get some exercise.

Time to Teach
The most powerful way to make your kid’s back-to-school adventure green has nothing to do with recycling or buying eco-friendly products. The best thing you can do is talk to your children about why it’s important to be green.

Share with them why you care about the environment, teach them how waste and pollution hurts everyone, and help them learn how to be green in their own lives. By doing this, you’ll be helping raise the next generations of eco-conscious citizens who can help keep our environment healthy.

Thanks to Eric Novak of, the Huffington Post, Lindsey William of, and the team for the great information. Check out their websites for more tips on how to keep going back to school green.

The Spotlight: Spilled Milk (The Spot and the Smell!)

Categories: Carpet Cleaning Tips

We all know the saying about milk and what you shouldn’t do if it gets spilled. To be fair, it can be hard not to cry when a glass of milk or a big bowl of cereal comes tumbling down onto your clean carpets. We won’t judge you if you shed a tear or two.

When it comes to milk, though, you’ve got to act fast. If you’re going to have a little sob, do some multitasking and use this tip to tackle the stain before it starts to stink. (Don’t worry if the spot already smells, we’ve got a tip for that too).

What You’ll Need
Liquid Dishwashing Soap
Baking Soda
White Vinegar
Clean Towels
Large Bowl
Spray Bottle

Let’s Get Started
- Step 1 -
As soon as you spot the spill, blot up as much of the milk as you can. Don’t scrub the spot or you’ll just spread the milk around.

- Step 2 -
In the bowl, mix one tablespoon of the dishwashing soap with two cups of cold water.* Wet a towel in the solution and wring it until it’s damp.

- Step 3 -
Blot at the spot with the towel. Keep working at it, rinsing the towel out as needed, until no more milk is coming up.

- Step 4 -
Spritz the area with cold water and blot dry. Repeat this step until all of the soapy residue is gone.

If the milk has left an unpleasant odor (or you’re just being careful), there are two different ways you can treat the smell.

- Step 5A -
Your first option is to liberally apply baking soda to the area and work it into the carpet by hand.* Let it sit in the carpet for a full day and then vacuum it up.

- Step 5B -
Your second option is to spray the area with distilled white vinegar and to let it sit in the carpet for several hours.* After letting it dwell, spritz the area with water and blot it dry. Once the carpet dries, both the smell of the sour milk and the vinegar should be gone.

Hopefully the spot and smell are all gone and your carpets look great. If you had some trouble tackling the spot or are dealing with a different sort of stubborn stain, remember that Oxi Fresh specializes in both stain and odor removal. Call us today or use our Online Scheduler to book a deep-cleaning, odor-fighting appointment.

Thanks to Nannette Richford of, the team at, and Taylor at for the great information. Check out their websites to learn more!

*Please first test any cleaning methods and solutions on a small, inconspicuous spot on your carpet to ensure they won’t cause any damage. This is especially important if you have a carpet made of a natural fiber like wool.

Tips & Tricks: Lovely Lemon Bars

Categories: Oxi Fresh - Just for Fun

It’s time for something sweet with a wonderful touch of tanginess – lemon bars with a shortbread base! This desert from Margaret Peterson at is perfect for when you’re feeling chocolated-out. This recipe makes about three dozen bars, so it’s great for parties!

What You’ll Need
Shortbread Base
- 1 1/2 Cups of Flour (All-Purpose)
- 3/4 Cup of Butter (Cubed, Cold)
- 1/2 Cup of Powdered Sugar
- 1 Tsp. of Freshly Grated Orange Peel
- 1 Tsp. of Freshly Grated Lemon Peel

Lemon Filling
- 2 Cups of Sugar
1/4 Cup of Flour (All Purpose)
- 1 Tsp. Baking Powder
- 4 Eggs
- 1/3 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
- 2 Tsp. of Freshly Grated Orange Peel
- 2 Tsp. of Freshly Grated Lemon Peel

Let’s Get Cooking!
- Step 1 -
We’re going to start by preparing the Shortbread Base. Break out the food processor and combine your grated orange and lemon peel with the flour and powdered sugar.

- Step 2 -
Once that’s blended, add in the cubed butter and run the processor until you have a nice ball of shortbread dough.

- Step 3 -
Set the oven to 350 F and grease a baking pan (13 inches by 9 inches). Work the dough into the bottom of the pan and let it bake for 12 to 14 minutes.

- Step 4 -
Combine the sugar, flour, baking powder, eggs, lemon juice, and the ground peels in a bowl.

- Step 5 -
Once the Shortbread Base is done, pop it out of the oven and pour the Lemon Filling over it. Use a spatula to spread it evenly.

- Step 6 -
And now back into the oven with it! Bake the Lemon Bars for 7 to 9 more minutes. After baking, let the bars cool and then refrigerate them over night. Don’t cut the bars until just before serving and – if you want – sprinkle on some extra powdered sugar.

Thanks again to Margaret and Go and check out more of their awesome recipes!

Let’s Limbo – Oxi Fresh Named Top Low Cost Franchise!

Categories: Oxi Fresh Achievements, Oxi Fresh News

Every year, Entrepreneur Magazine conducts a massive study of hundreds of franchise companies, examining reams of data in order to create the Franchise 500, a series of reports valued by entrepreneurs everywhere.

One of those reports is the list of Top Low Cost Franchises. These are franchise systems who not only make the list of top businesses, but manage to do so with extremely reasonable start-up fees. Continue Reading post – Let’s Limbo – Oxi Fresh Named Top Low Cost Franchise!

Chris Souk – Veteran, Entrepreneur, and Oxi Fresh Franchisee

Categories: Oxi Fresh Franchise, Oxi Fresh News, The Oxi Fresh Team

What does the Army Reserve, luxury yachts, and the banking industry have in common? Chris Souk -
an Oxi Fresh franchisee who was recently featured on the National Veteran-Owned Business Association’s website.

In the article, “Oxi Fresh Franchisee Makes a Clean Start,” Chris talks about how he went from serving in the Reserve from 1991 to 1996 to doing work on the construction of luxury yachts before joining the financial services industry for over ten years. During these different careers, Chris realized something -  he didn’t want to work for someone else anymore.

“I thought,” Chris told NVOBA, “we all have to earn our living in one way or another, so why not be my own boss?” That entrepreneurial spirit drove him to look at new opportunities; as it happened, his brother had already purchased a franchise with Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning.

“I was very impressed, particularly with the concept’s green, oxygen powers carpet cleaning system.” After some research, Chris decided to join with Oxi Fresh in 2009. Since then, he’s put his business know-how to great use and become of the systems most successful locations.

One reason behind his success, according to Chris, is that there’s a strong alignment between franchising and the military. “The principles veterans learn in the military make them ideal franchisees. Just like the military, franchisees are given systems and best practices to follow in order to maximize success.”

To read more about this great interview with Chris Souk, click here. If you want to schedule a cleaning, just visit or call us at 1-877-OXI-FRESH. If you’re interested in opening your own franchise, visit us at or click here to read about our partnership with VetFran.

Summer Quinoa Salad

Categories: Oxi Fresh - Just for Fun

Going to a potluck? Packing for a picnic? Then you’ll want a nice salad to compliment the main course. This summer, however, let’s drop the potatoes and eggs for something healthier and fresher: a quinoa salad with bell peppers and lime! This recipe comes from Laura Violet at Continue Reading post – Summer Quinoa Salad

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