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By Laura on 10/28/2013 5:39 AM
Accidents happen. Sometimes when you’re enjoying a delicious sundae and you’re on your way between flavours and suddenly you look down and see some fudge on your shirt! The most important part is to treat the stain as quickly as you can! If you can’t do a full treatment, at least get it soaking in water as soon as possible.

First, remove as much of the chocolate as you can. Use a spoon or dull knife to scrape off any excess chocolate from the fabric. Make sure you don’t accidentally spread it in the process though.

Rinse with cold water from the back of the stained area flushing the chocolate back through the fabric from the side it came from.

Rub in some laundry detergent to the stained area for several minutes. Then soak the clothing in cold water for another 15 minutes rubbing the area every 3-5 minutes.

After these steps, go ahead and use a stain remover and follow the labels instructions.

Keep in mind that you never want to dry the clothing until the stain is completely...
By Laura on 10/21/2013 6:57 AM
Energy savings has been a hot topic for some time now and it has spawned some great energy saving inventions. Some on the other hand were not so great and yet they’ve still been getting pushed out as a great product.

CFL light bulbs for example are much more efficient than standard light bulbs but there is a dirty secret behind cfls. They are poisonous! They are filled with mercury which is extremely dangerous to humans and animals. If a bulb is broken, reduce exposure as much as possible. The quantity of mercury in the bulbs is small but still needs to be treated with concern. 

Take a look at this article to see what affects mercury pollution is having on our environment. Go to page two of the article to see instructions on how to cleanup after a cfl bulb is broken. 

By Laura on 10/15/2013 7:38 AM
Over 3600 gallons of water are used during the production of a single cotton t-shirt and pair of jeans. On top of that, they also require two pounds of pesticides during the growth of the cotton.

The average person in North America uses 80-100 gallons of water per day! Obviously we don’t drink that much but between bathing, brushing our teeth, washing our clothes, dishes, etc we use up a huge quantity of water. In fact, statistics show that less than 1% of the world’s water is actually used for consumption.

Dyeing an article of clothing requires between 7 and 75 gallons of water per pound of fabric. That means that an estimated 2.4 trillion gallons of water is used for the amount of dyed materials produced around the world.

Newer appliances are expensive for the initial price but the savings aren't just in your wallet for how much less electricity and water you use, but it cuts down on the amount of water wasted all around the world.

For more information on water consumption check out...
By Laura on 10/7/2013 7:28 AM

Fall marks a remarkable time of beautiful colours when the leaves are changing throughout the season. If you enjoy bright colours, you should take a look at this article written by  These colours last a lot longer than the fall foliage so you know you’ll get your money’s worth! Take a look and let us know which ones are your favourites.

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