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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Living Smart: Spring housecleaning tips and tricks

By Angie Hicks




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) How do your cleaning skills compare to those of pros who've earned homeowners' shining reviews?

Just in time for spring, here are some tips, tricks and tools of the maid trade, supplied by highly rated cleaners our research team recently interviewed:

Vacuum right with the right vacuum

Weekly vacuuming is key to clean carpet. Do it more often if you have pets or kids. And consider this three-step approach to power-sweeping a room:

1. Clean the perimeter with the edging tool.

2. Begin at the far corner and move backward so you don't leave footprints.

3. Vacuum slowly and steadily; this works better than numerous quick passes.

Cleaners prefer lightweight machines that feature HEPA filters to remove allergens and which come equipped with easily released attachments and long hoses that fit under furniture and reach ceiling corners.

For best results, raid the pantry:

Kitchen staples get rave reviews from maids, who share these ideas:


  • Put bowls of white vinegar or coffee beans in a room to absorb odors.

  • Freshen carpets, sofas and mattresses by shaking or spraying a mix of one part vinegar, one part water and five to 10 drops of eucalyptus, lavender or tea tree essential oil.

  • Sanitize doorknobs, doors, walls and other surfaces with a bit of antibacterial dish soap mixed with white vinegar and hot water.

  • Sprinkle baking soda in showers and sinks as a deodorizing cleanser.

  • Freshen drains and help clear clogs by pouring baking soda over the drain, then pouring vinegar. Use boiling water to rinse the bubbling mixture down the drain.

    More expert cleaning tips:

  • Remove rust stains from a shower by making a paste of hot water and powdered oxygen cleaner. Apply to walls and glass doors and let sit for 30 minutes. Scrub with a nylon scrubber, rinse with hot water and buff dry.

  • To clear smudges from dark granite countertops, wipe down with soapy water and buff dry with a clean, dry microfiber cloth

  • Remove dirt and debris from tiny crevices with a toothpick.

    Before you hire a cleaner

    If you'd rather outsource all or some of your cleaning, line up possible candidates by checking reviews on a trusted online site. Then, ask these questions:

  • How long have you been in business? Can you provide references?

  • Are you bonded? Insured against liability? Are employees also insured or are they considered subcontractors?

  • Do you conduct background checks?

  • Will the same crew clean my house each time?

  • Do you provide equipment and supplies, or do I?

Most cleaning companies offer free estimates. An initial "deep" cleaning can average from $300 to $400, with $100 to $150 for biweekly cleanings, though other schedule options are available. Specific prices depend on your home's size, whether you have kids or pets, if you smoke, your flooring types and how many items require dusting and care.

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Since 1995, Angie Hicks has been dedicated to helping consumers get the real scoop on local service companies and health providers. Inspired by the frustrations her co-founder had trying to find reliable contractors in suburban Columbus, Ohio, she started Angie's List to help homeowners find who they should hire and who they should avoid.


Previously:


Before you hire a landscaper
Is an Electrical Threat Hiding in your Walls?
Remodeling trends
Basement waterproofing methods
Protecting yourself against scams
5 steps to getting your house in order
Winter storm prep
Take this consumer quiz: How do you rate?
What to Do about That Neighbor’s Pesky Tree
When to hire a handyman vs. a contractor
Why you should invest in a home sprinkler system
Tips for holding estate sales and auctions
Stained, Faded Carpet: Clean, Replace or Dye?
Consumers flush with choices when replacing a toilet
Bathroom remodeling trends
Energy-efficiency tax credits
Insulation
Furnace maintenance
Child-safety precautions
Preparing your home for fall weather
Clogged gutters
Tree care
Those black streaks running down your roof aren't just unsightly
Want to get organized?
Keeping a lid on toilet-repair costs
Plan ahead: Home generators
Lawn Grubs
Solar panels' green savings
Tips to keep your appliances in good shape
Curb appeal is key in selling a house
The right and wrong ways to use (or abuse) your garbage disposal
Lawn Mower Tune-Up Time
Carpet Cleaning
Hardscaping: Homeowners upgrading outdoor areas
Dryer vent cleaning
Home automation
Central Vacuums
Know signs of a qualified locksmith
Mold Testing and Remediation
Most water softeners are fully automatic
Property sealing your home's envelope
New thermostats can 'learn' home's routine

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