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10 Clever Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

November 27, 2012

10 Clever Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

By: Courtney Craig

Published: April 19, 2012

Is hydrogen peroxide a non-toxic weapon in your green cleaning arsenal? It should be!

In your kitchen
1. Clean your cutting board and countertop. Hydrogen peroxide bubbles away any nasties left after preparing meat or fish for dinner. Add hydrogen peroxide to an opaque spray bottle — exposure to light kills its effectiveness — and spray on your surfaces. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean.
2. Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it’s non-toxic, hydrogen peroxide is great for cleaning places that store food and dishes. Just spray the appliance outside and in, let the solution sit for a few minutes, then wipe clean.
3. Clean your sponges. Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.
4. Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.
In your bathroom
5. Whiten bathtub grout. If excess moisture has left your tub grout dingy, first dry the tub thoroughly, then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit — it may bubble slightly — for a little while, then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times, depending on how much mildew you have, but eventually your grout will be white again.
6. Clean the toilet bowl. Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.
In your laundry room
7. Remove stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater for stains — just soak the stain for a little while in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness. It’s a green alternative to bleach, and works just as well.
Anywhere in your house
8. Brighten dingy floors. Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water, then go to town on your flooring. Because it’s so mild, it’s safe for any floor type, and there’s no need to rinse.
9. Clean kids’ toys and play areas. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaner to use around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, because it’s not a lung irritant. Fill an opaque spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide and spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your kids touch on a regular basis. You could also soak a rag in peroxide to make a wipe.
Outside
10. Help out your plants. To ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you’re spritzing plants. Use this helpful chart to determine the ratio of hydrogen peroxide to water for your types of plants.

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Recovering Deleted Voicemails on Samsung SPH-D700 Android Smartphone

April 30, 2012

Recovering Deleted Voicemails. Have you ever deleted a voicemail, that you wish you hadn’t, because you need a phone number from the voicemail. I search the Internet to find out how I could get my deleted voicemails back. I was amazed at so many comments saying it could not be done, when I knew I had recover a deleted voicemail once before. If you have an Android Smart phone like I have do the following two steps. Now I believe your deleted voicemail will only be around for about week.
1. Click on your Voicemail icon on your smartphone.
2. Touch the Voicemail Inbox box (at the top) and several other selection boxes will appear. 3. Touch the Deleted box and all your deleted voicemails for about a week will be displayed. You will see phone numbers and you can listen to the voicemail again.

If you have a different phone, please let me know how you recover your deleted voicemails.
Thanks, #TechSavvyOldGuy


HAR Member Agent & Listing Videos

February 15, 2012

HAR Member Agent & Listing Videos

 

  1. How can REALTORS® use online videos to promote their value to consumers and enhance their listing presentation? Online video is now a major part of our Web experience. Today more than 146 million Americans view online videos.

 

  1. The YouTube phenomenon has played a major role in the online videos we see today.  You can use videos to create an Agent Videos or create Listing Videos. HAR has developed a tool which allows HAR members to upload and share videos of themselves, their firm, and their listing with consumers on HAR.com. The member videos will add value by providing agents with an opportunity to market themselves beyond just a static image and bio – allowing agents to engage their customers in a new way. The listing videos provide consumers the opportunity to capture a more in-depth view of the property that still photos simply can’t provide.

 

  1. I had a great opportunity to work with HAR Studio.  Their professionalism was unbelievable and my final product was something I was very pleased with. The HAR Studio is equipped with HD quality equipment to provide its members with a professional-grade video production.

 

  1. Each profile video will be 30-60 seconds in length and will be uploaded to YouTube to help promote you and your business. The videos will also be posted along with each of your listings on HAR.com. It will give potential clients an opportunity to hear about your experience, knowledge of the market and approach to client service. HAR Studio will help you by recommending a script outline of what you can say and what to wear. HAR Studio has a teleprompter for your use and can provide you with so many backgrounds and edit the video to have houses you sold or houses they have on file.

 

  1. I use my Personal Profile Video to send to a seller or buyer who I have not personally met. Once your video is completed and sent to YouTube, your video will be promoted on HAR.com, HAR Member Finder, and your HAR Member Website/Blog. All of these placements are done by HAR Studio. You can get the actual link and embedded code for the video, just in case you want to place the code in FaceBook, Twitter or other Social Medias. This is a HAR Member benefit only, so get started by contacting the HAR Studio and they will make you look like a superstar.

 

Checkout this sample agent video – http://www.har.com/video/dispAgentVideosHAR.cfm

Checkout this sample listing video – http://www.har.com/video/dispSampleVideos.cfm


The Moby App that keeps you in touch with family and friends

February 5, 2012

In recent years, the attack on real estate agents along other people associated with our industry has gone to all time high. I was introduced to an App that I am really excited about. In the past whenever I showed a home or was at an open house, I would use my smartphone to send my location back to my wife. The Moby App, which is free for the iPhone, Androids and Blackberry, really got me excited.

Put safety in reach wherever you are can provide peace of mind when working alone at an open house, in unfamiliar neighborhoods or if you working late at night.

Moby is simple to use so you can focus on what you do best. This is a great app for parents with kids.

Moby is the simplest way to answer the daily question “where are you?”.

The basic features are: 1. Share your location. 2. Check-in. 3. Request for help. 4. Invite people.

Finally, yes you do have the capability to turn off where you are.

Check out their website www.mymoby.com/tar