Monthly Archives: April 2015

7 Things To Do With Lemons That Are Even Better Than Making Lemonade

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Lemons are one of the most inexpensive, yet versatile items commonly found in nearly every home refrigerator across America. However, if you are only using them to make lemonade, you are missing out on the real magic wrapped up in that fragrant citrus peel. Mopfrog of Lunenburg lists some great alternatives for the juice and rinds

  1. Harness the power of lemons to make a citrus-scented cleaner that has both sanitizing and degreasing power by filling a quart jar with lemon peels, then covering them with white vinegar. Cap the jar and then let this fresh smelling potion steep in a dark, cool place for 10-14 days. Then strain the liquid into a spray bottle for a very inexpensive, yet powerful cleaning spray that will leave your kitchen surfaces sanitized and smelling lemony fresh.
  2. Lemon has long been known as a natural deodorizer. Freshen the garbage disposal with a few lemon rinds. While you’re at it, toss in a handful of ice cubes to sharpen the blades.
  3. Refresh your kitchen by simmering lemon peels, cloves and cinnamon sticks in a saucepan full of water. Much more safe, effective and economical than commercial air fresheners, this simmering brew will remove even strong cooking odors, such as fish, cabbage, garlic and onions and freshen the entire room.
  4. Sanitize wooden cutting boards with the powerful combo of salt and a freshly cut lemon. Sprinkle salt on the surface of the wet cutting board and use the cut side of a lemon half to scour the salt into the wood to remove odors, stains and bacteria. Rinse, dry and enjoy!
  5. Lemons combined with honey can help remove clogged pores, specifically blackheads. The lemon will help to remove dead skin cells and lighten dark spots, where as the honey will nourish and moisturize. Simply take a half piece of lemon, add 3-4 drops of organic honey to the lemon wedge, rub on blackhead prone areas – like the chin and nose – let it sit for 5 minutes and then rinse off with cold water.
  6. Lemon and salt can also make a soothing scrub for rough feet and elbows, simply dip the cut side of a lemon into coarse salt and use it to scrub heels and elbows while bathing. The salt helps exfoliate and remove the roughed skin, while the oil, fruit acid and vitamin C from the lemon helps to soothe and refresh the skin.
  7. If you would like to wean yourself from that morning caffeine rush, yet enjoy an invigorating beverage to start your day, try squeezing the juice of one lemon into a large mug, add one tablespoon of both organic apple cider vinegar and organic honey, then fill the mug with boiling water, stir and sip! You will be offering your body a powerful dose of healthy nutrition packed in the form of a healthy, refreshing hot beverage.

These tips are just a few of the amazing uses you can get from those tart little yellow fruits in your fridge. Now fill a pitcher with cold filtered water, add some freshly squeezed lemon juice and sweeten to taste. Then add some ice and lemon slices, pour some into a glass and relax!

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Make Arbor Day Fun & Educational for Your Kids

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While the name J. Sterling Morton may not sound familiar, you may celebrate a holiday he proposed back in 1872, now known as Arbor Day. Morton and his wife spent much of their lives working to advocate the importance of planting trees and conserving the forested areas of the country. On April 24th of this year, we will have an opportunity to continue the movement he started.

Our Kids: The Next Generation of Arbor Day Supporters

The way that we, as parents, choose to remember the importance of environmentally important holidays, like Arbor Day, will set the tone for the importance our kids attach to them. Take some time now to plan to participate in age appropriate activities and events that will help kids understand the importance of conserving existing forests and planting trees for their future and that of their children. Here are some fun ideas to consider:

  • Encourage your child’s school or playgroup to participate in a drawing or arts and crafts project that emphasizes the importance of trees.
  • Discuss Arbor Day at meal time and have both parents and children talk about what it means to them.
  • Schedule a family outing or scout trip to a local forest and use the opportunity to examine trees and teach kids about interesting tree facts, such as how to determine the age of a tree by the growth rings.
  • Learn about the different animals and birds that make their homes in trees.
  • Use a treasure hunt approach to teaching kids how to identify the different varieties of trees by the shape of their leaves.
  • Plant trees in your yard, or do so as part of a community project.
  • Encourage kids to petition their school or the community to plant more trees, or provide better care and protection for existing ones.
  • Learn about rainforest issues and help kids participate in raising funds for programs that are actively working to protect these irreplaceable resources.

When a child celebrates Arbor Day with their parents throughout their childhood, it will likely become an important and valuable tradition that they will pass on to their own children.

Mopfrog is an eco-friendly cleaning company dedicated to protecting the environment through sustainable business practices. Our locations, such as Mopfrog of Lunenburg, honor and celebrate Arbor Day and we hope that you will, too.

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Welcome Spring Without Increasing Your Allergy Symptoms

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Although we love to welcome the milder weather that comes with spring and summer, for allergy sufferers this warmer weather also means having to deal with allergy symptoms. As trees, bushes, plants and grass bud and grow, the amount of pollen in the air grows even faster. In addition, mold spores, dust mites and pests and insects capable of exuding allergens, such as cockroaches, fleas and other pests are more active during warmer temperatures, offering the potential for many more allergic reactions.

Lessen Your Exposure

Many communities now routinely report pollen count information, along with local news and weather channels. Allergy sufferers can use this information to help plan their schedule to avoid being outdoors in areas where the pollen count is expected to be beyond a comfortable range.

When you must attend outdoor activities when the pollen count is high, schedule them for very early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when the pollen count is usually much lower than it is during the middle of the day.

In addition, be sure to:

  • Close the windows and use your air conditioning systems in both your home and car during high pollen count days.
  • Shower and change clothing after an outing to avoid bringing pollen into your home environment.
  • If you have pets that go outside, dampen a washable micro-fiber cleaning cloth and wipe their coats down at the door as they enter to remove loose pollen before they can carry it inside with them.

Create a Safe Zone

Use these tips to remove many of the potential allergens from your home so that it becomes a safe haven for your family during allergy season.

  • Remove as many soft surfaces from your home as possible, such as excessive pillows, blankets, area rugs and other items that are washed infrequently.
  • Keep counter tops and food storage areas ultra-clean and always seal all foods carefully to avoid attracting cockroaches known to carry allergens and diseases.
  • Rinse your pet’s fur each week with a mild solution of one tablespoon baking soda to one quart of warm water to rinse away pollen and pet dander and freshen their fur. Don’t forget to vacuum the flooring surfaces and upholstered furniture weekly.
  • Wash bedding and couch throws weekly and dry in the sunshine or a hot dryer to kill dust mites and remove allergens and dander.
  • Use a dehumidifier or your air conditioning system to help remove moisture from the air inside your home that could help mold spores to form.

Start Fresh

Another great way to take the pain out of allergy season is to schedule a whole-house cleaning every month with a professional, eco-friendly cleaning company Mopfrog of North Buckhead. Their expert cleaning crews use only safe, natural cleaning solutions and methods to remove dust and dirt from your home so that no harmful chemicals or irritants are left behind to further aggravate allergy symptoms.

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