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It didn’t take very long for our “dreadful” winter to move out of the way, making room for the beautiful spring! It is time to do some spring-cleaning too. It’s very easy to become cluttered, disorganized and just too lazy to get those winter clothes out of your closet. When you do decide to set that goal of creating a serene entrance into the spring, here are a few easy tips you can follow to make your actual cleaning breeze and not an overwhelming chore and why don’t we go a step further and make sure that your clean efforts are also green efforts!

 

For cleaning supplies pick up a little distilled white vinegar and mix it with water. This is a great and safe way to clean your home; floors, counters, anything really, will sparkle and be germ free without having to use harmful chemicals. If the smell of vinegar initially bothers you, you can add a few drops of pure peppermint or lemon oil. Once you are finished cleaning, the smell of vinegar will dissipate very quickly though, so you might not even need to use aroma.

 

Vinegar is also great for mold and mildew; just drop some on a cleaning cloth and wipe away.

 

Use olive oil to polish your furniture; you can also infuse it with essential oils such as lavender, lemon or anything you choose to make your furniture shine and smell amazing. A lot of furniture polish products can contain chemicals that will corrode your furniture over time so why take the risk when you have a perfectly fine cleaner in your kitchen cupboard?

 

Baking soda makes a great toilet bowl cleaner, drop a little bit on a toilet bowl brush and scrub the deposits away. The baking soda will really make it shine and you won’t have to spend too much money on harmful cleaning products.

 

For air freshener you can soak a little of your favorite essential oil on cotton balls and put them away in different rooms, you can get creative with this part if you choose. You can use lavender oil in the bedrooms for relaxation, peppermint in your work space to keep you alert, lemon in the bathrooms for that fresh and clean scent.

 

Invest in a reusable mop and replace those paper towels with fabric; this way you will save money over time and you will reduce your waste. For dusting and cleaning cloths you can use microfiber cloths or make something out of old shirts, pillow cases etc. This is a great way to recycle old fabric you don’t plan on using any more.

 

Spring-cleaning is not dirty and annoying work when you implement fun ideas; these easy tips will make you feel great about cleaning and you will know that, if you have pets of children, that they will be safe in a home where a little care is placed on not just how you clean, but with what. Happy spring and we hope these tips help you make your home shine!

04/01/2013 | Tags:

As you probably already know, it is Poison Prevention Week and NextGen Integrated Solutions has a few tips for you. There are about 2 million poisonings reported each year and 90% of them occur at home. While most non-fatal events occur with children younger than 6, poisoning is one of the leading causes of death in adults. We cannot emphasize enough on the importance of keeping your home safe, so please follow these tips we have put together for you.

 Read labels – before you settle for a purchase, check the product ingredients. Most common house hold products contain harmful chemicals so thoroughly examine what you are buying and the risks involved. Whenever possible, please purchase household products without chemicals, it’s simply a better choice for your family and pets.

 Do not leave poisonous products unattended – it takes that one split moment for something bad to happen. Always keep in mind that cleaning products, medicine, and such need to be stored away in a safe place. If you have children and pets, please keep these products locked up with safety locks or somewhere where they cannot reach them.

 Be aware of contents in your handbag – a lot of times we do not think of this. Your handbag can contain products with harmful ingredients such as perfume and makeup; keep your purse out of reach of children and pets.

 Keep your products in original packaging – do not, for any reason remove harmful substances from their original packaging, this can create confusion and you won’t have the original label with ingredients and poisoning information

 Plants can be poisonous – many backyards in Las Vegas are decorated with the oleander plant and that is a very poisonous plant that can cause a fatal reaction if consumed. Please keep children and pets away from any poisonous plants.

 Carbon monoxide – prevent carbon monoxide poisoning by having a functioning carbon monoxide detector in your home and keep your fireplace and appliances working properly.

 In case of a poisoning, call 911 right away; do not hesitate for any reason. If you are handling the person who consumed life-threatening chemicals, please do not make them vomit or give anything, unless it is directed on the product’s original package label.

 You can keep your home safe just by following a few simple steps; this way you can always be assured that your home is fool proof when it comes to poisoning prevention.

 

04/01/2013 | Tags:

Car Seat SafetyNextGen Integrated Solutions recognizes November as National Child Safety and Protection Month to create awareness about the potential dangers our children face everyday. Whether at home, school, online or in the car keep children safe at all times. Here are some great links to get you started.

10/30/2012 | Tags:

ATM PinAutomated teller machines provide a quick and convenient way to gain access to your bank account. If not careful, they become just as convenient to criminals. Every time a person uses an ATM they place themselves at serious risk of having their money or identity stolen. The next time you need to run and grab some quick cash, don’t be so quick that you forget to take precautions.

Protect Your PIN

Protecting your Personal Identification Number (PIN) is the first step in protecting not only your financial security, but your identity as well. Do not share your ATM/Debit Card account number or PIN with anyone. Be sure to commit your PIN to memory and never write it on your card. Closely monitor your bank account to identify unauthorized charges or withdrawals. Purchase a protective sleeve for your card to avoid damage or duplication of the magnetic strip. Protect your personal and financial well being when using an ATM machine.

  • Only use ATM machines in well-lit, public areas in which you are familiar.
  • Survey the scene before approaching the machine to seek out suspicious individuals or activities.
  • Be aware of strangers with cell phones
  • Never use an ATM that appears damaged or tampered with in any way.
  •  Have your ATM card ready as you approach the machine to minimize the time at the machine.
  • Do not carry cash or checks in plain site when making a deposit.
  • Stand close to the ATM and block the view of others when entering your PIN.
  • Stow withdrawn cash in a safe place immediately upon being dispensed. Do not count at the machine.
  • Remember to take your transaction receipt with you.
  •  Report lost or stolen cards to your financial institution immediately
10/26/2012 | Tags: