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3 Steps to a Clean Washing Machine

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - Monday, April 28, 2014

3 Steps to a Clean Washing Machine


The dirt that disappears from your clothes has to go somewhere, right? Follow these three easy steps from Better Homes and Gardens to make sure that grimy buildup doesn’t end up on your clothes. Completing these three steps quarterly will eliminate buildup in hoses and pipes, and ensure your clothes are as clean as possible.


Step One – Run an empty, regular cycle on hot, using two cups of vinegar instead of detergent. The hot water-vinegar combo removes and prevents bacteria growth.


Step Two – In a bucket or nearby sink, mix ¼ cup vinegar with a quart of warm water. Use this mixture, plus a sponge and dedicated toothbrush, to clean the inside of the machine. Pay special attention to dispensers and the inside of the door. If your soap dispenser is removable, soak it in the vinegar and water before scrubbing. If you have a front-loading machine, be sure to clean the rubber seal. Don’t forget to wipe down the exterior of the machine, too.


Step Three – Run one more empty, regular cycle on hot, without detergent or vinegar. 



Dura-Shine Clean, LLC is a full-service cleaning company celebrating 20 years in the cleaning industry. Founded in 1993 and based out of Pasco, Washington, Dura-Shine Clean offers superior commercial and residential cleaning to Eastern Washington. Dura-Shine Clean provides commercial janitorial services, floor care, window cleaning, residential, carpet cleaning, and event and construction cleanup. In addition, Dura-Shine Clean provides janitorial services for specialized businesses such as healthcare and industrial facilities. For more information visit www.dura-shineclean.com or contact us at 866.625.7647.


Featured Recipe: Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - Monday, April 28, 2014

  • April Featured Recipe: Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

  • Cooking Spray
  • 8oz cooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 12oz can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 2 large eggs, beaten 
  • 2 10oz bricks of sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • Dash of paprika




In a large 4-quart slow cooker sprayed with cooking spray, mix the macaroni, evaporated milk, milk, butter, salt, pepper, eggs and all but 1/2 cup of the grated cheese. Sprinkle the reserved cheese over the top of the mixture and then sprinkle with paprika. Cover and cook on low heat for 3 hours and 15 minutes. Turn off the slow cooker, stir the mixture and serve hot. Recipe courtesy of foodnetwork.com. 




Dura-Shine Clean, LLC is a full-service cleaning company celebrating 20 years in the cleaning industry. Founded in 1993 and based out of Pasco, Washington, Dura-Shine Clean offers superior commercial and residential cleaning to Eastern Washington. Dura-Shine Clean provides commercial janitorial services, floor care, window cleaning, residential, carpet cleaning, and event and construction cleanup. In addition, Dura-Shine Clean provides janitorial services for specialized businesses such as healthcare and industrial facilities. For more information visit www.dura-shineclean.com or contact us at 866.625.7647.

Work and Family Balance

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - Monday, April 28, 2014

BALANCE WORK AND YOUR FAMILY LIFE 


Are you worn out trying to succeed at work while wrangling responsibilities at home? Try these ideas for creating strategies to help you balance work and family life.


Decide what you want. Think about what you really want from life for you and your family. How does your job fit into that? Are you working for self-fulfillment or merely for the paycheck?


Decide what’s important. Based on your values, figure out which tasks are absolutely essential and which are less so. Set priorities for deciding what works. If spending time with your family during your Sunday is important, consider utilizing a housecleaning service to tackle the day-to-day chores so you can focus on your family.


Transition between the two worlds. It usually takes 15-20 minutes to shift gears from work to family. Clear your head on the way home by listening to music as you commute, or try mediating or reading if you utilize public transportation. Once home, take a 15-minute break to change clothes and make the complete shift.


Be realistic. There is always more to do than time available, so figure out what you can and can’t do. You may need to adjust your expectations of both work life and your home life. 



Dura-Shine Clean, LLC is a full-service cleaning company celebrating 20 years in the cleaning industry. Founded in 1993 and based out of Pasco, Washington, Dura-Shine Clean offers superior commercial and residential cleaning to Eastern Washington. Dura-Shine Clean provides commercial janitorial services, floor care, window cleaning, residential, carpet cleaning, and event and construction cleanup. In addition, Dura-Shine Clean provides janitorial services for specialized businesses such as healthcare and industrial facilities. For more information visit www.dura-shineclean.com or contact us at 866.625.7647.  


Clip Your Way to Savings

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - Monday, April 28, 2014

Clip Your Way to Savings

 

Coupons can help you save money, but only if you use them right. Here are some tips for reaping the benefits:


Remember where they are. The first obstacle to overcome with coupons is forgetting to use them. Keep them someplace handy, like your wallet or briefcase. If you’ve got dry-cleaning coupons, pin them to the laundry bag. If you’ve got one for a restaurant, tack it onto the fridge or in your restaurant guidebook.


Use coupons only for items you normally buy. If you usually go with a generic brand of corn flakes, don’t buy a name-brand box just because you can save 35 cents. Be sure the savings from the coupon actually provides a better deal.


Don’t buy more than you need. Coupons are there to promote certain products and services. If you get an auto coupon for a free oil change, don’t let salespeople pressure you into purchasing additional high-cost services at the same time.


Read the fine print. Make sure you know all the terms at the beginning. Keep an eye out for restrictions like, “Not valid with other offers,” or “Mention the ad when placing an order.”



Dura-Shine Clean, LLC is a full-service cleaning company celebrating 20 years in the cleaning industry. Founded in 1993 and based out of Pasco, Washington, Dura-Shine Clean offers superior commercial and residential cleaning to Eastern Washington. Dura-Shine Clean provides commercial janitorial services, floor care, window cleaning, residential, carpet cleaning, and event and construction cleanup. In addition, Dura-Shine Clean provides janitorial services for specialized businesses such as healthcare and industrial facilities. For more information visit www.dura-shineclean.com or contact us at 866.625.7647.    



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