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Mid-Week Mini Edition
By Maria Gracia
October 11, 2017
Do You Believe in Ghosts?
I recently polled GON readers, asking, 'Do you believe in ghosts?' Here
are the results:
28% I'm kind of 'on the fence' about it.
28% No. No such thing.
So that's 72% of our readers who believe in ghosts, either a lot or a little.
One search on YouTube led me to a host of articles on this very subject. Some
of the titles were:
Supernatural Cleaning Methods
8 Ways to Clear Spirits and Ghosts from Your Home
How to Get a Ghost out of Your House: 9 Steps
6 DIY Ways to Tell if Your House is Haunted
Cleansing Your Home of Ghosts: How to Set Boundaries with Spirits
So for those of you who need a bit of ghostbusting at home, there's plenty of
information online to get you going.
For those of you who are ghost-free, maybe you can stir up your very own ghost,
or two, with your child's or grandchild's costume this Halloween, made out of a
simple, crisp, white sheet...hopefully not your most expensive ones!
Speaking of sheets, I thought all this talk about ghosts would be a good lead-in
for cleaning sheets...and the mistakes a lot of folks make when doing so:
Mistake One: Waiting way too long between cleanings. I change the sheets
on the beds in my house once every week. On occasion, I've let it go for two
weeks, but never more than that. Ghosts may frighten some people, but you know
what scares me? The germs, sweat, and body oils accumulating on sheets in
Mistake Two: Stuffing too many sheets in your washing machine. I know, I
know. It may seem easier to just stuff every family members sheets in the
machine to get it done quickly. But when you do, the sheets aren't going to
circulate enough to get clean. Plus, too many sheets in the wash could wrap
around the agitator and either throw your machine off balance or tear the
Mistake Three: Washing sheets with towels. Doing so may result in your
sheets coming out with lint balls attached to them. In addition, towels create
friction which is going to end up ruining your sheets. Wash them separately.
Mistake Four: Leaving your sheets in the washer/dryer long after the
cycle is done. Sheets actually begin getting wrinkled when you leave them in the
washer because the spin cycle draws the fabric of the sheets against the basin
wall. Leaving them in there too long 'sets' the wrinkles. Leave sheets, or any
fabric in the dryer, and the wrinkles will get even worse. When you're washing
sheets, remove them from the washer as soon as the cycle completes and shake
them out. Then, put them in the dryer. When the dryer cycle is finished, put
them back on your bed while they're still warm, or fold them neatly and store
them for next time.
Mistake Five: Washing on the hottest setting. We've been told for years
to always wash our sheets on the hottest wash setting possible. Not so! Even the
New York Times has confirmed that today's detergents work perfectly well in
cooler water. My advice: wash sheets on the 'warm' setting, and dry them on the
warm setting as well, unless the washing instructions on your bedding suggest
otherwise. You'll help prevent those sheets from shrinking, and you'll save on
your energy costs.
Finally, here is some cuteness to share with your family and friends...
Who do you call when the graveyard needs a spring clean?
What do you call a ghost who scares chickens?
How do spirits keep fit?
Ghost floats into a bar.
The barman says, 'We don't serve spirits.'
P.S. Speaking of ghosts and scary things, procrastinating can be its very own
evil. Do you often wait until the last minute, procrastinating on many tasks you
have to accomplish? Maybe you put things off because you don't want to do
them, OR you feel too overwhelmed, OR maybe the project is soooo big that it
can't be finished all at once...so why even start it? If you can never seem to
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How Can I Eliminate Cobwebs?
A GON Reader Asks
Maria, Do you have any advice for getting rid of cobwebs? First off, I always
seem to have one or more in my house that I'm walking into...yuck! Second,
some are in high places and I don't always want to be standing on a ladder.
--Mary, Oshkosh, WI
Maria Gracia Responds
Walking into cobwebs, the leftover remnants of no-longer-being-used spider
webs, is no fun. Here are a few tips to get rid of them:
1) The first thing I usually do is grab my vacuum cleaner and use the hose
attachment to remove it.
2) For high areas your vacuum won't reach, grab a broom and gently lift the
cobweb off, which is more effective than attempting to sweep it.
3) A lint roller is an excellent tool for picking up spider webs as well.
4) If the web is in a small crevice, try using a toothpick or small paintbrush
to get at it.
5) For cobwebs in high places, use a rubber band to secure an old sock to the
end of a yard stick or ruler. If the cobweb is even higher, use a ceiling
duster or telescoping pole with an old sock wrapped around it. No ladder
By the way, I wanted to mention a few thoughts on how you can avoid spiders in
your house in the first place:
1) Vacuum frequently. It helps you remove not only those visible cobwebs, but
also wipes out spider eggs and nymphs.
2) Seal cracks and windows, and be sure screens are in good repair.
3) Get rid of clutter. A pile of clutter is a spider's vacation home.
4) Turn off outdoor porch lights. Insects are attracted to light, spiders
are attracted to insects, and porch lights that are always lit invite insects
and spiders into your home.
5) If spiders are a huge problem, and you've done everything you could to
prevent them, you may need to call in a professional exterminator.
Featured Article: 7 tips to get you where you're going...on time!
Ask Maria: A reader asked, 'I want to eat a nutritious breakfast.but I
don't have the time! Please help!' Here's how I responded...
Dirty Little Secret 1: This one tool in my kitchen helps me complete my
food prep in a flash. Find out what it is...
Dirty Little Secret 2: I have a secret for cleaning artificial plant
leaves and lampshades. Check it out
Dirty Little Secret 3: If I want to do something on my computer later and
I don't want to forget to do it, here's a little trick I use to remind myself...
Cleaning Secrets: 10 cleaning secrets to help you get the job done fast
Mini Challenges: I will often add tasks to my list that aren't done every
week, but have to be done now and then. Tackle these mini challenges this week.
In ADDITION, on our home page, you'll also find lots of NEW and featured
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October Checklist: Witching you an organized, boo-tiful October. Start
today with our NEW October 2017 Organizing Checklist...
Web Poll: Do you believe in ghosts? Let us know
Regret: When it comes to regret, here are the top 5 areas where people
feel the most. Also, learn what percentage of people have a major regret about
something in their lives...the number is astonishing.
Theme of the Week: Being too busy. Enjoy our home page quotes, that
reflect our theme, for added inspiration and motivation this week
During the day, I don't believe in ghosts. At night, I am a little more open
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