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Sunday

Clean Up Your Mailbox Opt Out

If you're like me, you get waaaaaaaaay more spam emails, mail offers, catalogs from places you ordered from once 5 years ago, phone calls.


My mailcarrier loves me and here's 2 reasons why.
DMAChoice.org
From their website:
Founded in 1917, the DMA represents nearly 3,600 organizations—including most of the leaders in the direct marketing community.
Heads up-opting out of DMAChoice is not free. It's $2 online and requires a credit card.

OptOutPreScreen.com
From their website:
Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Consumer Credit Reporting Companies are permitted to include your name on lists used by creditors or insurers to make firm offers of credit or insurance that are not initiated by you ("Firm Offers"). The FCRA also provides you the right to "Opt-Out", which prevents Consumer Credit Reporting Companies from providing your credit file information for Firm Offers.

Opting out is free, takes less than 5 minutes of your time and is good for 5 years. It will ask you for your SSN. If you're getting pre-approved credit card offers, those places already have access to your credit report. #optout

One of the largest online data brokers is Acxiom. They have a lot of personal info about me, you and probably everyone we know.
It's super easy to opt out of having that data about you shared with other marketers.
Acxiom Opt Out
It will ask for any current and former names. (helpful if you still get stuff under multiple names)
It will ask phone numbers, emails and addresses, including PO Boxes that you use.

Doing this today probably isn't going to stop the onslaught of holiday catalogs and offers-because those are already printed and sitting somewhere waiting for the mail date. Also-it takes 90 days for some of the businesses to get the updated mail list.


Unwanted phone calls. I don't get nearly as many since I put myself on the free National Do Not Call Registry
I'm not gonna say I don't get any because scammers gonna scam. Every year, I verify my number is still in the registry.

Protip: when you sign up for store rewards cards, do not give your telephone number. I don't care what the clerk tells you about oh they don't sell your info. Nope-you can have these 10 digits of my choosing.
Past getting a discount for giving up your info, you don't realllly know what exactly you're agreeing to. If you have a relationship with a business, they or their parent/subsidiary can call until you tell them in writing to stop. Ditto for signing up for random things that ask for your number.


The downside to cleaning out my various mailboxes is less mail to throw out, my phone's not ringing off the hook with nonsense. Yeah not seeing this downside.







Saturday

Essential Oil Aromatherapy Toxin Free Housecleaning

Now that I've gotten your attention with some crunchy buzzwords...
This is not something I offer as a service and Imma explain a little of the why.

Not all essential oils (EOs) A-actually (EOs) and B-are safe to use around pets or kids.
Cats have a long ass list of EOs that are super duper toxic to them.
Dogs also have a list of EOs that they shouldn't be exposed to randomly.
Birds and fishes and all those other small exotics kids like to have---yeah they got a list of NO to EO as well.
Trying to remember what compounds are and aren't safe with which species is just not something I want to worry myself with in the name of cleaning your home.

Kristen Bell's book Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals is a must have for anyone interested in oils and how they positively and (sometimes negatively) interact with animals.

...moving on to humans...

If someone in your home has asthma, a lot of the clean smelling, breath of fresh air EOs are full of VOC (volatile organic compounds), which will probably trigger an asthma attack.

The EOs that are allegedly "good for allergies" are some of the very ones people are commonly allergic to either via breathing or skin contact.
My husband is very scent sensitive. Some of my favorite scents are completely off-limits because they trigger violent sneezing fits or all out hayfever type allergic reaction.

I've heard people (read: EO sales consultants) say shit like 'breaking out after using an EO is your body detoxing', or the oil is inferior quality.
No boo-it's an allergic reaction.


Further reading:
Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young-Essential Oil Safety: A Guide For Healthcare Professionals 2nd Edition.
This book is a must have for anyone interested in using EOs in their everyday life. Robert Tisserand is a highly respected authority in the field of aromatherapy and essential oil use and safety.

This isn't meant to scare anyone off using Essential Oils or Aromatherapy housecleaning.
I use EOs in daily life and have done so for over 20 years.
I feel it's important to make and use EO based cleaning products in your home safely.

Friday

How To Get Urine Out of Flooring

Urine, pee, potty, tinkle-whatever you call it-once it has set into your floor removal becomes a pain in the ass.
Once urine soaks through and saturates the subfloor, getting the smell out usually requires replacing the subfloor. You can soak it in whatever concoction you want--once pee gets that far in, there is no getting it out.
Before bad aim or a potty accident (human or furbaby) makes your house reek of piss...

Carpet Blot up as much urine as possible. The more urine you can get out before it dries the easier it will be to remove the odor. Rinse with clean warm (not hot) water and blot dry. Sprinkle baking soda over affected area and let dry. Meanwhile...go buy an enzyme cleaner specifically for urine. Vacuum dried baking soda from carpet. Spray pee affected area with enzyme cleaner as directed. You may have to pull up the carpet and treat the carpet padding as well. Without the enzyme cleaner-it is always going to smell of pee-pee. Always.


Floors and Around the Toliet You can bleach or use toliet bowl cleaner on it every day and still not get that lingering potty smell out.  See also: Bleach is not a cleaning product
Enzyme cleaner. For Urine. Accept no substitutes. Saturate well-let dry. Lather rinse repeat as needed for urine on regular floors and around the toilet. Always always always test any new cleaning product/enzyme treatment in an inconspicuous spot to ensure it isn't going to cause damage to your floors/carpet/upholstery.

When all else fails-call a professional. Better to spend a few hundred to get rid of a urine odor issue than a few thousand replacing flooring.




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