As most of the country knows we are in the midst of a massive “Polar Vortex” . As scary as this sounds (and it does sound VERY SCARY) there are precautions we can take to keep ourselves safe and warm. Firstly do not spend any unnecessary time outside! I read somewhere you can get frost bite if you expose your skin to the cold for more than five minutes. To this Florida girl, well that sounds like a horror movie come to life. Second, please bring your animals inside!! Third, I hear lots of hot soup, tea, and hot cocoa are called for in freezing conditions, plus in all honesty that just sounds yummy.
This time of year seems to be when most people come down with a cold or the flu. That is why we are having a sale this week on all cleaning supplies. Kill those sickness causing germs with products like cleaning wipes, Purell, and bottled soap. We hope everyone is staying safe and warm and not leaving the house unless they have to! Restockit.com cleaning product sale
It’s that time of the year again, when the weather is starting to warm up, and windows are being thrown open to air out the house. Chasing out the mustiness of winter, and letting in the fresh air of spring, is almost a sacred tradition, especially in the north. It’s Spring Cleaning time!
This is a HUGE cleaning time of the year for me. EVERYTHING gets cleaned, from the top of the cabinets to backs of bookcases. I use everything from Swiffer dusters and Pledge to Windex and Ajax. The cleaning chemical world loves me at this time of year.
Not to mention the sponges, bar towels, paper towels and toothbrushes that I go through. It usually takes me a full weekend to get everything done, but man does the house sparkle after that! Glass and mirrors shine, and animals and people alike tend to walk into the sliding glass doors, thinking they’re open.
To finish off everything, I light candles and spray Febreeze. I also simmer some orange slices, cloves, and cinnamon on the stove, which sends such a beautiful fragrance through the whole house! You can also simmer lemon, rosemary, and vanilla. Just remember to refresh the water! What do you do to get your house ready for spring?
We admit it. We have run out of paper towels for our dispensers here at ReStockIt, and have had to resort to flimsy napkins for drying our hands as we eagerly await our new shipment. We try to stay on top of ordering supplies, but sometimes we just…forget! It happens to everyone, every business, at one point or another, and it’s never at a convenient time. That’s why there is ReStocker to the rescue!
You can’t go wrong using ReStocker for your business, or even your home! There is no drawback to having your supplies automatically delivered in the time frame that you choose. And there are tons of products that are on our ReStocker program, so you can restock everything you need for your business or home, and never have to worry about running out of a crucial supply ever again!
In addition, with ReStocker, you save 5% on every ReStocker order that you place, so the program also equals savings as well as peace of mind since you aren’t going to be surprised when something important runs out. Think about it, no more last minute trips to the store for supplies, so it saves you time as well! You can’t beat something that saves you time, money, and peace of mind.
You can customize ReStocker to replenish your supplies in the time frame of your choosing, and with many of our ReStocker products offering free shipping and super-fast delivery, there really isn’t a way to lose! Breakroom supplies, office supplies, even janitorial supplies can be set up for auto delivery with ReStocker, so you never have to run out again. Its good advice that we’ll be taking for ourselves!
Sometimes it’s unavoidable. You come into the house (or the office in the morning) and something, somewhere, stinks. Usually it’s something in the garbage or the refrigerator, and if you get it out of the building fast enough, the stench goes away on its own, but sometimes…it lingers. That’s when you go running for the air freshener.
There are a lot of ways and products on the market to remove bad smells out of the air. Candles, sprays, diffusers…they all mask scents in the air, which is okay if you just want a pleasant burst of smell before the vileness takes over again. I use things like that just to put a nice smell in the air before guests come over. When there is a miasma in the air that just won’t go away, you need something heavy duty. You need an air sanitizer.
My first choice is Ozium. The air sanitizer with the funny name is scent killer in a can. There is nothing that this spray won’t destroy. Teenagers of my generation were introduced to this wonder when we needed to spray away the lingering smoke from our contraband cigarettes (bad habit kids, don’t pick it up!) and I continue to use it to this day (especially in the closet that our hamper is in) and it never lets me down.
Another excellent choice is Lysol’s Neutra Air line of air sanitizer’s. They come in more of a scent variety, and of course, being Lysol it not only destroys odors, it sanitizes as well. I’ve used it in a pinch when my regular Lysol spray has run out, and I’ve sanitized the counters and toilets with it! With either one of these products, you can’t lose when you want to eliminate bad odors out of the air. Happy sanitizing!
I’ve run across this problem quite a few times answering customer service calls. There are a lot of trash bags out there, and when you’re buying them from a website, it’s hard to know just what to buy. Is it flimsy? Does it have a pointy bottom or a flat bottom? Will it hold up to broken branches and twigs, or just good for paper?
Those questions also give rise to others, like what density to choose and just what the heck does MIL stand for anyway? I’ll try to cover all these questions so that there is no more guessing going on and ordering the wrong bag! It’s so frustrating to get something in the mail just to realize it’s not going to work for you. We use Jaguar garbage can liners, and they are really awesome! Here’s some tips on which one to use.
If you’re looking for a good liner for your kitchen garbage can, you want to stick with a low density bag that’s around.50 to 1Mil. The higher the MIL (thickness) the stronger the bag. If you want something a little bit stronger and thicker, you can use a high density bag around 6-14Mic. High density carries a heavier load than low density, so if you find yourself tossing a lot of food away, then go for high density bags.
When you’re working outside, doing yard work, then you obviously want a thicker constructed bag, which means 2-3Mil or 18-24Mic. Size-wise, most garbage bags are listed in gallons, so you know what to get, but when they are listed by size, what to choose? For a typical 10-13 gallon office or kitchen garbage can, you want to use a bag listed between 24×24 to 24×32 inches. If you’re putting a bag in your typical 32 gallon trashcan, you will go 33×39” for a low density bag and 33×40” for a high density bag.
I hope these tips helped, but if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! You can find our contact information at our home page, or just comment on the blog, and I will personally get back with you and answer! Happy Holidays!
When I first got my stainless steel appliances in my old house, I was ecstatic. They were sleek, looked beautiful, and let’s face it, I felt trendy. I preferred them over the white appliances that we had, and black appliances just wouldn’t look right in my small kitchen. Then I ran into the problem all stainless steel appliance owners ran into: they were hard to get clean.
Not that they would get dirty, but finger prints showed up like no one’s business, and cleaning them with an all-purpose cleaner didn’t cut it. Either the cleaner wouldn’t remove the fingerprints, or it left a cloudy haze on them. What to do? A friend of mine finally took pity on me and revealed a well-kept secret for cleaning my appliances: Sheila Shine!
No longer a secret, Sheila Shine has become a household name, and is in great demand here at ReStockIt. With the prevalence of stainless steel appliances and even stainless steel counter tops Sheila Shine proves again and again how indispensable it is! One spray or wipe, and it removes fingerprints and other substances from stainless steel, leaving behind the shiny surface that should be there, instead of a cloudy haze.
Not only is Sheila Shine great for appliances, but use it on your sinks, faucets, garbage cans…anything that is stainless steel. It can also be used on the stainless steel found on cars, boats, motorcycles…anything! Pick up some Sheila Shine today, you won’t be disappointed!
When I was a kid, I was always excited to help my mom clean. Which is just unusual in itself, but that’s for another blog.One of my favorite cleaners, and the first one that I was allowed to use, was Windex.
Back then, it was clear, like the ammonia it’s derived from. Then my mom brought home the colorful blue liquid. Now not only was it my “special” cleaner, it was pretty too!
I used it with newspapers to clean the windows when I was young, but as a starving young singleton, I couldn’t buy all the different cleaners that my mother used. At that point I found out, (before Nia Vardalos gave us her Big, Fat, Greek Wedding), that Windex has a 1,000 uses!
I have used it to clean carpet, clean windows, remove sap from vehicles, remove glue from CD and DVD cases, destroy an ant colony, clean my car interior (Armor All is expensive!), built up grease on the stove hood, grease on the counter tops, removing a tight ring from a finger, dried dog food (and other unmentionables), mopping tile floors…did I mention destroy an ant colony?
I could go on and on.
Even now, when I can afford the fancy cleaners that make up a well-stocked cleaning pantry, I still go to Windex first, because it never lets me down.
Keep in mind, however, that I am no cleaning expert and you should test all these solutions on a small patch of whatever you’re using it on that can be easily hidden if it backfires.
Please don’t end up on YouTube as an example of what NOT to do with Windex. Happy cleaning!
Rubbermaid, now an American institution of consumer products ranging from medical supplies to cleaning supplies and beyond, got it’s start thanks to a little-known western pioneer named Obediah Jones. His story is an unusual one indeed. He made a fortune in the early discovery of rubber, which he used in the construction of scarecrows that were far more durable than the straw and cloth models. He called these weatherproof scarecrows Rubbermaids.
Obediah Jones was born and raised in Virginia during the era of westward migrations of the late 1700s. He was a specialist in hand-made cleaning supplies and rubber scarecrows, but dreamed of exploring the wild west. After hearing of the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889, Obediah used his rubber scarecrow earnings to travel west and claim his piece of private land. Unfortunately, in his haste Obediah accidentally stepped on an errant bear trap and lost his leg. His travels were slowed considerably, and by the time he reached the plains of what is now modern-day Oklahoma, all of the land was already claimed. Instead of giving up, OJ used his experience in molding rubber to create America’s first rubber prosthetic leg. You could say that this new leg gave him a considerable bounce in his step. Obediah decided we would push further west until he reached the coast.
During this time, one of the biggest obstacles to traveling west of Oklahoma were crocodiles. At the time, ammunition was far too precious to waste on anything other than hunting for food but fortunately for Obediah, all he needed was his sharp wit and the abundance of the Great Rubbertree Forests of the old midwest. He would clamp the mouths of any offending crocodiles with his own design of elastic muzzles made from rubber, that are known today as rubber bands. By first wiggling his rubber leg out as bait, he would quickly render the crocodiles harmless.
Obediah Jones finally made it to California to live a full and happy life. He improved the lives of everyone around him with his Rubbermaid scarecrows and durable cleaning supplies. For twenty years in a row he was appointed the referee of the Annual Cart Derby of San Francisco, which was back then a heart-pounding recreational sport. His carts sported rubber wheels and were always the fastest. When Cart Derbies were eventually banned due to the number of fatalities involved, the racers were re-purposed as janitorial carts. Even today San Francisco is known for back-alley janitor cart races.
Even after his death on February 13th 1855, Obediah continued to create innovations that improved the lives of others around him. Obediah was lovingly buried in a monumental crypt made entirely of rubber, a testament to his innovation and durability. Oddly enough, this weatherproof burial chamber was the catalyst to the invention of Rubbermaid outdoor sheds.
ReStockIt.com commemorates February 13th as Rubbermaid day and remembers Obediah Jones, founder of Rubbermaid and true American pioneer. To celebrate his innovation, you can download a copy of the real Prairie Traveler, early America’s official guide to pioneering the perilous west.