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More Mason Jars for the Fans!

It’s Monday, and as everyone knows, no one likes a Monday. Personally, I think Monday’s get a bad rep most of the time (unless you get a Murphy’s Law Monday), but ever since Filbert Mumphries’ cow fell off a cliff and crushed a log cabin that a family of settlers had just moved into, Monday’s have been labelled the bad boy of the work week. I totally just made that up…

Anyway, mason jars make people happy. No one knows why, or how they became the “it” container of the 21st century, considering how old-timey they are and can’t text or look up recipes on the internet, but people just love them and get so excited about them! It doesn’t hurt that we sell mason jar drink glasses either, so after you get inspiration from this blog, you can visit the site and buy a few to get cracking on these scrumdidlyuptious creations. Enjoy!



The Versatile Mason Jar

People my age and older know of the original intended use of a mason jar, and that was for storing vegetables and fruits that had been preserved at home. Rural farmsteads and homes usually had vegetable gardens and fruit trees, and housewives canned or “put up” their own vegetables, fruits, jams, jellies, and other food stuffs for winter time and lean times. Mason jars were, and still are, the storage container of choice for this.

Now, we drink from them, we turn them into snow globes, we use them to store toiletries…there are a thousand and one uses for mason jars and a quick search of Pinterest will give you pages of ideas for crafting with them. Google “mason jar uses” and you get MORE pages upon pages of ideas (including those on Pinterest) for everything from terrariums (I may do one of those) to science projects! Below are the top five ideas that I found online that have to do with mason jars. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did finding them!

Mason Board Complete

1) A meal in a jar. How simple, how easy, how…crafty! When I saw this blog, it made me want to run right out and try this! Even though I’m one of those weird people who doesn’t like their food to touch. In the interest of experimenting, I’m willing to give it a go!

2) I have a brown thumb. Really. I can grow herbs, and I can grow veggies, but anything remotely resembling a house plant or flower, and I will kill it. Purely unintentional, of course, but if I try it more than once, does that constitute premeditated plant murder? Anyway, I want to try this terrarium. It looks cool and death-proof.

3) Okay, so I used to decorate in country shabby-chic. My house was all Americana accents and garage-store finds that I fixed up, so something like these glasses that I found on this blog would have fit right in on nights around the fire pit.

4) These mason jar pincushions appeal to my love of organizing! And I love off-beat ways of storage. I have a sewing kit, but I may just add something like this to my collection, so that I can have a small sewing kit where I need it most. Of course, leave it up to crafting maven Martha Stewart to come up with something so functional and yet fun!

5) Last but not least, another organizing wunderfind from Martha. Although I couldn’t find it on her site, I found a blogger that posted about it. Its pretty self-explanatory, and if you have any Martha Stewart Whole Livings around from 2009, its in one of those issues. Hey, I tried to find it. She may be the crafting maven, but she’s not good at archiving online.



A Business Owner’s Guide to a Clean Bathroom

Every minute of the day that your local business’ bathroom is not clean is another chance to give a local, longtime customer the bad experience that will prevent him from coming back. Normally there is no way to tell whether you have lost customers on account of a dirty bathroom. In the same way that your business can earn a reputation around town, your business’ bathroom also gets a reputation that will stick, so to speak. In this blog  we’ll review the most sanitary bathroom equipment and then create a plan to keep that restroom clean.

The Right Public Restroom Equipment

Walk into your restroom and try this exercise; can you wash your hands, dry, and leave the bathroom without making contact with any surface whatsoever? A bathroom that is fitted with the right gear can accommodate this move. First, use a wall-mounted touchless soap dispenser. Hygiene leader Gojo has dispensers that use factory-sealed soap refills. These are superior because they are guaranteed to be sanitary. Studies have shown that approximately 25% of open bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms contain unsafe levels of bacteria.

Next you’ll need a touchless paper towel dispenser by the sink. Do not use an air dryer, since these can become dusty and blow bacteria onto your customers’ hands. A step-on trash can should be located right underneath the paper towel dispenser near the faucet. This way you can use a paper towel to turn the faucet off and throw it away, all without touching anything. You should also provide a small wastebasket near the door for those customers who like to open the door with a paper towel, so that they don’t have to make a prayer shot from half-court to throw it away. In the end it will create less work for you. Try this chrome wastebasket from Safco. Add a metered odor control system and toilet seat covers, and you should have all the basics covered for a sanitary public restroom.

Creating a Routine Cleaning Schedule

An hourly cleaning schedule is not to be used as a replacement for the responsibility of employees to “clean as they go”, to fix a problem when they find it. The purpose is to standardize the cleaning process for uniformity and continuous cleaning throughout the day. You will need to customize your schedule based on the needs of your particular business, but all routine cleaning schedules should address the following concerns in writing:

  1. What is to be cleaned
  2. When it is to be cleaned
  3. How it is to be cleaned
  4. Precautions to take
  5. Who is scheduled to clean
  6. Where cleaning materials are located is a great place to find all the restroom cleaning supplies you will need. You can save money in all sorts of ways – by buying everything in one place, buying cleaning supplies in bulk, and by joining our ReStocker program, which lets you schedule automatic shipments and saves you 10% on all your purchases just for being a member.


Product Review: Boardwalk 6400 Center Pull Paper Towels

If you are buying supplies for your business’s restrooms, go with center-pull paper towels. I’ve found that they are the cheapest and most efficient type of hand drying amenity you can get.

Boardwalk 6400 center pull paper towels six packBoardwalk is the janitorial supplies brand that I use for paper towels. Customers have rated the Boardwalk 6400 centerpull paper towels a whopping 5 1/2 out of 6 stars because’s price on the item is unbeatable, and the product itself lasts longer than other types of paper towel. You can get a case of 6 two-ply centerpull paper towel rolls for $22.49 as of this writing; that’s only $3.75 for about a month of normal paper use. If you already use a different type of paper towel with other dispensers, try buying a case of the Boardwalk 6400 centerpull towels and a dispenser. Centerpull paper towel dispensers are the cheapest type of dispenser there is, and the savings in paper usage will pay for your old push-lever, electric dispenser or blow dryer you have now.


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