Re-Blog: Three blind Maryland residents and the National Federation of the Blind are suing Walmart, alleging that the company violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because its self-checkout kiosks are not fully accessible to blind customers.

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Oct. 29–Three blind Maryland residents and the National Federation of the Blind are suing Walmart, alleging that the company violates the Americans with

Disabilities Act because its self-checkout kiosks are not fully accessible to blind customers.

 

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, also claims that an employee at the Walmart in Owings Mills allegedly attempted to take money from

one of the plaintiffs while she was checking out at the store.

 

The suit claims that a staff member at the Owings Mills store on Reisterstown Road was assisting Cynthia Morales with a purchase at a self-checkout kiosk

in July 2017 when the employee selected an option for cash back from her debit card and took $40 without her knowledge.

 

“It’s important for blind people to be able to use the machines independently … so that people are not stealing from us,” Morales, a Parkville resident,

said in an interview. “We should be treated like everybody else — when we come into the store we would like to check out at the self-checkout quickly

just like everybody else, and I know that the technology is out there.”

 

In addition to Morales, other plaintiffs include Linwood Boyd, a Pikesville resident who was shopping with Morales when the alleged incident occurred;

Baltimore resident Melissa Sheeder; the National Federation of the Blind Inc. and the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland.

 

The plaintiffs are seeking a permanent injunction that would require Walmart to make its self-service kiosks throughout the U.S. accessible to blind customers;

a declaration that Walmart has been violating the ADA; and court costs and attorneys’ fees.

 

According to the suit, Morales and Boyd were checking out at a self-service kiosk when Morales handed an employee her debit card and instructed the employee

to enter her pin number on the keypad. She expected to pay about $80 for her items, according to the suit. During the transaction, the screen prompted

the users to take money from the machine, the suit claims. When Morales and Boyd left the store, they asked a bystander to read the receipt and realized

Morales was charged about $120.

 

They re-entered the store and called police, and the $40 was ultimately returned, according to the complaint.

 

“Money was stolen from one of our members and certainly we deplore that,” said Chris Danielsen, a spokesman for the National Federation of the Blind.

 

Danielsen said that even without the incident at Owings Mills, it’s “unacceptable” that sight-impaired patrons can’t serve themselves. “The technology

exists for Walmart and other entities that are using these kind of self-service kiosks,” he said.

 

Sheeder claims in the suit that she shops at Walmart at least once a week, and she and a friend attempted to use a self-checkout kiosk in July 2018. When

they were unable to operate it, they were directed to a full-service checkout lane, where they had to wait in line.

 

“We don’t tolerate discrimination, and we believe our checkout procedures comply with applicable law,” Randy Hargrove, a spokesman for Walmart, said in

an emailed statement late Friday. “When we learned of this specific situation with Ms. Morales, we looked into the matter and as a result, the associate

is no longer with the company. We take this matter seriously and will respond as appropriate with the court.”

 

Danielsen said he’s not aware of any large retailers that incorporate self-checkout kiosks that are fully accessible to blind people, but he pointed to

self-service software for machines such as ATMs, Amtrak ticket booths and taxicabs that allow blind people to operate the devices independently.

 

“We know that it’s possible to make a self-checkout kiosk accessible. It just has to be thought of at the design stage,” said Jessica P. Weber, an attorney

who is part of a team from the Baltimore firm Brown, Goldstein & Levy representing the plaintiffs. The lawsuit says the National Federation of the Blind

attempted to work with Walmart to address problems with the kiosks prior to filing suit.

 

“The civil rights of blind people can’t wait indefinitely and so we’re going to forge ahead,” Weber said.

 

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Guest Post: Jaguar is Outfitting its Electric Cars with Spaceship-Like Noises

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Jaguar is Outfitting its Electric Cars with Spaceship-Like Noises
Rob Stumpf
Regulations all over the globe are calling for electric cars to emit noise as they creep along the road at low speeds in order to protect those with visual impairments. The Jaguar I-Pace will begin to be fitted with an Audible Vehicle Alert System in order to alert pedestrians that the SUV is in motion. Jaguar revealed the noises that its newest lineup of electric vehicles will emit, and it sounds out of this world.
Like all electric cars, the noise emitted while under certain speeds can be difficult for pedestrians to hear, and people who are visually impaired will have a greater difficulty discerning that a vehicle might be traveling in their direction. Because of this, regulations in the United States and European Union have become the key focus of automakers looking to outfit the future with electric mobility. In the United States, vehicles have until 2020 to comply with the legislation, while the EU has adopted a starting point for 2019.
While traveling at speeds less than 18.6 miles per hour (or a slower 13 mph in the EU), the I-Pace will emit a noise above 56 decibels, somewhere between the volume of a refrigerator and an air conditioner.
“The absence of traditional engine noise from electric vehicles creates a problem for vulnerable pedestrians, such as the blind or visually impaired,” said Iain Suffield, a technical specialist at Jaguar. “This is especially true at low speeds in town centres and car parks. We developed the Audible Vehicle Alert System for the [I-Pace] to ensure the safety of all road users. Our potentially life-saving technology cannot be switched off and as the leading charity for people with sight loss, we are pleased to have the support of Guide Dogs to ensure real people are at the heart of our product testing”
Jaguar said that its staff worked for nearly four years to develop the perfect noise for its vehicles. It claims that the noise, which is emitted from a speaker nested behind the vehicle’s front grille, is audible to those outside of the car, yet cannot be heard in the cabin. Sound engineers tested the car in urban environments and even special echo-free chambers to ensure that the noise would be effective.
According to Jaguar, initial tests caused pedestrians to look to the sky out of confusion (instead of watching out for oncoming traffic), it dropped plans to implement noises that sounded like they were emitted from sci-fi space crafts. Instead, it modified the noise and programmed the car to shift the pitch and volume as the vehicle sped up or slowed down, similar to a car’s engine producing different noises based on load. Still, it’s hard to say that this doesn’t sound like a spaceship.

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, The Super Compact Record Player, October 1, 2018

October 01 2018

Meet the Super Compact Record Player

 

Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to talk about the Super Compact Record Player

 

Meet the super Compact Record Player

 

Document source:

 

http://www.aph.org

 

from Fred’s Head

 

In this day of high-tech gadgets and MP3 players, it’s nice to see an old favorite still has a chance to be cool. I have a deep love for record players, my parents got one for me when I was a very young child and I’ve owned one all my life. I have tons of records and wouldn’t give them up for the world. I’m thinking I may have to have one of these too.

 

The Crosley Revolution turntable truly fits the word in every way. Where other turntables take up space, this one dances around a desk without ado.

 

Where other record players must be kept in their designated place, the Revolution practically begs to join you on every journey. And where other turntables tangle you in a web of wires, the Revolution effortlessly pairs with any FM radio for cordless, clear sound.

 

It is a turntable of firsts-the first battery-powered Crosley turntable, the first with a platter smaller than a teacup saucer, and the first with a wireless transmitter for cord-free enjoyment. Users can tote this two-speed turntable with them to vinyl swaps or to a friend’s house. Featuring a USB hookup for easy analog-to-digital transfer, the Revolution will allow users to free their favorites from the grooves for digital enjoyment across a variety of devices. This small but mighty turntable also features a headphone jack, passive audio out, and a dynamic full range speaker.

 

Includes a software Suite For Ripping And Editing Audio Content Belt Driven Turntable Mechanism plays 2 Speeds, 33 1/3 And 45 RPM Records.

 

Now if we could only do something for packing all those records around!

 

the cost is $149.95.

 

Click this link to visit the Crosley Radio website to purchase the Revolution turntable:

http://www.crosleyradio.com/Product.aspx?pid=1869

 

That’s it from me for this week.

If you would like to become a member of  my CCB Mysteries chapter you can do so for the price of $10 annually and in return you will receive unlimited access to either of the following libraries.

Recipes –

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Or you can subscribe to both for the price of $20 annually.

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To contact me, send me an email at info@sterlingcreations.ca and I’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

 

 

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CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Scam alert, September 24, 2018

September 24 2018

A scam alert

 

Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to my scam alert.

 

A scam alert

Those emails asking you to login and verify your username and password that appears to be coming from your bank or insurance company.

 

If the email in question that you have received seems to be from a bank or insurance company that you do not do business with then you are okay.  Just delete it and move on.

 

On the other hand if the email in question is from a bank or insurance company that you do business with; then by all means you can read it but my advice would be to also delete it.

 

No bank or insurance company would ever send you this type of email.

Not sure?  Then just visit your bank.

Ask them to verify that they never sent you such an email.

You could also call to verify as well.

 

Some of these types of emails may also go as far as to ask you to provide such details as your date of birth and account number.

Just delete this email and move on.

 

What would happen if you were to respond?

The simple answer would be trouble, lots of trouble, and now you have given a scammer out there carte blanche to hack into either your bank account and/or your very own computer system.

 

That’s it from me for this week.

If you would like to become a member of  my CCB Mysteries chapter you can do so for the price of $10 annually and in return you will receive unlimited access to either of the following libraries.

Recipes –

http://www.donnajodhan.com/library-recipes.html

Audio mysteries for all ages –

http://www.donnajodhan.com/library-audio-mysteries.html

Or you can subscribe to both for the price of $20 annually.

Now you  can subscribe to “‘Let’s Talk Tips”‘ which is my monthly resource for the most current and reliable

informational tips available in the areas of Technology, Nutrition, Media,

Business, and Advocacy.

http://bit.ly/ADJSubscribe

 

To contact me, send me an email at info@sterlingcreations.ca and I’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Privacy protection, September 17, 2018

September 17 2018

Privacy protection

 

Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to my tip on privacy protection.

 

Privacy protection

We are constantly striving to protect ourselves from scams and scammers, but most of all we need to ensure that our privacy, confidentiality, and independence are kept safe from prying eyes and those who thrive on destroying our right to these precious commodities.

 

Completion of income tax forms

In most cases we need to provide our accountants with such things as tax receipts and statements from our banking institution and we need to ensure that we provide the correct and appropriate paper work to our accountant.

How do we do this if we are vision impaired?

 

If we have a scanner, then for much of the time we can use our scanners to read our statements but what if the print on these documents is either faded or sometimes there is handwriting?

Well!  We need to find a trustworthy person to help us out.  It must be someone that we trust; friend, neighbour, or family member.

 

What if we do not have anyone to help us?

Try going to your banking institution and explain your situation to them.  You would be amazed to find that help is there.

 

Other actions:

You could ask your banking institution for electronic versions of your statements.

You could also phone those who have sent receipts to you to see if they can also provide electronic versions to you.

Try calling 1800 622 6232 and explain what you are seeking.

This is the Federal Government’s toll free number – 1800 ocanada.

 

That’s it from me for this week.

If you would like to become a member of  my CCB Mysteries chapter you can do so for the price of $10 annually and in return you will receive unlimited access to either of the following libraries.

Recipes –

http://www.donnajodhan.com/library-recipes.html

Audio mysteries for all ages –

http://www.donnajodhan.com/library-audio-mysteries.html

Or you can subscribe to both for the price of $20 annually.

Now you  can subscribe to “‘Let’s Talk Tips”‘ which is my monthly resource for the most current and reliable

informational tips available in the areas of Technology, Nutrition, Media,

Business, and Advocacy.

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To contact me, send me an email at info@sterlingcreations.ca and I’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Apps round up, September 10, 2018

September 10 2018

Apps round up

 

Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to my apps round up.

 

  1. Chirp for Twitter (watchOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Chirp for Twitter is the best way to use Twitter on your Apple Watch.

You can browse your, timeline, lists, like and retweet things, and even post your own

tweets.

Sent and view direct messages, catch up on the latest trends in “Trending”, or search for

your favourite hashtag.

Chirp lets you see quotes, pictures, hashtags, mentions, and so much more.

 

Current Version: 1.1.5 (July 28, 2018)

Read Chirp for Twitter’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information

https://www.applevis.com/apps/apple-watch/social-networking/chirp-twitter

Visit Chirp for Twitter’s App Store page

https://itunes.apple.com/app/chirp-for-twitter/id1397430041?mt=8

 

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  1. 4. Himama (iOS, Free)

The device supports the data sharing with Apple’s Health App. Authorized user can

obtain data from your BBT, ovulation test, sexual behavior, menstruation, petechial

hemorrhage, the quality of cervical mucus, sleep analysis, height and weight, so as to

have a more comprehensive understanding of your health status.

What could smart Himama pregnancy preparation assistant do for you?

*          [Finding the ovulatory date to determine the best timing for pregnancy] Input

your body temperature, then you will immediately know the status of your

ovulation of that day.

*          [Earlier detection of pregnancy, superior to any LH kit] Automatically detecting

whether you are pregnant 18 days after conception.

*          [Earlier diagnosis of gynaecopathia, earlier detection for earlier treatment]

Reminding of corpus luteum problems or ovulation disorders.

*          [Sleep monitoring for eugenics] Monitoring on total length of sleep and length

of deep sleep all night.

Core functions of smart Himama pregnancy preparation doctor:

  1. Reporting ovulation everyday: telling you whether you are ovulating, the

likelihood of pregnancy and your high/low temperature zone based on your BBT

of the day;

  1. Drawing up BBT curve automatically, to intelligently observe the status of

pregnancy;

  1. Cause analysis on the difficulties in getting pregnant: reminding of and analyzing

on corpus luteum problems or ovulation disorders;

  1. Sleep monitoring: monitoring the accumulated length of sleep, length of

deep/light sleep; determining the quality of sleep, and monitoring the time of

going to sleep and waking up;

 

Current Version: 1.9.2 (June 21, 2018)

Read Himama’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information

https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/health-and-fitness/himama

Visit Himama’s App Store page

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/himama/id1116020094?mt=8

 

That’s it from me for this week.

If you would like to become a member of  my CCB Mysteries chapter you can do so for the price of $10 annually and in return you will receive unlimited access to either of the following libraries.

Recipes –

http://www.donnajodhan.com/library-recipes.html

Audio mysteries for all ages –

http://www.donnajodhan.com/library-audio-mysteries.html

Or you can subscribe to both for the price of $20 annually.

Now you  can subscribe to “‘Let’s Talk Tips”‘ which is my monthly resource for the most current and reliable

informational tips available in the areas of Technology, Nutrition, Media,

Business, and Advocacy.

http://bit.ly/ADJSubscribe

 

To contact me, send me an email at info@sterlingcreations.ca and I’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Odds and ends, September 3, 2018

September 03 2018

Odds and ends

 

Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to talk about odds and ends.

 

ODDS & ENDS

To identify keys, put a piece of brightly colored tape, which can be easily seen or felt, around the key. Similarly, put a colored plastic hood (available from                         hardware and department stores) over the key top. Most laces which copy keys have them available in a wide variety of colors.

 

 

  1. Each household item should have a specific place and should be returned there immediately after use. Don’t just drop something!  That way you won’t have to spend a lot of time looking for it when it is next needed.  Encourage other family members to also return items to their proper place.  After all, organization makes it easier for everyone to find things!

 

  1. It is not necessary to rearrange furniture in a special way in your home, but some changes may be helpful. For example, a coffee table with sharp edges may be moved out of the main circulation area.  Also, remember to keep doors, closet doors, and cupboard doors all the way open or all the way shut. Half open doors are dangerous!

 

 

  1. Stairs can be hazardous! Mark the leading edge of each step with a paint or non-skid material of a color which contrasts with the stairs themselves.  Paint the handrail in a bright contrasting color.  It should extend past the top and bottom steps as a guide to know where the steps begin.  Use a contrasting color and/or a different texture floor material, such as carpet, on the top and bottom landings.

 

 

  1. Good lighting is important for many people who are visually impaired. Incandescent lighting is usually best.  Attach lights to the underside of cabinets, over work areas, above the stove, or above your favorite chair.  If you find you don’t have enough light, move the lamp closer or try a stronger bulb.  Three-way bulbs and dimmer switches provide flexibility when more or less light is needed.  A goose neck lamp often comes in handy, and a battery operated flashlight to look at dials is another useful idea.

 

  1. Low vision aids such as hand held magnifiers, telescopes or binoculars often allow persons to continue many tasks that they did prior to their vision loss, for example: reading print, knitting, watching television and locating street or bus signs.

 

Low vision aids do not restore                       vision!

However, they do make things appear larger, closer, clearer or brighter.  Using your low vision aid(s) requires some patience and practise, as well as good contrast and lighting.  And remember, low vision aids will not harm your sight, they enhance it.

 

Large print numbers, raised numbers, and/or Braille on elevator panels and outside the elevator doors (marking the floor number) are helpful, especially in large buildings.  If you live in an apartment complex, place an identifiable marker such as a decoration or door knocker on your apartment door.  In a hotel, place an elastic band or twist tie around your door handle to ensure you are at the right room.

 

To easily identify baggage when travelling, place several large strips of contrasting colored tape on your suitcase.

 

When walking with a sighted person, use the Sighted Guide Technique.  Hold onto the sighted person’s arm just above the elbow in a C-grip, with your thumb on the outside of their arm and your fingers on the inside.  You will be able to feel and follow the motion of the sighted guide’s body, making this a safe and comfortable method of travel.

 

When walking alone, plan the easiest and safest route to take. Think of landmarks that are easily recognized to assist in keeping travel bearings.

 

  1. When taking a bus, ask the bus driver to announce your requested stop, and sit near the front so that the announcement can be easily heard.

 

When grocery shopping with a sighted person, it’s easy to manoeuvre through the store if you stand behind the grocery cart, holding the cart handle, and let the sighted person lead, guiding the cart from the front.  If you plan to grocery shop alone, call the store in advance and request assistance.  Most grocery store managers are more than willing to arrange a mutually convenient time for a clerk to help you find the items you require.  Some individuals prefer to have a volunteer do their grocery shopping.  Also many grocery stores (and drug stores) deliver for a small fee.

 

If you would like to become a member of  my CCB Mysteries chapter you can do so for the price of $10 annually and in return you

will receive unlimited access to any of the following libraries.

Recipes – A collection of hard to find recipes

Audio mysteries for all ages – Comfort listening any time of the day

Home and garden – A collection of great articles for around the home and garden

Or you can subscribe to all 3 for the price of $30 annually.

Visit http://www.donnajodhan.com/subscription-libraries.html

 

To contact me, send me an email at info@sterlingcreations.ca and I’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

 

 

 

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, SpeaksVolumz Talking Measuring Cup, August 27, 2018

August 27 2018

Meet the SpeaksVolumz Talking Measuring Cup

 

Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to talk about the SpeaksVolumz Talking Measuring Cup.

 

Meet the SpeaksVolumz Talking Measuring Cup

 

Here is a product that I myself am looking forward to meeting some day soon.  Maybe you would like to go out there and make friends with it?

 

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SpeaksVolumz Talking Measuring Cup

Talk about convenience! The SpeaksVolumz Talking Measuring Cup is convenience personified! This measuring cup SPEAKS the measurements. If you want the volume in cups, ounces, milliliters, or grams – push a button. If you want the weight – push a button. If you want the density – that’s right, push a button. Tare function enables you to add ingredients without emptying the cup. The SpeaksVolumz Talking Measuring Cup is composed of three parts: detachable lid, measuring cup, and speaking base.

Product Features:

Speaks measurements

Push-button operation in English

Easy-pour spout

Measures both weight and volume

Measures cups, ounces, milliliters, and grams

Programmed conversion for water, oil, milk, flour, and sugar

Tare function “T” enables adding ingredients without emptying the cup

Auto shut-off

Cup is dishwasher and microwave safe (clear cup only)

Uses 2 AAA batteries (not included)

Click here to learn more or purchase the SpeaksVolumz Talking Measuring Cup:

http://www.independentliving.com/prodinfo.asp?number=756972

 

If you would like to become a member of  my CCB Mysteries chapter you can do so for the price of $10 annually and in return you

will receive unlimited access to any of the following libraries.

Recipes – A collection of hard to find recipes

Audio mysteries for all ages – Comfort listening any time of the day

Home and garden – A collection of great articles for around the home and garden

Or you can subscribe to all 3 for the price of $30 annually.

Visit http://www.donnajodhan.com/subscription-libraries.html

 

To contact me, send me an email at info@sterlingcreations.ca and I’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

 

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Leisure time, August 20, 2018

August 20 2018

Leisure time

 

Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to talk about leisure time.

 

When playing board games, visually impaired people may find it helpful to use dice that  contrast with the color of the board.  Black dice are easier to locate on a white board and vice versa.  Also, don’t be afraid to substitute larger or color-contrasted objects for game pieces that are difficult to locate.  For example, use a thread spool in a color that contrasts with the board for a game piece.

 

A variety of adapted tools such as large print and raised line rulers are also available.

 

Public Libraries have a wide selection of books and magazines in electronic formats.

 

When hand sewing, use a small bowl to keep track of your needle, thread, thimble, etc.

 

Keep a few needles threaded for quick access or use Self Threading Needles (available from sewing shops).

 

Adjustable seam guides that screw onto the flat bed of your sewing machine provide a tactile guide to measure seams. People with low vision may find it useful to place a brightly colored piece of tape on the seam guide.

 

Keep a magnet in your sewing basket to pick up pins and needles.

 

Many people are not aware of all the recreational and leisure resources available in their own community.  Contact your Recreation Department, YWCA, YMCA, Adult Education Association, Church, Women’s Club, Specialty Groups, and Leagues in your area to find out about the programs and activities they offer.

 

With any leisure time activity, from wood working to knitting, begin with very basic techniques and continue to build on your skills.  People with low vision may find it helpful to use contrasting color and/or larger materials, additional lighting and/or magnification.  Take your time and remember, a little patience goes a long way!

 

If you would like to become a member of  my CCB Mysteries chapter you can do so for the price of $10 annually and in return you

will receive unlimited access to any of the following libraries.

Recipes – A collection of hard to find recipes

Audio mysteries for all ages – Comfort listening any time of the day

Home and garden – A collection of great articles for around the home and garden

Or you can subscribe to all 3 for the price of $30 annually.

Visit http://www.donnajodhan.com/subscription-libraries.html

 

To contact me, send me an email at info@sterlingcreations.ca and I’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Cleaning & laundry, August 6, 2018

August 06 2018

Cleaning & laundry

 

Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to talk about cleaning & laundry.

 

CLEANING & LAUNDRY

Wear an apron with large pockets when cleaning. The pockets may be used to hold cleaning materials such as a dust cloth and polish, or may be used to hold small items you pick up along the way and plan to return to their original storage places.  Likewise, put cleaning materials in a basket or bucket and carry it around the house with you so all materials will be handy as needed.

 

 

Avoid spot cleaning!  Clean the whole surface to ensure no spots are missed.  When cleaning counters, start at one end and work to the other in overlapping strips.  Use your free hand to check areas just cleaned for extra stubborn spots.  Also work in overlapping strips when dusting, vacuuming, washing floors, etc.  In large areas, you may find it helpful to divide the surface into sections such as halves or quarters, with overlapping boundaries.  Use pieces of furniture (for example, a chair in the middle of the kitchen floor), or use permanent fixtures to mark the boundaries of each section you are cleaning.

 

 

 

Transfer liquid cleaners into containers with pumps for easy use.  Containers can be filled with a funnel.  Remember that flat-sided bottles upset easily.

 

To fill a steam iron use a turkey baster, a funnel, or a squirt bottle.

 

Safety pins or Sock Tuckers (available in department stores) can be used to keep socks in pairs during washing and drying.  Some people find it helpful to buy socks in different colors, patterns or textures for sorting purposes.

 

Wash small items in a pillow case or small mesh laundry bag to keep them from getting lost.

 

To measure laundry detergent use the scoop provided. Avoid pouring directly from the box.

 

 

LEISURE TIME!

If you would like to become a member of  my CCB Mysteries chapter you can do so for the price of $10 annually and in return you will receive unlimited access to any of the following libraries.

Recipes – A collection of hard to find recipes

Audio mysteries for all ages – Comfort listening any time of the day

Home and garden – A collection of great articles for around the home and garden

Or you can subscribe to all 3 for the price of $30 annually.

Visit http://www.donnajodhan.com/subscription-libraries.html

 

To contact me, send me an email at info@sterlingcreations.ca and I’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna