did you know that most
Insurance Companies provide
a discount on your Insurance if
your home is
monitored by Professionals?
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provides affordable Absentee
Homeowner Service. Why not
let a professional Home
Inspector monitor your home
while you are away? Please
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Moving companies should be Green Cleaning Solutions
willing to provide you a
complimentary in-home estimate.
If they're not, look elsewhere.
Get estimates from multiple
moving companies. If you like one
company more than the other but
not their rates, ask them if they
are willing to work with you. Ask for
references. Make sure they are
bonded and insured. You may
also want to ask if their employees
have passed CORI checks.
Feel like being a little more
environmentally conscious this
spring? Here are some earth-
friendly cleaning recipes to help:
All Purpose Cleaner
4 tablespoons baking soda
1 quart warm water
Dissolve baking soda in the warm
water. Apply with a sponge or
spray with a spray bottle. Use to
clean and deodorize all kitchen
and bathroom surfaces. Rinse with
1 cup baking soda
1 cup white vinegar
Pour baking soda down the drain.
Add white vinegar and cover the
drain if possible. Let stand for 5
minutes, then pour a pot of hot
water down the drain. The vinegar
and baking soda will break down
fatty acids into soap and glycerin,
and wash the clog down the drain.
CAUTION: Don't use this method if
you have used a commercial drain
opener that may still be present in
Lime / Mineral Deposit Remover
Soak cleaning cloths in vinegar
then apply the cloths to the lime
deposits around faucets. Leave
the cloths there for approximately
one hour. The deposits will soften
and can be wiped easily.
Very fine steel wool
Sprinkle water on oven surface.
Apply baking soda and rub using
a very fine steel wool. Wipe off
with a damp sponge. Rinse well
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Sprinkle baking soda into the
bowl, then pour some vinegar in
and scour with a toilet brush. This
combination cleans and
3 cups olive oil
1 cup vinegar
Mix well. Use a clean, soft cloth to
apply to furniture.
1 cup borax
1 gallon hot water
CAUTION: Borax is a toxic
ingredient. Handle it with care and
This is the season for live
Please remember to keep
water supplied to the tree to
prevent it from drying out and
catching fire. This is also a
great time to check your smoke
alarms and add fresh batteries.
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PO Box 21839
Hilton Head, SC 29925
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The Ultimate Recycle-
Shipping Container Homes
|OK, so let's review what makes this such a
1. Cost: much less than average home, thus
making homes affordable for many
2. Durability (ability to stand up to extreme
3. Eco-friendly and Green (recycling at its'
4. Easily remodeled (modular units placed
on top of one another or joined easily)
5. Quick Construction
7. Easily relocated
With these benefits and more, it is no wonder so
many of these Shipping Container Homes are
being designed and built all across America and
other regions of the globe.
I personally am inspired by the creativity and
resourcefulness demonstrated by the builders
and designers of these Shipping Container
Homes. It is refreshing to see energy spent in
creating simple, humble and adequate living
spaces. There may be hope for us yet. With a
small movement under way across America to
live in smaller and more affordable housing,
these appear to be a great alternative to so
many large, overbuilt homes.
For more information on this topic, please visit
the following website:
|About two years ago, I read of a contest in
California, to create the best design for a
shopping cart for the homeless to use. It had to
be used of a day as a cart to move around their
belongings, and convert for sleeping in the cart
at night (or whenever a homeless person would
want to sleep). The contest went well, and
numerous charities purchased carts made from
the winning design.
While that was a great idea and a noble effort,
on a larger scale, builders and designers have
gone green in a very large way, creating the
ultimate recycle. Homes, restaurants, offices,
weekend cottages, tree-houses, schools and
virtually everything else we find ourselves
inhabiting, are being designed and constructed
from large metal shipping containers, of all
things. The idea of creating living spaces from
shipping containers is not new, with builders and
designers from all parts of the globe
experimenting with them for at least 2 decades.
The containers are environmentally friendly
and sturdy. The cost of the containers has been
minimal in comparison with other building
materials, and construction being relatively
simple and quick, with assembly being similar to
playing with Lego toys (think modular).
And now for some inspiring images: