Campaign gives tips on spring cleaning
by Gina Snider, City of Newnan Public Information Officer
Keep Newnan Beautiful reminds you that spring cleaning provides us with the opportunity to lighten, brighten, and refresh our homes. However, this process may be reversed when you revert to standard cleaning supplies. Why fuss over eco-friendly cleaning aids? Consider these alarming facts:
The Environmental Protection Agency states that air quality within homes can be more polluted than the outdoor air by as much as 100 times, even in the largest, industrialized cities.
VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) evaporate into the air when using conventional cleaning products and can impair neurological functions.
Other chemicals can act as respiratory irritants, carcinogens or reproductive toxins, according to the National Environmental Trust and other environmental groups.
Many cleaning products omit ingredients on their label, leaving us oblivious to the types of chemicals we’re dousing our surfaces with.
Do you have any of the following stocked in your home: lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda, kosher salt, or liquid soap? Then you’re on your way to creating your own line of natural homemade cleaning products. Reuse spray bottles over and over again with these non-toxic cleaning agents and you’ll save money.
Reduce: Did you know that each year Americans throw away more than 80,000 tons of paper towels? If each home simply replaced one roll of their traditional paper towels with paper towels made from recycled paper, we could avoid wasting 3.4 million cubic feet of landfill space and prevent 864,000 trees from being cut down.
Reuse: Try a microfiber cloth instead of paper towels, and reuse those rogue socks and raggedy t-shirts for dusting.
Recycle: Do you have household items you no longer need, but are still in good condition? Donate your clothing/electronics/furniture to Goodwill, ReStore or Salvation Army.
The following is Carnegie’s schedule of events of this week:
Mondays in May, 2:30 p.m. Introduction to Crochet – For beginners: learn the basics. Bring one size “h” crochet hook and two 4 ounce skeins of “Red Heart” yarn. For experienced: bring your crochet project. Judy Davenport will guide you. No class on May 27.
Tuesday, May 7, 2:30 p.m. A Writers’ Exchange – Writers of all skill levels gather to work on their craft. Workshop facilitated by award-winning author Holly Moulder and local publisher Swanee Ballman. Writing exercises conducted, information exchanged.
Wednesday, May 8, 10 a.m. Travels by Elizabeth – “Italy.” Join local traveler Elizabeth Beers for an informative presentation and discussion with fellow travelers on Italy.
Wednesday, May 8, 2:30 p.m. The Joy of Knitting – For all levels of ability. For beginners: learn how to knit. Make a dish cloth while learning the basics of how to knit. Bring one skein of “Peaches and Cream” yarn or 100 percent worsted weight cotton and two size eight 10” needles. For experienced knitters: bring your knitting project. instructor Joy Gugert will guide you through trouble spots.
Thursday, May 9, 2:30 p.m. U.S. World War II History: The Invasion of Attu. Dr. Walt Todd returns to provide a slide show presentation and details of this forgotten U.S. battle. For more information please call 770.683.1347.
In the last two weeks, there were nine new occupational tax certificates issued by the city. The business names are Crtistina Noriega, South Metro Car Wash, LLC, Wheat Family Dental, Ansley Park Health and Rehabilitation, Coweta Plumbing & Sewer Repair, CS Osborn & Associates DBA Cindy S. Osborn, DVM, Jason Tucker DBA Tucker Auto Sales, Matthew Ortloff and Zackery Logistics, LLC. For more information on tax occupational certificates or city taxes please contact the Finance Department at 770-253-2682.
The city of Newnan Animal Warden would like to tell you there is a valuable book called “Pet Meets Baby.” The book is available in a free download from American Humane Association (www.americanhumane.org/petmeetsbaby) to help families safely introduce a new baby or new child to a beloved pet, and a new pet to their children.
Too often, young families relinquish a pet when the first baby comes, fearing harm to an infant. But there are ways to prepare the pet for a safe introduction to children, and a gentle transition in a family’s attention when a new child takes center stage.
“Pet Meets Baby” can help keep families and pets together with practical tips for how to prepare the pet’s possible re-location to another room; how to encourage careful first introductions; how to understand when a pet becomes stressed; and what to do so that children and pets can grow up together and form strong bonds.