Something You Should Know about Cleaning

Why Getting Sick Is Good For Your Health

August 13, 2015


Interview with Marlene Zuk, author of the book Riddled with Life: Friendly Worms, Ladybug Sex, and the Parasites That Make Us Who We Are




Mike Carruthers:
No one wants to get sick. However, in one respect illness can be a good thing.


Marlene Zuk:
I'm not arguing that disease is good for you or that people should be happy to get sick.

Marlene Zuk

Are You Neat Or Messy?

July 24, 2015


Interview with David H. Freedman, co-author of the book A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder--How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-the-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place




Mike Carruthers:
Neatness is the standard in our culture. Messy people should be neater but you seldom hear the call for neat people to be messier, however…


David H. Freedman:
In some ways you give up a lot when you have a neat, pristine place - there are real advantages to messiness and what works best is really having a balance between the two.


David H. Freedman


October 2, 2014


Interview with Katherine Gibson, author of the book Unclutter Your Life: Transforming Your Physical, Mental, And Emotional Space

Mike Carruthers:
Our homes are full of clutter. 
Katherine Gibson:
In fact the average in America has about 350,000 possessions in their house.

Katherine Gibson

Germs In Your Home

June 10, 2014


Interview with Alison Janse, co-author of the book The Germ Freak's Guide to Outwitting Colds and Flu: Guerilla Tactics to Keep Yourself Healthy at Home, at Work and in the World




Mike Carruthers:
Where are most of the germs in your house?


Allison Janse:
A lot of people think that the bathroom in their home is the germiest thing and again that the toilet is the germiest thing. It surprises them to know that their sink has 200 times more bacteria in it than the toilet.


Allison Janse

Unusual Uses For Everyday Things

April 18, 2014


Interview with Neil Wertheimer Editor and Chief at Reader’s Digest Books, which has put out a new book call Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things: 2,317 Ways to Save Money and Time




Mike Carruthers:
I bet you never knew this about meat tenderizer…


Neil Wertheimer:
It's good at removing bloodstains because, well, meat tenderizer breaks down proteins - so, it actually gets out perspiration stains really well.


Neil Wertheimer

Cool & Effective Cleaning Ideas

April 1, 2014


Interview with Jolie Kerr, author of the book My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag . . . and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha




Mike Carruthers:
When you put a drinking glass on your coffee table without a coaster it can leave a ring. So how do you get rid of that ring?


Jolie Kerr:
Mixing a little bit of ash either cigarette or cigar ash with butter to make a paste will take those white water rings up from wood.

Jolie Kerr

Organizing Your Space

January 17, 2014


Interview with Peter Walsh, author of the book Lighten Up: Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be Happier with Less




Mike Carruthers:
Stuff, clutter, junk whatever you call it, we tend to keep a lot of it around. Why?


Peter Walsh:

Overwhelmingly I see it as being something that keeps people out of the present. It's a lot of stuff from the past for example you know, "this is all my mothers' stuff, I couldn't possibly let it go."

Peter Walsh

Expert Cleaning Secrets

November 8, 2013


Interview with Laura Dellutri, author of the book Speed Cleaning 101: Cut Your Cleaning Time in Half!




Mike Carruthers:
Probably the worst place to keep your toothbrush is in the toothbrush holder in your bathroom.

Laura Dellutri:

And the reason why is because every time we flush our toilets, the water aerosolizes up to twenty feet in the air and it lands on everything.

Laura Dellutri

The Germs In Your Home - Part 2

September 4, 2013


Interview with Dr. Charles Gerba aka “Dr. Germ” Spokesperson for Service




Mike Carruthers:
When you wash your clothes they make look clean but they may not be as clean as you think they are.


Dr. Charles Gerba:
Because only 5% of us use hot water anymore our clothes are a lot “germier” than our grandparents were who had to use hot water and dish detergents all of the time.

Dr. Charles Gerba

The Germs In Your Home

September 3, 2013


Interview with Dr. Charles Gerba aka “Dr. Germ” Spokesperson for Service




Mike Carruthers:
In order not to get sick you have to control the spread of germs and step 1 is know where the germs are.


Dr. Charles Gerba:
The “germiest” area in terms of fecal bacteria is your kitchen and not your bathroom. Your cutting board in your kitchen has 200 times more fecal bacteria than your toilet seat in the average home.

Dr. Charles Gerba

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