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  • Labor Day

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    Founder of Labor Day

    More than a century after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

    Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

    But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

    The First Labor Day

    The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

    By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a law making the first Monday in September of each year a national holiday.

  • Spring is Near!!!

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    Spring ~ Tulips #3Spring is arriving upon us and with that comes flowers blooming, fresh cut grass and the chore of spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is a tradition that allows you to freshen up your home. Spring cleaning helps you focus on the parts of your home that have been neglected all winter long. Listed below you will find some tips to help you get the job done with special attention given to seasonal chores for the springy time of year.

    The Kitchen

    • Dust down the ceiling and corners of the walls
    • Dust and clean the ceiling fan
    • Take down curtains and/or blinds to wash them
    • Apply oven cleaner and clean the oven
    • Clean out old food from the refrigerator and freeze, then clean inside
    • Wipe down kitchen appliances
    • Clean out kitchen cabinets and drawers
    • Run the dishwasher empty
    • Wash out trash can
    • Wipe down wall, doors and baseboards
    • Wipe switch plate covers and door knobs

    The Dining Room

    • Dust down the ceiling and corners of the walls
    • Dust and clean the ceiling fan
    • Take down curtains and/or blinds to wash them
    • Wash down dining table and chairs
    • Wipe walls, doors and baseboards
    • Wipe switch plate covers and door knobs
    • Clean carpet

    The Living Areas

    • Dust down ceiling and corners of the walls
    • Dust and clean the ceiling fan
    • Take down curtains and/or blinds to wash them
    • Dust and clean out the furniture
    • Dust down lamps and lampshades
    • Wipe walls, doors and baseboards
    • Wipe switch plate covers and door knobs
    • Clean carpet

    The Bedroom

    • Dust down the ceiling and corners of the walls
    • Dust and clean the ceiling fan
    • Take down curtains and/or blinds to wash them
    • Wash all bedding
    • Flip your mattress
    • Dust down lamps and lampshades
    • Wipe walls, doors and baseboards
    • Wipe switch plate covers and door knobs
    • Clean carpet

    The Bathroom

    • Dust down the ceiling and corners of the walls
    • Dust vents
    • Take down curtains and/or blinds to wash them (shower curtain included)
    • Wash inside and outside of the medicine cabinet and linen cabinet
    • Wipe down walls, doors and baseboards
    • Wipe switch plate covers and door knobs
    • Shake out and/or wash rugs
    • Wash out trash can

     

    These are just some of the tips for spring cleaning that you could do in your home. If you need help in your spring cleaning endeavors, you could always hire a local cleaning company to come in and help you. The smallest amount of help could make a world of difference. Happy Spring and good luck with your spring cleaning adventures.

  • Tips for a cleaner bathroom!!!!

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    Here are some quick and easy tips to keep your bathroom sparkling.

    Making Tiles Sing

    Clean grout gives your whole bathroom a face lift. Hint – CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner erases stains and soap scum.

    Rust Stains on Sinks and Bathtubs

    Rust makes fixtures look old and worn. Never use bleach cleaner on the rust stains, it will help it set in. For light rust marks, saturate a cloth with lemon juice and apply. You can also use a paste made of lemon juice and salt to scrub rust stains away.

    Rescue Tub Mats & Shower Curtains

    You can toss mats and plastic curtains in the washer to remove gunk and mold. Wash on a gentle cycle and warm water. Adding bleach is safe. Tumble-dry liners on low for 2 – 3 minutes. Hint – To prevent mold, hang mats and spread liners to dry after use.

    Let the Toilet Clean Itself

    Add an in-tank cleaner and it will keep the bowl fresh for the daily use toilets. For the occasional used toilets, use a in-bowl version. Hint – Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Gel works for up to 7 days.

    Switch Your Soap

    Use a liquid or foaming soap with a pump or even a hands free dispenser to eliminate the goopy soap dish to keep your sink and counter top cleaner longer.

  • Get your closet organized in 30 minutes

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    1 Minute: Gather Your Materials

    Before you open the closet doors, find a few trash bags or bins to help you sort. The two basic piles you’re going to make are for clothes to throw out and clothes to donate. Prince also suggests two more categories: clothes to give away (like maternity clothes to a pregnant friend) and clothes to sell (a pristine bridesmaid dress you’ll never wear again).

    “But don’t buy anything!” Prince instructs. You may think you need more hangers or bins to get your closest organized, but save making those purchases for after you complete the organization process or you might buy things you don’t need and that just turn into clutter.

    In addition to prepping for your piles, bring along cleaning supplies like damp rags, multipurpose cleaner, and a broom and dustpan or vacuum cleaner. If you think you’ll need help making decisions, enlist a friend—often having an objective person there can make it easier to decide what to keep and what to toss.

    3 Minutes: Pull Everything Out

    The bed is the logical place to gather clothes as you pull them out of your closet: Just dump everything on there! Hopefully your garments are already loosely organized—all the shirts or dresses together, for example—so you can pile them onto the bed by type. Pull out any organizers and bins as well, to give yourself a totally empty closet.

    3 Minutes: Clean Your Closet

    Now that your closet is completely empty, wipe down the shelves, closet rod, walls and baseboards with your rag and cleaner, then clear the floor of debris with a vacuum or broom. The space shouldn’t be too dirty, so it won’t take a lot of effort to get yourself a fresh palette here.

    3 Minutes: Look at Your Closet

    Before you think about putting anything inside of your now spotless closet, take a step back and look at the space to think about the ways it has and hasn’t been working for you.

    “The prime real estate is right in front, so think about your most-used items, what you’re always struggling to reach, or which things would be better folded than hung,” says Prince.

    If your current closet system is in good order but has just gotten out of whack, that’s great—otherwise, tweak it!

    15 minutes: Go Through Your Clothes

    This step can certainly take longer than 15 minutes but can go quickly if you’re decisive and make a habit of doing it every few months.

    Now’s when, one by one, you take every garment out of the pile and decide if it goes back into the closet.

    “You don’t have to go full Marie Kondo, but as you decide, ask yourself four questions to figure out if you should keep something: Does it fit? Have I worn it in the last 12 months? Will I repair it (for items that are damaged or need alteration)? Do I feel confident in it?” says Prince. If you answer “no” to any of these, put it into one of your piles instead of back into the closet.

    “I always say that if you use the word ‘should’ to justify keeping it, that’s the first step towards knowing you should let it go,” says Prince.

    Once you’ve made your decision, put the garment back into the closet in roughly the right spot and move on to the next item. Work by type (pants, skirts, blouses, jackets) and try to move quickly rather than getting caught up thinking about the clothes you used to fit into or wear for an old job or lifestyle. The goal is to make your closet work for who you are today.

    “I find it’s helpful to focus on what you’re keeping instead of what you’re getting rid of,” says Prince. “Look at all these awesome clothes left in your closet that make you feel fabulous!”

    4 Minutes: Make It Nice

    Once your closet is filled back up with only the keepers, take a few minutes to straighten everything out and make sure it’s all organized by garment type and by color (even if you’ve been sort of doing it as you put it away). “I love a ROYGBV!” Prince says.

    1 Minute: Wrap It Up

    Take your bags out and get them on their way. Put your donation clothes right into the car so you don’t just leave them sitting around, and get any other items (like the give or sell piles) ready for the next step.

    And who knows? Maybe your next closet organizing experience will only take 15 minutes!

     

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  • How to wash and disinfect pillows

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    If it is not washable, you can try spraying it with a spray disinfectant. You can also sanitize the pillow by sprinkling it with borax. Leave the powder on the pillow for an hour, then gently vacuum it with a vacuum cleaner.

    Pillows are grosser than you could possibly imagine

    I typically wash my sheets and pillowcases about once a week – on a rare occasion, maybe every two weeks. It never occurred to me to wash my actual pillows until I learned that pillows are ideal breeding grounds for dust mites and the flu! The research stated that after two years, approximately 1/3 of a pillow’s weight contains dead skin, dust mites (which eat the dead skin), and droppings (poop from all those mites)! Additionally, 10% of people and 80% of allergy sufferers are allergic to proteins found in waste and decomposed dust mites!

    After two years, approximately 1/3 of a pillow’s weight contains dead skin, dust mites, and droppings…

    Horrified, I was ready to purchase new pillows when I realized it’s not exactly a financially sound decision to buy new pillows every week. So, I looked at the care tag on the side of the pillow and found some welcome news: you can wash your pillows in the washing machine! In fact, it’s easy to do. In less than an hour, you can have clean and fresh pillows and save a few bucks in the process.

    Washing cotton, down, and synthetic pillows

    1. Check the tags on your pillows to make sure they can be washed in the washing machine. Most pillows can, regardless of whether they’re down or synthetic, but a few can’t.
    2. Remove the pillow from pillowcase or sham, if applicable. You can also throw these pillow covers and/or shams in the washing machine along with your pillows.
    3. Put your pillows in the washing machine. The trick is to wash at least two pillows at a time to keep the washer balanced.
    4. Add your detergent as normal.
    5. Start the wash cycle using warm water and opt for the gentle cycle, unless otherwise specified.
    6. Tumble dry the pillows on low heat, fluffing and turning them often.
    7. Add a softener sheet for freshness, and add a couple of sneakers or tennis balls to help fluff them.

    Washing foam pillows

    1. Remove the pillowcases from your foam pillows.
    2. Place two pillows in the washing machine to balance the load.
    3. Add a gentle detergent, using the delicate cycle. Let the machine go for several minutes and then spin them a few times. Check to see the wetness. If the pillows are still soaked, spin a little longer. Remove them as soon as they are no longer soaking wet, slightly damp is okay.
    4. Place the pillows in the dryer at the lowest heat possible. Add a softener sheet for freshness, and two or three tennis balls to help fluff them. Keep an eye on the pillows and remove them as soon as they are dry.

    When is time to buy new pillows?

    No pillow is meant to last forever. Some stains won’t wash out, and maybe your aching neck or sore back demands a change. That’s when it might be time for a replacement. Sleep experts suggest replacing a pillow every few years, however these are a list of questions I find helpful in deciding when to trash my old ones:

    • Is the pillow inside the form lumpy or bumpy?
    • Does your feather pillow have to be punched or fluffed up for support?
    • If you fold the pillow in half, does it stay folded?

    These are all signs that it’s time to shop for a replacement pillow!

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  • Things to clean daily!

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    Cleaning can be a real chore. Some people hate to clean while others love to clean. Some things around your house that you should be doing daily are washing down your kitchen counters, washing the dishes, sweeping your kitchen floor, sanitizing your sinks in both the kitchen and bathroom as well as keeping on laundry. That may be your favorite… laundry or maybe it’s folding those clean clothes and putting them away that’s why we all wait so long before doing the laundry!! If we take time to keep up with daily chores around the house then they should never be too over bearing and we getting through them should be simple.

    As daily cleaning services aren’t something you want to pay for each day if you are keeping up on the daily chores then having a company like the Cleaning Genie come into your home becomes even more affordable. You get to then have us focus on the harder stuff, such as stripping the beds and re-making them with fresh linen. Even scrubbing the toilet and shower. Here’s my favorite the teenager child or even the husband cooked something in the microwave and it splattered all over and even over flowed the bowl they used, did they clean it up? Chances are probably not they left it for you to find, now it’s been there for a few days and it’s really going to take some elbow grease to get it all cleaned up. Because you have kept up on other things around the house on a daily basis the cleaners can now focus more on that mess you’d rather not deal with in the first place.

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  • We did a thing!!!

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    Tell us what you think!!

    Cleaning tip: There is no rush for you to clean up right away this holiday season. Use that extra time to spend with loved ones who came into your home to visit and spend the holiday with you. Build on or start a new family tradition with your little ones. When things are a little too out of hand for you give us a call and we will come help get your house in shape for the next gathering.

  • Thanksgiving

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    In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

    Thanksgiving at Plymouth

    In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers—an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other individuals lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World. After a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims, as they are now commonly known, began the work of establishing a village at Plymouth.

    Throughout that first brutal winter, most of the colonists remained on board the ship, where they suffered from exposure, scurvy and outbreaks of contagious disease. Only half of the Mayflower’s original passengers and crew lived to see their first New England spring. In March, the remaining settlers moved ashore, where they received an astonishing visit from an Abenaki Indian who greeted them in English. Several days later, he returned with another Native American, Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe who had been kidnapped by an English sea captain and sold into slavery before escaping to London and returning to his homeland on an exploratory expedition. Squanto taught the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness, how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the settlers forge an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe, which would endure for more than 50 years and tragically remains one of the sole examples of harmony between European colonists and Native Americans.

    In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time—the festival lasted for three days. While no record exists of the historic banquet’s exact menu, the Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow wrote in his journal that Governor Bradford sent four men on a “fowling” mission in preparation for the event, and that the Wampanoag guests arrived bearing five deer. Historians have suggested that many of the dishes were likely prepared using traditional Native American spices and cooking methods. Because the Pilgrims had no oven and the Mayflower’s sugar supply had dwindled by the fall of 1621, the meal did not feature pies, cakes or other desserts, which have become a hallmark of contemporary celebrations.

    Check out the Thanksgiving by the Numbers infographic for more facts about how the first Thanksgiving compares to modern holiday traditions.

    Thanksgiving Becomes an Official Holiday

    Pilgrims held their second Thanksgiving celebration in 1623 to mark the end of a long drought that had threatened the year’s harvest and prompted Governor Bradford to call for a religious fast. Days of fasting and thanksgiving on an annual or occasional basis became common practice in other New England settlements as well. During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress designated one or more days of thanksgiving a year, and in 1789 George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the national government of the United States; in it, he called upon Americans to express their gratitude for the happy conclusion to the country’s war of independence and the successful ratification of the U.S. Constitution. His successors John Adams and James Madison also designated days of thanks during their presidencies.

    In 1817, New York became the first of several states to officially adopt an annual Thanksgiving holiday; each celebrated it on a different day, however, and the American South remained largely unfamiliar with the tradition. In 1827, the noted magazine editor and prolific writer Sarah Josepha Hale—author, among countless other things, of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”—launched a campaign to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday. For 36 years, she published numerous editorials and sent scores of letters to governors, senators, presidents and other politicians. Abraham Lincoln finally heeded her request in 1863, at the height of the Civil War, in a proclamation entreating all Americans to ask God to “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.” He scheduled Thanksgiving for the final Thursday in November, and it was celebrated on that day every year until 1939, when Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week in an attempt to spur retail sales during the Great Depression. Roosevelt’s plan, known derisively as Franksgiving, was met with passionate opposition, and in 1941 the president reluctantly signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.

    Thanksgiving Traditions

    In many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple so ubiquitous it has become all but synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been on offer when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621. Today, however, nearly 90 percent of Americans eat the bird—whether roasted, baked or deep-fried—on Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation. Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Volunteering is a common Thanksgiving Day activity, and communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate.

    Parades have also become an integral part of the holiday in cities and towns across the United States. Presented by Macy’s department store since 1924, New York City’s Thanksgiving Day parade is the largest and most famous, attracting some 2 to 3 million spectators along its 2.5-mile route and drawing an enormous television audience. It typically features marching bands, performers, elaborate floats conveying various celebrities and giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters.

    Beginning in the mid-20th century and perhaps even earlier, the president of the United States has “pardoned” one or two Thanksgiving turkeys each year, sparing the birds from slaughter and sending them to a farm for retirement. A number of U.S. governors also perform the annual turkey pardoning ritual.

    Thanksgiving Controversies

    For some scholars, the jury is still out on whether the feast at Plymouth really constituted the first Thanksgiving in the United States. Indeed, historians have recorded other ceremonies of thanks among European settlers in North America that predate the Pilgrims’ celebration. In 1565, for instance, the Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilé invited members of the local Timucua tribe to a dinner in St. Augustine, Florida, after holding a mass to thank God for his crew’s safe arrival. On December 4, 1619, when 38 British settlers reached a site known as Berkeley Hundred on the banks of Virginia’s James River, they read a proclamation designating the date as “a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.”

    Some Native Americans and others take issue with how the Thanksgiving story is presented to the American public, and especially to schoolchildren. In their view, the traditional narrative paints a deceptively sunny portrait of relations between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people, masking the long and bloody history of conflict between Native Americans and European settlers that resulted in the deaths of millions. Since 1970, protesters have gathered on the day designated as Thanksgiving at the top of Cole’s Hill, which overlooks Plymouth Rock, to commemorate a “National Day of Mourning.” Similar events are held in other parts of the country.

    Thanksgiving’s Ancient Origins

    Although the American concept of Thanksgiving developed in the colonies of New England, its roots can be traced back to the other side of the Atlantic. Both the Separatists who came over on the Mayflower and the Puritans who arrived soon after brought with them a tradition of providential holidays—days of fasting during difficult or pivotal moments and days of feasting and celebration to thank God in times of plenty.

    As an annual celebration of the harvest and its bounty, moreover, Thanksgiving falls under a category of festivals that spans cultures, continents and millennia. In ancient times, the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans feasted and paid tribute to their gods after the fall harvest. Thanksgiving also bears a resemblance to the ancient Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot. Finally, historians have noted that Native Americans had a rich tradition of commemorating the fall harvest with feasting and merrymaking long before Europeans set foot on their shores.

    Cleaning tip: It’s a week before Thanksgiving so get that kitchen cleaned up a little. The Microwave can be easily cleaned by placing a cup of vinegar in the microwave and heating it up for 5 minutes. Wipe out immediately for an easy clean.

  • WORLD KINDNESS WEEK

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    To be Kind….

    Spread kindness all week long during World Kindness Week, held during the week of World Kindness Day. World Kindness Day falls on November 13th each year, which is why World Kindness Week starts Monday of that week.

    “Wherever there is human need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.” Kevin Heath

    It can be hard to stay positive in this crazy world. Bullying is prevalent, and bad things often happen to the nicest people. Having an attitude of gratitude can be helpful in optimistic. So can being kind to others. Kindness is the quality of being friendly and considerate. Showing kindness goes a long way. Kindness helps others feel valued. Kindness also has benefits for the person being kind. These benefits include:

    • elevation of dopamine levels in the brain, which makes us feel good
    • the feeling of emotional warmth, which leads to a healthier heart
    • reduction in inflammation, which can slow the aging process
    • reduction of emotional distance, which helps couples feel more bonded
    • Contagiousness that often sets off a pay-it-forward ripple effect

    With all of these incredible benefits, it pays in more ways than one to be kind. Being kind changes lives. It not only changes your life, but it improves the lives of those on the receiving end of kindness. Some even believe that kindness has the potential to change the whole world.

    What are you waiting for you? If you need to work on kindness, World Kindness Week is the perfect time to start.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldKindnessWeek

    Here are some ways to participate:

    • Write notes of kindness on small pieces of paper and stick them in random library books
    • Hand out notes of encouragement wherever you go, including the grocery store, coffee shop, etc.
    • Offer to do an errand for someone like walking their dog or helping them with groceries
    • Cook dinner for a friend and bring it to their home
    • Give notes of appreciation to family members, coworkers, and service providers
    • Pay for someone’s meal at a restaurant
    • Pay for the coffee or meal of the person behind you at the drive-thru
    • Give someone, or several people, a hug
    • Encourage others to be kind

    Come up with your own creative kindness ideas on social media and share using #WorldKindnessWeek when sharing on social media.


    “Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give.” Unknown

    WORLD KINDNESS WEEK HISTORY

    In 1998, the World Kindness Movement launched the first World Kindness Day. Over 28 nations are involved in the World Kindness Movement. Through the years, World Kindness Day evolved into an entire week of kindness. World Kindness Week is celebrated during the second week of November, beginning on Monday and ending on Sunday. The week incorporates World Kindness Day, which is held annually on November 13th every year.

    Cleaning Tip: Put your dirty shower curtain in the washing machine with 1 cup of vinegar, your regular detergent and some old towels. Hang it up immediately after wash cycle is complete.

  • Breast Cancer Awareness

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    Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer.

    Advances in screening and treatment for breast cancer have improved survival rates dramatically since 1989. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. The chance of any woman dying from breast cancer is around 1 in 38 (2.6%).

    The ACS estimate that 268,600 women will receive a diagnosis of invasive breast cancer, and 62,930 people will receive a diagnosis of noninvasive cancer in 2019.

    In the same year, the ACS report that 41,760 women will die as a result of breast cancer. However, due to advances in treatment, death rates from breast cancer have been decreasing since 1989.

    Awareness of the symptoms and the need for screening are important ways of reducing the risk. In rare instances, breast cancer can also affect men, but this article will focus on breast cancer in women. Learn about breast cancer in men here.

    Symptoms

    Regular screenings are important to reduce the risks of breast cancer.

    The first symptoms of breast cancer usually appear as an area of thickened tissue in the breast or a lump in the breast or an armpit.

    Other symptoms include:

    • pain in the armpits or breast that does not change with the monthly cycle
    • pitting or redness of the skin of the breast, similar to the surface of an orange
    • a rash around or on one of the nipples
    • discharge from a nipple, possibly containing blood
    • a sunken or inverted nipple
    • a change in the size or shape of the breast
    • peeling, flaking, or scaling of the skin on the breast or nipple

    Most breast lumps are not cancerous. However, women should visit a doctor for an examination if they notice a lump on the breast.

    House cleaning trick:

    To maintain a free flowing drain : be sure not to pour grease down the kitchen sink. And make sure sinks, tubs and showers have strainers to trap food, hair and other like objects from falling into the drain. Try this trick: weekly boil a gallon of water and pour down the drain. This will help loosen up anything that may have gotten stuck. One gallon of boiling water to each drain will help keep your drains flowing like new.