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Helpful tips for March 2021

Hello there and welcome to our monthly feature of all kinds of tips.
We at the business desk are pleased to bring you our monthly feature of a
plethora of tips that cover a wide range of topics.
All of our tips are designed to help you save time, cut down on your
research, and help you get ahead.
So go ahead and read on.
This week we bring you our monthly tips.
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In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* Fabric Softener Products are the Problem Not the solution
* Seven of the Most Common (and most useful) non-toxic cleaning products
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* a review of the INN on the Forkes hotel


General tips
Courtesy of the research team at

Scams of the month:
Before giving you our scam tips of the month, here are some very valueable
You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.

The Visa scam is still around!
If you receive an automated phone call telling you that eronious charges
have been made to your credit card, just ignore and hang up!

The cab meter scam?
Do not fall prey when a cab pulls up next to you on the sidewalk asking you
if you could help out as follows.
The customer in the car tells you that they do not have their bank card.
They offer you cash in return for you to pay the equivalent of their bill
with your bank card.
They take your bank card, make a copy of it, and hand you back a false bank
card looking just like yours.
Then voila! They now have your bank card and start using it!

About those Coyotes?
Their favourite victims are cats and small dogs.

About stem cell matches:
Only about 25% of stem cell matches come from family members.


Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

A Dan Thompson contribution
Fabric Softener Products are the Problem Not the Solution

In the laundry room, most of us are prone to overkill. We want beautifully

clean, brilliantly white, soft and fluffy laundry results. And we don’t
measure. We

pour stuff out of jugs, straight into the washer, often adding a second big
glug just

to make sure.

We use liquid fabric softener by the gallon and dryer sheets by the hundreds

because there’s no such thing as too soft when it comes to towels and
sheets. And

when things come out looking gray and feeling stiff and crunchy, what do we

More detergent, more softener and even more dryer sheets!

The problem is product build-up that never gets rinsed out. Every time you
do the

laundry, more and more product gets left behind. This build-up of detergent

softeners can make appliances stink, colors look dingy, whites gray and
linens feel

stiff and scratchy. But that’s not the worst.

The medical website,, reports that the perfumes and additives in
laundry products may cause skin problems. Fabric softeners are very
allergenic and can cause eczema, which appears as dry, itchy skin.

Dryer sheets contain volatile organic compounds like acetaldehyde and
butane, which can cause respiratory irritation. Fabric softener chemicals
known as quaternary ammonium compounds, have been linked to asthma. Acetone,

used in dryer sheets, can cause nervous system effects like headaches or


Ironically, commercial fabric softeners-liquid softener you put into the
washing machine and sheets that go into the dryer-are not the way to turn
out beautifully

soft, fluffy clothes, sheets and towels. They are, in the fact, the problem!
The more

you use, the less satisfactory and healthy your results will be.

MEASURE DETERGENT. Check the owner manual to discover the right amount

of detergent for your particular washer. If yours is a HE machine, it uses
very little

water. This is the reason you do not want to add more than you know will be

adequately rinsed away.

NO COMMERCIAL SOFTENERS. Stop using liquid softeners and dryer sheets.

Enjoy the savings.

DOUBLE RINSE WITH VINEGAR. If you’re coming off a laundry-product high, you

may need to double rinse for awhile to coax all of the detergent and product
build- up out of your laundry. Adding 1/2 to 1 cup white vinegar-depending
on the load

size-to the rinse (fill the liquid softener dispenser and it will release

does wonders to rinse out detergent and other product build-up. Don’t worry.

only notice the vinegar smell when clothes are wet and not when dry, even if

on a clothesline.

DRYER BALLS. They don’t contain toxic chemicals, they last for thousands of

loads, get rid of static cling and wrinkles, soften clothes, and they
actually save time and energy by cutting down on drying time. Dryer balls
are the solution!

Dryer balls of 100% wool are the best dryer balls of all. They mechanically

your laundry without any of the harmful chemicals you find in fabric
softener or

dryer sheets. They lift up and separate laundry while drying, reducing both

drying time and wrinkling. Wool dryer balls also retain the heat which it

transfers to your clothes as they tumble, this further speeds up the drying

saving energy and money.

We have many choices in dryer balls, however I have determined that the very

best inexpensive dryer balls are Wool Dryer Balls by Smart Sheep (about

This set of dryer balls will last for years and years without deteriorating,

apart or losing the ability to turn out beautifully soft clothes and linens.
These come

in a 6-pack and are extra large at 9-inches in circumference, each. As dryer

go, these are perfect in every way.

Everyday Cheapskate


Contributed by Dan Thompson
Seven of the Most Common (and most useful) non-toxic cleaning products

1. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a pantry staple with proven virus-killing abilities that also
effectively cleans, deodorizes
, brightens, and cuts through grease and grime .
2. Castile Soap
Castile soap is a style of soap that’s made from
100 percent plant oils
(meaning it uses no animal products or chemical detergents). Popularized by
Dr. Bronner’s
line of products, castile cuts through
grease and cleans.
3. Vinegar
Thanks to its acidity, vinegar is nothing short of a —it effectively (and
gently!) eliminates grease, soap scum, and grime.
4. Lemon Juice
Natural lemon juice , cuts through grease, and shines hard surfaces (It also
smells awesome.).
5. Olive Oil
This good-for-you cooking oil also works as a cleaner and polisher.
6. Essential Oils
Essential oils have gained popularity thanks to
, but these naturally occurring plant compounds also make great scent
additions to homemade cleaning products (particularly if you’re not into the
smell of vinegar).
Essential oils are
generally considered safe
, but these extracts can
trigger allergies
—so keep this in mind when choosing scents.
7. Borax
Many DIY cleaners tout Borax (a boron mineral and salt) as a non-toxic
alternative to mainstream cleaning products; however, the issue is pretty
hotly debated.
Some research
suggests Borax can act as a skin and eye
irritant and that it disrupts hormones. For this list, we’ve chosen to avoid
products that use Borax.


Special note from Donna Jodhan:
The Covid choke hold is not going to last for ever and when it does finally
subside we will be ready to embrace favourite haunts and to visit favourite
The world will be a new place in which to live but it will be a better one.
So let’s get ready to welcome and embrace travel once more.

From the pages of Donna’s diary
A review of the Inn at the Forks Hotel

I had the pleasure of staying at this nice little hotel in March 2017 and
for the most part, I found them to be extremely accommodating and
accessible. They sure knew how to accommodate customers with a disability.

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance – 5
Assistance for guests with special needs – 5
Assistance at restaurant – 5

Remarks :
Access to the restaurant was extremely user friendly for a vision impaired
person and navigating among the tables was not very difficult.

About Hotel staff:
They went above the call of duty to ensure that my needs were met and they
even made very useful and valueable suggestions.

My meal:
On the Friday evening I shared a huge plata of various delicacies known to
be the treats of Winnipeg.
They were very tasty, yummy, and the servings were huge.
I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and the waiters and waitresses were the best.

Any suggestions?
Not really!

Contact info:

Inn at the Forks
located at 75 Forks Market Road
PHONE: 204-942-6555
To reserve a room, please contact the hotel directly at:
1 (877) 377-4100.

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