Pucker Up! Here Are 6 Ways to Clean With Lemons

Not only do lemons smell great, they’re also packed full of naturally disinfecting properties that are said to be safer and gentler on your household than store bought cleaners. If you want to make the switch to a green cleaning routine, check out these tips for cleaning with lemons in every room in your home.

  1. Clean the copper bottoms of frequently used pots and pans by sprinkling coarse salt on half of a lemon and scrubbing away.
  2. If you’re unsure of how to properly disinfect wooden cutting boards, rub lemon juice onto stained areas and watch as they fade away overnight. You can also use lemon juice to clean your cutting boards after each use.
  3. Remove odors from your microwave by filling a cup 3/4 of the way full with tap water, then adding two tablespoons of lemon juice. Heat the mixture to boiling, and then let it sit for approximately 10 minutes to fully dilute odors.
  4. Create an all-purpose cleaner for countertops and tables by filling a spray bottle with diluted lemon juice.
  5. Clean grout from the bathtub or shower by using lemon juice and an old toothbrush. Simply dip the toothbrush in the lemon juice, then scrub until the debris disappears.
  6. Polish the faucets on your bathtub and bathroom sink by gently rubbing them with half of a lemon and coarse salt.

Cleaning With Lemon Juice [DIY Network]
24 Things You Can Clean With Lemon [Mother Nature Network]
10 Ways to Clean the Kitchen with Lemon Juice [How Stuff Works]

Happy Memorial Day!

Wishing everyone a happy Memorial Day as we remember the many heroes who have served our country.

Nando’s Peri Peri: The Bird Has Spice

Peri-Peri Chicken is a famous Portuguese dish that wins new devotees every day, and diners rave that Nando’s is the place to get it in the Arlington area.

The chicken is the big draw here, and it’s cooked to succulent perfection over an open flame with a crisp exterior while keeping the insides tender and moist. The first Nando’s was opened in South Africa, where the peri-peri pepper was introduced to Portuguese settlers. These settlers took the pepper back to Europe and began to incorporate it in their cooking. The chain grew worldwide and has now spread to a few locations in the Mid-Atlantic region. The chicken comes in whole, half, or quarter portion sizes and is served with a variety of sauces that range from mild to hot. Nando’s also offers crunchy, filling wraps and a unique brand of garlic bread.

Visit Nando’s Peri Peri’s website to learn more about this restaurant and its specialty chicken.

Nando’s Peri Peri
1301 South Joyce Street
Arlington, VA 22202
(571) 858-9953

10 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, DC

From Parades to The Changing of the Guard, honor veterans and fallen heroes in the nation's capital.

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Dog Adoption Guide

Dog adoption is a wonderful thing. There are millions of pets in shelters and rescues waiting for forever homes. By adopting a dog, you can help homeless pets and set a great example for others. Dog adoption is not right for everyone, and it is not something you should enter into lightly. Getting a dog is major decision that will affect your life for many years. If you have decided that dog adoption is for you, great news! Bringing an adopted dog into your home should be a rewarding experience for you and your family. Before you look for your future best friend, arm yourself with the knowledge to navigate the world of dog adoption and make the best decision possible.

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Bike To Work Day

On Friday May 15, 2015, From 6:30 a.m.- 9:00 a.m., Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association invite you to join over 10,000 area commuters for a celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun, and healthy way to get to work. Attend The Village at Shirlington pit stop to receive refreshments, and be entered into a raffle for bicycles being given away.

Expecting Last-Minute Guests? Here’s How to Speed-Clean Your Apartment!

You were thrilled to hear that your friends were coming to town for a visit… but then they told you they would be there in an hour. When your apartment isn't exactly ready for visitors, you can follow these last-minute cleaning tips to tidy it up in no time at all.

  1. Keep all of your cleaning supplies in one place. That way you can simply pull out the bin or bucket in situations just like this one.
  2. Banish clutter. When it comes to making a room look clean, your guests are more likely to notice your dirty laundry on the floor than a bit of dust in the counter. Make one quick sweep of the apartment and clean up clutter as you go.
  3. Clean the bathroom. Your guests will likely use the bathroom before, say, your office, so be sure that all counters are clean, the toilet is scrubbed, and fresh linens are hung. Don't forget to restock the hand soap and toilet paper!
  4. Don’t get hung up on little things. Now is not the time to rearrange your shelves. Instead, dust only the visible surfaces, fluff up the pillows, and look at the room as a whole instead of focusing on individual details.

9 Tips For Speed Cleaning [About Home]
13 Tips to Help You Speed-Clean Your Home [Better Homes & Gardens]
Speed Cleaning [Real Simple]

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day! How are you planning to celebrate mom today?

Journeyoga: Calm Your Mind and Invigorate Your Body

It's important to find a yoga studio where you feel welcome, comfortable, and confident, and that's just the environment that Journeyoga is committed to providing for its customers. A visit to this Arlington yoga studio will have you feeling calm, invigorated, and rejuvenated in no time, according to regulars.

If you're new to yoga, don't worry, as beginners are welcome in all classes. The instructors are happy to help you modify the poses to fit your own experience level. Seasoned yoga practitioners will appreciate the wide variety of classes that are available, including bhakti vinyasa flow practice to strengthen and invigorate your body and vinyasa sessions focused on holding long, passive poses to open up your joints. The studio also offers power hour sessions, candlelight yoga, meditation classes, and much more.

Note that before you attend your first class you'll need to create an online account at the Journeyoga website, as all scheduling and registering takes place through the online system.

2501 9th Road South
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 920-2529

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Happy Cinco De Mayo from your IO Piazza Team!

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