SPRING! I think we can all agree that
this has been a rough winter and are extremely excited to put away the ski
suits and snow boots. If your closet was
looking anything mine it’s looking a bit of a hot mess. Boots scattered all over the shelves and
floor accompanying gloves, scarves and pajama pants. It’s reminding me of my bedroom when I was in
high school. YIKES.
I’m here for your motivation! Take a couple hours out of this weekend to
declutter your closet and make it fabulous again! First step is to look at each piece and ask
yourself these questions. Does it
fit? Does it flatter you? Is it in
fashion? Have you worn it lately? Do you feel good in it? Follow
the chart below because it helped me open my eyes to what needed to be donated
After you’ve reluctantly pulled out the clothes, shoes and
accessories that you won’t put on anymore, make sure you bag them up and take
to your nearest donation store. Your
trash is their treasure! After pulling
out the donations, I put shirts together, pants together and then separated by
color. I cannot express how much easier
it is having the colors separated!
Very little room to work with? Replace your hangers with slimline ones designed so you can fit more
on your hanging bar – plus, they’re covered in a velvet material that will keep
even the skinniest spaghetti strap from slipping.
Shelving is a must! Closet shelves can be great for stacking
folded items. To keep your piles neat and upright, try using shelf dividers.
How’s the jewelry situation? Use the inside of your closet door to display
your collection. Hang a simple bulletin board and use tacks as pegs for your necklaces and bracelets for a
tangle-free solution. There are a
million ideas on Pinterest. Make sure you have your Jiffy Steamer nearby to steam those wrinkles away before slipping on your Spring & Summer fashions! Just do it! There's your motivation. We hope it works.
Do you know who you’re sleeping with? Chances are you’re probably not alone!
Bed bugs and dust mites are common dwellers of your evening retreat. Bed bugs and dust mites are commonly mistaken for each other – when in reality they are two entirely different critters. However, they do have one thing in common. They can be a serious problem!
Our Jiffy X-Series can help alleviate your allergic symptoms to dust and get rid of the bed bugs that inhabit your bed. You deserve a solution to help combat against these invaders and help lead you to a peaceful night’s sleep.
With the fast, effective power of pure steam, the Jiffy® Steamer X-Series steamer easily kills dust mites and bed bugs on contact without the use of a single chemical or fumigation product. Best of all, it’s safe for your family and the environment.
Dust mites, microscopic pests that feed on your dead skin cells, are a leading trigger of asthma and allergy symptoms across the globe, making their presence a particular concern for parents and families. Of the 24.7 million documented asthma sufferers in America, over 20 million have a dust mite allergy.
Bed bugs are not just found in hotels—they have been documented in places like movie theaters, office buildings and high-end retailers as well. Often associated with unclean or unsanitary environments, bed bugs can live in any environment where people sleep or rest, as they feed on human blood.
The Jiffy Steamer X-Series works by utilizing the power of steam. Clean water is contained within a one-gallon reservoir which uses a heating element to boil the water. Hot steam is generated and transferred through the 7.5’ hose to disperse evenly from the unit’s 6" wide steamer head. This hot steam penetrates deep into fibers, killing dust mites and bed bugs.
That’s it—no chemicals, no fumes, no costly add-ons or time-consuming treatments. Bed bugs and dust mites are killed on contact.
For more information, visit www.jiffyxseries.com.
Infographic from Asthma Allergy Tech
Ten Things We Love - Made in Tennessee
USA Love List Guest Post by Jana Keightley; Social Media Marketing at Jiffy Steamer Company
In Tennessee, home to southern hospitality and sweet tea, we are no stranger to inventive thinking and ingenuity. From Graceland to the Bristol Motor Speedway and every stop in between, you can find someone making their footprint on the American Dream. Just have a seat and let us serve you a generous plate of Memphis BBQ or have a taste of our Smoky Mountain Moonshine while we name just a few of our made in Tennessee favorites…
Jack Daniels – Lynchburg, TN – In the 1870s, Daniel had lots of competitors around Lynchburg, Tenn., in distilling whiskey filtered through charcoal. He wanted his whiskey to represent something special. So he used only the iron-free cave spring water on his property and the finest grains, mellowed his whiskey by filtering it through ten feet of sugar maple charcoal, and changed the charcoal out more often to produce a more consistent and better whiskey. The Jack Daniel Distillery is established and registered with the federal government at its present location in Lynchburg. Now, it’s the oldest registered distillery in the United States. It’s not scotch. It’s not whiskey. It’s Jack.
For those who love a more subtle whiskey, I’d suggest the Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey. It is made with Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey and a honey liqueur. It still embodies the charcoal character of the whiskey and is complimented by the sweetness and delicate finish of the honey liqueur.
Christie Cookie Co. – Nashville, TN - If you wanted to know what heaven tastes like, well then all you need is a Christie Cookie. Christie Hauck quit his corporate job, determined to master the “perfect cookie.” Here’s a hint…….they seek the finest ingredients, French chocolate, fresh nuts, real butter, tender raisins, then measure these ingredients by hand so that nothing is left to chance. The Christie Cookie Company is known for elegant gift packages and unique corporate gifts and continues to thrive in the retail, mail order, and wholesale markets.
Allegro Marinade – Paris, TN - Back in 1955, Betsy and Dave Wilcox were looking for a way to make their inexpensive meat dinners more edible. They experimented with different ideas for tenderizing and marinating until they came up with the original Allegro formula. The Wilcox’s opened Pagliacci Restaurant in Paris (Tennessee) in 1972. Premarinated meats were served at Pagliacci and were so well liked that, at the customers’ insistence, the Wilcox family began bottling and selling their special marinade. In 1979, they closed the restaurant and concentrated on producing the marinade.
Moonpie – Chattanooga, TN - A classic part of the working man’s lunch was born in 1917 when a bakery salesman, Earl Mitchell Sr., visited a company store that catered to coal miners. The miners said they wanted something solid and filling because they often get time to break for lunch. “About how big?” Mr. Mitchell asked. A miner held out his hands framing the moon and said “About that big!” Find out more of this classic story on the website.
Bush’s Baked Beans– Dandridge, TN – In 1904, founder A.J. Bush partnered with the Stokely Brothers to open a tomato cannery in Chestnut Hill, Tennessee. He bought out his partners in 1908 and Bush Brothers & Company was born. Bush Brothers was successful through the Great Depression and World War II which lead the company to expand throughout the US. Today, Bush’s Baked Beans is a ready-made staple for your family dinner table. If you don’t believe Bush’s has the best baked beans, just ask Duke. He has the family secret recipe.
Crown Laboratories - Johnson City, TN - Crown Laboratories, Inc. provides pharmaceutical and ethical OTC products to the medical marketplace. Crown competes in the $3 billion world pharmaceutical industry. Crown markets its products under the names of Del-Ray Dermatologicals and Med-Derm Pharmaceuticals. Crown also provides contract manufacturing to the pharmaceutical industry. Crown Laboratories’ focus is in the field of dermatology, oncology and pediatrics.
Waymatic – South Fulton, TN – Waymatic welding and fabricating was founded in the early 1950s by T.J. Easterwood of South Fulton, TN. The name “Waymatic” was coined from a machine T.J. invented and manufactured. The machine was a combination filler and automatic weight regulator for bagging of free-flowing dry materials such as popcorn, grain, seed or feed. This machine could be used in conjunction with any existing platform scale, making it an automatic weighing scale. In the late 50s, T.J. built a small special events trailer for a local Pepsi-Cola bottler. As a result, Waymatic concession trailers have been sold world-wide to corporations and individuals. They are the leading concession trailer industry in craftsmanship and customer service and continue to strive to build the “Best Built Trailer in the Business.”
Lodge Cast Iron – South Pittsburg, TN – Made some cornbread or fried some chicken in your cast iron skillet lately? If so, you very well could have done it in a Lodge Cast Iron skillet. Founded in 1896 by Joseph Lodge, Lodge Manufacturing is one of America’s oldest cookware companies in continuous operation. It is still owned and managed by the descendants of the Lodge family. Most cast iron sold by Lodge is produced in its foundry in South Pittsburg, which has been in operation since the company was founded.
MasterCraft Boats – Vonore, TN – MasterCraft was founded in 1968 when it built its first ski boat in a two-stall horse barn on a farm in Maryville, Tennessee. Dissatisfied with the large wakes and pull of other ski boats, MasterCraft builders designed a hull that had the smallest wake in the industry; smooth and low at slalom and jump speeds; well defined at trick speeds. Today, MasterCraft is by far the largest producer of inboard ski, wakeboard and luxury performance powerboats in the world. It sells boats in over 30 different countries and has over 130 domestic and international dealers. Every MasterCraft comes from Vonore, TN and hundreds of owners, skiers and boarders visit the company’s headquarters every year to see the birthplace of their most prized possession.
Jiffy Steamer Company - Union City, TN – Jiffy Steamer Company – Union City, TN – The final product on our list, but possibly our favorite company, is the Jiffy Steamer. This company’s story starts with the son of a sharecropper that hitched a ride on a freight train from Tennessee to Chicago as a 14 year old seeking employment. This type of determination would go a long ways in the founder’s life as he applied his willpower to care for his family. In 1940, John Bailey Simrell and his brother-in-law toiled over a way to create enough steam to commercially shape and block hats quickly and easily. The birth of the Jiffy Model J-1 resulted from those efforts as well as dozens of models to follow over the decades. When Mr. John added a hose and steam head attachment, the product morphed into a fabric steamer that removed wrinkles from clothing, draperies and other materials. More 7 decades later and many product developments, Jiffy Steamer Company is a worldwide leader in portable steaming equipment. World-renowned in more than 50 foreign markets and backed by over 1,000 dealers in the United States alone, the dozens of Jiffy® Steamer models can be found almost everywhere-from the commercial garment trade, to residential markets, in the pages of high-end mail order catalogs, and in various specialty industries. Even though Jiffy® Steamer’s products can be found around the world, the company stands firm in its promise to remain American-made. Each of the company’s steamers is handcrafted in Union City, Tennessee and assembled with the finest, American-made components. The company makes no compromise in the engineering and construction of its products. After the intricate 52 step process to build the unit, every unit is steam tested before leaving the factory. Family values ring true with the Jiffy® Steamer brand, and the company is actively managed and operated by family members. These guys know steam and continue to produce the finest steamers on the planet.
Jana Keightley is Social Media & Special Projects Coordinator at Jiffy Steamer Company. She is a mother to two little boys and is a Tennessee Volunteer fan!
If we missed something you love in our list of “10 Things We Love – Made in Tennessee” be sure to tell us about it in the comments!
Jiffy Steamer and Thunderbolt Broadcasting have teamed up to support the Breast Cancer Awareness Month of October. There are registration locations around the Ken-Tenn area where listeners can register to win a pink Breast Cancer Awareness Jiffy Steamer. Local customers may drop their names in for an end of the month drawing to receive a pink ESTEAM or a J-2000.
Every time a pink steamer is sold at retail Jiffy Steamer will donate 10 percent of the price to fighting breast cancer on a local level to the Obion County Cancer Agency.
The local cancer agency uses these funds 100 percent in the company’s home county as a way to offset burdensome travel costs, utilities, food and medical deductible payments for those undergoing treatments.
Our sponsor locations are:
1. Kizer Pharmacy -Union City, TN
2. Citizens Bank - Hickman/Fulton, KY
3. Sullivan Dentistry- Union City, TN
4. TN College of Applied Technologies - Union City, TN 5. Inner Connection – Dresden, TN
6. Van’s Pharmacy - Martin, TN
Be sure to look shop with your local businesses that support the fight against breast cancer!
The Secret to My (Wallpaper) Success
by Jana K. - Marketing & CSR at Jiffy Steamer Company
Sooo...let's start out by saying that moving & remodeling is daunting. VERY daunting. Once my hubby and I got all of our furniture into our new (older) sweet little 1978ish brick ranch style house, it was time to do something with the blue and yellow flower-power bathroom. I really can't explain this wallpaper. It was unlike any other. Maybe the person who put it up didn't have great eye sight? I'm not sure but it was nightmare worthy. The only person who really liked it was my six year old. Since pieces were hanging off anyway, I decided to peel very very slowly to see if I might get lucky enough for it to come off smoothly. Boy, was I wrong. I tore the sheet rock! Husband = Not Happy.
I ran back to our old house to get my J-2000 Jiffy Steamer. I knew that the steamer would work on wallpaper but since this was my first remodeling experience, I'd never personally used it for that application. So I brought it in, plugged it up and gave it about 1 to 2 minutes for the steam to start rolling out. Let me just say that patience is a virtue with removing wallpaper but my J-2000 helped me keep my sanity. I held the steamhead up to a spot for a few seconds and then started peeling to see if it would come off. SUCCESS! It came off smooth as butter (or butta in southern slang). The day went pretty smooth after my J-2000 came to help me. The transformation is not complete but I have provided you with a lovely before photo. Wish me luck!
know...that you can be exposed to perchloroethylene when you bring clothes home
from the drycleaners?
is a manufactured chemical used for dry cleaning and metal degreasing. Exposure
to very high concentrations of perchloroethylene can cause dizziness, headaches,
sleepiness, confusion, nausea, difficulty in speaking and walking,
unconsciousness, and death. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
has determined that perchloroethylene may reasonably be anticipated to be a
carcinogen. Perchloroethylene has been shown to cause liver tumors in mice and
kidney tumors in male rats. (Source: Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease
You can limit
toxins in your home and on your body by steaming them with a Jiffy® Steamer
instead of taking your garments to a dry cleaner. Steaming is a way to remove wrinkles, kill
germs & freshen your fabrics without harsh chemicals or toxins. Be sure to read your care
Have a healthy
closet. Use your Jiffy® Steamer.
Even though we dread it every year, there are some special duties that need to be done each season. We ignore them for most of the fall and winter, but when spring comes around it's time to get to work and bring things back to life! Even though some of these chores only need to be done once or twice a year, they will help your home run look better and run smoothly. These chores can be a bit daunting but once you get started you will be glad you did!
Storing out of season clothing
When warmer spring weather arrives, it's time to pack away sweaters, coats, and other cold weather clothing. Making sure that the storage containers and areas follow the rules of clean, cool, dark, and dry will keep clothing in good shape for next winter.
Each spring take the time to inspect your major appliances for wear and tear. The coils of the refrigerator sould be vacuumed, and the drain pan should be cleaned out. Lint needs to be cleaned from the dryer vents. Clean dishwashers, disposals, oven, refrigerator and washing machines. Your heating and cooling units need maintenance and your Jiffy Steamer should be cleaned as well.
Bring your Jiffy Steamer outside and use it on the windows! It will break up dirt & grime in no time. Just use a microfiber towel on the windows after you steam.