Month: March 2020

DIY Hand Sanitizer and Surface Disinfectant Recipes

DIY hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant

We know we need to sanitize our hands often with soap and water and wipe down surfaces with disinfectant to combat Corona virus. But outside of your home, soap and water may not be available. And your store may be out of commercial hand sanitizers and surface disinfectants. If you already have commercial hand sanitizers at home, check the expiration date on the bottle. Once expired, they may become less effective. In case you need them, here are DIY recipes for hand sanitizers and surface disinfectants.   DIY Hand Sanitizer Experts say the Corona virus is often spread when people get it on their hands, then touch their face, where it gets into the respiratory system. That’s why washing your hands with soap and water is so important. But if you’re away from home and can’t use soap and water, hand sanitizers are the next best thing. On the way back into your home, use surface disinfectant (see below) to wipe down anything you touch, like doorknobs or the mailbox. Then head straight to the sink for a soap and water scrub down. What you’ll need: Small pump or squeeze bottles Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (99%) 1/4 cup aloe vera […]

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Tax Return Help You Can Really Use

tax return help

There was a time I didn’t need tax return help. My finances were so simple I could get a form at the post office, fill it out and mail it to the IRS the same day. These days my finances and IRS requirements are more complicated. So I pay a CPA to prepare and e-file my returns by the April 15 deadline. Almost everyone can use some help with tax returns. Here are some tips: How to get federal income tax forms and publications Online: IRS.gov IRS  Taxpayer Assistance Centers Order by phone: Call 1 800 829-3676 to order current year forms, instructions and publications. Post offices and libraries: Some post offices and libraries have forms, but call to confirm before you go. How to get state income tax forms and publications Online: Search for “income tax forms” plus the name of your state Post offices and libraries: Some post offices and libraries have forms, but call to confirm before you go. Ways to file Prepare and mail paper returns yourself (free). Fill out and e-file your return with IRS free file or fillable forms. Best for annual income of $69,000 or less. Use a free tax return site. The IRS […]

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