28 July 2015

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #134

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Have you noticed that bloggers are great teachers?
We are! We teach others how to cook, bake, sew, craft, shop, save money, raise kids. We are teachers. And, one of the biggest areas we cover is teaching others how to blog and make money doing it!

This week's most viewed post is a lesson in making money online - making BIG money on a site that is oh so familiar to all of us - Amazon! Saira Perl shares how she made $45,000 in one year selling on Amazon ... and she gives lots of details so YOU can do it, too!

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make money online; earn money with Amazon

And here are some other fabulous posts that were oh, so popular with our guests last week...
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27 July 2015

How Much Laundry Do Hospitals Do?

Most of us don’t enjoy doing laundry. But the laundry we deal with at home is nothing compared to what hospitals are responsible for. Blood, urine, vomit, and everything in between routinely soil hospital linens and the housekeeping staff (or an outside facility) are responsible for making these linens look new again. Meanwhile, most of us have to end up replacing a shirt that gets a little coffee on it.

laundry; microfiber; cleaning; hospital cleaning

However, it’s not just the type of laundry that hospitals have to deal with that burdens them, but also the sheer amount of volume required. Just think about the last time you were in a hospital. There were likely thousands of patients being treated in one facility, all requiring a variety of linens from sheets to gowns, and they are being replaced on a regular basis at different time intervals. That’s a lot of laundry to handle. Let’s take a look at just how much laundry hospitals really have to deal with.

How Much Laundry Do Hospitals Do?

To put things in perspective, the average American household does about 400 loads of laundry each year. According to Florida Hospital, between their eight facilities in Orlando they clean over 70,000 pounds of laundry every day!

Handling this task requires a team of over one hundred people in their laundry department. Their laundry is replaced every 24 hours or less. Once the linens have been cleaned, they are exchanged for more soiled linens in a never-ending cycle.

So how does this break down exactly? In a single day, this one hospital system cleans the following items:
  • 25,000 washcloths
  • 13,000 isolation gowns
  • 14,000 towels

Suddenly the 400 loads of laundry that American households do per year doesn’t sound like very much. The amount of laundry required by hospitals requires a tremendous amount of resources beyond the time and labor -- water, electricity, and soap are all used heavily, which concerns many. This has led hospitals to seek out methods for increasing efficiency.

The increase in efficiency starts before the linens are ever soiled. More and more hospitals are switching to microfiber products, which absorb more contaminants, require less water, and are much easier to clean with. This cuts down the use of various linens for cleaning dramatically and also makes the job for housekeepers in hospitals easier, allowing them to get more done in less time.

The linen cleaning industry, those who offer services for hospitals, restaurants, etc, are actively looking to improve their machines and processes. As the healthcare industry continues to grow, the demand for such services will only expand as well. This presents a great opportunity for innovative companies to step in and gain significant market share.

Access to clean water is diminishing and water prices are on the rise. Although this conversation hasn’t really gone mainstream yet, companies within this space are already taking notice. As our access to clean water gets lower, the public eye will fixate on industries who use the most water and these companies are likely to face the most scrutiny. No one will likely question the need for clean linens in healthcare facilities, but there’s no doubt that cleaning efficiency will need to improve.

How Much Do Hospitals Spend On Laundry?

This is the part that concerns most healthcare facilities -- the actual cost of laundry. Typical laundry costs make up for one to three percent of hospital budgets on average. Those percentages might sound low, but the total dollar amount adds up to millions.

According to the American Hospital Association (AHA), the nearly 5,795 registered hospitals in the country admit more than 37 million patients each year at a cost of $727 trillion. That’s a lot of money. However, that’s for the entire industry and not for just one hospital.

Many hospitals are decreasing these costs by improving the efficiency of their laundry facilities or through outsourcing to innovative companies providing laundry service. An example is The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which rents its linen and spends a little less than one percent (about $15 million) of its total expenses on linen services. Now imagine how much hospitals are paying when cleaning accounts for three percent of their budget.

Hospitals looking for these types of linen rental/cleaning services will typically pay between 35 cents to 51 cents per pound. Again, those numbers might sound low but this adds up to thousands of dollars per day in costs for hospitals. And the profit for these cleaning services typically only amounts to a maximum of a few cents per pound.

Even a slight improvement in efficiency can add up to millions of dollars in saved expenses for healthcare facilities. This is an industry to certainly keep an eye on in the near future. It might not be the most appealing field, but someone has to handle the dirty jobs and there’s enough demand to go around.

Kyle Stout is a freelance writer based out of Tulsa, OK. He is a healthcare professional and has prepared this article on behalf of Texas Microfiber.

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26 July 2015

Want to get PAID to TWEET? Then, let's Have A Twitter Party!

I have to admit, I had been neglecting Twitter. That is, until I read Saira Perl's post and I became intrigued. Their criteria for allowing us to grow past 2000 followers is kind of fun. It can be done but it has a little challenge to it. You'll have to read her post to find out how-- she explains it so well.

Twitter; Twitter Party

In the meantime, I broke past 1800 and am on my way to 2000 and above but I keep having to unfollow those who have not followed me back (when you read her post, you will see why).

So, today we are having a TWITTER party. Selfishly, I want to go to 2000 and beyond (Saira has surpassed 9000+)  Now, this goal COULD translate into money for any of us. Some companies will PAY people for tweets. But you have to have enough followers to make it worth their while.

Party is open until Tuesday evening when our Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop begins at 7pm EDT. Bookmark this to come back occasionally and follow others. In THEORY, if we all try to do our best with this we should get followers who we will also be FOLLOWING!  That's how it works best.

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23 July 2015

12 Hot Dog Recipes That Will Rock Your World!

By Sinea Pies

National Hot Dog Day; hot dogs; franks; chili dogs;

Get ready for National Hot Dog Day!
There is a day for everything, isn't there! 
Yes, July 23 is National Hot Dog Day in the U.S.A. --- but hot dogs are not just hot dogs anymore.

When you think of hot dogs, what do you think of?
Enjoying a great baseball game at the ballpark?
A quick meal for a busy day?

Well, some people  LIVE for a good hot and oft times it is MORE than just a hot dog - it is exceedingly GOURMET!
Here are some exceptional hot dog recipes that will put your kitchen (or grill) on the Hot Dog World Map!

Best Hot Dog You Will Ever Eat from The Food Charlatan

Pretzel Dogs: Three Amazing Recipes

National Hot Dog Day, hot dogs
Homemade Pretzel Dogs from The Food Charlatan

National Hot Dog Day; hot dog recipes; frankfurters

hot dogs; franks

hot dog recipes; hot dogs; franks; chili dogs

How do YOU like your hot dogs?

big dog panting

This big guy just wants a bowl of WATER!

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Photo credit: Hot Dog! 1 by lumix2004 on sxc.hu
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