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How To Keep Your Home From Making You Sick

Your home is the one place you feel most comfortable; it’s the place where you can relax, be yourself, and spend time with your family. However, many people don’t realize that there are common household items in just about every room that can cause illness, and just about all of it is preventable.

If you have a family, it is likely important to you to keep your home clean; the problem with many of these household items is that they either hide in plain sight or they get overlooked because many people are not aware that they can trap bacteria, mold, and dust and even recirculate it throughout your house. Take a walk around your home and assess how clean it really is; have you taken hot, soapy water to the refrigerator shelves lately? How clean are your floors? It may seem overwhelming at first, but if you start small and work your way up, you can suss out the dangers and keep your family safe from illness in no time.

Here are some of the best places to start.

The kitchen

The kitchen can be a breeding ground for all sorts of nasty things. Fruit, vegetables, and raw meat should especially be handled with care; wash all fruits and veggies before placing them in your fridge, and once every few weeks, take hot, soapy water to the shelves, bins, and trays inside the refrigerator, where E.coli can breed. If you have a wooden cutting board, cleaning it with hot water is the first step; sanding it down is the second. This will ensure that bacteria won’t hang around on the surface.

The bathroom

You may think your bathroom is spotless, but there could be little things you haven’t even thought of, such as the bottom of the toothbrush holder, where water pools after you brush your teeth. Or how about the bathmat? Make sure to wash it once every couple of weeks and always hang it up to dry after you step onto it from the shower, as water can settle onto the rubber backing and create mold. It is also a good idea–especially if you live in an apartment or small home–to leave the door or window open during hot showers (or turn the fan on), as all that steam can loosen wallpaper, leaving the perfect opportunity for mold to creep in.

The vacuum

Depending on what type of vacuum you have, it may be leaving behind dust and allergens every time you use it. Make sure the bag or receptacle is cleaned after each use, and open the windows while you run it if possible. You might also consider buying HEPA filter for your home, which traps a good deal of the dust particles flying around each room.

Your bed

It is scary to think about, but our beds trap dust, dead skin, and microscopic dust mites every day. Make sure you wash your sheets often, including the pillowcases and comforter (although that may need to be dry cleaned), and, if you have a ceiling fan in your room, clean it well once a week to keep dust from floating down onto your bed.

It may seem overwhelming, but making these cleaning habits part of your weekly chores will help you stay on top of them and keep your family safe from illness.

Demand for RF4F Services Remains High

As the demand for our services continues to increase, we ask that you please help in whatever way you can.  We are very low on basic needs for our clients.  Our current items of need include:

  • Dressers
  • Bed Frames (All Sizes)
  • Blenders
  • Microwaves
  • Can Openers
  • Toasters
  • Drinking Glasses
  • Pots and Pans

Please call (309) 829-6500 to schedule a free pick-up, or drop off your donations at our facility in downtown Bloomington:
515 N. Center Street, Bloomington, IL 61701.

Our hours of operation for drop off are:
9AM-5PM, Monday through Thursday
9AM-Noon, Saturday
Closed Friday & Sunday


Gene Megli Memorial Truck Dedication

On April 15, 2016, a luncheon was held at RF4F to dedicate our new truck to the memory of Gene Megli. The Megli family (pictured on right with the new truck) was in attendance for this celebration. Thank you to all of Gene’s family and friends who attended. It is through their generosity that we were able to purchase the truck. We would also like to thank Brent Salm, Senior Minister at College Park Christian Church, for his wonderful blessing of this truck. The Gene Megli Memorial Truck will service thousands of those less fortunate in Mclean County and keep the memory of Gene Megli alive in our community for many years to come.



Mark Kelly Volunteer of the Year Award


Each year Recycling Furniture for Families (“RF4F”) chooses one of its many volunteers as the recipient of the Mark Kelly Volunteer of the Year Award. This award is a memorial to Mark and is reflective of the countless hours he gave to RF4F in volunteering his time and talents. His family and those of us here at RF4F lost Mark in 2009. We established this annual award in honor of Mark in order to recognize the gift of another volunteer’s time and talent to RF4F. It is always a difficult task to single someone out for this honor, and 2015 was no exception. This year, the Mark Kelly Volunteer of the Year Award goes to Dick Brinson. Dick and his wife Thelma are long-term volunteers of RF4F. Dick has volunteered many hours in our refurbishing shop and at his home, bringing back to life pieces of furniture that then became part of the homes of our clients. Dick has taken his wood working skills to a new level by building over 40 new coffee tables for our clients over the last year. He did this as he also endured through serious medical issues. We are truly blessed to have Dick and his wife Thelma as part of the RF4F family!

Garden Adoption in Downtown Bloomington


Recycling Furniture for Families (“RF4F”) has adopted a small plot of land located at 518 North Main Street (Behind our parking lot and just north of Common Ground Grocery). Working with the Downtown Bloomington Association we have transformed this area into a beautiful garden. We would like to thank Board Member, Judy Crist for leading this project. We are very proud to be part of downtown Bloomington!

Unexpected Repairs

We recently encountered an unanticipated expense stemming from a lightning strike to our building that resulted in the need to replace our phone system. In addition, due to the very hot and humid summer, our aging AC unit required major repairs in trying to keep up with these extreme weather conditions. These events have brought several thousand dollars in unbudgeted expenses. If you would like to make a financial contribution to help cover the costs of these recent repairs, please mail or drop a check payable to:

Recycling Furniture for Families
515 North Center Street
Bloomington, IL 61701


Every little bit helps.  As always, thank you for your continued support.

Handmade Garden Ornaments Help Support RF4F

Need something to spruce up your yard or deck? Our amazing volunteers have hand crafted these beautiful pieces of art (see below) to help support the operations of Recycling Furniture for Families. If you would like to own one of these ornaments (suggested donation $10 with stakes, $5 without stakes), please come to our facility at 515 North Center Street, Bloomington IL 61701 (Downtown Bloomington). We are open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm and on Saturday from 9 am to noon.180-2