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    DYI CLEANING PRODUCTS WORTH A TRY-Brought to you by Cholla Managing Group, LLC!









     1/4 c. rubbing alcohol

    • 1/4 c. white vinegar
    • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
    • 2 c. warm water

    Combine everything in a spray bottle, and shake well. Shake well before using, too, as the cornstarch might settle at the bottom (and subsequently plug the spray mechanism if it’s not mixed in well).

    The total cost is under 0.50 cents Per Bottle!  And works great!

    Not to mention, it’s completely nontoxic, you can simply reuse your old glass cleaner bottle over and over and over again!



    • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
    • 2 cups water
    • 8 drops dawn dish soap
    • scented oil of your choice
    • Spray Bottle (Can be picked  up for 99 cents at Wal-Mart)
    • It is really easy to make, just add all the ingredients to the spray bottle
    • It is safe to use on all your appliances and other countertops. You can use it to clean bathroom counters too. To help with the shine on the granite counters use a soft cloth or paper towels. I much prefer the less than 50 cents it cost to make this compared to the $7 for granite cleaner at the store.



    • one part Dawn dish washing liquid soap
    • two parts hydrogen peroxide
    • 1-2 tablespoons baking soda


    1. In a small bowl, mix the ingredients together.
    2. Use a small brush to scrub the mixture into the stained area. Rinse, then launder as usual.
    3. For tougher stains, let the mixture sit on the stained garment for an hour or so, then launder. Or treat the area a few times before laundering.


    I recommend doing a test on an inconspicuous part of the garment first to make sure that the spot remover will not harm the fabric. Hydrogen peroxide can be tough on fabric. Peroxide is sensitive to light, hence the dark bottles, so it is best to mix this up in small amounts as needed for each time.

    *Always test a small area of whatever you are cleaning first with any homemade products as you should for store bought ones too*

    *More great DIY cleaning product recipes can be found on pinterest and well as by a simple google search!


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    *A/C Energy-Saving Tips from Cholla Managing Group,LLC.*


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    A/C Energy Saving Tips

    During the summer, air conditioning can account for 50% or more of your total electric bill. Follow the tips below to increase energy efficiency and save money.

    • Leave most of the air vents open in your home. Closing air vents in more than 10% of your total conditioned space creates a pressure imbalance and reduces the effectiveness of your cooling system.
    • Do moisture-producing chores when it is cooler and your cooling system won’t have to work as hard. Wash clothes and dishes or mop floors in the early morning or at night.
    • Prevent heat gain inside the house by taking these steps to lessen the load on your cooling system.

    Air conditioners and heat pumps

    • Set the thermostat between 78 to 80 degrees when you are home and up to 85 degrees when you are away. For every degree you set your thermostat above 80 degrees, you can save approximately 2 to 3% on cooling costs.
    • Install a programmable thermostat. Set it to allow the temperature in your home to increase by 5-10 degrees while you’re away and to return to a comfortable level an hour before you return.
    • Turn your air conditioning fan to “Auto.” This turns the fan motor off when the unit is not cooling. Using “Auto” rather than “On” can save you $15 to $25 each month on your energy costs.
    • Schedule maintenance service on your cooling system once a year by a  Certified Contractor to maintain its efficiency.
    • Buy a higher-SEER unit when the time comes to replace your cooling system. The efficiency of heat pumps and air conditioners is indicated by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The higher the number, the more cooling you will get for your dollar. Ask a qualified air conditioning contractor what level of efficiency is right for your home.
    • Buy the right size cooling system. A unit that is too large for your house will cause frequent cycling, inefficient operation and higher operating costs.
    • Set your ceiling fans to blow downward during the summer to circulate air rather than lowering your thermostat.
    • Clean debris and obstructions from around outdoor air conditioning components.
    • Replace disposable air filters or clean permanent ones at least once a month. A dirty filter forces your equipment to work harder, causing higher energy bills.

    Evaporative coolers

    • Change the pads on your evaporative cooler before each summer. Make sure the pads are evenly installed in the frames with no gaps around the edges.
    • Do not run your evaporative cooler and air conditioner at the same time or even during the same day. The evaporative cooler increases humidity in your home while the air conditioner works to remove humidity.
    • Install the baffle plate (cookie sheet damper) in the unit before you switch over to air conditioning.
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    Carpet Cleaning and Maintenance Tips from Cholla Managing Group, LLC.

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    Carpet Cleaning & Maintenance


    Maintaining Your Carpet’s Beauty

    The best way to ensure long-lasting beauty, comfort and durability in your carpet is to vacuum it regularly, as it prevents soil from becoming embedded into the carpet’s pile.

    Depending on the type of carpet you have, you’ll want to use a vacuum with a rotating brush, a beater bar or suction only.

    When vacuuming high pile or premium soft carpets look for the following features that will allow you to easily maintain your carpet:

    Adjustable height- Use the highest setting where appropriate

    Efficient Airflow-Avoid vacuums with very concentrated or sealed suction

    Large Wheels allow the appliance to glide easily across the carpet

    For more information on how to select a vacuum, click here.

    Consider professional cleaning every 12-18 months, depending on traffic and other use factors, frequency of vacuuming and whether the carpet is a light or dark color.

    Use scissors to clip sprouts and snags, do not pull them or you may damage the carpet.

    To remove a dent caused by heavy furniture, stoke carpet with the edges of a coin.  You can also use a hair dryer or a steam iron to gently raise the dented area while you tug upward on the tufts. CAUTION: DO NOT LET THE IRON TOUCH THE CARPET.

    If your carpet is burned, remove the tops of the dark, burnt fibers with curved fingernail scissors.  If the burn is extensive, the carpet may require patching or replacement.

    If a flooding occurs from a burst pipe, washing machine overflow or other leak, the carpet needs to be dried, front and back, by a professional cleaner with the proper equipment.

    This link can provide additional tips on maintaining the beauty of your carpet http://www.carpet-rug.org.

    Tips for Removing Common Stains

    For carpet care wet/dry vacuum cleaner is the best way to effectively remove stains.  Use the attachment with the best suction and vacuum as much of the stain as possible, continuing to add water to the stain as you go.  Treatment of the affected area should begin immediately upon discovery.  The more time that elapses before treatment, the more difficult a stain will be to remove.  For the best results, use Mohawk FloorCare Essentials Carpet Spot Remover and Cleaning Kit.

    First scrape the food spill gently with a spool or dull knife, or a Mohawk FloorCare Essentials Carpet Cleaning Key, removing as much solid material as possible.  If detergent is required, use it sparingly and gently rinse the spot remover that has been approved by the Carpet and Rug Institute of America, apply several drops to a clean white cloth and clot the carpet in a inconspicuous area.  If a color change occurs or color transfers to the cloth, consult a professional carpet cleaner.

    Place towels or cloth over wet area and weight with a heavy, colorfast object to absorb moisture.  Leave overnight.

    If stains remain after cleaning, moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide and let stand for one hour.  Blot and repeat until carpet is stain-free.  No rinsing is necessary.  Apply a pad of paper towels and weigh them down, allowing carpet to dry.

    Some stains cannot be removed because they permanently alter the carpet’s color.  These stains include acid toilet bowl cleaners, acne medication, alkaline drain cleaners, chlorinated bleaches, hair dyes, iodine, insecticides, mustard with turmeric and plant fertilizers.  For these types of stains, call a professional.  In order to maintain and protect your warranty coverage under the terms of these warranties, you much do the following:  A minimum of one professional cleaning every 18 months is required.

    Additional Carpet Care Tips

    Beer, wine, coffee and tea

    Blot and neutralize with a white vinegar solution, then work a small amount of a detergent solution into the spot (1/4 teaspoon detergent per 1 qt. of water.)  Continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is completely removed.  Using a spray bottle, rinse with tap water and blot to remove excel moisture.  Apply paper towels and weight them down, allowing the spot to dry.

    Blood, catsup, cheese, chocolate, cola, cough syrup, mixed drinks, soft drinks, soy sauce, starch, toothpaste, white glue

    First, note that all solutions for removing blood must be cool in temperature.  Bot and neutralize the spot with an ammonia solution, using a spray bottle to saturate the spot.  Next, work a small amount of a detergent solution into the spot (1/4 teaspoon detergent per 1 qt. of water) and continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is removed.  Using a spray bottle, rinse with tap water and blot to remove excess moisture.  Apply a pad of paper towels, weigh them down and allow to dry.

    Mud and dirt

    Allow mud to dry completely.  Shatter the dried mud with the handle of a knife, then vacuum.  For dirt, apply a small amount of detergent solution to the spot (1/2 teaspoon detergent per 1 qt. of water) and blot with a white paper towel to work the detergent into the affected area.  Continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is removed.

    Learn more about Carpet Care at the Mohawk Flooring Blog!

    More from the Carpet and Rug Institute

    The Carpet & Rug Institute is the science-based source for the facts on carpet and rugs.  This nonprofit trade association represents more than 95 percent of all carpet made in the United States.  Learn more about the CRI by visiting the website at http://www.carpet-rug.org.

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    Cholla Managing Group, LLC. reminds you to enjoy and stay safe this Monsoon Season!

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    Monsoon Season Safety Tips

    The beginning of August means we are right in the center of Arizona’s exciting monsoon season.  Here are some tips to enjoy this time of year safely.

    Flash Flood Safety

    Flash floods are responsible for more deaths each year than any other thunderstorm related hazard.  This is due to the fact that many people underestimate the power and force of water.

    • Avoid areas that are known to become flooded during thunderstorms.
    • If you come to a road that appears to be flooded, turn your vehicle around and seek an alternate route.
    • If you live in an area prone to floods, have an evacuation plan ready.

    Dust Storms

    Depending on rainfall pattern, dust storms or “haboobs”, can occur at any time during monsoon season.

    • Monitor weather reports before getting out on the road to avoiding being caught in a dust storm.
    • If you are caught in a dust storm while driving, park your vehicle on the side of the road, turn off your lights and keep your foot off of the brake.


    Power and Communications Outages

    Be aware of your surroundings and prepare for storms ahead of time.  Always report damage to the appropriate authorities.

    • Unplug sensitive electronic devices before the storm arrives.
    • Cordless phones do not work without electricity.
    • Use corded phones for emergencies only.
    • Report and avoid downed power lines.

    Lightning Strikes

    Move indoors when a storm is approaching.  Lightning can strike from 10 miles away.

    • Avoid using a corded phone unless it is an emergency.
    • Do not touch wires that are plugged into outlets.
    • Wait for the storm to pass to use sinks, toilets and tubs.


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    Cholla Managing Group, LLC. Proudly uses Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters in our homes!



    Tankless Water Heaters


    An endless supply of hot water, whenever you need it-even for multiple tasks at the same time.  Tankless Water Heaters revolutionize comfort, energy efficiency and convenience.

    Total Convenience

    Enjoy fresh, hot water at your fingertips.  Shower, wash dishes and do laundry at the same time without running out.

    A Rinnai Tankless Water Heater is about the size of a carry-on suitcase, and can easily be mounted on virtually any interior or exterior wall, saving you up to 16 square feet of valuable floor space or extra storage.  And, no holding tank means fresh, clean hot water every time!  It provides instantaneous hot water only when you need it, So your utilities aren’t working overtime!

    Total Reliability

    While conventional tank water heaters have an average service life of less then 10 years, Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters last up to 20 years and are backed by an industry-leading warranty. They come in Electric, Natural Gas and Propane.  Not to mention the incredible total energy cost savings Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters provide as well!

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