Chemical Free Cleaning: My Experience Using Laundry Balls & Dishwasher Disks With Ceramic Cleaning Beads

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Chemical-free cleaning is becoming more and more popular.But today's post goes way beyond homemade laundry detergent and DIY fabric softener recipes.Lately, everyone's talking about using tiny beads to clean clothes in your washing machine and to clean dishes in your dishwasher. I'm one of them.I recently purchased a set of laundry balls and a dishwasher disk. Both of these products are filled with tiny cleaning beads that magically remove stains and odors without using ANY … [Read more...]

How To Clean A Sponge: 4 Most Effective Ways To Kill Germs & Bacteria On Kitchen Sponges

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I finally found the absolute best kitchen sponges... ever!Honestly, I never thought kitchen sponges mattered all that much to me.I've been using the same brand of sponges for years -- until recently.See why I switched, what I switched to, and what I've learned about how to clean a sponge...Kitchen sponges are the No. 1 source of germs in the whole house. Why? The moist, micro-crevices that make a sponge such an effective cleaning device also make it a cozy home for germs and … [Read more...]

Bona Motion Mop Review: Is It Better Than The Regular Bona Hardwood Floor Mop?

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I've written about how much I love the Bona mop for my hardwood floors before. (Check out all of the valuable mopping tips in the comments.)Recently, I bought the newer Bona Motion mop -- only because it was at a clearance price that couldn't be beat.Some might like to hear what the differences are between these two spray mops.The big question: Is the battery-powered Bona Motion mop better than the original Bona mop?  … [Read more...]

Shark Steam Mop Review: Your Floors Will Be Clean Enough For Crawling Babies!

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When my very young niece and nephew began coming to my house frequently, I started looking at my house in a different way.When they were crawling around on the floor and putting everything in their mouths, I knew I had to up my cleaning game.I felt like my tile and vinyl floors needed a little bit more help. After doing a bit of research, I decided to buy a Shark steam mop.Honestly, I wasn't thoroughly convinced that I needed it -- until I used it. … [Read more...]

White Wall Decor: 7 Temporary Decorating Solutions For Boring White Walls (Great For Renters!)

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Renters (who aren't permitted to paint the walls) and homeowners (who want decorating alternatives that are only temporary) will appreciate the following white wall decor ideas.There's no time like the present to get yourself out of a decorating rut. And there's nothing worse than dealing with boring white walls!All of the following white wall decor ideas are perfect for renters and anyone who is slow to commit to a decorating scheme that's permanent.  … [Read more...]

Looking For A Handheld Vacuum? (Me Too) Best Hand Vacs For Pet Hair, Hardwood Floors, And Stairs

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For the past 12 years, I've been using this Oreck Compact Canister Handheld Vacuum.It's not at all like today's modern hand vacs.It's kinda clunky, slightly noisy, and has bags that need to be changed all the time.So I set out to find a better hand vac. Here's what I found...  First, Why Hand Vacs Are Great We mostly have hardwood floors in our 2-story house.Downstairs, there's only one room that has any carpet at all. Upstairs, the stairs and the landing are hardwood, … [Read more...]

Metal Wall Art Ideas For Every Room In Your House

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My all-time favorite decorative accent in interior design is... metal!Just about every wall in our home that has something decorative on it has at least one metal accent.Metal is just so rustic... and bold... and adds another dimension to home decorating. It's not flat and 2-dimensional like most other aspects of art and home decor. Metal is 3-dimensional and adds a solid, timeless feel to the space.Following are some of the metal-accented pieces of art that have made their way … [Read more...]

DIY Fiberglass Tub Repair: Tips For Fixing A Scratched Or Cracked Bathtub/Shower

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We received this question from a reader:We have a fiberglass tub, and 7 years ago when we moved into our brand new house with brand new tub, there was a chip or crack in a couple places of the tub, so the builder "fixed" those spots, but really they ended up looking worse, and have seriously yellowed over the years. What should we have done instead of letting him "sand down" the cracks? They were like hairline scratches, rather than deep cracks, but his "repair" actually made it worse. … [Read more...]

Green Moving Tips: How We Moved To A New House The Eco-Friendly Way

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These days, the eco-friendliness topic seems to be widely discussed. The green way of living is being embraced by more and more people every year.I rarely change any aspects of my life and daily habits, but in this case, me and my family decided to green our move.We realized that we truly are concerned about the well being of our environment and that we want to do our best to preserve nature. That's why we started applying green living principles in our everyday life -- even when it was … [Read more...]

DIY Home Security: A Burglar’s 3 Main Targets And How You Can Avoid Being One Of Them

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It may seem strange to think of it this way, but a burglar is a professional. He's got his tools, his uniform, and his hours. And, like all professionals, he sees the world a certain way.For example, city planners can't drive down a street without thinking about its size and placement. I'm a copywriter, so I'm always critiquing advertisements. A burglar sweeps his laser gaze over every house he passes, searching for signs that it'll be his next big score.But what exactly are those signs? … [Read more...]