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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...]

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...]

8 Reasons Why You Should Use Micro Mesh Gutter Guards

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At their core, gutters are very simple: they collect rain water, and guide it to the ground below with ease. However, the dilemmas associated with gutters can be far reaching and unnecessarily tedious.If your gutters are clean, water will stream down the drainpipe when it rains (as it should).However, what happens if there’s an obstruction in the way? Say, a leaf clog or even oil seeping down from under your shingles? That’s a problem no one wants to have, much less have to fix. … [Read more...]

How (And Why) To Clean The Air Ducts In Your Home

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Have you noticed a collection of lint and/or dark spots building up around the edges of your carpeting?That's an indication that your forced air furnace is acting as a recirculation system for the dust that's contained within the ductwork of your home.Perimeter buildup on the floor and ceiling corners -- especially around your floor registers -- is a good indication that it may be time to get your ductwork cleaned! Here's what you need to know...  … [Read more...]

How To Clean Travertine Countertops, Floors, Shower Tiles & Backsplashes

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Travertine. You can hardly beat the look of this natural sedimentary rock.It adds a unique feel and texture to almost any room in the house.We have it in our kitchen -- along the backsplash area of our countertop.However, I've learned firsthand that keeping your Travertine surfaces looking their best requires some extra attention when it comes to cleaning... and sealing.These tips will help you keep your Travertine looking great for years...  Do You Really Want … [Read more...]

Top 4 Dust Sprays + Tips For Choosing The Best Dust Control Spray For Your Home

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Dust spray is one of the best ways to control the dust and allergens inside your home.There are many different dusting sprays to choose from. Some work better than others.Choosing the right one is key to having a home that remains dust free longer without a sticky residue or waxy build-up which actually just attracts more dust.  Here are the top 4 dust control sprays on the market right now:   … [Read more...]

Before You Buy Gutter Guards, Review These Pros & Cons Of Installing Gutter Covers

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Gutter guards are advertised as being able to prevent your gutters from clogging with leaves, as well as water and debris -- thus saving you from what could be a dangerous household task.Cleaning gutters is no fun at all!However, not everyone agrees that gutter guards are worth the cost, time, and effort to get them installed. Following are the pros and cons of installing gutter guards (or leaf guards, gutter covers, gutter screens, etc.) on your home...  … [Read more...]