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...]

How To Clean Stainless Steel Appliances And Remove Scratches

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Stainless steel is all the rage these days when it comes to kitchen appliances.However, as slick and shiny as stainless steel appliances are, keeping them that way isn't always easy.In no time, they seem to collect sticky fingerprints and smears. Unfortunately, you're left with a visible record of every time the refrigerator door has been opened.Stainless steel requires careful cleaning in order to maintain its luster. Abrasive cleaners or those containing chlorine can cause … [Read more...]

DIY Tips For Making Your Own Foaming Soap Refills + Prettier Foam Soap Pump Bottles

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I used to spend a fortune on those foaming soap dispensers filled with Dawn dishwashing soap!Seriously. They're so darned convenient that I quickly became addicted. I was always on the hunt for good deals on little bottles of Dawn foaming dish soap.When the soap ran out and the bottles became empty, I would just toss the bottle and replace it with a new one.For awhile, I was thrilled to actually find Dawn foaming soap refill bottles. They weren't nearly as large or economical as the … [Read more...]

The Shelf Life Of Household Products & Cleaning Supplies – See How Long Things Last (Typically)

What's the shelf life of cleaning supplies?... Check here... photo by Collin Anderson on Flickr

Earlier, I wrote about the life expectancy of home components -- things like appliances, doors, flooring, faucets and fixtures.That got me wondering about the shelf life of other common things within our house -- like cleaning products and electronics.So I set out to see what I could find about how long other things last... How Long Household Products & Cleaners LastHere's what Real Simple says about the shelf life of common household products like cleaners and items … [Read more...]

How To Make Your Own All Natural Fabric Softener + The Best Ways To Remove Static Cling

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Let's face it, Downey and other liquid fabric softeners are expensive!Not to mention the fact that they're made with harsh chemicals, as opposed to using only natural ingredients.With so many of us doing our best to live greener these days, it makes sense to make your own (safer) household cleaners whenever possible. Homemade liquid fabric softener is no exception.The fact is that our grandmothers knew all about the benefits of using natural fabric softeners, and there's no reason … [Read more...]

Fabric Softeners And Dryer Sheets: Myths vs Facts

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There are all sorts of bold statements -- both for and against -- using liquid fabric softeners and dryer sheets these days.Of course, those who advocate living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle typically avoid using fabric softeners and dryer sheets altogether, or they may advocate using only those that are made from all-natural products instead -- like these natural fabric softeners and these natural dryer sheets.Besides the eco-friendly reasons to stop using fabric softeners … [Read more...]

Best Household Cleaners According To Interior Designers Whose Jobs DEPEND On Clean

I like seeing unbiased reviews regarding peoples' favorite household cleaning products.  Honest feedback from those whose opinions truly matter is hard to come by.  That's why I'm grateful to House Beautiful for posting these interviews with 14 top designers. In addition to their favorite design styles and products, there is also valuable information about their favorite household cleaners. One thing's for sure: an interior designer needs to make a great first impression. And high-end … [Read more...]

DIY Home Security Tips – Simple Ways To Burglar-Proof Your House

Did you know that there is a burglary in a home, apartment or condominium every 15 seconds. In fact, according to FBI statistics, 60% of burglaries occur while the home is occupied! So, there's no time like the present to make your home as secure from thieves as possible. Right? Following are the best things you can do to prevent your home from being broken into...   … [Read more...]