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...]

Bacteria Alert: How To Easily Clean A Jacuzzi Bathtub Or Whirlpool Tub (Hot Tub Bath With Air Jets)

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We all know what a dirty bathtub ring looks like. Now imagine what that scum buildup is doing inside the jet plumbing of your Jacuzzi style bathtub!Sure, you can clean the bathtub itself, but once you start up the air jets all kinds of nasty looking bits and specks will come floating to the surface if you don't properly clean the jets themselves and the interior plumbing system.That's right, the jets and pipes behind your jet tub can quickly become contaminated with all sorts of … [Read more...]

How To Choose The Best Air Filters For Your House (Home Air Filtration 101)

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Most of us don't change the air filters in our home furnace / HVAC system as frequently as we're supposed to. (I know I don't.) Generally, most 1” furnace filters should be changed at least every 2 to 3 months. Larger, pleated cartridge-type furnace filters (3" to 5") can last up to 12 months between changes.  Source Instead, we go several months at a time and only replace them whenever we start to see dust piling up on furniture faster than ever, or we happen to notice dust gathering on the … [Read more...]