Fabric Softeners And Dryer Sheets: Myths vs Facts


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)


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)


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...]

Got A Ladybug Infestation? Here’s What To Do If Ladybugs Are Invading Your Home


If you're trying to find ways to deal with a ladybug infestation inside your house (like I've done each of the past 6 or so years), then you've come to the right place! Ladybug infestations typically consist of the orange and black variety of ladybugs (Asian lady beetles), rather than the bright red ones with black spots. The following tips apply to any type of ladybug that may be invading your living space. A new imported species, the multicolored Asian lady beetle, likes to spend … [Read more...]

Recycling Trash 101: How To Dispose Of Things That Can’t Go In Curbside Recycling Or Your Regular Garbage


Before you go to throw something away at home, you need to know that there are lots of household items that cannot (or should not) be disposed of in your regular trash. Many things cannot even be recycled via your regular curbside recycling or in your county's recycling dumpsters. The following items pose a hazard to the environment and human well-being and, therefore, must be recycled in other ways. Usually, this means taking the item to a Household Hazardous Waste collection center in … [Read more...]

Roombas & Other Robotic Vacuums …Finally, SEE How Well They Work!


Modern technology is a wonderful thing! While we may not yet have mechanical maids tending to the dusting and delivering a tray of cool beverages to your favorite recliner, the likes of Rosie the Robot (the maid on The Jetsons cartoon series) might be closer than you think -- thanks to electronics and microchips. Enter robotic vacuums (like Roombas). These self-propelled vacuum cleaners keep carpets clean without any real physical human input. The iRobot Roomba is a round disk-shaped … [Read more...]

Oxygen Bleach vs Chlorine Bleach: See Why Products Like OxiClean Are Best


Honestly, both oxygen bleach and chlorine bleach work well in terms of cleaning power. So it really depends on what your goals are as to whether or not you should choose oxygen bleach or chlorine bleach. Chlorine bleach has been around since the 1800's and has been used on everything from getting whites white to cleaning toilets. Oxygen bleach can do the same things as chlorine bleach, but it definitely has some advantages for those choosing to live a healthier, more environmentally … [Read more...]