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...]

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...]

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...]

Simple DIY Door Stops You Can Make Yourself + Other Super Cool And Unique Doorstops

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It wasn't until I saw this tube door stopper that I realized an empty (or not-so-empty) tube of anything makes a cheap and easy DIY door stop!Plus-d is a Japanese company that actually sells colorful tubes that are similar to a tube of hand lotion, facial cleanser, etc. and markets them as doorstops to keep your doors propped open.While those tubes may be more fashionable and modern than your typical door stopper (and regular tubes of stuff, for that matter), I can't help but think that … [Read more...]

Best Picture Hanging Tips: How To Hang Pictures & Artwork On The Wall Like A Pro

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Pictures can bring life to a room and help to create just the right atmosphere for your home.If you're like me, then making sure that all pictures hang straight on the wall is a huge deal.I hate it when I hang pictures only to spend forever adjusting and re-adjusting them in an attempt to get them all to hang just right. Following are the best picture hanging tips you should use every time you hang new photos on your wall... #1  Pictures should be hung at eye … [Read more...]

Looking For A Good Fogless Shower Mirror?… We Finally Found The Best Fog Free Mirror!

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Jim is a guy who shaves his head bald. He's been doing so for over 10 years now. That means a fog free mirror in the shower is pretty much a necessity in order for him to maintain a smooth scalp on a daily basis.We've tried a number of other fog free mirrors in the past, and we even went so far as to meet with a mirror & glass company to custom design one for the master bathroom in our new log home (which we haven't started to build yet). That one has built-in wires that heat up, keeping the … [Read more...]

Stainless Steel Touchless Trash Can With 2 Compartments Makes Recycling Even Easier

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We have a stainless steel 13-gallon touchless trash can that I absolutely love. (So much so that I got one for 2 different relatives that year for Christmas and I talked my in-laws into buying one as well!) But I spotted this 16-gallon touchless trash can the other day, and I think it may be even better... because it's got 2 bins! The 2 separate buckets could be used for: sorting 2 types of recyclables (paper vs plastic), or for using one side as a standard garbage can and the other … [Read more...]

Whole House Surge Protectors vs Power Strip Surge Protectors

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Odds are, a few items inside your home (like your computer, TV, DVD player and such) are plugged into multi-strip extension cords that also provide point-of-use surge protection.Most of those types of surge protectors provide the minimum level of protection for everyday household items.But is that really enough protection for your home electronics and appliances?Are power strips the best way to protect your things from lightning strikes and sudden jolts of electricity?The fact … [Read more...]