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...]

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...]

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)

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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...]

Best Kitchen Cabinet Organizers

I don't know about you, but if I didn't have kitchen organizers my kitchen would be such a mess! I love these things, and I've been known to buy extras of my favorites. Being organized in the kitchen makes cooking so much more enjoyable, don't you think?  And easier too! Not only can you find exactly what you're looking for instead of digging around in cabinet for it, but your recipes come together so much more quickly when you have the right tools in place. These are the best kitchen … [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...]

How To Clean Marble Countertops & Bathroom Vanities Without Scratching And Dulling

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As you probably know, it is very easy to damage cultured marble. All it takes is placing something too hot (like a curling iron left on the counter too long, or a little cigarette burn) or even just setting something sharp (like a barrette) on the counter, and then when you pick it up you inadvertantly scratch the marble countertop by accident. Another way that you can quickly damage a cultured marble countertop is by not cleaning it properly.Here is the proper way to clean a cultured marble … [Read more...]

How To Restore Shine To A Marble Countertop Or Bathroom Vanity That Is Scratched & Dull

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We got this question the other day... Help! I think I've ruined the cultured marble countertop in my bathroom! It's still white, and looks clean, but it's got tiny scratches all over it. I've only used soft rags to clean it (once I might have used the softest scrubber I could find). I recently used Soft Scrub to clean it, and now our marble countertop is no longer glossy/shiny like before. Is there any hope for restoring the surface of this countertop back to its original shine? If you've ever … [Read more...]

Do You Really Need Jet-Dry In The Dishwasher? YES!

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I'm not sure why exactly, but for all of my 43 years I have resisted the urge to try Jet-Dry in the dishwasher.I think because I believed it was just a lot of hype, and it seemed wasteful to spend money on something that got your dishes looking "extra clean". (Isn't clean enough?)Well, I'm here to tell you, I tried Jet-Dry for the very first time this week.And now I'm hooked.Even hubby says, 'We can't go back to dishes looking the way they used to look when they came out of the … [Read more...]