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...]

Tankless Water Heater Cost, Pros & Cons, And Installation Tips

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Tankless water heaters for the home are becoming very popular -- especially when you think about the fact that heating water accounts for 25% of the energy used your home. It only makes sense to heat water more efficiently, if you can. Unlike a conventional water heater that is constantly "on" in order to have hot water available when you need it, a tankless water heater is different in that it turns "on" only when it's needed and heats your water on demand. … [Read more...]

9 Tips Before You Hire A Home Repair Handyman

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Every now and then, you may need a little help with home repairs and maintenance issues.You've probably heard about handymen who come to your home to fix things that you may not have the knowledge or ability to do yourself.For the record, not all handymen are carpenters, electricians, or plumbers. Some confine their efforts to yard work, clearing brush, mowing grass, and general outdoor maintenance instead of indoor home repairs. Regardless, it shouldn't be too difficult to find a … [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...]

6 Ways To Have Efficient Hot Water ~ Energy-Efficient Hot Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are the latest buzz word when it comes to producing hot water efficiently. But they're not the only way! The best part about a tankless water heater is that it will only fire up when water flow is sensed. No longer will the burner ignite just because your supply of hot water has cooled to a certain temperature -- even though no one has opened a faucet. That's a good thing. On the other hand, traditional tank water heaters cycle all throughout the day wasting expensive … [Read more...]

How To Fold Towels & Keep Them Hanging Straight In Your Bathroom

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I've written about some of the clever ways to fold things like shirts, napkins, and sheets.I've also shown you some fun ways to fold towels into creative shapes and animals.Now, it's time for the most practical folding technique that everyone can use on a daily basis: how to fold towels & keep them looking great when they're hanging on the towel rack!   How To Fold Towels & Hang Them Nicely The following how-to videos show you some unique ways to make a … [Read more...]

Top 10 Cool & Unusual Gift Ideas I Found on HGTV

I was watching HGTV the other day... probably an episode of "I Want That" or something similar. And I remembered seeing an interesting new product called the Purse Pal.What's cool about it is the fact that not only does it give you a place to put your purse -- so it's always within your sight and up off the floor -- it also gives you a place to put your other things like your hat, your scarf, your gloves, and your shopping bags when you're out & about.Plus, it's small and compact, so it's … [Read more...]

Fun Ways To Use Essential Oils

Ever wonder exactly how many drops of Essential Oil you should use?Here are some of the best (and most popular) ways to enjoy the benefits of Aromatherapy -- from basic inhalation methods and vapor mists to personal ointments and air fresheners.Take a look at all of the fun ways you can use Essential Oils... … [Read more...]

Household Plants: Best Indoor Plants For Bathrooms

I've always dreamed of having an open & airy bathroom with a lot of natural light, scented candles, colorful flowers & lots of green plants.You know... a bathroom that's warm, welcoming, and comfortable.One thing that really helps to soften the "hard-edges" in a bathroom and remove that boring, sterile feeling is to add something organic....We're talking about plants. … [Read more...]

Do You Know What The Top 10 Bathroom Upgrades Are?

According to The Family Handyman (February 2006), the top upgrades and remodeling projects for bathrooms are:1. Whirlpool tubs. "Water-jet" tubs ($800 to $8,000) provide a more powerful water stream. "Air-jet" tubs ($1,200 to $20,000) massage by blasting air through tiny holes. When it comes to whirlpool tubs, some people prefer the tingle of air massage; others find it too gentle. Air-jet tubs are often louder and incoming air cools the water faster.Did you know?... When you look at prices … [Read more...]