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How to Get Lipstick Off of Skin

If someone’s ever planted their pucker on your cheek with freshly-applied lipstick (hello, Aunt Bea!), or if you’ve been a little bit too overzealous with your Halloween makeup, you can understand how difficult wiping away a heavy lipstick stain can be. The next time you’re in a crunch and don’t have any makeup remover handy, try this trick. Dissolve the […]

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A Trick for Keeping the Entryway Clean

Does this scene sound familiar? It’s been a long day away from home, and the first thing you do is drop all of your bags and miscellaneous junk as close to the door as humanly possible. Before you know it, “entryway” has become synonymous with “clutter”—we’ve all been there. According to Fugen Neziroglu, Ph.D., clinical director of the Bio Behavioral […]

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A Simple DIY Ring Cleaner

To make a diamond ring shine without visiting a jeweler or breaking the bank, try this thrifty, unexpected solution. Celebrity stylist Kimmy Erin, who’s “dubious of harsh chemicals,” rubs toothpaste onto her ring, and then gently scrubs it off in a circular motion with a hand towel and a little bit of water, effectively wiping away the dirt from the […]

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A New Way to Keep Jeans From Fading

Hate when your vibrant jeans start to fade in the wash? Try this smart DIY tip: Just add salt! While it’s wise to follow the care instructions for fabrics, Catherine Ryu, creative director of jean outfitter Citizens of Humanity, recommends, “If you want to go a step further with dark indigo, black, and colored jeans, add two tablespoons of salt to your […]

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Countertop Dish Drains via Remodelista.com

I always leave a few dishes to dry on my kitchen counter—resting on top of an old dish towel serving as my drying rack. It’s obviously not the most attractive thing on my counter (or the most effective, for that matter). So, when I came across this article from our friends at Remodelista.com, I had to click through. I’d love […]

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Dry-Clean Your Separates Together

Do your suit separates tend to fade at different rates? The culprit could be the way you clean them. Because of the chemicals, finishing, and pressing used in dry-cleaning, there’s a good chance the pieces you get cleaned less often will outlast their over-laundered mates. Be sure to clean all of your separates together—after checking, of course, if they really […]

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Banish Bleach Stains from Your Towels

Have you ever washed and dried a load of bath towels—without a drop of bleach–then discovered a few random white splotches on them? (It can happen with colored sheets too!) You’re probably bleaching them without even realizing it. You see, many products we use in the bathroom, from shower cleaners to toothpaste to acne medication, contain bleaching agents. When you […]

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Never Lose a Sock Again

One of the most frustrating aspects of doing laundry (other than, well, doing laundry) is the number of socks that emerge from the wash without their pair.

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An Easy Way to Get Rid of Pet Hair

So you’re having guests over, but your couch is covered in Fido or Fluffy’s fur. Don’t panic: Just head to the kitchen and grab your rubber gloves.

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Do You Really Have to Dry Clean That?

Let’s face it: Taking clothes to the dry cleaner is expensive and inconvenient. I’d wager the majority of us have taken a look at that “dry-clean” label and wondered, ‘what would happen if I were to handwash this blouse instead?” I’m happy to be the bearer of good news: In some cases, you can.

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