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The Practical Cupid Quiz

Once the glow of Valentine’s Day has worn off, do you know how to deal with the fallout? 1. What can you do to revive wilted roses? (a) Stick the flowers in the freezer for an hour. (b) Submerge them in cool water for a few hours. (c) Spritz them with vinegar. (d) Drop a penny into the vase. 2. […]

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Don’t Put These Items In Your Garbage Disposal

That turkey dinner sure is delicious, but–let’s face it–there’s nothing fun about the clean-up. Before you stuff all the fixings down the drain and tackle those dirty dishes, remember that plumbers are generally inundated with emergency calls the day after Thanksgiving. To keep the plumber out of your kitchen on Black Friday, the experts at HomeAdvisor recommend tossing these items instead of putting them down the sink:

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How to Recycle Your Halloween Costume

After a long weekend of Halloween festivities, you probably have a slew of candy (er, candy wrappers) and discarded disguises on your hands. It’s easy to figure out what to do with all those sweets (hint: make some delicious desserts), but finding a place for worn costumes may present more of a challenge. Instead of tossing the get-up you spent […]

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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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