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When to Buy a New Pillow

Laying your head on your pillow each night should be an exercise in comfort and serenity—not a guaranteed way to wake up with a neck cramp. Here’s a quick test to see if it’s time for a new one: Fold your pillow in half, squeezing out the air. If it doesn’t spring back to shape, you’re overdue for a new […]

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The Best Way to Combat Water Spots

If you have a shower with a glass door, then there’s a good chance you’ve got water spots. How to get rid of them once and for all? The only thing you really need is a bottle of distilled white vinegar. Simply soak a few paper towels in the substance, then lay them over the splotches in a single layer. […]

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When to Replace Potting Soil

The key to healthy plant life is hearty soil—and fortunately, the nourishing earth that sits underneath your plants is easier to maintain than the greenery itself. Here’s how to check if it needs replacing: • If mold or a fungus grows on the soil’s surface (this happens when soil is always moist), repot the plant entirely. Same goes for soil […]

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Keep Lipstick Marks Off Your Drinking Glass

It happens all the time: The lipstick which you’ve worked hard to apply just right (careful blotting included!) coats your drinking glass or coffee mug the moment you take a sip, leaving your lips for good. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent the annoying marks. Of course, a standard plastic straw is the age-old remedy, but if you’re in a […]

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7 Habits of People with Extremely Clean Homes from Fox News Magazine

Our friends at Fox News Magazine have put together a list of helpful tips for keeping an “extremely” clean house. I really do aspire to have an extremely clean home. But, lately, I find myself putting off the thorough cleaning jobs until I just can’t stand it anymore. If I could adopt just a few of these habits each and […]

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How to Clean a Stained Tote Bag

Canvas totes are wonderfully versatile—a plain bag is essential for eco-friendly shopping, while an elegant print (even if it’s DIY) can elevate the standard to a work-appropriate accessory. The only issue: Tote bags can be tricky to clean. To remove a minor dirt stain, rub the soiled area with a dry gum eraser ($0.69, officedepot.com) often seen in art class—you […]

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How to Remove Fingerprints from Photos

  We’re so used to digital photos (hello, Instagram!) that sometimes, we forget that tangible pictures are susceptible to the elements. Fortunately, one of the most common form of photograph mishaps—fingerprint marks—is easy to remedy. While minor marks can be gently cleaned away using a 100 percent cotton cloth or T-shirt, greasy fingerprint stains may need the help of a […]

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A Fast Way to Clean Makeup Brushes



Even though I use my makeup brushes every day (on my face, no less), I find the idea of cleaning them properly to be so daunting. Fortunately for me, many experts agree that a deep clean just once a month is fine—and you don’t need a fancy product to do it. Ellen Marmur, a dermatologist in New York City, suggests […]

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Why New Jeans Stain Your Hands (and Clothes)

Ever noticed that after you wear a new pair of dark jeans, you end up with Indigo dye on your hands, your shirt, your purse, and whatever else comes in contact with your pants? There’s actually a name for this—crocking—and it happens naturally with most denim. (You have to use a lot of ink to get a rich color.) Here’s […]

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A New Way to Hydrate Houseplants

Promote growth and root development in your houseplants with an unexpected ingredient: club soda. According to Deb Donaldson, a blue-ribbon winner at the Philadelphia Flower Show, club soda contains a phosphate, which is good for plants—better, in fact, than tap water. Use it as you would regular water, but be sure that your club soda is flat: The carbon dioxide […]

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