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Is Your Dishwasher Leaving White Film on Dishes? Try this.

The dishwasher saves me a lot of time and effort, but the convenience factor tends to drop off when I open my dishwasher at the end of the cycle to discover a white film on the “clean” dishes. Use these dishwasher fixes to avoid rewashing your dinnerware and get your dishes sparkling again.

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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Once fruit flies have descended upon your space, they can be extremely difficult to get rid of. Follow these tips to keep the pesky bugs out of your kitchen for good.

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How to Keep Bugs Away From Indoor Plants from SavvySugar.com

My tiny New York apartment could benefit from some pretty plants, but one thing always stops me from going green: bugs. I’m (maybe irrationally) afraid any houseplants will increase my chances of spotting an unwanted critter. That’s why this article on eco-friendly bug spray for indoor and outdoor plants from our friends at Savvy Sugar immediately caught my attention.

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Yes, It’s Possible: Remove Name-Tag Residue From a Shirt

Tomorrow, June 1, is National Name-Tag Day (as quite wittily addressed in Joyce Wadler’s latest New York Times column). But what should you do if you wear a name-tag on your shirt, and then throw it in the washing machine….without first removing the sticky label? Don’t freak out. Yes, there will be a very unpleasant, foreboding white residue left over. But you can get it off. Here’s how:

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How to Prevent Rust Stains in the Bathtub

Metal-bottomed products, like shaving cream, are often to blame for stubborn and unsightly rust rings around the tub. The good news: A few preventative steps can keep them from appearing (and save you some major elbow grease!).

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How to Clean Up Greasy Spills from Your Carpet

Next time someone drops something greasy on your carpet or upholstery, reach for the cornstarch before you grab a chemical-based cleaner. Sprinkling the spill with cornstarch will help absorb the grease. Cover the stain and let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes then vacuum up the cornstarch. If there’s still a stain, then you can reach for a dedicated […]

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Where to Store Rubber Gloves

No one wants to put on a pair of wet rubber gloves when it’s time to do the dishes or scrub the bathtub. So next time you peel off those bright yellow gloves hang them up inside a cabinet—open side down, which will prevent water from pooling in the fingertips. You can easily attach clothespins or binder clips to the […]

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Clean Your Patio Furniture Fast

The sun is finally shining here on the East Coast, and Memorial Day will be here before we know it. That means it’s time to haul out your outdoor furniture, and get it looking spiffy before company comes calling. Just remember: You’re not aiming for perfectly clean. Pretty clean is just fine when you’re tidying up in the outdoors! Here […]

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Another Reason to Go Fragrance-Free

If you have sensitive skin,  you likely already choose products that are fragrance-free, but if not, here’s another reason you should consider them. Just like synthetic fragrances can irritate your skin, they also can have an impact on the environment as you wash them down the drain. If you don’t want to give up scented soaps, creams, and hair products, […]

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4 Spring Closet Cleaning Tips

If you’ve been bitten by the spring clean-out bug, here are a few tips to make tackling your closet much easier. 1. Only keep multiples if you wear them. White tanks, black cardigans, these are okay to keep in multiples because they are versatile, but two nearly identical red silk tops—you don’t need both. 2. Hang like items together. Think […]

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