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An Evening Cleaning Tip That will Change Your Life

by Erica Young
An Evening Cleaning Tip That will Change Your Life
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Conduct one Pinterest search, and you’ll quickly discover: there is no shortage of cleaning hacks out there. Of course, some of them more reasonable than others. I once read a tip suggesting that instead of dusting my window blinds, I should wash them all at once in the bathtub. Brimming with misplaced cleaning confidence that only a long Pinterest session can inflict, this seemed like a brilliant idea. The inevitable and unfortunate results? A bathtub full of blinds now caked in wet gray grime rather than easy-to-remove dust. As I awkwardly leaned over the side of the tub and swished the blinds around in what had quickly become dirty water - which seemed...counterproductive? The real kicker was the near-back injury as I realized the water-logged blinds were now much too heavy for me to lift out of the tub.

Since then I've learned that – no matter what the internet says – simple cleaning tips are the most effective.

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The Best Resources for Upgrading Your IKEA Furniture

by Lexy Ward

The Best Resources for Upgrading Your IKEA Furniture
photo: PANYL

Some people look down on IKEA furniture. I can somewhat understand why - people can end up with the same stuff, the products are a pain to set up, the quality is so-so. But the cost and style pull me in! I don't want to sacrifice my savings for my home decor. And while I love IKEA, I love it more for the fact that it is easily customizable. A coat of paint, a backing of wallpaper, new legs, and you've got yourself a completely different piece of furniture! Here are a few of the best resources for upgrading your IKEA furniture to make it your own!        

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How To: Make Your Own Fruit and Vegetable Wash.

by Chris Gardner

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Whether your produce is treated or straight from your own organic-method backyard, it's always wise to wash it before consuming. If commercial, washing will remove any chemicals, waxes, or supplements, and if natural, it can help rid your goodies of dirt or insects. A quick spray 'wash' helps save water, plus "most chemicals used on produce won't be washed off with a simple application of water—if they were, they wouldn't be very effective in...

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6 Alternate Uses for Aluminum Foil

by Lilybee

created on: 02/04/09
 
created on: 02/04/09

or 'AluminIum' foil for the Brit contingent. Real Simple has 6 things to do with foil, and very useful they are too. Though bizarrely, they haven't added 'use whole roll to make suit of armour when drunk' or 'fashion hat to thwart brain-wave stealing aliens' to the list. But you can:

  • use it to iron dedicates
  • add those cool stripes to grilled food
  • get better TV... They don't mean that it blocks Everybody Loves Raymond, just that it...

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Bulk Freeze with Individual Portions.

by Chris Gardner

With only two people in my house, there's always food to freeze. But that big iceberg of sauce can take hours to bring to temp, plus I usually don't need all of it. Sure, I could freeze things in smaller containers, but that wastes bags or those plastic boxes, plus it takes up much more space.

This tip from Lunch in a Box offers a solution:"A standard tip for freezing ground foods or thick sauces in small portions is to first put the food into...

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