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While chemical drain cleaners may promise to unclog drains, the incredibly acidic and corrosive chemical cocktail can be too much for some backed-up pipes. Any plumber will tell you to never use these cleaners for toilets; they can eat away at pipes and fixtures, ultimately causing more harm than good by creating new (and much worse) problems. ...Read more

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Tired of squirrels or raccoons raiding the bird feeder or digging through the recycling bin for food scraps? Try this simple trick: Sprinkle in red pepper flakes. Rodents hate the taste of spicy red pepper flakes and will quickly learn to avoid stealing the seed from the bird feeder, but birds can't detect it and will eat it right up. Sprinkle ...Read more

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Avoid the temptation to "top off" when at the gas pump. When filling up, allow the pump to automatically shut off when it's full; you'll know that point has been reached when you hear a clicking sound and the gas nozzle stops pumping gas. Adding those extra few pumps of gas can actually waste your money, because gasoline is often fed from your ...Read more

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Buying secondhand clothes at thrift stores or consignment shops isn't just good for your wallet; it is also 95% more energy-efficient than buying new. When you consider the amount of energy needed to make new clothes versus the reuse of vintage/lightly used clothes, there's no comparison; it's significantly less the second time around. Remember,...Read more

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For your next big holiday feast, embrace the true spirit of the holiday and think local. Shop farmers markets for locally grown seasonal produce and source locally made baked goods, juices, and even floral bouquets and arrangements for the table. If you eat meat, try to source a fresh free-range local turkey, preferably from a farm where you ...Read more

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A sofa is a major purchase that can last so many years, it almost becomes a member of the family! One way to help a sofa last for a very long time is to think about the fabric. New performance fabrics look just like regular textiles, but can resist stains and odors, making them pet- and family friendly. And if your sofa does get stained, ...Read more

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If you're planning to take a vacation or want to find an extraordinary gift for someone, why not buy something that also supports a worthwhile charity? Charitybuzz.com works with some of the best nonprofit organizations to put together amazing prize packages that they auction online to raise money for the charities. Prizes can be anything from ...Read more

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The Natural Resources Defense Council says a typical refrigerator uses around 10%-15% of an entire household's energy bill each month. While unplugging a fridge when you go away is the MOST efficient thing you can do, it isn't a realistic option for most people. So do the next best thing: When you're away for a few days, raise the temperature of...Read more

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Road salt is used in the wintertime to de-ice roads, but it can also be a leading source of rust for the undercarriage of your car. After a harsh winter storm, take your car to a car wash -- which is the most water- and energy-efficient way to wash a car -- to have the salt residue washed off, and opt for additional undercarriage cleaning. A wax...Read more

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When grocery shopping, if you change your mind about buying something and don't feel like returning it to where you found it, you should still bring it to the checkout line with you. Many people will leave unwanted items in places where they don't belong. Over time, misplaced items can be damaged and/or reach their expiration dates, leading to ...Read more

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Did you know the most recycled and most valuable recyclable material is steel? Not only is 88% of old steel recycled, it's also 100% infinitely recyclable and can be used over and over. And recycling steel uses 75% less energy versus the manufacturing of virgin steel. Why is this important? Because the demand for household recyclables like glass...Read more

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Smart planning for your flower beds around the house can lead to significant water and time savings. According to National Geographic, "companion planting," which consists of grouping certain plants together, can help them mutually grow. By planting taller, sun-loving plants in the back with shorter, shade-loving plants in front, the plants can ...Read more

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Terra cotta pots are great for container gardening and are an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic pots (plus they also look better in your garden or on your patio). But what to do when they break? Instead of tossing the shards in the trash, use them to improve your garden. In rainier climates, mix the shards in the soil under the ...Read more

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Do you use Apple AirPods? These wireless buds use a small rechargeable battery, and when the battery dies, it can be nearly impossible to replace. (Apple currently does not offer a service to replace the battery.) Instead of recycling your dead AirPods, you can save money by simply using a service that installs a brand-new battery. For a ...Read more

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They may look pretty, but outdoor lights for holiday decorating or for simple illumination are considered "light pollution" by the international citizen-science campaign Globe at Night. According to the nonprofit, holiday lighting is often so bright that it can be seen from space. It also can obscure the stars in the sky, which nocturnal animals...Read more

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The National Wildlife Federation estimates as many as 4 billion birds are killed every year by household cats. While hunting birds is instinctual behavior for cats, it takes a heavy toll on bird populations. One classic solution that definitely doesn't work is a brightly colored collar with a bell on it. The NWF says this old trick is ...Read more

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Have you ever thought about how unclean the inside of your car really is? Many of us never thoroughly clean the interior, even though our car is a second home. Some independent studies have shown that cars can harbor mold, mildew, bacteria and high levels of unhealthy volatile organic compounds (mostly due to those artificial car fresheners ...Read more

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Here's a great tip from the Cookware Manufacturers Association to get marred or dirty cookware sparkling-clean again. Create a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water, and simmer your badly stained cookware over low heat for a few minutes. For very tough stains, soak in the solution for a few hours and then rinse with warm soapy water ...Read more

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If you want to donate your old laptop securely and safely, the best charity is likely your local Goodwill. Most Goodwill stores will take old laptops in any condition and wipe the hard drive clean. It goes into a machine that wipes it clean, so no person actually ever sees what's on it; they never even turn your laptop on. In fact, the standards...Read more

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Among the prized items your local food bank loves to get during the holiday season: spices! Essential spices like salt, pepper, chili powder and cinnamon are critical, since they can go a long way to make unseasoned food like rice, beans and oatmeal taste a whole lot better. And while canned fruit is something you can also give, avoid pineapple....Read more

 

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