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If you love fresh oysters, you might think you can just toss the shells into the ocean or bay. But it's not that simple. Unclean oyster shells can spread harmful bacteria into the water. Plus, if the oyster shells aren't placed near active beds where living oysters are, the chances they'll be used are slim to none. There are active oyster shell ...Read more

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When treating yourself to a snack on the go, opt for food items that are minimally packaged. Avoid packaged foods that come with utensils, which usually means a lot of single-use plastic that ends up in the trash. Think ice cream served in a cone; a sandwich wrapped in waxed paper; a soft pretzel in a napkin; or, for a healthier option, choose ...Read more

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Did you know that most types of glitter have been banned in Europe as of October 2023? That's because glitter is a microplastic that is nonbiodegradable, a nuisance and -- let's face it -- unnecessary. While loose glitter in jars is easy enough to avoid, be sure to watch out for it in shimmery makeup, gift wrap and greeting cards. Even if it ...Read more

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We should all avoid products that contain microplastics to help lessen their presence in our water supply and aquatic environments. And while things like microfiber towels and fleece jackets are obvious sources, there are some not-so-obvious everyday items, too. Tea bags are often made with plastic, so try to move toward loose tea when you steep...Read more

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When it's time to empty your vacuum's collection bin, you might wonder: Is it compostable? That depends. If you have nylon carpet or rugs at home, then most likely it's not a good candidate for composting, because small fibers of synthetic material will end up in the mix with dust, dirt and debris. But if your vacuum was used over hardwood, ...Read more

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When you accidentally spill a glass of red wine on the carpet, there is no reason to toss out the rug or call a professional cleaner. Instead, do what 007 would do: Grab a martini. Red wine contains anthocyanins, which are the chemicals responsible for that deep red color. By dousing a red wine stain with something with a much higher alcohol ...Read more

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If it's a particularly freezing cold day, the worst place you can leave your dog is in your car. Even if you're just running into the store for a few minutes, a car is not an insulated choice to keep your pet warm; it's actually the opposite, acting like a refrigerator by holding IN the cold air, potentially making it colder inside than the ...Read more

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Keeping cold air from entering your home in the winter is essential to cutting on heating costs and energy usage. One summertime staple -- a pool flotation noodle -- can be used to help block out drafts. For homes that have large gaps under doors, simply cutting open a pool noodle and sliding it onto the bottom of the door can do the trick. It's...Read more

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Yes, you need to wash ... your washing machine. Over time, the machine can become a breeding ground for foul-smelling bacteria, which can affect how clean your clothes, bedding and towels get when you use it. The good news is, cleaning your washer is easy to do. Just pour 2 cups of white vinegar into the detergent dispenser and run it on the ...Read more

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Too much dust under or behind a refrigerator is a bigger problem than you might think. When your refrigerator coils (typically located on the bottom or at the back of the fridge) are covered in dust, the appliance has to work harder to keep things cold or frozen. A vacuum is an easy way to clean away dust, but typically the extension hose on a ...Read more

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Got a dried-out marker that just won't work? Don't toss it in the trash. Whatever the reason is for the dried-out tip (maybe you left the cap off overnight?), it can be revived. All you have to do is place the tip of the marker in a small amount of rubbing alcohol and let it soak for 15 minutes. The rubbing alcohol will unblock any dried-out ...Read more

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If you're looking to reduce the number of purchases you make or just want to be more mindful about shopping in general, do one thing: Delete all the shopping apps on your phone. Sure, it's convenient to shop and hit "buy" in seconds, but apps also encourage impulse and unneeded shopping. Instead, make a list of what you need and try to bundle ...Read more

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Reclaimed wood is all the rage right now, in everything from flooring to furniture. It's eco-friendly because it's reusing wood that came from places like barns and railroads, and it looks good, too. But reclaimed could be harboring dangerous insects. To make sure your new reclaimed wood table is safe to bring inside, ask if it's been heat-...Read more

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If their beauty and eco-friendly nature weren't enough, here's another reason to consider growing native flowers in your own backyard: They are very easy to grow. Usually, when planting a new garden, you have to take the time to weed, till and amend with organic fertilizer to make the soil rich and loamy. But native flowers -- plants that are ...Read more

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If you have a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or all-electric car, there are some steps you can take to maximize your car's overall efficiency and reduce the need to charge as often. Start by selecting "economy mode" whenever possible; in most cars, it's as easy as a button press. This improves fuel efficiency, but it does limit some functions to save ...Read more

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It's advice that's been all over social media for a while: Keep your skin care items in the refrigerator. The reality is, if the product is in the form of a thick balm or oil, or if it's a cleanser or a clay-formulated mask, you should never refrigerate it. Cold temperatures can cause these products to solidify, and the formulations themselves ...Read more

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Did you know liquid laundry detergents have a shelf life? Ingredients like whitening agents in liquid laundry detergents break down over time and become less effective at getting your clothes clean. So do this one thing: Switch to powdered laundry detergents, which last longer and are more shelf stable. If you've stopped using powdered ...Read more

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Enamelware serving pieces and cookware were common in the late 19th and early 20th century, so you might find them at flea markets, antique stores or thrift shops. But are these older enamelware dishes safe to use now for serving food and cooking? Most likely not. Back in the day, there was little regulation on what manufacturers could use to ...Read more

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Smart decorating can help improve the natural flow of a home and make use of every inch of space. But decorating can also help keep your home warmer in the winter months. Older houses often have no sidewall insulation, which absorbs cold air from outdoors and prevents chill inside the home. To help your uninsulated walls block cooler air, you ...Read more

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Icicles on the side of your home may look pretty, but they really can cause significant water damage when things begin to thaw out. The main culprits for "ice dams" on the edges of your house are clogged gutters. Make sure to clear your gutters of all debris. This ensures that water can freely flow and won't freeze up during the winter months. ...Read more

 

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