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The fall months are a good time to plant flower bulbs in your garden and yard so they'll sprout in the spring. But if you have a problem with small wild animals like rabbits digging up your bulbs and eating them, try making use of a paper berry container. When you dig a hole for your bulbs, put the berry container in the hole, add one or two ...Read more

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It's common knowledge that feeding bread to waterfowl is a terrible idea, and the reason is the same as it is for us: Bread offers little nutritional value and is high in carbohydrates. It's junk food for birds. When birds fill up on bread, not only do they gain excess weight and learn to become dependent on handouts from humans, they also ...Read more

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Some DIY bird-feeder projects call for rolling pine cones or fruit in honey and then coating the entire outside with birdseed as a decorative way to feed our feathered friends. These DIY projects should be avoided at all cost. While honey is natural, it's not a good thing for birds to consume, because honey is an easy material for bacteria and ...Read more

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If you're planning to take an extended vacation or you know you'll be away from your home for more than a week at a time, try to use up everything in your fridge before you leave. Consuming all of the perishable items and leaving the fridge completely bare means you can unplug it and take it off your electric bill for the duration of the time ...Read more

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Do you have a container of old glue that has dried out and hardened? It may be useless to you, but depending on its chemical composition, it could spell trouble if thrown into the trash. Even in a hardened state, solvent-based glues are very flammable and should never be tossed in the trash. Instead, dispose of them with your household hazardous...Read more

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Bees are important to our world because they help with the pollination of flowers and crops, but being bothered by bees while outdoors can be a pesky situation. Instead of using an insect-killing spray, why not make a natural bee-repellant spray? Simply fill a reusable spray bottle with witch hazel oil and add a few drops of tea tree oil. Shake ...Read more

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The resale market for clothing is hotter than ever, with sites like eBay, TheRealReal and Poshmark helping consumers find new homes (and cash) for their lightly worn clothes. When reselling clothing, there are a few things you can do to maximize your profits. First, take plenty of photos showing the front, back and even any tears, stains or ...Read more

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Most of us have a "single-stream" recycling program, where items like glass bottles, tin and aluminum cans, cardboard boxes and paperboard are all commingled together and sorted at the recycling facility after collection. One way to make sure your recyclables are actually recycled is to prevent recyclable paper products from getting wet. In ...Read more

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No matter what the prices are per gallon of gas, all of us can agree it's a smart idea to try to be as fuel-efficient as possible. Whether it's driving closer to the speed limit or keeping extra weight out of the car, small efforts add up to real savings. Here are two more easy ideas. If you live in a dry, dusty environment, change your air ...Read more

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Do you know who one of the biggest sellers of names and addresses is, that results in your mailbox being flooded with junk mail? It's your credit card company. If you're tired of the 5 million tons of junk mail that is sent to Americans every year (typically ending up in landfills), you can help significantly decrease that amount by simply ...Read more

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When carving real pumpkins, one of the insider tricks to prevent the cut edges from deteriorating quickly is to smear them with petroleum jelly. This technique works because the jelly creates a barrier between the cut pumpkin and air, which can speed up the decomposition process. But petroleum jelly is not edible, and it's not biodegradable. ...Read more

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Did you know that when the temperatures get cooler outside, butterflies will seek out warmth and often end up inside our homes? While the daytime temperatures indoors may be ideal, when the central heating turns on at night, it can become problematic for butterflies. They'll fly around the house to seek out cooler conditions and end up expending...Read more

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Did you know that male frogs spend the winter months in the muddy part of the pond underwater and breathe through their skin? But organic debris like dead plants and leaves can decay under ice and release gases that can kill the frogs. To help, take the time to remove excess debris from ponds and place that organic matter in a compost bin or on ...Read more

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While they don't have to be sparkling clean, it's important that the glass containers you put in your recycling bin are reasonably clean. This often means using running water and scouring the last bits of food out of a jar. Here's a win-win: Use the remaining space in your dishwasher to get them clean. Since a dishwasher is the most energy- and ...Read more

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Do you ever buy fresh pomegranates and pop out all the ruby-colored seeds inside to use for salads or snacks? The rind that's left is something you shouldn't automatically toss into the compost bin, because it turns out you can make a healthy pomegranate tea with the peel! Bring water to a boil in a small pot and turn off the heat, then steep ...Read more

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Salad spinners are handy kitchen tools to help wash greens and use centrifugal force to spin them dry. But they are also handy for a whole host of other cooking ingredients. Want to remove the seeds from canned tomatoes? Just empty the can and break up the tomatoes a little bit, then spin away. Need dried canned beans for a recipe? Just rinse ...Read more

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Taking vitamins every day is an important investment for many people, but these pricey supplements can go to waste if you store them in the wrong place. According to CBS News, it's important to keep your vitamins away from high heat and humid places. That includes on countertops or cabinets near stoves, dishwashers or in bathrooms used for ...Read more

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Plumbers can agree: Tree roots that infiltrate your pipes can cause a massive problem for your entire home's plumbing system. One thing you can do to prevent tree roots from growing in your pipes: Flush rock salt down your toilet. Once a month, pour a cup of rock salt into your toilet and let the mixture dissolve overnight. In the morning, flush...Read more

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If you've moved your workout routine from a gym to something indoors at your own home, there's no need to buy pricey equipment; you can use things you already have. One of the easiest DIY workout hacks is to reuse empty laundry detergent bottles as weights. Just fill them with water and tightly screw the cap back on. Depending on the size, these...Read more

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Turns out houseplants do more than just help purify the air inside your home. Having a few easy-to-care-for plants also can help lower stress, as being around plants can help you feel calm and relaxed. A Texas A&M study found that having houseplants can increase memory and attentiveness by as much as 20%, too. And caring for houseplants gives ...Read more

 

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