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It's no secret that one of the best ways to save money and protect your clothing when doing laundry is to wash everything in cold water. Modern detergents are even created to work best in cold water. But when it comes to bedding and towels, it's important to regularly remove germs, bacteria, body oil and grime and properly sanitize them for ...Read more

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To keep bread fresh, the refrigerator is both the best and the worst place for storage. For fresh sourdough bread you make yourself, the last place you should store it is in the fridge, since the bread can stale quickly in the cold, slightly moist environment. In fact, according to Epicurious.com, it can stale up to "six times faster than bread ...Read more

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Here's a simple way to protect your sweaters and to reuse old linens: Store your sweaters inside old pillowcases. The cases will protect your sweaters from the elements and dust while also allowing them to breathe. And here's a bonus use for old pillowcases: You can use them to protect hanging garments. Simply cut a hole in the middle of the ...Read more

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If you're planning a wedding, an anniversary or a birthday party where you anticipate a large group of attendees, instead of typical party-favor gifts, why not give living trees? The National Arbor Day Foundation has gift-able tree saplings like redwoods, pines and spruces. You can customize these gifts by making a label with a personal quote, ...Read more

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It can cost a lot more to buy all organic versus conventional groceries. The key to saving money and staying in budget is to prioritize what's really important. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, if the produce has a peel, it's less important to go organic. Fresh food like milk, meat and poultry should certainly go on your priority organic ...Read more

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When it's time to collect leaves from the yard, avoid a leaf blower and use a rake. Yes, it's great exercise, but it's also better for your lawn. While you rake up the leaves, you're also removing blades of dead grass. It also removes matted grass clumps, which helps create a healthier and better-looking lawn. Add the leaves to your compost pile...Read more

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When it comes to helping wildlife, the best thing you can do is keep them wild. Viewing wild animals should always be done at a distance; never go near them, and especially do not try to feed them. Don't try to make an Instagram moment by getting your photo taken with a wild animal; they are unpredictable and could try to defend themselves. ...Read more

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Weatherstripping your doors is a smart way to keep drafty cold air outdoors and warm air indoors. Even a small leak around a door can be a big problem; a typical 36-inch door with a quarter-inch crack along the edge can leak as much air as a 9-inch hole in the wall. A bunch of small leaks can add up to significant heating and cooling waste and ...Read more

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Concentrated cleaning products are popular today because you can use your own spray bottles and make your own cleansers by mixing the concentrate with water. But if you use tap water, you'll find the mixture can smell funny over time, due to minerals and other trace contaminants that may be in your water. Many brands recommend buying distilled ...Read more

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The paperboard boxes that grocery items like cereal and frozen food often come packaged in are recyclable materials. If the boxes are greasy, soaked or dirty, they should never be put in your recycling, since they are a contaminant. Also, if the box has a small plastic window (often seen in boxes for things like pasta), just peel off the plastic...Read more

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If you're in the habit of clipping your fingernails and letting the trimmings go down the drain, stop. While fingernails are composed of organic materials called keratin and biotin, nails really do not biodegrade, so trimmings can clog drains and cause problems over time. And because they are so strong and durable, using a chemical drain cleaner...Read more

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Many sleep experts recommend replacing your bed pillows around every two years. Your pillows absorb a lot of substances over many nights of sleep, including body oil, sweat and dead skin cells. If you can't recall when you bought your pillows, do this simple test: Fold your pillow in half. If it doesn't bounce back right away, or worse, stays ...Read more

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Shower curtains can get dirty quickly from soap scum, mildew and hard water. To extend the life of your shower curtain, try pre-treating it in your washing machine. The process simply involves running it in warm water through the rinse cycle, and adding some white vinegar. This creates a light coating on the shower curtain that prevents soap ...Read more

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Many of us have potted plants outdoors during the warmer months. As the seasons change, you might wonder if, how and when you should bring them inside. Before you do that, do a thorough inspection of the plant and look for any disease, insects or infestations, and determine the plant's overall health. If it didn't thrive in the best warm outdoor...Read more

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When you need hydration or drinks on the go, the greenest choice is to fill a reusable water bottle. But if you want flavored beverages like sports drinks, coffee and tea, the next best thing is to choose the "instant" or powdered forms of these drinks and you make them yourself. When you compare pre-made beverages in glass or plastic bottles to...Read more

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Take out the rechargeable battery whenever you're not using small personal electronics like camcorders or digital cameras. Even when turned off, these items still drain the batteries and cause them to be totally dead the next time you attempt to turn them on. By removing the rechargeable batteries, you also help extend their overall life, since ...Read more

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Are the shoes you just bought too tight? There's no need to wear them and cause your feet to suffer in the hopes of stretching them out. Instead, try this DIY shoe stretcher spray made with two household ingredients: rubbing alcohol and water. Make a mixture of 50% water and 50% rubbing alcohol and pour it into a spray bottle. Spray generously ...Read more

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It's easy to clean your jewelry at home with a few simple ingredients and tools. All you need is to fill a small bowl with lukewarm (not hot) water and add a few drops of dish soap. For any jewelry that does not have gemstones, let it soak for a few minutes and use an old toothbrush to give it a gentle scrub. Pieces with stones can be soaked for...Read more

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When buying old paper books, do a quick inspection to make sure they aren't infested with bed bugs. Look at the edges of the book where the pages stack up; do you see black spots? This may be a sign of bed bugs. Open the book and look on the pages and binding to see if you can find small insects nesting inside. Since they can be hard to see, try...Read more

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If you love to burn candles at home, there's one more choice to make beyond just choosing environmentally friendly waxes like soy and beeswax: Also consider the container the candle comes packaged in. Clear glass jars are a common vessel, and the good news is, they are easily recyclable in any curbside recycling program that takes glass. Other ...Read more

 

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