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How to Easily Care for Silver
Whatever happened to the silver table service items you received for your wedding? The silver bowls, platters, serviceware and flatware are probably sitting in the china cabinet becoming tarnished because who has time to polish silver? And no one actually uses them, do they?
May 5, 2007, 22:15
Tips for Preventing Mold Growth in Your Office
There's a certain bandit in town who visits offices but only steals the walls: mold. Every office that has ceiling leaks or other wet areas is susceptible to mold growth. The resulting damage from mold can be severe, especially if the walls are made of wood or paper materials.
Jan 23, 2007, 23:44
Spring Cleaning Tips: Specialty Mattress Protector Exterminates Dust Mites
As spring arrives and we let the fresh air in, it may be dismaying to learn that millions of tiny bugs called dust mites are living active, productive lives inside all of our mattresses and pillows. They feed on hair and dead skin cells that we shed through out the night. Conscientious housekeepers in particular would be aghast to learn that millions of oval shaped, eight-legged organisms, hatching, growing, eating, defecating, mating, laying eggs, and dying inside our beds.
Jun 11, 2006, 00:40
Carpet Cleaning Is Now Rocket Science
A technology that was developed for use in outer space may now help zap dirt and allergens in your home. It's yet another case where "rocket science" has come home to improve life on earth. The technology, an X-ray analyzer "gun" used on Space Shuttle Discovery, has been adapted to measure exactly how much soil cleaning products remove from carpet.
Jun 3, 2006, 14:50
Tips on Cleaning with Everyday Household Items
Have your household cleaning rituals become increasingly monotonous, or do you often find yourself running out of a key cleaning product right when you are planning on tackling a mess? The experts at Merry Maids, the nation's largest home cleaning provider, offer a creative twist on routine household chores.
Jun 1, 2006, 23:05
Uncover Hidden Spaces to Find Instant Storage Solutions
What most Americans need is a space program on the home front. Space for all our stuff, that is. Whether it’s clothes, paperwork, tech toys, sports gear, hobby tools – or all of the above and more – our possessions need a place of their own, so our homes and our lives are easier to manage.
May 7, 2006, 12:10
Quick Cleaning Tips Take The "Work" Out Of Housework
For many, the need to clean the house is met with procrastination, complaints and excuses. And who can argue? Cleaning can be a dirty, time-consuming job, after all. According to the United States Department of Labor, the average American spends more than 10 hours each week maintaining the home. For those who would rather spend that time doing anything else-and can't justify hiring a professional cleaning service-quick cleaning shortcuts and the right cleaning tools can take some of the "work" out of housework.
Nov 15, 2005, 21:06
Don't Let Household Pet Odors Spoil Your Winter Wonderland
Winter comes with a unique set of special aromas: pine needles, wood burning in the fireplace, hot apple cider with cinnamon, freshly baked treats. But all too often, with doors and windows closed, those wonderful scents are blunted or masked by household pet odors. Plus, the smells are continually recirculated by the furnace vents and build up to unpleasant levels that greet your guests at the front door.
Nov 6, 2005, 00:20
What Dishwashing Style Reveals About Personality
Forget handwriting analysis-how Americans load the dishwasher could be the next big indicator of character.
"Years of studying how people use their dishwashers taught us that there are a few distinct styles that closely correspond to personality," said Marilyn Strefling, Whirlpool brand's washability supervisor in dishwashing technology. "Now, we've conducted a national survey to quantify just how many Americans fall into each category.
Nov 6, 2005, 00:13
What's Your Ironing Personality?
Americans are ironing more than ever and have revealed their "ironing personalities" by exposing what they're pressing and what they're wearing or not wearing while ironing. The results may surprise you!
Nov 5, 2005, 23:46
Wash and Fear?
Women may be a lot more anxious than anyone suspected.
It seems that even though they do an average of five loads of laundry a week, according to a recent survey, women still worry whether they're doing something so wrong that they'll wind up ruining their clothes.
Oct 16, 2005, 22:34
Father Knows Best: The Story of an Inventor
They say necessity is the mother of invention. In at least one notable case, it served as motivation for a resourceful father as well. After the birth of his first child in 2000, inventor and entrepreneur Mark Rosenzweig was inspired to find a better way to clean up the inevitable messes of parenthood. His quest led to the introduction of some of the most innovative devices in the home-cleaning industry and the building of Shark Euro-Pro, a $350 million company.
Sep 22, 2005, 21:37
How to Reduce Cleaning Time and Dust in Your Home
ACNielsen U.S. recently reported that nearly two-thirds of all heads of households are constantly looking for faster ways to do household chores. In today's busy world of hectic schedules and time-consuming obligations, frequent cleaning can be a burden and oftentimes may be overlooked. The occasional neglect of household chores is a fact of life, but if left unattended too long, it can lead to a breeding ground of dust mites, bacteria, pollen, pet dander, viruses and more.
Sep 20, 2005, 19:59
Backyard Play Equipment Harbors Harmful Grime and Dirt
One of the most overlooked, yet most needed, cleaning chores in your home is probably right in your own back yard -- outdoor play equipment. When outdoor play equipment -- activity gyms, swing sets, sandboxes, playhouses, little red wagons, even doghouses -- come out for the summer, it can be a staging area for bacteria-laden dirt and grime.
Sep 17, 2005, 22:06
New Food Pyramids Will Clear the Air in Your Fridge and Freezer
Has your milk ever hinted of last night’s garlic mashed potatoes? Do your ice cubes ever make your beverages taste funny, or do you frequently throw food away because it smells like something it shouldn’t? American households discard an average of 280 pounds of food a year, in many cases because their foods have been affected by pungent odors; but now there’s a way to prevent it from ever happening again.
Sep 13, 2005, 23:47
How to Make Cleaning Up Life’s Little Messes Easier
If you had to venture a guess, which room in the house would you consider the dirtiest? Most people would probably say the bathroom, but according to a recent study by the Lysol Corporation, it actually comes in second. The dubious distinction goes to the place where you prepare food for your family -- the kitchen. In fact, the study found there are more bacteria in the kitchen sink after dishes have been washed than there are in the typical toilet.
Sep 13, 2005, 23:09
Pillow Talk -- Bedroom Linen Care Tips
As summer winds down and temperatures begin to drop, it is the perfect time to remake the bed with warm comforters and cozy quilts. Bedding can be an expensive investment. The following guidelines from the Coin Laundry Association will help extend their life.
Sep 13, 2005, 22:48
A Thorough Cleaning Can Make Your Home Look Like New
Warmer weather means home improvement for many Americans. But, before you hire workers or purchase expensive tools to transform your home, consider the little things you can do that may make a big difference.
Do you need to renovate, or will a new coat of paint or thorough cleaning do the trick? Nearly 75 percent of Americans set aside a specific time for a yearly top-to-bottom cleaning, and most say it takes a whole weekend to complete. With a few quick and simple tips, you can easily improve the look of your home.
Sep 13, 2005, 22:33
Can a clean home bring you happiness? Yes, says author and interior designer Paula Jhung. She has helped hundreds of clients suffering from what she describes as "stress-mess" to enjoy the serenity of an orderly home.
Sep 8, 2005, 18:22
Carpet Comes Clean: Easy Tips You Can Use
No matter how rich its colors and textures or how intricate its weaves, your carpet or rug is only as good as the care it receives. To keep carpet looking good as long as possible, follow these easy tips from the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI).
Sep 8, 2005, 17:23
Removing that stubborn shower stain, the streaks on your windows and the soapy film on your kitchen floor may be easier with some tips from an expert. Cleaning up is hard enough without having to worry about whether your efforts will produce results. Today, there exist thousands of cleaning supplies and hundreds of methods to clean.
Sep 8, 2005, 15:05
One of the greatest sources of family strife-kids staining upholstered furniture-may soon become a thing of the past as a result of new performance fabrics that can take anything little hands and feet can dish out.
Sep 8, 2005, 14:46
Coming Clean About Vacuums And The Five-Second Rule
There's good news and bad news for those who follow the five-second rule. You know, the practice of eating food that's fallen and been on the floor for five seconds or less. The bad news first. Studies show a carpet can hide as much as 10 times its own weight in dirt and that the average family tracks roughly
Sep 8, 2005, 14:42
Good Cleaning Man Is Hard To Find Tips For Getting Your Guy To Pitch In Around The House
In today's hectic world, it's not uncommon for a woman to bring home the bacon, fry it in a pan and clean that pan, too-as well as the crumbs on the countertops, the dust on the lampshades and the dirt on the carpet. According to a recent study in the Journal of Marriage and Family, women today say they do 67 percent of all housework. "Men don't avoid cleaning because they're not capable-it's because the average guy doesn't know how," says Tom McNulty, author of "Clean Like a Man: Housekeeping for Men (and the Women Who Love Them)."
Sep 8, 2005, 13:48
Clean Up On These Disinfecting Tips
(NAPSI)-The key to keeping a family healthy starts with keeping a healthy home-and understanding the difference between a home that is clean and a home that is disinfected is especially important. If yours is like most American households, millions of germs and bacteria are already lurking where you least expect them. I'm constantly thinking of ways to design a home safely-not just structurally, but also in terms of what surfaces and fixtures will be easiest to maintain.
Sep 8, 2005, 00:41
Keeping Pests Away From Your Barbecue
Cookouts attract friends, neighbors-and bugs. Being aware of little-known threats could reduce your health risks.
Mosquitoes, ticks, ants and flies can become a nuisance during any event and can even carry diseases or a nasty sting. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends the following to keep your event pest free.
Sep 8, 2005, 00:16
Ants: America's Year-Round Nuisance
The sight of a rodent may cause you to shriek. The thought of a cockroach may make your hair rise. But ants cause a bigger headache than any other pest today. Trailing toward your lunch during outdoor gatherings or finding comfort in your homes after a recent rainfall, ants are truly America's year-round nuisance.
Sep 8, 2005, 00:14
Protecting Homes From Ants
The amenities of home aren't just popular with people. In fact, the number-one "nuisance pest" in the U.S. enters homes because that's where food and water are. The pests are ants, and experts say no matter how your home is constructed, where it's located or how old it is, it could be invaded by them. Homeowners and party hosts know this all too well-scurrying around to buy ant traps and over-the-counter bug sprays before guests arrive at parties, BBQs and get-togethers.
Sep 8, 2005, 00:09
Proper Care Keeps Disposal Odors At Bay
Most homeowners don't realize garbage disposals require routine cleaning. In fact, the majority of people only think about cleaning their disposal when they smell an unpleasant odor. Regular cleaning of your garbage disposal can stop those odors from forming. Kitchen drain odors result from several sources including buildup of food particles from incomplete grinding, accumulation of waste between grindings and prolonged time of disposal inactivity.
Sep 8, 2005, 00:08
Dust In The Wind
The more wood surfaces you have in your home-furniture, cabinets, doors, etc.-the more dust you're collecting. Fortunately, it's not only possible to wipe out dust-but also to delay its return. A new kind of cleaning cloth can not only clean dust and grime from wood surfaces without leaving behind an oily residue, it also contains an anti-static formula that actively repels dust, helping delay dust particles from resettling on surfaces.
Sep 7, 2005, 23:57
Bathroom Mold & Mildew Prevention Tips
Planning to redecorate your bathroom? While you select your paint color, why not think about preventing one of the most common problems you can experience in a bathroom-mold & mildew growth. Cleaning can remove it, but the trick to controlling mold & mildew growth is to prevent it before it starts. And there is no better time to do so than at redecorating time!
Sep 7, 2005, 23:43
Dryer Sheets: Not Just For The Dryer Anymore
On average, people put more than five loads of laundry in the dryer each week. Many of those loads contain dryer sheets, used to control static and infuse the clothes with a light scent. Dryer sheets, however, are increasingly making their way out of the laundry room and into other parts of the home.
Sep 7, 2005, 23:36
Your Fridge From Constant Clutter And Odious Odors
Spoiled food, unidentifiable container contents and pungent odors are among some of the frustrations Americans experience when it comes to their refrigerators. If you are constantly struggling to find space to store new groceries or are always adding more boxes of baking soda to absorb the smell, it may be time to give your refrigerator some much-needed attention. In honor of National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Month this November, give your fridge an extreme makeover and learn how to keep it clean and organized year-round.
Sep 7, 2005, 23:20
A New Spin On Vacuuming: It's No Longer Such A Chore
Sometimes it's the small conveniences in life that make a real difference. Remember driving a car before power steering? Or how about navigating your computer screen without the aid of a mouse? Too often we take for granted the thousands of ingenious inventions that have made life easier by working better. James Dyson's latest invention, DC15 The Ball™, is a vacuum cleaner that changes the way we vacuum.
Sep 7, 2005, 22:11
Don't Let Kitchen Pollution Invade Your Home
According to the Home Ventilating Institute (HVI), kitchens are a main source of pollutants in the home-a result of grease, smoke, moisture and other by-products generated from cooking. As the EPA estimates people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, these factors create a bad environment within the home.
Sep 7, 2005, 21:53
Stain Removal That Makes The Grade
Parents spend about $527 on school clothes and supplies, according to the American Express Retail Index. Can this hefty investment survive recess and the school cafeteria?
Following is a rundown of some of the most common school year stains, along with tips for removing them from the Whirlpool Institute of Fabric Science. This advice will help keep kids' clothes at the head of the class.
Sep 7, 2005, 20:37
Well-Known Problem Solver Offers Consumers The Last Straw
A well-known and beloved product upon which consumers have depended for uses that range from cleaning car bumpers of grease, grime and bugs to preventing rust on sporting and gardening quipment has just topped itself. When WD-40 Company learned that more than 80 percent of its users have lost the little red straw at some point, they went out and did something about it.
Sep 6, 2005, 22:56
Kids' Room Survey Uncovers The Dirt
Children's bedrooms are more likely to be filled with battle cries than lullabies-all over issues of tidiness, according to a recent survey of parents-but that doesn't have to be. In the poll, nearly 90 percent of parents of children ages 6 to 12, reported that the condition of their children's rooms was a source of "mess distress." Thirty-four percent cited their children's slovenly habits as a frequent source of arguments between parents and offspring.
Aug 20, 2005, 20:36