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If you own a pool, you know how costly it can be to keep it clean. Pools require a form of sanitation to keep bacteria and algae from growing in the water you swim in. Skip this important step and your pool will get cloudy and turn unsightly colors, and of course it will be unsafe to swim in. Something that the pool stores might not tell you is that a lot of pool chemicals…

We have two small boys at home that get into everything, so as you can imagine, we do a lot of laundry. For as long as I remember, we’ve always used either a fabric softener in the washer or dryer sheets in the dryer. Is this necessary, and is it recommended? Dryer sheets are relatively inexpensive for how many you get in a box, but every recurring purchase you eliminate helps at least a little…

Maybe you’ve run out of toilet paper and need an alternative. Or, maybe you’re simply looking for a way to dispose of used coffee filters. In either case, does it make sense to simply flush them down your toilet? Coffee filters work great for filtering not only coffee, but other items where you only want the liquid to seep through. Since they’re generally made of paper, it only seems logical that you could flush them…

Vinyl is one of the touchiest materials to deal with in terms of seeing any defects in the sub-floor through the product. If the sub-floor isn’t perfectly flat and smooth you will absolutely see it and you may even feel it on your feet over time. This however doesn’t mean that it can’t be done! This is also great news as vinyl tile is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to redo…

In our house, we go through more paper plates than I’d like to admit. While we try to use our washable plates as much as possible, with two small children it’s often much easier to choose the paper option, knowing that we won’t have to clean up after we’re done. Plus, as I mentioned in another article, paper plates can be composted. At least with composting, I know we’re not simply throwing our plates in…

Many people worry about lighting their lawns on fire and not being able to contain the flame. With the proper precautions you can indeed put a fire pit on grass. These precautions also depend on what kind of fire pit you are looking to add to your yard. Are you looking for a more permanent one that isn’t moveable or a temporary more portable fire pit? Temporary and more Portable Fire Place in Yard Obviously…

Passwords have been used as a safeguard against others obtaining information throughout history. The less people who know a passcode or phrase, the more secure the information becomes and the less likely it will ever turn into public knowledge. During the course of history, in order for a password to be secure, it was always recommended to not write the code or phrase down. If someone else happened to see the password, because you wrote…

Most people probably think of a paper towel as a simple convenience item that’s used to clean up messes. Like many household items though, paper towels have other uses as well. One such use that you might not have considered is to use paper towels as a cover in the microwave (more on the potential reasons for this later). It might seem counter-intuitive since a microwave gets hot and paper easily catches fire, but people…

A great way to immediately start saving energy and money on your electric bill is to start out by changing your old bulbs to LED’s. Not only will a new LED save you on your electric bill but they have a much longer lifetime, smaller in size and they even have faster turning on and off times. One thing to be careful of though is that not all LED’s are compatible with existing dimmers and…

Growing up, my mom always liked a helping hand with the laundry. It’s a never-ending, thankless task. You think you’re caught up, and then WHAM! Where did that pile come from?! This is especially true when you have kids. That helping hand my mom wanted wasn’t as ridiculous as I always thought it was. When we were younger, we were responsible for separating the colors. One pile for whites, one for lights, and one for…

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