The Worst Cleaners in America Common household cleaner ingredients can cause asthma, cancer, or even kill you. A squeaky-clean, spotless house brings a sense of pride to many Americans, but here's the toxic truth: something that should be making us feel good is actually making us sick. From cleaning ingredients powerful enough not just to cut through grease and grime, but also human bone and tissue to products labeled "nontoxic" and "green" that are in fact laced with hazardous ingredients, more than a few of the products on the market made Environmental Working Group's recent "EWG Database Cleaners Hall of Shame" list. The release of this list of some of the worst cleaners sold in America comes several months before EWG is slated to unveil a first-of-its-kind database that will rank the safety of cleaners on the market. Here are some of the most toxic cleaning products on the market, according to EWG. All-Purpose Cleaners • Simple Green Concentrated All-Purpose Cleaner—This product is anything but green.
9 Underarm & Deodorant Stain Removal Tips Looking for ways to clean up those nasty yellow armpit stains that sweating can leave behind on shirts? Or are you trying to combat crusty residue from deodorant? Here are several different remedies you can try, each using basic items you likely have in your home already. Sponge fabric with ammonia then rinse. Quick Tips: Apply baking soda to your underarms after applying deodorant, this can help prevent staining from happening in the first place. Note: As always, treat a test area first with chosen method of removal then watch that no permanent damage is done to clothing.
10 Simple Things to Make You Happier At Home Our homes are an extension of who we are: what we do within the walls of our abodes shapes our mood, affects our productivity, and influences our outlook on life. Scientific studies have shown that we can have an impact on our happiness by adjusting the tiny little habits and routines that constitute our daily lives — we are, in fact, in control of our outlook on life. It's amazing how a few tweaks to our daily habits can become a catalyst for meaningful, positive change. Here are a few simple things you can do every day to feel happier at home. 1. Make your bed. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. (Image: Callen & Eli's Artful Treehouse)
How to Clean your Washing Machine We don't send a lot of mail, but when we do, it's awesome! Sign up to receive exclusive content and FREE printables directly to your inbox! Your information will never be shared or sold to a 3rd party. Before you leave... Make sure you sign up for our weekly newsletter! Grout Cleaning Tips & Recipes A few of the recipes below contain ammonia, or bleach, or vinegar (I’ve also included other homemade solutions that are gentler to use). There are some who claim that these items will degrade grout over time–what that amount of time is I don’t know (5 years? 50 years?) or that they may affect it in a way that makes them more susceptible to future discoloration. I can’t confirm the deterioration claims since I haven’t witnessed those problems myself. These items will help kill bacteria and remove stains, but make sure to rinse well with clear water. If you’re concerned about deterioration, use them well diluted (will reduce its effectiveness), or only in extreme situations, or try a method without using those ingredients at all. Tip: After you have brightened things up, apply a fresh coat of sealer so it is protected and harsh methods won’t be necessary on a regular basis. Important: Test colored product first before using any method to make sure it won’t be discolored. Mildew Stains
Choosing Durable Materials for a Bathroom Vanity | Danny Lipford Choosing Durable Materials for a Bathroom Vanity By: Danny Lipford Bathrooms typically have the highest humidity level of any room in the house, so it’s important that the materials used to make the vanity hold up under high moisture conditions. Here are the common choices for materials for a bathroom vanity: Particle Board: Avoid buying or building a vanity from particle board, since moisture can cause it can swell and deteriorate over time. MDF: Medium Density Fiberboard holds up pretty well under high humidity, but it isn’t the best choice available. Watch this video to find out more. Further Information Please Leave a Comment We want to hear from you! Stephanie asks: I’m choosing cabinets for my bathroom. Danny Lipford: When you’re making that decision on a bath vanity, you have to consider that the bathroom can have the highest levels of humidity in your home. This is a step up, it’s called medium density fiber board.
Sealing Outside Cracks on Your Home | Danny Lipford Please Leave a Comment 10 Remarkable DIY Cleaning Solutions I don’t know about you, but I was feeling ready to start some serious spring cleaning. This year, I decided to try some new (more effective) cleaning solutions using materials I already had (in true Picklee fashion of course!). I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of my cleaning experiments. From simple shower cleaners, to carpet stain removers, to wrinkle release spray, I found that not only were these DIY solutions much cheaper, but they worked SO MUCH BETTER too! I couldn’t be more excited to share the next 10 Remarkable DIY Cleaning Solutions with you! Here they are, 10 Remarkable DIY Cleaning Solutions: (cleaning solution sources include onegoodthingbyjille, bhg, livingsimple) Rating: 4.8/5 (537 votes cast) 10 Remarkable DIY Cleaning Solutions, 4.8 out of 5 based on 537 ratings
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