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Surprising Uses For Your Dishwasher

September 20th, 2011

As evidenced by its name, dishwashers are great at washing dishes, but did you know a variety of other items unrelated to the kitchen are also safe to place inside? This household appliance is gentler than a regular wash and dry cycle and can clean just as well. Make sure not to include any dirty dishes with non-dining items - as food particles can get stuck in them. Here are...

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Easy Ways to Update Your Living Room Decor

September 19th, 2011

If your living room could use a little pick-me-up, don't worry about where to start - luckily there are plenty of cheap, easy ways to add a bit of flair without having to completely redecorate. Try any of these ideas inspired by Real Simple magazine. 1. Use flowers! They'll brighten up any room and add a unique centerpiece for your coffee table or fireplace mantle. 2....

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Window Cleaning Made Easy

September 19th, 2011

It's no fun cleaning your mirrors and windows with paper towels or rags that leave streaks and lint all over the glass. Get much better results by taking advantage of supplies around the house that you may not have considered before. DIY cleaner Window cleaning solutions aren't always in the budget, but luckily you can make your own that will get the job done just as well....

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When to Wash Your Clothes

September 19th, 2011

Not everything in your wardrobe needs to be washed every day - in fact, some items last longer if you wash them less frequently. Here's a guide for when to wash certain items and why you need to. 1. Underwear and socks. Wash these every day, as they're exposed to a lot of bacteria and are close-fitting. You might be able to get away without washing your socks after one use if...

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How to Create a Zen Bathroom

September 16th, 2011

The first step to creating a Zen bathroom is to make sure the floor plan flows smoothly. Homeowners starting from scratch may want to remember that the bathtub works best when installed by a window in order to allow individuals to feel at one with nature while soaking. The view from the bathroom should be calm and attractive - if this is impossible, lush plants should be...

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Choosing a Bathroom Wall Color

September 16th, 2011

Picking out a new wall color is an easy way to transform your bathroom and give it a new look without having to worry about installing different fixtures or tiles. Even though most bathrooms are small, you don't have to feel confined when it comes to color choices. As long as you like it and are confident it suits your personal style, you can paint your bathroom whatever you...

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Aromatherapy Basics

September 16th, 2011

Aromatherapy uses the natural oils extracted from parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical wellness. You can inhale the scents of these oils or even put them on your skin, where they'll be absorbed into your bloodstream. Aromatherapy is used for a variety of reasons, including mood enhancement and pain relief. There are many oils available, each with their own...

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How to Decorate With Feng Shui

September 16th, 2011

In feng shui, your living spaces directly reflect the way you think and feel about yourself. Decorating your home with feng shui concepts doesn't necessarily mean you'll be incorporating elements like bamboo and rocks into your decor. Rather, you'll be ensuring that the energy flow around your home can move freely at a balanced pace. This could simply mean decorating with...

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How to Keep Your Leather Furniture Looking Like New

September 16th, 2011

Leather is a luxurious addition to any living room, but unlike some other kinds of furniture, it requires special care to prevent damage. Use these methods to make sure your leather furniture doesn't lose its sleek look. Prevention Leather can scratch easily, so limit what you put on its surface. Keep the pets off to avoid claw marks and watch out for clothing that could...

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How to Repair Your Leather Furniture

September 16th, 2011

Minor tears and scratches are sometimes unavoidable if you have kids or pets that are frequently around your leather furniture. As long as you try to fix the problem right away, you may be able to make the upholstery look like new. Scratches Scratches on the surface of your leather furniture can be easy to fix if they're not too deep. First, clean the area with a product...

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