12
Nov 18

Is It Bad That My Phone Charger Is Always Plugged In?

We’ve all heard that “overcharging” your phone (aka leaving it plugged in after sufficiently charging the battery) can reduce your phone battery’s effectiveness over time. But have you ever wondered about the charger itself? With your cord plugged into the wall (behind the bed, next to the sofa) around the clock, could your charging setup be costing you money or posing a safety hazard?

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25
Sep 18

5 Things You Need to Know About Effectively Hand-Washing Your Dishes

If you don’t have the luxury of dishwasher in your home, you know how quickly dishes can pile up and wreak havoc on your kitchen. Even if you have a fail-proof system for conquering your your tower of plates and coffee mugs, hand washing your dishes eats up extra time and energy—and then there’s the mental gymnastics of wondering if, after all that effort, any of your dishes are actually clean.

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12
Aug 18

The Scary Reason I’ll Never Cook with Glass Pans Again

Chief among the sounds you never want to hear in your kitchen is an explosive shattering of glass. I’m here to tell you that the stuff of urban legend sometimes is true.

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07
Jun 18

IKEA Issues A Recall For Its SLADDA Bike

Say goodbye to SLADDA: IKEA announced a full recall for its innovative bike due to fall hazard reports.

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21
May 18

Here's Why You Should Never, Ever Leave a Plastic Water Bottle in Your Car

If you’re guilty of leaving water bottles in your car, whether it be clutter or a backup source of hydration, then it’s time to quit the habit. Firefighters are warning drivers about the hazard that clear water bottles pose.

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27
Mar 18

Do Household Cleaning Products Actually Expire?

Do you know how old your furniture polish is? If you have to think back to a specific purchase and then do math, chances are it’s expired. And what about those other products you have to reach way back in the cupboard for — those products you only use a few times a year?

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23
Mar 18

Smoke Detector is Recalled for Failing to Do The One Thing It's Designed For

Few things are as basic and integral to the safety of a home as the humble smoke detector. Everyone has to have one and you should stay on top of making sure all of the batteries are still good and that you didn’t forget to screw it all the way back in after burning your brussel sprouts. The US Consumer Product Safety Commision recently recalled Kidde dual-sensor smoke alarms for failing to detect smoke.

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18
Jan 18

The Dreaded Black Mold: Is It Affecting Your Household?

The idea of black mold is alarming enough, let alone seeing something you suspect is black mold in your home. As is so often the case, however, knowledge is power — including the power to calm fear and deal with a current or potential problem head-on. Here’s what you need to know about black mold, the health problems it can cause, and what to do if you think you have it in your home.

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09
Jan 18

Are Your Neighbors Locking Their Doors? This Survey Tells All

Growing up in a city, everyone I knew locked their door. Granted, we all hid keys in easy to find places like the doormat right in front of the locked door, but we locked them nevertheless. Turns out, not every region of the country locks their doors equally. A new survey from Safehome.org looks at the door locking habits of folks across the country.

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30
Dec 17

Here's How to Protect Your Pets During Cold Weather

Many places in the United States are facing an extreme cold front this week, with temperatures much chillier than normal for early in the winter season. While that might means you need to bundle up a bit more for New Year’s Eve festivities, don’t forget about your four legged family members. Here are a few ways that you can protect pets from the cold.

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