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11 Places You Forget To Clean … But Should

When it comes to cleaning, most people know to hit the common areas: toilets, sinks, floors, etc. But just because something appears spotless doesn’t mean it’s not a breeding ground for bacteria and other germs. While most bacteria are harmless, germs and dusts particles can make us more susceptible to colds and allergies. To minimize bacteria spread, we’ve rounded up 11 surprising places people often forget to clean but should. Many of these germ-ridden places get infected through constant touch, so don’t forget to wash your hands as much as possible!

Credit/debit cards. Think about how many times you use your cards a day. Now, think about how many sales people handle those cards, what their hands have come in contact throughout the day, and what’s lurking in the crevices of card-swipe machines. Yes, with every transaction, your cards can be as dirty as ever-circulating cash dollars. It’s important to clean your cards as often as you can with anti-bacteria wipes, then let them air dry before returning them back to your wallet. Read more…

5 Alternative Uses For Beer

Growing up with many German relatives, I knew from an early age that beer was very important to people. But as an adult, I learned that beer is useful for more than just drinking. From an (oddly true) sleep aid to a natural pesticide, here are my favorite “other uses” for beer.

Wash Your Hair With Beer. Want to make your hair shinier and have more volume? Skip the hair conditioner and break out the bottle of beer! Scientifically speaking, beer is good for your hair because it has protein that strengthens your hair. Not only that, but it has a low pH and is a mild astringent to help keep your hair clean. And no, you won’t smell like a frat party. Read more…

What You Don’t Know About Fabric Care Symbols

American fabric care labels can be difficult enough to read, but internationally-manufactured clothing often provide different variations of cleaning care symbols. And when we’re trying to get through laundry day, the last thing we want to do is spend time trying to crack the code of a squiggly line with a circle (or whatever). Instead, we’ll avoid the guesswork (and possibly damaging clothes) by getting to know these symbols and their meanings. Read more…

DIY Ideas: 14 Home Improvement Projects That Cost Under $10

Believe it or not, redecorating your home doesn’t need to be a massive and expensive project. Simple touches like adding a decorative tray or changing your pillow cases can have dramatic effects. To help you get inspired, we pulled together 14 easy decorating ideas that will update your home without breaking your budget. In fact, most of these projects are completely free…and the rest weigh in at under $10.

1. Rearrange your furniture. This may sound simple, but rearranging furniture is a great (and free!) way to completely change the look and feel of your home. If you always find yourself climbing over an ottoman, move your couch back to create a passing lane. Is it too cramped? Try moving your side table to another room that’s more spacious. Read more …

15 Amazing Duct Tape Craft Projects

It turns out that we have something in common with 2011 Miss America winner Teresa Scanlan. She’s obsessed with using duct tape…for crafts and accessories that is. According to this New York Times article, Scanlan can’t get enough of the adhesive. She said, “I’ve made a duct tape skirt, shorts, a couple shirts and a dress is my next project … You know how they ask you what three things you’d want on a desert island? I’d only want one thing: duct tape. It’s all you need.”

After reading about everything from duct tape prom dresses to knock-off purses, we decided to take a closer look at the new duct tape fad. Flip through the slideshow below for 15 incredible duct tape projects we found. Read more…

Craft Of The Day: DIY Hand Warmers

Cold hands? Not for long! Stay toasty warm with this Craft Of The Day. These DIY hand warmers are perfect for a frigid winter afternoon – all you need to do is pop the bag in the microwave and voila! Added bonus: there’s no need to purchase fabric, you can utilize old scraps instead. Keep reading for the how-to.

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