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And The Prize Goes To … The Worst Household Chore

Last week we asked you to share your least favorite household chore in exchange for a chance to win a Rowenta Pressure Iron and Steamer. You reminded us of every household duty we hate, but there can only be one winner. Click through to see which commenter won this week’s prize. Keep reading »

Wine Glass Sponges: Functional Or Frivolous?

The downside to having friends over is cleaning up after the party’s over, especially if, like us, your home lacks a dishwasher. While you could use paper and plastic and toss everything at the end of the night, that’s not so great for the environment — and not as nice as real plates and glasses.

Along with ridding plates of stuck-on food remnants, fitting the sponge inside small-mouthed Champagne flutes and wine glasses can be tricky, so Casabella created specially shaped sponges exclusively for getting inside these delicate glasses. Are these wine glass sponges functional or frivolous? (Personally, I might cut my regular rectangle sponge on the diagonal to mimic the shape of these without having to buy anything different.) Keep reading »

Commercials Make Men Less Likely To Clean

How often do you see a commercial for laundry detergent that depicts a father dealing with his son or daughter’s grass-stained clothes? By my calculations, you never do. And this isn’t helping get guys to do laundry or other household chores that are traditionally considered “women’s work.” Men are particularly influenced by the way TV commercials portray them, and 34 percent of them presented them engaged in work behavior, while just 2 percent showed them performing domestic tasks. Women, on the other hand, are least likely to be portrayed working outside the home — only 13.1 percent showed them this way, and 51.5 percent of commercials featuring women focused on selling home products, such as food and cleaners. It’s true that company’s do this for a reason. Women are still the ones buying most of these products. I’m hoping that as people get married later in life, men will start getting used to buying 409 and Clorox wipes and keep doing it when they get married. But then again, I’ve seen my guy friends’ apartments. They may own cleaning products, but they have yet to put them to use. [Newswise] Keep reading »

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