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Handy Household Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide

You’ve probably used hydrogen peroxide as a disinfectant for cuts, but how about as a tooth whitener?

For the savvy consumer, hydrogen peroxide (that close relative to water that most of us just call “peroxide”), is a money-saving miracle. You can use it for everything from brushing your teeth to disinfecting household surfaces.

But you have to be able to separate the fact from the fiction where peroxide’s concerned, and you need to know how to treat it. In this article, we’ll provide some pointers.

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Used Mattresses: Buyer Beware!

Don’t make the costly mistake of buying unclean and unsafe mattresses

Shopping for new mattresses and trying to save a few bucks? There’s certainly nothing wrong with that. However, if shopping a furniture outlet or discount furniture store, there are a few things to know.

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Electrical Home Repairs — Hiring the Right Contractor

Tips on hiring a reliable contractor for electrical repairs.

Somehow, you always feel like you’re getting ripped off when it comes to electrical home repairs. Why is that? Maybe it’s because you’re dealing in an area you don’t feel especially knowledgeable about, so you don’t completely trust the estimate you get.

If you would like to make sure you’re getting the best deal and saving money, here are some tips for you to follow.

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Play it Safe with Glass Table Tops

Know the dangers of glass table tops.

You love glass table tops. Whether it’s your dining room table, end tables, or coffee table, something about the glass just makes them look better. But while they make your home look more stylish, did you know they also make your home more dangerous?

Here’s why.

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The Truth behind Carpet Cleaning Offers

Think Twice Before Calling for Carpet Cleaning

I cannot tell you how many times I receive coupons in the mail for great deals on carpet cleaning. I have four cats, a German shepherd, a border collie and a few kids. I can’t even tell you how much havoc they wreck on my carpet. The border collie is great. She knows to stay on the mat until I am able to dry her paws when it’s rainy and muddy out. The shepherd, on the other hand, makes a game of running in from the mud onto my beige carpeting before I can catch her with a towel. My kids also test the limits of our carpet by forgetting to take their shoes off when they come in the door. Needless to say, those carpet cleaning deals look pretty good by the end of the year.

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Why You Should Buy a Tankless Hot Water System

If you’re sick of running out of hot water in the middle of your shower, it’s time you installed a tankless hot water system?

If you’ve got a big family, a tankless hot water system might just seem like a godsend to you. Let’s look beyond the issue of saving money, which they do, and being trim and compact, which they are. The best thing about tankless heaters is that they heat water right on the spot, just when you need it.

Let’s take a closer look at why this matters.

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Simple, Non-Obvious Ways to Conserve Energy

If your household energy bill is out of hand, put these tips in action to conserve energy — and therefore, money.

To conserve energy is to conserve money, and most savvy consumers are already aware of the conventional ways to do that. But some savings aren’t as obvious as turning the thermostat up in the winter or down in the summer, or tightening up your weather-stripping.

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Plastic Canvas: A Creative But Inexpensive Hobby

While you shouldn’t expect to see plastic canvas pieces on the walls of the Louvre anytime soon, it makes a great, creative pastime.

With the costs of hobbies like movie-going, gourmet cooking, and tinkering with your car spiraling out of control, something as simple as plastic canvas artwork can start looking very attractive to the savvy consumer. It’s a creative way to keep your hands busy, and doesn’t cost a bundle.

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Recycled Seedling Pots

If you’re a savvy gardener, you may propagate your own seedlings to save money and resources. Here are some cheap options for seedling pots.

It’s hard to argue that peat or plastic seedling pots (those little pots used to germinate seedlings until they’re big enough to plant) are exactly expensive…but you know, even a few dollars saved can go to that vacation fund and bring a dream that much closer to reality.

So instead of spending that money, why not exercise some ingenuity, and engineer some pots out of objects you’d otherwise recycle or throw away? In this article, we’ll offer two suggestions that are biodegradable and mostly organic.

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Storm Preparation 101

Unlike some natural disasters, storms are often predictable; so it pays to know the basics of storm preparation.

By making the necessary preparations against a potential disaster, you can often avoid spending boatloads of money in the aftermath. So in this article, we’ll take a quick at things you should do to secure your property, and personal safety, against expected storm damage.

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