Home http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3754/all en-US 9 No-Fuss Plants That Will Brighten Your Home Until Spring http://www.wisebread.com/9-no-fuss-plants-that-will-brighten-your-home-until-spring <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-no-fuss-plants-that-will-brighten-your-home-until-spring" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_plants_succulents_537868672.jpg" alt="Woman getting no-fuss plants to brighten her home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This time of year, it's nice to bring something green home to help pass the gray days. Houseplants are a living reminder that spring is on the horizon. You don't need to be particularly good at keeping stuff thriving to enjoy them, either. Here's a list of some low-maintenance plants that are cheap or, in some cases, free! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-hardest-to-kill-houseplants?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Hardest-to-Kill Houseplants</a>)</p> <h2>1. Pothos</h2> <p>You can pick up a gorgeously green, 10-ounce pothos plant for less than $4 at Lowe's. If you're worried about it being high maintenance, don't fret. Chances are, you'll have this plant for the long haul. Even people who have green thumbs explain that this plant will withstand a hearty dose of &quot;<a href="http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/golden-pothos.aspx" target="_blank">benign neglect</a>.&quot;</p> <p>And if your friend just happens to have this plant, you may be able to get one for yourself for free. Simply cut an existing plant into some individual segments above the leaf by about half an inch. Take 10 or so of these cuttings and place them in a pot (don't forget to water them) for about six weeks. Each cut should eventually make a vine that will turn into a full plant.</p> <h2>2. Spider Plant</h2> <p>The only plant I have ever had in my own home is the spider plant. And amazingly, it has withstood the test of time and countless messes along the way. Talk about indestructible. What about cheap? Yeah, it's that, too. This plant produces seemingly unlimited babies that you can either inherit or pass along to your friends with virtually no work involved on your part.</p> <p>Here's a tip: spider plants can sometimes get a &quot;burned&quot; look on their leaf tips. This is as a result of too much fluoride accumulation. If you want to avoid this tattered look, try using higher grade fertilizer and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/spider-airplane-plant.aspx" target="_blank">skipping tap water</a> when watering. It's a great excuse to try your hand at making a rain collection barrel.</p> <h2>3. Aloe Plant</h2> <p>Want a plant that does more than just look pretty on your shelf? Grow aloe! You can use its gooey center to ease irritation from cuts and burns. A 10-inch aloe vera plant costs only $4. Care is easy. Water well and then let the soil dry&nbsp;<a href="http://www.almanac.com/plant/aloe-vera" target="_blank">one or two inches</a> before the next watering.</p> <p>Another option is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/Aloe-variegata-tiger-02-26-2016.aspx" target="_blank">tiger alloe</a>. It is one of the smaller plants in the aloe family and only reaches about 10 inches tall. As a result, it fits well on coffee tables or other areas in compact apartments. Oh, and it gets some spikes with orange flowers in the middle of winter to help shake the cold-weather blues and add a burst of color into your life.</p> <h2>4. Jade Plant</h2> <p>Jade plants can last <a href="http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/jade-plant.aspx" target="_blank">100 years or more</a> with proper care. It is a slow-growing succulent, so it doesn't need to take up a lot of space and can survive even if you forget to water it regularly. You can grab a jade of your very own for around $4 or $5.</p> <p>If your jade picks up mealybugs &mdash; a white, cottony mass &mdash; you can treat it with some rubbing alcohol.</p> <h2>5. Cactus</h2> <p>My neighbor bought a tiny Christmas cactus plant for around $5 a few years ago. It now sits proudly in her bay window and blooms late each fall with some really pretty flowers. You'll want to place this plant in a well-lit area and place it in a well-drained pot. You only need to move it to a new pot every year or so. In the summer, you can move it to your patio &mdash; just make sure to give it some shade during the hottest time of day.</p> <p>This plant is often called a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/holiday-cactus.aspx" target="_blank">crab cactus</a> in Europe. And in its native Brazil, the &quot;Christmas&quot; part of the name would be relatively meaningless, as its blooms in spring there (because it's in the Southern Hemisphere).</p> <h2>6. Mother-in-Law's Tongue</h2> <p>While a mother-in-law's tongue (otherwise known as a snake plant) may sound like something you'd want to stay away from, this plant is excellent for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cheap-plants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality?ref=internal" target="_blank">indoor air quality</a>. It filters anything from formaldehyde to trichloroethylene to benzene out of your home's atmosphere. It's relatively cheap to boot. You can pick one up for around $15 at your local big box center. Experts recommend you place this plant in your bedroom because &mdash; get this &mdash; it can convert exhaled CO2 into oxygen.</p> <p>The best part? This plant is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/mother-in-law-tongue.aspx" target="_blank">super hard to kill</a>. They don't need much light either. Just some love, and little water, and an occasional dusting.</p> <h2>7. Cast Iron Plant</h2> <p>Don't have a lot of light in your home? The cast iron plant doesn't care. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/in-the-garden/reference-desk/perennials/cast-iron-plant.aspx" target="_blank">shadier, the better</a> for this happy plant. Actually, if it gets too much sun, its leathery leaves will start to burn. Otherwise, it's hearty and easy to maintain. A small cast iron will set you back around $12.</p> <p>If your plant's leaves do end up burning, you can simply cut them off, water well, and place it in a spot with better shade away from windows.</p> <h2>8. Rubber Plant</h2> <p>As one of the world's oldest house plants, the <a href="http://www.ourhouseplants.com/plants/rubber-plant" target="_blank">rubber plant</a> can grow quite tall and take up a bit of space in only a few years' time. But that's good if you want a houseplant as a feature of your home decor. It's also resistant to pests and diseases and can tolerate poor treatment. You can get a rubber plant for around $8 plus shipping costs. Not bad considering how big it will get.</p> <p>My mother-in-law keeps these plants, and she explains that if the leaves turn yellow, it's typically that they're receiving too much water. Back off for a while, and their usual color should return.</p> <h2>9. Peace Lily</h2> <p>Another easy-to-grow houseplant is the <a href="http://www.almanac.com/plant/peace-lily" target="_blank">peace lily</a>. It's quite common in houses across the U.S. and beyond, so you may be able to score one from a friend. Otherwise, you can buy this plant for around $8. Its pleasant white flowers prefer shade versus sun. Most peace lily plants grow to about 16 inches tall and bloom throughout the year. No blooms? Move your plant to a darker room.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-no-fuss-plants-that-will-brighten-your-home-until-spring">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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But did you know that your smartphone can replace a wide range of esoteric tools and devices? From the scientific calculator to the credit card reader to the remote control, here is a list of tools and gadgets you can replace with your smartphone.</p> <h2>1. Math Software</h2> <p>Yes, your smartphone already comes with a calculator and a scientific calculator. However, those calculators will give you little help when facing the challenges of a quadratic equation, system of linear equations, or inequality with absolute value. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-useful-genius-math-tricks-that-are-actually-easy?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Useful, Genius Math Tricks That Are Actually Easy</a>)</p> <p>This is where <a href="http://photomath.net" target="_blank">Photomath</a> comes in, allowing you to snap a pic of virtually any type of math problem. The app then solves that problem for you, and showing you step-by-step instructions. Think of this app as one of those bulky Texas Instruments calculators on steroids! And the best part is that downloading the app is free.</p> <h2>2. Check Deposit Machine</h2> <p>It's Saturday, you just got that $600 check that you've been waiting for, and there's no way you can get to the bank before closing time. You also have no clue how close the next ATM that accepts check deposits is. Instead, you could endorse your check, add a note &quot;for mobile deposit only,&quot; snap a pic of it, and receive up to $200 the next business day.</p> <p>As early as 2009, many banks around the country have issued a smartphone app that allows account holders to do mobile check deposits. Most financial institutions make the <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2014/10/pros-and-cons-of-mobile-check-deposit/index.htm" target="_blank">first $200</a> of a mobile check deposit available for withdrawal the next business day, and the rest of the funds available on the second or third day for withdrawal. Contact your financial institution for more details and applicable rules.</p> <h2>3. Thermal Imaging Camera</h2> <p>Drafty windows are one of the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-sneaky-home-money-pits-that-sap-your-savings?ref=internal" target="_blank">sneaky home money pits</a> that sap your savings. Hiring a contractor to check this out for you can cost you hundreds before even starting to fix the problem. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2kVxsKK" target="_blank">Flir One Thermal Imager</a> is a device that turns your smartphone into a thermal imaging camera, allowing you to find drafty windows and other poorly insulated spots.</p> <p>While you'll have to invest about $250 in a Flir One Thermal Imager, you can quickly make back that money by lowering your energy bill by <a href="https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_sealing.hm_improvement_methodology" target="_blank">up to 10%</a> per year and taking advantage of rebates and special offers from Energy Star products used in your insulation projects.</p> <h2>4. Credit Card Reader</h2> <p>Since about <a href="http://www.bankrate.com/finance/consumer-index/financial-security-charts-0514.aspx" target="_blank">40% of Americans</a> carry less under $20 in cash on them and 9% of them carry no cash at all, you shouldn't be surprised that it is even harder nowadays to get your friends and relatives to pay you back that $15 they owe you.</p> <p>But you do know that your debtors have a debit or credit card laying around! So, leverage a credit card reader from <a href="https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/credit-card-reader" target="_blank">PayPal</a> or <a href="https://squareup.com/reader" target="_blank">Square</a> and start accepting card payments on your smartphone. While the two companies mail you the first credit card reader for free, PayPal and Square charge 2.7% and 2.75% per U.S. debit or credit card swipe, respectively. Paying up to $0.41 for having your $15 today instead of in two months isn't a bad deal at all.</p> <p>Got no Internet connection? No problem, Square's app allows you to collect payment as long as you reconnect to the web within <a href="http://squareup.com/help/us/en/article/5095-process-payments-with-offline-mode" target="_blank">72 hours</a> from the time of the card swipe.</p> <p>And if you want to forgo the phone attachment, you can also choose from several apps that allow users to transfer money to each other directly. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-mobile-payment-tools-you-should-start-using-today?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Mobile Payment Tools You Should Start Using Today</a>)</p> <h2>5. Car Diagnostic Tool</h2> <p>As cars are becoming smarter, they all provide much more information than you think. With the <a href="http://amzn.to/2kOSE2k" target="_blank">Automatic Pro</a>, you can connect to just about any car's standard diagnostics (OBD-II) port and unlock the data in your car's onboard computer. Most cars manufactured since 1996 have this port and are compatible with the Automatic Pro (here's the <a href="https://www.automatic.com/cars/" target="_blank">full list</a>).</p> <p>By investing about $130, you'll become a &quot;car whisperer&quot; and pay zero fees for unlimited monitoring. As a bonus, the Automatic Pro connects to many apps, such as Expensify and Freshbooks for invoicing mileage driven.</p> <h2>6. Level</h2> <p>How many times have you needed a level to hang a frame, mount a TV, or adjust the height of a table? A bubble level can cost you anywhere from $5 to $50 at your local or big box hardware store. Not to mention that you have to drive there, stand in line, and drive back, delaying your start time by up to a couple of hours to start that home project.</p> <p>Instead, you could download a free level smartphone app, such as <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.androgames.level&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Bubble Level</a> for Android devices or <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/id293621500" target="_blank">iHandy Carpenter</a> for Apple devices, and get to work right away.</p> <h2>7. Universal Remote</h2> <p>At my home, we used to have a separate remote for the DVD player, the TV, the cable box, and the air conditioner. That was until we discovered that a smartphone can connect to many electronics and home appliances through its built-in infrared (IR) blaster.</p> <p>While there are many universal remote controller apps out there, <a href="http://peel.com" target="_blank">Peel</a> gets top marks because it connects your smartphone to TVs, set-top boxes, DVD players, entertainment portals such as Roku and Apple TV, audio systems, and home appliances such as air conditioners and heaters. You can download Peel for free, but you may need to purchase the <a href="http://amzn.to/2kVySoq" target="_blank">Pronto 360-degree IR blaster</a>, depending on the connectivity options of devices that you want to control.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tools-and-gadgets-your-smartphone-can-replace">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Fortunately, you don't need to spend a lot on this everyday necessity, especially if you choose an affordable, quality brand (like the options below).</p> <h2>What Are Paper Napkins?</h2> <p>Paper napkins are used to clean up messes or wipe your hands and face while eating. They are disposable, so they can be tossed at the end of each meal, but that doesn't mean that you should necessarily buy the cheapest ones out there. If you choose quality napkins, you should only need one per meal, so you won't have to waste money on ineffective napkins that won't last through a meal.</p> <h2>Top 5 Paper Napkins</h2> <h3>Vanity Fair Napkins Everyday</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kHuVR2"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/vanity%20fair.jpg" width="245" height="134" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's #1 best-seller in paper napkins, the 400-count pack of 13x12.75 <a href="http://amzn.to/2kHuVR2" target="_blank">Vanity Fair Everyday Napkins</a> have a cloth-like texture, so they're softer and larger than your standard napkin. The premium two-ply napkins are thick, strong, and absorbent. The high-quality napkins are durable, so they can last through a meal. They are embossed with a stylish Monterey shell design, so they look nicer than your average napkin. These are Amazon's Choice for paper napkins and one of the &quot;most wished for&quot; items on Amazon. They also have outstanding online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kHuVR2" target="_blank"><em>Currently $10.04 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Bounty Quilted Napkins</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2leJM8T"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bounty_0.jpg" width="245" height="127" align="right" alt="" /></a>The 12.1x12 <a href="http://amzn.to/2leJM8T" target="_blank">Bounty Quilted Napkins</a> are stronger than your average napkin. The 100-pack of one-ply napkins comes from the trusted Bounty brand, so you can count on them to wipe up big messes. They are durable and don't rip easily, so one napkin should last through a whole meal. These are Influenster's and Good Housekeeping's top choice for paper napkins and an Amazon best-seller. They are also available in various designs and can be upgraded with Bounty's designer dispensers.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2leJM8T" target="_blank"><em>Currently $6.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Seventh Generation White Lunch Napkin</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kuRpDJ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/seventh%20generation.jpg" width="245" height="152" align="right" alt="" /></a>The 250-count pack of one-ply <a href="http://amzn.to/2kuRpDJ" target="_blank">Seventh Generation Napkins</a> offers a better choice for the environment. The napkins are thin, but remain strong and absorbent. They are hypoallergenic, made of 100% recycled paper, and have no added dyes, fragrances, or inks. They are also whitened with an environmentally safe process, without the use of chlorine bleach. They are an Amazon best-seller and one of the &quot;most wished for&quot; items on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kuRpDJ" target="_blank"><em>Currently $2.84 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Creative Converting Touch of Color Paper Dinner Napkins</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2lezllz"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/creative%20converting.jpg" width="150" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The 50-count pack of 7.5x4.25 folded <a href="http://amzn.to/2lezllz" target="_blank">Creative Converting Touch of Color</a> two-ply paper dinner napkins are available in endless bright colors. The high-quality napkins are strong, sturdy, and designed to last. They are one of the &quot;most wished for&quot; items on Amazon and have more than 600 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2lezllz" target="_blank"><em>Currently $1.50 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>OCCASIONS Dinner Paper Napkins</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kQqshk"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/occasions.jpg" width="225" height="210" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you'd like paper napkins that feel like cloth napkins, then the 120-pack of <a href="http://amzn.to/2kQqshk" target="_blank">OCCASIONS Linen Feel dinner paper napkins</a> are right for you. They are thick, soft, absorbent, and strong, even when wet. The high-quality napkins are ideal for everyday use, as well as for weddings and special occasions. In fact, the 16x16 napkins are even pre-folded for silverware. They are backed by great online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kQqshk" target="_blank"><em>Currently $22.90 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best paper napkins. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-paper-napkins">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-wipes">The 5 Best Pet Wipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-usb-powered-fans">The 5 Best USB-Powered Fans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-shower-curtains">The 5 Best Shower Curtains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-thermoses">The 5 Best Thermoses</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping 5 best cleaning goods home products napkins paper napkins product reviews shopping Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:00:15 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1892845 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Mold on Common Household Items http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-ways-to-get-rid-of-mold-on-common-household-items <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-easy-ways-to-get-rid-of-mold-on-common-household-items" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-543337910.jpg" alt="Man learning how to get rid of mold on everyday items" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Mold is everywhere. It might even be hiding on everyday items that you didn't even think to check. With continued exposure, you can begin developing respiratory problems or allergic reactions.</p> <h2>Where to Look for Mold</h2> <p>Here's where mold might be lurking.</p> <h3>Toys</h3> <p>Recent <a href="http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/news/a42382/sophie-the-giraffe-mold/" target="_blank">findings of mold</a> in children's sippy cups and teething toys have led to widespread panic among parents. However, most pediatricians agree that a <em>small </em>amount of mold exposure is usually <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/family/kids-parenting/should-parents-throw-out-rubber-toys-like-sophie-the-giraffe" target="_blank">okay for children</a>, except if your baby has a mold allergy or an immune deficiency. However, your child's toys should be cleaned regularly so that they don't accumulate a significant amount of mold over time. If you notice shadowing coming from inside of the toy, or the toy smells bad, then you need to clean it to reduce the chance of you or your child getting sick from mold exposure.</p> <p>Children's toys, dog toys, and bath toys can become covered in mold. Mold can also grow inside of a squeaky toy or any toys with a hole. If a toy is safe for the tub, then it's also usually safe for the top rack of the dishwasher for routine cleanings. For fabric toys, consider running them through the washer and dryer regularly.</p> <p>To disinfect the toys with bleach, fill up a covered container with 1 gallon of hot water and 1/4 cup bleach. Cover and allow the toys to soak for about an hour. You can also do the same thing with a mix of 1 gallon water and 1/2 cup white vinegar. If you'd like to skip the bleach altogether, then consider boiling the toys in hot water.</p> <p>Going forward, make sure that the toys are allowed to drain properly so they don't get filled up with mold again. You can also plug up the holes with a drop of hot glue to prevent water from getting trapped inside. As a general rule, if an item is not meant to be wet, don't get it wet. For instance, throwing toys not meant for the bathtub into the bath may be inviting mold into your life.</p> <h3>Kitchen Tools</h3> <p>Certain items are more susceptible to mold, such as anything that may be hiding moisture or food. For <a href="http://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/12-smart-ways-to-use-bleach/" target="_blank">butcher block cutting boards and countertops</a>, Reader's Digest suggests dipping a brush in a solution of 1 t bleach and 2 quarts water. Scrub the area in small circles and wipe clean with a damp cloth. The bleach solution can also be used to clean countertops and plastic tablecloths.</p> <p>Your trash can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew, so on occasion, flush the garbage pail out with a hose. Use the bleach solution to scrub the can clean.</p> <h3>Bathroom Tools</h3> <p>Plastic bathroom items, such as shower mats, can become susceptible to mold. To disinfect, soak the items in hot water and bleach for about an hour. You may need to scrub the items to remove any clingy mold.</p> <p>The hot water and bleach solution should work well for bathroom tools, shower caulking, and bathroom tiles. You can even mix the solution in a spray bottle to spray over grout and moldy areas.</p> <p>Your shower curtain can quickly grow mold, especially if you don't stretch the curtain out so it can dry properly. Wash your curtain with a load of towels, or clean it with hot water, bleach, and a small amount of laundry detergent and allow to hang dry.</p> <p>Make sure to frequently wash your bathroom towels and rugs to prevent them from growing mold. Moisture invites mold, so make sure to allow items to dry completely. You may also want to squeegee your shower walls and shower doors to speed up the drying process and prevent mold.</p> <h3>Outdoor Items</h3> <p>Just as your indoor items are susceptible to mold, your outdoor items (like tablecloths, plastic lawn furniture, and gardening tools) can also be susceptible to mold if they are exposed to moisture. Sanitize these items by washing them with the bleach and water mixture. For gardening tools or items susceptible to rust, rub a few drops of tea tree oil on the surface after drying to prevent rust.</p> <h2>How to Get Rid of Mold</h2> <p>Now that we know where mold might be hiding, here are some easy ways to get rid of it.</p> <h3>1. Bleach</h3> <p>Mix 1 gallon of hot water with 1/4 cup bleach for a quick disinfecting spray. Regardless of what you use the bleach solution on, it's important to thoroughly rinse the area with hot water afterward so that you aren't exposing your home or your family to bleach. Make sure never to mix bleach with ammonia or vinegar. Bleach is the best option if you're dealing with a <a href="http://cleaningallstars.com/the-truth-about-mold-removal-bleach-vs-vinegar/" target="_blank">nonporous surface like glass or tile</a>.</p> <h3>2. Vinegar</h3> <p>Mix 1 cup white vinegar with 1/4 cup water. Spray it on the item's surface, let it dry, and rinse and wipe clean.</p> <h3>3. Tea Tree Oil</h3> <p>Mix 1 t tea tree essential oil with 1 cup hot water or distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray it on the item's surface, allow it to sit, and wipe away.</p> <h3>4. Hydrogen Peroxide</h3> <p>Mix 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide with 1 cup water. Spray it on the item's surface, let it dry, and rinse and wipe clean.</p> <h3>5. Baking Soda</h3> <p>Mix 1/4 T baking soda into a spray bottle of water. Spray moldy surfaces, scrub, and rinse clean. You can even spray the area again and allow it to dry to prevent future growth. You can also spritz this solution into carpeting after vacuuming.</p> <h3>6. Store Favorites</h3> <p>Purchase quick cleaning solutions that can remove mold and help prevent the regrowth of mold and mildew. Items like <a href="http://amzn.to/2jLmTrY" target="_blank">Lysol Disinfecting Wipes</a> and <a href="http://amzn.to/2kMjkzq" target="_blank">Tilex Mold and Mildew Remover</a> can get the job done quickly. You may also want to invest in something like the <a href="http://amzn.to/2kjZ23j" target="_blank">OXO Good Grips Deep Clean Brush Set</a>, which can deep clean areas that could be housing mold.</p> <h2>What Should You Toss?</h2> <p>Some items just aren't worth the trouble and should be tossed and replaced, for safety's sake. In fact, many professionals recommend throwing a toy away that shows signs of mold growth. If you notice significant mold growing inside of your child's toys, or you aren't able to clean them well enough on your own, it's best to just replace them with new toys that won't trap water.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-ways-to-get-rid-of-mold-on-common-household-items">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-mops">The 5 Best Mops</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-throw-out-today">25 Things to Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-household-products-vinegar-can-replace">30 Household Products Vinegar Can Replace</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-in-your-kitchen-that-get-rid-of-bad-smells-naturally">6 Things in Your Kitchen That Get Rid of Bad Smells Naturally</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Home cleaning cleaning hacks cleaning products getting rid of mold mold mold on toys Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:30:38 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1889191 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best USB-Powered Fans http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-usb-powered-fans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-usb-powered-fans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/usb_computer_fan_486869346.jpg" alt="Using the best usb-powered fan while working" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A USB-powered fan is incredibly convenient and useful. It can cool the air around you and improve ventilation, whether you're working in the library or using it by the pool (with a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-banks">power bank</a>).</p> <h2>What Is a USB-Powered Fan?</h2> <p>A USB-powered fan is a small, portable USB cord-connected cooling device that can be easily moved from place-to-place and charged using the included USB cord. With the USB cord, you can power your fan using your laptop, computer, or an external power bank.</p> <p>These convenient, compact fans won't necessarily replace your favorite fan. Instead, they are ideal for the home, office, or on your travel adventures. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fans?ref=seealso">The 5 Best Fans</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 USB-Powered Fans</h2> <h3>OPOLAR Mini USB Table Desk Personal Fan</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2lqvXR4"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/opolar.jpg" width="178" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>An Amazon's Choice product, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2lqvXR4">OPOLAR Mini USB Table Desk Personal Fan</a> is quiet, free-angle adjustable, and lightweight. The high-quality metal fan is sturdy, powerful, and produces a soft breeze. The compact fan is ideal for use anywhere and won't take up space. It can be charged with the included USB cable using your laptop, power bank, or adapter. It is an Amazon best-seller and has more than 1,100 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a one-year replacement for product defect for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2lqvXR4"><em>Currently $13.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>ARCTIC Breeze Mobile USB-Powered Portable Fan</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2koLRLM"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/arctic.jpg" width="108" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2koLRLM">ARCTIC Breeze Mobile, USB-Powered Portable Fan</a> offers a high air flow. The slim, lightweight fan features a space-saving design. It is virtually silent thanks to low-noise blades, which quietly move air at 1700 rpm. The flexible, adjustable gooseneck directs the breeze to blow exactly where you want it. Simply plug it into your laptop or PC, portable USB power source, or external cooling solution for your game console. This is available in a wide range of colors and designs. It is an Amazon best-seller and has more than 1,500 five-star reviews on Amazon. The durable fan is built to last and is backed by a two-year limited warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2koLRLM"><em>Currently $7.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>iMBAPrice USB-MFAN USB Mini Desktop Fan</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2lqy2MT"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/imbaprice.jpg" width="200" height="195" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2lqy2MT">iMBAPrice USB-MFAN USB Mini Desktop Fan</a> is the ideal basic USB desk fan. The quiet fan has a simple switch for easy usage. It features adjustable direction, so you can get a strong, steady stream of air directed exactly where you want it. It is available in plastic or metal. It is an Amazon best-seller and has more than 900 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2lqy2MT"><em>Currently $7.20 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Thermaltake Mobile Fan II External USB Cooling Fan</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kKqnKs"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/thermaltake.jpg" width="245" height="199" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2kKqnKs">Thermaltake Mobile Fan II External USB Cooling Fan</a> features a VR knob and is ideal for cooling you, your electronics, or your game console. It blows a good amount of air and is very quiet. It is powered by a one-touch retractable USB power cord cable box. It is available in three colors and two sizes. It is an Amazon best-seller and has more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kKqnKs"><em>Currently $12.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Honeywell Turbo On-the-Go Personal Fan</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2lmHzbX"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/honeywell_2.jpg" width="175" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The portable <a href="http://amzn.to/2lmHzbX">Honeywell Turbo On-the-Go Personal Fan</a> folds into the carrying/hanging handle for easy transport and storage. It features one speed, produces a small amount of white noise, and features an adjustable tilt head. The lightweight fan produces a good amount of air, which you can feel from three feet away. It can be carried, hung, or stood up on a flat surface. It can be powered with four AA batteries (not included), the included USB connector, or an electric adapter (not included). It is an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews. It is also backed by a one-year limited warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2lmHzbX"><em>Currently $12.34 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best USB-powered fans. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-usb-powered-fans">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-surge-protectors">The 5 Best Power Surge Protectors</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electronics-wipes">The 5 Best Electronics Wipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-4k-televisions">The 5 Best 4K Televisions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fans">The 5 Best Fans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ceiling-fans">The 5 Best Ceiling Fans</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping Technology 5 best computer fans fans laptop product reviews shopping usb fans usb-powered fans Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:00:13 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1889421 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Shower Curtains http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-shower-curtains <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-shower-curtains" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shower_curtain_146892408.jpg" alt="Using best shower curtains as decor in the bathroom" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Shower curtains don&rsquo;t last forever. If your curtain is covered in grime, or just doesn&rsquo;t match your bathroom decor anymore, we&rsquo;ve found some of the best shower curtains on the market so you can update your bathroom without spending much.</p> <p>With the right curtain, you can prevent bathroom floor messes and completely change the look of your bathroom. Shower curtains are available in endless colors and designs, so you can easily choose the right one to match your personal style.</p> <h2>What Is a Shower Curtain?</h2> <p>Shower curtains are essential bathroom items, typically made from vinyl, fabric, or plastic. They prevent water from spilling onto the bathroom floor and provide privacy while you bathe or shower. They typically are hung with hooks or rings from railings or curtain rods.</p> <p>If you choose a fabric curtain, you may need to purchase a shower curtain liner to help protect your new curtain. Fabric curtains are usually machine washable, while plastic and vinyl curtains can be wiped clean. After each shower, make sure to close the curtain completely to prevent mildew and allow it to dry more quickly.</p> <h2>Top 5 Shower Curtains</h2> <h3>Mildew Resistant Fabric Shower Curtain</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kiHQJO"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/mildew%20resis.jpg" width="173" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in shower curtains, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2kiHQJO">Mildew Resistant Fabric Shower Curtain</a> can provide your bathroom with an upscale look. The polyester curtain is mold- and mildew-resistant, water-repellent, antibacterial, and has no chemical odors. It features reinforced ring/hook holes and a weighted hem to help reduce curtain billowing and ensure better hanging. The high-quality, durable polyester shower curtain has a firm, yet smooth texture. The reliable curtain is also machine washable for easy cleaning. It has outstanding online reviews and is backed by a 90-day money-back guarantee and 12-month warranty against mold, mildew, and tears.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kiHQJO"><em>Currently $8.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>InterDesign Thistle Fabric Shower Curtain</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kj0S2y"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/interdesign.jpg" width="180" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in shower curtain sets, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2kj0S2y">InterDesign Thistle Fabric Shower Curtain</a> is water-resistant, soft to the touch, and features 12 rust-resistant metal grommets with a reinforced top-header. The modern design and beautiful print will add a touch of class to any bathroom. It is machine washable for easy cleaning and can be used with any standard liner (not included). It is available in a wide range of colors, designs, and sizes. It has outstanding online reviews, including nearly 1,400 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kj0S2y"><em>Currently $14.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Maytex Mesh Pockets PEVA Shower Curtain</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kiUXdF"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/maytex.jpg" width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>If your shower doesn&rsquo;t have space for a shower caddy, then the <a href="http://amzn.to/2kiUXdF">Maytex Mesh Pockets PEVA Shower Curtain</a> is perfect for you. It can help you stay organized by providing the additional storage you need in your shower. It features nine mesh pockets to organize kids&rsquo; toys, sponges, or other personal care items. You can use the curtain with the pockets facing in or out, so you can easily reach everything you need while you shower. Each pocket holds no more than one pound. You can simply wipe the clear chloride-free PEVA vinyl curtain with a damp cloth to keep it clean. It features 12 rustproof metal grommets and can be used with standard hooks and liners (not included). This is an Amazon best-seller and has nearly 400 five-star reviews on Amazon. If you don&rsquo;t want pockets, consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2ktNRFq">Maytex No More Mildew 10-Gauge Shower Curtain Liner with Rustproof Metal Grommets</a>, which is another highly-rated option.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kiUXdF"><em>Currently $16.84 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Madison Park Essentials Merritt Shower Curtain</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kXAUAX"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/madison%20park.jpg" width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you are looking for a simple, modern curtain, then the <a href="http://amzn.to/2kXAUAX">Madison Park Essentials Merritt Shower Curtain</a> is perfect for you. The quality microfiber cloth curtain features a classic fretwork design and eye-catching colors and patterns. It is machine washable for easy cleaning and is available in a range of colors and designs. If you need a new shower curtain liner for your new curtain, consider the highly rated <a href="http://amzn.to/2jF2P7j">LiBa Mildew Resistant Anti-Bacterial PEVA Shower Curtain Liner</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kXAUAX"><em>Currently $19.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>InterDesign Mildew-Free Water-Repellent Fabric Shower Curtain</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jEYykt"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/interdesign%202.jpg" width="188" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2jEYykt">InterDesign Mildew-Free Water-Repellent Fabric Shower Curtain</a> can be used as a liner or on its own. It is water-repellent, mold/mildew-free, PVC-free, chlorine-free, and has no scent. It features reinforced button holes and a weighted hem. The high-quality polyester curtain is durable, soft to the touch, and machine washable for easy cleaning. It is available in a wide range of colors. It is an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews, including more than 900 five-star reviews on Amazon. If this doesn&rsquo;t work for you, consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2kUs6MF">InterDesign Mildew-Free PEVA 3 Gauge Shower Liner</a>, which is Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in shower curtain liners.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jEYykt"><em>Currently $14.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best shower curtains. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-shower-curtains">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ceiling-fans">The 5 Best Ceiling Fans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bidet-seats">The 5 Best Bidet Seats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-glass-cleaners">The 5 Best Glass Cleaners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-paper-napkins">The 5 Best Paper Napkins</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping 5 best bathroom decor home home goods product reviews shopping shower shower curtains Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:00:10 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1885060 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Put All That Snow to Good Use http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-put-all-that-snow-to-good-use <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-put-all-that-snow-to-good-use" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-499910260.jpg" alt="make use of all that snow" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thanks to increasingly wacky weather patterns, most of the United States sees at least a dusting of snow once a year and, yes, that includes typically powder-free areas like Florida, Southern California, Texas, and Hawaii. In fact, the Big Island of Hawaii recently welcomed a winter storm that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/05/us/hawaii-snow-warning/" target="_blank">dropped about six inches of the white stuff</a> on its higher elevations. Building an igloo in paradise &mdash; can you imagine?!</p> <p>Besides building snowmen and having snow fights, here are several ideas to take advantage of your abundance of snow. Some may save you money, while others are just downright delicious.</p> <p>See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-prevent-the-winter-blues-from-busting-your-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Ways to Prevent the Winter Blues from Busting Your Budget</a></p> <h2>1. Make Sweet Snow Treats</h2> <p>If you've never made snow ice cream (and I haven't; this is a tip from a friend), consider this very essential criteria: The snow must be fresh, clean, and untouched. I mean, you're going to eat it, so you'll want to steer clear of the yellow spots. Once you've identified a pristine area of freshly fallen snow, scoop up about eight cups or so, which you'll then combine with a quick-and-easy milk/sugar/salt/vanilla mixture. The author of the food blog Gimme Some Oven has prepared this recipe for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/how-to-make-snow-ice-cream-recipe/" target="_blank">snow ice cream</a> that calls for sprinkles on top &mdash; because why not? Definitely gonna give this a try myself.</p> <p>If you're a little more ambitious, check out this recipe for&nbsp;<a href="http://happyhooligans.ca/make-maple-syrup-snow-candy-3-simple-steps/" target="_blank">maple syrup snow candy</a>, which apparently is also quite popular.</p> <h2>2. Store Extra Food and Drinks</h2> <p>I don't know about you, but I have more food than I can fit into my fridge over the holidays and into the winter. It's mostly space-taking containers full of soup and other hearty dishes. I also store liquor outside during the winter &mdash; the hard stuff isn't in danger of freezing. To keep the animals away from my stash, I put everything in a cooler and pack the snow around it for safe keeping for as long as it lasts.</p> <h2>3. Adult Snow Cones</h2> <p>Maybe it's the perpetual college kid in me, but when the news folk start yammering on about a major snowstorm that threatens to close down the schools, government, and roads for at least a day, I immediately start making plans for my icy bar crawl. That's just what you do as an adult on a snow day. I've even braved blizzard conditions to get to bars about half a mile away from my house on foot; that's how invested I am in this annual tradition. Just make sure you dress accordingly, of course.</p> <p>If you're not the adventurous type, you can still enjoy a snow-day libation celebration in front of your own fireplace with homemade adult snow cones. Rob Clement over at Fansided recorded a&nbsp;<a href="http://foodsided.com/2014/02/12/make-adult-snow-cones-real-snow-video/" target="_blank">how-to video on making grown-up snow cones</a>, which feature thawed berries, a couple flavor extracts, and a shot of bourbon.</p> <h2>4. Scrub Your Winter Outerwear</h2> <p>If you have down- or poly-filled outerwear, particularly the nylon and polyester variety, it's best to keep them out of the washer and dryer. They'll either get all mangled and lumpy from the wash cycle, or damaged in the dry cycle, and then you'll be SOL for the next storm. Instead, take them outside for a &quot;snow wash.&quot; Grab a sponge or firm-bristled brush and use the clean snow to rid the items of winter schmutz, like dirt and salt stains. You can likely do this without a cleanser, but a dab of dish soap will work so long as you properly rinse the item once you're done and hang it to dry.</p> <h2>5. Fortify Your Garden</h2> <p>I can't keep a houseplant alive &mdash; I honestly don't know <em>what</em> I'm doing wrong &mdash; but my friend and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kevinrichberg.com/" target="_blank">travel blogger/Huffington Post contributor</a> Kevin Richberg knows a thing or two about botany.</p> <p>&quot;Garden enthusiasts will shovel [snow] on top of all the delicate summer bulbs they're trying to overwinter in the ground because snow is the ultimate insulation against delicate plant tissue freezing in the soil.&quot;</p> <p>I don't suppose that'll work for my indoor dracaena?</p> <h2>6. Wash Your Hands and Face and Hair</h2> <p>I asked a bunch of my friends how they would use snow to save money, and one of them said that he'd fill up his toilet with it. I had so many other questions after that &mdash; like why, for instance (he said to converse water) &mdash; but I eventually digressed and promised myself that I'd draw the frugal line at dragging a bucket full of snow up my steps just so I could do my business in it.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CH2KGboA35c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Other people, however, have found more practical bathroom uses for snow &mdash; like Rosemary Clooney, who likes to wash her hands and face and hair in it&hellip;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH2KGboA35c" target="_blank">and then sing about it</a>.</p> <h2>7. Replace Water in Your Hot Tub</h2> <p>If your hot tub or Jacuzzi is low on water in the winter because of all the half-naked people you're piling in it, take advantage of the snow by shoveling enough in to top it off so you don't have to turn on your outdoor faucet and use the hose. You should be turning this off in the winter to prevent freezing and pipe bursting, anyway.</p> <h2>8. Store Melted Snow for Future Yard, House, and Car Maintenance</h2> <p>If you have any large containers, perhaps coolers or barrels or really anything with multi-gallon capacity that can be sealed, you have the perfect vessel to store melted snow for future use watering your plants, pressure-washing your house, or washing your car. This tactic could come in handy if your area faces a particularly dry spring and summer, or drought conditions that force water restrictions.</p> <h2>9. Clean a Wool Rug</h2> <p>You'll save at least a hundred bucks on cleaning your large wool rug by placing it outside for at least 30 minutes in temps well below freezing before scrubbing it with snow. Apartment Therapy provides further details on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-clean-a-rug-with-snow-h-109136" target="_blank">how to clean a wool rug with snow</a>. Just remember to bundle up.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-put-all-that-snow-to-good-use">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-these-5-hidden-costs-of-winter">How to Avoid These 5 Hidden Costs of Winter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-remove-snow-and-save">How to Remove Snow and Save</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-great-jobs-for-snowbirds">9 Great Jobs for Snowbirds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/56-life-hacks-to-help-you-win-at-winter">56 Life Hacks to Help You Win at Winter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-frugal-and-easy-ways-to-update-an-old-home">19 Frugal (And Easy) Ways to Update an Old Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home frugal living ice snow snow cones snowstorm winter winter weather Wed, 01 Feb 2017 11:00:09 +0000 Mikey Rox 1884230 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Electronics Wipes http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electronics-wipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-electronics-wipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_nails_phone_470384984.jpg" alt="Woman using best electronic wipes to clean phone" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In today&rsquo;s world of touch screens, your smartphone, tablet, and electronics can get much dirtier, much more quickly. Fortunately, electronics wipes offer the perfect solution to effectively clean dust, dirt, grease, grime, makeup, smudges, and fingerprints off your screens.</p> <p>Electronics wipes make it easier than ever to quickly, safely clean your electronic screens. By regularly cleaning your screens, they will look new again and allow you to see the picture more clearly. Smooth surfaces also allow for optimal stylus response. When there are smudges on your screens, it can also cause you to strain your eyes more, which can take a toll on your vision. With electronics wipes, you can conveniently clean your screens with no risk of damage to your valuable devices.</p> <h2>What Are Electronics Wipes?</h2> <p>Electronics wipes are soft, nonabrasive wet wipes designed specifically for cleaning electronics surfaces. They can be used on smartphones, computer screens, televisions, and any other electronics surfaces. It&rsquo;s important to first remove all abrasives from the surface, so you don&rsquo;t scratch your screens while you&rsquo;re trying to clean them. After you gently wipe your screens clean, you can simply throw the used wipe away.</p> <h2>Top 5 Electronics Wipes</h2> <h3>Windex Screen Cleaner Wipes</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kfCizn"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/windez.jpg" width="132" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s Choice for electronics wipes, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2kfCizn">Windex Screen Cleaner Wipes</a> work perfectly for computers, televisions, smartphones, glasses, LCD screens, smartphones, and all electronic screens. They can also be used on game stations, remotes, glass, and metal for a better value. The antistatic cloths quickly and gently remove dust, fingerprints, and smudges. The advanced cleaning formula cleans safely and easily without leaving any residue, lint, or streaks behind. The resealable pouch will keep the wipes moist for longer. They are recommended by Influenster and have great online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kfCizn"><em>Currently $8.21 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>iCloth Screen Cleaning Wipes</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kU24so"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/icloth.jpg" width="176" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2kU24so">iCloth Screen Cleaning Wipes</a> are individually packaged and guaranteed to stay moist. The premium pre-moistened cloths work to quickly clean all electronics, including smartphones, tablets, computers, cameras, and glasses with no drips, streaks, or film. The nonwoven aerospace-grade wipes are extremely soft and low-linting. They safely and easily trap and lift off dirt, fingerprints, makeup, and grease, so your electronics and optical screens can provide maximum clarity. The purified water-based formula contains some isopropyl alcohol (not harmful ethyl alcohol), which iCloth claims is safe for use on all screens, sensitive optics, and specialty coatings.</p> <p>The 100-pack of individually-sealed cleaning wipes are convenient to carry in your purse, car, backpack, or travel bag. They have outstanding reviews, including more than 600 five-star reviews on Amazon, and are backed by a money-back guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kU24so"><em>Currently $22.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>3m Electronic Equipment Cleaning Wipes</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kTKIeW"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/3m.jpg" width="133" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2kTKIeW">3m Electronic Equipment Cleaning Wipes</a> are perfect for use on all electronics and delicate surfaces, including LCD screens, laptops, phones, computers, and DVDs. They will keep your expensive equipment clean and dust-free, so they can work optimally and provide you with a better value. The pre-moistened, antistatic, nonabrasive, unscented wipes come in an easy-dispense canister, so they&rsquo;ll stay moist for longer.</p> <p>These are frequently recommended online and have great reviews. If you&rsquo;d rather have something that you can use over and over, consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2jU1U42">3M High Performance Cloth</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kTKIeW"><em>Currently $11.47 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Weiman E-tronic Wipes</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jVzQjd"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/weiman.jpg" width="101" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2jVzQjd">Weiman E-tronic Wipes</a> safely clean all electronics, including televisions, keyboards and monitors, laptops, tablets, and cellphones. The quick-drying, antistatic wipes remove dust, fingerprints, and dirt. They leave a streak-free shine so you can enjoy a clearer picture on all your screens. The convenient dispenser will keep the wipes moist, so you get a better value. This is backed by the Good Housekeeping seal and has great online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jVzQjd"><em>Currently $7.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Endust Pop-Up Anti-Static Non-Streak Wipes</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kQaftx"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/endust.jpg" width="102" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2kQaftx">Anti-Static, Non-Streak Endust Wipes</a> will clean most electronics quickly and safely. However, they aren&rsquo;t ideal for LCD or plasma screens. The pop-up container keeps the soft, nonabrasive, ammonia-free wipes moist for a better value. The moisture evaporates in seconds so you can use your clean electronics again in no time. These are frequently recommended online and have great reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kQaftx"><em>Currently $9.52 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best electronics wipes. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electronics-wipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-surge-protectors">The 5 Best Power Surge Protectors</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-usb-powered-fans">The 5 Best USB-Powered Fans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-4k-televisions">The 5 Best 4K Televisions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-instant-cameras">The 5 Best Instant Cameras</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-selfie-sticks">The 5 Best Selfie Sticks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping Technology 5 best cleaning electronic wipes electronics product reviews shopping technology Wed, 01 Feb 2017 10:00:15 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1884773 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Touchless Trash Cans http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-touchless-trash-cans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-touchless-trash-cans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/trash_can_157567947.jpg" alt="Using the five best touchless trash cans" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your trash can is likely the most frequently used appliance in your home. Fortunately, you can upgrade your current trash can with a touchless can that is more hygienic, more efficient, and easy to use for your everyday tasks.</p> <h2>What Is a Touchless Trash Can?</h2> <p>A touchless trash can allows you to dispose of trash without ever having to touch the can. By simply waving your hand or the debris in front of the trash can&rsquo;s sensor, the lid will open automatically.</p> <p>The hands-free operation allows you to keep things clean and makes kitchen cleanup a breeze. It offers a more convenient, hygienic solution for any room in your home or office. It also helps prevent contamination and reduces the risk of certain illnesses.</p> <h2>Top 5 Touchless Trash Cans</h2> <h3>Nine Stars Infrared Touchless Stainless Steel Trash Can</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kkoB1Y"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/nine%20stars.jpg" width="137" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in home waste bins, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2kkoB1Y">Nine Stars Infrared Touchless Stainless Steel Trash Can</a> seals in odors and eliminates cross-contamination of germs thanks to the touch-free operation. The stainless steel 13.2-gallon trash can includes a garbage bag ring to keep the bag hidden from view for a clean appearance. The oval shaped, anti-fingerprint, commercial grade stainless steel design can fit well in almost any area, making it perfect for any room. The durable trash can uses the most advanced sensor technology to detect motion within 10 inches and a 130-degree angle from the infrared sensor. Three seconds after your hand or debris moves away from the sensor, the lid closes automatically.</p> <p>This requires three C-size batteries (not included), which last a long time thanks to energy saving technology. It is an Amazon best-seller, one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon, and has outstanding online reviews, including more than 1,700 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kkoB1Y"><em>Currently $58.59 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>iTouchless Deodorizer Sensor Can</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2j5KG7g"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/itouchless.jpg" width="156" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2j5KG7g">iTouchless Deodorizer Sensor Can</a> features an ultramodern design that requires no inner bucket and provides 25% more capacity. The germ-resistant brushed stainless steel 13-gallon trash can is antimicrobial, fingerprint-proof, and easy to clean. It is made from the finest materials and has features like manual open and close buttons and an extra-wide lid opening (11.75&rdquo; diagonal) to accommodate large and bulky items. The replaceable activated carbon odor filter will help eliminate garbage odors naturally for three months, so your kitchen smells fresh and clean. The advanced seal technology and garbage bag retainer ring ensure effortless bag removal and prevents the bag from falling inside. Air vents in the base allow airflow to assist with full bag removal.</p> <p>It has the most advanced infrared sensor technology on the market, which triggers the lid to open when it detects motion within six inches of the water-resistant sensor. Thanks to new SilenX technology, it will close gently and quietly three seconds after your hand or debris has been removed. The hands-free operated, wireless trash can has a built-in Artificial Intelligent (AI) Smart-Chip that knows when you need to open the trash can. The Reflx touch-free sensor reduces unintentional lid opening and prevents the lid from closing on your hand.</p> <p>This operates on 4 D-size batteries (not included), which support up to 10,000 consecutive openings and closings, thanks to the energy saving design. In fact, it outlasts most of the step-on and hand-touch cans. Thousands have been sold on infomercials, QVC, and HSN. It also won the 2002 Invention Show, New Household Product Award. It is an Amazon best-seller, recommended by Apartment Therapy, and has outstanding online reviews, including nearly 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a one-year limited warranty and a 60-day unconditional money-back guarantee for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2j5KG7g"><em>Currently $59.98 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>simplehuman Semi-Round Sensor Can</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ktYPrp"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/simplehuman.jpg" width="220" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2ktYPrp">simplehuman Touchless 10.5-gallon Semi-Round Sensor Can</a> offers smooth, consistent lid operation. At 52 db, it is 50% quieter than most. The infrared field senses the area above the can and opens automatically when it senses motion. The outer lid lifts up for easy access to the liner and when you're done, it closes over the liner to keep it neat and clean.</p> <p>This is available in three colors and has outstanding online reviews. It is also backed by a five-year warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ktYPrp"><em>Currently $69.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Nine Stars Touchless Automatic Motion Sensor Trash Can</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jfYAPy"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/nine%20stars%202.jpg" width="160" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2jfYAPy">Nine Stars Touchless Automatic Motion Sensor Trash Can Set</a> offers a great deal on a set of quality automatic trash cans. The set of two touchless anti-fingerprint commercial-grade stainless steel trash cans seals in odors and eliminates cross-contamination of germs for easy cleaning. The set offers the perfect sizes for your kitchen and bathroom. The water-resistant infrared motion sensor detects motion within 10 inches and a 130-degree angle. Three seconds after your hand or the debris moves away from the sensor, the lid closes automatically.</p> <p>The set includes an inner plastic liner can and plastic garbage bag liner ring. The smaller 2.1-gallon can run on four D-size batteries and the larger 13.2-gallon can runs on either four D-size or three C-size batteries (not included), which last longer thanks to energy saving technology. This is an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews, including more than 1,300 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jfYAPy"><em>Currently $71.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>simplehuman Semi-Round Step Trash Can</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kkyYCU"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/simplehuman2.jpg" width="220" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you aren&rsquo;t looking for something automatic and would prefer a traditional large capacity step can that you won&rsquo;t have to touch with your hands, then you won&rsquo;t find better than the simplehuman <a href="http://amzn.to/2kkyYCU">Semi-Round Step Trash Can</a>. The sturdy, durable semi-round 13-gallon step trash can features a strong steel pedal and a secure slide-lid lock, preventing pets from breaking in. It also features lid shox technology, so the lid closes smoothly and quietly.</p> <p>This comes in a variety of colors. It is an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews, including nearly 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a five-year warranty for your added peace of mind. The Sweethome also recommends the <a href="http://amzn.to/2kkd3vs">simplehuman Slim Plastic Step Trash Can</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kkyYCU"><em>Currently $49.98 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best touchless trash cans. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-touchless-trash-cans">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-paper-napkins">The 5 Best Paper Napkins</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-usb-powered-fans">The 5 Best USB-Powered Fans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-shower-curtains">The 5 Best Shower Curtains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-water-bottles">The 5 Best Aluminum and Stainless Steel Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping 5 best product reviews shopping touchless trash can trash trash cans waste disposal Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:00:07 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1880941 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Power Surge Protectors http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-surge-protectors <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-power-surge-protectors" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/624683910.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Power surges can naturally occur when there is a spike in the electrical current. This can fry any electronics plugged into the outlet in a fraction of a second. Even smaller power fluctuations and electromagnetic line noise can disrupt equipment settings, burn the components, shorten equipment life, and result in data loss.</p> <p>Fortunately, with an affordable surge protector, you can prevent a future problem with your electrical current. Best of all, by turning off the surge protectors every night (or when they aren&rsquo;t in use), you can easily save money on your electric bills.</p> <h2>What Is a Surge Protector?</h2> <p>A surge protector is a device designed to protect your computers, electronics, and home theater equipment in the event of a storm, power surge, wiring faults, or transient voltage. It keeps your equipment safe by dispersing excess voltage away from power and data lines.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t wait any longer to start protecting your devices against power spikes and fluctuations. All you have to do is plug the surge protector into your wall outlet and connect your devices to keep them safe from power surges. By protecting your electronics with an affordable surge protector, you can save yourself hundreds or even thousands in damage later on, in the event of lightning, an outage, or a power surge.</p> <h2>Top 5 Surge Protectors</h2> <h3>Belkin 12-Outlet Power Strip Surge Protector</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jo25XB"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/belkin.jpg" width="113" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in power strips, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2jo25XB">Belkin 12-Outlet Power Strip Surge Protector</a> features six regular surge-protected outlets and six BlockSpace surge-protected outlets for larger adapters. It has a 3940-Joule energy rating and features an eight-foot heavy-duty power cord, coaxial cable protection to safeguard cable box/satellite connections, and a detachable cord management clip for cable organization.</p> <p>It has sliding safety covers and damage-resistant housing for long-term durability and protection from fire, impact, rust, dents, and scratches. The power filtration minimizes unwanted line noise and electromagnetic interference. It also has a 'Protected' indicator light that turns green to let you know that your equipment is secure, and a 'Not-Grounded' indicator light that turns red to warn you when your outlet is not properly grounded. The slender, space-saving design and right-angle plug allow it to fit easily in tight spaces or behind furniture.</p> <p>Belkin is the leader in surge protection, so you can count on this to work well. It is also backed by a Lifetime Warranty and $300,000 Connected Equipment Warranty for your added peace of mind. It is one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon and is recommended by Digital Trends. It has outstanding online reviews, including more than 5,200 five-star reviews on Amazon. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2k1gMAQ">Belkin 12-Outlet Advanced Power Strip Surge Protector</a> is also an Amazon best-seller. For more convenience, consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2joboGT">Belkin 12-Outlet Pivot-Plug Power Strip Surge Protector</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jo25XB"><em>Currently $19.48 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>AmazonBasics Surge Protector Power Strip</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2k1vF6p"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/amazon%20basics.jpg" width="220" height="195" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in power protection products, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2k1vF6p">AmazonBasics Six-Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip</a> has a slim, sleek design and two keyhole slots on the back for wall mounting. This two-pack of six-outlet surge protector power strips features a transformer outlet and a two-foot power cord. It also features a red &quot;protected&quot; LED indicator and a second light in the on/off switch to show the surge-protector power strip is turned on. Each one features a 200-Joule, three-line surge suppression rating.</p> <p>This is available in black or white. It is recommended by Digital Trends and has outstanding online reviews, including more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2jo7tKa">AmazonBasics Surge Protector Power Strip, 790 Joule</a> is also on the Amazon College Checklist.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2k1vF6p"><em>Currently $10.70 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Tripp Lite Surge Protector Power Strip</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kh1F3N"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/tripp%20lite.jpg" width="129" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2kh1F3N">Tripp Lite Surge Protector Power Strip</a> features six right-angle outlets and a transformer outlet. It has 1080-Joules of surge suppression, a four-foot power cord, and two keyhole mounting slots, so you can easily wall-mount it. The green diagnostic LED alerts you of surge protection status. It also filters out disruptive line noise, preventing it from affecting your equipment and helping to ensure peak performance.</p> <p>This is available in a range of sizes, so you can find the perfect one for your home. It is backed by a lifetime warranty against damage due to surges and comes with $25,000 of Ultimate Lifetime Insurance for your added peace of mind. It is an Amazon best-seller and is commonly recommended online. It also has outstanding online reviews, including more than 800 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2kh1F3N"><em>Currently $9.26 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>APC SurgeArrest Performance Surge Protector Power Strip</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jcStvh"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/apc.jpg" width="245" height="134" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2jcStvh">APC SurgeArrest Performance Surge Protector Power Strip with Phone, Network Ethernet and Coaxial Protection</a> has 11 outlets with six spaced for large box plugs. The 3020-Joules surge protector includes cord management straps, telephone/DSL cable, a coaxial connection to protect any device that uses a standard cable TV input, and sliding safety covers to protect the outlets from dust. The LED lights indicate proper functioning and can notify you of potential problems. The professional-grade surge protector has an eight-foot cord with 180-degree rotation and right-angle plug for added flexibility. It can also be mounted to the wall.</p> <p>This also includes a lifetime warranty and $100,000 Equipment Protection Policy for added peace of mind. It is recommended by Digital Trends, The Wirecutter, and Lifehacker. It has outstanding online reviews, including more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jcStvh"><em>Currently $28.47 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>CyberPower Surge Protector Outlet Swivel</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2j3xoIL"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/cyberpower.jpg" width="185" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2j3xoIL">CyberPower Surge Protector</a> has 1200-Joules of surge protection, a noise filter to block unwanted line noise, and a convenient wall tap design. The professional-grade surge protector features six surge protected swivel outlets and two USB charging ports, which allow you to conveniently charge your smartphone and tablet. It also has green LED &quot;Protected&quot; and &quot;Grounded&quot; indicators.</p> <p>This is backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty and $75,000 Connected Equipment Warranty for your added peace of mind. It is an Amazon best-seller and has great online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2j3xoIL"><em>Currently $15.94 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best power surge protectors. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-surge-protectors">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electronics-wipes">The 5 Best Electronics Wipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-usb-powered-fans">The 5 Best USB-Powered Fans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-4k-televisions">The 5 Best 4K Televisions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-instant-cameras">The 5 Best Instant Cameras</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-selfie-sticks">The 5 Best Selfie Sticks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping Technology 5 best outlet power strip product reviews shopping surge protectors technology Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:00:14 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1880351 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Paper Towels http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-paper-towels <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-paper-towels" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/puppy_paper_towel_153747766.jpg" alt="Puppy using the best paper towels" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing worse than trying to clean up a spill only to have the paper towel shred and disintegrate on the spot. That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;ve found some of the best paper towels on the market, so you can count on it to clean up even your worst spills.</p> <h2>What Is a Paper Towel?</h2> <p>Paper towels are absorbent disposable towels that can be used to clean up everyday messes. They can also be used to dry your hands, dust, and wipe away streaks. Paper towels are loosely woven, so they can better absorb liquid.</p> <p>When shopping for paper towels, you want something that&rsquo;s absorbent, strong when wet, and gentle enough not to scratch surfaces. Some paper towels also have scrubbing abilities, which are perfect for jobs like cleaning your sinks.</p> <h2>Top 5 Paper Towels</h2> <h3>Bounty Select-a-Size Paper Towels</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jwCfhg"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bounty.jpg" width="220" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>An Amazon best-seller, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2jwCfhg">Bounty Select-a-Size Paper Towels</a> hold up well, so they won&rsquo;t shred when you use them. They absorb liquid quickly and won&rsquo;t fall apart. They are thick, strong when wet, and won&rsquo;t leave lint behind. They also have good scrubbing strength for your toughest jobs. The select-a-size sheets allow you to choose the perfect size for every mess, so you don&rsquo;t waste unused paper towel (and money).</p> <p>Each roll is equivalent to 2.5 regular rolls, so you&rsquo;ll get more for your money. Good Housekeeping said this is the strongest paper towel available. They are also recommended by Consumer Reports and The Sweethome, and have outstanding online reviews, including more than 2,100 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jwCfhg"><em>Currently $28.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Brawny Pick-a-Size Paper Towels</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2iHsyfW"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/brawny.jpg" width="220" height="213" align="right" alt="" /></a>An Amazon best-seller, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2iHsyfW">Brawny Pick-a-Size Paper Towels</a> are absorbent, strong when wet, and can quickly pick up spills. The strong, absorbent, hefty sheets are very thick and leave very little lint behind. They have scrubbing power and can work on even your toughest jobs. The two-ply paper towels have 117 pick-a-size sheets per roll. The pick-a-size sheets allow you to choose the perfect size for every mess, so you don&rsquo;t waste unused paper towel (and money).</p> <p>These are an Amazon&rsquo;s Choice product and Good Housekeeping&rsquo;s favorite budget buy. They are also recommended by Consumer Reports and have outstanding online reviews, including more than 3,200 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2iHsyfW"><em>Currently $29.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>VIVA Choose-A-Sheet Paper Towels</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ikXd4V"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/viva.jpg" width="220" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2ikXd4V">VIVA Choose-A-Sheet Paper Towels</a> are ultrasoft, smooth, and gentle, so they won&rsquo;t scratch delicate surfaces. They have cloth-like strength and durability, so they can clean like cloth. The sturdy paper towels absorb liquid quickly and hold it in. They are strong when dry and stay tough when wet, so they are durable enough to tackle tough messes. They are also very thick and strong, so they can resist ripping and tearing. The lint-free towels tend to stick together and stick to the roll, so when you tear one sheet off, the rest will stick together (and you won&rsquo;t leave a second trailing paper towel behind).</p> <p>The pick-a-size sheets allow you to choose the perfect size for every mess, so you don&rsquo;t waste unused paper towel (and money). Each paper towel roll has 88 individually perforated sheets, which is more sheets than the leading brands&rsquo; big rolls. These are Good Housekeeping&rsquo;s top pick and are recommended by Consumer Reports and The Sweethome. They have outstanding online reviews, including more than 800 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ikXd4V"><em>Currently $25.98 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sparkle Paper Towels</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jwxnsf"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sparkle.jpg" width="212" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2jwxnsf">Sparkle Paper Towels</a> are absorbent and durable enough for your everyday messes. The two-ply paper towels have thirst pockets to absorb messes. The pick-a-size sheets allow you to choose the perfect size for every mess, so you don&rsquo;t waste unused paper towel (and money). Each giant roll equals 1.5 regular rolls, with 107 sheets per roll, so you get more for your money. They have outstanding online reviews, including nearly 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jwxnsf"><em>Currently $25.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Scott Towels Mega Roll Choose-a-Size</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jwqZRV"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/scott1.jpg" width="245" height="180" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2jwqZRV">Scott Towels Mega Roll Choose-a-Size</a> paper towels are ideal if you&rsquo;re looking for thinner paper towels. They are streak-free, super absorbent, and durable. The one-ply paper towels have unique ridges, which quickly absorb messes and spills. The perforated paper towels offer 102 choose-a-size sheets, which allow you to choose the perfect size for every mess, so you don&rsquo;t waste unused paper towel (and money). Each mega roll is equivalent to 1.5 regular rolls, so you get more for your money. They have outstanding reviews online and are a great bargain option.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jwqZRV"><em>Currently $30.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best paper towels. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-paper-towels">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-paper-napkins">The 5 Best Paper Napkins</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-usb-powered-fans">The 5 Best USB-Powered Fans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-shower-curtains">The 5 Best Shower Curtains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-thermoses">The 5 Best Thermoses</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping 5 best cleaning supplies groceries paper towels product reviews shopping Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:00:18 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1872587 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Toilet Papers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-toilet-papers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-toilet-papers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/baby_toilet_paper_482403609.jpg" alt="Baby using the best toilet papers" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let&rsquo;s face it; we all need toilet paper. What we <em>don&rsquo;t</em> need is to waste money on ineffective options that just can&rsquo;t get the job done. That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;ve found some of the best choices to get the dirty job done right.</p> <h2>What Is Toilet Paper?</h2> <p>Toilet paper is an essential product in any bathroom. Considering that the average American uses nearly <a href="http://www.encyclopedia.com/science-and-technology/technology/technology-terms-and-concepts/toilet-paper">21,000 sheets of toilet paper a year</a>, it&rsquo;s important that you find a brand that you like. Everyone has their own personal preferences, but we can all agree that we need something absorbent and strong. Fortunately, with so many brands vying for your purchase, you can easily find the perfect one to fit the bill.</p> <h2>Top 5 Toilet Papers</h2> <h3>Angel Soft Bath Tissue</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2isAYIa"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/angel%20soft.jpg" width="227" height="230" align="right" alt="" /></a>An Amazon best-seller, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2isAYIa">Angel Soft Bath Tissue</a> is soft, thick, and strong. It gets the job done without shredding or leaving any lint behind. The two-ply toilet paper is easily flushable, septic-safe, and dissolves quickly. With 264 sheets per roll, each double roll is equivalent to two regular rolls.</p> <p>This is recommended by Good Housekeeping. It is one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon and has outstanding online reviews, including more than 3,300 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2isAYIa"><em>Currently $21.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Scott 1000 Sheets Per Roll Toilet Paper</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2isN6ZM"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/scott.jpg" width="245" height="230" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in bath tissue, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2isN6ZM">Scott 1000 Sheets Per Roll Toilet Paper</a> is better if you prefer thinner paper. It is absorbent and strong, even when wet, so it&rsquo;s more durable than your average one-ply toilet paper. It leaves no dust or lint behind. The one-ply toilet paper dissolves quickly and easily, so it's safe for sewer and septic systems. It breaks up four times faster than the average bathroom tissue for fewer clogs.</p> <p>With 1,000 sheets per roll, it&rsquo;s one of the nation&rsquo;s longest lasting rolls, so you won&rsquo;t need to change the roll as often. This offers a great value for the money and is recommended by Good Housekeeping. It is one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon and has outstanding online reviews, including more than 2,300 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2isN6ZM"><em>Currently $17.98 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Quilted Northern Ultra Plush Toilet Paper</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2isLorn"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/quilted.jpg" width="245" height="204" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you prefer soft toilet paper, then the <a href="http://amzn.to/2isLorn">Quilted Northern Ultra Plush Toilet Paper</a> is the one for you. The thick, plush three-ply toilet paper has comfort cushions, which allows you to use less paper each time, and features an Innerlux layer for luxurious comfort. The premium brand toilet paper is gentle, absorbs well, and remains strong when it&rsquo;s wet or dry. It is also easily flushable and septic-safe.</p> <p>Good Housekeeping deemed this the softest toilet paper available. It is also recommended by Consumer Reports. It is an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews, including more than 6,100 five-star reviews on Amazon. Consumer Reports and Good Housekeeping also recommend the <a href="http://amzn.to/2ijHNyx">Quilted Northern Ultra Soft and Strong Toilet Paper</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2isLorn"><em>Currently $21.87 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Cottonelle Ultra ComfortCare Toilet Paper</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ia0vs1"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/cottonelle.jpg" width="245" height="189" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2ia0vs1">Cottonelle Ultra ComfortCare Toilet Paper</a> is ideal for anyone who prefers thicker, more luxurious toilet paper. The cushiony CleanRipple texture removes more and gets you cleaner. The two-ply toilet paper is soft and gentle, while remaining strong and absorbent. It leaves no lint behind and stays together while absorbing liquid. The SafeFlush technology makes it safe for sewer and septic systems, so it will disintegrate quickly after it is fully immersed in the toilet.</p> <p>This is recommended by The Sweethome. It is an Amazon best-seller and one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon. It also has outstanding online reviews, including more than 3,200 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ia0vs1"><em>Currently $6.29 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Charmin Ultra Soft Toilet Paper</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2iH0EjP"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/charmin.jpg" width="230" height="230" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2iH0EjP">Charmin Ultra Soft Toilet Paper</a> is truly ultra-soft, strong, thick, and absorbent. The thick paper feels more luxurious than other brands. The comfort cushion design achieves a better clean. The two-ply paper holds up well when wet. It is Roto-Rooter approved, so it&rsquo;s clog-safe and septic-safe. Each mega roll has 308 sheets per roll and equals four regular rolls, so it&rsquo;ll last longer.</p> <p>This is recommended by Good Housekeeping. It is an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews, including nearly 1,300 five-star reviews on Amazon. Good Housekeeping and The Sweethome also recommend the <a href="http://amzn.to/2hyd4yr">Charmin Ultra Strong Flushable Mega Toilet Paper</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2iH0EjP"><em>Currently $22.65 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best toilet paper. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-toilet-papers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manual-toothbrushes">The 5 Best Manual Toothbrushes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-anti-itch-creams">The 5 Best Anti-Itch Creams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bidet-seats">The 5 Best Bidet Seats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-foot-creams">The 5 Best Foot Creams</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Home Shopping 5 best bath products bathroom hygiene product reviews shopping toilet toilet paper Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:00:14 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1864676 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 New Year's Resolutions Your Pet Wants You to Make http://www.wisebread.com/4-new-years-resolutions-your-pet-wants-you-to-make <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-new-years-resolutions-your-pet-wants-you-to-make" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_dog_pet_499423418.jpg" alt="Woman making New Year&#039;s resolutions her pet wants" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Making New Year's resolutions feels great, but let's face it &mdash; we are terrible at it. According to research by a University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology study, only 8% of people who make New Year's resolutions <a href="http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/">actually achieve their goals</a>. If you're like most people, your plans to go to the gym four times a week, stop wasting time on Facebook, and organize your entire home are probably going to fizzle before the end of January.</p> <p>But there is someone in your life who can help you create achievable New Year's resolutions: your pet. What Fido and Fluffy want from you in 2017 are actually things that will help to make <em>your </em>life better. So forget the usual resolutions this year, and make some resolutions that will make your pet (and you!) happy:</p> <h2>1. Go On a Daily 30-Minute Walk</h2> <p>You know that Rover loves going on walks with you, but some days, it's all you can do to walk him around the block to his favorite fire hydrant. Especially in the winter, it can be very easy to hustle through a quick walk in the cold and head back inside to your laptop and Netflix.</p> <p>But your pooch loves the daily exercise and stimulation that a long walk can offer &mdash; even in cold weather &mdash; and he's not able to understand your enthusiasm for binge-watching The Crown. A nice long walk is just what he wants, even when you want to curl up with a hot chocolate.</p> <p>Of course, a daily 30-minute walk is literally just what the doctor ordered for <em>you</em>, too. Not only does a daily walk help you maintain (or lose) weight, but such moderate exercise helps to prevent and <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/the-many-benefits-of-walking-30-minutes-a-day/2015/10/19/cf12c938-71e1-11e5-9cbb-790369643cf9_story.html?utm_term=.fdbd86286857">reduce the severity of chronic diseases</a> like high blood pressure and diabetes. In addition, the exercise and the time outside can both help to improve your mood.</p> <p>Rather than making a resolution to become a gym rat &mdash; and plunking down the gym's hefty joiner's fee and monthly membership fee &mdash; resolve to take Rover for a long walk every day, no matter the weather. You'll both be happier for it.</p> <h2>2. Take More Naps</h2> <p>Mittens may act aloof, but there is something she wishes you'd do more of: nap with her. Cats are notorious nappers (and cuddlers), and there is nothing more satisfying than taking a snooze with a purring kitty perched on your belly.</p> <p>Of course, such naps are going to do more than just make your cat happy. They will also improve your health, your mood, and your level of self-control. According to a 2011 study by the Center for Disease Control, an estimated 50 to 70 million Americans are <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm6008.pdf">suffering from sleep deprivation</a>. And being sleep deprived means that you are more vulnerable to chronic illnesses and more irritable, not to mention too mentally exhausted to avoid procrastination.</p> <p>So this year, commit to curling up with your cat and catching 40 winks a couple of times a week. She'll love the closeness, and you'll reap the benefits of being well-rested.</p> <h2>3. Do Less</h2> <p>Having a full social calendar can be tough on your pets. They miss you terribly when you go out in the evening, especially if you are already working long hours. They would love nothing more than to have you home and available for tug-of-war, fetch, or belly rubs most nights.</p> <p>It turns out that having a wall-to-wall schedule of events in your life isn't so great for you, either. According to Eldar Shafir and Sendhil Mullainathan, authors of the book <a href="http://amzn.to/2i7M5VV">Scarcity: The New Science of Having Less and How It Defines Our Lives</a>, you're likely to make bad decisions if you have too little free time. Here's why: Managing your time is something like packing a suitcase. If you have an empty suitcase (or an empty schedule), it's easy to add something new. But if your suitcase or schedule is full, then you have to decide what to remove in order to add a new commitment, and that can be stressful.</p> <p>The commitments that are most likely to come out of the &quot;time suitcase&quot; are the ones that don't feel urgent &mdash; like your commitment to spend time with your pets. But not only does spending time with your four-footed friends make them happier, it is also a great way to relieve your own stress. It is well documented that interaction with animals reduces tension and improves mood.</p> <p>That's not to say that you should completely clear your social calendar so you can spend every moment with Buddy and Boots. But if you resolve to do less in 2017, you can take the time to determine whether you really want to say yes to the invitations that come your way. Then you'll only agree to the ones that you really want to do &mdash; and make yourself and your pets happier.</p> <h2>4. Clean More</h2> <p>Bandit can't get on his favorite spot on the sofa because the laundry basket is in the way. Cleo's litter box has gotten so ripe she's leaving &quot;gifts&quot; on the floor beside it. They may not be able to tell you in words (although your cat's method of protest can be pretty eloquent), but your pets would love it if your house were a little cleaner.</p> <p>Tidying up would also offer a big benefit to you. According to Sherrie Bourg Carter, writing for Psychology Today, &quot;Messy homes and work spaces <a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/high-octane-women/201203/why-mess-causes-stress-8-reasons-8-remedies">leave us feeling anxious</a>, helpless, and overwhelmed.&quot; Those piles of clothes and papers overwhelm our senses and make it difficult to truly relax. That can affect everything from your mood to your ability to sleep well at night.</p> <p>Getting on a cleaning routine this year will not only help your pets to feel comfortable in your home, but it will help you feel better, too. And knowing that you can have unexpected guests drop by without worrying about the pet hair tumbleweed in the living room or the freshness of the litter box is an incredibly freeing sensation.</p> <h2>Listen to Your Pets</h2> <p>Resolutions are often grand promises to ourselves, but making small promises to our pets will actually lead to a better, healthier, and happier year. For 2017, resolve to get more purring and tail wagging from your pets, and you'll also reap the rewards for yourself.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-new-years-resolutions-your-pet-wants-you-to-make">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-get-fit-with-your-dog">7 Ways to Get Fit With Your Dog</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/walk-walk-walk-walk-walk">Walk, walk, walk, walk, walk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-frugal-living-resolutions-anyone-can-master">23 Frugal Living Resolutions Anyone Can Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-resistance-bands">The 5 Best Resistance Bands</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Home Lifestyle cleaning disease reduction exercise getting outside napping New Year's pets relaxing resolutions walking Mon, 26 Dec 2016 11:00:07 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 1860477 at http://www.wisebread.com The High Cost of Keeping Warm http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-keeping-warm <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-high-cost-of-keeping-warm" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-175238511.jpg" alt="Spend less to heat your home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Feeling chilly? You're not alone. As temperatures plummet across the United States and beyond, people are reaching for their scarves and sweaters, inching up their thermostats, and finding all sorts of other ways to keep warm. How much does it all cost? Here are a few numbers to mull over while you microwave your hot cocoa.</p> <h2>Cost of Keeping Warm</h2> <p>Let's start our look at the costs associated with keeping warm close to home &mdash; in fact this starts right at home.</p> <h3>The Price of Home Heating</h3> <p>Likely one of the biggest ticket items of all is heating your home. The state of Massachusetts, for example, released projections for <a href="http://www.mass.gov/eea/energy-utilities-clean-tech/misc/household-heating-costs.html" target="_blank">annual home heating costs</a> last year by fuel type. These numbers are staggering, but &mdash; surprisingly &mdash; are down an average of 22% from the previous year.</p> <ul> <li>$879 for natural gas;</li> <li>$2,248 for oil;</li> <li>$2,569 for propane;</li> <li>$697 for electric heating.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Note</strong>: How much you'll spend on heat depends on a number of factors, including how energy efficient your home is, as well as the condition of your furnace or other heating appliances.</p> <p>My husband and I learned the hard way that a new gas furnace and installation can set you back $4,000 or more. And it's not exactly one of those things you can put off until next season or even next week, especially if it dies when the temperatures are below zero and you have a newborn in the house.</p> <h3>The Price of Home Energy Efficiency</h3> <p>Many people choose to undertake big home projects to make their houses more energy efficient. Adding insulation to attics and walls is a popular choice to help keep heat inside. The average cost of installing blown-in insulation ranges from $875 to $1,897, according to HomeAdvisor.</p> <p>Other insulation price averages include:</p> <ul> <li>$1,000 for spray foam insulation;</li> <li>$300 to $500 for fiberglass batt;</li> <li>$675 to $1,075 for reflective or radiant barrier.</li> </ul> <p>Thankfully, this cost is most often a one-time thing. And increasing your home's insulation can help save up to $500 (spray foam) a year in heating/cooling costs. Plus, some states even offer weatherization rebates and tax credits. To see if you apply, visit <a href="http://energy.gov/savings" target="_blank">Energy.gov</a>.</p> <h3>Environmental Costs</h3> <p>Perhaps more important than money, heating homes taxes the Earth's resources. It burns fossil fuels that are in relatively short supply. Not only that, but there's also energy and expense involved in extracting the fuels, transporting them, and &mdash; in the end &mdash; waste that is left behind when the process is done.</p> <p>Currently, fossil fuels are used in the United States to power up to <a href="http://instituteforenergyresearch.org/topics/encyclopedia/fossil-fuels/" target="_blank">81% of our energy needs</a>. And when you're talking about global warming &mdash; a good chunk of that has to do with home heating as well. In 2014, the fossil fuels burned for heating made up <a href="https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/sources-greenhouse-gas-emissions" target="_blank">12% of overall greenhouse gas emissions</a>.</p> <h2>Sustainable and Cost-Effective Ways to Cozy Up</h2> <p>There's good news here: You can tweak your routine slightly and still keep warm, all while not breaking the bank or harming the environment.</p> <h3>Layer Up</h3> <p>Before you crank up the heat, look at what you're wearing. Slip on a base layer of a moisture-wicking fabric, like polyester, and don't skimp on the hats and scarves. Yes, even indoors! The folks at The Old Farmer's Almanac remind us to <a href="http://www.almanac.com/blog/editors-musings/blog-keeping-warm-winter" target="_blank">cover our feet as well</a>. Consider buying an inexpensive pair of <a href="http://amzn.to/2hFI0ML" target="_blank">rubber-soled slippers</a> or warming feet with a bulky pair of <a href="http://amzn.to/2hO0TZQ" target="_blank">wool socks</a>.</p> <h3>Program Your Thermostat</h3> <p>You can save up to <a href="http://energy.gov/energysaver/thermostats" target="_blank">10% off your energy bill</a> by setting your thermostat seven to 10 degrees cooler in the eight hours when you're at work. Better yet, take your own forgetfulness out of the equation and install a <a href="http://amzn.to/2illZ23" target="_blank">programmable thermostat</a> that will automatically do the work for you.</p> <h3>Try the Fan Trick</h3> <p>Switch the direction of your ceiling fan so it will circulate warm air during the winter (usually clockwise). How it works: The air is sucked up by the fan in the center of the room and then pushed down around the edges. The result is a more even temperature throughout the room (and your whole house, if you're performing this trick in multiple rooms).</p> <h3>Fill in Cracks</h3> <p>You may want to take a walk around your home to do a mini energy audit. Basically, you're looking for drafts around windows, doors, and any other openings or cracks in your home. You can inexpensively add weather stripping to doors and windows.</p> <p>You may even want to use some plastic or bubble wrap for particularly drafty windows. To do this yourself, frame the window with double-sided tape, peel off backing, and apply bubble wrap. You may want to add another layer of tape and cover the bubble wrap with <a href="http://amzn.to/2gLzMRy" target="_blank">plastic film insulation</a>.</p> <h3>Use the Sun</h3> <p>Try opening your curtains and letting the sunlight indoors during the day. Alternatively, close the curtains at night to keep the warm air inside. You could also consider investing in some <a href="http://amzn.to/2gLD6ff" target="_blank">thermal curtains</a>. Some claim they can help you save up to 25% on your heating and cooling bills.</p> <h3>Rearrange Your Spaces</h3> <p>Give your rooms a new look and feel by moving furniture around so it won't block vents, radiators, and other heating elements. You don't want your couch hogging all the heat and making your system less efficient. If your floors are bare, add a rug that helps insulate your space and keeps your toes warmer.</p> <p>Oh, and if you have rooms you don't often use, close them up. This way, you're heating a smaller area. Just make sure you close the vents in these spaces.</p> <h3>Use Alternatives</h3> <p>There are other ways to heat your home that don't involve using a furnace or boiler. Wood heat is sustainable &mdash; if carbon intensive &mdash; because it utilizes a renewable resource. Modern woodstoves are much more efficient and produce less pollution than older models. Still, many environmentalists shy from wood because it does cause the most pollution of alternative heating sources. Pellet stoves, on the other hand, run on a similar idea, but they are friendlier to the planet.</p> <p>One of the cleanest alternatives? Harnessing the power of the sun. You may want to look into a solar hot air system to supplement your primary heating source. It involves collectors placed on southern-facing walls and fans to push the air indoors. If you're building a new home, look into passive solar design, which can supply <a href="http://www.motherearthnews.com/renewable-energy/energy-efficiency/home-heating-options-zm0z12djzsor?pageid=6#PageContent6" target="_blank">50% to 80% of your home's heat</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-keeping-warm">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Don't get McCallistered! Keep the Harrys and Marvs at bay with these cheap ways to protect your home while you're away.</p> <h2>1. Ask a Friend or Neighbor to Watch the House</h2> <p>If you have the good fortune of having someone close to you who's sticking around for the holidays, it won't hurt to ask if they'd mind keeping an eye on your property &mdash; maybe even house sit. Your house sitter can collect the mail &mdash; as mail and newspaper buildup is a telltale sign that a house is unoccupied &mdash; and make sure trash and recycling is put out if you're departing on an off day.</p> <p>The sitter's coming and going will keep activity at your home consistent to deter would-be burglars. Make sure it's convenient for whomever you ask (if it's out of the way, you should expect to pay), and stock the fridge with the sitter's favorite foods and drinks to make the stay more comfortable and enjoyable.</p> <h2>2. Leave the Lights On</h2> <p>Even if I'm not leaving town for an extended period of time, I like to keep my dining room light or the TV in my living room on to create the illusion that someone is always home &mdash; and that's not a bad idea, according to Alyse Ainsworth, safety and security expert at ASecureLife.com.</p> <p>&quot;If your home looks like there are people in it, you'll be less likely to be robbed,&quot; she says. &quot;Consider installing motion light sensors or even a timer for your exterior and interior lights. You can also purchase timers that can be controlled with a mobile app. You can turn your lights on and off strategically, making it harder for burglars to keep track of patterns.&quot;</p> <p>Yes, I do realize that keeping the lights on nonstop for days on end will hike up that month's bill, but it's only one room, and it's cheaper than getting robbed.</p> <h2>3. Stop Announcing Your Plans on Social Media</h2> <p>I get it &mdash; you want to share your vacation plans with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but in doing so, you may be giving someone all the details they need to clean you out during your daiquiri fest on the beach. If you'd like to share your vacation photos, do it after the trip is over when you're safe at home. You'll enjoy more of your vacay when you're<em> present</em> anyway; two for one.</p> <h2>4. Lock Up Every Entrance</h2> <p>Before you leave your house for good, do one last check that all points of entry are locked and secure. &quot;Robbers will see an unlocked door as an invitation to come in and take whatever they want,&quot; Ainsworth says. But don't forget the garage or windows, either. Burglars aren't particularly picky about how they get into your house, and they'll exhaust all their options before they give up if you've got what they want inside.</p> <h2>5. Don't Leave a Paper Trail</h2> <p>Thieves don't just want your tangible things. These days, identity theft is perhaps more valuable than any material item burglars will lift from your home, and it's wise to keep that in mind when tossing receipts and other financial and identifying documents in the trash and recycling bins.</p> <p>&quot;With the growing concern of identity theft, residents should also be mindful of what they're throwing out, being sure to utilize a paper shredder for documents with sensitive, personal information,&quot; advises Lynn Edmonson, regional manager of a property management firm in Florida. &quot;Placing un-shredded items in the trash not only increases your odds of identity theft, but it is also a method for burglars to find out whether or not a home is worth the effort of being burglarized.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Call Your Local Authorities For a Safety Check</h2> <p>Identity theft expert Robert Siciliano offers a great tip most people probably don't think of: Call the police <em>before</em> your house is robbed. Local law enforcement can provide basic tips on how to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-home-defense-10-ways-to-protect-your-home-from-burglars" target="_blank">secure your home</a> before a trip, and they also can tell you what's trending in neighborhood crime &mdash; like bike or tool theft from a shed, for instance, or if home break-ins are on the rise and what the burglars are typically looking for. He also suggests looking for community programs in your area where law enforcement specialists are available to inspect properties and provide an assessment on how to fortify your home better.</p> <h2>7. Get a Dog &mdash; Or At Least a &quot;Beware of Dog&quot; Sign</h2> <p>Dogs are great protectors of your property &mdash; even those little guys whose barks are worse than their bites, because sometimes all it takes to deter a burglar is fear of having his limbs gnawed off. If you don't like the idea of pet parenthood, however, at least take a trip to Home Depot to pick up a &quot;Beware of Dog&quot; sign to make thieves think you've got a snarling canine on the premises. Siciliano details how to make the setup look even more authentic.</p> <p>&quot;Buy the biggest dog food bowl possible &mdash; one bowl for the front porch and one for the back,&quot; he says. &quot;Writing &quot;Killer&quot; on the bowl will give a burglar the impression that you have a big and vicious dog. You can even buy a barking dog alarm.&quot;</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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