household products http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7797/all en-US The 5 Best Air Fresheners http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-air-fresheners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-air-fresheners" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000036203290.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you are trying to cover up the smell of smoke, pets, food, or any other unpleasant odors, an air freshener can be very fast and effective. While the Environmental Working Group recommends just opening a window to get rid of bad odors, when you need something more powerful, you should have an air freshener that you can depend on.</p> <h2>What Is Air Freshener?</h2> <p>An air freshener is designed to make any area of the room smell better. It is commonly available as a spray, plug-in, oil, gel, automatic spray, beads, or candles. They are perfect for use in the bathroom, bedroom, living room, office, and any area that is frequented by pets or people. They&rsquo;re used in both homes and commercial properties because they can effectively cover up odors.</p> <p>Air fresheners tend to include a number of different chemical agents to neutralize odors and leave a clean, fresh scent behind. They have been shown to provoke allergy and asthma symptoms, so if you or someone in your home suffers from these issues, you may want to look for a more environmentally friendly option that is safer for use around allergy sufferers, children, and pets.</p> <h2>Top 5 Air Fresheners</h2> <h3>Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0014DP9Y4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0014DP9Y4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DF2D5O7YH6DA5HND"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/poo%20pouri.jpg" width="89" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Using the restroom can be very embarrassing for you and your guests, but fortunately, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0014DP9Y4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0014DP9Y4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DF2D5O7YH6DA5HND">Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray</a> is designed to kill any embarrassing odors before you even use the restroom. It can also provide a point of humor for anyone using the restroom. You spray this in the toilet before you go so that it can create a protective barrier on the water&rsquo;s surface to trap any odors and prevent embarrassing moments from occurring. In other words, nobody should ever know you used the bathroom. You&rsquo;ll love it and your guests will be thankful you have it. The scientifically tested formula contains essentials oils and natural compounds, making it safer than most sprays. The environmentally friendly spray uses essential oils to make it safer for the planet. There are up to 100 uses in each bottle, so it should last a long time.</p> <p>This award-winning spray is Amazon&rsquo;s bestseller in solid and liquid air fresheners, as well as the top rated air freshener on Amazon, with more than 6,200 five-star reviews, so you can rest assured that it will really work to completely cover up any unpleasant bathroom smells. In fact, it has become so popular, that you can even find it at beauty stores like Ulta now. The effective toilet sprays come in various scents, sizes, and sets to meet your needs. There is even a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HYFQABC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00HYFQABC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=MSWNNX2BXALQSNTR">Poo-Pourri Flushionista Women's Gift Set</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FEJ1S30/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00FEJ1S30&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LJ3KHU6QWBKN6YXG">Poo-Pourri Master Crapsman Gift Set</a> to amuse your guests, and a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HWZREQ4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00HWZREQ4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=BDBP344ZTG6WK6UK">refillable sprayer</a> to take with you on the go.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0014DP9Y4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0014DP9Y4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=DF2D5O7YH6DA5HND"><em>Currently $11.79 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004BOH6BM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004BOH6BM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PH27VG7D3RBFACKB"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/moso.jpg" width="171" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004BOH6BM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004BOH6BM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PH27VG7D3RBFACKB">Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag</a> can naturally remove odors, bacteria, allergens, and harmful pollutants from the air. The eco-friendly bag can also help dehumidify the room to prevent mold, mildew, and moisture. It is non-toxic, fragrance-free, chemical-free, and covers about 90 sq. ft. Filled with Moso bamboo charcoal, it can naturally absorb odor and moisture without affecting your children or pets. It is much safer to use than an aerosol spray and can improve the air you breathe, rather than compromise it. You can place the linen bag on any surface or material, in a bathroom, bedroom, closet, shoes, bags, your car, or anywhere else you need to absorb odors, eliminate moisture, and reduce harmful chemicals in the air. There is also a metal grommet in the corner, allowing you to easily hang the bag anywhere you like.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s hard to believe that an air purifying bag can really remove all the odors from your home, but with nearly 700 five-star reviews on Amazon, the results are hard to argue. It was also selected as one of Oprah&rsquo;s favorite eco-friendly gifts. It should last for about two years, making it an incredible value. To refresh it, simply place it in direct sunlight for an hour once a month. After the two years are up, you can simply pour the bamboo charcoal into your garden to nourish your plants.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004BOH6BM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004BOH6BM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PH27VG7D3RBFACKB"><em>Currently $10.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Air Wick Scented Oil Air Freshener</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007VAGXE4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007VAGXE4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OKIU5K2FYWI2TP26"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/air%20wick.jpg" width="200" height="172" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in electric air fresheners, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007VAGXE4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007VAGXE4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OKIU5K2FYWI2TP26">Air Wick Scented Oil Air Freshener</a> brings continuous long-lasting fragrance into any room or office space. The plug-in is small and sleek, so it should fit in with any home or office decor. All you need to do is plug it in, insert the refill, and set it to the fragrance intensity level you like. At low setting, each refill will last about 45 days. With three refills per pack, it is an incredible value.</p> <p>You can find the plug-in air freshener in all different scents throughout the year, and this Lavender and Chamomile scented plug-in is scented with natural essential oils. If you don&rsquo;t already have one, you&rsquo;ll need to also purchase an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052LAMAU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0052LAMAU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LHGIWMLP4IEEW2WY">Air Wick Scented Oil Warmer Unit</a>. If you don&rsquo;t like the plug-in, there are also candles, room sprays, automatic sprays, oils, wax melts, and other types of Air Wick air fresheners to meet your needs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007VAGXE4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B007VAGXE4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OKIU5K2FYWI2TP26"><em>Currently $6.48 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>GermGuardian Pluggable UV-C Air Sanitizer and Odor Reducer</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000G2BESO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000G2BESO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VYVIG3YVSFOFTRJE"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/germguardian.jpg" width="99" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>As one of Amazon&rsquo;s best selling air fresheners, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000G2BESO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000G2BESO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VYVIG3YVSFOFTRJE">GermGuardian GG1000 Pluggable UV-C Air Sanitizer and Odor Reducer</a> can effectively eliminate the odors from cooking, pets, smoke, mold, and more. It uses natural UV-C lighting, which can safely destroy odors and allergens like dust mites, mold spores, viruses, germs, and airborne bacteria. The sleek, compact design is perfect for small spaces, such as a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, or pet areas. It naturally sanitizes the air with no chemicals and produces no ozone or chemical sprays, so you can feel confident using it around pets and children. The plug also turns three ways, so it will fit any outlet without getting in your way. There is a fan running inside at all times, but most reviewers found it to be very quiet.</p> <p>You should not notice a significant change in your electricity bill, if any at all. There is also no filter and only one UV-C light that needs to be replaced every six to eight months, so there is virtually no maintenance. It is also backed by a one-year limited warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000G2BESO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000G2BESO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VYVIG3YVSFOFTRJE"><em>Currently $39.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Febreze Air Effects Air Freshener</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006F4G1QW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B006F4G1QW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=TNYF7J2O272VQ5GF"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/febreze.jpg" width="58" height="245" align="right" alt="" />Febreze Air Effects Air Freshener</a> is one of the top rated air fresheners on Amazon and comes from the incredibly popular Febreze brand. It freshens the air and eliminates odors with a number of pleasing scents, such as this clean Linen and Sky scent. In fact, it claims to eliminate even the toughest odors, and prevents them from coming back. It is a clean spray that won&rsquo;t leave behind any sticky residue. This value pack comes with two aerosol spray cans, providing a great value.</p> <p>While it has a 100% natural propellant for the aerosol can, as well as no CFCs or phosphates, the product itself is not natural and contains chemicals that can aggravate allergies or asthma symptoms. If you don&rsquo;t like using an aerosol can, Febreze has all types of air freshener options, ranging from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001B335C0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001B335C0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VOX6OJFJZ36A24IW">sprays</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0048BDNGK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0048BDNGK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=FNUMUDTA2DAJGQKM">plug-ins</a>, and even <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008RJWC5W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B008RJWC5W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=YU4CXUVDJPUGMRWK">Set and Refresh</a> air fresheners.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006F4G1QW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B006F4G1QW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=TNYF7J2O272VQ5GF"><em>Currently $11.86 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best air fresheners. 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-air-fresheners">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-1"> <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-allergen-sprays">The 5 Best Allergen Sprays</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-glass-cleaners">The 5 Best Glass Cleaners</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-ceiling-fans">The 5 Best Ceiling Fans</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-robotic-mops">The 5 Best Robotic Mops</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-food-steamers">The 5 Best Food Steamers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping air freshener best of home household products product reviews Thu, 17 Dec 2015 10:00:03 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1622179 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 31 Household Products You're Underusing http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-31-household-products-youre-underusing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-31-household-products-youre-underusing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_egg_beater_000056934290.jpg" alt="Woman using household product that is underused." title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found great articles on the household products you&rsquo;re underusing, mini habits of insanely successful people, and tips to snag a higher salary at your first job.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Cool-Uses-Household-Products-38101104#photo-38101104">31 Household Products You're Underusing</a> &mdash; Line your plates with coffee filters to avoid scratching when they're stacked together. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/12-mini-habits-insanely-successful-people/">12 Mini Habits of Insanely Successful People</a> &mdash; Review the one most important thing you need to do today, and start on it first thing in the morning. This will help raise your focus and effectiveness for the rest of the day. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="https://smartasset.com/career/top-4-tips-to-snagging-a-higher-salary-at-your-first-job">Top 4 Tips to Snagging a Higher Salary at Your First Job</a> &mdash; First and foremost, do your homework! Make sure you can justify getting a higher salary. [SmartAsset]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/1008/No-401-k-Consider-a-myRA">No 401(k)? Consider a myRA</a> &mdash; A new option for retirement savings is rolling out! The myRA is similar to the Roth IRA, but without the starting deposit. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/8-ways-stick-your-budget/">8 Secrets to Building a Budget You Can Live With</a> &mdash; It isn't enough to have a goal. Give yourself a deadline, and make it easier to achieve the goal by automating your savings towards this priority. [Money Talks News]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.morewithlesstoday.com/how-to-save-money-on-your-food-bill-15-tips-to-try-without-getting-extreme/">How to Save Money on Your Food Bill: 15 Tips to Try Without Getting Extreme!</a> &mdash; Coupons can help you save money, but they can also get you to spend more if you buy what you don't need. Only clip coupons for items that you need to buy anyway. [More With Less Today]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/5-simple-ways-invest-like-rockstar/#.VhgCm27R3lZ">5 Simple Ways to Invest Like A Rockstar</a> &mdash; It's easy to be overwhelmed by all your investment options. Take advantage of free resources and learn about those options. Knowledge is power! [ReadyForZero]</p> <p><a href="http://frugalbeautiful.com/blog/start/">What To Do When You Start Over In A New City</a> &mdash; Make friends with your neighbors. A plate of brownies can make this process easier! [Frugal Beautiful]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/ten-commandments-of-personal-finance/">Ten Commandments of Personal Finance</a> &mdash; It's hard to get a good handle on your finances if you don't have a good handle on math. It doesn't need to be very advanced math, either &mdash; up to 8th grade will do you just fine! [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/a-handy-gift-guide-for-left-handed-kids">A Handy Gift Guide for Left-Handed Kids</a> &mdash; Some gifts are less suited to left-handers than others. If you want to buy a watch for a lefty, look for one with the stem on the opposite side of the dial so the time can be adjusted with the left hand. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-31-household-products-youre-underusing">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/7-reasons-you-really-need-to-pay-yourself-first-seriously">7 Reasons You Really Need to Pay Yourself First (Seriously)</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/11-great-frugal-gifts-for-booklovers">11 Great Frugal Gifts for Booklovers</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/how-to-spot-a-charity-scam-from-a-mile-away">How to Spot a Charity Scam From a Mile Away</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/improve-your-giving-with-5-smart-charity-tricks">Improve Your Giving With 5 Smart Charity Tricks</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/5-ways-to-keep-anxiety-from-ruining-your-budget">5 Ways to Keep Anxiety From Ruining Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips household products Mon, 12 Oct 2015 19:00:46 +0000 Amy Lu 1587217 at http://www.wisebread.com The Stock Market Has Been Really Tough on These 10 Industries http://www.wisebread.com/the-stock-market-has-been-really-tough-on-these-10-industries <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-stock-market-has-been-really-tough-on-these-10-industries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000071664445.jpg" alt="Kid learning which industries the stock market has been tough on" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are very few stocks that performed well in August. It was pretty ugly all around, as the market endured a correction that wiped out any gains produced this year up to that point.</p> <p>Some industries got hurt worse than others, however. Anything related to technology was slammed hard, and the low price of oil hurt companies in the fuel industry. While past returns aren't indicative of future performance, it can be helpful to understand why <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-prepare-for-a-stock-market-dive">certain stocks tanked</a> recently.</p> <p>Here are the 10 worst-performing industries in August of this year.</p> <h2>1. Road and Rail</h2> <p>The <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=%5ESP500-203040">S&amp;P 500 Road and Rail Index</a> dropped more than 11%, and it could have been worse were it not for a late-month rally. Stocks like CSX and and Norfolk Southern have had a tough year, as shipments of goods remain sluggish.</p> <h2>2. Household Products</h2> <p>Companies that manufacture the products we use every day are often some of the most stable investments, but August was not kind to them. It was a tough month for shares of the usually solid Procter and Gamble (down 7.8%) and Kimberly Clark (down 7.3%.) The <a href="http://www.google.com/finance?cid=165784562372075">S&amp;P Composite 1500 Household Products Index</a> fell 7% in August.</p> <h2>3. Paper and Forest Products</h2> <p>As people increasingly use email and the web for communications, paper is becoming less popular. And August was an especially bad month, with the <a href="http://www.google.com/finance?cid=809394831028995">S&amp;P 500 Paper &amp; Forest Products Industry Index</a> down 9.8% during the month. Hardest hit stocks included International Paper (down nearly 10%), and Clearwater Paper Corp. (down 4.7%).</p> <h2>4. Chemicals</h2> <p>It hasn't been a great stretch for companies like Dow Chemical and BASF. The <a href="https://finance.yahoo.com/q/cp?s=%5EDJUSCH+Components">Dow Jones U.S. Chemicals Index</a> reported a 6.5% drop during the month. BASF, the largest company in this space, saw shares fall 7.5% in August, while Dow's declined 7%.</p> <h2>5. Health Care Services</h2> <p>Health Care companies were some of the top performers in recent years, so they may have been due to come back to earth a bit. The <a href="http://us.spindices.com/indices/equity/sp-health-care-services-select-industry-index">S&amp;P Healthcare Services Industry Index</a> fell 5.7% in August, and September has looked even worse, with an additional 10% drop as of this writing.</p> <h2>6. Semiconductors and Equipment</h2> <p>The <a href="http://us.spindices.com/indices/equity/sp-semiconductors-select-industry-index">S&amp;P Total Market Semiconductor Index</a> fell more than 3.5% in August, making worse what had already been a down year for semiconductor stocks. Tech stocks haven't been particularly attractive to investors this year, so semiconductor stocks including Micron Technology and Rambus have been hammered down.</p> <h2>7. Software</h2> <p>Another industry hurt by the performance of the technology sector. Big names including Oracle (down 7%) and Microsoft (down 6.8%) had a tough time in August. The <a href="http://us.spindices.com/indices/equity/sp-software-services-select-industry-index">S&amp;P Software and Services Index</a> fell 5.5% during the month.</p> <h2>8. Electrical Components and Equipment</h2> <p>Like semiconductors and software, stocks in this space were hurt by the overall drop in tech stocks in August. The <a href="http://www.google.com/finance/historical?q=INDEXDJX:DJUSEC">Dow Jones U.S. Electrical Components and Equipment Index</a> reported a 5.4% drop during the month, and it's down 13% for the entire year.</p> <h2>9. Oil and Gas</h2> <p>With oil prices down, down, down, any company involved in the exploration of fuels has taken a beating, and August was especially bad. The <a href="http://www.google.com/finance?cid=487695898039719">S&amp;P 500 Oil, Gas, and Consumable Fuels Index </a>declined more than 5% in August, and was down as much as 15% at one point before rallying.</p> <h2>10. Building and Construction</h2> <p>August was a bad month for companies involved in building stuff. The<a href="http://us.spindices.com/indices/equity/sp-building-and-construction-select-industry-index"> S&amp;P Building and Construction Industry Index</a> dropped 3.6%, as companies including Lend Lease and Chicago Bridge &amp; Iron Company saw double-digit drops in share growth. The bad month of August was only a precursor to an even uglier September.</p> <p><em>Has your portfolio bounced back since August's correction?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-stock-market-has-been-really-tough-on-these-10-industries">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 as a girl who moves around from city to city every few months, I&#39;ve found the housekeeping tips from the show <em>How Clean Is Your House </em>to be<em> </em>extremely helpful budget-wise and also in minimizing clutter. </p> <p>The premise of the show is clean-gurus Aggie and Kim visit the UK&#39;s filthiest houses and miraculously tidy them up with the motto: cleaning shouldn&#39;t be impossible. And to convey this fact, they often use regular household materials to work their magic. </p> <p>So for those of you who don&#39;t have access to the show, I will share some of these neat tips here. (Note: these tips have come from one episode I was able to record. I will try to post more as they air). </p> <p><strong>Shaving Cream to clean kitchen/bathroom tiles:</strong> Good for removing stains and grime. (WB guest <a href="http://jmangelo.com/">Joe</a> suggests it works for <a href="/6-great-ways-to-remove-stains-with-household-products">other stains</a> as well). You don&#39;t have to get anything fancy - the cheaper, foam version should do just fine. Spray the foam over the tiles and let soak for a few minutes. Then get either a nail brush or toothbrush and scrub away. How does it work? Apparently, shaving cream is just a foamy version of soap, so it has all the cleaning benefits plus a good, thick consistency. As always, test a small area before cleaning your entire surface, especially for colored or expensive tiles.</p> <p><strong>Charcoal Briquets to remove fridge odors:</strong> To use in empty refrigerators/freezers - good for when you are moving out. The ladies filled a normal baking tin with <em>unlit, plain</em> <em>(with no fuel or other products added)</em> charcoal briquets and let them sit in the fridge with the door closed. The porous property of the charcoal will absorb the odors. To read a more detailed explanation, click<a href="http://www.howstuffworks.com/question209.htm" title="How Charcol Absorbs Odors"> here</a> . </p> <p><strong>Mayonnaise to remove old stickers:</strong> Remember those tweeny stickers you used to slap on your dressers and closets? Well if you do, you know they are the most annoying to remove, especially when they get old and leave behind that torn paper look. Well, apparently mayo can do the trick! Slather on and let sit for about half an hour. With a plastic scraper (avoid metal as it can scratch surfaces) gently remove your softened old stickers. Also, with this tip you want to test surfaces before using.</p> <p><strong>Spray cooking oil onto car/motorcycle headlights to avoid squashed bugs:</strong> This one is self-explanatory. The ladies added some cooking oil into an old spray bottle and pumped directly onto headlights. Then with an old rag, they spread it evenly around. </p> <p>The show also has a <a href="http://www.channel4.com/4homes/ontv/how_clean_is_your_house/index.html">website</a> full of more suggestions, including a forum on which people can share their personal tips and an eco-friendly section.</p> <p><strong>My favorites from their site:</strong></p> <p>One part olive oil with one part lemon juice to polish wood.</p> <p>Use baby oil to prevent mold from growing on shower curtains.</p> <p>Have any cool tricks you&#39;d like to share? Post them in the comments!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/joann-hong">Joann Hong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/give-household-products-new-use-clever-cleaning-tips-from-the-motherland">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/germs-dirt-bacteria-infection-immune-system-antibiotics-disease">Are we too clean for our own good?</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/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</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-air-fresheners">The 5 Best Air Fresheners</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/solve-problems-study-and-brainstorm-using-mind-maps">Solve Problems, Study, and Brainstorm using Mind Maps</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/spice-up-the-conversation-by-skipping-what-do-you-do">Spice Up the Conversation by Skipping &quot;What Do You Do?&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Home Lifestyle clean clean house household products tidy Sat, 15 Sep 2007 12:00:31 +0000 Joann Hong 1162 at http://www.wisebread.com