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  1. Caring for Leather

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    If you love playing polo or riding horses, keep your leather boots and saddles clean and beautiful with these simple steps.

    Boots
    1. Wash with water and a sponge to remove sweat. Let dry.
    2. Polish with cordovan color shoe polish.

    Saddles
    1. Clean with water and glycerin soap after riding to keep leather supple and shiny.
    2. Apply cerasoline to saddle with soft cloth once or twice a month.

    Source
    The Martha Stewart Show, January 2010
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  2. Washing Bath Towels

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    For best results, launder bath towels every three to four days using the following guidelines:

    - Non-chlorine bleach can be used safely on white towels when they start to look a bit dingy, but avoid chlorine bleach, which eats up towels.

    - Do not use fabric softener, which actually stiffens towels.

    - Wash white towels on the hottest setting.

    - When drying towels, use one scent-free dryer sheet.

    Source
    The Martha Stewart Show, May 2007
  3. Home Design with David Easton

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    One of the world's most sought-after interior designers and architects, David Easton is the epitome of luxury living. He first gained recognition in the 1970s and '80s for his classically inspired, traditional interiors. In recent years, his work has shifted to a more streamlined, modern aesthetic that emphasizes simplicity and sustainability.

    Watch Martha and David discuss some of the classic and contemporary homes featured in his new retrospective, "Timeless Elegance."

    Source
    The Martha Stewart Show, October 2010
  4. First Aid for Gardeners

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    The garden is just a slightly tamed wilderness with hazards all its own: It harbors insects that bite, thorns that scratch, and other potential nuisances that may require simple first aid. This basic kit includes alcohol for cleaning wounds, first-aid ointment, cotton balls, bandages, tweezers for thorns and splinters, insect repellent with sunscreen, and, finally, hand salve to soothe and soften your dry skin at the end of the day.

    Source
    Martha Stewart Living, May 2000
  5. Plant-Care Markers

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    Return from vacation to find your plants thriving, not barely surviving. Create care instructions for your house sitters. Print a note for each plant (including watering guidelines). Then stick the instructions to wooden plant markers (or chopsticks). If you want to take the extra step of laminating, your notes -- and probably your plants -- will last a lot longer.

    Source
    Martha Stewart Living, August 2010
  6. Good Thing

    Rule Your Rugs

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    Is your rug tripping you up? Keep cotton flat-weave and other lightweight rugs from slipping around and curling with this tried-and-true trick: Attach a pair of flat, cork-backed rulers along the edges of each corner. Using a large, heavy-duty needle and monofilament, stitch through the rug, and tie it around the ruler in a couple of spots to secure. 

    Sources:
    Olivia Rug, in Persimmon; madelineweinrib.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, May 2011
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