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  1. Kitchen Tip: Cleaning with Baking Soda

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    Little, if any, scrubbing is needed to clean even the dirtiest pots when you use baking soda -- and it is nonabrasive and environmentally friendly.

    Fill pot with 1 to 2 inches of water, and add about 2 tablespoons of baking soda simmer 15 minutes, then scrape tough spots on bottom with a wooden spoon, as needed.

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    Everyday Food, April 2004
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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.

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    The Martha Stewart Show, May 2007
  3. Clearing the Air

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    Line the bottom of shoe storage containers with tongue-and-groove cedar planks. The aromatic wood helps neutralize any odors and helps maintain a fresh-smelling closet.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
  4. Safe and Warm

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    Wool scarves and mittens are ready to wear from one season to the next when wrapped in acid-free tissue paper and slipped into labeled craft boxes (available at organizing stores). The boxes are then stowed inside shallow drawers.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
  5. Good Thing

    Longer-Lasting Blooms

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    When using daffodils in mixed bouquets, place them in separate bud vases. The stems contain a poisonous sap that causes other flowers to wilt quickly.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2008
  6. Leather Stone-Shaped Blotter

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    Personalize your desk with a free-form stone-shaped blotter; it's a great way to protect the surface or to designate a writing area. Plus it takes just minutes to make: Outline the shape you want on the back of the leather, and cut it out with heavy-duty scissors.

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    Martha Stewart Living, September 2010
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