Are your towels holding less water than they used to? It may be that your choice of washing detergent contains fabric softener, which has residues that cling to individual fibers, rendering towels less absorbent. The next time you clean a load, add a cup of distilled white vinegar to the rinse cycle; it will remove the residue and restore towels' soaking power. In the future, avoid detergents with fabric softener when washing towels.
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These stately pedestals, made to fit over a chimney's flue, help prevent drafts and add a distinctive note to rooftops. Though pricey, they also make a grand spot to prop up plants. Choose antique or new pots -- find the latter at masonry yards -- and place a plastic pot liner inside each. (For fit, you may need to trim top of liner, then cut down the side and overlap edges.) We filled ours with purple cordylines, silver tradescantia, and rex begonia vine (Cissus discolor).
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2006
Don't throw out the foam peanuts or bubble packing material the next time you get a box in the mail; put them to use.
When filling outdoor planters, sub the packing material for up to half the soil. The plant won't know the difference, the container will be lighter, and you'll use less soil. Place the packing material in a plastic bag at the bottom of the pot, and cover with the soil.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, June 2010
If your upholstery has an unpleasant odor, fluff it up and air it out, or have it professionally cleaned (ask for a "chemical-free" treatment).
Before allowing pets on your furniture, cover it with towels. Change and wash the towels frequently.
SourceHealthy Home 2008, Spring 2008
Pour boiling water on weeds growing between pavers of a pathway. Keep the kettle close to the ground to avoid splashing yourself -- or any nearby plants you want to keep.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2009
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.
Olivia Rug, in Persimmon; madelineweinrib.com.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, May 2011
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