10 cheap housecleaning tools that will keep your home spotless

10 cheap housecleaning tools that will keep your home spotless

You don’t have to hire a cleaning team or purchase professional-grade cleaning supplies to rid your home of dirt and dust. We asked Consumer Reports’ experts and a panel of pros for advice on the best housecleaning supplies. We found 10 cheap cleaning supplies that can handle many of your housecleaning chores.

Turns out, you can purchase the full set of items on the list below for $ 58.20 to $ 115.55, based on the lowest online prices at … (read more)

Room air conditioners that keep their cool

Room air conditioners that keep their cool

The latest batch of room air conditioners in Consumer Reports’ tests meet tougher energy requirements so in addition to keeping you cool they help you keep your cool over rising utility bills. Small window air conditioners are the biggest sellers and we found five to recommend that cost in the $ 200 range. We also tested more than a dozen portable air conditioners but unfortunately, most struggled to cool a room. Here are the details.

Window air conditioners

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5 ways to keep food fresher

5 ways to keep food fresher

Manufacturers tout lots of freshness technologies, including Viking’s “Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier,” which is claimed to generate ions to eliminate airborne bacteria and mold spores. And Whirlpool says its “Producer Preserver” absorbs the ethylene gas that accelerates ripening. But you don’t need such fancy features to guarantee freshness. Here are some simple tips to help make food last in any refrigerator.

Be sure temperatures are cold enough. Use an appliance thermometer if your refrigerator doesn’t have a built-in one. The refrigerator should be … (read more)

Steam irons that keep your linens crisp on hot, steamy days

Steam irons that keep your linens crisp on hot, steamy days

Linen has been “a warm-weather go-to fabric for ages,” according to Lucky magazine. And GQ and the Gentleman’s Gazette recommend it for outings this summer. But all three style magazines caution that linen can be a challenge to keep crisp. “It does wrinkle extremely easily, however—so consider yourself warned,” says Lucky. With lawn parties in high season, we asked our textile expert to share her secrets for ironing linen and other fabrics using some of the top-rated steam … (read more)