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Camping can be even more fun when you get rid of the small annoyances that come with it. Here are some tips to make your trip the best it can be. Read full review Photo by: Alina Bradford/CNET Keep feet warm Keep your tootsies warm by filling an aluminum water bottle with warm water, then …

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The SureFlap pet door has an app that allows you to control the door remotely.  SureFlap Smart pet doors, also called electronic pet doors, come with a bunch of features that can make the life of a pet owner much easier. Here are five features that will make you want to install one this weekend.  …

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Toilet seat bidets, like the Alpha One, can replace your current toilet seats. BidetKing If you have a small bathroom, or just don’t have the budget to renovate, getting a bidet can seem out of reach. Not all bidets are free-standing units that rival the size of your toilet, though. Some attach to your toilet, …

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Impressive entryways, windows with a view and open floorplans are popular requests when it comes to a new house. But many home shoppers are now looking for green features that can make living a little more ecofriendly — and economical.  If you’re in the market for a new home, here are some green features to …

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Pets (wet dog smell!), funky leftovers, dirty drains… there are so many things that can make our homes stink. Here are 10 ways to keep every area of your home smelling fresh and clean. Photo by: Alina Bradford/CNET Freshen up with a dryer sheet You can make any room smell fresh with just a dryer …

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Change the temperature using your voice. Ryan Crist/CNET Getting up to change your thermostat or using the Nest app is old-school. Voice commands are where it’s at. You can adjust the temperature of your room with just a few words, using various devices, of course. Google Now Don’t have a smart home hub? No problem. …

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There are a multitude of do-it-yourself stain removing tips on the internet. Many of them simply don’t work. So, I tried them to find out which DIY stain removers you can use to save your clothes from the rag drawer.  For some of these, I consulted with Dan Miller, founder and CEO of Mulberrys Garment …

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Nest Learning Thermostat’s Cool to Dry setting. Alina Bradford/CNET Nobody likes humidity. It makes hair frizzy. People with certain medical conditions find it harder to breath when it’s humid. It can encourage mold to grow. If you live in a humid area, you may have just learned to deal with it… or plan on moving. …

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Turn off the burner a little early Here are some ways to monitor and reduce your electricity usage with some smart gadgets, upgrades and a few easy tricks. According to the California Energy Commission, if you turn off the burner early, the stove will still release enough heat to finish up whatever you’re cooking, but will …

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The USDA’s food recall page. Alina Bradford/CNET Hold up. That yummy food you’re about to eat may be trouble. In 2016, there were 764 food recalls in the United States and Canada on everything from milk to chicken nuggets. Some of the foods recalled were contaminated with E. coli, listeria and salmonella. Others contained particulates …

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