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49 Small Garden Ideas – Small Garden Designs

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The Backyard Homestead


If you have ¼ acre of land (or even less!), you can produce your own vegetables, fruits, grains, eggs, and more — this book shares garden plans, landscaping tips, planting tricks, chicken coop ideas, and more. 

The Best Storage Awards of 2021

The Best Storage Awards of 2021

by coastalmedia843 |February 23, 2021 |0 Comments | Remodeling | ,

Freeing up space and organizing closets, drawers and other cluttered rooms and spaces can sometimes be so overwhelming, especially in today’s busy world. Even if you’re able to put in the extra effort it takes to clean your home, spaces that are disorganized rarely feel clean. And it’s no secret that a more organized home improves the wellbeing of everyone who lives there. That’s why organizing tips, ideas, inspirations, and stories are among Good Housekeeping’s most popular, and with that in mind, we set out to find the best, most useful, most innovative, and most well-designed organizing products, tools and devices.

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How We Tested

To select these 34 top-performing products for our first Good Housekeeping Storage Awards, our experts sorted, stacked and sifted through over 140 submissions from the world of organizing products to assess performance, durability, flexibility, versatility, ease of use, aesthetics, size and other criteria. We looked at organizers both big and small — for closets, garages, home office, kids’ supplies and artwork, shoes and accessories, photos, travel, kitchen supplies and food storage and beyond. With over 60 combined years of testing experience in the Good Housekeeping Institute and organizing know-how, you can trust that we can spot a great organizer when we see it!

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Fridge All-Stars

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8 Best Toilet Bowl Cleaners

8 Best Toilet Bowl Cleaners

by coastalmedia843 |February 22, 2021 |0 Comments | Remodeling | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Cleaning the toilet is usually everyone’s least favorite task when tidying up the bathroom. But finding the best toilet cleaner can not only make this daunting chore easier but something you may have to do less often. Options to get rid of those toilet rings seem endless with toilet bowl brushes, liquid cleaners, tablets, and automatic toilet cleaners in gels and tablets. If you want to spend less time scrubbing, it’s essential to get the right products for the job.

Luckily, here in the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, we’re bathroom cleaning experts. In addition to our advice on how to remove mold, mildew and hard water stains, we test hundreds of cleaning products each year to find the best of the best, including toilet bowl cleaners. In fact, we’ve just spent three weeks testing 12 different toilet cleaning products to find which ones require minimal effort but yield maximum results. We also review the clarity and completeness of the label directions, the need for any safety warnings based on the ingredients and how easy and neat each product is to use. Our top picks for best toilet cleaners to get rid of tough stains and make your bowl sparkle:

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Best overall toilet cleaner

Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach

In our tests, toilet grime disappeared within minutes of applying the Clorox With Bleach toilet bowl cleaner, which meant very little scrubbing to turn the toilet bowl white again. This cleaner contains bleach, so it kills 99.9% of germs and deodorizes the toilet, too. Take note: Because the liquid is light in color, we found it hard to see where it was applied and ended up putting on more to make sure the entire toilet bowl was covered.

  • Requires minimal scrubbing
  • Easy to apply
  • Kills 99.9% of germs
  • Hard to see the cleaner in toilet bowl

Best Tablet Toilet Cleaner

Continuous Clean Drop-Ins

Scrubbing Bubbles


In-tank toilet bowl cleaners work by dissolving in the water in the tank and filling the bowl with cleaner after every flush for continuous freshness and to help keep stains from sticking to the sides of the bowl. We found these tablets were easy to drop in the tank but it did take a few flushes to start to see them working. While these tablets were not a substitute for regular deeper cleanings in our tests, they will help cut down on the number of cleanings your toilet needs.

Take note: While the manufacturer claims that the toilet water with these drop-in tablets is not harmful to kids or pets or that the tablets won’t damage plumbing or septic systems, it’s best to be sure pets don’t drink from toilets where any tablets are used and that tablets are only placed in toilets that are flushed regularly so the concentration of cleaner doesn’t build up in the tank and risk damaging the parts. 

  • Cleans the bowl with every flush
  • Safe for septic systems
  • Helps keeps toilet cleaner longer
  • Not a substitute for regular deep cleanings

Best clinging liquid toilet cleaner

Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner

You’ll never have to wonder where you poured the Lysol Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner. This liquid gel cleaner clung to the bowl and the dark blue color made it easy to see where it was applied. With a little scrubbing, it removed stains and left the toilet bowl sparkling. It kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria and has an angled neck for easy application under the toilet rim.

  • Clings to toilet
  • Easy to apply
  • Kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria
  • Required more scrubbing than with others

Best toilet cleaning wand

Disposable Toilet Cleaning System

If you don’t like the idea of a used toilet bowl brush laying around, then this Clorox Toilet Wand System is for you. It’s an all-in-one toilet brush preloaded with cleaner, which means no extra cleaner required. In our tests, it was easy to dip the scrub pad in the toilet water to activate the cleaner, and start cleaning. After cleaning it was easy to dispose of the scrub pad by simply pressing the button on the handle and releasing it in the trash. We love that it’s a hands free disposal, but on occasion the cleaning pad did stick to the handle when pushing the button, requiring some extra effort to get it off.

  • Disposable scrubbing pad
  • Preloaded with cleaner
  • Easy to use

Best Toilet Cleaner for Stains

Power Stain Destroyer

Scrubbing Bubbles


You’ll know the Scrubbing Bubbles Power Stain Destroyer is working when it changes from green to blue as it gets rid of limescale and rust. The curved neck on the bottle made it a cinch to apply under the toilet rim and tackle those hard-to-see stains. After letting the cleaner sit for 15 minutes the marks scrubbed away with ease. Stubborn stains may require longer treatment time or re-application. It’s even safe to let the product sit overnight, if needed.

  • Easy to apply under rim
  • Gets rid of limescale and rust
  • May need to clean more than once for stubborn stains

Best automatic toilet cleaner

Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner

This gel cleaner was simple to use and comes in individually wrapped packets to make application and disposable germ-free. Simply dispense one dose of gel so it clings to the inside surface of the bowl where it dissolves slowly to help clean and freshen with each flush. One application lasts up to two weeks. The Click Gels can’t replace the need for a good scrubbing in a toilet that’s already stained; however, they will help reduce the number of cleanings needed and help keep the toilet fresh. The Atlantic Fresh scent was also not overpowering. 

  • Helps keep toilet clean
  • Easy to apply
  • Individually wrapped packets are sanitary
  • Won’t remove stubborn stains
  • Packaging is somewhat wasteful

Best toilet cleaning brush

Good Grips Toilet Brush

Not only does this brush leave your toilet sparkling clean, but it also has angled bristles that are specifically designed to clean under the rim, making the job easier. During testing, it took a few tries to get the hang of using the angled bristles correctly, but the bristles on the head were strong enough to scrub away tough build-up. 

After cleaning, the brush was easy to put back in the caddy where the built-in drip tray caught the excess water. It also has ventilated slots for quick drying, so you’re not left with a wet, messy caddy or brush.

  • Specially designed bristles to clean under rim
  • Comes with built-in ventilated drip tray to help brush dry

Best Toilet Cleaner for Rings

Toilet & Bath Cleaning Stone



The Clorox Toilet & Bath Cleaning makes getting rid of toilet rings a breeze. It’s made of crushed and compressed glass and can scrub away toilet rings without scratching porcelain fixtures. Simply wet the stone and the bowl, then gently scrub the line inside the toilet bowl to loosen and wipe it away. The stones can be used over and over again and gradually wear down over time.

  • Removes toilet rings
  • Safe to use on porcelain
  • Stones wear down over time

What to know when shopping for toilet cleaners

Type: There’s no one size fits all when it comes to toilet cleaners. While some people may prefer a traditional liquid toilet cleaner and toilet brush, others may like the convenience of a toilet wand with a disposable cleaning head that’s pre-loaded with cleaner. There are also tablets and gels that either go in the toilet tank or attach inside the toilet bowl to help keep your toilet clean in between deep cleanings. Look for cleaners specifically geared towards your toilet problem, for example rust or hard water residue are best taken care of with a cleaner that’s made for rust.

Ingredients: While certain ingredients, like bleach, are great for removing tough stains and disinfecting the toilet, they may not be the choice for someone who has kids or pets, or does not want to be exposed to a chemical smell. Also, some gels and tablets may be safe for toilet tanks or septic systems while others may not. Be sure the check the labels to ensure the cleaner fits your lifestyle.

Longevity: The lifespan of toilet cleaners can vary, especially with tablets and gels. Some tablets and gels can last anywhere from a week to a few months. Make sure to read the label for how long these last so you’ll know how frequently you need to replace them

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33 Sophisticated Gray Kitchen Ideas

by coastalmedia843 |February 19, 2021 |0 Comments | Remodeling | , , , , ,

It’s official: Gray is here to stay. After several seasons of furniture introductions in all shades of gray, we’re seeing more and more of the neat neutral shade throughout the home. And yes… that applies to the kitchen too.

Everything from countertop surfaces to barstools to tilework is being shown in varying shades of gray, from light heathers to dark, rich, almost black charcoal hues. There are still gleaming all-white kitchens out there — especially if you love that Miami penthouse look — but gray kitchens are among of our favorite current trends.

And if you’re looking to introduce a pop of color into your spaces, a gray kitchen is an excellent foundation for the look. Select minimalist gray pieces and juxtapose them with bright or lighter colored items to let them truly shine. You can even use gray as a background for a bold flash of neon, as you’ll see in our gallery of gray kitchens.

These spaces can run the gamut from stately and traditional to uber-modern, sleek city apartments. Consider glossy gray cabinetry for a contemporary home, or lightly painted wood cabinets for a space that’s more country-inspired. A gray kitchen provides a canvas for creativity, regardless of your personal design style. Perhaps best of all, gray tones can highlight the materials you’re working with, much more visibly than a shade of white or black. If you’re selecting rough-hewn gray granite or another type of gray stone for your counters, you’ll be able to see the richness of materials much more visibly than with neutrals on either end of the color scale.

Browse some of our favorite gray kitchens below and get some major designer inspiration for the next time you decide to redo this essential space.

27 Dramatic Black Bedrooms - Chic Black Bedroom Ideas

27 Dramatic Black Bedrooms – Chic Black Bedroom Ideas

by coastalmedia843 |February 19, 2021 |0 Comments | Remodeling | , , , , ,

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Dan Arnold

Black bedrooms: rebel move or the key to a sophisticated sanctuary? More and more designers are proving the latter to be true, casting bedrooms in the darkest hue on the spectrum to stunning effect. While black doesn’t always make the go-to list of neutrals, it’s actually a fabulous one, creating a high contrast with virtually any color it’s paired with, be it white or gray, or any color in between. Which brings us to yet another perk of black: there are few colors that it won’t look terrific with.

Those who’ve been contemplating a black room will find that black is especially easy to integrate into the bedroom, where its inherent mood of mystery will feel like a natural fit. Remember: black bedrooms don’t have to adhere to a monochromatic scheme. Black walls can be a powerful background for colorful artwork, or a striking way to set off a pair of floor-to-ceiling statement drapes. Those who favor a black-on-black bedroom should consider incorporating an array of different textures and finishes, such as matte walls and lacquered furniture. Another trick to ensure your black bedroom doesn’t vanish completely into the dark side? Good lighting. Pump up the brightness with ample table lamps and don’t hesitate to make overhead lighting a priority.

If you’re among those who have been contemplating the magic of a black bedroom, we’ve gathered a gorgeous collection of photos that illustrates exactly why it’s a go-to decorators swear by.

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Soulful Charcoal

Birmingham-based artist William Rankin McLure cloaked his bedroom in a deep charcoal hue and pulled in plenty of white accents to heighten the drama.

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Take it to the Matte

To juxtapose a silver sconce and convex mirror, designer Andrew Brown selected a matte black paint for the accent wall behind a crisp white upholstered bed.

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Night Shimmers

One way to prevent a black bedroom from disappearing into a black hole? Do as design firm De-spec did and go for a black statement wall with just a glimmer of metallic.

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Safe Jet

An all-black room can make a masterful canvas for a piece of statement art, as shown in this tongue-in-cheek just black bedroom cued up by designer Sanjyt Syngh.

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Texture Talks

Designer Stefani Stein applied black grasscloth wallpaper to the walls of a bedroom she designed for discerning clients. The result is a room teeming with dimensionality.

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Dark Side of the Room

Design firm De-spec elected to paint only one wall black in this modern bedroom, illustrating that you don’t need much black to make a dramatic impact.

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Monochromatic Mood

Black can feel remarkably eclectic when paired with modern lighting, vintage paintings and casual textiles, as shown in this striking black bedroom by designer Breeze Giannasio.

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Black and Tan

Black and tan is a classic combo. For a downtown bedroom, the design firm de la Torre design studio used luxe fur bedding in a fetching tan tone to complement a black statement wall.

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Go Greige

If casting your walls in pure black causes trepidation, consider a just-left-of-black alternative: greige. As designer Jasmin Reese proves, the color can be just as show-stopping.

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Tuxedo Luxe

Designer Michelle Drewes opted to use bright white trim to enhance black painted walls in this elegant and effortless-as-it-gets bedroom.

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Make Room for Squares

Not feeling black paint? Designer Axis Mundi affixed black upholstered panels to the wall behind the bed to create a playfully posh escape.

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Contrasting Hues

For the ultimate twist, Roughan Interiors, juxtaposed Chinoiserie—a style that’s usually partnered with cheery pastels and bubbly brights—with a mood-making black statement wall.

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Black Magic

For an apartment revamp, design firm Fearins Welch hung a subtly textured wallpaper in a just-left-of-black hue. Low furniture and minimalist accents lend a feel that’s part Scandi modern, part Regency redux.

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For an artful alternative to black painted walls, try as designer Dan Scotti did in this restful retreat and apply black paint to just a lofted ceiling.

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Glossed Over

Design firm Stewart M. drummed up extra sophistication in a black and white bedroom by applying a glossy black lacquer finish to the walls in this Scotland design scheme.

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Balancing Act

Both edgy and romantic, designer Jennifer Robin balanced a black gridded wallpaper with black and white marbled pillowcases and teal velvet benches.

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Go with the Grain

For a stately bedroom for a bibliophile, Stedila Design sprung for dark-stained anigre wood walls.

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Walls That Talk

Studio Gild opted for a surplus of black in this Highland Park bedroom. A subtly patterned black wallpaper paired with black millwork accentuates a colorful curation of collectibles.

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Pared-Back Black

To energize a classic black and white palette, the design firm 2Michaels incorporated zesty pops of color. Bold green artwork, green sconces and a bright orange throw are the perfect complement to black paneled walls and simple white drapes.

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Noir Star

There’s no rule that says black can’t be used in a teen’s bedroom. As Wecselman Design displays, black can lend a feeling of unconventional cool to a teen’s lair.

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Black Repose

Black walls provide the ideal backdrop for sculptural white pendants in this restful retreat cued up by the firm Taylor and Taylor.

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Black and Gold

An array of brass accents lend black walls a warm glow in this modernist bedroom designed by Studio Gild.

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Fade to Black

Gray is a natural complement to black, as displayed in this urban-chic retreat designed by Studio Brunstrum. Silver sconces reinforce the palette while adding a hint of glamour.

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Backed in Black

Rather than opt for a traditional headboard, the design firm Studio Gild equipped the entire wall behind the bed in shiny black cabinetry.

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Hint of Dusk

Tricked out in a sooty gray, this master bedroom dreamed up by New York designer Jenny Wolf feels eminently elegant.

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Dark and Handsome

Black walls paired with gray accents make for a handsome match in this dark oasis designed by the design firm Studio Gild.

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Cast in Amber

An oversized pastoral landscape with golden undertones makes this black bedroom designed by Studio Sven a scenic escape.

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How to Cast On for Kitting

by coastalmedia843 |February 18, 2021 |0 Comments | Remodeling | , , , , , , , ,

As part of our new GH Stitch Club, we’re showing beginners all the basic techniques for knitting! And the first thing you need to do to get started on any project (FYI: we have a bunch of great options to choose from here), is to learn how to cast on a.k.a place your stitches on your needle.

There are a few different techniques for casting on, including provisional, frilled and long tail, but we advise using the backwards loop method as seen in the video above, especially if this is your first knitting project.

It’s super simple and can be done in just a few of steps:

Step 1: Make a slip knot

Make a loop with your yarn and slip it on one of your needles. Then, tighten it just a bit, making sure it’s not too stiff.

Step 2: Cast On

Take your yarn and loop it around your thumb. Thread your needle underneath, and create a loop on your needle, again making sure it’s not too tight.

Step 3: Repeat

Depending on how many stitches your project requires, you’ll repeat step 2.

Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to knitting like a pro!

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How to Work a Knit Stitch

by coastalmedia843 |February 18, 2021 |0 Comments | Remodeling | , , , , , , ,

If you’ve been toying with the idea of knitting lately, you’ve come to the right place. As part of our GH Stitch Club, we’re creating easy tutorials that will walk you through the most important components of knitting, including how to cast on and how to cast off.

In this post, we’ll be focusing on how to knit stitch, which is the most basic stitch in knitting. Depending on your project, you may also need to learn a purl stitch or stockinette stitch, but if you’re a beginner, you’ll likely be using a knit stitch for most of your creations.

How to Knit Stitch

Step 1: After you cast on, insert your needle from left to right into the first loop.

Step 2: Wrap the yarn over your needle from left to right.

Step 3: Pull the yarn through the first loop on your left-hand needle, creating a loop on your right-hand needle.

Step 4: Slide off one stitch from your left-hand needle. This will give you the first knit stitch on your right-hand needle.

Pro tip: You’ll want to be able to slide your stitches down your needle easily. To do that make sure you’re not pulling the loops too tight.

Step 5: Repeat steps 1 through 4, until all of your stitches are on your right-hand needle.

Step 6: Switch hands and continue on in knit stitch.

Once you’ve created rows, you’ll be working in garter stitch.

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How to Cast Off When Knitting

by coastalmedia843 |February 16, 2021 |0 Comments | Remodeling | ,

After you’ve finished a knitting project — whether it be a scarf, gloves or blanket — it’s so important to make sure you properly cast off (a.k.a create an end to your knitting). If you’re a beginner knitter, this part might be a little tricky! As part of our GH Stitch Club, we’re breaking down the steps to help you learn how to cast off when knitting (and if you need, take a look at our tutorial on how to cast on for a refresher).

In the video above, we will walk you through casting off (sometimes also called binding off), step by step, ensuring your stitches are safely and neatly sealed off.

How to Cast Off

Step 1: Insert your needle to knit, and then knit your first and second stitch.

Step 2: Pull the first stitch over your second stitch. Your first stitch will then be wrapped around your second stitch. Pull your second stitch through so it’s solo on your needle.

Pro tip: To avoid curling when casting off, make sure you don’t pull too tightly at the stitches.

Step 3: Knit your third stitch. Pull your second stitch over your third stitch so that your third stitch is solo on your needle.

Step 4: Repeat this process until you get to the end of your row.

Step 5: Once you get to the end, cut the yarn away, leaving just a small tail.

Step 6: Pull the tail through the last loop on your needle and tighten.

Step 7: Using a darning needle, follow the lines of your knitting and weave the tail in and out of the stitches.

Step 8: Cut off an excess yarn.

Now you can rest assured there will be no unraveling!

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How to Clean Flat TV Screen

by coastalmedia843 |February 11, 2021 |0 Comments | Remodeling | , ,

To catch every second of your favorite show, you’ll need a television screen that’s dust-, dirt-, and fingerprint-free. But using the wrong cleaning method can negate any warranty that may still be in effect. That’s why the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Cleaning and Media and Tech Labs have joined forces to recommend the safest, most effective methods and products to clean your television screen and reveal a picture that’s brilliant to watch, and scrub down all the accessories that go along with it.

No matter what type of television you have, you’ll need a dry microfiber cloth that’s designed to clean and remove smudges from eyeglasses, cell phones and camera lenses. We like the oversized one from Toddy Gear. It’s nine inches square so it’s easier to use on a large screen than a smaller cloth.

How to clean flat plasma, LED, LCD, and OLED TVs

More delicate LCD, plasma or rear-projection screens can’t handle traditional wet cleaning. To keep that flat screen good as new without damaging it, here’s what to do.

•What you’ll need:
Microfiber cloth or electrostatic duster, pre-moistened wipe

•How to clean:
Dust the TV with a soft, dry microfiber cloth or with an electrostatic duster, like GH Seal star, Swiffer. Spot-clean stubborn smudges with a pre-moistened wipe designed for electronics. With your microfiber cloth or duster, go over buttons and the back of the TV to nab dust in the vents.

•GH Lab Tip:
Plasma screens, while made of glass, have anti-glare coatings that can be damaged by traditional cleaning products. It’s best to follow the same dry methods you’d use for cleaning LED LCD and OLED TVs.

How to clean tube televisions

Cleaning glass tube television screens is about as easy as cleaning the mirrors in your home, read on below for our cleaning advice and how to prevent damaging your tube TV.

What you’ll need: Microfiber cloth, window cleaning spray

How to clean: Wipe with a microfiber cleaning cloth dampened with a little water or your favorite window cleaning spray. Nudge off any stuck-on bits with your fingernail and buff the screen dry.

GH Lab Tip: Never (we repeat, never!) spray the screen directly. Doing so could damage the set, as well as any surrounding cabinetry.

How to clean TV screens without streaks

To keep your television streak-free, Carolyn Forte, Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, suggests the tips below to help minimize streaks.

•Use a clean microfiber cloth or duster. Dirty cloths can redeposit soil that can cause streaking.

•Avoid using pre-treated dusting cloths. They have oily finishes that are great for picking up dust on wood furniture but that can leave deposits on a TV screen.

•Turn the cloth often as it picks up dust.

•Wipe the screen first in one direction (horizontally or vertically) then wipe is a second time if the opposite direction to thoroughly cover the entire screen and nab any telltale streaks.

•Clean the screen with the TV off. It’s easier to see and remove streaks when the screen is black.

How to clean TV speakers

If the sound coming from the speakers is muffled, it may be time to clean them. Follow the tips below to keep your speaker sound crystal clear.

What you’ll need: Scotch-Brite Lint Roller, vacuum

How to clean: If the fabric covers on your speakers are removable (check the manual), pop them off and vacuum both sides with the upholstery tool to remove the dust, lint and pet hair that often stick there. If the covers can’t be removed, tackle the job from the front with the vacuum or use a Scotch-Brite Lint Roller

GH Lab Tip: Even a wadded-up old pair of pantyhose can do for de-fuzzing duty. For rigid, screen-like speaker covers, either remove or clean them in place using a well-wrung, damp lint-free microfiber cloth and let dry.

How to clean your remote control

While the cleanliness of the remote won’t affect your cinematic viewing experience, you’ll want to keep it clean so it continues to work with your TV. And cleaning it often minimizes the spread of germs as it is likely one of the most frequently touched items in your household. Here’s what we suggest.

What you’ll need: Disinfecting wipes

How to clean: First, pop out the batteries and replace the cover on the battery compartment. Lightly tap the remote, button side down, on a table to dislodge any loose crumbs or debris stuck in the crevices. Grab a pre-moistened disinfecting wipe (just think of all the germy fingers your remote has seen!), wring it well so it’s not dripping and use it to clean both sides of the remote. Pay special attention to the buttons and narrow spaces around them. Allow the remote control to air dry, then replace the batteries.

GH Lab Tip: To get into the tiny crevices, use a toothpick or your fingernail with the wipe to remove any stuck-on goo.

Tips for keeping your TV clean

• Clean your TV weekly to keep dust, film and fingerprints from building up and becoming harder to remove. Make it even easier by keeping a microfiber cloth nearby to nab dust and grime when you see it.

• Never spray anything directly on a television screen, even glass tube televisions. Excess spray can get onto the cabinet and into the inner workings and damage the set.

• Use your vacuum’s soft dusting brush and low suction to remove dust from any vents, ports and cable connections.

• Remember to always follow manufacturer’s instructions if under warranty as anything you do that runs contra to it can void your warranty.

• Stay away from products containing ammonia, alcohol, or acetone, which can damage the television’s screen.

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Interior Designer Alberthe Buabeng Explains Why Now's the

Interior Designer Alberthe Buabeng Explains Why Now’s the

by coastalmedia843 |February 11, 2021 |0 Comments | Remodeling | , , , , ,

Alberthe Buabeng, known by most as Albie, is a Washington-based interior design content creator and all-around idea machine. Her passion for decoding spaces is the culmination of nearly a decade of working in the retail visual merchandising and marketing industries, sprinkled with a lifetime of experiences. With a background of space design and storytelling, paired with her real-life lessons, Albie creates content to connect her decor-obsessed audience with beautiful and functional design inspiration.

Her desire to contribute to the design community has also manifested in adapting the #SharetheMicNow Instagram initiative for the home industry; self publishing Curate The Home You’re In, an anecdotal and aspirational home book, and hosting The Design Influence, a podcast and community dedicated to supporting other interior designers in the digital space.

In 2020, the home industry, like much of the world, was shaken by the death of George Floyd. As discussions arose on the topic of inequality, diversity and inclusion within the design business, it felt like more of the same conversations, followed by little to no action. By the time the “black boxes” that were intended to symbolize a need for change emerged on Instagram, there were all kinds of panels and lists put together to showcase Black designers and architects, but I’d yet to see one that could trigger sustainable conversations for change.

Inspired by the original Share The Mic Now campaign on June 10th — founded by Bozoma Saint John, Luvvie Ajayi Jones, Glennon Doyle and Stacey Bendet — I decided that this could be the beginning of something truly powerful in the home industry. A week later, we hosted the inaugural Share The Mic Now: Home Edition, featuring more than 100 participants across two weeks of Instagram takeovers for candid and sustainable discussions about diversity and inclusion in the home industry.

Celebrating the first Black History Month since organizing the #SharetheMicNowHomeEdition initiative, paired with all of the events of 2020, which led to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, I am hypersensitive to how much still hasn’t changed. As a first generation Haitian American, married to a Black man and raising a young Black daughter, I am acutely aware of how discriminatory our society can be and has always been. While also mourning George Floyd, I also painfully remember the attack on Abner Louima more than 20 years ago. After getting bombarded with emails committed to “change” and “equality”, it was time for me to write the words you’re now reading. Last summer, I posted this statement to my white peers on Instagram in an effort to pitch the #sharethemichomeedition initiative:

“What if we could translate momentary sharing into a longer conversation by allowing Black creators to get in front of the audiences of their white counterparts ‘in person’?”

It was one of the most uncomfortable yet freeing comments I’d ever publicly made about the state of the interior design industry — one that has often made me feel like an outsider in need of someone else’s validation.





Typing some of my most controversial thoughts made me proud. Making my peers uncomfortable made me proud. I’m talking about abolishing the establishment so that we could all thrive based on merit equally.

Why should I need to request a longer conversation to address our longstanding not-so-secret professional segregation? Why request permission from a peer to speak to an audience deserving what I already know I bring to the table? Why ask that someone else’s mic be shared with me?

alberthe buabeng

Mariah Texidor

letter to design industry

danielle carson

How can we, as designers collectively, be charged with designing and decorating beautiful spaces when our own interiors are rot? What looks like an industry that’s all-inclusive, all-embracing, is more alienating than accepting. Who are we, as “designers,” to uphold what is beautiful when we’ve for so long ignored the ugliness within our own elitist, exclusive walls?

Who are we, as consumers and creators, kidding when we “amplify” voices for a day? A week? A month? A season?

When behind closed doors the opportunities are riddled with bias—the bias of privilege at best, and ignorance at worst?

Skimming the pages of shelter magazines, browsing the line up of home TV networks and scrolling the social media of brand campaigns has long shown a clear void — a lack of depth resulting from a lack of diversity. We tap-dance around the who, what, when, where, why and how of it all, but the conversations we have ad nauseam don’t yield solutions … just more conversations.

We’re supposed to be the curators of beauty for the world, but is that beauty with an asterisk? What were we really saying when we shared our mics? What did we hope people hear? I have heard a lot of the same, with some sprinkles of seeds for change. I have heard “allies” commit to learn and change and grow. I have heard promises for equity and inclusivity. But what have I seen?





More of the same.

But little to no action.

The hyper visibility has turned to unanswered emails, lost contacts, unbirthed opportunities, “fatigued” allies. Little did we know being “woke” still had a bedtime.

Allies, I’ve been amplified. Do you hear me now?

Are you an ally or an amplifier?

ally definition

Danielle Carson

amplify definition

Danielle Carson

The irony…

The benefactor of the inequity needs to be the one to intensify the effort to close the divide. How fitting that black boxes become a symbolic social gesture for allyship…black boxes, synonymous with usually the only surviving element of a crash to investigate the cause.

Ladies and gentleman, we’ve crashed, and the black boxes have spoken.

But the season for conversation, and learning, and processing has come to a close.

We’ve seen the truth — an ugly, not-so-new naked truth — and to pretend otherwise is more egregious than having never said anything at all.

Calling all gatekeepers, educators and decision makers, amplification is reactive. It’s time for proactive change. Look at your teams — to your left, to your right, above you and below you. Does everyone look like you or do they look like me too? Do they look like the least of us … the rest of us … the best of us? Not to check a box but to reflect the true beauty of the world around us?

marginalized definition

Danielle Carson

  • Make the marginalized the majority. On-air talent. Writers. Editors. Producers. Photographers. Cover Features. Hosts. Authors. Brand Ambassadors. Product Innovators. Hashtag All The Things. Because the lack of talent isn’t for lack of talent.
    • Put down your mic. No more talking. We’ve passed the mic. We’ve made the requests. We’ve said all that needs to be said. We don’t need amplification. We demand representation. We would like to see diversity, but require inclusivity.
      • The talent on the covers of our magazines, hosting the shows on our screens, and securing the licensing deals of our products should look like us…all of us. The richness of the industry shouldn’t be contained within the four walls of client residences. Clients should see themselves in us. Consumers should feel amplified.

        Collectively, we are the mic.

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