House & Home

Home Blinds…inspect yours to ensure your child’s safety

Children can easily become strangled if they become entangled in the unsafe window blind cords. After years of under-reporting and outcries from families that have experienced an injury or death of a child due to window blinds, you can now receive a FREE retrofit kit. Yes, FREE! The Window Covering Safety Council urges …

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Preparing for Spring Cleaning

It’s that time of the year, spring cleaning! We all have those certain spring cleaning tasks that we dread, but consider the benefits of completing just these few.

Purging the pantry of out of date products. Realistically, people tend not to rotate their pantry stock when they unload the groceries each …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/fycs/2016/03/18/preparing-for-spring-cleaning/

Home Appliance Extended Warranties, Are They Worth the Money?

With the high cost of replacing a home appliance, we often think about purchasing an extended warranty or service plan. Home Advisor’s website reports the average cost to repair an ice maker is between $250 to $330. So, is the extended warranty really worth the money? This excerpt from a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/fycs/2016/03/11/home-appliance-extended-warranties-are-they-worth-the-money/

The Laundry Symbol Mystery

Recently, on a clothes shopping trip, I overheard a customer asking a sales associate what the laundering symbols on the clothes label meant. Neither could determine how the garment should be laundered other than it was not to be hand washed or dry cleaned. And of course, the final, why do they not just …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/fycs/2015/10/30/the-laundry-symbol-mystery/

Child Safety and Convenience: The Laundry Pod Dilemma

Consumer Reports recently pulled their previous endorsement for laundry detergent pods in light of the potential poisoning hazard for young children. Just to be clear, this is only the laundry pods that contain the highly concentrated liquid detergent, not pods containing powdered detergent. Although these laundry pods are quickly accessed, premeasured, use less …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/fycs/2015/07/31/child-safety-and-convenience-the-laundry-pod-dilemma/