Unless you have a cat, you probably think there is no need to have a bag of cat litter around. You couldn’t be more wrong. Cat litter is one of those things that isn’t just for the cat box. It has many great uses, and even non-cat owners should keep it handy.
Winter can be just as hard on allergy sufferers as summer is. For many, it can be even worse. You can help reduce the suffering with these five tips:
1. Use HEPA filters in your furnace: Granted, you don’t get true HEPA filtration without a sealed system, but the additional filtration that HEPA provides traps as much as 30 times more allergens than a standard filter.
2. Regularly rinse and dry the water reservoir in your humidifiers. Quite often, people refill their humidifiers without emptying the old water. But the older the water, the more likely bacteria and mold are growing in it, and those critters are put into the air by the humidifier. This is true even when the old water is diluted with fresh water. A good rule of thumb is to empty and dry the reservoir every 10 days to two weeks. Continue reading
Here are the USPS Christmas shipping deadlines for package delivery in the U.S. to arrive by Christmas:
- Dec. 20 for sending via First Class Mail.
- Dec. 21 for sending via Priority Mail.
- Dec. 23 for sending via Priority Mail Express.
If you’re ordering a Miele, Dyson or Sebo vacuum from Best Vacuum, you get free overnight shipping to the contiguous 48 states. So if your order is received by 4 p.m. Central Time, Monday, December 23, it will be shipped out the same day via FedEx overnight to arrive.
Questions about vacuums or delivery? Call us toll-free at 888-205-3228.
Barron’s recently named the Miele S8380 Cat & Dog canister vacuum its “Gadget of the Week,” calling the Miele a “cat and dog hair killer.”
One of the main reasons Barron’s likes the Miele S8 Cat & Dog over bagless competitors is that “it doesn’t make sense for an ‘animal’ vacuum to come without a bag. Wouldn’t all that hard won debris just get released back into the air as you empty the bin into the trashcan?”
Barron’s tested the Miele Cat & Dog in a home with three dogs and reported that it picked up “huge clumps of hair from the hardwood floors, carpet, and suede drapes.” Continue reading
For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing rules intended to protect pet foods from disease-causing bacteria, chemicals and other contaminants.
The proposed Preventive Controls for Food for Animals rule would establish new protections for animal foods. Currently, the FDA seldom gets involved unless there is evidence of contaminated animal food on the market. Continue reading
It’s fireplace season, and whether you use your fireplace for pure enjoyment or as a source for heat in your home, it’s important that it be readied for the season and maintained properly to ensure safety.
- Many fireplace-related fires start from creosote buildup or obstructions in chimneys, so the first thing to do is make sure yours inspected and cleaned by a certified chimney specialist. This should be done annually, and if you haven’t done it yet, put it at the top of your list. Continue reading
1. Room Size Specifications Rate the Water Tank, Not the Machine
The room size specification on a humidifier typically reflects the size of the room that can be adequately humidified with one refill every 24 hours. So you can use a machine rated for a room smaller than you have if you’re willing to refill it more often. Continue reading
We get asked a lot whether it’s better to use liquid or powder detergent. We sell both, and that’s because liquids and powders don’t differ much in performance. The main ingredients are the same; the main difference is whether they are provided in powder or liquid form. So, for the most part, it’s a matter of personal preference and convenience. Continue reading
June and July are the peak months for grilling-related fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), for the years 2006-2010, fire departments responded to an average of 8,600 home and outside fires each year, resulting not just in $75 million in property damage, but 10 deaths and 140 injuries. Continue reading