Saturday March 8, 2014
Now here's a cool Dyson® vacuum accessory for dog owners. You can give your pooch a massage while removing loose pet hair, before it lands on furniture, floor when hair 'bunnies' tend to hang out.
That can help to keep dander down and save you some cleaning time to boot. Plus it might also help you save in grooming costs if you usually take your dog out for a good brushing. Haven't spent much time with your dog lately? Here's your chance to bond with your buddy.
The tool is designed for medium and long-haired dogs. And, according to Dyson, the Groom Tool fits all Dyson uprights and most canister vacuums. Note that it does NOT fit: Handhelds or canisters with motorized brush bar attachments such as the DC21, or DC23.
Consumers are giving this Dyson accessory a thumbs up. They say it does a good job of reducing shedding. You might want to check it out if you're finding it hard keeping up with pet hair clean-up.
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Another time-saving Dyson vacuum accessory is the Tangle-free tool. This small attachment is great for removing pet hair from vehicle seats or upholstered furniture. You can buy it alone, but it also comes with some of Dyson's newer Animal vacuums.
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Read more about the Groom Tool from the manufacturer: Dyson U.S.
Canadian readers can buy direct from Dyson Canada
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Friday March 7, 2014
You might already be familiar with Vornado Air Circulators which do a good job of keeping the air moving, well their heaters also have a similar Vortex Action. And that makes a difference in how the room is being heated.
When you turn on one of their heaters, it may appear not to be working, since you might not detect a blast of hot air in the room. But within a few minutes, it becomes obvious that the air around you is warming. There's a more gentle and even distribution of heat and it is comfortable.
I recently tested two of their heaters - the SRTH Small Room Heater and the VH110 Room Heater. Besides some good energy-saving features, one was super quiet and both are very compact and lightweight. Learn more about these two heaters in my:
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Thursday March 6, 2014
Thermos® vacuum insulation to keep food contents hot or cold makes this little food jar very handy for lunch bags or for take-along meals for baby, toddler or special diets.
The Poppy Patch Foogo® Insulated Food Jar is BPA-free, durable stainless in and out, and it's dishwasher safe. This cute little jar holds 10 oz of food and is: 5.3'' W x 3.5'' D x 7.6'' H . Compare Prices
Thermos® has an extensive line of Foogo® brand products, from insulated sippy cups and diaper totes to Stack 'n Lock food containers. Practical and so essential for those on the go.
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Wednesday March 5, 2014
Many dishwasher models have an energy-saving setting for washing as well as for drying. That could be a shorter wash cycle and an air dry setting - both of which save energy, or something similar.
A delay-start is also a good feature if you're on time-of-use (TOU) electricity rates, because you can set to wash dishes during lower rate periods. Even a shorter cycle can save energy if dishes are not very dirty.
Start with an Energy Star qualified dishwasher, but look for other energy-saving features too. Learn more about buying a dishwasher.
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What it means to compare energy use of different models from the Energy Guide label
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