During a hospital stay a few months ago, I was very surprised to see what my local health care industry was using for cleaning floors. It was bucketless microfiber mop similar to the Gordon Brush® eMOP® I reviewed awhile back.
The hospital floor mop was industrial grade - much like the eMOP and operated the same way. They changed the microfiber pad for laundering after cleaning each room, before moving on to the next. They did not even vacuum first, something I strongly recommend, if you don't want to smear floors with dirt. More than one pad is also more convenient.
No doubt they used a solution and not merely water, but this type of simple floor cleaning tool can be the quick clean-up mop you've been looking for. I've seen others on the market, with different sizes of water/solution tank, but I think industrial grade is just more durable. And the size of the water tank is subject to preference.
Read my previous review of the eMOP and see if this is a good fit for your floors. Here's my old post on it:
Its best feature is definitely being able to eject water at will without a bucket trailing along, but it's also lightweight and easy to handle. The eMOP makes washing floors easier and quicker, so it's a good choice for those who want to take the effort out of this chore.
But you would need to have more than one mop pad or be prepared to give the pad a quick rinse as you clean, to avoid smearing dirt along the floor. Since you control the water or solution, you can reduce the amount of moisture and floors dry more quickly.
Learn more about this durable mopping tool in my: eMOP Bucketless Cleaning Mop Review
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False. Though some may debate this, the silicone bakeware I've used required greasing. If your recipe calls for greasing the pan, do it.
Silicone is not completely a no-stick product. It offers good baking results, but you will want the cake or muffins to easily come out of the pans.
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.
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.
Read more about the Groom Tool from the manufacturer: Dyson U.S.
Canadian readers can buy direct from Dyson Canada
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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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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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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.
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Small to pack and extremely handy to add a little humidity to the sleeping area when traveling, Jerry is geared up for your next trip. Jerry is a personal humidifier and as compact as you can get one. And you can't blame Jerry if bags are overweight, cause it only weighs 0.04 lb.
Add a water bottle and it's ready to operate. It does come with an adapter that accommodates most plastic drink bottles. And it's also equipped with an electrical adapter too, so it's ready to go abroad when you are.
Basic in features and design with a simple set-up process, it operates fairly well. Learn more in my: Stadler Form Jerry Travel Humidifier Review
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Anyone who bakes gluten free breads can attest to how difficult it can be to slice and not have it fall apart or crumble. These breads are just gentle by nature. A standard size homemade loaf can be challenging to slice.
It can help tremendously to keep this bread intact if you bake it in a long narrow bread pan, as opposed to using a standard size. I found that my narrow loaves bake better and also slice easier without crumbling. They toast nicer too.
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The OptiGrill™ by T-fal®, handles the cooking, you just have to decide when the steaks are ready to enjoy, according to your preference and the grill's color-coded sensors.
Designed to make grilling easy with thickness sensors and nonstick grill plates, the smart OptiGrill delivered good results during testing. That is, once I backed off and let it do what it's designed to do.
Learn more about the T-fal OptiGrill and how it performed in my: T-fal OptiGrill Review
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Hot air popping certainly is not a new way to make popcorn - they were extremely popular decades ago, but it seems to be making a comeback of late. Though microwave prepackaged popcorn bags are big on convenience, it can hard to find some with minimal or no additives such as artificial colors and flavors.
A hot air popper like the PopLite® by Presto® takes me back in time but I really enjoyed this testing phase. It also gave me more control of what went into my popcorn. It's sort of like going back to the basics, but without the stovetop popping hassle.
Learn more about this popular hot air popper in my: Presto PopLite Popper Review
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