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DIY Eco-Friendly Jewelry Cleaner: Friday Quickie

Whether you're a jewelry whore or you only don an everyday watch you (or your significant other or whoever) probably spent some hard-earned cash on these pieces. Naturally, you want to keep them looking nice and shiny! The majority of jewelry cleaners are filled with harsh chemicals. I found that using household products can be just as effective, and a lot greener. To clean your jewels mix one cup of warm water (not too hot) with 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of baking soda in a bowl and let jewelry sit (one piece at a time) for about 10 minutes. Voila - shine and sparkle restored! As an aside - I once worked in an office where the engaged girls would bring in their toxic jewelry cleaner every Friday and take turns cleaning their engagement rings while talking loudly about their weddings. Um yeah, this made the single girls and dudes) pretty annoyed. Heads up: clean your jewels at home ladies, not the office please ;)   
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Friday Quickie: Best Shower Curtain Options

Have you ever thought about what your shower curtain is made of? Did you ever take a whiff of a new vinyl shower curtain? (I admittedly used to like that smell - odd I know.) Well, I now know that "new" fragrance is a result of the off-gassing from polyvinyl chloride plastic (PVC.) PVC can contain toxic chemical additives like DEHP. Health experts report that exposure to these chemicals should be limited. This study found that high levels of DEHP are contained in shower curtains, and have been linked to asthma and brain development issues for children.
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Guest Post: Environmental Sensors: Home Safety in Philadelphia

Whether from global warming or an act of god, the odd weather in our region can have difficult effects.  Our guest post today from our sponsor gives a possible solution for monitoring your home. The super early spring & temperature fluctuations in Philadelphia may be enjoyable.  However, they cannot only wreak havoc on our lawns & gardens, but can also affect our homes in an adverse way. Extreme heat and cold can cause roofs, basements to leak, and cracks in walls and foundations. Intense rains and snow frequently lead to power outages. If you leave your home empty for a week or a weekend and extreme weather hits, you could come back to flooding, water damage, spoiled food, and overheated pets.  Not only is this costly, but it can also waste energy (and grow your carbon footprint). Environmental sensors can help you (find out more, after the jump!)
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