Healthy Home should be the most comfortable place to rest, socialize and share happiness with family members. Good home care must be done to maintain the quality of life of its residents.

Maybe you have lived in the same place for years. But do you know the requirements of a healthy home?

Here are 7 requirements for a healthy home for your health and comfort and that of your family:

Regularly Cleaned

Unlike in other countries, America is a country with a lot of dust. Dust from the surrounding environment, pollution from vehicles passing by around the house and the lack of greenery to protect against dust are the main factors that make the house dirty quickly.

The house should be cleaned frequently, the floor in every room swept and mopped every day. Household furniture and furniture should be wiped periodically with a damp cloth to avoid dust flying when …

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When it comes to the matter of actuators, there are two main types that arrive to define the entire field: rotary actuators and linear actuators. The former moves an object in a circular motion, whereas the latter locomotes an object in a straight line. However, the differences do not stop here because their applications differ based on the context in which they are used.

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In this article, we will take a closer look at these two main types of actuators and pick apart their differences to try to understand their usage.

1. Motion

The primary difference between these two can be inferred from the name: a linear actuator will produce a linear motion, whereas a rotary actuator will make a rotary motion. Now, the important part is to recognize which is better used in a specific instance. The ease of usage has to be mentioned when it comes to these

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It shouldn’t be a surprise that many of our perennial borders in the Northeast become less exciting in late summer and fall; after all, most of us only buy perennials in spring, and often when they are in bud or in bloom. This can leave color gaps that can start showing up in August and last throughout autumn.

Moving beyond fall annuals

Many of us are more likely to resort to temporary fixes to fill these gaps in the garden, as nurseries and farm stands start offering tempting and colorful hybrid garden mums (Chrysanthemum spp. and cvs., Zones 5–9), which are not truly hardy or perennial for most of us in the Northeast. We are also tempted by many other lovely, yet also temporary, annual plants such as ornamental peppers (Capsicum annuum and cvs., Zones 9–11), ornamental grasses like millet (Pennisetum glaucum and cvs., annual), and even

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Learn how to install cabinet hinges so the door fits perfectly! I’ll show you how to measure, drill and install concealed hinges step by step!

how to install concealed cabinet hinges

Concealed hinges, also known as European hinges, are a great option for your kitchen or bathroom. They can be used in both face frame and frameless cabinets, with options like soft close to prevent slamming cabinet doors.

Concealed cabinet hinges are also really easy to adjust to get the right spacing around your cabinet opening. Even if your hinge installation is slightly off, you can tweak the position of the door with the turn of a screw!

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to install cabinet hinges so they work perfectly on the first try!

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This week, hear our thoughts on extending a tile backsplash to a side wall and tips for hanging outdoor holiday lights. (Greg Wolf/bauhaus1000, Getty Images Signature)

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Hear Joe’s tips for hanging holiday lights, options for installing a side wall tile backsplash, repairing a rotten door jamb, and more. 

Tips for Hanging Holiday Lights

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Net lights, like the one on these bushes, evenly distribute lights on contoured surfaces. (bauhaus1000, Getty Images Signature)

Winter’s almost here, and as the days are getting shorter, there’s one bright spot on the horizon — it’s now time to decorate your home with holiday lights! 

When hanging holiday lights on your home, switch up the types to add some variety. 

Here are some of Joe’s tips for hanging outdoor Christmas lights. 

  • To highlight your roof, use traditional C9 or icicle lights. Run C9 string lights along the eaves — usually attached to the gutters
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Jeffrey Westbrook

Important Note: We updated this article in December 2022 to remove The Laundress Wool and Cashmere Shampoo, which was recently included in a list of recalled products by the company. Visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website for more information on this recall and a full list of affected products.

The results are in for this year’s Good Housekeeping Best Cleaning & Organizing Awards! Because it’s hard to keep a home clean without a little organization, for our fourth annual Cleaning Awards, our experts decided to include cleaning and organizing products. With over 1,000 of our GH+ consumer testers, our experts evaluated 209 products across dozens of different categories, including vacuum cleaners, washing machines, laundry detergents and dish soaps, plus organizers for your kitchen drawers, closet organizers and more. Here are our 65 all-star winners.


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