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    What horrors lurk within your refrigerator? Are there foods well past their prime crouched, ready to unleash food poisoning upon you and your family? Well it's time to drag them out and banish them forever. Most of us have at least a couple things in our fridge that should probably go -- I know I do. And it's easy to lose track of what's fresh and what's not, especially if you're busy. But it's worth the time and effort if you can pin down just 10 minutes to screen your fridge for these food safety red flags and throw them away.

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    You have a mystery box in your kitchen. A place where dirty dishes go in -- and clean dishes come out. Is it magic? Of course not. It is just your dishwasher. If it were magic, those dishes would come out perfectly clean every time. But alas, we know they do not. Sometimes they come out with soap residue, or with food crusted on. So we're looking inside a dishwashing machine at work. Literally! Watch the washing in action while we attempt to solve some of the Great Perplexing Mysteries of the Dishwasher.

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    I don't own a lot of fine silver. The one or two pieces I do have don't get a lot of time in the public eye. That's because they seem to attract tarnish like flies do honey. I was recently given a silver charger plate that is so beautiful, it had me revisit this tarnish problem. It was time to conquer silver-polishing at home once and for all! Let's do this thang, shall we? 

    I'm a bit of a crunchy girl -- if there's an all-natural way of doing something, I prefer to go that route. There are enough chemicals and weird ingredients in the things we use every day. If I can keep a couple of bad-for-me-and-my-family things out of the house, I'd rather go that route. Luckily for me there are COUNTLESS modes of polishing up your silver out there. Here are 10 of them! And they are as a natural as it gets. 

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    Look into any woman's eyes and you'll see her soul ... maybe. But look at a woman's refrigerator door and you'll see her life. What's on your fridge door? Mine has some kid art and snapshots of my son and me, along with some banana stickers. It definitely reads: Single mama. Here's 9 different refrigerator doors -- and what we think they reveal about their owners. Can you relate to any of these?

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    Is there anything worse than not knowing how to get rid of the bugs you find when you're spring cleaning?! Be it roaches or spiders or even ladybugs, springtime is when they all seem to come out of hiding. This isn't just an annoying discovery, it's super-gross and can be dangerous in terms of keeping your home sanitary. 

    We've rounded up 8 of the most infamous households pests. Some are dangerous, others are gross, and some, you might argue, aren't pests at all! You can always enlist the help of a professional exterminator when it comes to getting rid of household pests. But that can be super-costly. Let us help you with some quick, easy, and cheap ways to banish those bugs once and for all! 

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    There's nothing in the world I despise more than a dirty refrigerator. I mean, come on, people -- this is where you KEEP the things that you put into your body! It's time to be honest with yourself: Your fridge is probably the one thing in your house that sees the most action, outside of the couch (and if you're lucky, your bedroom). That means that it's probably prone to food spills, container drips, and all sorts of grime.

    Well what if I told you that you could clean your fridge like a champ in under 20 minutes? Check out our 7 simple steps to a shining, clean fridge:

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    There's nothing in the world I love more than getting cute things for my kitchen. Call me uber lame, but whether it's a new apple slicer or cute hand towels -- adding something to my special little slice of culinary heaven makes me feel like a younger, sexier Martha Stewart. (No offense, Martha.)

    But sometimes on my hunt for the ultimate kitchen gizmos, I find all sorts of weird stuff. Like, really weird stuff. As in, just looking at some of these wacky kitchen gadgets, you'd have absolutely no clue what purpose they serve or WHO thought them up.

    Here, go ahead, take a look at 8 wacky kitchen gadgets that look like some sort of hilarious joke. You'll never believe what they actually do:

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    I come from a family who loves to eat, but I am just going to say it: none of us can cook.

    I mean, I can sort of cook. But it's not effortless or intuitive in any way. 

    As an adult I've tried to build up a repertoire of a few solid dishes my kids will accept. And while I give myself a B+ for effort, when you grew up on take-out Chinese, every slightly complex meal feels like a MasterChef challenge.

    Still, Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite meal of the year and I believe the pressure that comes with cooking it is worth it.

    Here's the thing: The bird always fights me.

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    Are you a major salt lover like I am? Man, I just can't seem to get enough of the stuff. I add it to everything, from salads to eggs to vegetables and meats. You name it -- I put salt on it.

    But besides being a great seasoning, there are actually some other great uses for salt in your home that just might make your life a bit easier -- not to mention saving you a few bucks.

    Check out these 10 cool things you can do with salt.

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    It's kind of humiliating when your partner has better housekeeping skills than you do. I mean, I am all for equal sharing of household duties and do, in fact, split things with my husband pretty fairly. But I was raised to do housekeeping chores and, as the state of his bachelor-pad apartment would suggest, he's had to learn.

    So when a guy does something housewife-ish a million times better than me, it's a little embarrassing. At least the hot dad in the video below looks amazing while he does it. Check it out below.

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