Struggling with your shower cleanliness? Keep a bottle of shower sanitizer and a grout brush in the shower at all times. Use the grout brush if something pops up, and spray shower daily. This should greatly extend the time between deep cleanings.

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Mount a tension bar high up in your closet, and you can use shower hooks to hang pocketbooks and small bags, utilizing the dead space and keeping your bags from getting crushed.

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Use the clips on a pants hanger to keep curtains closed in a hotel room. This can save you from getting woken up too early because your room is facing the morning sun.

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Be sure to clean earbuds and phone/tablet touchscreens regularly — especially as kids go back to school and face a new group of germs they might not have been exposed to over the summer break.

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Use a Tic-Tac container to store bobby pins or toothpicks for traveling. An Altoids tin makes a good holder for flossers.

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You can use a light mist of 1/4 vinegar and 3/4 water to polish chrome bath and kitchen fixtures. Spray and buff smudges away.

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My daughter is a softball player, and here’s what her coach suggested as an ice pack for when she gets home: unpopped popcorn kernels. They get cold but not uncomfortably so, they can easily mold to any body part and they don’t melt into a mess.

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