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March 08, 2019

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Kitchen 2019Daylight saving time officially starts this weekend on Sunday, March 10, at 2:00 a.m. While your phones and computers will automatically "spring forward" one hour earlier, you'll still have to check your ovens, microwaves, and most importantly, your smoke detectors — at least according to safety experts.

The two times a year we change our clocks also serve as a valuable reminder to change the batteries in our fire alarms. Only 57% of Americans have followed best practice and done so in the past six months, according to a survey of more 1,000 people conducted by ServiceMaster Restore.

When you go around your house on Sunday, you'll want to replace the batteries in each detector. Bonus: Doing it now will also prevent the purposefully annoying "chirping" reminder later on.

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Hint 1: Freshen up your shower curtain

To banish moldy spots, throw plastic or vinyl curtains in the washing machine with a little detergent.

Add two to three bath towels for extra cleaning agitation, then hang it to dry or put in the dryer on low heat or fluff only. To keep it fresher longer, stretch the curtain out after each shower to help moisture dissipate.

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Hint 2: Fluff feather pillows

Yes, feather pillows can get washed and dried in the machine.

Load two pillows at a time for balance and use only a very small amount of detergent. Wash them on a delicate cycle with an extra rinse, then tumble dry on low with several clean tennis balls to poof them back up.

BAM...pillows are back to basically new with a fresh smell.

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'Go Green' Hint: Eat less meat

Meat isn’t cheap, and it’s not great for the environment, either.

Seventy percent of the Amazon rainforest has been destroyed to raise cows, and meat production results in more carbon emissions than any other protein.

I'm not telling you to go completely vegan (unless that’s your thing), but learning to cook a few choice vegetarian meals will save money, add variety to your palate, and give the planet a helping hand.