No Agua Sucia For Me, Thanks

10/14/10 No Agua Sucia For Me, Thanks

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So you swig more bottled water than a Chilean miner fresh out of the scorching bowels of the Earth, but when it comes to tap water you’re more than a little skeptical. You’ve heard that a city’s water reserves can harvest a ton of pollutants and you’re afraid of growing an entire ecosystem of bacteria in your stomach. You...

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Toothbrush Sanitizer

10/04/10 Toothbrush Sanitizer

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When you were little losing a tooth was an exciting event. You would leave it under the pillow for el Ratón (or the Tooth Fairy, for you more Americanized chicas) and find money in its place the next morning, which you couldn’t wait to go out and spend on alfajores, mani confitado and pasteles de guayaba. As an adult, the...

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Surprising Uses For Your Microwave

09/03/10 Surprising Uses For Your Microwave

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Usually your microwave serves no higher purpose than to pop a bag of popcorn to accompany Sabado Gigante, or to quickly heat up a breakfast burrito on your way out to work. But as you will discover, it is so much more than a quick-snack-fixer. For example, sponges harvest a ton of bacteria and absorb nasty smells (especially after...

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Smoke Detector And Carbon Monoxide Basics

07/16/10 Smoke Detector And Carbon Monoxide Basics

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Growing up in my neighborhood, you always knew dinner time was around the corner because there were smoke detectors going off up and down the street thanks to the cooking smoke emanating from kitchens.  It was annoying yet familiar. Of course, to many people it was more annoying than anything else and they just took the batteries...

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Natural Air Freshner

06/23/10 Natural Air Freshner

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Bistec empanizado and maduros are delicious. The smell that lingers after frying them up? Not so much.  Many commercial deodorizers don’t get rid of nasty odors. They just cover them up with a heavy layer of fragrance resulting in a house that stinks of fritanga and lavender. On top of that, you wind up inhaling a lungful of...

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Useful Everyday Tips V2.0

05/14/10 Useful Everyday Tips V2.0

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It’s that time once again, when we round up the best household tips nuestras mamas and the web have to offer and share the wealth with you. I don’t know about you but my free time is precious, and I don’t particularly enjoy spending it trying to scrub out that sangria stain from my carpet, courtesy of...

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