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The Best Shower Filter Of 2019

Almost all popular shower filters available today only remove 20% – 80% of free chlorine (not total combined chlorine) from your shower. This includes shower filters that are certified by the NSF #177 Standard — unfortunately this standard only indicates that a filter will remove 50% of free chlorine in the water.

The Best Alpaca Wool Comforters Of 2019

Alpaca wool is one of the warmest fibers that can be used to fill comforters. The wool also contains no lanolin so they are hypoallergenic and odorless. They have excellent moisture “wicking” properties. Body moisture is absorbed by the fiber, keeping sweat away to be released to the outside of the comforter. These are the best alpaca wool comforters I’ve …

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A List Of Goods Still Made In The USA

Here’s a master list of well-designed products still made in the United States. If only certain products are U.S.-made, you’ll see a “(only selected products)” note.

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The Best Air Filters For Pet Hair and Dander 2019

Pet dander is not the hair or fur of the animal, but is old skin scales which are constantly shed. Animal dander is extremely light weight and tiny in size (approximately 2.5 microns). It can stay airborne for hours.

Pets tend to shed a lot of dander, so you want a machine with a good pre-filter to stop pet hair reaching the main HEPA filter.

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The Brightest and Most Durable Christmas Lights

Conical 5mm Wide-Angle LEDs are the most durable and brightest Christmas lights available. Almost all professional Christmas light installers use these lights for their displays. Conical LEDs are waterproof and snowproof because they are injection molded into their plastic cordage.

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The Quietest Leaf Blower

The quietest leaf blower currently available is the Echo Leaf Blower, which generates only 65 decibels. This blower is also free of the high-pitched whine that most leaf blowers produce.

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The Best Portable Water Filters Of 2018

Portable water filters have improved in recent years — manufacturers are now producing portable filters that can filter contaminant the size of nanometers (a billionth of a meter). Portable water filters have improved in recent years — manufacturers are now producing units that filter contaminants the size of nanometers (a billionth of a meter). I review the best portable water filters available today.

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The Best Cordless Vacuum

The best cordless vacuum is the Dyson V8 Absolute Cord-Free Vacuum. This vacuum sucks up dirt as efficiently as a corded vacuum. It has a good battery life (about 30 minutes). It requires no vacuum bags, and it’s easy to clean.

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The Best Water Filters For Removing Fluoride

I now recommend the Aquagear Water Filter Pitcher. This filter has been certified to remove 90% of fluoride by independent laboratories. It uses an ion-matrix medium for filtration, which is a reliable way to remove fluoride. It costs about $70 on Amazon.

How Standalone HEPA Air Filters Work

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We’re all keenly aware of air pollution. If you ask someone about it, they might point to the smoggy haze that hangs over Los Angeles, fumes from a smokestack at an industrial site, or smoke from a burning pile of leaves. What many fail to consider is that, even in the cleanest home, air pollution exists indoors as well. Indoor …

The Best Electric Kettle of 2016

The best electric kettle is the Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfectTemp Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle. The Cuisinart kettle includes a durable and heavy stainless steel carafe and base, non-slip handle, and concealed heating element.

Buy It For Life: Grooming Tools For Men

This Dopp Kit is handmade in the U.S. by New York-based designer Ernest Alexander. Alexander says his products are made to last a lifetime.

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The Most Durable Glassware and Dinnerware

This is one of our “Buy It For Life” posts where we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. Duralex Picardie Tumblers Duralex has been manufacturing tempered glassware in France since 1929. Their Picardie Tumblers are known for lasting decades — they will bounce several times when dropped on the floor and survive without a crack. The tumblers …

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Binchotan Charcoal: An Inexpensive Way To Mineralize and Filter Water

White charcoal or Binchō-tan is a charcoal that loves adsorbing things. Binchotan, which has been produced in Japan for centuries, naturally adsorbs toxins such as chlorine, lead, mercury, cadmium and copper from tap water. It also releases useful minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphates. To use Binchotan, you simply place a piece of the charcoal into a water pitcher, …