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    The Truth About Bamboo Sheets and Plant-Based Fabrics

    Recently, the scientists in the GH Textiles Lab noticed an alarming trend: A growing number of bedding and clothing brands were claiming that their products were made of bamboo, eucalyptus or other tree fibers — and consumers seemed interested, based on the growth in online searches. From their experience, our experts knew these products couldn’t contain any trace of the plants promoted in the claims, so after thorough research we selected a wide assortment of items for additional analysis. Here are the details and the results of the investigation: How We TestedOur scientists zeroed in on over 50 products clearly marketed as being made of bamboo, eucalyptus or beechwood fibers, including clothing, footwear and bedding. We bought 10 of them, reviewed their labels and sent them to an outside lab for fiber-identification testing. The result: For all 10 items, the lab could not detect any trace of the claimed plants or trees in the final fabric.What Are the Products Actually Made Of?All 10 products we tested contained rayon. Rayon is the umbrella term for fibers manufactured from plant cellulose. Types of rayon include viscose, lyocell and modal. While they are similar, “they vary based on the manufacturing steps,” explains Lexie Sachs, GH Institute textiles director and head fiber scientist. It can be confusing because the process of making fabric from bamboo, eucalyptus or another tree does start with the plant. “But the raw plant materials are chemically dissolved to the point that they no longer exist in the final fabric,” says Sachs. “All that’s left is cellulose, which is then processed with more chemicals and turned into fibers.” In other words, the products are derived from bamboo or trees, but not made of them. How Is Cotton Different?Cotton grows as a fiber, whereas plants like bamboo and eucalyptus grow as tough stalks and tree wood. When cotton gets processed to make a finished fabric, the fiber isn’t chemically changed and its overall structure remains the same. So when a lab examines cotton from sheets or clothing under a microscope, the original cotton fiber is still visible. How Plants Become RayonA chemical heavy process removes all trace of the original substance

    Grow Raw Material

    Plants or trees are harvested, then chopped into pieces.

    Turn to Pulp

    The pieces are chemically processed into pulp consisting of cellulose, leaving behind virtually everything from the original plant.

    Dissolve in Chemicals

    The pulp gets chemically turned into a liquid, removing any remnants of the raw material.

    Form Into Fibers

    Next, the liquid goes through a spinneret, a device with small holes, where it’s transformed into fibers in a chemical bath.

    Finish The Fabric

    The processed fibers are cleaned and made into yarn for fabric.

    What the Law SaysThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires brands to use the manufactured name for rayon fibers such as viscose and lyocell. It does allow brands to reference the raw material if it is included along with the generic name — e.g., “viscose from bamboo” — but companies are skipping this qualifier in product names and marketing.

    “If it’s not made directly of bamboo fiber, don’t call it bamboo… That’s a mistake.”

    Some brands list the accurate name in fine print or on a garment’s label, but that’s not enough to comply with regulations. A statement for businesses on the FTC website explains: “If it’s not made directly of bamboo fiber, don’t call it bamboo. Not anywhere, not any way.” In the same statement, the FTC points out: “Some companies seem to think that if they modify their content disclosures to accurately read ‘rayon,’ they’re free to use the word ‘bamboo’ in product titles and descriptions. That’s a mistake.”The FTC provides a concise “How to Avoid Bamboozling Your Customers” guide on its website to prevent brands from making this kind of error. It has sued some companies for false bamboo labeling, but this has only scratched the surface; it hasn’t yet sued regarding false claims involving fibers from trees like eucalyptus and beechwood.Why It’s a ProblemDescribing a product’s fiber with a plant name instead of the correct term can mislead shoppers in a variety of ways, including:Greenwashing This tactic overstates a product’s eco-friendly qualities to drive sales. Bamboo rayon may not be as “green” as you think: Harsh chemicals are often used to make it. Lyocell is considered a better option than viscose because the solvent used to make it is less toxic and can be reused.Besides the environmental impact from chemicals in the production process, fabrics derived from trees may contribute to deforestation if they’re not properly sourced. When you shop, you can check whether companies comply with FSC or PEFC standards to ensure the trees are coming from sustainably managed forests. Deception“Bamboo,” “eucalyptus” or “beechwood” may sound more luxurious and special than rayon, leading consumers to purchase a product for the wrong reasons.False PromisesBrands sometimes highlight properties of the plant or tree in their marketing, as in saying bamboo is naturally antimicrobial. When the plant gets chemically dissolved, it loses all trace of those characteristics. Anil N. Netravali, Ph.D., a professor of fiber science and apparel design at Cornell University, explains that regardless of the plant used at the start, “the purified pulp contains mostly cellulose. All the other chemicals, such as antimicrobials in bamboo, are removed.”FTC attorney Miriam Lederer tells Good Housekeeping that consumers should be able to see clearly that a product has attributes of rayon instead of the raw material. She says having the fiber name in certain places may not be enough, “because consumers might make their purchase decisions before seeing the full and accurate fiber-content disclosure.”The Reason It’s EverywhereWith the rise of start-ups and direct-to-consumer brands, bedding and apparel companies are often run by entrepreneurs instead of people with backgrounds in textiles. “It’s possible that brands don’t even realize they’re making a mistake because suppliers provide them with information that’s either inaccurate or misinterpreted,” says Sachs. While the brands do a great job marketing and getting on consumers’ radar, they may have less understanding of how the product is made and how to follow U.S. regulations.Our Lab pros also spoke with textile experts from SGS, a leading worldwide provider of testing and other validation services. They agreed that marketers could be misled by suppliers about fiber content and product specifications, and they urged brands to verify all claims before relaying them to consumers. Most important, “Claims must be substantiated by technical documents to prove they’re true, accurate, relevant and verifiable,” says Min Zhu, Ph.D., technical director for softlines at SGS North America.Even when suppliers provide accurate information, it can easily be distorted. “Robust storytelling and the disconnect between designer and marketing can lead to incorrect labeling and communications,” says Tricia Carey, director of global business development at Lenzing, a popular fiber manufacturer. “We see more emerging brands that need education on product labeling.”How Brands RespondedWe reached out to all 10 companies to let them know about our findings and to learn about their validation processes. Within days, six brands took steps toward fixing the mistakes, such as adding “viscose” or “lyocell” to their website descriptions and changing product names. Several claimed they’d had no idea the original plants weren’t in the fabrics and said they hadn’t tested their products themselves. Some said they knew the plant was only the raw material but didn’t realize they weren’t allowed to refer to the fabric using a plant name. Two brands did not respond.Where We Found ClaimsThese examples show common places to spot mislabeled rayon fibers, along with specific instances from items we tested. We asked these brands to share how they validate the marketing claims and whether they had considered FTC regulations.

    Tags & Packaging

    Viscose sheets from Cozy Earth are described as “100% bamboo” and “bamboo fabric” on the hang tag, with a viscose mention in the last paragraph.Cozy Earth told Good Housekeeping they believe these sheets are FTC compliant because they include viscose on packaging and “since consumers use the generic term ‘bamboo’ to describe these sheets…we too have used the term bamboo to help them find what they are looking for.”

    The packaging for Luxome’s viscose sheets is marked as “100% Bamboo Bed Sheet Set” without any mention of viscose.A representative for Luxome confirmed it uses viscose from bamboo and said they plan to update the product packaging. They also said they would be updating its website to reflect the viscose mentions included on the fiber labels.

    Garment Labels

    Modal joggers from Bleusalt claim “95% beechwood” on the tag.The brand first asserted that they were “absolutely beechwood and tree fibers,” then later said they were making it a priority to change the labels after speaking with their supplier.

    Emilia George’s viscose/cotton blend dress is marked as “70% bamboo.”The company first told Good Housekeeping that its “supplier screwed [them] over” and after further review said they plan to change its label.

    The Rora sheets from Rove Concepts are 100% viscose, but labeled as “100% organic bamboo.”Rove Concepts did not provide a response, and has not made any updates to the bamboo marketing on its website.


    Lyocell fabric from Reebok’s sneaker is marketed online as “eucalyptus tree textile.”A representative for the brand responded for comment by saying the source material for the lyocell is “primarily eucalyptus wood pulp” and has not revised its marketing.

    Nook’s crib mattress cover uses lyocell, polyester and cotton, yet boasts being made of “eucalyptus” throughout its online listing.The brand did not provide a response and has not adjusted claims on its website.

    Comma Home mentioned lyocell in the specs, but described their “Eucalyptus Comforter” as being made with “real eucalyptus fibers.”The brand said they were told it was eucalyptus fibers from their factories, and have since changed the product names and descriptions to reflect lyocell.

    Easy Ways to Shop Smarter Keep an eye out for specific fiber names instead of unsubstantiated eco claims. For a legitimately sustainable option, look for Lenzing fibers, such as its Tencel-branded lyocell. It’s sourced from responsibly managed forests and made via a greener process with safer chemicals and less waste. If brands use it, it’s often listed on their websites and labels. GH Lab–Approved PicksIf you’re looking for soft, sustainably made rayon options, you can trust that these products use responsibly sourced Tencel fibers without going overboard on their claims.

    Tencel Sheet Set

    West Elm


    This 100% lyocell fabric is moisture wicking and incredibly smooth, and it’s made in a Fair Trade Certified factory.

    Bath Towels
    Legends Hotel Cotton & Tencel Bath Towel

    The Company Store


    Their ultra-plush feel is achieved through combining cotton with lyocell fibers.

    French Terry Puff Sleeve Pullover



    Soft, stylish and not too heavy, this lyocell-blend sweatshirt is the perfect wardrobe staple.

    Neumel Natural



    A hemp and cotton upper, a lyocell lining and soles of consciously sourced rubber help reduce these boots’ eco footprint. 

    Baby Products
    Organic Cotton Tencel Wearable Blanket

    Pottery Barn Kids


    Breathable cotton muslin is mixed with smooth lyocell in this sleep sack for crib use.

    Bottom LineThe fact that these products are mislabeled doesn’t mean they’re low quality. In fact, several of our top-tested products contain rayon. Just be wary of plant-content claims. More

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    Create & Cultivate Founder Jaclyn Johnson Shows How Her Home Embraces the Great Outdoors

    The creative force behind Create & Cultivate, a media company for ambitious women, Jaclyn Johnson prioritized having a stylish place to unwind. “Before the pandemic, I was on a plane every other week, so my husband and I wanted help making a forever home that let us do more of the things we wanted, like cooking and spending time by the pool,” she says. With a few smart moves, her interior designer Ginny Macdonald turned her California home into a chic and sunny space that fully embraces the summer weather all 365 days a year. Bedroom

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    Bring in some trendy cane.You can find this style of rattan in headboards, chairs, screens and more. Its texture and craftsmanship adds depth and character.Kitchen

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    Display your favorite objects.Jaclyn Johnson’s open kitchen shelves and large island are used to store everyday essentials like glassware and dinnerware, but they also show off the entrepreneur’s ceramics, books and decorative pieces.Get the look: White Oak Floating Shelf,

    Jessica Bordner

    Make a statement with storage.Crafty nooks can corral wine bottles, cutting boards or anything else you need to stow in style.Ginny’s Design Tip: Be smart about placement. Adopt a thoughtful approach when styling shelves with decorative accents. An example: “You’d never light a candle underneath a shelf, so don’t put it there.” Dining Room

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    Embrace a timeless palette.”I like the black-and-white modern style and the cozy California aesthetic, so we really tried hard to marry the two,” says Jaclyn.Ginny’s Design Tip: Stick to a consistent palette. If you’re mixing patterns in one room, make it cohesive by picking a few main colors to use alongside a couple of daring shades for visual interest. Bathroom

    Jessica Bordner

    Layer shades of a single tone.Combining variations of one hue is a no-fail way to introduce character into a design. The powder room’s soft pink walls, layered with square tiles in a deeper shade, complement the terrazzo vanity top. Ginny’s Design Tip: Experiment with different shapes and heights. “Have lower elements that lead into higher elements, and try not to be too symmetrical with things, because that could feel forced.”

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    Try top-to-bottom tile. Besides a luxe soaking tub, the primary bathroom’s highlight is reflective green wall tiles that suit the chevron-patterned flooring. “The darker tile makes the room feel quite special and complete,” designer Ginny Macdonald says.

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    Take a Tour Inside the Home of the Ultimate Rae Dunn Collector

    If you’ve ever stepped foot in TJ Maxx, Marshalls or Home Goods, then know about Rae Dunn. Her porcelain pieces are hard to miss: There are hundreds of cream-colored mugs, dishes, canisters and planters with words like “thankful,” “family,” and “but first, coffee” etched in the designer’s signature font. The minimalistic design lends itself to any farmhouse-style home, but really, the fascination stems from the thrill of the hunt. Some Rae Dunn fans will travel from store to store to find the perfect addition to their collection. Serious collectors will even beeline straight to the Rae Dunn aisle in their local TJ Maxx, Marshalls or Home Goods as soon as the stores open, as shown in this now-viral TikTok. In the video above, Marie, _simplyandrews_ on Instagram, shows Good Housekeeping her extensive Rae Dunn collection, which she keeps on display in a hutch in her dining room. It all started back in 2017 when she bought a flour canister and loaf dish adorned with the word “bake” — and now she has hundreds of seasonal and non-seasonal porcelain pieces, totaling an estimated value of $7,000. You’ll see how she organizes her most-used pieces and packs away her holiday items during the off-season. Plus, if you’re also a collector, get plenty of tips about how to track down rare Rae Dunn pieces on eBay or other online retailers, like the canisters from the “Take Note” line valued at around $400 to $700.

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    Inside the 2021 Good Housekeeping x Country Living Makeover Takeover Renovation Summit

    Whether it’s redoing your kitchen cabinets, painting the kids’ bedrooms, or completely overhauling your backyard, a year spent inside our homes has inspired many of us to refresh and renew our spaces. But even if it’s not your first time picking up a paint roller or hammer, taking on new DIY projects can be tricky. That’s why Country Living and Good Housekeeping decided to team up to host our first-ever Makeover Takeover Renovation Summit on May 12 and 13. The two-day virtual event (sponsored by Trex, Pergo Extreme and Dutch Boy Paints) featured DIY demos, intimate panel discussions and fireside chats packed with design advice, renovation hacks and money-saving secrets from some of our favorite design experts, including the Property Brothers, Emily Henderson, Brian Patrick Flynn, Candace Cameron Bure, Ellen Pompeo, Tia Mowry, Tamron Hall and so many others. What they’ve learned from years of experience — and more than a few missteps! — will help you pull off that amazing DIY home makeover on a real-world budget. Below, watch each day’s programming in full, or take a look at highlights and clips from each of the panels. Watch All of Day 1

    Yes, You Can Do That!

    Rachel Hardage Barrett

    Editor in Chief, Country Living

    Orlando Soria

    Interior Designer and Host, HGTV’s Build Me Up

    Jenni Yolo

    Founder & Blogger, I Spy DIY

    Max Humphrey

    Interior Designer, Art Director, & Stylist

    Our experts tackled how to take on big design risks and renovation projects. “Start simple and just go for it” was the biggest takeaway. They also shared lots of ideas for small changes that have big impact — from changing out all the wall switches in your home, to using paint to create faux moulding around a doorway. Get a pen and pad ready —you’ll want to start a list of inexpensive DIY projects to try while watching this panel.Watch Now

    Highly Debatable: This or That Part 1

    Ellen Pompeo

    Actress, Producer and Director

    Emily Henderson

    Professional Stylist, Designer, NYT Bestselling Author and Founder of Style by Emily Henderson

    Tamron Hall

    Host and Executive Producer, Tamron Hall

    Joni Lay

    Blogger, Lay Baby Lay

    Jordan Slocum & Barry Bordelon

    The Brownstone Boys

    Tara L. Paige

    Creator, Black Women Who Love Outdoor Living Spaces

    Jean Brownhill

    Founder and CEO, Sweeten

    TVs in the bedroom: for or against? Toilet paper: over or under? Matte or glossy paint? Our favorite design-obsessed celebrities, interior designers, home bloggers and stylists share their thoughts on these and other polarizing design questions.Watch Now

    Secrets of a Serial Decorator

    Kayla Keegan

    Senior News & Entertainment Editor, Good Housekeeping

    Tia Mowry

    Actress, Producer and Author

    Actress, author, and producer Tia Mowry shares her passion for all things design in this one-on-one chat led by Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping’s Senior News & Entertainment Editor. Mowry has smart solutions for collaborating with a partner whose design aesthetic is totally different than yours, plus tips for creating a stylish home that is also cozy and kid-friendly. Watch Now

    Design Trends: What’s Hot In Paint, Tiles, Cabinetry, Flooring & More

    Monique Valeris

    Senior Home Editor, Good Housekeeping

    Stacey-Ann Blake

    Founder and Blogger, Design Addict Mom

    Nicole Gibbons

    Founder and CEO of Clare

    Young Huh

    Owner and Founder of Young Huh Interior Design

    Presented by Pergo Extreme

    Presented by Pergo Extreme, Blake, Gibbons and Huh share notes about what’s on-trend in home design — from paint colors to floor plans to wall decor — and which trends are on their way out. Their advice on how to choose what to do in your own home? Go with what you love — even if it’s not so trendy. Watch Now

    Real-Life Design Dilemmas With Beth Diana Smith

    Beth Diana Smith

    Owner & Principal Designer, Beth Diana Smith Interior Design

    We asked readers to send in their design questions, and interior designer Beth Diana Smith offered solutions for how to increase kitchen storage in small spaces, revamp a craft room and more. Watch Now

    At Home with Brent Ridge & Josh Kilmer Purcell

    Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell

    Co-Founders, Beekman 1802

    Take an exclusive peek inside Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge’s new farmhouse renovation. The founders of Beekman 1802 discuss building their new kitchen around an existing fireplace, using various shades of paint on cabinets to create more depth and height, and dedicating a new room solely to displaying travel treasures. Watch along and get inspired to make unique adjustments to your own home.Watch Now

    Design 101 (First Lesson: Call a Friend)

    Ellen Pompeo

    Actress, Producer and Director

    Martyn Lawrence Bullard

    Interior Designer

    Interior Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard joins his longtime friend and “design partner in crime” Ellen Pompeo to talk about their shared passion for upscale home design that embraces comfort. They discuss the ins and outs of home renovations they’ve done together, as well as share their tips on creating gorgeous-but-practical spaces. Watch Now

    Makeover Takeover DIY: Gallery Wall 2.0

    Brian Patrick Flynn

    Interior Designer, Founder of Flynnside Out and Host, Magnolia Network’s Mind For Design

    Designer Brian Patrick Flynn shows you how to turn a basic wall into a decor statement. Watch Now

    Furniture DIYs with Alex Mata and Elisabeth Engelhart

    Alex Mata

    Craft Stylist, Good Housekeeping

    Elisabeth Engelhart

    Visual Styling Director, Good Housekeeping

    Good Housekeeping stylists Alex Mata and Elisabeth Engelhart gave the same cabinet two completely different looks. Use the tips in their step-by-step tutorials to add personality to a piece you already own with cheap materials like stick-on wallpaper, fabric, and a few tools from your handy-dandy toolbox. Watch Now

    Watch All of Day 2

    Great Outdoor Spaces: Dream Decks, Pretty Patios, Al Fresco Kitchens & More

    Leslie Adkins

    Vice President of Marketing, Trex Company

    Chris and Peyton Lambton

    Hosts, DIY Network’s Yard Crashers and Lawn & Order

    Allison Rhodes-Messner

    Co-founder and CEO, Yardzen

    Lori Bergamotto

    Style Director, Good Housekeeping

    Presented by Trex

    When considering a major backyard transformation, where do you start? Presented by Trex Company, four outdoor design pros share secrets on picking the perfect layout, materials, lighting and shrubbery to best compliment your unique space and create an environment that is both stylish and functional. Watch Now

    The Truth About Total Flips

    Monique Valeris

    Senior Home Editor, Good Housekeeping

    Nischelle Turner

    Co-host, Entertainment Tonight

    Nischelle Turner, co-host of Entertainment Tonight and longtime DIY enthusiast, joins GH’s Monique Valeris to discuss her past experiences with home renovation projects, where she gets inspiration for new projects, and what is was like to work with an all-female team. She also shared deets about her new gig hosting the upcoming series Celebrity Home Renovation.Watch Now

    Quick Fixes for Old Houses

    Candis & Andy Meredith

    Hosts, Magnolia Network’s Home Work

    Eddie Ross

    Co-founder and Chief Content Creator, Maximalist Studios

    Holly Williams

    Singer-Songwriter, Musician, Retail Entrepreneur and Serial House-Flipper

    Elizabeth Finkelstein

    Host, HGTV’s Upcoming Series Cheap Old Houses

    Buying a fixer-upper can be a major time and money commitment. But with the right tools and guidance, turning it into the home of your dreams doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Listen in on this candid discussion with our old-home pros to learn from their mistakes and pick up priceless design tricks. Watch Now

    Start Small, Conquer All: A DIY Painting Workshop Presented By Dutch Boy® Paints

    In this tutorial, Renovation Summit sponsor Dutch Boy® shows you easy, quick ways to transform doors, cabinets and trim with paint. Watch Now

    At Home With Gail Simmons

    Gail Simmons

    Host, Bravo’s Upcoming Series Top Chef Amateurs

    Gail Simmons, host of Bravo’s upcoming series Top Chef Amateurs, currently lives in a former church. Now, she gives us a peek inside the kitchen where many of her culinary adventures take place.Watch Now

    Finding Your Personal Style

    Candace Cameron Bure

    New York Times Best-Selling Author, Producer, Actress and Entrepreneur

    Rachel Hardage Barrett

    Editor in Chief, Country Living

    Candace Cameron Bure reflects on her past roles on hit sitcoms Full House and Fuller House, and shares her exciting new home-makeover projects to come in the near future with Country Living Editor-in-Chief Rachel Hardage Barrett.Watch Now

    Makeover Takeover DIY: Geometric Wall Features

    Anna Mae Groves

    Lifestyle Blogger

    Cincinnati-based lifestyle blogger Anna Mae Groves shows how to upgrade basic walls with 3-D texture, graphic shapes and fun finishing touches. Watch Now

    Highly Debatable: This or That Part 2

    Drew and Jonathan Scott

    Entrepreneurs, Designers and Hosts of Property Brothers

    Ellen Pompeo

    Actress, Producer and Director

    Emily Henderson

    Professional Stylist, Designer, NYT Bestselling Author and Founder of Style by Emily Henderson

    Tamron Hall

    Host and Executive Producer, Tamron Hall

    Joni Lay

    Blogger, Lay Baby Lay

    Jordan Slocum and Barry Bordelon

    The Brownstone Boys

    Tara L. Paige

    Creator, Black Women Who Love Outdoor Living Spaces

    Jean Brownhill

    Founder and CEO, Sweeten

    Our favorite celebrities, interior designers, home bloggers, paint specialists, stylists and more share their thoughts on controversial design questions.Watch Now

    Real-Life Design Dilemmas with Shea McGee

    Shea McGee

    Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, McGee & Co. and Studio McGee

    We asked readers to send in design questions. Shea McGee, founder of the design firm Studio McGee and star of Netflix’s Dream Home Makeover, tackles topics like how to revitalize a space to add value, experiment with textured wallpaper and more!Watch Now

    The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Renovations

    Drew & Jonathan Scott

    Entrepreneurs, Designers, & Hosts of Property Brothers

    Jane Francisco

    Editorial Director, Hearst Lifestyle Group & Editor in Chief, Good Housekeeping

    Planning a major revamp? Home design veterans Drew and Jonathan Scott, a.k.a. the Property Brothers, give cost-effective solutions and budget-friendly tips to help overcome some of those “bound to happen” hiccups throughout the process. Plus, get the scoop on the trends they think will stick or sink. Watch Now
    Thank you to the sponsors of the Country Living x Good Housekeeping 2021 Makeover Takeover Home Renovation Summit: Pergo Extreme, Trex, and Dutch Boy Paint. Check out for more information on upcoming summits.

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    How to Register for the 2021 Makeover Takeover Renovation Summit

    Calling all home renovation enthusiasts, weekend DIY-ers, and paint project-tacklers! Whether you’re taking on a full fixer upper or just making a small room upgrade, we know home reno projects are no easy feat. We have great news—we’re bringing in a crew of experts to help you along on your makeover journey. We’ve teamed up with our partners-in-design Country Living for a (FREE!) two-day celebration of all things DIY and home improvement, and you’re invited! 🎉 Join us May 12-13 for the first ever Makeover Takeover Renovation Summit, presented by Trex, PERGO, and Dutch Boy. The event features workshops and special appearances from familiar faces like Holly Williams, Brian Patrick Flynn, Max Humphrey, and The Property Brothers, who’ll answer all your reno questions and so much more. Registration is open NOW! Grab your toolkits and paintbrushes, and click the link below for alllll the nitty gritty details! 🛠️REGISTER HERE

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    How to Clean Your Grill to Get it Ready for Summer

    Cookout season is just a few short weeks away, and if your gas or charcoal grill is still covered with the remnants of last year’s cheeseburgers and Hawaiian chicken, now’s the perfect time to give it a refresh as part of your spring cleaning routine. These speedy tips from the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab come from years of testing outdoor grills as well as the cleaners and tools you need to keep them working well (and your food tasting great). Here are the three main steps: Remove and clean the grates Clean the grill’s interior Clean the grill’s exteriorStep 1: How to clean BBQ grill gratesThese are the workhorses of your cooker and because they come in direct contact with your food, they need to be clean. Start by removing the cool grates and wiping or brushing off as much of the big, loose debris as you can with a mesh or nylon scrub pad or a brush. In a sink or large bucket, mix up a sudsy solution of a grease-cutting dish liquid, like Dawn, and hot water and place the grates in to soak. If they don’t completely fit in, immerse one half, soak, then flip it over to get the other side. After soaking 15 to 30 minutes, put on some rubber gloves (like GH Seal holder, Playtex) and scrub the grates clean with a sturdy grill brush or scrubbing pad­. Take extra care with porcelain grates, because you don’t want to damage them.

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    If the grates are really dirty, soak them a second time to help soften and remove more gunk without expending extra elbow grease. Or, try the new Sienna Grilltastic Grill Steam Cleaning System. Fill this electric scrubber with water, plug it in and in seconds the combination of the dishwasher-safe stainless steel brush head and hot steam will be blasting grease from your grates. (It cleaned our GH Test Kitchen grill so well, our recipe testers asked if they could keep it.) Finally, rinse the grates well and let them dry.If scrubbing isn’t your thing, there’s Carbona’s 2-in-1 Oven Rack and Grill Cleaner. This kit contains a large zip-top bag and a 16 oz. bottle of cleaner. Simply place your grates in the bag, pour in the liquid, seal the bag and shake gently so the cleaner coats the racks. Let it sit (away from children and pets) eight hours, or even overnight. Afterward, remove the racks from the bag, lightly scrub away any stubborn residue and rinse them well. In our GH Institute Cleaning Lab tests, even grates from a charcoal smoker came out clean with virtually no effort, thanks to this product.

    Step 2: How to clean the inside of a BBQ grillWith the grates removed, brush down the inside to clear out any loose particles that have collected in the bottom and around the sides. Scrape off any large peeling flakes of carbon and grease and if yours is a charcoal grill, empty the ash catcher. Don’t forget to clean the drip pan and grease cup in warm soapy water and line them with aluminum foil so they’ll be easier to clean next time.

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    Step 3: How to clean the exterior of a BBQ grillMix up another bath of warm sudsy dish liquid and water and wipe down the exterior, handle, side trays and any bottom doors with a sponge or cloth or use a grease-cutting all-purpose cleaner, like Mr. Clean Clean Freak Deep Cleaning Mist. In our GH tests, it cut grease on contact, plus it cleans stainless steel without streaking. Rinse and wipe dry. Finally, light the grill to make sure that none of the burner holes are clogged and all the gas lines and tubes are well connected and in good condition. How to keep a BBQ grill clean all summerDuring grilling season, here’s our step-by-step instructions to keep your grill looking great: Go over the grates while they are still warm with a brush or pad or even a ball of aluminum foil to keep food residue from building up. Regularly clean grates and outside surfaces with a spray like Parker & Bailey BBQ Cleaner & Degreaser. In GH Institute Cleaning Lab tests, it dissolved stuck-on messes better and faster than others we tried. Keep wire brushes in good condition and replace them when worn so metal bristles don’t stick to the grates and get into your food.
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    Designer Decorating Secret: Realistic Faux Plants

    A room always seems to feel more fresh and alive to me when there’s a plant in the room. Better yet, when there are several plants! I bet if you study photos of rooms you like, you’ll notice how many of them have at least one plant. Using faux plants in a room or a mix of real and faux is often a designer secret for more lush and beautiful spaces.
    But plants are not just a designer trick for staging or beautiful photos, I think plants make a house feel more “homey.” While I always recommend trying real plants whenever possible for their health benefits and natural beauty, there are certainly times and spaces where faux might be the way to go.
    I recently bought a couple of faux plants for our basement! Our lower level gets a good amount of natural light so plants can be quite happy down there, but sometimes I forget to water them. Faux plants were a great solution. I love this artificial potted jade plant, and these artificial potted moss plants. They need hardly any care, can be moved around anywhere, they always look green even when I neglect them. They make this room feel happier and more welcoming, and that makes me happier, too!

    Artificial potted moss plant

    Jack likes them too. 😉
    PS. If you missed the full tour of our cozy cottage basement, click here!

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    Navy paint color: Hale Navy Benjamin Moore
    White brick paint: Simply White Benjamin Moore
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    Faux jade potted plant.
    Faux potted moss.
    Neva Sofa from Sixpenny in Jasmine Rice. Read more about our sofa here.
    Blue and white patterned rug
    Similar coffee table.
    Similar leather pouf.
    Our Leather Sofa
    Similar blue and white pillows.

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    Swap Mindless Scrolling for These Satisfying Cleaning Tasks

    There’s plenty of good advice available about how to stop procrastinating (and apps that can help too!) but you’ll probably never completely eradicate it from your life. Redirecting your energy into something positive can help that time from being a waste—and leave you feeling better overall. While procrastibaking has gotten a lot of attention recently, cleaning as procrastination is a classic way to channel time into productivity. In a 2011 study, Stanford researchers found that visual clutter made it significantly harder for subjects to complete tasks—so when you need a break, instead of doomscrolling the internet, clearing out the sink could be considered a step toward hitting your deadline. Cleaning can also be a stress reducer, putting you in a better state of mind to complete that spreadsheet or run your errands. But the last thing you need when escaping is a cleaning distraction that ends up being just as frustrating. Scotch-Brite™ products are designed to work quickly and effectively, so your cleaning goes smoothly. Here are some handy cleaning swaps to turn to the next time you hit a to-do list wall. Stop Posting and Start Sudsing Social media can be a fun way to keep up with friends, but anyone with an Instagram account knows it can also lead to anxiety. When you feel the urge to check your feed for the fifth time, put down your phone and reach for your dishwashing gloves. A recent Mindfulness study discovered that washing dishes with intention resulted in a decrease in nerves and overall more positive outlook for participants—plus, you’ll have one less chore to tackle when dinnertime comes around. Task TipsPre-soak pans in hot water to help unstick big messes.Dry glassware with a soft, clean cloth to avoid those annoying streaks. Use Scotch-Brite® Advanced Scrub Dots Non Scratch Scrubbers, which make quick work of things like eggs and cheese, and rinse clean afterwards.

    Scotch-Brite® Advanced Scrub Dots Non-Scratch

    Swap News-Bingeing for De-ClutteringIt’s important to stay informed, but once you’ve checked into current events for the day, constantly refreshing your favorite news site is one of the most stress-inducing midday breaks you can take. Instead, give your eyes a screen break, get on your feet, and do a living room sweep.Task TipsPut obviously out-of-place items where they belong—books go on the shelf, throw pillows get placed back on the couch, and clothing should go in the closet or laundry room.Wipe down surfaces like mantels, windowsills, and shelves that tend to collect dust.Don’t worry about breaking out the vacuum. A quick pass of the Scotch-Brite™ 50% Stickier Lint Roller makes quick work of visible lint or pet hair.

    Scotch-Brite™ 50% Stickier Lint Roller

    Replace Streaming with Bathroom ScrubbingIt can be hard to resist catching up on your favorite show, especially when the alternative is paying bills. But pressing play is a slippery slope that can lead to hours of lost time, and that groggy feeling that comes from staring at your TV during the day. Get your blood flowing and your tile sparkling with some needed TLC instead. Task TipsCollect all of your used towels and bathmat and toss them in the laundry—replacing everything at once will make a huge difference. Clean your mirror—it will reflect more light and give you a whole new outlook (literally!).Use a tile-safe scrubber (try the Scotch-Brite® Swift Scrub Bathroom Buildup Remover!) to cut through soap scum and shampoo residue quickly, and without the need for harsh chemicals.Save This Guide for When You Need a Visual Reminder

    Jesse Mumford

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