Cleaning Your Microwave Just Got Easier With a Volcano That Erupts Stain-Removing Steam

This steamer uses water and vinegar, so you can clean your microwave without chemicals.
This steamer uses water and vinegar, so you can clean your microwave without chemicals.
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Cleaning the microwave won't top anyone's list of favorite household chores (if such a list even exists in the first place). Between those crusty, caked-on stains and the fact that you have to fit your whole arm inside just to reach the back of the thing, you'd be forgiven for putting off this unpleasant deed for a few months. But that fossilized oatmeal isn't going anywhere on its own, so when you've absolutely got to get cleaning, you should at least try to have some fun with it. Next time, put down the scraper and paper towel and head to Amazon ($11) to check out this microwave cleaner in the shape of a volcano instead.

All you need to do is add water and vinegar (a wise cleaning hack) to the base of the volcano and put it in the microwave on high for seven minutes. The volcano will release potent steam from the top that will gradually loosen caked-on stains, so when the timer dings, all you'll need to do is use a sponge to wipe away the residue. Another perk? There are no chemicals needed. When you’re finished, you can throw the volcano in the dishwasher.

If an erupting volcano isn't enough to get you cleaning, maybe this four-pack of steam cleaners shaped like everyone's disappointed and furious mom ($18) will serve as enough inspiration to get to work. Here, the steam comes from her head, putting her boiling rage to good use.

Microwave Cleaner.
We've all seen that face before...
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When you're ready to tackle the rest of the home, give the top 25 cleaning songs on Spotify a listen.

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Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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Does the Dryer Eat Your Socks? Use This Simple Laundry Hack to Solve the Problem

You never have to search for your missing socks again.
You never have to search for your missing socks again.
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Doing laundry is never fun, but when your pile of apparel emerges with socks missing, it can turn into an investigation worthy of a homicide detective. Whether they're Nike, Gucci, or Gold Toe, no sock is immune to foul play—and typically, no suspect can ever be located.

Socks get “lost” when they cling to the washer drum, disappear into a pair of pants, or fall out of the hamper on their way back to the sock drawer. It’s also possible for a washer to “eat” a sock by allowing it to tumble out of the drum and get stuck in an inaccessible portion of the appliance. Some socks have even made it to the water drain or pump in their desperate bid to avoid your feet.

Reader’s Digest has a solution to this phenomenon: Use a safety pin. When you take your socks off, clip them together with the pin. By utilizing this sock buddy system, the pair will never be separated in the wash. It’s also far less likely for a pair to be obscured by other clothing or to cling to a hidden surface like the washer or fall by the wayside in a crevice.

If you’re concerned safety pins might damage your washer, you can opt for plastic sock clips like Loc A Sock. A pack of 40 clips is just $15 on Amazon.

[h/t Reader’s Digest]

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