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A pizza test

The long days of summer are here, and with warmer temps comes the lure of outdoor dining. Whatever time of year, pizza is a family favorite, which is why we’ve partnered with Gozney Roccbox, the world’s only restaurant grade portable outdoor pizza oven.

This July (from 12:00 p.m. July 15, 2020, through 11:59 a.m. August 15, 2020), enter our giveaway daily for a chance to win a Gozney Roccbox portable pizza oven. Four winners will each receive a Gozney Roccbox, valued at $499, for your own personal use and enjoyment. Plenty of reason to celebrate and dine in this summer.

Built using the same design, engineering and premium materials as Gozney’s professional ovens, the at-home version has a thick stone floor and dense insulation to ensure heat retention and cooking consistency. The unique rolling flame reaches up to 950°F / 500°C, which means your delectable pies can cook in just 60 seconds.

Set up in minutes, cook in seconds – Gozney Roccbox is designed for enthusiastic beginners, with the same care and quality as the ovens used by leading chefs and restaurants around the world. What could be better? Restaurant quality pizza at home.

Here are five reasons people love their Roccbox:

  1. Restaurant Grade: Built with premium materials and professional results in mind, the Gozney Roccbox is also easy to use and beautifully designed.
  2. Portable: With a built-in thermometer, retractable legs and detachable gas burner, Gozney Roccbox is easy to transport, assemble, and store.
  3. High Heat: The inner chamber reaches up to 950°F, ensuring maximum heat retention and consistent, delicious results.
  4. Gas or wood fueled: Offering the convenience of gas and tradition of wood fire, Gozney Roccbox comes complete with a gas burner as standard, and the option to buy a detachable wood burner as an additional accessory.
  5. Safe Touch: The outer silicone skin combined with dense insulation make Gozney Roccbox the family friendly option, reducing the danger of skin burns that can often occur with metal bodied ovens.

Tom Gozney is the designer and innovator behind the Gozney brand, which now manufactures a global range of commercial and residential pizza ovens. What began as one man’s quest for the perfect home-cooked pizza resulted in a world-class range of wood and gas fired ovens that redefine what can be achieved at home.

As the Gozney team has grown, innovative design, uncompromising quality and simplicity of use for home chefs has remained at the core of their mission. Today, Tom and the Gozney team continue to push design boundaries, combining timeless design and new technology to make fire and stone cooking simple for everyone and change the way we cook outdoors.

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Enter Bob Vila’s 2020 Portable Pizza Oven Giveaway with Gozney daily to increase your chances of winning a restaurant-grade portable pizza oven.

Bob Vila’s 2020 Portable Pizza Oven Giveaway with Gozney (the “Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by Acton Media Inc., 600 B St Ste 300 San Diego, CA 92101(“Sponsor”). The prize will be provided by Gozney (the “Prize Provider”). The Sweepstakes consists of four (4) random drawings and one (1) prize awarded per random drawing. The Sweepstakes and entry period begins at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on July 15, 2020, and runs through 11:59 a.m. ET on August 15, 2020 (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Open only to residents of the continental United States (including the District of Columbia, but excluding Alaska and Hawaii) who are age 18 or older. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Employees of Sponsor and its respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and the advertising and promotion agencies involved in the administration of this Sweepstakes, and their immediate family members or household members are not eligible to participate in or win the Sweepstakes. Installation not included. See Official Rules.


A dayne test

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Kicking back with a frosty mug of beer after a hectic day is a great way to unwind. You can buy beer in cans or bottles to keep in the fridge, but they don’t really have the same crispness and taste as a beer fresh from the tap. Homebrewers may have their own supply. Luckily for the rest of us, many microbreweries allow customers to purchase beer a half-gallon at a time in an airtight container called a growler, designed to store beer and keep it fresh for up to a month when unopened, and several days once they’re started.

Many beer lovers and makers know that once beer is opened, it begins to lose its crisp flavor, and this can significantly affect its original taste. Originally growlers were glass flasks with cork tops, but their design has evolved over the years with more effective materials and technological advances. Newer growlers include features like double-walled insulation to keep beer colder and fresher for longer, vacuum-seal and screwtops for better pressurization, and alternative materials less likely than glass to crack. Some growlers even use portable CO2 cartridges to repressurize each time they’re opened.
<h2><strong>Our Top Picks</strong></h2>
We narrowed down the market to bring you recommendations for some of the best growler options available.

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<h3><strong>BEST OVERALL: <a title=”https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YPISRR6/” href=”https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YPISRR6/?tag=bv-kitchen-gear-20″ target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>Stanley Classic Easy-Pour Vacuum Insulated Growler</a></strong></h3>
The Stanley Classic Vacuum Growler keeps 64 ounces of beer frothy and frosty for 24 hours without additional refrigeration, and if you keep it in the fridge, for up to four days. This is a classic beer growler with an outstanding airtight vacuum seal. The vacuum combines with foam insulation to keep the contents extra cold and prevent air leakage, which causes carbonation loss. The liner and lid are crafted from heavy-duty 18/8 stainless steel for durability and an easy clean: this is one of the few growlers on the market that can be run through the dishwasher without damaging it. A latch on the cap prevents accidental opening and means this growler is packable and leak-free, and a convenient handle makes it easy to carry and pour.

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<h3><strong>UPGRADE PICK: <a title=”https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YR9NUEI/” href=”https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YR9NUEI/?tag=bv-kitchen-gear-20″ target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>GrowlerWerks uKeg Carbonated Growler</a></strong></h3>
For the beer connoisseur who values precision with carbonation, this GrowlerWerks model is a worthy option. The uKeg functions as growler in the basic sense, keeping up to 64 ounces of beer cold and frothy. This premium growler also features a carbonation cap powered by a portable CO2 cartridge and measured by a gauge at the bottom of the unit. Users can set their preferred level of carbonation from 0 to 15psi and the GrowlerWerks will take care of the rest, keeping beer at the selected carbonation level for weeks. Double-wall construction keeps the beer cold for longer when not refrigerated and keeps the beer from skunking when consistent refrigeration is difficult. To prevent loss of chill or carbonated pressure when drinking, the GrowlerWerks has a tap at the top to dispense beer directly into the user’s glass. The tap locks for easy transport, so you can have beer in perfect condition at the next party.

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<h3><strong>BEST FOR OUTDOORS: <a title=”https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076ZPCGXY/” href=”https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076ZPCGXY/?tag=bv-kitchen-gear-20″ target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>Coleman Insulated Stainless Steel Growler</a></strong></h3>
The Coleman Insulated Stainless Steel Growler boasts a durable, vacuum insulated and double-walled interior, ideal for taking your brewery-fresh beer to picnics or a campsite. Made by one of the most trusted names in camping equipment, the Coleman uses heavy food-grade stainless steel to line the growler and vacuum seal it, which keeps your beer fresh, cold, and carbonated for up to 76 hours. You can drink directly from the 64-ounce container using the flip-away lid, or if you’re willing to share, the growler’s nonslip coating and ring-shaped handle make it easy to pour. The cap itself is textured, which makes it simple to remove with gloved hands at a tailgate. The Coleman isn’t technical and doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles—this growler simply does its job very, very well.

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<h3><strong>ALSO CONSIDER: <a title=”https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071RR9983/” href=”https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071RR9983/?tag=bv-kitchen-gear-20″ target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>MiiR Insulated Growler</a></strong></h3>
The Thermo 3D double wall system in the MiiR Insulated Growler eliminates condensation as you carry your beer with you. Vacuum insulation will keep your beer cold for at least 24 hours. The MiiR growler is constructed from a medical-grade 18/8 stainless steel, with hard-shell powder coating for a texturized grip and to protect against impact. Available in 32- and 64-ounce sizes, the Miir features a convenient handle for easy carrying and pouring. As an added benefit, MiiR donates a portion of every purchase to trackable charitable products. Buyers receive a code with their growler allowing them to register and see where the funds are directed.


Solved! How to Overcome 11 Common Tomato Plant Problems

Solved! How to Overcome 11 Common Tomato Plant Problems

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I have grown a vegetable garden for the past four years, and I just can’t figure out tomatoes. I get spots on the tomatoes, spots on the leaves, curling leaves, and occasionally an awesome tomato! What is causing my tomato plant problems?

A: Tomatoes are the most popular—and the most frustrating—backyard garden crop. When they have proper growing conditions, tomato plants provide a bountiful crop of the most sublime fruits. But when growing conditions are out of the ideal range, the plants become susceptible to diseases and insects, blossoms falling off instead of setting fruit, and problems with fruit quality.

Tomato plants grow best in full sun, in moist, well-draining, and slightly acidic soil. They need warm days and mild nighttime temperatures. They benefit from generous amounts of compost and a protective layer of mulch, but sometimes they still struggle. Continue reading to learn about 11 tomato plant problems and how to prevent them.

Blossom end rot might suggest a lack of calcium.

Tomato Plant Problems: Blossom End Rot

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A common tomato plant problem is blossom end rot, the Michigan State University Extension offices reports. The plant might look healthy, flower normally, and begin to develop tomatoes. Suddenly, especially in hot weather, single round black patches appear on the very bottom of young green tomatoes, from where the flower blossoms have detached.

Blossom end rot ultimately occurs from a lack of available calcium, but the solution is not as simple as adding lime or some other supplement. The key word here is available. It is rare that soil actually lacks calcium. The real culprit almost always turns out to be a lack of soil moisture for plants to metabolize the nutrients that are present in the soil.

To prevent blossom end rot, use a rain gauge to monitor how much water your garden is getting. The combined rainfall and irrigation to your garden should equal an inch or slightly more per week. Container plants dry out more quickly and need more frequent watering than in-ground tomato plants. To confirm that your plants are receiving adequate moisture, stick your finger into the soil about 3 inches deep—it should feel moist, like wet laundry before you put it in the dryer.

Blossom drop comes from temperature fluctuations.

Another frustrating tomato plant problem is blossom drop. Again, the plant appears and flowers normally, but the flowers drop off without making tomatoes. Several factors contribute to blossom drop and poor fruit-set.

First, rule out excessively hot or cool temperatures. Tomato plants set fruit when daytime temperatures hover between 70 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, and between 55 and 70 degrees Farhenheit for the overnight low. Hot days, warm overnight temperatures, or cool temperatures outside of the ideal range can lead to blossom drop.

Similarly, tomato plants have a sweet spot for humidity. Between 40 and 70 percent relative humidity is best for tomato fruit-set. Outside that range, blossom drop becomes more prevalent. Gardeners can’t do much when the weather is working against them but wait for conditions to improve.

According to the Tomato Plant Problems: Fruit Cracks

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Hot and rainy weather causes fruit cracks.

Tomatoes grow best under consistent conditions. When summer storms rain down extra moisture into the soil, developing tomatoes expand rapidly from the inside. Unfortunately, the outer skin cannot grow quickly enough, and so it cracks and splits.

Cracks might appear as concentric rings at the top of the fruit or as deep radial (top to bottom) cracks. Harvest cracked tomatoes immediately. If they are partially ripe, they will finish ripening indoors. Dispose of any cracked tomatoes that smell sour or have oozing wounds. Avoid cracked tomatoes by planting crack-resistant varieties, providing consistent soil moisture, and mulching with plastic.

Watering the leaves directly can lead to leaf mold.

Tomato leaf mold is a fungal disease that affects tomato plants during high humidity and moderate temperatures. It begins on older foliage that exhibits pale greenish-yellow spots on the upper leaf surface and green-brown velvety mold on the lower surface. Leaf spots grow together before the leaves turn yellow and die, but remain attached to the plant. Infected fruits develop smooth dark patches on top that eventually shrink and turn leathery.

In a garden setting, overhead watering and crowded plants can create a microclimate that is ideal for growing and spreading this disease. Plant tomato leaf mold-resistant varieties. Prevent tomato leaf mold by spacing out plants and pruning suckers to allow good airflow. Always avoid wetting the foliage when watering tomato plants. Treat infected plants with a fungicide labeled for tomato leaf mold.



Tomato Plant Problems: Leaf Roll

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High temperatures and drought start a leaf roll.

In hot weather, or during drought, the leaves on tomato plants can begin to roll up. Tomato leaf roll is not a disease in the normal sense, but a physiological reaction to stress. It is more prevalent in vining tomato plants than bush types. Numerous types of stress can cause leaf roll to occur.

Environmental stresses like excessive moisture, nitrogen, heat, drought, severe pruning, root damage, and transplant shock are some of the factors that can cause leaf rolling. The lower leaves cup and then roll inward lengthwise toward the midvein. Affected leaves retain their normal color, but might thicken and become leathery. This can affect all of the foliage on the plant, but fruit production is undiminished.

Prevent tomato leaf rolling with good growing practices. Harden off tomato seedlings before planting them in the garden. Maintain consistent soil moisture. Avoid excessive fertilization and pruning.

Too much direct sunlight leads to sunscald.

Tomatoes are sun-loving plants, and it takes lots of sunshine to ripen tomatoes. But, too much of a good thing is not good. Sunscald appears as pale yellow or white blotches on the tomato where the sun shines intensely on it during the hottest part of the day. It normally results from pruning away foliage that had been protecting developing tomatoes. The sudden change to the tomato is like someone who works in an office and then goes to the beach without sunscreen.

Avoid sunscald by keeping tomatoes shaded by their own foliage. Reduce the risk of foliar diseases that lead to leaf drop or pruning by planting disease-resistant varieties, mulching beneath the plants, and eliminating overhead watering.

Low temperatures cause catfacing.

The malformation of the blossom end of the tomato is called catfacing. It is caused by cool temperatures (below 58 degrees Fahrenheit) during fruit development or excessive nitrogen in the soil. It also can come from pollination problems or damage to the flower during or just after pollination. Cultivars that make large tomatoes are most susceptible to this condition.

Prevent catfacing by planting resistant tomato varieties. Plant them after overnight temperatures have become consistently warm, and avoid high-nitrogen fertilizer.

Improper soil nutrition increases puffiness.

Sometimes tomatoes appear normal from the outside but have little or no fruit gel or seeds inside. Excess nitrogen can contribute to this tomato plant problem, called tomato puffiness. It happens when fruits develop in either excessively hot or cool temperatures that interfere with normal seed formation. Wet weather, humidity, and cloudiness are secondary contributors to puffiness since these conditions interfere with insect pollination. Plant at the proper time and avoid excessive fertilization to prevent tomato puffiness.



Tomato Plant Problems: Viral Disease

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Drought, poor soil nutrition, and heat cause viral diseases.

A virus is a particle smaller than a single cell that spreads in one of two ways. Insects like aphids, thrips, and leafhoppers can carry and transmit viruses as they probe and feed on plants. Viruses also can spread by mechanical means, like when infected sap from one plant contacts a wound on another plant. Once inside the plant, a virus multiplies and spreads quickly. Infected plants show a range of symptoms including discoloration, distorted growth, poor yield, and plant death.

Tomato plants are especially susceptible to infection when already stressed by poor growing conditions such as drought, poor soil, and excessive heat. Reduce the chance of your tomatoes becoming infected by planting resistant varieties and maintaining consistent soil moisture. Tomatoes grow best in fertile, well-draining soil and full sunlight. Immediately remove and destroy a plant if it becomes infected to avoid infecting others.

Ensure good air ventilation to avoid powdery mildew.

Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that appears on tomato plants as a white powdery coating on the leaves. It thrives in high heat and humidity, especially in stagnant air and low light. Avoid powdery mildew by promoting good air circulation around the plants. Plant tomatoes at least 3 feet from one another. Prune away suckers that form in the leaf axils. Stake the plants, and keep the tomato patch weeded. Treat any infected plants with a fungicide labeled for powdery mildew on tomatoes.



Tomato Plant Problems: Tight Spacing

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Not enough space between plants might cause poor fruit-set.

Poor fruit-set on tomato plants can occur because of tight spacing. Sun-loving tomato plants need direct sunlight to produce plentiful flowers and fruit. If gardeners plant them too closely together, the plants soon will shade one another, and production will decline. Other problems with poor spacing include fungal and viral disease infection, insect infestation, and an impenetrable jungle of foliage that is difficult to maintain.

Allow plenty of space between plants for best sunlight exposure and air circulation, highest production, and ease of maintenance. Plant tomatoes at least 3 feet apart within rows. Space the rows 5 feet apart.


9 Types of Palm Trees That Thrive in Warm and Sunny Climates

Give your tomato plants what they need to thrive, and they will reward you with a bumper crop of plump, juicy fruits.

Types of Palm Trees

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Tropical islands, remote jungles, desert oases, and Miami have a common visual: palm trees. In tropical and subtropical regions around the world, palms are familiar and useful plants. People have used the trees for food, fuel, and fiber since the dawn of time, plus palm trees look great in vacation photos or in a backyard oasis. But, with so many types of palm trees in the world, you might not have thought of actually growing one, or you might have wondered what type of palm tree to choose. If you live in a warm, sunny location, whether humid or arid, there is a palm tree for you.

The botanical family that includes palm trees, Types of Palm Trees: Date Palms (Phoenix spp.)

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1. Date Palms (Phoenix spp.)

True date palms (P. dactylifera) have been cultivated in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean since ancient times for their sweet, edible fruits. In the United States, dates grow for commercial use in Arizona, California, and Nevada. Some cultivars can survive in sheltered locations up to zone 8, and still produce fruit most years.

Other “date palms,” or Phoenix palms, are closely related to the true Date Palm but do not produce comparable fruit. All Phoenix palms are either male or female. These palms all have similar feathery foliage and grow in arid locations. Some grow quite large, and others stay small. The Pygmy date palm, P. roebelenii, is a great choice for houseplant enthusiasts who can provide the plant with lots of natural sunlight.

USDA Zones: 9 to 11

2. Zombie Palm Trees (Zombia antillarum)

Zombie palm is a beautiful landscape and garden palm, with fan-like foliage and trunks that appear thatched and wrapped. But beware of the protruding needles that spiral up the trunk, which can easily puncture the skin. The spines form as the remnants of old leaf stems that have died back as new foliage grew above. This small, clumping palm works best in a location where it can be seen, but not touched.

Zombie palm is native to the West Indies island of Hispaniola. It is by no means common, but occasionally appears growing on dry, forested slopes and ridges. Zombie palms are highly drought tolerant and grow best in sandy soil, but prefer periodic watering in the landscape for best performance. This palm produces white flower panicles among the fronds at the top of the plant, which are followed by white fruit clusters.

USDA Zones: 10 to 11

3. Windmill palm (Trachycarpus fortunei)

Types of Palm Trees: Foxtail Palm (Wodyetia bifurcata)

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Windmill palm, also known as Chinese windmill palm and Chusan palm, is one of the most cold-hardy types of palm trees. This native of East Asia grows slowly to 25 feet tall and 10 feet wide, even in areas where winter temperatures reach well below freezing. It has a compact, dark green crown and a graceful trunk accented by fine black fibers.

Gardeners in cool climates who want to add a tropical touch to their landscape will find the windmill palm an excellent choice. It grows best in full sun and well-draining soil. This palm pairs well with hardy hibiscus, canna, ginger, and other cold-hardy tropical plants.

USDA Zones: 7 to 11



Types of Palm Trees: Foxtail Palm (Wodyetia bifurcata)

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4. Foxtail Palm (Wodyetia bifurcata)

Foxtail palm is a popular landscape specimen grown for its beautiful plume-like fronds, self-cleaning habit, and compact, symmetrical form. The palm grows on a solitary smooth gray trunk to about 30 feet tall and 15 feet wide. After pollination of the flowers, foxtail palm produces large orange fruits, adding to its ornamental value.

Foxtail palms grow rapidly. They perform best when planted in soil with a liberal amount of organic matter added to the hole and then fertilized regularly. The palms can handle moderate drought as they begin to mature but prefer consistent moisture. Although other palm trees require pruning of old, brown fronds to maintain a clean appearance, old foliage simply falls off Foxtail palm trees.

USDA Zones: 10 to 11

5. Caranday palm (Copernicia alba)

Types of Palm Trees: Caranday palm (Copernicia alba)

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This South American native palm tree is a slow grower with a notoriously hard trunk that has been used for fences and even telephone poles. Also known as wax palm, its leaves produce a wax that has gone into making candles, lipstick, and car wax.

In the wild, Caranday palm grows as tall as 70 feet. In its native range, it often forms large, single species woodlands. But in the landscape, it averages about 30 feet tall and 15 feet wide. Caranday palm grows a solitary trunk with fan-shaped leaves that reach approximately 2 feet wide.

USDA Zones: 9 to 11

6. Spindle Palm (Hyophorbe verschaffeltii)

Spindle palm comes from the Mascarene Islands of the Indian Ocean, where it grows naturally in well-draining, sandy soil. This slow-growing palm reaches a height of 20 or 25 feet in the landscape, with 6- to 10-foot fronds. The solitary gray, ringed trunk is thickest at the midpoint. The flowers emerge as white- or cream-colored, and the fruit ripens from orange to red.

This is an excellent palm to use as a landscape focal point, with or without underplantings of accent flowers and foliage. Spindle palms come as houseplants and perform best indoors when they receive plenty of light and good air circulation.

USDA Zones: 9b to 11

7. King Palm (Archontophoenix spp.)

King palm is the name given to six closely related palm tree species, all of which are native to Australia. The most common of the group, and one of the most popular palms in tropical and subtropical landscaping, is A. cunninghamiana.

King palm is a fast-growing type of palm tree that can reach 40 feet or taller and 15 feet wide. It has a solitary, smooth gray-brown and ringed trunk plus gracefully arching fronds of bright green. In commercial and residential landscapes, king palms often grow in groups of two or three plants. King palms also can work as houseplants but can prove difficult to grow indoors.

USDA Zones: 9b to 11



Types of Palm Trees:Florida Thatch Palm (Thrinax radiata)

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8. Florida Thatch Palm (Thrinax radiata)

This slow-growing palm with fan-shaped leaves is native to South Florida and many Caribbean islands. The Florida thatch palm eventually reaches 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide at maturity. It tolerates drought and prefers sandy soils that drain well.

The Florida thatch palm’s small size and slow growth rate make it an ideal choice for small spaces. It works well as a screening plant because of its slow growth rate and bushy habit while young. This plant serves wildlife as a host plant for the monk skipper butterfly and a food source and nesting site for birds, improving the native wildlife habitat.

USDA Zones: 10 to 11

9. Triangle Palm (Dypsis decaryi)

Types of Palm Trees: Triangle Palm (Dypsis decaryi)

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Triangle palm gets its name from the triangular intersection of emerging fronds at the top of its trunk. This unusual growth habit is accentuated by the vertical stacking of fronds, one above the other, as new foliage emerges directly above the old foliage in three vertical ranks.

Triangle palm grows at a moderate rate for palms on a solitary trunk. By maturity, it reaches an average size of 30 feet tall and 15 feet wide. The blue-green fronds can grow to 10 feet long. A native of poor soils in southern Madagascar, triangle palm thrives in dry conditions. The small yellow flowers give way to 1-inch, egg-shaped green fruits that ripen to white. Triangle Palm makes a nice landscape accent or specimen plant.

USDA Zones: 10 to 11


The Best Shower Caddies for Bathroom Clutter

Looking for a new accent plant for your landscape? Check out these fascinating palm trees that will add a touch of the tropics.

The Best Shower Caddy Options for Your Bathroom

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Whether your daily shower is an energizing morning necessity or a relaxing evening ritual, you want the experience to be pleasurable, simple, and safe. Unfortunately, a bunch of bath products on narrow ledges and slippery surfaces is messy at best and hazardous at worst.  Enter the shower caddy. These bathroom storage units come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, but their general purpose is the same: to bring order to toiletry chaos. The best bathroom caddy will conveniently organize all your shampoos, soaps, and other products within easy reach—without rusting in the process.

Depending on your shower size and setup, one caddy may be better suited to your space than others. Read on to get a handle on the styles and features available and to learn why the shower caddies reviewed here rate high for safety, functionality, and quality.

  1. BEST OVERALL: KINCMAX Shower Caddy Basket Shelf
  2. RUNNER-UP: ODesign Shower Caddy Basket Shelf
  3. BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK: Orimade Shower Caddy (2 Pack)
  4. UPGRADE PICK: Kohler K-1897-BS Large Shower Basket
  5. BEST HANGING CADDY: iDesign York Wire Metal Hanging Shower Caddy
  6. BEST POLE CADDY: ALLZONE Constant Tension Corner Shower Caddy
  7. BEST FREESTANDING CADDY: iDesign Forma Metal Wire Corner Standing Shower Caddy
  8. BEST SHOWER DOOR CADDY: mDesign Modern Metal Wire Over the Bathroom Shower Door Caddy
  9. BEST DORM-FRIENDLY CADDY: TERRA HOME Portable Shower Caddy
The Best Shower Caddy Options for Bathroom Clutter

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Popular Types of Shower Caddies

To empower your shower, first consider the five main types of caddy: basket shelf style, pole style, hanging, standing, and portable models ideal for dormitories. You’ll want to choose a style that meets your everyday bathroom organization needs and shower configuration.

Basket Shelf Caddies

Easily installed via suction cups or hardware, basket shelf caddies are easy to install and work in almost any shower stall. For placement, choose a hard, clean, flat surface inside your shower that is within reach but won’t cause you to bump your elbow or head. A single basket shelf caddy can hold several large bottles, plus three to five smaller items. They come in a range of finishes, but most are chrome-plated or stainless steel to avoid rust. If the caddy is attached via strong adhesive or hardware, it should stay put even when loaded with products.

Hanging Shower Caddy

Another no-installation option, are hanging caddies that provide large to extra-large storage capacity for six or more full-sized shower items. They either hang over the shower door or from the showerhead (as long as it has a slightly extended neck). For an over-the-door caddy, make sure to measure the width of your shower door, since hangers need to slip over it easily yet fit snugly. With showerhead hanging caddies, the elongated metal hanger fits snugly around the showerhead and attaches to the wall with suction cups. An issue with this style occurs when suction cups aren’t strong enough to hold a product-loaded caddy, slipping forward and interfering with the shower spray.

Pole Style Shower Caddy

If you have a free corner in your shower, consider a pole-style caddy that will stand relatively out of the way and won’t fall forward as a hanging caddy might. A metal tension rod is fixed between the ceiling and floor or tub rim—so you will need a flat floor and ceiling (sloped ceilings are a no-go). Pole caddies offer three to four tiers for storage and can hold 10 or more items.  Pole-style caddies work in both walk-in showers and bathtub configurations.

Standing Shower Caddy

Standing caddies are typically designed to fit into a shower corner. There’s no installation required with a free-standing caddy, and they’re generally a larger option, offering more shelving and storage space. That said, they take up a lot of room so are best for large, open-plan showers and are not intended for shower/bathtub combinations. Make sure to measure your space carefully before purchase to ensure a tight fit.

Dorm-Friendly Portable Caddies

Portable caddies are ideal for travel, gym visits, and dorm students—few of whom have the luxury of a private bathroom and would prefer to tote bathing essentials back and forth from the shower area. These are available in two main options: soft-sided totes and open, plastic containers. Soft-sided totes are made from fast-drying material and can collapse for storage. Hard plastic containers are useful for keeping products in place, but don’t store easily. Look for caddies that combine the best of both styles, featuring zip enclosures to protect your gear from water.

What to Look for When Buying a Shower Caddy

Analyze your storage needs and your shower space, then look for a well-made caddy that will fill the bill.

Material

The most stationary, in-shower caddies are made of 304 stainless steel. The most widely used type of stainless steel, it contains chromium and nickel for added durability and corrosion resistance. Some caddies are also finished with rust-resistant metallic coatings in a range of color options, including bronze, black, white, and brushed nickel. Pole-style caddies may also use plastic for shelving attachments.

Portable caddies are typically made of quick-drying polyester fabric or mesh—easy-to-store, machine washable material that won’t rust or invite mold. Hard, plastic portable caddies can be rinsed easily and won’t stain, rust, or absorb odors. They can develop grime and mold over time if not dried thoroughly after use and stored in a well-ventilated place.

Capacity

Depending on the style (basket, hanging, freestanding, pole, or portable), caddies come in a range of dimensions, which should be easily visible on product descriptions. As a rule of thumb, caddies should hold at minimum two to three large bottles, as well as six to seven smaller items. If you like a lot of lotions and potions in your shower, look for models that claim extra-large capacity.

Adjustability

Basket and pole-style caddies are height-adjustable, allowing you to simply position them at the level that suits you best. With a basket caddy, secure the unit firmly to the wall with adhesive backing. To change the location, heat with a hairdryer to melt the bond and apply a fresh adhesive strip to reposition. Pole-style caddies are supported by a spring-loaded metal pole that collapses and expands, depending on your floor and ceiling height. Hanging caddies, freestanding caddies, and portable caddies are typically not adjustable.

Additional Features

In-shower caddies may come with additional bells and whistles for an optimal bathing experience, but portable caddies are unlikely to have any of the following frills.

  • Hooks: Nothing beats a good, old-fashioned hook for washcloths, loofahs, sponges, and brushes. Basket shelf-style and hanging caddies typically come with hooks, unlike freestanding and pole-style units.
  • Soap dishes: If you use bar soap in the shower, get a caddy with a separate soap dish—otherwise, soap will be wasted if it makes a mess in the caddy. Basket shelf caddies sometimes include a small soap dish option in addition to larger shelves for products.
  • Suction cups: Plastic suction cups that help hanging caddies adhere are especially important to showerhead styles, ensuring a firm grip between the caddy and the wall. Otherwise, hanging caddies are known to tilt forward at an unstable angle.

Our Top Picks

The organizers that make this list were chosen with all the above key features and shopping tips in mind. All are made of high-quality material and boast functional design in a range of styles for every shower configuration.

best shower caddies Options: kincmax shower caddy basket shelf

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1. BEST OVERALL: KINCMAX Shower Caddy Basket Shelf

A flawless design, high-quality material, and low-impact installation make the KINCMAX basket shelf an asset to any shower. Its extra-large capacity is perfect for big bottles of shampoo and all your other in-shower products, and hooks are included. Made of 100 percent rustproof 304 stainless steels, the KINCMAX caddy is scratch- and bacteria-resistant to keep looking great after years of water exposure. No drilling or tools are required to install; the caddy secures firmly via strong, traceless adhesive that won’t damage the shower wall. While the adhesive can only be used once, the caddy comes with a second adhesive pack should you opt to reposition the unit.

best shower caddies Options: odesign shower caddy basket shelf

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2. RUNNER-UP: ODesign Shower Caddy Basket Shelf

Versatility is the hallmark of ODesign’s shower caddy, letting you choose from one-, two-, and three-tier configurations. Its large capacity will store plenty of products and its smart design includes a soap/sponge holder and three hooks for items like a loofah or sponge.  Made of sturdy 304 stainless steel, this rust-resistant basket shelf caddy will stand up to everyday wear and tear. The unit comes with two sets of strong one-use-only adhesive, but the company sells supplies that you can purchase separately. With a classic, rectangular look, ODesign fits into almost any bathing space, traditional or contemporary.

Best Shower Caddies Options: orimade shower caddy

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3. BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK: Orimade Shower Caddy (2 Pack)

Strength and good looks at a bargain price make this high-quality basket-style caddy shelving an excellent way to organize your shower. Two shelves are especially handy for couples, housemates, and families, as it helps keep different people’s products organized and separated. The elegant, rectangular shelves are made of 304 stainless steel and are fitted with two side hooks and three front hooks for washcloths and other accouterments. Strong adhesive easily affixes to a shower wall made of tile, marble, tempered glass, solid wood, and solid metal (but not textured, painted, limed, concrete, or wallpapered surfaces). You can reposition shelves with the extra adhesive included (or purchase more separately).

Best Shower Caddies Options: kholer k-1897-bs

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4. UPGRADE PICK: Kohler K-1897-S Shower Basket

Kohler is known for quality and style, and this elegant shower basket is no exception. The small shelf fits neatly into a corner and holds about three shampoo and conditioner bottles.  While the unit is attached via mounting hardware rather than adhesive, this bit of installation pays off in a caddy that feels like a part of your shower, not an afterthought. You can choose from six beautiful colors to match your bathroom fixtures, and stainless steel construction plus a corrosion- and tarnish-resistant finish add to durability. This caddy will likely endure years of daily use—it even comes with a limited one-year warranty.

Best Shower Caddies Options: idesign york wire metal hanging

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5. BEST HANGING CADDY: iDesign York Wire Metal Hanging Shower Caddy

With two extra-wide storage shelves and 10 hanging hooks, iDesign’s caddy will keep shower clutter in check. The hooks are built-in for sturdiness and come in a range of sizes, so every family member can have a spot to hang essentials. The elongated design fits snugly over the showerhead and sticks to the wall with strong suction cups—no installation, hardware, or surface damage to worry about. Made of rust-resistant steel with a silver finish, the iDesign caddy will stay clean and bright, and the open wire design has no hard edges or sharp corners to bump into.

Best Shower Caddies Options: allzone constant tension

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6. BEST POLE-STYLE CADDY: ALLZONE Constant Tension Corner Shower Caddy

The AllZone caddy adjusts in height between 4.5 and 9 feet and needs no tools or hardware to install. Simply position the stainless steel pole where you want it and trust the support of its strong tension spring. Heavy-duty white plastic shelves resist rust and rinse clean easily, and each of the four shelves holds two to three large bottles and four to six small bottles. Read product specs carefully before you buy to ensure usability and note that this caddy won’t work with sloped ceilings. It does, however, function well inside shower/bathtub combinations, and can even be placed on the tub lip.

Best Shower Caddies Options: idesign forma metal wire

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7. BEST FREESTANDING CADDY: iDesign Forma Metal Wire Corner Standing Shower Caddy

This three-tier free-standing caddy keeps all your bathing needs in reach—beautifully. The steel wire is coated with a rust-resistant, oiled-bronze finish that looks great in most settings. While marketed as a corner caddy, the slightly curved design may not sit completely flush with your walls, but its sturdy shape will keep it positioned well without wobbling or tipping over. Big enough to fit large bottles, as well as washcloths, creams, and tissue boxes, yet suitable for more compact shower spaces.

Best Shower Caddies Options: mdesign modern metal wire

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8. BEST SHOWER DOOR CADDY: mDesign Modern Metal Wire Over the Bathroom Shower Door Caddy

This over-the-door unit fits shower doors up to 1.4 inches thick and is suitable for stalls with sliding doors as well. It features two tiers of steel shelves plus two large and four small hooks. Plastic suction cups keep the caddy firmly attached to the shower door, with no installation. The elongated shape ensures that even tall bottles fit, and the widely-spaced shelves allow you to store a soap dish, plus all your products. Its rust-resistant finish is available in six different color options. Note: Be sure to measure the width of your shower door carefully before purchasing to ensure a secure fit.

Best Shower Caddies Options: terra home

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9. BEST DORM-FRIENDLY CADDY: TERRA HOME Portable Shower Caddy

Sit the caddy on the shower floor or hang it from the showerhead via its heavy-duty hook. Made of strong, waterproof polyester, this zippered caddy is also mildew resistant, quick-drying, and features a front zipper pouch and two side pockets. Tote up to four full-sized bottles plus smaller items that won’t fall out or get lost, since the entire case zips shut. Ideal for college students, travelers, campers, gym-goers, and more, Terra Home’s portable caddy comes in turquoise, blue, and gray, and it is easy to wipe clean and dry with a towel. Tip: If you do set it on the shower floor, make sure to sanitize regularly, especially the bottom where germs can multiply.

FAQs About Your New Shower Caddy

Now that you know how to identify the ideal shower caddy for you, consider these common questions about care and maintenance. Even the best stainless steel caddies can rust over time, depending on the home and atmospheric conditions, so here’s how to prevent and remove oxidation to keep that caddy clean.

Q. How do I prevent my shower caddy from rusting?

A little clear nail polish works wonders! Rust often occurs in joints between wires where water can’t fully dry. So painting these joints with clear nail polish will help seal water out and prevent rust long-term.

Q. How can I remove rust from my shower caddy?

Remove the caddy from the shower, and take it outside or place it in the kitchen sink. Douse the rusted area in white vinegar, then dab baking soda on the rust spots. Scrub with a nylon pad or scratch-proof sponge and repeat as needed until the rust is gone. Rinse clean and dry.


[TEST] The Best Fly Traps for DIY Pest Control

Enhance your shower experience and keep products organized with the ideal caddy for your space, style, and budget.

Best Fly Trap

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Controlling flies can seem like an impossible battle. They reproduce quickly, and they’re unbelievably challenging to catch. You need an effective product that you can set up to catch those buggers, with little effort on your end.

With the best fly traps, you can install, hang, or plug them in and forget about them while they do their job, which is what you want when the weather’s warm. You’d rather be grilling or tossing a Frisbee in the yard than playing bug-buster and knocking knickknacks off the shelf with errant swats of a flyswatter.

These traps use sticky pads, electronic zappers, and good old-fashioned funnels to trap and remove flies from the equation. Here’s a look at the best fly traps for DIY pest control.

  1. BEST FOR FLIES: BEE COLINE Outdoor Solar Powered Trap
  2. BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK: Black Flag Fly Paper Insect Trap
  3. BEST FOR FRUIT FLIES: FlyFix Fruit Fly Trap
  4. REUSABLE PICK: Victor M380 Fly Magnet Reusable Trap
  5. DISPOSABLE PICK: RESCUE! Outdoor Disposable Hanging Fly Trap

Our Top Picks

DIY pest control can be a dicey territory for those with a weak stomach, and that’s okay. But some of the best fly trap choices consider this in the design. Here’s our list of the best fly traps for your DIY pest control needs. Purchasing one of these models will help keep your home’s winged bug population to a minimum.

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For shoppers looking for a green-friendly power option for trapping flies and other insects, look no further than the BEE COLINE outdoor fly trap. The solar-powered model uses a soft blue UV light to attract insects into the reusable jar through a funnel. Bugs like flies, hornets, wasps, and mosquitoes enter the funnel to get a closer look at the UV light and can’t find their way out. Optimize this product’s effectiveness by adding some juice, beer, or sugar to the jar.

When emptying a reusable trap like this, watch for a possible wasp or hornet inside that’s still alive and capable of stinging. It’s best to cover the holes and let the trap sit a day or two until certain that all of the new residents have met their maker.
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If it’s savings you’re after, then a fly paper trap like this one from Black Flag is the way to go. These traps resemble strips often seen in horse and cattle barns. Simply open the package, allow the paper to unravel, and hang the trap in a spot that sees the most flies. They’re attracted to the surface and stick once they land. The sticky traps are perfect for users who don’t mind looking at some dead bugs and who don’t want to rely on harmful chemicals.

Most homeowners will find the paper traps unattractive. They don’t hide the bugs they’ve trapped—flies just sit on the surface and die. That’s easily overcome by placement, such as up high where flies gather in warmth but out of the direct line of sight.
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Fruit flies are seriously annoying. They appear in droves, and prove difficult to control. With FlyFix’s Fruit Fly Trap, homeowners can catch these pesky buggers with this relatively attractive countertop or picnic table ornament. These traps separate in half for easy baiting with old fruit or juice. Flies will travel down the funnel and get trapped inside, unable to find their way out. When the bait loses its effectiveness, simply separating the halves and dumping the contents in the trash cleans them out and readies them for refilling.

It’s best to use a relatively smelly bait, because the funnel has a tiny opening and the scent might not compel all fly-by bugs to enter. Old bananas work best.
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Victor’s Fly Magnet Trap is an effective way to trap and kill flies over and over again. The bottle-style traps use bait and a specially designed entrance to trap and kill flies effectively. The extremely potent bait and the white color of the lid attract lots of flies. The bait lures them in, but they’re unable to get out. They eventually drown in the very liquid that lured them into the trap. To reuse, just dump the contents of the jar and replace the bait with a new packet of lure from Victor. Maybe best of all, this product is nonpoisonous and safe around children and pets.

These Fly Magnet traps are extremely effective and will catch a lot of flies. The mix of flies and liquid can lead to a nasty mess if users are not careful while emptying. Squeamish homeowners might prefer disposable traps.
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For a truly effective disposable trap, the RESCUE! brand hanging fly trap is a pest control favorite. This model uses a chemical compound that activates when the user fills the bag with water. The chemical then attracts flies into the bag and poisons them. In a fly-laden yard, it’s possible to fill an entire bag with dead flies within a week. When filled, simply remove the trap from its perch and throw it in the garbage. This is a simple, effective, and mess-free method of controlling fly populations.

Though the disposable nature of the RESCUE! makes it mess-free, the trap is so effective that users might have to replace it more often than some fly traps. Users can purchase an 8-pack of the traps for season-long use in most areas.
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Best Fly Trap

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Before You Buy Fly Traps

Understand that these fly traps are not for everyone. You might find that some traps don’t last long or fill up too quickly to be useful in situations with a heavy concentration of flies (like near cattle ranches or horse corrals).

Also, if you’re particularly squeamish about dead bugs, choose your trap carefully. Most of these options require emptying, meaning you’ll have to handle a trap full of insect bodies to use them more than once. Keep that in mind if you’re determined to decimate a fly population in your home or yard.

Types of Fly Traps 

Calling an exterminator for most crawling bugs is a good move, but for flies, you’ll find that it’s money down the drain. The best way to end their reign of disgusting terror is to trap and ground them for good.

If you aren’t familiar with fly traps, these products have special designs that lure flies into their grips and never let them go. Some might zap the bugs while others trap them until they dehydrate. Poison also is a popular choice. Your needs and where you plan on installing these fly traps (indoors or outdoors), should determine the style you choose.

Outdoor-Use Fly Traps

Outdoor fly traps have features best appreciated outside of the home. They’re excellent for backyards, patio areas, barbecue grill stations, and even a garage or shop setting. They typically hold lots of dead bugs and sometimes feature a reusable design.

Although it may seem strange to use a fly trap intended for outdoor but not indoor use, the difference typically comes down to the design. Plus, if you enjoy family meals on the deck or patio, outdoor fly control keeps the activity fun and bug-free. Most outdoor fly traps contain chemicals or liquids that would make an awful mess if they leaked or were dropped inside a home.

These chemicals attract the flies through scent, killing them once they’ve eaten the liquid or exhausted themselves inside the trap.

Odorless Indoor Fly Traps

Some indoor fly trap options can help to control the winged bug population in your home without the unattractive odors or chemicals of outdoor-style models.

Some tabletop indoor fly trap models include a bug-attracting light that lures the flies in, a fan to push them into the base, and a sticky surface that grabs hold and doesn’t let go. To reuse these models, you simply replace the sticky strip and set the trap back out on the table.

Another fly trap option that works particularly well with fruit flies has a bait (juice, sugar cube, or something relatively pleasant and chemical-free) to lure the flies into a funnel. Once in the trap, they can’t find their way out, thus creating their final resting place. These can get a little nasty over a few days, and homeowners need to pour the juice out and replace it, typically while it’s full of floating bug bodies.

UV Bug-zapping Machines 

For waging serious warfare against these pesky pests, UV bug zappers are the way to go. The light attracts the flying insects (flies, mosquitoes, fruit flies, and moths), and once they land on the light, the zapper electrifies and kills them.

These fly trap models are particularly useful at night when the light is most noticeable to bugs, although they can help control flies during the day as well. They’re most commonly used outdoors, however, you can purchase some indoor models (if you don’t mind the sound of a bug frying while you’re watching TV).

These fly traps don’t require sticky pads, scented lures, or anything messier than emptying the tray of dead bugs every now and then. Otherwise, you can set them up in a raised position slightly away from the area you’d like to turn bug-free, plug them in, and let them get to work.

What to Look for When Buying the Best Fly Traps

The number of fly trap products on the market can overwhelm buyers, so it really helps to have an idea of what you need before you decide on one. Some products veer toward more of a gimmick than an effective solution, but others are extremely effective at maintaining a no-fly zone over your picnics and kitchen. Here are some things to look for in the best fly traps.

Trapping Design/Mechanism 

The method that traps the flies is important to understand.

  • For buyers who like to keep things simple, a sticky pad or strip will grab hold of the flies’ bodies so they can’t escape.
  • Another effective method is the funnel-style trap mentioned earlier. Whether they’re used in conjunction with a sticky surface or a chemical poison, funnels create a puzzle that flies can’t seem to figure out. They land on the funnel and walk in, but they can’t walk back out.
  • Other more technologically advanced methods include zappers and fans that dehydrate the bugs to death. These are effective, but require a power source like an extension cord or set of batteries.

Safety

It’s essential to consider the safety of the style of the fly trap you use. If you have children or pets, you can’t put safety considerations on the back burner.

If you’re determined to use chemical traps, you must hang them high enough so that a child, dog, cat, or even livestock can’t get to them. The chemicals are intended to kill bugs and simply are not safe for human or animal contact.

For plug-in outdoor zappers and traps, plugging them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet proves safest. In the event of rain or water, a GFCI can trip when it detects a surge, shutting the outlet and attached devices down, and keeping everyone safe.

Ease of Use 

The simpler you make your fly-trapping campaign, the more likely you’ll succeed with it. Complicated traps and chemical concoctions might turn you off to the process altogether, so think about maintaining and emptying the fly trap you choose.

Electronic models that can hang on a nail or screw, or sit on a tabletop, will start trapping bugs in no time at all. Some even forgo an on-off switch. All they need is a power source and they’ll set about their job automatically.

If you’re using another fly trap method, it’s worth checking into how users set it up. Traps that require a lot of fiddling with trap doors, chemicals, and complicated hanging methods can frustrate users even if the traps work well.

Disposal/Maintenance

One of the least desirable features of fly traps is the few times a year that you’ll have to roll up your sleeves and empty the tray, replace the sticky strip, or throw out a wet bag full of dead flies. The cleaner and simpler the design makes this step, the better off you’ll be.

Look for products that are easy to empty or dispose of. For electronic models, having a removable tray makes discarding the waste a simpler process than removing an entire device and dumping it over a trash can.

If you’d like a straightforward solution, consider purchasing disposable, non-reusable traps that you can throw away without any messy trap doors or leaky joints. Quality disposable products make this process a focus of their design.

The Advantages of Owning the Best Fly Traps

If you and your family enjoy spending time in outdoor living spaces, you’ll appreciate having your own fly trap. These models can hang, plug into outlets, or activate anywhere you’d like to sit and have a relaxing evening. Sitting outside will be more enjoyable when you’re not swatting flies away from your favorite snacks.

For homeowners with active children or pets, it’s hard to keep bugs out of the house. They’re always opening the doors and traipsing in and out. Inevitably, bugs make their way in and start pestering you. An indoor fly trap can help to offset this swinging-door inconvenience by quietly plucking insects from the air and collecting them on an easily removed sticky pad.

It’s also worth noting that flies can spread disease. Research has shown that houseflies can transmit germs and bacteria leading to food poisoning, dysentery, and diarrhea. Having your own fly trap allows you to handle the problem before these insects have the chance to make you or your family sick.

  • You’ll be able to enjoy your outdoor living spaces peacefully.
  • You’ll catch bugs that make their way into your home through doors left open by children and pets.
  • Fly traps prevent diseases like food poisoning, dysentery, and diarrhea by trapping flies.

1 Simple Upgrade for a (Much) Quieter Home

Don’t let summer fly by. Get out and enjoy it without pesky flies ruining your outings or meals by using these DIY fly traps.

How To Reduce Outside Noise with Indow Inserts

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Your home has never been so much of a haven, a place to feel comfortable and secure during difficult times. Yet your home is also busier than ever, the hub for work, study, fitness, spirituality, entertainment, and more. These conditions alone make it challenging for family members to focus without factoring in the most annoying disruption that also seems out of your control: noise pollution.

Be it rumbling street traffic in front of your house, boisterous neighbors and barking dogs in nearby backyards, or cacophonous construction all around, everyday outside noise interferes with concentration and performance, and is a considerable source of stress. Perhaps you’d been less aware of it when you and yours were in school, at jobs, and otherwise going about your business, but now you can’t help but notice the constant intrusion. So what’s the fix? Soundproof your house with Indow windows inserts, which can reduce outside noise by as much as 70 percent. If that sounds good, read on to see how these innovative products can bring real peace and quiet home.

Built to block.

You might be wondering how it’s possible for outside noises to sound so loud inside your house even when your windows are shut. Well, those disruptive sounds are carried by the air as vibrations, which can enter through glass, vents, doors, and other openings.

Indow inserts are designed to reduce high frequency noises from getting through the glass and openings. Constructed of rugged, quarter-inch acrylic glazing and edged in a patented silicone compression tubing, the inserts create a tight seal and dead air space between the insert and the window to stop sound from invading your home. The Indow Acoustic Grade inserts can reduce and cancel up to 70 percent of outside noise when placed over single-pane windows and up to 50 percent of noise when used on double-pane windows.

The science of soundproofing with inserts comes down to two main measurements: Sound Transmission Class (STC) ratings and Outdoor-Indoor Level Reduction (OILR)—and two separate lab studies prove how well Indow inserts work.

  • Research by the British Columbia Institute of Technology found that Acoustic Grade Indow window inserts (installed over double-pane windows) can provide an STC rating as high as 45. Compare that to single-pane windows alone, with an STC rating of only about 26, and double-pane windows, with an STC rating between 33 and 35. Only a 10-inch-thick masonry wall can soundproof better than Indow.
  • The Green Building Research Laboratory at Portland State University put the Indow inserts’ OILR to the test and found that Acoustic Grade inserts placed over single-pane windows reduce noise by 18.9 dBAs (which stands for A-weighted decibels, a scale of sound measurements), while Standard Grade inserts over single-pane windows reduce noise by 10 to 12 dBAs.

Customized for your needs.

One-size-fits-all inserts do not work at blocking noise since a super tight seal is needed. With Indow, a precise, snug fit is ensured via a laser measuring system, after which each individual insert is custom made in one of three colors to blend in with your window frame. You can order Indow inserts to fit virtually any size window, and even get them for skylights. Once installed, the look is completely unobtrusive, and since Indow inserts are an effective alternative to window replacement—yet are placed inside your home—they’re crucial to historic window preservation in older houses.

Soundproofing house with Indow Windows Inserts

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Simple DIY installation.

Unlike replacement windows, which require pricy, time-consuming professional installation, just about anyone can install Indow inserts in just a few minutes. All you do is press them in place, no mounting hardware hassles to fuss with. And they’re literally do-it-yourself, since for most commonly sized windows, putting them up is a one-person job. So if you were thinking of installing vinyl replacement windows (at between $66 and $87 per square foot) or new wood windows ($71 and $109 per square foot), you may wish to think again in favor of noise-reducing, money-saving Indows, which start at just $27 per square foot.

Awesome additional benefits.

Indow inserts’ soundproofing capabilities are remarkable on their own—but they’re just the beginning. An Indow insert combined with a single-pane window provides 94 percent of the thermal insulation of a standard double-pane window. Indow inserts also dramatically reduce drafts, providing up to 20 percent less energy consumption, and significantly lower heating and cooling bills. Plus, you can customize your inserts to block various degrees of UV light for greater privacy and sounder sleep.



This content is paid advertising created in partnership with Indow. Its facts and opinions are those of BobVila.com.


The Best Electric Skillets for the Kitchen

Soundproof a room—or your entire house—with the affordable innovation that fits tight right inside your windows.

The Best Electric Skillet Options

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In kitchens with multi-burner stoves, an electric skillet might seem unnecessary alongside regular pans. However, the even heating and multifunctionality make these tools helpful, and when the stovetop is filled with other pans, the extra cooking surface may be critical. Electric skillets can be used to cook a huge array of foods: pancakes, eggs, bacon, pasta dishes, and more—with many deep models doubling as warming and serving pans.

With such extensive capabilities, you’ll want to consider an appropriate size, so you can select the best electric skillet and get the most use out of it. Most electric skillets are made of durable steel or aluminum, and you may want one with a nonstick coating, depending on the foods you plan to cook. To make your choice easier, we’ve narrowed down the market to the recommendations found below.

Our Top Picks

The electric skillet can be a primary cooking surface for cooks with smaller kitchens or an extra hand when making a large meal—whatever influences your search for a skillet, one of these options may be the deciding factor.

The Best Electric Skillet Option: Presto Electric Foldaway Skillet

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BEST OVERALL: Presto 06857 16-inch Electric Foldaway Skillet

This Presto electric skillet ticks all the boxes: an expansive nonstick cooking surface, even heat, tempered-glass lid, and easy storage. The 16-inch by 12-inch skillet is made from lightweight cast aluminum for even heat distribution. Coated with a layer of nonstick protection, the skillet makes it easy to sear food without burning or sticking. This Presto model includes a tempered glass lid so users can slow cook, boil, and steam while keeping an eye on the progress. A pouring spout built into the skillet makes it easier to remove liquids or to hold a spoon or spatula while serving. An especially exciting feature is the easy-storage breakdown: the handles fold away and the skillet and lid snap together to form a neat rectangular box, easy to tuck into a cabinet or onto a shelf. On the other hand, cooks may find that this appliance is useful enough to leave on the counter for daily use. Although both pan and lid are dishwasher safe, hand washing the skillet is recommended to preserve the nonstick coating.

The Best Electric Skillet Option: Bella Electric Skillet

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RUNNER-UP: BELLA 14607 Electric Skillet

Equipped with a 1,200-watt element, the 12-inch Bella Electric Skillet can cook a wide array of dishes by reaching temperatures up to between 300 and 450 degrees Fahrenheit. The cast aluminum base and tempered glass lid create and sustain heat, even at high temperatures. Cool-touch handles make it easy to manage the skillet when extremely hot, protecting the user from injury. The Bella model cooks food up to 30 percent faster than other skillets for swift and effective roasting, frying, sauteing, and braising. At its lower heat settings, the skillet can be used as a warming tray or buffet server. The Bella features a titanium-reinforced ceramic nonstick coating that lasts for up to eight times longer than conventional Teflon. Ideal for smaller families or smaller counters, the Bella provides a lot of power and convenience in a small footprint.

The Best Electric Skillet Option: Black & Decker Family-Sized Electric Skillet

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BEST FOR FAMILIES: Black+Decker SK1215BC Family Sized Electric Skillet

This deep and oversized skillet from Black+Decker is ideal for family cooking and entertaining. Its enormous 12-inch by 16-inch cooking surface and 2 inches of depth can handle large-scale meals. A powerful nonstick coating makes the skillet easy to use and clean, and an adjustable temperature dial enables precise cooking. The Black+Decker includes a tempered glass lid, opening up a wider variety of dishes and allowing users to keep an eye on them as they cook. The pan also functions as a serving dish when the temperature setting is adjusted to Keep Warm, and the cool-touch handles make it easy to move from kitchen to table. Despite its large size, the skillet stores compactly when the handles are folded down and the lid is locked into place. For convenient family-sized cooking without a family-sized cleaning and storage hassle, the Black+Decker Skillet is an excellent choice.

The Best Electric Skillet Option: Elite Platinum Nonstick Heavy Duty Electric Skillet

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BEST HEAVY-DUTY: Maxi-Matic Elite Gourmet EG-6203 Electric Skillet

If you’re looking for a premium skillet that accommodates daily use and large quantities, this heavy-duty aluminum Elite Platinum skillet fits the bill. With 3.5-inch deep sidewalls to contain liquids and pasta and a spacious 8-quart capacity, this appliance is ideal for serving the whole family or cooking a huge meal. The included tempered glass lid allows cooks to monitor their food and locks moisture inside. A durable, PFOA-free honeycomb nonstick surface makes clean up simple, and all parts of the skillet are dishwasher safe. This Maxi-Matic skillet heats up in minutes with a unique M-shaped heating element, which allows for even heating and prevents hot and cool spots. Adjustable temperature controls on the Elite Platinum allow for temperatures ranging from 200 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The Elite Platinum also features a built-in easy-pour spout for draining excess liquids when cooking in large quantities.

The Best Electric Skillet Option: Presto Electric Skillet

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BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK: Presto 06620 11-Inch Electric Skillet

Don’t be fooled by the small size of the Presto 11-Inch Electric Skillet—thanks to its deep design, it can hold enough food to cook a full meal. An array of dishes including casseroles, pasta bakes, eggs and bacon, stews, and braised and grilled meats can be cooked in the 11-inch pan. This Presto skillet features adjustable heat settings and a super-low Keep Warm setting. The tall lid is made from EverNu plastic and is resistant to dents, warping, and peeling. Unlike with glass lids, even when the heat is high, there’s no risk of shattering. Both the lid and skillet can be tossed in the dishwasher for effortless cleaning. The Presto is offered at a low price, making it ideal for value shoppers and new cooks stocking their first kitchen.


The Best Shelf Liners for Cabinets, Drawers, and More

These versatile and hardworking appliances help cook dinner when you don’t want to turn on the stove, or add an extra cooking surface when preparing a large meal.

The Best Best Shelf Liner Option

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Shelf liners are flexible, removable sheets that make it easy to extend the life of any cabinet or drawer. Lining your drawers and shelves protects their surfaces from damage and makes cleanup a breeze. When reorganizing cabinets or cleaning, adding shelf liners to kitchen cabinets and drawers, as well as pantries and linen closets, is an inexpensive measure that will help preserve your fixtures, furniture, and belongings.

Today’s shelf liners have come a long way, not only in substance but also in style. They’re available in a plethora of styles from traditional vinyl to fabric and a host of decorative patterns and textures to give a quick, simple aesthetic upgrade that is eye-pleasing as well. But with so much variety, finding the right shelf liners for your needs can be tricky. Read on to learn what features to look for and why the following liners rank as some of the best in their respective categories.

  1. BEST OVERALL: Con-Tact Brand Cover Self-Adhesive Vinyl Shelf  Liner
  2. BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK: Duck Brand 1063853 Peel N’ Stick Shelf  Liner
  3. UPGRADE PICK: Con-Tact Brand Zip-N-Fit Solid Grip Adhesive Shelf Liner
  4. BEST FOR THE REFRIGERATOR: DII Non-Adhesive Cut to Fit Washable Liner Paper
  5. BEST FOR WIRE SHELVING: Sterling Wire Value Pack of 5 Shelf Liners
  6. BEST FOR DRAWERS: Gorilla Grip Original Drawer and Shelf Liner
  7. BEST FOR UNDER THE SINK: Drymate USMC2429 Under The Sink Mat
The Best Best Shelf Liner Option

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Types of Shelf Liners

Material matters when it comes to the best shelf liners. The standard adhesive-backed vinyl shelf liners everyone’s familiar with still exist and they work for many applications. But, they’re not the best option for wire shelves because they do not provide sturdy support. Selecting the correct material for each situation protects your furniture as well as the goods that you stash inside.

Foam

Instead of adhesive, foam liners have a grippy texture that won’t leave sticky residue on shelves when removed. Foam liners are a good choice for drawers or shelves containing delicate items that need extra protection because the textured surface holds items in place. These liners are either trimmable with scissors or come equipped with perforated sections that can be torn apart to fit the dimensions of drawers and shelves.

Vinyl

Vinyl shelf liners are a bit thicker than paper or fabric, which makes them less likely to tear. They come in a large variety of colors and patterns, in both non-adhesive and adhesive varieties, and are easy to trim with scissors to fit shelves or drawers. Though vinyl shelf liners are hard to reuse, they’re one of the least expensive options, so it won’t break the bank to replace them. Unfortunately, adhesive-backed vinyl can be tricky to apply and can leave sticky residue on your shelves.

Fabric

Fabric liners are soft and won’t scratch your shelves. Typically non-adhesive, they won’t leave any residue behind. Just like fabric for clothing, they come in all kinds of prints and colors, and they’re easy to trim, wash, reuse. While fabric liners will absorb some moisture if something spills, they won’t fully protect your shelves or stored items if they get wet.

Plastic

Heavy-duty plastic liners work best for open wire shelves because they provide a sturdy base for irregular shaped items. They are waterproof, spill-proof, and easy to wipe clean. These liners are hard to trim since they are usually made of heavy-duty plastic so you’re best off finding them in a size that already fits the exact dimensions of your shelves.

Features to Look for in Shelf Liners

No matter what surface you aim to protect or cover, there’s a liner to suit your needs. Durability and practicality are key when choosing the best shelf liners, so consider these features when shopping.

Adhesive vs Non-Adhesive

The first and most important decision to make about shelf liners—with or without adhesive—comes down to where you plan to use them.

  • Economical adhesive shelf liners tend to give you more product per roll, so if you have a lot of shelves and drawers to cover, they’re an inexpensive option. But once applied, it’s no simple matter to change the position of these peel-and-stick liners, and it can be difficult to remove them completely, so don’t use this type of liner on surfaces prone to adhesive damage, like cork or unfinished wood. Be sure to measure accurately and apply with a steady hand.
  • Non-adhesive shelf liners have a non-slip, grip bottom design to keep them from sliding around your shelves and drawers. They do stay put most of the time but may shift on occasion. They’re more expensive than adhesive liners and you get far less product per roll because these liners are thicker.

Texture

Liners are available in different textures. Some are smooth with a hard plastic surface, some are ribbed for extra grip, and others are made of soft synthetic fabrics. Softer and grip-type liners are good for dishes, glasses, or delicate items prone to scratching. Smooth liners work well for linens or items that are prone to leaking because they clean up with a swipe of a sponge.

Cleanability

Liner cleaning options vary, so choose one that best suits the area you are lining. Liners made from plastic or vinyl are easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth or sponge. Most fabric liners are washable.

Shelf Type

The surface of the shelf or drawer will determine what type of liner will work best. Open wire shelves need stiff plastic liners so smaller objects won’t slip through. Wood cabinet shelves can use flexible liners with adhesive or foam liners without adhesive.

Our Top Picks

With those key features and shopping tips in mind, we’ve narrowed the market to its top-rated products.

The Best Best Shelf Liner Option: Con-Tact Brand Cover Self-Adhesive Vinyl Shelf Liner

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1. BEST OVERALL:  Con-Tact Brand Cover Self-Adhesive Vinyl Shelf Liner

Con-Tact, an industry leader for shelf liners, offers a highly versatile, semi-transparent version you can use for tables, counters, and workstations as well as shelving. It features a grid on the adhesive backing to help with accurate measuring and cutting. The adhesive backing keeps the liner in place, but it’s not so strong to render it unremovable in case you want to shift it. Crafters love this liner because it can be used on Cricuit machines and for stencils. The vinyl is easy to clean with a damp cloth and soap. Since it is transparent, this liner is best for surfaces in pristine condition. If you hope to cover imperfection or damage, go with a patterned liner.

The Best Best Shelf Liner Option: Duck Brand 1063853 Peel N' Stick Shelf Liner

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2. BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK:  Duck Brand 1063853 Peel N’ Stick Shelf Liner

A single roll of Duck Brand Peel N’ Stick is 20 inches by 15 feet—a whopping 3,600 square inches of coverage all at an affordable price. The average-sized roll of vinyl shelf liner is around 18 inches by 9 feet, making Duck a great deal when you have many shelves to line. The liner is made of a heavy-duty adhesive vinyl and features a paper backing for easy measuring and cutting. The liner comes in white, which may not look great in dark cabinets but will make finding things in a dim interior easier.  And for a basic liner, you can’t beat the price for the coverage one roll provides.

The Best Best Shelf Liner Option: Con-Tact Brand Zip-N-Fit Solid Grip Adhesive Shelf Liner

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3. UPGRADE PICK:  Con-Tact Brand Zip-N-Fit Solid Grip Adhesive Shelf Liner

The trickiest, most time-consuming part of installing a shelf liner is the measuring and cutting—even with a pre-printed grid on the back.  Con-Tact’s Zip-N-Fit is a non-adhesive liner that has a perforated line every 1/4 of an inch apart to let you to easily lay your liner down on a shelf and pull apart exactly where needed. Sizing the liner to fit around corners is also a breeze: just lay the liner in place and carefully pull apart around the corners. Such convenience isn’t cheap, however, with the 18 inches by 4 feet roll running a bit over $10, so you may want to use Zip-N-Fit for drawers and shelves in hard-to-reach areas.

The Best Best Shelf Liner Option: DII Non-Adhesive Cut to Fit Washable Liner Paper

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4. BEST FOR REFRIGERATOR: DII Non-Adhesive Cut to Fit Machine Washable Liner Paper

Refrigerator shelves seem to invite spills and crumbs. Cut down on cleaning time with these removable, machine-washable liners. With these, there’s no need to wipe up messes—just remove the liner and pop it in the machine. The liners are reversible too. Use the pattern side for a fun pop of color or the grid side to add a fun geometric pattern. These washable shelf liners also work great in bathrooms, laundry rooms, and other spill-prone zones.

The Best Best Shelf Liner Option: Sterling Wire Value Pack of 5 Shelf Liners

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5. BEST FOR WIRE: Sterling Wire Value Pack of 5 Shelf Liner

Wire shelving is an economical option for interior closets and pantries thanks to its durability and versatility. Due to the open spaces between the wires, however, small items can slip through or fall over. The solution? A stiff shelf liner like this set of five from Sterling. They’re waterproof, tailored to fit perfectly around wire shelf poles, and easy to wipe clean. Made from heavy-duty 30 gauge polypropylene, the liners are thick enough to keep small items upright. There are several size options available and they are designed to fit standard wire shelves.

The Best Best Shelf Liner Option: Gorilla Grip Original Drawer and Shelf Liner

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6. BEST FOR DRAWERS: Gorilla Grip Original Drawer and Shelf Liner

Gorilla—a brand known for its strong adhesives—ironically makes an excellent adhesive-free shelf liner that really locks things in place. Your utensils will stay firmly in place, and the liner also features an open-weave construction that prevents dirt and debris from accumulating on the surface, while providing a textured surface to keep items from shifting.  It’s easy to trim and clean and available in 19 colors and patterns. Gorilla Grip liner is reasonably priced—just under $20 for a 12 inch by 20 feet roll.

The Best Best Shelf Liner Option: Drymate USMC2429 Under The Sink Mat

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7. BEST FOR UNDER THE SINK: Drymate USMC2429 Under The Sink Mat 

If there’s one place in your home that demands a liner it’s underneath the sink. This area is susceptible to moisture, plumbing leaks, and spills from any liquid products you may store there. But not just any liner will keep leaks and spills from puddling as Drymate does. Made from an absorbent fabric with a waterproof backing, this liner contains liquids and wicks away moisture. The waterproof backing stops liquids from soaking through, preventing water damage and staining to the surface below. It also features a slip-resistant backing that helps to keep the mat securely in place and prevents it from sliding around. Easy to trim to size and machine washable, the mat isn’t badly priced, either.

FAQs About Your Shelf Liner

Shelf liners make your cabinets and drawers look better while also making them easier to clean. Here are some frequently asked questions about how to use and install shelf liners.

Q. How do you use a shelf liner?

Shelf liners are cut to size then placed inside a drawer or shelf. The liner may have an adhesive backing that will stick to the shelf or drawer bottom, or made with a non-slip grip material that prevents it from shifting.

Q. How do you cut a shelf liner?

Use a sharp pair of scissors or utility knife to cut shelf liners to the proper size.

Q. How do you keep a non-adhesive shelf liner in place?

Most non-adhesive liners have a non-slip underside that keeps it in place. But if you find that it still shifts, place a strip of mounting tape to one side of the drawer or shelf, then lay the cut piece of liner on top.

Q. How do you remove a shelf liner?

To remove an adhesive shelf liner, simply pry up one corner of the liner and peel it away. If it gets stuck in some places, apply warm air to the area with a hairdryer. This should loosen the adhesive and make it easier to remove the liner.


Bob Vila’s $2,500 Home Safety Giveaway with Daich Coatings

Keep your shelves neat and clean with attractive liners just right for your style, stuff, and budget.

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Today and every day through July 15, enter for a chance to win our $2,500 Home Safety Giveaway. Entering daily will increase your chances of winning one of five $500 gift cards from the Daich Coatings online store.

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Making Safety a Priority at Home

When he sustained a fall on a slippery tile pool deck, Peter Daich, President of Daich Coatings Corporation, got serious about developing an effective answer to the problem of slippery surfaces. “After I slipped on those tiles,” says Daich, “I thought about others, like children or someone elderly falling like I did, and not being so lucky.”

Research from the National Safety Council emphasizes how prevalent slips, falls, and injuries are in the home: In 2016, 9.2 million people were treated for fall-related accidents, and 34,673 people died in falls at home and at work. Falls are also the #1 cause of death for older adults. The Council recommends slip-proofing your home to make sure such preventable accidents don’t happen to you or your loved ones.

To Peter Daich, the solution to the problem seemed obvious: Give any property owner the ability to immediately improve foot traction on their own, with no complicated steps or prohibitive costs. The answer? An easy-to-apply anti-slip sealer with high performance results.

“That’s how TracSafe® was born,” says Daich. “This product helps people avoid life-altering falls. As a bonus, TracSafe makes surfaces look better, freshening them up with an attractive satin sheen.”

Stop Falls Before They Happen with TracSafe

In the home, TracSafe Anti-Slip Sealer can be used on garage and basement floors, workshops, pool decks, patios and terraces. But sheer utility wasn’t the only goal of the Daich Coatings product development team. TracSafe was purposely designed to blend in and enhance the look of your home and outdoor areas.

We are all concerned about heavy chemicals and toxins in your home environment. Daich Coatings designed TracSafe Anti-Slip Sealer as a low VOC pre-mixed formula, without the volatile organic compounds that can lead to headaches and respiratory damage. TracSafe also features fast dry-time and easy clean-up with water. Just two easy coats provide your surfaces with all-season durability and reliable slip-resistance indoors and out.

Daich Coatings is a family-run business of stone and mineral experts. Since 1992, their unique products have given homeowners the elegance and durability of natural stone surfaces – at a reasonable cost. Solid stone surfaces are a huge commitment of resources and difficult to change once installed. With Daich Coatings, you can update the color, texture, and general appearance of your home, with a minimum investment and easy-to-use DIY instructions. A perfect weekend project – with gorgeous results!

Be sure to check out the many other products on the Daich Coatings store. All surface finishes can be applied to interior and exterior concrete, masonry, wood, and linoleum. Just decide what look is best suited to your project for an affordable, beautiful upgrade.

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