11 Best Flower Delivery Services 2020

Mother’s Day will be here before you know it, and fresh blooms are a go-to gift for a reason. Totally foolproof and absolutely gorgeous, a bouquet of flowers is the easiest way to let your mom know just how much you love her. But trying to find the perfect Mother’s Day flower arrangement isn’t as simple as picking from roses or hydrangeas. With a slew of online flower delivery services, it’s important to make sure you find one that is not only reliable, but also offers options that are affordable and up to your standards. Oh, and for all of you last-minute shoppers, same-day delivery is crucial. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best flower delivery services, depending on what you’re looking to send. We’ve not only tapped our experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute for their recommendations, but we’ve also gone off of customer reviews to make sure whoever receives your bouquet will be 100% satisfied.

Best Overall: 1-800-Flowers

Best Selection: FTD

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The company’s name stands for Florists’ Transworld Delivery, and its business model has been around for over 100 years. When you order, FTD taps a network of local florists, so your blooms are sourced

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How to Clean Glasses – How to Clean Eyeglasses

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It’s impossible to focus on the task at hand with smudges and streaks all over your lenses. But really, dirty glasses can also negatively impact your health: Bacteria can grow on nose pads and ear clips of eyeglasses, leading to staph infections and other skin issues, according to a 2018 study. That’s why it’s best to clean and sanitize your glasses on a regular basis. By cleaning your lenses daily and frames weekly, you’ll see clearer and be less prone to bacteria-causing infections. Not sure where to start? Take a tip from Carolyn Forte, Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, on the proper way to clean glasses without damaging them.

How to Clean and Sanitize Eyeglasses

The microfiber cloth that comes in most glasses cases is just the start: Follow this three-step approach to remove any pesky smudges, streaks, or marks on your lenses and sanitize frames of varying materials.

  1. Rinse the lenses with lukewarm water to remove any debris or dirt on the surface. If you have polycarbonate lenses or lenses with coatings, use an eyeglass-specific spray like Koala Kleaner. Otherwise, try gentle dish soap, like Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid
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How to Get Rid of Roaches

There’s nothing worse than flicking on the kitchen lights and seeing (or hearing) the scuttling legs and antennae of cockroaches on your countertops, cabinets, or floor. Not only are these pests a major eyesore, but they can contaminate your food, transmit dangerous bacteria, and worst of all, survive even the best-intentioned eradication attempts. That’s why we turned to an entomologist and pesticide applicator to find the fastest and most effective way to get rid of roaches. Regardless if you’re tackling one sneaky pest or a whole army of cockroaches, follow this five-step guide to shut down even the most stubborn infestations.

Identify the problem area and seek professional help if needed.

Out of over 4,000 cockroach species in the world, most Americans encounter only one or two types: German cockroaches and American cockroaches.

The German variety have light-brown bodies with two parallel dark stripes down the sides and they measure less than an inch long.

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Reddish-brown American cockroaches grow slightly bigger, at about 1.5 inches. They also predominantly live outside in places like mulch and garbage heaps.

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Since cockroaches can taint your food and countertops with illness-causing E. coli and salmonella, don’t take an infestation lightly.

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How to Clean and Disinfect Toys

Let’s face it: Your child’s toys are their most prized possessions, often by his or her side 24/7. That means they get played with, tossed around, slept with, chewed on and who knows what else? Before long, that beautiful, pristine teddy bear looks like a gnarly mess. Besides the visible dirt and grime, toys can harbor germs, allergens or worse, mold.

Different toys require different cleaning methods not only to get them clean, but to keep them looking and working their best. Below, our Good Housekeeping Cleaning Lab recommends how — and how often — to clean and kill germs on toys to help keep your children safe.

How often should I clean toys?

How frequently toys need cleaning depends on how loved they are (a.k.a how much they get played with). These are general guidelines for when your child is healthy. It’s always important to clean and sanitize toys more frequently when your child is ill or has the flu and to do it all again once they’ve recovered.

  • Hard plastic and bath toys are the easiest to maintain and should be cleaned and sanitized weekly if they are played with daily.
  • Plush toys are often machine washable and
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What Are Granny Pods? – How Much do Pre-Fab Pods Cost?

Few family responsibilities in life are greater than making sure our parents are comfortable in their golden years — but the options can be daunting. Finding a quality nursing home can feel overwhelming, as can the price tag attached. You might be in the position to share your home with your parent as a solution — or that option might be a nonstarter due to space limitations or other obstacles.

Especially if you’re a member of the sandwich generation, you might recognize yourself in this scenario, and you may be searching for an alternative setup — and a granny pod might just be the answer you’ve been looking for.

What is a granny pod?

So-called granny pods are essentially just guest houses on a residence’s property — only with a special design to accommodate an elderly occupant’s needs. The Washington Post notes that some of these extras might include a lift to help the resident move between the bed and the bathroom; a video camera system for monitoring the space (it might be placed at floor level to provide privacy but also an added measure of security); and smart devices such as a toilet equipped to measure temperature, weight, and

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Good Housekeeping Is Hosting Free Craft Classes for Kids on Facebook

Crafting is our forte, so let the talented team behind Good Housekeeping’s best covers, home stories, and DIY ideas teach you and your kids how to make some Pinterest-worthy crafts. Join our stylists, designers, and expert DIY-ers every Wednesday and Friday at 3 p.m. EST on Good Housekeeping’s Facebook page as we walk you through one fun idea after the next. All of our crafts will include items you already have at home or can easily grab. Think: clothespins, nail polish, rubber bands, and toilet paper rolls. And don’t worry if you can’t join us in real time, our videos will be saved to our timeline and in our videos section, so you can craft along with us when you’re ready.

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Friday, 3/27: DIY Block Printing

Make anything a stamp! Use found items to create printed artwork, linens, or wrapping paper with visual stylis director Elisabeth Engelhart.

What you’ll need:

* Cardboard, paper, or fabric to print on

* Corks, sponges, jar lids, paper towel tubes, bubble wrap, bottle caps, buttons, rubber bands, etc. to turn into a stamp

* Paint or ink pad

* Optional: craft glue or hot glue

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