MR. CLEAN FRESHENS UP
Mr. Clean has a different air about him. The Magic Eraser and liquid and spray cleaners bearing the big bald guy's name and picture now come in the same scents as Febreze, the fabric and room freshener. So do Swiffer dusting and mopping products. The reason for all-Febreze aromas across product lines: Consumers say they like a fresh scent combined with cleaning products they think do a good job.
The White House gets a new look
Just before the Bushes have to start packing, Architectural Digest magazine opens the doors on first lady Laura Bush's newly redecorated White House. It's the cover story of the March issue. Bush worked with Fort Worth, Texas, designer Kenneth Blasingame to refresh rooms that hadn't been touched in years or where the furnishings were historically inaccurate. The chairs in the Queens' Bedroom, for example, last redecorated by Jacqueline Kennedy, were threadbare. And if that story doesn't appeal, you can read about the Manhattan home of Law and Order: SVU star Christopher Meloni.
Home show time
at the fairgrounds
It's home show time, Friday through March 9. Florida's Largest Spring Home Show is at the Florida State Fairgrounds on U.S. 301 in Tampa. Visit 950 exhibits, including green tech displays, hurricane-preparation ideas (yes, that time is coming soon) and a retractable 60-inch flat-screen TV, the perfect thing for poolside. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 55 and older, free for children under 12. Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and March 8, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 9. Details at
So remember to fix that leaky faucet
There are an estimated 222-million bathroom faucets in the United States, watercrunch.blogspot.com estimates. Each year 17-million new bathroom faucets are sold for installation in new homes or replacement of older fixtures. Both bathroom and kitchen faucets account for about 16 percent of indoor residential water use in the United States, or more than 1.1-trillion gallons of water used each year. Watercrunch provides information on water issues in the Southeastern United States.
Compiled by Times homes and garden editor Judy Stark