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New household products

Published May 26, 2007


Smooth out the shelves

Coated wire shelving drives you crazy, especially in the kitchen: Boxes tip over, small items slip through. Here's a solution: Shelfanator, a molded plastic cladding that slips over the wire shelving. It cuts to fit, locks in place and hides the front edge. It's $19.95 for a panel 12 by 48 inches, plus shipping; also available 16 and 20 inches deep. Details/orders: or toll-free 1-888-865-6555.

A cleaner fuel

Duraflame, maker of those fake fireplace logs, strikes a blow against global warming by replacing petroleum-based waxes in all its logs and firestarters with plant-based "bio-waxes." The bio-wax logs emit fewer greenhouse gases than burning wood or natural gas in fireplaces, the company says, and the logs are considered "carbon neutral" because they're made entirely from renewable resources: wood waste and agricultural byproducts. Find them at Target, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Sam's Club and other retailers.

Keep your tax dollars at home

The hurricane tax holiday is June 1-12. Among the items on which you'll pay no tax: flashlights, portable radios, two-way and weather-band radios, tarps, gas containers, batteries, coolers, portable generators, carbon-monoxide detectors, storm shutters. Price limits apply. Download a poster with details at

[Last modified May 25, 2007, 13:03:38]

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