For upholstery, use a mild solution (a couple of drops per gallon) of dishwashing detergent and water to clean seats. Dip a clean towel into the solution and rub gently. For leather upholstery, a leather cleaner is recommended.

Cleaning Tip: Car upholstery


For upholstery, use a mild solution (a couple of drops per gallon) of dishwashing detergent and water to clean seats. Dip a clean towel into the solution and rub gently. For leather upholstery, a leather cleaner is recommended, although the homemade cleaner can be used. After cleaning leather, rub in a conditioner. Use the treatment every six months.


-- HGTV/ Scripps Howard News Service


Home-Selling Tip: Put in some yard work


Before putting a house on the market, put in some outdoor work to make it shine. Get a "home-wash" attachment for the hose to clean the exterior. Clean out the gutters as well as windows and screens. Buy new house numbers that you can see from the curb after installed.


-- FrontDoor.com


Going Green: Jamba Juice to nix polystyrene cups


Smoothie chain Jamba Juice announced they will phase out its use of polystyrene cups by 2013. A petition was started on change.org by fifth-grader Mia Hansen from California, and it gathered 135,000 signatures after three weeks.


-- Earth911.com


Did You Know …


The median time a home was listed for sale on the market was 69 days in July, down 29.6 percent from 98 days in July 2011. – Realtor.org


New Products: New look for iTunes


Apple says a revamp to its iTunes content-management software is underway to streamline the site's look and make music more accessible on the iCloud service, among other features. Expect the change in October.


-- Consumer Reports Electronics Blog


Garden Guide: Reviving a dormant lawn


If a dormant lawn has received as little as one-quarter to one-half an inch of water a month, the crowns are probably still alive and recovery will be easier. If the lawn has gone without any water, chances are that some areas are completely dead. A strong renovation plan is in order.


-- University of Illinois Extension