Monday, February 19, 2018

Household Tips: Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Laundry Symbols

We just replaced our carbon monoxide detectors, so I thought I'd do a little PSA on here. :) Carbon monoxide detectors usually last around 7-10 years. After that, they lose their effectiveness. Ours were around that age, so we replaced them. You should have one on every level of your home (including the basement) and in (or close to) each bedroom. Oh, and don't forget to replace your smoke detectors too. They usually last about 8-10 years, but remember to replace the batteries yearly. Also, don't forget to test your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors regularly to make sure they're working properly.

Here are the Plug In Carbon Monoxide Detectors we got...

plug in carbon monoxide detector

Click HERE to see similar ones at Target. 

What I like about this particular one is that it plugs in, but has a battery backup if you lose power. It has a digital display that tells you the life of the battery, so you know when it's time to replace the battery. It also has a display that shows the life of the unit itself, so you know when to replace the entire thing. I went ahead and used a permanent marker and wrote the date and year these were installed, right on the side of the detector, just so I'd remember. 

If it detects carbon monoxide, the alarm will sound and it will have a digital display, telling you what the levels are. 

Click HERE to read Carbon Monoxide Poisoning FAQs.

Here is the one in my bedroom:

So, on to laundry. I bought some new clothes recently and was a little confused when I read the tag. It had all kinds of symbols I didn't recognize. I googled it and turns out, there are a ton of laundry symbols I didn't recognize. So I put them together for you right here. Just what you always wanted to know, right? :)

I mean...did you have any idea the more dots there were, the hotter the water? I sure didn't. 

Again, I never knew about these bleach symbols.  

I mean..."Dry in shade???" Not sure when that will ever apply, but it's good to know there's a symbol for it. Lol!

Goodness. That's a lot of symbols! Ha! Who knew?!

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Very interesting! I have seen these symbols here and there too and never realized there were so many different ones.

  2. Ok, I have never seen some of these symbols and I certainly have never really paid attention to them. Maybe I should! And yes, Carbon Monoxide detectors are so important. Years ago we had one and it kept going off. At first we ignored it, because we thought it was a fluke. Then we called the fire department and turns out, we had a problem. Thank goodness for that alarm!!

  3. I used to have a cheat sheet magnet I got at World Market that had a lot of the symbols. I think one of my Martha Stewart books does too. I think a lot of the European countries use the symbols versus the words we are used to.

  4. Yep, we've got similar monitors, and they actually "chirp" when they need to be replaced....kind of freaky the first time it happens, though! We just had a service on our alarm system, and the guy replaced batteries on all the windows and doors and on the smoke alarms. No charge! I haven't even seen some of those laundry symbols!


  5. I have seen those symbols too. I guess that helps for all the language barriers when things are made and shipped and sold all over the world. Hope you are doing great. Have a good week Lisa.

  6. Thanks so much for the info on carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms. I need to get more for my basement. The smoke detectors are now code to be on walls as opposed to the ceiling...not sure why. It's a big job but worth it. Get that space and paint out!

    My father in law is a retired fire captain. His advice has always been, keep bedroom and all doors closed when you sleep at night. You will smell the smoke or hear the detector. The closed doors keep the fire and smoke from spreading. For halls and bedrooms, he said fire has a harder time going around corners. God, I love him.

    Those symbols are insane You need a manual alone for them!! After a zillion years of laundry, I just follow my instincts. It's the drying that is confusing-as in shrinkage!!!! Your thoughts on that?

    Jane x


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