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If you feel like you’ve been throwing out your sponges, you may need to make some changes to how you use them. Here are some tips on how to get more mileage out of your sponges before throwing them out.

Grout is porous, making it tricky to keep clean. And because the grout lines between tiles are often slightly deeper than the surface, simply wiping down your tiled surface often isn’ t enough for tough stains or grime. On tile floors, crumbs, dirt and other debris can be left behind along the grout lines, even after sweeping.

The Congressional Budget Office says that high inflation will persist into next year. This will likely cause the federal government to pay higher interest rates on its debt. The nonpartisan agency expects that the consumer price index will rise 6.1% this year and 3.1% in 2023. This forecast suggests that inflation will slow from current annual levels of 8.3%, yet it would still be dramatically above a long term baseline of 2.3%. The 10-year estimates do contain positive news as this year’s annual budget deficit will be $118 billion lower than forecast last year. That’s a byproduct of the end of pandemic-related spending and the solid job growth it helped to spur.

Stocks rose in choppy trading on Wall Street Wednesday afternoon following the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve’s most recent interest rate policy meeting. The S&P 500 rose 0.6%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.2% and the Nasdaq rose 1.2%. Retailers had some of the strongest gains after getting beaten down in recent days over concerns that soaring inflation was eating into their profits. Some of those concerns dissipated after the high-end department store operator Nordstrom reported higher sales and raised its profit forecast. The yield on the 10-year Treasury, which helps set mortgage rates, held steady at 2.76%.

Police believe an overnight fire in Wyoming that damaged a building being renovated to house a new abortion clinic was deliberately set. Authorities are trying to determine the identity of a possible suspect seen running away from the buildng before dawn Wednesday who was carrying what appeared to be a gas can and a black back. The blaze damaged the inside of the building under renovation to house the clinic in Casper, the second-biggest city in a state where opposition to abortion is widespread. The clinic had been set to open in June as only the second place in the state to offer abortions.

The head of the Food and Drug Administration testified about a series of setbacks that led to a months-long delay in inspecting the plant at the center of a nationwide baby formula shortage. FDA Commissioner Robert Califf is facing questions Wednesday from House lawmakers probing the formula shortage. Califf faced fury from members of Congress over the slow response, which has rattled parents and snowballed into a major political controversy. Califf called the response “too slow" and “not optimal.” Lawmakers will also hear from an executive from Abbott Nutrition, whose factory has been shuttered due to contamination.

TikTok creator @diyonabudgetofficial used an Ikea doll bed as the base for this cute cat bed. Of course, the cat loved the cardboard box the doll bed came in just as much as the DIY.

DIYer @lonefoxhome is know for upcycling pieces into unique expensive-looking décor, and this rattan pet home is no exception. If you have an old Ikea side table on hand, that’s the perfect base for this project.

With boating season ramping up, it's a good time to talk about best practices for pet-friendly boating to ensure your little one is safe. Before hitting the lake, river or sea with your pet, it's important to plan ahead and always keep the best interests of your four-legged first mate in mind.

Misinformation in the pet food market abounds. To help determine fact from fiction, here's research on the most common misconceptions about pet food.

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