Throw your football tailgate party in style with a portable generator that can power up a TV for the pregame...

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Throw your football tailgate party in style with a portable generator that can power up a TV for the pregame show.

Coleman’s 5,000-watt portable generator ($599) can also be used to power a blender or radio.

At home, that same generator is handy when a storm knocks out power. It’s available at select Lowe’s stores.

Bleaching just got a little easier

A new type of Clorox is simplifying the bleaching process.

Clorox UltimateCare Premium Bleach is formulated so it can be poured directly onto bleachable fabric. It contains proportionately less sodium hypochlorite — the chemical compound found in chlorine bleach — than regular Clorox, as well as buffering agents, so it can be used for pretreating fabric or added directly to the wash. It’s in the form of a creamy liquid to help prevent splashes.

Like other chlorine bleaches, it’s not safe for all fabrics.

A 30-ounce bottle is about $2 at select grocery stores.

Sow your seeds, but save your knees

Gardening is great for the soul, but it can be tough on the knees.

Here are some tips for maintaining healthy knees, from orthopedic surgeon Nicholas DiNubile, author of “FrameWork: Your 7 Step Program for Healthy Muscles, Bones and Joints” (Rodale, $17.95):

• Drink plenty of water. Dehydration reduces flexibility and increases wear and tear.

• Get strong. Do leg lifts to strengthen the quadriceps muscle in the front of the thigh, the main protector of the knee.

• Before gardening, warm up and then stretch.

• Wear a supportive sneaker to take stress off knees.

Compiled from the Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) and Akron Beacon Journal