Cleaning

Make your home sparkle with tips, tricks and ideas for everyday upkeep and spring cleaning.

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  • Homemade Cleaning Products>>

    Want to avoid harsh chemical cleaners in your household? Save money and protect your family’s health by making your own all-natural, chemical-free products using essential oils.>>

  • 5 Myths About Fire>>

    In a fire, do you have minutes or seconds to escape? What’s more dangerous: flames or smoke? Separating fire myths from the facts can save your life.>>

  • 5 Hidden Chemicals in Your Home>>

    Our relationship to chemicals is changing as new research draws a connection between health problems and exposure to certain compounds. Your home may be more toxic than you realize because of hidden chemicals in cleaning products. Here are five common cleaning products that may be polluting your home.>>

  • Top 10 Causes of House Fires>>

    The chief causes of house fires are clear — and so are the ways to avoid them. Here’s what you need to know about preventing 10 common hazards.>>

  • 5 Tips for Caring for Outerwear>>

    If you’re careful in how you handle your outerwear, they can stay in great condition for a long time, as well as keep you protected from the elements. Here are five tips for keeping your jackets and coats looking their best.>>

  • 4 Ways to Clean a Dirty Grill>>

    Do you dread having to scrub your grill clean? Try one of these quick and easy ways that involve a little baking soda, a plastic bag or some WD-40.>>

  • How to Tune Up Your Bike>>

    So your bike has been in the garage all winter and looks a little worse for the wear. No worries—you can give your bike a quick tune-up yourself.>>

  • 5 Handy Tool Substitutes>>

    Sometimes, while in the middle of a repair job, you may find you're missing the one tool that’s perfect for the job. Not to worry! We've got five handy replacement tools to use when you don't have the real thing.>>

  • 5 Ways to Protect Your Digital Files>>

    The digital age helps us save on space and paper, but it also means we have to be diligent to avoid losing items such as special photos and tax records. Follow these five steps to help ensure your digital files remain safe.>>

  • Stain Removal Tips>>

    You’ve just spilled red wine on a white tablecloth, dripped orange juice down your dress and dropped a strawberry on your couch. Apart from being incredibly unlucky, you’ve also created some stains that can be a little tricky to remove.>>

  • 6 Tips for Saving Leftover Paint>>

    You thought you were all set. You went to the trouble to label and store the leftover paint so that you would have it on hand for touch-ups. Now you open the can only to find a congealed lump. Here are six tips on how to clean up and store paint so it will be fresh when you need it.>>

  • 5 Ways to Create More Storage Space>>

    Whether your current residence is a small-sized condo or a large detached house, you’re likely always looking for extra storage space. Take a good look around your home, and with a little ingenuity, you’ll find some areas that can be turned into additional space. Need some help? Here are five interesting space-saving tricks for your home.>>

  • Top Ten Rules for Regifting>>

    Some say it’s cheap, others say it’s frugal; some say it’s unforgivable and still others say it’s simply another form of recycling. But no matter what anyone says, regifting is here to stay! So here’s how to do it guilt-free—and how to not get caught.>>

  • 7 Sweater Care Tips>>

    Keep your sweaters looking like new with these essential care tips.>>

  • 6 Tips for Caring for the Kitchen Stove>>

    Stoves have simple working parts, and, with occasional repair and regular cleaning, yours should keep on serving you and your family for decades. Here are six tips to help keep the kitchen stove in good shape>>

  • 8 Tips for Organizing Your Laundry Room>>

    Do you dread doing laundry? Are the piles growing out of control? Putting it off won’t make it go away. Let’s face it—dirty laundry is a fact of life. But doing laundry becomes less of a chore when you have an efficient, pleasing room to do it in. If you want to create a laundry room that not only looks good but also works well, here are some tips to help.>>

  • The Legendary Guide to Cleaning>>

    Dost thou feel like you’re fighting a losing battle with dirt? The secret to defeating your demons lies in the ten golden rules of cleaning. If you feel like house cleaning is a daunting and interminable task check out these smart tips. Adopt the age-old cleaning strategies we suggest, and you'll finally be able to get your home sparkling clean before the turn of the century.>>

  • Long Life for Your Appliances>>

    Appliances eventually wear out. Certain parts simply fail with time. It’s inevitable. But appliance abuse and neglect can speed up the breakdown rate of washers, dryers, refrigerators, ranges, and dishwashers, helping keep appliance repairmen busy. Here are some of the most common ways homeowners contribute to appliance demise, along with advice for avoiding these errors.>>

  • 5 Bed Mattress Care Tips>>

    Mattresses typically last around ten years, but a few simple procedures can add years to their lives and improve your sleep comfort as well.>>

  • 6 Good Kitchen Habits to Develop>>

    Get savvy in the kitchen by adopting these easy organizational habits. By incorporating these actions into your daily routine, you’ll save time as well as have a kitchen that looks spotless.>>

  • The Clutter Reduction Plan>>

    Need to get your home organized? Try these ideas for cutting the time you spend on life's unavoidable chores—leaving you more space for the things that really matter.>>

  • Fire Safety for Seniors>>

    Beyond the age of 65, older people are increasingly at risk from accidental fires that can quickly turn fatal. Learn how to keep your elderly relatives safe in the event of a fire.>>

  • Laundry Secrets>>

    Almost everyone has had at least one laundry disaster. Here are some secrets to help you avoid having anymore!>>

  • Organize Your Closet>>

    Nothing starts a day off on the wrong note faster than when you cannot find the belt that goes with a particular outfit, the other shoe or the right shirt. The average person spends 55 minutes a day looking for misplaced items. Regardless of the size of your closet, having this room organized sets us off ready to face the world.>>

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