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How To: Remove Paint from Metal
"Just paint it!" That's the motto for many DIYers when they're unhappy with the lamp, dresser, doors, hardware. . . y...
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How To: Clean a Deck
Come summertime, the deck practically becomes an extension of your house. In fact, when decorated according to typica...
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12 Ways to Clean House with Citrus
Lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits are already staples of the fruit bin, but this juicy produce can also be pressed into service for myriad cleaning chores a...
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The Right Way to Wash Your Car
Good things come to those who wait: That may be sound advice for life in general, but if you're a car owner, it's bes...
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How To: Clean Patio Furniture
A fixture of backyard barbecues and poolside parties, patio furniture must withstand not only the elements, but also ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Give Your Gas Grill a Tune-Up
Grilling season is back, and not a minute too soon! To avoid any unpleasant surprises on your inaugural cookout, give...
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7 Surprising Alternative Uses for Clorox Bleach
Chlorine bleach isn’t just for washing machines anymore. This staple of the laundry room—while well known for getting stains out of clothing—has a multitude of po...
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3 Ways to Shrink Your Shopping Bag Mess
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of plastic shopping bags you’re harboring underneath your kitche...
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The Secret Ingredient Your Cleaning Routine Needs Right Now
While there are plenty of products on the market that promise a fresher-smelling home, just looking at the long list ...
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One-Step Spring Upkeep with a Multitalented Outdoor Tool
Here's what the real estate agent doesn't say: Owning a home near the ocean is rarely a day at the beach. Salt air pu...
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How To: Clean a Coffeemaker
Bleary-eyed fumbling for that first cup of joe can lead to spills, yet despite this repeated abuse during the morning...
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One Attachment Turns Your Garden Hose into a Powerhouse Cleaning Tool
This time of year, we all rely on the garden hose for any number of chores around the yard. But useful though it may ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning (or Concealing) Wall Stains
If you spy some ugly stains on your walls, don’t despair. Chances are there’s a way to either remove those walls stai...
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7 Herbs That Clean House
If you’re a cook—or just a person who likes to eat—you already know how herbs can make any dish taste better. But you may not know that herbs can also work outsid...
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How To: Clean Patio Cushions
When it comes time to spiff up your porch or patio for spring, cleaning your furniture cushions ranks high on the to-...
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Your Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Home's Exterior
While we're all comfortably accustomed to the concept of spring cleaning, most of us view the effort as taking place solely indoors. It's time to reevaluate. Afte...
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Quick Tip: Rescue Scorched Cookware
Fear not: Cleaning blackened, burned cookware doesn't have to mean an arm-wearying afternoon of intensive scouring. I...
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Clean Faster with 8 Secrets from the Pros
You know the feeling: At the first sign of warm weather, the desire to clean house is at an all time high. However, for today's time-starved homeowners, sometimes...
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9 Things You Didn't Know Coca-Cola Can Do
Sugary drinks aren't allowed in some households these days, but even the most health-conscious of folks can find a few reasons to keep a can of Coke around the ho...
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How To: Remove Permanent Marker
You may think that permanent marker is, well, permanent. But we'll let you in on a special secret: With a little elbo...
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Quick Tip: Cleaning Up a Battery Leak
All batteries—particularly the alkaline variety—leak over time, whether drawing a current or not. So even if you heed...
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Pro Tips: 5 Strategies for Tackling Your Worst Clutter Zones
In every home, stuff always seems to pile up in one particular area, be it a kitchen drawer, an entryway surface, or ...
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Quick Tip: Removing Coffee Stains from Carpet
It's not what you feared. Spilling coffee on the carpet doesn't have to mean living with an eyesore until you replace...
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The 2-Ingredient Powerhouse That Cleans Almost Anything
It’s almost hard to believe: By combining two seemingly mild pantry staples, you can handle most of the tougher messe...
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How To: Make Your Own Window Cleaner
Windows get dirty, in part because we put off cleaning them, mistakenly thinking of the chore as a somehow complicate...
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13 Lazy Cleaning Tricks for a Spotless Home
<p>Struggling to find the time—nay, the motivation—to get all your chores done? Well, you might want to sit down for this news: You can get it all done hardly usi...
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10 Things You Didn't Know Windex Can Do
You know that familiar blue window cleanser that we all grew up using? Well, it can do lot more than just clean windows. Whether you're looking to bust stains or ...
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How To: Clean a Shower Curtain
Though your shower curtain performs a valuable service, preventing water from cascading across your bathroom floor, y...
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10 Life-Changing Tools for Easier Spring Cleaning
Few chores herald the season as much as an annual spring cleaning. But you need not break your back in the process of cleaning the house from top to bottom. That'...
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9 Handy Under-Sink Organizers to Buy or DIY
In most homes, the under-the-sink cabinet doesn’t get much respect. It often hides a trash can and the cleaning potions—but it also can become a dumping ground fo...
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How To: Remove Hard Water Stains
Are there always white spots on your bathroom fixtures? Does a cloudy film coat the carafe of your coffeemaker? If so...
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8 Cleaning Mistakes Everyone Makes
Routines we use to clean the home become second nature. We may never stop to think if we’re doing it right or if we could be doing it better. Believe it or not, t...
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Quick Tip: Clean Windows with Coffee Filters
Everyone dreads at least one household chore. Many people's least favorite is cleaning the windows. Too important to ...
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9 Unusual Ways to Use WD-40
WD-40 is a utility shelf staple. You probably know it as your go-to solution for squeaky hinges and rust prevention, but it's so much more! Inside the familiar bl...
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Over a Dozen Things You Didn't Know You Could Clean in the Dishwasher
Did you hear? The dishwasher isn’t just for dishes anymore. As a matter of fact, you can wash a whole host of things you may never have considered putting in your...
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Quick Tip: Clean Carpet Stains with a Clothes Iron
You know and loathe the traditional way to clean a carpet. But however laborious it may be, there's no doubt that blo...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" March Projects
Spring will be here soon enough. It's the perfect time to tidy up—both indoors and out—and take stock of your home. Whether you're planning your garden, growing a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Keeping Concrete Floors Clean
Concrete floors are no longer found only in garages and basements. With elegant finishes now available—like stencilin...
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How To: Remove Mold from Wood
Wood, which naturally soaks up and retains water, makes an ideal environment for mold and mildew. To remove mold from...
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How To: Clean a Refrigerator
As the only home appliance to host a rotating population of mess-making foods, it's no wonder the refrigerator ranks ...
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Sick House Syndrome: 7 Things You Need to Know Now
Could your house be making you sick? According to the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that most people spend more than 90% of their time indoors. Indoor...
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Quick Tip: Restore Shine to a Light Fixture with... Denture Tablets?
[bobsays_inset] Time has a way of proving the old adage "out of sight, out of mind. " Case in point: Whether your ce...
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Quick Tip: Scrub Your Tub with... Grapefruit?
[bobsays_inset] There are plenty of housekeeping jobs that people put off. And as opposed to a task like clearing the...
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8 Unusual Tips for Your Cleanest Bathroom Ever
Few chores are as perennial as cleaning the bathroom. The loo probably gets more use per square foot than any other space in the house. As a result, it has to be ...
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10 Things You Didn't Know a Sponge Can Do
Think you know how to use a sponge? Well, think again! These colorful little squares of cellulose can be used for a lot more household tasks than just wiping down...
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How To: Remove Paint from EVERYTHING
Nothing brightens up a room like a fresh coat of paint—but the unfortunate side effects of many painting projects are spills and splatters. Even the most careful ...
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10 Home Cleaners to Borrow from the Pantry
No matter the size of the chore—whether it's spot cleaning or wiping down all the kitchen countertops—the solution you need may very well be something you have on...
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Editors' Picks: Today's Top 7 Vacuum Cleaners
Decisions, decisions: Buying a new vacuum cleaner used to be a fairly straightforward and simple process, but today’s proliferation of purchasing options may leav...
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Clean Your Floors with What's in the Pantry
Sweeping dirt under the rug: Tempting, sure, but it's no long-term solution. Different rooms in different houses requ...
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Quick Tip: Clean a Rug with Snow
[bobsays_inset]Before hauling your rug outside on a cold day after a snowstorm, first vacuum its front and back. Alte...
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How To: Clean a Down Comforter
Just about every down comforter has a tag with care instructions that read, "Dry Clean Only. " But if you're on a bud...
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How To: Clean a Garbage Disposal
Consider the environment within the average in-sink garbage disposal: It's cool, dark, and moist, and there's a near ...
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Show Love to Your Leather Furniture
When our hands get dry and the skin cracks a bit, we quickly reach for the lotion. The same logic applies to leather ...
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7 Surprising Household Uses for Mayonnaise
You may not know this, but mayonnaise isn’t just for sandwiches and salad dressings. There are a host of household uses for this tasty spread. From cleaning gunky...
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Power Up Your Cleaning Routine with... Caffeine?
Many people enjoy a hot caffeinated beverage in the morning or a cold, bubbly cola in the afternoon, not just for the taste, but for the caffeine pick-me-up. But ...
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How To: Clean Any Appliance
Kitchens can be pretty filthy places: dirty dishes in the sink, spilled food on the counters, cooking oils and grease on the stovetop, and even pet food on the fl...
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10 Housekeeping Habits to Adopt in the New Year
Your hardworking home deserves just as much of a fresh start as you do, doesn't it? Why not make this the year? Inspired by January's spirit of renewal, use these...
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How To: Clean Your Cleaning Tools
If you're like many homeowners, you make good on a regular cleaning schedule. So maybe you skip dusting once in a while, but your house is pretty clean, right? Bu...
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The 9 Rules for Rugs That Everyone Should Know
There are many questions to grapple with before settling on any particular rug: How big should it be? Is it durable enough? What do I need to know to clean it? Fo...
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How To: Clean Stove Burners
We've all been there: It's the end of a long day, and rather than wipe up the splatters on the range, you decide the ...
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The Most Frequently Asked Questions of 2014
Does home improvement leave you scratching your head? We compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions at BobVila.com—along with the answers. Click through...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bleach + Vinegar = Toxic
When I talk to homeowners about safety, the discussion often centers around using tools and ladders and so forth. But...
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How To: Clean a Chimney
Some homeowners are so drawn to the fireplace that they ignore the mess and hassle that accompany its operation and m...
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The Right Way to Clean a Toilet
A dreaded household chore, cleaning the toilet is the definition of dirty work. Mostly it's a matter of hygiene, but ...
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How To: Get Rid of Pantry Moths
Like their closet-lurking cousins, pantry moths are destructive pests. Act fast before they eat through (and lay eggs...
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How To: Get Rid of Every Carpet Stain
When holiday guests gather in your home to enjoy festive food and drink, there are bound to be a few accidental slops and splatters that could make your carpets a...
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10 Unexpected Uses for Table Salt
It's an integral part of every meal, but ordinary table salt can do a lot more than add flavor to your food. From cleaning to winter maintenance, salt can do a wh...
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How To: Clean a Mattress
Wash and dry your sheets and pillowcases once a week—that's all it takes to sleep in clean comfort, right? Wrong. You...
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10 Classic Cleaners That've Stood the Test of Time
Though they lost visibility to other heavily marketed cleaners in the last several decades, most of the classic cleaning products your mom and grandma used are st...
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Bob Vila Radio: Prepare Your Garden Tools for the Off-Season
Once you've put your garden to bed for the winter, why not clean your garden tools before storing them away? TLC star...
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Make Your Own Shower Cleaner
There's no such thing as a truly refreshing bathing experience in a shower that looks—or even feels—dirty. To keep th...
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Bob Vila Radio: How to Remove Paint Spots from Wood Floors
When's the best time to remove paint spots from wooden floors? Right after the paint hits the floor, of course! But w...
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10 Quick Fixes for a More Refreshing Shower
Nothing kills the mood of a refreshing bath after a long day (or for that matter, an energizing shower to start one) faster than the sight of mold. Or a delay in ...
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Your Post-Halloween Cleanup Guide
If you wound up with more tricks than treats this Halloween, you're likely to have your hands full with a mess: toilet paper in the trees, eggs dripping on your h...
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How To: Get Rid of Mildew Smell
Among household odors, mildew undoubtedly ranks among the worst. And unfortunately, it's all too common, lurking in t...
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How To: Prevent or Eliminate Closet Moths
Tineola bisselliella, the common clothes moth, wreaks havoc on wardrobes, destroying shirts and socks, pants and swea...
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How To: Clean Kitchen Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets are opened and closed more often than the front door is. Such frequent use—along with leakage, spill...
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How To: Clean a Dryer
Sorting, loading, folding—doing laundry is a tiring chore not only for you, but also for your appliances. What drags ...
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The Pros and Cons of Cleaning with TSP
It wasn't so long ago that trisodium phosphate (TSP) was a go-to choice for tough cleaning jobs. In recent years, how...
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Bob Vila Radio: For Brighter Interiors, Clean Your Storm Windows
These days, a lot of folks are feeling the chill in the air and are beginning to button up their homes for the winter...
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How To: Clean and Maintain Butcher Block
Butcher block counters are a perennial favorite in the kitchen, though many homeowners worry about the care and maint...
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9 Surprising Alternative Uses for Toothpaste
Everyone knows that toothpaste cleans your teeth and brightens your smile, but did you know it can do the same for many products around your house? Non-gel toothp...
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Prevent a Crisis: This Fall, Give Your Furnace a Tune-Up
Don’t wait until temperatures plummet: Now is the absolute best time to perform basic furnace cleaning and maintenanc...
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How To: Dispose of Paint
No matter what you're painting—your home's exterior, the living room, or the dresser you recently bought secondhand—e...
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How To: DIY Your Own Dish Soap in 5 Steps
Homemade dish soap. OK, sure. But why? For one thing, why not? But more seriously, homemade dish soap, which requires...
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How To: Clean Pillows
Whether tucked under our heads while sleeping or behind our backs while lounging in the living room, pillows are an o...
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The Right Way to Load a Dishwasher
Of all kitchen appliances, the dishwasher must rank as one of the greatest, don't you think? It's a true time-saver. ...
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How To: Clean Pewter
Used in everything from caskets to kitchen utensils, pewter remains popular with artisans and crafters in part becaus...
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9 Potent Cleaners You Didn't Know You Had
More and more people are steering away from commercial cleaners with their harsh chemicals and opting for more natural choices to get their homes spotless. While ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Flooded Basement Cleanup Tips
What a huge job it is to clean up a flooded basement! But the job can be a lot less of a headache if you keep some ke...
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How To: Clean a Stovetop
On those busy nights when you're lucky to have found just 20 minutes to put toward preparing a one-pot meal, cleanup ...
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11 Ways to Get Rid of Mice
<p>Say goodbye to Stuart Little! A mouse infestation can be enough to make anyone skittish. Those pesky critters can carry a plethora of dangerous diseases and ca...
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How To: Clean a Washing Machine
When you throw a load of laundry into the washing machine, your clothes emerge stain- and sweat-free, and that's a wo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Homemade Remedies for Driveway Oil Spots
Oil spots on asphalt driveways certainly don't add to a home's curb appeal. Ask ten people what remedies they recomme...
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Stinky Situations: What to Do If You’ve Been Skunked
The stench of a skunk attack—it's unmistakable, even when you're in the passenger seat of a car, with the windows clo...
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How To: Get Rid of Wasps
Springtime and summer are lovely times of year, but they do usher in a host of seasonal hazards, perhaps none more fe...
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How To: Clean Chrome
When it's clean, chrome glimmers—there's no other word for it. The downside? Chrome succumbs fairly easily to surface...
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How To: Remove Sticker Residue
These days, each and every time you buy something new, the product seems to come with a sticker on it. Usually, that ...
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How To: Kill Mold
For those who live in a damp climate—or in a poorly ventilated home—mold can be a cause for concern, not only because...
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What's Your Cleaning IQ?
True or false: Everyone loves to clean. False! But like so many other pursuits, practice makes perfect when it comes to cleaning. Test your knowledge of 12 lesser...
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How To: Clean Leather Furniture
With its rich color and supple feel, leather furniture invites an element of luxury into your room decor.  Fortunatel...
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How To: Remove Paint from Concrete
Concrete is porous, which means that it readily absorbs liquids like paint. With this ease of penetration, paint can ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Clearing the Counters
Over time, kitchen countertops can get cluttered with junk, which not only makes the kitchen look sloppy but also dis...
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How To: Cure a Smelly Garbage Disposal
There's no denying the convenience of the garbage disposal: It simplifies so many of the activities that take place i...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Bathroom Vents
Bathroom ventilation fans whisk away odors, but their more important job is to draw moisture out of the room. Moistur...
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How To: Clean Baseboards
You can spend hours washing the floor, dusting the furniture, and vacuuming the nooks and crannies in any given room,...
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How To: Clean Granite Countertops
In many people's minds, granite means strength and resilience. But to clean granite countertops successfully, a homeo...
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How To: Clean Copper
Copper can be a finicky material; it tarnishes easily even when subject to normal wear. Fortunately, using only commo...
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10 "Sober" Alternative Uses for Alcohol at Home
It's the perfect accompaniment for an exquisite meal and close friends, but drink too much of it, and you may find yourself slipping and stumbling into a heap of ...
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How To: Clean Cast Iron
A durable material if there ever was one, cast iron occasionally requires cleaning, particularly where food preparati...
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How To: Clean Laminate Floors
Laminate floors are so beautiful when first installed, but over time they can start to look a little worse for wear. ...
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How To: Clean Marble
Unquestionably, marble ranks among the most luxurious and beautiful countertop and flooring materials. Equally beyond...
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Bob Vila Radio: Microwave Steam Cleaning
The best way to keep your microwave clean is to wipe it down after every use. But that doesn’t always happen—you’re i...
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How To: Clean a Dishwasher
The idea of cleaning a dishwasher may seem a bit strange at first, but think of it this way: You regularly maintain y...
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The Dark, Dirty Truth About Household Mold (And How to Rid Yourself of It)
<p>There are few homeowner problems more terrifying than mold. While thousands of molds are part of the natural environment, ghastly examples of it can be lurking...
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How To: Clean Wood Furniture
Homeowners have long relished the beauty, versatility, and toughness of wood furniture—and above all, they've appreci...
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Floor Care Guide: 11 Ways to Care for Your Wood Floors
<p>By design, our floors will see some of the most wear and tear of any of the fixtures in our home. Even if you’re normally careful with your floors, life happen...
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Spring Cleaning? 8 Helpful Tips from Merry Maids to Ease You Through
Second only to a new mother’s instinct to nest is the desire to clean house at the first signs of winter thaw. Debra ...
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How To: Remove Wax from Carpet
Candles enhance the atmosphere of any space. The gentle glow from their lit wicks fosters a feeling of calm and relax...
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How To: Clean Window Screens
Window screens really take a beating. They're constantly exposed to the sun, wind, rain and snow, and pollen and inse...
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The Dirty Dozen: 12 Places You Probably Never Clean But Definitely Should
So, you think your house is clean? Well… you might have to think again! If you’re like most people, there are areas that you never even think about cleaning, unli...
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15 Remarkably Easy Ways to Create a Dust-Free Home
No matter how clean your home may be, it's probably still a little dusty. It's a pervasive problem that everyone has to deal with every day. It's more than an ann...
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How To: Clean a Shower Head
Is your shower head failing to perform as well as it once did? If so, then chances are good that it's time to clean t...
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What Would Bob Do? Cleaning Air Ducts
I am moving into a new home. The previous owners had a dog. I am wondering if cleaning the air ducts is worthwhile.  ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Reducing Dust
For most people, dust is a housecleaning nuisance. But for those with respiratory ailments or allergies, dust can be ...
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21 Ways to Spring Clean Your Whole House—Naturally
There's no better time than spring to give your home some serious deep cleaning. It's finally warm enough to wash your windows without freezing them shut, and now...
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How To: Remove Rust
Learning how to remove rust isn't rocket science, and in homeowners' ongoing fight to maintain outdoor tools and pati...
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New & Notable: 10 High-Tech Gadgets to Make Housework Less Work
Remember Rosie, the congenial (and often hysterical) robot that flitted around the Jetsons' apartment in the sky, keeping things neat and tidy? When the cartoon f...
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How To: Clean a Microwave
You know it's time to clean your microwave when obnoxious smells fill the kitchen every time you open the appliance d...
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13 Clever Alternatives Uses for Steel Wool
Steel wool, now commonplace in the modern home, came about somewhat by accident. It is believed that 19th-century mechanics used to gather up the metal waste shav...
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Easy DIY: How to Remove Bathtub Rust Stains
Rust stains quickly make your bath an unsightly prospect. Image credit: Neil Smith on Flickr. If you’ve ever ...
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How To: Clean Oven Racks
Ugh, is there anything worse than a dirty oven? If you use the appliance at all, chances are that baked-on grease, st...
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The Morning After: 13 Lifesaving Party Cleanup Tips
Don't fear the cleanup! Once the last guest has left, make the most of your time with these helpful tips and cleaning tricks, all of which involve common househol...
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How To: Remove Exterior Paint with a Pressure Washer
Before you repaint your house, you have to remove all loose and peeling paint. A pressure washer makes the job go fas...
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How To: Clean Porcelain Tile
Porcelain tile consistently ranks as a preferred flooring choice among homeowners, partly due to its beauty—the mater...
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How To: Clean a Microfiber Sofa
In recent years, microfiber furniture has risen in popularity with homeowners because the fabric is not only appealin...
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How To: Remove Crayon Stains
If you have kids, you know that crayons can cause some serious damage to any paint job. Here's how to tackle tough cr...
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10 Clever Household Uses for Lemons
Nature’s supreme source of sour is capable of far more than making tea tangy and pies tart. Slice up a few lemons and give these practical household solutions a go.
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10 Ingenious Home Uses for Baking Soda
Tired of spending hundreds of dollars on fancy cleaning products? The solution to many household cleaning and freshening problems is probably sitting in your cupb...
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What Would Bob Do? Eliminating Cigarette Odor
How do I get rid of a cigarette smoke smell in my house?The smell of cigarette smoke can affect virtually every part ...
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Top Tips for Cleaner Trash Cans
This post stinks... Well, our trash cans do anyway. Before we wrap up our garage improvement series, I felt I needed to ...
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10 Handy Household Uses for Vinegar
If you think vinegar is just for salads, think again. Here are 10 practical and easy ways to improve your household with vinegar—from cleaning tiles to repelling ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Central Vacuums
Consider this: In Canada, about 40% of homes are equipped with central vacuum systems. In the U. S. , the figure is l...
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Clear the Air: 10 Natural Ways to Cure Household Odors
Pull the clothespin off your nose and instead try these 10 common household items to deodorize every nook and cranny of your abode.
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Going Green and Keeping Clean: Outdoor Edition
A walk down any big-box store’s cleaning products aisle will tell the story: It’s evident by the noticeable increase ...
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Going Green and Keeping Clean: Indoor Edition
Searching for a cleaning product nowadays can be a complicated matter. All sorts of different specialized cleaners li...
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Cleaning the Grill That Couldn't Be Cleaned
Every year for Father’s Day I clean something of HH’s that he normally doesn’t clean and thus is quite...
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How To: Clean Your Microwave in Under 5 Minutes
Cleaning a microwave is just plain annoying. I mean, let’s be honest: it’s way easier to just shut the door ...
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Top 10 Clutter Hot Spots—and Quick Tips for Tackling Them
With just 15 minutes a day, a smart plan, and some pro tips, you can start to control the clutter that, up until now, has been controlling you.
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Keep Ceiling Fans Clean to Ensure Smooth Operation
Ceiling fans are a wonderful addition to any room, offering a cool breeze and providing a pleasant decorative accent....
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Helpful Hints for Cleaning Bathtubs
There is nothing like a long, leisurely soak in a luxurious hot bath to soothe away the stresses of the day—that is, ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Grout
There’s nothing like a freshly tiled floor or backsplash—but there’s nothing more frustrating than seeing those beaut...
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7 Surprising Pantry Items Naturally Clean and Freshen Your Home
Household cleaning is a never-ending chore. And while it may not be our favorite pastime, it's absolutely necessary. With cleaning being such a large part of home...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Stainless Steel
The sleek look of stainless steel lends sophistication to any kitchen. But keeping those surfaces gleaming takes care...
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Saving the Life of Your Hardwoods
I know, I know....Hardwood floors. Boooorinnnngggg. Not a subject that we talk about frequently, but one that needs atte...
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Helpful Hints on Cleaning Windows
It's spring, the season for cleaning. Washing windows is at the top of our list. Many commercial window-cleaning prod...
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How To: Clean Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding is a durable, versatile, and resilient building material, but it does require some routine care and clea...
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How To: Clean EVERYTHING
From shower doors to stainless steel, concrete, and slate, we've collected our best scrub-and-polish advice to aid in your spring cleaning.
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Helpful Hints for Cleaning Window Blinds
Window blinds are an extremely popular decorating option. But for blinds to look their best, they require regular car...
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How To: Clean Brass
Brass brings a warm, burnished glow to household items, ranging from switch plates, door knockers, and lamps to bathr...
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The Easiest Way to Clean Shower Doors
It's always a challenge to clean shower doors, but that doesn’t mean you have to use powerful cleansers made with amm...
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How To: Clean Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl tile and laminate flooring is attractive, durable, and long-lasting, even under a home's highest-traffic condit...
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How To: Clean an Area Rug
For many of us, area rugs are a significant investment in decor. They warm up and add color to our rooms. They provid...
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How To: Clean Concrete
When it comes time to clean concrete, you don't need to be delicate; after all, it's a very hard material. In order t...
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Top Tips for Cleaning Grout Lines
Tile is beautiful, durable, and generally easy to clean, but cleaning grout? That's a different story. Because of its...
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How To: Clean Slate
I have a slate fireplace surround that makes my living room feel really warm and earthy, even if the fire is not lit....
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Rx for Hardwood Floors
Special problems need special solutions—and that's particularly true of wood flooring.  When accidents happen, first ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Oven Cleaning
If your oven had a busy holiday season, January is a great time to do some oven cleaning before it makes a smoky mess...
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How To: Clean Stainless Steel
Gleaming and shiny, stainless steel brings a bright and polished air to any kitchen. Keeping that brilliant sheen, ho...
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Bob Vila Radio: Party Cleanup
Entertaining at home has become one of our favorite pastimes: houses are increasingly designed around our passion for...
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Bob Vila Radio: Vacuum Roundup
One of the wonders of the modern age, vacuum cleaners range in price from $60 to almost $2,000. What’s different abou...
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Cleaning Green: Eco-Friendly Products for Your Home
Cleaning green is becoming more important to many people, especially those with allergies, sensitive pets, or childre...
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How To: Clean Painted Walls
Cleaning your painted walls may seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite simple (though somewhat time-consu...
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How To: Clean Your Toolbox and Workshop
While spring is generally considered the month for cleaning windows, airing out the house, reorganizing the cupboards...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Saves
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Bob Vila Radio: Spring Cleaning
Even if you’re diligent about cleaning year-round, when winter’s over there’s always some spring cleaning in order. T...
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How To: Spring Clean Your Power Tools
Like everything with moving parts—your car, your computer, your body—your power tools will last longer and work bette...
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The Benefits of a Central Vacuum System
When we were weighing options for our home, a new construction, I was almost certain we wouldn’t elect to put in a ce...
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How To: Clean Paint Brushes
An investment in high-quality brushes is wasted if they are not properly cleaned and stored after use. So invest the ...
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Keeping Your Workshop Clean
Safety and convenience are certainly served by keeping the shop clean. You may even find that a broom-cleaned space i...
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Happy Birthday Bon Ami!
For 125 years, this hardworking household cleanser has been keeping America’s kitchens and baths sparkly clean—withou...
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Installing an On-Demand Hot Water System
Bob talks with the installer of a new on-demand tankless water heater that is more energy efficient than tank water heaters.
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Restoring the Vintage Bathtub With Synthetic Porcelain
Bob discusses the chemicals and process used to clean and restore the home's vintage bathtub. And a new finish of synthetic porcelain is applied to the pedestal s...
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Plastering the Swimming Pool
In the final step of the pool's contruction, the basin is washed and vacuumed before plastering begins. Bob discusses the materials and the mixing ratio used in t...
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Installing a Mulled Window
Bob meets with Bob Ryley and Al Worth to install a pair of Andersen mulled windows with a transom, as well as an interior window seat. Bob discusses the window it...
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Power-Washing the Exterior
Painter Kip Wanamaker power-washes the exterior of the Naples project house.
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Removing Old Paint
Brick worker Dan Webb explains how the brick façade is power-washed to remove several layers of ugly paint.
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