Manasa Reddigari

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Manasa Reddigari is a freelance writer with a passion for the home and garden that she enjoys sharing with others. Her design philosophy is, if you can dream it, you can DIY it!

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JANUARY 3, 2018 | WEDNESDAY
How To: Clean Silver Plate

Silver plate platters, tea sets, and flatware—typically made of copper, brass, or nickel and topped with a thin layer of pure silver or a silver alloy through the process of electrolysis—...

JANUARY 2, 2018 | TUESDAY
Solved! When to Use Your Washer and Dryer's Permanent Press Cycle

Q: I've always been pretty simple with my laundry settings—hot water for whites, cold water for darks—and haven't taken advantage of the other less-than-straightforward settings o...

DECEMBER 28, 2017 | THURSDAY
How To: Defrost a Windshield

If you’ve ever parked your car outside during an onslaught of sleet or a frigid winter’s night, you’re familiar with the frustration of waking up to a windshield riddled with frost or und...

DECEMBER 28, 2017 | THURSDAY
The Cost of 2,000 Square Feet in America’s Cheapest Cities

While real estate prices soar in some markets around the country, there are still a number of cities where you can find a real steal. Click through to see what a typical (or, in some case...

DECEMBER 27, 2017 | WEDNESDAY
How To: Clean a Waffle Maker

Few small appliances provide as much tasty fun as the waffle maker. So how come this cool kitchen tool gets little play? Because it can be a bummer to clean! Both the interior baking plat...

DECEMBER 26, 2017 | TUESDAY
Solved! The Best Paint to Use on Wood

Q: A few wooden surfaces in my home interior could use painting. What’s the best type of paint to use on wood—water- or oil-based? And what's the best sheen?A: Wood is adaptable enoug...

DECEMBER 21, 2017 | THURSDAY
What's the Difference? Granite vs. Quartz

If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen with new countertops—either to boost the beauty of the space or the resale value of your home—granite and quartz are probably near the top of you...

DECEMBER 20, 2017 | WEDNESDAY
The 17 Coolest Gadgets We Saw on Kickstarter in 2017

Of all the weird and wonderful gadgets that debuted on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter in 2017, the cream of the crop dazzled us with their daring designs and their ability to fulfi...

DECEMBER 18, 2017 | MONDAY
Solved! What to Do When Your Oven Is Smoking

Q: Over the last few days, my oven has been giving off smoke while in use but is working normally otherwise. Why is it smoking, and is it safe to ignore, or should I take action to stop i...

DECEMBER 12, 2017 | TUESDAY
Solved! When to Use Your Oven's Confusing "Self-Clean" Function

Q: The oven in my new house has a self-clean feature, but I’ve heard there are pros and cons to using it. Should I try it, and is it a viable replacement for manually cleaning my oven?A: ...