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JULY 25, 2018 | WEDNESDAY
11 Signs of an Unhappy Houseplant (and How You Can Help)

Who knew so much could go wrong with a houseplant? Here are 11 of the most common afflictions and their treatments so you can revive your friendly foliage in no time.

NOVEMBER 2, 2017 | THURSDAY
Bug Off: Your Guide to Dealing with Houseplant Pests

You've got a green thumb, huh? Well, that's a start. But it takes more than experience to prevent critters from infesting your indoor plants. You need a little luck, first of all....

JULY 6, 2015 | MONDAY
Quick Tip: What to Do If a Bird Flies into Your House

Cracking the windows is an effective way to air out your house in the summer—but an open window can also be an open invitation to any number of unwanted visitors. Occasionally, a bird may...

MAY 3, 2015 | SUNDAY
How To: Make Concrete Garden Edging

Always affordable and at once both decorative and functional, concrete garden edging effectively defines garden beds, tree surrounds, and driveway curbs, their versatility enabling you to...

APRIL 21, 2015 | TUESDAY
Quick Tip: Rescue Scorched Cookware

Fear not: Cleaning blackened, burned cookware doesn't have to mean an arm-wearying afternoon of intensive scouring. It doesn't have to mean the use of harsh, toxic chemicals, eith...

APRIL 6, 2015 | MONDAY
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 the floor covering. Besides the branded cleaners readily avai...

JANUARY 29, 2015 | THURSDAY
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 budget, or reluctant to expose your bedding to the harsh ch...

JANUARY 22, 2015 | THURSDAY
How To: Clean an Oven

You've put it off for months, hoping the little spills and splatters inside the oven would vanish of their own accord. There comes a time, though—as much as you wish it weren't tr...

DECEMBER 23, 2014 | TUESDAY
How To: Season Cast Iron

Cast iron, properly cared for, can last a lifetime at least in the kitchen. Apart from cleaning your pan or skillet after each use, seasoning cast iron ranks as the most important step yo...

NOVEMBER 25, 2014 | TUESDAY
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're forgetting the mattress! Plenty of hair, sweat, dead skin,...