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Video: 9 Mistakes That Make Your Home Dustier
In some homes, it seems like a thin layer of dust has settled over your tables, shelves, and other surfaces almost as...
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Video: How to Clean Oven Racks
You know the saying "out of sight, out of mind. " Well, when it comes to your oven's interior, it's "out of sight, an...
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10 Things Always to Keep Near Your Kitchen Sink
If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the sink is the heart of the kitchen. From meal prep to clean up, you spend a good amount of time near your kitchen ...
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Video: What to Do If You've Been Skunked
Find yourself in a stinky situation? If a skunk strikes close to home (or in your home!), take action against the unp...
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How To: Make Your Own All-Purpose Cleaner
While more and more households are going chemical-free, no one wants to sacrifice cleanliness, especially in the kitc...
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How To: Clean Brick
The naturally distressed patina of brick adds to its desirability indoors and out, but too much dirt accumulation can...
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How To: Wash a Sleeping Bag
Your sleeping bag is your bed away from bed during warm weather, whether during full-on camping or nights of backyard...
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Video: 7 Unusual Uses for Beer
Many people reach for a bottle of brew to refresh themselves on a hot day. Fewer will crack open a cold one to clean ...
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Video: How to Get Rid of Mildew Smell
What's that smell? If you're sniffing around a damp bathroom, musty basement, or dewy screened porch, you may have ca...
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Video: 8 Cleaning Mistakes Everyone Makes
Some homeowners are under the impression that the only wrong way to clean is to not clean at all. Not so. There are s...
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Solved! What to Do About a Smelly Dishwasher
Q: I’ve noticed an unpleasant odor coming from my dishwasher, and my usual dishwashing detergent clearly isn’t strong...
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11 Weird Ways to Use Wine
“Leftover wine” may seem like a freak of nature, a mythical beast along the lines of fairies and unicorns. But sometimes, even the most dedicated oenophiles simpl...
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Video: 5 Things You Can Do with Lemons
When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade—clean house, instead! This versatile fruit can freshen every corner o...
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Video: How to Clean Vinyl Flooring
Beloved for their economy and durability, vinyl and laminate flooring are two of the most popular flooring types avai...
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9 Ways You’re Ruining Your Mattress
To wake up rested and refreshed each morning, you need a good night’s sleep, and nothing affects quality of sleep more than a mattress. If you’re spending your ni...
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How To: Clean Mini Blinds
Available in a wide array of materials from vinyl to wood, mini blinds make an attractive feature in any interior. Bu...
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7 Top Tools for No-Mess Painting
While before-and-afters of painting projects are often breathtaking, there tends to be a <i>little</i> bit of ugly at the end—specifically, the time-consuming cle...
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Solved! The Best Way to Remove Wallpaper
Q. We’ve just moved into our new home, and the previous owners have left behind a wallpaper print in the bathroom tha...
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7 Ways to Tackle Spring Cleaning with Vinegar
For homeowners who appreciate all natural ingredients and saving money on household necessities, baking soda and vine...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cutting the Crud on Your Kitchen Cabinets
In any home, no matter its age or design, the kitchen always seem to serve as the hub of daily activity—a gathering s...
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Video: Unusual Ways to Use Coca-Cola at Home
When is the last time you cracked open an ice-cold Coke? If you&#39;re like two-thirds of Americans, it&#39;s probably been a...
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The Top 10 Grimiest Spots in Your Home, According to Science
The world can be quite the grimy place, with bacteria and viruses lurking everywhere you turn. So how to protect yourself from a world teaming with germs? Practic...
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All You Need to Know About Driveway Cleaning
Nothing is quite as aggravating as discovering that the delivery guy’s van leaked oil on your driveway, or that the d...
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How To: Mix and Use Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner
Wood floors add beauty and warmth to any home, but they do demand special care. Though there are plenty of commercial...
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11 Secret Weapons to Keep in Your Cleaning Caddy
Whether you promptly take care of all household chores or (like the rest of us!) tend to let certain tasks slide, you probably dread particular duties that requir...
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10 Products You've Been Using Wrong All Along
You’ve got your home care routine down—but a few of your go-tos might be doing more harm than good, losing you money and even damaging your possessions. Here are ...
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How To: Clean Upholstery
Just like the fabric in clothing, upholstery gets assaulted daily by skin oils, hair, dust, food crumbs, and spills. ...
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9 Products You'll Love—Even If You Hate Cleaning
Nothing spoils a lazy Saturday like a list full of chores. The only way to avoid a weekend cleaning spree is to space out the work and tidy up throughout the week...
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Buyer's Guide: Robot Vacuums
Nobody enjoys dragging a heavy vacuum across all carpeted floors of the house and repeating the job only a week later...
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How To: Remove Black Mold
As a naturally occurring and pervasive substance in our world, mold exists in a variety of different forms—many of wh...
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How To: Clean Burnt Pans
Whether you’re caramelizing onions, simmering a sugary fruit jam, or baking homemade biscuits, your culinary masterpi...
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9 Unexpected Household 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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All You Need to Know About Soapstone Countertops
If your kitchen or bathroom remodel wish list includes natural stone countertops, consider eco-sensitive soapstone. T...
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10 Bugs That Are Living in Your House—and How to Get Them Out!
Bugs, like all creatures, have their rightful place on this earth. But nobody wants that place to be in their home. Like it or not, insects and all manner of cree...
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How To: Descale a Keurig
Whether your daily drink of choice is a frothy latte, creamy hot cocoa, or an old-fashioned cup of Joe, the Keurig ca...
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10 House Hacks Every Pet Owner Needs to Know
From fluffy dogs to colorful parrots, animals bring a dose of happiness into our homes. But owning a pet has its challenges, and many time-constrained homeowners ...
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How To: Get Mold Out of Carpet
Untreated dampness on carpet—whether caused by a persistent leak, overzealously watered plants, or a not-quite-houset...
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10 Chores You Only Have to Tackle Once This Year
We all aspire to a tidy home, but sticking to a regular cleaning routine can be challenging. While some areas demand constant attention--think kitchen counters-- ...
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How To: Wash a Comforter
Nothing beats crawling under a cozy comforter after a long day, but did you know the bulky piece of bedding likely ha...
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How To: Clean Aluminum
The world’s most abundant metal, aluminum, contributes to many products homeowners use every day: pots, pans, utensil...
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Start Fresh: 10 Things in Your Kitchen You Need to Toss ASAP
Give your kitchen a fresh start this New Year’s by rebooting your pantry. Purging old food and getting rid of items you either don't need or no longer want will h...
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11 Ways You're Accidentally Ruining Your Cookware
When whipping up a home-cooked meal, most people don’t give a second thought to their cookware, even though properly using and cleaning these hardworking necessit...
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How To: Make Your Own Dishwasher Detergent
Enter any supermarket and it’s obvious that detergent is big business. Yet while the choices seem endless, today’s co...
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11 Chores You've Been Doing Wrong All Along
Let’s face it: Nobody strives to win a gold medal in household chores. But examining your approach to these tasks may reveal that you’ve been relying on the wrong...
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How To: Clean Marble Countertops
Natural stone, with its rich colorations and wonderful feel, is Mother Nature’s gift to our homes. But this beautiful...
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How To: Remove Paint from Tile
It’s entirely possible to remove paint from tile, whether you’re simply hoping to banish some accidental splatters or...
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9 Top Tips for a Bathroom That Cleans Itself
No one wants to spend Sunday afternoon scrubbing the tub or toilet—but everyone still wants a clean bathroom. Don't worry! Dealing with a dirty bathroom doesn't h...
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How To: Clean Window Tracks
Dirty window tracks can spoil even the sunniest views. Whether you leave your windows open or closed, the tracks inev...
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How To: Clean a Fireplace
Curling up in front of a fire is a thoroughly delightful aspect of fall and winter. But fires can be a messy business...
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9 Health Code Violations Hiding in Your Kitchen
You may think you keep a clean kitchen, but all of those nooks, crannies, and corners are perfect hiding places for bacteria and other nasty bugs. Even some seemi...
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How To: Clean a Wooden Cutting Board
Your hardworking cutting board constantly plays host to meats, veggies, and herbs. Over time, however, such unsavory ...
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How To: Clean Bamboo Flooring
Thanks to a harvest time of as little as five years, bamboo is an environmentally sustainable, increasingly popular f...
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12 Things Never to Put in Your Dishwasher
The dishwasher is truly a miracle worker in the kitchen. Instead of having to wash plates, pots, and cutlery by hand, homeowners can give them a thorough cleaning...
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How To: Make Homemade Glass Cleaner
We’ve all seen the bottles of glass cleaner vying for our dollars on supermarket shelves. But there’s an economical a...
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How To: Shampoo Carpeting
Our carpets suffer the collateral damage of our busy, active lives. The daily foot traffic and those inevitable spill...
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How To: Make Your Own Oven Cleaner
It’s common to ignore oven spills and splatters until you can’t avoid seeing—or smelling—them on the walls, racks, an...
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How To: Clean a Shag Rug
Shag rugs are enjoying a resurgence, thanks to their groovy textured looks and comfy feel underfoot. The potential bu...
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11 Home Hacks You Can Do with a Bag of Groceries
The next time you're making a grocery list, be sure to add cleaners to your must-buys. Only on this trip to the store, you'll never have to set foot in the commer...
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How To: Unclog a Bathtub
Nothing interferes with a refreshing shower like a slow-draining bathtub. And that inch or two of water that sneaks u...
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How To: Descale a Kettle
As temperatures chill, who can resist a piping-hot cup of tea? But beware! If you fall into the tea habit, over time ...
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10 Home Maintenance Miracles You Already Own
Before you make your next shopping list, shop your home for some of these ingenious household supplies. From the garden to the bathtub, these zero-dollar solution...
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How To: Remove Rust from Cast Iron
Cast iron is so strong and durable, it can serve for a lifetime and beyond. Yet rugged as the material is, it only ta...
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3 Fixes for Dried Glue
Glue is an essential product for home repair mavens, DIY enthusiasts, and recreational crafters alike. But when the s...
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11 Different Ways to Use a Single Sock
Socks seem to just disappear in the dryer, leaving you with an ever-growing supply of unmatched socks. But there’s no need to despair when you're left with a sock...
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12 Clever Uses for Rubbing Alcohol
Battling bacteria and treating wounds are all in a day's work for rubbing alcohol, but it might surprise you to learn that the hardworking antiseptic is as handy ...
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How To: Make Your Own Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Everyone loves a clean home, but our obsession with sanitation may come at a cost to our health. Some people, especia...
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How To: Remove Paint from Clothes
It’s bound to happen. You’re just going to do a bit of touch-up or you accidentally brush up against a still-wet proj...
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3 Fixes for Sticky Tree Sap
The beauty, shade, and privacy offered by trees make them a popular environmental feature for any property. But many ...
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How To: Clean Air Conditioner Coils
During the hottest days of the year, it’s likely that you rely heavily on an air conditioning unit—be it targeting yo...
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How To: Clean Quartz Countertops
Quartz. Quartzite. The names sound alike. Yet, although both of these popular countertop materials are derived from t...
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How To: Remove Rust from Stainless Steel
At its best, a kitchen furnished with shiny stainless steel appliances and surfaces is practically the picture of pri...
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All You Need to Know About Slate Floors
Natural texture, super strength, stain resistance, and blend of vibrant hues are all reasons that slate tile—the thin...
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Genius! Scrub the Tub with... Your Drill?
When his wife started her new job as an attorney, Mark Evitt took on a different role, too: househusband.  Since he w...
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How To: Make Your Own Fabric Softener
By adding a cap of liquid fabric softener to certain loads of laundry, you condition the clothing fibers and textiles...
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9 Things You're Cleaning Way Too Often
Your goal: To keep a clean house. But it may surprise you to discover that there are certain items and spaces in your home that actually don’t require as much was...
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How To: Clean Ceramic Tile
It’s hard to beat ceramic tile for beauty, versatility, and durability. Perfect for bathroom, kitchen, even entryway ...
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3 Fixes for a Gasoline Odor
Whether you’re planning a road trip or gearing up for an outdoor DIY project, the task ahead starts with checking and...
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How To: Remove Blood from Carpet
Blood happens. Not often, hopefully, but when a kid skins a knee and lays wailing on the living room rug, or the dog ...
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How To: DIY and Apply Your Own Deck Cleaner
Your deck gets a lot of traffic. Muddy shoes, spilled food, and wet dogs can leave it dirty, stained, and smelly. Eve...
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11 Uses for Coffee Grounds
Our hyper-caffeinated culture has resulted in a glut of coffee grounds choking our garbage pails. But before you toss out the stale remnants of yesterday’s bean b...
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The Dos and Don'ts of Swimming Pool Maintenance
Nothing says summer like a refreshing swim in the backyard pool. But your swimming pool does need care—and doses of t...
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12 Inventions That Do All Your Chores
Humans have long harnessed the power of machines to help us work better, faster, and smarter. Many of these technologies work in the background of our home, heati...
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The Dos and Don’ts of Pressure-Washing
It’s tough to get excited about outdoor cleaning projects when you’d rather be at the lake or on the golf course. For...
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Pet Hair Everywhere? Finally, a Versatile Solution
Does it only take strangers a quick glance to know there's a Fluffy or Fido in your life? Indeed, the loose strands o...
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Buyer’s Guide: Pressure Washers
Nothing says “clean” like a great pressure washing! Everything from decks and driveways to patio furniture and window...
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Solved! What To Do About Black Mold in the Bathroom
Q: I just went to clean our rental property after the tenant moved out, and I found black mold in the bathroom. Yuck!...
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How To: Remove Paint from Trim and Molding
Walls framed by baseboards and crown molding exude unmistakable character and polish, most notably in historical home...
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23 Insanely Clever Ways to Beat Clutter
Are you sick of your littered living room, overcrowded cabinet, or too-cramped-for-comfort closet? Cure clutter around the home with one of these 23 unexpectedly ...
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How To: Refinish Rusty Old Patio Furniture
Although metal patio furniture is elegant and durable, it can over time become a rust-coated symbol of neglect. Inste...
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How To: Clean a Gas Grill
It's one of the most loved rituals of summer—friends and family gathering together in the backyard to enjoy some hot-...
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7 Reasons Indoor Air Isn’t as Pure as You Think
Warmer temperatures invite us to throw up the blinds and open a window. But good weather isn't the only reason to let the fresh air in. Even the cleanest homes ca...
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How To: Clean Exterior Siding
Day after day, year after year, exterior siding protects your home from the elements. It's the first line of defense ...
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10 Instant Cures for Any Kitchen Odor
In the kitchen, strong cooking smells come with the territory. Some odors are pleasant, while others leave you throwing open windows, turning on fans, or rushing ...
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How To: Polish Stainless Steel
Thanks to its ability to resist corrosion, withstand heat, and handle all sorts of chemicals, stainless steel is a co...
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9 Painless Ways to Keep Your Home Forever Clean
Cleaning—it’s a thankless task. All told, the average person spends approximately five years just repeating the same cleaning chores over and over. We know you ha...
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How To: Get Rid of Mothball Smell
The pungent odor of mothballs is the very smell of storage. Made from either naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene, thes...
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3 Fixes For Coffee Stains
There’s nothing better than a nice cup of coffee to kickstart your morning. What’s not quite as energizing? An accomp...
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Cool Tools: A No-Hassle Cure for Tough Cleaning Dilemmas
April showers keep many DIYers indoors working on home maintenance projects large and small, from pepping up interior...
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How To: Clean an Electric Stove Top
Like most home cooks, you probably love whipping up meals but hate cleaning up afterwards. If you neglect tidying up ...
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How To: Clean a Jetted Tub
Let&#39;s be honest here: No matter the touted health benefits of its massaging hydrotherapy, a jetted tub can be only as...
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3 Fixes for Dusty Blinds
Blinds often go ignored during our day-to-day cleaning routines. But when we don't give them proper care or cleaning,...
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The Dos and Don’ts of Cleaning Cast Iron
Use well-seasoned cast-iron cookware once, and chances are that you’re hooked for life. More than simply a nontoxic, ...
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9 Little Tricks to Make Trash Day Less of a Chore
Taking out the trash is a routine we’re all too well acquainted with. But believe it or not, you can actually make trash day easier—perhaps even pleasurable —with...
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12 Surprising Ways Spring Cleaning Can Backfire
Are you ready to shake the cold-weather blues and spruce up your home for the warmer months ahead? Before you overhaul your living space with cleaning projects ga...
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How To: Clean a Dryer Vent
If you've recently noticed that your clothes are taking longer to dry than they used to, you may need to look no furt...
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3 Fixes for Hard Water Stains
Shiny new faucets, showers, and toilets add as much polish and sophistication to the bathroom as they do utility. But...
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21 Timesaving Tricks That May Change the Way You Clean
Spring cleaning is upon us. If you’re not ready to commit several days to the task of sprucing up, take a few of these shortcuts to make quick work of some chores.
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How To: Clean Plexiglass
Commonly used to construct everyday items from shower enclosures to tabletops, plexiglass (also known as acrylic) off...
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3 Fixes for Dust Mites
Though far from pleasant to think about, there’s a good chance your home is ridden with dust mites—microscopic organi...
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How To: Unclog a Garbage Disposal
When faced with the conundrum of how to unclog a garbage disposal, most people would agree the easiest solution is to...
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3 Fixes for Oil Stains
Cooking oil appears in many forms—olive, vegetable, canola, etc. —and is a necessary ingredient for almost anything y...
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12 Unexpected Uses for a Regular Bar of Soap
Rub-a-dub-dub, soap is great for a scrub! But bar soap is handy to have around for many reasons that go far beyond the bathtub. It can serve as a lubricant, fresh...
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How To: Clean a Wool Rug
Wool rugs in a home appeal to several senses: Their vibrant colors and patterns improve the look of any space, while ...
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9 Things You're Doing to Make Your Home Dustier
When you think about what dust really is—a conglomeration of dead skin particles, insect parts, mold spores, ash, pollen, and more—you become more determined than...
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How To: Clean Linoleum Floors
Linoleum has been a practical flooring option for more than 100 years. While it fell out of fashion in the late 1940s...
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14 Home Essentials You Never Need to Buy Again
Household staples like detergents and cleaners are always on the grocery list. But they don’t have to be. You can make those essentials at home—and effectively, n...
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How To: Remove Candle Wax from Any Surface
No matter their placement—on the mantel, beside the bathtub, or on the dining table—lit candles instantly create an a...
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How To: Make Your Own Grout Cleaner
No matter how hard you work to keep your kitchen and bathroom clean, they&#39;ll always look dingy if they&#39;re plagued by ...
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How To: Make Your Own Carpet Cleaner
The more you entertain, the more likely it is that you'll have to deal with stains. A spilled glass of wine, a smudge...
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Quick Tip: The Simplest Way to Clean a Dusty TV Screen
One of life’s simplest pleasures is plopping down in front of the TV to watch your favorite show. But sometimes when ...
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How To: Remove Soap Scum—Once and For All
If you bathe your body at all, you’ll inevitably encounter soap scum. It&#39;s a sad irony of housekeeping that a substan...
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3 Fixes for Unruly Drawers
Drawer dividers are often touted as an easy way to compartmentalize and corral all those loose knickknacks you hide d...
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Solved! What to Do About a Smelly Washing Machine
Q: Lately, every time I open my washing machine door, I detect a foul-smelling odor—not the fresh scent of clean clot...
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10 Things You Didn’t Know Dish Soap Can Do
It may seem like all that dish soap's good for is getting your plates and cups sparkling again, but this soapy solution can do so much more. Here are 10 ways you ...
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Quick Tip: The Best Way to Remove Gum from Carpet
Even if you’re not a gum chewer, you can still fall victim to the sticky substance if a wad on the concrete sneaks it...
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3 Fixes for Ink Stains
DIYers usually welcome a sudden burst of artistic creativity—except when it means their pen goes awry, leaving a splo...
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8 Rules to Break for an Organized Home
When it comes to organization, there are some rules that are meant to be broken. While certain tips and tricks may sound promising at first, they aren't necessari...
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9 Terrific Tools Every Neat Freak Needs
Many of us have the same mantra for our home: Keep every room as clean and clutter-free as possible. But sometimes everyday routines and outdated solutions can ho...
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12 Clever Uses for a Hair Dryer That Will Blow You Away
We bet you didn't know that you have an incredibly versatile tool—cleverly disguised as a common hair-styling essential—hiding just under the bathroom sink. Learn...
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How To: Clean an Iron
There’s nothing more frustrating than discovering that your iron is soiling your favorite clothes while you're trying...
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Quick Tip: An Easy Refresh for Stinky Bath Towels
It's been a long day, but it's not you who needs a hot bath—it's your towels.  When wet towels dry in open air, they ...
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Let It Go: 14 Things to Trash Without Thinking Twice
It’s a new year, which means it's time to get started on your home resolutions for 2016. The best place to start? Out with the old! While it can be difficult to l...
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The Right Way to Use a Plunger
If your toilet’s overflowing or your sink’s stopped up, it’s time to take the plunge! About 90 percent of the time, a...
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9 Ways You’re Loading the Dishwasher Wrong
You may not realize it, but it is possible to load your dishwasher incorrectly—and doing so could result in broken, corroded, and continuously dirty dishes. Get t...
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11 Ways to Flu-Proof Your Home
Is there anything worse than the sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, and overall misery of the flu? Well, get ready, because the beginning of winter marks the ...
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12 Ways to Check Slush and Snow at the Door
While a snowy winter can be a beautiful thing to witness, the slush, salt, and mud it leaves behind are not quite as appealing. Keep grime contained and protect y...
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3 Fixes for a Grimy Sponge
It’s often said that we tend to neglect those nearest to us, and this is especially true of our closest cleaning conf...
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7 Secrets to Keep Your Carpet Looking New
Carpets get dirty—it's a fact of life. But if you just let the problems pile up, those snags, spills, and everyday accidents can make your carpets look old and di...
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How To: Clean a Glass Cooktop
Many homeowners invest in glass cooktops because their modern, flat surface makes them both easy on the eye and easy ...
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How To: Get Your Bathroom Guest-Ready in 20 Minutes or Less
Your bathroom may be the smallest room in your house, but it’s probably also the grimiest. To keep this oh-so-essential space sparkling and tidy with a minimum of...
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The Smarter Way to Mop Your Floors
You&#39;ve just grabbed the mop to clear up a spill or wipe away the day-to-day dirt, but will you actually make your flo...
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How To: Make Your Own Drain Cleaner
When your sink or shower drain gets clogged, it's pretty easy to figure out the cause. The perp is usually a disgusti...
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How To: Clean Oven Window Glass
You know the story: After cooking a big meal—especially after doing so several times a week, for months—splattered gr...
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3 Fixes for Tarnished Silver
There’s no place for tarnished silver on the holiday table, especially not when company is due for dinner. But if rem...
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12 Genius Tips for Everyday Speed-Cleaning
Time is a precious commodity that you can’t buy, rent, borrow, store, or save. So it makes sense that most homeowners would prefer to spend less time on everyday ...
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Quick Tip: Use Rice to Clean Bottles and Vases
Your holiday spirits may be high when the champagne and the conversation is overflowing, but after the guests leave, ...
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3 Fixes for Red Wine Stains
Inevitably, there’s at least one unwelcome guest at every holiday party: the red wine stain. Sure enough, just as eve...
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Genius! Speed-Sweep with a Remote Control Car
Who says you can't still be a kid if you're paying down a mortgage? Whether you're just starting out on your own, or ...
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How To: Remove Paint from Glass
You set out a drop cloth and meticulously lined the wall trim with painter’s tape, but you still ended up with a litt...
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15 Ways to Fake a Clean House
Don’t let lingering dust, dirt, and clutter set your last minute entertaining plans awash. Use these 15 cleaning shortcuts to turn the grimiest estate into a prim...
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How To: Clean a Humidifier
A hardworking humidifier is a lifesaver during the dry, cold months of winter. Its dedicated function—adding moisture...
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Quick Tip: Remove Wrinkles Easily—Without an Iron
This crisp fall forecast calls for bundling up—that means some rummaging through your closet to unearth options for l...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Reclaimed Wood
Looking to add a sense of warmth and history to your home? For your next project, eschew stock lumber in favor of sal...
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Your Guide to Solving 8 Notorious Holiday Stains
The holidays are full of food, family, fun—and the occasional freak-out over a stain-threatening mishap. When the turkey grease splatters or a glass of red wine s...
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11 Super Simple Ways to Make Your House Smell Fresh
Right up there with other factors like style and cleanliness, your home's scent makes a huge first impression to guests. While the smell of freshly baked bread or...
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3 Fixes for a Streaky Mirror
Streaky mirrors are common problems for even the most conscientious housekeeper. Sometimes, no matter how carefully y...
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7 Smart Ways to Cycle Through Laundry Faster
Not all that long ago, clotheslines were the household norm. Today, however, while plenty of people like to air their...
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No Plunger Needed: 7 Easier Ways to Clear a Clog
It’s never an ideal situation: A quick trip to the bathroom followed by a single flush and, boom, you’re dealing with a clogged drain or—much worse—a nearly overf...
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9 Bad Habits That Are Killing Your Appliances
All major appliances are subject to general wear and tear, and that means they will eventually break down and need to be replaced. But we don’t have to help them ...
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3 Natural Fixes to Remove Rust from Metal
Few things are more unsightly than a sudden smattering of rust spots plaguing your smooth metal surfaces. Whether on ...
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How To: Remove a Wallpaper Border
We all have those "What was I thinking?" moments, and when it comes to decorating, those mistakes often take the form...
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5 Things to Do with... Old Toothbrushes
Every year at least 1 billion used toothbrushes end up in landfills, adding to the more than 50 million tons of trash...
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3 Fixes for a Foul-Smelling Trash Can
The trash can doesn&#39;t have a lot of positive imagery associated with it, especially when it comes to the smell. But a...
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Quick Tip: Clean Your Clothes Iron with Rock Salt
Cleaning your clothes iron probably isn’t at the top of your priority list, but you’ll wish it had been the minute yo...
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3 Fixes for Fur-Covered Furniture
If you're the proud companion of a four-legged friend, you understand the pain of finding pet hair everywhere—clothes...
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10 Surprising Things You Can Do with Used Tea Bags
Few things are more relaxing than curling up with a nice cup of steaming hot tea. In fact, next to water, tea is the world’s most popular beverage. But all those ...
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How To: Clean a Toaster
You use your toaster almost daily, but when was the last time you cleaned this receptacle for burnt crumbs? We have s...
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Quick Tip: Clean Ceiling Fans with a Pillowcase
Too far out of reach (and often out of sight during normal cleaning routines), ceiling fans collect plenty of dust wh...
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10 Lazy Tricks for a Clutter-Free Home
So, you’re not a neat freak? You can still keep your house from spinning into chaos if you just follow one simple rule: Make it easy to put items away, and you’ll...
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10 Cleaning Habits to Blame for Your Messy Home
Everybody seems to have a different recommendation for how to clean each surface in the house… but not all of these cleaning habits do what their proponents claim...
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Quick Tip: Deodorize Old Books with a Pantry Hero
No matter whether you prefer heart-warming classics or heart-pounding thrillers, your personal library of paperbacks ...
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9 Things You Didn't Know Dryer Sheets Can Do
You probably have a sizable stack of folded dryer sheets stored in your laundry room for the next afternoon of chores, but you might not realize the potential the...
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3 Fixes for a Clogged Shower Drain
Hopping into a hot and steamy shower only to notice that the water is pooling around your feet makes for a rough way ...
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How To: Remove Superglue
Known for its impressive strength and ultra-quick dry time, superglue plays a vital role in many household fixes. But...
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7 Ways You're Vacuuming Wrong
While your vacuum cleaner is designed to do most of the work for you, understanding how to use it properly can make a huge difference in the cleanliness of your f...
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How To: Clean a Microfiber Suede Sofa
A microfiber suede sofa is a cozy centerpiece for any room. Known for being soft and stylish, this popular seating ch...
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How To: Clean a Stainless Steel Sink
Admit it: You invest a great deal of time and energy in keeping your stainless steel appliances fingerprint-free, shi...
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5 Things to Do with… Ice Cubes
There’s nothing more refreshing than a cool drink on the rocks—but a cup of ice cubes can do a lot more than quench y...
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9 Surprising Uses for Alka-Seltzer
That familiar refrain, “plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh, what a relief it is,” can be applied to many problems that go beyond heartburn or indigestion. Alka-Seltzer, s...
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9 Brilliant Cleaning Hacks Everyone Should Know
Whether we're maintaining our most-used appliances or performing crisis control after an everyday accident, when it comes to cleaning we can all agree: the faster...
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10 Astonishing Feats You Can Accomplish with Kitty Litter
The cat's out of the bag! Even households without furry feline friends should add kitty litter to the weekly shopping list. This inexpensive and readily availabl...
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How To: Remove Paint from Carpeting
It’s the stuff of nightmares for any do-it-yourselfer who takes on a weekend painting project. Even though you carefu...
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11 Surprising Uses for Aluminum Foil
Flexible, durable, moisture-proof, and grease-proof, aluminum foil is most often used in the kitchen. But foil can do so much more! Keep this multitasking treasur...
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7 Unusual Tricks for Your Cleanest Floors Ever
There’s no way around it. Whether you’ve got hardwood, tile, or carpet, all floors must be cleaned of dirt and debris tracked in from outside. But this traditiona...
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How To: Remove Rust from Hand Tools
Has it been a while since your last home improvement project? If your do-it-yourself skills are a little rusty, chanc...
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3 Quick and Clever Ways to Eliminate Dust
Dusting used to mean lazily moving about the house with an old T-shirt and furniture polish in hand, loathing the amo...
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3 Good Reasons Never to Use Bleach Again
Any number of events in our day-to-day can trigger a red alert—or perhaps a "code tissue"—as to when germs are nearby...
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How To: Get Rid of Grass Stains
Grass stains are souvenirs of outdoor sports and other messy fun—as well as battle scars from labor-intensive rounds ...
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Are You Still Cleaning Toilets the Old-Fashioned Way?
Of all the housekeeping chores that people tend to dread, there may be none more widely reviled than cleaning the toi...
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How To: Clean an Air Conditioner
Air conditioners are our saving grace during sticky summers—there’s nothing quite like the relief of walking into a r...
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10 Things You Didn't Know Your Microwave Can Do
Your microwave is amazing for many reasons: It speeds up cooking, it reheats your favorite leftovers—and let’s not forget about all that instant popcorn! But this...
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7 Extraordinary Household Uses for Beer
According to the Beer Institute, a group that represents 2,800 U.S. brewers and suppliers, the making and selling of Americans’ favorite alcoholic drink is a $264...
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3 Fixes for Smelly Footwear
With the kickoff of summer comes sunshine, warm temperatures, backyard games—and sweat, lots of sweat, from head to t...
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10 Handy Things You Can Do with a Hose Wand
If you think your hose is the ultimate outdoor cleaning tool… think again! Some areas are just too tricky, too high or too grungy for your hose to tackle all by i...
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Genius! A Space-Smart Drying Rack Hack
Americans may not agree on political issues, reality television, or eating their vegetables, but we do share one sent...
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11 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Clean in Your Washing Machine
Your handiest helper in cleaning up life's greatest messes is located right in the laundry room. But did you know it can handle so much more than just clothes? Re...
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Quick Tip: Put Chalk in Your Toolbox to Prevent Rust
It's a great feeling to have all of your tried-and-true tools in one handy toolbox, but that feeling can quickly be e...
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How To: Clean Wood Siding
Think your wood siding needs a fresh coat of paint? Maybe. Or it could be that your wood clapboard, lap, or shingle s...
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7 Projects Perfect for a Lazy Summer Day
Looking forward to a staycation, or a blissfully commitment-free Sunday? The backyard hammock or patio lounger may be calling your name. But if you want to add a ...
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10 Unusual Tips for Your Cleanest Kitchen Ever
The kitchen is everyone’s favorite room, and no doubt that's the reason it’s ground zero for major messes. Maybe you already rely on vinegar and water for wiping ...
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Boost Laundry Room Efficiency in 3 Steps
It’s one of those little ironies: The laundry room often gets next to no TLC, even though we rely on it for the care ...
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5 Reasons to Quit Washing Dishes by Hand
Gone are the days of loud, inefficient dishwashers that leave your dishes only partially clean. The new generation of...
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Quick Tip: The Key to Preserving Paint Rollers
Painting a room can be quite the process: choosing your paint color, covering all of your furniture, prepping every s...
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How To: Groom Your Garage in One Weekend
The garage is the final frontier of spring cleaning. Part carport, part catchall storage facility, the garage, if well-organized, can be a tremendous asset. If le...
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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
Dirty windows or a streaky glass door are easy to notice and are easy to clean. Yet, cleaning windows and doors alway...
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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. If you're dealing w...
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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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13 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&#39;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&#39;ve all been there: It&#39;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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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&#39;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&#39;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&#39;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&#39;s unmistakable, even when you&#39;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 if you want to know how to clean granite counterto...
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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&#39;ve appreci...
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11 Tried-and-True Ways to Care for Hardwood Floors
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 happens. ...
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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&#39;t rocket science, and in homeowners&#39; 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&#39;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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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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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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Organize Your Home
Unlimited storage space would be great. But sufficient space is possible if laundry, basement, and garage storage is ...
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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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Helpful Hints on Cleaning Windows
It&#39;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&#39;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&#39;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 learn how to clean concrete, realize you don't need to be delicate; after all, it's a very hard...
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How To: Clean Grout
Tile is beautiful, durable, and generally easy to clean, but cleaning grout? That&#39;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 Walls
Cleaning your painted walls may seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite simple (if somewhat time-consuming...
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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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