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8 Things You Need If You Hate Doing Laundry
Laundry: You don't have to love doing it, but it needs to get done somehow. If you need a little coaxing to gear yourself up for laundry day, take a look at some ...
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The Right Way to Wash Your Towels
Tossing soiled towels in with the rest of the wash won’t get them as clean and fresh as possible because stains, germ...
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The Best Appliances You Can Buy at Bed Bath & Beyond
You probably get their coupons in the mail but when is the last time you took a good look at the offerings at Bed Bath & Beyond. As the name suggests, this popula...
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What’s the Difference? Top-Load vs. Front-Load Washers
Laundry day probably isn’t the highlight of your week, but a reliable, effective washing machine makes the chore far ...
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5 Great Options for Laundry Room Flooring (and 3 to Skip)
Replacing torn, worn, or outmoded flooring is a surefire way to lend a fresh look to your laundry room. But this part...
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10 Simply Genius Ideas for Laundry Room Storage
The laundry need not be a mere workroom. Add style, convenience, and organization with these easy laundry room storage solutions.
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1 Brilliant Way to Make Laundry Day 3 Times Better
Wear. Wash. Dry. Repeat. As long as you and your family want fresh, clean clothes, somebody’s got to do laundry. Fort...
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How To: Drain a Washing Machine
A hard-working washing machine may stop draining mid-cycle for a number of reasons, such as a kink in the drain hose,...
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The 7 Weirdest Things That Can Clean Your Laundry
How well stocked is your laundry room shelf? If you're only reaching for bleach, detergent, and fabric softener when you do the wash, it might be time to expand y...
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Solved! How Often You Should Actually Be Washing Your Sheets
Q: I’m a stickler for hygiene and never snack in bed, so I don’t imagine my sheets ever get that dirty. How often sho...
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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 tak...
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Video: Stop Making These Mistakes in the Laundry Room
 If you've ever shrunk your favorite sweater by drying it on the highest setting, or turned your white socks pink by ...
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Choosing a New Appliance: Gas vs. Electric Dryers
As you no doubt know, dryers operate by either electricity or gas. An electric dryer (which has a lifespan of about 1...
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How To: Wash an Electric Blanket
Cleaning an electric blanket can seem intimidating, even hazardous. Mixing water with electricity? No, thank you. But...
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How To: Unshrink Clothes
Have you ever reached for a favorite sweater or pair of jeans only to find that its last spin in the hot dryer caused...
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12 Laundry Mistakes You’re Probably Making
When it comes to doing the laundry, you probably already know to separate the darks from the lights, and you figure there isn’t much more to it. But while it’s tr...
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The Complete Guide to Decoding Laundry Symbols
Take a look at your clothing tags before your next load of laundry. If you're lucky, they'll include a set of fine-pr...
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Bob Vila Radio: Troubleshooting a Washing Machine
Clothes sopping wet at the end of a wash? That's not a good sign. The likeliest culprit? The spin cycle. Here are a f...
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Finally! 10 Solutions for Your Hard-to-Store Household Items
You don’t sweat the small stuff in life, metaphorically or physically. An unused kitchen gadget gets tossed into a junk drawer and you don't even bat an eye. It’s...
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The 10 Best Things You Can Buy for Your Laundry Room (for Under $50)
If you must do laundry (and you must), you might as well make the chore as easy as possible. We've rounded up the best buys to make your laundry room safer, clean...
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3 Reasons to Replace Your Wire Shelving
Homeowners and renters alike install wire shelving for storage and organizing, only to quickly become dissatisfied. T...
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Solved! What to Do When the Washer Won't Spin
Q: I went to transfer a load of laundry to the dryer, and to my chagrin the clothes were sopping wet! Why didn’t the ...
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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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Genius! The Indoor Clothesline You Didn't Know You Needed
Homeowners know that even energy-efficient washers and dryers drive up electric bills, and renters are even worse off...
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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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20 Instant Updates for a Laundry Room You Can Love
Do you think you're too tight on space, time, or budget to maximize style and efficiency in a lackluster laundry room? Get started on one or more of these 20 fast...
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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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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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7 Smart Tips for Saving Big Money on Major Appliances
If your New Year’s resolutions include remodeling a room or two, while you're at it you should consider replacing any...
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How To: Troubleshoot a Leaky Washing Machine
Did you know the average American family washes eight loads of laundry a week? That translates to more than 400 loads...
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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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8 Things You Didn't Know a Clothes Iron Can Do
Irons aren’t just for the laundry room anymore. There are plenty of unusual ways to put this wrinkle remover to good use, whether it's for candles, crafts, or cle...
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8 "Zero Dollar" Laundry Room Hacks
Laundry rooms serve as a drop zone in the home, collecting clothes, shoes, cleaning products, and more—which can lead to a headache-inducing mess. Turn your clutt...
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7 Features That Define the New American Home
Indoor plumbing. Electric lights. We take these things for granted today, but there was a time when such basic conveniences were novel and sought after. Of course...
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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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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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8 Low-Cost Upgrades for a Hassle-Free Laundry Room
It’s OK if your laundry room isn’t your favorite room in the house—it’s a chore room. It’s got less appeal than, say, that comfortable family room with its couch ...
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9 Smart Hacks for Laundry Day
Do you dread laundry day? Even if you love the smell of freshly cleaned clothes, chances are you could be working smarter—or cheaper. So if you need a little extr...
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Why Isn't the Dryer Drying?
Are you stumped by the fact that your dryer seems to take forever these days? If your clothes dryer needs more time t...
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8 (Nearly) Invisible Laundry Rooms
Laundry is a never-ending cycle that can seem like intolerable, unavoidable drudgery, especially if you hate your laundry room. That's why we love these creative ...
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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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Bob Vila Radio: Installing a Laundry Chute
Tired of lugging laundry down the basement stairs? Maybe you should consider installing a laundry chute. Kits are ava...
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How To: Make Your Own Laundry Detergent
Two primary advantages recommend homemade laundry detergent. First, mixing your own costs very little in comparison t...
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So, You Want to... Install a Laundry Chute
Perhaps the most tedious part of doing laundry—itself a tedious chore—is struggling down the stairs with a heavy and ...
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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: Installing a Fold-Down Ironing Board
If you're like a lot of people, space in your home is at a premium. In other words, figuring out where to stash your ...
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How to Make Any Room Into a Laundry Room
Even if space isn't at a premium, a whole room devoted just to doing laundry can seem wasteful. In fact, given that when you're engaged in this time-consuming cho...
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How To: Install a Dryer Vent
Developed in 19th-century England, the first mechanized clothes dryers were perforated barrels that rotated over flam...
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10 Laundry Room Storage Ideas That'll Knock Your Socks Off
In the quest to stay organized, storage is king. Especially in the laundry room. Though organization and laundry rooms are a somewhat utilitarian and practical ma...
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10 Novel Uses for the Classic Clothespin
The first clothespins served the sole purpose of hanging laundry. But today, these humble wooden clips inspire all sorts of home improvement projects, from managi...
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Planning Guide: Laundry Room
The space where you wash dirty clothes need not be dirty too. Whether you're starting from scratch or updating an exi...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Fresh Laundry Room Storage Options
Whether you have a small closet or a large room devoted to doing the laundry, chances are that you want more storage ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Washing Machine Hoses
The hoses that deliver hot and cold water to your clothes washer may not be something you think about very often, but...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dryer Vents
Your dryer removes about a gallon of water from every load of laundry. The longer that water stays inside your home, ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Your Dryer Vents
Here’s a job you can do in the cool basement to beat the summer heat, and you should add it to your twice a year to-d...
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5 Ways to Love Your Laundry Room
Does anyone really love their laundry room? Perhaps that overly affectionate word is, and always will be, a bit much ...
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Quick Tip: Laundry Room Storage Solutions
While washing day has come a long way since the tub and washboard, it can still feel like tedious work if your laundr...
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Bob Vila Radio: Laundry Makeover
We’ve come a long way since the tub and washboard, but doing the laundry can still feel like drudgery if your laundry...
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Beat Those Laundry Room Blues
In between my rebellious college days and learning the difference between a Phillips- and flat-head screwdriver, I be...
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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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Installing Whole-Home Audio and Appliances
A whole-home audio system is installed, along with new appliances, including laundry machines, a freezer and fridge, and an outdoor grill.
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Installing a Stacked Energy-Efficient Washer-Dryer
Bob assists electrician Barry Driscoll and carpenter Bob Ryley with the installation of a stacked energy-efficient washer-dryer unit.
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Energy-Efficient Washer and Dryer Set Installed
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley install a Maytag Neptune washer-dryer set. Jay Klosterman (from Maytag) describes the product's energy saving features.
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Bathroom Remodel
Pat and Roger Simons, the owners of the second house in the Elmwood project, review the goals of their bathroom remodel.
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Final Tour of the Completed Second Home in the Project
The second home in the Elmwood project, a Colonial Revival, is complete, after the second-floor bathroom gets a new vanity, new doors for the laundry closet, and ...
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