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Why Electric Fireplaces Are Hot

There's just something about sitting in front of a fire that soothes the soul. And electric fireplaces make whiling the hours away in front of those flickering flames as simple as flipping a switch.

How to Prepare for a Hurricane

Meteorologists have hurricane prediction down to a science, so preparedness should be the same thing too. Find out how to be ready if the big one's coming.

Pressure Washing: An Oh So Satisfying Clean

Pressure washing can be so satisfying on some primal level, but the right equipment makes all the difference. And remember, safety first.

How to Get Rid of Rats

Between their survival skills and their natural intelligence, rats have been outsmarting us for centuries. But since they carry a lot of diseases, we'd really like to be rid of them. An expert tell us the best ways.

How Often Should You Wash Your Coffee Cup?

A simple rinse of the mug may not be enough to keep germs at bay.

9 Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is most likely in your first-aid kit. But it can be deployed for a whole variety of cleaning, gardening and beauty purposes you may have never ever thought of.

Gently Discussing the Swedish Death Clean With Loved Ones

Discussing the topic of downsizing and decluttering with a love one before they die is a tough subject. But the gentle approach some Swedes take can make it a little bit easier.

How to Fix Drywall Holes

Drywall can withstand only limited abuse. We'll tell you how to repair small and large holes that inevitably occur from years of wear and tear.

How to Unshrink Your Clothes

We've all accidentally put something in the dryer that we shouldn't have. If a garment comes out two sizes small, follow our tips for ways to unshrink it.

Clutter Takes a Huge Toll on Our Lives

Studies show that living in a cluttered space can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental disorders.

How Should You Clean Your Home After a Cold or Flu?

So you're all better now but there are probably a lot of germs lingering in your house. What's the best way to get rid of them?

Should You Always Wash New Clothes Before Wearing Them?

It seems counterintuitive to wash new garments before wearing them. After all, they're brand-new and look clean! But there's a lot more going on behind the clothing scenes than we realize.

Do Porch Lights Really Stop Burglars?

Many people instinctively turn on a light outside their homes when they're going to be out in hopes of stopping people from breaking in. But interviews with burglars tell a different story about what really deters them.

How to Waterproof Your Basement

When it rains, it pours. And when that rain pours into your basement, that's bad news. But there are ways to keep that rain out. We'll tell you how.

Most Abundant Man-made Material Is Cutting Its Carbon Footprint

Could we be headed for a concrete jungle with less CO2 emissions?

Quiz: Do I Really Have to Wash This?

You know to clean toilets and wash dishes, but some things aren't as obviously in need of a good scrubdown. Take this quiz to find out how your cleaning skills stack up.

How Often Should You Wash Your Pillow?

All those dust mites, body oils and drool do a number on the cleanliness of your pillow. Grossed out yet?

How Often Should You Wash Your Bedsheets?

Once a month might be good for washing your car, but your bedsheets could stand a little more care.

Now You Can Actually Live in MIT's $10K Robotic Apartment in a Box

A robotic apartment that transforms tiny spaces into an office space, living room or bedroom upon command is finally making its way to market.

Being Too Clean Can Be Almost as Bad as Being Too Dirty

Between overdoing it with the sanitizer and never washing our hands after using the toilet is the sweet spot for good hygiene.

How Often Should You Wash Your Bra?

While laywomen give answers ranging from "after every use" to "once a month," experts have a definite number.

How Long Should You Use Your Bath Towel Without Washing It?

Answer: A lot less time than you're probably thinking.

Touring the False Facades of New York City

They blend right into their neighborhoods, but hidden inside are systems integral to maintaining a city.

10 Big Questions About Tiny Houses

Thinking about moving to a tiny house but not sure you'll love it? Or maybe you're just wondering what all the hype is about. We've got answers to all your questions.

What's the deal with those laundry symbols, and how do I tell them apart?

We're consumers, not mind readers! How are we supposed to know what the shapes on our clothing tags mean?

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