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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?

How Often Should You Wash Your Coffee Cup?

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

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?

Living Large After the Apocalypse

This 12-bedroom Georgia bunker could help you adjust to life after the apocalypse. It also has 12 bathrooms and a weapons room, among other amenities. Interested?

How Jackhammers Work

You've probably been irritated by jackhammer noise at some point, but have you ever stopped to think about these marvels of concrete-busting power? Without them, demolition would be a whole lot more difficult.

How Bug Spray Works

Our world is full of insects, and our first response to seeing one is usually to reach for a can of spray to zap it. Is this good idea? What's in your typical can of bug spray? And, could it harm you, too?

Can I use interior paint for exterior surfaces?

Is one gallon of paint the same as the next? Not really. Find out if you can use that interior latex you fell in love with on the outside of your house, too.

10 Tricks for Painting Your Home's Exterior

Painting the outside of your house can seem pretty daunting, but you can save a lot of money doing it yourself. This article will give you the tools to get started.

10 Tools You Need to Paint Your Home's Exterior

It takes more than a can of paint and a brush or roller to paint the outside of your house. Here are some other must-have tools to make the job look more professional.

How often should I repaint the exterior of my home?

Your home is your castle, but unlike a castle, it probably requires a couple of coats of paint now and again. How frequent should your paint jobs be, and why?

10 Things Not to Do When Painting Your Home

Summer doesn't seem as fun when you have an endless exterior house-painting job looming over you. To make it more enjoyable, let's play a game where we predict the house-painting mistakes you're about to make.

Exterior Painting

View colorful exterior painting pictures to get inspiration for your next home improvement project.

Why would you throw a fire extinguisher?

The middle of an emergency is a lousy time to realize that fire extinguishers are more than a point-and-shoot proposition. Think you could manage one that you lob at the local inferno?


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