Household Hints & Tips

Keep your home clean and clutter-free with these household hints and tips.

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Although modern appliances have removed much of the misery of doing laundry, someone still has to sort it, load the washer, etc. Read these cleaning suggestions for clothes that are made from natural fabrics.

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Whatever happened to good ol' polyester? If all the different synthetic fabrics have you confused, read this article for tips and guidelines on how to clean many of the bunch.

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Along with good laundering and mending techniques, your clothes will benefit from proper care and storage. Follow these guidelines on how to keep your clothes and shoes in good condition.

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Most small kitchen appliances are designed to be easy to clean, but they still require some work. Follow these suggestions and guidelines for cleaning blenders, toasters, coffeemakers, waffle irons, and more.

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Do you sometimes feel like your clothes look even more wrinkled after you iron them? Then it's time to take command of your iron by using the helpful tips and guidelines outlined in this article.

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Sometimes we get so caught up in cleaning 'the bones' of our home, we forget about the dirt accumulating on what's actually in it: the furnishings. Follow these tips and guidelines for cleaning furnishings.

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Cleaning your fireplace regularly will ensure that it remains safe and efficient. Learn how to eliminate excess soot, ashes, and dangerous creosote tars.

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Dirt gets tracked into your house all day long. And unless your home has only one kind of hard-surface floor throughout, you have to use several different cleaning methods. These tips will simplify this chore.

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Few things in your home take more abuse than the carpeting. While regular vacuuming certainly helps prolong the life of your carpeting, there are additional measures you should take. Check out our tips.

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It's hard to get a good night's sleep if your bedding is dirty. Therefore, maintaining clean pillows, bedspreads, blankets, and other bedding materials should be a major priority. Find out how it's done.

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Dirty bathrooms are gross. Really gross. Your bathroom should be cleaned at least once a week to keep it sanitary, as well as sparkling. Learn how to eliminate the dirt and scum from your bathroom.

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The Downy fabric-softener ball has to be one of the simplest inventions ever. Learn how this fabric-softener ball uses Newton's first law of motion with the help of this article.

Towels are always made of cotton, and they work really well at absorbing water. On the other hand, water-repellant jackets are made of nylon, and they work pretty well at keeping you dry. Why is cotton more absorbent than nylon?

You are so excited to wear your new blue jeans, but the tag tells you to wash them first. What's up with this? Check out this article to learn why you might want to wash those jeans first after all.

Zippers are found on so many products. But have you ever noticed that "YKK" is on the pull-tab of most zippers? Find out where these mysterious initials come from.

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There is at least one big advantage that the air outside the house has over the air inside the house. Check out this article to learn what that is.

Clothes moths can be a real problem in clothes made from natural fibers (especially wool). To combat this, use moth balls. But first, read this article to find out what moth balls are made of and whether they are harmful to your health.