Household Hints & Tips

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

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10 Window Cleaning Tips for Apartment Dwellers

If you're a renter, cleaning your windows involves taking care so you don't damage anything but still get sparkling results. Let the sun shine in with these window cleaning tips for apartment dwellers not blessed with a window-cleaning service.

10 Everyday Things You're Probably Doing the Hard Way

Despite our desire for ease, studies show that we may be able to make ourselves smarter by doing things the hard way. But why make life trickier than it needs to be?

5 Methods to Keep Pests Out of Your Townhome

Townhouse dwellers get to share a lot of things -- driveways, outdoor spaces, walls and occasionally pest infestations, too. Learn how to keep pests away from your townhome.

Is seeing cockroaches during the day a sign of an infestation?

No one likes the sight of a cockroach scurrying across your kitchen wall – and if you see one during the day, it's officially time to worry. Is it a sign of an infestation?

Repairing Insect Damage to Your Home

You're cleaning up your lovely home one day when your vacuum cleaner attachment goes right through your wood floor! What does this mean for your home and how do you fix it?

How to Protect Your Home From Insects During a Warm Winter

People love warm winters. So do insects. In fact, they love them so much that they might just wait out the winter right along with you – inside your house! Find out how to protect your home here.

Pests & Insects: 10 Renter Red Flags

When you're searching for a new apartment to rent, the last thing you want to think about is probably the presence of pests. But if you ignore some telltale signs, you might find yourself inheriting unwanted critters.

5 Tips to Avoid Bringing Home Bed Bugs From Your Hotel Stay

With nightmare stories of infestations, the old adage, "don't let the bed bugs bite," went from a harmless rhyme to an actual warning overnight. If you're on the road, how do you protect your belongings from these roach-like parasites?

Termite Flooring Damage

Squeaky floors might just mean your home is in its second (or third!) century, but in some cases, sagging, creaky wooden floors can signal a termite infestation. What's the first step if you suspect you have a problem?

Termite Foundation Damage

Termites don't eat concrete, but they will undermine your foundation by tunneling through it on the way to the good stuff. How risky is your home's setup?

Types of Termites and the Damage They Cause

For being tiny, termites can cause an amazing amount of destruction. Which termites might wreak havoc in your home, and what kind of damage will they do?

Termites and Structural Property Damage

Termites cause $5 billion worth of damage in the U.S. every year. For a bug that's about the size of an ant, that's a lot of destruction.

Home Buyers Beware: Termite Inspection

Termites are nasty customers, but they don't have to be a deal-breaker when you're buying a home. An expert can help you know what you're dealing with.

5 Tips for Avoiding Bed Bugs With Second Hand Furniture

With today's growing number of bed bug infestations, buying second hand furniture has taken on a whole new meaning. But we have some tips to keep you bargain hunting.

Wood & Termite Damage

Termites may be small, but they sure are hungry -- hungry enough to eat your entire house! Here's how to spot and repair the damage they cause.

Keeping Termites Away From Your Home

Termites may be tiny, but they can pack a mighty wallop -- mainly to the structure of your house. Luckily for you, it's not that hard to keep them out.

Insects: 5 Things Renters Should Look Out For

While there are several advantages to renting an apartment, sharing a space with other people often means sharing things you don't necessarily want. Like bugs.

What to Do About a Bed Bug Infestation

There's only one thing that can rid your home of bedbugs: a pest-control professional. They know all about bedbug biology and habits, and you need that knowledge to eliminate those pesky bedbugs.

How young is too young for your kids to start cleaning?

The bottom line is if your child can make a mess, he or she can help clean it up. How much he or she can help, though, will depend on age and ability.

How to Get Rid of Cockroaches

A few cockroaches here and there are to be expected, but that doesn't mean you have to like it. Find out how to rid your home of these nasty bugs.

Buying a Home With Termite Damage

Why even consider buying a house with termite damage? Well, some people won't. Others, though, stick around to consider the options -- and possibly negotiate a big discount on the home.

How to Tell if You Have Termites

If you want to scare a homeowner, there's one sure way to do it: Mention the word termite. It's important to always keep an eye out for them. Here's what to look for.

Bugs That Live Around a Home's Foundation

Just because you don't find bugs in your home very often doesn't mean they're not swarming around its foundation. And we're not just talking about termites.

Commercial Break Cleaning: 10 Lightning-fast Fixes

If you're like most people, you spend a decent amount of time avoiding household cleaning chores. But if you split them up into two- or three-minute chunks and do them during commercial breaks, they suddenly become no big deal.

5 Great Kitchen Sanitation Tips

Keeping a clean kitchen isn't just about appearances. It's about good health. What steps should you always take to keep your food and your surfaces clean?