Household Hints & Tips

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

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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?

By Julia Layton

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?

By Debra Ronca

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.

By Debra Ronca

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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.

By Sara Elliott

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

By Sara Elliott

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.

By Marie Willsey

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.

By Marie Willsey

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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.

By Patrick E. George

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.

By Alison Cooper

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.

By Emilie Sennebogen

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.

By Emilie Sennebogen

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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.

By Julia Layton

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.

By Sara Elliott

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.

By Danielle Fisher

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.

By Alison Cooper

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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?

By Denise Harrison

There are roughly 91,000 species of insects in the ground, the air, on your plants, and in all of the nooks and crannies of your home. Find out how to kick them out and keep them out.

By Emilie Sennebogen

While you could chase a fly around with a swatter (or a shoe) all day long, one of the best ways to combat flies is to go after them where they breed.

By Patrick E. George

Ants sure know how to ruin a good time, and picnics don't have the market cornered. They can be anywhere from your recycling bin to your bathroom.

By Emilie Sennebogen

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Low-flow toilets -- including dual-flush models -- are now the only kinds of toilet you can buy in the United States. How much water and money do they save you, anyway?

By Alison Cooper

Your mattress might be nastier than you think. Fortunately, it's easy to clean and disinfect it.

By Beth Brindle & Sydney Murphy

Your kitchen sponge is probably loaded with germs. But before you toss it (and more money) in the trash, try disinfecting it instead.

By Beth Brindle

Those green and brown stains in your toilet aren't your fault. They got there through the minerals in your water. The question is, how do you make them disappear?

By Debra Ronca

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If ants ever invade your house or yard, you'll be well-armed for dealing with the problem -- and keeping your pets safe -- if you follow this set of anti-infestation tips.

By Christopher Lampton

One of the biggest complaints among apartment renters is being able to hear the sound from the people you share your walls with. Here are a few ways to help you deal with the noise.

By Christopher Neiger