Household Hints & Tips

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

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Bidets have never been popular in the United States, so "comeback" might not be quite the right word. But there's definitely a growing grassroots effort in support of them -- and it's coming from a perhaps surprising group.

By Alison Cooper

Cockroaches are nasty little critters and one of the worst things about them is you never know where they're hiding. We'll tell you 10 places they could be.

By Terri Briseno

You might think your kitchen is perfectly clean, but good kitchen sanitation is about more than appearances. It's really a matter of concentrating on three things: storage, preparation and cleaning.

By Alison Cooper

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Ants are a year-round nuisance in homes and buildings. Where do they come from? This article discusses the various locations where ants can build nests.

By Stefani Newman

Ants are pretty predictable, and you can keep them out of your cupboards and pantry if you adopt a few ant-busting habits.

By Sara Elliott

Most ants are opportunistic feeders; they'll eat just about anything. There are some ant species that do have preferences, though.

By Sara Elliott

Generally when you see termites you think, "Call an exterminator. Stat." But can you take care of the problem yourself?

By Sarah Winkler

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Ants may be unwanted guests looking for shelter from inclement weather, but a more likely explanation is that they've located food. Stop them before they invade.

By Sara Elliott

If you live on planet Earth, it's pretty much guaranteed you've had a run-in with a cockroach. Here's how to prevent it from happening frequently.

By Emilie Sennebogen

For such tiny little critters, termites can leave a path of destruction costing thousands of dollars. The best thing to know about termites is how to avoid them altogether.

By Danielle Fisher

In the battle of the bugs, which is worse for your home: termites or ants? The answer may surprise you.

By Sarah Winkler

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Fire ants are aggressive insects that can inflict bites and venomous stings when they feel threatened. If you've been bitten, you know the experience is no laughing matter.

By Sara Elliott

There are thousands of species of ants worldwide, but only a few that you might encounter in your home. Here are a some species you can probably identify in your own kitchen!

By Stefani Newman

Self-cleaning public toilets are already a common sight in European cities, but exactly how do they work?

By Beth Brindle

Termites can wreak havoc on a home, so you should always be on the lookout for an infestation. But what should you look for?

By Sara Elliott

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It may seem like a no-brainer but there is actually a science to keeping your toilet bowl clean. We'll flush away the mystery.

By Kim Williamson

Cleaning the bathroom is a very dirty -- and sometimes -- gross job. But with the right tools, you can finish the job in the blink of an eye!

By Emilie Sennebogen

Granite countertops make lovely additions to any home, but they can become unsightly if you don't know how to clean them properly. We'll show you how.

By Marie Willsey

It's not uncommon for your bathroom to occasionally have bad odors. But when you smell sewage, that's usually not a good sign.

By Alia Hoyt & Beth Brindle

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For most of us, the toilet is a simple, white, porcelain thing we don't think much about. But for others, it's literally a throne, and some are made of gold and crystals.

By Sara Elliott

Cleaning house is a non-stop rockin' good time. No? So if it's not, how little can you get away with? What needs to be done every day and what can wait?

By Sarah Winkler

Keeping your home clean can sap both your time and energy, so when's the best time to handle it?

By Marie Willsey

Yes, your plumber is paid to handle the messy stuff and he's probably seen it all before. But that doesn't mean you can't show him the courtesy of a clean throne.

By Sara Elliott

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After you've shelled out big bucks on a flat-screen TV, the last thing you want to do is damage the screen. Learn the best way to clean your TV to protect your investment and get the most out of the device.

By Bambi Turner

The sources of most bathroom odors are pretty obvious, considering the purpose of this often-windowless space. But every now and then, a mystery arises — what's that lingering smell? It could be the toilet tank.

By Julia Layton