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How to Get Odors Out of Towels

Fresh, clean towels feel great when you get out of the bath or shower. Sometimes, towels can develop stubborn musty or moldy odors that will not go away, even with multiple washings. Using detergent alone to eliminate stubborn odors is only a temporary solution, masking the smell until your towels b...More...

How to Clean Out a Main Drain

If you have cleaned out likely clog sites inside the house and in individual drains but still have water backing up in your house, your main drain--the drain that leads from your house into the city's sewer system--may be clogged. If the main drain has been clogged by tree roots, there is little tha...More...

House Cleaning To-Do List

Cleaning your house is not the most glamorous job, yet it is one that needs to be done on a regular basis. When making a cleaning to-do list, the chores can be divided into daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal tasks. Making a list of scheduled tasks to complete can help organize your cleaning routine...More...

Video: Clean Your Screen With Microfiber

Video Transcript Did you know that you can clean your screens with just a simple thing as a microfiber cloth? Instead of trying to put your screens into the sink or into the bathtub and kind of wetting them and scrubbing them off, all you need to do is take a dry microfiber cloth and......More...

How to Blanch and Freeze Vegetables

When you have an abundant harvest from your garden, freezing the vegetables is one way of storing them for later consumption. Blanching is usually necessary before freezing. The blanching process helps prevent the vegetables from losing or changing flavor when frozen. Blanching may take from three m...More...

How to Perfect a Shellac Finish

Shellac finishes have been used on furniture for centuries. Today, these finishes can be applied easily with a brush or a pad at a nominal cost. Whichever method of application you choose, following these steps will help you perfect a shellac finish.

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How to Remove Water Stains From Kitchen Tables

Just when you aren't looking, someone leaves a damp glass on your beautiful wood kitchen table. Or maybe it was the party that got out of hand and you ended up with hot pizza boxes and Chinese take-out on that heirloom table. Don't give up and cry! There is a simple solution to remove the water stai...More...

How to Remove Smoke & Burned Smells from a House

Smoke and burned smells can develop from a variety of sources, including overcooked food, cigarettes, house fires and fireplaces. No matter what the cause of the smoke and burnt odor is, it fills your home with an unpleasant aroma that can last for days, weeks and months. Removing these odors can be...More...

How to Remove Dried Elmer's Glue

Elmer's glues, an all-purpose household glue that works on a variety of objects, can sometimes drip on unwanted areas. If the Elmer's is still wet, just wipe it up with a wet cloth or paper towel. However, if the glue has dried, removing it becomes a more difficult process.

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The Best Way to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Fruit flies in your home can be annoying pests. They multiply quickly and seem to appear out of thin air. Fruit flies will not cause you any physical harm, but they are likely to cause you aggravation as you struggle to get rid of them. Because fruit flies are slow fliers, you can kill them rather e...More...

How to Can Without a Pressure Cooker or Water Bath

Traditional canning methods like water baths and pressure cookers are not the only safe options for sealing filled jars. But alternative canning methods like microwave, dishwasher and oven canning have been deemed unreliable and unsafe by many food experts. Sterilized jars and lids are not enough to...More...

How to Make Fabric-Covered Christmas Ornaments

Christmas ornaments come in just about every shape and size imaginable. You can make your ornaments with fabric and foam to add a personal touch to your holiday decorations. You can use festive colors and patterns that enhance the look of your newly created ornaments. You can create shapes or stick ...More...

How to Get Fireplace Smoke Out of a House

Fireplaces can emit smoke smells that can linger in your home. The odor may stick to fabrics and walls if you do not remove it when you first notice it. Air fresheners often only mask the smell instead of removing it. Properly removing the smoke and its smell from your home immediately will help pro...More...

How to Make a Tamale Pie

If you love spicy beef dishes, then you'll love tamale pie. Here you'll learn how to make a delicious tamale pie recipe that will have people asking for second helpings.

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How to Clean Dried Latex Paint From Brushes

Latex paint is usually easier to remove than oil-based paint. This is because latex is water-based. Normally, you will not have to use solvents, such as paint thinner, to clean off your brushes -- even after latex paint has dried. Nevertheless, you have to soften and dissolve the paint to remove it,...More...

How to Reuse Gatorade Bottles

Reusing plastic and glass Gatorade bottles is one way to keep them out of landfills, but reusing them for drinking is not safe or sanitary. The type of plastic drink bottles are made from breaks down with heat and soap, resulting in harmful chemicals leeching into the liquids you refill them with. T...More...

Video: How to Remove Rust From a Stainless Steel Sink

Video Transcript Hi, my name is Mark Newman-Kuzel. I'm President and CEO of Maid in the U.S.A., and today I'm going to teach you how to remove rust from a stainless sink. You're going to need a few products, a sponge with a scruffy reverse, some stainless steel remover and a premixed......More...

How to Remove Nicotine Stains From Clothing

Nicotine stains appear on clothing that is exposed to heavy cigarette smoke, or even when ash drops onto the fabric. The brown tar stains are difficult to remove with regular detergents, but you don't have to toss out your favorite blouse or that nice silk tie. With these tips, you can easily erase ...More...

How to Save Money on Groceries by Shopping at Costco

Shopping at members-only warehouse clubs like Costco is a big money saver -- except when it isn't. In order to really save money, avoid some of the common wholesale shopping mistakes and never assume that Costco always offers the best deals. Make a plan every time you shop. If you play your cards ri...More...

How to Make a Non-Toxic Mold and Mildew Spray

Hearing the words mold and mildew make homeowners cringe. The cost to have professionals go through your home and apply toxic chemicals to the problem areas is not something to look forward to. A safe alternative is to make your own all-natural cleaning substance that will work just as well, if not ...More...