Rust loves the high-carbon steel of katana blades, so they need to be cleaned and protected regularly. Here's how to keep your katana and saya in top condition.
Cleaning up woody debris is often the primary task following a hurricane or other wind disaster. Here are some practical tips to help you cope or prepare.
A review of the Duggar family laundry soap recipe: a review of the soap recipe, and the effectiveness of homemade laundry detergent.
Simple methods for removing and preventing nasty yellow sweat stains that can damage your clothing. Just about everything is found in your cupboards! The rest is as easy as following a few directions. Also, a few tips for hiding those sweat stains!
Pine resin smells wonderful at Christmas time, but I hate the black marks it leaves on my hands (and anything I touch) for days. This year, I discovered a miraculous reprieve. Waterless hand sanitizer. I squirted a glob of sanitizer gel onto the...
Natural tips and tricks to eliminate odor from your vintage clothing that cannot be placed in the wash.
You don't have to pay for a professional plumber to unclog your bathroom sink - in a matter of hours you will be able to do the job yourself and save hundreds of dollars!
Plumber's snakes: how to use them for clearing simple clogs. Save yourself the cost of a plumber's visit. D.I.Y. household maintenance and repairs.
Bathrooms are filled with germs that can make you and your family sick. Learn how to clean bathrooms and keep them clean.
Vinegar and salt does not stop fabric dye from bleeding. Find out what actually works and how you can extend the life of your clothing by preventing color run, transfer, bleeding, and fading.
Upright vacuums today have many features that make them great for most households. People with pets and allergies will benefit from the new technologies included in these designs.
No one likes housekeeping tasks, but they're a necessary evil. Here are a few suggestions to make your housekeeping duties less stressful and how to maintain a less stressful environment.
A product review of the Shark Navigator NV22L. This includes: the pros, the cons, basic troubleshooting tips, the customer care number, and my personal experience with the Shark Navigator.
When you do the “the big clean”, you really need to know what you’re doing and be prepared for a thorough job. My personal recommendation is to use The Rug Doctor. You can rent one of these in most supermarkets around the country. They’ll sell you all of the cleaning supplies you’ll need along with the machine. The machine itself will cost about $25 - $30 to rent for twenty-four hours.
Glossy kitchen tiles look fabulous in the magazines, but how do you keep them streak free? It's quite simple once you know how and you don't need any chemicals!
Going small with tiny cars, tiny purse-strings and tiny homes is all the rage. But how do you reduce what you already have? Read on for a list of things to reduce and how to reduce them.
Do you have stainless steel or aluminum pots that no matter how hard you scrub, you cannot get them clean and shiny again? I will show you how you can with easy instructions and photos.
Bleach spilled on your carpet? Need to know how to get it out or hide it? Here's some simple tricks that work, at least for the short term, if not long term.
Simple ingredients and these techniques make cleaning your own grout easy and inexpensive. Save yourself hundreds of dollars by learning to do it yourself with this non-toxic, chemical free technique.
How to put Borax (to kill mold roots) on moldy wooden house structural parts written by a homeowner who did it. Photos included.
Before turning to serious chemicals, try this natural, homemade drain cleaner recipe to remove your clogs.
Do you have stuffed animals in need of a wash? This easy method is inexpensive and uses what most people already have at home.
We all get clogged drains, and they all have to be unclogged. Before you call a plumber read some easy and simple solutions to getting your drains unclogged, and how to prevent it from happening often
Don't you just hate it when you stain something and don't know the best way to clean it? Here are the best DIY cleaning hacks!
I went through just a couple of hundreds files from my recent inspections in search for some pictures and I'm overwhelmed with a number of mold contaminated attics. While inspecting, I've never realized that, but it seams that this area is...
Drying your laundry in humid weather can be a pain. Fortunately, there are a few tricks to help you.
You've got an ink stain from your pen on you best new blouse or shirt. Learn how to use simple things you already have around the house to remove the ink stain.
Learn to harness the secret power of vinegar to remove limescale around the home. The hard water deposits can be effortlessly removed with the right kind of vinegar cleaning.
You might assume that the washing machine kills viruses and bacteria on your clothes, but in fact, washing can transfer germs from one item to another. Here's how to properly clean your clothes.
With hundreds of cleaning products to choose from, all promising the best results for your money, a trip to the store can be overwhelming. Here are few reviews of house hold cleaners that I have found to be affordable and effective.
Can you wash pillows? Absolutely! In fact, you *should* wash your pillows at least twice a year to extend their lifespan- but mind the way you go about it! What follows is a guide to protecting, washing, drying, and maintaining pillows. Enjoy!
Too many toys? Need to organize your kids' toys? Learn how to declutter your home by using some organization tips for your children's toys.
Don't know how often you are supposed to wash your sheets? Here's the definitive guide! I've even added a helpful timetable and included a bunch of laundering tips. Hurrah!
Cleaning a microfiber couch doesn't have to be a pain. Learn the different ways you can clean your microfiber couch.
Your kitchen is looking a little dingy and worse for the wear. Looking for a cheap way to brighten up your kitchen? Spend the afternoon giving it thorough cleaning. You’ll be amazed at the results. Read these tips and get the entire family involved!
Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changing. Use these, cheap, products for a variety of frugal personal and household uses.
How to clean dirt, sap, and stains out of Sunbrella Cushions with before and after pictures. Scotchguard them as final cleaning step.
Leather Furniture can be a great addition to your home, but can sometimes leave a nasty smell. Here are a few tips on how to get rid of those horrible toxic fumes.
Clean sticky label glue from glass jars using coconut oil. The adhesive residue comes off in minutes using this method.
Homemade anti static recipes to eliminate static cling on synthetic fabrics. Home made fabric softener, static spray and fabric softening dryer sheets.
Prevent potential health problems and avoid unnecessary repairs by removing limescale, soap scum, odors, mold and bacteria from your washing machine using these 5 cleaning methods that really work.
Does line-drying save money and reduce the wear and tear on your clothing? Yes, and that's not all. Learn more about this old-fashioned method and why it makes sense.
Cleaning out that nasty lint trap doesn't require any special skill or those weird wands or special attachments! Here's a step-by-step guide on getting the job done fast!
If you have a wood burning stove, you need to know about cleaning and maintaining it. Here's how I clean the glass door, flue/chimney and exterior of my wood burning stove. Easy tips to follow.
This natural solution gets your carpets clean without the use of any potentially toxic chemicals, and it works amazingly well.
Using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, clean silverware and silver jewellery/jewelry at home. No harsh chemicals, just store cupboard ingredients.
Learn how to master clutter and always have a clean home with these chore lists and simple tips for keeping the home organized.
How to remove rust on metal caused by cat urine? DIY or replace with a new register. Get rid of the rust and choose the right spray paint.
How do you clean vintage lace and fabric? Three easy steps use a combination of simple household products and items found at the store to clean stains and odors from vintage fabric and lace.
An owner review of the fabulous cordless Digital Slim Dyson DC35 cleaner. Girls, buy this machine for your man, and you'll never have to lift a finger to clean again!
Your silver is tarnished and sad-looking, and you want its beautiful, glowing shine back! Here's a safe, cheap, environmentally friendly way to get it.
A dust mite allergy is difficult to control, especially when you can't eliminate the cause. However, there are ways of reducing dust mites in your home.
OVERVIEW The Ecovitta upright steam cleaner provides an eco-friendly method of cleaning carpets, rugs and hardwood floors without the use of harsh chemicals. A selection of accessories are included to assist in the cleaning of cupboards,...
The day we found our home, it was immaculate. The floors were gleaming, the paint was spotless and the massive run of cedar on the walls of our stairway was beautiful. We made an offer and jumped up and down for sixty days in anticipation of ‘the...
Although ink stains aren't as easy to remove as protein-based stains, if you know which tricks to use, you can remove ink stains from almost any surface including fabric, stone, wood, tile, leather...
No more harsh chemicals to clean away the tarnish from Brass and Copper treasures! A few tasty items from the kitchen and you are on your way to chemical free tarnish removal!
Tips to avoid getting condensation in your bathroom, from providing adequate ventilation to installing extractor fans and dehumidifiers.
This article explains the difference between common and toxic mold, who should be concerned about mold, how to test for the presence of toxic mold in your apartment, and what to expect if deadly mold is found.
Remove humidity from your living environment to maintain a healthy body and prevent water damage to your home.
You can create gallons of all-purpose cleaner with $20 worth of cleaning supplies you probably already have in your home in just a few minutes!
What's the difference between the Dyson digital slim DC59 animal and the new DC59 motorhead version?
Will your children want your treasured belongings when you die? Do you have space and the time to take your parents' possessions right now? Here are options for dealing with inherited STUFF.
Vacuum cleaners need a small amount of maintenance to keep them cleaning properly. If your Dyson isn't cleaning as it should, try these simple steps to get it working fully again.
Decluttering and organizing a home makes life less stressful, enables us to accomplish tasks efficiently, creates a place to relax, and makes the home safer.
Simplify your cleaning routine, meal prep, wardrobe, and kitchen gadgets as you single task to make housekeeping a more pleasant and satisfying experience.
This soy-based cleaner does a good job on stainless steel appliances and is eco-friendly without petroleum chemicals, smells, and hand irritation.
How to clean wooden furniture like the pros do! Cleaners and techniques to make your wooden furniture sparkle.
Whether you need to remove labels from a jar, a new appliance, or a window these tips will help you get rid of, not only the label but that horrible sticky glue as well.
Have you let your house cleaning duties slip? Are you tired of looking at the dirty build-up? Follow this 7 day plan to deep clean your home and make it sparkle!
Removing glue stains from suede items doesn't have to be scary. Follow these simple steps to restore suede couches, shoes, carpets, curtains, and more!
If you are having problems with your laminated floors being streaky, here you'll find a solution to clean the laminate floors that really works.Just use products you already have in the house.
Whether you're doing laundry for the first time, or upgrading to a High Efficiency Washer, this guide is to help you navigate the waters of High Efficiency laundry, teach you how to make the best of your High Efficiency Washer, and answer questions such as how do I work my High Efficiency Washer, and what can I do to make my HE Washer last?
The difference between recycling and hoarding is a subtle one. Take the test to see if your accumulation of treasures is a euphemism for trash and clutter.
If you have a lingering odor in the kitchen, it may be the refrigerator. This article demonstrates how to clean your refrigerator and offers a couple of tips and tid bits that you may not have considered when doing this chore in the past.
Making your own laundry soap is quick, easy and can save you money. In this article, I show you how to make it and exactly how much money you will save if you decide to take the plunge and do it.
If you need to get rid of stuff to downsize or are making some other change to your lifestyle, the KonMari method can help you declutter your closets and your life.
How to keep your home clean when you have young children, that is the question (and it's a darn good one). Luckily, there is an answer! The battle between a clean home and the child's desire to have fun has been going on for ages. So what can...
A video demonstration of how to clean silver with baking soda and aluminum foil: the aluminum reduces the oxidation on the silver, allowing the silver metal to return to its shiny state. Silver tarnish is silver sulfide, and heavily tarnished items may create a sulfur odor when this method is employed.
Save money and do it yourself! This article shows you a step-by-step guide to how to get rid of black mold in a bathroom or carpet by using natural, non-toxic products.
Vinegar can replace many expensive chemical cleaning products, but it is good to know the pros and cons of cleaning with vinegar before making the official switch.
I absolutely love my double kitchen sink. It is perfect in every way. I can wash dishes in one side and then place them in the drying rack on the other side preventing the issue of wet counter tops. I can have a pot or pan soaking in one sink and still have another sink on hand ready for use. It is the perfect set up for our home. But being that this is the first double sink I have ever had I was unaware of one issue that drove me to the edge of insanity one night some nine years ago........
Blood stains are common in every household and numerous home treatments have been devised to remove blood from almost any surface. Blood stains are notorious for being particularly difficult to remove, especially opposed to coffee stain removal or...
Once I had a list for my daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning and a schedule the routine took over. My house was organized, always presentable, and took very little time to maintain.
Even cat lovers have to admit that the smell of cat urine is terrible and nearly impossible to remove from carpets, upholstery, wood floors, bedding, or anywhere else. Here's how!
Your wood stove or fireplace insert glass can often have a grey or black 'baked on' film over it. Here is how you can get rid of it without doing any damage to your glass.
We're moving soon & the place we're moving to has a washer and dryer. To my dismay, I sold our washer and dryer. Way. Too. Soon.
You have a down comforter that has been serving you well, and now it's in need of a good washing. So, how want to know whether you can machine wash the comforter yourself at home or whether you should have it dry cleaned. First, to answer that...
Laminate wood floors are more popular than ever, they look good, they are fairly inexpensive and they are easy to maintain. If you have or are thinking about installing new flooring, you will want to find out how to clean them that will preserve...
If you have dogs, dust, and dirt to contend with in your home or car, you're going to love the lightweight, easily adaptable Shark Lift-Around Canister vacuum. It's intuitive and intelligent!
Dyson DC44 Vs DC59, where do the differences between them lie? Which offers the best value for the money DC44 or DC59?
Why go out and buy leather cleaner when you can use the natural products in your kitchen? A little olive oil and lemon juice will go a long way in helping to clean your leather jacket or coat.
Clothes stained with various substances need to be treated differently. This article talks about how to remove stains from clothes with careful consideration of the type of stain on the clothes.
You can prevent pilling or lint bobbling on clothing if you understand why it happens. Fuzz balls make clothes look old and scruffy.
Lipstick is essentially a dye in an oily base, which makes stain removal difficult without the proper techniques. Luckily, a few home remedies exist to help you kiss those lipstick stains goodbye, mostly consisting of household products you probably...
Tree sap is very difficult to remove from your hands, clothes, and most of all, the paint on your car. I will show you how to remove it from almost anything with ease.
Learn how to clean the dirt and smell from your dirty work boot. You don't have to throw your boots away. See why!
Are you a shoe addict? Are your shoes so unorganized you don't even know what you have now? Do you wish you get it under control? I am here to help you organize too many pairs of shoes.
Exhausted by itchy bites, crawling and pinprick sensations, and something invisible landing on your skin? Mystery solved: Here is how I dealt with black mold in my home.
Learn how to clean laminate wood flooring to keep it looking good for years to come. Find some easy tips for keeping the shine without breaking your back...
Cleaning a messy room can be overwhelming! Try these four steps for quickly cleaning and organizing your bedroom.
Learn a variety of methods for removing the smell of cooked fish and other stinky foods from your home.
How to make natural wood floor cleaner and tips for cleaning wood floors naturally, removing stickiness, waxy buildup, cloudiness and other issues.
A heated deep cleaner for carpets is essential for every homeowner. This review shows why the Bissell PROheat is an excellent choice.
Save money and foster a healthy home by making your own DIY cleaning products for kitchen, bathroom and carpet.
Suffering from rust in your sink and mineral deposits in your tub? Does the idea of cleaning your shower bring beads of sweat to your brow? There is an alternative! Learn how to save on elbow grease and clean even the ickiest shower in a jiffy.
Learn to use Soap Nuts to create your own completely green liquid detergent, cleanser, and moisturizing shampoo. Frugal and completely biodegradable.
Advice from an experienced green-cleaning housekeeper on getting great results and avoiding damage steam mopping wood floors.
It's been a while, but I once melted plastic utensils on a stove surface and needed to get the plastic off without damaging the surface. This weekend, our daughter put her coat up against an indoor fireplace with a glass door to warm it up. In...
You can save money and the environment by using white vinegar and baking soda to clean just about anything. Vinegar even acts as an effective weed killer.
Linen clothes always looks so crisp and neat when you get them back from the cleaners. But who wants to spend the money sending linen clothes to the cleaners after every wearing? There are a number of easy home tips to keep your linen clothing looking straight from the dry cleaner fresh. Read on, and your linen clothes will be looking flawless for a lot less!
Winter is traditionally the time of year when your clothes start sticking to you, your hair starts sticking up, and you are shocking just about everyone you touch.
What causes yellow spots on clothes after washing? What causes pink stains on laundry? Your clothes are just out of the washer or just home from the dry cleaners and you spot a stain. You remember looking at the garment before it was washed or...
Uses for vinegar beyond just cooking. Includes cleaning and sanitizing methods using vinegar plus how to stop hiccups! Information every homemaker should have.
Learn how to eliminate cat urine odor on carpet, furniture, and hard surfaces, as well as how to refinish urine-stained hardwood floors.
Learn how to make a homemade carpet stain remover that uses stuff you have around the house. A simple and natural way to get rid of old stains.
Follow this house cleaning strategy, and your home will stay clean. These tips will help you get the job done as painlessly as possible!
Do you ever ask yourself, "Why is my house so damp?" Every house can suffer from moisture problems for many reasons, but here are some things that will work to get rid of damp once and for all.
25 Organizing and De-cluttering Tips to help you regain control of your home and your life. Step-by-step instructions for managing clutter and organizing your space effectively.
Learn how to get rid of that standing water in your sink. Liquid drain cleaners don't always work and it requires a bit more effort but knowing how you can do this yourself can save you big money.
Remove those ugly gray scuff marks on your dishes using this easy process. You only need a damp rag and toothpaste.
For some people, one of the most horrible experiences that they can have is to find a garment that they absolutely adore only to see those three terrifying words sitting there on the tag... "Dry Clean Only." Those three little words don't have to strike fear into your heart, however; there are a variety of ways that you can get around the need for dry cleaning (or at the very least greatly reduce the frequency of your trips to the dry cleaner.)
Not everyone knows how to do laundry and get whites, white, and colors bright, but you can. Right here you will read how to launder from start to finish and have it all looking and smelling great!
Learn how to remove blood stains from clothes. Easy, foolproof methods using items around your house.
I've never been a fan of the mop and bucket affair, and when we decided to put Pergo-laminated flooring in our home, I was worried about the prospect of wringing that mop and having to buy some special proprietary blend of cleaning product for such....
Can I clean my air ducts myself? If you suffer from stinky vents, here are several DIY solutions to the problem of unwanted odors in your central heating and air system.
Not using your silver or your silver flatware because it is tarnished and too hard to clean? With Tarn-X, it can look shiny and brand new within minutes. See how easily I cleaned my 55-year-old utensils.
These best hardwood floor cleaners have a neutral pH balance to safely clean and restore your hardwood floor effectively.
What to do when you have laundry piling up and no washing machine to wash it! What you'll need to get started: Children's playground clothing, laundry soap and bleach, sorting bins, laundry basket.
Are you tired of all the junk and mess plaguing your home? Is it hard to get a basic cleaning in due to all the extra STUFF? Follow these tips to get your home clutter-free in one week.
Many people are suffering from disturbed sleep and other sleeping disorders that may be due to stress brought about by a fast pace life. One of the biggest contributors to such disorders is the kind of pillows you rest on every night. You may have...
Wondering how to eliminate the smell of smoke in your house or car ? Here are some tips to get rid of smoking smell.
Housekeeping is a hated chore for you. Here's some more pis to get it done quickly so you can get on doing what you'd rather be doing.
Looking for a great way to clean up real silver coins? Learn how to clean silver objects in a solution of washing soda, hot water and aluminium foil in just a few minutes. A simple chemical reaction will convert silver sulfide back to silver and sulfur, with the silver staying on the coin.
Very few products that I've purchased in my lifetime have had the positive quality-of-life impact as has this amazing little floor cleaning robot.
What do you do if your Shark Navigator vacuum seems to lose its suction power? All you need to do is give it a good cleaning!
Chances are no one ever taught you how to fold a fitted sheet. Fitted sheets are not hard to fold. You just need a method. Learn how with my step by step guide to folding a fitted sheet.
Being allergic to dust and having lived mostly in small apartments, I tended to clean often and wanted to minimize exposure to harsh chemicals. I had also tried to make my own natural cleaning agents, using baking soda, vinegar, etc., but based on...
We tested six top rated and top selling vacuums from Hoover, Shark, Dyson, Miele and Bissel and rated them according to durability and best overall value. The results surprised us and will you too.
Is your home cluttered with stuff you don't need or use? Are you overwhelmed by how much you have to do to get on top of the mess? Here's a list of one-day tasks to help you tackle that clutter.
So you want to declutter your home? It's a project but it's very achievable! Pace yourself and take the right approach, and your home can be decluttered in less than a month
Here are 22 great uses for household bleach. Overuse of sodium hypochlorite is not recommended, but some things really benefit from a quick dip in a bleach solution.
How to wash delicate clothing and undergarments by hand, and effectively remove stains. Extend the life of your clothing by hand-washing. Effectively remove stains without harming your clothing.
Company is coming and you haven't cleaned in a week! Here are some helpful tips on how to clean, organize and declutter your house the Redneck way in a short amount of time.
One of the biggest cleaning problems in your home is about to be one of the easiest. For longer than I could imagine, water spots on my glass shower doors, on my faucets and in my sinks, and soap scum
There you go! 10 unconventional and little known usage of this wonderful common substance we have in the house. Have a go and try them out before rushing to buy the expensive commercial products that does the same but cost you 3x to 4x more!
Like many other products Oxiclean has a few copy cats out there, but is it really as good? Here's my story... My family and I recently bought a house. It is a wonderful house that we got for a great price and it even came fully furnished. But like...
Cats are adorable until they're disgusting. If you have cat urine to remove from washable fabrics, read on.
Spring cleaning is often a daunting task. I have compiled some tips and tricks to make it quicker and easier.
Use these five practical tips to make the job of de cluttering less onerous and more fun. And don’t just de clutter your home, tackle your computer and your emotional state as well.
Does the thought of cleaning your range hood filter scare you? Check out the 5 simple methods to get rid of the grease and dirt using everyday supplies.
To make kitchens more cleanable, combine quick cleaning tips with new technology. Get your kitchen to do some of the work for you!
Follow these easy steps to learn how to clean your kitchen cabinets without damaging them . Explore natural and chemical options for all of the five main cabinet types.
Silver plated utensils are tricky to care for. If you don't clean and store them properly, those knives and forks will soon lose their silver!
If you are storing clothes, you need ot know how to prevent moths, mold, and mildew. You don't need toxic chemicals, control pests the natural way-with herbs.
Takes you through how you should clean your stone bath on a regular occurrence, and what to do in the event of scratches or other damage
Getting organized is more than just folding clothes and putting things away. Storing things efficiently can speed up getting ready and make life easier! Here are 10 tips you've never thought of before
One of the worst household chores is cleaning a messy oven. Use the following tips to reduce the hard work required.
The term ‘upholstery' originated from the words ‘up' and ‘holden', or ‘to hold up.' Upholstery is the work that provides furniture (particularly seats and beds) with the following: padding, springs, webbing, and fabric/leather covers. However, the word ‘upholstery' is commonly used to refer to the covering of domestic furniture; and also in automobiles and boats.
Growing up second oldest in a family with eight children, I have done my fair share of house chores. When I was young I would invent little games to make cleaning less boring. Washing the dishes became my own secret cooking show, where I would teach...
Save money by making your own carpet deodorizer at home. Using a few simple ingredients you already have in your kitchen, you can easily make a greener, fresher version of commercial carpet freshener.
Trying to save money, my health, and help the environment means simplifying and cleaning up my cleaning supplies.
Includes tips on how to clean your copper bath. It allows tells you how to remove mineral deposits and what products to avoid using.
Sometimes the hardest part about decluttering a space is the many decisions that need to be made about each item of clutter. This article helps you streamline these decisions so that decluttering is not a mind-boggling chore.
Fogging for mold and mildew is a common method used to kill and eradicate mold. It does its best work in hard to reach places like behind walls, under steps, in cellars and basements.