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How to Repair Torn Upholstery

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Sending an upholstered couch or chair to be recovered when the fabric gets torn can sometimes cost as... Read More »

Kitchen Touch-Ups

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Steam-Clean Your Microwave The inside of your microwave oven probably looks like an abstract painting: spaghetti sauce from... Read More »

Locate a Leak under the Sink

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If you have water dripping under the sink, you have to locate the source before you can fix... Read More »

Make a Lavender Air Freshener

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“In the Middle Ages, the laundress was called the lavender,” says Lorraine Kiefer, herbal expert and owner of... Read More »

Make Spices Last Longer

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Herbs and spices add so much the essence of a savory dish, but they can be a bit... Read More »

Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

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For truly “green” cleaning products, try these home remedies that use common kitchen food items — mayonnaise, vinegar,... Read More »

Old Fashioned Ways to Clean Brass

Old Fashioned Ways to Clean Brass

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Earl Proulx received a lot of letters after he ran a tip in his “Plain Talk” column in... Read More »

Organize Pots and Pans in the Kitchen

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Is clutter overtaking your kitchen? Are you out of space in your cabinets? If so, follow these tips... Read More »

Organize the Bedroom Closet

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A bedroom can be an oasis of calm-your last stronghold of serenity in a busy life. You’ll certainly... Read More »

Poison Ivy and Oak Treatment

Poison Ivy and Oak Treatment

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Poison ivy and oak are members of a plant family that includes poison wood (an itch-causing plant found... Read More »

Prevent Tiled Showers from Leaking

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A tiled shower can significantly upgrade the look of a bathroom, but hairline cracks in the tile grout... Read More »

Raccoon Deterrent | 4 Ways to Keep Raccoons out of Garbage Cans

Raccoon Deterrent | 4 Ways to Keep Raccoons out of Garbage Cans

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A reader wrote to tell me that raccoons had raided his garbage cans three nights in a row.... Read More »

Remove Candle Wax from Fabric

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It happens. You’re having a dinner party and fail to notice the wax from your taper candles dripping... Read More »

Safely Clean Your TV Screen

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Before you clean your TV screen, turn off the set and wait till it’s cool. If you don’t,... Read More »

Sweeping Tips for the Kitchen Floor

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Sweeping a tile or linoleum kitchen floor can be a dust-swirling proposition, particularly if you’ve had a recent... Read More »

Tips for Shopping at Garage Sales and Flea Markets

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Follow these tips to get the best deals at yard sales and flea markets. Keep Your Money in... Read More »

Tips to Wash Windows

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Nobody enjoys washing windows, but it’s a chore that has to be done. When you want your glass... Read More »

Win a Copy of 1,001 Old-Time Household Hints

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Want a chance to win a copy of 1,001 Old-Time Household Hints, by the editors of Yankee Magazine?... Read More »



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