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Did you run out of brass polish? Substitute Worcestershire sauce, ketchup,

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Did you run out of brass polish? Substitute Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, or toothpaste. Read More »

Did you run out of glass cleaner? Substitute ammonia, vinegar, or alcohol.

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Did you run out of glass cleaner? Substitute ammonia, vinegar, or alcohol. Read More »

Did you run out of toilet-bowl cleaner? Substitute household (5 percent) bl

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Did you run out of toilet-bowl cleaner? Substitute household (5 percent) bleach or vinegar. Read More »

Did you run out of toothpaste? Substitute baking soda mixed with a little s

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Did you run out of toothpaste? Substitute baking soda mixed with a little salt or baking soda mixed... Read More »

Dispose of any rose leaves that have dropped to the ground; they may be inf

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Dispose of any rose leaves that have dropped to the ground; they may be infected with black spot... Read More »

Do not allow wooden objects to soak in dish water; they can crack.

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Do not allow wooden objects to soak in dish water; they can crack. Read More »

Do not mix chlorine bleach with toilet bowl cleaners, ammonia, lye, rust re

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Do not mix chlorine bleach with toilet bowl cleaners, ammonia, lye, rust remover, vinegar, or oven cleaner. You... Read More »

Do not paper over existing wallpaper. Remove all the old material and make

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Do not paper over existing wallpaper. Remove all the old material and make sure the surface is smooth... Read More »

Do school thermoses already smell bad? Make a thin paste of lemon juice, cr

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Do school thermoses already smell bad? Make a thin paste of lemon juice, cream of tartar, and baking... Read More »

Do-it-yourselfers know that latex paint can be washed out of fabric with so

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Do-it-yourselfers know that latex paint can be washed out of fabric with soap and water if you get... Read More »

Dog odor can be eliminated by sprinkling baking soda on the dog’s coat, wor

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Dog odor can be eliminated by sprinkling baking soda on the dog’s coat, working it into the fur... Read More »

Don’t apply any manure or compost that’s not thoroughly decomposed to the e

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Don’t apply any manure or compost that’s not thoroughly decomposed to the early garden. Such treatments can burn... Read More »

Don’t be alarmed by that strange smell when a space heater first fires up.

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Don’t be alarmed by that strange smell when a space heater first fires up. If the heater isn’t... Read More »

Don’t bother to burn wet or green firewood. Aside from the creosote problem

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Don’t bother to burn wet or green firewood. Aside from the creosote problem it causes, it takes a... Read More »

Don’t burn scraps of pressure-treated wood in your fireplace or woodstove.

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Don’t burn scraps of pressure-treated wood in your fireplace or woodstove. This wood is treated with chromated copper... Read More »

Don’t expect a chimney flue liner to prevent creosote buildup. The creosote

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Don’t expect a chimney flue liner to prevent creosote buildup. The creosote will simply form on the walls... Read More »

Don’t forget to paint the top and bottom edges of a door, interior or exter

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Don’t forget to paint the top and bottom edges of a door, interior or exterior. Moisture will seep... Read More »

Don’t install a ceiling fan in a room with a low ceiling. The fan blades sh

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Don’t install a ceiling fan in a room with a low ceiling. The fan blades should be at... Read More »

Don’t install vinyl siding during periods when temperatures are likely to d

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Don’t install vinyl siding during periods when temperatures are likely to drop below freezing. At low temperatures, the... Read More »

Don’t paint the insides of wooden gutters, since that makes them dry out an

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Don’t paint the insides of wooden gutters, since that makes them dry out and crack. Instead, once a... Read More »

Don’t plant flower beds right next to your house. They make dams that hold

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Don’t plant flower beds right next to your house. They make dams that hold water close to the... Read More »

Don’t put a pile of decomposed manure directly on the garden unless you can

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Don’t put a pile of decomposed manure directly on the garden unless you can spread it right away.... Read More »

Don’t remove winter protection from shrubbery too early or on a bright, sun

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Don’t remove winter protection from shrubbery too early or on a bright, sunny day. Wait for an overcast... Read More »

Don’t store latex paint in an area where it’s likely to freeze. Once frozen

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Don’t store latex paint in an area where it’s likely to freeze. Once frozen, it will no longer... Read More »

Don’t store or place candles near excessive heat, such as near a sunny wind

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Don’t store or place candles near excessive heat, such as near a sunny window. If the heat bends... Read More »

Don’t store paint thinner, contact cement, and lacquer thinner inside. Thes

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Don’t store paint thinner, contact cement, and lacquer thinner inside. These have vapors that ignite easily. It’s best... Read More »

Don’t use a rubber- or foam-backed mat or rug on a linoleum or vinyl floor.

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Don’t use a rubber- or foam-backed mat or rug on a linoleum or vinyl floor. Rubber and foam... Read More »



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