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Freshen smelly sneakers (or any canvas shoe) by sprinkling the insides with

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Freshen smelly sneakers (or any canvas shoe) by sprinkling the insides with salt. Wait 24 hours for the... Read More »

Furnaces should be checked and cleaned each year by a professional. Improve

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Furnaces should be checked and cleaned each year by a professional. Improved efficiency will lead to fuel savings... Read More »

Garden hose lasts longer if you roll it up after each use. To make a reel,

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Garden hose lasts longer if you roll it up after each use. To make a reel, attach an... Read More »

Generally speaking, if you have a slate roof, leave your roof work to a pro

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Generally speaking, if you have a slate roof, leave your roof work to a professional. An experienced roofer... Read More »

Get grimy white cotton socks white again by boiling them in water with a sl

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Get grimy white cotton socks white again by boiling them in water with a slice of lemon. Read More »

Get rid of any tree branches that hang over your house and outbuildings so

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Get rid of any tree branches that hang over your house and outbuildings so that squirrels can’t use... Read More »

Get rid of musty odors in drawers, closets, or rooms by placing a small con

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Get rid of musty odors in drawers, closets, or rooms by placing a small container of scented cat... Read More »

Give your washing machine an annual cleaning by filling it with hot water,

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Give your washing machine an annual cleaning by filling it with hot water, adding a quart of white... Read More »

Grease spots on books will vanish if you rub them with an art gum eraser or

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Grease spots on books will vanish if you rub them with an art gum eraser or a piece... Read More »

Green stains on porcelain fixtures come from copper water pipes. Remove the

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Green stains on porcelain fixtures come from copper water pipes. Remove the stains by combining a nonabrasive cleanser... Read More »

Hair spray will remove some ballpoint-ink stains from fabric, leather, or p

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Hair spray will remove some ballpoint-ink stains from fabric, leather, or plastic. In the case of fabric, hold... Read More »

Hairbrushes and combs can be cleaned by soaking them in water with a splash

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Hairbrushes and combs can be cleaned by soaking them in water with a splash of ammonia. Let them... Read More »

Hang wide cardboard tubes (such as the fiber tube forms used for pouring co

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Hang wide cardboard tubes (such as the fiber tube forms used for pouring concrete footings) horizontally from the... Read More »

Having trouble driving a screw? Smear some paste wax on the threads. This l

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Having trouble driving a screw? Smear some paste wax on the threads. This lubricates the hole and helps... Read More »

Having trouble hitting the nail straight on the head? Try pretending there’

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Having trouble hitting the nail straight on the head? Try pretending there’s a pinpoint in the exact center... Read More »

Here’s a restorative drink to pass around to a work crew on a hot day. Old-

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Here’s a restorative drink to pass around to a work crew on a hot day. Old-timers call it... Read More »

Here’s a technique for getting oily stains out of carpeting. Cover the stai

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Here’s a technique for getting oily stains out of carpeting. Cover the stain with flour. Let it sit... Read More »

Here’s a way to clean the filter on your washing machine. First, use an old

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Here’s a way to clean the filter on your washing machine. First, use an old toothbrush to remove... Read More »

Here’s a way to stop your plumb line from tangling: Wind it onto the reel o

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Here’s a way to stop your plumb line from tangling: Wind it onto the reel of an old... Read More »

Here’s an alternative to the awkward job of mixing a full gallon of oil-bas

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Here’s an alternative to the awkward job of mixing a full gallon of oil-based paint all at once.... Read More »

Here’s how to tell real antique ivory from plastic imitations. Heat the end

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Here’s how to tell real antique ivory from plastic imitations. Heat the end of a needle with a... Read More »

Horseradish with a bit of honey and lemon juice relieves nasal congestion a

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Horseradish with a bit of honey and lemon juice relieves nasal congestion and cough. Read More »

Humidity helps keep wood and furniture from drying out. To add humidity to

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Humidity helps keep wood and furniture from drying out. To add humidity to the air, place a kettle... Read More »

If a board is twisted, you might get some use out of it by cutting it into

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If a board is twisted, you might get some use out of it by cutting it into two... Read More »

If a chair rung is too small for its hole, don’t just fill the space with m

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If a chair rung is too small for its hole, don’t just fill the space with more glue.... Read More »

If a closet smells musty, wash it thoroughly (walls, floor, and ceiling) wi

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If a closet smells musty, wash it thoroughly (walls, floor, and ceiling) with a mixture of 1 cup... Read More »

If a door lock doesn’t turn smoothly or easily, it may need lubrication. To

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If a door lock doesn’t turn smoothly or easily, it may need lubrication. To lubricate the works of... Read More »



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