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Household Tips Articles
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Recipes for Homemade Toiletries: Soaps, Shampoos, and More
Explore our easy recipes for soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and other toiletries. Our bath and body...
Reuse, Renew, and Refresh: In the Kitchen
Here are our 8 best tips to reuse and renew in the kitchen! Tired of the disposable lifestyle? It’s...
Household Uses for Baking Soda
Baking soda is amazing! The white stuff can be used to remove stains, keep your sneakers smelling...
Household Uses for Vinegar
Here are some of our favorite household uses for vinegar. From cleaning shower curtains to...
7 Tips for Fall Allergy Relief
Fall allergy season is upon us and if you’re one who suffers, you know all too well what this...
Six Types of Salt and How to Use Each
What single ingredient can make or break a dish? The answer is salt. Many readers ask us about the...
Best Firewood: Heat Values and Wood-Burning Tips
Do you burn firewood? Here is a list of the best firewood to burn—sorted by high, medium, and low...
How to Keep Drains from Clogging
If you have running water in your home, here are a few important things you need to know about your...
How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies
A fruit fly infestation can be a truly annoying experience. Here’s how to get rid of fruit flies....
Household Uses of Salt
Salt certainly makes our food more flavorful, but it can also work to fix many of our unexpected...
Prevent Basement Flooding
Here are 10 tips to reduce and prevent flooding and dampness in your basement. A dry March, wet...
Lavender for Health and Home
Lavender is more than just a pretty plant. This fragrant perennial has been revered throughout the...
Household Uses for Stale White Bread
I’ve baked my own whole-grain bread for more than 40 years (the kind food writers call “rustic”). I...
Household Uses for Candles and Candle Wax
If you burn candles in your home—especially around the holidays—keep in mind these household candle...
Superstitions and Old Wives' Tales Around the Home
There are many superstitions and old wives’ tales about the house and home. Are they fact or...
How to Use Wood Ashes in the Home and Garden
If you burn firewood, you have wood ashes. There are many surprising uses for those ashes around...
Spring-Cleaning Naturally: 6 Ingredients
When it comes to spring-cleaning or any kind of housecleaning, I use six admirably versatile array...
How to Write a Thank-You Note
Why are thank-you notes important? How long does a thank-you note have to be? What should you say...
Frozen Pipes: How to Keep Pipes from Freezing
Frozen pipes are one of the most distressing problems a homeowner can encounter. Here’s how to...
How to Save Money on Heating
Everyone wants to save on their electric bill, so find out how to cut heating costs and keep your...
Natural Decorating for Christmas
It’s time to deck the halls! Your garden is a ready source of interesting greenery, berries, dried...
Homemade Bathroom Cleaners: Toilets, Tubs, and Tiles
To clean your bathroom, use items straight from the pantry! From a toilet bowl cleaner to tub, tile...
How to Care for Table Linens
To judge from the number of fine table linens offered at thrift shops and yard sales, using them...
Holiday Kitchen Cleaning Checklist
Here are some holiday kitchen cleaning tips because, at this time of year more than any other, the...
How to Fold Napkins for the Holidays
Dress up a holiday table by including special napkins at each place. Follow these 4 easy steps to...
Common Cooking Mistakes
Even the best chefs are guilty of something on this list of common cooking mistakes, and it’s time...
Recipes for Leftover Bread
Be sure not to throw out your leftover stale bread, as there are plenty of delicious recipes that...
Watering Wisely in the Garden
Let’s explore some smart ways to save water in the garden. An inch of water a week, is that too...
Measurements and Conversions Chart
Here is a chart of household measurements and metric conversions. TABLE OF MEASURES...
Household Uses for Lemons
At the Almanac, we know that lemons can add plenty of flavor to some of our favorite recipes, but...
Stain Removal: How to Get Stains Out of Clothes
The best stain remover can sometimes be found right in your home, so check out these tips for...
Etiquette and Manners in the Victorian Era
There were countless rules of social manners and etiquette during the Victorian Era, and they now...
How to Choose a Clothesline
Use a clothesline instead of a dryer to dry your clothes in warm, dry weather. You save money,...
One-Minute Fix for Loose Cabinet Knobs and Pulls
With a Phillips screwdriver and some inexpensive hardware-store washers that cost a dime or so, you...
DIY Fence Ideas
Thinking about DIY fencing? Here are traditional fence types made of natural materials. Whether you...
Upcycling Ideas: Reuse and Repurpose
Here are some tips for upcycling, reusing, and repurposing old items, with everything from paper...
Make Your Own Laundry Products
“After the ecstasy, the laundry.” I’d say that famous zen saying also holds for agony. Yes, the...
10 New Uses for Coffee!
I’ll admit to a lifelong coffee addiction. I drink it strong, black, and unsweetened. We buy ours...
Thanksgiving Cleaning with Vinegar, Lemons, and Salt
It’s time to clean the house for Thanksgiving, so find out how to use the natural ingredients of...
How to Save Money in the Kitchen
In the kitchen, we tend to waste a lot of food, water, and supplies. Here are some ways to save...
Get Out and Hang Out (Your Laundry)
I don’t own a clothes dryer, which means using sturdy indoor and outdoor drying equipment. The year...
How to Keep More Money in Your Pocket
How to keep more money in your pocket? Here are ten money-saving ideas from The Old Farmer's...
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