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Reuse, Renew, and Refresh: In the Kitchen
Tired of the disposable lifestyle? It’s expensive and wasteful. Here are 10 simple ways to get...
The Best Uses for Baking Soda
Baking soda is amazing! This versatile substance can be used to remove stains, keep your sneakers...
White Vinegar: Powerful But Use With Caution
It’s hard to think of a natural substance that serves so many everyday purposes as vinegar—from...
How to Fix a Toilet That Leaks Around the Base
What do you do if your toilet is leaking from the base? Toilet leaks indicate that you may need a...
Lavender for Health and Home
Lavender is more than just a pretty plant. This fragrant perennial has been revered throughout the...
Homemade Shampoos, Toothpaste, & Deodorant
We cook what we eat. So, why not try whipping up the products that get absorbed by your skin? Here...
How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies
In the kitchen, a fruit fly infestation can be a truly annoying experience. Here’s how to get rid...
How I Saved Money Each Year Using the Garden Planner
This past year, gardener Susan Ashton saw incredible savings thanks to planning her garden! At our...
15 Uses for Coffee and Coffee Grounds
I’ll admit to a lifelong coffee addiction. Fortunately, coffee grounds and leftover coffee have so...
15 Tips for Common Household Problems
We’ve discovered 15 good tricks and tips to cure those annoying but common household problems—from...
How to Repair a Hole in Your Drywall
That hole in the wall that you’ve been looking at for three months? Fix it! With one trip to the...
How to Choose and Use a Paintbrush
The following 10 pointers on how to choose and use paintbrushes are crucial to a seamless, low-...
How to Fix Cracks in Walls
Cracks in walls of your house can be a charming irregularity or any eyesore. Fortunately, you can...
6 Handy Garden Tips and Clever Shortcuts!
Whether you want to make eggshell seed starters, kitchen scrap fertilizer or an organic weedkiller...
10 Most Cost-Effective Crops to Grow
From rapid-growing vegetables to plants that produce almost more than you can eat, there is a ...
Spring-Cleaning the (Hen)House
April is the beginning of the busy season for me. The snow is gone and the garden beckons, but high...
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up the Garden
By now, many of you have heard of Marie Kondo’s book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. ...
Good Luck Superstitions and Old Wives' Tales
There are many superstitions for “good luck” around the home. Many of these would be called “Old...
How to Get Rid of Bad Smells
There are many ways to mask bad odors in your home, but how do you truly get rid of them? Here’s ...
How to Write a Thank-You Note
Why are thank-you notes important? How long does a thank-you note have to be? Here are the oft-...
10 Ways to Save Money on Heating
Everyone wants to save on their heating bill, so here are 10 ways to cut heating costs and keep...
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...
Best Firewood: Heat Values and Wood-Burning Tips
Do you use firewood to heat your home? Here is a list of the best types of firewood to burn—sorted...
How to Use Wood Ashes in the Home and Garden
If you burn firewood, you have wood ashes. Don’t throw them out! There are many surprising ways to...
How to Clean and Season a Cast Iron Skillet
A cast iron skillet can last a lifetime—probably several if it’s passed from generation to...
Watering Wisely in the Garden
To perform its very best, your garden needs to be watered properly, especially in the heat of...
Simple Ways to Save Money (That You Might Not Have Considered)
Budgets are tight for many of us. If you’ve squeezed and squeezed and squeezed yours again, maybe...
The Many Household Uses for Vinegar
Here are some of the many household uses for white vinegar—from cleaning to stain treatment to...
Preventing Frozen Pipes (and What To Do If They Freeze)
Frozen pipes are one of the most distressing problems a homeowner can encounter. Here’s how to...
Make Your Own Laundry Detergent
This year, I started making my own laundry detergent. It’s less irritating on my skin—and works as...
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...
How to Garden on a Budget
In this short video, we show you how to plan a beautiful and productive vegetable garden that won’t...
Cleaning Tips to Reduce Allergens
While it’s a challenge to truly allergy-proof your home, there are certainly practical cleaning...
Six Types of Salt and How to Use Them
What single ingredient can make or break a dish? The answer is salt. Many readers ask us about the...
Surprising Uses for the Humble Potato
Our modern potato came from southern Peru, domesticated there 7,000 to 10,000 years ago. Humble,...
How Much Paint Do I Need?
Looking to paint a room in your house but not sure how much paint to buy? Find out how much paint...
Prevent Basement Flooding
Spring rain and summer storms are great for the garden, but a wet basement is never a good surprise...
10 Great Reasons to Line Dry Your Laundry
Why would people line dry their laundry when dryers have been invented? I’ll give you ten great...
Which Plastics Are Recyclable By Number?
This plastics identification chart should make recycling and sorting your plastic a little easier....
Best Uses for Peanut Butter
Peanut butter sure is delicious, but did you know that it’s useful, too? From shaving cream and...
Spring-Cleaning Naturally: 6 Ingredients
When it comes to spring-cleaning or any kind of housecleaning, I use an array of six admirably...
Household Uses for Stale Bread
There’s a surprising amount of practical, household uses for old, stale bread! Here are a few of...