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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...
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...
White Vinegar: Powerful But Use With Caution
It’s hard to think of a natural substance that serves such a wide array of everyday purposes as...
10 New Uses for Coffee!
I’ll admit to a lifelong coffee addiction. I drink it strong, black, and unsweetened. Fortunately,...
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...
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,...
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...
How to Use a Paintbrush
The following 10 pointers on how to choose and use paintbrushes are crucial to a seamless, low-...
Homemade Shampoos, Toothpaste, & Deodorant
Explore our recipes for homemade toothpaste, deodorant, shampoos, and more. Our DIY toiletry...
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...
Household Uses for Lemons
Lemons aren’t just good for adding flavor to recipes: They’re also very useful around the house!...
Reusing Newspapers in the Home and Garden
We subscribe to our local daily newspaper and a couple of Sunday papers, so even though hard times...
Natural Decorating for Christmas
Have you decked the halls? Consider your backyard and garden for a ready source of interesting...
How to Care for Table Linens
After a special holiday feast or dinner, how do you care for your table linens? Here are five...
Where Does Dust Come From?
As we attack dust with a vengeance (or, a mild swipe now and then), it’s tempting to wonder: Where...
Big Helps for Little Hurts: Old-fashioned Home Remedies for Kids
The next time you need some health help, check your pantry for some old-fashioned home remedies!...
Victorian Era Etiquette and Manners
There were countless rules of social manners and etiquette during the Victorian Era, though they...
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...
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...
Household Uses of Salt
Salt certainly makes our food more flavorful, but it can also work to fix many of our unexpected...