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A house is much more than just a collection of rooms. Here’s everything that goes into making your house a home.

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What to Do Within the First Year After Moving Into Your New Home

When you move into your new home, there are a number of cleaning tasks, basic projects and upgrades to consider. Here's a comprehensive guide to point you in the right direction.

How to Paint Concrete Floors

Transform your concrete basement or garage floor with a fresh coat of paint.


How to Snuff Out Bad Smells in Your House

Every now and then you'll walk into a room in your home and think to yourself, "What stinks?" Maybe it's...


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How to Deep-Clean Vinyl and Linoleum Floors

Your easy-to-clean vinyl flooring needs a deep cleaning once in a while. Follow these steps to deep-clean vinyl floors and...


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How to Clean Grout in Your Kitchen with a Surprising (and Cheap) Ingredient

From your floor to your backsplash, removing gunky buildup between tiles is easier than you think with this trick.

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How to Clean a Gas Fireplace

Important annual gas fireplace maintenance.


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21 Things Every Homeowner Needs to Know

While rewarding, being a homeowner can be costly and frustrating if you're not in the know. Here are 21 essential...

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How to Build a Dog Washing Station

Make bath time more comfortable and convenient for you both — and keep the mess out of your house.


22 Brainy Ways to Use Dryer Sheets at Home

Who knew dryer sheets had so many uses beyond making laundry smell fresh and feel soft? Here are 22 ways...


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How to Clean Vinyl Siding

Techniques for cleaning tough-to-remove stains on vinyl siding, trim and gutters.


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How to Clean the Inside of a Washing Machine

Time to get this on your cleaning rotation!

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How to Clean Wallpaper With Simple Ingredients

Wallpaper is back — on accent walls and backsplashes, in bathrooms and bedrooms. When that papered wall gets dirty, here's...


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How to Clean Grout With Household Cleaning Products

You don't have to buy anything fancy or expensive to get your grout clean.


How to Choose the Right Robot Vacuum

There's a lot to love about robot vacuums, the compact, computerized vacuum cleaners that clean floors without any effort on...


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How to Clean a Front Load Washer

You may not realize you should clean your front load washer. But it's important to do so once a month...


Fireplace Cleaning: When to Clean a Chimney Flue

How often to remove creosote to prevent chimney fires and do a fireplace cleaning.

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How To Clean a Dryer Vent

A lack of routine maintenance could put your home at risk of having a fire if you don't know how...


How to Clean Your Dishwasher Filter

If your dishwasher has a filter that needs to be cleaned manually, make sure you do so regularly.


How to Clean a Stainless Steel Sink

Find out how to clean and polish a stainless steel sink with a few household items.


How to Clean a Coffee Maker

Cleaning experts know the secret to perking up any coffee maker: Good, old-fashioned white vinegar.


How to Clean a Stove Top

In addition to being unsightly, a dirty gas stove can also be a safety hazard. Here's how to clean a...


How To Clean Tile Floors

Tile floors are easy to keep clean because all you need to do is regularly sweep or vacuum them, plus...


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How to Clean a Glass Stove Top

Even the smallest splatter can stick out like an eyesore on a glass stove top. We'll walk you through how...


How To Get Stains Out of a Mattress

You can't throw a mattress into the washer, so how do you clean mattress stains? Here's a few simple ways...

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How to Clean a Refrigerator (and Keep It Clean)

Food is only as clean as the refrigerator you store it in. Here's how to deep clean (and then keep...


How To Clean Laminate Countertops

Because laminate holds up quite well and is far less expensive than other countertop surfaces, it has remained a viable...


How To Clean a Bathroom Exhaust Fan

The most efficient tips on how to clean a bathroom exhaust fan.


You Can Clean Your Microwave Using These Three Simple Pantry Items

Built-up grease and grime from using your microwave every day? Here's how to clean it using three pantry items.


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30 Spring Cleaning Tasks to Add to Your Checklist

Start thinking of spring cleaning as the calendar turns a page. Develop a plan with these tips on what to...


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How to Clean Your Vacuum

You use your vacuum to clean up messes around the house, but there comes a time when your vacuum itself...