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How to Vacuum: The Ultimate Guide

The ultimate guide on how to vacuum with insight from experts at Dyson, Miele, Roomba Stanley Steemer, and more. We'll address how to pick the right vacuum for you, how to make the most of attachments, how to care for your floors, and even how vacuums work. But ultimately, we'll answer the question: Is there a right way to vacuum?

Bathroom

A Guide to Buying the
Best Shower Filter

Shower filters remove harmful elements like chlorine and chloramine from your water and can reduce dry skin, irritation, and hair loss. View our guide to the best shower filters of 2018.

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How to Clean Blinds (All Types)

Dirty blinds can harbor dust, pet fur, and other allergens that affect the indoor air quality of your home. Learn how to clean blinds quickly and effectively with this step-by-step guide.

Home Safety

How to Prepare for a Hurricane

Learn how to prepare for a hurricane with this complete guide detailing what to include in a disaster kit, how to secure your home, how to create a family emergency plan, and what steps are necessary to ensure safety for your family and pets.

Garden

How to Keep Deer
Out of Your Garden

Deer creating problems in your garden? We’ll help you identify signs that you’re dealing with deer and provide 17 effective methods (including plenty of humane and harmless tactics) that have been proven to keep deer out of gardens all year long.

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How to Organize a Closet
When You Don’t Have One

How do you organize a closet when you don’t have one? We talked to Katy Milton, design consultant at SF California Closets, a premium and luxury space management firm, and got her advice on how to organize belongings with limited closet space.

Maintenance

How to Clean a Grill

Start grilling season off right with a clean outdoor grill. Not only does a clean grill provide for better-tasting food, it prevents bacteria from building and is much safer than cooking on a dirty grill. Here’s your quick guide to a clean grill.

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How to Save Energy During the Summer

Making simple energy-efficient changes to your home can save you from paying hefty utility bills this summer. Beat the heat, practice environmental responsibility, and lower your energy bills with these 11 home upgrades.

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Best Ways to Conserve Water at Home This Weekend

We’re all using more water at home than is necessary. Here’s how you can change your habits and conserve water at home.

Home Safety

The Complete Guide to Childproofing Your Home

The complete guide to childproofing your home room by room. Everything you need to know about keeping children of all ages safe in and around your home, patio, and yard. Make sure your household is happy and healthy.

Maintenance

How to Organize a Closet: An Interview with a Professional Closet Organizer

Get an exclusive look at how Kimber Holcombe, founder and image consultant of KW Consulting, a Dallas-Fort Worth closet organization company, thinks about organizing a closet and learn how to manage your own messy space.

Home Safety

Pet Safety Guide: Pet-Proofing & Emergency Safety at Home

How to pet-proof your home room by room and how to prepare and handle an emergency. In this exhaustive guide, we address all steps you should be taking to ensure your dogs, cats, and other animals are kept safe, happy, and healthy in your home.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Organizing Your Closet

We interviewed Sarah Giller Nelson, owner of Less is More Organizing Services, and asked her advice on how to efficiently organize and maintain a closet. Here’s our simple, five-step guide.

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The Best Child-Safe Cleaning Products

It's plain and simple: you want to keep your family safe from harmful chemicals. Here are our favorite child-safe cleaning products we've come across.

Maintenance

Mildew: What It Is and How to Get Rid of It

How to identify it, how to tell the difference between mildew and mold, and what you can do to get rid of it in your home and in your garden.

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How to Declutter Your Home

Whether you’re a sentimentalist or downsizer, here are our tips to help you declutter your home.

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How to Deal with Noisy Neighbors

What on God’s green earth are they doing up there anyway? Here are five things you can do about noisy neighbors.

Inspiration

The Spring Cleaning Drinking Game

Turn the chore of spring cleaning into an event! Combine your spring cleaning list with your favorite booze. No cleaning task is too large with a cocktail in hand.

Maintenance

Best Carpet Cleaners of 2018

What’s the best carpet cleaner? We’ve done the research on carpet cleaning products, chemicals, and DIY carpet cleaning solutions. View the 2018 cleaning guide.

Maintenance

How to Get Rid of
Black Mold

Black mold can cause severe structural damage to your home and negatively affect your health. Get rid of black mold fast with these simple steps.

Maintenance

What to Know About Buying a Home with a Septic Tank

Don’t be scared from buying a potentially great home just because it has a septic tank. Follow along as we guide you through what you need to know about buying a home with a septic tank.

Maintenance

Why Your Tap Water Smells Bad

Tap water can take on various foul odors for a number of reasons. Read on to learn some possible reasons why your tap water smells bad.

Maintenance

Earwig Control: Identification,
Remediation and Prevention

Earwigs are known to wreak havoc on foliage and flowers and even food that’s been left out in your kitchen. Protect your home and garden by learning how to identify an earwig and how to implement natural and chemical solutions for removal.

Maintenance

Dishwasher Won’t Start?
Troubleshoot in 9 Steps

Dishwasher won’t start? Before calling in a professional for a repair or replacement, follow our step-by-step troubleshooting guide to help assess the problem.

Maintenance

Mole Cricket Identification and Removal

Mole crickets can damage turfgrass, lawns, and pastures by disrupting soil and destroying plants. Learn how to identify signs of a mole cricket infestation and how to eliminate these pests with these natural and chemical methods.

Maintenance

House Centipede Identification and Removal

House centipedes can be an unsettling nuisance, but you can get rid of an infestation. Here’s how you can identify and remove a house centipede problem.

Maintenance

How to Fix Standing Water
in Dishwasher

If you have standing water in your dishwasher, it may be easier to troubleshoot the issue before calling in a professional. Here’s our guide to troubleshooting standing water in your dishwasher.

Maintenance

Water Bug vs. Cockroach:
What’s the Difference?

Water bugs and cockroaches are entirely different insects, but are often confused because of their similar appearances. Learn how to identify a water bug and get rid of an infestation.

Maintenance

How to Fix a Running Toilet

Plumbing is an area of home repair that many homeowners and renters choose to stay away from. But some projects, like dealing with a running toilet, are fairly simple to handle on your own. Learn how to fix a running toilet with this troubleshooting guide.

Maintenance

What Is Home Appliance Insurance?

Home appliance insurance, also known as a home warranty, protects you from paying expensive repair and replacement costs on major systems and appliances. Here’s everything you need to know about home appliance insurance.

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How to Fix a Dishwasher
That Won’t Drain

Dishwasher won’t drain? Follow our troubleshooting guide to identify what could be causing the issue, what can be fixed now, and when to call in professional help.

Maintenance

What Do Fleas Look Like?

What do fleas look like? We’ll help you determine how to identify a flea, treat bites on humans and pets, and eliminate fleas from your home.

Maintenance

Dishwasher Not Cleaning
Properly? Here Are 9 Quick Fixes

Dishwasher not cleaning properly? Before calling a service technician to assess the problem, follow this troubleshooting guide to check and clean different parts of your dishwasher.

Maintenance

HERS Testing: What Is It
and When Is It Necessary?

HERS testing examines a home’s energy efficiency and determines where there’s room to reduce energy consumption. Learn more about HERS testing and when it should be performed.

Maintenance

Everything You Need To Know
About Palmetto Bugs

Palmetto bugs can carry a variety of diseases, easily contaminating food prep areas and other parts of your home. Learn how to quickly get rid of these pests and prevent them from coming back.

Maintenance

What Does a Home Warranty Cover?

A home warranty can give you peace of mind by protecting major systems and appliances and saving you money on repair costs. Learn what a home warranty covers and how to choose the best policy.

Maintenance

DIY Pest Control

Find natural, do-it-yourself solutions for getting rid of cockroaches, ants, flies, bed bugs, moths, silverfish, carpenter bees, and other pests. Here’s your guide to DIY pest control.

Maintenance

What Is a Home Warranty?

Be prepared in the event that a major system or appliance breaks down by securing a home warranty. Learn how a home warranty works and how to choose the best policy.

Maintenance

Top Rat Poison Options
for Your Home

If you’re dealing with a pesky mouse or an entire rodent infestation, consider the following rat poison options to eliminate the issue once and for all.

Maintenance

How to Get Rid of Sugar Ants

Sugar ants are most prevalent in homes between March and September. Learn how to get rid of sugar ants naturally and chemically and prevent them from infesting your home.

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How to Get Rid of Gnats

Learn how to identify the signs of a gnat infestation and how to get rid of gnats with these natural and chemical methods.

Maintenance

The Gardener’s Guide
to Mosquito Repellent

From essential oils to fabric types, practical habits, and active ingredients, learn the best ways to avoid mosquitos and how to choose the best mosquito repellent.

Bathroom

How to Caulk a Shower or Tub

Here’s your step-by-step guide on how to caulk a shower or tub. How to prep, what materials and tools to get, and how to complete the job like a pro.

Lawn

How to Get Rid of Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees are a common household nuisance that can cause severe wood and structural damage if left untreated. Here’s everything you need to know to get rid of carpenter bees.

HVAC

When to Replace Your HVAC System

As your heating and cooling units age, they break down and lose efficiency. Here are the telltale signs that you need an HVAC replacement.

Maintenance

How to Get Rid of Moths

Moths in the home ruin can clothing and food and are often tricky to eliminate. Here’s how you can get rid of moths in kitchens and closets in your home.

HVAC

How to Change Air Filters

Learn how to change a disposable or reusable air filter and other practical tips for maintaining your air conditioning system to ensure high quality indoor air.

Maintenance

Mold Testing 101

Find out everything you need to know about mold testing—whether you need it, when to get it, what to expect, how to find a professional to perform the job, and how much it costs.

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How to Get Rid of Mice in Your Home

Learn signs that you may have a mouse problem, how to get rid of them using natural and chemical methods, and how to get rid of mice in your home altogether.

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How to Get Rid of Fleas

Learn how to identify fleas, how to get rid of fleas, and how to prevent future infestations in your home and on your pets.

Maintenance

Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist

Prevent costly repairs and keep your home in good working order with our comprehensive checklist. Here’s what you need to do each spring, summer, winter, and fall.

HVAC

The Basics of Geothermal
Heating Systems

Learn the basics of how geothermal heating systems—how they work, types, cost, energy efficiency, maintenance, and installation.

Maintenance

Guide to Home Weather Stripping

Stay warm through the winter by weather stripping your doors and windows to prevent drafts and keep energy bills under control. Details on weather stripping cost, types, and installation.

Maintenance

How to Flush Your Water Heater in 8 Simple Steps

Flushing your water heater gets rid of sediment buildup and increases system efficiency. Learn how to flush your water heater in these eight simple steps.

Maintenance

Everything You Need to Know About Homeowners Insurance

A simple guide to shopping for homeowners insurance—what is covered, what is not, and how to find a great policy.

HVAC

Everything You Need to Know About HEPA Filters

HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. Learn how HEPA filters work and how to choose one as well as cost, care, and the importance of clean air.

Maintenance

Everything You Need to Know About Renters Insurance

Learn what renters insurance is, who needs it, what it covers, and how to find a plan that suits your needs.

HVAC

Furnace & Heater
Troubleshooting Guide

Your comprehensive furnace and heater troubleshooting guide—identify the source of the problem and determine whether to call in the the professionals.

Maintenance

How to Get Rid of Ants

Learn how ants enter your home, how to quickly get rid of an ant infestation fast, and prevent these pests from coming back.

Maintenance

Termites 101: Inspection, Prevention, Extermination

Learn when you should have your home inspected for termites, how much they cost, what an infestation looks like, how to prevent termites in your home, and how to find a extermination professional.

Maintenance

Making the Right Choice with Child-Safe Cleaning Products

Keep your kids safe and your home sparkling. Here’s what you need to know about chemical cleaning products in your home, what to avoid, and how to choose kid-friendly products.

Maintenance

Quick Fixes to Quiet Your Squeaky Floorboards

Here are three quick fixes—two above ground and one below—for squeaky floorboards. From diagnosing the problem to silencing the noise, here’s what you need to know.

Maintenance

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

A burst pipe can cause thousands of dollars in water damage to your home. Here’s how to prevent your pipes from freezing, what to do if you suspect a frozen pipe, and what to do if a pipe bursts.

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Soundproofing for Apartments

We explore eight easy and inexpensive strategies for soundproofing your apartment. Keep noise inside or out with these methods you can tackle in a single weekend.

Maintenance

Emergency Winter Power
Outage Kit

Don’t be caught unprepared when ice and snow storms come your way. Prep your home for inclement weather with an emergency winter power outage kit. Here’s how to build yours.

Maintenance

How to Get Rid of Condensation in Double-Pane Windows

Condensation in double-pane windows signals that a seal has been compromised. Here’s how to address the issue.

Maintenance

Home Warranties:
What You Need to Know

Learn the most important considerations and read what realtors have to say about purchasing a home warranty.

Maintenance

How to Choose a
Home Cleaning Service

Here are the most important questions to ask and factors to consider when hiring a home cleaning service or individual.

Maintenance

How to Clean Gutters

Clean your gutters twice a year—once in the fall and once in the spring. Here’s how in five simple steps.

Maintenance

How to Keep Your Home
Free from Pet Hair

Hair in your home comes with the territory of indoor pets. Here’s what you can do to remove pet hair and prevent it from building up again.

Maintenance

Birds In The Chimney | Identification, Prevention, & Removal

You may have birds in your chimney if you are hearing rustling and chirping. Learn more about identification, potential prevention, and legal removal.

Maintenance

How to Fix Low Water Pressure in Your Home

Learn how to determine the cause of low water pressure in your home, what you can do about it, and when to call in the pros.

Kitchen

How to Make Stainless Steel Cleaner

Stainless steel attracts dirt, grime, and fingerprints easily, so regular cleaning is necessary to maintain its shine. We’ve collected three stainless steel cleaners you can easily make at home.

Maintenance

Cleaning Air Ducts: What You Need to Know

Keeping your HVAC system in peak condition includes keeping the air ducts clean. See how you can save money, increase comfort, and breathe easier.

Maintenance

2 Best Eco-Friendly Ways to Clean Glass

Two easy and effective methods for cleaning glass using materials you already have in your home.

Maintenance

6 Ways to Improve
Indoor Air Quality

Improve the indoor air quality of your home. Learn how to keep moisture in check, test for harmful substances, and better ventilate your home.

Maintenance

How to Set Your Water Heater Temperature

Prevent the dangerous risk of scalding, stop bacteria breeding, and keep you water temperature at a comfortable level. Here’s how to set your water heater temperature in four steps.

Bathroom

How to Eliminate Hard Water Stains

Hard water stains, which are yellow/white chalk-like deposits on metal, porcelain, and tiles can be easily eliminated using household products.

Curb Appeal

6 Best Roofing Materials Ranked by Durability and Cost

When it comes to roofing materials, make an informed and careful decision. Consider the six most popular options and make the right choice for your home.

Maintenance

Guide to Winterizing Your Home

Keep your home warm and safe as the temperatures drop. Here are nine steps you can take to winterize your home.

Electric

The Best 5 Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption at Home

We offer several quick ways to reduce energy consumption at home that are not only simple, but are also cost effective.

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