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.
So you’ve received your home inspection report, now what? We explain what’s included in the report, which issues are considered red flags, and what to look out for that you may be missing.
We talked to Carole Marcotte, the lead designer and creative force behind Form and Function, a full-service interior design firm and storefront in Raleigh, NC, and got her take on redesigning your home with what you already have.
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?
Creating a learning environment in the home can encourage active learning among children and foster the development of important cognitive, social, and motor skills. We’ll show you how to establish a physical learning space and provide tips on ways to encourage learning outside of school.
With the right climate, bamboo can grow in nearly any type of fertile, well-drained soil. Learn how to grow this versatile evergreen and how to care for it throughout the year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transform your ordinary bedroom into a space that inspires, promotes balance, and encourages feelings of tranquility. Here’s how to perfect the feng shui bedroom.
Whether you’re a sentimentalist or downsizer, here are our tips to help you declutter your home.
Cabinet refinishing is a great way to freshen up your kitchen or bathroom with low time and cost investment. We address how much cabinet refinishing costs and how you can find a pro or do it yourself.
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.
Creeping Charlie is a pesky, invasive plant capable of wreaking havoc on grass and gardens when if takes over a lawn. We explore chemical and natural methods of getting rid of this garden irritant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A great home gym promotes regular exercise and short- and long-term health outcomes. But what equipment is essential, and how should you set up your space?
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.
Fertilizing your lawn once or twice a year yields a healthy, verdant, and thriving yard. Learn how and when to fertilize your lawn—and how to pick a fertilizer.
Coreopsis is loved for its bright, long-lasting blooms and ability to thrive in less-than-perfect conditions. Learn all you need to know to select, grow, and care for these low-maintenance garden staples.
Tree trimming is an annual home maintenance project that keeps your trees healthy and safe. Learn the best time to trim your trees and how to keep them looking great.
Installing a homemade pull-up bar rather than buying one off the rack can save you money and help you reach your fitness goals. Here's how you can build build a ceiling- or wall-mounted pull-up bar for your home gym.
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to identify the signs of a gnat infestation and how to get rid of gnats with these natural and chemical methods.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to identify fleas, how to get rid of fleas, and how to prevent future infestations in your home and on your pets.
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.
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.
Learn the best types of wood to stain, the tools you need, the type of stain to use, and how to stain wood for small or large projects.
Your comprehensive furnace and heater troubleshooting guide—identify the source of the problem and determine whether to call in the the professionals.
Learn how ants enter your home, how to quickly get rid of an ant infestation fast, and prevent these pests from coming back.
Here’s how to create the perfect guest bedroom. Get ideas for lighting, décor, bedding, and those little touches that make an overnight stay especially relaxing.
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.
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.
Cold temperatures leave many homeowners at a loss for ways to keep their grass green and healthy. Here are some winter lawn care tips to keep your yard in top shape for spring.
The simplest dos and do nots of how to host a dinner party, from the menu to decorations to when you should take a step back.
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.
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.
Overnight frosts occur as early as September, depending on your region. We’ll show you how to protect your outdoor plants from frost.
Crown molding is a surprisingly easy way to completely transform your home. We'll walk you through the basics of installing crown molding yourself.
Condensation in double-pane windows signals that a seal has been compromised. Here’s how to address the issue.
From stucco finishes to board-formed concrete, we consider traditional and modern wall texture techniques and give you the top five options for your home.
Here are the most important questions to ask and factors to consider when hiring a home cleaning service or individual.
Clean your gutters twice a year—once in the fall and once in the spring. Here’s how in five simple steps.
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.
A simple recipe for hosting overnight guests that’s preparation light but opens the door for a pleasing stay.
You may have birds in your chimney if you are hearing rustling and chirping. Learn more about identification, potential prevention, and legal removal.
If you find crabgrass popping up among your Bahia, Bermuda, and Bluegrass, here are two ways to treat the problem and reclaim your lawn.
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.
A quick and simple recipe for powerful, all-natural weed killer than can be made with household materials.
Adapt your yard to the changing seasons. Prepare for cold weather and the following spring now as the weather cools. Here’s how to care for your lawn in the fall.
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.
Learn how to remove wallpaper with DIY videos and easy step-by-step methods.
Create your own black gold in the garden with a compost pile using natural, organic ingredients.
A backyard bonfire is the perfect complement to a cookout, s’mores, or just drinks. Learn how to build a backyard bonfire safely and easily.
No need to default to the same autumn decorations year after year. Try these natural elements—completely pumpkin free—in your fall decor.
Improve the indoor air quality of your home. Learn how to keep moisture in check, test for harmful substances, and better ventilate your home.
Learn how to create a peaceful, simple home yoga studio or meditation room that fits your space and your practice.
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.
From natural methods to chemical treatments, here are eight methods for repelling snakes in your lawn and garden.
Adding used coffee grounds to your garden is an easy, simple, and inexpensive way to give your plants a natural boost.
Peonies make fabulous additions to gardens and hedges for their extravagant, fragrant blooms and their lush, glossy, green foliage. Learn how to plant and maintain peonies in your garden.
Keep your home warm and safe as the temperatures drop. Here are nine steps you can take to winterize your home.
Learning how to make hummingbird food is quick and inexpensive. We've provided a few tips that will encourage hummingbirds to visit your property.
North American Home Warranty is one of the few warranty providers to offer customizable options and build-your-own plans. See our review of North American Home Warranty for coverage options, service fees, term lengths, and customer reviews.
Our team of research specialists bought and tested the best clothes steamers on the market to help you make a smart purchase.