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10 most popular home styles: Everything you need to know

From Craftsman to Victorian homes, domestic architectural is diverse in its designs. Here are 10 home styles that you should know.
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Do you need to wash walls before painting? The honest truth

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How to hand-wash clothes (so you don’t ruin those special garments)

Plate and mug with sticky residue

The easiest way to get sticker residue off new bowls, plates, furniture, and more

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The 6 worst mistakes you make when shopping at Costco

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Cape Cod vs. Colonial homes: What’s the difference?

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Avoid a huge fire risk in your home: How to clean your dryer vent

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Sick of cloudy glasses? This is the cleaning hack you need

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6 home pieces you should always buy at thrift stores (and 6 you shouldn’t)

Shower with a glass door

How to clean glass shower doors the right way (say goodbye to streaks)

Water stain on the ceiling

How to get rid of that hideous water stain on the ceiling and beautify your home

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How to remove stripped screws without any hassle

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This is how much it really costs to replace the windows in your home

We discuss the costs of window replacement from the type of window to the material you choose. Here's what you should know
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25 stellar staircase ideas to freshen up the look of your home

Changing up your staircase can be one way to upgrade the look of your home. We’ve got 25 ideas ranging from subtle to dramatic to help you figure it out.
Single-family home with curved walkway and large tree in front yard

10 simple yard cleanup tips that will make your life easier

Discover 10 simple and effective yard cleanup tips to revive your overgrown outdoor space. Learn how to create a beautiful oasis for your family to enjoy.
Bowl of fruit on a counter

If your apples are next to these fruits and veggies, you’re ruining your produce

Apples should go in your fridge, but where you store them matters. Here's how to store apples properly and protect the rest of your produce.
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How to wash a weighted blanket in 4 simple steps

If you're wondering how to wash a weighted blanket, we've got some tips and recommendations for you. Keep your trusty blanket fresh, clean, and effective.
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Is regrouting your bathroom a wise choice? Here’s what to consider

Are you thinking about regrouting your shower tile, but unsure if regrouting is worth it? Here's what you need to know before you start any project.
Tudor-style home

What is a Tudor-style home? Your guide to this classic look

What is a Tudor-style house? We give you everything you need to know about this classic home style.
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The big exception to Costco price adjustments (and how to get around it)

When it comes to shopping at Costco, there’s one pretty big price adjustment exception you need to know about. We dig into what you need to know!
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How to properly light your home with these lighting do’s and don’ts

Proper lighting is vital for good home design. And thankfully, lighting doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are our best tips.
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How much a solar roof really costs

How much does a solar roof cost? Solar roofing seems like an excellent idea — but is it? We dig into the 'real' cost of ownership.
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How to clean silver flatware so it sparkles

Is your precious silver getting tarnished? We dig into how to clean silver the right way, how to polish it, and even how to store it to protect it for years.
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How to use bleach in laundry (because no one likes bleach spots)

Yes, you can use bleach in your washing machine without completely ruining your clothes. Here's how to use bleach in laundry the right way.
Single serve coffee maker

How to clean a Keurig (Spoiler alert: You’re not cleaning it often enough)

Keurigs, like other coffee machines, require routine cleaning. So, here are our tips for cleaning your Keurig coffee maker.
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How to properly clean grout in your kitchen and bathroom

Bathroom or kitchen grout looking gross? Here's how to clean grout so that your tiles look gorgeous and brand new.
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How to fold a fitted sheet with no aggravation

Linen closet looking cluttered? Here's how to fold a fitted sheet so you can keep your bedding stored in a neat and tidy fashion.
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When you should (and shouldn’t) put used coffee grounds in your garden

How do you know if you should put used coffee grounds in your garden? We’ve researched the pros and cons so you can make your own decision.
Stainless steel refrigerator

How long do refrigerators last? What first-time buyers should know

If you're in the market for a new fridge, you may be wondering, "How long do refrigerators last?" We'll discuss the factors that impact refrigerator lifespans.
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Cleaning 101: Why you should never mix bleach and vinegar

Avoid a major health risk while cleaning your home. Here's everything you need to know about the dangers of mixing bleach and vinegar together.
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How to paint your kitchen cabinets to give your kitchen a fresh look

Painting kitchen cabinets is a great way to refresh your kitchen without overhauling it completely. Here's what you need to know.
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DIY 101: How to fix a wobbly, rocking toilet

Is your shaky toilet making you or your guests nervous? Here are four methods for fixing a wobbly toilet yourself.
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Gas vs. electric stoves: Which one is best for you?

Is one type of stove better than another when it comes to operation and budget? We weigh in on gas stove vs. electric stove cost factors.
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What is a craftsman house? Your complete guide

Craftsman homes are among the most popular architectural styles in the U.S. But what is a craftsman house? We share our complete guide to this style.
Bright modern bedroom with wood floor and white linens

How to feng shui your bedroom: The dos and don’ts

Get the calming space you need by creating a feng shui bedroom. Here are the dos and don'ts of achieving relaxation and balance in this crucial room.
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Does microwaving a sponge kill germs?

A clean sponge is important for cleaning your kitchen and dishes. We review the pros and cons of microwaving a sponge for a cleaner home.
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How to hang a painting in your home the right way

There are a few things to consider so you can hang a painting in your home the right way. Learn how to plan your wall art so you get it right the first time.
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Experts say these are the kitchen appliances we’re all going to invest in this year

Explore the kitchen appliances and latest innovations experts say are coming in 2024. Elevate your cooking journey with the perfect culinary companions.
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How to deep clean leather couches for a gorgeous home

Leather furniture may be gorgeous, but it's also a delicate dirt trap. Here's how to deep clean leather couches the right way.
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Gas dryers vs. electric dryers: Everything you need to know before you buy

Before buying a dryer, consider the pros and cons of gas dryers vs. electric dryers. Here's what you need to know.
Modern dining room with blue chairs and rug.

How to choose the perfect rug for under your dining room table

There are several factors to consider when choosing a rug for under your dining room table. Our how-to guide can help.
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Is a slow cooker the same as a crockpot?

Slow cookers and crockpots can be a cook's best friend, but only if you know their best uses -- here's what to know before splurging.
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Your go-to laundry stripping guide so your towels can actually get clean

Is your laundry looking or feeling dirty, even after a wash cycle? Here's when you should be stripping your laundry (and how to strip towels).
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6 New Year’s cleaning resolutions you can actually keep up all year

Want a spotless home for the New Year? Our 6 New Year's cleaning resolutions will change the way you view housework and keep your home immaculate.
Chicken casserole

7 incredible crockpot chicken recipes that take no time to prep

Need an easy and nutritious dinner? These quick crockpot chicken recipes make the perfect dinner any night of the week, and they're totally low-effort!
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How to install can lights in an existing ceiling

Need some modern illumination in your home that doesn't take up space? Follow this guide for installing can lights in an existing ceiling.
Curtains in large living room

Blinds vs. curtains: Which should you choose?

Can't figure out the right window treatment for your space? We'll help you decide between blinds vs. curtains by walking you through the pros and cons.
Festive Christmas table setting

These Christmas table decorations are the perfect backdrop for your holiday meal

With these Christmas table decorations, your dining room will be festive and elegant and your guests will have lasting holiday memories.
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6 unique Christmas dinner ideas so amazing they’ll become new family traditions

Want something a little bit different for your Christmas meals? Try these unique Christmas dinner ideas for a fun twist on your family's holiday meals.
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This is the secret to drying your clothes: A natural solution you’ll never guess

Ready to up your laundry game? Replace your fabric softeners or dryer sheets with wool dryer balls and get a natural solution for soft fabrics.