Rolling up your sleeves and digging into household chores is much easier when you have the right arsenal of cleaning tools on-hand. If your vacuum is broken and you don't have any disinfecting wipes, you're already off to a bad start. ... Read more..
Nothing does more to enhance the look and feel of a home than windows -- especially if your house still has rickety single-pane glass windows. But replacing old windows doesn't just add comfort by eliminating drafts.... Read more..
More than one in three seniors over age 65 fall each year, and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) says 80 percent of these falls are in the bathroom. Due to the multitude of unforgiving and slippery surfaces, bathrooms are very hazardous for the home.... Read more..
If you're one of those homeowners who's been moaning about how hard it's been trying to sell your house, your bargaining power -- you remember that concept, right? -- hasn't been completely devastated just because a flood of new foreclosures is expected to hit the market as a result of the recent $25 billion "robo-signing" mortgage settlement.... Read more..
Humans aren't the only creatures concerned with keeping warm this winter. While some animals hibernate or grow thick winter coats for warmth, others enter our homes, where they make unwelcome house guests.... Read more..
Allergy season is in full swing in many parts of the nation as spring sprung much earlier than usual. However, pollen may not be the only culprit behind watery eyes and sneezing fits. Few people know that cockroaches can trigger allergies and cause asthma in children.... Read more..
Bats, bees and spiders, oh my! While it's certainly normal to see these creatures invade your front doorstep on Halloween in the form of candy treat seekers, the real ones are generally unwelcome pests no one wants in or around their homes.... Read more..
It's a good thing no one joins the armed forces to get rich because it turns out a higher percentage of military families are in debt than civilians.... Read more..
A new nationwide survey of licensed pest professionals uncovered some dirt on ants -- from coast to coast, ant infestations are on the rise. ... Read more..
The jars came first. Instead of sending my growing collection of empty glass receptacles to their usual fate at the bottom of the recycle bin, I did something unexpected -- something wild. I peeled off their labels and plopped them in the dishwasher.... Read more..
Since every type of houseplant takes in carbon dioxide and expels oxygen, they all improve air quality to a certain extent. But some houseplants can actually serve as air purifiers, filtering out more specific pollutants. ... Read more..
Home cleaning is a catch-all phrase for the general de-clutter and organizational projects that abound when messiness trumps neatness. But in addition to clearing out the garage, don't forget to change those oft-neglected filters that can harm your health if left unclean.... Read more..
If you are thinking about renting, there are many questions that might be on your mind, such as whether you'll have a good landlord, what your neighbors will be like and how you'll come up with the money for your security deposit. With all this to consider, it can be easy to overlook the obvious -- like renters insurance. ... Read more..
When my kids were little, I used to devote an entire morning to cleaning the house.... Read more..
In today's economic climate, Americans are trying to stretch their pennies by making their homes more energy-efficient. Green homes save money and help the environment, but if you have already invested in energy-efficient appliances, what else can be done?... Read more..
It's a common question. If consumption of water remains constant, or even goes down because of conservation, why does your rate go up? Unfortunately for consumers, there is no simple answer. ... Read more..
You love your cat, but you also love your furniture. Now, with minimal effort, it’s relatively simple to live in harmony with your cat and enjoy scratch-free furniture.... Read more..
Stuff happens. We all have it. Too much of it in fact, if you believe the late George Carlin.... Read more..
Pets, like humans, have been anxiously waiting for warm weather to play outdoors and enjoy nature. However, pet owners should prepare for a pest battle unlike in previous years as hungry ticks, fleas and mosquitoes await their prey -- of the two- or four-legged kind. ... Read more..
High-tech products -- like the Apple iPad -- seem to get all of the attention these days. Yet some of the most useful products are also the simplest. Below is a list of the top three new products that offer simple solutions to common problems:... Read more..