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Save Your Dishwasher (and Your Hands) From Broken Glass With This Trick

It’s happened again: You opened up your just-used dishwasher to see a rack full of broken glasses and shards of glass strewn all over the bottom. Before you reach in to blindly fish out the glass (because sticking your hand into a dark appliance to grab sharp objects is a great idea!), try this simple trick. First, put on rubber […]

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Pro Tricks for Making Your Swimsuit Last Longer

If you’ve taken the plunge this season and invested in a pricey bathing suit—or even if you just want to keep your trusty stand-by in rotation for summers to come without stretching out or fading— read on for a few simple tips on how to keep that suit looking like new. At the beach or pool: Try to limit sunbathing after swimming—the combo […]

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Here’s What Happens When You Stick a Camera In Your Dishwasher

On a day-to-day basis, you’re probably more concerned about the best way to load and run your dishwasher… but do ever wonder how a washing machine works its “magic”? This video from 2013 that’s currently making the rounds online shows you exactly how your dishes go from dirty to spick–and–span. Take a look—there’s nothing too unexpected going on, but we […]

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Deodorize Your Fridge With Yesterday’s Newspaper

Has your refrigerator developed an unpleasant smell? Newspaper absorbs odor, so try scrunching up a few sheets and spritzing them with water. Tuck the newspaper balls into corners and drawers, then leave them there overnight to absorb the stench. To keep odor at bay, use sheets of newspaper to line refrigerator drawers; replace every couple of weeks. For help keeping […]

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A DIY Hack for Small Bathrooms

Need a space to hang dripping-wet swimsuits, lingerie, and other dryer-adverse delicates? While a drying rack ($40, bedbathandbeyond.com) is great if you have the space for it, not all of us are blessed with square footage. If your bathroom space is limited, try this clever reader new use from Olga B. on Twitter: Simply add a second shower rod! 2nd […]

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Keeping a House Clean With Kids from Apartment Therapy

Our friends at Apartment Therapy say it best, “You know you’re a parent when you look forward to free time…so you can clean your house.” Their editors have put together 10 posts from the archives that offer advice for keeping your house tidy with kids around, plus strategies for getting your little ones to help out with daily chores. To […]

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How to Remove Juice and Berry Stains

As juicy as those berries looked in the carton, they’re not quite as cute when they get on your clothes afterward. Fortunately, there’s a pretty straightforward way to get those blue, purple, and red stains out. For fabric, scrape up any solids, then apply a solution of warm water and dish soap. Remove soap residue with a damp towel and […]

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How to Clean Artificial Flowers

For those who can’t seem to keep flowers alive, high-quality artificial flowers can be a great alternative. Fake flowers need little tending to, but will require cleaning now and then. No matter how real the arrangement looks, once those pretty petals accumulate dust they won’t look at-home with your decor.

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How to Clean Copper Cookware

Copper pots and pans are coveted by home cooks: they conduct heat well, eliminate hot spots and easily adapt to changes in temperature. And let’s not forget the stunning color and shine that make them not only functional but also fashionable. Maintaining that signature shine can be time consuming, but a few items you already have on hand can help […]

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Worn-Out Lining? Here’s What to Do.

Your coat, skirt, or handbag may be in top shape from the outside, but if the inner lining is falling apart, you could be in trouble… unless you call in a pro. Yes, a small tear in a dress lining can usually be fixed for less than $10 (yay!), but if the entire interior needs a restoration, replacing it can […]

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