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How to Clean Copper Pots

Your shiny new kitchen accessory looks a little less lovely once it’s been used. To maintain the pot’s luster even after repeated usage, avoid the dishwasher (yes, even if the manufacturer says it’s dishwasher-safe). Temperature fluctuations and harsh detergents can dull and damage the finish of cookware over time.

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How To Remove Salt Stains from Leather and Suede

Has winter’s festive mix of sludgy melted snow and street salt left white stains all over your beloved leather boots? Good news: there’s a super simple solution (literally!). Dip a cloth (or paper towel, or cotton ball) into a mixture of one part white vinegar, one part warm water and gently rub against the stains—they should come right off—and then […]

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How to Avoid Kitchen Clutter

Do you find half-filled cups, glasses, and mugs throughout your house at the end of each day? If the kitchen clutter is driving you up the wall, consider creating a designated spot for the not-quite-empty vessels. By choosing one table or counter where everyone can put their beverages that they have every good intention of eventually finishing, you create a […]

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How to Dry Clothes Faster

Ah, laundry day. If you’ve put off the chore until the last minute, use these two tips to make sure your clothes are dry by the time you have to be out the door.

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How to Clean a Wooden Cutting Board

Without proper care, your trusty cutting board can start to smell like your famous garlic chicken—permanently. Since you can’t just stick a wooden board in the dishwasher (lest it warp and crack), try this tip to keep it in business for life:

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10 Habits of a Highly Organized Person from Apartment Therapy

As someone who hates clutter but isn’t a naturally “neat” person, getting more organized is always on my to-do list. About once a year, I’ll do a massive overhaul of my entire apartment and throw out all the things I don’t need or haven’t used in over a year. However, despite my best attempts, a few months go by, and […]

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Get Real on the Internet, Day 4: Procrastination Photos

Welcome to Day 4 of Get Real on the Internet Week! New to the campaign? Get the details here. It’s fun to broadcast how productive you’re being, but how often do you show your less-than-energetic side? Today, we encouraged our readers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram the following: Day 4: How are you slacking today, and what should you be doing instead? […]

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Get Real on the Internet, Day 3: Clutter Photos

Welcome to Day 3 of Get Real on the Internet Week! New to the campaign? Get the details here. As good as it feels to organize every inch of our living spaces, sometimes life gets in the way and clutter takes over—and it happens to everyone. Today, we challenged our brave readers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram the following: Day 3: […]

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A Better Way to Vacuum

Does it feel like you vacuum all the time, but with minimal results? Unless there’s something wrong with your machine, the problem could actually be in your method. If you take the same route with your vacuum every time you clean, it’s time to rethink your strategy. According to Mike Reed, the owner of Austonian Fine Rug and Carpet Care, […]

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The Practical Cupid Quiz

Once the glow of Valentine’s Day has worn off, do you know how to deal with the fallout? 1. What can you do to revive wilted roses? (a) Stick the flowers in the freezer for an hour. (b) Submerge them in cool water for a few hours. (c) Spritz them with vinegar. (d) Drop a penny into the vase. 2. […]

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