Promote growth and root development in your houseplants with an unexpected ingredient: club soda. According to Deb Donaldson, a blue-ribbon winner at the Philadelphia Flower Show, club soda contains a phosphate, which is good for plants—better, in fact, than tap water. Use it as you would regular water, but be sure that your club soda is flat: The carbon dioxide […]
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Efficiently cleaning your coffeemaker once a week is important to keeping your caffeine courier in top shape. Many glass or thermal carafes are dishwasher-safe, but some “have plastic handles and lids that may degrade faster in a dishwasher than if they were washed by hand,” says Ted Stachura, who currently manages the coffee program at Equator Coffees and Teas in […]
You spend all summer diligently applying SPF, and how does the universe thank you? By getting splotchy sunscreen stains all over your clothes. Fortunately, there are a few fixes you can try. One method is to spot-treat the culprit with a mixture of dishwashing liquid and glycerin ($4, walmart.com). Alternatively, try pretreating the blotch with a stain remover, a liquid […]
When you’re out all day, a slow-cooker is a great tool for making quick and easy meals. Who wouldn’t want a homemade dinner that’s ready the instant you walk in the door?! Unfortunately, trying to clean these clunky, heavy appliances can be quite the feat. Here, cleaning expert Anna Moseley, explains how to tackle the task:
There’s nothing worse than stepping out of a refreshing shower and drying off with a musty towel.
The pedestal sink, the tub and the toilet are old hat. But do you really know how to clean the rest of the bathroom—namely the tiles all over the walls, the paint around the tiles—and yes, the ceiling? Here’s what to do: Every few months, spray tile, counter-tops, walls, and the ceiling with all-purpose cleaner and turn on the shower, […]
Noticed fruit flies buzzing around your kitchen counters? Here’s how to get them to buzz off: First shut the doors and windows to let outdoor flies know that the buffet is closed. (Don’t rely on screens; fruit flies can fit through the holes.) Next, spritz the areas where you’ve seen them, including the bottoms of trash cans and cracks in […]
To keep your cookware in tip-top shape, David Burke, chef/owner of David Burke Townhouse, in New York City, recommends “baking” stainless pans at 400° F for two to three hours (be sure the handle is oven-safe).
Is there any household chore more frustrating than dusting? Just when you think you’ve finished a room, you find yet another spot that appears to be coated with just a wee bit of dust. And then you wonder: Did I already dust that, or not?
Because they spend so much time sitting near salt water, beach chairs have a tendency to rust. To prevent it from happening to your favorite chairs, give them a quick rinse with fresh water before you fold them up and take them to the car. (This small step will banish built-up salt.) Once you get the chairs home, use a […]