Freshen Up Your Smelly Garbage Disposal

I love having a garbage disposal, but from time to time the smells radiating from our disposal become pretty unpleasant. Most of the time I can take care of the smell by plugging the disposal with the stopper, filling up the sink with warm soapy water, and running the...

Who Knew?

Dawn Dish soap kills fleas instantly. Add a few drops to your dog’s bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns. Honey is a remedy for skin blemishes. Cover with a dab of...

Stripped Screws? No Problem

Stripped Screws? No Problem A stripped screw can turn a 10-minute fix into a two-hour nightmare. One of the best investments a DIYer can make is a screw extraction kit. It comes with three different size bits and costs about $20. One side of the extractor bit reams a...

Microwave Cleaner

It’s easy to clean baked-on food and spills from your microwave Here’s how: Partially fill a measuring or coffee cup with water and add a slice of lemon. Boil the water for a minute, and then leave the door closed and let the steam loosen the mess. After...

Enjoy the shade

A shady spot isn’t just a pleasant place to relax on a hot summer day: shade can help keep your home cool, too. On the inside of the home, you can install new blinds or drapes to block the sun. If you’re in a type of home that will allow for it, you can install...

Keep your A/C unit in good shape

Be sure to change out your air filter monthly (or on whatever schedule the filter maker recommends). It’s a cheap and easy way to keep the cool air in your home flowing smoothly — and if you’re bothered by dust, dander, and allergens in the air, a good filter can help...