Keep it clean

Know when to toss a pillow

Even pillows have a lifespan. But how do you know when yours have reached the end of theirs? There’s one easy test to tell. Basically, just fold your pillow in half. If it pops back, it’s still fluffy and fresh. but if it stays folded, sorry, it’s too old...

Clean wax from a candle jar

If you have candles in glass jars (the kind with the resealable lid), they make great storage containers once the candle is burned through. There are two methods to cleaning out the old wax. 1) Freeze it, then take a knife and chip away at the frozen wax. Wash...

A moldy mess

By the way, you should always get a professional to clean up after a major water accident. Odds are that you won’t be able to remove all of the water because you don’t have the right gear to do it. The water that you don’t remove will contribute to...

Save trees while drying your hands

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There is a TED talk about ways we can make the world a better place, including using fewer paper towels when we wash our hands at a public restroom. Instead of grabbing a handful of paper, shake your hands off — a lot — and when you pick up...

A better way to hang a shower caddy

Install a coat hook at the foot of your shower to hold your shower caddy. It’ll not only be easier to reach, but it will also keep drier and have less mildew over time.

Too many T-shirts? Here’s one way to wear them all

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Spring is in the air!  Or here in Atlanta pollen is in the air.  I guess the warm temperatures (at times — after all, I do live in Atlanta where it’s 70 degrees one day and 36 degrees the next) have whipped my wife into a spring cleaning frenzy. ...

Clean your oven door

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I saw a tip recently about how to clean your oven door. The only problem with it was that most oven doors are made of multiple layers of glass, so if you have some smudges or stains between them, it’s impossible to get out. My oven has an outer glass...

Remove permanent marker with alcohol

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I spent some time this week testing the best ways to remove permanent marker from different things. Here are the results. From Paint:         From carpet: I first tried white vinegar, which didn’t take the stain out very well. Then I tried removing it with rubbing...

Remove fingernail polish from an enamel sink

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A fan once asked me how to remove fingernail polish or glue from an enamel sink. Since enamel and Formica are man-made products unlike stone or granite, some chemicals could damage it. What I would suggest and have used to remove old caulking is a “new” window scraper razor...

Remove detergent build-up from towels

Remove detergent build-up

Over time, your towels will get a build-up of detergent on them and start to feel like sandpaper. What’s the best way to get rid of this? Wash your towels in hot water — one load with a cup of vinegar added to the wash, and another with a...

Remove permanent marker from your clothes

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If you get permanent marker on your clothes, there are several ways to easily remove it. First, if you have a dry-erase marker handy, I know for a fact it will remove the permanent marker from most fabrics. Also, alcohol will remove pretty much any kind of permanent ink...

Remove red wine stains

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Clorox has a great website, and smartphone app, that tells you how to remove stains. The reason I like it so much is because their advice is good and they tell you how to deal with stains when you’re on the go or at home. Check it out for...