Are Your Neighbors Locking Their Doors? This Survey Tells AllLife
Growing up in a city, everyone I knew locked their door. Granted, we all hid keys in easy to find places like the doormat right in front of the locked door, but we locked them nevertheless. Turns out, not every region of the country locks their doors equally. A new survey from Safehome.org looks at the door locking habits of folks across the country. While they have a reputation for being easy-going and welcoming, turns out Southerners draw the line at letting you just waltz on into their homes.
Oct 4, 2023
8 Things You Should Never Clean with Bar Keepers FriendCleaning
BKF can be put to work in kitchens, bathrooms, garages, and backyards. But there are certain surfaces in each of those spaces that the cleaner is not so friendly with.
Oct 2, 2023
110 Essential Household Items You Should Have At Home SomewhereLife
Even if preparedness isn’t your strong suit, there are certain home staples that any successful household should possess.
Sep 18, 2023
10 Things You Should Never Do With a Magic EraserCleaning
They're kind of amazing.
Aug 29, 2023
12 Household Cleaner Combinations You Should Never, Ever Mix
Organize & Clean
When you have a big mess, it's tempting to want to bring out all of the big guns and throw at it every cleaning product you've got. But don't!
May 17, 2023
How to Decorate an Earthquake-Safe (But Still Well-Designed!) Bedroom
Style
Seven essential tips from a California native.
Mar 6, 2023
This Easy Door Update Could Make Your Home So Much SaferProjects & Improvements
And it only takes a few seconds.
Mar 2, 2023
Here’s What You Need To Know About The Fabuloso RecallCleaning
Here's how to dispose of it and get a refund.
Feb 10, 2023
This Popular Thrifted Item Has a Dangerous Design Flaw, But Luckily There’s an Easy FixLife
If you have one in your home, read this.
Jan 29, 2023
The One Thing You Should Always Have Under Your SinkReal Estate
This one item can save you a pretty penny in potential repairs.
Nov 24, 2022
FYI: The Laundress Just Recalled All Of Its ProductsLife
The company asked customers to stop using all of their products immediately due to safety concerns.
Nov 18, 2022
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cleaning With BleachCleaning
As powerful as bleach is, there’s a bit of a learning curve.
Nov 8, 2022
The Dangerous Truth About Floating Staircases, According to a Home InspectorReal Estate
It might not be worth the minimalist aesthetic.
Nov 6, 2022
9 Tips For Using Your Laptop in Warm or Hot WeatherLife
We aren’t the only things that get too hot in the summer–our tech can be in danger as well. Old laptops are notoriously susceptible to overheating, but even newer ones can be damaged in summer conditions. But with the right precautions, your laptop will be fine–even if you want to head outside on a sunny day to get some work done.
Oct 18, 2022
Help! The Plugs Keep Falling Out of My OutletsLife
Quick! You wake up late for work to find that your alarm clock is off. But the power… the power’s still on. What happened? Well, your trusty alarm clock (or phone) might just have been plugged into a less trusty outlet that refuses to grip onto anything plugged into it. Those loose plugs sometimes fall out completely with a possible fire hazard on your hands. When you plug something in that doesn’t feel quite snug, it’s probably the plug.
Oct 17, 2022
Dryer Sheets Are Bad and You Should Stop Using ThemCleaning
If your parents used dryer sheets in the laundry, chances are you do, too. But have you ever thought about why you're using them? Do you know how they work?
Oct 3, 2022
Rubbing Alcohol Is Great for Cleaning, But Here Are 6 Things You Should Never DoCleaning
Common first-aid supplies like rubbing alcohol can pack an extra punch against germs, but that doesn't mean they don't come with risks.
Sep 22, 2022
5 Ways to Make Sure Your Home Is Secure When You’re About to Go on Vacation
LIVING
These steps will give you peace of mind while you're away.
Jul 21, 2022
The Dreaded Black Mold: Is It Affecting Your Household?Cleaning
What to do if you suspect mold has taken hold.
Jul 11, 2022
The $9 Gadget That’ll Improve Dryer Performance and Keep Clothes Lint-FreeCleaning
This handy tool ensures better dryer performance — not to mention fire safety.
Jun 22, 2022
Here's Why You Should Avoid This Beautiful White Flower At All Costs
News
Don't be fooled by its beauty.
May 23, 2022
4 Important Ways to Organize and Protect Your Most Valuable Documents
Organize
Professionals share their tips for safeguarding life's most valuable documents, from marriage licenses to deeds.
Apr 26, 2022
9 of the Most Interesting Cleaning Superstitions from Around the WorldCleaning
Half of them are related to sweeping!
Oct 18, 2021
This Is What the Ideal Eco-Friendly Cleaner Looks LikeCleaning
There are many stages in the lifecycle of a cleaning product, and each stage offers new opportunities to be good to the planet.
Aug 5, 2021
There Are Three "Levels" of Laundry, According to Cleaning ExpertsCleaning
You might want to do laundry differently, depending on your household's health.
Aug 2, 2021
3 Unsafe Habits You Should Never Practice In Your KitchenCleaning
Just because you’ve been doing something for years in the kitchen without problem doesn’t necessarily mean it's safe.
Jun 19, 2021
I Use This $9 Tool Every Time I Cook—And I Think Every Kitchen Could Use OneDesign Ideas
I never even knew this was a thing, but now there is seldom a time where I'm cutting vegetables or fruit and not using it.
Jun 5, 2021
3 Signs Your Cleaning Supplies Are Irritating Your Lungs or SkinCleaning
Knowing when to leave the room, try a new cleaning product, or seek professional medical assistance could be the difference between a pleasant cleaning experience and a crummy one.
Apr 9, 2021
How To Keep Warm When It's Cold and the Power Is OutProjects & Improvements
Here are some tips for staying warm when both the temperature and the electricity drops off.
Feb 16, 2021
There’s a Critical Part of Plant Shopping that Most People SkipPlants & Yard
The most important part of plant care is actually quite easy to master, and it comes into play before you even purchase your plants at all.
Dec 3, 2020
This Is Why You Should Never Share Photos of Your House Keys
NEWS
There are other ways to announce new homeownership that don’t put your safety at risk.
Dec 1, 2020
Yes, Mirrors are Creepy—Here's How to Unlearn and Work Around ItLife
Mirrors show up as a plot device in everything from scary movies to carnival fun houses and sleepovers. And that unsettling, creepy feeling can work its way into your modern home.
Oct 23, 2020
The Ultimate in Emergency Prep: How to Put Your Life in a BackpackLife
If you had to leave home—right now—because of an emergency, what would you grab?
Sep 26, 2020
Learn to Read the “PAO” Symbol to Help You Declutter Your ToiletriesOrganizing
We’re here to remind you that there’s a super easy way to keep your beloved bathroom supplies up-to-date and your medicine cabinet less cluttered.
Jul 29, 2020
Before & After: Under Stair Storage RedoOrganizing
Like many other small space dwellers, we have almost no closet or storage space in my home. The tenants before us took the first step to maximize the dead space under the stairs by removing a partition wall to open up the area, and installed a drop down hatch under the stair. Unfortunately they didn’t install a railing and instead only those awkward, sharp rectangular boxes — after several falls down the stairs it was painfully obvious something needed to change!
Jul 15, 2020
Traveling for the Holidays? The 5 Most Important Things to Do Before Leaving the HouseLife
As anyone knows, there are about a million and twelve things to do when the holidays hit, everything from finishing holiday gift shopping to trying to remember to pack everything you need. But before you go, make sure you cross each one of these tasks off your to-do list.
Mar 11, 2020
Over 4,500 Hallmark Candles Are Being Recalled—Make Sure You’re Not Gifting OneLife
There are currently 6 reported incidents of the glass jars shattering, causing fire damage to nearby items.
Dec 23, 2019
How To Make a Custom Baby GateProjects & Improvements
Chris and Julia’s daughter was growing up fast, and they needed a baby gate for their soon-to-be-mobile child. Not thrilled with the readymade options they saw in stores, they devised this custom option for the top of their stairs. The plexiglass makes it less conspicuous than others out there, and the special size works nicely for their extra-wide staircase.
Dec 19, 2019
8 Ways to Prevent Your Packages From Being StolenLife
There are some proactive steps you can take to protect your packages.
Dec 17, 2019
The Power Went Out: Do You Keep or Toss the Food in the Refrigerator?Design Ideas
It’s an age old question: “do I keep it or toss it?” This is of course pertaining to food in the fridge that’s been sitting there for a questionable period of time after a power outage. We refer you to our U.S. government guidelines on food safety, recommending just how long our refrigerators and freezers will hold their temperatures, as well as whether to keep or discard food kept inside during a power outage.
Dec 16, 2019
This Beautiful Fire Extinguisher Is Designed to Encourage Disaster-PreparednessLife
Because if emergency equipment looks nicer, maybe more people will stock it at home.
Nov 29, 2019
Is It Time to Toss Your Non-Stick Pans? An Expert Reveals Some Telltale SignsCleaning
“Traditional non-stick coatings are very thin—typically around 1 thousandth of an inch.”
Nov 1, 2019
This Small Space Emergency Kit Fits in a Shoebox and Only Costs $108Life
Pack these 11 tools and you'll be ready for anything—even if you’re living in a studio apartment that barely has enough room for a twin bed.
Oct 29, 2019
11 Phone Numbers Everyone in the US Should Have Saved In Their Phone
Risk Month
Five minutes is all it takes to make sure you're better equipped to deal with a dilemma.
Oct 27, 2019
Why You Should Never Put Eggshells Back in the CartonLife
It may seem convenient, but it's a very bad idea.
Oct 21, 2019
6 Things to Get Rid of Right Now to Make Your Home a Little SaferOrganizing
Sometimes your "useful someday" items are, in fact, worse than merely not useful—it might be a risk to hang on to them at all.
Oct 14, 2019
This is a PSA: That Bleach and Hot Water Thing is Actually a MythCleaning
If you’ve ever heard (or believed) that you shouldn’t mix bleach with hot water, then we have news for you. It's nothing more than modern-day housekeeping folklore.
Oct 8, 2019
The First 5 Things You Need to Do Before You Turn on the Heat at HomeProjects & Improvements
Here's a short list of checks that home maintenance experts think you should run through before the first big chill hits where you live.
Oct 1, 2019
The Real Victim of Password Sharing Isn’t Netflix—It’s YouLife
We asked a cybersecurity expert—and people like you—to outline the practical rules and legalities of password-sharing in the age of streaming ubiquity.
Sep 23, 2019
Stay Safe! These are the Best Security Systems for RentersLife
Keep your valuables safe with these simple systems.
Sep 19, 2019
9 Amazon Products That’ll Solve Your Bathroom Mold ProblemCleaning
Check out these tried-and-true products that’ll make sure your bathroom is mold-free—for good.
Sep 7, 2019
This Instagram Hack Is Going Around—Here’s What You Need To Know (and How To Protect Yourself)Life
Getting hacked is one of the most common and easiest ways someone can invade your privacy.
Sep 4, 2019
There’s One Important Area at Home That Doesn’t Get Decluttered or Organized EnoughOrganizing
The worst time to discover you're out of cough medicine is when you wake up in the middle of the night hacking and barking.
Aug 30, 2019
A Smart and Simple Thing You Can Do This Weekend to Protect Yourself if Your Wallet Gets StolenOrganizing
If you think right now about what's in your wallet, could you list each card and important slip of paper?
Aug 16, 2019
This Entomologist Has a Travel Warning: Always Put Your Suitcase in the Hotel BathroomCleaning
The reason behind it is simpler than you might think, but it might make your skin crawl.
Aug 11, 2019
It’s Finally Here: The Perfect Passive-Aggressive Gift for Your Weed-Smoking NeighborCleaning
Because a wet towel under the door can only do so much.
Jul 26, 2019
5 Surprising (and Costly) Ways Smoking Can Ruin Your HomeLife
Smoking doesn't just ruin a smoker's health—it's ruining their home, too.
Jul 9, 2019
Places You Should Hide Expensive Tech from BurglarsLife
After yesterday’s tale of an oven-baked laptop, where a paranoid apartment dweller thought to stash his Mac in the oven to evade a potential burglar’s loot radar, we now know where not to hide our valuables. But the basic idea behind the plan is still smart: If you’re going to be away from home for a while, leave your expensive tech in unexpected places that burglars wouldn’t think to raid. Here are a few better ideas.Headed away for the holidays?
Jul 6, 2019
3 Tips from a Microbiologist That Will Change the Way You Think About “Clean”Cleaning
A surface that appears “clean” (your toilet is the perfect example!) isn’t necessarily free from bacteria.
Jun 23, 2019
Here’s How to Remove Something from Your Amazon HistoryLife
In case you're trying to outsmart a nosy partner, or just want to make sure Amazon understands that cat lady tote was a one-time gag gift.
Jun 18, 2019