How to Clean a Top Loader Washing Machine in 7 StepsCleaning
Wash your washing workhorse.
Apr 12, 2024
How to Clean a Brick Fireplace with All-Natural CleanersCleaning
Though it might be tempting to use a commercial cleanser, think about trying one of these natural fireplace-cleaning options first.
Feb 6, 2024
Sewing by Hand Is the "Adulting" Skill Everyone Should HaveProjects & Improvements
Learn these six common stitches and you can apply them to a myriad of projects.
Jan 31, 2024
How to Wrap a Present Like a Pro
Make even average gifts look extraordinary with these expert tips.
Dec 20, 2023
It's Probably Been Way Too Long, So Here's the Best Way to Clean a MicrowaveCleaning
Follow this goof-proof guide to transform your splatter-ridden microwave back into a sparkly fresh kitchen appliance.
Dec 11, 2023
How To Make Homemade Reed DiffusersProjects & Improvements
Ban those plug-in air fresheners for good.
Dec 11, 2023
How To Recaulk a BathtubProjects & Improvements
If you’re looking for a way to make your bathroom feel cleaner and brighter, try recaulking your bathtub. It takes a couple of hours to remove the old caulk and apply the new caulk, but it’s definitely worth it! Here’s how I recaulked my own bathtub in a few easy steps. Ready to give your bathtub a makeover? Great! Here’s what you need to get started.
Dec 11, 2023
5 Reasons Your Toilet Might Be Running — And How to Fix It Yourself
You can make most of these fixes without any tools.
Sep 30, 2023
You Can Clean Your Computer Screen With Just Two Household IngredientsCleaning
Staring at a dirty computer screen while you're trying to work can be very distracting.
Sep 19, 2023
I Got Rid of the Ants in My House Using Just Two IngredientsCleaning
No need to use harsh ingredients to eliminate these kitchen pests.
Aug 24, 2023
The Right Way to Paint IKEA Furniture
Make all your IKEA hacks and upgrades really count by painting them the right way.
Jul 30, 2023
How To Clean A Toilet with Denture TabletsCleaning
Keeps dentures bright and clean? Check. Lifts stains from your toilet bowl? Check! Drop a tablet in your toilet and let the effervescent powers of denture cleanser do the hard work. There are only three things needed and here’s how to do it. Denture cleansing tablets Toilet brush Gloves Drop one cleansing tablet into the toilet bowl and let sit for 20-30 minutes, the water will turn blue as it starts to effervesce. Use your toilet brush to work off any rings or stains in the bowl.
May 29, 2023
How to Build a Custom Tiled Shower PanDesign Ideas
As a home owner, building a custom shower pan can increase the value of your home. It offers a unique look and seamlessly integrates the shower base to your bathroom floor. If you’re a DIY renovator, this tutorial will help you understand the scope of work involved. The main objective is to create a completely waterproof sloped floor, with a drain, raised edge frame, and pretty mosaic tiles to cover it all up. Related Video: Working on your bathroom?
May 25, 2023
How To Green Clean the Grout In Your Shower & BathroomCleaning
Is your bathroom guest-ready?
May 20, 2023
How To Deep Green Clean Your CarpetsCleaning
Over time spot cleaning just doesn’t do it. You turn around one day, and your carpets are a shade darker than when you had them installed. Or, you do a great job spot cleaning only to reveal how dirty the rest of the carpeting really is. Here’s a way to give your carpets a deep clean using a few household ingredients, a vacuum, and a steam cleaner. Ingredients: Salt, borax, and white vinegar.
May 19, 2023
How To Whiten Laundry Without Chlorine BleachCleaning
Many of us have banished chlorine bleach from our homes, as it can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs, poison fish and insects, and release carcinogenic dioxins during production. Fortunately, there are still plenty of ways keep white linens, socks, and other fabrics sparkling, and you probably already have the necessary ingredients around the house. Ready to get started? Here are some bleach-free ways to get your whites whiter!
May 19, 2023
How To Frame Your Art on the CheapProjects & Improvements
I never quite felt like a real adult until I framed my first piece of art. All through college, I pinned giant collages of unframed art to my walls like a life-size scrapbook. Post-grad, I’ve slowly started framing my favorite pieces. Custom framing is expensive, so I scour thrift stores for well-made frames with glass and hit up my local art supply store for the rest of what I need to do my own custom framing. Ready to get started?
Mar 30, 2023
How To Hang Fabric as WallpaperProjects & Improvements
Applying fabric to a wall with liquid starch is a great solution for renters and commitment-phobes alike. A bit time-intensive, yes, but the results are just about as good as it gets. And unlike some wallpapers, you can take it with you when you move! This kitchenette turned walk-in closet (old house, used to be multiple apartments..) had great light and was begging for some inspired design.
Jan 2, 2023
Removing Old, Bulky Shower Doors Is Much Easier Than You ThinkProjects & Improvements
We see a fun, fresh bathroom in your future.
Oct 20, 2022
How To Clean Food & Pet Stains From A Wool RugCleaning
It’s inevitable. If you have a pet and a nice wool rug, you will, at some point, have to clean your pet’s mess off said wool rug. You’ll get angry, you’ll assign a time out, then you’ll use this cleaning method to remove the funk, and all will be well. This is our go-to method for cleaning up pet messes on our rugs around the house. If caught quickly, it’s really the best possible, non-toxic way to clean pet stains from a rug.
Sep 28, 2022
How To Clean an Old Porcelain Enamel Bathtub or SinkCleaning
Years of use or neglect can make for one discolored and dingy tub or sink. Here are a few tips to keep the porcelain on your antique fixture looking next-to-new.
Sep 27, 2022
How To Clean Burnt Pots & Scorched PansCleaning
If you've ever experienced the pain of a burnt frying pan, I bring good news!
Sep 22, 2022
How To Clean Electric Stove BurnersCleaning
Does your pot frequently runneth over? If you’re part of the regularly-sets-off-the-smoke-alarm-while-cooking-dinner club, chances are your stove burners are in desperate need of attention. To get a really good, deep-down, clean-clean, you’ll need to actually remove the burners from the stove and use some good old-fashioned elbow grease. While technically you can turn your burners all the way up and have the food burn off, this method is much more effective.
Sep 22, 2022
5 Tried and True Methods For Removing Rust From Metal ObjectsProjects & Improvements
Baking soda to potatoes, we've got you covered (but not in rust).
Sep 19, 2022
How To Paint Windowsills & Window TrimProjects & Improvements
Repainting my windowsill made it onto my to-do list during the January Cure, and I decided to tackle it this past weekend. After a couple of hours of scraping and painting, my windowsill looks good as new.
Sep 15, 2022
How To Patch a Hole in Drywall or Plaster WallsProjects & Improvements
Repairing medium to larger-sized holes in plaster and drywall isn’t quite as difficult as one might think. Wall and ceiling repair patches made from fiberglass and perforated aluminum are excellent solutions that help to get the job done in just a few simple steps. Did I forget to mention how easy they are to use? So easy. Upon moving into our new (very old) home, we noticed that almost every wall had a dent or large hole in it from constant contact with a door knob.
Sep 15, 2022
Learn How To Spray Paint Plastic the Right WayProjects & Improvements
How to paint plastic without it chipping, cracking or flaking.
Sep 8, 2022
Step by Step: How To Paint Metal Baseboard Heater CoversProjects & Improvements
Let’s face it, baseboard radiators are ugly. They’re boxy, often institutional beige, and they tend to accumulate scuffs and splotches of rust. But baseboard radiators do serve an important purpose, and those of us who rely on them to heat our homes are more or less stuck with them. Fortunately, there are ways to work around these wall-space-hogging eyesores, and painting your baseboard heater covers to match your home’s walls or trim is a great place to start.
Sep 7, 2022
How To Get Rid of Moths (and Prevent Them, too)Cleaning
Nothing threatens a closet full of clothes more than moths. And they can invade even the most well-organized closet. These pesky creatures are responsible for holes in your favorite clothing, and oftentimes, the problem occurs completely unbeknownst to you. Like pantry moths and other pests, these silent clothing killers multiply quickly, too, so it’s a problem you’ll want to solve quickly with a good moth repellent.
May 11, 2022
How To: Make a Pegboard Wall OrganizerOrganizing
Project: Pegboard Wall OrganizerTime: An afternoonCost: $30.00 (more or less) Our DIY home organization project for the New Year involved hanging a pegboard organizer in our tiny kitchen. Although we found lots of how-tos for installing pegboard on the web, very few of them had detailed instructions and supply lists, so we thought it would be helpful to document our own experience in step-by-step form.
May 9, 2022
Doing It Right: How To Lay a Level Brick Paver PatioPlants & Yard
Laying a brick paver patio in your backyard is a low maintenance and beautiful way to create an al fresco entertaining space you’ll be able to enjoy for decades to come. In fact, when installed properly, paver patios have even been known to last nearly a century, and the weathered patina the bricks develop over time will only help them improve with age.
May 26, 2021
Can You Clean Your Vacuum in the Dishwasher? I Tried It to Find OutCleaning
Warning: Satisfyingly gross images within.
Mar 2, 2021
How To Make a Beautiful Pendant Lampshade Out of Wrapping PaperProjects & Improvements
I have always loved the look of an origami lampshade — the simplicity and graphic nature makes it a statement piece in any home. When my friend Erin showed me her new book Paper Parties, I couldn’t believe how easy it was to replicate one of these at home, for a fraction of the price you will pay in the shop, and you get to choose any pattern you would like!
Jul 20, 2020
How To Install a Dimmer SwitchLife
Dimmer switches are great, not only do they provide opportunity for mood lighting and ambiance, but also save money due to reduced power usage. Almost all the lights in my home are on a dimmer switch, except for the bedrooms, where we’d actually like to have them the most.
Jul 18, 2020
DIY Room Decor: Lace Doily BowlsOrganizing
I’m an accessory junkie, it’s true. I like to make, buy and hunt for new accessories and it’s very hard for me to part with old ones. This simple DIY project is a great way to organize some of your trinkets, and also a great use for all those old doilies floating around in the universe. Whether they’re from your local thrift shop or passed down from your family, this project is a great way to give doilies a new fresh life.
Jul 17, 2020
How to Test a Waterproof Phone CaseProjects & Improvements
Water-resistant, water-proof and life-proof cases can open up a world of freedom for phone addicts. But before the case ever makes the journey to the lake or the pool, it should be tested to ensure that the case and its seals are in working order. Inspect the case and seals for cracks, dust and dirt. Check that the seal or o-ring is clean an in place. Take a piece of paper, paper towel or anything else that will show when it gets wet, and close it inside the case.
Jul 17, 2020
DIY to Try: How To Make Your Own MudclothProjects & Improvements
My love affair with mudcloth is well documented. If you are unfamiliar with the stuff, mudcloth is a somewhat heavy fabric, sewn in strips, and dyed naturally with mud. It usually has a graphic pattern of geometric lines and dots, in high contrast black and white. Given the process of making it, it’s no surprise that the real deal is also somewhat expensive.
Jul 17, 2020
The Efficient Toilet-Cleaning Method Everyone Should be UsingCleaning
If you learn how to clean the toilet properly—and how to keep it that way—you'll be able to enjoy that fresh commode feeling around the clock.
Jul 10, 2020
DIY Project Idea: How To Make a Lamp Out of AnythingProjects & Improvements
The key to making a table lamp is finding the correct socket set-up and mount. Some readymade kits already exist but, otherwise, you have to figure out what works best for your chosen vessel-turned-lamp base. I myself had a random wooden vase/candleholder that perfectly accommodated a basic globe shade from the hardware store. It was screaming to become a lamp, and I was more than happy to oblige.
Jun 24, 2020
5 Easy Scandi-Inspired Holiday Projects for a Cozy, Happy HomeProjects & Improvements
What’s our formula for the coziest, happiest winter ever? Inspired by the Danish concept of hygge, we made some easy DIY decorations that embrace minimalism, natural elements and warm flickering candlelight. These five seasonal DIYs can be put together in minutes—and will make any size space feel festive.
Apr 14, 2020
The Foolproof Way To Paint A Room In Just A Few Easy StepsProjects & Improvements
Here's the trick to pro-level results.
Apr 3, 2020
How (and How Often) You Should Wash Your PillowsCleaning
It's a bit of a bigger job and one that tends to get put off.
Mar 17, 2020
How To Propagate Cacti & SucculentsPlants & Yard
Gardening is one of my favorite hobbies, but it can also be expensive when you start buying lots of plants and pots. What if you could double, triple, even quadruple the number of plants you currently have without spending a dime? If you have a little bit of time on your hands, along with a lot of patience, you can do just that. Let’s dig into cacti and succulent propagation!
Mar 11, 2020
How To Make a Stencil For a Paint PatternProjects & Improvements
Stencils are a fun and economic way to create a pattern or duplicate an image over and over again. They can be used on a vast array of items from rugs, and garden containers, to walls and ceilings. You can purchase them pre-made, but if you’re looking for something one-of-a-kind your best bet is to make it yourself. There are quite a few options when it comes to picking out the material for your plate.
Mar 11, 2020
Easy Wood Finish: Tung Oil and WaxProjects & Improvements
Finishing wood can take days and even weeks, but there are a few natural and easy wood finishes that Ben Light recommends as alternatives. Today, he brings us: Tung Oil and Wax. Finishing wood can take days and even weeks, but there are a few natural and easy wood finishes that Ben Light recommends as alternatives. Today, he brings us: Tung Oil and Wax.
Mar 11, 2020
How To Make a Shou Sugi Ban WallProjects & Improvements
The reclaimed wood wall has been popular for a while now, and I’ve been wanting to get the look in my garage. I love the earthy hues and honest feel of reclaimed wood, but after realizing the time it would take to scour Craigslist and salvage yards for enough material, I decided to forego that nightmare and instead pursue a DIY approach using a wood-charring method called Shou Sugi Ban.
Mar 11, 2020
13 DIY Ideas to Chic-Up Any KitchenProjects & Improvements
Don't let a blah kitchen get you down - pretty it up with one of these DIY projects.
Mar 4, 2020
How to Make an Easy, No-Sew CushionProjects & Improvements
If you read the January Cure diaries, you probably saw my window seats, both bare and then with cushions. If you’re interested, here’s how I made the cushions in about an hour. FoamUpholstery fabricPlywood SheetsThin Batting (Optional) Measuring TapeScissorsHammer or Rubber MalletStaple Gun (with staples of course)Foam CutterKnife, electric or otherwise1. Measure your space and cut foam to the same dimensions.
Feb 6, 2020
Stay Healthy During Cold & Flu Season: Clean Your KeyboardsCleaning
We all know by now the potential our keyboards have to become cesspools, so we’ll skip the gross-out statistics and just say you should be cleaning your keyboard often. Once each month is a good solid goal to start with, increasing the number of cleanings during cold and flu season or if you work in an office/share keys with other members of your household.
Feb 3, 2020
How To Clean Hardwood Floors with Black TeaCleaning
It’s warm and soothing for your body, but did you know you can also use black tea to clean your hardwood floors? Tannins in the tea add a light, warm “stain” and help to bring out the wood’s natural warm tones. In addition to it’s beautifying qualities, black tea derived from the Camellia sinensis plant contain polyphenolic compounds that prevent microbial growth.
Feb 3, 2020
How To Clean and Remove Odors from a Garbage Disposal or BlenderCleaning
A dirty garbage disposal is often the culprit for bad smells in the kitchen. Food bits can cling to the disposal and pipes and create extremely unpleasant odors. The best way to de-stink your kitchen is with a healthy dose of all-natural ingredients that will loosen tough food particles and get the pipes moving! Any time I’m cooking or baking with lemons, I try to squeeze out any excess or leftover juice down my drains for that added smell of freshness in the kitchen.
Feb 2, 2020
How To Clean & Maintain a Gas StoveCleaning
The cleaning up part certainly isn’t as fun (or as tasty) as the cooking part, but it’s a job that must be done. Check out these handy tips for a stovetop your mother would be proud of! Cleaning as you go truly is the best way to save yourself from having to cleanup a disaster of a mess like the one above. But sometimes life gets busy and there just isn’t time between the cooking and the eating and the evening’s engagements to wipe down that stove.
Jan 30, 2020
DIY Home Decor: How To Make a Sliding Door for Under $40Projects & Improvements
Do you know what kind of looks you get when you go to the hardware store and tell the clerk you want to DIY a sliding door? When they point in the direction of “Doors & Windows,” you know it’s time to take matters into your own hands. I needed a door for a lofted space above our living room, and wanted the sliding effect. However, since it was a temporary solution, its construction needed to be simple and easy to do.
Dec 19, 2019
Tips & Tricks for Hanging Temporary Removable WallpaperProjects & Improvements
Hanging traditional wallpaper is daunting, but you can breathe a lot easier when you’ve got the removable and repositionable kind. The fear that you’ll screw up is minimal. Still, it’s helpful to know what you are getting yourself into before you get started. And tips and tricks are always handy! For this project, we used wallpaper tiles from Hygge & West designed by Laundry called Andalusia in Blush.
Dec 19, 2019
How to Blow Out an Egg for Decorating and Craft ProjectsProjects & Improvements
Whether Easter’s on its way or you’re just looking to decorate with eggs to add a touch of organic beauty around your home, blown eggs are a great way to utilize both the package, and the contents of the package with little to no waste at all. Raw eggs Thumbtack Toothpick or bamboo skewer Small bowl Straw (narrower the better) or syringe 1. Balance the egg vertically on the table and start by pressing a thumb tack into the very top point and bottom point of your egg.
Dec 19, 2019
How to Make An (Easy!) Wooden Shoe RackProjects & Improvements
A shoe rack is a great way to keep high traffic areas from getting cluttered with piles of shoes. To make one for the fancy footwear in your household, all you need is a free afternoon, power tools, and a can-DIY attitude! Personalize your rack by scaling up the length of the dowels for big shoes and boots, or scale down for those little pitter patters.
Dec 19, 2019
How To DIY a Stylish Futon That Doubles as Small Space StorageProjects & Improvements
In Brittany & Jordan’s newly renovated camper, a lot of DIY went a long way. To take the living space from floral to fabulous, Brittany proudly designed and built this storage futon herself. When she couldn’t find the right futon/couch/storage solution for the camper, she used her knowledge from years of working in her dad’s shop to come up with the design, cut all the pieces, assemble, rework and reassemble the structure.
Dec 19, 2019
Proof That Creating a Light Fixture is Easier Than You Might ThinkProjects & Improvements
The first time I visited Thomas’ home, he told me not to focus on the light hanging in his dining room—he had plans to make a custom fixture. After it was completed, I came back to take a look and was so impressed by how he was able to implement his vision while waiting patiently for all the pieces to fall into place. I often have an idea of something I want, in my mind. An end table, a dresser, a piece of serving ware, etc.
Dec 19, 2019
Fast & Fashionable: A Sweet Wooden Wall Hanging to DIYProjects & Improvements
Who says Valentines Day has to be all about flowers and perfume, and delicate things? Sure, those are nice, but if your snookums fancies craft projects and lovely artwork instead — well, this project is for them! 3′ wood dowel rods (I used 2 3/4″ diameter rods) String or twine Wood, styrofoam, or clay beads in all sizes Craft paint Power drill Saw Drill bits Scissors Sandpaper Small level (optional) Wood clamp (optional) Packing tape (optional) Craft needle (optional) 1.
Dec 19, 2019