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How to Remove Ink from Leather

Has your leather couch, purse, or car seat been tarnished by an unsightly ink stain? Reverse the damage with one of these four easy DIY …

Leather

10 Things You Never Knew Are Negotiable

Haggling over prices is a time-honored tradition in many countries, but American consumers aren’t particularly keen on negotiating. According to a …

Money

Indoor Composting 101 (and How to Get Started)

If you're venturing into indoor composting for the first time, use this guide to get a sound start and a superior compost for your garden.<p>Photo: …

Gardening

5 Questions to Ask Before Beginning a Bathroom Renovation

Is it time for a bathroom update? Read on for five questions you should ask yourself first to make the smartest remodeling decisions.<p>Photo: …

Bathrooms

10 Coffee Tables for Under $100

The term "cheap furniture" conjures visions of warped particle board tables or scuffed and rickety consoles, but there's more (and better) out there. …

Furniture

3 Quick Fixes for a Smelly Trash Can

True, your trash can will probably never smell like a fresh bouquet of flowers—but you do have the power to eliminate the worst of the stench.<p>For the …

Hacking

2 Ways to Remove Water Stains from Wood

So your guests didn't use a coaster and now there's a white ring on your coffee table? Here's how to recover.<p>Nothing ruins beautiful antique wood …

Furniture

The Best Things You Can Do for Your Yard This Fall

You may think of spring as the season to really get going on the garden, but professional landscapers know that fall is actually the best time to …

Gardening

Brick Floors - When, Where, and Why to Have Them at Home

Not for walls only, these rectangular building staples are catching on beneath the feet! Here’s why the multi-faceted material may deserve a place in …

Home Improvement

Yes, These 20 Weird and Wacky Museums Actually Exist

While The Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art are go-to destinations for history buffs and art aficionados, …

Museums

10 Things You Should Never Do When the Power Goes Out

We all freak out when we hear about an oncoming hurricane, but your house can lose electricity even during a run-of-the-mill rainstorm if a branch …

Home Improvement

How To: Clean Refrigerator Coils

The refrigerator is arguably the most important major appliance in the kitchen, and it’s often the most expensive one...

Home Improvement

3 Steps to Remove Mildew from Your Home Exterior

Don't let mildew spoil—or, worse, damage—your home's exterior. With the right tools and routine cleaning, you can banish mildew from your siding and …

Home Improvement

How to Get Rid of Squash Bugs

Protect your cucumbers, pumpkins, squash, and other gourds from squash bugs with these simple tips for removal and prevention.<p>Photo: …

Gardening

10 Things to Leave Behind the Next Time You Move

As homeowners pack moving boxes and wrap furniture in blankets, one question inevitably runs through their minds: How did I accumulate so many …

Hacking

The Best 10 Doormats Under $50

It’s a necessity for every household: a doormat. It not only serves as a welcome accent, but it stops dirt, water, and other messes from being …

Home Improvement

Video: 7 Secret Benefits of Clorox Bleach

Clorox can do more than whiten your whites. Did you know that the same bleach you use in the laundry can be put to us...

Handy

Weird but Awesome Ways to Use Leftover Wine

What good is a bottle of wine if you don't drink it? A lot, apparently. Here are some of the best alternative ways to use wine around the …

Wonderful

Best Handheld Vacuum - Shopping Tips & Product Reviews

To find the best mini-vac for you, figure out what features you need and then check out our choices for compact cleaning machines that won’t break …

Shopping

15 Genius Tricks for Keeping Your Car Clean

Whether you drive a family-friendly SUV, an oh-so-professional sedan, or an economy-minded compact, it can be tough to keep your ride looking its …

Hacking

Watering Plants - 12 Tips You Need to Know

How, when, and where you water your garden and houseplants can critically impact their greenery and blooms. Read on for the best ways to ensure …

Plants

Cedar Closets 101

Looking to stow your special-occasion and out-of-season clothing? Keep it safe from moth damage with cedar.<p>Photo: lowes.com<p>Prized for repelling …

Home Improvement

How to Get Rid of Spiders

You don't have to suffer from arachnophobia (a fear of spiders) to shiver at the thought of sharing a home with these eight-legged creatures. …

Spiders

How to Remove Stickers From Glass

Trying to get stubborn stickers, labels, and price tags off of glass is an age-old battle. Get unstuck with one of these simple solutions.<p>Photo: …

Remove

Endless Acres: 14 of the Biggest Properties in the United States

While the average lot size of a home in the United States is about one-fifth of an acre, some super-size abodes boast ginormous backyards that span …

Real Estate

How to Cut Plastic - 3 Ways

When a project calls for cutting acrylic or polycarbonate, don’t throw in the towel—you likely have all the tools you need at home.<p>Photo: …

Circular Saw

15 Things Never to Put in the Fridge

The refrigerator is one of the greatest inventions of all time. It provides a safe and convenient place to store food, and it puts ice cold beverages …

Coconut

The 15 Best Amazon Buys for Under $5

Amazon is loved for its great deals and quick shipping. Some prices from this virtual retailer, you just can't beat. Here's a roundup of the best …

Hacking

Enter Bob Vila’s 3rd Annual $3,000+ Kitchen Appliance Giveaway Today! - Bob Vila

Enter today and every this month for a chance to win your choice of eight prize packages from Cuisinart!<p>In many households, life revolves around the …

Waffles

Build a Tabletop Fire Pit in 6 Steps

With little more than a planter, pebbles, and a fuel can, you can soon cozy up around a tiny campfire.<p>Photo: Ohoh Blog for Bob Vila<p>What’s summer …

Landscaping