Category Archives: chores
Reader Marielle D. Marne of Phoenix must be peeking in on our paint jobs. Her tip is one we’re sure to remember. “Having just painted the wall around our fireplace, and not being the neatest painter, I thought I’d pass … Continue reading
Reader Cathy Truesdale of Wheaton, Ill., is a fan of using natural ingredients. “My recipe for soft, sweet-smelling clothes is ¼ cup each of baking soda, washing soda and borax mixed with phosphate-free laundry soap,” she e-mails. “For clothing with … Continue reading
Shopping can be a real chore, but some of us have figured out tricks to save time, money and energy. Tell us your great ideas to be shared with readers.
Looking for an inexpensive chemical-free cleaner? Then look no further than your kitchen cabinets. Marcia Irvin of Post Falls, ID, writes: “For cleaning I use inexpensive white vinegar. It’s antibacterial, safe around children and pets, and cleans as well as … Continue reading
Daniel Briganti of Baldwin, NY, makes switching out trash bags less of a hassle by keeping replacements handy. “Place several bags (often a whole box will fit) into the bottom of the can before you add the new liner bag,” he … Continue reading
Feeling stuck? A new book, Instant Influence: How to Get Anyone to Do Anything — Fast helps people find their own reasons for completing a task. Here are author Michael V. Pantalon’s expert tips: Start small. Focus on the smallest … Continue reading
Alisa Tjelmeland of Littleton, CO offers this tip to help make sure you get the most out of your trash bags–and save yourself unnecessary trips to the trash can: “Instead of taking out a trash bag that is stinky but only … Continue reading
A regular weekly, monthly and annual schedule of preventive home maintenance can thwart a host of expensive problems down the road and keep your house in tiptop condition.
That nook under your appliances can get messy as crumbs and other miscellaneous items slip underneath. Don’t try and move the massive machine to clean out the grime. Just use this tip from Joyce Martin of Las Vegas. To clean … Continue reading
You go through this every season. It’s time to pack up your spring clothes and you wonder if a certain shirt was even worn and if you should toss or donate it. Can decide whether to keep or donate items … Continue reading
Peggy Emerson of Bailey, NC, says, “I have found that I can tear dryer sheets in half and they are just as good as a whole sheet. This way, I can save money and still get soft, static free laundry.” … Continue reading
Donna Schuster of Neenah, WI, knows how to make good manners a good habit. When our children were young they frequently received cash or checks for gifts. The rule was the check or cash got pinned on the bulletin board … Continue reading
If there is lively music (i.e. jazz, or Broadway musicals) heard near my home, chances are we are cleaning. To make the chores ‘fun,’ we set aside an hour or so, split up into teams and put on a selection … Continue reading
The best household tip I ever received was from my sister-in-law, Teri. To cut your laundry duties in half, simply buy everyone in the family their own laundry basket to keep in their room. (We bought four from the dollar … Continue reading