Category Archives: house and home
A group of spare garden solar lights can be used indoors as light sources and are especially useful during power outages, writes Danella Roberson of Dolton, Ill. Just re-energize them during the daylight hours.
Ronald Moberg of Weaverville, NC, started saving money by putting a timer on a bathroom exhaust fan that was sucking up unnecessary electric charges: “After frequently realizing, hours later, that the bathroom exhaust fan was still running, I decided to … 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
Janie Barcus of Parsons, KS., saves money on trash bags by reusing the plastic bags from the dry cleaners. She just ties a knot in the end where the hanger goes through, then uses the bag as a trash can … 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
Need a better way to keep that recipe card visible while multi-tasking around the kitchen? Myra Kinsman of Milo, ME offers this tip: “Keep a recipe card upright by placing it in the tines of a fork and putting the … 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
Loose screw giving you grief? Susan Goldsberry of Newalla, OK suggests grabbing a toothpick to keep it in place: “If you have a screw that is loose it’s probably because the hole has been wallowed out. An easy fix is … Continue reading
Teenagers can sleep through anything. Will your kids hear the smoke alarm when it goes off? WFMY in Greensboro, NC, has a startling report that will help you keep your family safe in a fire emergency.
This report from KARE in Minneapolis-St. Paul has great advice on how to reduce the waste from your kitchen.
If your morning pot of coffee has grounds resting in the bottom of the pot, your coffee filter is probably collapsing in when you start the brewing process, says Laura Medley of Owensboro, Ky. Whether you get your coffee maker … 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.
Elisa Gustafson of Denver, Colo. has a clever idea! Add a teaspoon of water on the bottom of your glass candle holder. The water will help dissipate the heat and when the candle burns down it will come right out!
“An electric hot water heater uses about 20% of your monthly utility usage,” says RB Juneau of Orange Park, Fla. You can install an electric programmable timer for about $150 (electrician labor and parts). They can be programmed to turn … Continue reading
This tip involves removing your wall paper in three easy steps. Spray paper with fabric softener Let it soak and remove. Thanks for the idea Gail Ferren of Sun City, Ariz.
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
Sharon Knox of Denver, CO, is a step ahead with this idea. You know how 2 year olds get into everything! My grandson is no exception. I have one room off limits containing many untouchables. The door is often left … Continue reading
Spend a weekend this month to get your family and home prepared for a disaster. Make an emergency plan, collect important information, and stock this list of emergency supplies.
Rubbing olive oil on your granite counter top brings out the luster and protects from water stains. Great idea from Lorri Hein of Midway, GA.
To clean vintage glassware or stained glassware and vases simply put a denture tablet inside glass or vase, add hot water and let sit for a day. Repeat if stubborn stains remain. Thanks to Kay Vergnetti of Scottsdale, AZ, for … Continue reading