Cleaning & Laundry : Home & Garden
Oriental and Persian rugs are frequently referenced interchangeably. Often they're perceived to be one and the same. However, there's a huge difference between the two terms. The distinction lies in the locations where the rugs are hand-crafted. Persian rugs are classified as Oriental rugs, but are
Making soap is as old as the hills, and there are just about as many soap recipes as soap makers. One thing all soap recipes have in common, however, is a basic set of steps and ingredients which, taken together, produce the chemical reaction known as saponification. As the American Heritage Diction
Part of the charm in older homes is the beautiful woodwork that gives a house its character. Builders of modern homes, especially those in subdivisions and developments from the 1950s on, often skimp on architectural details like window molding and trim, opting for the simplest and least...
Fiberglass is a composite material made of glass fibers in polymer resin mix. Uses of fiberglass include surfboards, kayaks, automobiles and boats. Decals and stickers are often applied to the surface of such fiberglass surfaces to add decoration and personalization. Stickers and decals leave behind
Bleach is an ubiquitous and especially useful household cleaner and disinfectant. However, the chemical properties that make bleach such an effective disinfectant also make it potentially hazardous if used incorrectly. For instance, bleach should never be mixed with any product containing ammonia as
You might think that because you use a shower every day to get clean that the shower would automatically stay clean. Unfortunately, that's not the case. Soap scum, hard water, shampoo and conditioner all lead to a buildup of dirt and grime. Add in mildew in a damp environment and cleaning a colored
You can install hardwood floors in nearly any area of the home, from hallways to kitchen and dining areas. The hardwood adds value to your home when you care for it properly, but when the hardwood is scraped, scuffed and dirty it quickly becomes an eyesore instead of an investment. To collect the de
The exteriors of microwave ovens are made of plastic. To repair a scratch in the handle of a Whirlpool microwave oven, you must even out the surface area of the plastic to remove the scratch. You'll need supplies from a hardware store along with supplies and tools commonly found in most households.
Schools and some workplaces often ban the use of chewing gum because of its tendency to stick to objects once it has been chewed and improperly discarded. Unfortunately, cotton fabric is one such surface to which sticky gum adheres well. Once the gum sticks to clothing, it becomes difficult to entir
The whitish “oxidation” you occasionally see on your Hunter boots is actually a process known as “blooming.” It is when wax injected into the rubber compound during the vulcanization process appears on the surface under certain conditions. The wax appears on the boot as white
Borax is a natural substance that has a variety of uses in the household, including its role as an ingredient in homemade detergents. Borax is environmentally safe and relatively inexpensive--you can make dishwashing detergent for less than a penny per load. By making your own laundry and dishwashin
Propane gas grills offer a quick, convenient grilling method without the mess and hassle of charcoal grills. The propane tanks that fuel such grills remain a very stable fire source but require care in use to avoid safety hazards. Proper care and maintenance enhance the grilling experience and lead
If you’ve spilled an entire bottle of nail polish on your carpet, you’ll need to work quickly and thoroughly to completely remove the stain. If there was quite a lot of nail polish, and you aren’t able to remove the stain as soon as possible, you might need to consult a professiona
Nothing can tarnish the esthetics of dishes like an ugly white film. Areas with hard water are prone to this problem, especially when a dishwasher is used. Film is the result of calcium and magnesium in the water being heated and cooled. This eventually dries on the dishes leaving a chalky, white re
Lemons can do so much more than just make lemonade. The juice, which is high in citric acid, provides a natural cleanser useful in numerous applications around the house. The next time you squeeze lemons, save the rinds with the residual juice and save some money on commercial cleansers as you tackl
Removing the flowers from a plant is known as deadheading. Deadheading a plant improves its appearance while preventing the plant from developing seed pods and prolonging the growing season. For a plant such as the iris, which may produce several flowers on a single stalk, deadheading will encoura
Ceramic tiles are known for their durability, longevity and aesthetic appeal. They are available in many different textures, patterns and designs to accommodate individual preferences and various home decor. Textured ceramic tiles require frequent cleaning to remove accumulated grime, debris and bui
I'm not a pack rat. In fact, I have the need to obsessively purge unnecessary items. Mostly everything in my closet is something high-quality, something I love or a classic piece that I will use forever. If you are the opposite-here are some ways to "let go."
Windows are integral to energy efficiency and climate control in your home. Even a small windowsill leak reduces your home's heat retention and can lead to indoor water damage. Prevent this from happening to your home by immediately repairing the source of the windowsill leak. The likely culprit is