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Buy Better Plants from Online Nurseries

Mail-order nurseries are sprouting up everywhere. Find new flowers and plants for your garden and yard

Home Maintenance

Revive Your Scissors

Tips for making your scissors work better.

Appliances

How to Buy Appliances That Will Last Much Longer

Here’s how consumers can identify the appliances that are likely to last as long as possible.

Garden

Safe Ways to Get Rid of Aphids, Caterpillars, Root Weevils and Fungus on Your Trees and Bushes

Here are effective remedies for common pests and diseases that hurt trees and bushes—without chemicals that could hurt people, pets or backyard animals.

Home Maintenance

Love Your Kitchen Countertops

Tips for cleaning and organizing your counters.

Cleaning

Vacuum Smarter, Not Harder

Tips for more efficient vacuuming.

Cleaning

Best Bathroom Cleaners from Common Household Items

Not-your-usual bathroom cleaners that work great.

Home

Your Pool Could Be Poisoning You

Chlorine tablets typically are used to inhibit microorganisms in swimming pools. But chlorine stings swimmers’ eyes, dries out hair and…

Garden

How to Grow Beautiful Houseplants from Pineapples, Ginger, Oranges and other Foods

It's easy to grow beautiful houseplants from scraps of fruits and vegetables you’d otherwise throw away.

Cleaning

Weird Cleaners That Really Work

Common household ingredients to clean the tough stuff.

Home

How to Make Your Christmas Tree Last Longer

There are lots of myths out there about how to keep a Christmas tree looking great for a long time. But we’ll tell you what really works.

Kitchen

5 Kitchen Gadgets That Make Great Gifts

Delight your friends and family with self-sharpening knives, perfectly curled butter and more.

Germs

Cutting Board Wisdom

Keep your cutting boards germ-free and smelling good.

Kitchen

Household Magic Tips: Odd Cleaners for Odd Kitchenware

Hacks of some common household items for tricky kitchen cleaning.

Garden

How to Harvest and Dry Garden Herbs

Dry your fresh garden herbs so you can enjoy them all year long. What's best—screening, bundling or paper bags—depends on which herbs you're drying.