6 Surprising Things in Your Home That Can Explode Out of the Blue

tiero/iStock Home is supposed to be a place where you feel safe and protected … but of course that doesn’t mean it’s completely danger-free. Far from it! For instance, did you know that your shower door can explode? Or your pantry? This really happens, folks—and although such calamities are rare, there are things you can do to […]

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Reflect on This: 3 Things You Should Never Do With Mirrors—and 5 Things You Should

Terraxplorer/iStock In the world of home decor, mirrors can be a magical design tool. They can brighten a dark room. They can make a tiny space look much bigger. And they can add an affordable touch of glamour to even the most ordinary of spaces. But you shouldn’t hang mirrors just anywhere. Decorating with mirrors comes with […]

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Self-Cleaning Toilets: Do They Really Work?

Philartphace/istock Who wouldn’t want a self-cleaning toilet? Of all the household items that people despise cleaning, this one probably tops the list. Self-cleaning toilets first appeared a few years ago in luxury hotels in Asia and Europe such as the Park Hyatt Zurich. Now, prices are dropping and they are making their way into regular homes. But come on—do […]

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How to Fix a Running Toilet in 8 Painless Steps

smusselm/iStock If there’s one skill that should be in everyone’s home improvement arsenal, it’s knowing how to fix a running toilet. Not only is it virtually guaranteed to crop up at some point in all of our lives, but this minor inconvenience can also have a surprisingly large impact on the environment and your wallet. The experts at […]

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Shower Curtain Ideas: Cheap Bathroom Makeover at Its Best

Carol Yepes/Getty Images You might think that as long as your shower curtain keeps water from flooding your bathroom, it’s doing its job—but your shower curtain could do so much more. Really! Some shower curtains, for instance, are naturally resistant to mold. Others are easy to clean, or affordable, or add a sumptuous vibe to this private space. […]

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Remodeling Your Kitchen? The Most Popular Appliances, Finishes, and Flooring

GeorgePeters/iStock A lack of homes on the market coupled with soaring real estate prices is leading more homeowners to make the most of their current abodes, particularly the kitchens. And why not? It’s often less stressful, and sometimes even more cost-effective, than getting baited into a bidding war over one of the few good properties for […]

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How to Regrout Tile in Your Kitchen, Bathroom, and Beyond

abbesses/iStock If you have tile in your bathroom, kitchen, or other area of your home, sooner or later you will want to know how to regrout it. And for good reason: Grout—that cement filler between your tiles—can get discolored or dirty, despite your best efforts to clean it. And over time, grout can break apart, leaving a crumbly […]

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7 Bathroom Design Trends Home Buyers Want to Flush Away

piovesempre/iStock Homeowners love their bathrooms. We totally get it—you spend a decent amount of time in there, and you want it to be the ultimate Zen oasis. And since potential buyers want that, too, you’re likely willing to splurge to make your lavatory lush and plush. But one person’s lush can be another’s flush—as in flush away that […]

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