How to Clean Stainless-Steel Appliances and Surfaces in Your Home

kirstyokeeffe/iStock “How do you clean stainless steel?” That might sound like a ridiculous question; after all, it can’t be stained, right? Wrong. Your appliances, range, or countertop may be stainless steel but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t get any less of a cleaning than other surfaces in your kitchen. So let’s take a look at why […]

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Check Yourself: 7 Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Tackle in October

schulzie/iStock; realtor.com Ah, October. Temperatures are dropping, the days are growing shorter, and the pumpkin spice latte is, in a word, inescapable. But before you go hog wild with the Halloween decorations and settle in for that horror movie binge session, take some time to prep your home for winter’s onslaught (buzzkill, we know!). Luckily, we’re here […]

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What’s the Best Vacuum for You? The Ultimate Guide

South_agency/iStock What’s the best vacuum? Homeowners across the country (and around the world!) obsess over this question, since having clean, dust-free floors is a high priority. Yet here’s a little-known secret: There is no best. At least not for everyone. “As our testers will tell you, there is no perfect [vacuum],” reveals Mary H.J. Farrell, senior […]

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9 Cleaning Myths That Could Be Wrecking Your House

monkeybusinessimages/iStock Urban myths live forever on the internet. Enter your PIN backward at an ATM and you’ll summon the police! (Cool, but not true.) The cast of “Friends” is in talks for a reunion! (For the millionth time, this ain’t happening.) Actual sharks were caught up in Hurricane Irma! (No.) With such rampant lies in mind, […]

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Want to Get the Most Money for Your Home? Don’t Do These 9 Things

kvkirillov/realtor.com Owning a home and making mortgage payments is like putting money in the bank. Barring a market reversal, that nest egg of equity in your home will grow and grow. And for most homeowners, their house is their largest asset—which means there’s a lot of money at stake when it comes time to sell. Want […]

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How to Clean Air Conditioner Coils Before Temperatures Spike

RonFullHD/iStock If you want to keep your cool this summer, give your AC a little TLC. Whether you have central air or a wall unit, the secret to keeping your appliance working as efficiently and inexpensively as possible is knowing how to clean air conditioner coils. Francis Dietz, vice president of public affairs for the Air […]

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A Guide to Smart Cleaning Gadgets, From Robovacs to Trash Cans and Beyond

coffeekai/iStock Sure, smart home security systems and smart thermostats are cool, but robots that will clean your house? Now we’re talking! Which is why, in this latest installment of The Connected Home highlighting just how smart your home can be, we’re telling you all about the most cutting-edge cleaning gadgets at your disposal. Although we’re still […]

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20 Uses for Baking Soda in Your Home, From Cleaning to Firefighting

ThamKC/iStock A little box of baking soda goes a long way toward making your house look and smell fresh. While other multipurpose grime-fighters cost a pretty penny, humble baking soda gives you the best of both worlds: It’s effective and affordable! This sodium bicarbonate salt does everything from making cakes rise to neutralizing odors in the […]

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How to Clean Dryer Vents (and What Can Happen If You Don’t)

JodiJacobson/iStock If your clothes take forever and a day to dry, it might be high time you learned how to clean the dryer vents. Ask yourself, honestly, when was the last time you did it. Maybe never? No, we’re not talking about the screen inside the dryer. We’re talking about the silver tube that carries all that hot, wet air outside. These vents can […]

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