How to Fix Drafty Windows Before Winter Weather Arrives

When I purchased my first home—a 100+ year old farmhouse—one of the biggest issues we had to deal with was the windows. They were the house’s original single-pane windows, and as you might suspect, they were extremely drafty, rattling around in the win…

When I purchased my first home—a 100+ year old farmhouse—one of the biggest issues we had to deal with was the windows. They were the house’s original single-pane windows, and as you might suspect, they were extremely drafty, rattling around in the wind and letting lots of cold air into our home.

Not only are drafty windows inconvenient, but they can have a big impact on your heating bills during the winter. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that heat loss through windows is responsible for 25 to 30 percent of residential heating energy use, which means that fixing drafty windows can help lower your monthly utility costs. The good news, however, is that there are several ways you can stop cold air from seeping into your home, many of which are easy and affordable to implement before winter arrives.

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How to Eliminate Pet Odors in Your Home

I share my home with two adorable dogs and a precious kitty, and while there are many great things about having a multi-pet household—endless snuggles, never feeling lonely, constant entertainment—one of the downsides is that pet odors can take over qu…

I share my home with two adorable dogs and a precious kitty, and while there are many great things about having a multi-pet household—endless snuggles, never feeling lonely, constant entertainment—one of the downsides is that pet odors can take over quickly. Between wet dog funk and litter box odors, I have to stay on top of cleaning to prevent my house from smelling like animals all the time.

If you’re looking for ways to get rid of pet smells, there are a few easy steps—and several game-changing products—that you should incorporate into your regular cleaning routine. Here’s how to keep your home smelling fresh and clean, no matter how many animals you share it with.

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How to Use a Clothes Steamer Properly, According to the Pros

If you need to de-wrinkle a dress shirt but don’t feel like breaking out your ironing board, a garment steamer can get the job done just as well… if you know the right way to use it. Clothing steamers use hot steam—typically 200 degrees or more—to smoo…

If you need to de-wrinkle a dress shirt but don’t feel like breaking out your ironing board, a garment steamer can get the job done just as well… if you know the right way to use it. Clothing steamers use hot steam—typically 200 degrees or more—to smooth out fabric and release wrinkles, and many people find them easier to use than irons, as there’s less risk of scorching your favorite clothes.

However, the best clothes steamers are only effective if you use them properly. If you don’t, you may end up with water splatter everywhere and just as many wrinkles as you started with. To ensure you get professional-grade results with your new garment steamer, we asked laundry experts Jonathon Reckles of CD One Price Cleaners and Alicia Sokolowski, president and co-CEO of AspenClean, for their best clothes steaming tips—here’s what they had to say.

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These 6 Halloween Décor Trends Are Going to Be *Everywhere* This Year

If you’re like me, you probably get excited at the first sign of leaves changing, signaling the fall—and more importantly Halloween—is right around the corner. I generally wait until the end of September to start putting up my Halloween décor, but if y…

If you’re like me, you probably get excited at the first sign of leaves changing, signaling the fall—and more importantly Halloween—is right around the corner. I generally wait until the end of September to start putting up my Halloween décor, but if you want to get a jump on the holiday, who am I to judge?

As you stock up on pumpkins and other Halloween décor essentials, you may want to incorporate a few trendy pieces into your display, too, and there’s no shortage of cute, creepy and downright scary options to choose from this year. From Hocus Pocus-themed displays to terrifying tableware, the following are going to be some of the biggest Halloween décor trends for 2022.

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How to Keep Your Cats Off the Kitchen Counter, Once & For All

After several years of model behavior, one of my cats recently discovered that very tasty food like shredded chicken is often left on the kitchen counter at dinnertime. Now, it seems like I can’t turn my back without Henry sneakily jumping on the count…

After several years of model behavior, one of my cats recently discovered that very tasty food like shredded chicken is often left on the kitchen counter at dinnertime. Now, it seems like I can’t turn my back without Henry sneakily jumping on the counter to grab a bite. 

Henry isn’t the first feline who prefers the kitchen counter over the best cat trees. Over time, I’ve found several tactics to keep my kitties with four paws on the floor. If you’re looking for ways to keep cats off the counter, here are the strategies that have worked for me (and thus, my dearest Henry).

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5 Laundry Mistakes You Didn’t Realize You Were Making

I don’t claim to be a laundry expert, but I think at this point in my life I mostly have the chore figured out… right? Maybe not. The other day I was lamenting that one of my shirts came out of the washing machine with a snag in it, and my mom asked if…

I don’t claim to be a laundry expert, but I think at this point in my life I mostly have the chore figured out… right? Maybe not. The other day I was lamenting that one of my shirts came out of the washing machine with a snag in it, and my mom asked if I left any zippers undone. It turns out you’re supposed to close any zippers before putting clothing in the wash—otherwise, the metal teeth can grab onto other fabrics. Maybe it’s just a common sense thing, but I truly never thought of it.

The whole situation got me thinking: What other laundry mistakes am I making? I reached out to a few experts to ask what laundry mistakes they often see most often, and it turns out there are quite a few things that I didn’t know about.

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Don’t Forget to Sterilize Your Canning Jars—Here’s How

We’ve officially reached the point in summer when my garden is producing way more vegetables than we could possibly eat. I’m talking 3 or 4 pounds of cucumbers per day! Because I hate to see anything go to waste, I started learning how to preserve prod…

We’ve officially reached the point in summer when my garden is producing way more vegetables than we could possibly eat. I’m talking 3 or 4 pounds of cucumbers per day! Because I hate to see anything go to waste, I started learning how to preserve produce a few years ago, and now, canning is one of my favorite summertime activities. On any given weekend, you can find me pickling cucumbers, zucchini, and beets or making jam from homegrown rhubarb and peaches.

I’ll be the first to admit that canning can be a bit intimidating, as you have to follow recipes precisely and properly sterilize your equipment to ensure the food is safe to eat down the road. There’s a lot of different information online about how to sterilize canning jars, so we turned to the experts at Ball for definitive answers on how it should be done and when it’s necessary. Here’s what they told us.

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12 Uber-Organized Linen Closets That Will Inspire You to Tidy Up

I’ve always struggled to keep my linen closet organized. It always starts out with neat stacks of sheets and towels, but then I’ll pull my favorite pieces from the bottom of a pile or knock over the neatly folded linens. Within a week or two, all sembl…

I’ve always struggled to keep my linen closet organized. It always starts out with neat stacks of sheets and towels, but then I’ll pull my favorite pieces from the bottom of a pile or knock over the neatly folded linens. Within a week or two, all semblance of organization has gone out the window, and it will usually stay messy (and frustrating) for a few months until I pull everything out and start all over again.

To break the never-ending cycle, I went searching for the internet’s best organization tips, and I found lots of different ideas that will help even the messiest people (a.k.a. me) keep their linens neat and tidy. Here are some of the best linen closet organization tips that came up in my search.

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The Best Way to Unclog Every Drain in Your Home

There comes a time in everyone’s life when we’re forced to deal with a dreaded drain clog. It could be caused by flushing too much toilet paper, letting hair go down the shower drain or putting grease into your garbage disposal, but regardless of the c…

There comes a time in everyone’s life when we’re forced to deal with a dreaded drain clog. It could be caused by flushing too much toilet paper, letting hair go down the shower drain or putting grease into your garbage disposal, but regardless of the culprit, it’s important to know the best ways to unclog a drain so you can get your plumbing back in working order.

To find the best methods for unclogging different drains—including toilets, sinks and showers—we chatted with a plumbing expert, who shared his do’s and don’ts when it comes to clogs. Here’s what he recommends.

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How to Clean All of Your Most-Used Summer Gear

Summer is prime time for outdoor activities, and if you’re anything like me, chances are you spend every possible weekend hanging by the pool, lounging on the beach, or riding down the bike path with friends and family—after all, New England summers ar…

Summer is prime time for outdoor activities, and if you’re anything like me, chances are you spend every possible weekend hanging by the pool, lounging on the beach, or riding down the bike path with friends and family—after all, New England summers are fleeting, so I have to make the most of the nice weather! There’s no shortage of fun things to do in the summer, but a lot of these seasonal activities require special gear and, in turn, special gear requires special cleaning.

After a long day of fun in the sun, you probably don’t want to think about cleaning. (Personally, it’s never one of my favorite topics to dwell on.) However, it’s important to wash your gear properly if you want it to be in top shape for summers to come. After, lawn chairs, pool toys, coolers and more are all prone to mold, mildew, unsavory odors and deterioration if they’re left dirty. The good news? Most of these items are truly easy to clean—here’s what you’ll want to do to get them looking like new.

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