How To Remove Soot and Smoke Stains From Your Fireplace.

By: Chrisjob Dec 08, 2007

The winter time is the right time for nestling besides the glow from your fireplace. Unfortunately, the escape of smoke can often leave deposits on the stones or bricks on your hearth, To clean them, simply dissolve Tri-Sodium Phosphate (TSP) into a bucket of water, following the directions on the package, then scrub it down with a firm-bristled brush. Repeat as necessary, then rinse.

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Home Made Swiffers!

By: Diy maven Nov 30, 2007

Merwing posted a pic of these home made Swiffer items. To go really green, I’d use old sweatshirts to make them instead of buying new fleece. The mop cover doesn’t even require a how-to it’s so easy to make! I don’t use the Swiffer duster dealie, so I’m not sure how the fabric ‘hair’ would attach. For those who do use them, is the construction and assembly self-explanatory? Via Craftzine.

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2,000 Uses For WD-40.

By: Chrisjob Nov 28, 2007

Holy Cow! 2,000?

I can't even begin to create a sample list, so I'll just direct you to the list and provide the basic categories under which they're organized. 

  • Home and Garden
  • Automobile
  • On the Job
  • In the Garage and Worksop
  • Other
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How To Clean Silver [the natural way].

By: Chrisjob Nov 15, 2007

It's the most wonderful time of the year...and by wonderful, we mean getting out your fanciest china and tableware.  If you have a sharp looking set of sterling silver, keep it tarnish free with this natural, earth-friendly cleaning method.


  • Silverware (or jewelry, if you please)
  • Saucepan
  • Aluminum foil
  • Baking Soda
  • Tongs
  • Clean, soft rag

Read the full instructions from

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UBS Upright Desk Vacuum

By: Diy maven Nov 06, 2007

At only 8" high, this little vacuum will keep those morning donut crumbs under control. It’s equipped with a 45" cord and its handle enables you to convert from upright to almost flat, just like a full-size Hoover. From whatever works for $19.99. (Due back in stock on 11/12/07)

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Thirteen Alternative Uses For Vodka.

By: Chrisjob Nov 05, 2007

As always, there's more than one. You'll note the original list includes fifteen items, but an episode of Mythbusters debunked that vodka helps with poison ivy/oak, and that it deters bees. Still, thirteen other uses can't be beat.

1. Remove a bandaid with less pain.

2. Clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers,

3. Clean your eyeglasses.

4. Prolong the life of razor blades

5. Clean vomit stains.

6. Use as an astringent

7. Mix with shampoo to cleanContinue Reading

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Remove Scratches From CDs and DVDs!

By: Chrisjob Oct 27, 2007



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15 Wonderful Uses For Tea.

By: Chrisjob Oct 27, 2007

Gomestic comes through again with another list of additional uses for a household item:

Fifteen Wonderful Uses for Tea.

  1. Soothe razor burn.
  2. Refresh tired eyes.
  3. Ease pain and bleeding of a lost tooth.
  4. De-stink your feet.
  5. Relieve pain from shots and injections.
  6. Reduce pain from sunburn.
  7. Salve poison ivy rash.
  8. Gargle to reduce toothache.
  9. Wash your hair.
  10. Clean wood furniture.
  11. Nourish your roses.
  12. Clean a mirror.
  13. Keep potted plants healthier
  14. Use as potpourri.
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15 Great Decluttering Tips

By: Chrisjob Oct 26, 2007
  1. Declutter for 15 minutes every day.
  2. Don’t allow things into the house in the first place.
  3. Donate stuff you’re decluttering.
  4. Create a Joe’s Goals chart with decluttering on it.
  5. Start at the corner by the door and move your way around the room.
  6. Whenever you’re boiling the kettle for tea, tidy up the kitchen.
  7. Use the “one in, two out” rule.
  8. Make your storage space smaller.
  9. Clothing rule.
  10. The One-Year Box.
  11. Declutter one room.
  12. Keep a list in your plannerContinue Reading
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12 Quick Home Repairs.

By: Chrisjob Oct 25, 2007

Here's 12 quick home repairs: "15 Minute Fixes that won't put a dent in your weekend."

  • Repair marked lineoleum floors
  • Revive parched cutting boards
  • Unjamming sliding windows
  • Plumping up deflated cushions
  • Cleaning decanters
  • Organizing and storing cords
  • Fixing unfurled wallpaper
  • Tightening caning
  • Washing chandeliers
  • Removing stubborn decals
  • Removing stuck light bulbs
  • Whitening bathtub stains.
Read the details from Real Simple magazine.
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10 Homemade Air Fresheners

By: Chrisjob Oct 08, 2007

Vacuum. Squeeze a bit of fresh lime or lemon juice in your vacuum's bag before sweeping your carpet.

Extracts. Combine vanilla, almond, or other extract with a cup of water, and spritz with a spray bottle about your living space.

Vinegar. Simply place a bowl of vinegar in the living room, kitchen, bathroom, etc, and let it sit while you're away for a few hours. When you return, the vinegar smell will have gone away, taking other odorsContinue Reading

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22 Alternative Uses for Petroleum Jelly.

By: Chrisjob Oct 01, 2007

According to Wikipedia:

"The raw material for petroleum jelly was discovered in 1859 in Titusville, Pennsylvania where it was stuck to some of the first oil rigs in the U.S. The workers disliked the paraffin like material because it caused the rigs to seize up, but they used it on cuts and burns because it hastened healing. Robert Chesebrough, a young chemist whose previous work of distilling fuel from the oil of sperm whales had been renderedContinue Reading

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Top 10 ways to dust proof your house.

By: Diy maven Sep 28, 2007

Keeping dust under control isn’t just an aesthetic thing; it can also be an allergy thing. Here are some tips from RD and Garden and Hearth to keep the mites under control.

10. Skip the heavy drapes. Curtains and heavy drapery capture dust. Consider replacing them with blinds or shutters, which are easily cleaned.

9. Mind your bed. Rotate your bed and wash bedding (in water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit) weekly. You might also want toContinue Reading

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How To Treat Specific Carpet Spills and Stains.

By: Chrisjob Sep 26, 2007

Here's the skinny on specific techniques fo removing most carpet-staining culprits. (Read this post too!)

The "Housekeeper" from Club Femina suggests solutions for:

  • Acid
  • Alcohol
  • Blood
  • Butter
  • Wax
  • Gum
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Crayon
  • Gravy
  • Mud
  • Soda

And all sorts more...


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Basic Soap Making.

By: Chrisjob Sep 19, 2007

"The intention here is to provide the basic data on how to make soap from the most basic materials. There are many fancier soap recipes which make better soaps, as long as you have all the ingredients.





A small plastic dishpan, about 10″ x 12″ 
A glass or enamel 2-quart saucepan 
1 can of lye (sodium hydroxide), 12 ounces 
3 pounds of lard 
Plastic gloves [really; use eye-protection too] 

Learn the a couple of basic soap makingContinue Reading

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8 Ways to Conquer Clutter.

By: Chrisjob Sep 18, 2007

You have things that you haven't used in years. Stuff that doesn't fit. Stuff that's ugly. BeingParent offers 8 tips to help you Let Go of Clutter.

1. Throw it away.

2. Get storage containers.

3. Free Stuff is not always good.

4. Give it away.

5. Sell it.

6. Shred it.

7. Get professional help.

8. Create and Stick to a schedule.




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Cure Your Home in 8 Weeks with Apartment Therapy's Fall Cure 2007!!!

By: Chrisjob Sep 09, 2007

Beginning Monday, September 10th, Apartment Therapy begins their Fall Cure: the 8 week program to declutter, dedrama, and decor a room in your home. The process is outline in the AT book, and you can join your closest regional cure group, and post your progress on its Flickr page!

(The best part = it ends with a party!)




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15 Household Uses for Table Salt.

By: Chrisjob Sep 06, 2007

"Thousands of years ago salt was a valuable commodity and was used in place of money. Salt was given to the parents of the groom until the 8th century and by the 12th century it was sold for it's weight in gold. Salt has been used for many things through the years and in many ways but in our day we know it mostly for it's ability to enhance the flavor of our food."

  • Discern a fresh egg.
  • Discourage ants
  • Cooking apples
  • Color pantyhose
  • Clean oven messes
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How to Organize Your Manuals, Warranties, and Instructions.

By: Chrisjob Sep 04, 2007

Though stereotypes abound, I (a man) love to read the paperwork and manuals that come with a new purchase. I'll sit down and read the whole thing before I even mess with my new gear, somewhat for safety and know-how, but mostly to prolong the excitement.

    And I keep all the manuals. There's boxes in my basement, and it takes way too long to sort through all the nonsense just to reference a quick setting. So, though they're not rocketscience,Continue Reading

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30 Unique Uses for Dental Floss.

By: Chrisjob Sep 04, 2007

You know you should floss daily. It removes the goo from in between your teeth that your brush simply cannot reach. While you have it out, check out 30 other uses from

Some Highlights:

  • Hang things
  • Cut food into thin slices
  • Patch holes
  • Repair clothing
  • Separate stuck photographs
  • Remove food from a baking tray
  • Remove a tight ring from a finger
  • Repair glue joints in furniture
  • Clean inside small cracks and crevices
Floss illustration fromContinue Reading
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