How To Get Rid Of Smoke Smells and Prep Kitchen Cabinets for Paint (Reader Questions)

If you’ve “Liked” the Housewife How To’s Facebook page, you know that I regularly answer reader questions about housekeeping dilemmas. Sometimes, when the questions involve situations many of us may face, they’re best answered in a blog entry. This week’s entry involves two somewhat similar problems: getting rid of the smoke smell in a recently […]

How To Clean Trash Cans

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Knowing how to clean trash cans properly, and doing it as part of your cleaning routine, will go a long way toward eliminating household odors and fruit flies. Few things are nastier than walking into a home that reeks of garbage except having to bat at flies that hatched on that filth. You will need […]

How To Clean A Vacuum Cleaner

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As one of the more expensive cleaning appliances, it’s important to know how to clean a vacuum cleaner to protect your investment. A few minutes before and after each use will keep your vacuum cleaner running efficiently, which means you’re doing your carpets a favor, too. How To Clean A Vacuum Cleaner Before Each Use […]

Chores That Kids Can Do

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I’m often asked by harried moms for a list of chores that kids can do. Not surprisingly, these requests spike during summer vacation when so many kids view any unscheduled moment as cause to complain about having nothing to do. Mom, meanwhile, often finds that “vacation” means twice as much cooking and cleaning. Personally, I […]

How To Reduce Household Dust

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If you have allergy-sufferers in your family, you need to know how to reduce household dust. According to the makers of one furniture spray, the average home collects 40 lbs. of dust in one year. Forty pounds! Add in older carpeting, kids, a couple of cats, and a busy schedule and the figure is probably […]