If you are seeking to avoid chlorine or other harsh chemicals in your pool, there are many different options to choose from. Overall, maintaining a pool with a chemical-free system is no more expensive or difficult than using a system that contains dangerous chemicals. The biggest task lies in decid
Wood floors require regular maintenance in order for them to remain in peak condition. Dirt and debris can act as an abrasive and dull the floor, if not regularly removed. That said, if you do not clean your wood floor properly, you can damage it, but you don't have to spend a fortune to clean it; a
Many batteries used in vehicles contain sulfuric acid to generate the charge. Some of the batteries use acid in a water solution that needs refilling when the liquid gets low. Doing this sometimes results in overfilling, leading to a spill of the battery acid. The acidic liquid is highly corrosive
With frequent use, it's common for stovetops to develop brown stains underneath the drip pans. These dried brown stains can be stubborn to remove if you don't know how to clean them properly, and trying the wrong approach can end up scratching the surface of the stovetop. Fortunately, these stains a
Smoke from a fireplace, stove, cigarettes or a freestanding heater will leave stains on a variety of surfaces in your home including furnishings and walls. Over time, the caked-on smoke discolors walls, baseboards, trim, fixtures and other surfaces. The cleaning process is time-consuming and messy,
Earn extra cash by renting out a parking space in your garage or the entire garage. While those in urban areas can make more renting out a garage due to the lack of parking spaces in cities, those in suburbs or rural areas can have success renting out garage space to drivers, artists, carpenters or
Marigolds will keep mosquitoes away from your home according to an old wives' tale or urban legend. The belief is that the mosquitoes dislike the natural scent of the marigold plants.
In the past, the word "concrete" has brought to mind ugly, drab, gray surfaces that were good only for driveways, parking lots, sidewalks and maybe patios. But the advent of stains made especially to color concrete any shade, concrete has become a surface utilized for countertops, floors and decorat
Flea bites are itchy, annoying and in extreme cases can cause anemia and hair loss. Fleas carry tapeworms and their bites may cause an allergic reaction. They can easily be transmitted from animals to humans. Once fleas have infested your home, they are very hard to remove. Remedies often call for
Gasoline stains on concrete, whether old or new, can be treated much like oily spills on concrete. Cleaning requires several steps, due to the absorbent nature of concrete (especially if it is not sealed concrete). Although tough, concrete can be damaged from harsh cleaning methods--however, there a
Combine hay bales and pumpkins and turn your yard into the hit of the neighborhood. Hay bales and pumpkins are budget-friendly and work well with other fall items such as scarecrows, Indian corn and wheat shafts. Make the yard whimsical with friendly faces on the pumpkins or carve smiling faces to m
Cabinets are one of the first things people notice when they walk into your kitchen. It goes without saying that kitchen cabinets are susceptible to grease and grime from cooking. Dirty cabinets diminish the appearance of the entire room. It is important to clean grease and grime from kitchen cabine
Laundry bags are an innovative creation that come in different shapes, sizes, materials and colors. The most common type is made of a mesh material. These types of bags are very useful when washing delicates because they protect the gentle fabrics from being torn or stretched out in the washing mach
Staining concrete is a way of adding color to what is generally a dull colorless surface. But while adding a splash of color over the gray of concrete may increase the visual appeal of the stone somewhat, there are times when you may want to decorate the surface even further. By cutting the stone, t
1If you have a bench vise, clamp the tool into it with the blade facing down. If you don't have a vice you can do tool maintenance on a solid concrete surface.2Coat the blade with kerosene or a penetrating oil.3Brush downward, using steel wool or a wire brush. Depending on how rusty the...
Ticks are not just hazardous because they crawl on your skin and suck your blood; they can also carry disease. Using essential oils, you can make natural tick repellents to protect your and your family.
Terracotta tile lends a warm, earthy feel to any interior space, but the naturally porous material can also act like a magnet for dirt. Cleaning the tile with the wrong kinds of products may result in unsightly surface buildup or even damage to the finish. Several cleaning methods will remove all bu
Suede is a type of leather that is popular because of its soft feel and elegant look. However, it is also one of the most delicate and fragile fabrics to clean. Sometimes you'll find fabric glue you want to remove from the seams of your suede jacket. Dry-cleaning is the most common way to clean sued
Painting a bathtub allows homeowners to customize the look of their bathroom without having to replace the bathtub. Painting a bathtub usually requires an acrylic topcoat, which is durable and waterproof. Follow certain steps to maintain the finish of a painted tub, and to prevent chips or scratches