Give your home-sweet-home a decidedly devilish air with these easy do-it-yourself Halloween decorations.
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You don't have to travel far or spend a lot of money to get a soothing spa experience. Turn bath time into aromatherapy with these botanical-infused mineral salts.Read More »from Turn Your Tub into a Spa with These Soothing Bath Salts
Lavender and Peppermint
Soothing lavender eases tension, and peppermint helps stimulate the senses. Combined, this herbal blend boasts stress-relieving properties.
($9.50 for 12.7 oz., Rhode Island Soapworks; 877-465-0331)
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This concoction smells as sweet as any rose, but in a heady, exotic kind of way.
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These Dead Sea salts come suffused with an earthy moss scent.
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Proceeds from Moksa Organic's citrusy mix support earth-friendly charities.
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These helpful hints will help you cut costs at the grocery store by keeping your food fresher longer than ever. Discover more kitchen tricks and shortcuts here.Read More »from 15 Tricks for Keeping Food Fresh Longer
1. If you're unsure of an egg's freshness, see how it behaves in a cup of water: Fresh eggs sink; bad ones float.
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2. Don't throw away sparkling wine or champagne that's gone flat. Restore the bubble by dropping a raisin or two into the bottle. The natural sugars will work magic.
3. Line the bottom of your refrigerator's crisper drawer with paper towels. They'll absorb the excess moisture that causes veggies to rot.
4. A bay leaf slipped into a container of flour, pasta, or rice will help repel bugs.
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5. Stop cheese from drying out by spreading butter or margarine on the cut sides to seal in moisture. This is most effective with hard cheeses sealed in wax.
6. When radishes, celery, or carrots have lost their crunch, simply pop them in
Keep up the age-old tradition of home canning and pickling to preserve the season's harvest. Our pickling recipes and canning techniques make saving this summer's bounty fun, safe, and rewarding. Check out our complete guide for more tips and recipes.Read More »from Make Your Own Jams and Pickles at Home
Choosing the Right Jar
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Baking soda, rubbing alcohol, ketchup. Not your usual go-tos when it's time to clean the kitchen. But maybe they should be. We've got some surprising hints for getting your kitchen spic-and-span. Plus, use these tips to get a fresh start for fall in every room of the house.Read More »from 6 Surprising Items That Will Make Cleaning Your Kitchen a Breeze
1. Rubbing alcohol will remove spots from stainless steel. Pour a little of the liquid on a cotton ball and wipe over problem areas. Related: Kitchen Countertop Ideas
2. To save a scorched pan, sprinkle the burned bottom with baking soda, then add flour to five tablespoons salt, plus enough water to cover, and let stand overnight. Scrape charred remains with a rubber spatula. Related: Quick Weekend Projects to Update Your Home
3. Use ketchup to polish copper: Just apply a thin coat of the condiment, and rub off with a clean rag. Related: The Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Decor
4. Because plastic food containers are porous, they frequently retain odors even after washing. Store them with crumpled-up black-and-white
It doesn't have to take months to make over something in your home. Here are a few simple decorating projects you can do yourself in a single weekend.Read More »from DIY Weekend Home Decor Projects
Redo Your Front Door
Every chef, amateur or otherwise, knows the terror that takes over when the salt cap isn't screwed on as tightly as you thought, or your would-be heavenly dish cooks a little too long. We consulted Rebecca DiLiberto's helpful book, The Penny-Saving Household Helper, for simple tips to fix some of the most common food flubs.Read More »from Easy Fixes for Cooking Mistakes
There's nothing more frustrating than over-salting a soup or stew you've spent countless hours - and countless dollars in ingredients - making. Try adding wedges of raw potato or apple to absorb the salt (for extra flavor, try amazing gourmet sea salts). Simmer for 10 minutes or so, then remove the wedges. If your soup is still too salty, sprinkle in a spoonful of sugar. If that doesn't work, a dash of apple-cider vinegar may do the trick. Finally, try diluting with water or low-sodium broth.
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Think you might have treasure in your attic? Those old household items could be worth a lot!Read More »from Surprising Attic "Junk" That Could Make You Rich
Art Deco Clock
Start digging through your basement - old clocks can be worth a lot! This Art Deco one from the 1940s is worth $125, and could fetch even more, in better condition. See the appraisal.
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Got an old TV in your basement? It could be worth at least $600, especially if it still works, like this retro futuristic Predicta television made in 1958 by Philco. See the appraisal.
Related: Try these innovative new uses for your vintage items
Found a pretty glass pitcher at the flea market? It could be worth a surprising amount! This one, from Fenton Art Glass Company, was probably made around 1915 and also came in clear, yellow, and blue. This cranberry color is the most collectible, bringing its value up to $400. See the appraisal.
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When a store bouquet is less than inspiring, all it takes is a few minutes to turn it around.
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