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Natural Ways to Get Rid of Cockroaches

Try these tips, including homemade roach baits and repellents.

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What You Should — and Shouldn't — Put in a Fireproof Safe

Some valuables are more secure at home than in the bank.

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The No-Waste Way to Handwash Dishes

A step-by-step guide to scrubbing your plates without harming the planet.

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Trees You May Not Want in Your Yard

Think twice before planting pretty trees that also may be hazardous to your health or yard.

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5 Ways to Avoid Lead Poisoning in Kids

Old home? Have you checked your paint?

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How Often Should I Wash, Replace or Clean That?

From washing your sheets to changing your smoke alarm batteries, there's a time for everything.

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"Green" Public Housing May Help Families Breathe Easier

Rates of asthma attacks lower in specially designed buildings.

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Recall Alert: These Products Can Literally Fall Apart

See if one of these pizza wheels, bikes or pacifier clips are in your house.


How Often Should You Wash Your Sheets?

The down and dirty on what’s on your bed sheets, and how to keep them ick-free.

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Most Homeowners Unable to Assess Tree Damage, Study Finds

After a storm, here’s why you should leave the assessing to the professionals.

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Guide to Mold Colors and What They Mean

Green, brown, yellow or black, mold has no place in your home.

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Live Alone? Single Parent? Keep Bad Guys and Burglars Away

You’re more likely to be victimized, so fight back.

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DIY Projects You Might Want to Hire a Professional For

Painting a room is one thing; for DIY dabblers, these projects are another.

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House Fire Safety: Hear the Beep Where You Sleep

Learn what you need to know about one of the most effective ways to protect your family in the event of a flare-up.

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Ask Barb

Barb Guthrie at UL, answers your questions about home safety, product safety and more.