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  • Americans most motivated to clean house for company

    The world might hold fewer neatniks than observation alone would have us believe. A recent survey commissioned by the CLR cleaning product company revealed what professional house cleaners long have known: A majority of Americans (64 percent) are most motivated to clean when company's coming to visit. "Some people don't care. For them it's...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting April 25, 2015

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR Saturday Landscape Installation Workshop - 9-11 a.m., Conservation and Environmental Center, 2885 Mesa Road, free. Registration: 668-8232. Growing Great Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, Beans, Squash and More - 10-11:30 a.m., Horace Mann Middle School, 1001 E. Van Buren St., $10. Registration: tinyurl.com/pt4kdrx....

  • Tricks, tools for organizing the kitchen

    If you've lived with your kitchen for a while, chances are you've got drawers of stuff you rarely use and cupboards you hate. Wouldn't it be nice to have a well-organized spot that makes food preparation a breeze? Some of the latest ideas and products for whipping a kitchen into shape: Divide and conquer: Kitchens function best when divided...

  • Concrete gains ground as decorative material

    The Pantheon. The Panama Canal. The Hoover Dam. When you think of concrete, you might imagine great feats of engineering, or at least highway overpasses and other sturdy, stolid structures. But concrete has become a stylish medium in the home, thanks to interior designers and artisans. "Concrete is such an amazing and cheap material. I can...

  • Around the house: Now might be time to replace old water heater

    Dear readers: I wrote about new water heater regulations several weeks ago that will require manufacturers to install more efficient insulation around the tank to save energy. The retail cost will increase between $200 and $300, according to my friends in the plumbing industry. So if your water heater is older than 15 years, it might be a good...

  • Year-round gardening: It's May so get those garden tools ready

    May is one of the busier months in the garden. Here's a look at some activities you should start planning. Early May - Clean and sharpen garden tools. - Change oil in lawnmower and sharpen blade and replace air filter if needed. - Mugo pines might be the first pruning challenge of season. Pinch or cut out two-thirds the length of the...

  • Year-round gardening: For healthy plants, you'll need healthy soil

    How can you tell soil from dirt? Soil is alive, dirt is not. Healthy soil contains millions of organisms that process the mineral components of soil, making them available to plants as nutrients. As with other living organisms, these need air, water and nutrients to survive. As a gardener, you should tend to them as you tend to your plants....

  • Around the house: Stale water, stinky fridge can result in yucky ice cubes

    Dear Ken: My ice maker is producing cubes that taste funny. What might be happening? - Nancy Answer: There are usually two causes for yucky ice cubes. If you don't use an ice maker much, odors in either the refrigerator or freezer can contaminate the supply. Deodorize the refrigerator with baking soda, charcoal briquettes or a deodorizer...

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