It’s pretty common to have mold somewhere in your house. Sometimes, the problem is simple enough to tackle with regular cleaning products from the supermarket. However, there may be times when you need to call in the pros for help. Either way, it’s crucial to combat the situation ASAP, as mold growth can lead to serious illnesses. Here's what you need to know and do to protect your family and your home.
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Did you know that the fuel for your vehicle or power equipment can expire? Here’s how to tell if it’s no longer ok to use and find out how to safely transport and get rid of it.
Are you looking for a safer alternative to traditional interior paints? Read this guide to learn how to choose the right type of products for painting projects that will yield great results with a less negative impact on the planet and your family’s health. Here’s what you need to know about buying non-toxic paint safe for you and the environment.
A solar generator gives you backup energy from the sun if you’re out camping or if you’re experiencing a power outage. We’ve reviewed the top solar generators here.
Keep your home clean and safe from harsh chemicals with these natural products and DIY cleaner recipes.
Read this guide to learn how to avoid the inconvenience of a clogged drain by properly disposing of your cooking and frying oils.
Not sure if your household waste belongs in a blue bin or trash bag? Here’s how to decide which items to recycle in your household.
Heating systems tend to rob the air of much-needed moisture content, leaving you with itchy skin, stuffed sinuses, and poor air quality. These DIY humidifier ideas will help increase your home’s humidity for a more comfortable environment.
Ross Trethewey explains how air filtration systems work and how to build a localized DIY air filter.
If you notice mold on a drywall surface in your home, try not to panic. The truth is that mold can happen anywhere and in any home. All it needs to grow is a source of moisture and an organic food source, and drywall can be an all-you-can-eat buffet. Read these steps on how to safely remove mold from your drywall.
Do you keep getting a whiff of something musty in your bathroom or basement? Afraid it might be mold? Learn about three of the most popular kits to test for mold at home.
Mold commonly grows on wooden surfaces, as wood is very good at absorbing water. Add to this moisture warm temperatures and mold spores (which are always in the air), and it’s the perfect storm for a mold infestation. Read our guide to learn how to easily remove mold from wood.
Tackle dirt and tarnish to restore the rich, gorgeous gleam of this durable metal—on cookware, plumbing, and other household items.
Air purifiers create cleaner, healthier air that eases breathing and assists with allergies. In this review, we look at the best air purifiers on the market today.
In this edition of DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva offers cleaning tips on how to get rid of dirty tile grout using only household supplies.
To protect yourself against coronavirus, pick a household cleaner that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved to kill the virus—and then follow the manufacturer’s rules exactly.
When the holidays are over, take down the tinsel, but don’t bag the tree. Here are 10 ways to dispose or recycle your Christmas tree.
After the eggs are all scrambled and eaten, the container is useful for home improvement
Read about these alternatives to traditional, harsh paint strippers that are making furniture refinishing easier on the lungs.
Go beyond the weekly dust swipe-and-sweep and gear up for what pros call a "deep cleaning." Read our tips for deep cleaning your living room, bathroom, kitchen and laundry appliances.
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads in the United States, there are several ways to prepare your home during the outbreak.
Got mold in your basement? Read this guide to learn how to identify and treat mold.
A green home is house that’s both healthy for the environment and for its occupants, with the main criteria being energy efficiency, sustainability, durability, and human health.
While a tight, well-insulated home is great for saving energy, trapping lots of stale air indoors can undermine your health. Here’s what you need to know to ensure that the quality of the air inside is healthy and free from harmful pollutants.
Protect your health by choosing one of these non-toxic materials for your cabinets.
Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey discuss indoor air quality, what it is, and how to measure it.
Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique paints a bathroom using a mold-resistant paint, in this edition of DIY Smarts.
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Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey visits Celebration, Florida, a planned community south of Orlando that was built using the principles of new urbanism
Traditional architectural details and a more open floor plan combine with the latest energy-saving—and energy-producing—technologies at a new This Old House TV project