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  • How to unclog a bathroom drain

    How to unclog a bathroom drain

    The lavatory sink is the likeliest clog in the house, says lifelong plumber Chuck White, vice president of technical and code services for the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association, a national trade group based in Falls Church, Va. And you can probably unclog it without bringing in a...

  • Life Skill #28: How to remove wine stains

    Life Skill #28: How to remove wine stains

    How to deal with the inevitable spills that come with holiday parties

  • Life Skill #1224: Shopping on Christmas Eve

    Life Skill #1224: Shopping on Christmas Eve

    Last-minute Christmas shopping ideas from Family Circle's Jonna Gallo Weppler: you don't have to travel farther than the supermarket

  • Life Skill #67: How to bleach clothes

    Life Skill #67: How to bleach clothes

    Chlorine bleach is easy to use, but mistakes can be fatal to your favorite clothes. So we asked Linda Cobb, author of "Talking Dirty With the Queen of Clean" (Pocket Books), to tell us everything we need to know about making our whites whiter and keeping our reds red. Degree of difficulty: Medium:...

  • The best way to load a dishwasher

    The best way to load a dishwasher

    It would seem the simplest of household tasks: Grab dirty plates, pop them in the dishwasher and run them through a rinse cycle. Donzo. Well, not so fast. If "clean" dishes are coming out with smudges or residue, it's time to rethink your technique. Here with a refresher course on properly loading...

  • Life Skill #618: Teaching a dog how to shake hands

    Life Skill #618: Teaching a dog how to shake hands

    Make sure Fido is friendlier than all the other canines with these easy tips

  • Life Skill #493: How to improve your handwriting

    Life Skill #493: How to improve your handwriting

    Look at your hands. See those fingers? Chances are, they know how to type and swipe. But can they hold a pen and produce the kind of handwriting that would land you a smiley-face sticker on your grade-school homework? If the answer is "no," then a few easy steps can help. "Everyone has tablets...

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