To remove hard-water scale or mildew on shower and faucet heads, soak them in vinegar. If the head isn't removable, fill a plastic bag with vinegar and position it over the faucet, taping the bag shut to let it soak.

Cleaning Tip: Remove hard-water scale


To remove hard-water scale or mildew on shower and faucet heads, soak them in vinegar. If the head isn't removable, fill a plastic bag with vinegar and position it over the faucet, taping the bag shut to let it soak.


-- HGTV/ Scripps Howard News Service


Home-Selling Tip: Stay detached


Selling a home can be an emotional experience when you have a lot more than money invested in it. But detachment is something you should strive for, especially when the market favors buyers. To be a successful seller, put yourself in the buyer's shoes.


-- FrontDoor.com


Did You Know …


Existing home sales declined 5.4 percent in June from May, but they are 4.5 percent higher than 2011 numbers. -- Realtor.org


Going Green: Does your pet eat local?


The trend of eating locally grown ingredients spill into the pet world, with options of purchasing pet food from locally sources at co-ops, having it delivered via Community Supported Agriculture programs or making it at home with local ingredients. Pay attention to what you feed your pet, and see if you can make it more local.


-- Eath911.com


Garden Guide: Watering during drought


Any newly planted trees, shrubs or evergreens will need to be watered during dry periods like droughts at the base of the plant outwards towards the edge of the planting hole. Shrubs will need to be watered for at least two growing seasons and trees based on trunk diameter. Typically, one year of transplant care for every inch of trunk diameter is a good guideline, but individual home landscape situations will need to be considered.


-- University of Illinois Extension