Ashley Abramson's Recent Articles
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6 Simple Steps to Make Your Dishwasher Work Harder
now that everyone’s eating at home so much more frequently, conquering those mountains of dishes—even with the help of a dedicated appliance—can get a little tedious. Take these simple steps to make your appliance work harder.
Nov 20, 2020
Yes, Cleaning Content Has Taken Over Your TikTok—And Here’s Why
As of October, there were close to 4 billion uses of the hashtag “#cleaning,” with “#cleanup,” “#cleaninghack,” and “#cleanthatup” trailing closely behind with a few hundred million tags each.
Nov 19, 2020
This $4 Grocery Store Cleaner is Reddit’s Favorite Alternative to Bar Keeper’s Friend
If they both work impeccably on multiple household surfaces, what’s the primary difference between the two cleaners? The ingredients!
Nov 19, 2020
3 Ways You're Benefiting From All Those Zoom Hangouts, According to Therapists
Powering through your FaceTime fatigue is worth it.
Nov 15, 2020
6 Homemade Cleaners That Really Work
Whether you want to swap out stronger, potentially hazardous chemicals for gentle-yet-effective pantry ingredients or you’re just frustrated that your go-to products haven’t been in stock due to the pandemic, consider making your own, homemade cleaners.
Nov 12, 2020
Why You Should Keep a Bottle of Peroxide Next to Your Dish Detergent
This household staple boosts the power of your detergent, whether you’re washing by hand or in the dishwasher.
Nov 12, 2020
Want to be a More Ethical Plant Parent? A Biologist Answers 4 Questions You Didn’t Think to Ask
A simple tweak in your perspective could protect vulnerable ecosystems—and help garden-variety plant parents grow, too.
Nov 10, 2020
This Viral TikTok Says You Can Clean Your Toaster with a Hair Dryer—So I Tried It
I’m no stranger to using new tools on old jobs, but I’ll admit, I’d never thought to bring a hair tool into the kitchen.
Nov 8, 2020
Make Sure You're Using the Right Cleaner for Your Tile Floor
Not all tile floors are created equal!
Nov 7, 2020
7 Design Decisions That Can Make Your House Harder to Organize
Decor, furniture, and even storage choices can interfere with your ability to efficiently live in a space. Fortunately, you can prevent that frustrating experience by avoiding these mistakes while making design decisions in your own home.
Nov 5, 2020
7 Reliable Old-School Cleaners This Neighborhood Grocery Store Always Keeps In Stock
To find out what the seasoned crowd couldn’t get enough of, I spoke with John Lind, one of the store managers at Lunds & Byerly’s in Roseville, Minn. Here are some of the products his senior shoppers love.
Nov 5, 2020
This Versatile Cleaning Product Can Do Anything—And It Costs Less Than $1
It can handle tough jobs all on its own, but combined with other ingredients from your pantry, it can be even more powerful.
Nov 4, 2020
Staging My House Made Me Realize I Didn’t Want to Sell It After All
Seeing the space through someone else’s eyes was the push we needed to prioritize the little things.
Nov 4, 2020
The Hidden Part of Your Kitchen You’re Forgetting to Clean
No matter how thoroughly you're cleaning your kitchen, chances are you're forgetting this one sneaky spot.
Nov 3, 2020
The First Thing You Should Do If You Buy a New Container of Cornstarch
Hint: This hack will help brighten up your whole home!
Nov 2, 2020
Viruses Are Hard to Kill—Here’s What That Means for Your Winter Cleaning Routine
Your home's hygiene should be different depending on which germs you’re trying to fend off.

Nov 2, 2020
Grab This Trusted $10 Cleaner Now—Because Stores Sell Out for the Holidays
“We can’t keep this stuff on the shelves around Thanksgiving and Christmas,” the grocery manager told me.
Nov 1, 2020
9 Tricks to Make Eating in Every Night Feel More Special
Eating at home again? Restaurant experts share their best tricks to make yet another meal in your dinner room feel more exciting.
Oct 30, 2020
Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Buying a Dog DNA Test
Dog DNA testing can be a fun way to learn about their ancestry. But with a growing number of kits on the market, it can be overwhelming to figure out which one to buy.
Oct 29, 2020
Yes, Mirrors are Creepy—Here's How to Unlearn and Work Around It
Mirrors show up as a plot device in everything from scary movies to carnival fun houses and sleepovers. And that unsettling, creepy feeling can work its way into your modern home.
Oct 23, 2020
How Pro Organizers Store Shoes Without a Mudroom or Closet
If rogue shoes have you down, here's how pro organizers suggest keeping things tidy without a formal mudroom.
Oct 26, 2020
Yes, You Can Clean Your Oven Effectively With Natural Ingredients
And a few tools you already have on hand!
Oct 24, 2020
Use This Simple System to Tackle a Huge Amount of Laundry Without Missing a Beat
If your laundry is in a constant state of disarray, you’re not alone, and solving the problem probably isn't as complicated as you think. You don’t need tons of space to prevent your clothes from piling up in your laundry room or bedroom—you just need a reliable system.
Oct 23, 2020
The Only Setting You Should Be Using on Your Laundry Machine
“If I made a washer, it would only have one setting on it,” says laundry expert Patric Richardson.
Oct 23, 2020
7 Brilliant Cleaning Hacks We Learned on TikTok
If you keep scrolling through choreographed dances and memes, you’ll stumble upon a corner of the app where lifestyle bloggers, pro cleaners, and normal people, like you and me, generously share genius cleaning products, tips, and tricks.
Oct 22, 2020
The 6 Best Things to Say to Yourself in the Mirror, According to Mental Health Pros
Wherever it is you’re going, affirming yourself in the mirror can set you up for a positive day.
Oct 19, 2020
This Old-School $12 Cleaner Has Been Making Faucets Shine for 70 Years—So I Tried It
Reviewers rave over this stuff. So I tried it for myself!
Oct 19, 2020
Here's One Easy Way to Know if You Need to Clean Your Coffee Maker
If you’re not the type to mark the calendar for chores, look out for this telltale sign that your coffee maker needs some love.
Oct 16, 2020
The Easiest Way to Make a Small Bathroom Look More Organized
A simple way to prevent unsightly clutter, but also create a cohesive look, especially in smaller spaces.
Oct 18, 2020
Le Creuset’s Skinny Griddle Is One of Prime Day’s Hottest Deals Right Now — Here’s Why
You definitely don't want to miss out on this one!
Oct 13, 2020
The One Room You Should Avoid From 9 to 5
Productivity experts say avoiding this space is one of the simplest—and most important—ways to remain efficient while working from home.
Oct 12, 2020
5 Things You Should Always Throw Into the Dishwasher If There’s Room
Make a little room for these things.
Oct 11, 2020
Your Clothes Aren't Ruined if You Get Paint on Them—Just Try This
Not all stains are created equal.
Oct 10, 2020
6 Habits That Will Keep Your Kitchen Sink Unclogged and In Good Shape, According to Plumbers
Surprise: Cold water (not hot!) is best for rinsing greasy pots!
Oct 4, 2020
Attention Plant Lovers: We Found a Cheap $2 Alternative to Potting Rocks
If your plant pot doesn’t have a drainage hole, you could add one. Or just try this $2 hardware store hack.
Sep 26, 2020
One Common Cleaner Just Got Added to the EPA’s Coronavirus-Approved List
The EPA announced this household favorite was added to the list after being tested in a third-party lab.
Sep 21, 2020
7 Clever Ways a $2 Pool Noodle Will Improve Your Life in Mere Minutes
Swap out your store-bought solutions to common organizing, baby-proofing, and plant-parenting woes, and use a pool noodle instead.
Sep 15, 2020
Your “Easy to Clean” Dark Fabrics Are Actually Grosser Than You Think
There’s a common misconception in interior design that light colors, especially white, are the most impractical choice for furniture and textiles.
Sep 10, 2020
The Counter-Intuitive Sleep Problem I Didn’t Know I Had
Who knew staying up later to binge on Netflix would be the first step to recovery?
Sep 10, 2020
The One Thing You’re Forgetting to Clean, Based on Your Zodiac Sign
With 2020 underway, now is the perfect time to strategize cleaning resolutions. Why not renew your focus on an area of your home you tend to neglect?
Sep 8, 2020
We Ordered 3 Fake Snake Plants and This $15 Find is the Best One
Once we had our top three options, we brought them into the Apartment Therapy office, along with one real-life snake plant to shoot photos and compare.
Sep 10, 2020
When to Throw Away Your Old Food Containers, According to the Tupperware Expert
Each type of plastic container is made differently, so there’s no standard guide for how long you can keep yours around. But here's what the expert has to say.
Sep 3, 2020
There’s a New (Flame-Less) Way to Get Diptyque in Your Home—Just Plug It In
You don’t have to miss out on a home (or car) that smells otherworldly—especially now that Diptyque has launched a plug-in wall diffuser to fill your space with its fan-favorite scents.
Sep 5, 2020
Linen Sheet Sets Can Cost Upwards of $200 Each—Here's Why
Whether you snag a set of linen sheets is up to you, and how you like your bed to feel. But it may help to know what it is that makes linen sheets so expensive.
Sep 2, 2020
I Tried That Viral TikTok Hack for Cleaning Stained Tupperware—Here’s the Before and After
The trick says to shake for at least 45 seconds, but I went for 90 seconds—hoping I’d be shook myself with the end result.
Sep 1, 2020
Your Home Isn't as Spotless as You Think—Here Are 8 Things You Forget to Clean
You’ve probably spent plenty of time cleaning every visible space in your house. But the key word here? Visible. Just because you can’t see it (or don’t think about it) doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be cleaning it.
Aug 31, 2020
I Trust This Stain Remover So Much, I’ll Leave My 6-Year-Old Unsupervised with Sharpies
Parenthood is definitely full of surprises, but “Yes, I’d leave my 6-year-old alone with a Sharpie” is truly something I never thought I’d say.
Aug 22, 2020