Geraldine Campbell

Geraldine Campbell was the Managing Editor at The Kitchn. She loves semi-colons, em dashes, and serial commas. She lives in Brooklyn with her dog, Charlie.
The One Thing You Should Know About Cleaning with Borax
Borax is making a comeback as a "natural" cleaner, but there's one thing you should know before you add it to your arsenal.
Feb 5, 2024
B&A: A $1,500 IKEA-Powered Redo Doubles This Rental Kitchen's Storage Space
There's a lot more usable counter space now, too.
Jan 15, 2023
What’s the Difference Between Baking Soda and Borax?
There are two key differences.
Nov 7, 2022
Surprise! This Is the Dirtiest Part of Your Bathroom – Here’s How To Clean It
When you're done with this deep cleaning task, the shower will once again be a pristine place.
Sep 12, 2022
This Simple Strategy Makes Clearing Out Your Fridge Actually Feel Doable
Are you ready to reclaim your refrigerator, too? That's your assignment on Day 9 of the Spring Cleaning Cure.
Sep 12, 2022
Give the Most Used (and Overlooked) Thing in Your Living Room Some TLC
This quick cleaning task will instantly inspire more relaxation, promise.
Apr 5, 2022
It’s Time to Wash the Bed Linens You Don’t Always Get To on Saturdays
You probably wash your sheets on a regular basis, but today we’re going to wash the linens you may not clean quite as often.
Mar 30, 2022
Deep Clean Your Rug (Without a Steam Cleaner)
Today, we’re going to deep clean a rug, ideally the dirtiest, most trafficked one in your home. 
Mar 29, 2022
The One Thing Almost Everyone Forgets to Clean (and How to Do It)
Prepare to be amazed by how much more effective your spring cleaning will be after completing this one overlooked task.
Mar 29, 2022
Go Clean the Smelliest Thing in Your Kitchen (and Feel Extremely Satisfied)
It's time to give your garbage can a thorough de-stinking.
Mar 31, 2022
Look Up! When Was the Last Time You Cleaned Right There?
The truth is, these up-high places are really the first area you should be cleaning in any room.
Mar 29, 2022
The Spring Cleaning Cure Starts Now!
We're kicking off this year's spring cleaning Cure with cleaning your favorite window — a small target that pays you back with a fresh perspective.
Mar 25, 2022
The First Thing You Should Do with a New Box of Zip-Top Baggies
This one little thing will prove endlessly useful.
Jul 28, 2021
The $3 Trick That’ll Make Your Dish Gloves a Million Times Better
Why didn't I think of this earlier!?
Jun 21, 2021
7 Things You Have Too Many of (and What to Do with Them)
Don't just toss it all!
May 18, 2021
The Best Hack for Your Can Opener Has Nothing to Do with Opening Cans
It's especially useful when you're trying to open a new package of scissors.
Feb 8, 2021
5 Things You Should Never Clean with Vinegar
Vinegar is a convenient and affordable cleaner for many things — but not all things.
Feb 1, 2021
The Unconventional Tool I Use to Clean My Stovetop
Do you do this too?
Jan 23, 2021
The Surprising Way You Should Be Using Bleach Right Now
Hint: It's the secret to making your Christmas tree last longer.
Jan 23, 2021
The First Thing You Should Do with a New Bottle of Bleach
Do you do this, too?
Jan 20, 2021
This $6 Kitchen Tool Is Also the Best Kitchen Cleaner
Do you have one in your arsenal?
Jan 14, 2021
Miele’s New Vacuum Might Make You a Stick Vacuum Convert
It's time for an upgrade.
Dec 16, 2020
The First Thing to Do with a New Tube of Toothpaste
A fresh tube of toothpaste just begs to be squeezed, but we'd argue that the first thing you squeeze it on shouldn't be your toothbrush.
Dec 14, 2020
This $45 Dish Rack Is 100% Worth It
It's functional and versatile and, dare we say, good looking.
Dec 7, 2020
5 Mistakes You’re Probably Making with Hand Sanitizer
Here's a refresher on what you should know, and what you should avoid, when using hand sanitizer.
Dec 2, 2020
The First Thing You Should Do with a New Bottle of Vanilla Extract
Whenever I pick up a new bottle, I started doing this one tiny, brilliant thing that has helped me banish unwanted smells from my refrigerator.
Sep 29, 2020
11 Surprising Ways to Use Sponges (Other than Washing Dishes)
From gardening to ice packs to thank-you notes.
May 29, 2020
The $5 Organizing Hack Every Parent Needs to Know About
My parents, very smartly, came up with a $5 solution to the problem of their grandkids going through too many cups.
Aug 31, 2019
How a $6 Amazon Find Can Make Your Trash Can a Million Times Better
We have the most simple solution for your most simple can: Command hooks!
Jun 25, 2019
8 Money-Saving Rules to Follow When Going Out to Eat
Going out to eat is one of life’s great joys — even when you have little ones whose ability to sit still for longer than five minutes is questionable (at best). Going out to eat can also be stressful, especially if you’re on a tight budget (and even more so if your dining mates are not). Here are eight money-saving rules to maximize the pleasure and minimize the pain. Happy hours aren’t just for wine, beer, and cocktails!
May 21, 2019
Why I Never Bring My Water Bottle When I Travel
If you are a frequent traveler, like I have been at points in my life, packing your bag becomes almost second nature. You don’t have to think about it; you just know what you need (and, just as importantly, what you don’t). Over the years I have made the somewhat controversial decision to leave one item behind: my water bottle. This is not to say I don’t love a cute water bottle or that I don’t hydrate. I do!
May 3, 2019
5 Things You Should Know About Almond Milk
As of 2016, almond milk was the most popular milk of all milks in the United States. And even with all the newcomers — cashew milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, oat milk — we’d guess it’s still the darling of the “mylks.” But does it deserve its spotlight in the non-dairy section of your supermarket? Here are a few things you should know about almond milk. Like all the other non-dairy milks, it’s lactose-free.
May 3, 2019
The Effective (and Totally Free) Rug-Cleaning Secret I Learned from My Dad
Most of my housekeeping habits come from my German mother. She is the queen of clean and the reason my home is mostly spick-and-span. (Although it will never be as tidy as hers, ever.) Still, I have to give credit where credit is due: My favorite trick for ridding rugs of dirt, dog hair, and whatever else ends up embedded in my treasured carpets comes from my dad (who is Irish and English, if that matters). To say that my dad has a penchant for nice rugs is an understatement.
May 3, 2019
Your Knife Block Is Full of Mold—Here’s How to Clean It
Here’s the thing about knife blocks: We don’t really recommend them. They can dull the blades of your knives as you drag them in and out of their holders, they’re often sold as an expensive set with knives that you really don’t need, and they can harbor some serious mold (and maybe even bacteria) in those dark, hard-to-reach slots.
May 3, 2019
3 Outdated Food Budget Rules You Might Still Be Using, According to a Pro
Raise your hand if you’ve ever tried to stick to a food budget and failed. You’re not alone. That’s because budgets (for food and in general) are often too rigid, says Jennifer Faherty, a certified financial planner and the founder of Financial Wealthbeing. Budgets are great in theory, but they don’t always work in real life or allow for unplanned things to happen, she points out.
Apr 10, 2019
8 Mistakes You’re Making When It Comes to Organizing Your Freezer
Your freezer is a magical place. It’s a place for pints of ice cream (to devour while binge-watching whatever is new on Netflix); for giant ice cubes (to make adult cocktails); and, most importantly, for nourishing meals (to sustain you when you think your only option is takeout). Obviously, you don’t have to be a wizard in order to take care of this magical place. But you—and your freezer!—will be better off if you know to avoid these common organizing mistakes.
Mar 20, 2019