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7 Things to Cut Your After-Thanksgiving Cleanup in Half
Everyone adores getting together with family and friends over Thanksgiving to enjoy gorging on good food and great company, but cleanup is another story altogether. You almost need a holiday after the holiday to recover from the exhaustive process of returning things to their pre-Turkey Day state at home. First of all, remember you’re not alone. No, really… there will be people loitering all over your kitchen. Put them to work!
Nov 22, 2016
A Last-Minute Cleaning Checklist for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is in three days. And you’re hosting. If you started planning weeks ago, you’re in great shape to pick up and get to the real work of having guests and preparing a very special feast. If you’re only getting around to preparations now, don’t despair! Here’s a list of practical things to take care of so your mind and heart are free to enjoy what matters most. Do a quick clean of the guest room (dust and vacuum).
Nov 21, 2016
A Refreshingly Realistic, “Good Enough” Plan for Cleaning Before Hosting Houseguests
As we’re heading into the season of potlucks, cookie exchanges, and cocktail parties, let’s remember that our friends and family are coming over to spend this special time with us, not to judge our homes. Even if we’d like everything to be “perfect,” we only need to tackle a few issues to make our homes welcoming and inviting.
Nov 17, 2016
Mermaid Hair Problems: 11 Cleaning Products Anyone with Colored Hair Needs to Keep Around
Attaining the perfect shade of mermaid hair might be #goals, but bright hair dyes come with serious upkeep and can make a mess, especially if you color your hair at home. If unicorn hair is what you seek, you need to keep these cleaning products on hand—the good news is, you probably have most of them already, so you’re one step closer to the mermaid hair of your dreams. What you need it for: Removing any hair dye stains from your skin, post-coloring sesh—just mix with soap.
Nov 10, 2016
The Secret Weapon in Your Beauty Bag: 6 Things to Clean With Nail Polish Remover
If you’ve ever had to spend 45 minutes scrubbing glitter polish from your fingernails, you know how powerful nail polish remover can be. Nail polish remover traditionally contains acetone (though you can buy non-acetone polish remover that’s a lot less harsh) and that acetone can actually be helpful when it comes to cleaning up around your house.
Nov 6, 2016
9 Reasons Why It’s Infinitely Better to Clean by Yourself
Let’s be real—cleaning isn’t exactly fun for anyone (unless you’re Monica living in an old episode of Friends). But maybe, just maybe, cleaning doesn’t have to suck so much. The key to happy cleaning might actually be turning it into a solo activity, and finding ways to make it more fun. It can even be kind of calming if you approach it right.
Oct 27, 2016
10 Tiny Details that Really Up Your Organization Game
When it comes to housekeeping, a little effort can truly go a long way. That’s why it pays to mind the details when you’re organizing all of your home’s unsightly stuff. Small things that might seem insignificant—think: box labels, basket lids, and table skirts—can actually make a world of difference when you’re putting together your place.
Oct 26, 2016
One-Day Warriors: Tips for Cleaning Your Whole Home in a Day
Even if you happen to be a Monica Gellar type—someone who spends their free time dusting and sweeping—spending an entire afternoon indoors cleaning is still way less fun than, well, just about anything. It’s really no wonder that so many people make a habit of putting off cleaning until it’s absolutely necessary, i.e. until you’re suffering from either out-of-town visitors or out-of-control allergies.
Oct 22, 2016
9 Signs Your Home is Cleaner than You Think it Is
Keeping your home clean and put-together is hard work. Throw a full-time job, kids, and/or pets into the mix and it’s dang near impossible. Yet somehow you manage to pull it off. Whether it’s because of daily wipe downs, weekly chores, or even monthly cleanouts, you’re making it happen—even if it doesn’t always feel that way. Chances are your place is a lot less cluttered than your headspace, and most importantly, it works for you.
Oct 16, 2016
Getting Along While Getting It All Done: 7 Fun Ways to Divide Up Roommate Chores
Chores aren’t fun, and unless you’re lucky enough to get along with all your roommates, having the conversation to divide them up might not be easy, either. Good news: Apps can help, and you can add a little variety into your cleaning routine by trying some fun DIY takes on chore charts, and by turning your chores into a bonding activity.
Oct 9, 2016
3 Mind Tricks that Will Get You Going on a Big Clean—Without Realizing It
Just like the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, the journey to a totally clean apartment—from floorboards to ceiling fans—likely begins with just a ten-minute timer. Even if you don’t feel up to tackling the chores you need to handle, you can get your mind in the mood for cleaning with a simple mental motivational exercise. Here are three to try that help keep “cleaning house” from seeming like an overwhelming task.
Sep 28, 2016
Behold: The World’s Most Beautiful Cleaning Tools
Beautiful cleaning supplies are so underrated. Just allow me to list for you a few of the perks of splurging (and some of these are certainly a splurge) on some seriously stylish tools. One, if you have limited storage, you should buy gorgeous brooms and brushes that are chic enough to leave out in the open on hooks in the entryway or on a shelf in the kitchen — I mean, these handmade beauties are practically art.
Sep 19, 2016
Get Off the Internet! 10 Things You Can Clean in the Next 15 Minutes
Are you still online? You’ve been here for hours! Those listicles can be addicting, but you’ve got to come up for air sometime. Stretch your body a bit. Get something accomplished. Hey! How about doing a little cleaning? You can get some serious sprucing-up done in just 15 minutes. Then you can watch YouTube videos with abandon. Promise. When people come to your home, do they know you have pets? It’s likely not because of the wagging or purring.
Sep 18, 2016
Who’s Cleaner: Men or Women? We Finally Have Answers
Moving in with your significant other isn’t all sunshine, rainbows and picking out throw pillows. It’s a struggle to learn to live together. Think about it: You’re two different people who grew up in different houses around different people, and you’re coming together under one roof for the first time—bringing with you two totally distinct sets of home habits.
Sep 11, 2016
The Grocery Store Purchase that Helps You Keep a Neater Home
In my post, 5 Apartment Therapy Tips I Use All the Time, I noted that keeping fresh flowers around the house inspires me in unexpected ways—it lifts my mood and helps me keep a neater home. Makes sense? Sounds hokey? A little of both? Turns out there’s some science behind this! We’ve included buying flowers in the Cure assignments for years. Maxwell has promoted this simple practice as an easy and affordable way to add beauty to our homes and lift our spirits.
Aug 21, 2016
This Is How Much Time I Actually Spend On Housework in a Week
Since moving out to the prairie a few years ago, I’ve had a hard time finding full-time employment. I have, however, taken over our family’s housework almost completely (I do not mow). It seems to take forever because housework is boring, but truthfully, I have no idea how much actual time I contribute to the household each week. So, I decided to find out once and for all how much time I actually spend cooking and cleaning.
Aug 2, 2016
Smart Ways to Keep Sand at the Beach (and Out of Your House!)
Despite all the love we have for beach hair, beachy cocktails, and creating a beach house vibe at home—even in the middle of Denver—the beach needs to stay at the beach. Frolic on the sand all you want, but then try these nine tips for keeping sand out of your home and at the beach where it belongs. The number one thing I came across whilst Googling “how to get sand off feet” was “baby powder.
Jul 28, 2016
The Sandless Beach Blanket: Urban Legend or Must-Have Invention? We Tested One to Find Out
Have you ever heard of a “sandless” beach blanket? Well, we hadn’t either until recently. When I first introduced the idea, my fellow AT staffers threw out words like “sorcery” and “urban legend” but mostly, it was a barrage of ???s. No one could wrap their head around it, so we had to take it to the test lab (my local beach) and find out if, in fact, someone could stay sand-free on the shoreline while using one.
Jul 26, 2016
A 2-Hour After-Work Clean Routine to Maximize Your Summer Fridays
Abbreviated summer hours are a great perk in any workplace; they offer you the chance to get out of the cubicle and kick off your weekend early to enjoy some of the great weather. Or—hear me out on this—you could take advantage of the extra free time on summer fridays to get a head start on housework.
Jul 13, 2016
Everyday Savings: Simple Tips to Extend the Life of Your Kitchen Sponge
Nobody likes to throw away money. Even though kitchen sponges are, like, 50¢ a piece, there are still some small, simple habits you can do to squeeze more mileage out of your most hardworking kitchen tool. Ta da! Instantly, your tools last twice as long. Chances are, a smaller sponge can still tackle all your normal use with finesse. In fact, it might make it easier to get into tight nooks. Get yourself a sponge holder that will keep your sponge upright and let air flow all around.
Jul 5, 2016
7 Super Common Dishwasher Mistakes You’ll Want to Stop Making, Right Now
I grew up without a dishwasher in the house, so nobody really ever taught me how the whole thing was supposed to work. After a few years on my own in dishwasher-equipped apartments, I’ve got the big lessons down (it only takes one occurrence of covering your entire kitchen floor in 2-foot-deep suds to know that dish soap and dishwasher detergent are not the same thing). But there are lots of finer points of machine-washing life that even experienced homekeepers might not know.
Jun 7, 2016
The Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning Your Whole Apartment in Half the Time: 3 Rules to Clean By
There’s a reason they call cleaning up a “chore.” Nobody wants housekeeping to take up their whole weekend, so we all go looking for shortcuts to clean house in half the time. But here’s the truth: The secret to a speedy cleaning routine is just that – routine. You need to establish a system of rules that gets the work done not just quickly, but efficiently.
Jun 1, 2016
A Quick History of the Annual Chore-Fest We’ve Come to Know as Spring Cleaning
Spring is here! All over the Northern Hemisphere there are telltale signs that spring has sprung: Trees are showing their first green of the year; flowers are appearing in our neighborhood gardens, rooftops, and window sills; and across the lands if you listen carefully you can hear the whirring of vacuum cleaners and the beating of dust from a thousand hallway runners. Yes, for many of us with the season of new life comes the annual chore-fest we’ve come to know as Spring Cleaning.
Apr 19, 2016
10 Weird Items You Should Put in Your Fridge
If I were ever to receive a visit from a Victorian-era time traveler, the first thing I’d show them is the refrigerator. It’s a modern miracle that we can keep milk from turning for nearly a month, but what you might not know is that your fridge and freezer can do so much more. If you have the room to spare, try dropping a few of these non-food items in your fridge or freezer.
Apr 14, 2016
The Stink Bug: Facts, Dangers & Prevention
Stink bugs get their name from —wait for it —the odor they emit when they are disturbed or stomped upon. It’s meant to ward off predators, and by predators I mean us humans with our descending boots, rolled up magazines, and scary vacuum suction hoses. (Hell, I’d spray us with noxious fumes too.) Here’s what else you should know about these delightful little creatures.
Apr 8, 2016
30 Things You Can Get Squeaky Clean with a Toothbrush
You don’t need fancy, expensive tools to keep your home clean. In fact, it turns out you can get a whole lot done with just a toothbrush (preferably not yours… or that of anyone you love).
Mar 31, 2016
This Weekend: Spruce Up Your Messy, Tired Entryway
Your entryway is the gatekeeper to the rest of your home, fighting against the road salt, melting snow, and mud tracked in this time of year — not to mention all the people passing through with mail, coats, groceries, and other gear. This weekend, help this hard-working space do its job by giving it a little TLC, clearing it of the mess and dirt. But don’t worry, it won’t take long to make it through this checklist and turn this high-traffic spot into a sparkling clean zone.
Feb 20, 2016
6 Ways Magnetic Storage Could Save Your Organizing Life
Magnet magic is something you can put to work in your home — and in all kinds of ways you might not have imagined.
Feb 8, 2016
Easy Ideas for Making Your Entryway Work Better for Winter
Kerstin & Andy’s Colorful and Happy Family Home in Australia With snow, salt, mud, and the other sloppy aspects of winter, it’s all too easy for the entryway to become a mess. Whether your door deposits you right into your living space or you’re lucky enough to have a mudroom, there are some things you can do to make your entry as winter-friendly as possible. Handmaid Tales Shoe storage First things first: boots.
Feb 1, 2016
5 Ways You’re Ruining Your Towels Without Realizing It
Are you hanging up your towels after every use and giving them a good wash at the end of the week? Well stop it! As well-intentioned as your bath linen routine might be, you could be sabotaging your towel’s inalienable rights to life, longevity and fluffiness. Here are five ways you’re ruining your towels without realizing it… You don’t use bleach in the laundry, but you’re still seeing white specks all over your colored towels?
Jan 26, 2016
An Easier Clean, Every Time: The Thing To Do Before You Blast Your Bath
Before you scrub the grout. Before you wipe down the mirror. Before you tackle the scum on the shower doors. Before you get in there to clean whatever it is that collects all over the toilet (try not to think about that for too long). Before you start on any of it, there’s an easy–and actually quite delightful–task that you should do first… People pay good money for steam cleaners because the hot vapor loosens grime from all kinds of surfaces.
Jan 22, 2016
Get Rid of Christmas Clutter: 5 Things to Toss Right Now
Before you mindlessly pack up all of your holidays decorations, and store them out of sight for the year, take a moment to toss things that have no business sticking around. You’ll be happy next December when you don’t have to wade through three storage bins full of glitter and gold. Get rid of these five things, and maybe you can even get it down to one small box. Instead of holding onto lights that no longer light up, get rid of them.
Jan 4, 2016
How a Handheld Vacuum Changed the Way I Think About Cleaning
It took me a long time to get here but I finally moved into the tiny apartment of my dreams, and I’ve been enjoying outfitting it with all the perfect things. But my favorite thing that I’ve bought for my home is not my beautiful new velvet sofa or my gorgeous antique Moroccan rug. It is a vacuum cleaner. It might be reaching a bit to say that a handheld vacuum cleaner has changed my life, but it has definitely changed the way I clean — and I’m not going back.
Jan 1, 2016
Decorating Choices That Make Your Home Look Cleaner Than It Actually Is
This isn't about practical storage or clutter, but the decorating choices we make that contribute to either a sense of disorder or calm.
Dec 27, 2015
An Easy Way to Clean Pine Needles from the Floor
Pine needles are part of the deal that comes with bringing a real, living tree into your living room over the holidays – hell, even fake trees shed their tinsel. But that doesn’t make the resulting mess any less annoying to deal with, especially when the tree seems to be shedding everywhere.
Dec 19, 2015
5 Things That Should Never Happen in Your Living Room
Your living room is a place for connecting with friends, spending time with family, relaxing by yourself and more. What it shouldn’t be is a place for any of these five things. Take a look at this list and banish any of these if they’ve been taking place in your living space. Do you start apologizing for a mess, for the pet hair, for the unfinished DIY projects, for the sofa that isn’t quite your dream sofa yet?
Nov 28, 2015
The 10 Commandments of a Clean & Happy Fridge
The difference between an organized fridge and a messy, stinky, ugly one is simple: Focus, discipline and a strong foundation of good ideas. We’ve collected ten excellent guiding principles for keeping your refrigerator clean, healthy and happy, and they’re all right here for you to implement at home. Set your refrigerator’s temperature to 40°F (5°C) or below. If it doesn’t come with a label, give it one. Add dates for extra credit.
Nov 22, 2015
How To Get Your Bathroom Ready for Houseguests
Whether you have one shared bathroom in your place or a half a dozen, when you’re hosting for the holidays you want to get those spaces ready for houseguests as soon as possible. We’ve put together a totally doable, slow-paced two-week plan that will have you clean, ready and–most importantly–relaxed. The time frames are just a guideline, of course. You can get these five steps done in any order and on any timeline before your guests arrive.
Nov 12, 2015
Wardrobe Purgatory: Where to Store Your Worn (But Not Dirty) Clothes
My messiest spot is most definitely the closet. Because laundry is the bane of my existence, I try to get as many wears as I can out of things like jeans and sweaters (a.k.a. the entirety of my fall/winter wardrobe) before they have to be washed and put back away with the clean clothes on the shelves. The jeans and sweaters inevitably end up resting in piles on the furniture around the closet and bedroom. Unsightly, to be sure.
Oct 28, 2015
Pesticide-Free Ways for Fewer Spiders in Your Home
I was reading a few sentences of an article recently that said something about September being an extra spider-y month, something about male spiders coming out to flirt with females? I didn’t really read the whole thing because who wants to really know that much about spiders? Here’s what I do know: I don’t love them, particularly when they like to call my bedroom home and dance on my face at night.
Oct 2, 2015
Can You Really Use Ketchup to Clean Copper and Brass?
From the knocker on your front door to the extra-special necklace you brought home from the craft market, brass and copper goods are showing up everywhere. Over time, these shiny treasures will start to tarnish, and we heard that ketchup can help get them back in shape. But does it really work? we gave it a try… Ketchup Small bowl Buffing cloth Small brush 1. For small, dainty pieces of jewelry like chains and earrings, it’s easiest to submerge them and let them sit for a while.
Sep 21, 2015
Divide & Conquer: The Big Bad Clothes Sorting Weekend
Welcome to the first full weekend of the Closet Cure! The next assignment won’t be sent out until Monday, so you’ve got three days to get lots of good curing in. If you haven’t gotten started yet, no worries – this is your chance to get on board and catch up with the group. Now that you’ve walked through the sorting process with your sweaters, it’s time to work your clothing assessment magic on some other key sections of your wardrobe.
Sep 11, 2015
The 5 Unexpected Benefits of Rearranging a Room
If your furniture is in the same spot it’s been since you moved in, it might be time to shake things up a bit. Rearranging your room’s layout has a way of freshening up a space and giving you new life at home. There’s also a handful of benefits to a layout shake-up that you might not have ever expected… That sofa that hasn’t moved in millennia?
Sep 9, 2015
5 Different Ways to Keep Your Glass Shower Door Clean for Good
There are two types of people in the world: Shower curtain people and glass door people. No matter which you prefer (which do you prefer?), we can all agree that glass shower doors are kind of a pain to keep clean. Here are 5 tips, products and solutions that make it a cinch to keep your shower door spotless around the clock. Without a doubt, this is the most effective way to keep a clean glass shower, but it’s also the most demanding.
Sep 1, 2015
10 Things in Your Home You Should Toss by the End of Summer
Spring cleaning is overrated, y’all. The best time to purge around the house is right now. The end of carefree summer offers the perfect framework to really re-assess your needs and determine exactly what products, items and pantry staples you want to bring with you into fall. If you need a jump start on the Autumn Ablution (we’re trying to make it happen), here are 10 things around the house you should throw away by the end of summer.
Aug 30, 2015
10 Things to Get Done Before Labor Day
This is a public service announcement: The Halloween stuff is already out at craft stores. And I’m not sure how fall came to have a mascot, but I know that autumn is on its way when I hear people start talking about how much they miss pumpkin spice. While there are still several weeks left to enjoy the summer, it might be a good time to start thinking about the tasks you need to get done before cool weather really sets in.
Jul 31, 2015
Chiggers Are Small Yet Sneaky Little Buggers: Here’s What You Need to Know
Chiggers (or red bugs) are tiny little mites that easily escape notice, but leave a lasting legacy in the form of red welts on your skin that will itch for days and drive you nuts. Summer is prime chigger season, so read up on how to deal with them around the house, and what to do if you get bitten. Chiggers love to get you in your body’s tender sweaty spots, namely the undersides of your arms, knees, belly and – yes – your private areas.
Jul 31, 2015
Your Cleanest Home Yet: 4 Just Possibly Life-Changing Habits to Adopt Today
Want a cleaner home? One that gets cleaner easier, stays cleaner longer, and doesn’t feel like the act of cleaning dominates your life? There are four habits that can be life-changers; could they change yours? We have provided you with a lot of different cleaning schedules over the years. What they’ve all got in common is that at some point in time you’ve got to carve out time where you pull out cleaning supplies and do a little scrubbing.
Jul 10, 2015
20 Last Minute Ways to Make Your Home Look Guest-Ready (When It’s Actually Kind of a Mess)
Are you a robot who is always ready for spur-of-the-moment guests? Good for you! The rest of us humans need to fake it once in a while. Here are twenty easy ways to do just that. Make your home look loads better in a hurry with one or two (or more if you’re feeling motivated!) of these low effort, high-impact (and dirt-hiding) tips. 20. Sweep clutter from all visible surfaces. 19. Make the bed. 18. Clean the bathroom mirror. 17. Light a candle. 16. Putting out a store-bought snack?
Jul 9, 2015
How to Motivate Yourself to Clean Regularly, For People Who Hate Cleaning
Judy & Don’s Treehouse in the City Your home is truly a reflection of yourself, and mine definitely says, “I hate cleaning”… at least it does right this minute. See, I’m more than capable of getting my home totally tidy (and I love it when I do), but keeping up a regular cleaning routine is a tough task for me.
Jun 28, 2015
Do These 6 Things Now for a More Carefree Summer
The middle of the year is an optimal time to do a little planning to have a great summer ahead. Whether you’ve already been to the beach a few times this year or you haven’t even thought about your summer plans yet, cleaning and clearing out these six areas of life and home just might be the secret to a more carefree summer.
Jun 21, 2015
The Biggest Reason You’re Still Drowning in Clutter (And What to Do About It)
Do you regularly put in real, genuine effort to declutter your home, but still find yourself being overwhelmed by all the stuff? Do you ever wonder where it all comes from? There could be one thing that you’re doing that’s keeping the clutter levels high; see if it’s something you can eliminate from your life to help eliminate your clutter. In other words, you’re keeping things just in case.
Jun 16, 2015
10 Things to Do in 10 Minutes Before Work to Make Coming Home Much Nicer
Think you can’t accomplish all that much in ten minutes? You’re wrong. In fact, taking just ten minutes before you dash out the house to head to work can allow you to tackle a whole set of tasks that might make coming back home a pleasant treat at the end of a long, hard day. Tomorrow, take ten minutes to cross off these ten easy items of your morning to-do list! Do you like to make a bit of a mess when you fix breakfast?
Mar 29, 2015
How To Set Up an Annual Home Maintenance Calendar
Whether you own or rent your home, whether it’s an apartment or a house, it’ll need maintenance this year. Make your life easier and a little less stressful by planning out your home’s maintenance for the whole year all at once, filling out an annual calendar and setting yourself reminders so you stay on track all year long! A yearly calendar (paper or digital) A copy of your lease (if you rent)Your smart phone or computer 1.
Feb 8, 2015
5 No-Fail Tips for Uncluttered Counters All Year Long
Countertop space is precious, and clutter stands in the way of glorious, wide-open spaces that help you function in the kitchen. When stuff is everywhere, you have to move it every time you wipe the counters. You sacrifice precious prep space. And that same stuff subtly clouds your thinking and saps attention from the task at hand. When you banish clutter from the kitchen, you’re more likely to use the room as intended, make dinner, and eat at home.
Jan 25, 2015
My Favorite Kitchen Hand Soap
From The Kitchn → My Favorite Kitchen Hand Soap (I’ve Been Using It for Years!
Nov 20, 2014
5 Weird Uses for Yellow Mustard (That Totally Work!)
Simple, understated, and delicious, yellow mustard has its place in the back row on the condiment shelf, pulled out for the occasional cookout or the quickly assembled sandwich. Sure, it’s tasty but is that really it? Have we underestimated yellow mustard all these years? Not just for hot dogs, yellow mustard has quite the list of alternative uses! From skincare to sore throats, it sure can (ahem) cut the mustard. Mild Burn Relief: First, run the burned area under cold water.
Nov 18, 2014
25 Household Hacks & Habits to Help You Survive Winter
The battle with winter is a long one, fraught with snow and cold. If you need a couple more arrows in your quiver, check out these 25 household practices that help you keep you warm as the temperatures drop, save time in the freezing mornings before work, and hopefully conserve energy during the dark months. Individually they don’t sound like much, but collectively they help you kick winter’s butt to the curb. Cover your windshield wipers with old socks before storms.
Nov 11, 2014
How to Wash a Down Comforter
You just need few materials, including a mild detergent, a few hours spent at the laundromat, and lots of patience.
Dec 18, 2023
15+ Glorious Uses for Wax Paper at Home
Add wax paper to the long list of items with surprising applications and usefulness well beyond their original purpose. Wax paper (as opposed to parchment paper) has a thin layer of wax on each side, and was designed to keep food fresh longer. Its both water resistant and non-stick — two attributes that make this handy item versatile and helpful, even outside the kitchen. Rub a sheet on the teeth of a zipper to discourage snags.
Oct 10, 2014
10 Reasons Car Wax is Your New Best Friend at Home
Car wax is designed to fill in scratches, protect paint jobs, and leave a slick shine on metal finishes. Why limit its use to automobiles? Turns out that the substance is good for all types of things at home. Pick up a jar and start using it throughout the house. Here are ten ways you might not know about… You can buy car wax in either paste or liquid form. Applying the wax requires just elbow grease and a clean, dry cloth.
Sep 3, 2014
8 Surprising Uses for Tea Tree Oil at Home
Tea tree oil (or malaleuca if you’re fancy) is widely thought to have antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. While many people use it for health & beauty issues, it’s also quite useful around the house. Unlike other household products, it’s also safe and natural. All-Purpose Cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with water and add a few teaspoons of oil. Shake vigorously and spray to clean and disinfect.
Aug 18, 2014
Our Best Tips for Life Without a Dishwasher
Not having a dishwasher certainly isn’t the worst problem you can have. But if you’re used to having one, switching to only hand-washing can seem like a major inconvenience. Following are some ways to make life without a dishwasher as painless as possible. Soak. To make hand-washing less of a scrub-fest, make every effort to keep food from drying on dishes and pots and pans. If you can’t wash something right away, at least submerge it in or fill it with warm soapy water.
Jul 17, 2014
9 Cheap (or Free) Ways You Can Make Your Home (& Life) Better This Weekend
It’s the weekend! Time to relax, maybe slow down a bit, maybe work on a renovation or DIY project. You can improve your home a little (and maybe even make your life a little better). We’ve rounded up some recent good ideas that would be perfect to try out this weekend while you’ve got this extra time. And don’t worry — none of these ideas will cost an arm or leg! In the mood to clean but not clean from top to bottom?
Jul 12, 2014
Tips for Sticking to Your Budget: Getting Clothes Shopping Under Control
Sometimes getting a bargain isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. There are tons of tips out there for getting a deal on your clothes shopping — shop off season for coats and swimsuits, swing by the store on a Wednesday morning to scope out the new markdowns, use the department store’s extra percentage off coupon, etc.
Jun 20, 2014
The 10 Commandments of Keeping a Small Space Organized
Living in a compact (read: tiny) one bedroom with my fiancé and our two dogs sometimes resembles a giant game of Tetris. When it comes to cramming our lives, complete with hobbies, home cooking and my photography business, into 450 square feet organization is key. Here are a few of the ways that we manage. 1. Build upwards.
Apr 15, 2014
10 Tips & Tricks for Keeping a Small Space Clean
If you live in a small space, you know that it’s tough to keep it clean from day to day. Smaller spaces just seem to collect more unwanted clutter, dirt and dust! Why is that? Well if you’re a clean freak like me, take a look at some of these tips to keep your small space sparkling every day… 1. Declutter. This is rule number one for a reason! If you don’t love or use an item—why do you still have it? Ditch the clutter and free up space.
Apr 8, 2014
Reader Intelligence Report: How To Get Rid of Diaper Smells at Home
Last year we ran an article on how to avoid the dreaded dirty diaper smell, one of the most odorous odors a new Mom or Dad must face. And you couldn’t resist! The rest of you joined in, with your incredible tips on how you’ve defeated the dastardly diaper. Read on for all you need to know about how to conquer the stink! 1. First up, flush it away! Dumping solid waste out of any kind of diaper—cloth or disposable—will help a great deal with the smell.
Mar 25, 2014
What’s the Cause of Stovetop Discoloration and How Do I Get Rid of It?
Q: I’ve been living in a new apartment for about six months. When we moved in, our white gas stovetop was impeccable. After using the stove, a brown discoloration started to appear under the most used burners. At first I was able to clean the discoloration using household cleaners (409 All Purpose or Windex Touch Ups) and a scrubbing pad.
Feb 20, 2014
How To Make Fart Hydrogen Sulphide Gas Smells Go Away
Warning. This is an awkward post. It’s deep winter and many of us are trapped indoors without the flow of fresh air from open windows. I, personally, have become quite conscious lately of daily smelly moments both at home with guests and at work (the elevator is the worst) where I’ve been trapped by someone passing gas or simply wished the bathroom at home would air out quicker. I myself will plead guilty on occasion.
Feb 10, 2014
How to Clean Old Paintbrushes
Your walls are gleaming with new paint, but only three days later do you remember that you forgot to clean the brushes. Blame the chaos, the kids, the fact that you don’t have to be old to forget the obvious. Either way, that expensive paintbrush is trash for sure, right? Wrong! With a little patience — and minimal elbow grease — you can restore your brushes to their former glory. Paint tends to build up right near and inside the metal band, called the ferrule.
Feb 3, 2014