The Uber-Easy “Always and Never” Guide to Making Hardwood Floors Last Forever
This guide takes the guesswork out of caring for your wood floors.
Oct 27, 2017
How to Give New Life to Your Old Suitcases
Between spills, errant shoe bottoms, and airplane grease, inside and out, our suitcases may not be the cleanest. This year, before you pack for your holiday trips or winter getaways, give your luggage the royal treatment so you can put your carefully packed clothes somewhere they’ll stay fresh and clean.
Oct 21, 2017
How to Flu-Proof Every Spot in Your Home
While the CDC recommends that “the single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season,” it’s also a good idea to pay special attention to where germs in your home can proliferate and be passed around, especially if someone in your household gets sick. Flu germs can live on hard surfaces for 24 hours, so target these hot spots in particular.
Oct 17, 2017
Readers Weigh In: This is the Room You Should Always Clean First
Getting the toughest room out the way first will help jumpstart the rest of your housekeeping responsibilities.
Oct 16, 2017
The Holiday-Ready Task You’ll Want to Check Off Your List Right Now
It might be too early for Christmas music and putting a fir tree in the living room, but it’s definitely not too early to start planning for the holidays. These early fall months are a great time to start budgeting for gifts, booking travel and, if you’re hosting this season, one other thing… It’s true.
Oct 16, 2017
This Weekend: Do The Grossest Thing You’ll Do All Year
This weekend, it’s time to address another hidden part of our homes, one that, left unchecked, can cause much bigger and more serious problems. There are at least a few of them in your house (I have eight) and they could be harboring some serious gunk. Roll up your sleeves and brace yourself for some yuck. All during October, we’re tackling your home’s “scariest” tasks — the dirtiest, foulest, most dreaded jobs on your to-do list.
Oct 14, 2017
Can You Wash a Rug at the Car Wash? We Find Out
When my friend Emily and I first met, I knew we were meant to be BFF’s after hearing all her wonderful tales of growing up in a big old victorian home. I was just 18, but already desperately in love with great big old houses, so of course I gravitated toward people who lived in them. One tale in particular she told, was the story of how each year her entire family would load up all the carpets in the house and take them to the carwash to be cleaned.
Oct 11, 2017
The “Make and Pile” Method Might Save Your Messy Bedroom
When faced with a messy bedroom, sometimes it’s easier to just shut the door than to climb the mental mountain of starting to actually pick it up. Disorder begets disorder and entropy is an easier, downhill path to take (especially when only you will see the room). But what if you were to flip the script and use an orderly room to motivate you before you put even a single errant item away? First, make your bed. Tighten the sheets, smooth the coverlet, and fluff the pillows.
Oct 9, 2017
The 5 Essentials You Need to Tackle Your Least Favorite Bathroom Chore
It’s official: Cleaning the bathroom is a nasty job. In a recent reader survey, the largest group — 13.3 percent — said that scrubbing the shower or tub was their least favorite chore. But just like buying a new pair of leggings can give you a kick to get exercising, arming yourself with a cleaning kit just might get you jazzed to take on the task. To make easy work of a tough job, here’s the 5-part pack I’d recommend (for around $38, out the door).
Oct 6, 2017
This Weekend: Easily Eliminate Years of Buildup in Your Bathroom
When I think of bathroom buildup, I think of grout first, and all the ick that accumulates in between the tiles. Tackling those lines is a major chore, requiring a ton of elbow grease and most likely a stiff brush. Turns out there’s a second spot that also gets gross, but, in this case, couldn’t be easier to clean. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how painless this particular weekend project will be — there’s no scrubbing required!
Sep 30, 2017
We Have Proof: All You Need for a Clean Home is 10 Minutes a Day
We’re all busy, but we can probably all spare 10 minutes or so, right? Just a few minutes a day is all you need to keep your home clean and in order—and if you don’t believe it, we’ve got proof. The guide you need to turn you into a believer? “Simply Clean,” a new book out this year by Becky Rapinchuk (aka Clean Mama).
Sep 29, 2017
We Tested Three Methods for Removing Coffee Stains and This One Won Out
Are you a frequent coffee drinker? Then you’ve probably also experienced the struggle of getting a coffee stain out of your favorite shirt—nothing like a big brown spot in the middle of an otherwise perfectly crisp white shirt to make you dread doing the laundry (not to mention, paranoid about coffee cup lids and too-full mugs). But while getting out coffee stains can be a struggle, there are products and cleaning solutions out there that can help.
Sep 27, 2017
We Tried These Bathroom Drain Snakes To Unclog a Sink & OMG The Hair
Snaking the drain is one of those nasty jobs that we put off, and just deal with a clogged or slow draining sink or tub because we don’t want to bother with calling the landlord, or figuring out how to do it ourselves. Like so many things, after we actually do it, we realize it’s just not a big deal and wish we’d done it sooner. It’s also satisfying —and gross.
Sep 25, 2017
9 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Clean With a Clothes Steamer
On top of handling wrinkled clothes, this trusty tool can tackle lots more housekeeping tasks.
Sep 19, 2017
Is Your Kitchen Sink the Key to Happiness? Yes, According to This Fan-Favorite Cleaning Plan
Do you follow the FlyLady? If not, here’s a little backstory: the FlyLady is a site dedicated to organizing and cleaning your home, started by Marla Cilley. The site gets its name from Cilley’s old username from her first online endeavor, and is equal parts an homage to her love of flyfishing and an acronym that means “finally loving yourself.
Sep 11, 2017
One Day at a Time: The Only Chore Chart You’ll Ever Need
It’s no secret that the key to cleaning success is to do a little bit every day. Of course, there are the things you already keep up with daily or regularly—like doing the dishes, taking out the trash, or wiping down the kitchen counters—but it’s the tasks beyond that that can so easily fall by the wayside if you don’t have a plan that fits in with your already busy schedule.
Aug 30, 2017
The Cleaning Nudge You Need: Take 20 Minutes and Make Today Fridge Day!
I’ve never been skydiving or gotten a tattoo, but I like to imagine the rush that keeps people coming back for more is a lot like the feeling I get when I open my refrigerator door to find a perfectly pristine display worthy of being photographed for “I Eat Well and Have My Life Together” magazine. Because, truthfully, I feel like a clean and well-organized refrigerator is the most important key to happiness.
Aug 27, 2017
The Simple Key to Keeping a Maximalist House Tidy
Minimalism may be all the rage, but that doesn’t mean maximalism is out by any means—some people would just rather live with more space and others, with more stuff. It’s all a matter of preference. One of the perks of minimalism, however, is how much easier it is to keep your home clean. It’s less about the practice and more just common sense—not owning a lot of stuff means there are fewer things to clean, along with fewer opportunities for clutter to pile up.
Aug 23, 2017
Not a Drop: A Dozen Tips and Hacks that Make Painting Cleanup Easy
We collected a dozen smart tips that will make your next painting project spotless and splatter-free.
Aug 18, 2017
Overwhelmed with a Messy Home? Try the Laundry Basket Method
You know my favorite thing about being a human? (Sarcasm alert.) It’s that thing how when your home is really messy, your brain finds it overwhelming and hard to process and almost paralyzing. So then your body can’t muster up the energy or willpower to actually clean it. And so the place just gets more messy and your brain is more overwhelmed and it’s harder every day to actually tackle the mess. Yeah, that’s super fun, right?
Aug 17, 2017
Cleaning Time Capsule: Vintage Ads to Remind Us All What It Was Like Back in the Day
Many of the cleaning brands we use today have been around for decades—some have even been around since the 1800s—and that means that over the years, they’ve seen many a marketing campaign. Flipping through old magazine ads for the products we still know and love is quite the experience, and so is watching vintage television ads from generations ago. Some are questionable, some are hilarious, and some, surprisingly, aren’t really all that different from how they are today.
Aug 17, 2017
Zippered Sheets: For Anyone Who Can’t Stand Changing Fitted Sheets (AKA “Everyone Ever”)
There are two kinds of people in the world: people who think changing sheets is NBD and the rest of us, aka anyone who doesn't have their bed floating in the middle of a vast room.
Aug 16, 2017
A Teeny Tiny Cleaning Task that Will Make Your Home Feel Like New
It’s the details that really allow something — like an outfit or, in this case, your home — to shine. Even when the furniture is flawlessly laid out and the decor is impeccably styled, a dingy little detail might be bringing the whole look down. Ok, that was kind of a grand statement, because… doors. We’re talking about doors. But your doors are probably dirty!
Aug 12, 2017
Fifty Years Before Martha: Lillian Gilbreth Was the Original Mogul of Homekeeping
Ask anyone who the queen of homekeeping is, and I bet they’ll tell you it’s Martha Stewart without even a moment of hesitation—and they’re not wrong. But while Martha has ruled over this incredibly organized kingdom for the last 35 years, there was another mogul before her—a woman named Lillian Moller Gilbreth.
Aug 11, 2017
10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle or Compost
Want to be more mindful while you’re cleaning? You’ve probably got a good handle on the items you can toss into your recycling bins—paper, plastics, glass, aluminum, etc.—but there are also a lot of specialty programs that allow you to recycle other household items to reduce waste and even help people in need.
Aug 8, 2017
This Cleaning Survey Has Officially Ruined My Life
Warning: What I’m about to tell you might upset you, but apparently according to a new study from Mulberrys Cleaners, there are too many people out there just… not washing their underwear. According to the survey—which got responses from more than 1,000 people—while most people (around 85 percent of women and just under 80 percent of men, as you can see on the chart below) said they wash their underwear after 1 to 2 wears, 18 percent of men and 10.
Aug 7, 2017
The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Sofa
Whether or not you love your furniture, it pays—quite literally—to keep it looking great. If you have a sofa or chair you love, the benefits of making sure your investment lasts a long time are obvious. But even if you’re not sitting on your forever couch right now, keeping it in great shape will make your piece a more appealing second-hand buy for the lucky shopper who finds your well-maintained sofa on Craigslist for a steal.
Aug 2, 2017
Machine Washable Rugs? They Exist, and Here’s What You Need to Know
Story time: When we first started talking about this at Apartment Therapy, my immediate reaction was, “Machine washable rugs exist?!?” so if you’re reading this thinking, “wait, really?” you’re not alone. (If you did know this already, you can probably still learn a thing or two, and those of us who didn’t know appreciate your patience with us.
Jul 31, 2017
Easily Bring Your Rusty Cast Iron Skillets Back To Life
(Image credit: Kitchn Video) From Kitchn → How To Restore a Rusty Cast Iron Skillet null
Jul 30, 2017
The Sunday Plan: Your 20-Minute Bedroom Refresh
You know how it goes: Friends pop over Friday night and you toss the laundry that’s been on the couch waiting for you into laundry baskets, which get deposited in your master bedroom behind closed doors.
Jul 23, 2017
The DIY Cleaning Recipes Bloggers Swear By
Looking to DIY your cleaning products? Your favorite lifestyle and cleaning bloggers can help. Seriously—just a quick Pinterest search for cleaning recipes will lead you to tons of popular DIY cleaning sprays and solutions from top bloggers. Many of these cleaning recipes use essentials you probably already have on hand at home. Whether you copy them or put your own DIY spin on them, here are some popular cleaning recipes from bloggers who know their stuff.
Jul 7, 2017
12 Top-Rated Vacuums (That Are Cheaper than a Dyson)
A low price point doesn't always mean low quality—in fact, some of the least expensive vacuums out there are among the highest rated.
Jun 28, 2017
Cause & Effect: Clean This Today to Save Major Money Tomorrow
If you pride yourself on keeping a tidy home, there’s stuff around the house you want to do. Like buying an organizer for the junk drawer. That right there is like a drug to Monica Geller types. But no matter how much you enjoy cleaning up, there are still some chores that are, well, chores. Cleaning the fridge coils is one of those things.
Jun 27, 2017
30+ Shortcuts & Strategies to Get Your Home Cleaner Faster
Raise your hand if you wish you could clean your home faster, but you just don’t know how to make it work. (I’m raising my hand along with you, if you couldn’t tell). The good news: Housecleaning pros, former messy people and the like all weighed in on Reddit with their best speedy—but effective—cleaning tips. Below are some of the best methods and tricks from the thread that might help you reduce your cleaning time and clean more effectively.
Jun 19, 2017
A 2-Minute Post-Shower Routine to Get (and Keep!) Your Bathroom Ultra Clean
With the combination of dampness, soap scum, and grout and grooves, the place where we get ourselves clean isn’t always the cleanest place itself. However, having a few of the right tools in place makes it easy to create a do-it-now cleaning habit so you can keep the bathroom fresh perpetually. Use Fabric Shower Curtain Liners: Soap scum is any bathroom-cleaner’s nemesis. Getting it out of plastic shower curtains is impossible and, frankly, not worth the time even trying.
Jun 19, 2017
Smart Cleaning Advice That Only Messy People Could Give
If you’re a messy person looking to making cleaning and organizing a little less painful—and, you know, incorporate it into your regular routine—who better to get advice from than people who face the same challenges and have found ways to make it work? We asked self-admitted messy people to share their shortcuts and what helps them (along with combing through a few super helpful Reddit threads—this one and this one, to be exact).
Jun 16, 2017
In Praise of Drunk Cleaning
I have always hated to iron. So imagine my surprise when a co-worker told me that the most relaxing part of his day was coming home, drinking a beer or two, and doing a little ironing. As someone who deeply detests ironing, I would never have dreamed of anyone finding it relaxing. As the daughter of two strict teetotalers, I would never have dreamed of mixing drinking and household chores. This was my first introduction to the wonderful world of drunk cleaning.
Jun 14, 2017
3 Things Keeping You from an Ultra-Clean Bathroom
An immaculate bathroom is hard to find. Considering how much time you spend in your bathroom everyday, keeping it clean and fresh can have a real impact on how you feel. Unfortunately, even after you spend hours cleaning, bathrooms have a tendency to get grimy fast.
Jun 14, 2017
How the World Does Laundry
No matter where you live, laundry is probably a big part of your routine. In fact, according to a new study by Nielsen, globally 67 percent of people said they do laundry at least twice per week, and another 31 percent said they do laundry every day. But despite similarities in how often people around the world clean their clothes, there are some differences in how they do their laundry (if they even do it themselves at all).
Jun 9, 2017
This Weekend: Spruce Up Your Home’s Unsung Hero
A few minutes of cleaning, or a quick trip to a home good store will ensure your home's threshold is good to go.
May 26, 2017
Never Use Drano, and Other Need-to-Know Tips for Handling Hairy Home Situations
You may love your long hair, but there’s one problem with those lengthy tresses—they shed and get all over the place, turning clean-up into a challenge and making your shower drain a battle zone. You could just adopt the motto “long hair, don’t care” but that won’t stop your stray strands from haunting your home, so it might be better to take some precautions and avoid those hairy home situations altogether.
May 25, 2017
We Cleaned Our Best Friend’s Room (& Here’s Why it Matters)
My best friend Erin is a 20-something with a teenage dream of a room—her love of pop music, Archie comics and traveling is plastered all over her walls in the best way. Her room is lived-in and cozy—full of patterns and textures and personality—so much so that when you walk in you can tell immediately, without a doubt, who it belongs to. Making her bedroom her own has never been a challenge for Erin, but the one thing she has struggled with is getting it clean and organized.
May 24, 2017
How a Simple System Squashed My Marriage’s Biggest Cleaning Spat
We’ve got a good thing going, my husband and I. Our homekeeping is a pretty solid division of labor. I cook, he does the dishes. I’ll spend time during the week vacuuming and tidying up all over, and once a week he handles all the laundry. What I’m saying is, our cleaning routine works for us. Mostly.
May 19, 2017
How To Clean Your Apartment Just Like Monica Geller Would
Dedicated Friends fans spent entire decades watching the platonic and romantic lives of Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey play out. We watched Rachel pursue a fashion career, we watched Joey not share his food, we watched Phoebe and all her quirks, we watched Chandler make sarcastic quips, we watched Ross be…well, basically the worst, and of course, we also watched Monica clean. A lot.
Apr 27, 2017
Channel Your Energy: The Very Best Things To Clean When You’re Angry
When you’re angry—or even just a little peeved about something beyond your control—how do you deal in a healthy way? Some people exercise, and others go out with friends to blow off some steam and have some fun, for example. But there’s another way to deal that can also help you be productive at home, too: angry cleaning.
Apr 21, 2017
The Cleaning Mistake I Didn’t Know I Was Making (But I’m Going to Keep Doing Anyway)
Back when I Kon-Mari-ed my cleaning supplies, I dutifully refilled my homemade baking soda dispensers (jars with holes hammered into the lids) and my re-purposed white vinegar squirters (empty dish soap bottles) so I’d have one of each in every bathroom. I use these ubiquitous homemade cleaners to scrub and disinfect all our sinks and toilets — or so I thought.
Apr 10, 2017
This Weekend: A Brand New Bedroom For Zero Dollars
Many good things in life take time and money, but every now and then you can cut some corners and take a few minutes to improve a room in your home without a significant investment. This weekend, make your bedroom a better place with these easy (and completely free!) changes. Clear Your Nightstand(s): Is your bedside table functional, or is it bogged down by used earplugs, loose change, unread books, and half empty glasses of water?
Mar 31, 2017
3 Simple Things Happy Travelers Do Before They Leave for a Trip
Nothing beats the relaxation that comes with taking a much-needed vacation. A trip away from it all—whether you’re headed somewhere warm and beachy or ready to bundle up somewhere colder—can be just the thing you need to help you unwind and de-stress. But there’s one thing that can drag you right back to reality when you return: a messy home.
Mar 28, 2017
This Weekend: Get Rid of These Things in Your Living Room Right Now
We know that well-being is influenced by our immediate surroundings so, this weekend, do a few concrete things in your living room to lift your mood and make yourself smile. You’ll put the mental weight of winter behind you, and your home will become a lighter, more buoyant, and cheerful place to be. Declutter The Coffee Table: This is the epicenter of your living room lives, and it’s both loved and abused on a daily basis.
Mar 24, 2017
Spilled Nail Polish On The Carpet? Here’s What You Need To Do (Like Right Now)
There you are, minding your business and painting your nails, when suddenly you make one false move and your favorite shade is splattered on the rug. Nothing like a big, crunchy, tangerine-colored spill in the middle of your white carpet to really pull the room together, huh? Good news: You might still be able to get your carpet back to normal—it’ll just take a bit of elbow grease. Don’t panic, just follow these steps.
Mar 18, 2017
Establish a Cleaning Schedule that (Finally!) Works for Your Home and Your Life
Melissa Maker wears many hats. She’s a YouTube star, author of a new book, and the founder of a boutique cleaning service in Toronto. Through years of cleaning other people’s spaces, she’s discovered the best ways to clean her own—and she’s sharing some of her best tips with Apartment Therapy. Creating a cleaning schedule may not be at the top of your to-do list, and I get it. There are hundreds of more pretty, fun, exciting, and pressing things to do.
Mar 8, 2017
MIA: The Acronym That’ll Cut Your Cleaning Time
Melissa Maker wears many hats. She’s a YouTube star, author of a new book (out today!), and the founder of a boutique cleaning service in Toronto. Through years of cleaning other people’s spaces, she’s discovered the best ways to clean her own—and she’s sharing some of her best tips with Apartment Therapy. The shoemaker’s kids never have new shoes.
Mar 7, 2017
The 5 Stages of Cleaning After a Breakup
No matter how long you’ve been dating someone, the ending is never fun. It can leave you feeling sad, confused and angry — and frankly, sometimes you just don’t know what to do with yourself. Often our post-breakup instincts fall somewhere between wallowing, wanting payback or finding something productive to focus on instead.
Mar 6, 2017
The Thing You Use Everyday that You Should Probably Throw Away (Or At Least De-Grossify)
You probably do the dishes often—even more so if you lack the luxury of a dishwasher—but how often do you clean or replace your kitchen sponge? (Or any sponges in your home, for that matter?). The dirt on sponges (pun intended) is that they can get really gross, really quickly—more gross than you might realize. According to Huffington Post, it’s the dirtiest thing in your home, even worse than toilet seats and garbage cans.
Mar 2, 2017
Rank Them: The 5 Little (But Life-Changing) Cleaning Commandments
Cleaning isn’t really all that fun, especially when you have to do a total overhaul of your home all at once. To keep dirt and clutter from building up over time, it’s a good idea to follow a few simple cleaning and organizing rules on a daily basis. That way, you do a little bit of picking up each day and avoid doing a whole lot of cleaning later on.
Feb 15, 2017
Weekend Projects Begin Now! Start by Tweaking This Tiny Trouble Spot
Are you as excited as we are for Weekend Projects? To get started, we’re focusing on a small but mighty pain point for SO MANY homes. No matter how many people live in your household, it’s a universal truth that shoes multiply and take over your entryway. Some live in unsightly piles, while others clutter the floor and make it hard for us to walk through without tripping. This weekend, help your hard-working entryway do its job by clearing it of unnecessary footwear.
Feb 10, 2017
The Only 3 Things You Need to Clean Before Having People Over
We’ve all been there. It’s Friday night and after a long work week, you make it home just in time to remember that you’ve invited your friends over—gasp!—in an hour. Your sink is full of dirty dishes and you haven’t swept in days, so naturally, panic ensues. But before you pick up your phone to cancel or postpone, perhaps consider a new a plan of action.
Feb 10, 2017
Relive your ’90s Childhood & Clean at the Same Time with Cleaning Slime
Bring back the glory days of your 1990s childhood in one fell swoop with this effective—but also really, really fun—way to clean. It starts with a few handy household ingredients, which become mixed into a substance similar to Nickelodeon Gak (remember that stuff?). You can use the resulting goop to reach crumbs in hard-to-clean crevices all around your home (plus your office and your car).
Feb 5, 2017
The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Laundry Master (So You Never Shrink Another Anything)
So, you accidentally shrunk your favorite sweater. You’ve mourned its loss—and searched desperately for an identical replacement to no avail—and now it’s time to make sure you never make the same laundry mistakes again. In order to become a true laundry master, there are some major things to know—like what those weird symbols on your clothing labels mean, what settings to use, and why you should never ever overstuff your machines.
Feb 2, 2017
The 10 Commandments of a Clean Car
For many of us, our cars become a home away from home. Between work commutes, kid pickups, and daily errands, we wind up clocking some serious hours inside our vehicles. And just like any place where we spend a lot of time, keeping things tidy can be tough. Luckily, with a little effort, there are ways for even the laziest of drivers to stay nice and neat. So to help, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite (and foolproof) approaches for maintaining an orderly automobile.
Jan 18, 2017
The Important Cleaning Task We All Skip (But Shouldn’t)
Considering all of the different cleaning sprays and solutions available on the market, we’re surprisingly trusting of the ones we bring home. That’s why the pros have always sworn by “spot-testing”—where you sample new products by testing them out on a small area to make sure they won’t cause any damage or discoloration.
Jan 17, 2017
Cleaning Secret Weapon: 6 Ways to Use Hydrogen Peroxide
You already know hydrogen peroxide comes in handy for cleaning up cuts and scrapes and even for whitening your teeth, but there’s a lot more to it than that—it’s also great to have on hand for cleaning your home. It’s inexpensive, you can find it at just about any pharmacy and grocery store, and it can do just about anything. From disinfecting toys and countertops to keeping your shower mold and mildew free, H2O2 has your back.
Jan 15, 2017
Weird, Wise and Worth a Try: 8 Homekeeping Hacks to Change How You Dust
On your list of household chores, dusting is probably, first, one of your least favorite things to do, and second, not exactly a high priority in comparison to things like doing the dishes or making the bed. But, it’s got to be done, and we’ve found eight ways you can make it a little simpler, lots more effective and, in some cases, infinitely weirder (and therefore, more fun).
Jan 12, 2017
10 Natural Cleaning Recipes Everyone Should Know by Heart
Is your cleaning mantra “When in doubt, douse it in bleach”? While you might feel confident your house is sanitary and squeaky clean, you can’t always trust that your health isn’t suffering—the problem with many household chemical cleaners is that they’re actually toxic to your health. Instead, you might want to try borrowing a greener, cleaner recipe from your grandmother.
Dec 16, 2016
Bigger’s Not Always Better: 10 Reasons to Love (Cleaning) Your Small Home
When it comes to cleaning house, bigger definitely isn’t always better. Ask anyone with a giant place if they’d rather be responsible for looking after a studio-sized apartment—and suddenly your humble abode won’t seem so bad after all. In fact, preserving your neat and orderly small-ish home can feel relatively painless when you compare it to cleaning ones with more square-footage—consider it the silver lining of small housekeeping.
Dec 13, 2016
16 Hilariously Relatable Tweets About Cleaning
Even if you’re generally good at keeping up with your household chores, we can all agree on one thing: Sometimes cleaning really just, well…sucks. There’s nothing worse than when the dishes pile up or you suddenly realize you’re out of clean clothes, and as zen as dusting and vacuuming can be, they’re not exactly at the top of your fun activities list.
Dec 5, 2016
Dirty Desks: Cleaning Hacks for Your Cubicle
Whether you work in a tiny cubicle, the corner of your bedroom, a spacious corner office or a fully customized home workspace, your desk is likely a source of both stress and germs. Okay, forget “likely.” We’ll leave as a “maybe,” but your desk is “definitely” a source of germs. You probably have a routine for cleaning your home and a rough idea of when things need to be washed or scrubbed. But your workspace?
Dec 4, 2016
7 Things Around the House You Can Fix or Clean With Just Toothpaste
Your toothpaste can do more than just clean and whiten your teeth--it can also help you clean and fix up tons of stuff around your home.
Nov 30, 2016
Getting a Robot Vacuum for the Holidays? Never Forget This Family’s Roomba Poopocalypse
My Facebook feed is a battleground right now, overtaken with competing analyses of the world today, the state of politics in America, and what’s going to happen to us all now. Which is why, when a friend liked this unassuming little anecdote about a late night run-in with a Roomba and some poop, I clicked over for a little respite. Fifteen minutes later I was still laughing. Here’s how Jesse tells it: So, last week, something pretty tragic happened in our household.
Nov 30, 2016
Pack Less When You Travel: How To Do “Laundry” On the Go
The quickest way to overstuff your suitcase? Packing too many clothes. Just because you won’t have access to a washer and dryer or time to visit a laundromat while you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to pack a new outfit for each day. Doing laundry on the go is actually pretty simple, so long as you pack smart and have the right supplies.
Nov 26, 2016
“Can This Go in the Dishwasher?” Your Guide to Post-Thanksgiving Dinner Cleanup
As hard-working as that holiest of appliances is, it can't do it all. Or, rather, it shouldn't.
Nov 23, 2016
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