Cleaning

6 Dishwasher Do’s and Don’ts

Fork tines up or down? Plates facing right or left? Two pros cycle through their dish-loading directives.

The Serious Danger That Could Be Lurking in Your Laundry Room

New research suggests families with small children consider switching out their detergent.

7 Smart Desk Accessories

Dress up your desk and stay organized this year with these fun fixtures.

3 Cleaning Tips for Toys to Prevent Mold

With news that the popular teething toy, Sophie La Girafe, could be prone to mold, we asked an expert to share her best advice for keeping your child’s toys clean.

10 Rules for a Happier Home

Here are some little changes you can make in your home this year that will have a big impact.

How to Clean Gutters

Just because you cannot see the buildup from below, it doesn’t mean that it is not there. We recommend that you tackle this task twice a year—once in the spring and once in the fall, when your yard gets the heaviest rain and leaf accumulation.

9 Small Cleaning Resolutions You Should Make in 2017

When it comes to keeping the house neat and tidy, don’t make sweeping resolutions you’ll abandon long before it’s time for spring-cleaning. Instead, break those dreaded jobs (doing laundry, scrubbing the tub) down into small chores you can squeeze in here and there. These tiny changes to your routine will help keep the house clean and orderly—with minimal time and effort.

A Home Office Makeover

Real Simple brings some order (and some charm) to a cluttered home office.

The Right Way To Clean Out Your Refrigerator

First things first: You’ve got to take everything out. While it’s empty, give the fridge a scrub down, then replace the remaining contents and condiments in the appropriate spot.

How to Clean the Grossest Kitchen Spots

Got grimy stove grates, a gunky faucet, a filmy sink? Here’s how to tackle the most cursed nooks and surfaces. Grab a toothbrush.