The Definitive Guide to Cleaning All of Your Summer Items

Gardening tools, bikes, the ginormous inflatable unicorn: This primer gives you the nitty-gritty on all of them.

How to Keep Your Car Clean During Road Trips

If a long car trip is in your future this summer, here’s how to keep your ride clean (and your sanity intact).

7 Things You Shouldn’t Store in Your Garage

Use these guidelines when you’re organizing and cleaning out your space.

Which Vacuum Is Right for You?

Spring has officially sprung, which means dust, dirt, and pollen are in the air. The editors at Real Simple tested nine vacuum makes and models to help you discover the best device for your cleaning needs.

One Trick for Extra-Soft Towels

Rough towels are history, thanks to a little help from a simple pantry staple.

Cleaning Confidential: Real Simple Editors Spill Their Secrets

Here at RS, the staff is constantly talking about the latest cleaning craze and newest sanity-saving product on the market. But there are a few tried-and-true products that they will never give up on. We got them to dish the dirt (anonymously) on favorite cleaning products and even make some cleaning confessions along the way.

The Serious Danger That Could Be Lurking in Your Laundry Room

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

The Dirt on That Time I Went to Cleaning School

Our intrepid reporter, Judith Newman—a self-described lousy housekeeper—gets an immersive, hands-on lesson in scrubbing and dusting. 

The Ultimate Cleaning Checklist

These are the tasks to tackle, according to the pros. Follow the plan loosely or to a tee—either way, you’ll be pleased with the progress and your house will never get too dirty.