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.

5 Sturdy Brooms

Don’t just brush it under the rug—sweep your dust and debris away for good with these strong options.

How to Get Your Grumpy Middle-Schooler to Help at Home

You’ve tried bribes and charts and screaming at the top of your lungs. But don’t throw in the towel (or, ahem, hang it 
up for him) just yet. Here’s how to make the training stick.

How to Clean Kitchen Appliances

The Big Three of your kitchen can get pretty gross. Give them a thorough (once a year!) once-over.

Mini Cleaning Moves That Have Maximum Payout 

Real Simple grilled industry pros for eight home-maintenance tweaks that will save you time and energy.  

Which Washing Machine Should You Buy?

This no-spin guide to the three main types will help you choose—and use—yours correctly.