Cleaning

How to Clean Stained Plasticware

Tomato sauce happens. Here's how to make it and other stains disappear. 

The “Company’s Coming” Get-It-Clean Checklist

Expecting guests—for a few hours, or a few days? Cleaning expert Melissa Maker breaks the prep work into manageable chunks in this easy-to-follow checklist.

How to Prep Your Home for Houseguests

Whether company’s coming for a few hours or a whole week, these pro tips, tweaks, and details will make them feel at home— without making you feel like a concierge.

5 Clever Products to Sterilize Everything in Your Home

Keep germs away with these smart sanitizing solutions.

10 Holiday Stain Removal Tips and Techniques

Don't let holiday spills mess with your spirit. Here are solutions (and soaps and sprays) for every seasonal stain.

How to Clean 9 of the Toughest Spots Around the House

To figure out the best way to clean the most stubborn areas, we asked Debra Johnson, home cleaning expert at Merry Maids, and Donna Smallin Kuper, a certified home cleaning technician and author of Cleaning Plain & Simple, for their professional advice.

15 Minutes Is All You Need to Clean Your Entryway

Take your back entryway from filthy to flawless in just 15 minutes. Here's what you'll need: a Waffle Waterhog mat, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, Swiffer Wetjet Power Mop, a tote bag, paper towels, glass cleaner, sheets of newspaper, a microfiber cloth, and a vacuum.    

How to Wash a Hat

They’re prone to some sweat and dirt, here’s how to clean your hats to keep them in top shape.