06
Dec 17

Why You Should Put Rice in Your Coffee Grinder

If you use a coffee or spice grinder you know that, over time, residue builds up inside and on the blades, and it’ll eventually, well… get a little gross. The good news is that if you’re facing a funky, gunk-filled coffee grinder, there’s an easy trick to get rid of all that buildup and get your grinder clean and back in action: use rice.

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15
Nov 17

Before You Sweep, Do This to Your Dustpan to Keep Dirt In

Nothing about cleaning my house is quite as rage-inducing as sweeping the floors. Not because it’s difficult, or even particularly time-consuming, but because the dirt never really ever stays in the dustpan. Does it?

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07
Nov 17

How To Get Rid of Red Wine Stains

I’m a white wine drinker usually, but last week I had friends over who love red wine, and we all dove in. Sure enough, within the first hour I had red wine spattered on my dress-shirt from a cork that popped in the wrong way. Not so long ago a friend spilled red wine on my new white linen chair in the living room. Ugh. It looked awful, but with a little smart work, all was okay. Due to this, I’ve gotten pretty good at getting these stains out and have some info here to help you. Enjoy and please add your own remarks.

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03
Nov 17

How To Spot Clean Old or Set-In Upholstery Stains

By this point I’m reasonably certain that the majority of responsible furniture owners are aware that spills and stains on upholstery should be cleaned immediately, with all due haste. It’s the right thing to do, and stands the best chance of successful stain removal. But, let’s consider for a moment the times when it’s just not possible to immediately handle a stain.

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29
Oct 17

Do You Clean for Guests? You're in the Minority, According to This Study

You know that mad-dash feeling you get when you find out a guest is coming over last-minute and you don’t have time to clean (you know, the one where you run around hiding things in closets and wiping down everything you pass by at warp speed)? Or when you have plenty of time to plan and get ready, do you spend way too much energy trying to get things exactly right for your guests? Yeah, me too—on both fronts. But as it turns out, not everyone is on the same page.

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28
Oct 17

​The Uber-Easy "Always and Never" Guide to Making Hardwood Floors Last Forever

Wood floors are beautiful and cozy and add so much personality to our homes. But maintaining them can be confusing. What kind of finish do I have on my floors? Is it really okay to clean them with white vinegar? Should I have people take off their shoes in order to keep my floors nice? And when do I need to refinish them? This guide takes the guesswork out of caring for your hardwood floors with some “always and never” tips to keep that gorgeous wood in tip-top shape.

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28
Oct 17

​How to Get Your Old Sweaters in the Best Shape of Their Lives

It’s that wonderful time of year affectionately dubbed “sweater weather.” But those sweaters that have been sitting in storage for two to three seasons could probably use some freshening up. Here’s how to care for your sweaters so they can keep you warm and looking your best year after year.

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26
Oct 17

How The 20/10 Rule Will Change the Way You Clean and Help You Rise Above Your Mess

Keeping your home clean and organized requires a lot of effort—there are a lot of tasks both big and little to keep track of that add up, taking up quite a bit of your time and energy. It can honestly get overwhelming, especially if you lead an already busy lifestyle, or deal with depression, and have to face a mess that’s piled up.

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21
Oct 17

​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.

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20
Oct 17

5 Things That Should Never Happen in Your Living Room

Your living room is a place for connecting with friends, spending time with family, relaxing by yourself and more. What it shouldn’t be is a place for any of these five things. Take a look at this list and banish any of these if they’ve been taking place in your living space.

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