16
May 18

​Want Cleaner Dishes? You Should Start With Dirtier Plates

Pre-washing dishes is one of those divisive things about life at home. If you’re secretly (or not so secretly) a pre-rinser, it’s because you think it’s the only right way to do it, and that not pre-rinsing is gross/dirty/lazy/doesn’t work/what-have-you. I know because I’m one of them. I grew up with a dishwasher that really didn’t get dishes clean on its own, so pre-washing became my practice. But I recently discovered something that has me rethinking my pre-washing ways.

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13
May 18

The Best Way to Polish & Clean Silver: 4 Home Remedy Methods Put to the Test — Apartment Therapy Cleaning How To

The table’s set with fresh cut flowers, punchy cloth napkins and a place for every person — you wouldn’t want some tarnished silverware ruining that gorgeous tablescape, would you? Because if you’re busting out the silver, it must be a special occasion.

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10
May 18

4 Tidy Things You Should Do Every Day (Besides Make the Bed)

Who wants to be tidier? It’s not as hard as you think. Those people with effortlessly clean homes aren’t superheroes — they just know a few rules that you don’t. But we’re here to spill.

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08
May 18

How Bad is it to Clean Bare-Handed?

Growing up, I remember being mesmerized by the simple act of watching my grandmother wash dishes. She’d plunge her bare hands into the hot, sudsy water and emerge with a plate. A few passes with her trusty rag, a minute under a clean stream of water, a quick shake, and into the drying rack it’d go. Scrub, rinse, repeat. Never once during this time-honored ritual did it ever occur to me that perhaps my sweet grandma ought to have been wearing gloves. And perhaps that’s why it never occurred to me to put on gloves when I began washing dishes (and doing other cleaning) of my own.

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03
May 18

5 Chores You Should Never Skip (Even If You're Busy)

Pressed for time? Running late? Didn’t finish your Sunday morning “to clean” list but need to head out the door to brunch right now? Whenever you’re pressed for time — or have an extra heavy schedule a certain week — don’t let all your chores and cleaning duties slip into disarray. Keep your house functioning by being choosy with which chores you skip and which ones you tackle.

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19
Apr 18

Survey Says This is the Grossest Thing You Can Have in Your Kitchen

I’m not swayed by inner satisfaction or the captivating sparkle of a spotless countertop. No—my main motivation for cleaning my space is almost always making sure that the people who see it don’t think I’m gross. (Even if those people are just the UPS guy and my local Thai place’s delivery driver.) I know I’m not alone, so I think all of us would appreciate the results of a recent study which discovered the things about our homes that are most likely to turn off potential guests.

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16
Apr 18

How To Clean Makeup Brushes — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

It’s a task that’s too-often overlooked, but cleaning your makeup brushes regularly is so, so important: it’s an easy way to promote healthy skin by keeping bacteria and dead skin cells at bay. It takes just two minutes, and can even prolong the life of your makeup brushes.

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06
Apr 18

10 Easy Dusting Hacks for When You’re Beyond Lazy

Dust is evidence. You can trace it like rings of a tree to know how long it’s been since you’ve cleaned. Some find dusting therapeutic and get to surfaces before dust even has a chance to settle, others dust only when their mother in law brings it to their attention. Whichever camp you belong to, these dusting hacks are something you can use from time to time…because less time spent dusting the bookshelf equals more time reading the books.

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29
Mar 18

5 Ways You're Ruining Your Towels Without Realizing It

Are you hanging up your towels after every use and giving them a good wash at the end of the week? Well stop it! As well-intentioned as your bath linen routine might be, you could be sabotaging your towel’s inalienable rights to life, longevity and fluffiness. Here are five ways you’re ruining your towels without realizing it…

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28
Mar 18

​Why I'll Always Keep "Alvin Corn" in My Cleaning Kit

I love natural, inexpensive, simple DIY household cleaners with one giant caveat: they have to work. One of my very favorite homemade cleaners is Alvin Corn. I’ve mixed one up for every bathroom in the house and one for common areas and it’s one green cleaning solution I’ll never replace.

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