cleaning basics

11 Simple Cleaning Habits That Are Obvious to Experts, But Maybe Not to You

11 Simple Cleaning Habits That Are Obvious to Experts, But Maybe Not to You

These tips help make cleanliness part of the rhythm of daily life. READ MORE...
The Secret to Removing Crayon from Walls is Already in Your Fridge

The Secret to Removing Crayon from Walls is Already in Your Fridge

This condiment does more than just make for tasty sandwiches. READ MORE...
Here’s How You Clean a Bathroom in 10 Minutes (or 30, or 60, if You’ve Got That Kind of Time)

Here’s How You Clean a Bathroom in 10 Minutes (or 30, or 60, if You’ve Got That Kind of Time)

Here are three tracks based on doable time limitsdesigned to give you a bathroom that's clean, cleaner, or cleanest. READ MORE...
Here's Everything You Need to Know to Maintain a Clean Kitchen, Forever

Here's Everything You Need to Know to Maintain a Clean Kitchen, Forever

Having a clean kitchen feels like the first step of having a completely clean house. READ MORE...
Do I Really Have to Clean My Sheets Every Week? And 9 Other Things We Were Told Are Mandatory

Do I Really Have to Clean My Sheets Every Week? And 9 Other Things We Were Told Are Mandatory

How much truth is there in these wives tales we have always heard growing up? READ MORE...
This Yelp Study Reveals the #1 Most Hated Chore in America

This Yelp Study Reveals the #1 Most Hated Chore in America

We all have our favorites and least favorites when it comes down to household chores. And now thanks to a new survey from Yelp, we know the most hated one. No, it's not cleaning the bathroom (kind of
The 10 Easy Habits You Should Steal from Impossibly Clean People

The 10 Easy Habits You Should Steal from Impossibly Clean People

These 10 guidelines can apply to any area you want to tackle, and will make every cleaning endeavor go just a little bit more smoothly. READ MORE...
A Pro Organizer Reveals the Beautiful Home Basics She Can't Live Without

A Pro Organizer Reveals the Beautiful Home Basics She Can't Live Without

Expert organizer Kristen Ziegler, owner of Minima, has graciously shared her tips on organizing a home and her philosophies on minimalism with Apartment Therapy before. While her home's sleek, simple
How to Deal (Stylishly) with Wall-to-Wall Carpet

How to Deal (Stylishly) with Wall-to-Wall Carpet

Wall-to-wall carpet can be a big bummer in an otherwise awesome house or rental apartment. If you don't have the permission, the desire, or the budget to pull all that carpet up and deal with what's
How To Green Clean Grease From Kitchen Surfaces — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

How To Green Clean Grease From Kitchen Surfaces — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

Grease is the word. Whether you're frying up a pan of bacon or sautéing veggies in olive oil, grease splatter abounds. It multiplies in tiny little droplets and clings to your stovetop, cabinets, the
How To Clean a Brick Fireplace with All-Natural Cleaners — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

How To Clean a Brick Fireplace with All-Natural Cleaners — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

Tackling soot in your fireplace is a really messy, hands-on job. Though it might be tempting to use a powerful commercial cleanser to get the job done quickly, think about trying one of these
5 Mistakes You Might Be Making with Your Leather Goods

5 Mistakes You Might Be Making with Your Leather Goods

If you're afraid of the luxury of having something nice like a leather sofa, we're here to put your fears at rest. Leather is a performance material, and fortunately you don't have to work hard to
How To Clean Your Computer Screen Without Leaving Streaks — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

How To Clean Your Computer Screen Without Leaving Streaks — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

Staring at a dirty computer screen while you're trying to work can be very distracting. Maximize your work output by setting aside five minutes to clean your screen using two common household
15 Brilliant Things You Can Clean With Bar Keepers Friend (According to Reviews on Amazon)

15 Brilliant Things You Can Clean With Bar Keepers Friend (According to Reviews on Amazon)

One extremely valuable feature of Amazon—one that takes some of the uncertainty out of buying many things sight-unseen—is the power of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of user reviews. READ MORE »
How (and How Often) You Should Wash Your Pillows — Apartment Therapy Homekeeping Lessons

How (and How Often) You Should Wash Your Pillows — Apartment Therapy Homekeeping Lessons

Most people launder their sheets once a week, setting aside the actual pillows for far less frequent washings. It's a bit of a bigger job and one that tends to get put off, so if you haven't done it
People Who Basically Never Wash Their Jeans Are Actually The Best Kind of People

People Who Basically Never Wash Their Jeans Are Actually The Best Kind of People

There are a few conversation topics that remain off limits today. Polite company (if they want to remain polite) might not touch politics. Coworkers often avoid talking about their salaries. And
How To Clean Makeup Brushes — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

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
3 Secrets of People with Flawlessly Clean Houses

3 Secrets of People with Flawlessly Clean Houses

You know the type. It doesn't matter if you're at their home for an event or just dropping by for an unannounced visit — their homes are always impeccably clean (and seemingly effortlessly). What do