household cleaners

10 Natural Cleaning Recipes Everyone Should Know by Heart

10 Natural Cleaning Recipes Everyone Should Know by Heart

Is your cleaning mantra "When in doubt, douse it in bleach"? While you might feel confident your house is sanitary and squeaky clean, you can't always trust that your health isn't suffering—the
The Best Way to Polish & Clean Silver: 4 Home Remedy Methods Put to the Test — Apartment Therapy Cleaning How To

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
Never Clean These Things with Baking Soda

Never Clean These Things with Baking Soda

From scrubbing pots and pans to deep-cleaning appliances, baking soda is such a great cleaning agent that it's tempting to want to use it on everything. But even though it's gentler than some
I​t's Not Easy Being Green: 4 Times I Went Back to Chemicals

I​t's Not Easy Being Green: 4 Times I Went Back to Chemicals

I like to reduce the chemicals in our household, not only because I don't want them accessible to my young children, but also because I try to reduce our chemical exposure in general. That's why I mix
Why Are People Eating Tide Pods?

Why Are People Eating Tide Pods?

We're all for doing what it takes to make chores less of a, well, chore. Whether that's picking up a yummy smelling dish soap or choosing a product with packaging that looks good enough to eat, do
How to Unclog a Shower Drain Like a Boss

How to Unclog a Shower Drain Like a Boss

Hair, soap scum, and mineral build-up are all bathroom realities, and at some point in your life, you'll have to ask yourself, "How do I unclog my bathtub? How do I clear my shower drain? How do I
Do Household Cleaning Products Actually Expire?

Do Household Cleaning Products Actually Expire?

Do you know how old your furniture polish is? If you have to think back to a specific purchase and then do math, chances are it's expired. And what about those other products you have to reach way
​Why I'll Always Keep "Alvin Corn" in My Cleaning Kit

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

I love 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
Why You Should Spray Vinegar Around Your Windows

Why You Should Spray Vinegar Around Your Windows

We're eager for that moment to throw our windows open to fresh spring breezes — and it seems that the things outside our homes are awaiting the opportunity, too (but for different motives). If it's
We Tried This Cult-Favorite Bleach Alternative and Here are the Results

We Tried This Cult-Favorite Bleach Alternative and Here are the Results

In a recent quest to rid a gorgeous old handmade quilt of some weird unknown stains, I came across a so-called "miracle product" named Retro Clean. It promised to be able to do heavy lifting of bleach
7 Cleaning Products You Should be Buying at Trader Joes

7 Cleaning Products You Should be Buying at Trader Joes

If you weren't already hip to Trader Joe's impressive assortment of cleaning supplies, then now's the time to smarten up. Sure we all know and love the store's awesome—and super
This Miracle Stain Remover is My Best $6 Secret

This Miracle Stain Remover is My Best $6 Secret

When you need to, say, patch a hole in the wall, you have the luxury of time on your side. You can wait until the weekend to research the best fix, and watch a few YouTube videos until you're sure you
4 Things You Should Never Clean with Baking Soda

4 Things You Should Never Clean with Baking Soda

From scrubbing pots and pans to deep-cleaning appliances, baking soda is such a great cleaning agent that it's tempting to want to use it on everything. But even though it's gentler than some
7 Things You Should Never Do with Dish Soap

7 Things You Should Never Do with Dish Soap

Dish soap is great! It's handy not only for dishes, but also for cleaning all sorts of other things. It cuts right through grease and makes things squeaky-clean. I truly believe that with a good
8 Stain Removers to Stock Up on Before You Need Them

8 Stain Removers to Stock Up on Before You Need Them

Not only can a good stain remover save your garments, carpet, and upholstery from unsightly spills and stains, they also work to keep your stuff looking fresh and new for longer. That's why it's
This $7 Yellow Stuff Is the Best Way to Get Stubborn Stickers Off New Dishes

This $7 Yellow Stuff Is the Best Way to Get Stubborn Stickers Off New Dishes

My mother has a strict policy against specialty cleaning products in her house. I have no idea how she keeps the place so clean without the help of a Swiffer or Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, but she
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 »
5 Household Cleaner Combinations You Should Never, Ever Mix

5 Household Cleaner Combinations You Should Never, Ever Mix

When faced with grossness at home (read: the whole house has the flu, or you found a cockroach infestation under the sink, or the dog trashed the room after eating who-knows-what), it's tempting to
A Minimalist's Favorite Cleaning and Organizing Products

A Minimalist's Favorite Cleaning and Organizing Products

Christine Platt is a writer and the Managing Director of The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. And as you saw from her recent house tour, she also embraces many tenets of
Rubbing Alcohol Is Great for Cleaning, But Here Are 6 Things You Should Never Do

Rubbing Alcohol Is Great for Cleaning, But Here Are 6 Things You Should Never Do

When it comes to cleaning efficiently (and on the cheap!), there's nothing like putting multi-taskers to work. Common first-aid supplies like rubbing alcohol can pack an extra punch, but that doesn't