Homekeeping Tips and Tricks

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Beautiful, No-Mow Alternatives to a Grass Lawn
Want to skip the fertilizer and stop spending your weekends mowing? Here are the best low-maintenance, yet still attractive, alternatives to a grass lawn. #lawn #mowing #nomow #grasslawn #alternativelawns
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How to Get Sticker Residue Off Clothes, According to Cleaners
Forgot to remove a sticker or name tag before throwing your shirt in the laundry? Try one of these methods to get sticker residue off clothes. #laundry #laundrytips #laundryhacks #stickerresidue
The 9 Best Laundry Detergents of 2024, Tested and Reviewed
We acquired 29 popular laundry detergents, including pods, powders, liquids, and sheets, and put them to the test in the Des Moines lab. Over days of rigorous testing, we evaluated each on effectiveness, scent, ease of use, value, and the feel of the clothing post-wash.
The 9 Best Laundry Detergents of 2024, Tested and Reviewed
We acquired 29 popular laundry detergents, including pods, powders, liquids, and sheets, and put them to the test in the Des Moines lab. Over days of rigorous testing, we evaluated each on effectiveness, scent, ease of use, value, and the feel of the clothing post-wash.
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Spring Lawn Care Tips to Get Your Yard Ready for Summer
From cleaning and fertilizing to aerating and mowing, these are the spring lawn care tips recommended by our team of experts. #lawn #yard #lawncare #fertilizing
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9 Expert Tips for How to Keep White Sheets White
Maintaining the bright white look of your bed sheets can be a challenge—over time they can yellow, no matter how often you wash them. We asked experts for their best tricks on how to prevent this, and they offered plenty of easy tips beyond just adding bleach to your laundry cycle. #homekeeping #bedsheets #whitesheets #howtocleansheets
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Should You Wash Bed Sheets in Hot Water?
Your bedding gets dirty fast, with sweat, dead skin cells, and other ick ending up on them every time you sleep. So do you need to wash your bed sheets in hot water? Learn how to make your bedding as clean as possible, while keeping your sheets as new as possible. #howtoclean #bedding #howtowashsheets #homekeeping
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How to Keep Ants Out of Your House and Backyard
Dealing with an ant infestation? Follow these steps to keep ants out of your house and backyard using chemical-free methods that really work. #ants #antinfestation #homehacks #infestation
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How Often to Wash Clothing Types to Keep Them Clean
Here's exactly how often you need to wash clothing. We cover everything from bras and pajamas to jeans and winter coats. #homekeeping #laundry #howtowashclothes #laundrytips
This Is the Secret to Treating Tough Stains
Tough stains are no match for this easy trick! Looking for a new favorite stain remover?
7 Life-Changing Laundry Tricks for Workout Clothes That Always Smell Fresh
As a home editor, I’ve written a lot about laundry, and this has been a huge advantage for me because I also run quite a bit, which means I’m always washing funky clothes. However, I’ve managed to dial in and optimize my laundry routine to beat the dreaded permafunk and “rebloom.” (Rebloom is when your clothes smell fine out of the wash, but then odors re-emerge after you put them on.) So if you feel like your clothes are doomed to smell in perpetuity, there’s hope!
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How to Wash a Weighted Blanket, According to a Manufacturer
Learn how to wash a weighted blanket so it stays fresh and clean. These expert tips show the best way to care for your blanket to help it last longer. #weightedblanket #homekeeping #howtowash #cleaningtips #laundrytips
The 9 Best Laundry Detergents of 2024, Tested and Reviewed
We acquired 29 popular laundry detergents, including pods, powders, liquids, and sheets, and put them to the test in our Lab. Over days of rigorous testing, we evaluated each on effectiveness, scent, ease of use, value, and the feel of the clothing post-wash. For expert insight, we tapped Kathy Cahoon, a cleaning expert at Two Maids.
The 9 Best Laundry Detergents of 2024, Tested and Reviewed
We acquired 29 popular laundry detergents, including pods, powders, liquids, and sheets, and put them to the test in our Lab. Over days of rigorous testing, we evaluated each on effectiveness, scent, ease of use, value, and the feel of the clothing post-wash. For expert insight, we tapped Kathy Cahoon, a cleaning expert at Two Maids.
Makeup is fun until it lands on your clothes. Learn how to get liquid and powder foundations, mascara, lipstick, and more types of makeup out of clothes. #makeup #laundry #stainedclothes #stains Eye Make Up, Make Up Remover, Mascara, Makeup Remover, How To Apply Makeup, Laundry Stain Remover, Best Eye Makeup Remover, Powder Foundation, Laundry Stains
How to Get Makeup Out of Clothes—Steps to Treat Stains
Makeup is fun until it lands on your clothes. Learn how to get liquid and powder foundations, mascara, lipstick, and more types of makeup out of clothes. #makeup #laundry #stainedclothes #stains
9 Bad Habits That Are Making Your House Smelly
There’s something nice about walking into a home that has a lovely fragrance. But what if your home smells anything but fresh? Even if you're cleaning regularly and have air fresheners, your living space can still have an unpleasant odor. Can’t figure out where that odd mystery smell is coming from? It might be time to take a hard look at your lifestyle and routine—you could be keeping up a few bad habits that are contributing to the funk.
Leather Honey's leather conditioner brought my leather sofa back to life. See why this non-toxic product is easy to use and buy it for $20 on Amazon. #lifehacks #lifestylehacks #lifetips #tipsandtricks #leathercouch #howtoclean #cleancouch Leather Conditioner, Leather Cleaning, Cleaning Clothes, Oil Stains, Conditioner, Wipe Away, Dry Winter Skin, Clean Couch
This $20 Leather Conditioner Completely Transformed My Dry, Cracked Old Sofa
Leather Honey's leather conditioner brought my leather sofa back to life. See why this non-toxic product is easy to use and buy it for $20 on Amazon. #lifehacks #lifestylehacks #lifetips #tipsandtricks #leathercouch #howtoclean #cleancouch
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7 Reasons Your Dishwasher Isn't Cleaning Your Dishes Properly
Experts tell us the 7 most common reasons your dishwasher isn't cleaning properly. Change these habits before you go shopping for a new appliance. #dishwasher #cleaning #hometips #kitchentips #howtoclean
8 Clever Products That Rectify 4 Common Laundry Mistakes, According to the Experts
Real Simple reached out to the best laundry experts out there, so we could find out what works and what doesn’t in the laundry room. Should you use fabric softener on some materials, but not others? Are all stain removers created equal? And, most importantly, what’s the right way to do the laundry and what are the products needed to do it? Keep reading for important laundry tips and tricks from the pros—including what to buy, what not to do, and how to fix those bad laundry habits.
8 Clever Products That Rectify 4 Common Laundry Mistakes, According to the Experts
Real Simple reached out to the best laundry experts out there, so we could find out what works and what doesn’t in the laundry room. Should you use fabric softener on some materials, but not others? Are all stain removers created equal? And, most importantly, what’s the right way to do the laundry and what are the products needed to do it? Keep reading for important laundry tips and tricks from the pros—including what to buy, what not to do, and how to fix those bad laundry habits.
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4 Reasons Your Home Smells Musty—and How to Fix It
Identify and tackle that unwanted "basement" smell in your home. Find out four reasons your home smells musty. #homekeeping #homesmells #mustyhome
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The 15 Best Drain Cleaners for the Toughest Clogs
We researched the best drain cleaners and found the most effective chemical and enzyme options for clearing hair, grease, and other clogs from slow-draining showers, sinks, and toilets. #howtoclean #draincleaner #clogs #cleanhome #cleanbathroom
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How to Clean an Air Fryer—and Remove Stubborn Grease
Your air fryer is probably coated in cooked-on food bits. Learn how to clean an air fryer and how to remove stubborn residue from fryer baskets. #howtoclean #airfryer #kitchentips #cleaninghackls
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The Best Bathroom Cleaners for Sparkling Tiles and Tubs
The best bathroom cleaners are effective, easy to use, and leave your space sparkling clean. We researched a range of products, including cleaners for tile, showers, and sinks, and considered factors like type, ingredients, and surface compatibility. #bathroomcleaners #homekeeping #cleaningtips #cleaning #cleaninghacks
How to Wash a Comforter So It's Fresh and Clean
Snuggling under a warm, fluffy comforter traps the warmth of your body for a comfortable night's sleep. Eventually, though, you'll need to learn how to clean your comforter. To do so, take a minute to look for the care tag to find out about the fiber content. Most comforters or duvet inserts can be washed at home, but some have outer coverings that require dry cleaning.
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7 Things You Might Be Forgetting to Put in the Laundry
Your clothing, towels, and bed linens aren't the only things you should be putting in the wash. Here are seven items you should definitely be laundering for a cleaner and fresher home. #freshhome #laundry #laundrytips #cleanhome #laundryhacks
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Febreze Just Revealed Its 2024 Scent of the Year, and Hint, We’re in Love
Febreze announced that its 2024 Scent of the Year is "Romance & Desire," a blend of pink rose petals and a citrusy Champagne spritz. The brand explains why they selected this feminine, floral fragrance, and what it represents. #homescent #cleaninghacks #febreze #floralfragrance
The 9 Best Dish Drying Racks
A dish drying rack is a necessity whether you wash dishes by hand or own a dishwasher. There will be many instances where you need to rinse a glass or wash something too big to fit in the dishwasher, so finding a dish drying rack that can accommodate your kitchen size and needs is a must.
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Struggling With Allergies? Here's How To Get Rid of The Dust Mites Causing Your Symptoms
We talked to experts for their best tips on how to get rid of dust mites from your home including protecting your mattress and cleaning carpets so you can get relief from your allergy symptoms. #vacuum #allergies #carpets #carpetcleaning #dustmites
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We've Tested Over 250 Vacuums—And These 8 Are the Absolute Best for Carpet
The best vacuums for carpets are effective, powerful, easy to maneuver, and durable. We tested over 250 models to find the best vacuums for carpets, including upright, cordless stick, and robot vacuums. #vacuum #cleaning #cleaninghacks #cleanhome
7 Mistakes That Make Your Bath Towels Dingy
When you visit a luxury spa, there are stacks and stacks of pristine, white bath towels. Each one is stain-free, soft, fresh-smelling, and absorbent. Do your towels at home measure up? Here are seven bath towel laundry mistakes you're making—but don't worry, they are all simple to fix.
7 Mistakes That Make Your Bath Towels Dingy
When you visit a luxury spa, there are stacks and stacks of pristine, white bath towels. Each one is stain-free, soft, fresh-smelling, and absorbent. Do your towels at home measure up? Here are seven bath towel laundry mistakes you're making—but don't worry, they are all simple to fix.
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The Best Dryer Balls for Keeping Laundry Soft, Dry, and Wrinkle-Free
The best dryer balls keep your linens dry, fluffy, and wrinkle-free. We tested 18 dryer balls, evaluating them on performance, durability, noise level, and value. #dryerballs #laundry #laundrytips #launfryhacks
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4 TikTok Laundry Hacks That Are Ruining Your Clothes
Skip these cleaning fads on social media if you want clothes that are properly cleaned and maintained. #laundry #homekeeping #clothes #cleaning #laundrytips
Tips from the pros to prevent tangled, wrinkly sheets next time you do a load of laundry. #laundry #homekeeping #sheets #laundrytips Household Hacks, Dry Well
How To Keep Sheets From Balling Up in the Dryer With These 5 Tips From Laundry Experts
Tips from the pros to prevent tangled, wrinkly sheets next time you do a load of laundry. #laundry #homekeeping #sheets #laundrytips
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Front-Load Washers vs. Top-Load Washers: Is One Actually Better Than the Other?
Weigh out the pros and cons of front-loading washing machines and top-loading washing machines with help from appliance experts. #frontloadwashers #laundry #laundrytips #laundryhacks #toploadwashers
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Tabitha Brown’s Trick for a Fresh-Smelling Home Is So Easy and Uses Just 1 Ingredient
The star also shared her secrets to a cleaner kitchen and tasty vegan food with us after her appearance at Better Homes & Garden’s annual Stylemaker event. #home #homefragrance #kitchentips #veganfood #hometipsandtricks
A clean and tidy home doesn't have to mean doing everything exactly as you've been told. Here are six housekeeping rules you can break a still have a clean home. #homekeeping #tidyhome #organization #cleaning Tidying, Housekeeping, Cleaning Advice, Residential Cleaning Services
6 Housekeeping Rules It's Okay To Break—and the Earth Won't Stop Turning
A clean and tidy home doesn't have to mean doing everything exactly as you've been told. Here are six housekeeping rules you can break a still have a clean home. #homekeeping #tidyhome #organization #cleaning
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6 Unexpected Ways to Use Scents at Home, According to a Fragrance Expert
We love a diffuser or candle to freshen up your space, but if you're looking for new ways to use fragrance, we've got you covered. Find out six unexpected ways to use scents at home, according to a fragrance expert. #candles #diffuser #homefragrance #scents
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How to Do Laundry
A no-spin guide to washing clothes, car-seat covers, and nearly everything in between. #howto #laundry #laundrytips #laundryhacks
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Do I Really Have to Dry-Clean This?
Find out when clothing is dry clean only and when you can possibly clean delicate garments at home using this method instead. #dryclean #garments #clothing
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How to Clean a Mop Head—No Matter What Type You Have
Here's how to remove stains and odors from your mop head. #cleaning #cleaningtips #cleaninghacks #mop #mophead
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Hoover’s Spot Carpet Cleaner That Leaves Furniture ‘Looking Brand New’ Is on Sale for $100
Hoover’s best-selling CleanSlate Pet Spot Carpet Cleaner is on sale for $100 at Amazon. The carpet spot cleaner removes spills and stains to clean carpets and furniture. Plus, the Hoover carpet cleaner comes with additional tools to clean hard-to-reach areas. #petspotcarpetcleaner #pets #stains #carpetcleaner
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How To Use an Iron the Right Way
Ironing removes clothing wrinkles. Learn how to properly iron clothes to get the best results with a guide on using an iron and ironing different fabrics. #ironing #ironingtips #howtoiron #clothes #homekeepingtips
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'Junebugging' Could Be the Cleaning Tactic That Finally Helps You Stay on Track
The TikTok-viral cleaning method is backed by psychologists and it's perfect for anyone who gets easily overwhelmed by to-do lists. #cleaning #organization #homecleaning #organizationtips
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What is the Permanent Press Cycle? An Explainer for This Misunderstood Function
The permanent press cycles in your washer and dryer are more gentle on fabrics and help reduce wrinkles. Learn when to choose and how to use the permanent press cycles in laundry. #laundry #laundrytips #laundryhacks #permanentpresscycle
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8 Clever Products That Rectify 4 Common Laundry Mistakes, According to the Experts
These laundry experts break down what to do and not to do in the laundry room, and share their favorite product picks, too. Shop clever solutions from The Laundress, Downy, Dr. Bronner’s, and more. #laundry #laundryhacks #laundryroom #homekeeping
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This Budget Kitchen Makeover Features a Stunning $150 Cabinet Update
Jenni Yolo from I SPY DIY made over her sister's rental kitchen for less than $1000, including paining the kitchen cabinets. This will inspire your next kitchen upgrade. #kitchen #kitchenupgrade #renovations #jenniyolo #newkitchen
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The 12 Best Clothes Drying Racks for Hanging Your Delicates
The best clothes drying racks provide enough hanging and lay-flat space to accommodate all of your favorite clothing. We researched the best clothes drying racks and spoke to experts on how to keep your precious garments in mint condition. #clothes #dryingracks #delicates #howtocarefordelicates
Unwashed Pillowcases Can Have More Germs Than a Toilet Seat After Just 1 Week, Study Finds
If you aren’t tossing your sheets and pillowcases into the wash on a weekly basis, here are some nasty numbers that might inspire you to change your ways once and for all. Most cleaning pros recommend washing your bedding, including sheets and pillowcases, once a week (at least) for maximum freshness and proper hygiene—advice we’d all be smart to heed as regularly as possible.