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Make Doing the Dishes Easier by Using a Tub  

Doing the dishes—or “washing up” as the Brits call it—is the worst part of cooking and feeding yourself at home. Though I have developed little tricks for motivating myself, few things make the task of washing cookware in a single, undivided sink easier than the humble dish tub.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Get Breast Milk Stains Out of Your Clothes

Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert, advice columnist and author of the New York Times bestselling book, My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag … And Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha. Her flagship column, “Ask a Clean Person,” debuted in 2011. Here on Offspring, we’ve launched a new iteration of it, focusing on parenting…Read more… […]

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Here Are Jeep’s Official 1979 Recommendations For Cleaning ‘Vomitus,’ Urine And Other Stains

While enjoying a typical, romantic Friday evening with a bottle of automatic transmission fluid, a few lit MAP torches and my 1979 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle’s owner’s manual, I discovered something amazing: a stain-removal table, which includes information on how to clean various fluids including “vomitus,” blood,…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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‘Shining Your Sink’ Will Make Your Life Better

Kitchen sinks are usually thought of as something that you clean things in, not something that needs cleaning itself, but Organizational guru Marla Cilley—also known as the Fly Lady—swears that a sparkling sink is the key to a happier, more organized kitchen.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Clean a Backyard Trampoline

Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert, advice columnist and author of the New York Times bestselling book, My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag … And Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha. Her flagship column, “Ask a Clean Person,” debuted in 2011. Here on Offspring, we’ve launched a new iteration of it, focusing on parenting…Read more… […]

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Here’s What Your Housekeeper Wants From You

After our post How to Clean Up Before the Housekeeper Comes, readers wanted to know so much more about how to hire a cleaner and how to handle any sensitive or awkward situations. We talked to Beatriz Rojas, owner of San Antonio cleaning company C&B Facility Services, and she answered all our questions.Read more… Continue […]

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How to Convince Someone You Live With to Get Rid of Their Stuff

Decluttering old or useless junk might make you feel jubilant and free, but not everyone shares that mindset. Whether it’s a ratty old recliner your spouse won’t give up, an overabundance of cookware in the kitchen, or a collection of weird posters your roommate hung in your living room, there are ways to compromise…Read more… […]

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How to Clean Up for the House Cleaner

The old trope of “cleaning up for the cleaning lady” isn’t entirely silly: While you should leave the real cleaning for the person you’ve hired to clean, you should also tidy up—and maybe even do a few spot-checks. If it’s your cleaner’s first time in your home, you should also have some instructions prepared. It’ll…Read […]

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How to Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet

Don’t bother inviting me to a dinner party, because I don’t have to snoop in your bathroom to tell you this: you’ve got a mess in your medicine cabinet… or whatever you use for storage in there. Hundreds of band-aids, but none where you need them? Expired medications? Yeah, I’ve been there too.Read more… Continue […]

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Which Cleaning Task Do You Absolutely Never Skip?

Different people have very different thresholds when it comes to keeping our homes tidy, and one person’s “minor oversight” can be another’s “unforgivable squalor.” Personally, I can turn a blind eye to a sink full of dishes, but leaving for the day with my bed un-made gives me a bugs-under-the-skin feeling that lasts…Read more… Continue […]

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