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Readers Weigh In: This is the Room You Should Always Clean First — Apartment Therapy Reader Month

Last year, we asked Durk Johnson, the executive director of Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals (VRHP), to share his simple, but fail-safe approach to quick and quality housecleaning: “Follow the Wall .” His strategy suggests using your walls as a roadmap to guide your housekeeping as you move from room-to-room, cleaning each wall (and everything around it) of your home from top to bottom (so you don’t miss a spot); saving the most arduous room—the kitchen—for last.

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Posted on Oct 16, 2017

We Tested Three Methods for Removing Tomato Sauce Stains and This One Won Out

No matter how careful you are, tomato sauce always has a sneaky way of making it onto your favorite shirt. It’s like spaghetti can never just stay on your fork, and fries really can’t hold their ketchup. Even when you think you’ve managed to escape a pasta dinner without a single stain, you’ll inevitably find one later. And while it’s possible to get them out, taking on those greasy, orange spots is such a pain, and not every method works as well as you’d like it to.

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Posted on Oct 8, 2017

Does Your Shirt Hem Flip Up? There’s a Simple Way to Fix It

It’s a problem everyone who does laundry knows all too well: The shirt hem that flips up and stays up, seemingly forever. You spend 90 percent of your day tugging away at the bottom of your shirt in an attempt at staying kempt, whatever that means. Maybe you make an attempt to iron it with your dress clothes—a lot of work for a basic tee. But then, the shirt hem is like a stubborn curl: one go through the wash and it’s back to its old ways.

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Posted on Oct 4, 2017

9 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Clean With a Clothes Steamer

A clothes steamer can be a total game changer for your home. On top of handling wrinkled clothes and DIY dry cleaning, believe it or not, this trusty tool can tackle everything from carpet stains to dirty tile grout in just a matter of minutes.

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Posted on Sep 19, 2017

Is Your Kitchen Sink the Key to Happiness? Yes, According to This Fan-Favorite Cleaning Plan

Do you follow the FlyLady ? If not, here’s a little backstory: the FlyLady is a site dedicated to organizing and cleaning your home, started by Marla Cilley. The site gets its name from Cilley’s old username from her first online endeavor, and is equal parts an homage to her love of flyfishing and an acronym that means “finally loving yourself.” (Oh, and fair warning if you’ve never visited before: the website looks a bit like a relic from 2001, but honestly that adds to its charm!).

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Posted on Sep 11, 2017

The Grocery Store Purchase that Helps You Keep a Neater Home

In my post, 5 Apartment Therapy Tips I Use All the Time , I noted that keeping fresh flowers around the house inspires me in unexpected ways—it lifts my mood and helps me keep a neater home. Makes sense? Sounds hokey? A little of both? Turns out there’s some science behind this!

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Posted on Aug 24, 2017

Overwhelmed with a Messy Home? Try the Laundry Basket Method

You know my favorite thing about being a human? (Sarcasm alert.) It’s that thing how when your home is really messy, your brain finds it overwhelming and hard to process and almost paralyzing. So then your body can’t muster up the energy or willpower to actually clean it. And so the place just gets more messy and your brain is more overwhelmed and it’s harder every day to actually tackle the mess. Yeah, that’s super fun, right?

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Posted on Aug 17, 2017

Machine Washable Rugs? They Exist, and Here’s What You Need to Know

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Story time: When we first started talking about this at Apartment Therapy, my immediate reaction was, “Machine washable rugs exist?!?” so if you’re reading this thinking, “wait, really?” you’re not alone. (If you did know this already, you can probably still learn a thing or two, and those of us who didn’t know appreciate your patience with us.) Some quick researching revealed that, not only are there rugs designed specifically to be machine washable, but that many regular unsuspecting rugs can actually also go in the washing machine .

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Posted on Jul 31, 2017

​The 20-Minute Daily Clean Routine That’ll Give You Your Weekends Back

Weekends should be for recharging, not for catching up on work we didn’t get to during the week. This includes housework. While we like the end result, cleaning the house (for most of us) isn’t a fun or relaxing endeavor. To get to your housework to-dos before the weekend, commit to cleaning for 15 to 20 minutes five days a week. Then welcome freedom — and a tidy home — when Friday night comes.

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Posted on Jul 11, 2017

​A 2-Minute Post-Shower Routine to Get (and Keep!) Your Bathroom Ultra Clean

With the combination of dampness, soap scum, and grout and grooves, the place where we get ourselves clean isn’t always the cleanest place itself. However, having a few of the right tools in place makes it easy to create a do-it-now cleaning habit so you can keep the bathroom fresh perpetually.

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Posted on Jun 19, 2017

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