House cleaning & maintenance tips

The 9 dirtiest places in your house, according to experts

What’s the dirtiest place in your house? Dr. Carl J. Fichtenbaum, an infectious disease specialist and professor of clinical medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, says that it’s the people and pets. For that reason, he adds, “The most important things to clean in the... more

House cleaner checklist: A room-by-room guide

If you’ve hired someone to come clean your home, you are probably relieved to pass off the dusting and mopping but also wondering what’s next? There are some things you can do to make sure you and your cleaner are on the same page, including providing a checklist of cleaning... more

Cleaning company vs. independent housekeeper: Which is best for you?

When it comes to choosing between a company and an individual for your cleaning needs, there isn't one right answer for everyone. "They need to be a good fit for you and your family and the needs of the household," says Mary Cherry owner of residential cleaning service, Evie... more

Green cleaning: 7 natural solutions that really work

Taking care of our environment is a process that starts at home. Everything from aerosol cans to harmful cleaning chemicals can affect the earth's delicate balance, but there are plenty of easy ways to make green cleaning choices when it comes to your home. If you use a housekeeper... more

7 benefits of green cleaning

As lives become busier, overscheduled and more stressful, it's easy to gravitate toward the latest products that promise to make annoying chores easier. Out of bathroom cleaner? On your next trip to the store, you grab one of the many bright, colorful bottles promising to be a quick fix. But... more

101 odd jobs you can hire someone else to do

Everyone needs an extra set of hands sometimes. Whether it's planning a party or unpacking boxes after a move, having someone to help you with your odd jobs can make any job a little easier. Here are 101 tasks you can hire someone else to do. Want help with... more

The 7 most helpful housecleaning apps

Between busy work schedules, back-to-back activities for the kids, and a laundry list of errands (oh yeah, and let’s not forget the actual laundry), it’s easy to let house cleaning fall to the back burner. Sure, you could use a site like Care.com to hire housecleaning help near you... more

The 15 best cleaning tips from professional house cleaners

Who doesn’t feel better coming home to a clean, organized, clutter-free house? If you’ve ever wondered if the stress you feel when your home isn’t as tidy as you’d like is all in your head, science assures us that it is not. The truth is, we feel more stressed out... more