Household chores

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

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

Housekeeping duties: What you can expect from your housekeeper

If you’ve ever looked around your house in a moment of high stress and wondered if you should hire a housekeeper to help, the answer is probably yes. These days, many households have two parents who are both working outside the home. Working full-time jobs and taking care of the... more

Personal chefs: How much do they cost — and are they worth it?

Americans devote an average of 37 minutes a day preparing, serving and cleaning up after their meals, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That number creeps up to 44 minutes a day for families with kids, totaling more than 267 hours a year spent in the kitchen. For... more

Follow these 8 steps for a clean house in a snap

If you consider cleaning your house as picking up your children’s toys, clearing last night’s ice cream bowls from the coffee table or helping your husband’s dirty gym shirt find its way to the hamper, you’re not alone. Most people don’t give their home a proper deep cleaning as often... more

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Hire a Housekeeper

I'm terrible at cleaning. My place is a mess. I admit it. I try to clean—I really do. But I'm busy, and I’m rarely home, and I lose track of time, and... and... I can come up with any number of excuses, but all that matters is that... more

Deep cleaning your house: A room-by-room guide

Homes can go through a lot of wear and tear — especially after a busy winter. Keeping up with laundry, dishes, and vacuuming from one week to the next can go a long way to maintaining a tidy house, but once a year, it’s a good idea to dive in... more