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How to Remove Stains From Coffee, Ink, Wine, and More

Coffee or Tea In a spray bottle, combine 1 cup white vinegar and 1 cup water. Spritz the stain, then blot with a damp cloth. Next, dab with diluted ammonia (1 tablespoon clear ammonia in 1 cup water). Blot with a clean, damp cloth, followed by a dry cloth. Sticky Stuff (Gum, Wax) Apply a […]

5 Ways to Clean Up After the Pet

Fight Furniture Stink If your pet has couch privileges (or thinks he does), your furniture can start to smell like the dog park. Sprinkle baking soda on your cushions to freshen them, let it sit for 15 minutes, and vacuum it up. Banish Pee Stains Mix 1 cup of water and 1/8 tsp dish soap, […]

A Few Speed Cleaning Tips

Schedule Cleaning as A Job Professional cleaners schedule every job, right down to the minute. Nobody hires a cleaning service that promises to arrive “some Saturday when nothing else is happening.” Take a tip from the pros, and set up a regular weekly cleaning schedule. There’s nothing like the feeling of a completely clean home—but […]

Cleaning In a Hurry

1. Fill your dishwasher with everything but dishes. Plastic toys, soap dishes, plastic hairbrushes, and more can get clean in dishwasher — zero effort required. Take a lap around your house and gather the stuff you rarely (err, never?) clean and run an everything-but-plates load. 2. Sprinkle and suck up. Toss a bit of baking […]