Cleaning & Organizing
The best cleaning & organizing tips from Apartment Therapy and around the web.
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After brewing coffee in the morning, your first instinct might be to throw out the used coffee grounds right in the trash. However, it would be a waste to discard them hastily when you can get creative. You might not be able to get more coffee out of them, but spent coffee grounds still have plenty of other uses.
Taking care of your appliances is an important part of keeping them in working order — and cleaning your dishwasher should be at the top of the list. A dirty dishwasher doesn’t just spread grime and germs around your dishes; over time, the appliance has to work harder to do its job, which means you may need to replace it sooner.
You’re sorting your dirty laundry, just minding your own business, when you see it: A disgusting wad of chewed-up gum clinging to somebody’s T-shirt or pants leg. Sure, theoretically, this sticky stain might be easier to deal with than gum stuck in hair. But like any other stain, it’s still frustrating — and you’re probably wondering about the best way to nix it.
If you’re like me, the track on your sliding glass doors presents a frustrating challenge come cleaning day. These tracks are often filled with plenty of little hiding places where dirt (and odors) can build up over time, creating a hot spot for pet hair and debris.
I’ve gotten used to the look of disbelief when I reveal I have ADHD because I’m known as a very organized person, specifically when it comes to my physical stuff. I began a professional organizing business in 2017 and then received my diagnosis in 2021. Most of my life up until that point was spent masking my symptoms, as well as keeping my space as clutter-free and orderly as possible.
If there’s one essential item everyone should keep in their kitchen, it’s vinegar. This acidic ingredient makes for delicious salad dressings, pickles, and slaws, but, as many would know, it’s not just a cooking staple. Vinegar is also a fantastic kitchen cleaner. There are so many ways to use good ol’ white vinegar, and one of our favorites is to banish bad odors.
I find it funny that some of the dirtiest places in the home are also the places where you clean things. One of these spots is the kitchen sink, where food is prepared and cleanup happens after eating, and which, if you didn’t know, can harbor more bacteria than the toilet. Another is the bathroom, where we, ahem, take care of business, as well as clean ourselves.
We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite methods for how to remove rust, including one of our all-time favorite cleaners, vinegar! A few of these methods might sound far-fetched, but never fear, dear readers—we’ve tested and approved each one before passing it on to you.