Cleaning How-Tos

See how-to guides for cleaning every corner of your home (and everything inside it), with step-by-step instructions and expert advice for a tidier home.

Blue and white carpet with fringes cleaned from stains
Get Out Those Stains on Your Carpet
Carpeted stairs being vacuumed with hose attachment closeup
Are You Vacuuming Your Stairs the Best Way?
Black vacuum hose cleaning white patterned carpet next to plant
Are You Vacuuming Every Room in Your Home the Right Way?
Fabric sofa cleaned with microfiber cloth and cleaning materials
How to Clean a Fabric Sofa Without Water
Light green wax cubes inside and next to white wax warmer
How to Clean a Wax Warmer
Blue recycling bin filled with paper and plastic products and cleaning materials in front
How to Keep Your Recycling Bin Clean and Odor-Free
Gold trash can surrounded by cleaning materials
How to Clean a Trash Can
Black leather car seats being cleaned with spray cleaner and brush closeup
How to Clean Leather Car Seats
Clogged sink drain with dirty water and herbs floating
How to Clean a Stinky Drain
Gray carpet fibers being fluffed with steam cleaner
Flattened Carpet? Make It Fluffy Again
Rubber gasket pulled down in washer machine with mold
How to Get Rid of Stinky Mold in Your Washing Machine
Open nail polish bottle with red polish stains on wall
How to Get Nail Polish off Walls—Without Removing the Paint
Feather duster passing over mirror edges
How to Clean a Feather Duster So It's Neat and Dust-Free
Artificial Christmas tree being cleaned with white towel
How to Clean an Artificial Christmas Tree Before Decorating It
Metal kitchen pot with sticker partially on surface
Get Rid of Stickers and Decals From Metal With No Scratches
face mask
How to Clean and Sanitize a Face Mask
Person cleaning tarnished jewelry
Never Wear Tarnished Jewelry Again
Clean dorm room
It's Time to Clean Your Dorm Room
Red beanbag in contemporary living room next to white couch with red pillow and laptop
Before You Relax, Clean Your Bean Bag Chair Correctly
a variety of cleaning products and supplies
Here's How the CDC Recommends Cleaning Your Home
Window screen being cleaned with sponge on blue tarp
Enjoy the Fresh Air with Clean Window and Door Screens
birkenstocks and cleaning supplies
Keep Your Birkenstocks Looking as Good as They Feel
cleaning canvas shoes
Keep Canvas and Fabric Shoes Looking Fresh
soiled wellies on a front porch
Too Many Puddle Splashes? How to Clean Rubber Boots Inside and Out
Stainless steel air fryer with cooked potatoes next to kitchenware
A Clean Air Fryer = Fresh Tasting, Crispy Food
Black mold on white ceiling
How to Get Rid of Black Mold in Your Home
Cloudy glass cup with pattern next to bottle of distilled white vinegar
Say Goodbye to Cloudy Glass Forever With These Cleaning Tips
Wax crayon drawings on white painted wall next to cleaning supplies, crayons and paper drawing
How to Get Rid of Wax Splatters on Painted, Wood, and Wallpaper Walls
Dusting shutters with a feather duster
10 Ways to Prevent Dust From Building up So Fast in Your Home
Acrylic surface wiping water marks with blue microfiber cloth
Here's How to Keep Acrylic and Lucite Furniture Clean and Scratch-Free
Clean chalkboard decorated with houseplants, camera, eraser and chalk stick
How to Clean a Chalkboard in 5 Easy Steps
Paint on skin while holding paintbrush above white paper with blue paint
How to Get All Kinds of Paint off Your Skin Gently and Safely
White lampshade with fringes dusted off with duster
You've Probably Never Cleaned Your Lampshades—Here's How to Do It Right
Burning candlestick with dried wax spilled on to wooden floor
How to Remove Wax Drips From Wood (Without Damaging the Finish)
House with solar panels
How to Clean Solar Panels for More Efficient Sustainable Power
Blue microfiber cloth cleaning metal on outside of refrigerator doors
From Aluminum to Steel, Learn How to Keep Metal Clean
Removing rust from shower head
Here's How to Remove Rust From All Types of Surfaces
Woman dusting tall window frame with extendable duster on brick wall
Ditch Dust for Good With Our Best-Ever Dusting Tips
Person cleaning fireplace
How to Keep Your Fireplace Looking and Working Its Best
Velvet furniture being cleaned with vacuum attachment head
Keep Your Velvet Couches and Chairs Clean With These Tips
Wood furniture being cleaned with white rag
Help Wood Furniture Look Brand-New (and Last Longer) With These Tips
Outdoor fire pit on gravel next to cleaning materials
A Clean Fire Pit Is a Safe Fire Pit—Here's How to Keep Yours Tidy
Chrome sink faucet cleaned with blue microfiber cloth next to bottle of tea tree hand wash
Here's How to Keep Chrome Shiny and Bright Using Ingredients You Probably Already Have
Mousepad with florals and foliage design under white mouse next to laptop
Here's How to Clean Your Mousepad the Right Way
Male hand cutting rug grip tape applied to back of area rug
11 Solutions to Keep Rugs from Slipping and Sliding
Brown leather couch with white striped pillow on cushions
How to Remove Stains and Keep Your Leather Sofa Soft and Supple
Cleaned laptop with screen up and surrounded by cleaning materials
Here's How to Quickly Clean a Laptop Screen the Right Way
Super glue squeeze bottle open with super glue on wooden surface closeup
Super Glue Have You Stuck? Here's 10 Ways to Remove It
Black plastic trash bin cleaned to remove scratches from surface
Get Rid of Ugly Scratches on Plastic Furniture and Accessories
cleaning vinyl records
Clean Vinyl Records the Right Way to Eliminate Crackling and Hissing
Living room fireplace
10 Fireplace Maintenance Tips
person holding a thermometer
How to Properly Disinfect Every Type of Thermometer After Each Use
Melted plastic on bottom of metal pan removed with baking soda and toothbrush
Get Rid of the Traces of Melted Plastic From 5 Kitchen Surfaces
cleaning a keyboard with a soft bristle brush
Rid Your Keyboard of Crumbs and Bacteria the Right Way
White portable humidifier releasing steam next to plant
How to Clean a Portable Humidifier
scent pot
Ways You Can Make Your House Smell Good All the Time
person writing on wood with permanent marker
How to Remove Permanent Marker Stains From Wood
removing a sticker from glass with a scraper
Here's How to Easily Banish Sticker and Label Residue From Glass
Person wiping down a mirror
Keep Your Mirrors and Their Decorative Frames Sparkling Clean
person cleaning a tv screen
Don't Miss the Action With a Clean TV Screen