Mary Marlowe Leverette

Mary Marlowe Leverette 2018
Mary Marlowe Leverette.

Mary Marlowe Leverette is one of the industry's most highly-regarded housekeeping and fabric care experts, sharing her knowledge on efficient housekeeping, stain removal methods, proper storage, and textile conservation. Her experience and research range from basic cleaning skills to detergent ingredient formulation. Mary has also designed countless homes and laundry rooms for efficiency and to create a pleasant workspace. While backed by a scholarly understanding of home and fabric care as well as consumer cleaning and laundry products, Mary's style is down to earth and easy to follow for the novice or experienced home keeper. 


  • 20+ years writing about housekeeping and laundry
  • National and international laundry products consultant


Mary served as a Clemson University Extension Agent; writing articles and teaching classes on home and fabric care, home decorating and design, and consumer economics. For the last twenty years, she has worked as a freelance writer and editor focusing on consumer and lifestyle topics.

Mary currently serves as a consultant to detergent manufacturers, textile distributors, and consumer laundry appliance developers. She is currently working on a book about basic laundry and housekeeping skills.

Mary has been called upon to provide information as a housekeeping and laundry expert for Proctor and Gamble's Everyday Solutions Newsletter, Sears Home ServicesReal Simple Magazine, Women's Health Magazine, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan Magazine (UK), Publix Grocery Stores, The New York Times, and NBC's Today Show.

Additionally, she celebrates her family's farming heritage by cultivating a lovely garden, dabbing at watercolor paintings, and keeping Southern recipes alive and well by publishing recipes and competing in cooking contests.


In college, Mary immersed herself in a science-based curriculum to better understand how heat changes food molecules, how fabrics react to chemicals, and how consumers make decisions when faced with an array of products on her way to a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics education from Mars Hill University.

After several years in the workforce, she discovered that communications skills are vital in sharing knowledge with consumers. So while working full-time, she completed a master's degree from the University of South Carolina School of Journalism. This led to a number of years in public relations and marketing but she always kept her interest in home economics alive through freelance writing and consulting.

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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