Mary Marlowe Leverette

Mary Marlowe Leverette 2018
Mary Marlowe Leverette

Mary is a housekeeping and fabric care expert, Master Gardener, and apple orchard owner with both home gardening and commercial farming experience. She serves as a consultant in laundry product development and provides articles about home care and gardening for The Spruce, Real Simple, and Business Insider.


  • Laundry and Housekeeping Expert for The Spruce since 2008.
  • Member of The Spruce Gardening and Plant Care Review Board.
  • Former Clemson University Extension Agent. 30+ years as a Master Gardener. 50+ years of commercial and home gardening experience.


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. She has over 40 years experience and has been writing for more than 20 years.

As an extension agent with Clemson University, Mary was involved in the promotion of the first Master Gardener programs offered in South Carolina in 1981 and worked with the horticulturists in the development of Riverbanks Botanical Garden that opened in 1995. Along with her brother, Mary owns Marlowe Farms and has 50+ years of experience in vegetables, annuals, and perennials in the home garden as well as commercial crops.


Mary received her Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics from Mars Hill University and a Master of Journalism from the University of South Carolina.

The Spruce Product Review Editorial Guidelines & Mission

Expertise: Laundry, Housekeeping
Education: University of South Carolina, Mars Hill University
Location: South Carolina

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