The Spruce Cleaning Review Board

Meet our Review Board members and learn more about our process

The Spruce Cleaning Review Board

The Spruce / Alison Czinkota

Cleaning is about more than just ensuring your home looks tidy. Properly cleaning surfaces and items in your home can help prevent pests, preserve the longevity of your possessions, and keep your space sanitary. While you can tidy up easily enough, thorough cleaning requires a good bit of know-how (and the right tools). That’s why we launched The Spruce Cleaning Review Board. We know that finding trustworthy, authoritative guides to cleaning your home and everything in it that help you get the job done in an efficient manner isn’t always easy. To make cleaning as simple as possible, our board is comprised of experts on various aspects of maintaining a neat home, and our goal is to provide you with well-researched, fact-checked information vetted by the best in the industry.

Who Is on the Board?

The Spruce Cleaning Review Board is made up of scientists, certified experts, and long-time authorities on housekeeping. These experts have experience in pest control, chemistry, entomology, cleaning, sanitization and disinfection, and other skillsets essential to maintaining a clean and safe home. These members have been hand-picked based on their impressive backgrounds, extensive cleaning knowledge, and ability to communicate sometimes difficult or dense concepts to a broad audience.

Rhea Mehta
Environmental Toxicologist
Dr. Rhea Mehta, PhD

Rhea Mehta, PhD, is an award-winning healthcare innovator and toxicologist who for the past decade has worked to empower people to lead healthier lives, starting in their homes. Rhea holds a PhD in Toxicology, with over 15 scientific publications, and a certificate in integrative health coaching. 

Rhea is a current practitioner at the Center for Advanced Medicine and the Canadian Center for Integrative Health in Toronto, where she works with patients as part of an integrative care system to identify and eliminate toxins within their homes and lives that present as stress in the body and mind.

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Amanda Rose Newton
Board Certified Entomologist
Amanda Rose Newton

Amanda Rose Newton holds degrees in Horticulture, Biochemistry, Entomology, and soon a PhD in STEM Education. She is a board-certified entomologist and volunteers for USAIDs Farmer to Farmer program. Currently, she is a professor of Horticulture, an Education Specialist, and pest specialist.

She has a decade's worth of experience in both the academic and professional sides of horticulture and entomology. Her focus is on educating gardeners to use sustainable practices that will lead to improved food security and quality for the next generation.

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Katie Berry
Internationally Recognized Cleaning Expert
Katie Berry

Katie Berry is a cleaning expert with 30 years of household management experience and 12 years of writing about cleaning methods and routines for Housewife How-Tos. She is the author of several books about homemaking, including 30 Days to a Clean and Organized House.

She shares her experienced cleaning methods and systems on her website and in her popular books. Katie’s focus is on helping people develop routines that use their time efficiently to clean their homes. Her clear, easy to follow methods are especially helpful for neurodivergent individuals and those overwhelmed by the tasks involved in keeping a home.

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Which Topics Are Reviewed?

Our editors work in tandem with our review board to fact-check and formalize our robust library of cleaning articles that cover topics such as stain removal, surface cleaning, laundry, pest control, natural cleaning ingredients and methods, cleaning products, and a variety of how-tos and housekeeping tips and tricks. Our review board assesses all the foundational information you need as well as step-by-step tutorials that will take your space to the next level. Your home is a major focal point of your life, and we want to help you feel proud of it.

The Life Cycle of an Article

Each article is written by one of our cleaning experts, who have years of hands-on experience in their respective topics. Next, our editorial team assigns the article to the appropriate Cleaning Review Board member, based on their expertise. Our reviewers read each article thoroughly, fact-checking and making edits for accuracy, relevancy, and overall helpfulness to the reader. They pass the reviewed article back to our editorial team to read through for grammar, style, and reading comprehension. Finally, the updated article is published and receives an official stamp indicating that it has been reviewed by a member of our Cleaning Review Board. Our review board members’ extensive training and experience paired with our editorial know-how come together to give you the answers you need in a format that is easy to understand.

The cycle showing our thorough cleaning review board process

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How Do I Know if an Article Was Reviewed?

You may notice a badge appearing at the top of some content pages. The badge signifies that a board member has reviewed and edited the article, taking special care to confirm that the information presented is both accurate and up-to-date.

How you can tell if an article was reviewed by The Spruce's Cleaning Review Board

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The Spruce’s Promise to You

Our team of editors and review board members strive to vet all on-site information to ensure it is as accurate and relevant as possible. And when we don’t immediately have the answer, we promise that we will research, test, and fact-check until we do. We believe in arming our readers with all available information so that you can make the best decision for your home.

We Appreciate Your Feedback

We are here to serve you, and we strive to provide the very best experience. If you think we could be doing better, we want to hear all about it. If you have any questions about the relevancy or accuracy of any on-site articles, or about our review process, please email us at