Tips, tricks, shortcuts and recipes to save you both time and money cleaning your home

Cleaning: Cleaning Tips

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Your Trickiest Cleaning Problems Solved

No one likes to clean. These tricks will help us quickly do those cleaning tasks we all would rather not do.

10 Ways to Cut the Cost of Cleaning

John Brasington

Cleaning your home can not only be time consuming, but expensive too. What you want is tried-and-tested cleaning tips and time-saving techniques that not only do the job, but save you money at the same time.

13 Ways to Use Soap Nuts

Christine L Taylor

Soap berries (or so called soap nuts) will not only keep you from the strain of hauling heavy laundry detergent bottles, but will also save you money.

How to Clean a Gas BBQ Grill

Readers' Solutions

It's nearly time to put away the gas grill for the season. Here's some advice on how to do a deep cleaning on a gas BBQ grill to keep it going for another BBQ season.

Ceiling Fan Cleaning & Maintenance

Benjamin Roussey

Don't ignore your ceiling fans any longer. Regular maintenance keeps them at peak performance and enhances their lifespan. Knowing how to prevent and correct dust accumulation, loose screws, wobbly blades, and noise only takes minutes.

How to Clean Copper Pots & Pans

TDS Readers' Solutions

How do you clean copper pots and pans with cooked-on food? Our readers got together to share tips on how to get rid of burnt on crud.

5 Days to a Cleaner Home

Paige Estigarribia

For many of us, devoting an entire weekend or even a few uninterrupted hours to deep cleaning our homes is difficult. So how about breaking up your cleaning tasks to be done according to a daily schedule, so you aren't faced with four hours of house cleaning on a Saturday?

How to Save on Cleaning Supplies


The cost of cleaning supplies can add up quickly. How can you save money on cleaning products? Here are three frugal ways.

How to Clean a Stone Fireplace

TDS Readers' Solutions

What's the best way to clean a stone fireplace? Our readers share their best ideas.

Cleaning Drapes

TDS Readers' Solutions

Use these tips and tricks to clean your drapes inexpensively.

Cleaning the Things That Clean

Tricia Goss

Make a habit of cleaning appliances once a month. The more regularly you do so, the less scrubbing and toiling you will have to do. Your appliances will work, look, and smell better, too!

Check sale prices for green cleaning solutions.

How to Remove Film from Drinking Glasses

TDS Readers' Solutions

Cleaning an Oscillating Fan

TDS Readers' Solutions

How to Clean a Fan

TDS Readers' Solutions

How to Easily Clean Silk Flowers

TDS Readers' Solutions

How to Clean Nicotine Stains

TDS Readers' Solutions

Combatting an Excessive Dust Problem

TDS Readers' Solutions

How to Remove the Bad Taste from Water Bottles

TDS Readers' Solutions

Cleaning Stained Walls

TDS Readers' Solutions

Easy Clean: 20 Years Worth of Time-Saving Cleaning Tips

My Story - contributed by Mikki

Cleaning Brick Fireplaces

TDS Readers' Solutions

Cleaning a Rock Fireplace

The Natural Handyman

Solving Pesky Household Problems

Lynne Cavanaugh

Cleaning Brass Fireplace Trim

TDS Readers' Solutions

The 'I Hate Housework' Clean House

contributed by Barbara

How to Clean Silk Flowers

TDS Readers' Solutions

Housecleaning Tricks of the Trade

contributed by A.J.

Cleaning Vertical Blinds

TDS Readers' Solutions

Cleaning Popcorn Ceilings

The Natural Handyman

Organizing the Disorganized Mom

Kim Danger

Housekeeping Helps

TDS Readers' Solutions

Insider Reports: Insider Cleaning Tips from a Former Maid

contributed by Annie

Clean-Up Shortcuts

Jacqueline McLaughlin Hale

Housecleaning Under Duress

TDS Readers' Solutions

Those Stains on the Basement Walls

The Natural Handyman

Cleaning Silk Flowers

TDS Readers' Solutions

Controlling Dust Mites

TDS Readers' Solutions

Cleaning Tips

Jonni McCoy

What a Party! What a Mess!!

Robert Kravitz

Removing Crayon from Walls

Readers' Solutions

Easy Ways to Clean Blinds

TDS Readers' Solutions

Removing Mold From Your Walls

TDS Readers' Solutions

Removing Sticker Residue from Windows and Walls

TDS Readers' Solutions

Advice from Mom: 50 Uses for Vinegar

Rae Osenbaugh

Advice from Mom: Don't Forget the Baking Soda

Rae Osenbaugh

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