How to Clean Painted Wood Floors

A message in my inbox this week came from Joan who asked, “What is the best way to clean a

Help! Rust Stains on My Fiberglass Bathtub

Dear Mary: Our water is very hard and as a result has created rust-colored stains in the fiberglass

How to Eliminate Odor of Gasoline Spilled Inside Family Vehicle

Recently a message showed up in my inbox that made my heart sink. I couldn’t help imagine what it would

Need Cleaning Supplies? Check the Pantry

The next time you need cleaning supplies, take a trip to your pantry, not the store. You already have the

Help! My Shark Vacuum is Acting Awkward and Stubborn

Did you hear about the shark incident in Florida? A young woman was bitten last Sunday and rushed to

Sparkling Clean Windows—Cheaper, Better, Faster!

You may recall (because I can’t seem to stop talking about it) that my husband and I moved into our new home

How to Clean and Maintain Fine Leather Furniture

When it comes to furniture, it’s difficult to find anything more luxurious and elegant than fine leather. With that elegance

Who Else Doesn’t Want to Scrub Floors on Your Hands and Knees?

DEAR MARY: I live in Florida and LOVE your blog. I look forward getting it in my email

How to Clean and Care for a Smoothtop Electric Cooktop

When it comes to kitchen appliances, nothing says modern and sleek like a beautiful new electric smoothtop ceramic or glass

Soap Scum Remover So Effective It’s Magical

I could sit for hours reading the lovely letters, notes and questions you send to me. I could, but I

My Top Five Favorite Homemade Cleaning Solutions

If there’s one place in your household spending that you can really cut the cost, it’s household cleaners. The cost

Three Generic Cleaners Same as Brand Names but Way Cheaper

Most people are well familiar with the term “generic” when it comes to drugs, a term referring to any drug

Readers Want to Know About Non-Cable DVRs, Stamp Pads, and Cabinet Cleaning

As you can imagine, every week I get a lot of mail from my readers containing hundreds of questions. While I can’t

How to Get Rid of Salt Stains on Leather and Suede

Salt. It’s mandatory in a human diet. But salt can be as destructive as it is needful due to its

Would You Clean Out Your Closets for $400?

Are your storage areas overflowing? Do your children outgrow their clothes at the speed of light? Have you “outgrown” (or

Help! My Aluminum Cookware is Pitted and Stained and Other Reader Dilemmas

DEAR MARY: Please tell me why my aluminum pans and cookware have turned dark and become rough to

Getting Debt-Free Plus the Best Machine to Clean Tile Floors

DEAR MARY: After reading your books and columns for several years, I am ecstatic to

How to Clean and Care for Wood and Laminate Floors

Taking care of hardwood or laminate floors can be challenging given the everyday conditions of a family and

How to Remove Years of Kitchen Cabinet Grit and Grime

When did you last look at your kitchen cabinets? Not a passing glance, but an up-close visual study—paying

How to Rescue Fabric and Clothes from the Stench of Mothballs

I love fabric and fine textiles of all kinds, but mostly I love cotton goods—cotton sheets, cotton quilts.