Your Couch Is Calling for a Clean (& You Must Go)

When it comes to cleaning your house, you’re mostly on the ball. You’re cleaning your sheets weekly, vacuuming your curtains and blinds, and making sure all of your surfaces are sparkling clean.

But what about your couch? You can’t toss the whole thin…

When it comes to cleaning your house, you’re mostly on the ball. You’re cleaning your sheets weekly, vacuuming your curtains and blinds, and making sure all of your surfaces are sparkling clean.

But what about your couch? You can’t toss the whole thing into the wash and call it a day, unfortunately. Your sofa is likely very large, possibly made of a finicky material (hello, linen), and probably an absolute magnet for pet hair and little colonies of crumbs. But no one likes sitting on a musty, stained, smelly couch, so take a deep breath and heed the advice of a few pros we’ve assembled for the job. Meet Angela Bell and Georgia Dixon, the Grove Guides at Grove Collaborative, a natural and sustainable cleaning company, and Bailey Carson, the Head of Cleaning and Home Improvement at Handy.

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How to Bring Your Plants Indoors (& Keep Them Alive)

Autumn is our favorite time of year for many reasons: warm-from-the-oven pies, cozy evenings with drinking chocolate—and the yearly show put on by nature when her leafy green is overcome by an explosion of red, orange, and yellow. But not every plant o…

Autumn is our favorite time of year for many reasons: warm-from-the-oven pies, cozy evenings with drinking chocolate—and the yearly show put on by nature when her leafy green is overcome by an explosion of red, orange, and yellow. But not every plant out there is designed to go dormant during the colder months only to reemerge in the spring from frost-dusted lawns. Our outdoor potted plants—geraniums and other evergreen perennials, tender herbs like basil and parsley, and succulent gardens—need to be brought in from the cold if we’d like them to survive. 


Unfortunately, it’s not always that simple. Factors like indoor heating, icy drafts, and pesky pests can all play spoilsport. That’s why we spoke with two of the greenest thumbs around, the New York Botanical Garden’s director of glasshouse horticulture and senior curator of orchids, Marc Hachadourian, and director of brand marketing at The Sill, Erin Marino, so they could share their best tips with us.


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