How to Clean Your Keurig (Just In Case You Don’t)

When an appliance in your home is functioning as it’s intended, not many of us stop to perform the routine maintenance it needs, because um, hello? There’s a mile-long to do list for things that are a bit more urgent. Sometimes, though, all it takes is…

When an appliance in your home is functioning as it's intended, not many of us stop to perform the routine maintenance it needs, because um, hello? There's a mile-long to do list for things that are a bit more urgent. Sometimes, though, all it takes is a few minutes and a little exploration of the appliance's parts to discover that A. it's gunkier and funkier than you'd care to admit and B. it actually runs a whole lot better now that you cleaned it. Unfortunately, even the most automatic of appliances in our homes (yep, dishwashers, washing machines, ovens) all need routine cleaning to function properly.

This is especially true when it comes to your coffee maker, which you probably use at least once daily. As it turns out, Keurigs and drip coffee makers can get mineral build-up in their inner workings, not to mention harbor all sorts of harmful bacteria (yeah, gross), which will not only make your brew taste weird, but will also compromise the lifespan of the appliance (and your health!).

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5 Ways to Give Your Kitchen the Reset it (Probably) Needs

We’ve teamed up with Blue Apron to keep dinner interesting—and stress-free as can be. Whether you’re a weekday vegetarian or all-around omnivore, Blue Apron’s ever-changing menus have recipes for every palate. Bonus: Every meal kit you receive comes wi…

We’ve teamed up with Blue Apron to keep dinner interesting—and stress-free as can be. Whether you’re a weekday vegetarian or all-around omnivore, Blue Apron’s ever-changing menus have recipes for every palate. Bonus: Every meal kit you receive comes with exact amount of ingredients you need plus a handy recipe card with step-by-step photos and even a wine pairing recommendation.


When it comes to New Year's Eve celebrations, I can take them or leave 'em. I'm just as happy to go out and celebrate with a group of friends as I am to spend the evening solo on the couch in my matching pajama set with a good movie and a mini bottle of Champagne (falling asleep before the ball drops, of course). I much prefer New Year's Day, when the resolutions I made the night before are fresh and full of promise.

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The Spot In Your Home That Definitely Needs a Clean

The walls in our spaces go through quite a lifespan of wear and tear. Between everyday scraping and scuffing, cooking residue, and dirty pet paws or kid hands, our walls are lucky to fare as well as they do. Much like deep-cleaning the entire floor, w…

The walls in our spaces go through quite a lifespan of wear and tear. Between everyday scraping and scuffing, cooking residue, and dirty pet paws or kid hands, our walls are lucky to fare as well as they do. Much like deep-cleaning the entire floor, washing the walls is a task often avoided because it’s just. so. overwhelming.

Good news, though! Cleaning your walls is not as difficult as you might think, it’s actually pretty simple (albeit tedious). Below, find the best ways to get the job done.

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I Overhauled My Family’s Messy Closet—With a $0 Budget

No Space Too Small is a brand new column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday …

No Space Too Small is a brand new column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday experiences of living small—from the hunt for the perfect tiny desk and managing everyday clutter to how to smooth the frustrations out of cooking in a galley kitchen.


I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions because I rarely manage to stick with them, but I do love a fresh start after the holidays, especially in my home. To kick off the New Year, I decided it was time to tackle my family’s messy main closet. My husband, son, and I live in a 690-square-foot apartment, and we share one clothing closet. Lest you think we are storage wizards, we also have a small coat closet where our outerwear, vacuum, and tools live—and one in which my husband stores his equipment for work. However, because we don’t have a garage, attic, basement, or off-site storage space, our primary clothes closet works extra hard: It’s our only clothing closet, partial linen closet (the rest is in an under-the-bed drawer), and the winter home for our window AC (hello, glamourous New York City living!).

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Let Me Tell You About My Trash Can (It’s the Best)

I’ve done the separate trash and recycling can thing… and to be honest? It sucks. When I bought my first Simplehuman can five years ago, I wasn’t exactly sure about New York City’s recycling laws (for the record, it’s all bottles and cans in one bag, a…

I’ve done the separate trash and recycling can thing… and to be honest? It sucks. When I bought my first Simplehuman can five years ago, I wasn’t exactly sure about New York City’s recycling laws (for the record, it’s all bottles and cans in one bag, all paper in another) and I didn’t want to commit to a dual-sided trash can if that wouldn’t totally work. Oh, and I also wasn’t making all that much, and couldn't really justify a bigger splurge on something I was literally dumping garbage into.

Five years, three apartments, and one better paying job later, I became a Simplehuman trash can convert, and it was finally time to take the dual-sided plunge. Lucky for me, Simplehuman still manufactures the exact dual-sided step can of my dreams, and lucky for them, I’m a real adult now (kind of). Read on for all the reasons I’m shouting about my garbage can from the rooftops—it’s that good.

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52 Products Our Community Loved (As Much as We Did) This Year

A big part of my job (okay, like 75 percent) involves learning about new products and brands, and sharing them with all of you. But as much as I love introducing our community to new things, I actually enjoy learning from you all much more. Whether it …

A big part of my job (okay, like 75 percent) involves learning about new products and brands, and sharing them with all of you. But as much as I love introducing our community to new things, I actually enjoy learning from you all much more. Whether it be through reader comments, recipe contests, holiday gift swaps, and even our FiveTwo line, we’re always looking to our readers to tell us what they like (or really don’t like), what they want to see more of, and what they might want to see less of. That’s why we’re taking a look back at the most popular products that you all bought and loved in 2021, like more than 300 sets of Brooklinen’s crisp percale sheets and 700 Scrub Daddy sponges.

This year, we learned that everyone was rolling up their sleeves to give every inch of their space a deep clean, reimagining their spaces to be more functional and cozy, and (to no one’s surprise) cooking and baking every waking moment. Ahead, 52 products that got your stamp of approval.

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15 Absolutely Magical Cleaning Products We Discovered This Year

There wasn’t a surface in our homes that didn’t get a scrub down this year. Not to help curb the pandemic because the coronavirus isn’t spread through surfaces, but because being at home all the time forces you to remember the last time you cleaned you…

There wasn’t a surface in our homes that didn’t get a scrub down this year. Not to help curb the pandemic because the coronavirus isn’t spread through surfaces, but because being at home all the time forces you to remember the last time you cleaned your stove grates or burnt pots—which is never. Things that didn’t faze us before suddenly became the biggest thing on our to-do list.

When we weren’t washing our hands and face masks, we were disinfecting our phone screens, cleaning pet urine stains, vacuuming up dust bunnies, removing hard water stains, and deep-cleaning our slow cookers. From a jar of the viral Pink Stuff to a reliable bottle of Dr. Bronner’s, here are the 15 best cleaning products we discovered this year.

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The Very Best Cleaning Hacks We Learned in 2021

Every once in a while we come across a cleaning hack so good that we simply cannot keep it to ourselves. That’s what we do, after all: We write about our favorite ways to clean, decorate, organize, and make our homes as comfortable and joyful as possib…

Every once in a while we come across a cleaning hack so good that we simply cannot keep it to ourselves. That's what we do, after all: We write about our favorite ways to clean, decorate, organize, and make our homes as comfortable and joyful as possible. And while 2021 might not have been the year we hoped for, we did learn some pretty clever tricks to try out at home, thanks to the ever-expanding online community of neatniks.

And so, we've rounded up the best of 'em—from a genius (and sort of bizarre) way to clean hard water stains from your toilet to a seemingly counterintuitive way to remove heat stains from wood and how to locate (and clean) a washing machine filter. Because why work harder when you can work smarter? Read on for our favorite cleaning hacks of 2021 that'll cut down scrubbing time and leave you pleased with the results.

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How to Remove Stubborn Wax From Your Menorah

Menorahs, beautiful as they are, have a tendency to get covered in dripping wax over the course of eight nights. Luckily, cleaning them is no different than getting wax off of any other candle holder or jar, and it’s easy to do. Plus, if you save the e…

Menorahs, beautiful as they are, have a tendency to get covered in dripping wax over the course of eight nights. Luckily, cleaning them is no different than getting wax off of any other candle holder or jar, and it’s easy to do. Plus, if you save the extra wax that comes off, you can melt it back down to make new candles.

Before you try any of the below methods, you should try to break off any large chunks of wax from the menorah with something non-abrasive, like a plastic credit card, your fingers, or a spatula, and you can get into the little wells where the candles sit with a chopstick. Be mindful during this step, as most menorahs are made from metal, ceramic, or stone, and can easily get scratched.

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Why You Should Switch to Bar Soap for… Everything

Have you ever considered using a bar of soap to wash your hair? Treat laundry stains? Scrub your dishes or give your dog a bath? No? You should.

With the rise in concern over plastic consumption, bar soaps are becoming an excellent—and accessible—alte…

Have you ever considered using a bar of soap to wash your hair? Treat laundry stains? Scrub your dishes or give your dog a bath? No? You should.

With the rise in concern over plastic consumption, bar soaps are becoming an excellent—and accessible—alternative to liquid bath and body products. But substituting your daily face wash or hand soap is just the beginning. A simple concentrated bar soap can replace everything from shaving cream to an exfoliator and even—if you dare—toothpaste

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