How to Give Your Slow Cooker the Deep Clean it Needs

Slow cookers are a godsend for busy families, bustling professionals, and anyone who loves having a low-effort, perfectly cooked meal waiting for them at the end of a long day—so, all of us. This set-it-and-forget-it style of cooking couldn’t be more c…

Slow cookers are a godsend for busy families, bustling professionals, and anyone who loves having a low-effort, perfectly cooked meal waiting for them at the end of a long day—so, all of us. This set-it-and-forget-it style of cooking couldn’t be more comforting (or stress-free); find evidence of this in our roundups on warm and nourishing soups, another filled with all the most in-season produce for fall, and another still on the cookers themselves.

But, while pulling together one of these slow-cooked meals is as easy as pushing a button, cleanup still requires some effort. Everything from scorched BBQ sauces and glazes to rings of crusted, stuck-on food emerge after hours of simmering—and their ceramic interior bowls require specific precautions before scrubbing commences.

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The Unexpected Item That Magically Cleans Hard Water Stains

Recently, I bought a house. Yes, that’s a brag. But also, it is a preface to a real question: How do people house? After a decade in a Brooklyn one-bedroom apartment, there are so many things that I have to learn about it. Like how to clean a garbage d…

Recently, I bought a house. Yes, that’s a brag. But also, it is a preface to a real question: How do people house? After a decade in a Brooklyn one-bedroom apartment, there are so many things that I have to learn about it. Like how to clean a garbage disposal, how to properly load a dishwasher, and what to do with more than one bedroom. And then there are the more pressing queries, like—how do I get this far-from-new toilet to be less gross?

In Philadelphia, where the aforementioned house is, the water is pretty hard, which means that there’s mineral build-up in the bathroom, and that the bottom of the bowl of the toilet was coated in an extremely unappealing layer of brown-yellow gunk. When my partner saw it, he assumed it meant that the family in the house before us was a big believer in if it’s yellow let it mellow. But after attempting my usual toilet scrubbing methods—Scrubbing Bubbles and a toilet brush—I found out that hard water stains are a good bit more resilient than I’d hoped.

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Stink Bugs Are the Worst. Here’s How To Get Rid of Them.

As I write this explainer on how to get rid of stink bugs, I shudder at all the times I came across them in my home last fall and winter—which was too many. My husband had warned me about them, but as someone who’d dealt with rats while living in New Y…

As I write this explainer on how to get rid of stink bugs, I shudder at all the times I came across them in my home last fall and winter—which was too many. My husband had warned me about them, but as someone who’d dealt with rats while living in New York City, how much harm could a lil stink bug do? Well.


What Are Stink Bugs?

Stink bugs are the worst. Technically, they’re called the brown marmorated stink bug, but in my house, they’re called get outta here NOW. They’re big (for a bug), they’re invasive to the US, they’re everywhere, and it’s not recommended to actually squish and kill them—unless you want to understand why they’re called stink bugs.

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Is This Grandma-Approved Dishwasher Hack Too Good to Be True?

Babs (aka Barbara Costello) has given a whole new meaning to doing things just like Grandma. The 72-year-old Connecticut-based grandmother and viral TikTok sensation never ceases to amaze with her humor, wisdom, and simple life tips for making everyday…

Babs (aka Barbara Costello) has given a whole new meaning to doing things just like Grandma. The 72-year-old Connecticut-based grandmother and viral TikTok sensation never ceases to amaze with her humor, wisdom, and simple life tips for making everyday living easier. From advice on teething babies (the youngest of her eight grandchildren is less than one year old) to a hilarious hack that keeps the man in your life clean during a messy outdoor barbecue (hint: place a piece of Press’N seal wrap on his polo shirt for an invisible bib), Babs is always sharing savvy ideas on the engrossing social media platform.

Babs’ loyal followers are always quick to say how much she reminds them of their own Nonnas too. “Thanks for this. I miss my grandma and you remind me of her. Thank you,” wrote user bentellectstan. Here, we’re rounding up five of Babs’ most beloved viral home hacks ever.

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The Proper Way to Fold Every Type of Clothing—From Tees to Socks

We’ve teamed up with LG STUDIO to share our top tips and tricks for laundry success, starting with the appliances. Our pick: The LG STUDIO WashTower, which has built-in technology that selects just the right cycle for your wash-and-rinse routine. And d…

We’ve teamed up with LG STUDIO to share our top tips and tricks for laundry success, starting with the appliances. Our pick: The LG STUDIO WashTower, which has built-in technology that selects just the right cycle for your wash-and-rinse routine. And don’t forget their Styler—it’s the perfect laundry room plus-one for refreshing your favorite garments, pillows, plush toys, and more.


Folding clothes can feel like the final mile of a long-distance race: It’s tempting to drop out, which is why we so often end up with piles of clean but yet to-be-folded clothes. However, this last laundry step is just as important as the actual laundering. Proper folding will keep your clothes wrinkle-free and looking their best. Plus, tidily folded clothes make it easier to keep your drawers and closets organized.

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My Utility Closet Was a Disaster—So I Got Professional Help

I do a lot of organizing, re-organizing, and re-organizing again. Each time a lunch container falls at my feet in the kitchen or a spare shampoo bottle comes hurtling down from my closet, I’m more than likely to drop everything and redo the whole organ…

I do a lot of organizing, re-organizing, and re-organizing again. Each time a lunch container falls at my feet in the kitchen or a spare shampoo bottle comes hurtling down from my closet, I’m more than likely to drop everything and redo the whole organization system. Often, it just means carefully refolding and stacking things, but sometimes, a more aggressive overhaul is necessary.

Enter: my utility closet. It’s notorious (to me) for being a human-sized catchall for all the things myself and my roommates don’t know what to do with: lightbulbs, brooms, sidewalk salt, bike pumps, Christmas decor—you name it, it’s in there. And because it houses so many disparate things (that we all need at different times) it falls into disarray faster than any other storage space in the apartment.

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10 Laundry Room Essentials, Straight From Our Home Editor

We’ve teamed up with LG STUDIO to share our top tips and tricks for laundry success, starting with the appliances. Our pick: The LG STUDIO WashTower, which has built-in technology that selects just the right cycle for your wash-and-rinse routine. And d…

We’ve teamed up with LG STUDIO to share our top tips and tricks for laundry success, starting with the appliances. Our pick: The LG STUDIO WashTower, which has built-in technology that selects just the right cycle for your wash-and-rinse routine. And don’t forget their Styler steam closet—it’s the perfect laundry room plus-one for refreshing your favorite garments, pillows, plush toys, and more.


While my new building’s communal laundry room is a big step up from the zero-laundry situation at my old apartment (hauling a 30-pound laundry bag up and down four flights of stairs was my biweekly workout), I can’t help but dream about what my laundry room could look like one day. Think: endless counter space for folding, a deep sink for rinsing, plenty of storage space, and sparkling new appliances with all the bells and whistles—like the sleek LG STUDIO WashTower and their very cool Styler, which uses steam to de-wrinkle, sanitize, and freshen garments (plus bulky, hard-to-wash items, too).

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How to Get Rid of Every Summer Stain—From Grass to Barbecue Sauce

We’ve teamed up with LG STUDIO to share our top tips and tricks for laundry success, starting with the appliances. Our pick: The LG STUDIO WashTower, which has built-in technology that selects just the right cycle for your wash-and-rinse routine. And d…

We’ve teamed up with LG STUDIO to share our top tips and tricks for laundry success, starting with the appliances. Our pick: The LG STUDIO WashTower, which has built-in technology that selects just the right cycle for your wash-and-rinse routine. And don’t forget their Styler steam closet—it’s the perfect laundry room plus-one for refreshing your favorite garments, pillows, plush toys, and more.


Summer is the season for picnics, hikes, backyard barbecues, and lazy days spent at the lake. All these sunny activities (fun as they may be) add up to a myriad of laundry challenges, especially tricky stains. Luckily, even the toughest stains are no match for the right technique and a powerful washing machine—like the LG STUDIO WashTower.

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11 Cleaning Tools Practically Begging to Be Shown Off

I had a friend over the other night for drinks. A few margaritas in, he dropped a handful of cracker crumbs on the floor—and panicked a little (my friends know me well). I sprang into action: not in an argh-you’re-so annoying way, but with a little ski…

I had a friend over the other night for drinks. A few margaritas in, he dropped a handful of cracker crumbs on the floor—and panicked a little (my friends know me well). I sprang into action: not in an argh-you’re-so annoying way, but with a little skip, practically singing out: “This is no problem at all (lalalalalala)”. If he was surprised at my lack of annoyance, he didn’t show it. I grabbed my Iris Hantverk crumb brush and pan—at the ready at all times—and got to work.

My floors promptly reinstated, my friend asked to look at the little miracle worker. He proceeded to stare at it for what felt like long seconds, and said, a little emotionally, that it was the sweetest cleaning tool he had ever seen. “OMG YESSS LET ME BUY ONE FOR YOU,” I practically yelled. Two days and one expedited delivery later, he sent me a photo of what is now—his words, not mine—his favorite kitchen “decor item”.

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How to Get Rid of Ants in the Kitchen—Once & for All

My log cabin in upstate New York has been the retreat from the city that my parents, friends, and family have flocked to since I was two years old. For the past 29 years (go ahead, do the math), we’ve spent countless holidays, long weekends, and what f…

My log cabin in upstate New York has been the retreat from the city that my parents, friends, and family have flocked to since I was two years old. For the past 29 years (go ahead, do the math), we’ve spent countless holidays, long weekends, and what felt like endless stretches of hot summer days and cool firepit nights enjoying both the cabin and the dense forest surrounding it. But with the country, of course, come the critters, and while I’ve become used to them, it’s always a bit of a riot to see who will scream over a spider (we all always marvel at the deer). The one insect I can’t get used to indoors, however, are the ants that invariably manage to find their way into the kitchen.

Ants aren’t a rural phenomenon, as anyone (myself included) who has ever left a crumb behind on their counter will tell you. It always seems as if ants find a way to get in and then tell all their relatives about it, and before you know it, there’s a line of them stemming from god-knows-where to your countertops—and into your pantry.

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