How to Give Your Laptop the Deep Cleaning It Deserves

by M.E. Gray

How to clean your laptop

If you're sitting at your laptop right now, I want you to look down at your keyboard. Get really close. Close enough so you can take a peek under the keys. Now look at the screen. Move from side to side to get different angles. How's it looking? If your computer is like mine was before I cleaned it, then you're probably noticing a bunch of greasy fingerprints mixed with crumbs from lunches past. Real talk: When was the last time you actually cleaned your laptop? There's no shame if the answer is "never," and luckily it's a pretty quick clean. If your QWERTY is crusty, keep reading to learn how to clean your laptop at practically no cost.

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Two Weird Things You Should Start Putting in Your Dryer

by M.E. Gray

Two laundry hacks for your dryer

I'm always skeptical of "hacks" I see on the internet. Sometimes techniques touted as life hacks can be - well... hacky! On the flip side, we've tested a few hacks here on Curbly before with surprising success. I've seen these two laundry hacks pass through my media feeds a few times, and decided to finally give in and try them out myself. Both are supposed to optimize your dryer. Do they work? Let's find out!            

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How To: Make Natural, Homemade Glass Cleaner

by M.E. Gray

How to: Make orange-scented homemade window cleaner

I've been on a green-cleaning kick lately. By "green" I mean natural, but also "green" as in money-saving! While paying four or five dollars for a bottle of cleaner might not feel like a big deal, it is when you consider how easy it is to create a similarly effective cleanser for a few cents a bottle. In an effort to convert all my cleansing products to homemade, I've recently whipped up a batch of homemade window cleaner that works just as well as the store-bought variety, and without streaking!        

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Dull No More: How To Clean and Sharpen Your Garden Tools

by Rachel Jacks
How to clean and sharpen garden tools

Photo: Rachel Jacks

Spring and summer is growing season, but that also means it's time to trim your yard. Trees, bushes, and shrubs need to be kept in shape, and to do that, it really helps to have sharp tools. It's faster and easier to cut with a sharp blade, plus it's better for the plant. In just a few minutes, you can actually sharpen garden tools yourself.        

Yard work is hard enough without trying to do it with dull tools...

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Dull No More: How To Clean and Sharpen Your Garden Tools

by Rachel Jacks
How to clean and sharpen garden tools

Photo: Rachel Jacks

Spring and summer is growing season, but that also means it's time to trim your yard. Trees, bushes, and shrubs need to be kept in shape, and to do that, it really helps to have sharp tools. It's faster and easier to cut with a sharp blade, plus it's better for the plant. In just a few minutes, you can actually sharpen garden tools yourself.        

Yard work is hard enough without trying to do it with dull tools...

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Tool School: This Thing Will Change the Way You Clean Your House

by M.E. Gray
Tool School: This Thing Will Change the Way You Clean Your House
This post is sponsored by the Home Depot

Some might say I'm a bit of a neat-freak, but if you ask me, I'm just an average gal who prefers a clean home. While I cherish my tidy place, I don't enjoy the act of cleaning nearly as much. I'm always on the hunt for products and tools that will make housekeeping an easier and faster job. Let me tell you what, guys: this is it. At the risk of sounding overly dramatic about cleaning, I have to say: I'm in love with this Dremel Versa.        

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An Evening Cleaning Tip That will Change Your Life

by Erica Young
An Evening Cleaning Tip That will Change Your Life
Photo: Jodie Johnson/Shutterstock

Conduct one Pinterest search, and you’ll quickly discover: there is no shortage of cleaning hacks out there. Of course, some of them more reasonable than others. I once read a tip suggesting that instead of dusting my window blinds, I should wash them all at once in the bathtub. Brimming with misplaced cleaning confidence that only a long Pinterest session can inflict, this seemed like a brilliant idea. The inevitable and unfortunate results? A bathtub full of blinds now caked in wet gray grime rather than easy-to-remove dust. As I awkwardly leaned over the side of the tub and swished the blinds around in what had quickly become dirty water - which seemed...counterproductive? The real kicker was the near-back injury as I realized the water-logged blinds were now much too heavy for me to lift out of the tub.

Since then I've learned that – no matter what the internet says – simple cleaning tips are the most effective.

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9 Areas of the Home You Commonly Forget to Clean, and How to Deal With the Dirt

by M.E. Gray

You've cleaned your home from top to bottom - or so you think. Here are nine things most people forget to clean!

Occasionally you won't notice how dirty something in your house is until it's that dirt is called out. You drop something under your couch and discover a gang of dust bunnies living underneath. You throw open your curtains and find yourself in a front-row seat to a dust dance-off floating right in front of your face. Since it's spring cleaning season, now is as good a time as any to tackle those forgotten areas of your home. And don't feel...

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A Room-by-Room Guide for Lightening Your Material Load (With Printable Checklist!)

by M.E. Gray

A Room-by-Room Guide for Lightening Your Material Load

The spring cleaning bug has bitten me. Hard. Which is right on schedule for this time of year. After winter has long lost its charm, that's when I usually start itching to "switch things up" in my house. This usually includes throwing away or thinning out a good number of my material possessions. When it's so muddy and dark outdoors, feels like a fresh breath indoors, ya know? Rather than get overwhelmed at the notion of downsizing your...

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DIY Clear Pocket Wall Organizer

by Faith Provencher
DIY Clear Pocket Wall Organizer
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Everyone I know is on an organizing kick, myself included, now that the new year has rolled around. And one of the places that I have the hardest time keeping clean is my home office and craft space. So I thought it would be fun to create a wall-mounted organizer for my office supplies and share it with you guys. Keep reading to check it out.   

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Start Off the New Year Fresh: How to Clean Your Mattress

by M.E. Gray

Cleaning Your Mattress: A step by step guide (with video!)

Happy 2018, folks! Are you feeling the energy of a fresh year, or are you still crawling out of the laze of the holidays? I've finally started to put all our Christmas decorations away which is making the transition feel more natural. All this organizing and putting away of things is propelling me towards some deep cleaning goals that I've always wanted to attempt. There's a long list of tasks I want to tackle, but priority number one was cleaning my mattress. If you too have ever thought about cleaning your mattress, keep reading, because it's really not as daunting as you'd think.       

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DIY This! A Simple Chalkboard Calendar that Anyone Can Make

by Holly Wade

 

DIY This! A Simple Chalkboard Calendar that Anyone Can Make

January is a time for getting organized and making resolutions to STAY organized. Easier said than done, right? To start small, try making this simple DIY chalkboard calendar that you can reuse every month to keep your dates straight. Store it in your office or use it as a command central for your family. The great thing about a chalkboard calendar is that it's easy to use and erase when plans change because they always do!

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Organize Dangling Earrings with this DIY Concrete Earring Tree

by Holly Wade

Organize Dangling Earrings with this DIY Concrete Earring Tree

I've tried multiple techniques for organizing earrings over the years, but dangling earrings tend to be more difficult to organize in an easy-to-manage way. Luckily, this simple DIY concrete earring tree does the trick and makes the perfect spot to hang several pairs of dangling earrings in a way that's easy to grab what I want and head out the door.         

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How to Achieve Bedroom Bliss: What Should Stay and What Should Go

by Holly Wade

Bedrooms are meant to be a place of rest and relaxation, but for many of us, our bedrooms do double duty as sitting areas, nurseries, living rooms, storage, etc. No matter your situation, finding little ways to help yourself relax and get enough sleep could be as easy as getting rid of some things and keeping others. Of course, you know yourself best, so not everything on this list may apply to you. However, it couldn't hurt to try, and maybe you'll find a new way to relax into a good night's sleep!

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10 Ways to Love Your Rental Bathroom

by M.E. Gray

Ugly apartment bathroom solutions: From moldy caulk lines to ugly shower doors, here's one renters take on how to deal with an unsightly restroom.

If you have ever leased a home, you know the struggles that can plague a rental bathroom. Unless it's a brand new building, the restroom is likely going to have a unique set of unfortunate details. I've been a renter for all of my adult life. I've seen my fair share of bizarre bathroom situations - from lime green walls to landline phone accessibility next to the tub (true story). My current apartment bathroom has it's own flaws that over time I've either figured out how to disguise or how to live with. Here's my advice on how to deal with an unsightly apartment bathroom, from one renter to another.      

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