How to Clean Hats

Hats are not something you think about washing regularly, the way you do your socks. But hats often go on your head to hide dirty hair, or to shade a sweaty brow on a hot day. They have a sneaky way of getting grimy, gradually, until one day it’s there — salt stains on the…

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How to Clean Mold

Mold is gnarly: you can’t just clean it, you have to kill it. That’s because mold is a living microorganism, similar to yeast or mushrooms. With a little moisture, mold can grow on pretty much any surface, and once it starts growing, tiny, hair-like roots and floating spores help it spread. If mold gets into…

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How to Clean Nike Shoes

As far as cleaning goes, Nikes don’t really require any special treatment. But an Air Force One is about as far from a Flyknit Nike Free as you can get while still be considered a sneaker, which means how you get them looking like new is going to be different too. Your cleaning method depends…

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How to Clean a Keurig

Coffee in 30 seconds? Yes, please. Sputtering air for 30 seconds? Not so much. There are two steps to troubleshooting and cleaning a Keurig that’s not working: regularly descaling your machine and dislodging errant grinds. Both of these processes are pretty easy and don’t take much work. To dislodge the grinds you’ll be using one…

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How to Clean Grout

There’s something about the word “grout” that just inherently conveys that it’s going to be a tough clean. And if you’ve ever gone toe-to-toe with a bathroom wall of one-inch tile or an entire living room or kitchen with tile flooring, you know you have your work cut out for you. Cleaning the tile? That’s…

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How to Clean Uggs

The first thing you need to know about cleaning Uggs: They’re suede. And while suede is leather, suede is suede because it comes from the underside of the animal skin, not the outer “flesh” side, like full-grain leather. That’s why it’s softer and more pliable than a belt or a briefcase or a pair of…

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How to Clean Cast Iron

Oh, the cast iron skillet. There are so many fans — and count us among them! — who praise its ability to cook just about anything, evenly, non-stickily without Teflon and last for hundreds of years. These things are family heirlooms! And it’s intimidating to clean an heirloom! Once you know how to clean cast iron, you’ll see…

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How to Clean Your Ears

First things first: ears are self-cleaning. To clean your ears you don’t actually have to do anything. In fact, the best thing you can do is nothing: no Q Tips, no unfurled paper clips, no pinky nails. But, it’s so satisfying to get all that ear wax out — we know. Unfortunately, you’re not removing…

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How to Clean Laminate Floors

There’s a lot to love about laminate flooring — it mimics the beauty of natural wood, it’s relatively easy to install, and it’s typically much more affordable than hardwood. And when it comes time to clean, it’s simple and straightforward. The biggest decision you’ll need to make is whether you want to use a store-bought or a…

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How to Clean White Converse

Chances are, if you’re looking for how to clean white Converse, the whole shoe is going to be a mess — dingy laces, scuffed rubber, splotchy canvas. Know this now: To keep white sneaks looking fresh, you have to clean them a lot. All the time. Enough that you’ll be asking yourself why you opted…

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