Cleancast: Seriously, Stop Swiffering

On this episode of the official Ask a Clean Person podcast, Adam Clark Estes of Gizmodo joined me to talk about our mutual hatred of those blasted Swiffers. Back in July, Adam wrote a wonderful post entitled “Stop Swiffering,” so I asked him to come hang out in the studio to talk some trash about you-know-what and… »10/06/15 10:08amYesterday 10:08am

Cleancast: Why The Hell Is My Kitchen A Sticky Mess?

My guest this week on the official Ask a Clean Person podcast is Kristin Appenbrink, a contributing editor at The Kitchn, who joined me to talk about, well, kitchens. Kristin, who is a fellow member of the Order of Clean Peoples, helps me tackle two kitchen-related cleaning questions that very frequently land in my… »8/11/15 10:37am8/11/15 10:37am

Laundry School: Death To Rumpled, Wrinkled Clothes

Here we are, friends, at the end of our Laundry School coursework. We covered a ton of ground this month, from explaining the difference between liquid and powder detergents to an overview of washer and dryer settings and cycles. There were posts dedicated to the products you use to get your clothes clean, and how to… »7/31/15 1:52pm7/31/15 1:52pm

Cleancast: Ever Wondered How Gross Restaurants Really Are?

So ... have you? Do you wonder if restaurant employees are actually washing their hands after using the restroom? Does the thought of trichinosis send you into an emotional spiral? My guest this week on the official Ask a Clean Person podcast is Daniel Gritzer, the culinary director at Serious Eats, who joined me to… »7/29/15 11:03am7/29/15 11:03am

Cleancast: Do Mold, Mildew, And Persistent Dampness Plague You?

My guest this week on the official Ask a Clean Person podcast is Julia Rubin, the features editor at Racked National, who joined me to talk all about mold and mildew, and what to do about generalized dampness in the home. Julia, who is responsible for bringing my fashion-focused cleaning column, Out, Damned Spot, to… »7/23/15 1:15pm7/23/15 1:15pm

Cleancast: You've Got Armpit Woes, I've Got Solutions

My guest this week on the official Ask a Clean Person podcast is Deadspin’s own Greg Howard, who joined me to talk about how our editor in chief, Tim Marchman, is so deeply wrong about air conditioning. We also talked about pit stains! Okay, fine, we mostly talked about pit stains, but damn if it wasn’t satisfying to… »7/13/15 2:23pm7/13/15 2:23pm

Laundry School: Know Your Detergents, Bleaches, and Boosters

Last week in Laundry School, we talked about the machines in which we do our washing. We got to better know our washers and our dryers, and talked quite a bit about hand washing and how that gets done. Today, we’ll turn our attention to the products we use in those washers: The detergents, bleaches, and boosters.
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Cleancast: Are Your Party Messes Worse Than These Party Disasters? 

My guest this week on the official Ask a Clean Person podcast is James Del, Gawker Media’s former VP of programming & events, who joined me to talk about party messes and how to manage a shared vacation home, though he also spilled some dirt on me and my origins at Gawker Media. It involved lemon squares.
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Laundry School: Getting To Know Your Machines

I’m totally overwhelmed, in the best way possible, by the response to last week’s Laundry School column. I mean, I figured it would be a good thing to do and that you would certainly have questions; I just didn’t expect anywhere near the number of comments, emails, and tweets I got! Holy cow! You really and truly are… »7/01/15 2:40pm7/01/15 2:40pm

Cleancast: Meet The Mother-Daughter Professional Organizing Team 

My guests this week on the official Ask a Clean Person podcast are the ladies of Done & Done NYC, a professional organizing and home staging company that mother-daughter team Ann Lightfoot and Kate Pawlowski founded four years ago. Their Operations Manager, Abby Lofberg — who has been Kate’s best friend since they met… »6/29/15 4:22pm6/29/15 4:22pm