How to Clean 9 of the Toughest Spots Around the House

What’s the one spot in your home that you dread cleaning the most? Maybe it’s the toilet, or the greasy stovetop, or that moldy shower curtain. If the mere thought of these dirty, grimy messes is making you cringe, don’t worry, we’ve called in reinforcements. To figure out the best way to clean these tricky areas, we asked Debra Johnson, home cleaning expert at Merry Maids, and Donna Smallin Kuper, a certified home cleaning technician and author of Cleaning Plain & Simple, for their professional advice. Armed with their best tips and tried-and-true tools, these problem spots will sparkle in no time....

Smart IKEA Hack Dog Lovers Will Appreciate

I am a 26-year-old PhD student living with my four-year-old Belgian Malinois named Deacon. I live on fellowship/stipend from teaching undergraduate classes at my university, so I end up DIY-ing and/or IKEA-hacking a lot of home decor (my kitchen island, my bed, my couch, my bookshelves...). I love cleanliness and order, and picked my apartment primarily because of the view (29th floor in the heart of downtown looking right at the Dallas Pegasus) but also because it had a great footprint at 750 square feet and was just under budget. I love my place—especially now that I've had time to settle in......