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23 Spring Cleaning Secrets Revealed

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

A recent Parents poll shows most moms spend 15 hours or more each week sponging, scrubbing, sweeping, and vacuuming. To help slash that time, we enlisted the help of our editors, as well as cleaning experts, to deliver clever tricks and products for every room in your home.

In December, I sent 22 editors home with more than 30 of the latest and greatest cleaning supplies on the market. I assigned everyone a mission and they each went home to dutifully vacuum pet hair from carpeting, scour bathroom grout, steam hardwood and tile floors, wash windows, and scrub stoves—hey, we’re not above manual labor! Every sponge, brush, vacuum, and scum-busting solution was put to the test and if our real moms and dads weren’t impressed, we cut it from our list.

To see which products shined, check out our room-by-room guide to spring cleaning:

Your Kitchen
The room that’s the heart of the home is also its most mess-prone. Food prep plus eating is a recipe for sticky counters, gritty floors, and crud everywhere else. Here’s how to cut kitchen cleaning time in half:

Your Living Room and Bedroom
These spaces have a lot in common: soft, comfy furniture, plush carpeting, and personal clutter. They also share the cleaning challenges of upholstery stains, dirty carpeting, and dust. Use our tips for tricky messes:

Your Bathroom
Make the place where your family gets clean spotless. Tackle soap scum, mildew, stained grout, and more:

Find The Best Vacuum for You
We tested the latest vacuums to find the right tools for your home’s carpet, tile, and wood. Find out which is right for your family:


Household Chores During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Household Chores During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Household Chores During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?


Which family space do you need the most help keeping tidy? Let us know in the comments!

Image: Dad and daughter vacuuming by Stephanie Rausser

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Ask Maxwell

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Parents’ has a new contributing editor in the house! Meet Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, founder of the popular interior design website Apartment Therapy and father of 5-year-old-daughter Ursula.

To say this dad knows a thing or two about home design is an understatement. Through his professional design service, website, and best-selling books, Maxwell’s design advice has inspired millions of people who, like Parents’ readers, need help creating more organized, functional spaces for their families. Maxwell’s design philosophy is simple; he focuses on the best ways to make homes more comfortable and clutter-free.

Whether your kids’ toys are taking over your living room (aren’t they always?), you’re in need of color inspiration for the family room, or you’re ready to turn the nursery into a big kid bedroom for your growing child, Maxwell is here to help!

For a chance to have your home design question answered by Maxwell in an upcoming issue of Parents, visit or simply leave your question in the comments of this post.

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Actress Debra Messing on Protecting Kids

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

9.2 million unwanted injuries happen to kids each year, so commit a minute to keeping your children safe this holiday season.  Prevent unwanted injuries with simple tasks such as making sure  batteries are stored in the smoke detector, night lights are in the hallway, and toys are stored away safely.

Actress Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”) has partnered with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for their “Commit a Minute to Safety” campaign to increase safety awareness for families during the holiday season and year round. The actress shared, “It’s really amazing how just a few simple actions can make a big difference in helping to protect your home and family, especially at such a magical time of year when you want the holidays to be joyful.” 

Watch Debra Messing’s public service announcement about keeping kids safe and visit to learn the 100 things that can make your home safer.


Check out other resources from to keep a healthy and safe household:

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