My Compost Bin Has Been Overrun By Fruit Flies, Send Help

Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert and advice columnist. She'll be here every week helping to answer your filthiest questions. Are you dirty? Check the Squalor Archive for assistance. Are you still dirty? Email her. » 3/25/15 5:35pm 3/25/15 5:35pm

Year of the Clean Person: This July, Deal With Your Shoes

Year of the Clean Person is guided yearlong cleaning and organizing project; its focus is on tackling areas or tasks that are often overlooked in daily or weekly cleaning sprees and can be overwhelming when it comes time to rassle them back under control. Since we're smack in the middle of fragrant shoe season, this… » 7/14/14 7:00pm 7/14/14 7:00pm

What To Do About Your Dirty Helmets And Stinky Cars


Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert and advice columnist. She'll be here every other week helping to answer your filthiest questions. Are you dirty? Check The Squalor Archive for assistance. Are you still dirty? Email her. » 6/18/14 6:01pm 6/18/14 6:01pm

The Year of the Clean Person: This June, Wash Your Car

Year of the Clean Person is our guided yearlong cleaning and organizing project; its focus is on tackling areas or tasks that are often overlooked in daily or weekly cleaning sprees and can be overwhelming when it comes time to rassle them back under control. This month, we'll be gearing up for summer road trips by… » 6/01/14 4:50pm 6/01/14 4:50pm

Year of the Clean Person: It's Time to Purge Your Winter Clothes

Year of the Clean Person is guided yearlong cleaning and organizing project; its focus is on tackling areas or tasks that are often overlooked in daily or weekly cleaning sprees and can be overwhelming when it comes time to rassle them back under control. This month, we'll be making room for our favorite summer gear… » 5/04/14 2:00pm 5/04/14 2:00pm

How To Clean, Preserve And/Or Salvage Your Wedding Dress

Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert and advice columnist. She'll be here every other week helping to answer your filthiest questions. Are you dirty? Check The Squalor Archive for assistance. Are you still dirty? Email her. » 4/27/14 2:00pm 4/27/14 2:00pm

How Do I Clean My Hitachi Magic Wand?

Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert and advice columnist. She'll be here every other week helping to answer your filthiest questions. Are you dirty? Check The Squalor Archive for assistance. Are you still dirty? Email her. » 4/10/14 6:30pm 4/10/14 6:30pm

Baseline Bathroom Standards: Let's Do This

The rise of AirBnB—and the existence of Airpnp, which allows you to tap-tap-tap on your tiny computer telephones and find a friendly bathroom in which to take a whiz when no acceptable public option is available—makes necessary a conversation about what amenities a bathroom should feature, and what constitutes a… » 4/10/14 12:29pm 4/10/14 12:29pm

Year of the Clean Person: This April, Create Your Dream Bathroom

Year of the Clean Person is guided yearlong cleaning and organizing project; its focus is on tackling areas or tasks that are often overlooked in daily or weekly cleaning sprees and can be overwhelming when it comes time to rassle them back under control. This month, we'll be channeling all the good Spring Cleaning… » 4/05/14 2:00pm 4/05/14 2:00pm

What To Do When Your Friend Barfs On Your Coat

​Sorcery And Witchcraft: How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

The Fridge and Microwave Are a Disgusting Hellscape. Help Me, Please.

Year Of The Clean Person: This March, Make Your Bed!

Year of the Clean Person is guided yearlong cleaning and organizing project; its focus is on tackling areas or tasks that are often overlooked in daily or weekly cleaning sprees and can be overwhelming when it comes time to rassle them back under control. This month, we'll be working on creating some new habits by… » 3/01/14 3:35pm 3/01/14 3:35pm

Noted Clean Person Jolie Kerr Is Here and Taking Your Questions

Hi ho! Since my book, My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag ... And Other Things You Can't Ask Martha, came out on Tuesday we figured that instead of running a regular edition of Squalor today, I'd hang out here for an hour or so and do a live chat with you. Cool? Cool! » 2/28/14 1:45pm 2/28/14 1:45pm

​Salvaging An Impossibly Dingy Comforter—It Can Be Done!

One Weird Old Trick To Remove White Water Stains From Wood

Year of the Clean Person: This ​February, Reclaim Your Bookshelf

Year of the Clean Person is guided yearlong cleaning and organizing project; its focus is on tackling areas or tasks that are often overlooked in daily or weekly cleaning sprees and can be overwhelming when it comes time to rassle them back under control. This month, we'll be getting our bookshelves in tippy top shape. » 2/01/14 2:00pm 2/01/14 2:00pm

Tips For Removing Goo Buildup On Tables And Cleaning Spice Grinders

Maybe Clean Your Gym Bag and Yoga Mat Every Now and Again?