How to Clean Your Cutting Boards (5 photos)

Cutting boards take a lot of abuse — they’re designed to handle cutting, smashing, even pulverizing. It’s important to keep them up to the task by making sure they’re properly cleaned and sanitized. Cutting boards made of wood or plastic are porous to varying degrees and require different cleaning techniques....

How to Clean Your Fireplace Surround (7 photos)

There are few better ways to spend a chilly winter’s day than in front of a cozy fireplace. But even if you use your fireplace only once or twice a season, it still needs to be cleaned and cared for correctly. Of all the things you can clean with just soap and water, soot is not one of them. Cleaning...

The 12 Stains of Christmas (13 photos)

The holidays can bring joyous moments. Those fireplace gatherings also can leave soot behind, decorated trees produce sticky sap, and those bûches de Noël can leave chocolate stains on the tablecloth. But don’t let these things get you down. Here’s how to beat the 12 stains of Christmas.