Ask a Clean Person: Holiday Disasters 2012

Happy just-about-holidays, everyone! Here we are, facing another holiday season full of potential cleaning disasters. But this year we're getting a jump on things so you can be PREPARED. In the spirit of preparation, a festive reminder for you that topics covered last year included Menorah wax, massive butter spills in the kitchen, frosting on fabric, pine sap on everything, stains on ties, and barf on green corduroy party shorts. READ MORE

I'm Redecorating My Living Room*


A Salem-Lover's Tourism Guide

With the exception of Sainte Chapelle in Paris, Salem, Massachusetts, is my favorite place in the entire world. You'd have to be very hard of heart to argue with the winning combination of witches and salt water taffy. READ MORE

Ask a Clean Person: Autumnal Cleaning Conundrums

It's that time of year, brrr, and I'm cleaning all our fall coats. I notice that both my boyfriend’s raincoat and mine have big DRY CLEAN ONLY labels, but are both made of polyester/nylon, so the ‘dry clean only’ seems a crock (I always prefer to hand or machine wash when possible, because we have a washing machine at home, and I am both lazy and cheap, and dislike extra chemicals). Given the material, it seems like I should be able to do this at home EXCEPT!: Does the raincoat have some sort of coating which boosts its magical raincoat waterproofness, such that machine washing would ruin it? I am confused. Help! And thank you! READ MORE

The Hairpin Halloween Advent Calendar: Halloween Confessions

It's our firmly held belief that Hallowe'en is far more important than Christmas, and therefore more deserving of a countdown calendar. It is, after all, the most wonderful time of the year: there are parties and costumes and terrifying things like Martha Stewart, and candy and then more candy and then even more candy, and your ability to consume that much candy is a marvelous thing to behold. READ MORE

Awesomely Spooky Tights

Some people don't love dressing up in costumes. Which is okay! (But weird, you know?) But maybe you'd still like to be a bit festive during the season of the witch? How about donning a pair of spooky tights? We suggest you wear these year-round, really. READ MORE

Pumpkin Carving for the 21+ Set


"Pumpkin" Pies

This is so dumb easy that I'm ashamed I didn't think of it before. READ MORE

Ask a Clean Person: Still With the Armpits

Apparently it's still summer, and apparently I'm still banging on about your armpits. How's about that?! READ MORE

Ask a Clean Person: 'Pits, Revisited

It's almost August, which means I've been sweating like my Slavic farmer forebears for months now. All the t-shirts (cotton!) that I bought at the beginning of the summer have gross pit stains! And not just a little discoloration on the lighter ones, but whitish, hardened patches as if the deodorant isn't washing out all the way! I've always used Tide detergent, and usually wash my shirts on cool with jeans and stuff. I've tried some Arm & Hammer "wash boost" and washing them on hot, but that didn't work. Can the damage be undone? If not, what can I do with my next round of shirts so they don't get ruined after one summer?? READ MORE