Q: I am often ill and overexertion makes me worse. When I’m having a bad time, the house gets squalid. Then when I feel better I CAN’T marathon, but slow and steady is slow. Are things like floor wipes and bathroom cleaning wipes really, really awful?
A: It’s really easy for someone to say, “Yes, those things are awful. Never use them.” But that’s not the whole story. It never is. Read More Ask UfYH: Taking Shortcuts
Don’t get me wrong; there are plenty of ineffective ways to clean, but most of them involve whatever you’re cleaning ending up dirtier than when you started. For almost everything, though, there’s no one correct way to clean something, and thinking that there is just leads to a whole lot of nothing getting done. Read More Ask UfYH: There’s No Right Way to Clean
Q: My friend’s house is a total wreck. She wants to clean it up, but it’s very daunting and no one else who she lives with will help her. I want to help her clean, but she’s embarrassed about the house and won’t let me inside. Is there anything I could do or say so I can help her? Read More Ask UfYH: How Do I Help My Friend With Her Messy House?
Q: This is probably cheating somehow, but say I only have the energy or the inclination to clean five minutes at a time. And those times aren’t really close together. What can I do that will make the most difference?
A: That’s not cheating, my friend. That’s life. We’re busy people who really don’t want to clean, and anyone who says differently is selling something. Read More Ask UfYH: 5 Things to Clean When You Only Have 5 Minutes
Q: How do I get a pee stain out of a mattress? There isn’t a smell, but there is a stain. Things I have done: put high strength peroxide on it and cleaned it with my mix of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and Dawn, which de-yellows white shirts but will not de-pee my mattress.
Q: How do you get cat pee smell out of a mattress?
Q: I’m giving my mattress and bed frame to a family member, but would like to know if there’s a way to get menstrual stains out of the mattress first.
Read More Ask UfYH: Mattresses are Gross
Q: My husband and I both work full-time and we have two kids (5 and 8). Our schedules are basically the same, and the kids are in school or at my mother-in-law’s house while we’re at work. When we’re home, though, the bulk of dealing with the kids, and ALL of the cooking and cleaning falls to me. My husband says that his job is more demanding than mine is, and that I’m better at the housework than he is. We’ve been together for a long time, and this is really the only sticking point in our marriage. How do I make him see that this arrangement is unfair to me?
A: IT IS 2015. HOW IS THIS A THING THAT IS STILL HAPPENING HOLY CRAP THIS IS SUCH BULLSHIT I CAN’T EVEN STAND IT. Read More Ask UfYH: Seriously, Enough With the Gender Role Crap Already
So maybe you haven’t been keeping up on your housekeeping routine as much as you’d like. Which is all well and good, but you just found out you’re having company in a few hours. There may not be time to do a top-to-bottom emergency unfucking, but you can fake a clean house with just a few easy steps. Read More Ask UfYH: Easy Ways to Fake a Clean House
Q: So this is embarrassing. I never learned how to clean a bathroom. It seems like it should be common sense, but now that I’m living on my own, I’m not exactly sure I’m doing it right. Help?
A: It’s not embarrassing; you just never learned it. And it’s never too late to learn. Let’s break it down. Read More Ask UfYH: Bathroom Cleaning 101