Ask Melissa

Here are some of the great questions Melissa gets asked and her answers to them. Ask, peruse, enjoy!

Cleaning Greasy Stovetop Grates

Here's a recent exchange we had on our Facebook page: Maura: I was wondering if you can tell me how to clean grease build up on...

Clean Food Off A Burnt Pot Or Pan!

I love to cook, but getting burnt food from pots and pans can be a tricky task. Tamara asks: What’s the best way to clean super...

How to Clean a Shower

One of the most common questions I get asked is how to clean a shower properly. This is definitely one of the jobs that seems harder...

How to Clean Costume Jewelry

Costume jewelry, so pretty and usually cheaper than the real thing. I love it! What I don’t love is when it turns funky colors...

How to Clean Baby & Kids Toys

"How do I clean my kids' toys?" might be one of the questions I'm asked most often. Time and again, my friends (who used...

Clean Your Glass Stovetop

Letting your glass stovetop stay dirty can lead to scratching, pitting—tiny chips, craters, or dents in the glass—and cracking, which means you will need to replace the stovetop...

How To Clean A Toilet in 3 Minutes

Cleaning expert, Melissa Maker, walks you through the products and tools you'll need as well as the simple steps to cleaning a toilet quickly...

Hate the Smell of Vinegar? Here’s How to Mask it!

It's true, I love a good DIY cleaning recipe. It's also true that not everyone likes the smell of vinegar—which happens to be at...

How To Clean a Bathroom

Bathrooms are such a hot topic with our community. I don't know many people that love cleaning bathrooms, and I'd have to say I don't...

Clean Your Diamond Ring!

You finally got the diamond you've been waiting for, and now that you finger (neck, ears, wrist) is bling-tastic, keep it that way by...

How To Make A Bed in Two Minutes!

In the military, a neatly-made bed is a reflection of a soldier's discipline and attention to even the smallest details - they have beds...

How to Clean Oven Racks!

Cleaning those crusty oven racks is one of those cleaning jobs that rarely, if ever, gets done. It also gets the kitchen and bathroom...

Say Goodbye to Greasy Fingerprints!

If you live in a house, you have greasy fingerprints on the wall. You can't avoid them.  And heck, you can't really figure out how...

Wash Windows Like A Pro!

I've been asked a lot lately about cleaning windows and in particular 'what's the best way to clean a window' - so today, I'm...

Clean Your BBQ!

Cleaning a BBQ I love BBQs; the tastes, the smells, the anticipation of a perfectly grilled steak (my steak style is called 'Chicago'; rare on...

My Daily Kitchen Cleaning Routine

The other day I was standing in my kitchen after we had eaten dinner (I get to rest while my husband cleans up), and...