Ask Melissa

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

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 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...

The Secret to a Streak-Free Mirror

A streaky mirror is not a clean mirror, despite the number of times you've tried cleaning it. Streaks are frustrating, unsightly and off-putting.  We all...

The Best Litter Box Cleaning Routine

Well, I'll admit it, I love my cats. I never liked cats before I had my own; in fact I remember being horrified when I...

Keeping Things Clean While Travelling

When you really start to think about it, traveling is crusty. I always feel I need to say this so that you understand: I...

How to Clean Your Garage

Garage cleaning. Just hearing those two words makes me shudder. I would rather clean anything – ANYTHING – before tackling my garage. But if we...

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...

Dealing With Moldy Bath Mats | Q&A

Mold in the bathroom is a common problem—it's a high humidity area that is constantly facing a barrage of water, bacteria and other fun stuff....

Essential Oils & Your Pets | Q&A

We love using essential oils here at the CMS HQ to add a little zing to our DIY cleaning products—they not only smell great, but...

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...

iPhone 5 Care & Cleaning Guide

I just got an iPhone 5 to replace my very old school iPhone 3Gs 8 gig (I know, how DID I survive)?   And...

How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

Cleaning expert Melissa Maker shows us how to easily clean stainless steel appliances! What you'll need: Stainless steel 2 microfibre cloths (1 wet and 1 dry) Dish soap Olive...

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

I have been asked the following question a bazillion times: 'Melissa, you always talk about cleaning with vinegar and the problem is, I can't...

Move in Cleaning Routine (Moving Series Part 3)

Welcome to part three of this info-packed series all about how to get ready for a home sale and a move. In my 10+ years...

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...

4 Simple & Safe Ways to Care for Your Kitchen Finishes!

I've been going through one heck of a kitchen renovation, and it's pretty much done (yay!).  I am so pleased with the results, and...