Helping people “do home better” is my purpose here at Housewife How-To’s. In 2015 alone 2,602,299 people turned to this site for advice about how to cook, clean, do laundry, get organized, save money and shop well. That’s over two million unique visitors, which is almost twice as much traffic as the prior two years combined!
Ten posts addressing common homemaking challenges proved to be the most popular content on my blog. While not all of them were actually written in 2015, this was the year that saw them draw in more traffic than anything else on the blog. In case you missed them, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest so you can read them when you have time!
Top 10 Most Popular Posts 2015
1. How to Clean A Keurig
Keurig machines are a convenient way to get a perfect cup of coffee every morning… unless yours has stopped working. Whether it just won’t brew at all, is only brewing a half-cup, or is brewing slowly, How to Clean a Keurig (even if you think it’s broken) has helped literally tens of thousands of people get their machines working like new again.
2. How to Clean a Mattress
We all spend a good part of our lives in bed, making the mattress a prime spot for the accumulation of dust mites. Add in kids, pets, a feverish night or two and you’re basically sleeping on a big sponge filled with mold, mildew, urine, blood, and more. No wonder so many people have sought help finding out how to clean a mattress to freshen theirs and get rid of stains, too.
3. How to Get Rid of Cockroaches
Cockroaches aren’t just ugly: they carry disease, too. Unfortunately, most commercial cockroach sprays are highly toxic and pose a risk to kids and pets. You don’t need to pollute your indoor air to get these pests out of your house. Just follow these tips about how to get rid of cockroaches and whip up some of my non-toxic DIY Roach Killer balls, too!
4. How to Clean Stinky Drains
Given all the things we wash in (and down) them, it’s not surprising that kitchen and bathroom drains get to smelling foul now and then. It’s embarrassing, though, and more than a little unpleasant. Knowing how to clean stinky drains will help you keep those odors away and, as a bonus, your drains will flow more freely, too!
5. How to Get Dried Paint and Other Stains out of Carpet
Many people figure they have to just live with carpet stains that don’t come up with a little soap and water. Not true! As I discovered when getting our home ready for an appraisal, it’s possible to get even dried paint, pet vomit, and old mystery stains out of carpet. Find out the tricks I discovered, and see my Before/After photos, in my post about how to get dried paint and other stains out of carpet.
6. How to Remove Mold from Walls
Whether you’ve had storm damage, a water leak, or just live in a very humid area, you should never leave mold growing on your walls. It doesn’t just potentially cause respiratory distress and skin problems; mold can work its way through drywall to destroy your home’s structure. Fortunately, once you’ve discovered mold growing you can often treat it yourself if you know how to remove mold from walls.
7. How to Get Rid of Shower Mold and Mildew
Since mold and mildew spores spread easily, your shower is another place you don’t want to let them grow. This post about how to get rid of and prevent shower mold and mildew features non-toxic ways to treat the stuff and keep it away for good.
8. How To Get Rid of Spiders
I don’t know anyone who likes finding a spider in their home, particularly in their bedroom. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to understand how unwelcome they area. That’s why these tips about how to get rid of spiders in your home are so helpful to find where and why they’re coming in, then keep them out using non-toxic, kid- and pet-safe methods.
9. How To Get Rid of Fruit Flies
Fruit flies are another household nuisance many of us deal with and sometimes it seems like they’ll never go away. Check out this list of places to clean to find out how to get rid of fruit flies, and don’t forget to use the vinegar traps, too.
10. How to Deodorize Smelly Shoes
You don’t have to be an athlete to find yourself wondering how to deodorize smelly shoes. Even house slippers get smelly! I’ve got some great tricks to getting the funk out without ruining your favorite pair of sneakers or slippers, one of which takes absolutely no effort at all!
What’s in store for 2016?
It’s so satisfying to know I’m helping people solve domestic challenges! Based on what you’ve found helpful, I’ve planned even more great content for the coming year. Some of the things in store for 2016:
• I’ve got another book coming out in both paperback and Kindle format during the first quarter of the new year (which will join my other publications).
• My weekly newsletter sharing cleaning routines and links will also begin featuring a weekly menu plan.
• The site will be getting a whole new look to make it sleeker, beautiful, and faster-loading.
• Plus, I’m going to continue sharing recipes and how-to posts to help make your life easier!