It’s happened to all of us (even me!): You’re traveling to a tropical locale for a much needed sit-on-the-beach-and-drink-umbrella-cocktails vacation, and your sunscreen explodes all over your luggage en route. Total nightmare time. (Today is the day that we will all commit to a lifetime of packing our suntan lotion in Ziploc bags.)

For the latest edition of my new podcast, join me and my guest Jen Doll, author of Save The Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest, as we discuss sunscreen disasters and other suitcase mishaps, including the case of one poor reader whose cat used his luggage as a litter box.

This week’s Cleancast also requires a NSFW warning, as Jen and I got really, really real about the female troubles, if you will, that can stem from hand washing your drawers while on the road. I offered up my DIY laundering tips, as well as the suggestion that if you’re doing your wash on the go, you opt for a scent- and dye-free powdered detergent for the best results.

You can listen here or download the podcast over at the iTunes store. Do you like what you hear? Please consider leaving a rating in iTunes, and help us spread the word about my dirty little cleaning show.


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Jolie Kerr is Deadspin’s resident cleaning expert and the author of the book My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag … And Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha (Plume). Follow her on Twitter, or contact her via email at


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