AUGUST 26, 2014

3 WAYS TO MAKE LAUNDRY EASIER

I’m always looking for ways to make homekeeping easier, simpler, and a little more enjoyable.  Laundry seems to be everyone’s homekeeping nemesis, so today I’m sharing a few ideas for making it easier to “take a load off”.

  1. GET OTHERS INVOLVED.
    • Much easier said than done, getting others involved is critical to making laundry easier.  Even little ones can help by pairing up socks and putting socks and undies in drawers.  As kids get older, they can put away folded clothes and then they can fold and put away their own clothes.
    • Only buy one type of sock and put them in a basket instead of pairing up and folding.  Choose a brand and stock up when they’re on sale.  If all the socks are identical (my favorite is just white sport socks) then they can be tossed in a basket or drawer without folding and sorting.
    • Use a shared closet for kids to keep folding and putting away clothes easier.  If there’s only one place to put clothes away it’ll keep it easier for folding and returning clothing.  This is a great idea for families with children close in age that might share clothing anyway and/or if closet space is at a minimum.
  2. MINIMIZE THE LAUNDRY PROCESS.
    • Wash every day clothes on cold to keep sorting and separating at a minimum.
    • Have less clothing – less clothing is less washing.   Before school starts is a great time to sort and purge extra clothing, especially for the little ones.
    • Only wash clothing when it’s dirty – a sweater, sweatshirt or jeans can most likely be worn more than once before it’s put in the wash.
  3. SPREAD IT OUT.
    • My favorite laundry tip of all time – do at least one load of laundry from start to finish, (washed, dried, folded, and put away) every single day.   I know that this might sound daunting at first, but doing a little bit every day is easier (for me) than doing all the laundry on one day.  I get easily overwhelmed and if I do all the laundry on one day it will just end up in baskets, unfolded and not put away.

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August 20,2014 


5 WAYS TO KEEP EVERYONE’S CLOTHING ORGANIZED

  1. DONATE BASKET OR BIN – Keep a small donate basket or bin in each family member’s closet – when it’s filled up bring the contents to your favorite donation spot or give to a friend or family member.
  2. PASS DOWN BIN – If you have younger children or are saving clothes for other children, keep a bin in the closet pre-labeled and ready to be put into storage.  When your child outgrows outfits put them in the bin and when the bin is filled up bring the bin to its storage spot.  This is also a great solution for maternity clothing too!
  3. HAVE LESS – Frustrated by too many choices and lots of laundry?  Pare down what you and your family members have be deciding what you really need and are actually wearing.  Go through closets and donate or toss outgrown and worn out clothing.  Once you’ve purged clothing that is obviously not worth holding onto, determine what you haven’t worn in 6 months and and donate or toss those items.  Not sure if you should keep something?  Turn the hanger around – if you or a family member doesn’t wear the clothing in a month or two, find a new home for it.
  4. GROUP CLOTHING – Clothing is easier to find when it’s grouped with like articles of clothing – long sleeved shirts together, short sleeved shirts together, pants together, etc.  Put clothing in its proper spot every time and you’ll always be able to locate that favorite article of clothing in minutes.
  5. COMPARTMENTS – Add small baskets and bins to drawers to keep socks, undies, t-shirts and other items separated and easy to find.

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cleaning calendar

daily:

morning:
make beds
wipe bathroom counters/sinks
empty dishwasher
one load of laundry
chore of the day


night:
load dishwasher
wipe kitchen counters
quick-sweep/spot clean kitchen floor
pickup baskets


weekly:


Monday - vacuum
Tuesday
- clean mirrors and windows
Wednesday
- scrub toilets and tubs
Thursday
- mop floors
Friday- swing day
Saturday- catch-up day

swing day:


1st wipe down furniture and cabinets
2nd scrub oven, microwave, and fridge
3rd wipe down walls, baseboards,and doors
4th spot clean upholstery and rugs

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Tip #5:  Using vinegar to clean Stainless Steele

  • Soak a sponge or cloth in vinegar and wipe surface down, then buff dry with a dry cloth.

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​Tip #6:  Removing mineral deposits from Shower Heads

  • Pour 1/2 cup of warm vinegar into a resealable plastic bag. Drop in the shower head making sure the holes are submerged, and seal the bag. Let it sit for 1 hour, rinse and wipe clean.



Tips for cleaning 

June 1, 2014 

Tips for cleaning with Vinegar


Tip #1: Using vinegar to clean floors

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 gallon water​

Tip #2: Using vinegar to clean Dishwater

  • Put vinegar inside the empty machine and running it through a whole cycle.

Tip #3: Using vinegar to clean Coffee Maker

  • Fill the water reservoir with vinegar and then running the brewing.

​​TIp #4: Using vinegar to clean Microwave

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ​In a bowl place vinegar and water and bring it to a boil inside the microwave.



July 2,2014 
Acrylic paint on clothing
Just dab with some rubbing alcohol

Air vents
You’re breathing in all that nasty dust and gray gunk! A rag, a knife, and some 409 should do the trick.
Armpit stains (Ewww)
1 tsp dawn dish washing detergent, 3-4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide, and a couple tablespoons of baking soda- then scrub.
Scouring paste
Scour tough dirt and rust stains with a mixture of salt and lemon juice.

Breakup clogs with baking soda and vinegar
Use cleaner to break up clogs per ½ cups baking soda pour into the drains followed by 1/2 cup vinegar.
Wait 15 minutes and then flush with four cups of boiling water (or hot tap water for plastic drains)  

Wash windows with vinegar and cornstarch
Windows cleaner: mix together ½ cup white vinegar 1 tbsp. cornstarch and 2 cups warm water in a spray bottle. Shake well to dissolve cornstarch.

Remove hard water stain with baking soda and vinegar
Sink, stainless steel, and grout cleaner to remove hard water from your sink, make a paste with baking soda and water. Using a toothbrush gently scrub the paste into your sink paring small amount of white vinegar onto the paste to help with tough stains.

Disinfect toilet bowls with tea tree oil
Toilet cleaner- combine 2 tbsp. tea tree oil and 2 cups water in a spray bottle, shake, and let sit for 30 minutes before flushing or scrubbing.

Garbage disposal freshener
Use lemon for garbage disposal freshener. Cut lemon into slices and run through the disposal for a fresh clean scent

Dissolve soap scum with dish soap and vinegar
-Soap scum dissolver: heat 1 cup of white vinegar in the microwave and then combine in a spray bottle with 1 cup dish detergent. Spray in your shower or sink and wait one minute before wiping off. 

Disinfect surfaces with tea tree oil and dish soap
-Natural disinfectant: to knock out germs and icky bacteria, mix together, 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons dish soap and 20 to 30 drops of tea tree oil. 

Remove grease stains with cornstarch
-Grease stain remover sprinkle cornstarch onto fresh grease spots and let sit for 20-30 min.
Before vacuuming
Especially if you have pets, rely on natural antiseptic and grime fighting ingredients is an important step to take for a safe home and happier planet. 

-Scrub the inside of your stove with a baking soda-water paste.

-Clean greasy gas burners in a sealed plastic bag with
ammonia. 
June 3, 2014
Useful list of Cleaning Tricks 

Tip #1: Using Baking Soda as a tub scrubber

  • Rub tub stains away by creating a paste made up of equal parts of baking soda and of tartar and lemon juice
  • ​Let it sit for 30 minutes, then rinse.


​Tip #2: Using white bead as glass magnet

  • The next time a tumbler fakes a tumble, sponge up the shards with a slice of bead even the tiny lines will cling to it.


Tip #3: Collapsible Laundry bins as Garbage bins

  • During seasonal cleaning binges, soft sided, handled laundry loins can double as trash cans.





July 17, 2014
15 spring cleaning tips


1.  Gather your supplies!!!

Make sure you are stocked up on all your favorite cleaning surprise, paper towels, sponges, etc.
if I don’t have something I need, I am more likely to put it off and save it for a rainy day. Be prepared before you dive into the big job of spring cleaning!!!


2.   Do your spring cleaning and organizing over time.

It is hard to do such a big task in one day. Create a schedule or list. I write what I want to do in my planner, that way I might actually do it because I wrote it down. One day do bathrooms, another bedrooms, or however you need to pace it out to get it all done right.


3.  Get the right junk in the right place.

I am a great pile maker. I make a pile for the office, to go downstairs, to put in the bedroom. This is great, but it also makes spring cleaning hard. All the piles and junk everywhere get in the way. Get the junk into its proper place. If it goes in the craft room get it to the craft room so you can organize while you clean.


4.   Do each room one at a time.

I’ve decided I get distracted. I get focused on cleaning, but instead of focusing my energy in one room I try to do it all at once and then at the end of the day, I have a semi clean house, but no one room is completely done. Start with one room and do it
until it is completely finished and clean. This will give greater satisfaction that you’ve accomplished a whole room, when you do reward yourself! You deserve it!


5.  Throw out crap as you go.

Whether your throw it in the trash, donate to goodwill or have a garage sale. Round up the crap and get rid of it. It holds you down and makes it harder to have a clean home. As you deep clean this spring ask yourself if you’ve used something in the last 6 months. If you haven’t and you’re pretty sure you could live without it, toss it.


6.  Start from the top and work down.

In each room start high up with light fixtures, then windows and blinds on down to the baseboards and floors. This is the law of gravity. If you vacuum your floors and then wipe the blades of your ceiling fan off, chances are you are going to
have to vacuum again. Make it easier on yourself. Do things in a progressive order top to bottom.


7.  Move your furniture.

When used to dust as a child, I thought you just had to get all the visible dust and you were good. Just wipe around all the books and stuff on the tables decorations. Those things need to be move if not there is still a bunch of dust that gets missed. Same goes for furniture. Move it.  


8. Wash everything.

I mean it. Walls, cupboards, sheets, mattress pads pillows bed spreads, drapes. It will leave your house with the fresh smell of laundry and spring.


9. Solve problems.

Our big problem: SHOES. They seem to end up everywhere. By every door. In the middle of the kitchen. Never on feet just spread across the house. Ok ok part of it is my fault but we all could improve right? My solution: a shoe rack near the garage door. I don’t know if it will work yet but I am going to try it and see. I will put our most used shoes on
the rack all others go to closets. Solving problems like this will make it easier to keep your home clean. On the flip side, if you have s problem you’ve fixed it but the solution isn’t working, don’t be afraid to change it again.


10. Get creative with your cleaning supplies.

Use things that you wouldn’t normally use to clean. I love to use an old or cheap toothbrush to get in little corners, cracks and crevices. 


11. Air your house out.

Even if it is a bit chilly I love to get the windows open while I am cleaning. It brings a nice breeze to get rid of the stale closed up all winter air. Hang out things that can’t be washed like dry clean only beds spreads, pillows large area rugs. Get that spring fresh outdoors scent and bring it inside.


12. Touch up paint.

So this may not be cleaning, but it may as well be. I have a couple of places where the paint has been nicked around my
house. It is driving me crazy. My eyes go rich to the nicks. Touching up these nicks is like icing on a spring cleaning cake.


13. Tighten screws, change light bulbs, an d check smoke detectors.

Ok I’m weird. These things are just good things to check right now. Make sure things are working properly. Or if something has gone undone all winter that needs you attention, schedule it on your spring cleaning schedule.

Like change that hard to get light bulb on your porch. Do it you will feel better.


 14. Create a Weekly/Daily cleaning schedule.

After your house is all spotless from spring cleaning, maintain it. Maintenance is key. It will make the deep cleaning an easy thing rather than a huge chore every few months.  Find what works best for you. Do you like to get all your cleaning done in one day, or do you like to spread it out doing a little bit each day? Whatever your cleaning style: Make a plan.


15. Don’t do it all alone.

Enlist your husband, boyfriend, roommates, and/or kids. Maybe ask a friend to help your and then do the same for her. I always find it easier to keep going when someone is helping me out.


I hope this helps you to tackle your spring cleaning
organization this year. 


June 3, 2014
Tips for cleaning with Salt 

Tip #1: Removing perspiration stains.

  • Add 4 tablespoons of salt to one quart of hot water, soak fabric until stain fades.


​Tip #2: Use lemon and salt to clean stains and marks off your cutting boards and butcher blocks. 


Tip #3: Gently scrub the inside of your tea or coffee stained mugs with salt and a damp cloth to 

remove stains.


Tip #4: Use 1/2 a lemon dipped in salt to scour rust off a porcelain sink.


Tip #5: Use 1/2 of a lemon dipped in salt to scrub away lime buildup around your faucets.




JULY 31, 2014 

Weekly Room Cleaning Tip

  • Remove any hanging drapes, curtains, shower curtains, etc. and place in the Washing Machine if they are washable.  Dry on a low heat setting and remove before they are completely dry and re-hang.  This will minimize shrinkage and keep your ironing board away.
  • Wash any pillows.
  • Rotate/flip and sofa pillows.
  • Dust from the top down – ceilings and corners are first.  Dust walls if you need to.  Then move to dust and polish flat surfaces.  Use a lint roller to clean your lampshades.
  • Vacuum or wash vents.
  • Vacuum corners and baseboards.
  • Wash baseboards.
  • Vacuum floors.
  • Wash floors.
  • If you’re cleaning a bathroom, move on to clean the tub, shower, toilet, sink.
  • Remove any hanging drapes, curtains, shower curtains, etc. and place in the WASHING MACHINE if they are washable.  Dry on a low heat setting and remove before they are completely dry and re-hang.  This will minimize shrinkage and keep your ironing board away.
  • Wash any pillows.
  • Rotate/flip MATTRESS and sofa pillows.
  • Dust from the top down – ceilings and corners are first.  Dust walls if you need to.  Then move to dust and polish flat surfaces.  Use a lint roller to clean your lampshades.
  • Vacuum or wash vents.
  • Vacuum corners and baseboards.
  • Wash baseboards.
  • Vacuum floors.
  • Wash floors.
  • If you’re cleaning a bathroom, move on to clean the tub, shower, toilet, sink.
  • July 1,2014 


    Weekly Cleaning Schedule

    Mondays: Vacuum house thoroughly - vacuum each room, occasionally do vents and curtains and window crevices. (total time: 25-30 minutes depending on house size).
    Tuesdays: Dust house ( total time: 15 minutes depending on knock knack amount) occasionally wipe down nice furniture with polish.
    Wednesday: Clean back bathroom including toilet, counters, mirror, tub, shower, and clean floors. (total time: 15-20 minutes)
    Thursdays: Clean front bathroom including toilet, counters, mirror, shower, and floors. ( total time: 15-20 minutes)
    Fridays: Clean kitchen-mop floor and clean counter tops with bleach product. ( total time: 15-20 minutes)
    Weekends: Other small projects or NOTHING at all!!
    **Maintain house daily by picking up things and
    IMMEDIATELY putting items away or in a basket to take upstairs or to other rooms. Throw junk mail away immediately and sort out incoming mail.btitl


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    August 6, 2014

    How to clean out your fridge


    Step 1: Take everything out. Throw away anything that has expired or is not in good condition.


    Step 2: Deep clean the fridge. remove shelves and drawers. This is a pain that will pay off in the end. Use hot water and soap to do the DEEP CLEANING. For those areas that are perhaps more dirty use lemon.


    Step 3: Use wax paper to protect your fridge shelves and the bottom of your drawers. Wax paper works the best. It wont stick to the glass and looks fresh and bright.

    ​Step 4: Use sandwich bags ( Fold top closure) to wrap butter, cheese, and vegetables.  This is the best dollar you will ever spend. It is quick, easy, keeps your food fresh longer and your fridge odor free.


    Step 5:  Use small bottles for ketchup, mayo, and mustard. They work perfect for kids and thy are pretty much mess free.


    Step 6:  Use big plastic containers to store your bottles and smaller one for snacks, butter sticks, and to keep your veggies and fruits organized. Use smaller containers for smaller items. Also veggies and fruits are a lot easier to find. Just put the container out and pick what you need.


    Step 7:  Before you go shopping take a look at what you have. This not only will save you money but will help you to keep the amount of food in your fridge under control.


    Following these simple Steps we went from a mess to the cleanest fridge we have ever had. 


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    June 25, 2014


    • Shine your stainless steal with baby oil!
    • Use foil to clean glass bakeware.
    • Clean stove burners and gates effortlessly with ammonia.
    • Use shoe polish as furniture polish


    Vanilla as Freezer Freshener

    • Trade frostbite funk for a more pleasing freezer scent by wiping the inside of the icebox with an extract dampened cotton cloth.


    Vinegar as Odor Remover

    • After chopping onions, scrub your hands with salt and a splash of vinegar to eliminate the smell.


    Make cleaning your Computer Keys simple:

    • slide a 2 1/2 inch strip of tape between the rows of your keyboard the Adhesive side will remove dust and crumbs.

    august 5, 2014 


    Pillow Cleaning Routine:

    Step 1 – Wash:

    Remove the pillowcase and pillow protector. You will want to use the most liquid gentle detergent you have, avoiding harsh detergents loaded with stain removers and scents. Set your washer on the gentle, warm water cycle as well as it’s largest capacity. Put in the detergent and allow the washer to begin filling before putting in your pillows. Wash no more than two to three average pillows at a time to guarantee a thorough cleaning.

    Step 2 – Rinse:

    After your washer has completed it’s cycle, run it through the rinse cycle again. This is to make sure that the detergent is thoroughly removed from the interior of the pillow. Due to their thickness and density, pillows require a bit more care to be thoroughly cleaned. I like to run my spin cycle twice as well to remove any excess water.

    Step 3 – Dry:

    Upon finishing the washing portion of cleaning your pillows, it’s time to dry them. If your pillow is foam, you will want to line dry or hang your pillow to dry as a trip through the dryer would cause the material to melt. For other synthetic materials, dry on a low to medium heat cycle and avoid any high heat. Down and natural materials can’t stand much heat, so set your dryer on Air and allow them to dry thoroughly. If you would like to fluff up your pillows again, put a couple tennis balls in some socks and toss them in to agitate and return the fibers to their natural state. Stop the dryer every 30 minutes to rotate the pillows around to make sure that they dry thoroughly.


    august 4, 2014 


    The Ultimate WINDOW CLEANER Recipe:
    • 16 oz+ Spray Bottle
    • 1/4 c. White Vinegar
    • 20 Drops of Pure Lemon Essential Oil (You may eliminate, if you don’t want to add an aroma)
    • Fill with warm Water (16 oz total – including vinegar)
    • Shake well

    Before

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    august 6, 2014 


    10 WAYS TO CLEAN WITH VINEGAR

  • Dishwatermeasure 1 cup of vinegar and pour in the bottom of your EMPTY dishwater . Run as usual.
  • Washing Machine –measure ½ cup vinegar and ½ cup water and put in your detergent drawer (for front loaders) or right in the wash basin for top loaders. Run through a normal cycle. When the cycle has completed, wipe the rubber seal with a wet cloth and leave the door open to air out.
  • Floors – The correct ratio of water to white vinegar is ½ cup white vinegar to 1 gallon of warm/hot water. You can see how I wash my hardwood floors here. (If you are washing your hardwood floors, make sure they are sealed before trying this.)
  • Refrigerator –mix one tablespoon vinegar to 16 ounces water and put in a spray bottle – spray on shelves and walls on interior of refrigerator and wipe clean. This same solution can also be used on the exterior of your refrigerator.
  • Stainless Steel –mix one tablespoon vinegar to 16 ounces water and put in a spray bottle – spray on a microfiber cloth and wipe clean.
  • Coffee Maker – fill coffee pot with equal parts water and vinegar. Pour in the water dispenser and run coffee pot as normal. Empty water and vinegar from coffee pot and run 2-3 cycles with just water. Wipe with clean, wet dish cloth until clean.
  • Carpet –use an equal parts ratio of water to vinegar and rinse thoroughly. I use this in my carpet cleaning machine and I love that there isn’t a soapy residue to collect dirt after the carpet has been cleaned.
  • Garbage Disposal –pour ¼ cup vinegar in disposal and let sit for a couple minutes. Run cold water in disposal and turn on disposal to clean.
  • Toilets –pour ½ cup to a cup in the toilet bowl. Let sit for a couple hours, swish and flush.
  • Tile and grout (sealed) –make a past of baking soda and vinegar and scrub on scummy tile. Rinse with warm water.
  • June 24, 2014

    House Cleaning List


    Weekly:
    - dust all hard surfaces
    -vacuum or mop the floor
    -wipe down the appliances
    -wipe down the counters
    -scrub and disinfect the toilet
    -scrub and disinfect the shower and bath tub
    -change the sheets
    -check and empty the garbage as needed


    Monthly:
    - vacuum
    -wipe and disinfect the wastebaskets
    -wipe and disinfect the doorknobs
    -wipe and dust ceiling fans
    -scrub clean the stove burner
    -dust the moldings
    -wipe down fronts of kitchen cabinets
    -clean out the drains


    Every 3 to 6 months:
    -launder or hand wash the curtains
    -wipe and disinfect the wastebaskets
    -wipe and disinfect the doorknobs
    -wipe and dust ceiling fans
    -scrub the stove and burner
    -dust the moldings
    - wipe down fronts of kitchen cabinets
    - clean out drains

    Every 6 to 12 months:
    -clean the oven
    - wash and clean the lamp shades
    -sponge clean washable upholstery
    -wash or dry clean pillows
    -launder or dry clean comforters
    -wash fabric shades
    - empty and clean cabinets
    -scrub tile grout
    -wash and dry filter of the stove hood

    Every year:
    -professionally clean the rugs
    -professionally clean the upholstery every year
    - professionally clean the carpets
    - professionally  clean fabric shades
    -touch up needed floors
    -wash the walls
    -clean pantry thoroughly
    -professionally clean the drapes every  2 years