shoe free home

What is your shoe rule? Off at the door always? Only when it’s muddy? Off before hitting carpet? That’s ours. They are always off by the time we make it to carpet. Wood and tile are just easier to clean up so we’ve gotten lax in those areas. This video from The Alternative Daily has four reasons why your shoes should stay by the door no matter what.

There are so many germs and bacteria! One way to reduce bringing them into our homes, simple as it sounds, is just by taking shoes off. Our shoes can track in pesticides which can hurt pets and small children. We can also pick up feces (eewwww) on the bottom of our shoes. Another very practical reason, is dirt. We all know that one. Less dirt equals less cleaning. I’m on board with that!

Now that your shoes will be off, you need some cute slippers. Check out these warm and fuzzy DIY ones.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!


Oh, how badly I have been waiting for this info! Oil stains are my enemy. Set in stains are my absolute laundry nemesis! How is it that people (my husband) don’t think about pre-treating stains? Don’t they know how impossible it is to get them out after they have been washed? Needless to say, people in my family wear clothing that have tiny stains. Until now that is!

What do you need? Liquid dish soap, WD-40, Baking Soda, a toothbrush (one you won’t be using anymore), Q-tips, and a piece of cardboard. Guess what? I have all of those things! I also have my favorite blue sweatshirt that has a butter stain on it. Perfect! I can try this out first hand and let you know how it works.

The Cleaning Institute has some other tips on stain removal that you need to bookmark for the next laundry day. Their stain removal chart has info for removing everything from grass to gravy stains. Lol. There is even some information on how to get typewriter correction fluid out of clothes. I’m thinking that one might not be needed that much anymore. Haha!

Here’s the link to the full tutorial…

TipHero: How To Remove Set In Oil Stains (photo tutorial)


Deep cleaning? Those two words I hate with the passion! Don’t we all! Blech. Sadly, it isn’t something reserved for the spring. We need to deep clean our home more than once a year. Good thing I budget for a housekeeper. Lol. Just for special occasions (birthdays, major holidays, spring time, etc.) This roundup from Diply might make deep cleaning more enjoyable for those times when I have to DIY it, which is most of the time. Booo. I need all the tips that I can get!

These hacks aren’t for everyday cleaning. No one needs to steam the grease out of the carpet or remove coaster rings every day but these are for those cleaning days when you decide to go all out and tackle those really annoying and difficult projects. Did you know that you can use vegetable oil to get rid of oily dust? Or that cream of tartar can make your appliances shine? Interesting! I’m going to have to try a few of these babies out! Here are just a few more cleaning hacks to add to your arsenal. You can never have too many.

Here’s the link to all 17 hacks…

Diply: 17 Deep-Cleaning Hacks For Your Home


Did you know that you can clean your bathroom with just two ingredients? It’s true! And because you’re are so smart I bet you can guess what they are. Vinegar and Water. It’s a 50/50 solution that does wonders. For harder stains use hot water. Let your mixture stand for 10-15 minutes before scrubbing away.

This video from DIY Network also has tips on how to clean your showerhead (with vinegar), Unclog your drain (using vinegar of course), and deodorize the toilet and get rid of lime and rust build up (with vinegar of course). What would DIYers do without vinegar? Probably shrivel up and die.

What is vinegar? The Vinegar Institute can explain it to you. It has info on the different types, formal standards, and so much more. Good to know! Another fun bit of info to have is how it’s made. Check it out here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!


Ugh! I hate cleaning my house. Beyond vacuuming dusting, and sweeping the floors. I would much rather have someone else do it. It’s amazing how much dirt a husband and two kids can drag into a house. Okay, I’m probably responsible for some of the dirt too. Hiring a cleaning service has it’s benefits, but they don’t always do the deep deep stuff. If they do you will pay through the nose for it. (Why is that a saying?)

Time to give your house a deep cleaning. Don’t delay. You know you have been putting it off for too long already. Here are some great tips to clean the most neglected areas of your home. Be forewarned, these are the areas you have no desire to clean. You might not even know you need to, or even can, clean them. Here is another list of places that could use some cleaning that are often neglected too.

Here’s the link to all 16 ideas…

Diply: 16 Ways To Deep Clean Your Bathroom (And Keep It Clean!)


I played with all sorts of slimy stuff as a kid. Sticky, stretchy, moddable, gelatinous blobs have always been popular. I don’t have a clue why that is. It’s fun to play with but now there is another use for it…cleaning!

Cleaning slime is an interesting idea. Stores sell it, so why not make your own? It’s cheaper, incredibly easy, and so fun to make! Have your kids help out with this one…everyone will have a blast! You will need a measuring cup, water, a bowl, Borax, glue (white or clear school grade), and food coloring (Neon pink for me). This would be perfect for getting crumbs out of hard to reach places! I’m thinking keyboards and center consoles. Lol. What a great idea!

There is a similar version you can make without the Borax too. It’s main ingredient is liquid starch. Find that recipe here.

Here’s the link to the tutorial…

FaithTap: DIY Goop For Household Cleaning


Green and chemical free is the way to be. At least it’s all the rage these days. Me and mine aren’t on board with the gluten-free trend but we are all about natural cleaning products. There are so many nasty carcinogens everywhere and if I can eliminate even one or two that’s a huge win in my book.

This DIY cleaner is like a science experiment volcano. Remember those? If yes, you’ll recall that when you combine vinegar and baking soda you get a foaming frothy mess that has a mind of it’s own. Pouring that down your drain when there is a clog will work wonders! Simple and easy. Two of my favorite things. Speaking of cleaning, the bathrooms are looking less that their best. Time to break out the cleaners and get to scrubbing.

Not to be a buzzkill…but you should check out this link. And this one. Harmful chemicals are hiding everywhere. Even in some brands of toothpaste. Don’t get me wrong, I still buy shampoo, toothpaste, etc, but I’m just a little more careful about what’s in them these days and you should be too.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!


Cleaning as a kid: 1% cleaning, 30% complaining, and 69% playing with newly found treasure. Cleaning as an adult: backbreaking hard work, frustrating things that never get clean, and kids wreaking havoc two minutes after the job is done. Lol. Those are two very different ways of looking at things. Wouldn’t it be nice if cleaning could be easier? What do you think life-hacks are for? To make our lives (and especially cleaning) so much better!

I’m so glad that I stumbled across this roundup! Hooray! It has tips on how to clean grout, window tracks, microfiber couches, water stains, permanent marker, and other annoying dirty things. I think I’d rather pay someone to deep clean the house but since I can only do that once in a while these will come in handy when I find the energy to deep clean.

Since I was looking at cleaning stuff…I decided to look for DIY cleaners. These are all natural and will leave your home sparkling. Check out all 42 recipes here.

Here’s the link to all 19 cleaning tips…

Diply: 19 Ways To Conquer The Hard To Clean Things In Your Home


Take a look at these 25 tips that will help get some of the tougher places around your home clean. Lot’s of these things I had no idea you could clean so thoroughly! My cutting board? Really? I normally just use the dishwasher. This is just one of the ideas.

Just in time for spring cleaning! Well, maybe just in time for your early summer cleaning. Where has the time gone? With Memorial Day coming up this weekend spring is officially over. Did you get all your spring cleaning done already? These are going to help if you have fallen behind.

I hate hate hate cleaning the toilet. I have broken toilet brushes scrubbing the ring. Did you know your Magic Erasers will erase a toilet ring without scrubbing. Those things truly are magic! Huffington Post has five other ways to clean the toilet. See which ones work best here.

Here’s the link to all 25 cleaning hacks…

Diply: 25 Thorough Cleaning Tricks For The Neat Freak

salt iron

My mother is an avid ironer, as was my grandmother before her. Tragically, the gene did not pass to me. I guess it’s not that tragic. Who really likes ironing? It’s a necessary evil that can’t always be avoided. Yuck! Another painful chore related to ironing is cleaning the dumb iron. (Are my true feelings coming out yet?) When it has to be done, do it the easy way! Next time it is on your to-do list, try this simple hack, use regular table salt. You will be surprised by the results!

Cleaning hack 101. Be creative, use what you’ve got, work smarter not harder. Get your nasty old iron, some Sodium Chloride (table salt), wax paper, a cutting board, and your iron will be as good as new in no time!

Now that you have a clean iron you need one of these…Let’s give ‘em something to talk about. Lol. I think I should get one of these for my Grandma. She would get a kick outta it.

Here’s the tutorial for a spotless iron…

Watch: Use Salt To Make Your Iron Spotless! (tutorial)