Bathroom

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!)

Goop

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

Unclog

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

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

Cleaning

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)


Wipes

‘FYI, your kitchen is probably dirtier than a toilet seat.’ What?! Hey, don’t shoot the messenger. That is the title of an article published by Food and Wine and it is thoroughly disturbing. The sponges and dishcloths, sink, cutting board, countertop, and bottom shelf of the refrigerator need some help.

One way we can clean those germy areas is with disinfecting wipes. Germs be gone! The problem with those is that they can get spendy, even at Costco. Lucky for us that there are DIY versions. This is a fabulous tutorial! I think adding an essential oil would be nice. Maybe lemon? Just for a nice clean smell.

NSF (Public Health And Safety Organization) has some tips on how to clean those germy places. We want to keep our families healthy and safe and getting rid of germs is one way to do that. Check out their helpful tips here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

speed clean home

Cleaning home isn’t a very fun chore to tackle, but we all know it needs to get done one way or the other. But sometimes we just don’t seem to have the time to get things done. When we end up working all day and then spending time with the kids, we hardly want to set aside any of that time for cleaning the house.

But sometimes when company is on their way, there is simply no avoiding the mess. It’s during those times that some speed cleaning tips really come in handy! We came across this excellent article containing twenty tricks to speed clean your home. When time is not on your side, it is a huge relief to know you can whip your house into shape in just ten minutes!

Here’s the link to all 20 tricks…


Denture Tabs

I’m always looking for ways to make cleaning easier. Duh! Who isn’t?! The newest and easiest thing in cleaning is denture tabs. Don’t believe me? It really is. I swear!

These little bubbles kill bacteria, whiten, and have abrasive properties to get any hard to clean gunk off. They can be used on weird shaped containers, coffee makers, jewelry, clogged drains, and many many other things. I would use them to clean my tooth brush too. Eye glasses maybe? Sweet! So now tons of people are running out to buy denture tabs. Hope there’s enough left for people with dentures who actually need them. Lol!

Denture tabs aren’t the only magical thing out there. Have you ever considered dryer sheets? They have some crazy cleaning uses too. They can get rid of toilet rings! I never knew! The Krazy Coupon Lady did and she was only too nice to share those tips with us. Check them out here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Slime

I played with all sorts of slimy stuff as a kid. Sticky, stretchy, moddable, gelatinous blobs have always been popular. (Think Silly Putty, Play Doh, Gak, and Floam.) I don’t have a clue why that is. It’s fun to play with but now there is another use…cleaning!

Cleaning slime is an interesting idea. Stores sell it, so why not make your own? It’s cheaper, incredibly easy, and so fun! The kids will love this DIY. You need water, liquid starch, and glue. Glitter and food coloring are optional. This slime helps to get all those crumbs that fall in impossible to reach places. I could really use it around my center console and my keyboard!

I would use this as a ‘stress ball.’ It would be just the thing to squish and stretch my worries away. I love the idea of putting glitter or googly eyes in the slime too. Purple with glitter is my favorite! I’m curious to try making slime with liquid starch. I’ve always gone the Borax route in the past. Wonder How To has that old standby recipe here.

Learn how to make your own slime here…

LittleThings: Homemade Cleaning Slime (Recipe)