Cleaning

Spring showers, April flowers, Spring forward (daylight savings), Spring training (baseball), March Madness (basketball). I love spring and I love that it’s almost here! There are two things about this season that I absolutely can’t stand…. spring allergies and spring cleaning! Echhheewww! I don’t think there is anything I can do for my allergies but the cleaning might not be so bad this year if I take a page out of the Little Things’ playbook. I’m so excited to feature their roundup here today! It makes me dread spring cleaning a little less.

What do you think of number five? Coca Cola on the toilet? Yikes! I think I’m dreading cleaning my blinds the most this year. I think I should hire someone. Numbers six and eleven look like real winners!

Coca Cola is delicious stuff. Carbonated, sugary, heaven. But can something so handy at cleaning really be that great for drinking? I’m too addicted to stop either way, but let’s see what the experts have to say. The folks at Coke have joined the discussion… Check out what they have to say here.

See all the spring cleaning hacks here…

Little Things: 12 Awesome Spring Cleaning Hacks (tutorials)

spring cleaning tips

With spring on it’s way many of us are getting ready to start some serious cleaning around the home. You’ll be putting away your winter gear soon and donning lighter gear and sneakers. Soon it will be time to wash the walls and clean all the crevices, and we’ve found some awesome spring cleaning tips to help you get started. You will welcome spring’s fresh scent as you embark on your cleaning mission!

During our normal day to day lives we tend to stick to our routines and don’t always think about the things that need cleaning or maintaining just once or twice a year. Things such as deep cleaning your washing machine or vacuuming your mattresses. Other things to consider are washing your pillows, cleaning vents and changing batteries in smoke detectors just to name a few.

Here’s the link to all 16 tricks…

stove

If you’re like me then I’m sure you don’t make messes. Haha. Well, I clean then as I go and I bet you do too. After dinner I do the dishes, wipe down the counters and table, and clean up the stove. You don’t have to be an ambitions cleaner to fit that much into your routine. Neat freak or lazy cleaner, dirt and grime build up. Especially on the stove! This trick from DIY Super Mom will help you clean your stove burners in no time at all! I’m really excited to feature it and even more excited to try it.

Who has time to scrub each individual burner until they sparkle? ‘Not I,’ said the already insanely busy wife and mother. This method using ammonia and plastic bags takes care of it. This trick will be really good to hang onto for spring cleaning! I think spraying the ammonia should be done outside. Probably opening the bag too. No house should smell like that nasty stuff. Phewee.

Common Sense Homesteading has an alternative to the above method. It is all natural and uses no harsh chemicals. Everyone has different preferences so be sure and check it out here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Cleaning

I’m not lazy, I’m just highly motivated in doing nothing. Nowhere am I more motivated in doing nothing than when it comes to cleaning. Cleaning. What a horrible word! It takes time and energy and it is a never-ending thankless job. If you are one of the few that love cleaning, I envy you! How do you do it? Any tips for me and for the rest of the word that doesn’t get excited about a mop and bucket? For all of my lazy friends out there, this roundup is for you. I know that I’m excited about it!

What fun hacks! Have you tried any of these? I use #2 all the time and I highly recommend using a mildew/scum-be-gone shower spray. It makes cleaning the shower so much easier when the time comes. I need to start using liquid soap too! I had no idea that bar soap left scum (#7). I really like the colorful plastic mats in the fridge and I’m going to try cleaning my blender, lamp shades, and keyboard with these hacks.

A lot of these are quick fixes and you will have to eventually do the work but I’m ok with putting it off till tomorrow and binge watching on Netflix today. When it is time for a deep clean, I’ve found it’s best to do it in small chunks so as not to get burned out. There is a lot to do! I Dream Of Clean Organized Simple Productive has a comprehensive list of what has to get cleaned this year. Trust me…don’t do it all at once! Ug. Spring Cleaning.

See all 19 hacks here…

Diply: 19 Lazy-Girl Cleaning Hacks That’ll Change Your Life

Sanitary Wipes

I don’t know about you but germ season stresses me out! When one person in the family gets a cold then everyone in the family gets a cold. If it weren’t for Bleach, Lysol, and Clorox wipes I would go insane. They help keep the spread of nasty cold and flu bugs to a minimum. I use them in cleaning up hardcore messes too. Sadly, they also break the bank. It’s worth it to stay healthy and keep the house clean but how much better would a DIY version be? So much better! And here it is!

This only takes 3 easy ingredients to make. They can be found at any store and most likely your pantry or laundry room. Grab some Pine Sol, heavy duty paper towels, and a Tupperware that you don’t mind cutting up. Easy! I’ve heard of some people using cider vinegar, dish soap, and water because of allergies. It’s also more ‘green.’ Both sound good to me. I’ve read Pine Sol isn’t the best for pets so be careful there. I’d also take care with food prep surfaces. Otherwise, go crazy! p.s. You should also make these DIY household cleaners from Good Housekeeping.

Here’s the amazing ‘germ free’ video… Enjoy!

The Right Way To Clean

I have discovered the secret to a clean house: Never let your children or husband inside it. Haha. We all know that that isn’t going to happen! We have to find other ways to clean it without breaking our backs or being beat down by those horrid dust bunnies! They are scary, at least at my house.

There might be an easier way of doing something than what you’re trying right now. Your methods aren’t wrong but why not give these ones a try?! I just used this method to clean my coffee pot and it worked like a charm. My house didn’t smell that great afterwards so I suggest that you light a candle before you try it unless vinegar is your favorite smell. I have one cookie sheet I should really use #2 on but I kinda like that is has a weather and well loved look.

House work can’t kill you, but why take chance? Do things the easy way! Martha Stewart has some tips on other things you’ve been clean cleaning wrong . These are all so helpful!

Check out Diply’s full article here…

Diply: 15 Things You’ve Been Cleaning Wrong Your Entire Life

Protect Your Cast Iron

What’s the big deal with cast iron? They can be scary pans until you figure them out. What kind of pan can’t be cleaned with soap? And some people don’t even clean then with water! Once you figure them out you will love them and never go back! I love mine because it gets hot so quickly (perfect for searing), distributes heat evenly, can and go from stovetop to oven. Cast iron pans also have a natural nonstick surface as long as cared for properly. No BPA, PFOA, or other harmful carcinogens are present!

These pans are wonderful, but sadly they don’t always stay wonderful. Don’t worry if you mess yours up! You can recondition it or re-season it. It takes some canola oil and a hot oven. A few hours at 250 degrees and it will be as good as new.

If you’re worried about protecting your other pots and pans, The Kitchn is always a good source of information!

Here’s the video…Enjoy!

52 Weeks Of Organization

“Don’t bite off more that you can chew.” I think we have all heard that. I think we have all done that! I know I have and especially when it comes to resolutions and large projects. Every December 31st I decide that I am going to clean and organize my house from top to bottom (I also make this same declaration when spring cleaning starts). How often do you think I have accomplished my resolution? Oh thats right…I haven’t. Nein. Ne. Nil. A grand total of zero times. My resolve fails fast! I normally get to the cleaning supplies, under the sink, laundry room, family calendar, and the things I need regularly to keep life from becoming a disaster!

Cupcakes N Kisses has a 52 week plan that breaks organizing your home into manageable bite-sized pieces. I am so excited to feature it here today and I’m even more excited to try it! Will this be the year or organization success?! Wish me luck! Also see these helpful tips from HGTV.

Find all the organization tips here…

Cupcakes Kisses N Crumbs: 52 Weeks Of Organization

Ring In The New Year: Cleaning And Organization Challenge

Challenge you say? I’m so competitive! I will even compete with the arrival time on my GPS. Even I know that’s weird. (4:30? Ha! I’ll get there by 4:20.) And if you’re gentle and soft spoken you don’t want to play Catch Phrase with me. That must be why another cleaning/organizing challenge appeals to me. I want to be the most organized and have the cleanest house! This a great schedule to start on January one. New Year’s resolutions are the hardest to keep. Good intentions can only carry us so far but practical tips and schedules, like this one, are a sure fire way to succeed.

The Friday chores on this list are my least favorite! That’s why my Microwave and air vents are gross! This cleaning calendar is so detailed, it doesn’t miss anything. I skip a bunch of these every week when I clean but now there are no more excuses. I’m going to have to work a lot harder now! I don’t want to do chores on Sunday though. That is our family day and we are often out and about. Maybe I could rotate some to Friday or Saturday. Get more cleaning tips from Living Well Spending Less here.

Find the full article and printable cleaning schedule from Missy Inspired here…

Missy Inspired: Ring In The New Year: Cleaning And Organization Challenge

16 Must Read Cleaning Tips That Will Make Your Life Easier

We have all heard the phrase “work smarter, not harder.” Nowhere does that apply better than when cleaning. Getting the grime out of the tub is horrible no matter how you spin it. Cleaning your stove tops is another hated chore! I am always searching for tips and hacks to ease the pain of cleaning and this roundup from World Inside Pictures looks like a winner! I’m excited to feature these 16 tips for making your house cleaner and your back less broken from all that scrubbing.

I never clean the over. Ever. I hate having to leave the house because of the noxious fumes and I hate all that scrubbing. The burners do get cleaned during spring cleaning (maybe). The glass? Ha! I might check these tips out. After the holidays my oven could use some tender loving care. My pillows could use some freshening too. We had a lot of company this year! This tips from Listotic are pretty amazing too. Find them here

Get the full article from World Inside Pictures here…

World Inside Pictures: 16 Must Read Cleaning Tips That Will Make Your Life Easier