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)

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!