Cleaning

Frugal DIY Foaming Hand Soap

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2015 | 10 comments
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Earlier this month, I shared that one of my favorite things is foaming hand soap — since it makes it so much easier for kids to wash their hands.

Well today, I’m sharing how I make super frugal DIY foaming hand soap for pennies a bottle!

How to Remove Sticky Tree Sap from Skin, Hair, Clothes and Toys

posted by Andrea | 05/25/2015 | 12 comments
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Back when we purchased our house, we had about 35-40 very tall, very old, very scraggly looking pine trees that dripped sap EVERYWHERE.

With 2 little people who are experts at figuring out how to get that sticky sap all over everything, I quickly found a few simple sap-removing remedies that work extremely well… and I’m sharing them with you today!

How to Clean Hair Brushes and Combs

posted by Andrea | 05/15/2015 | 9 comments
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When was the last time you cleaned your hairbrush or comb? If it’s been a while, you might be surprised how much gunk and grime is caked onto the bristles.

You might also be surprised how SIMPLE it is to quickly clean them!

How I Keep My Clothes Wrinkle-Free Without an Iron

posted by Andrea | 03/27/2015 | 24 comments
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Although I work from home, I do get dressed up for church, I occasionally attend special events that require a dressier wardrobe, and even when I am home, I don’t necessarily want to look frumpy every day.

That said, I never EVER iron… and I can guarantee my clothes are NOT full of wrinkles either. Today, I’m sharing my 2 simple tips that practically eliminate all wrinkles from our clothing!

6 Things I Do EVERY Day to Simplify My Home

posted by Andrea | 03/9/2015 | 32 comments
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As someone who spends many MANY hours at home each week, I can confidently say that these 6 simple tasks have greatly improved the overall feel and mood of my home!

And honestly, even if you aren’t at home all day, every day, I can’t imagine you would NOT benefit from implementing some of these simple tips into the time you do spend at home.

10 Non-Dish Uses for Dish Soap

posted by Andrea | 02/10/2015 | 22 comments
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Dish soap is one household cleaner that I have not been able to replace with a natural or DIY homemade cleaner — and I don’t think that will change for a while.

You see, along with washing our dishes, we use dish soap for SOOOO many different tasks in and around our house. If you’ve never tried using your dish soap for anything other than dishes, you’re totally missing out!

5 Habits of Organized People

posted by Andrea | 01/7/2015 | 28 comments
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If you’re the type of person who doesn’t necessarily love cleaning and organizing… but still wants a neat and organized home, you’ll definitely want to read these 5 simple habits I’ve learned to help prevent clutter build-up in my home.

It might not seem like much now, but these simple habits have completely transformed the way I live my life and how I feel about my space.

Let’s Talk About Carpet

posted by Andrea | 11/14/2014 | 21 comments
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Even though I don’t particularly love carpeting, I get SO many questions about the “best” way to care for carpeting, how to clean it, how often to clean it, what type of carpeting to buy, etc. etc.

So while I’m not an expert on carpet, I thought I’d share what I know and how I care for my carpets… and then leave the comments open for you to share your carpet tips and knowledge.

DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 10/27/2014 | 19 comments
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When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? If you can’t remember — it’s probably about time!

Today, I’m sharing my favorite DIY makeup brush cleaner I’ve been using for years. There are only 2-ingredients and it takes less than 5-minutes!

Simplify Your Shopping with ePantry.com (plus $10 off and FREE Mrs. Meyers!)

posted by Andrea | 10/22/2014 | 23 comments
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I’m excited to gush about one of my new favorite online shopping destinations that has helped me simplify my busy life and keep my home clean — ePantry.com.

Oh yeah… and they are offering free goodies to ALL of you!

How To Eliminate and Prevent Stinky Towels

posted by Andrea | 08/15/2014 | 35 comments
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Based on the number of email questions I get, I’m assuming stinky towels is a pet peeve (or at least mildly annoying) for many of you.

Thankfully, I’m a semi-obsessive towel-washer with an acute sense of smell — so I have a BUNCH of ideas for those of you with not-so-nice smelling towels!

How to Clean a Stroller

posted by Andrea | 08/6/2014 | 19 comments
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It is no secret that almost everything I buy is used — and since the items can often be dirty, I always wash everything before I use it.

I was originally intimidated by washing larger items like strollers and bike trailers — but I soon realized these items were super easy to clean up. And they honestly look brand new when I’m finished!

DIY Laundry Detergent That Actually Works

posted by Andrea | 06/23/2014 | 95 comments
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Over the past 3+ years, I’ve shared a number of DIY cleaning products here on the blog; however, I’ve never shared a recipe for DIY laundry detergent because I couldn’t find a recipe I actually liked.

That all changed a couple months ago — so today, I’m sharing my new favorite DIY laundry detergent. It works fabulously, it’s really easy to make, it’s quite frugal, and it makes a huge batch!

DIY Garbage Disposal Cleaning Tabs

posted by Andrea | 06/11/2014 | 15 comments
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Have you ever noticed a gross smell coming from your sink — or, more likely, from your garbage disposal?

Today, I’m sharing a SUPER simple recipe for garbage disposal cleaning tabs that’s basically free and uses ingredients you most likely have in your pantry!

5 Tips to ‘Do It Now’ When You’re Super Busy

posted by Andrea | 05/15/2014 | 17 comments
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Several weeks ago, I shared a post about my time management rule of “doing it NOW”. That post generated a lot of emails questioning how I could possibly “do it now” all the time with a toddler, an infant, and an at-home business.

Today, I’m sharing my answers to those questions.

Q+A: Our Butcher Block Counter

posted by Andrea | 05/12/2014 | 9 comments
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Ever since we finished our kitchen renovation I’ve gotten lots of questions about our butcher block island counter top.

So after almost 2 years of caring for our butcher block counters, I feel like I’m finally able to answer some of those questions.

My Favorite DIY Cleaners

posted by Andrea | 05/8/2014 | 15 comments
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For those of you who like doing a big deep-clean in the Spring (or for those of you who don’t necessarily “like” it but do it anyway) here are a few of my favorite homemade DIY cleaners.

They are all super easy to make using simple ingredients you most likely have in your cabinets right now.

My Top 10 Favorite Cleaning Posts

posted by Andrea | 04/1/2014 | 4 comments
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As I planned ahead for the arrival of baby Simon, I thought it might be fun to resurrect some of MY favorite posts from the past 3.5 years of blogging.

Today, I’m sharing some of MY favorite cleaning posts — homemade cleaners, tips to save time on those dreaded household chores, laundry how-to’s, and more!

Spring Cleaning – Why I Don’t Do It

posted by Andrea | 02/17/2014 | 8 comments
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Yes, you read the title of this post correctly. I honestly DON’T do much traditional “spring cleaning” at all — at least not in the Spring.

Instead, I have more of a “do whatever needs to be done, whenever it needs to be done” cleaning mentality and actually try to do most of my deep cleaning in the winter months. I’m explaining my reasoning in today’s post!

Linen Storage: Why I Don’t Need It

posted by Andrea | 12/16/2013 | 80 comments
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What would you say if I told you we only have 1 set of sheets/blankets per bed — and (get ready to be shocked) only 2 bath towels and 1 hand towel for each of us?

Today, I’m sharing my minimalist approach to linens, and how it saves us TONS of storage space.