Cleaning

How To Eliminate and Prevent Stinky Towels

posted by Andrea | 08/15/2014 | 30 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 | 16 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 | 74 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 | 14 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 | 79 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.

The EASY-OFF Oven-Cleaning Challenge

posted by Andrea | 11/26/2013 | 28 comments
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Have you ever dreaded cleaning your oven — particularly this time of year after lots of holiday cooking and baking?

I can totally relate — which is why I’m excited to share a new (super easy) oven cleaning product with you today!

Unger Neat Home Cleaning Kit Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 09/12/2013 | 735 comments
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I’ve been using various Unger products for several years now (in the home and in the garage) and have no complaints. Their products are super high-quality, affordable, and ascetically pleasing in their bright, cheerful colors!

So I’m super excited to be partnering with them again — sharing some of their new products available at Target — AND offering a prize package giveaway valued at over $100 to a few lucky readers.

My 7 Laundry Don’ts

posted by Andrea | 07/26/2013 | 96 comments
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I’ve blogged a lot about laundry over the years — but never-the-less, it’s still one of the MOST common categories I receive questions about on a weekly basis.

And while I’m thrilled that you think I might be some sort of laundry guru, I must be honest and admit that laundry is one of the household chores I’m MOST relaxed about. In fact, when it comes to laundry, there are several things I DON’T do that have drastically helped me to simplify this otherwise time-consuming household chore!

Let’s Talk Lint

posted by Andrea | 07/10/2013 | 20 comments
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When was the last time you checked your dryer for lint? And I mean more than just clean the lint on the removable lint trap.

If you want to see some really gross pictures of all the lint that was piled up in our dryer (and read how I cleaned it up), keep reading!

How I Clean Our House in 60 Minutes or Less

posted by Andrea | 05/31/2013 | 31 comments
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I’ve talked about my lack of cleaning routine in the past, but since the warm days of summer are just around the corner (and no one wants to waste them inside cleaning) I thought it might be a good time to share my super simple speed-cleaning tips that allow me to clean our entire house in less than 60 minutes.

Giveaway: TWO New-Release Hoover Vacuums

posted by Andrea | 04/16/2013 | 1,314 comments
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In case you missed it, yesterday was the BIG DAY when I launched my “new” website. So of course, I thought we should celebrate today with a fun giveaway!

Well, it just so happens that my friends over at Hoover recently launched some new products of their own… and they’ve graciously offered to give away TWO of their newest vacuums to help us celebrate!

4 DIY Stainless Steel Cleaners

posted by Andrea | 04/8/2013 | 11 comments
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Before I had stainless steel appliances, I was ALWAYS told how difficult they were to keep clean — and how expensive the cleaning products were. I was unsure if I’d be able to find a more frugal cleaning alternative… but I had to at least try.

After a little research, I found 4 different DIY stainless steel cleaners you most likely already have in your home!

My Spring Break + 40 Spring Cleaning Resources

posted by Andrea | 04/1/2013 | 3 comments
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Dave is home on Spring Break this week so I’m planning to do a bunch of cleaning… and today, I’m sharing some of my favorite cleaning posts from my archive.

If you’re sticking around for spring break and have the opportunity to do a little spring cleaning, hopefully this post will motivate and inspire you to get to work. If you’re off on vacation — I hope you enjoy the sun!

I Cleaned My Shower Fixtures… with Lemons!

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2013 | 14 comments
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As I searched the internet for ideas to quickly and easily clean the hard water spots on our chrome shower fixtures, I stumbled upon a genius idea that will save me hours and hours of cleaning in the future — LEMONS!

Lemons are a frugal way to naturally clean and disinfect so many areas of your home — and today, I’m sharing how I clean my shower fixtures (and a few other things) with lemons.

Spring Cleaning eBook Bundle – Only $7.40!

posted by Andrea | 03/12/2013 | comment
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I’m not the type of person who dreads “spring cleaning”; however, I DO always try to get my cleaning done as quickly and as efficiently as possible. If you also like to be efficient with your spring cleaning, I’m confident that this spring cleaning eBook bundle will help you do just that.

This week only, get all 5 ebooks for just $7.40 (a savings of more than 75%)!

My “Not-So-Routine” Cleaning Routine

posted by Andrea | 02/19/2013 | 49 comments
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I actually don’t mind cleaning — if there’s nothing better to do. However, since my days are often jam-packed, the cleaning “routine” that works best for me might actually surprise you!

Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on our “not-so-routine” cleaning routine.

Our Farmhouse Sink – Tips to Clean and Care for Porcelain Sinks

posted by Andrea | 01/22/2013 | 40 comments
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Over the past 3 months since I shared the photos of our new farmhouse sink, I’ve gotten many questions asking how to clean and protect porcelain sinks.

Today, I’m answering the top three questions I get over and over again!