Cleaning

5 Habits of Organized People

posted by Andrea | 02/4/2016 | 48 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 that 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.

My “Pre-Spring Cleaning” Cleaning List

posted by Andrea | 01/28/2016 | 20 comments
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I’ve never been the type of person to do a lot of extra cleaning in the Spring…

So from January through March, I make a point to tackle some of the things on my annual and semi-annual cleaning lists so I don’t have to do them when Spring finally arrives.

Yes… We Have a WHITE Couch!

posted by Andrea | 01/11/2016 | 12 comments
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Over the past 5 years, the number of questions, comments, and emails I’ve gotten regarding our white couch still amazes me!

So…I thought it might be time for a post detailing exactly what I do to wash and dry our slipcovers (and why on earth I still have a white couch with 3 little kids!)

3 Steps to a Squeaky Clean Dishwasher

posted by Andrea | 12/15/2015 | 21 comments
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If it’s been awhile since you cleaned your dishwasher (or if you didn’t even know you could clean your dishwasher), I’d suggest giving this SIMPLE 3-step process a try… you might be surprised how much better your dishwasher runs as a result!

My Thoughts On Washing Whites

posted by Andrea | 11/10/2015 | 69 comments
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Most of you know that I love white! From our sheets, towels, and curtains, to our couch, and even our rugs — the majority of the fabric items in our home are white.

Today I’m sharing a bit more about how I keep my whites white — and why I feel washing whites is actually easier than trying to keep colors bright.

10 Household Chores for Toddlers

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2015 | 20 comments
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If I had my way, I would have a completely uninterrupted afternoon each week to clean my whole house. However, since that’s not really possible right now, I do the next best thing and clean WITH my kids.

If you’re looking for a way to get your toddlers and preschoolers involved in household chores, these are a few of my favorites.

When Was the Last Time You Changed Your Furnace Filter?

posted by Andrea | 09/10/2015 | 40 comments
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For some reason, changing our furnace filters is a seasonal task that I either forget to do, or put off doing because our furnace requires a really random size filter that is not readily available at most home improvement stores.

However, I recently found FilterEasy, an online air filter delivery service — and I’m so excited to share more about it with you. Oh yeah, and there’s a fun giveaway!

My “Quantity over Quality” Quick-Cleaning Tips

posted by Andrea | 07/17/2015 | 19 comments
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Although there are definitely times for deep cleaning, I will be the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I am most definitely a “QUANTITY over QUALITY” type of cleaner.

Today, I’m sharing 5 of my “quantity over quality” quick -leaning tips that have saved my sanity and allowed me to accomplish so much more around the house.

Frugal DIY Foaming Hand Soap

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2015 | 11 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 | 13 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!

Let’s Talk About Carpet

posted by Andrea | 11/14/2014 | 24 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 | 39 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 | 99 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!