Oh mamas, how many times did I hear “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” in my lifetime? Far too many times, enough to realize it’s a really dumb saying and that I am the East to Godliness’s West. When I was growing up, I was not the “super-duper-clean-everything-possible” kid. But I wasn’t “Pig-Pen” either. I fell somewhere in the middle. When I went away to college I was whipped into shape by a very tidy roommate. I learned a lot from her and she is still one of my most favorite people ever, and yes, I’m still learning a lot from her. When she and I lived together, there were six of us in ONE on-campus apartment. That’s two girls per room with one kitchen and one bathroom, it all added up to a lot of hair and mess. Some of us (me included) needed reminders about cleaning up after ourselves. Well, my girl decided to take matters into her own hands and right notes to be left at the scene of messes. The signs read something like “Clean your mess”, but they were always signed from “The Management”. Ha! That girl kills me. Last week I thought about leaving a similar sign, but I knew my request would not be heeded by my little Rinos.
I’ve been going crazy with some Fall cleaning lately. Here are some of the tips and tricks I’ve used and some I plan to test out soon. For more home keeping tips you can follow my Homekeeping Board. You can find all my boards and pins here. Enjoy!
This sounds like a genius idea. I’ve tried so many different products on the hood and never had any luck. Hopefully this will work!
I did this and it worked like magic. I didn’t use it on my plates, I used it on my kitchen sink. Seriously it has never been cleaner. The miracle product? Bar Keeper’s Friend.
This is genius. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this. You close up the tub toys with a hot glue gun before they hop in the tub. It keeps them from getting the black mold of doom.
I first used the complete instructions in the link a few years ago when we were moving out of a home. It worked so well that I still reference the instructions on a regular basis. It’s tedious but get’s the job done.
This is a great way to make something similar to the bleach gels on the market. I’ve bought those time and time again to clean my grout because they stay put better than bleach. With this recipe you get a similar staying power without having to buy any additional products.
I have done this and it totally works!
I could write a love song to Magic Erasers. I went to Target the other day and left with a cart full of just Magic Erasers. OK, maybe there were only like 5 boxes, but I did make a special trip and avoided the dollar bins just to get more of these to finish cleaning my baseboards, doors, and trim. They are looking fab!
I’ve done variations of this, but I like that it’s all together. I’ve done ice and poured lemon juice down the drain simultaneously. This is a must try!
Kind of a “Duh!” moment right? I need to try this. They always look so nasty and make think of all the possible dust and-what-not that lingers in the air.
OMG! Thanks for this tip. I’m totally trying this!!
I went on a drain cleaning fury on Tuesday. I used this method (as I have before) and it worked really well. I also took apart the under sink pipes as well. After I fought back the vomit from what I saw, I loved how fast the sinks were draining. Now there’s a little hollow sound the water makes when it goes down the drain. Ahhhhhh, music to my ears.
Another “Duh!” moment from The Family Handyman. After you get rid of your soap scum, protect your glass by putting on Rain-X or some other rain repellent product. Genius!