Motivate me to CLEAN!
anything to make cleaning easier & more enjoyable. Question: Does a Messie ever learn to be a Cleanie? I hope so!
Homemade Baby Wipes -
Reusable Swiffer dusters! Made from micro fleece, works even better than the disposables and they can be washed and reused over and over.
The best oven cleaner! Cover bottom of oven with baking soda, then pour vinegar so it's all wet. Let sit around 20 minutes or so then wipe all of it out with damp cloth or sponge. Leave oven door open. After drying you may see some white residue, wipe again.
Get Rid of Ants Naturally 1)Put cucumber slices near cracks or entry points 2)Draw chalk lines around your doorways and windowsills 3)Put bay leaves or sprinkle cayenne pepper where the ants are coming in 4)Make a cleaning solution of vinegar, water, and about ten drops of tea tree oil and spray it around your counters/doorways/etc
How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally
One pinner writes:...it WORKS! It's like a little miracle and we've already repaired a bunch of movies that have been loved (practically to death) by the kids and watched over and over. Seriously - don't throw away another DVD until you've tried this...I wish I knew about this simple fix a long time ago!
Fix it idea
...Professional house cleaners spill their 10 best-kept secrets to save time & effort. 1 most definitely liked was how to remove grease/dirt build up from kitchen cabinets. Say to clean cabinets, 1st heat slightly damp sponge/cloth in microwave for 20 - 30 sec. until it's hot. Put on a pair of rubber gloves, spray cabinets w/ an all-purpose cleaner containing orange oil, then wipe off cleaner w/ hot sponge. This should make the kitchen look & smell wonderful too!
Professional house cleaners spill their 10 best-kept secrets to save time & effort. 1 most definitely liked was how to remove grease/dirt build up from kitchen cabinets. Say to clean cabinets, 1st heat slightly damp sponge/cloth in microwave for 20 - 30 sec. until it's hot. Put on a pair of rubber gloves, spray cabinets w/ an all-purpose cleaner containing orange oil, then wipe off cleaner w/ hot sponge. This should make the kitchen look & smell wonderful too!
cleaning stainless steel sinks First, rinse the whole sink with water. Sprinkle baking soda over the entire sink.Scrub the stainless steel sink basin and fixtures with a soft- to medium-bristled brush. After you've finished scrubbing, spray undiluted white vinegar over the baking soda residue left on the sink.Use the same process to clean sink strainers. Rinse the sink with tap water.
so awesome! just made about 150 ounces of natural body wash for $3.30 (used trader joes lavender bar soap)!! was super easy, took about 10 minutes of prep, cooled for a few hours then about 10 more minutes to blend it smooth and pour into the containers. well worth the effort. will never buy liquid soap again! - handmade liquid soap. This is worth trying
Step-by-step instructions (from a veteran "cleaning lady") on how to clean your bathroom like a PRO!
craft tips: sharpening scissors, cleaning a paintbrush, glue gun tricks, etc.
How To Fix Dents in Wooden Floors & Furniture (With an Iron!). Many years ago a teacher told me that you could steam out a dent in a piece of wood (one where the wood fibers had been compressed, not a where they had been removed) using a wet rag and an iron. NOTE: BE CAREFUL! SOME FINISHES MIGHT TURN WHITE WHEN EXPOSED TO STEAM. PLEASE TRY THIS IN A HIDDEN AREA BEFORE DOING IT IN A VISIBLE PLACE.
When you wash something that needs to be air dried, write the name of the article of clothing on the washer with a dry erase marker to remember not to put it into the dryer. Finally! No more shrunken/faded clothes!! What took me so long?!?
How to get your dirty whites clean again... HOT HOT HOT water, 1 cap of laundry detergent, 1 cup powdered dish washer detergent, 1 cup bleach, 1/2 cup borax. Tell you what, you have to rewash it once to put softener in but it's the whitest you'll ever see your whites. If you omit the bleach it works great to get stains out of colors too (baby spit up is no longer a stain on OLD clothes)
Cleaning candle Holders... place the glass candleholders in the freezer for a few hours. the wax will shrink just enough to pop right out. this works for drips on metal or glass candlesticks too