For many of us, winter means closing our windows for five to six months, creating the perfect condition for toxins to accumulate in our home. According to the EPA 'indoor air pollution is two to five times worse than outdoor air pollution' which can exacerbate asthma and allergy symptoms. As spring approaches, now is a great time to clear the indoor air. Good Housekeeping takes the mystery out of a home detox, breaking the task down into...
According to Zen Habits, the trick to successfully decluttering a room is finding a large area to serve as a working and organizing space. Then, you can:
"2. Start on one side of the room and work to the other.
3. Do one drawer or shelf or spot on the floor at a time.
4. Pull everything out of the drawer or shelf (or section of floor or what have you), and pile it in the working space. Clean out the drawer or shelf."
For the full approach...
Mold. It's BAD NEWS. As well as just being gross it can do some pretty rotten things to your lungs. Prevention is definitely the way to go, as once you've got mold it's the very devil to get rid of. Luckily, you don't need harsh chemicals to stop mold arriving and bringing 50 gazillion of it's friends. Jennifer Chait, green-mama-maven over at Inhabitots has a recipe for an all-natural mold prevention spray.
You mix two cups
Clamping down on spending during tough economic times often means letting go of some extras, particularly some pleasant, but technically unnecessary, personal care products. So Gomestic offers this solution: don't buy them at all. Make 'em.
With recipes from DIY facial astringent to playdough and houseplant fertilizer, you can continue to have the things that make your life a little more beautiful.
- Facial Astringent
- Facial Scrub
If you live in a place that will have a surplus of snow within the next few months--like I do--you just might want to try this old time method of cleaning area rugs. Apparently, it works for wool, cotton and polyester rugs. Note: You'll want to use DRY snow for this procedure, not the soggy stuff.
- First, if you can, vacuum the front and back of your rug, or gently shake it out.
- Take your rug outside in a protected area and let it get...
The holidays are right around the corner, which means you might have last minute guests delivering good cheer. If they happen to catch you between cleaning days, don’t worry. With just a few minutes, you can fake a clean house!
1. Control Odor! That means investing in a good air freshener, opening a window or turning on a fan or air conditioner. If you don’t have room spray, pop a piece of toast into the toaster (but don’t burn it!) or put on...
You don’t believe in ghosts? Then you are either tragically out of step with the times or possibly a slovenly spiritual housekeeper looking for an excuse to avoid tidying up. A recent Google Internet search for getting rid of ghosts yielded nearly two million hits. By comparison, a search for cleaning rain...
It's the time of year you turn a critical eye to the interior to see what needs to be spruced up. Preparing for a packed house on Thanksgiving is a sure fire motivator to plow through a To Do list in record time.
This year you may want to rethink the outlay of money to get the house looking top notch. You can save loads of dough by doing most jobs yourself. If, for some unknown reason, you don't really know how to do some of these...
The wisenheimers among us might say the best way to save money on cleaning supplies is not to clean. That, however, is not an option. You can be broke and clean. (Just ask any depression-era housekeeper.) In an effort to embrace those wise and frugal practices, here’s 14 little ways to save big bucks on cleaning day.
- First, the obvious: Make your own cleaning supplies. The internet is replete with websites featuring homemade–and very likely...
TipNut scores with another excellent household top ten: Using vinegar to make your laundry efforts a bit more successful.
1. Color Brightener.
2. Color Protector.
3. Whiter Whites.
4. Restore Whites.
5. Preserve Linens.
6. Yellowed Items Reviver.
7. Heavy Duty Pre-Soak.
8. Lint Busters.
9. Fabric Softener.
10. Ring Around The Collar Remover.
- How to Clean Butcher Block
- How to Clean Ceramic Tile
- How to Clean Cork Flooring
- How to Clean Glass
- How to Clean Granite
- How to Clean Hardwood Cabinets
- How to Clean Hardwood Flooring
- How to Clean Limestone
- How to Clean Marble
- How to Clean Mirrors
- How to Clean Plastic-Laminate...
These wool dryer balls are a natural, handmade alternative to chemical fabric softeners or commercial dryer agitation products. They're a clever way to use extra yarn, and are a guaranteed way to keep your laundry habits easy and ethical.
• Wool Yarn:
• Old Pantyhose or sock
• Cotton or Acrylic Yarn or String
• Small Crochet Hook
• Measuring Tape
• Natural scents
Don't just leave it for tomorrow...or for whomever you've suckered into washing the dishes. Just clean it up.
- Cracked Egg Cleanup: I
- Remove Oven Cleaner Residue
- Washing A Dishwasher or Washing Machine
- Refrigerator Cleaning
- Refrigerator Dust Bunnies
Tipnut has assembled the ultimate list of homemade Swiffer Cloth Patterns. Some you sew, some you crochet, and some you knit.
Tap the pantry for unexpected meals and reduce trips to the supermarket. Stock it with frugal finds to lower grocery costs. Set aside...
Here's ten excellent ideas to cut down on major house and life-cleaning projects. I especially like the leaving the dishwasher open while cooking, provided it's not a safety hazard.
- Keep the dishwasher open and fill with dirty dishes as you cook. Have a sink full of hot soapy water to hold the hand wash items so they can soak and be easily cleaned.
- Sort the silverware as you fill the dishwasher, each type of utensil getting its own...
After spotting Home Soap Household Cleaner at the co-op, I decided to give it a try. After all, it’s purported to be the most versatile soap ever made. What does it clean? Just about anything you can think of, but the label suggests trying it on:
the barbeque grill
and the dog
Made of ‘a blend of purified water, coconut derived surfactants and pure essential oil...
TipNut.com has created the most extensive list on the web for sweeping out your post winter dirties and dusties. If you can accomplish at least half, you can consider yourself spring cleaned.
Working From The Top Down
4. Cupboards, Counters, Drawers, Shelves
5. Furniture & Appliances
Declutter & Organize As You Clean
All Areas Of The Home Are Cleaned
You know those chores and jobs you know have to get done, but are so overwhelming that you can't face them? Women's Day magazine has assembled a list of those chores, and divided them into 40 totally manageable tasks that you can accomplish in under five minutes.
In the Kitchen:
-Dust for prints
-Toss spoiled produce
-Clean two fridge shelves at a time
Dishwashers can do more interesting stuff than just cleaning your dishes. Here's some other items that could stand a stint in the dishwasher.
10. Glass light fixtures. (Light cycle.)
9. Vegetable brushes and pot scrubbers. (Top rack might be the way to go here.)
8. Plastic baby toys. (Preferably ones without batteries, but even those could survive a stint in the washer. See proof here.)
7. Plastic desktop paraphernalia, like pen cups and paperclip...