Keeping a clean house is not always the easiest with kids running around. Believe me, I get it! Just ask the dust bunnies living in the corners of my house!
One of my goals this year is to get into a better cleaning routine to help alleviate some of the stress that comes along with cleaning house. Also, it frees up more of my time on the weekends and evenings so I can spend it doing things I want to do, like playing with my kids!
Cleaning. We all have to do it, and most of us, don’t enjoy it. If you’re a parent (especially of little ones), it can sometimes be nearly impossible to keep the house clean and straightened up. I’ve finally gotten to the point to where I can kind of accept the house being a total disaster so I can take a break here and there. Ideal? No. But, sometimes necessary.
When I do need to clean, I prefer it to be as painless as possible! In the past, I used a cleaning schedule. I know, it sounds horrible, but, it’s not! Check out some of my quick tips below and also find out what my new favorite cleaning product is- it’ll change the way you clean!
Stains. As parents, stains are part of every day. Even if you aren’t a parent, I can guarantee you’ve ruined a shirt here and there and buried it deep in your closet because you couldn’t figure out how to get a spot out! Our guest blogger from HireHouseCleaners Kensington, explains some of the best eco-friendly stain removers below. I bet you’ll find one that you didn’t even think of before!
You are probably well acquainted with all those unpleasant and stubborn stains that cannot be removed from surfaces at home. It is true that nowadays there are a lot of strong detergents that promise to remove all spots, no matter of their origin. In spite of their innumerable benefits, commercial stain removers are often more toxic than you can imagine.
Another alternative that has recently become very popular is to use eco stain removers. They are a cost-effective decision and are easily applied on a wide range of surfaces.
In case you have still not explored all the advantages of non-toxic stain removers, read below to find out some valuable tips!
You do not need to be an expert to remove nasty stains – as long as you are acquainted with the right instructions and with the best eco friendly stain removers, you’ll get rid of those stains in no time!
Do not feel panicked when you observe a stain on the surfaces- the most important thing is to treat it right away, because, if you wait for a longer time, you do not stand a very good chance to remove the stain.
Here are several effective eco stain removers:
Baking soda has proven its efficiency for removing stains from almost every origin. It is especially suitable for cleaning biological stains like vomit and urine, and, baking soda effectively neutralizes the unpleasant odors. One effective recipe is to mix baking soda with water and to rub the stain with the paste that you have made. If it is a really nasty stain, you may need to alternate with vinegar.
White vinegar always tends to be an excellent decision when it comes to eco-friendly stain removers. It is particularly suitable when you treat plant-based and dye-like stains as well as stains from coffee and tea. You can also apply it for stains caused by mildew and mold. It is inexpensive and it is also easily found in the nearest stores. The acetic acid in the vinegar makes it one of the best homemade stain removers.
You have probably not tried the amazing properties of enzymes but I assure you that they are great when it comes to breaking down substances like carbohydrates and proteins. This means that they can be ideally applied on a wide range of food stains. Of course, you may also search for laundry detergents with enzymes, but it is always better to spray the stain with a cleaner solution that contains enzymes such as ones from HireHouseCleaners Kensington.
What differs between oxygen bleach and the extra toxic chlorine bleach is that it consists of natural soda crystals and hydrogen peroxide. When it is mixed with water, the oxygen bleach releases and works perfectly for the removing of a wide range of stains. It is usually found in a dry powder-like form or crystals.
This is another eco-friendly stain remover that is able to dissolve stains from ink and other similar substances. Instead of turning to commercial products, feel free to apply it and enjoy the incredible results. The ink stain will quickly disappear and your carpets and surfaces will become cleaner.
These are several eco-friendly stain removers that will help you to get rid of stains in an easy way. Instead of spending a lot of money on commercial cleaning products that are often harmful for your health, do not hesitate to try these natural cleaners. Stains on clothing, carpets, tablecloths, and more will easily disappear thanks to these magical stain removers.
After a long few months (and a few ‘hiccups’ along the way), we are FINALLY done with our Renovation on the Cheap! Our house is now under contract and we are so excited to be continuing on this adventure! Now that the lower level is finished, our house feels completely different- in a good way!
The best part?
Our renovation stayed “on the cheap” and we came out at almost $7,500 even! Yep! Under $10k for an entire lower level finish. Granted, the larger the space, the more expensive it could get. Our lower level is about 500 sqft (smaller than our upper level) since it’s a tri-level, but, it feels so much bigger now!
I’ll admit, I had a really hard time visualizing the end result and I was so afraid that it wouldn’t turn out like we planned. Instead, it turned out better than I expected and it looks beautiful!
Throughout the renovation, we definitely found some products and brands that we ended up loving!
After the construction phase, the house was SO dusty and dirty, despite our best efforts to keep it cleaned. Keeping the air clean was one of my biggest concerns with our little one.
We went through furnace filters like crazy! The best one we tried was from an awesome service called FilterSnap*. This was perfect for us, because honestly, we are terrible about remembering to replace our furnace filters on time! FilterSnap is great for busy lives because they SEND you your replacement furnace filters! You can choose which size(s) you need, the quality you want (Basic, Standard, Ultimate), how often you receive replacements (every 1, 2, 3, 6, or 12 months), and then you just enter your shipping and payment information. Seriously the easiest thing ever and you don’t have to remember to change your filters because you’ll get them physically delivered to your door. This is also great for the winter months when most people are inside 95% of the time- you don’t want stale, allergen filled air blowing throughout your house AND who wants to venture out into the cold, snowy weather to get a furnace filter!?
We noticed a huge difference in the air quality coming through our vents! I think we will definitely utilize FilterSnap once we get into a new house.
Along with the dusty and dirty air, we had just straight up DUSTeverywhere. Our counters were constantly filthy and so were the floors. We were going through paper towels like nobody’s business and it was getting expensive! We started using these awesome bamboo reusable paper towels from NatureZway*. The paper towels are super strong and don’t rip like regular paper towels. Also, they can be rinsed out and reused up to 100 times (more or less depending on what you’re using them for). We are able to use these towels on everything from kitchen counters, appliances, bathroom surfaces, floors, dirty toddler faces after dinner (obviously using a clean one!), and tons of other things! Before we could go through a roll of regular paper towels so fast, but, with the reusable ones from NatureZway, we use probably 75% less paper towels! They’re amazing!
NatureZway also has some great, super absorbent floor wipes! You can use them on your existing sweepers like Swiffer! The wipes can be used dry or wet depending on your preference/situation and they’ll pick up all of those crumbs and dust bunnies! The products are sold online at Target and ReUseIt and in several retail stores.
So, after all of this craziness, we are very ready to move into the next chapter of this adventure!
Check out all the photos below of the renovation from start to finished product! We tried to capture every single step along the way. We loved sharing it with you all!
*The products mentioned were given to me free of charge in exchange for an honest and truthful review and personal opinion of the product. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way. Reviewed products have been marked with an asterisk within the post.*
I know when I was little, I loved slime, silly putty, and other fun textures. Our amazing guest blogger, Edna, has a great slime recipe, but, it’s not just any slime! It’s CLEANING slime! Plus, you can have your kids help you :)
Check out the recipes below and read about this awesome time saver!
Slime. Have you ever wondered what that gelatin-looking, fun-to-play-with substance is about? Well, it is a cool way to entertain your kids. But aside from the fun factor, it can actually be used to get rid of nasty particles, crumbs and grime that your computer keyboard harbors or for just about any hard-to-reach place and corner you can think of.
Now, there are a few ways to make your own cleaning slime. Most recipes include borax, but for extra safety you may want to skip it over. In that case, just scroll down to the end of this article to check out a few slime recipes without borax.
P.S. You can ask your children to help you make slime. Fun is guaranteed! It’s a great way to bond with your little ones. Plus, kids love science projects!
**It's best to use powdered borax because it dissolves well into water
In a bowl, mix together 4 ounces of water and 4 ounces of Elmer's glue. Stir continuously. If you would like, you can also add a few drops of food dye. As you know, store-bought cleaning slime comes in different colors. So make it look funny.
Now, add four more ounces of water and one tablespoon of borax in a separate bowl. Stir and wait for the borax to dissolve into the water. When it's done, transfer the borax solution into the other bowl and stir well. Your slime will begin to form in a while.
Note that your finished product may not look exactly like its store-bought counterpart, but just remember that you are using far less stuff to make it and no chemicals are involved. So clearly, it's not going to be 100% the same as its store-bought version.
Keep your make-at-home slime in a plastic bag if you are not going to use it straight away. It can be stored for weeks.
Slime with Liquid Laundry Detergent
This recipe is even easier and faster to make. You need only two ingredients to get things going.
To get started, add ¼ cup of Elmer's glue in a bowl and then pour a tablespoon or two of liquid laundry detergent (it's best to opt for an organic laundry detergent since store-bought products are loaded with chemicals you don't want to use in your green cleaning kit).
Stir until your slime is formed. You may need to work with your hands, too.
If necessary, add more laundry detergent or glue.
Note that there is no need to use food dye if your laundry detergent is colored.