the best dishwasher detergent for clean, but dirty dishes

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.     This...   is embarrassing.   Every single glass we use is covered in hard water stains.   At our last family get together, my sister asked for a sip of water.  As I handed her the glass, I … [Read more...]

19 must see bathroom cleaning tips

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  My tub, toilet and sinks are soaking in bathroom cleaner as we speak.  I won't tell you how long its been since the bathroom was last cleaned, but I will say its been long enough that they need to soak a while.  I'm not sure why I put off cleaning like I do because it really only takes about 15 minutes to take a bathroom from dingy to … [Read more...]

it’s the little things: laundry symbol chart

laundry symbol chart

  My mom used to have a key ring that was a big, gold mesh circle that sparkled as it dangled from the ignition, and I wanted one just like it.  Knowing how much I admired that key ring, my bother surprised me with one for Christmas. Of all the gifts I received that year, it was my favorite.  Sometimes, it's the little things … [Read more...]

a happy ending: the solution to litter box odor

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  This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh Step and Meow Mix for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.   We'd only had Blackie for a few years, when we thought we'd lost him forever.     The three of us were leaving for dinner, so we closed the back door, locked it and went on our way.  We realized … [Read more...]

The Lazy Girl’s Tips for Spring Cleaning

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.   "Shiny Sinks" and "Stainless Steel' have been on my Spring Cleaning to-do list for weeks now.   But, we're not cleaning the sink today because there are dishes in the sink, and I'm not above holding out for someone else to … [Read more...]

6 secrets to keeping a clean (enough) home

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I used to think that if I was going to be a stay-at-home mom, then I'd better have a super clean home to show for it. That was 15 years ago.  At forty-five, I know better.  So, today I offer you a simple routine for keeping a clean home, or at least clean enough.   I've chosen these particular tasks for their mood lifting and fake out … [Read more...]

how to remove candle wax from votive holders


  There's nothing more frustrating that needing a votive holder, only to find leftover candle wax clinging to the bottom. Fortunately, I have a few tricks up my sleeve for solving that little dilemma.   How to remove candle wax from votive holders:     1. Melt   Place the votive holder in hot water. … [Read more...]

80+ Amazing Cleaning Tricks!

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I love the look and feel of a clean home. I'm addicted to reading and sharing cleaning tricks, like the ones I've collected on Hometalk.   But, cleaning is the number one thing that I "put off 'til tomorrow." I even made a cleaning schedule...that I never follow.  I'm more of a go with the flow person.  Trouble with that is, that the flow … [Read more...]

4 common household odors gone for good!

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Living in a small, open floor plan means that household odors travel. Today, I have a safe, inexpensive and natural deodorizer that will help you get rid of those common household odors for good. The worst offender in my home is the kitchen.  Between the trash can and garbage disposal,  something always needs freshening. 1.  Garbage … [Read more...]

just add water: all natural cleaning

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I love a clean home. I wish mine were clean. I love cleaning tips.  I love trying them, sharing them, reading them... What I don't love is having a different product for each cleaning task.  So, I've been on a mission to minimize. Not only minimize, but to make the switch, again, to all-natural cleaners. Did you know that vinegar and … [Read more...]