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

Get The Lazy Girl

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

wax

  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!

cleaning tips collage

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!

garbage disposal deodorizer

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

uses for vinegar, household tips

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...]

fresh towels

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"Do your towels stink?" Erica's question got me thinking. As a matter of fact, I had noticed the towels had lost that fresh feeling. So, I pinned Erica's solution and later put it to the test. You will wash the towels twice.   ~First, wash the towels in hot water and add about 2 cups of baking soda.   ~Then, filling … [Read more...]

get the dirt on dusting

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I eagerly scribbled "dust the ceiling fan"  on my Spring cleaning to-do list.  There was only one problem.  How was I going to keep the dust from getting all over everything below the ceiling fan? Tip #1:  I've mentioned this before, but it is best to clean your home from top to bottom.  That way you are not getting dust and dirt on already … [Read more...]