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31 Ways To Seriously Deep Clean Your Home. How to Clean a Kitchen: 29 Steps. Intense Living Room Cleanup Cleaning Living Room Intensely. How to Clean Your {Top-Loader} Washing Machine. How to Maintain a Vacuum Cleaner: 12 Steps. Edit Article Edited by Dvortygirl, Jonathan E., Nicole Willson, Chris Hadley and 16 others Your vacuum cleaner doesn't need very much attention, but a little simple maintenance will keep it working and cleaning as efficiently as it can.

How to Maintain a Vacuum Cleaner: 12 Steps

Maintaining your vacuum cleaner properly can also head off more costly repairs or replacement. Ad Steps 1 Unplug your vacuum cleaner before performing any maintenance on it. Goodbye to Yellow Armpit Stains! Homemade "Clorox" Wipes. Today, my journey to find cheaper, natural, and BETTERalternatives to the cleaning supplies I use in my home presented me with a showdown with what has been, up until now, one of my best cleaning allies…Clorox Wipes.

Homemade "Clorox" Wipes

There are a lot of reasons why I liked these little gems. The main reason being that I like being able to grab a cleaning wipe whenever I need one. I don’t want to have to fill a sink or a bucket with water and add cleaning solution to it, and I’m not crazy about spray cleaners. I also have issues with rinsing, dipping and wringing out the same rag over and over (often in the same dirty water) until you are done. (I have the same issue with mopping the floor….but that’s a pet peeve for another day.) That’s what I LIKE about Clorox wipes.

So today I’m breaking the Clorox wipes habit and embarking on a new cleaning experiment. Next I got an empty baby wipes dispenser that I had been saving for just this project and threw them all inside. From left to right: Farewell old friend. Do You Believe in Magic {Erasers}? Well, do you??

Do You Believe in Magic {Erasers}?

:-) I actually had never given it much thought. I thought the whole concept sounded weird…and just never thought to try one out. Fight Windshield Grime With Homemade Washer Fluid. 31 Natural Pest Control Methods . . . For Those Little Things That Really BUG You! 50 Ways to Make Your Home More Organized, More Attractive, and More Efficient. The modern home is far bigger than the home of just 30 years ago – and far more cluttered!

50 Ways to Make Your Home More Organized, More Attractive, and More Efficient

How can that happen? Basically, our demand for stuff is outstripping our ability to buy space – no wonder self-storage is one of the leading growth industries in the United States. Questions about runaway consumerism aside, what all this excess stuff means for most of us is more time spent maintaining our living spaces to keep some semblance of order in our lives. Most of us don’t want to spend our evenings and weekends – and more for work-at-home types – knee-deep in clutter, never sure where anything is, and constantly stepping over all those things that, for one reason or another, we just had to have.

We fight a constant battle against clutter around Chez Dustin. That’s why I asked you, our readers, to share some of your tips in one of the contests in the Great Big Summer Giveaway. General Household Tips Hide a cluttered bookshelf with a spring-loaded curtain rod and a set of curtains. Cleaning Guide - How to Clean Surfaces. 37 Ways to Give Your Kitchen a Deep Clean - BuzzFeed Mobile. 55 productive things you can do in 5 minutes. A few weeks ago I wrote on BabyCenter about my struggle to make the shift from long, uninterrupted stretches of time to the staccato’d life of motherhood.

55 productive things you can do in 5 minutes

Over time, I’ve gotten much better at finding ways to be productive in small windows of time. The fact of the matter is – you can get much more crossed off your list in 5 minutes than you might think. 6 Effective Ways to Clean Cutting Boards. You should regularly clean and disinfect your plastic and wooden cutting boards; here's how.

6 Effective Ways to Clean Cutting Boards

From Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things (Reader's Digest Association Books) Loading iStockphoto/Thinkstock Vinegar will disinfect. Using water and dishwashing detergent can weaken surface wood fibers on cutting boards and butcher block countertops. Using water and dishwashing detergent can weaken surface wood fibers on cutting boards and butcher block countertops. iStock/Thinkstock Hydrogen peroxide will kill bacteria. How to Clean a Toaster. Whether or not you tend to burn your toast or Pop Tarts, your toaster can be subject to carbon and crumb buildup over time.

How to Clean a Toaster

You can either let it sit until it starts smoking or catches on fire or you can give your toaster a good cleaning once a month. Turn off the toaster and unplug it Since burning yourself on the toaster would be even more unpleasant than starting a fire, make sure that it is cooled off before you attempt to clean it. If you’ve used it in the last ten minutes, give it at least an hour just to be safe. Don’t worry. How to Clean a Food Pantry. How to Clean a Refrigerator. 33 Meticulous Cleaning Tricks For The OCD Person Inside You - BuzzFeed Mobile. Twelve Things to do This November (in Preparation for Christmas) 7 Ideas For Storing and Organizing Your Beauty Loot Like a Champ: Girls in the Beauty Department: Beauty:

Oh, Pinterest, that loveable holder of great ideas—it's full of inspiration that'll get your beauty loot under control.

7 Ideas For Storing and Organizing Your Beauty Loot Like a Champ: Girls in the Beauty Department: Beauty:

Here are a few you can steal! Genius idea 1: Use Ikea spice racks for you to hold your hair supplies: Source: via Beth on Pinterest Genius idea 2: Hang a jewelry box on the wall and tuck all sorts of stuff in it. Source: via Beth on Pinterest Genius idea 3: Use pretty cake stands to stack everything up. Source: via Beth on Pinterest Genius idea 4: Use a magazine holder to hold your hairdryer.

Source: via Beth on Pinterest. Homemade cleaners. Or, 6 Reasons Why These Magic Mixes Will Cause You To So Deeply Regret All Those Years and Dollars You Wasted On Commercial Products That You May Need Grief Counseling 1.

Homemade cleaners

They are homemade. As Pinterest users can testify, anything DIY is automatically more awesome than the alternative. Which makes you cooler than other people who don’t make their own stuff. Spot clean. Monthly checklists. *** This post has moved to our new blog.

Monthly checklists

Go here to see the post and gain access to all the organizing checklists. To find this post in the future, update your pin with this url *** Is one of your goals this year to get more organized? If so, this post is for you. Below are monthly organizing checklists—one for each month of the year. Below are links to all of the checklists for the year, as well as links to the original blog posts. Enjoy – and happy organizing! Handy Life Tips. Surprising Cleaning New Uses - Real Simple.