Grout Cleaning Tips & Recipes A few of the recipes below contain ammonia, or bleach, or vinegar (I’ve also included other homemade solutions that are gentler to use). There are some who claim that these items will degrade grout over time–what that amount of time is I don’t know (5 years? 50 years?) or that they may affect it in a way that makes them more susceptible to future discoloration. These items will help kill bacteria and remove stains, but make sure to rinse well with clear water. If you’re concerned about deterioration, use them well diluted (will reduce its effectiveness), or only in extreme situations, or try a method without using those ingredients at all. Tip: After you have brightened things up, apply a fresh coat of sealer so it is protected and harsh methods won’t be necessary on a regular basis. Important: Test colored product first before using any method to make sure it won’t be discolored. Here’s a list of general cleaners and brighteners you can try… Mildew Stains A few tips…
Homemade Household Cleaners and Detergents | Make Your Own Cleaners 400+ Recipes for Various Household Items- Cleaners, Detergents, Pest Removal Recipes, Laundry Care- stain removal, pet care, and more in Alphabetical Order 25 Things You Can Clean with Salt, Dryer Sheets, and Other Common Household Items Photo: krissen/Creative Commons The best part about being Good Enough Mother is that I make my living out of making haphazard fixes look like modern-day miracles. Okay, maybe it's just in my own mind that I think of it as "Good Enough Mother" magic! Salt 1. 2. 3. 4. Beauty Products Photo: Patricia Marie Photography/Creative Commons 5. 6. 7. Cooking oil Photo: jacob earl/Creative Commons 8. 9. Dryer Sheets and Newspaper Photo: Terre's Photos/Creative Commons 10. 11. 12. Vinegar Photo: artizone/Creative Commons 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. Baking Soda, Baby Wipes, and Pillowcases Photo: Dulamae/Creative Commons 20. 21.. 22. 23. From the Kitchen Photo: bubsinarms 24. 25. Now, look at you! Top Articles On Cleaning5 Tips For Tackling Big Bathroom Tasks7 Easy Wayt To Tame Kitchen ChaosHow To Remove Sharpie From Toddler And Other Objects
10 Simple Things to Make You Happier At Home Our homes are an extension of who we are: what we do within the walls of our abodes shapes our mood, affects our productivity, and influences our outlook on life. Scientific studies have shown that we can have an impact on our happiness by adjusting the tiny little habits and routines that constitute our daily lives — we are, in fact, in control of our outlook on life. It's amazing how a few tweaks to our daily habits can become a catalyst for meaningful, positive change. Here are a few simple things you can do every day to feel happier at home. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. (Image: Callen & Eli's Artful Treehouse)
25 Things You Can Do with a Lemon “If life hands you a lemon say ‘Oh yeah, I like lemons. What else you got?’” ~ Henry Rollins I’ve never gotten the whole “life giving you lemons” analogy. Lemons are awesome! A friend asked me why I go through a whole bag of lemons most weeks. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. Like elephant journal on Facebook. About Kate Bartolotta Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. If you liked this, you might like these: 75 Extraordinary Uses for Baking Soda Baking soda is a chemical compound that appears as a fine powder. It releases bubbles of carbon dioxide when it interacts with an acid and a liquid. It’s most commonly used in baking, where it acts as a leavening agent. The following are 75 other uses for baking soda aside from making muffins soft and fluffy. Health Uses 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. In the Home 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. In Cooking 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. Cleaning Purposes 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70. 71. 72. 73. 74. 75. The most amazing thing about baking soda is that it’s very cheap.
How to Get Pee Stains Out of a Mattress! It is spring cleaning week here on Inspired-Housewife and I joined iDreamofClean and 9 other bloggers in the Spring Cleaning Challenge for a chance to win some incredible prizes! You can join the fun too. Click the above link for more details soon, because contest ends April 5th. If you have children, then you likely dealt with nighttime pee pee accidents. I recently discovered a great way on how to get pee stains out of a mattress. My son had peed in his toddler bed earlier this week and laundry piled up because of sickness in my house. Getting Started: You need a measuring cup, tablespoon, funnel, and spray bottle. 8 ounces/237 ml hydrogen peroxide 3% (this can be found in a brown bottle in the first aid aisle of most pharmacies or stores) 3 tablespoons/14.29 grams of baking soda 1 drop of liquid hand dish washing soap Mix all ingredients into the spray bottle and use within 20 minutes. It is simple, safe and works great! Amee Shared On: Crunchy Betty Incoming search terms: Related posts:
How to Clean your Dishwasher I received a great response to my How to Clean your Washing Machine post. I’m so glad to know I wasn’t the only one out there with a dirty washing machine! That post however lead to more questions from my readers (which is awesome). Here’s a question I received from a reader: “Do you have any similar tricks for how to clean the dishwasher? Mine just looks gross. Answer: The process to cleaning your dishwasher is very similar to cleaning your washing machine. Step 1: Wipe out your dishwasher with a washcloth removing any excess food or grime. Step 2: Place a glass or mug on the top rack of an empty dishwasher and fill it with white vinegar. Step 3: Run your dishwasher through an entire cycle. Step 4: When the dishwasher has completed it’s cycle wipe it out again with a clean washcloth. Here’s a hint I learned from our repair man: Before running your dishwasher run let the water in your kitchen sink run until it gets to it’s hottest. Happy Cleaning!
Eight Ways to Ease into a Natural Home This post was written by Desiring Virtue’s monthly contributor, Katie Drumm. It seems to me that there is a lot of confusion and misinformation when it comes to household cleaners. Today I would like to share some facts that may turn you off from traditional cleaners, but also provide you with some wonderful, natural cleaning alternatives. The best part is that most of the things I use to clean my home I own anyway for cooking or first aid, so they are not only healthy, but frugal options! Living naturally can be a bit overwhelming, so I’ve broken down the way I clean my home and listed 8 easy ways that you can ease into your own natural home. 1. First, before you scoff and decide that you’d rather just bleach your home to death, take a moment to think about what you’re exposing yourself and your family to. Some More Things to Know: There is no federal administration to regulate the safety of household cleaners. I used to bleach my tile floors, my entire bathroom, and our white clothing.
The Worst Cleaners in America Common household cleaner ingredients can cause asthma, cancer, or even kill you. A squeaky-clean, spotless house brings a sense of pride to many Americans, but here's the toxic truth: something that should be making us feel good is actually making us sick. From cleaning ingredients powerful enough not just to cut through grease and grime, but also human bone and tissue to products labeled "nontoxic" and "green" that are in fact laced with hazardous ingredients, more than a few of the products on the market made Environmental Working Group's recent "EWG Database Cleaners Hall of Shame" list. The release of this list of some of the worst cleaners sold in America comes several months before EWG is slated to unveil a first-of-its-kind database that will rank the safety of cleaners on the market. Here are some of the most toxic cleaning products on the market, according to EWG. All-Purpose Cleaners • Simple Green Concentrated All-Purpose Cleaner—This product is anything but green.
9 Underarm & Deodorant Stain Removal Tips Looking for ways to clean up those nasty yellow armpit stains that sweating can leave behind on shirts? Or are you trying to combat crusty residue from deodorant? Here are several different remedies you can try, each using basic items you likely have in your home already. Sponge fabric with ammonia then rinse. Quick Tips: Apply baking soda to your underarms after applying deodorant, this can help prevent staining from happening in the first place. Note: As always, treat a test area first with chosen method of removal then watch that no permanent damage is done to clothing.
Joyful Homemaking: Simple Shower and Tub Cleaner A good homemade cleaner is worth its weight in gold. The pleasant part of bathrooms is selecting storage and accessories. The unpleasant part is cleaning them, and my distaste for cleaning showers is right up there with cleaning toilets. Not only are the ingredients so simple, but for me, the idea of using a dish wand was brilliant, since I’m usually a more tedious “spray and wipe cleaner.” All you have to do is fill a dish wand with half vinegar and half Dawn dish liquid. I also used it on the tub, although after a bath, and then also gave the tub a good rinse.It worked beautifully, and was so much quicker than my usual method of cleaning the tub and shower. Blessings,