A Clean Manor provides fresh and simple ideas for a clean and organized home.

I have to say that snow days in this house are WONDERFUL.  I work outside of the home so when I have a chance to stay home for a day I seriously get all giddy inside.  My 2 year old daughter and I enjoy breakfast together, play with her toys, and of course I get some extra time to clean around the house.  It just so happens that last week I had three, yes three, snow days in a row.  On one of these snow days I decided that I could perhaps turn on the television for a few minutes.  The Rachel Ray show was on with guest Liz Vaccariello.  She had a great bit about "odd" items that could be washed right in your dishwasher.  I was instantly hooked and knew that I just had to share these great items with you.  Just click on the link to watch the great video with instructions on how to wash each item.  Here are a few of the items that you just might want to stick right in your dishwasher.  For a complete lists check out the website and video.

• Baseball caps - just stick it on the top rack, it won't move, and will come out nice and clean. 

• Makeup and hair brushes -  stick them in the silverware rack.  How genius is that?



Posted by Tami on Feb 13 11 | Comments (2)
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No matter what we do in life.  Whether we work in an office, teach 30 elementary school students, or stay at home with our kids, we set goals for ourselves.  We set our vision, then our goals to help reach that vision, and from there make a list of how to go about accomplishing those goals.  When it comes to A Clean manor, we want to bring you tips that not only help you stay clean and organized on a daily basis, but that also help you reach goals that you haven't reached before.  Accomplishing the smallest goals is often very rewarding and it allows us to reach for bigger and better goals.  We have taken some time to set some realistic goals for ourselves over the past few months.  This will only help in bring YOU the best and quickest cleaning and organizing tools we have to offer. 

Shark Vac Then SteamToday, we'll start with a product review.  First of all, I have been eyeing up this product for several years! I just had a feeling that this cleaning product was NOT going to disappoint.  Let me just say that I was correct.  I received the Shark Vac Then Steam as a Christmas gift from none other than my mother!  I'm sure no one is surpised.  Now, I am NOT a person that gets upset at receiving this type of gift as a present. Oh no way. I was extremely excited.  So excited in fact that I will post a picture of myself receiving it.  Do you see the excitement on my face?  The Shark Vac Then Steam is a great tool for cleaning up messy hard surfaced floors.  To begin you can vacuum up the bits and pieces of crumbs that are left on the floor. In my home we own hard wood floors.  I simply plug in the vacuum and suck it all up!  You can then empty the container of dirt right into the trash can.  But, I have to be honest.  The next part is my favorite.  You then attach the steam-cleaning pad and add water.  Simply turn the switch and watch the steam begin to flow out of the Shark!  It's amazing.  I mop my entire floor using my Shark Mop. It steam cleans the floor and I love the job it does!  The pads used to clean the floor can then go into the washing machine to be cleaned! How great is that?  I then unplug, wrap it all up, and the nice and light vacuum is stored right in my laundry room.  Pretty awesome if you ask me.  Now, I will admit the price on the Shark Vac and Steam is a little higher, however, if you are an avid Kohl's shopper like me, you can find it on sale.  In fact, it is on sale right now for 40 dollars off the original price. Plus you can use your Kohl's coupons and get even a better deal!  Wowza. That's all I can say.  I love having my floors clean.  I love not ALWAYS having to get on my hands and knees and still feeling like it does a good job (yes I still do it on my hands and knees every once in a while for that extra shine).  If you have any questions at all feel free to ask and if you own any other Shark products I'd love to hear about them! 

Tami gets her Shark



Posted by Tami on Feb 1 11 | Comments (0)
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Sep 6, 2010

When a friend showed me this ADORABLE 10 pc. cleaning Trolley with working vacuum for kids I simply had to share it with you! My daughter loves to help mommy clean around the house and I love teaching her all about it. 

cleaning trolley for kids



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Aug 31, 2010

We must apologize for our absence these past few weeks!!  Tami is once again back to work and as many of you know, going back to school means adjusting to a whole new schedule (and way of life!!).  I think we are finally back on track after a few weeks of being a little hazy and very tired.  Much caffeine was required!!  We couldn't go any longer without sharing this great recipe with you!

Recently I was talking to my sister-in-law, and I was sharing with her a little about our blogging adventures.  I was telling her about the homemade detergent & glass cleaner; well, she said that she makes her own antibacterial cleaning wipes! So, of course, we had to make some and share the results with you. I did try it (both anti-bacterial & the bleached wipes), and I really do like them; plus they are so much cheaper! You can buy generic wipes at most super stores.  However, I didn't make it to our local super store.  I bought my wipes at a local store called Marc's (generic - 80 wipes for $1.79/each). Most small generic tubs of antibacterial wipes are only 45 wipes and with no coupon cost over $2.00!  Here is the exact recipe from Pamela, my sister-in-law.  Try it and let us know what you think!

ANTIBACTERIAL WIPES

The best value and the thickest cloth that I have found is the Value brand from Walmart. You can experiment with what you like best. This is a money saver, because there are many more wipes in the baby container.

1.  Fill the container with water and let the wipes soak for 10 minutes. 

2.  Drain the water, take the wipes out, and squeeze them dry.  Then repeat this process. 

3.  When the "baby wipe smell" is gone, remove the wipes from the container and set to the side. 

4.  Fill the container 1/3 of the way with water.

5.  Add 1/4 cup of all purpose anti-bacterial cleaner.   I used Mr. Clean but generic would work as well. 

6.  Mix the water and cleaner, and then put the wipes back in. 

7.  Let these soak overnight, and then drain the extra fluid.

8.  The wipes are ready to use.

*I also make bleach wipes using 2 tbsps of bleach instead of cleaner. You can also make windex wipes using Windex with the same process!



Posted by Kim on Aug 31 10 | Comments (0)
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travel mugI've mentioned before that my husband and I are coffee drinkers.  We love our coffee and make sure we have it with us before we head out the door each morning.  We have some very nice stainless steel travel mugs that begin to smell quickly from the milk/creamer we put in our coffee each morning.  The water and dish soap was just not helping get rid of the smell.  Therefore, I found a solution! 

Pour approximately one Tbls. of baking soda and 1/4 cup of vinegar into the travel mug and filled with a small amount of water.  It will fiz for just a few seconds and then you can fill up the rest with water.  Then set the lid to the side and make sure the opening to the lid is shut tight.  Pour a very small amount of baking soda and vinegar into the lid and lay it to the side.  Allow the mug/lid to sit for about 2 hours and then washed both with dish soap and hot water.  VOILA!!  The smell is gone and you have a fresh clean travel mug once again.  Try it out!



Posted by Tami on Aug 10 10 | Comments (2)
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