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May 27, 2010

We received this tip about freshening your home from our reader, Natalie, and thought it was a great tip!

I worry about using those carpet fresheners (powders and sprays) with a baby being on the ground, so i found a new way to accomplish the same thing without putting anything on the floor.  If you have a bagless vacuum you can put air fresheners in the filter part.  I put a handful of Renuzit crystals in the filter holder of mine and now it smells great every time I vacuum, which is a lot! Also, every once in a while, i will febreeze the furnace filter, so whenever the air/heat kicks on, it smells good!  This could be done in a house where allergies are a problem as well. 

Posted by Tami on May 27 10 | Comments (2)
Categories: Bedroom, Living Room, Products,

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I've been interested in making my own laundry detergent for awhile, so I finally did some investigating & found a few recipes here.  I really wanted to use Fels Naptha soap as an ingredient--as I've used it for years for stains & thought it would be great to have it in the recipe.

The recipe I used:

1/3 bar of Fels Naptha soap

6 cups water


1/2 cup Borax

2 gallon bucket

Boil 6 cups water on top of the stove. Shave off 1/3 of the bar of Fels Naptha & put in the boiling water. Turn to low & keep stirring until dissolved. Stir in 1/2 c. washing soda & 1/2 c. Borax. Stir till thickened & remove from heat. Add 1 quart hot water to 2 gallon bucket. Add soap mixture & mix well. Fill bucket completely with additional hot water & mix well or until thickens. Cover & let sit for 24 hours. Use 1/4 - 1/2 cup per load.  The consistency is a little more gel like.  

There is quite a cost savings by making your own detergent.

 My cost :

This 2 gallons of detergent cost 71 cents.  If you use 1/2 cup per load the cost is 1.5 cents per load.   I only used 1/4 cup per load so I'm getting a great deal.  

I've been using this homemade detergent for over a week now & it's cleans the clothes the same as the store bought I was using!!

Posted by Kim on May 24 10 | Comments (7)
Categories: Laundry,

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May 20, 2010

In this family we LOVE coffee. My husband and I don't leave the house in the morning without our mugs of coffee in hand. Therefore, the coffee pot gets used quite frequently. I find that the best way to clean the coffee pot is to use 1 parts white vinegar to 2 parts water. Put a filter in the pot as normal and run the vinegar/water solution through the pot. My coffee pot happens to have a "clean" cycle, but if yours doesn't just brew as normal. If the pot hasn't been cleaned in awhile do this process at least twice. Then run a full pot of water through the pot at least twice to clean the vinegar out of the pot!

Posted by Tami on May 20 10 | Comments (0)
Categories: Kitchen,

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May 16, 2010

There is one bar of soap that I do not want to live without. I call it my miracle soap. With a toddler in the house there are constantly stains all over her clothes and this little soap is my life saver. Fels-Naptha soap has been around since the mid 1800s and has been a staple in many American homes for a long time. It comes wrapped in paper with its original logo and is slightly longer than a normal bar of soap at 5.5 oz. It is now owned by the Dial. You can watch a short video on Fels-Naptha HERE.

Personally, I keep the bar in a small Ziploc bag with a toothbrush inside. Any time I have a tough stain I put some water on the toothbrush, rub it on the soap, and brush the stain with the toothbrush. You can also scrub the bar directly on the stain or use a cheese grater and grate it right into your washer! It always makes my stains disappear! You can also use the soap in your homemade laundry detergent, which we are currently experimenting with, and even on your tile showers. The bar of Fels-Naptha lasts for quite a long time. The soap can be hard to find at times although I have found it at places such as Meijer or Walmart. This SITE sells it for $1.75 a bar with low shipping rates. I would tend to pay a little more for shipping seeing as how the soap lasts quite some time.  I definitely encourage you to buy a bar of this and try it out! You maybe never want to live without it!

Shirt With Stain

Shirt without Stain

Posted by Tami on May 16 10 | Comments (6)
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No matter where we are at in the stage of life, cleaning the apartment, condo, house, boat, whatever you call your "manor," is a fact of life. Where do we start? What is the best way to clean? How can we do it faster? These are all questions that I have asked myself at one time or another. Mom and I certainly don't have all of the answers now, but we are here to try and help and we know that you'll provide great insight along the way as well! So here the journey begins!

 One of the most difficult things about cleaning is knowing where to begin. If there isn't a set "plan" it seems like nothing ever really gets clean and everything just begins to pile up until you are cleaning for what seems like hours and hours or just never cleaning at all. Getting a cleaning schedule down on paper is a great way to avoid always feeling stressed out about cleaning. Cleaning one or two rooms a day is much better than cleaning the entire house in 1 day! Although you are cleaning every day, it never takes hours and hours and nothing turns into huge piles of work!

 Everyone's schedule will obviously look different depending on when you want to clean, how big your house is, what your work schedule is like, etc. so we'll just give you an example of what one might look like. First, write down the days that you think you will be able to clean 1 or 2 rooms in the house. Both mom and I take Sundays off completely of cleaning anything in the house and its wonderful to have a day where you enjoy your clean house! After you write down the days, think about 1 or 2 areas you like to clean each day and pencil them in. We like to start the week off with the stuff we think as more difficult and leave the easier stuff for the end of the week when we are more tired! We will be going much more in detail later on specifics of what we clean IN each of these rooms, however, this is what our cleaning schedules might look like.


 Tami's usually looks something like this:

Monday: Bathrooms

Tuesday: Kitchen

Wednesday: Dust and Vaccuum (my house is pretty small so I can do all in one day)

Thursday: the office (ug)

Friday: what? clean? its Friday!!! TGIF!!

Saturday: laundry, general clean up and if I'm home any other little things that need picked up or filed, etc

Sunday: day of REST!


Kim's usually looks something like this: (is different now because the upstairs is not used)

Tuesday: Bathroom & Kitchen

Wednesday: Dust & Vacuum

Thursday: Family Room

Saturday: open in case we want to get up & go!

Try sticking as close to your schedule as possible. There are going to be weeks when it all doesn't get done, but that's just life! If you try and stick to your schedule as much as possible those piles that seem to appear just won't! We do have to say that our husbands are really good (trained) at putting things back where they belong. They have learned what a difference it makes when we are attempting to clean everything if there aren't piles to begin with and we often thank them for not making the piles. If you have this struggle perhaps you can sit down and make your schedule with your husband and talk over how VERY helpful it is when stuff is put back where it goes!!

 Do you have a cleaning schedule? If so, what does yours look like? We'd LOVE to hear your ideas!!

Posted by Tami on May 12 10 | Comments (3)

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