How to Protect Your Hair From Summer Damage

We love the sun, the pool, and the beach during the summer, but all these are very bad for our hair. Find out how to protect your hair from summer damage! How to Protect Your Hair From Summer Damage via tipsaholic.com #hair #hairitis #summer #sundamage #hairdamage


How to Protect Your Hair From Summer Damage
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Everything that we love about summer — the sun, the pool, and the beach — is, unfortunately, very bad for our hair. Protect your hair from summer damage by taking some precautions and dedicating a few minutes to your hair before and after participating in summer fun. Check out the hair protecting tips below!

How to Protect Your Hair From the Sun

You probably already know that the sun can lighten your hair with prolonged exposure. But this is actually proof of the damaging effects of the sun on your hair! Your skin protects itself from the sun by getting darker, while your hair is already dead and cannot protect itself. Hair that is damaged by the sun will become more coarse and get tangled easy. It’ll also dry out and become brittle. You’ll need to step in and take action to protect your hair, especially if you’re vacationing somewhere near the equator! Here’s how:

  • Cover up your hair is the easiest way to protect your hair from the sun. A large sun hat always works, but you could also wear a pretty head scarf to wrap up your hair or even a turban!
  • Apply sunscreen to your hair. Yes, you can use your sunscreen on your hair. Mix three teaspoons of sunscreen with 1 1/2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake and spritz! You can also purchase sunscreen specifically formulated for use on the hair, like this one.
  • Since the sun strips moisture from your hair, you can prevent sun damage by keeping your hair moisturized. Put conditioner in your hair and don’t wash it out before going out in the sun.
  • The most vulnerable part of your hair is the ends, since they are the oldest. Put your hair in an updo to protect your ends.
  • Sesame oil is a natural sunscreen and has many other benefits for your hair. It will also lock in moisture.
  • Shea butter is great for naturally dry hair types. It also has SPF in it to protect your hair from damaging sun rays.

How to Protect Your Hair From Chloride

Chloride may keep pools clean, but it can wreck havoc on your hair. The disinfectants in chloride works by breaking down and removing dirt, bacteria, and oil in the pool. We naturally produce some oils in our hair to maintain moisture and to protect it. Regular exposure to chloride will dry out hair and make it more porous and susceptible to further damage. If you love going to the pool, try these tips to protect your hair from chloride:

  • Wet your hair before jumping into the pool. Some pools have showers, so be sure to give your hair a rinse. Your hair is like a sponge — it’ll soak up water when it gets wet. You want it to be saturated with clean water so it’ll be “full” before you go into the pool, so the pool water won’t be able to enter your hair shaft. If your pool doesn’t have a shower, bring a small bottle of water and wet your hair with it.
  • Put your hair up and wear a hat or scarf and try not to get your hair wet or minimize the amount of chloride that gets on your hair.
  • Always rinse your hair after swimming. Just a simple water rinse will do wonders; using a clarifying shampoo and then a deep conditioner is even better.
  • Try an apple cider vinegar rinse after swimming to remove chloride deposits.
  • If you’re an avid swimmer, you should probably seriously consider using a swimming cap to protect your hair. Add olive oil to your hair before putting on the cap, or a deep conditioner.
  • Lots of swimming can lead to green hair, especially if your hair is bleached. If that happens to you, try dissolving aspirin in water and then rinse your hair with it.
  • Do not ever, ever, ever, ever go get your hair done at a salon without washing your hair completely after swimming! The combination of chloride and salon chemicals can lead to a hair disaster.

How to Protect Your Hair From Ocean Water

Salt water is very good for your skin, but not so much for your hair. The high salt content in beach water can strip moisture out of hair, causing it to be dry, brittle, rough-feeling, tangled, dull, and hard to comb. Follow these tips to protect your hair from salt water:

  • Do a pre-shampooing conditioning treatment, like this one, before going to the beach.
  • A leave-in conditioner that’s specialized for swimming will help your hair retain moisture. A spray formula, like this one, would be easy to put in your beach bag so you can put it on right before enjoying the beach waves.
  • After swimming, treat your hair with a “hair mask” that includes warm honey and buttermilk. Watch this video to learn how to make it yourself!

Go out and swim and enjoy the sun this summer! As long as you take the above precautions, your hair will remain healthy and beautiful. Do you have any other hair care tips for the swimming season?

For more hair tips, check out 7 Hot Beach Hairdos and 4 Messy Hairstyles.

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The kitchen is a place where a lot of things happen. Cooking, preparing food, eating, cleaning and just about everything else in between. A kitchen may seem clean, but there are some germs that could be hanging around that you can’t see! Check out the 7 Deadly Germs of the Kitchen infographic from Pressure Washer Today. Learn how to help prevent and treat these germs so they don’t lead to health issues.

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16 Tips for Outdoor Summer Fun with Kids

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16 Tips for Outdoor Summer Fun with Kids
 

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One of the best things about summer is getting the kids outside and having fun. From old school games in the backyard, to crafts in the driveway, to science experiments that leave the kids both learning and laughing, there are so many activities to do. Here are 16 tips for outdoor summer fun with kids.

 

The backyard is a perfect place to set up some games for the kids to play. The family can enjoy spending time together close to home. Plus, many of these ideas could be used to get the whole neighborhood together. Most are simple to put together, but can lead to a lot of fun.

 

1. Backyard twister is perfect way to introduce a game from your childhood. After all it is new to the kids! Just a little paint and your ready.

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Backyard Twister

 

2. Put kids in their ok-to-get-messy-in clothes and let them run through a mud run obstacle course. The one time you won’t say to them, “Stay out of the dirt!”

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Mud Run Obstacle Course

3. While this one takes a little more work, a DIY bean bag toss (or cornhole game to some) could be easily decorated for any event. Plus, it is on the skill level of little kids, but is still lots of fun for those who are older.

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Cornhole/Bean Bag Toss Game

4. Boats made from soap can float down a gutter. This can be a race to the finish or make it a cooperative game by have the kids team up to make the most creative looking boat. A great way to clean up without letting the fun end.

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Soap Boat Race

 

5. And for when the sun goes down, the fun doesn’t end. Break out the glow sticks for a ring toss.

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Glow Stick Ring Toss

6. Frisbee Tic Tac Toe is a great way to play a classic game and throw some frisbees.

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Tic Tac Toe Frisbee

 

After the kids have fun running around the backyard, move on to crafts and art projects. Since these can get a little messy, they are perfect for outdoor summer fun.

 

7. This is a simple way to have your kids create art while stilling getting them moving. Dip balls or other objects into paint and let them toss it at a box lined with paper. Instant masterpiece!

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Throw Ball Painting

8. Incorporate the outdoors into the art. Have kids gather leaves, and make a leaf rubbing using whatever color they choose.

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Leaf Rubbings

9. Use the driveway as a canvas and let the kids color with frozen chalk. Perfect for those hot summer days.

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Ice Chalk

10. This masterpiece can be created by having the kids blow bubbles and letting them pop on the paper. The secret is adding a little food coloring to the soap.

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Popped Bubble Art

11. Use what is in nature all around to make art. The kids can grab sticks, leaves, seeds…anything they find, and arrange them into silly faces, or something else. Take a picture to preserve the kid’s creations.

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 Nature Faces

For more summer outdoor fun with kids, add in a few science experiments. With so many things to try there is definitely an idea here that your kids will want to do. They will be having so much fun, they won’t even know they are learning!

12. A balloon race will put a smile on everyone’s face.

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Balloon Rocket Experiment

13. Set up a science lab in the backyard. Discuss what happens when different chemicals are mixed together such as vinegar and baking soda to mentos and diet coke. Always a hit!

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Backyard Science Lab

14. Talk about the effect the sun has on things. Try out these fun solar science experiments including building the kid’s very own solar powered oven. The nachos will make a great treat.

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Solar Science Experiments

15. This volcano will extend the fun to the beach or the playground sandbox.

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Sand Volcano Fun

 

16. Grow a garden with your kids. It is a great way to teach them about how plants grow.

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Easy Plants to Grow with Kids

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25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil

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Thieves Essential Oil Blend is really handy to have around the house.  Combining cinnamon bark, cloves, rosemary and other botanicals, Thieves is a great disinfectant, purifier, and immunity booster.  There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to put Thieves to good use.  Young Living Oils are therapeutic grade, and can be used as diffusers, topically, or ingested in moderation.  If you’d like some ideas for DIY recipes using Thieves oil, we’ve got you covered!

1. Thieves Tea – Thieves is the main ingredient in this all-natural sore-throat fighting, nasty cold-repelling tea!  Combined with lemon essential oil, honey and hot water, it soothes a sore throat and fights off your impending cold.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

2. Homemade Cough Drops – Create natural cough drops by combining boiling honey with Thieves and lemon.  Use a candy mold to create uniform lozenge-shapes.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

3. Sinus Infection Buster Bombs – Get rid of your sinus infection in a snap!  Using a combination of essential oils in a capsule and then diffused into the air can knock your sinus infection out.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

4. Vapor Rub – Vapor Rub, like Vick’s or Mentholatum, have been a common remedy for head and chest congestion for years.  Make your own rub with soothing shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax, along with Thieves and other oils.  It’s safe for kids and adults and will have you breathing better in no time.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

5. DIY Toothpaste – You can make your own toothpaste with a few different oils and baking soda!  It’s all natural and non-toxic, which makes it a great idea for kids who might accidentally swallow it!Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

6. Mouthwash – You won’t believe it, but this mouthwash takes only 3 ingredients!  And one of those comes right out of your tap.  For all the benefits of strong mouthwash without any of the unpronounceable ingredients!Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

7. Breath Mints – Cook up some of your own breath mints!  They’ll contain only natural ingredients and attack root causes of bad breath, like tummy problems, dry mouth, stuck on food particles and bacteria.  Plus, it won’t have any sugar like store bought mints.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

8. DIY Clinical Strength Deodorant – Mix together several pantry staples along with coconut oil and essential oil blends (including Thieves oil) and apply as you would store-bought deodorant.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

9. Sugar Scrub – Get rid of flaky winter skin!  Mixing Thieves oil into this recipe for a facial scrub is a great way to add some immunity boosting powers to your skin care routine, along with adding anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties!Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

10. Foot Soak – Sprinkle a little in your water when soaking your feet pre-pedicure.  It will take care of any bacteria in the foot tub, soak into your pores and boost general health, and smell great!  There are different recipes for a foot bath that can relax, rejuvenate or moisturize according to your needs.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

11. Antibacterial Moisturizing Lotion Bars – Hand soap can be rough on your skin.  If you’d like a gentle alternative, you can use essential oils to make your own antibacterial bars sans soap of any kind.  Adding coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax really help to soften your skin, protect and add even more antibacterial properties.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

12. Lip Balm – Make your own super-moisturizing lip balm to replace the pricy chapsticks and ointments from the store.  You can flavor it with essential oil.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

13. Foaming Hand Soap – Did you know you can make your own fancy-pants foaming soap?  It’s true!  There’s only three ingredients, but you can add any essential oils you like along with Thieves to create a small you love.  Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

14. Squeeze Bottle Germ-buster – Make your own hand sanitizer that’s all natural and super safe for kids to use.  All you need is aloe vera gel, Thieves, a carrier oil and some water!  Keep those germs at bay without chemicals or alcohol.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

15. Thieves Oil Salve – Whip up this easy concoction and use it to moisturize your hands, spread thinly over cuts or scraps, and banish bacteria!Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

16. Anti-Itch Gel – Thieves can be used with coconut oil, aloe vera gel, or massage oil to help with itchy rashes.  This is particularly true for poison ivy or oak problems.

 

17. Bug Spray – Ditch those store-bought bug repellents with all those nasty chemicals!  Most of them clearly state on the canister that they aren’t child-safe.  Make your own with this super easy recipe and a combination of Thieves, Purification and Peppermint oils.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

18. DIY Mold Killer – If your bathroom or damp basement is prone to nasty mold buildup, you can banish it quickly by combining Thieves with other essential oils and distilled white vinegar.  Just put it in a glass spray bottle, shake it up and spray!  It also prevents mold from coming back.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

19. Cleaning Wipes – If you’re a fan of the convenience and ease of cleaning wipes such as clorox or lysol, you can make your own!  Thieves is a key ingredient, along with castile soap and water.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

20. Kitchen Cleaner – This kitchen cleaner is a cinch to make with some common household ingredients – including vinegar.  Add in some Thieves oil for it’s antibacterial and anti-fungal qualities.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

21. WetJet Cleaning Solution – Mix some solution up for your swiffer WetJet!  No need to buy the WetJet solution anymore when you have water, vinegar, castile soap and Thieves oil.  Though this idea is for a WetJet mop, you could easily just add this to a bucket and clean your floors with a regular mop as well!Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

22. Toilet Bowl Cleaner – With just some baking soda and Thieves oil, you can easily and effectively clean your toilet bowls.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

23. Laundry Soap – Personalize your laundry soap by adding your favorite essential oils, along with Thieves oil for antibacterials and purification.  Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

24. Playdough –  Add a few drops to your favorite homemade playdough recipe!  Not only will it smell great, but it will absorb through your child’s skin and boost their immune system.  It’s a great way to ward off sickness in kids who are adverse to gargling, oil-pulling, and taking capsules!Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

25. Oil Diffusing Pendants – These homemade necklaces can diffuse any oil in a small, personal amount, any time you like!  The DIY recipe includes information for Thieves oil use, which can boost individual immune systems.Thieves Essential Oil Blend is handy. There are a myriad of ways you can use Thieves oil, and many different products you can make to use. 25 DIY Recipes Using Thieves Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #EO #essentialoils #thieves #oilrecipes #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils

 

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Joy is an essential oil blend by Young Living. It combines Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Coriander, Lemon, Tangerine, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose into oil that can be used in a multitude of ways. While Joy is often used as a great mood enhancer that can give emotional balance and an uplifting feeling, this multi-functioning essential oil can also be used in many places all over the house. From the floor to the car to the laundry, a little bit of Joy essential oil can be just the right amount to spread a whole lot of goodness around. Plus, this essential oil could be a replacement for other chemical cleaning products and perfumes.  Here are six great ways that you can get the most benefit from Joy throughout your home…

 

1. Clean the Floors with Joy – Just add a few drops of Joy on a cotton ball and place inside the canister of your vacuum cleaner.  The floral smell will then be spread throughout the house as you clean the floors. Or sprinkle a few drops onto a rag and wipe down the hard floors in your home.

 

2. Add Joy to Laundry – Place a few drops on a cloth and put it in the dryer for great smelling clothes.

 

3. Fragrant Joy Deodorant – Mix in a small jar: 2 oz cornstarch, 1 oz baking soda, 5 drops Joy.  Apply to underarms instead of traditional deodorant.

 

4. Put Joy in Body Lotion – Stir a few drops into plain lotion for a joyful addition to your daily beauty regimen.

 

5. Use Joy as a Car Air Freshener – Place 1-2 drops of Joy on a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your car or mix with water in a spray bottle and spritz the inside of your vehicle to help put the family in a good mood.

 

6. Scented Stationary Spreads Joy to Others – Sprinkle Joy on note cards and letters to make a lovely scented stationary that lifts others’ spirits, too.

 

 

 

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How to Use Lemon Essential Oil to Clean Your Home

Lemon essential oil is a great cleaning aid, thanks to its strong citrus scent and D-limonene. Find how to use lemon essential oil to clean your home! How to Use Lemon Essential Oil to Clean Your Home, 10 ways via tipsaholic.com #oils #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils #cleaning #lemonoil #lemonessentialoil


How to Use Lemon Essential Oil to Clean Your Home
Lemon essential oil, which is cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons, has several properties that make it a great cleaning aid. It has a strong citrus scent that helps to remove offending odors and contains D-limonene, which is an effective solvent for dirt and grease. Here are 10 tips on how to use lemon essential oil to clean your home!

 

1. Disinfect Your Kitchen Countertops

Instead of using bleach and other harsh chemicals to clean and disinfect your kitchen countertops, fill up a spray bottle with 40 drops of lemon oil and 20 drops of tea tree oil. Finish off your bottle with pure water and a little white vinegar. You can also use this mixture to clean your bathrooms of mold.

 

2. Sanitize Your Dishwasher

Put a dishwasher-safe container on the top rack of your dishwasher and fill it with two cups of vinegar. Add 7 to 10 drops of lemon essential oil to the container and then run the dishwasher on the hottest setting. This will completely clean your dishwasher and leave it smelling lemony fresh!

You can also add a drop of lemon oil to your dishwasher every time you run it to enjoy spot-free dishes and glasses.

 

3. Clean Your Carpet

Forget the heavy chemicals of conventional carpet cleaners and mix 10 to 15 drops of lemon essential oil with one gallon of water. Pour the mixture into a steamer or a carpet cleaner to clean your carpets. Bonus: you’ll enjoy the natural lemon scent afterwards!

 

4. Wipe Down Your Windows

In a glass spray bottle, combine 1 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/2 cup distilled water, and 8 drops of lemon essential oil for an effective and green window cleaner.

 

5. Freshen Your Indoor Air

A guest’s first impression of your home is often how your indoor air smells. Make your indoor air inviting by freshening it up with a spray bottle filled with 5 to 6 drops of lemon oil and 1 to 2 cups of water.

 

6. Remove Stains from White Sinks, Countertops, and Tubs

Mix two tablespoons baking soda and 1 to 2 tablespoons water with 3 to 4 drops of lemon essential oil to make a paste. Use the paste to scrub on stubborn stains on your bath tubs, white shower surrounds, light countertops, or a white sink. The lemon essential oil works by lightening the stains.

 

7. Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Get rid of odors in your garbage disposal by adding 1 to 2 drops of lemon oil right down the disposal. Let it work for at least a minute and then turn on the warm water on your faucet to flush it out.

 

8. Disinfect Your Cutting Board

A cutting board, if not cleaned properly, can hold harmful bacteria that can make you and your family sick. Disinfect your cutting boards by rubbing two to three drops of lemon oil on them. Wait for a few minutes and then rinse your boards with hot water and wash with soap.

 

9. Wipe Down Your Dry Erase Board

If you have a dry erase board, you’ve probably struggled to clean it completely of marks left behind by markers. Put a few drops of lemon essential oil on a cloth or a cotton ball and wipe off your board for a sparkling clean result.

 

10. Polish Your Wood Furniture

Wood furniture needs to be cleaned and polished from time to time. You can do that with a spray bottle that contains 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup vinegar, and 10 drops of lemon essential oil. Spray it on a microfiber cloth and use it to clean your wood furniture and other wood surfaces.

 

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25 Simple Ways to Use Thieves Essential Oil

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Thieves Essential Oil blend is a fantastic natural addition to your medicine cabinet.  This oil is a proprietary blend of rosemary, cloves and other aromatics and botanicals.  It’s beneficial for immune support and is well known for it’s purifying properties.  Thieves can be used as an aromatic or topically, giving it a lot of versatility.  How versatile, you ask?  Well, here’s just a sample of the simple ways to use Thieves essential oil in your home!

 

1. Immune Support Capsules – Pour a few drops of the oil in a capsule and swallow with water for a boost to your immune system.  Fight off colds during flu season before you even feel them coming!  Or take them periodically on a regular schedule to increase longevity.

 

2.  Topical Rub – Feeling ill?  Kick cold or stomach bug symptoms to the curb.  Dilute Thieves with regular olive oil and rub it on the soles of the feet (or along the spine for particularly nasty bugs).  This will help your body absorb their purifying properties and jump start your immune response to sickness.

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3. Laryngitis – Place a diluted drop of Thieves under your tongue when your voice is raspy or gone entirely.  It’ll help clear up your vocal strain in no time.

 

4. Nasal Function – If you’re feeling sniffly, sneezy and itchy, putting Thieves on the soles of the feet can alleviate symptoms and encourage proper nasal function.  You can also apply a drop of Thieves diluted in a drop of olive oil directly under your nose.

 

5. Lung Congestion – Place Thieves in a diffuser then drape your head with a towel, trapping the vapors.  Breath the vapors in for up to 5 minutes.

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6. Travel Well – Take Thieves along with you when you travel on planes, trains or buses.  Rub some into the soles of your feet or take a drop or two with orange juice to ward off airborne illnesses and amp up your immune system.

 

7. Throat Spray – Adding Thieves to a spray bottle of water and sea salt can create your very own version of a disinfectant spray.  You can then use this to numb a sore throat!

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8. Headache Relief – This quick fix for headaches requires nothing special at all!  Simply use a finger to apply a drop of Thieves to the roof of your mouth.

 

9. Skin abrasions – If you’ve got a small cut or simple abrasion, ditch the Neosporin and try Thieves instead.  Apply 1-3 drops with a cotton ball or q-tip to the wound for anti-bacterial purposes and to speed healing.

 

10.  Skin Care – To help with acne, you can dilute a few drop of Thieves with a carrier oil, like coconut oil (known for anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties), and apply it to affected spots with a q-tip.  Or mix it with olive oil and apply over the face.  It’s nontoxic and will clean away nasty germs.

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11. Wart Remover – No more expensive and only slightly affective OTC wart removers!  All you need to do is apply Thieves directly to the affected area – or dilute it with some coconut oil.  It’ll kill any viruses there and get rid of those warts completely.  Added bonus: the coconut oil will moisturize the area as well!

 

12. Athlete’s Foot – Rub oil “neat” (undiluted) directly onto the area of your foot that’s infected.  Or you can make a foot soak with warm water, epsom salts and thieves combined.

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13. Canker Sore Relief – Follow the directions here to fight off canker sores.  You can apply the oil “neat” (undiluted) directly to the spot, or dilute it with coconut oil – known for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.  Not only will it speed the healing process, but it will numb the area upon contact for some needed relief.

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14. Gum Health – Rub a drop of oil neat on irritated areas of the gum, or dilute it with a natural oil carrier like coconut or olive oil, then apply with a q-tip.  It will reduce swelling and inflammation, kill germs and bacteria, and promote overall dental health.  Plus, it’ll help freshen your breath!

 

15. Oil-pulling – Combine a drop of Thieves with coconut oil for regular oil-pulling.  This can help with oral hygiene, as well as immune support and overall health.

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16.  Remove Splinters – Applying Thieves oil to a sliver or splinter and allowing it to rest for about 5 minutes will reduce the inflammation and cause the sliver to rise to the surface of the skin.  With its anti-bacterial properties it’s a great alternative to rubbing alcohol or the like.

 

17. Natural Air Purifier – Use a diffuser with Thieves for 15-30 minutes in your home to purify the air.  It will start removing mold around the house and eliminate some germs.  It leaves a refreshing, natural and clean scent.  It can also promote a happier mood.

 

18. Floor Care – Add a few drops to a bucket of water and mop your floor as you normally do.  It will ward of mold and mildew, kill germs and bacteria and make your floors smell good!

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19. Sani-Wipes – Add a few drops of Thieves to warm water, then dip in clean, small scraps of cotton or muslin cloth.  Wring them out well, then keep them in a small, airtight glass jar.  Take them with you when shopping to disinfect shopping carts and other germy surfaces.  It’s nontoxic, so perfectly safe with kids.

 

20.  Dishwashing – Use a few drops in your dishwater or dishwasher along with your regular detergent to thoroughly clean your dishes.  Bonus: it eliminates any lingering odor from grease or strong-smelling foods!

 

21. Purifying Spray – Add Thieves to water in a glass spray bottle and spray everything that is high traffic – light switches, doorknobs, countertops, etc.  This is especially effective during flu season to ward off unwanted germs and bacteria.  It can also get rid of mold in damp areas and prevent future mold build up – just add some distilled white vinegar as well.

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22. Bath Toy Disinfectant – Make a solution of equal parts vinegar and hot water, then add a few drops of Thieves.  Soak your bath toys for 10 minutes to get rid of mold and help with mold prevention.

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23. Canine Wound Care – If you’ve got a furry four-legged friend that’s prone to surface scrapes and abrasions, you can use Thieves to clean the cut and speed healing.

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24. Marker Eraser – If you accidentally grab the wrong type of marker when using a white board, you can make that “permanent” problem go away by putting a few drop of Thieves on a tissue and rubbing.

 

25. Plant Care – Spraying diluted Thieves on houseplants or gardens can repel insects and guard against mold or fungus.  Learn more essential oil plant care tips at the link.

 

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How to Clean a Bathroom Using Clorox Bleach

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How to Clean a Bathroom with Clorox Bleach

Cleaning can be fun, but sometimes when it is cleaning the bathroom it seems like a daunting chore. Even though the job might not be fun it can be easy and stress free by using Clorox Bleach products to ensure germs, mildew and messes are cleaned up. Let’s get to cleaning with our tips on how to clean a bathroom using Clorox Bleach.

Shower Curtains: Avoid mildew build up by washing shower curtains often. Vinyl and synthetic shower curtain liners can be washed in a washing machine with laundry detergent and Clorox bleach. This is a great way to avoid buying new shower curtain liners too often, yet keeps them fresh and free of mildew.

Bathroom Surfaces (Hard and Nonporous):  Use Clorox bleach to wipe down bathtubs, shower doors, tile and floors. Clorox Bleach kills mildew and mold. That kind of cleaning power will keep the bathroom disinfected and sparkling.

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Grout: Grout is one of the rough parts about tile. It gets dirty easily, but now there is a great way to keep grout looking nice and new. Grab a Clorox Bleach Gel Pen to remove those stubborn stains. Squeeze the pen and apply liberally to stains. Rub and rinse.

Sinks and Drains: Clean and disinfect sinks daily with Clorox Clean-up Cleaner plus Bleach. For drains in need of deodorizing, flush with water. Followed by pouring 3/4 cup of Clorox Bleach down the drain. To finish, flush with hot water for a couple of minutes.

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Toilets: Hate getting to close to the toilet? Try the Clorox ToiletWand to get a clean look from a distance. Throw away the mess and get a brand new cleaning head for the next cleaning. Or use Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner to freshen up the toilet after each flush. If you have time it is great to wipe the toilet with Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Clorox Bleach or using Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner with bleach. Don’t forget to wipe the the handle daily with Clorox Disinfecting wipes.

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Tubs & Showers: Get rid of all that soap scum in the bathtub or shower by spraying surfaces with Clorox Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner until the surfaces are wet. Allow the product to work for 10 minutes. Rinse! No scrubbing necessary.

In a hurry? Use Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. They are great for a quick clean up around the entire bathroom. Use on sinks, toilets, showers, sinks and other bathroom surfaces to kill germs.

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All in one Cleaner: To simplify bathroom cleaning use Clorox Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner. It works wonders on tubs, showers, floors, faucets, etc. To use simply spray on surfaces, allow the cleaner to penetrate dirt and soap scum. Wipe with a wet sponge or cloth and rinse with water.

What ways do you use Clorox Bleach to clean your bathroom?

Thanks to Clorox for sponsoring this post, all opinions are my own.

 

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Fast Clean Your Home – How to Get it Done!

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Whether you live in a one-bedroom apartment or four-bedroom home, keeping every surface and area clean often feels overwhelming. Life is busy enough without worrying about keeping your tub free of soap scum and kitchen floor glistening. Plus, who really wants to spend hours a day cleaning anyway? There are tons of strategies out there to help you get the job done faster. To get you started, here are five ways to fast clean your home that you can implement right now.

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Set a timer

If you’re trying to speed up the cleaning process, set the timer for 15 minutes and focus on one task such as dusting or one area of the house like the family room. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish in a short amount of time. Once those 15 minutes are up, move on to the next room or task. This tip can also be a great way to motivate your kids to help out. Having an end point in sight helps reducing whining; plus, they can race each other to see who can complete the most chores the fastest.

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Work top-to-bottom, left-to-right

Cleaning a room from top to bottom isn’t a cliche saying without merit. Arianne Cohen from Woman’s Day says cleaning experts recommend starting at the tallest point of the room and completing your tasks from left to right. This approach will prevent you from missing spots in the room and dirtying areas you’ve already cleaned.

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Keep cleaning supplies in every room

Keeping cleaning supplies in every room makes it easier to clean as you go and take care of messes as soon as they happen. This also helps break up tasks. You don’t have to set aside a specific time to clean the entire bathroom if you quickly complete a task or two as you go about your typical day.

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Invest in a 50 ft extension cord

Most of us aren’t lucky enough to have a vacuum system built into our home. To prevent having to unplug the vacuum each time you move to a new room, invest in a 50 ft. extension cord. Extra tip: use your vacuum attachments to clean inside drawers and remove dust from shelves instead of setting aside a separate time to dust.

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Use microfiber cloths

Microfiber cloths leave lint and streak free results and won’t damage paint or other surfaces. One swipe across a mirror or window and you’re done. Using these cloths are also a great way to cut down on paper towel costs and be more environmentally friendly. You can purchase a 24-pack from Amazon.com for $12.99 with free shipping for Amazon Prime members. They also make great dusters without the need for any additional cleaning solutions.

 

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How to Keep Your Kitchen Clean

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The kitchen can be one of the more difficult rooms in your home to keep clean.  A high traffic area prone to spills, grime, and grease, regular maintenance is a must. Keeping appliances and surfaces clean doesn’t mean you have to use harsh chemicals. Baking soda and vinegar provide many green living, natural options. Here are five strategies for how to keep your kitchen clean that you can start using today.

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Prevent hard water stains

To help prevent hard water stains, make it a habit to dry up water immediately and wipe down your faucet after every use. If some hard water stains do develop, Home Guides recommends creating a solution of vinegar, water, and a splash of lemon juice to treat the stains.

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Wash dishes while you cook

It’s tempting to toss all your dirty dishes in the sink while you’re baking or cooking a meal. If you have a dishwasher, make sure it’s empty before you start cooking so you can load dirty items as soon as you’re done using them. If you don’t have a dishwasher, wash and put away each utensil, pan, and bowl as you go so you don’t end your cooking session with an overflowing sink and no energy to cleanup afterwards.

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Peel fruits and vegetables into a paper or plastic bag

Peeling fruits and vegetables into a plastic bag rather than the sink or cutting board makes cleanup a breeze. Real Simple has more great tips for using plastic bags as clever cleaning tools. Green living bonus–if you use a paper bag instead of plastic, you can take your scraps directly to your yard waste bin or compost pile.

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Clean the oven with natural products

You don’t have to use harsh chemicals to achieve superior results when cleaning your oven. Stephanie from Hello Natural has a great recipe for a DIY non-toxic oven cleaner. During fall and winter when your oven sees more traffic, implementing a bi-weekly cleaning schedule will cut down on grease and grime buildup.

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Clean the dishwasher once a month

A dishwasher is responsible for cleaning dishes–so why does it need to be cleaned? Believe it or not, using a combination of vinegar and baking soda to clean your dishwasher once a month will help keep your appliance in good working order and cleaning dishes at its highest capacity. Check out The Kitchn’s great tutorial to get started.

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending the last few years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

10 Smart Tips for Keeping a Clean Car

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Let’s face it, we often find ourselves spending more time in our cars than we’d like!  With commuting to our own jobs, responsibilities and activities, hauling friends, kids’ friends and stuff around town, running errands, and dropping kids at their ever-growing list of practices, school events, and extra-curriculars, it can start to feel like we LIVE in our cars!  Worse yet, it can start to LOOK like it, too.  If you’re tired of battling the clutter and losing, you’re not alone.  Take control of the car chaos once and for all with these super smart tips for keeping a clean car interior. With a bit of effort, your car will look and feel great all the time – no sweat!

 

1. Start with an overhaul.  Ok, so this first step is a BIT of a sweat.  But once you overcome this hurdle, it’s smooth sailing!  Before you can keep your car looking great, you have to MAKE it look great.  So take every single thing out. Empty all the small compartments, pockets, boxes, doors, nooks, crannies… everything.  Make three piles – garbage, keep in car, put away.  Once your car is completely devoid of all items, you can vacuum the floors and upholstery, dust the dashboard, console and steering wheel and make sure it looks like new.  Spray it with a fabric/air freshener to really take it up a notch.  Once it’s perfect, you can start putting items that belong in the car in their proper spots.

2. A place for everything… and everything in its place, right?  So make sure that every item you want to keep in your car has a specific spot.  When you use it, make sure you put it back exactly where it goes.  Sunglasses in the console box?  Ice scraper under the seat?  Extra gloves in the door pocket?  If you’ve got young kids who come with a lot of extra baggage, consider keeping an organizer on the back of the seat in front of them – you can fill it with wipes, diapers, pull-ups or extra undies, crayons, paper, small books, a sippy cup of water, non-perishable snacks and anything else they might need!  It doesn’t matter what you keep in the car, just make sure it has an accessible spot and that it gets replaced when you’re done with it.

3. Be a trash collector.  It’s no use denying it, you’re going to encounter trash in your car – gum wrappers, receipts, tissues – it’s inevitable.  You need a designated trash bag so that garbage doesn’t end up in every nook and cranny.  Try a small trash can located on the passenger side floor (like this plastic cereal dispenser turned trash can).  Or a bag on the back of the passenger seat.  It doesn’t matter, just be sure that it won’t tip over and that it’s within easy reach so you’ll actually use it.  If you have an SUV or van, consider placing several trash receptacles strategically throughout the car within easy reach of your passengers.  (Here’s a tutorial for a DIY car trash bag, and a link to an Etsy shop where you can buy them).

4. Daily declutter.  Once you’re home for the evening, do a super quick once-over where you are sitting.  Grab anything you can easily carry – garbage, water bottles, etc – and take it with you.  This daily spot check will keep clutter from accumulating unduly.

5. Wipe it down.  Keep some sort of wipes handy in your cup holder or console so you can quickly wipe away spills, dust or other debris.  When something leaks in your cup holder, you can take car of it immediately instead of waiting for it to congeal.  You can also wipe away dust from your dashboard and steering wheel before it builds up.  There are specific wipes for cars, like these Armor All wipes that come in a handy container.  Or you can use something like Wet Ones or baby wipes.

6. Don’t take it “to go.”  This can be a difficult change to make, and it may not work for some families, but consider a hard and fast “no eating in the car” rule.  You’ll find that most of what you vacuum up and most trash items relate to restaurant drive-thrus.  If you have to eat on the run, make sure everyone has access to trash bags and picks up after themselves, just as they would at home.

7. Try a “you bring it, you take it” rule.  It’s impossible for you to keep track of everything your kids tote along.  Backpacks, lunch boxes, jackets, bags for sports or dance, musical instruments, extra shoes, stuffed animals or blankets if they’re younger… you’ll go out of your mind trying to cart it inside.  Institute the “you bring it in, you take it out” rule, and have an appropriate consequence for when they leave their items behind (like having to vacuum out the car by themselves).  Not only will this teach your kids responsibility, it will keep you sane and your car clutter-free!

8. Just the essentials.  Create an “essentials kit” for your car with items that may be needed while you are out and about.  This can be separate from the first aid kid that should also be kept in your car – or you could keep a smaller, less obtrusive first aid kit within your essentials kit.  Some items to consider: tissues, napkins, and wipes for runny noses and spills, commonly used medications (in childproof containers), a few dollars in change, a car phone charger, dramamine in case of car sickness, a plastic bag (good for so many things, from tummy trouble to messy clothes from “accidents” to a makeshift trash bag for larger items), a scissors, Swiss army knife or leatherman, nail clippers, gum, hair ties, and safety pins.  If you’re worried about space, take a look at this kit that fits into a wipes container.

9. Be prepared.  It’s a good idea to be prepared for any seasonal occasion that might crop up – especially when out with young kids.  Keep a car organizer like this one in the trunk or cargo area of your car with seasonal items inside.  Switch out the items with the changing weather and seasons.  For summertime, that might mean sunblock, bug spray, sunglasses, hats with brims, towels and maybe extra flip flops and swimsuits.  For cold weather, especially in snowy areas, keep extra warm clothing like socks, hats, mittens and scarves, blankets, a foldable shovel, etc.  It’s a good idea to have a section that you keep stocked with the same things year-round: non-perishable snack items in small bags, water bottles, flashlights, tire gauge, umbrella, etc.  Keep it personalized to your location and family’s needs.  For very young kids keep an extra change of seasonally appropriate clothing as well.  If you’ve got everything you could need already in your car, you’re less likely to haul around loose items that become clutter when not unpacked.  If you really want to do it right, think about trying something like this organized trunk transformation!

10. Stick to a schedule.  Set up a schedule and stick to it.  For example: Every day when you arrive home for the night, do your daily declutter/spot check.  At the end of every week, empty all the garbage cans and wipe down the interior with car wipes.  At the end of every month, vacuum out the whole car including the seats.  If you set daily, weekly and monthly cleaning goals, nothing will build up and the tasks will be more manageable.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

Looking for more ideas to stay organized? Try these:

How to Organize Your Pantry via Tipsaholic.com               tipsaholic-6-fun-and-stylish-home-office-organization-ideas-and-tips-pinterest-pic              tipsaholic-7-steps-to-an-organized-nursery-pinterest-pic

Pantry Organization                    Office Organization                   Nursery Organization

 

 

How To Purge Your Home: 10 Easy Tips

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Keeping your home clutter-free simplifies your life in many ways.  Hanging on to STUFF — all of the filler we accumulate over time — until it feels like our house might erupt can lead to disorganization, chaos and headaches.  When your home feels cluttered it can cause stress and anxiety, which could eventually lead to short tempers or even depression.

Keeping homes organized and purged of needless items saves you time, effort, money and emotional struggles.  You can host company on a moments notice, find important papers at the drop of a hat, avoid purchasing duplicate items because you’ve lost the first one, and feel more relaxed in general.  And it doesn’t just effect you, but your entire family.  Organizing your whole house can seem like an overwhelming task and it’s hard to know where to start.  Follow these simple tips for how to purge your home and you’ll be well on your way!

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1. Repeat, “they’re just things”  

It can sometimes be hard to decide what to get rid of, especially when there’s an emotional or sentimental attachment.  If you encounter items in your home that you never use, are not your style, or are worn out or broken, do not feel obligated to keep them.  If you can’t seem to let go, try repeating a mantra like “things are not important” or “they’re just things” to help you detach the item from the event or person you truly want to remember.  Sometimes taking a picture of the item can help as then you will always have a visual reminder.

2. 3 Bin Method

You’ve likely heard of the 3 bin method before.  Once you’re ready to begin your complete purge, this is a great method to use.  Find three bins or boxes and label them “Throw Away,” “Put Away,” and “Give Away.”  As you work your way through each room, place any item that’s out of place in the appropriate box.  Be ruthless.  Obvious garbage is a no-brainer, but when you come upon an item that’s questionable ask yourself these questions: Do I need it?  Do I use it?  Do I love it?  If your answer to these questions is no, get rid of it.  If it’s broken, worn out, or missing pieces it goes in the trash.  If it’s still in working order you can donate it — don’t donate stained, torn, chipped, worn out rubbish.  It’s not fair to anyone.

3. 2 Pass System

Armed with your 3 bins, begin at the top of your home and work your way down.  Do a quick first pass of the room and separate everything that’s obviously out of place into the correct box.  On the second pass, do a more detailed work-through.  Focus on drawers, closets, and semi-hidden spaces.  Look especially for problem areas where clutter seems to congregate.  Once you’ve finished two passes of the room, take your 3 bins to the adjacent room and repeat the process.

4. Out of sight, out of mind

Once your bins are full, take care of them immediately.  Get them out of your sight and do not go back through them.  Don’t second guess your decisions.  Tie up the trash and take it outside.  Close the donate box and put it in the back of your car.  If your put away bin is full, set it aside for now and grab a new box.  Once you’re done with your home purge, get those donated items out of there ASAP.  No use keeping the boxes around to clutter things up more!

5. Everything in its place

After you’ve gone through each room, dumped the garbage outside and donated your unneeded items, it’s time to put things away.  Find a specific spot for everything in your keep box.  If there are items left, these will need to be stored for later use.  Separate these and put like items together in plastic tote bins.  Using clear bins is a great idea so you can see inside, and label them so you can always find what you need.  Make sure your family is on board.  Everyone should know where commonly used items belong and make it a steadfast rule to put things back in their places.

6. Don’t wait for eventualities

Don’t hold on to anything for a “someday.”  Your donated items should be given away immediately, not held onto for that garage sale you might have.  Don’t keep ill-fitting clothes because they may work again in the future.  If you have items from a failed hobby attempt — camping equipment, exercise equipment, video games, scrapbooking supplies etc. — don’t keep it just in case.

7. Give it away

There are tons of charitable thrift stores out there that will gladly accept your donation.  If you’d rather not drive your items over or if you have too many boxes or large items to fit in your car, many thrift stores offer pick-up services.  Look online or in a phone book and call your local thrift stores to see what services they offer.  You could also post them to your local chapter of Freecycle.  If you have big ticket items or vintage items that are good quality, make use of Craigslist.  If you’ve never sold on Craigslist before, these tips for sellers will help.

8. Avoid impulse purchases

With your house newly purged and organized, avoiding impulse purchases is key to keeping it that way.  Don’t buy home decor items, items for a new hobby, housewares or toys and games unless you have a specific purpose in mind.  If there’s a designated spot for it in your home and if you love it, then buy it.  If there’s any hesitation about a purchase, walk away.  You can always go back and buy it later after you’ve had time to think and plan.

9. Buy one, toss one rule

If you do buy something new for your home, your wardrobe, your kids’ overflowing toy box, your sagging bookshelf, kitchen or what have you, make room for it.  Get rid of something similar you already have.  That way you’ll be replacing items to reflect your current tastes, style and desires instead of accumulating more and more items that will just lead to another needed purge.

10. Give it time

If you’ve got your whole house to tackle, don’t expect to accomplish it in one afternoon.  Give yourself some time.  If you try to do it all at once you’ll likely just frustrate and exhaust yourself.  Work a little at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed.  Just make sure to remove all items in your give away and throw away boxes EVERYDAY so you aren’t tempted to go back through them again.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

10 Great Uses for Clorox Bleach

If you read my other blog, Remodelaholic, you will know that we got a new (to us) house recently!  It is a huge fixer upper, and this has been our first BIG remodel project with kiddos.  It is throwing a bit of a loop into our normal remodeling plans.  We’ve got TONS of dirty little people cloths, there are a lot of scary dirty things in this new house, that go way beyond soap and water and finally there is some water damage which must be taken care of.

Anyway, the other day I was hanging out in our backyard with my cute neighbor.  We had just eaten dinner on the patio, and the ants, that apparently inhabit the entire concrete slab patio (eye roll), were all swarming looking for that one speck of lettuce that had fallen on the patio… literally there was one piece of lettuce on the patio and they were going CRAZY.  I wish I loved lettuce that much, but that is beside the point.

I wanted to get rid of them, but I had nothing to use, when my neighbor suggested bleach…  I hadn’t ever tried bleach as an ant killer before so it was worth a try.  I diluted the bleach by half with some water and poured it right into the cracks they inhabited… and waited.  Guess what, the next day, they were dead and gone!!

So it got me thinking, what other great uses are there for Clorox bleach?  So I did a little research!

10 Great Uses for Clorox Bleach

*I understand bleach isn’t needed for every mess!  When disinfecting isn’t needed, bleach my not be necessary.  I don’t recommend bleach for all cleaning needs, instead this article is for opening up consideration for all the ways to use beyond the laundry room.  Also, some additional uses of Clorox Regular-Bleach can be found here.

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1. Washing Whites:

When you are washing whites, use Clorox® Regular-Bleach for white and or bleachable items only.   Pre-fill you top loader with water add bleach first,  then clothes or use the washer’s bleach dispenser.

To get your clothes to be the whitest white that they can be (and they don’t have to be part of the army to do it!) In fact, 1 cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach whitens 2X (times) as much as bargain bleach.  Read the care labels on the garments to be washed and wash them with half a cup of bleach in the hottest water that the garment allows for.

When using bleach always avoid these fabrics or materials: wool, silk, mohair, leather and Spandex. (We know how sad you would be if you lost those neon yellow spandex pants you wear around the house when you don’t think anyone knows!)

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2. White Slip Covers:

Since my passion is interior design, and how that relates to how a family life, I will admit I had to laugh when I read an article on my friend’s blog, about how she chose to buy white slipcovers ON PURPOSE while her kids were young.  I know right?  Sounds like a horror movie.  But actually she has a really good plan!!

Let the kids be kids, and bleach the slip covers when necessary (follow the basic principals listed above for washing whites).  Soon, your furniture will look so good everyone will think you are the mean mom on the block and be afraid to sit down…and all the other mom’s will be jealous! Sounds like it is time to makeover my living room (insert evil laugh here).

 

3. Clean Your Washing Machine:

I don’t think we would be comfortable eating in a kitchen where the cook never cleaned the sink, like ever.  Gross, can you imagine that?  No, cleaning out a sink is a regular thing.  Heck, we clean our sinks several times a day with each meal if we are cooking at home.  I do that and I am not even a clean freak.  But, I bet a lot of us neglect to think about cleaning our washing machine?  Am I right?  Gross!  I forget too, don’t feel judged!  Check out these posts for how to clean a front loader vrs how to clean a top loader machine.

And, if a thorough cleaning is not in the cards because of time, a periodic run through of a couple cups of Clorox bleach on the hottest temperature cycle (without any laundry) ought to keep your washer clean, disinfected, and smelling fresh between the more elaborate cleanings!

Tips for Public Laundromat:

If you are using a washer in a public laundromat, wash your white load with Clorox® Regular-Bleach first.  Clorox® Regular-Bleach disinfects 33% more than store brands.  You will instantly become a laundry washing, grime fighting super hero!  You’ll kill the germs in just a single wash of whites… and save the rest of your next loads from any unwanted germs!  Go you, I knew you’d grow up to be amazing!

Be sure to check out other great cleaning and laundry tips here.

 

 4. Clean Plastic Lawn Furniture:

Is your white plastic lawn furniture looking dingy? Using diluted bleach and water can also eliminate mold and mildew from your plastic lawn furniture and get it bright and white again. So, before you toss it to the curb, try washing it with some mild detergent mixed with 1/2 cup Clorox bleach in 1 gallon water. Rinse it clean with a garden hose, then air-dry in the sun!  (do not leave the bleach on for extended periods as that can cause yellowing!)

 

5. Shine White Porcelain:

Like I told you before I have a thing for interior design, and in my mind beautiful white porcelain farmhouse sinks, along with porcelain plates, bowls, and pitchers in a mix of shapes is one of the prettiest things you can display, hands down. Dirty, grimy white porcelain… not so much!

To Clean a Porcelain Sink:

  1. First scrub your sink to remove any dirt or grime.  Use a mild dish soap or dishwasher detergent and get to work.
  2. Spray a diluted bleach all over the sink.  And allow it to sit doing it’s thing for about 5 minutes, pretty soon any yellowing and general yuckiness with be gone!  Wipe down and rinse thoroughly.
  3. Now shine that sink with Bar Keepers Friend, to get it shining like the top of the Chrysler building (name that movie!)

To Clean Porcelain Dishes (not antiques!!!)

  1. In your kitchen sink, place the white dish you want to clean.
  2. Cover it with several paper towels and carefully saturate the paper towels with undiluted bleach.
  3. Let soak for 15 minutes to a half hour.
  4. Rinse thoroughly and the wipe dry with a clean towel.

Note: Do not try this with antiques; you can diminish their value or cause damage. Never use bleach on colored porcelain, because the color will fade.

6. Brighten Up Glass Dishware:

When washing glasswear, add a teaspoon of bleach to your soapy dishwater.  Wash like normal, be sure to rinse well, and dry with a soft towel. Watch as you put the sparkle back in your glasses!  You are a domestic goddesss!

 

7. Clean Mold and Mildew From Grout:

It is amazing what bleach can do for grout!  Mix three-quarters cup Clorox bleach with one gallon of water, and use an old tooth brush to scrub off the mildew.  You’ll be singing in the shower again in no time!

 

8. Sterilize Secondhand Items:

I am all for shopping around to get the best deal, but don’t forget, when you get something used, you REALLY don’t know where it has been. My recommendation, before jumping right in, take your used, waterproof items and soak them for 5-10 minutes in a solution containing 3/4 cup bleach, a few drops of antibacterial dish washing liquid, and 1 gallon warm water. Rinse well, then air-dry, preferably in sunlight.  Now you can feel good about loving that retro thingamajig you didn’t’ know you always wanted!  Or letting the kiddos try to eat that doll… well, not eat it but you know what I mean right?  Spit central!

 

9.Love Fresh Cut Flower’s Longer:

Easily extend the life of freshly cut flowers.  Just add one-quarter teaspoon of bleach for every quart of water used in your vase.  Awesome!

 

10. Make REALLY Cool T-shirts, Pants and Shoes:

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Those are such great uses for Clorox bleach! Don’t you agree!  And when you are done with your bleach bottle, there are TONS of uses for that, be sure to check them out.

**Thank you to Clorox® Bleach for sponsoring this post.  All thoughts, opinions and stories represented in this post are my own..   Clorox provides better value over the competition—one bottle disinfects 22x more bathtubs than store brand bleach.  Clorox® Regular-Bleach packs the whitening and dirt-fighting power you demand. Plus it disinfects to kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria, which is kinda awesome.

 

How to Clean a Front Loader Washing Machine

Sometimes, as a mom, I feel like a laundromat.  it is like a never ending cycle of fluff and fold!  And because I am ALWAYS doing laundry I don’t always think about the washing machine itself!  However like any other machine or tool in your home there is always some maintenance and cleaning required.  But I bet a lot of us neglect to think about cleaning our washing machine?  Am I right?  Gross!  I do it too, don’t feel judged!

I thought is would be nice to have a quick tutorial on how to clean a top loader washing machine!

Clean Your Washing Machine:

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How to Clean a Front loader Washing Machine:

  1. To begin fill your front loader washing machine with hot water on the largest load setting. This will be a laundry free load, so no sneaking dirties in that machine!
  2. Add 2 cups of vinegar to the water to get rid of odor problems and hard water or mineral buildup.  Allow the cycle to complete.
  3. Mix a bucket with a mix of 1 cup chlorine bleach and 1 gallon hot water.  Grab some good rubber gloves and a washcloth.  Wipe the interior glass door of your machine to remove any build up.
  4. Check the drainage line/filter in your machine.  Drain any excess liquid and clean the lower filter (if your machine has one)
  5. Fill the washer a second time with hot water, also on the largest load setting.
  6. Add 2 cups of bleach to the water to remove stains and disinfect the machine.  Allow the cycle to complete.
  7. To rinse any remaining residue, run a quick cycle with no additional cleaning supplies.
  8. Remove and clean the liquid soap, bleach, fabric softener dispenser.  Allow them to soak in a mixture of mild detergent and hot water for approximately 10 minutes.  Wipe away any grime with a washcloth, rinse and dry them.  Return them to your machine.
  9. Clean the rubber door seal, using the bucket of diluted bleach and washcloth from before, wipe down the seal to remove any mold and mildew.  Allow the solution to stay on the seal for approximately 5 minutes.   Wipe with a clean wet washcloth and dry with a towel.
  10. DONE!

Now guard that baby fiercely… no unclean thing will ever go near it again.  I kid, there is another load of dirty laundry waiting to be washed as we speak.  I can guarantee it, if not now, just wait 24 hours.  You cup over floweth, or is that the laundry basket I’m talking about?!

Do you need instructions for cleaning a top loading machine, here they are!