Flipp’s 5 Fab Finds – Spring Cleaning and Organizing

Living in a small space, there isn’t always enough storage for all those extra items we have, like kids toys,  kitchen gadgets and craft supplies.  It is time to get spring cleaning and organizing those items just sitting around.  There is always a long list of things to do when it comes spring cleaning so was so happy to see these top 10 hacks from Flipp.

 

Our favourite tip was to have a playlist. Really, who can clean without a playlist. Do you have one for cleaning? I know I do.

When it comes to spring cleaning we also donate, donate, and donate. There are several great organizations that will even come to your home and pick up your donations. Spring is definitely a great time to get rid of the clutter.

I also keep our old toothbrushes for cleaning. They are great for getting those tight spots and I keep them in my cleaning caddy.

These hacks work for me. Tell me do you have special spring cleaning hacks? What makes life easier for you?

Ready to attack your spring cleaning? This week there are some perfect items I have found on Flipp to help out.  When you have kids running around playing and making a mess, having these supplies makes cleaning and organizing much easier.

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Food Basics

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Canadian Tire

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Freshco

Check out the coupon section for extra savings on cleaning products and more.

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Clean Happens with the All Natural Better Life Products

When you live in a house with a kid with allergies, you are always looking for healthier ways to clean. Its why many days I prefer natural solutions. Also having a teen in the house, and babies that visit you need to be ready for spills and accidents. Recently, I was sent a box of Better Life products to try out. The Better Life brand is available to us Canadians at Target Canada.

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We have been using the all natural cleaning products, even my teen with allergies has no issues using them, even without her cleaning gloves on. Who and what are the Better Life products?

Better Life Products

The complete line of products include:

  • Automatic Dishwasher Gel
  • Dish It Out Natural Dish Soap (Clary Sage & Unscented)
  • Einshine Natural Stainless Steel Polish
  • Even the Kitchen Sink Natural Cleaning Scrubber
  • I Can See Cleary, Wow Natural Glass Cleaner
  • Simply Floored Natural Floor Cleaner
  • Spin-credible Natural Laundry Detergent (Lavender Grapefruit & Unscented)
  • Take It for Granite Natural Countertop Cleaner
  • Whatever Natural All-Purpose Cleaner.(Clary Sage & Unscented)

All the products are free of fragrances, sulfates and petroleum based ingredients and none are tested on animals which makes them certified cruelty free. The products are good for your entire family, pets included. You may remember the inventors of this line from when they were on the Shark Tank.

My favorite product is a tie between Simply Floored and the Whatever Natural All-Purpose Cleaner. I love that my floors are so clean well I could eat off them, and since the products are all natural I could. I also like the cleaning power of the what-EVER! Natural All-Purpose Cleaner. It really does clean up after whatever, even puke and pee.

For more information on the products you can visit their website Clean Happens or check them out on your next visit to your local Target store.

Better Life Giveaway

Now remember you can find the Better Life line exclusively at Target Canada, but for my readers here I am giving away a gift basket of Better Life products valued at $50. Simply let me know which product you want to try out most in the comments below and don’t forget to fill out the prize form.

 

 

 

31 Days and 31 Ways to Save : Make Homemade Cleaners

One of the best ways to save both the environment and my budget was to save on household cleaners. I have written before about using vinegar and lemons both as cleaning agents. Today as we think of ways to save I wanted to share some recipes that make sense and save cents as well.

A Great All Purpose Cleaner

  • one part water
  • one part white vinegar

A Good Non Abrasive Cleaner

  • one part lemon juice
  • one part baking soda

Make a paste and use and sponge to clean.

Carpet Cleaner

Shake a little baking soda on your carpet. Let sit 30 minutes and vacuum.

Furniture Polish

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup lemon juice

Mix and polish with a soft microfiber cloth

All Purpose Floor Cleaner

1/2 vinegar

1 gallon of water

Mix and damp mop floors

Wood Floor Cleaner

Just a little dish soap

Warm water

Now do you have any favorite recipes for homemade cleaners, care to share?

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7 Tips for Tackling the Laundry Chaos

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I hate laundry. It is never ending, smelly, dirty, and sometimes just plain gross but it has to get done.  I don’t know how but my daughter and my daughter and I amass the amount of dirty clothes that we do, but it happens. Laundry day is my least favourite day of the week.

Most of us spend too much of our hard earned cash on this chore. We could be tackling the laundry and saving along the way. How? Here are seven laundry tips that will help you tame the chaos:

  • Get yourself an energy efficient washing machine if you can. Even though there will be an outlay of cash, in the beginning, you will reap the savings. Have you tried a front loading machine by chance? They save energy and water.
  • Wash on the shortest wash cycle. Do you need the extra minutes? Most of the time the answer is no.
  • My favorite way to save when doing the laundry is to hang it. Clothes just smell better hung. If you really must use a dryer try doing for only the first 15 minutes and then hang them out.
  • If you are going to use, that dreaded dryer make sure you clean the lint. Always clean the lint!
  • Be soap savvy – buy it on sale, use the store brands and make sure you are not using too much soap, a little goes a long way.
  • Add vinegar or baking soda to deodorize your clothes on the cheap. Got those smelly sports uniforms, try it you will love it. A 1/4 cup goes a long way.
  • Wash in cold water. It simply saves your pocketbook.

Do you have any tips that save you money while attacking the dirtiest of the dirty? Let me know in the comments.

 

12 Tips for Using Lemon Around the House

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about using vinegar around the house. You can find my vinegar tips here. This time though is it the lemons turn to shine and shine it does. Did you know that the inexpensive lemon is a great replacement for many of the toxic things your bring into your home. Using lemons works for me.

So here are just some of the ways you can use lemon around the house:

1.Eliminate mineral deposits on chrome faucets. Rub lemon rind on the chrome and then rinse well. Dry and buff with a soft cloth.

2.If you apply lemon juice directly to soap scum and hard water deposits, the lemon juice will help dissolve them. You will have to let the lemon juice sit on the area for a few minutes.

3. Love that lemny scent? Have your home  emanating with a soothing citrus scent by making lemon potpourri. Bake lemon slices on a cookie-drying rack in a 175-degree oven for four to six hours and then add to your potpourri mix.

4. Use lemon juice with a little vinegar for quicvk clean ups around the house.

5.Cut a lemon in half and dip it in baking soda to scour sinks, bathtubs and cutting boards.

6.For cleaning pots and pans take a lemon and cut it in half. Sprinkle small amount of salt across the cut section. The lemon half can then be used to clean and shine the bottoms of pots and pans.

7. You can combine lemon and olive oil to make a great polish for your hardwood floors.

8.If are using vinegar as your main cleaner one problem is the vinegar smell that it can leave. Simply take a few lemon peels and add them directly to the vinegar solution. Be sure to twist them a few times to get the a strong lemon smell. The peels will will help neutralize the harsh vinegar smell.

9, You can add lemon juice to rice to prevent it from sticking and intensify its white color.

10. Remember that lemon juice is a natural tenderizer for meats, and when it comes to fish it does take away that fishy smell.

11. Float sliced lemons in a tub of warm water for a refreshing and stress-reducing soak. The lemon-infused water will soften skin, fight dandruff and strip away soap film and excess oils.

12. Before you throw out a lemon, rub it on your nails to whiten and strengthen them.

For other great tips on what is working for others visit We are THAT Family.

Vinegar- 35 Tips to Make Your Home Sparkle

My mother taught me an important lesson when I was young. While I was growing up Mom worked as a cleaning woman at a local hospital. Everything had to be clean. What did we use to do the cleaning at home? Most often it was Vinegar and baking soda. I will touch on the baking soda on another post but wanted to share some tips especially since it is spring cleaning season. Vinegar is a great way to clean on a budget and stay toxic free as well.

Why vinegar? Vinegar is a weak form of acetic acid that forms through the fermentation of sugars or starches. It is completely edible, and cannot harm your stomach. And we are fortunate as many things can be cleaned using it.

I have 2 spray bottles for my vinegar: One is a mix of 50% vinegar and 50%water, the other straight up vinegar.

So how do you clean with vinegar? Here are some of my tips for a spotless home with vinegar:

In the Kitchen:

1. When washing them greasy dishes, add just a few tablespoons to your dishwater. It cuts the grease.

2. Got a dishwasher? Vinegar reduces soap build up, so throw a cup of vinegar in your dishwasher and let it run a full (empty) cycle once a month or so.

3.Clean and disinfect your wood cutting boards by rubbing them with vinegar. If your board has groves you can soak it for 10 minutes.

4. Clean your microwave: Place a microwave-safe bowl with 2 cups water, 1/2 cup vinegar inside the microwave and microwave on full power for 3-4 minutes (it needs to boil). Keep your microwave closed for a few minutes to allow the steam to loosen the grit and grime, then open your microwave and clean.

5. A mix of salt and vinegar will clean tea and coffee stains from your china.

6. Have hard water stains on your faucet? Put vinegar on a cloth and let it sit on the back of your facet, and it will help you get rid of them.

7. Deodorize your sink drains: Pour a cup down your drain, let stand about thirty minutes, then run cold water.

8.Wipe your hands with vinegar after chopping. It will remove strong scents like onion and garlic, as well as stains from fruit juices.

9.Vinegar is an excellent cleaner for all kitchen surfaces – counters, refrigerators, stovetops.

10.To keep ants away, spray vinegar along doorways, windowsills, countertops – anywhere that ants are likely to appear. If you find an ant trail (path that ants use repeatedly), clean it with vinegar.

11.Clean the fridge by using a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.

12. Clean and shine no-wax vinyl or linoleum floors: Mix 1 gallon of water with 1/2 cup vinegar in a bucket, then mop or scrub your floor with the solution.

In the Bathroom

13.Clean the toilet rim: Put straight 5% vinegar in a squirt bottle and use it to clean the rim of the toilet. It disinfects, too.

14. Prevent mold and mildew in the shower: Wipe down tile or Formica shower walls with a sponge or cloth dampened with water and vinegar. The vinegar will clean the walls and inhibit the growth of mold and mildew.

15.To remove corrosion or chemical build-up from showerheads, soak in vinegar overnight.

Laundry Room

16.To decrease lint on clothing and keep our brights brighter, add 1/2 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.

17. For cleaning cloth diapers add 1 cup of distilled vinegar to the rinse cycle, it gets rid of uric acid and remove both lingering stains and smells.

18. Got a smoker in the house? To remove the smell of smoke from clothing, add a cup of vinegar to a tub of hot water. Let clothing hang in the same room for several hours.

19.Many stains can be tackled with vinegar: coffee, chocolate, ketchup, jam, cola, wine. Gently rub stain with vinegar, then wash.

20. Have a scorched iron? Clean it with a mix of salt and vinegar.

21. Take grease off suede by dipping an old toothbrush in vinegar. Gently brush the affected area.

22.To remove soap residue from the washing machine, run an empty (no laundry) cycle with one cup vinegar added.

Pet Care

23.To keep cats off windowsills or other surfaces, spray with vinegar. This will also keep them from scratching upholstery (spray an unnoticeable area of the fabric first to make sure the vinegar doesn’t cause a stain).

24.Has your dog had a run in with a skunk?  Vinegar will take care of the smell better than  tomato juice. Using vinegar diluted 50% with water, rub the dog’s fur. Rinse with warm water. Repeat as needed.

25. Have a fishbowl? You can eliminate the ugly deposits by rubbing them with a cloth dipped in vinegar. Make sure you rinse well.

Car Care

26.Polish your car: Rub vinegar on chrome to clean and shine it.

27.Clean rust from your tools by soaking them in vinegar overnight.

Around the House

28.Clean windows: Mix 1 cup vinegar with 5 cups water, and you’ve got a great window cleaner. If you must have blue window cleaner, just a few drops of blue food coloring.

29.Got a stinky room. Leave a bowl of vinegar in it overnight.

30. For spills on carpet, use a sponge or cloth to soak up as much liquid as possible. Then spray with a mixture of half vinegar, half water. Let stand for about two minutes, then blot with towel or sponge. Repeat as needed.

31.To get rid of stickers or decals moisten with vinegar. Let sit for at least ten minutes, then remove.

32.To clean wood paneling, use a mixture of 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup vinegar, and 2 cups warm water. Apply to paneling with a soft cloth. Dry with a clean cloth.

33.Polish patent leather purses and shoes: Place vinegar on a clean cloth, then rub over patent leather. Wipe dry with another clean cloth.

34.Have a stubborn ring from wet glasses being placed on the wood furniture? It can be removed by rubbing with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and olive oil. Rub with the grain and polish for the best results.

35. Clean your glasses: Place a drop of vinegar on the lens, then rub with a cotton cloth.