Clean on the Cheap: New Uses for Dawn Dishwashing Liquid

Streamline your cleaning product arsenal by using plain old Dawn dish washing liquid as a multitasking cleanser--it does more than dishes!Floors and CarpetsMerry Maids recommends using a drop of Dawn in water to clean ceramic tile and no-wax/linoleum floors. Note: don't use Dawn on wood laminate (Pergo) or hardwood floors--any residue may dull the finish and cause streaking. We've got some smart cookies on our Blissfully Domestic forum! Member Darla offers this tip for spot cleaning carpets:"Vinegar, water, and a little Dawn dish soap will do a remarkable job and it won't build up oil on your carpet (like some products) and collect more stains."Windows and MirrorsClean your windows with this recipe from Merry Maids:  mix 5 drops Dawn in 2 gallons warm … [Read more...]

Bring the best gift to the gift exchange – an Armor All Car Care Gift Pack!

Bring the best gift to your gift exchange - an Armor All Car Care Gift Pack!  Everything you need for a "wow" clean car!“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®  & Armor All but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #ArmorAllGiftPack          http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV”We have a big extended family and giving gifts to everyone is really not an option.  For the adults in the family, someone suggested an exchange/auction years ago and it's become one of the highlights of Christmas Day.Each adult brings a wrapped unmarked gift which is collected in a big pile (big family = big pile) when its’ time for gifts, everyone who brought a gift draws a number. #1 goes first and picks a gift from the collection then opens it. … [Read more...]

How to get Sharpie Marker off the Wall

Four Ways to Get Sharpie or Permanent Marker off a WallFew things are as difficult to remove from the wall as permanent marker. But when junior marks up your foyer with sharpies, don’t fear; it can be remedied.Here are some things you’ll likely find around the house that you can use to remove the so called permanent marks from the wall.• Hand Sanitizer Gel• Rubbing Alcohol• Acetone Nail Polish Remover• HairsprayAll of the above solvents are pretty harsh and will also remove the paint from your walls if you aren’t careful. … [Read more...]

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10 Tips For Spring Cleaning – Naturally!

If you're anything like me, you're more than ready for sunny days and the fresh breeze of springtime. It's high time to open the windows, air out the house, roll up our sleeves and get going on that spring cleaning!I tend to be a bit hesitant to pull out the harsh chemicals when it comes to deep cleaning my home in preparation for warm weather. With children and pets running around the house, I'm a big fan of natural ways to make my home sparkle!This week found me scouring the internet (pun absolutely intended!) for new ideas on keeping my spring cleaning safe, natural, simple and effective. Here are a few I've found!// 1 // "To clean and disinfect a laminate counter top or cutting board, cut one whole lemon and in half and squeeze its juice onto the counter top. Work the … [Read more...]

Chores at Any Age – A Guide for Parents

Giving your children responsibility around the house will teach them important life skills and help them grow up to be responsible adults.  As soon as a child is able to follow a simple command, he can start helping with household chores.Though the younger ones may not really be doing anything too helpful, involving your children in the household duties at a young age will develop great habits. Here's a guide for parents to help know what kids can do at which ages.Chores Toddlers Can DoPick up their own toys Help put away laundry Help you dust or wipe down a cabinet*Chores Preschoolers Can DoHelp set the table Help you water the lawn or garden Make their bedChores That Grade-Schoolers Can Dovacuum feed the family pet fold laundry*A … [Read more...]

How to Clean Suede Shoes

Originally used for women’s gloves, suede is now a favorite among designers for clothing and accessories.And where it used to be thought of as only appropriate for cold or cooler temperatures, suede is now considered fashionable in any season.So, no need to pack up those suede shoes just yet!Suede these days has become a big player in Spring runway collections and now the appearance of suede in stores usually means that spring is right around the corner.One designer in particular has me drooling over his suede pumps. I was born for Italian luxury. I can feel it.And who could resist these blue suede shoes? (You were waiting for that, weren't you?)“Well, you can knock me down, step in my face, slander my name all over the place. Do anything that you want to … [Read more...]