Housekeeping

Odor in the Carpet

Category: Housekeeping

Here's something my family has always done with odors that simply REFUSE to come out of the carpets. Sprinkle baking soda all over the rug and wait 2 hours. It is best if you can keep traffic to a minimum. Vacuum it all up and voila! Fresh new smell and you didn't even have to hire out a service! :) Also works great on pet stains! For that we usually spray simple green first, a multi purpose spray that you can get at Wal-Mart. Let it soak for 20 minutes, blot up the excess, then do your baking soda magic!

Home Made Carpet Cleaner

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1 Cup Vinegar
1 scoop of OXI clean
1 Gallon hot water
1/4 C baking soda
This is what I use to clean my carpets. It's very simple to make & works better than the "store bought"  for my carpets. Its also safe for a steam cleaner. I've had coffee, Kool-Aid, blood & what ever else my dogs, kids and husband can do to the carpet. (I had to put a little elbow grease in the Kool-Aid stain, but it worked!)

Helping with Laundry

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We taught our son Michael when he was around 2 years old or so to help put the laundry in the hamper helper. Then every three days or so he would help us take the laundry to the utility room, put the clothes in the washer, then the dryer. He would take the clothes out of the dryer and help us fold them. This was a big help to me, because I have Cerebral Palsy. Michael is such a good boy, he is now 12 years old and we still help each other all the time! Michael is a true gift from God; we are very blessed!

Avoid Ironing

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When I notice something needs ironed, spray with water, put in dryer for a few minutes and they come out wrinkle free!

Use a Sock for Sweeping

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Instead of buying the pads that go on the Swiffer, etc floor cleaners I use a sock. Just cut the sock on in the middle, unscrew the handle and slide the sock on and stick the handle shaft through the hole. I also us a spray bottle with vinegar and water or whatever floor cleaner needed and spray and then clean. The dirty sock comes off and gets washed and ready to go again the next time.

Cleaning the Tabletop Grill

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Easy tip to clean your George Foreman grill (table top)- After grilling meat, unplug the grill. Place a warm wet cloth on the grill and close the grill. Let grill set for a couple hours. Open grill, then use the moist cloth to wipe away grease, ect from grill.

Pick Up

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This is something my late grandmother taught me many years ago, she told me before I laid my head down every night to make sure my house was picked up. That does not mean dust, sweep, etc. that just meant to have things put up i.e. dishes put up clothes picked up, things put back where they belong. I have been following this for about 25 years and boy does it make a difference when you wake the next morning and the house is in order. It if you do it every night it only takes a few minutes. Worth trying. :)

Socks in the Laundry

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Hang a zip-washing machine bag in each person's closet and have them put all their socks in it. Simply wash the bag (socks included) and give each person back the clean bag to match themselves.

Swiffer

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One way to simplify is to use a Swiffer.  I clean houses and instead of using the wet wipes you put on the mop or sweeper, I use rags.  You can dust walls and ceilings.  When mopping fill the sink with the soapy water and dip a rag in it, then attach to Swiffer.  It works great and you can wash and reuse the rags.  This is a great money saving tip.

Stained Tupperware

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Tired of throwing out stained Tupperware from your dinner leftovers? My tip for you in 2013 is to simply coat the Tupperware that you are going to fill with tomato like acidic substances, or any other color leaving food with non-stick cooking spray. Don't have non-stick cooking spray you say? Placing soft butter on a paper towel and rubbing it all over your Tupperware container before placing your ingredients in it will work just the same. Using this simple step before you put your left over's away will guarantee easy clean-up, and no more wasted Tupperware containers! I use this simple technique when storing BBQ Hamburger, Chili Soup, Beef Stew, as well as Vegetable soup and Spaghetti! Enjoy making life a little more simple, and save some money while doing it! Enjoy