Housekeeping

Laundry Liason

Category: Housekeeping

We have 4 children, so much of my time is spent being a laundry liaison! Inside-out clothes have always been a challenge, until I decided to launder the clothes how they are (and this is how they are returned as well). Issue solved! When the kids go to wear the clean inside-out clothes (socks, pants, shirts-everything!), they have to turn them. Turns out, I was the only one bothered, because I haven't heard any grumbling (and I have been doing this for 10+ years!). This has been a simple solution, and an amazing frustration reducer on my part! It also took some conditioning, because the instinct was to turn the clothes the right way- not anymore though. :o)

White Vinegar

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I always keep a gallon of white vinegar for all sorts of small household miracles. I use about a cup of it to de-stink my husband's sweaty work out clothes in the washer and remove the funky old smell from towels. Put 1/2 C to a cup in the microwave for 1 minute. It will boil and the steam generated will easily remove any smells and get rid of any build-up, grease, or stuck on food. Then take the boiling vinegar to the bathroom and pour it into the soap dish or onto the walls to remove the build-up of soap and soap scum with just one pour. It's a two-fer! It saves time and money.

Cleaning House

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Cleaning your house can be a big chore! So get your kids and husband to help! If you turn it into a game to see who can clean the best and most, it will be a lot more fun and teaches your children to work together! Pluse it's always more fun!

Loading Dishwasher

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When loading silver wear into the dishwasher, always load the same utensils together so when you unload ,which we all dread, you don't have to separate them to put away! Just grab all the forks ect. at once and put away in one grab!

Last Person

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The last family member to brush teeth in the morning cleans the sink and counter right after. The last one to finish supper has to clean up the dining floor. Keeps the house neat and reduces procrastination in our family of six.

Vacuum

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Well, since I have 4 children, I never know what I will find in my vacuum container when I'm done vacuuming. My vacuum has seen better days due to the constant barage of little legos, bobby pins, glitter, beads, jewelry, etc that it tries to pick up. My eyes are not what they used to be either and it seems like every time the girls try new ear rings, somebody drops one and I can't find it! Well, search no more! I place a panty hose (or thin sock) on the end of the vacuum hose and start sucking. The suction still gets through the panty hose, but when the missing ear ring is found..... viola! It doesn't make it inside my vacuum. Hopefully it will keep working a bit longer that way.

Fabric Softener

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I love to save all my used fabric softener sheets. They work perfectly for grabbing dust of lamp shades and the dust off trim/ or grabbing hair/
dust off the bathroom floor! So many uses I could go on!

Changing Sheets

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I have a little one & one on the way. Changing sheets in a crib is always a pain especially in the middle of the night or when you need it done quickly - you know those times there is an accident, spit up or what not - I found putting on 1 sheet then a waterproof pad the size of the bed then another crib sheet you have a quick change right at your finger tips. Just strip off the dirty sheet & pads and you can quickly put your little one back to bed. Then toss your laundry in the wash & replace when they are awake! No more fumbling around in the semi-dark!

Cleaning Refrigerator

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Place Saran Wrap seal and press paper in the shelves of your refrigerator when it's time to clean the fridge you just remove the Saran Wrap throw it away and your fridge is clean!:)

One Time Touch

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"One time touch" Try to only 'touch' something one time...which means, when you pick up the mail, laundry, shoes, coats, piles of stuff, etc. put them exactly where they should go the first time you touch them. Instead of moving piles or setting something down until you can put it away, only touch it once...put everything in its place the 1st time!