Category Archives: Cleaners

How To Clean Stove Grates

Aah, spring cleaning!  Getting that Spring Cleaning itch is such a great feeling!  The one time of year where we actually WANT to clean house!  It’s interesting how we sort of nest this time of year, makes me wonder if it’s some primal instinct.  Regardless, I read about this somewhere and thought I would share my instructions.  Has the bug hit you yet???
 
Here’s the Easy Way
  1. Take down your grates and find a pan they will fit in.  Some people used pots, but mine wouldn’t work in that so I used a really large cake pan. 
  2. Add water to the pan enough so that it will cover the grates
  3. Heat the water to boiling, a good rolling boil.
  4. Using tongs or something so you won’t touch anything, dip the grates into the water and hold it down.  You’ll see the grease come floating off!  It’s gross but kind of cool lookin’.  LOL
  5. Remove grate, dispose of water (NOT DOWN THE DRAIN!!!)
  6. Do the other side and repeat if you think it needs it.  
Super easy!!!

Originally posted 2013-04-13 03:51:00.

Homemade Cleaners

Hey Everyone!  We’re back with Thankless Tips and Tricks Thursdays!  I hope you are enjoying them!  I’d love to hear any ideas you have for them!  I’ll gladly do the research and find tips and tricks on whatever subjects you suggest!!! 
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Today I thought I’d share the recipes for laundry soap and window cleaner.  Both work very well.  One batch of the laundry soap will literally last for months, and I do 3-5 loads per day!

To Make Window Cleaner:
Get a spray bottle (the one I use came from Dollar Tree)
fill halfway with water
fill the rest with vinegar
Shake and use!
 
It’s best to use newspaper, but if you don’t have newspaper or don’t like using it, you can use whatever you like.  Just don’t use something that is going to leave behind particles.
 

Laundry Detergent:
1 bar fels naptha (soap found in the laundry section)
2 cups borax
2 cups washing powder
Grate/shred the bar of fels naptha into fine shreds, mix all together.  Place in jar for storage.  Use 1 tbsp (yes, you DID read that right!) for normal loads and 2 tbsp for absorbent loads.
 
I add scented stuff to my loads of towels and blankets so that they smell pretty.  😀

Originally posted 2012-07-19 05:00:00.

Kitchen Cleaning Guide

This week: 

Kitchen Cleaning Guide!!!

These little tips will help you keep that kitchen in order with little effort!!!  Doing these when you have an extra few minutes should keep your kitchen shining without breaking your back everyday!!!  Remember, you don’t have to do this daily, just do it every now and then and you’ll be golden!!!  Feel free to print it off for your reference!  That way you can work it into your routine and not have to worry about forgetting it!

When you’ve got a few minutes
Soak and clean dish rack
Clean sink (this could need to be done weekly)
Wipe down inside of refrigerator
Clean under and behind refrigerator
Empty cabinets and drawers and wipe down
clean oven
clean small appliances
scrub burner grates (may need to be done more often!)
Monthly
wipe down moldings
wipe down walls
wipe down switch plates

Every 3 Months
 clean and degrease stove hood
replace baking soda in refrigerator

Every 6 Months
 Sweep/dust corners of ceiling
vacuum and dust refrigerator coils

Annually
rid pantry of expired food
wipe down pantry
 

Originally posted 2012-07-12 05:00:00.

All Natural Bathroom, Kitchen, & Floor Cleaner Recipes

All Natural Bathroom Kitchen and Floor Cleaner RecipesHi there! I’m so happy to be invited here today to the “zoo”! A little about me…my name is Melissa and I’m an Aromatherapy Cleaning Business Owner turned Stay-at-home-mom.

For many years I operated a specialty Cleaning business …only using natural, aromatherapy cleaning products that I made in my home. The process to make the cleaning products I used successfully for many years in homes & businesses is simple & cost effective. I’m happy to be here today to share a couple of Aromatherapy Cleaning Recipes for you to try as you tackle your Spring cleaning! {aromatherapy is the use of essential oils}

The two recipes that follow are just 2 of the many Aromatherapy Cleaning Recipes found in my PDF e-book that can be found in my little etsy shop HERE

The first one I’m going to share with you is my recipe for an All Purpose Cleaner:

All Purpose Bathroom & Kitchen Cleaner

The Aromatherapy Cleaning Company Training Manual

Ingredients:
1tsp Borax (this can be found in the laundry section of your supermarket)
½ teaspoon liquid detergent (any natural dish soap)
¼ cup Vinegar
2 cups hot water
10-20 drops of essential oil of your choice. (Orange or Lavender are favorites)

How to use: Combine in a spray bottle and shake. Spray on counter surfaces, sinks, tubs
etc..and wipe clean. This is an excellent product to use on shower doors that have a lot of soap scum.
Spray doors, wipe, and follow with glass cleaner.

The second cleaning recipe is for my lovely Floor Cleaner:

Disinfecting and Uplifting Floor Cleaner

Combine the following in large container:
1-gallon bucket of warm water
A very small squeeze of liquid castile soap
10 drops of lemon essential oil
4 drops tea tree essential oil

If you haven’t made to switch yet to using all natural cleaning products – try one of these recipes out this year for your spring cleaning. I guarantee you will never go back to using chemical cleaners again!

Originally posted 2012-03-03 14:37:00.

Window Cleaner & Laundry Detergent Recipes

I never know what to give as wedding or housewarming gifts. I think back to when the Chief and I got married and quickly realize our most used gifts: a wok and cleaning supplies!!! It seemed silly to get and give cleaning supplies, until those rough times came and we needed them!!! Ahh, the joy of being young and in love and broke!
I decided to hook up a wedding gift using homemade cleaning supplies, along with instructions on how to make and use them for future use. I prettied up a jar for the laundry detergent (recipe below) and re-used, and of course re-decorated, an old carpet powder bottle for the carpet cleaner. Found the recipe for carpet cleaner over at Mrs. Happy Homemaker.
I’ll be adding homemade glass cleaner to it as well (windex is so expensive AND it leaves streaks!), but I didn’t want to make it and leave it sitting in the bag awaiting it’s new home as I’m afraid it will leak.
Another addition will be fabric softener (recipe below), homemade reed diffusers, Hand Scrub, and who knows what else I will come up with! LOL. I am happily travelling down a journey of all homemade chemicals! No more purchasing laundry detergent, body soap, cleaning supplies. They have become insanely expensive and more often than not they are inadequate! I’ve been giving ‘samples’ to friends and family and they all love what I’ve tried so far, so I’m quite pleased with the results!
To Make Window Cleaner:
Get a spray bottle (the one I use is came from Dollar Tree)
fill halfway with water
fill the rest with vinegar
Shake and use!
Fabric Softener:
1 cup your favorite scent of conditioner
2 cups water
Mix in a spray bottle, shake, spray into the dryer when you begin your load of clothes.  Voila!!!
After some experience, I am going to say that the fabric softener was a bust.  Don’t waste your time & money.  😀
Laundry Detergent:
1 bar fels naptha (soap found in the laundry section)
2 cups borax
2 cups washing powder
Grate/shred the bar of fels naptha into fine shreds, mix all together.  Place in jar for storage.  Use 1 tbsp (yes, you DID read that right!) for normal loads and 2 tbsp for absorbent loads.
We would love to hear your suggestions about making soaps, cleaning supplies, etc. I’m honestly too lazy to do the in depth, time consuming ones, but I LOVE the simple stuff!!! I welcome links to any of DIY cleaning or hygiene ‘recipes’, so long as they are on topic! 😀 Hope you’ve had a great time at the Zoo!!!
Come back tomorrow for Wednesday Zoo Discounts: Saving Money!!!

Originally posted 2011-08-30 11:10:00.

Handy DIY Wipes for Pennies! #UnleashTheCleanSquad @VivaTowels @Clorox @Walmart

DIY Wipes for Pennies with @Viva @Clorox & @Wal-Mart!Clorox is a household name, everyone knows it.  Viva however is new to the block, or at least new to my radar.  I picked them up originally because I was couponing and found a great deal.  Now that I’ve tried them, I’m hooked.  It’s funny, I love them so much I’m running around telling people how much they have to try them!  Now with Clorox BLAHBLAHBLAH spray, it’s like the newest all-star team!

 

DIY Wipes for Pennies with @Viva @Clorox & @Wal-Mart!
Viva Paper Towels are even strong enough to scrub the chopping block! Win!

I bought mine at Wal-Mart recently, didn’t even have to go inside thanks to the fabulous pick up they have now!  It’s great for when I have a hundred errands to run because I can place the order in advance, they’ll do all the gathering and then I simply have to pull up and let them know, then my groceries are delivered right to the car!  No worries, no hassle, just on my way!  It’s especially great when the kids have fallen asleep in the back while I’m running around!

 

 

Saving time not enough?  You can also save money on them with ibotta!  If you haven’t tried it out yet, it’s super simple and a guaranteed way to get money back on some of your purchases!  Viva currently has a deal (we are now stocked up on paper towels AND I got a rebate!)  I love using ibotta to have a little extra stashed back for holidays or emergencies!  They pay you directly to paypal in just a few days when you cash out so I know it’s going to be there when I need it!

My favorite use?  Cleaning up the sticky finger messes after watermelon or popsicles, like these amazing Strawberry IcePops! No matter how hard you try, it never seems like you can completely keep the sticky off of everything!  With my DIY Clorox wipes and viva paper towels, clean-up is quick and easy.  I put them in small containers so that I can keep them in my car, ready for any mess, any time.  I will admit, my friends think I’m totally winning life when we’re at the park and I have those handy!

Quick and simple: since Viva are already in half sheets, simple fold again and place in a container, then pour on Clorox Clean Up Cleaner with Bleach and you are ready to go!  I love having them on hand around the house and I don’t have to spend a ton extra on buying pre-made wipes!DIY Wipes for Pennies with @Viva @Clorox & @Wal-Mart!