Most of us consider our home a sanctuary, a place to relax, enjoy those we love, and feel safe and comfortable. Home is where our real lives are centered. As much as we love our home, we need to take care of cleaning, laundry, organizing, and more. Homemaking chores can be tended to, quickly and easily. I like things neat, clean, organized, and for things to stay that way with as little effort as possible. Here are some of my tips and tricks for keeping my home clean, neat, and organized so I an spend as much time as possible doing things I really love and enjoy.
Close a Snack Bag Without a Clip
Use a Straw to seal a chip bag or snack bag.
Fold your snack chip bag over a straw.
Slit a second straw and slide it over the bag and first straw.
No chip clip, no problem.
Keep your snacks and chips fresh longer, save the portion left in the bag with 2 straws.
MAKE ORANGE PEEL VINEGAR CLEANER
Make your own orange peel vinegar natural cleaner. Peel oranges, place them in a jar. Pour vinegar to cover the orange peels completely. Put on a lid, set aside for at least 2 weeks. Strain the vinegar, discard the peels.
Pour your vinegar and equal parts water into a clean spray bottle. Your vinegar citrus green cleaner is ready to use.
It is always nice to clean naturally, no rinsing is necessary. Try making your own vinegar orange peel cleaner.
CLOROX TOILET CLEANERS OR DOLLAR TREE- ARE THEY THE SAME?
We love to save money, spend the least amount, and have quality products for our spending choices. When you are shopping for cleaning products, getting the job done for the least amount is a bonus. I like to buy cleaning products at the Dollar Tree.
Are Dollar Tree toilet cleaning tablets as good as the Clorox Toilet Tablets? How can you clean your toilet with bleach tablets? I compared the bleach toilet cleaning tablets from Clorox and the Dollar Tree. Toilet cleaning tablets from Dollar Tree are half the size of Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner Toilet Cleaning Tablets. Cut them open, drop in the back corner of the toilet tank. Flush, and the toilet bowl cleans itself.
Dollar Tree toilet cleaning tablets dissolved after only 2 days, while the Clorox Toilet Tablets continue to work and last for several months. While it makes sense to buy cleaning supplies at Dollar Tree and save money, spend your money on the real thing to keep your toilet clean. When it comes to toilet bowl cleaning, the answer’s clear. Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner is an easy-to-use tablet that helps to clean your bowl day and night. They sanitize to kill 99.9% of bacteria and deodorize with the power of Clorox Bleach.
HOW TO SHINE BOOTS OR SHOES WITH A KIT FROM DOLLAR TREE
A shoe shine kit from the Dollar Tree includes all the things you need to get your boots or shoes clean and polished, looking better.
A basic shoe shine kit is something everyone should have on hand for quick polishes, shines, and touch ups to keep your footwear looking its best.
Clean shoes are a sign of good grooming, and help make a great impression.
Clean mud and loose dirt from your boots or shoes. Dab the polish evenly over your boot or shoe. Spread polish evenly, use a soft cloth.
Now go back and shine with the soft, velvety side of your cloth.
Very scuffed boots will need a second coat to bring back the luster.
HOW TO MAKE LAUNDRY DETERGENT
Making your own powder laundry detergent is fast, easy, and inexpensive. DIY laundry detergent will save you money and help rid your home of toxic chemical cleaners. This powdered laundry detergent requires 5 natural ingredients. This detergent works in top load and HE front-load washing machines.
Use 2 Tbsp per load or 1Tbsp for HE front-load washers. HE machines require low suds because they use less water. Homemade laundry detergent is very low suds. Here is the recipe for laundry detergent. The recipe can easily be cut in half.
3 c washing soda
2 c baking soda
2 bars grated Castile soap
1 c citric acid
1/2 c Epsom Salt
HOW TO USE HOMEMADE LAUNDRY DETERGENT IN A PORTABLE WASHING MACHINE
Can you use homemade laundry detergent with a Panda compact washing machine or other portable washing machine such as a Haier, Magic Chef, Manatee, or other twin tub portable washing machine. Yes, as long as you just use a little. Here is the recipe for my DIY laundry detergent powder which works great in the Panda XPB36 dual tub washing machine or any other compact washing machine.
The Panda Compact Washing Machine is great for Dorms, Condos, Apartments, Motor Homes, RV's, Camping, Sailboat, and more. Enjoy the convenience of a portable washing machine, and save money with DIY laundry detergent made from all natural ingredients. Here is the recipe I use for laundry detergent. It is a low suds formula. Use a little more if your laundry is especially dirty or you have hard water. The recipe can easily be cut in half to make a smaller amount.
3 c washing soda
2 c baking soda
2 bars grated Castile soap
1 c citric acid
1/2 c Epsom Salt
3 EASY TRICKS TO KEEP YOUR HOUSE WARM
Here are three easy and inexpensive tips to help keep your house warm and weatherized in cold weather. Use a Door Sweep Sealer to stop drafts from blowing under doorways at the bottom of your exterior door. The door sweep sealer has 3 layers to stop air from blowing in, and can be attached with a sticky strip to any door bottom.
Air also leaks and blows through electrical boxes. Remove the face plates of outlets and switches and install foam gaskets over the spot where the wall and box allow air to leak. Replace the cover for the box, and notice how no more air leaks in.
Protect outside faucets from freezing temperatures with a foam faucet protector. Hook the rubber strap over your faucet and pull the clip on the cord. The faucet protector allows the heat inside the pipes in the walls to keep the freezing temperatures from freezing and cracking faucets and pipes.
Try these tips to warm, insulate, and protect your home in freezing temperatures.
WHICH WAY SHOULD MY CEILING FAN GO?
Most ceiling fans are reversible, one direction pushes air down, creating a nice summer breeze. The other direction sucks air up, helping you distribute heat in winter. There’s normally a switch on the motor to change the direction of the ceiling fan. During the summer months you want the fan to blow air straight down, so your ceiling fan needs to run in a counter clockwise direction (as you look up at it).
The warmer it is, the higher the speed should be. During the winter, your fan should run at a low speed in a clockwise direction, and pull the air up, and allow warm air to flow along walls, so there is no draft blowing on you. Stand beneath the running fan, and if you feel a cooling breeze, it’s turning in the summer, or hot weather, direction. Changing the direction of your ceiling fan is a cost-effective and energy-efficient way to remain comfortable all year. Save energy by maximizing your air conditioning and heating system with the use of a ceiling fan.
EASIEST WAY TO CLEAN A BLENDER
is necessary yet simple if you enjoy making green shakes, smoothies. Follow these easy steps to get your blender bottle clean in less than a minute. Use a drop or two of dish to clean your blender, and drop in a rough chopped lemon to remove hard water spots or gritty residue.
With a quick whirl and a wipe, your blender is ready to go for next time. Your dirty blender cleans itself. Try it!
The Oster Blender is a great basic blender. It has a glass blender bottle, a tight fitting lid and blending speeds for just about anything you care to make. Try the Oster Blender for shakes, sauces, smoothies, even crushing ice.
This blender performs as well as blenders costing much more, and has many specific speed options .
Now that you know how easy it is to clean, use your blender any time you choose.
ADD KEYS TO A KEY CHAIN EASILY
Are you looking for a quick and easy way to add or remove keys from your key chain or key ring?
Add or remove keys to a key chain easily without hurting your fingers or nails with a staple remover.
Simply pinch the key ring apart with the staple remover, and slide on your keys. This even works with fat or oversized keys, or removing keys from your key ring.
A staple remover is a handy item to have in your stationary drawer or kitchen tool drawer.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR KITCHEN SINK STRAINER
Do you have hard water mineral build up, soap scum and debris clogging your kitchen sink strainer? Here is a quick natural solution to clean, brighten, and sanitize your kitchen sink strainer. A simple soak with white vinegar and a rinse removes hard water build up, mineral build up, soap scum, and debris.
Keep your kitchen sink strainer clean and sanitized with all natural ingredients. Try this easy tip to keep your kitchen clean.
I like this reversible high impact rubbery plastic sink strainer. Easy to rinse, can be tossed in the dishwasher, and keeps debris from falling into the drain.
These sink strainers last for YEARS!
HOW TO WASH FLEECE SO IT STAYS NICE AND FLUFFY
We love our soft, fuzzy blankets and clothes, and want them to stay fluffy and nice. Follow these tips on how to care for and wash your fluffy fleece and blankets to keep them looking new longer. Wash your fleece blankets and clothing as soon as you see a spot. Rub a bit of liquid detergent onto the spot.
Wash fuzzy fabrics separately so they don't transfer lint and fuzz onto other items. Add white vinegar to the rinse cycle.
Dry on low and gentle, just until dry. Do not over dry fleece fabrics; it will make them scratchy.
A soft cuddly fleece throw is great for watching television, wrapping up on an airplane, or cuddling under the stars with someone special. I carry a soft, fleece blanket like this one on all of my travels.
Cleaning Vinegar or White Vinegar- What's the Difference
What is the difference between white vinegar and cleaning vinegar? Does cleaning vinegar work differently than white vinegar? Is one vinegar better at cleaning than the other? Regular white vinegar is 5% acidity and cleaning vinegar is 6% acidity. The one percent actually makes it 20% stronger. Cleaning vinegar is not to be used for cooking.
The fresh scent of cleaning vinegar smells exactly the same as white vinegar. Cleaning vinegar is more expensive, and I do not find that it cleans better than regular vinegar.
Regular white vinegar can be used for cooking and cleaning, so I am only going to buy regular white vinegar so my white vinegar can be used for cooking and cleaning. If you add water to your white vinegar when you clean, you are lowering the acidity level.
Fill your own spray bottle with white vinegar for easy, natural, and inexpensive cleaning solutions.
HOW TO PREVENT ANTS AND SOLVE ANT PROBLEMS
Here are simple ways to get rid of ants naturally. If ants are a problem in your house, take up the battle by trying to keep them outside in the first place.
Here are several ways to keep ants outside using common household ingredients that ants just don't like. Lemon juice and cinnamon are scents ants just don't like.
Spray and sprinkle these natural ingredients to keep the ants outside, and your home safe from ant invasions!
Resist the urge to kill all the ants you see if you are using bait solutions. Allow the ants to carry bait solutions back to their nest. This will eventually kill all of the ant colony.
GET RID OF ANTS NATURALLY
If you feel that you are losing the battle against ants, try this simple natural remedy with borax and sugar to get rid of ants forever.
Place this bait mixture outside so it won't draw ants inside.
Keep your sugar and Borax bait solution away from pets and small children. This natural ant remedy will eliminate your ant invasion, and allow you to get rid of ants for good!
Resist the urge to kill all the ants you see if you are using bait solutions.
Allow the ants to carry bait solutions back to their nest. This will eventually kill all of the ant colony.
HOW TO KEEP ANTS OFF HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS
Are ants a problem on your hummingbird feeders? It's fun to have hummingbird feeders, and to watch the hummingbirds hover and drink. Ants can be a problem, thinking the sugary sweet nectar is for them. Try this quick and easy trick to keep ants off of your hummingbird feeders. It is simple to do, and works!
HOW TO CLEAN TOP LOAD WASHING MACHINE
Get rid of bad smells in your washing machine. If you have a top loading washing machine, you may notice bad smells and unpleasant odors from mold, mildew, and debris that are left over after wash cycles in your machine. Hard water, lime build up, humid climates, soap and dirt splash can leave grime and allow odors to build up on your top load washing machine. Get rid of the gunk and odor build up on your top loading machine with a few simple, and natural cleaning steps. Kill mold, mildew, and remove odors and the build up of gunk from your top loading washing machine with white vinegar and baking soda, both natural ingredients for a natural cleaning solution. A little scrubbing and you will remove the gunk and smells that can build up on your top loading washing machine with vinegar and baking soda. No more stinky smells from your washing machine, and no chance of transferring the smells to your fresh clean laundry.
HOW TO USE PANDA COMPACT WASHING MACHINE
The Panda Compact Washing Machine is a great little portable washing machine if you live in an apartment, RV, dorm, or don't have hook ups for a full sized washing machine. The Panda Washing Machine sets up easily over a sink in the kitchen or bathroom, fills from your faucet, and drains down the sink. You hook a hose to the faucet, loop a hose to the drain, plug it in, and you are ready to do laundry with the Panda Washing Machine. Fill and wash, spin, then fill again to rinse, and spin. You control the amount of water, the temperature of the water, and how long of a wash cycle. We have used this machine for nearly 2 years, and it works great. Skip the laundry room and get a Panda portable washing machine. This is the best compact portable washing machine.
MESH LAUNDRY BAGS
Your delicates are safe and separated from general laundry when you wash them in these fine mesh bags. Place shirts with beaded decorative finishes, lacey tops, and delicate lingerie in a fine, zippered mesh bag and they can safely be washed in the machine without tangling on other clothing. When you get ready to toss your clean clothes in the dryer, the mesh bag easily reminds you of the delicate clothing items you want to hang dry. They are already separated and easy to identify. Mesh bags are also a great way to keep all of your socks together. Mesh bags are a great way to wash sweaters to keep them from stretching.
Easiest Way To Clean A Shower
Cleaning the shower and bathtub are necessary tasks no one enjoys. Mix up this simple combination of white vinegar and Dawn dish soap, pour it into a dish scrubber with a handle, and keep it in the shower. Scrub every few days while you are in the shower to keep things sparkly clean naturally. Use a dish wand to clean your bathtub and shower. Natural cleaning solutions are the best. Try this inexpensive natural way to keep your shower and bathtub clean with almost no effort.
HOW TO CLEAN GLASS TOP STOVE OR COOK TOP
Do you have a glass cook top stove or flat top stove with burned on spills and stains? Here is an easy, all natural way to clean it, remove burned on food, grit, and stains. Allow your stove top to cool, and sprinkle it with baking soda. Dip dish towels into hot soapy water, wring the towels slightly so they are not dripping, and lay them over the baking soda on your glass cook top stove. Allow them to soak for 15 minutes. Now wipe off dirt, grime, burned on food, grit, and stains using . Your glass cook top stove or flat top stove will be clean, smooth, and shiny again with natural cleaning solutions. Wipe up spills as they happen to keep your glass stove top looking its best.
HOW TO WASH NEW TOWELS
New towels are soft, fluffy, and colorful. Who doesn't love the softness of a new towel? Before you use a new towel, you need to remove lint and chemical finishes designed to make fabrics look nice in the store. Follow these steps to wash new towels to remove lint, chemicals, set colors, and remove hand prints of other shoppers. Towels will be more fluffy and absorbent once the fibers are clean and fresh.
HOW TO SHARPEN PINKING SHEARS
Have you wondered how to sharpen pinking shears or scissors? The serrated edge of pinking shears makes them more difficult to sharpen than regular scissors or knives. Grab a sheet of aluminum foil and snip away. Your pinking shears and all of your scissors are easily sharpened in no time.
Pinking Shears are a great way to trim the edges of fabrics to prevent unraveling. A sturdy pair, made with stainless steel blades will last a lifetime. Look for a pair with a coated, easy grip handle so you can cut without tiring your hand. If you like to sew, mend, or even hem jeans, pinking shears can help make your tasks easier.
KEEP SHOWER CURTAINS CLEANER LONGER
Want to keep your shower curtain cleaner longer? Would you like to prevent the mildew and mold that builds up on shower curtains? Grab your pinking shears or scissors and trim off the hem at the bottom of your shower curtain liner. I like to use pinking shears to trim off the bottom of my shower curtain liner because the bottom hem of a shower curtain liner collects moisture and soap scum.
The hem takes longer to dry, and allows mold, mildew, and dirt to build up and grow.
Use pinking shears to trim off the bottom hem of your shower curtain liner. This allows the water to flow completely off, and the serrated edge helps keep the bottom from rolling up.
No more mold and mildew along the bottom edge of your plastic shower curtain. This trick helps prevent some of the nasty mold, mildew, and soap scum from forming and building up on your shower curtain liner. Finding ways to cut down on shower cleaning leaves more time for things we want to do.
Pinking Shears are handy scissors to own for simple sewing and crafts. Pinking shears are great to trim seams to help stop fabrics from fraying and unraveling.
HOW TO FIX SNAGGED TOWELS
Are your towels and bath mats snagged? Do you have furry friends who catch their nails or claws in your towels or bath mats and leave snags?
Follow these simple steps to make your towels or bath mats look new again and fix the snags.
You can restore the smooth surface to your towels and get rid of the snags with this easy tip.
Take a pair of scissors, snip the snags off level with the surface of your towel or bath mat. The nap on towels and bath mats is loopy, like a shag carpet. Give your mat a haircut, trim it even.
This works great. Your towels and bath mats will look better in minutes when you trim off the snags.
KEEP YOUR SHOWER DRAIN FLOWING
One of the main reasons shower and bathtub drains clog and run slowly is the drain becomes clogged with hair. The average person loses 150 hairs from their head each day. Have you checked out your hairbrush? Shampooing and showering sends hair down the drain. There is no "away" when hair flows into the drain. It will clog the drain when the pipe bends and turns. Keep the hair from flowing into your drain and clogging it with this cute drain cover from Yantu. It is cute, and hair can easily be swept off at the end of your shower. Wipe it with a tissue and toss it in the trash. Your drain will continue to flow freely and you won't be standing in backwash due to a slow running drain.
HOW TO UNCLOG SHOWER AND BATHTUB DRAINS
Unclog and Clean Shower Drains If your shower or bathtub drains are clogged and slow to drain, you need to unclog the drain and clear the drain of hair and debris. First unclog the drain with a Cobra Zip It drain cleaning tool to remove hair and trapped debris. Now clean the drain with baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water. The drain should run freely and work great again. If your drain runs slowly, try this easy drain cleaning tip.
If you have never used a Cobra Zip It tool to clear clogs of long hair from your shower or bathtub drain, you need to try this little gadget. Work it all the way down the drain by wiggling it back and forth. Then, with a few twists and wiggles, you will be amazingly disgusted at the hair that clogs your drain and the gross matter that tangles and covers the hair clog. Stand back when you pull it up, the Zip It drain cleaning tool digs deep and can bring up a fur ball the size of a small rat! I love this little tool for keeping my drains clog free. I use mine every few months, at the first sign of a slowing drain. Encourage all family members to remove hair caught on the drain at the end of each shower and discard it into the trash. That move alone will save you a lot of grief from a clogged drain becoming an emergency situation at an inconvenient time.
HOLD THINGS IN PLACE ON SHOWER SHELVES
Do you have a tile alcove in your shower, but every time you place something there it slips off? Here is a simple solution to hold things in place on tile shower shelves and stop shower shelf slipping problems.
Measure the opening, and buy a simple spring loaded curtain rod. Slip the curtain rod inside the opening on your shelf and adjust it to be a tight fit. Now you can load your shelf. The rod will hold all of your items on the shelf. No more slipping shower soaps!
This works great in cabinets of motorhomes and travel trailers, too. The rod will hold things on shelves so they don't fall while you are traveling. Try holding things in place with a tension rod.
Do you live in earthquake country? Add a tension rod across open shelves with books, canning jars, and more. Don't add to a disaster with extra danger from falling objects.
HOW TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL
Clean and Shine Stainless Steel Stainless Steel appliances and surfaces are very durable and attractive. To keep your stainless steel appliances looking great, first determine which way the grain goes. Follow these easy tips to shine your stainless steel and keep your home looking clean and tidy. Always use a soft cloth to wipe or polish your stainless steel. Gleaming, shining, bright and polished, stainless steel surfaces are durable and popular. Keep them shiny and clean with this DIY stainless steel cleaner from natural ingredients.
HOW TO CLEAN BASEBOARDS
Baseboards gather dust, pet hair, and scuff marks. A quick and easy clean helps your entire home be clean and tidy. Follow these 2 simple and easy steps to clean baseboards. First, remove the dust so it isn't just pushed around. Next, a quick wipe with a microfiber cloth moistened with soap and water. A little scrubbing on stubborn spots, and you are done. If your baseboards are wood instead of painted, try using a cleaner designed for wood surfaces.
HOW TO REMOVE INK STAINS FROM CLOTHING
Did you ever get ink on your clothes? Removing ink stains from ball point pens, fountain pens, and artist's ink is not easy. Ball point pen ink is the easiest to remove. Don't worry, follow these simple steps and you can remove ink from most washable fabrics. Allow fabrics to air dry to make sure the stains are gone. Repeat the steps if you still see a spot.
HOW TO USE SMOKE ALARMS AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
Do you have smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home? Every year, nearly 3,000 Americans die from fires in the home. Correctly using smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors can protect your family in emergency situations. Learn when to change the batteries, how to change the batteries, where to install smoke detectors, and how to care for or when to replace smoke detectors. Protect your family from emergency situations by correctly using smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors can help protect and save the lives of our family for very few dollars. Smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors can be purchase as a combination alarm, like this one from Kidde that I chose to buy for my home. I like that this is the most accurate CO sensor, and it has a front load battery door for easier battery replacement. Remember to change your batteries twice a year. Remember that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, like everything else, wear out. Mine needed replacement, and this is what I chose. Which ever alarm/detector you choose, make certain it is working, and never allow anyone to take out the batteries or disarm your alarm.
EASIEST WAY TO HANG PICTURES
Have you tried to figure out how to know where to hammer a nail to hang a picture, and what kind of hook is best to hang a picture on the wall? Here is a quick tip to organizing a group of frames, and a quick tip on where to place the nail or hook to hang the picture where you want. Watch how to hang picture frames with 2 hooks, and what tools you need to hang artwork. Hanging picture frames and paintings is easy with these simple steps.
HOW TO HANG ARTWORK FROM PICTURE MOLDING
Do you have picture molding? Hanging artwork from it is simple. Gather wire, D rings, and molding hangers. Your artwork will be hanging in no time! Paintings can be moved or changed any time you like with no holes in the wall!
If you have ever lived in a home with plaster walls and picture molding, you hopefully know not to hammer a nail into the wall to hang a picture. That can cause an expensive repair, even a disaster.
A simple solution to hang and enjoy your artwork is a picture molding hook. Simply place the hook over the molding, and it will stay secure, allowing you to hang your artwork from a wire. It really is simple and a great way to be able to move your artwork around without ever making another hole in the wall.
Ready to move? Unhook your picture hanging hook and you are ready to go.
Try hanging your treasured art with picture molding hooks for your fine artwork.
HOW TO KEEP JEANS FROM FADING
We love our jeans, and want them to stay looking new without signs of fading or wear. Here are tips on how to care for and wash you jeans to keep them looking new longer.
HOW TO CLEAN RAIN BOOTS
Do you love to wear our rain boots to stomp around in the puddles and mud. Rain boots keep your feet warm and dry while saving your shoes from being ruined. All of this rainy, muddy weather leaves rain boots dirty and dull. Clean and shine the muddiest rain boots easily, and have them looking their best again. Rinse off all of the mud and grime, give them a spray with your favorite all purpose cleaner, scrub with a scrubby sponge, and rinse. Rinse rain boots upside down to keep water from filling them up. Allow your rain boots to air dry away from heat. Put a few sprays of Armour All on a paper towel and wipe to shine your rain boots like new. Dry and store your rubber rain boots away from direct heat, extreme cold, and sun. Follow these steps to keep your rain boots clean and shiny. Rubber rain boots last longer when you allow them to dry completely on the inside each time you wear them.
BEST WAY TO WASH WORKOUT CLOTHES TO REMOVE ODORS AND PERSPIRATION STAINS
Do you have smelly gym or workout clothes? If you find long forgotten, smelly, perspiration stained workout clothes in the bottom of your gym bag, here is a simple remedy for odors and stains. Follow these simple steps on the best way to wash gym clothes to get your clothes sweet smelling and ready for your next workout.
MAKE TOWELS SOFT AND FLUFFY AGAIN
Have your towels become scratchy and stiff? No one wants to dry off with that. Follow these simple laundry tips to make towels soft and fluffy again. Turn crunchy, scratchy towels soft, absorbent, and the way you like them.
HOUSEHOLD ESSENTIALS HINGE IT CLUTTERBUSTER 4 BAR TOWEL RACK
Small space living can be a challenge. Finding enough space to hang all of your towels in small bathrooms won't be a problem anymore with the Household Essentials Hinge It Clutterbuster 4 Bar Towel Rack. This nifty rack attaches to the hinges of your door, and easily swings out so you can hang multiple towels with ease. Then the Clutterbuster Towel Rack swings behind the door, out of sight, and allows your towels to dry. Take advantage of the space behind your door to hang multiple towels in your bathroom. The bars swivel independently so you can easily access and hang individual towels, robes, or even wet swim suits.
HOW TO GET RID OF MILDEW SMELLS IN TOWELS AND DISHCLOTHES
Do you have stinky mildew smells in towels no matter how you try to sanitize them? Try adding antibacterial hand soap to the laundry, and the stinky rotten smells can be gone. Keeping laundry smelling fresh and clean is important, and this tip to fresh laundry really works. Bacterial causes smells we want to remove from towels and laundry. No more sour smelling laundry!
KEEP ANTS OUT OF PET FOOD 3 SIMPLE WAYS
We love our pets, but warm weather can bring ants right to their dish. Here are 3 simple ways to keep ants out of your pet's dish. These are all natural solutions to get rid of ants from your pet food. No one wants to use poison around their pets. Try one of these easy ways to keep ants out of your pet food.
PANDA COMPACT WASHING MACHINE
Do you live in a small space such as an apartment, dorm, RV, or just hate using the common laundry facilities in your building or down the street? Are you tired of going to the laundry room to find all of the machines taken? Do you find yourself in your pajamas, tired from a long day, but need to wash out a few things? The Panda Compact Washing Machine may be just what you are looking for. I purchased one for my daughter nearly 2 years ago. She lived in a tiny apartment, and worked long hours. Who wants to head to the laundromat on cold, wet, winter nights? Hook up the Panda, and with a little effort, your laundry is clean and can be hung up to dry. Know this isn't like a full sized washing machine. You have to hook it up, and pay attention to turn water on and off, and move things around. Still, your laundry is clean in no time with the little Panda. It works great, and I love how easy and convenient it is if you cannot have a full sized machine. It is lightweight, can be moved and stored easily, and fits in the car when you move to a new address.
DOES THE PANDA COMPACT WASHING MACHINE REALLY WORK
We have owned and used the Panda Compact Portable Washing Machine for a year and a half, and, yes it really works, and works well. Watch this video to see the features of the Panda Washing Machine. You can learn how to hook up the Panda Washing Machine, how to fill it with water, how to operate the machine, how to spin and rinse, how the drain works, and more. This video will give you a product review of the Panda Compact Washing Machine. I bought mine, and love it, so hope you do, too.
WHITMOR CLIP AND DRIP
Are you looking for a way to hang up wet clothing to dry? Draping things over towel racks and shower doors gets old, and doesn't allow air to circulate. Not everyone has room for a floor rack, especially if you have small children running underfoot. Check out the Whitmor Clip and Drip. Clip it to the shower rod, attach clothing to the 26 clothespin clips, and know your wet laundry is up out of the way, and air can circulate to dry wet items faster. You can clip this to any rod, and even be hung outside on a sunny day.
HOW TO HOOK UP AND USE THE PANDA COMPACT WASHING MACHINE
Are you looking for help learning to use your Panda Compact Washing Machine? This video will show you how to attach the hoses, how the cord works, how to work the controls, and more information on using the Panda Compact Washing Machine. Watch how I set up the Panda for use in a kitchen or in a bathroom. Learn how full the water should be, how the agitator works, what the lint bar does, and learn about the overflow hole. See how to operate the spinner, and about the built in safety shut off for the spinner. The Panda Portable Compact Washing Machine is a great little machine. We have used this one for over a year, and used it 300 times. The Panda Washer is holding up like new, and is easy to use.
EASY GO COMPACT DRYER
The Panda Compact Washing Machine washes and spins your laundry, just like a full sized washing machine. They come out of the spinner damp. You need to hang them up to dry. One solution to a dryer is the Easy Go Dryer. It is a small portable dryer that can be set up when needed, then folded flat for storage. The Easy Go Dryer allows you to hang 3 racks of laundry inside, plugs into a dryer unit, and circulates air. It has a timer to set to allow the clothing to dry with settings between 15 and 60 minutes, or up to 3 hours. This might be a good way to dry heavy sweatshirts, jeans, or towels.
PANDA COMPACT WASHING MACHINE 1 YEAR REVIEW
I bought the Panda Compact Washing Machine over one year ago for my daughter. She lives in a small apartment, and didn't like using common laundry facilities which are busy, and expensive. She has used this Compact Washing Machine about 300 times in the last year, and I have used it when I visit her. The Panda Washing Machine is sturdy, made well, and performs with no problems. The hoses have lasted, the mechanisms all work, the entire machine still looks like new. If you are looking for a dependable, compact washing machine, try this little Panda. Say goodbye to the laundromat, and let this washer help do the laundry. I think the Panda Compact Washing Machine will keep going for a long time! If you are looking for a compact washing machine for laundry needs in small space living such as an apartment, dorm, motor home, RV, check out the Panda.
MY LITTLE STEAMER PRODUCT REVIEW
Wrinkled clothing is just a fact of life. Clothing wrinkles in the laundry, in your suitcase, and when you are wearing it. Sadly, it even wrinkles hanging next to other clothing in a stuffed closet, which most of us have. My Little Steamer has been a favorite of mine for at least 15 years. I bought a full sized one that is still going strong. I use it all the time, have dropped it many times, and it still works great. I bought each of my children My Little Steamer when they left for college, and even their roommates loved using them. I was lucky enough to steam multiple graduation robes when I attended graduations. If you hate ironing, My Little Steamer works great. Hang your garment, fill your steamer with tap water, plug it in, and steam. Allow the clothing to cool before you wear it or put it away. I can steam 8-10 items with one fill of the tank. Run it over clothing that is wrinkled, no creasing or burning. Wrinkles fall right out. I love My Little Steamer.
MY LITTLE STEAMER GO MINI
As much as I love my original My Little Steamer, I travel a lot and found the steamer a bit too large to take along on most trips. Yet, I want my clothing to look reasonably rumple free. I found the My Little Steamer Go Mini, and bought that. It is about half the size of the regular steamer, so travels well. Hang your garment, fill your steamer, and plug it in. You can steam about 3 items, or a full outfit, with each fill. Refilling is easy, unplug before adding more water. I have taken this on trips all over the world, and it works well with power adapters in foreign lands. It is great to have on cruises, where irons are not allowed. It was a hit with travel companions, and makes a great gift for friends who love to travel. Wrinkles fall out, and you can steam clothing to remove wrinkles to wear again. Keep your outfits looking fresh and nice, where ever you are. If you live in small spaces, the My Little Steamer Go Mini at only $20 might be just what you are looking for to keep your clothing looking sharp.
PANDA COMPACT WASHING MACHINE LINT SOLUTION
If you own a Panda Compact Washing Machine, you know lint is a problem. Try this Floating Washing Machine Filter Bag. I have posted a link below to purchase them on Amazon.
FLOATING WASHING MACHINE FILTER BAGS - WHERE TO BUY THEM
You can also look for them in Dollar Stores, and Oriental Trading Stores where it may be called Trough Hair Removal Cleaner Floating Filter. In the meantime, wipe out the basin with a paper towel between wash/rinse cycles, and before you put it away. That can help keep lint off of your clean clothing.
HOW TO WASH TOWELS IN THE PANDA COMPACT WASHING MACHINE
The Panda Compact Washing Machine is a great little washer. I bought my daughter one for her tiny apartment. This little washing machine is portable, and works great. It is easy to fill and simple to operate. Who knew it could enough laundry to wash towels? Add some water before adding soap so it will be distributed evenly. I can wash 2 or 3 towels at once. Spin them one at a time, as they are very heavy. Spin them the longest time as they hold a lot of water.
The Panda Washing Machine fits in small spaces, and allows you the convenience to do your laundry without carrying it all to the laundry room or laundromat. The Panda is terrific machine and does a great job with laundry. It is lightweight, yet holds a lot.
HOW TO WASH SHEETS IN THE PANDA COMPACT WASHING MACHINE
I bought my daughter the Panda Portable Washing Machine for her tiny apartment, and it is a great little washer. This little washing machine is portable, is easy to fill, and simple to operate. This washing machine fits in small spaces, and allows you the convenience to do your laundry in your own home. No more carrying it all to the laundry room or laundromat. Here are step by step directions on how I wash sheets in the Panda Washer. This little washing machine has a spinner to remove most of the water from your things. Then hang them up to finish drying. It holds way more clothing than I thought, and does a fabulous job of cleaning and spinning until nearly dry. It is convenient, and quick. Wash a few things or a lot, you fill it to the level you choose. Wash timer adjusts to 15 minutes, spin to 5 minutes. I even just let things soak. You control everything. If you live in a small space and hate going to the laundry, get a Panda Compact Washing Machine!
PANDA COMPACT WASHING MACHINE REVIEW AFTER 6 MONTHS
I bought my daughter the Panda Portable Washing Machine 6 months ago for her tiny apartment. This little washing machine is portable, and works great. It is easy to fill and simple to operate. This washing machine fits in small spaces, and allows you the convenience to do your laundry without carrying it all to the laundry room or laundromat. It works great, and has held up beautifully with lots of use. She uses it for everything from jeans to towels, and even queen size sheets. It holds way more clothing than I thought, and does a fabulous job of cleaning and spinning until nearly dry. It is convenient, and quick. Wash a few things or a lot, you fill it to the level you choose. Wash timer to 15 minutes, spin to five. I even just let things soak. You control everything. If you live in a small space and hate going to the laundry, get a Panda Compact Washing Machine!
Lint can be a problem with the Panda Compact Washing Machine. I like the easy and effective lint removal of a cloth like lint brush. An arrow tells which way to brush, and the nap of the fabric grabs lint, pet hair, stray threads, everything without snagging. Brush against the nap and remove all the trapped lint, and you are ready to go again. A fabric lint brush works far better a sticky tape pad variety, which clogs up immediately. The sticky pad needs to be peeled off and thrown away frequently. The fabric pad lint brush lasts forever.
PRODUCT REVIEW: PANDA COMPACT WASHING MACHINE
The little Panda Compact Washing Machine with a spinner is the greatest. I bought it for my daughter to use in her small apartment, and hoped it would wash a few small loads of delicate undies and tops so she wouldn't have to go to the common laundry room so often. Was I surprise what a great job it does, and how much it holds. It holds way more clothing than I thought, and does a fabulous job of cleaning and spinning until nearly dry. It is convenient, and quick. Wash a few things or a lot, you fill it to the level you choose. You can adjust and set the wash timer to 15 minutes, spin to 5 minutes, or just let things soak. You control everything. It spins until nearly dry, and then you hang things up to finish drying. I was worried the hoses weren't as sturdy as I would like, but after two years they still work great. If you live in a small space and hate going to the laundromat, get a Panda Compact Washing Machine!
BEST FOLDING CLOTHES DRYING RACK MOERMAN 88346 Y AIRER
This is the drying rack I got for my daughter to dry her laundry after she washed it in the Panda Compact Washing Machine. We like how it has multiple layers and configurations. She can dry loads of laundry at the same time on this folding clothes rack.
It folds flat and stores completely away, a plus in small space living. I used it to dry sheets, towels, jeans, shirts, and lots of unders all at once.
This Moerman 88346 folding drying rack is the best I have ever found. At only around $40, it is sturdy and does the trick.
HAND WASH LAUNDRY WITH A SALAD SPINNER
Do you have a salad spinner? Wash out your hand laundry in the sink by following these easy steps. In no time, your hand washables will be fresh and clean. Just hang them or lay flat to dry, depending on the garment. This will even work in an emergency when your washer doesn't work or the power is out. Try it!
Washing salad in a salad spinner is a great idea, and helps greens stay fresh longer. However, this is a big item taking up space for such a small job. I use the salad spinner to wash hand laundry. It works great. I have 2 different salad spinners, and like this particular spinner best for doing laundry. The big knob on the top allows you to push to spin it around. I like it much better than a pull string. I can use this one to actually agitate the clothes around. Don't add too much soap or your bubbles will overflow!
BEST LAUNDRY STAIN REMOVER FOR OILY MUDDY PERSPIRATION STAINS
If you are looking for a simple solution to stains from mud, oil, perspiration, or many other sources, try mixing this stain fighting solution at home from basic household ingredients. Spread the stain remover, and launder as usual. Spot test on any delicate item. I have had great success using this homemade stain remover. Try it!
LEIFHEIT 83040 ROLLFIX MOUNTED RETRACTABLE CLOTHES DRYER
If you have a bit of wall space, the Leifheit 83040 Rollfix Mounted Retractable Clothes Dryer clothesline can be a terrific help drying your laundry. Whether you choose to air dry all of your laundry or delicates and sweaters, the Leifheit Retractable Clothes Dryer has multiple lines that extend up to 15 feet for nearly 70 feet of drying space. Mount and use this clothesline indoors or out, and adjust the tension with a handy thumb screw. Whether you want to Go Green, save money, or don't have a clothes dryer, your clothing can be dried in the fresh air with this handy retractable clothes dryer.
HOW TO CLEAN PEWTER
Pewter is a lovely metal that won't tarnish. Made from tin, pewter should be hand washed. Clean and polish with an all cotton cloth and olive oil. Try this simple step to enjoy the beauty and luster of pewter naturally. Pewter should not be washed in the dishwasher. This method will allow the natural patina to shine.
WILTON ARMATALE BREAD SERVING DISH
Pewter serving pieces will not rust, dent, crack, chip, or tarnish. They can be used for cooking and serving, and will keep foods warm at the table. They are easy to clean, retain their luster, and are sturdy. I have several of these Wilton Armetale Bread Serving Dishes, and have used them for many years. Nicely made and a handy size, these plates keep bread warm longer. You can also prechill them in the refrigerator to keep vegetable platters cold longer. Who doesn't love the shimmer of silver by candlelight across the dinner table. Try adding a few new serving pieces to your table or decor with pewter or hammered steel. You can enjoy the sparkle of metallic pieces with out the cleaning and polishing required of silver.
HOW TO REMOVE COFFEE STAINS FROM CHINA CUPS
Coffee stains in your good china can be cleaned easily with this tip. Stains will lift off without scrubbing or using chemicals that could damage your precious or expensive dishes. Place a lemon or lime wedge in each cup. Fill with boiling water. Allow to soak for a llittle while, and pour it out. Your cups will be as good as new. Try this natural cleaning tip for stains on your china dishes.
NATURAL CLEANERS FOR TILE AND GROUT
Mold and mildew problems? If mold, mildew and humidity are wreaking havoc in your shower, try this best way to get your shower, tile, and bathtub clean again. The easy natural bathroom cleaning combination of simple and common ingredients, baking soda and vinegar, will clean your tile like new. Banish the mold, mildew, and problems from bathroom humidity with these simple ingredients, and a bit of scrubbing. Follow these tips for cleaning your tile and grout, and tips for keeping tile and grout clean. Your bathroom will be cleaner using ingredients that are natural and work.
EASIEST WAY TO CLEAN YOUR MICROWAVE
Food splatters and grease can build up in your microwave. Try these simple tips to clean inside your microwave. It will be cleaned and sanitized without chemicals in a few simple steps. Remember to wipe out the microwave when splatters happen to keep it clean.
Microfiber is a synthetic fiber that is spun to be thinner than silk. It is ultra soft, won't scratch surfaces, and never leaves lint. I like to use them for cleaning as they leave things dry without streaks.
I use microfiber cleaning cloths on everything from drying my stainless steel sink, cleaning windows, to polishing my car. Toss them in the washing machine and dryer and they are ready to clean for you again.
MAKE YOUR STAINLESS SILVERWARE SHINY AGAIN
Does your stainless silverware look dull and water spotted? Routine washing and use tends to leave water spots and a dull haze to silverware. Here is a very simple way to restore the shine to your silverware in just a few minutes and nearly no work. Follow these simple steps and your stainless silverware will look shiny and new again, adding sparkle when you set the table or enjoy a meal. Try this simple cleaning solution before your next holiday or family dinner.
HOW TO CLEAN STICKY PLASTIC CONTAINERS
Plastic food containers are handy and unbreakable, yet have a way of becoming crusty and covered with a sticky residue. Washing in hot water with detergent doesn't always clean away sticky films. Follow these simple steps to clean and sanitize your plastic food containers with natural cleaning solutions so you can continue to use them to store your food items. Using natural cleaners is always a great way to clean around your home.
HOW TO CLEAN WICKER AND BASKETS
If you have wicker furniture or baskets, follow these simple steps to clean and condition them naturally. Clean without chemicals with this simple homemade solution. Enjoy your wicker, rattan, and baskets for many years with a bit of simple cleaning and conditioning. Use natural cleaning solutions when possible.
HOW TO CLEAN CROCS SHOES
Are you looking for an easy way to remove dirt and grime from your Crocs? Crocs are easy to clean and keep shiny with these simple tips. I wash my Crocs whenever they are muddy or soiled, which is lots of the time. Simply spray them with a common cleaner such as 409, scrub with a scrubby sponge, rinse, and allow them to dry. Croc Butter works great, but if you don't have it, put a few sprays of Armor all on a paper towel and wipe. Never apply Armor All to the soles of your Crocs, as it will make them slippery. Follow these simple steps to keep your Crocs clean and shiny.
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