Friday, April 20, 2007

Cleaning and Organization Tips

I wanted to share some tips I've recently put into practice:

  • Odds and ends laying around? Use an over the door clear shoe bag. Use on the back of closet and pantry doors. Tape, scissors, mittens, sunscreen, keys, bubbles, etc. All those things you need to grab in a hurry and don't want cluttering up a drawer.

  • Club soda = window cleaner. Pour into a spray bottle and let your kids do it! Courtesy: "Clean House, Clean Planet"

  • Want an alternative to antibacterial soap? Use a 16 oz. spray bottle. Fill near to top with distilled or purified water, add 20-30 drops of tea tree oil and three tbsp. of liquid soap (I like Dr. Bronner's baby or peppermint). Shake to mix. Use on little hands, doorknobs, toys, counter tops, sinks, etc. Recipe Courtesy: "Clean House, Clean Planet"

  • Space Bags - they really do work. Stuff a winter comforter, clothes, etc. in a bag and use the vacuum cleaner to compress, protect and organize. I was amazed with how space saving they are! They can be found at Wal-mart and are reusable.

  • Efferdent: It'll clean your dentures, retainers and those little tablets will also clean your toilet. Throw a few in, let it sit, scrub and rinse. Also, use them in vases and thermoses.

  • DVD boxes taking up space and scattered? Use a CD/DVD storage book to store the DVDs.

  • Cell phones/Ipods/chargers taking up room and making your counter top look cluttered? Cut holes in the side of a decorative card box or have your kids decorate a shoe box. Plug in chargers, slide the cords through box holes, place coordinating items in box, plug in and cover box. You'll have a decorative box or your child's art project on display instead of a cluttered mess.

  • Ketchup = copper cleaner. The bottom of my pots are copper and ketchup works wonders!

1 comment:

Amie said...

Does the vinegar make your clothes smell at all? I have always heard that it's a great cleaner, but I can't stand the smell!!