10:30:00 PM

I've been reorganizing my TIPS pin board because it was just a mess. I now have a lot more categories, but it's easier to reference. In the reorganization process, I realized that there a few pins that have actually changed my day to day life! Cool, right? I mean, usually I just pin stuff, dream about it for a day, then forget it. But these pins actually STUCK! I thought I would share the great cleaning pins with you.

Note: I've been leaning towards natural and cheap products to try and simplify my cleaning supply storage. I'm not a big fan of having to store a whole bottle of something for one specific use only. I make a few exceptions (toilet cleaner, dish soap), but I try to stick to vinegar, borax, baking soda and stuff like that. A plus with this is that I've found that I'm allergic to a lot of cleaning supplies--Febreze, Glade, anything that smells good. At least I have other options right? And vinegar really does neutralize smells if you can stand the little while it takes for the vinegar smell to go away. :)

1. Homemade laundry soap.

I love this stuff. So cheap and works really well.

2. Tub and Shower cleaner.

Love this too. The first couple times the smell was a little overpowering, but now I clean with vinegar so often, I'm used to it. Just open a window or turn on a fan.

3. Glass top oven cleaning.

This really works!

4. Vinegar in the microwave.

Okay, so this is such a quick way to clean the microwave.

5. Vomit cleaner

website censor: just to warn you, there are photos of vomit. why people take photos of that, I don't know. Sorry.
 I wish I didn't have so much experience with this. I only suggest to use 1/2 the soap because the soap sticks to the carpet fibers and then it attracts dust.

Some things I want to try:

1. Cleaning knives with lemon juice.

2. Cleaning between the oven glass.

Some tips I've studied up on:

1. Vinegar is a great fabric/water softener and fabric brightener. It also doesn't cause buildup like other softeners and your towels don't lose their absorbency.

2. A mixture of vinegar and water is a good disinfectant and degreaser. I use it to clean my kitchen counters and backsplash.

3. Wiping down the shower and tub with your towel after you finish showering is an awesome way to never have to clean the shower. (Every other day of doing this has been sufficient for our family as long as I keep up on it.) Wiping the rest of the bathroom down after a shower is also a good way to dust/keep things clean.

4. Air and sun your mattresses once a year. 

5. Microfiber cloths are your friend. But if anyone has tips on how to make them last longer/keep absorbency, I'd really appreciate it. It seems to me that a 1 year life cycle is kind of short.

Just a note: if you came to my house today you probably wouldn't believe that these methods are regularly practiced here. Well, they're not right now. Hello. I'm having a baby in a few weeks. Yet, you would think nesting would be kicking in... However, you should be proud of me for finally taking down the last Christmas item. I guess keeping up on cleaning comes in phases for me.

P.S. My very favorite mop ever. So easy, so simple and we can choose what solution to use (water or water and vinegar).

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  1. These are great tips and thanks for the links. We are moving in less than two months and I need to get our rental home in tip top shape. Also, it will be nice to "start over" in our cleaning supplies when we arrive in a new place.

  2. Rachel, I use vinegar to clean sometimes too. I have learned that if you add a little tea tree oil or lemon oil it makes it smell better.

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