Indoor Air Pollution and Solutions

These days we spend about 90% of our time indoors, and with more and more pollutants in the air, the risk or becoming sick from substances in our own home is ever-growing!  Fortunately, we can work do combat these.

The first step is knowing what the sources of pollution are:  25% of indoor pollution comes from sources outside the home, while other indoor pollution comes from a variety of sources like mold, mildew, asbestos, radon, dust and carbon monoxide.  Even everyday items in our home that you can don’t really think about can cause indoor air pollution: pet fur and dander, chlorine from the shower, and fumes from beauty products. [Read more…]

Top Natural Cleaning Tips 

A lot of people have recently been switching to natural or environmentally/eco friendly cleaning products. If you are someone who wants to be environmentally friendly with your cleaning, natural products can be just as effective. Here are our top tips for spotless natural cleaning!

Red wine removal

One of life’s most tricky cleaning endeavors, unless dealt with properly, red wine stains can be disastrous and some can often result in professional carpet cleaning. However if you act fast, dousing with soda water and dabbing with layers of paper towel. The bubbles in the soda water can be really affective at lifting the wine. Continue doing this until no residue is left on the towel.

Laundry Smells

Laundry baskets can often get a little…fragrant. However lining them with paper towels that have been sprinkled with some natural oils (such as lavender or tee tree) will keep the laundry basket (and importantly surrounding areas!) at bay

Windows

This is an excellent tip we got from Kim and Agie but you don’t need abrasive chemicals for window cleaning – mixing 25% vinegar with 75% warm water will have them sparkling clean. Remove all residue with a towel afterwards so no vinegary smells are left.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a natural, non toxic and cheap product that can be incredible for cleaning! It can be used in lots of rooms and for multiple purposes. For example a small pot of baking soda in any bins, fridges or cupboards will keep away potentially unpleasant food odors. Baking soda can also be used to clean sides and surfaces by just sprinkling on the side and wiping with a warm water towel – the same also applies for silver – rubbing a baking soda paste on to it is excellent for making your silver wear sparkling and shiny!

Lemon

Lemon also makes a great natural cleaner. Infuse with vinegar for a couple of weeks for a fresh smelling natural cleaner that works perfectly for cleaning windows or floors.

Stock up on lots of vinegar, lemons and baking soda and you will find natural cleaning more easier and more effective than you ever thought!

5 Laundry Organizing Tips + All Free Clear (And a Sweepstakes!)

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All Free Clear Products

Don’t you just love doing laundry?  As far as chores go, I think laundry is something that you either love or hate.  I actually don’t mind it most of the time.  First of all, it’s a chore that you can actually see noticeable results from; I love nothing more than to pull a fresh load of nice clean clothes from the dryer and then restock the drawers and closets around the house.  Something about it makes me feel warms inside.  Secondly I’ve got a pretty good system down when it comes to doing laundry, and my system and the way all the clothes are already pre-sorted for me, just makes the whole chore pretty easy!  In fact, laundry is the one chore with which I absolutely want NO HELP from my husband. (No offense to him or any one else; I just have certain ways I like to do things!) [Read more…]

all® free clear – A Hypoallergenic Laundry Solution

All Free and Clear

Having clean clothes is very important to me. (I suppose it is important to everyone, right?)  If you or members of your family suffer from allergies or have sensitive skin, you may find yourself performing a balancing act between clean clothes and a healthy, happy family.  If you are doing this balancing act, you can turn to all® free clear. They offer a laundry detergent, as well as fabric softener, and dryer sheets.  It’s everything you need for fresh, clean laundry, without the dyes and perfumes that can be harsh to your skin.

all® free clear is the #1 recommended detergent brand by Dermatologists Allergists and Pediatricians for sensitive skin. It’s tough on stains yet gentle enough for the whole family. Plus, it’s safe for use in standard and HE machines. It rinses clean and has a gentle, hypoallergenic formula. Powerful Clean. Gentle on Skin®.

Before using this detergent, I was considered a dirty smell might linger within the clothes, but I’m happy to report that all does great job of lifting stains and odors.

Traditionally I like products with a nice, clean scent, but I like all® free clear for certain jobs.  It’s perfect for baby clothes.  I also like using it for our towels, bedsheets and bedspreads. And it’s a great product for lingerie and anything else you’d prefer to remain unscented.

I’d definitely recommend all® free clear to anyone looking for a more gentle, hypoallergenic detergent and anyone who prefers unscented products for their clothes.

 

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Friday Favorites – Week 264 – Let’s Get Organized!

Welcome friends to this week’s edition of Friday Favorites. This week I’ve been working on rearranging and reorganizing the food cabinets in my kitchen, and now I’m ready to move on to some other organizing projects I have lined up.  Since I’m in a spring cleaning and organizing kind of mood, I decided to devote this week’s party to that.  First we have some ideas to help you organize your jewelry, followed by a couple of printables to help you with your spring cleaning and your household budgeting.

Friday Favorites Link Party

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5 Reasons to Clean with Steam + HomeRight SteamMachine Plus Giveaway

5 Reasons to Clean with Steam

Spring is here, and for many of us, that means getting down to the business of spring cleaning.  One product that has virtually revolutionized the way I clean house is my HomeRight Steam Machine Plus.  Today I’m going to discuss some of the benefits of cleaning with steam and why I LOVE my SteamMachine Plus.

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Easy and Green Spring Cleaning with CleanPath

This winter I’ve had all sorts of spring cleaning and home improvement projects in mind!  But regardless of the season, I always try to maintain a clean home.  When it comes to household cleaners, I look for 3 main criteria.

1. I look for something that’s antibacterial.  This is just a given, considering I mostly use these products in my kitchen and bathrooms, where are some of the more germ-ridden areas in any home.

2.  I like something with a nice and clean (but not overwhelming) scent.

3.  And I like products that are environmentally friendly. [Read more…]

5 Ways to Show Your Cats You Care with Fancy Feast and Litter Genie

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, Litter Genie® and Fancy Feast®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #Catparents http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

5 Ways to Show Cats You Care

When I’m not blogging, I am a full time Cat Mommy and part time member of the Cat Paparazzi!  Anyone who knows me knows I’m in love with my cats, and they pretty much run the show here!  For those of you aren’t familiar with the Simply Sweet Home cats, let me introduce you! [Read more…]

All Mighty Pacs Detergent Plus 5 Laundry Tips

5 Laundry Tips

I’ve been spending the first week of my new year getting my house in order and cleaning from top to bottom. I’m very happy with the progress I’ve made, and one of my goals this year to get back to the basics of maintaining a clean home, so I can avoid these “extreme clean-a-thons.”  It’s not always easy with a family, pets, and my schedule, but I’m up for the challenge. One chore that I never seem to get woefully behind on is laundry; perhaps because it’s pretty much unavoidable and can’t be skipped.  Here are just a few things that help me get this hugely important chore done!

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5 Tips for Preparing Your Home for Cold & Flu Season

Disclosure: I am a compensated 3M-sponsored blogger. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me. The post also includes affiliate links. The opinions are my own.

5 tips for preparing your home

Cold and flu prevention starts at home.  While it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle through, complete with a well balanced diet and exercise routine, hydration, rest, and a multivitamin for health & immune support, there are so many other things you can to maintain your home this winter to further promote your family’s overall health. [Read more…]