Fighting Stains with BIZ

Disclosure: I am a Biz Ambassador, and this is a sponsored post written in partnership with the brand. All opinions are my own.

Fighting Stains with BIZ

As a wife and mom, I am always washing clothes.  It’s one chore that I definitely don’t mind doing on my own, because I like to make sure that everyone’s clothes look perfect!  I’m particular about how things get sorted; I’m particular about the cycles our clothes get washed with, and of course, I’m particular about what products get used to clean our clothes!  Most recently I’ve started using BIZ® as our stain fighter.  Biz was the first enzyme based pre-soak and color-safe bleach

I deal with a variety of stains.  As you know, my husband is basically a professional Mr. Fix-It, so he’s always out working on something, whether it’s a car, a lawn mower, or an appliance, so he’s always coming in with dirt, oil, and grease on his clothes. [Read more…]

Cleaning Up with the Dyson V6

Cleaning Up with the Dyson V6

Previously I discussed how one of the key components to making your spring cleaning an easy experience is through daily and weekly housekeeping and maintenance.  The Dyson V6 cordless is a tool that will revolutionize the way you keep up with cleaning your floors (and upholstery). [Read more…]

Simplify Your Spring Cleaning: Tips & A Printable

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Simplify Your Spring Cleaning

Over the last couple of week’s we’ve been discussing spring cleaning.  This is a time when we go above and beyond our usual chores and take the time to make our home our castle!  Today I’m specifically going to focus on how to simplify your spring cleaning.  One key to simplifying is to make sure that you maintain a clean home everyday.  To help you do this, I have a free printable checklist for you.  Then I’ll have some product recommendations and tips to help you get your spring cleaning chores done.

Let’s start with the checklist. It includes a lot of little things you can do each day that will go a LONG way toward keeping your house clean so that you can avoid a lot of the stress that comes with a messy and cluttered house, and it can also help you to avoid what I like to call “marathon cleaning.” [Read more…]

Getting Ready for Spring Cleaning

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Kimberly-Clark and The Motherhood. The opinions are my own.

Getting Ready for Spring Cleaning

It is time to spring in to spring!  And you know that means!  It’s time to do a little spring cleaning!  Last week I showed you some outdoor projects and tips to get your yard spring ready, and today I’ll be talking about how you can prepare to do some spring cleaning within your house, and I’ll share some of my spring cleaning must-have supplies  and must-do projects and tips. [Read more…]

Deep Spring Cleaning: The Grungy Garage

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After a long few months stuck indoors due to impossibly terrible cold weather, it is intensely pleasing to scour the house of dust and grime and breathe the fresh, warm spring air. Yet, most people don’t go nearly deep enough in their spring cleans. Though your kitchen, living room, bedrooms, and bathrooms definitely deserve your attention after winter, your garage needs just as much TLC ― if not more.

If you are like most people, you have not cleaned or organized your garage since you moved in. This spring, you can finally wrest control of this space, so you can maximize your storage and minimize your waste and clutter. [Read more…]

A Few Good Tools for a Clean House

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The hustle and bustle of Christmas is over and the decorations are stored in the attic or garage…hopefully!  Now is the perfect time to get your house in order!  With winter weather forcing us to spend more time indoors, it’s more important than ever that our home stays as clean as possible and that we maintain a safe and clean environment.  Having the proper tools on hand is just one simple step that you can take toward having a cleaner home this winter. [Read more…]

Tide Ultra Stain Release and My Number One Laundry Tip

Laundry Tip

The other day I wrote about the importance of simplifying your life.  One area of our lives that can definitely use a little simplification is the housework!  I was listening to a discussion the other day, and a lot of people said that laundry was the household task that gave them the most trouble.  For me, it’s always been fairly easy, because I have everything well organized. (Although to be quite honest, things have been getting piled up for me sometimes lately, so I’m making a little tweaks to the system!)  Today I’m going to highlight the latest laundry product I’ve been using, and I’ll share with you my number one laundry tip. [Read more…]

Quick Cleaning Checklist + Changing Out Your Air Filters

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With colder weather here, we’re definitely spending more time indoors!  Now it’s more important than ever to keep a house that’s neat and clean, not just for your peace of mind but for your health!  We can’t always control the germs we pick up outside the home, but we can work to eliminate germs, bacteria, and allergens inside our home.  Here’s a quick cleaning checklist to get you started: [Read more…]

5 Tasks to Complete Before Holiday Guests Arrive

Softsoap Foams Stock your bathroom.  Toilet paper is obviously a must, as well as hand towels, and don’t forget the soap.  SoftSoap has an excellent fragrant foam collection.  It includes such varieties as Kitchen Citrus Bliss, Jasmine & White Cotton, and Whipped Cocoa Butter.

Not only will these leave your guests hands feeling fresh and smelling clean, but the bottles are very stylish and are great for adding a little splash of color to your sink or vanity.

Stock your fridge.  During the holidays it’s always important to keep your drinks stocked, including some that you may not normally have on hand.  Consider who’s coming over and whether they have any special dietary needs or personal preferences. (Perhaps you don’t drink coffee, but you have an avid coffee drinker staying for the week.  Or perhaps you have a diabetic in the family who drinks diet sodas.)

Stock the pantry. Whether you’re having overnight guests, or you are just looking for something to put out for the kids to snack on before dinner, extra snacks in the pantry is a must! Homemade or store bought party mixes are a great snack to have on hand for folks of all ages, as well chips and dips, nuts, or cheese and crackers.

Clean.  This should go without saying, but I have to include it here: Clean your house.  Apart from taking care of clutter in your living, dining, and kitchen areas, it is amazing to see how far just a quick wipe down of your sinks and counters will do…not to mention mopping the floor.  Even more so than how great everything looks, it makes a huge difference in how your house smells.

Air Fresheners.  Speaking of how your house smells, after cleaning (and especially if you don’t have time to do a major clean up) make your house smell warm and inviting using your favorite air freshers.  I love scented oil plug-ins and candles.  (And you can always use essential oils for the purpose of cleaning and making your house smell good.)

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Disclosure:  I received samples to facilitate this post. The opinions are my own.

7 Tips to Care for Your Hardwood Floors

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If you’re looking to remodel, home flooring is a great place to start.  I personally recommend hardwood floor or engineered wood flooring.  Hardwood floors are a great investment, as they add so much aesthetic and monetary value to your home.  They also go great with any decor style or motif, and hardwood never goes out of style!  Hardwood flooring is also very sturdy and can last a very long time, especially if you take care of it.  Today I’ll be sharing a few tips on how to care for your hardwood flooring. [Read more…]