Cleaning Products Worth Buying

Cleaning Products

I have a confession to make.  I am completely addicted to buying cleaning supplies.  Whenever a new one appears at the stores I have to have it.  I don’t know if it is the magic that they promise or the smell of the cleaning aisle but I just love them.  So I am starting this series to share my thoughts with you so that you all know which ones are worth purchasing.  I test these in not only my one home but I also use them in other people’s homes.  I wanted to begin with one of my favorites… *These are not sponsored posts, I have paid in full for these products and they are my honest opinion*

 

Cleaning Product Review #1:  Krud Kutter

Krud Kutter… Oh Krud Kutter…. A few years ago my boyfriend and I were moving out of an apartment and doing the “get your deposit back” deep clean.  My mom said I should buy some “Krud Kutter”.  Um, what?  Well I gave it a whirl and I am completely addicted to this product now.  I buy it by the gallon and refill the spray bottle at my house and at my client’s.
Krud Kutter

Cost: $5.98 for 32 oz or $12.94 for 1 gal at Home Depot (I live in NH and Home Depot is the only place I have ever seen it)

Grade: A+

 

This stuff is absolutely amazing and is always my go to when cleaning up tough messes.  Although it is concentrated I don’t usually dilute it (unless I am mopping with it).  I love it for cleaning walls, cupboards, and floors.  I haven’t found anything that is too tough for this product.

It doesn’t really have much of a smell which is unusual with products like these.  It is also “non-toxic” and “biodegradable” which makes me feel much better about using it everywhere.  In my opinion, buy it!

Have you ever tried Krud Kutter?  Which cleaning products would you like to see reviewed here?

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Clean Your House Like a Pro

Clean Your House

 

A few years ago I worked for a commercial cleaning company.  It was one of those situations where I just needed a job so I jumped in.  We worked in teams of two (my partner spoke a completely different language causing some confusion) and drove around cleaning businesses and homes.  After working for that company I decided I wanted to have a housecleaning business (which I did until my client begged me to work for her full time).  There was a strict system we followed which I want to share with you since I do this even in my own home.  When we worked in teams of two one person did the “dust and vacuum” and the other did “kitchen and bathrooms”.  In your own home you can just separate it out but definitely dust first!!!

Dust & Vacuum

  • Starting upstairs dust ceilings, corners, walls, furniture, door frames and baseboards.  Dust every surface making sure to start at the highest point so dust all falls to floor.  (Wiping baseboards with a dryer sheet will help battle dust).  Don’t forget ceiling fans and light fixtures.
  •  After dusting the entire house now vacuum the entire starting with the highest point.  I vacuum my kitchens and bathrooms as well because it gathers the dirt and dust so much better than sweeping.  When vacuuming make sure you pick up bathroom rugs and trash cans and move small furniture.

Kitchens & Bathrooms

  • I usually start in the bathroom just to get it out of the way.  Start by cleaning the shower.  I spray it with a cleaner made for battling soap scum, like Comet, Scrubbing Bubbles, or Soft Scrub.  Then I sprinkle with Bon-Ami or baking soda.   Let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Spritz toilet with disinfectant, and scrub.  Wipe the seat, back and entire outside of the toilet.
  • Wipe the kitchen sink and counters with an all purpose spray.
  • Wash mirrors.  Then go back and scrub your shower.  After scrubbing take a damp rag and wipe off all the ickiness that is still on it.
  • When everything had actually been cleaned I go back with a microfiber towel and polish and shine the shower, fixtures, and sink.  This last step makes a huge difference.
  • In the kitchen start by washing the dishes!  Dry dishes and put away.
  • Wipe down all small appliances and counters.  Throw damp sponge in the microwave for 60 seconds.  This will sanitize the sponge and make the microwave about 1000 times easier to clean!
  • Big projects like the fridge and stove do not need to be done on a regular basis.  These will be covered in a future post.

Now you can go back through and mop all the hard surface floors.  For wood floors I love using Murphy’s Oil (it smells amazing) and Bona on the rest.  So in summary: dust, vacuum, bathrooms, kitchen, mop, and enjoy!

When cleaning your home please investigate the uses for vinegar, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide.  I will have more posts about these coming but they are incredibly effective and cheap (and safe).  I highly recommend using these in cleaning your home.

Check Out These Cleaning Product Reviews for more help:

Krud Kutter Product Review

Method Glass & Surface Cleaner Review

 

Weekly Reading List June 1st

Weekly Reading List

Starting today every Sunday I will share my favorite articles and finds from around the Internet.  I find so much great stuff throughout the week I wanted to share it here with you!  I will include tips, DIYs, shopping, helpful stuff, and informative resources.  What did you find this week?  Have you read any of this too?

Journaling Ideas:

1. April at Blacksburg Belle has a post (it isn’t new but it is to me) of 50 Art Journal Prompts, I am working on a summer journal challenge over at Oh My! Handmade Goodness and this list is super helpful.  You can find her list here.  If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, please do!

2. As an avid crocheter I love this idea from Ruby Murrays Musings about crocheting your journal!!!

Crochet Edged Journal

Recipes:

I think this recipe for Apple Nachos from Taste of Home needs no explanation.  Just look at the picture! Yumm!

Apple Nachos

 

This is another one that looks just too good!  Baked French Toast from the Amazing Pioneer Woman

Baked French Toast

 

 

Things I Want to Try:

I have a Pinterest board of “Projects To Work On”.  It is one of those places I throw all the things I want to try ASAP and then… never get to!  But I am still gonna keep on finding stuff and now I will share it with you!

I couldn’t find the source for this Flip Flop Wreath so if anyone knows where it came from please share it!!!  It is super cute and I think it would be pretty quick to put together.  You can find $.99 flip flops almost anywhere now.

Flip Flop Wreath

 

I have been admiring this lighted wall art from Craft Warehouse for a very long time.  I think it is beautiful and I love lighting and finding creative ways to use it.  Someday hopefully I will get around to making it.  I don’t think it would be that difficult…

Lighted Wall Art

 

I am obsessed with the printable bucket lists all over the internet.  I love love love them and have been collecting summer bucket lists for awhile now.  At the end of most summers I get very sad and think of all the stuff I haven’t done.  I think having a list like this could help eliminate this issue.  I am in the process of creating my own but in the mean time here is one I found that is great.

160 Summer Fun Ideas from the Crafty Chicks

Summer Fun Ideas

 

Hope you enjoyed!  Let me know if you try anything here I am very curious.  What did you read this week?

3 Steps to De-Clutter Your Brain

Declutter Your Brain

After reading David Allen’s Getting Things Done I was inspired to get my “To-Dos” in order.  It is amazing how much peace this has brought me.  Getting all of these nagging things out of my head has really cleared up the space I need to create!

Check out my post here:

3 Steps to De-Clutter Your Brain on Oh My! Handmade Goodness

Blog Post Planner

After spending the past week on Pinterest and what seems like 90% of the blogs in the universe searching for the perfect free blog post planner I came up with my own.  I have certainly found some really great planners, checklists, and schedules but none of them were just right (think Goldylocks here…).  So here it is!  Feel free to download and share! (If you share please please link back to this though).   Blog Post Planner

Click here to download this lovely blog post planner

Are You Putting Your Best Foot Forward?

Putting Your Foot Forward

 

Online businesses have become increasingly popular over the last few years.  With this increasing popularity the average person now has the opportunity to become a business owner from their own living room.  Social media and the ability to communicate at lightning speed has helped fuel small online businesses.  Anyone with even a small budget can use social media to market themselves and connect with their target audience.  The internet has made the world very small and almost anyone you connect with could be a potential customer.  Every time you have an interaction online you are representing yourself and your business and possibly gaining a customer or turning someone off from your business.  There are thousands of articles online about how to market yourself through social media but people seem to forget that it can sometimes be the littlest interaction that will have a huge impact on a customer (whether they are your “target” customer or not).  So with everything you type, post or share with the community think of whether you are putting your best or worst foot forward.

  1. Ways to put your best foot forward and build positive relationships:
    • Always be respectful!
    • Be friendly, encouraging, and supportive
    • Offer valuable feedback and insight
    • Share your expertise and help others
    • If you like what someone is doing, share it with others!
    • Connect with others and meet new people
  2. Ways to put your worst foot forward and turn off potential customers:
    • Forget that someone may want to purchase from you someday
    • Be rude, snotty, or stuck up
    • Spam by only promoting what you are selling
    • Asking people you don’t know to promote you for no reason
    • Only talk about yourself, all the time
    • Worry so much about your competition that you have no relationships

Please remember that even when you aren’t talking to someone in a business conversation it is very easy to look up who you are and find out what you do.  I wrote this post because I had a negative experience with someone online, looked up what they sold and realized that I loved what they were selling! I would have been a potential customer!  All because of their interactions online they lost money because they assumed I wasn’t their target audience and they weren’t marketing to me.  Has anyone ever turned you off from their business because of an interaction you had before you even purchased from them?  Did you have such a great interaction with someone that you researched them and became a customer?  Do you have any other advice for creative entrepreneurs?

The “Ah” Feeling

the ah feeling pic

Monday night I got home from my new full time job and felt a huge sigh of relief.  This was the first evening in months and months I walked in my house after a long day of work and had absolutely nothing (well nothing immediate) weighing on me or stressing me out.  I just left a part time job where the “members” (it was a credit union) treated me like a piece of trash.

I am the kind of person who is passionate about treating others with respect, especially if you have no reason not to.  Something about going into my workplace for 8 years a day and having people be so insanely disrespectful can be completely exhausting.  I can honestly say I have never worked in a job where people were rude to me simply because either a.) I was new or b.) I was the only one telling them they couldn’t do all the things they had been doing that were against policy.  I hadn’t realized how much this 25 hour per week job had been killing me until I left.  On top of leaving this job it is also the last week of school and I am actually ahead in my work.  I feel well prepared for my Astronomy final and have zero work left to do in my English class.

So… I am working 10 hours less a week, not stressing about school, and no longer weighed down by disrespectful people.  Life is good!  I am at a point where I have time to focus on my passions: making the world a better place, crocheting, building my business, family and fun!  (This is also the first summer in 8 years I will have weekends off).  This is a very exciting time in my life and I am so happy I can share it with the world.

 

What is weighing you down?  What can you do to achieve that “Ah” feeling?  Anything I can do to help?

Have a wonderful week!

Oh My Handmade a Creative Co-op

AnnualGeneralParty_Banner

I recently joined and participated in the Annual General Party for a great website called Oh My Handmade.  This is a wonderful group of people including makers, entrepreneurs, marketers, writers and more.  We are all sharing in resources to help one another achieve our goals.  It is so refreshing to find a supportive group of people with all different kinds of skills who are openly willing to share their skill set.

The Annual Party includes a giant survey of what a co-op of creatives would mean and how it could best be created for the community.  I encourage anyone who creates or is starting a small business or blog to not only check out the website but join the community and share your thoughts in the survey here.  The purpose of this event is to create a vision for the cooperative by getting many opinions and creating a plan to achieve that vision.

You can always find fun activities to learn about your co-makers and become involved.  The forums are a great place to meet people and share what you know!

 

Join the conversation and learn about this community of awesomeness: Oh My Handmade

Crafting Amongst Friends & My First “Rush”

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Things are getting very exciting around here.  Its official!  My crocheted crafts are sitting in a store, ya me!  I live in New Hampshire and am soo excited to announce a great new store called Crafting Amongst Friends.  This a great little shop that features all kinds of local crafters.  This is one of those stores where you will find all those great little items that you will never find anywhere else.  From décor to jewelry to apparel and purses, they offer something for everyone!  Interestingly I heard about them from my hairdresser sister who gets all of the gossip in town.

As someone just starting out their handmade business this opportunity is very exciting for me.  I have had an Etsy shop since December and while I know that I desperately need more listings (which means more time to make) I haven’t had a lot of success.  I am determined to spend the next few months filling my shop with lots of goodies for summer, weddings, and babies.  Unfortunately none of this will happen until I have some more time to create, in about a week after finals are over.  But believe me you will be seeing some very cool things in the “summer line”.

In the meantime though my very favorite creations are being consigned in this beautiful new shop.  Seeing my items in a store is just about the coolest feeling in the world.  Now I see where the entrepreneurship “rush” and excitement comes from.  I highly recommend checking this place out if you are in the area.  Not only can you get some very cool and unique things but you are supporting your local artisans and community.  Check out Crafting Amongst Friends on Facebook or stop by at 16 Opera House Square, Claremont, NH.  You can find my Etsy shop here.

What gave you your first business “rush”?  Have you ever consigned your crafts?  How did it work out?  Please share!

Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business Book Review

Book Review: Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business

If you are anything like me you are one of the millions of people watching Shark Tank.  Some people watch for the arguments and fighting between the Sharks, some watch for the entrepreneurs who fall on their faces and others (like myself) watch because we are entrepreneurs who love all things business. Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business combines the tv show we love with actually business advice.

I was very excited when I saw that there was a book based around Shark Tank that discussed the process of starting a business instead of just a biography of the Sharks.  Since I am incredibly busy (school, work, and my side businesses) I am obsessed with audio books.  I can be learning and growing while driving, cleaning, working, etc… After reading reviews of the Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business I was skeptical.  The reviews from Amazon and Itunes were not great.  Most people said if you knew anything about business than this book was not for you.  I couldn’t disagree more.  I believe I know more about small business startup than the average person (through experience, learning, and researching) and I really enjoyed the book.

Throughout you will find “Shark Bites” which are quotes from the Sharks themselves.  The book takes you through a startup (product or service) from the idea to marketing and growing.  They even spend time talking about franchises, both the pros and cons and how they differ. As someone who loves all things business and is also a huge fan of Shark Tank I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in being an entrepreneur or already has a small business and needs some advice or just wants to learn.

 

Have you read Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business?  What did you think?  What other business or Shark Tank books are you reading?

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