Scent Booster Pinterest Adventures

Pin Worth Trying!

I love Pinterest!  I always find amazing tips, DIYs, and recipes that I never would have thought of.  Since signing up with Pinterest I have tried many (many) of the pins I was intrigued by.  I will be sharing with you the trials & tribulations of various pins I have tried and how they worked out.  Today we will start with an easy one that you can try today!

Pinterest Adventures

Source

The original pin (the one I found) came from Amber at Texas Tales (Bells and Kilts)

Use Downy Unstoppable Scented Wax Beads in your tart warmer as an air freshener.  I have tried this trick and I love it.  It makes the whole house smell like clean laundry (if you like that) and since it is being warmed with a candle the scent lasts at least as long as your candle does.  These also pop out of my tart warmer much easier than Yankee Candle tarts.  As much as I love the scent and dual purpose, take the cost into consideration.  These little scent boosters are super expensive and you can go through them incredibly fast.  If the cost doesn’t bother you, do it!

Do you have any pins you are scared to try?  What have you pinned that you are curious about?  Let me know and I will try them out and let you know how they work out!

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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?

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

 

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