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Housekeeping tips: Cleaning wonders you can do just in 15 min!


I am a mother of two kids and I have a house to keep. I have to confess to you: housekeeping is a dull work for me. Plus, I am a working mom. I work from home and this means I always get torn between working and housekeeping.

But, the good news is that I have discovered little magic to help me along. This magic is in just spending 15 min on something you do not like doing and seeing the amazing results. Here is a picture for you to see:

housekeeping tips: cleaning magic

And here is another one:

housekeeping tips: cleaning magic

I hope, you never have such a mess in your kitchen. But, at times I get that in mine. That’s a monster I need lots of magic to deal away with! Only to make things worse: I do my dishes by hand. I do not have a dish washing maching. And, I do not have hot water in my kitchen. So, what I have to do is to heat up a pot of water, wash dishes in a bowl and then rinse them under cold running water.

But you know what, there is no mess in your house you cannot clean in 15 min! Of course, you do not believe me now. But that is true. Only this 15 min work has to be done day after day. The reason I have such a huge pile of dirty dishes in my kitchen is because I missed one day. So, today I had to spend 30 min on the dishes.

And, you know what? I did it. Just in 30 min with no hot water and dish washer I got done most of the dirty dishes you see on the pictures. To prove that cleaning success I have more picture to offer to your attention.

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Those are the same table that were piled up with dirty dishes just 30 min ago. Yes, I still have few to go, but it’s already much cleaner than it used to be!

So, you see, the main tip in keeping your house clean is working just 15 min a day on each room or area of your house. 15 min of daily cleaning can do miracles. I have learned it from the flylady book and I am very grateful for this knowledge. It works like a house cleaning magic for a desperate housekeeper! I hope it would help you to start enjoying your life in a clean and shining home. You deserve it!

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Half staff housekeeping and cleaning tips


You know, one of the best things about half ready foods is that they make our life much easier. You just put them into your microwave and your lunch or dinner is ready! Wouldn’t that be great to have such half staff ‘products’ for our house cleaning? Something that takes only few minutes to finish, but helps you to keep your house clean at all times. It’s a fascinating idea for me. And, I  believe such half staff house cleaning things can work well, too.

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I know, it might sound a bit confusing or nuts at first. But, just take a moment to think about it. What is the busiest time of your day? It’s morning and evening for me. So, can I do something to get prepared and make a bunch of these half staff things to pull them out and get finish them up in just few minutes, when I am extremely busy? Why not?

 

I discovered that with a little bit of planning it’s quite possible to do. I can get many things done just in half to get prepared for the rush hours of the next day. For one, I keep goats and I need to milk them 3 times a day. I use a large plastic jug as my milking pan. And, every time I have temptation to leave it unwashed after I pour the milk out of it. It takes just a moment to clean it. But, if I do not take this moment, the next time I go milking, I have a little stress. I have to heat up the water, clean the milking pan well and it all takes time and make this task a little bit more stressful and complicated.

 

This is true about most of the things we do. Taking just few moments to prepare things and get them half way done frees more time during your rush hour and makes such hours less stressful. It gives you more time to relax and enjoy your life even in the busiest moments of it! It works for me. I hope, you can take little time and do little planning to make some positive changes in your life with the half staff things for house cleaning.

List of top 4 easy green and safe homemade cleaning products


Are you serious about living green? Good for you and for your health. Here you will find a list of 4 easy green and safe homemade cleaning products. If you are not aware yet of the danger of toxic substances in household cleaning supplies, read this post:

green homemade cleaning supplies

  1. Homemade cleaning products for your dishes
    Baking soda is a versatile cleaner. You can use it to meet many of your kitchen and household cleaning needs. It can be a great component for make safe homemade cleaning products and supplies.

    For one, you can use baking soda as your dish washing supply. If you wash dishes by hands, you can just dip the sponge into some baking soda and clean the dishes with it. If you have a hard time removing fat and oil off your dishes, mix baking soda with mustard and water. This would help you easily remove fat and avoid using surface active toxic substances, which lead to cancer development.

  2. Homemade cleaning products for bathroom and toilet cleaning
    You can make a homemade paste for cleaning your toilet and bathroom. Mix some baking soda with soap. You can either use liquid soap or grate soap bar and mix it with the baking soda. Add some water and rub your bath tub and toilet with this paste.

    Unlike many over the counter cleaning supplies, this homemade cleaning product does not leave a toxic substance residue in the bathtub. This means, you keep your skin and body safe from getting intoxicated with those chemicals. Besides, baking soda and soap mix cleanses your bathtub sparingly and keeps it nice looking and functional for a longer time.

  3. Spray homemade cleaning products
    One of the easiest things is to make a safe and non toxic spray type homemade cleaning supply. You just mix some water with white vinegar. Mix them in one to one proportion and pour into an old spray bottle.

    You can use this spray to clean most things in your kitchen. You can clean your sink, countertops, windows, oven or stove surfaces, etc.

  4. Furniture polish homemade cleaning products
    Most furniture polishes or waxes contain toxic substances. To avoid this, you can use a very affordable and easy to make furniture polish. Use a mix of lemon juice and olive oil. Lemon contains acid, which removes fat and dirt off your furniture, while olive oil adds it a touch of shining and gloss. If you just need to clean the furniture, you may rub it with the lemon, cut in half.

As you may see, these homemade cleaning products are really easy to make and safe to use. They do not contain any toxic substances and do not threaten your health. Besides, they save you money, as most of such homemade cleaning supplies are much cheaper, than over the counter cleaning products.

3 facts on toxic substances in your house cleaning supplies


Most of us take special care to get our houses clean and nice smelling. But have you ever thought of how many toxic substances are contained in our daily use house cleaning supplies? Take a look at 5 stunning acts on toxic substances in cleaning supplies, which contaminate our homes and threat our health.

Toxic substances in cleaning supplies

  1. Using dish washing supplies can increase the risk of developing colon cancer risks by 38 %!

    Most dish washing supplies contain surface active substances. They help to clean off fat and keep our dishes shining and clean. However, few of us know that these toxic substances get stuck to the dish surface and stay there for good. They are really hard to wash off. If you do the manual dish washing, it takes up to 30 seconds of rinsing your dishes in hot water to get off most of the surface active substances.

    This means, you and your family daily consumes some amount of these toxic substances and increase your chances of developing colon cancer by one third!

  2. Chemical scents and aromas are toxic for your lungs and respiratory system

    We love it, when our homes smell nice, especially in such amenity facilities, as bathrooms and toilets. The easiest way to attain the desired effect is to use spray chemical scents. Most of these scents are toxic substances. The same is true about aromas, used in detergents or fabric softeners.

    Using these chemical scents you risk to develop such grave conditions, as asthma, various types of allergic reaction, respiratory organs’ irritation and inflammation, etc.

  3. Spray window cleaners are toxic substances and should be used with gas masks on

    The are one of the most dangerous household cleaners. Most of such windows cleaning sprays or furniture cleaners contain a number of toxic substances. For instance, most of them contain chemical scents, chemical coloring agents, spirits, ammonia, etc. When you spray them, these toxic substances go straight to your respiratory tract and even as deep as to your lungs. This can lead to various respiratory tract diseases, allergy, and asthma and eventually this may lead to cancer.

These 3 facts about toxic substances in your household cleaning supplies are alarming. Every time you clean your home and think, you provider safer living environment for your family and kids, you actually contaminate it with toxic substances and make it dangerous for dwelling. Take a look at the top 4 easy green and safe homemade cleaning products you can use to make your home a safer and cleaner place.

How to get clean house: practical tips for busy moms


Clean house is the joy and pride for many women. And, being so busy with kids, families, jobs, responsibilities, shopping, social involvement, and on and on, clean house becomes a dream hard to achieve.

cleaning houseThis is another one of our female dreams about clean house: getting our hubbies and kids help us to clean it.

Today this dream of mine has come true and I have few practical tips to share with you.

I had two very busy working weeks. I had absolutely no time to do home choirs house clean. So, by this weekend I got a huge mess out of it. My mother came over to stay couple of days. Yes, she has done some dishes, big thank you. But, she also got ever nagging and bagging me about the mess and telling me how bad I am to work instead of house clean.

I got up this morn in bad mood, obviously. I felt so overwhelmed with cleaning to do. But, I somehow got started on it. And, few household simple life miracles happened to me:)

1. The start was hard, but then I got inspired and things started to roll for me. I planned to do some minor cleaning, just to get stuff out of my way. But, I ended up doing major cleaning. And, I enjoyed it thoroughly. That’s the frist miracle.

2. All my family caught my inspiration and started to clean with me. My husband gave me a BIG hand in cleaning today. We moved away sofas, shelves, wardrobes, cleaned it all behind them. My babies helped me to sort out their toys and even agreed to give away part of them (we have way too many toys at home).That’s my second miracle.

3. My mother is HAPPY now. And, that is a miracle on its own. What is more, she is happy with me and with what I do.

4. I got all the cleaning, moving furniture, vacuuming, dusting, washing floors, sorting out toys, sorting out clothes on our shelves done in just 90 min. That is a big miracle number four.

So, here are my easy housecleaning and housekeeping tips to share:

To get clean house you need to:

1. Get started

2. Get inspired and start enjoying what you do

3. Turn some good and fast music on

4. Turn off TV and cartoons (this would get the distractions off the way for your hubby and kids)

5. Stop nagging them about helping you and start inspiring with your personal example and humor

6. Expect miracles to come your way.

Housekeeping tips: vegetable oil bottle


Tips for healthy housekeeping

Most of us use some kind of vegetable oil for cooking. If you are using more expensive extra virgin olive oil only, you may not be interested in this post. But, if you use less expensive oils, you know, they are mostly sold in plastic bottles. These bottles have several significant cons, when it goes about health issues.

vegetable oil

According to scientists, there is no 100 percent safe plastic to use for foods, as all plastics have a potential of getting its toxic particles into the foods, they store.

Vegetable oil is a highly active environment for plastic, especially if you set your veggie oil bottle on the window shelf or somewhere, where sun rays come in direct contact with the bottle and oil in it. For one, they stimulate oxidation processes in vegetable oil and it gets spoiled fast or loses its vitamins. Besides, sun exposure makes plastic toxic.

The solution for this housekeeping problem is simple. You can get an old olive oil bottle, decorate it and use it for storing your vegetable oil.

bottle for vegetable oilremember, I am not good at taking pics.

This is the same bottle. It was an olive oil bottle. I painted it, using crackle technique and decoupaged it with a napkin. I also covered it up with polish to prevent decoupage damage.

Now, as soon as I buy vegetable oil, I pour it into this glass bottle.

Three benefits:

– I do not store vegetable oil in plastic

– The bottle looks nice and decorates my kitchen

– The bottle is not transparent and protects oil from oxidation

Healthy housekeeping tip:

When you shop for vegetable oil, check out its issue date. Most oils have pretty long shelf life (up to 1 year). Try to purchase only freshly poured vegetable oil. This way, it does not stay long in plastic and does not get toxic.

My house cleaning story testimony or how the 1st cleaning tip worked for me


Housekeeping tips

I have a tiny house. It has only two rooms: one large and one small. So, it gets a bit crowdy both for people and for things in my house. I used to have real trouble with housekeeping to keep all things on their proper places. I heaped them in all kinds of places and mostly I heaped them in my small bed room.

I have a baby sitter coming to my home to stay with kids, while I work. I was really ashamed to show her that small room. Sometimes, she had to come in there to get the clothes for the baby. Every time she did, I felt bad over the mess in that room. It really got messy. I had heaps of things on the bed and on the chairs; toys all over the floor, etc. You know, how it gets with smalls kids playing.

When I discovered Flylady system, I decided to get that room cleaned. You know what? It took me a week to gather up all my strength and heart to plan that big cleaning. I decided to follow simple Flylady rules: set the alarm clock for 15 min and try to do only basic cleaning. I.e., to move all the things to right places, even if it was just to heap them over in on my shelves, to vacuum, dust and may be even wash the floor. No need to move away beds, wash windows, etc. Just very basic cleaning.

I honestly believed, it would take me few hours to get that done. I did not see any good reason to set the alarm clock for 15 min. What can one get done in 15 min with such a mess? But, I followed the rule and set it.

Guess what? I got to work, moved out all the heaped stuff, picked up the toys, made my bed, vacuumed, dusted and washed the floor just in 11 MINUTES! I worked quickly, but I could not believe my own eyes! Just 11 minutes!

That room looked completely different after that cleaning. I spent a week going around the house in bad mood, thinking about the upcoming cleaning in the small room. I wasted a week for being in downcast spirits, but it took me only 11 min to get rid of the mess. It looked like a miracle to me.

And, never since I had that mess coming back to my small room. Now I know the truth and it has set me free: things do not take as long, as we think, they would. And, even 15 min cleaning matters.

3 cleaning secrets to keep your house shining at all times


I have to be honest with you, a year ago my house used to be a complete mess. I dreaded those unexpected visits of my friends or relatives. I just could not have anyone over. If we planned to invite someone to visit us, this meant a day or two of urgent cleaning for me. Now, I have a very good reason to excuse myself for such a mess. I have two young kids of 4 and 1 years of age. I work 5 hours a day. I used to do all the washing by hand and I still hand wash my dishes.

But, I did not feel happy or content living in all that mess, neither did my husband or kids. I got sick and tired of all my relatives speaking their minds out to me and no help from them. So, I only had to pray for a miracle. And, I got one. I have stumbled on the Flylady.net and a book by Marla Watson. It is a pretty simple book to follow. At first, I did not think much of it. But, I had nothing to lose, so I gave it a try… and it WORKED!

So, if you can at least partially relate to my story, here is my first practical cleaning tip. It really worked for me: Use the alarm clock, when cleaning.

Here is what you do: you set the alarm clock for 15 min and get to work. First select the area for cleaning. Do not attempt to clean the entire house all at once. It won’t work. I used to spend hours cleaning my house with no visible result. I made my heart fail at the very thought of cleaning.

So, you select just one area or one room of your house and get to work just for 15 min. Do not try to do the in depth cleaning during this time. Just try to get rid of the biggest mess in the area: make up your bed, put away all the clothes or other stuff, laying on the beds or floor. Try to dust, sweep and wash the floor or vacuum. That’s it. Do not set a goal too large to accomplish in 15 min.

Here is where the miracle comes in: if you focus on cleaning just one area and spend just 15 min on it, you will be amazed at how much you can accomplish in that short time. Even little effort counts, especially if it is a very targeted one. You will be amazed to see, what difference it makes to clean one area for 15 min with alarm clock. In my next post on cleaning tips, I’ll share my personal ‘cleaning miracle story’. To be continued…