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By Friday, June 15, 2012 2 , , Permalink 0

Hello! My name is Danielle and I blog over at a delicious obsession. I’m a stay-at-home mom of 3. I have 2 girls and a baby boy. All 3 of my kids were born on the 12th; in fact, my daughters were born on May 12th – 2 years apart. From being a stay-at-home mom for 6 years I know we often run into situations at home that we’re not sure of how to handle. I remember trying to use dish soap in the dishwasher and having it be a complete fail. I wasn’t sure how to stop the bubbles from pouring out of the dishwasher door onto the floor. There are other problems I’ve run into such as foggy mirrors, mildewed shower curtains, and more. If you have been in the same [or similar] situations as me, keep reading and I’ll give you tips on how to relieve some of the stress and take control of the situation!

 

Bathroom

Kid's Bathroom

Rust Stains: Combine hydrogen peroxide, cream of tartar, and few drops of finger nail polish remover. Mix to a paste. Apply on desired spot and let sit for 2-3 hours.
Mildewed Shower Curtain
: Wash it normally in hot water and soap, wipe down with a slice a lemon, and let dry [preferably in the sun].
Bathroom Cleaning: Before deep cleaning your bathroom (scrubbing walls, tiles, floor, etc) run a hot shower to build up steam. The steam will help loosen up the dirt and make it much easier to clean.
Foggy Mirrors: Wipe your mirrors down with shaving cream. It will prevent your mirrors from fogging up after a hot shower.
Fixtures: Dampen a cloth with rubbing alcohol to shine fixtures.

 

 

Kitchen/Food

Kitchen dishes

Cooking Veggies: Broccoli, onions, will cook much faster if you cut an ‘X’ at the bottom.
Measuring Sticky Substances (such as honey): Rub oil into your measuring cup or spoon and then run under warm water. It will make it easier for the sticky liquid to run out instead of getting stuck.
Hamburgers: When shaping your patties, use a toothpick (or something similar) to poke a hole through the middle. The hole will disappear when fully cooked and it will call for a much shorter cooking time.
Overflowing Dishwasher (with bubbles): Pour about 1/4 cup of oil into the bottom of the dishwasher. NOT the soap dispense cap. Oil is a proven bubble killer. It works every time.
Counter Stains: Use a regular sponge with the green abrasive side to remove counter stains. This works just as good as the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (which I personally love as well), but much cheaper. I have found this to remove coffee stains, juice stains, rust stains, etc.

 

Laundry

laundry clothesline

Shirts: Unfold collars before washing/drying. This will prevent the collar from getting folded down the wrong way. Turn button-down shirts inside out before washing/drying. This will lower the chance of button falling off. Also, turn shirts with graphics inside out. This will also slow the process of the graphic fading or peeling.
Whiten Clothing: If you’ve ran out of bleach, you can mix cream of tartar with water. Use 1 part cream of tartar and 3 parts water. For socks, boil them with a slice of lemon.
Cleaning Washer: Run your washer through a warm cycle and 1/2-1 gallon of vinegar. This will help unclog dirt/soap scum and clean hoses.
Hem Creases: Dampen a cloth with vinegar and pat [with some pressure] on crease.
Removing Lint: Use a lint roller (or something similar) while clothing is damp to remove lint.

 

2 Comments
  • Alisha Kostiuk
    June 15, 2012

    These are all great tips! We use the vinegar to wash the washer once a month and it really works wonders.

    • Sofia
      June 18, 2012

      We use vinegar to clean the coffee pot, but I’ve never tried doing the same with the washer, I’ll definitely have to give it a try soon.