Thursday, July 27, 2006
Try it and let me know how it works for you guys!
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
They're healthier for us and our famlies
- They're even healthier for our pets!
- They're easy to make
- They're inexpensive
- They're earth-friendly
Convinced? :) Making your own natural cleaners is NOT hard to do, and once you've tried it, you'll love it! Hop over to the Happy Slob's Housecleaning Recipes Page for info on how common household products like baking soda, vinegar, citrus oils and more can get your house clean - naturally!
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Some funny tips to help with bathtub cleaning (I like the last one the best!)
The Happy Slob's Drain Cleaning Tips and Techniques
Stainless Steel Shiner for the shiniest faucets and taps
Shower Stall Cleaning
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Now, here's Vince's suggestion:
After reading ten tips on using newspapers, i have another on:
"Put a newspaper on the bottom of the trashcan, under the plastic
bag, to stay free of smells and soak up any liquid which always seems
to be there, stinking.
If you use a separate one for green trash without plastic bags,
putting a newspaper on the bottom means you don't have to wash out
the mould every time you empty it."
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
If you'd like to learn more about dealing with mold removal, visit Mold Removal and News. :) Hey, knowing is half the battle won, right?
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Cherie wrote me this great email:
I got your e-book today. I like it! I'm excited about using the more natural cleaners. As a matter of fact, I already made one! I made the vinegar and water and put it into a spray bottle. I sprayed it on top of my stove and on my kitchen faucet. Wow! It works!
I just want a better understanding of something, please. Could you tell me more about the cleaning bursts? I am not sure that I understand. I understand about picking up clutter and even putting some in bags. But what else does the cleaning consist of? Thank you!
Thank you for the wonderful book!!
Thanks for the email Cherie!
Cleaning bursts are an ongoing quick burst of cleaning to keep your home tidier on a more regular basis. While I recommend 2 cleaning bursts a day (one in the morning, and one in the evening), some people have smaller homes that really only need 1 cleaning burst a day. (I, for instance, live in a 2 bedroom apartment - so 1 a day often is perfect for me.)
So...what exactly does a cleaning burst entail? I recommend, first of all, that you do cleaning bursts on the most used areas in your home. For instance, in mine it is: the kitchen, bathroom, living room - these are the most used and seen areas. So, I clean these areas first, knowing that having these areas tidy will be the best bang for the buck, so to speak.
Everyone's cleaning burst will be a little different, as we all live in different ways. Your goal is to tidy and clean -- but don't do cleaning bursts in your focus room for the day. For instance, if your bathroom is your daily focus room, then you don't need to ALSO clean it during your cleaning burst(s). Remember that cleaning bursts are the major way anyone following the Happy Slob's Guide to Housecleaning gets their cleaning done. So, it should also include wiping up surfaces, a bit of dusting, tidying up, etc.
And remember - the pace during cleaning bursts is fast -- you want to get the most accomplished in the minimum amount of time.
Hope this helps! :)
Friday, July 14, 2006
"hi--cant find the page on cleaning with vinegar--cant remember the
measurements of vinegar and water to clean the microwave--used it
before--works great--and LOVE your web site--thanx"
:) No problem, I can give you a simple reminder right here on the blog! The Very Vinegar solution is an all-purpose cleaner that cleans just about AnYTHING! I use it on mirrors, surfaces, to clean my linoleum floors, to scrub the fridge, etc, etc.
The basic solution I use is about 1 part vinegar to 3 or 4 parts of plain tap water. That's it! It really couldn't be any easier. :) Just shake it up in a clean plastic spray bottle and you're ready for cleaning action.
A reminder to all of you: All of my cleaning recipes are on the Happy Slob site: Cleaning Recipes Extravaganza
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
"I just purchased your book through Paypal. I can hardly wait to read it, and believe it or not - get started! I even bought an apple green binder for it, and plan to keep track of my projects/progress with some dividers in there. Now how's that for planning?! ;-) It seems I'll finally be organized and motivated - all while saving my marriage - Ha! I have two small girls and plan to ttc #3 soon - so your book will be a real lifesaver! Thank you so much for writing this!!!"
Has the Happy Slob's Guide to Housecleaning changed YOUR life? Has it changed how you look at cleaning? If so, I want to hear from you, and include your experiences on the site, in this blog and in our newsletter! Please email me at christina @ happyslob.com with your experiences to share. :)
From Elsie, a Happy Slob
Thursday, July 06, 2006
And Method's Lavender All-Purpose Cleaner is wonderful if you want to use a regular cleaner, but can't be bothered getting the stuff to make it yourself! Again, a fabulouso bargain for 8 bottles of this stuff which will REALLY LAST...And I hate to be so shallow - but the bottles are ADORABLE too!
Anyway, just posted a helpful new page on the website with tips on cleaning this part of the stove - the heating elements and the yucky, messy drip trays underneath. (Mine sure are! This is a cleaning chore I noticed I needed to do yesterday.)
The tricks & hints are over at:
Enjoy! Let me know if these methods work for you...
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Here are a few tips for nasty carpet stains that drive us all CRAZY!
- Ammonia is great at getting out some of the nastiest stains such as coffee, chocolate or even blood stains. BUT...remember that it is like bleach and can only be used on fibers that are manmade, such as nylon. To test - dab a little bit in an inconspicuous area to see if it bleaches the area. And, this obviously works best on carpets that are a lighter color to begin with.
- Candle wax seems impossible to budge once it's gotten on the carpets! But, I have a trick to share with you. Use a piece of brown paper bag over top of the candle wax, and then press with a warm (not hot!) iron and the brown paper bag will absorb the wax and make your carpets look fresh again.
- Ivory soap - is an amazing little carpet cleaner in bar form! Dab up as much of a fresh stain as you can (if the stain is, in fact, fresh) and then spray some cool water on the stain (never use hot water when removing carpet stains - it can actually make the stain set permanently.) Use an old moistened toothbrush that you've lathered up with the Ivory soap and gently work that stain away. To finish, spray with more cool water and dab up the stain with paper towels or clean towels.
And finally - that carpet of yours will really appreciate a good old steam cleaning once a year or so, twice if it's particularly soiled. The above tips are to clean spots and stains, not the carpets overall. :) You can use your own steam cleaner or hire a pro once a year, if you just can't be bothered.