Yard Sale Advertising: Top 6 Places To Post A Yard Sale Online (…Or Find Yard Sales Online!)

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I recently had my 4th major yard sale. (I made $1,013.00 at this one!)In keeping with modern technology, this was the first time I decided to go beyond simply placing an ad in the local newspaper classifieds section and hanging a few garage sale signs myself.Looking in the newspaper for garage sales and driving around endlessly on a Saturday morning looking for loot is so last century. ~LifeHacker I found these to be the 6 best places to post a yard sale online in order to maximize … [Read more...]

My Shark Navigator Lift Away Vacuum Review: Bye Bye, Oreck! No Way, Dyson!

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I've used an Oreck vacuum cleaner for the past 13 years.I've been quite happy with it. Mostly, I like how lightweight it is -- only 8 pounds! And I never doubted that my carpets were getting clean... until now.Recently, Costco had a special sale price on a Shark Navigator vacuum.My mind immediately flashed to the long list of benefits that I'd been compiling as my reasoning for buying a Dyson vacuum soon: … [Read more...]

Scrub Daddy Uses: 50+ Creative Ways To Use A Scrub Daddy Sponge

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Much like the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser's many uses, I've found a number unique uses for Scrub Daddy sponges as well.If you're not already familiar with the Scrub Daddy sponge, it's a popular kitchen scrubber that changes texture in hot water vs cold water.When it's super-cold or perfectly dry, it's a coarse and powerful heavy-duty scrubber. When it's warm or hot, it's a soft and pliable light-duty scrubber.Scrub Daddy adapts/converts to the perfect texture -- either soft (hot) or … [Read more...]

Steam Cleaning Hardwood Floors: Monster Steam Mop vs Bona Spray Mop

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Ever since we moved into a home that has hardwood flooring throughout, I've used the Bona spray mop to clean my hardwood floors.It's been over 5 years now. I'm very happy with the Bona spray mop itself and the Bona hardwood floor cleaner. My floors look great!But I've often been asked about -- and wondered myself about -- using steam to clean hardwood floors. Mostly because it's generally a safer, greener, kid-friendly way to clean. (Who doesn't want "sanitized" floors?)Since my … [Read more...]

Chemical Free Cleaning: My Experience Using Laundry Balls & Dishwasher Disks With Ceramic Cleaning Beads

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Chemical-free cleaning is becoming more and more popular.But today's post goes way beyond homemade laundry detergent and DIY fabric softener recipes.Lately, everyone's talking about using tiny beads to clean clothes in your washing machine and to clean dishes in your dishwasher. I'm one of them.I recently purchased a set of laundry balls and a dishwasher disk. Both of these products are filled with tiny cleaning beads that magically remove stains and odors without using ANY … [Read more...]

How To Clean A Sponge: 4 Most Effective Ways To Kill Germs & Bacteria On Kitchen Sponges (+ My All-Time Favorite Sponges!)

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I finally found the absolute best kitchen sponges... ever!Honestly, I never thought kitchen sponges mattered all that much to me.I've been using the same brand of sponges for years -- until recently.See why I switched, what I switched to, and what I've learned about how to clean a sponge...Kitchen sponges are the No. 1 source of germs in the whole house. Why? The moist, micro-crevices that make a sponge such an effective cleaning device also make it a cozy home for germs and … [Read more...]

Bona Motion Mop Review: Is It Better Than The Regular Bona Hardwood Floor Mop?

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I've written about how much I love the Bona mop for my hardwood floors before. (Check out all of the valuable mopping tips in the comments.)Recently, I bought the newer Bona Motion mop -- only because it was at a clearance price that couldn't be beat.Some might like to hear what the differences are between these two spray mops.The big question: Is the battery-powered Bona Motion mop better than the original Bona mop?  … [Read more...]

Shark Steam Mop Review: Your Floors Will Be Clean Enough For Crawling Babies!

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When my very young niece and nephew began coming to my house frequently, I started looking at my house in a different way.When they were crawling around on the floor and putting everything in their mouths, I knew I had to up my cleaning game.I felt like my tile and vinyl floors needed a little bit more help. After doing a bit of research, I decided to buy a Shark steam mop.Honestly, I wasn't thoroughly convinced that I needed it -- until I used it. … [Read more...]

White Wall Decor: 7 Temporary Decorating Solutions For Boring White Walls (Great For Renters!)

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Renters (who aren't permitted to paint the walls) and homeowners (who want decorating alternatives that are only temporary) will appreciate the following white wall decor ideas.There's no time like the present to get yourself out of a decorating rut. And there's nothing worse than dealing with boring white walls!All of the following white wall decor ideas are perfect for renters and anyone who is slow to commit to a decorating scheme that's permanent.  … [Read more...]

Looking For A Handheld Vacuum? (Me Too) Best Hand Vacs For Pet Hair, Hardwood Floors, And Stairs

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For the past 12 years, I've been using this Oreck Compact Canister Handheld Vacuum.It's not at all like today's modern hand vacs.It's kinda clunky, slightly noisy, and has bags that need to be changed all the time.So I set out to find a better hand vac. Here's what I found...  First, Why Hand Vacs Are Great We mostly have hardwood floors in our 2-story house.Downstairs, there's only one room that has any carpet at all. Upstairs, the stairs and the landing are hardwood, … [Read more...]