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...]

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...]

Organized Garages: Attached vs Detached & Finished vs Unfinished

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Over the years, I have owned about a half dozen different homes.What's the first thing on my priority list when I move into a house with no garage?Build one!...Usually before the last of the boxes is unpacked from the move.Living in the snowbelt makes it almost mandatory for me to have a garage to protect the family vehicles as well as other motorized tools and equipment.As Jay Leno would likely confirm, there's no such thing as too large of a garage!Did You Know?... By … [Read more...]

The Shelf Life Of Household Products & Cleaning Supplies – See How Long Things Last (Typically)

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Earlier, I wrote about the life expectancy of home components -- things like appliances, doors, flooring, faucets and fixtures.That got me wondering about the shelf life of other common things within our house -- like cleaning products and electronics.So I set out to see what I could find about how long other things last... How Long Household Products & Cleaners LastHere's what Real Simple says about the shelf life of common household products like cleaners and items … [Read more...]

Before You Hire A Home Repair Handyman… 9 Things You Need To Know!

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Every now and then, you may need a little help with home repairs and maintenance issues.You've probably heard about handymen who come to your home to fix things that you may not have the knowledge or ability to do yourself.For the record, not all handymen are carpenters, electricians, or plumbers. Some confine their efforts to yard work, clearing brush, mowing grass, and general outdoor maintenance instead of indoor home repairs. Regardless, it shouldn't be too difficult to find a … [Read more...]

Bona Spray Mop vs Shark Steam Mop – Which Is Best For Hardwood Floors?

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When we moved into our new house recently, I was faced with the challenge of finding a way to keep all of these hardwood floors as beautiful and clean as they were the day we moved in.I have to be honest. We had hardwood floor in the kitchen and dining room of our old house, and we did not do a good job with those floors. We used harsh floor cleaners and waxy polishes, without thinking twice. After the first year, they never looked good again. They were also a softer oak floor (not laminate … [Read more...]

How To Deep Clean Your House – Inside And Out!

Some of the times when you might want to give your home a deep cleaning include:Prior to movingBefore guests come for an overnight stayAt the start of each season (fall, spring, winter, summer)Before putting your house up for saleThat said, sometimes it can be hard to know exactly what to do and where to start.Here are a few tips to help you deep clean your home -- inside and out. … [Read more...]

Floor Cleaning: A Simple 2-Step Method For Cleaning Hardwood Floors Fast!

In my profession of cleaning houses for a living, I have cleaned hard wood floors time and time again. And I'm always trying new things to save time.Some of the things that I've tried when cleaning hardwood floors include:string mopssponge mopscleaning the floors by handAll of these ways work, but they can take a lot of time!Plus, using a string mop or a sponge mop requires that you lug around a bucket of water, and you have to repeatedly rinse the mop. Cleaning hardwood floors by hand means … [Read more...]