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

laundry-balls-dryer-balls-dishwasher-disk

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

how-to-clean-a-sponge

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...]

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

What's the shelf life of cleaning supplies?... Check here... photo by Collin Anderson on Flickr

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...]

How To Make Your Own All Natural Fabric Softener + The Best Ways To Remove Static Cling

You can make your own natural fabric softener for just pennies! photo by gezellig-girl.com on Flickr

Let's face it, Downey and other liquid fabric softeners are expensive!Not to mention the fact that they're made with harsh chemicals, as opposed to using only natural ingredients.With so many of us doing our best to live greener these days, it makes sense to make your own (safer) household cleaners whenever possible. Homemade liquid fabric softener is no exception.The fact is that our grandmothers knew all about the benefits of using natural fabric softeners, and there's no reason … [Read more...]

Fabric Softeners And Dryer Sheets: Myths vs Facts

fabric-softener

There are all sorts of bold statements -- both for and against -- using liquid fabric softeners and dryer sheets these days.Of course, those who advocate living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle typically avoid using fabric softeners and dryer sheets altogether, or they may advocate using only those that are made from all-natural products instead -- like these natural fabric softeners and these natural dryer sheets.Besides the eco-friendly reasons to stop using fabric softeners … [Read more...]

Oxygen Bleach vs Chlorine Bleach: See Why Products Like OxiClean Are Best

oxi-clean-safe-bleach-by-tom-arthur.jpg

Honestly, both oxygen bleach and chlorine bleach work well in terms of cleaning power. So it really depends on what your goals are as to whether or not you should choose oxygen bleach or chlorine bleach. Chlorine bleach has been around since the 1800's and has been used on everything from getting whites white to cleaning toilets. Oxygen bleach can do the same things as chlorine bleach, but it definitely has some advantages for those choosing to live a healthier, more environmentally … [Read more...]

Top Loaders vs Front Loaders: Why I Prefer Front Loading Washing Machines

front-loading-washing-machine-by-Editor_B.jpg

If you're thinking about buying a new washing machine, then you're probably wondering what kind you should get -- front-loader or top-loader.Most people are interested in the biggest differences between top load washing machines and front load washing machines.The truth is, each has advantages and disadvantages: Now see, point-by-point, why I (and lots of other people) prefer front loading washing machines...  … [Read more...]

How To Fold Fitted Sheets… And More!

I was folding sheets today when I realized I really don't do it right. I especially do it wrong when I'm folding fitted sheets! No matter how hard I try, I just can't get past anything other than a lopsided lump when I'm folding fitted sheets. So I went back to an article I posted awhile ago about How To Fold Anything. It's always been a popular article, so I figured it was time to heed  my own advice... … [Read more...]

Warning: Do This NOW To Prevent A Fire In Your Clothes Dryer!

Did you know that 15,000 fires a year start in the clothes dryer?Believe it or not, one of the biggest fire hazards in your home is your clothes dryer. (video)Most people think that all you have to do to prevent a fire starting in your clothes dryer is to clean the lint trap after each load, but there are actually several other things you can and should do to prevent a fire starting in your dryer. Here are 6 things you should do in order to prevent a fire from starting in your clothes dryer... … [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...]