Using Bona Refresher As A Floor Polish Instead Of Using Floor Wax: How To Make Hardwood Floors Shine Without Damaging Them!


This post is in response to all the readers who keep asking what I think of using Bona Refresher as a wood floor polish -- since I initially mentioned it here. I've known for a couple of years that I wanted to use the Bona Refresher to add life to my dulled hardwood floors. Two things stood in my way: I couldn't find the Refresher locally anywhere -- not even at the trusted flooring stores where I had seen it years earlier, not at hardware stores, not at Bed Bath & Beyond... … [Read more...]

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


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


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...]

What You Need To Know About Steam Cleaning Hardwood Floors + A Review Of Monster Steam Mop vs Bona Spray Mop


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


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...]

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


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...]

Top 4 Dust Sprays + Tips For Choosing The Best Dust Control Spray For Your Home


Dust spray is one of the best ways to control the dust and allergens inside your home. There are many different dusting sprays to choose from. Some work better than others. Choosing the right one is key to having a home that remains dust free longer without a sticky residue or waxy build-up which actually just attracts more dust.   Here are the top 4 dust control sprays on the market right now:   … [Read more...]

Best Household Cleaners According To Interior Designers Whose Jobs DEPEND On Clean


I like seeing unbiased reviews regarding peoples' favorite household cleaning products.  Honest feedback from those whose opinions truly matter is hard to come by.  That's why I'm grateful to House Beautiful for posting these interviews with 14 top designers. In addition to their favorite design styles and products, there is also valuable information about their favorite household cleaners. One thing's for sure: an interior designer needs to make a great first impression. And high-end … [Read more...]

World’s Longest Yard Sale On Highway 127: A Review

Last year we attended the World's Longest Yard Sale for the first time. I carried a notebook with me in the car and took notes along the way, just so I could put together a review that might be helpful for those wanting to get a feel for what it's like to actually be on the World's Longest Yard Sale route. I looked all over the Internet last summer before we went, and couldn't find anything that I personally felt gave much info about what it was really like to attend the World's Longest Yard … [Read more...]

Getting To Know Our ThermoSpas Hot Tub: From Delivery To Daily Spa Therapy


Earlier, I told you how we decided on ThermoSpas for our very first hot tub. Now, I'll share a little bit of inside scoop about the ThermoSpa hot tub delivery process. It wasn't exactly as we thought it would be. That doesn't mean it was a 'bad' experience -- just different than we initially thought. The good news is, we're thrilled with our ThermoSpa hot tub and we've used it every day since we got it (...except for a few days when we were out of town). This is what our backyard looked like -- … [Read more...]