There are copper cleaners that can take the grime off in relatively no time but they often require some elbow grease. My solution requires minimal scrubbing and best of all? It's au natural! The secret is in a small can that can be found in any grocery store. To see how it works, read more
As much as I disapprove of faux fleurs, I must say . . . nothing blows the cover of silk plants more than a layer of dirt and grime on the leaves. Problem is, the pricey impostors are nearly impossible to keep clean. Who has the time to dust each and every leaf? I sure don't. One easy solution for sprucing up any fake plants in your pad is to simply run them under a cold shower (hot water could melt the glue) for a few seconds. Just take it out of the planter (or hold the planter), put it under the water until it seems clean, shake off the excess, let it dry naturally, and voilà — a clean and (semi-)realistic looking botanical once again. Want to know another secret? I use the same technique to clean off my real houseplants!
I found this helpful hint in the TeamSugar group Housecleaning Support Group. It makes so much sense, don't you think?
"Pare down. The less you own, the less you have to clean. Get rid of everything you don't love or need. Can't decide whether to ditch it or not? Put doubtful items into a box, tape it closed, and mark it "Deliver to [name of favorite charity] on [date six months in the future]." (Seasonal items should be earmarked for disposal in a year's time.) If you haven't had any reason to look inside the box when the "deliver by" date arrives, dispose of it. Do not under any circumstances take a last peek inside."
I'm always looking for ways to organize and cut my cleaning time, so I was impressed by fragiletearz' incredibly organized housecleaning schedule. When I wrote to ask if she'd mind if I used her schedule for a post, she said that she was excited that her nerdiness would be helpful to others. (I think that there are a lot of house and design nerds on Casa, fragiletearz, so you're in good company!)
If I had a system like this, I'd be much less apt to forget those vastly forgettable tasks, like watering the front porch flowers (sorry, sad, parched geraniums) and dusting the blinds. Fragiletearz also has created a pint-sized cleaning schedule for her daughter. I'll have to steal the idea when I get around to having my own kids!
If you're like me, you've had a candle drip onto a wool rug or carpet a time or two. Luckily, my mom told me about an easy way to get wax out of carpets. Just place a folded paper towel over the wax and then press down on it with a warm iron (no steam) for about 10 seconds. The wax should lift up onto the paper towel. Then, just flip the paper over to a non-waxed spot on the paper towel, until you've lifted all of the wax up.
Ever since I saw this list of 10 things you can stop cleaning right now — much of which involves disposing of things rather than washing them — I've been wondering how we can make housework easier without making landfills fuller. So in the Open House this weekend, I asked you guys to share your house-cleaning shortcuts.
Several users mentioned the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, which is also one of my must-have cleaning tools. The mysterious sponge manages to remove weird stains that nothing else seems to get off. But that's only the beginning! To see 10 more invaluable household hints, read more