Use Vinegar to Clean Your Home

I previously posted about the different ways I clean with the Magic Eraser. Well, today I am going to talk about some effective ways to use vinegar to clean your home.

Use Vinegar to Clean Your Home

Use Vinegar to Clean Your Home

If you have vinegar in your house, there’s no need to buy expensive products to clean your home. Vinegar is natural and economical, and when combined with water or baking soda, it can clean most surfaces in your home.

Distilled white vinegar kills mold, germs, and bacteria naturally without harsh chemicals.

Here are a few ways I use vinegar to keep my house clean and germ free:

  • Fill a spray bottle with half vinegar and half water and use it to deodorize the air after cooking smelly foods. The room will smell of vinegar for a few minutes and then will be odor-free. ( I have multiple bottles around the house for cleaning other items.)
  • Clean the garbage disposal by pouring 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain. Let sit for 5 minutes, then run hot water down the disposal.
  • Spray and wipe the top of the refrigerator to clean the sticky grime that accumulates there.
  • If dishes get white marks on them from the dishwasher, spray and wipe clean.
  • Spray the trash can each night to avoid odors.
  • Clean dishwasher by pouring a cup of vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher and running it on the hottest setting.
  • Get rid of fruit flies by setting out a small dish of undiluted vinegar.
  • Spray and wipe to kill germs in the bathroom.
  • Mix with water to clean mirrors.
  • Spray on shower glass doors after you squeegee it. It stops hard water from sticking to the glass.
  • Clean the toilet bowl by pouring in 1 cup and letting it sit overnight. Scrub then flush.
  • Clean fireplace glass doors with 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water. Spray and wipe dry.
  • Clean sticky scissors with a cloth dipped in vinegar.

These are just a few of the ways I use distilled white vinegar to clean my home.

Remember, if you decide to clean your home with vinegar, you will no longer need to purchase expensive, harmful cleaners, and that will be easier on your wallet!

How do you use vinegar to clean your home? I’d like to know! 🙂

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Quick and Easy Tips to Organize Your Bookcase

Organizing your bookcase shouldn’t take much time and is something that can be accomplished within an hour (if you stay focused 😉 ) Read on for quick and easy tips to organize your bookcase.

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First, you will need to empty the bookcase and give it a good cleaning.

As you remove the books, weed out those you no longer need or want. Put them in a pile to sell or donate.

Sort the remaining books in categories on the floor. You can sort them by topic, color, by the book’s size or you could choose to sort them alphabetically…whichever works best for you.

When sorting the books, be sure to place the larger books on the bottom of the pile and smaller books on the top.

Related: Organize the Bathroom on a Budget

Ok, now the fun begins!

I believe that bookcases should “breathe”. That means that bookcases should not be full of books, but should have some sort of personality.

Take a walk around your home and collect items to display in your bookcase. Look for large, heavy items to use as bookends and smaller items to place between books. You can use vases, picture frames, plants, or anything you would like to display.

Don’t worry too much about the color scheme. Your books will be colorful, so your accessories can be also.

Now you can begin filling your bookcase. Place books upright with the spine facing out. Taller books go towards the edges of the bookcase and shorter ones are towards the center. Leave space open between the two sets of books for a display piece.

You can also mix it up by placing books upright and on their sides.  Try placing small items on top of the horizontal books to add visual interest.

Another option is to fill your shelves 75% and use accessories to fill in the remaining 25%. One shelf would begin on the right and leave the left side open for display, another shelf would begin on the left and leave the right side open.

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Be sure to change the way the books are displayed on each shelf so it doesn’t look too matchy-matchy.

Here’s a great tip to follow when placing your accessories on the shelves: Always think in odd numbers and apply it to 2 of the shelves. Example: Place 3 accessories on one shelf and then place 2 on the shelf above or below it. This trick helps balance the bookshelf and keeps it from having a boring feel.

If your bookcase is in a spot where there are small children, consider putting baskets on the bottom shelf to house toys.

As you can see, following these quick and easy tips to organize your bookcase won’t take much time and your room will feel more organized once you are finished.

How do you organize your bookcase? Do you have any tips to add? Let me know in the comments!

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5 Simple Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Bedroom

If you suffer from allergies or asthma, getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult if you’re spending most of the night sneezing, sniffling or wheezing. Consider these 5 simple ways to allergy-proof your bedroom during allergy season.

5 simple ways to allergy-proof your bedroom

5 Simple Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Bedroom

  1. Add a ceiling fan to the room will help keep the air circulating. Just make sure you dust it regularly or you’ll be circulating dust throughout the room.
  2. Get rid of carpet and installing hardwood floors will eliminate dirt and dust getting trapped in the fibers and hardwood is easier to keep clean.
  3. Install wooden blinds instead of curtains for the same reasons as hardwood floors: curtains trap dust and wood is easier to clean.
  4. Add an air purifier to the room. An air purifier can help remove dust, pollen and smoke that may be circulating in the air and causing allergic reactions.
  5. Use plastic bins to store items and avoid fabric ones that can trap dust.

In addition to those tips to allergy-proof your bedroom, here are 5 cleaning tips to keep dust and mold at bay.

  1. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Vacuum upholstery and curtains.
  2. Dust walls and ceiling fans often.
  3. Move furniture monthly and vacuum under and behind it.
  4. Dust with a microfiber cloth instead of a duster which can throw dust around.
  5. Wash bed sheets every week in hot water.

Hopefully these tips can help you get a handle on removing allergens from your bedroom and allow you and your family to breathe easier during allergy season! 🙂

Feel free to comment with any tips you may have to allergy-proof your bedroom or home.

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