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How to Clean Wood Floors Safely

I think wood floors are beautiful!  We have laminate and I think it’s a great look for less.  In my cleaning business, however, one of the most asked questions I got (besides how to clean the shower) was how do I clean my wood floors safely and keep them shiny without residue?  I had many a client who was spending way too much money on product and yet they were still not satisfied. 

Here is what I do ::

1.  Sweep or vacuum to get rid of the daily living evidence.

2.  For daily [ish] upkeep, I use this microfiber mop. 

It’s the O’Cedar from Target.  Rubbermaid makes one too. 

Either is fine, but what you are looking for is the removable microfiber cloth and the refillable spray bottle. 

This thing is so worth the $20! 

It is easy to use (even my kids can), safe for your floors and super quick for spot cleaning.

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3.  For deep cleaning, on your hands and knees is really the best way to get it super clean. 

Do as often as you can or make the kids.  lol 

I use a microfiber cloth and a spray bottle. 

Use water sparingly!

4.  Now, the part I know you are dying to know! 

What the heck do I use in the spray bottle?? 

There are so many as I shared earlier.  Believe me after 10 years as a house cleaning business owner and 16 years mom experience, I have tried MANY products.  Special order ones (expensive), Swiffer (BIG mistake), vinegar (smelly and doesn’t restore the wood floor shine) and just plain hot water (hard to clean dirt + again….does not restore the wood floor shine).

I use Shaklee’s Basic H organic cleaning concentrate. 

I switched over 2 years ago and it is hands down the best thing I have ever used on floors.

Take a look at what it can do for your floors.

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Basic H is a cleaning concentrate.  I use the all-purpose formula on floors.

  It cleans the grime and makes the wood totally shine. 

Plus it’s natural and safe.  Safe for your babies crawling on the floor, children and pets.

Did I mention it is only 3 pennies to make a bottle of this stuff?

Now it’s your turn to get cleaning your floors! 

Do you have wood floors?  Laminate?  Tile?

How often do you clean your floors?

Happy Cleaning

Claire

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How to clean your oven

I really dislike cleaning the oven.   It is gross, smelly and it usually takes the self clean which makes the house smell terrible or using super toxic cleaners.  So then my only option is to do it at night so my children don’t breath it, but then what about me?  I don’t want to breath it either.  As a result I wait too long and then it’s a hot mess!   So what do I do? 

I tried these to see how they stand up to my oven test.

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Shaklee Basic H degreaser and Scour Off paste.

Just look at these yucky before pictures….

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First I sprayed the entire inside of the oven with Shaklee’s Basic H degreaser and let it sit for 10 minutes. 

Then I used the Shaklee Scour Off paste and a wet (non scratch) sponge and went to work. 

Here is the after….

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Amazing right?  It was easy and takes  a total of 20 min to clean it.  The trick was to use the degreaser first.  It helped break down the stuck on yuckiness before scrubbing with the paste.  No smell.  No toxins.  No need to clean at night and open windows.

Here it is again with the before and after. Can you see the difference?!

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I love it.  A clean oven.

Here is a picture of a happy customer’s oven using Scour Off:

Now it’s your turn.  Do you dread the task as much as I did?  I was so happy to have it done and in less time than I thought!

To get your oven clean with these non-toxic, environmentally friendly and safe cleaners that work, go to my Shaklee website and get some today.

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Happy Cleaning!

Claire

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Spring Clean My House: The Kitchen

The kitchen is the hub of the home wouldn’t you agree?  This is the first zone we will tackle and conquer in our Spring Clean My House challenge.  If you are just joining us, read this post first to catch up.  We are going to spring clean the kitchen so it will be a functioning, clean and healthy kitchen.  Pick a day of the week (or several) that work for you and go through the checklist.

 

Spring Clean My Kitchen

 

Spring Clean My Kitchen Checklist::

* dust { top to bottom. ceiling. corners. cabinets. walls. light fixtures }

* wipe down cabinets + backsplash

* clean oven and stovetop

* clean and shine sink

* clean the microwave

* wipe down countertops and backsplash

* clean dishwasher

* clean fridge – in and out

* sweep and mop floor and baseboards

 

To make this easy and simple, follow the checklist in order.  The natural flow of it will make the best use of your time and get you a sparkling clean kitchen in no time!  Let’s go through the checklist together….

** Begin with a quick kitchen clean up.  Put dirty dishes in the dishwasher and clear off the counters. **

1. Dust ::

Grab your duster and a stool and start at the top.  Dust the ceiling, corners, light fixtures tops of cabinets, the front of the cabinets, the top of the fridge, etc.  You get the idea.  This will go super quick!

 

2. Wipe down the cabinets ::

Grab your natural cleaner and microfiber cloths or paper towels and start spraying.  Be sure to get in the grooves of the cabinets.  We are deep cleaning and this is the time to do it.  If you need, grab a toothbrush to get in there. 

 

3.  Clean the oven ::

This is a good time to start your self-cleaning oven (if you have it).  When it’s done and after it’s cooled off, I go back and use a natural scouring paste to remove any gunk that didn’t burn off.  Paste it on and let sit for 20 min before wiping off.  Then I spray with my favorite natural all-purpose cleaner to remove the grime and get it shiny.

 

4.  Clean the stove top ::

While the oven is self-cleaning and/or the paste is sitting, we are ready to tackle the stove top.  Multi-tasking is the name of the game! These must be handled with care depending what your surface is made of.   Be sure you are using a safe product to avoid scratching.  Let your cleaner sit for about 15 minutes if the grunge is stuck on.  Gently scrub in circles with a microfiber cloth.  Wipe it clean.  Good as new again! 

 

5. Clean the microwave ::

Wipe down the outside and inside, including the turntable.  For stuck on grime, spray and let it sit for a few minutes.

 

6.  Clean the sink ::

Get your hot water on, a sponge and a good small scrub brush for this task.  Remember we are deep cleaning so this is the time to get the grime out around the edges of the sink and faucet.   Scrub good in all the little nooks and crannies around your faucet.  It is crazy what can live there?! Don’t forget the outer edge of the sink too.After the sink is scoured and scrubbed, you can clean out the garbage disposal by putting cut up lemons in it or pour baking soda down it and run HOT water over it.  It will be smelling fresh again and look shiny.

 

7.  Wipe down the countertops and backsplash ::

I spray down an area and move things stored on the counter as I go.  It seems to make it go pretty fast.  Get in those corners and edges to give it a good clean.

 

8. Clean the dishwasher ::

Wipe down the inside and remove any ‘gunk’ at the drain. Run it empty with a cup of vinegar sitting on the top rack. Wipe down the outside.

 

9.  Clean the fridge – in and out ::

Wipe down the top, sides and front.  Use a small scrub brush or toothbrush to deep clean the cracks and water dispenser.  For the inside, I like to go shelf by shelf.  Remove all the contents.  Throw out expired foods.  Wipe down the shelf and put the food back in.  Take the drawers out all the way to get them clean the best.

 

10.  Sweep and Mop the floor and baseboards ::

The best way to really clean your floor is on your hands and knees.  I only do this when I am deep cleaning.  For daily cleaning I use an O’Cedar Mop.  Don’t skip this last step.  You will be so glad to have your floor so clean.  This is the time to get in the cracks of the baseboards, get in the corners and even behind the fridge.

 

Other posts to check out  ::

How to clean the kitchen sink : Video

How to clean wood floors safely

How to clean the oven

 

The next step is to …..

Follow me on facebook and twitter (@clairesHH #springcleanmyhouse). 

Post a picture and share what you have cleaned.  I can’t wait to see!

New zone next week.

Happy Cleaning!

Claire

 

I use all natural cleaners because chemical based cleaners are harmful for the air inside your home and for your body.  They have been linked to autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, and even cancers in young children; not to mention making you just plain feel sick with a headache. I don’t know about you but I’d rather not chance something as precious as my child’s life, so I use natural products that are safe and effective.

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Spring Clean My House: Get Ready!

I love spring time because the sun starts shining and flowers start popping up and it reminds me of a new start!  A new beginning and the chance to start fresh.  I like to jump on the feeling of motivation as quickly as possible (it could be gone quick!) and get started on cleaning my house.  A clean space and home is energizing and gives me a clear mind.

 

I hope you will join me on my newest challenge ::

Spring Clean My House

 

It will be Simple.

It will be Easy.

It will be Fun!

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{{ Be sure to get my Daily Cheat Sheet printable here. }} 

 

However, deep cleaning I do not do as regularly.  I would rather be playing with my kids, spending time with my hubby or you know…Starbucks and shopping.  Time to get it done and prepare the way for summer vacation with the margaritas kids.

 

Let’s get started! 

 

Here is the plan ::

::  We are starting April 8th and will be tackling one zone a week.

::  Each Monday I will post the zone and checklist for the work to be done during the week to sparklize (yes. it’s a made up word) your space.  Here are the zones we will conquer together…..

 

1. Kitchen

2. Bathroom

3. Bedrooms

4. Living/family room

 

::  Take a ton of before and after pictures to share with us on facebook, twitter, pinterest and instagram!

 

Here is the tools checklist ::

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. duster {I use swiffer}

. microfiber cleaning cloths

. all-purpose natural cleaner {I use this one}

. safe disinfectant {I use this one}

. natural scouring cleanser {I use this one}

. paper towels

. garbage bags

. microfiber mop {I use the O’Cedar spray mist}

. small scrub brush {I use a toothbrush + OXO SoftWorks}

. broom

. vacuum

. carpet cleaner {borrow or rent if you don’t have one}

 

{{ Click HERE for a printable tools checklist }}

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If you want to use the same natural cleaners I do, go here to order 🙂 

 

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Read this too!  :: How I clean natural for pennies , How to Clean Natural

 

I am so excited for this!  It’s going to be FUN!

Leave me a comment to let me know you are spring cleaning with us.

 

See ya here Monday with the Kitchen Checklist!

xoxo,

Claire

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5 Steps to a Neat[er] House

I love a clean and neat house, BUT I do not like to spend all my time cleaning.  There are just too many other things to do in the day!  Here are 5 steps that I do try to do daily to keep a neat[er] house…

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1. Do one load of laundry every day.

I keep laundry baskets in each bedroom and one in the laundry room for dirty towels.  I do a load of laundry every morning when I wake up before I get breakfast for the kids.  By the time we are ready for school, the laundry is ready for the dryer.  Laundry is one of those never ending tasks!  But this really helps keep it under control and it keeps me from feeling like I should always be doing laundry.

2. Load dirty dishes right away.

The dishes are my least favorite chore.  Ugh! So to keep it as easy as possible, I have my boys do it.  lol  I run the dishwasher at night so after I put in the laundry, it is ready to unload.  That way we can all load our dirty dishes during the day.  We purpose to eat dinner together every evening and the boys take turns on cleaning up.  The dishwasher is usually pretty full at that point and ready to run.

3. Wipe down daily [toilet, sinks, countertops]

I keep cleaning supplies in each bathroom and in the kitchen so it is easily available to use.  The kitchen gets wiped down usually after each meal time.  Just a quick spray from my favorite organic all purpose cleaner and wipe it down.  In the bathrooms I keep a spray bottle of disinfectant.  That way when I am in there, I can spray and wipe the toilet and sink super quick to cut down on heavy cleaning.  I just use toilet paper to wipe and flush away.  I am still training the kids to do this too and that is a big help.

4. Give each family member a basket.

I got baskets for each of the boys that fit on the stairs going up to their bedrooms and throughout the day I put their things in there as I find them around the house.  I love it!  I try to have them empty it each day and it really cuts down on the clutter.  Also, I gave my hubby and me a basket to collect mail, papers, little things and it works great, too.

5. Have a daily 15 minute family pick up.

Before dinner we usually have a quick pick up time that everyone helps with.  With 5 of us, it is amazing what you can get done!  Each person is responsible for their own clutter plus I give the kids a ‘zone’ or room of the house to be in charge of tidying up too.  We all live here and we all take care of it! … at least that’s what I keep repeating to the kids when they grumble.  lol

And then I have more time for this….

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Do you have any tips that work for you? 

claire

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My Favorite Packing Tips

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This is a repost from one of my most popular pins on Pinterest.

I leave tomorrow for my first blogging conference!  BlissDom 2013 in Grapevine, Texas.  Three days to network and take classes on writing, photography and business.  I am so excited to meet up with a few of my favorite blogger  friends and meet new ones.  As I was starting to pack last night, I remembered this post and read it again to remember my tips.  lol

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I recently got back from a dreamy girls’ spa trip.  You can read about that HERE.

Four glorious days in sunny Mexico to lay by a pool with a good book. 

To make our travels easier we decided to not check in any luggage and

bring a carry-on bag.

Wait?!  What?!  ONE SMALL BAG??

Yep!  We made it happen and now I get to share with you all.

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Here are My Favorite Packing Tips.

1.  Choose clothes that will mix and match. 

I chose neutral bottoms with more colorful and fun tops.  Same for the shoes…

white and black sandals were all I needed to match my outfits.  To decide what to bring,

I lay everything out on my bed to see how they go together.  I always seem to start with

more than I need and then narrow it down from there.

2.  Roll your clothes, instead of folding. 

Then place in suitcase starting with the largest to smallest pieces.  I had heard this

before, but this was the first time I actually did it.  I could not believe what a difference it made! 

It really did take up less space.

3.  Wear your ‘bulky’ clothes on the plane. 

Even though we were going to a sunny place, we wanted our tennis shoes so we could workout

{ok…maybe just go for a pretty walk before breakfast}.  So we wore our jeans, tennis shoes and

sweater/sweatshirt on the plane.  Saves a lot of room!

4.  Bring and use all those ‘sample’ toiletries products you have saved. 

I keep a small stash of these for when I travel.  They meet the airline guidelines for liquid sizes and

take up less space than my big bottle stuff.  

5.  Pack a plastic bag to bring home the dirty clothes in,

but be sure to roll them too.

 

There you have it!  5 EASY steps to hopefully make packing your bag a little easier.

This trip was to a sunny place and swim suits, shorts & flip flops do not take up a lot of space.

However, this Friday I am going to a business conference and I am attempting the same thing.

One carry-on bag.  Wish me luck!

Do you have any other tips on packing?  Please share!  I am always looking to improve this.

 

claire

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Organize your Schedule

Being a WAHM is super busy!  Sometimes I feel like I don’t have any free time to myself.  Mostly, though, I can end up feeling like I am constantly juggling to keep it all going.  All it takes is one sick child and I’ve dropped the ball.

But the worst feeling is the big G….GUILT.  Guilt for spreading myself too thin.  Guilt for telling my kids ‘just a minute’ over and over.  Guilt for not having a healthy dinner on the table every night.  Guilt for not having the house perfectly clean. 

What has worked for me is taking time every 3 months and evaluating my time and priorities.

So, first I make a list of my top 5 – 7 priorities. 

I identify what is important to me and what/who I want to spend my time on.  This might include cutting out a few things for this season.

Next I evaluate my commitments

Write down ALL activities, work, school, hobbies, kids, family, house, projects, etc.  You get the idea.

 

Third I evaluate my time.

How do I spend my day?  From the time I wake up until I go to sleep.  What do I spend my time doing?

Finally, I write it down.

Get a calendar that will work for you.   

Here is what I like to use ….

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Mine is an 8 x 11 but you can find them smaller if you need. 

I have this one that I put everything in and we have one hanging in the kitchen too.

I color code blocks of time on the monthly calendar according to my priorities, commitments and time.

For me, it breaks down like this:

Green = work time

Blue = kids/family time

Pink = date night

Other ideas are…exercise, errands, house cleaning, etc….

This is what it looks like in my calendar.

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My calendar also has weekly pages after the month and this is where I fill in the details and tasks that need to get done.

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At this stage in my life, the kids keep me pretty busy so I have to decide to let house work go a lot and be ok with that.  It was different when they were little and we were home more.

I like to call our house ‘lived in’.  It’s not perfect and it’s not a total wreck either because we ALL help out, but you get the idea.  There are just so many hours in the day and I choose to spend my time investing in my kids, hubby and job. 

I was at a seminar once where the speaker taught the power of focus with our time.  It is so true and I find color blocking my priorities (kids, husband + work) it helps me focus and enjoy what I am doing at that time! 

It takes practice and effort BUT the pay off is awesome! 

How do you organize your schedule?  Is it similar to mine? 

Try it and leave a comment to let me know what you love about it!

claire

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How I Clean + Basic H Sample Give Away

Today I am guest posting over at The Creative Bubble.   A BIG thank you to Katie for letting me share with you all today!

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I love a clean house! Don’t you? But I don’t always like the work…boooo!

Today I am going to share with you how I clean house to keep it flowing and functional without spending all day cleaning. Be sure to read all the way through to my FREE GIVE AWAY at the end!  Read the full post  HERE….

 

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Remove Soap Scum Residue from the Shower Floor

Yuck!  This is so gross, I cannot believe I am showing this to you. 

My shower floor looked like this waaaay too long!  Before I knew better, I sprayed every kind of chemical on this junk to get my floor white and it did nothing.  Blah!  [no judging pretty please]

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Isn’t that gross?!  I was so fed up with it I wanted a whole new shower.

So when I got my Scour Off this was what I could not wait to use it on.

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Here is what I did to remove the nasty soap residue from the shower floor naturally.

1.  Scrub the Scour Off paste on with water and a stiff brush.  Scrub in circles and enjoy the fragrance.  This stuff is a concentrate so just a little goes a long way.  It is non-toxic and smells like cherries.  For real!

2.  Let it sit for 30 minutes.

3.  Scrub again with the stiff brush.  Add more scour off if needed.  My soap scum residue was pretty bad.  You saw the picture!  So I needed some elbow grease with the brush and plenty of scour off.  But check out my after picture!  It was totally worth it.

4.  Rinse with water.

5.  Repeat if necessary.  My soap scum residue was pretty bad. You saw the picture! So I needed some elbow grease with the brush and plenty of scour off. But check out my after picture! It was totally worth it.

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Can you believe that?!  It is so white!  In fact, the whole shower looks way brighter because the floor is finally clean.

To get your shower this clean, order here.  Be sure to take pictures and email me so I can rejoice with you!

Check out House Cleaning 101 for more cleaning tips.

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How to Clean the Shower

The shower in my 5th wheel needed a good cleaning!  The whole thing was so yucky dirty when we bought it.  Now you all know that I like to clean naturally.  I broke up with chemical cleaners almost 2 years ago and I’m not going back.

So I sprayed down the shower with my Basic H2 organic concentrate in the degreaser formula and let it sit for about 10 min.  After that I sprayed and scrubbed with a sponge and the gunk came right off.  Easy!  I didn’t even need to turn on the fan because there are NO fumes with this stuff. 

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Here are the before and after pictures.

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And here are some pictures of my home shower, too.

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See how it shines? I didn’t even need to turn on the fan because there are NO fumes with this stuff.  No headaches and it’s totally safe for my kids to be around when I clean.  No need to do it when they are at school or asleep.

Plus using harsh products, especially with amonia in them can etch the glass with spots permanently. 🙁

Order your Basic H organic cleaning concentrate  HERE…and get a clean shower, too!

 

Happy Cleaning,

 

claire

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