4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Cleaning out the Fridge

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I’m joining in MoneySavingMom‘s 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home, even though I’m a couple days late.

Every weekday morning from November 5 to December 7 (skipping the week of Thanksgiving), Crystal will post the day’s assignment and then every evening she will share her progress and host a link-up for you to share your progress and pictures, too.

I love that this accountability will keep me doing something little everyday to keep the house organized. Most of her organizing assignments will only take 20 minutes or less! For example, here was the assignment for Day 3:

 

Day 3 Assignment

::Get dressed in something that makes you feel great {there’s something about dressing in clothes that make you feel great that just gives you more energy and zest for life! Get your free copy of SarahMae’s ebook, Frumps to Pumps, if you need more motivation

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31 Day Series Wrap-Up and DIY Shampoo

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Welcome back to 31 Days to Building a Cleaning Routine! 31 Day Series Wrap-Up and DIY Shampoo

I’ve really enjoyed writing this series, and getting the chance to experiment with Homemade Cleaners. My journey is not over though. I plan on continuing to pin Homemade Cleaner Recipes to my 31 Days board, and from time to time I’ll post about Homemade Cleaners I’ve tried. If you missed any of my post, just check out the list below!

31 Days to Building a Cleaning Routine 1: Schedule Time!  2: Cleaning List  3: Set Alarms to Beat Procrastination  4: Motivation to Stick to it!  5: How to Get to a Big Task  6: Cleaning Supply List  7: Build a Habit by Using a Trigger  8: Minimalist Furniture Polish  9: Homemade Stain Remover  10: Homemade Bathroom Cleaner  11: Explosive

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Day 30: How to Clean your Mattress

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Welcome back to 31 Days to Building a Cleaning Routine! Day 30: How to Clean your Mattress

To tell you  the truth I hadn’t really thought a lot about cleaning my mattress until I came up with the idea for this series and started researching.

This cleaning routine will help get rid of those bed bugs, dust mites, and dead skin lurking on your mattress. Using baking soda draws up any deep dirt and ick that has been lying on your mattress.

 

What you will need:

- baking soda

- tupperware with a lid

- kitchen strainer

- essential lavender oil

- vacuum

 

Step 1:

Remove all bedding and throw it in the wash. I like to have everything fresh!!

 

Step 2:

Pick up your top mattress and vacuum between the mattress and box spring. I also took the time to rotate

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Day 29: Cleaning Appliances

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Welcome back to 31 Days to Building a Cleaning Routine! Day 29: Cleaning Appliances

There are many things I won’t be able to touch on during this 31 day series. The main reason I wanted to write this 31 Day series is so that I would be motivated to build a cleaning routine myself, and stick to it for a month, or more. Now, I have not stuck to it perfectly, but I am still motivated to clean when I can.

By the end of the week, most of what I wanted cleaned is accomplished.

Secondly, I wanted to rid my house of all the cleaning chemicals I had been using and find natural cleaners to replace them. I have done a good job at it and I’m very pleased with the progress!! I have learned that just baking soda and vinegar will take care of so

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Day 28: Homemade Cleaner Round-up

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Welcome back to 31 Days to Building a Cleaning Routine! Day 28: Homemade Cleaner Round-up

I wanted to list a round-up of all the cleaner recipes I’ve posted so far in this 31 Day series. I have sped through so many, I though it would be helpful to list the recipes THAT WORKED for me, in room categories:

 

In the Kitchen:

How to Clean your Stovetop

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

How to Clean your Oven

Shiny Appliances

How to Clean Microfiber

 

In the Bathroom:

Homemade All-Purpose Bathroom Cleaner

Explosive Showerhead Cleaner

 

In the Living Room:

Minimalist Furniture Polish

How to Clean Baseboards

 

In the Laundry Room:

Laundry Recipes

Homemade Laundry Recipe

 

In the Home:

How to clean

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Day 27: Homemade Disinfectant Wipes

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Welcome back to 31 Days to Building a Cleaning Routine! Day 26: Homemade Disinfectant Wipes

These are easy to make!! This is a great way to have the luxury of wipes, but without all the harmful chemicals store-bought wipes contain. Super easy (did I mention that?).

All you need is: Paper towels Vinegar Air tight container

 

I’ve also heard very good things about this recipe from Living on a Dime:

Homemade Disinfectant Wipes: 1 cup of water 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol 2 Tbsp. Dawn dish soap (only use Dawn) 2 Tbsp. ammonia (optional)

She says that the rubbing alcohol shines surfaces and the Dawn cuts grease.

I love the instructions given on Blissfully Ever After:

If you just use an empty Clorox container, then that’s the perfect size to fit a paper towel roll in it:

 

 

What recipes/containers have you used?

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Day 26: How to clean microfiber

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Welcome back to 31 Days to Building a Cleaning Routine! Day 26: How to clean microfiber

I pinned this great tip on my 31 Days to building a cleaning routine board! I don’t know if you have a microfiber couch or chair, but this really works! We have microfiber chairs as our kitchen table chairs. Let me tell you…NOT a great idea! Thankfully it works because we don’t have kids yet. I can’t imagine how dirty they would be all the time if we had kids.

So, if you are thinking about microfiber for kitchen table chairs…think again.

 

ANYWAY, how to clean microfiber!

(originally from 551 East Design)

All you need is:

- spray bottle

- white sponge

- white bristle brush

- rubbing alcohol

Step 1:

Fill the spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and saturate the stained area.

 

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Day 25: Homemade Laundry Detergent

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Welcome back to 31 Days to Building a Cleaning Routine! Day 25: Homemade Laundry Detergent

I can’t believe how easy this was! I chose a recipe #3 from One Good Thing, who originally got it from Why not Sew. I love that I could do it all within a big pot on the stove (without getting a  gallon bucket with a lid, etc.)!

 

You will need:

- 1 bar of soap (any kind you want)

- 1 cup of Borax (found at Walmart

- 1 cup of washing soda (found at Walmart or local grocery store)

- a big pot (that holds more than 2 gallons)

- a food processor or grater

- a funnel

- a long spoon

- 2 empty gallon jugs/containers

 

Step 1: Grate the bar of soap.

 

 

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Day 24: Gathering Laundry Recipes

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Welcome back to 31 Days to Building a Cleaning Routine! Day 24: Gathering Laundry Recipes

I’ve been doing some reading and rereading and gathering laundry recipes. I know what recipes I want to try, I just need to find a day to do it.

 

Recipe #1

At first, I was going to try this recipe from I can Teach my Child. However it makes a lot!! (which might be most cost efficient, right?) Looks like it works great and doesn’t produce suds in the water – perfect for the new HE washers.

 

Recipe #2

Don’t like the idea of grating a bar of soap? Our Out-of-Sync Life thought of a brilliant idea!! Using a food processor to grate the soap!! She also shares her powered laundry detergent recipe.

 

Recipe #3

One Good Thing by Jillee shares three laundry

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Day 23: Upholstery Cleaner

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Welcome back to 31 Days to Building a Cleaning Routine! Day 23: Upholstery Cleaner

Later this week I’m going to try out a homemade laundry detergent recipe. I was supposed to get to it today…but I didn’t. It’s just been one of those days that get away from you so fast. So, I’m just going to post about a cleaning recipe I’m going to try soon! (Source)

Ingredients:

- 6 Tbl. soap flakes

- 2 Tbl. Borax

- 1 pint boiling water

 

Step 1: Mix the dry ingredients together, then slowly add the boiling water.

Step 2: Let it cool.

Step 3: Use your mixer to whip up the solution until it becomes foam.

Step 4: Brush the mixture onto the car upholstery, and then wipe off with a damp sponge.

 

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