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How To Clean Your Faucet Without Scrubbing





I honestly don't know how I let my master bathroom sink get this disgusting. A couple months ago the handle for the hot water broke off. Since than we hardly ever used it and I kind of stopped cleaning it. I finally stopped being lazy got around to fixing the handle and figured I should clean the sink before we start using it again. Unfortunately the combination of soap scum, dust, and whatever else was hanging out on the faucet, had sat there for too long. Cleaning with a rag and all-purpose cleaner just wasn't going to cut it. Here is what my faucet looked like AFTER I cleaned it





In our previous home I removed some pretty nasty soap scum build-up from a tub and shower surround using vinegar so I knew it would work on the faucet too. If you've been following my blog you know that vinegar is one of my favorite cleaning products. I even use my vinegar cleaning wipes on a daily basis.


Since the faucet was pretty dirty I decided to use the vinegar at full strength without diluting it. Using a spray bottle, I started by spraying vinegar all over the faucet. Then I wrapped paper towels around the base of the faucet, the handles, and the faucet head where the soap scum was the worst. I used the spray bottle again to soak all the towels in more vinegar and then I let it sit.

Thirty minutes later I removed all the towels, and all the nasty build-up wiped right off. No scrubbing required. It really was that easy!!

Even though I knew the vinegar would remove the soap scum, I'm still amazed at the results. Look how shiny that faucet is!





If your planning on cleaning your own faucets please keep these tips in mind
  • Vinegar works perfect when cleaning chrome bathroom fixtures. I do not know how well it will do on fixtures that do not have a chrome finish. If you have tried vinegar on other finishes, please let others know in the comments, whether or not it worked for you.
  • Cleaning rags would work in place of the paper towels. Just make sure that they are thin enough to squeeze into all the nooks and crannies. Torn up, old t-shirts would be perfect. 
  • You may need to repeat the process a couple times depending on how bad your faucet is.
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DIY Bathroom Remodeling On A Budget

According to Bathroom Remodel the average price to remodel a bathroom is between $8,000 & $10,000. Ouch!!! Going the diy route and doing most of the work yourself can save you thousands of dollars. Today I'm sharing some budget friendly, do it yourself bathroom projects and some amazing, inexpensive bathroom transformations. Whether you are planning on remodeling an entire bathroom yourself or you just want to do a quick update, these budget friendly projects and bathroom transformations are sure to inspire you.


Rope is such a simple & budget friendly way to update any inexpensive trash can. Just wrap the rope around the outside of your can, gluing with a hot glue gun as you go. Be sure to check out these other 7 Ways To Make Your Trash Can Not So Trashy.  (via - Tow It Yourself)


Another great way to update a trash can is by adding some glam with a simple coat of metallic spray paint. Use any leftover paint on a thrift store knick-knacks to place on your bathroom shelves. (via - Crab + Fish)


This lady added faux stone to to outside of a builders style bathtub taking it from blah and boring to absolutely fabulous! (via - Lovely Craft Home)


This diy toilet paper holder is so simple and functional. Use it to store extra rolls of toilet paper or decorate it with your favorite bathroom decor. (via - DIY Show Off)



Change the entire look and feel of your bathroom by installing a faux brick wall. If you've ever wanted to add a brick wall but thought the entire project was too overwhelming then you must take a look at these tutorials. (via - DIY Home Sweet Home)


Framing your bathroom mirror may not seem like a big deal but it has a huge impact. This frame is super light and hung up using command strips so you don't even have to drill holes in your wall. (via - Cherished Bliss)


I can't believe how much of an impact a simple set of shelves can have on a room. These diy bathroom linen shelves add both style and storage and they give the entire room a different feel. (via - Ella Clair)


I am in love with this floating sink. It would fit perfectly into any small bathroom and the tutorial makes it seam so simple. (via - The Merrythought)


Complete Bathroom Transformations On A Budget
If your still stuck on what to do with your bathroom, check out these amazing diy bathroom remodels done on a very small budget.

Shades of blue installed ship lap throughout her bathroom, add shelves, and even built a custom vanity cabinet. She was able to do all this and more for a total of $1250 (via - Shades Of Blue)


The Blooming Hydrangea transformed her master bathroom from sad vanilla to sexy and beautiful. She added a backsplash, new mirror, faucet, shelves, hardware, new flooring, and picture frame moulding. It's hard to image this entire project cost only $800 (The Blooming Hydrangea)


The first thing I noticed about The Craft Patch's bathroom remodel was the large mirror frame! Wow, what a difference it makes to the room. Along with the frame, she added a fresh coat of paint and some decorative items. Her total makeover came to a whopping $96 (The Craft Patch)


The Bless'er House took her master bathroom from builder grade, boring to bright and beautiful. The painted vanity and new hardware are the first things that stand out in this bathroom transformation. New mirrors, updated window frame, decorative items, and even a wood planked wall behind the tub all contribute to this beautiful remodel. She was able to do it all for only $374. (Bless'er House)


This thrifty update from Little Bit Of Paint was very simple but added a lot of impact. A coat of paint, new mirror, and picture frame moulding was all added for only $101. (Little Bit Of Paint)


Centsational Girl did an amazing job on this bathroom remodel. She updated everything from the toilet to the vanity and sink. New decor, shower curtain, and a fresh coat of paint was added. She even refinished the tub with a spray- on epoxy paint, giving it a new look. All for a grand total of $924 (Centsational Girl)


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How To Clean Water Stains on Stainless Steel

Is it just me or did anyone else think that "stainless" meant NO STAINS?!! About 8 months ago we replaced our ugly, outdated dishwasher with a brand new stainless steel one. Not even a month later I noticed 4 long water streaks running down the right side of the door.


My go to cleaner is a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water. I keep the mixture in a spray bottle and use it on just about everything. I've used vinegar to clean some pretty tough stains in the past and I did't think these water stains would be any different. When I first sprayed the cleaner onto the dishwasher, the stains seemed to vanish right away. However, they reappeared as soon as the solution started to dry.




Over the past 7 months I have tried everything imaginable to remove these water stains. I even tried my baking soda paste that removed burnt on junk in my oven but it had absolutely no effect on the water stains. I tried lemon juice, pledge, even store bought cleaners meant for stainless steel. I read several articles on Pinterest claiming to work but they were all fails!! These stains would taunt me every time I walked into the kitchen. I'm pretty sure I even heard them laughing at me during my last cleaning attempt.

I was about to give up when I noticed the bottle of Bar Keepers Friend under my kitchen sink. Across the top of the bottle were the words STAINLESS STEEL!

I wasn't so confident that this cleaner would do any better than my previous attempts but figured it was worth a try. Following the directions on the bottle, I squirted a generous amount onto a damp rag then rubbed it all over the stainless steel. I let the solution sit for about 30 seconds while I rinsed off the rag then I used the clean, damp rag to wipe the solution off. Finally, I used a second rag to dry and buff the stainless steel.

I could not believe it! The stains were gone!!! After 7 months and multiple attempts, I am happy to report that my stainless steel dishwasher is once again "stainless".

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Keep Pests Out Of Your Home


Do you have a pest infestation? When insect and rodents invade your home it's time to fight back.

Living in the country I've had to deal with my fair share of pests. I used to go straight for store bought pesticides. While they worked great at getting the job done, I absolutely hated the smell of them and I wasn't to crazy about using harmful chemicals in areas where my kids and pets often played. Over the years I've tried out several natural pest control methods and have mentioned a few in my previous post 102 tips, trick, & hacks To simplify life. Today I would like to share them with you.





ANTS 


Repel:
Clean with white vinegar. Not only does vinegar make a great all-purpose cleaner but ants can't stand the smell and it will mask their scent trails so they will loose their direction. Follow the ants to locate the food source (usually something sticky that has been spilled on the counter or floor). Removing the source and cleaning the area with a solution of one part vinegar and one part water a couple times a day will usually eliminate the ants. 

Exterminate:
If you still find ants try this simple bait recipe. Mix one part powdered sugar to one part baking soda*. Place this mixture in small shallow dishes (I found that Gatorade or juice lids work perfect for this) and leave around the home in places where you often find ants. 

*Please note large amounts of baking soda can be harmful to pets. For this recipe you should only be using a small amount but to be on the safe side I would place the mixture in areas where your pets can't get to it.






COCKROACHES

Repel:
Place mint & bay leaves around the home. Cockroaches hate the smell and will stay away. I like to place the leaves in small mesh or muslin bags and place in dark areas such as closets and cabinets where cockroaches like to hang out. 

Exterminate:
The same recipe we used above for ants will also kill cockroaches. Place equal parts of powdered sugar and baking soda into shallow containers and leave around the home where you notice cockroaches.



MOSQUITOES

Repel: 
Grow marigolds, basil, & mint. Mosquitoes are repelled by the strong scent of these plants. Place live plants around your home or place dry mint leaves in muslin bags to keep in your home. Also cleaning with mint or citrus scented cleaner will do wonders at keeping mosquitoes away. 

Exterminate:
Make a mosquito trap. Mix 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1 cup hot water. Cut the top off of a bottle. In the bottom half of the bottle add the cooled down brown sugar mixture and 1 gram of yeast. Place the top half of the bottle upside-down inside the bottle. Wrap a sheet of black construction paper around the bottle and tape it in place. Place the bottle in at area of your home where you find the most mosquitoes. Placing these bottles in your front and back yard a few feet away from your home will also attract the mosquitoes and trap them before they have a chance to enter the home. 

Mosquitoes larvae live in water. Removing any standing water around your home can greatly reduce the amount of mosquitoes in and around your home. 

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MICE

Repel: 
Mice hate peppermint. Place a few drops of peppermint essential oil and a drop of  dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray this around your home especially any entry points or holes that mice use to come into the home. 

Exterminate:
The best way I've found to kill mice is a simple mouse trap. I've tried other traps and even tried poison with little or no luck. Place a small amount of peanut butter or cheese on the traps before you set them and leave them in several areas around your home where mice have been seen making sure they are out of reach of children and pets. Be sure to check the traps often. You don't want a dead mouse stinking up your home. If you would like to catch mice without killing them try out this handmade 5 gallon bucket trap and leave out the water. 





SPIDERS

Repel: 
Peppermint repels spiders. The same recipe used above to repel mice also repels spiders. You can replace the water with white vinegar and it makes a great cleaner. Use this solution to wipe down counters, appliances and even the floors. Your home will be spider free in no time. 

Exterminate:
Fill a spray bottle with one part white vinegar and one part water. Spray this directly on spiders. The acid in the vinegar will kill spiders on contact.



FLIES

Repel: 
Lemons & cloves. Cut a lemon in half and stick several cloves in the pulp. Leave the lemon halves on your kitchen table or wherever flies gather. The scent of the lemon and cloves will drive the flies away. 

Exterminate:
Cut a plastic bottle in half. In the bottom half pour in a small amount of wine and fruit scraps. (I usually use strawberries or some kind of melon.) Place the top half of the bottle upside down inside the bottom half. Place the trap in your kitchen and replace every couple days until flies are gone. Another option would be to use rotten meat in place of fruit and place the trap outside, away from the home. The rotten meat smell will attract the flies and keep them away from your house.




OTHER

On top of following these methods of controlling insects you should also find a cleaning schedule that works for you and stick to it. Insects and rodents tend to like messy/dirty homes a lot more than they like clean home. It seems that every time I find pests in my home it's always after a busy week or after I haven't been feeling well. That's usually when I tend to slack on my cleaning schedule and it doesn't take long for the bugs to set up camp and move on in. Sticking to a cleaning schedule won't guarantee that you will not find bugs in your home but it does help a lot to minimize them. 


Another great way to keep bugs out of your home is to make sure they can't get in in the first place. Go over your entire house and look for areas where insects may be entering the home. Replace any caulking around windows and doors, check weather stripping to make sure it's in good shape, and fix or replace broken window screens. 

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13 Tips for Organizing Your Life and Home

Cleaning and organizing your home can be a little tricky at times. Today I'm sharing a few tips and tricks to help you organize your home and your life.


Create pockets for the back of your cabinet doors. This is a perfect way to organize store receipts and bills. *Tips: When bills are out of site, it's easy to forget about them. Be sure to put these on the back of a cabinet that you use often so you see them daily. (via - Organizing Home Life)




Keep paper clutter off the counter with a simple mobile command center. This small file box contains a folder for each member of the family and a folder for new, unsorted mail. A family shared calendar on the front is perfect for keeping track of bills and upcoming event. (via - Lovely Crafty Home)


Organizing kids school papers can be quite overwhelming. This file system simplifies the process making it easy to organize all your kids papers year after year and eliminates the paper clutter. You'll need one large file box and 14 files (pre-k, kindergarten, and 1st-12th grade) per kid. (via - IHeart Planners)



Put the fake drawer in front of your sink to use. Install a towel bar to hang a hand towel on. I've seen a lot of people hang hand towels on their oven handle. One thing I hate about this idea is that the towel touches the floor every time you open the oven. Placing a towel bar in front of the sink will eliminate this problem. (via - The Domestic Heart)


Use plastic stackable bins to organize under the cabinet. These clear plastic bins with labels make it so easy to see what you have and you don't have to dig through the entire cupboard to find what you need. (via - Creating Mary's Home)



Here is another idea for organizing an under-the-sink cabinet. Use a lazy susan to keep all of your kitchen cleaners within easy reach. If you have too many cleaners to organize check out my post on The Ultimate List Of Kitchen Cleaning Hacks that uses minimal cleaning supplies. (via - Mommy Suite)


Use command hooks to organize your hair styling irons. Who ever thought of this is a genius. This is perfect for hanging up your curling irons without taking up too much space inside the cabinet. (via - source unknown)


Use a thrift store jewelry box to organize and store remote controls. Never loose your remote again when you have a designated place to store it. (via - The Interior Frugalista)


Keep you laundry sorted and organized with this mobile laundry system idea. What a great idea for any home. Dedicate a basket for darks, one for lights, and one for whites. Or you can dedicate a basket to each family member. (via - Hoosier Homemade)


Use a hobby craft storage container to organize your car. This craft organizer is pererfect for first aid supplies, kids after school snacks, sunscreen, kleenexes, phone chargers, and any other extras you can think of. (via - Blue I Style)


Create a Home Management Binder. Having a binder to keep track of all your important information can be a real life saver. Use these free organizing printables and free binder covers to keep track of contact information, important events, medical history, monthly bills, passwords, and so much more. (via - DIY Home Sweet Home)

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