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DIY – Homemade Hard Floor Cleaner – Streak Free!

We have hard (vinyl/laminate) floors throughout most of our home. We also have four dogs… and a cat. Needless to say, there is A LOT of pet hair, dirt, dust, mud, etc. These floors get dirty and quick.
I have a Swiffer SweeperVac I run over the floor daily to pick up the loose dirt and hair. For messes or weekly mopping I use a Bona Hard Floor Cleaning Mop. It has a reusable microfiber pad that velcros on. Bona has a Hard Floor Cleaning spray but I find it rather expensive.
Then I stumbled on this homemade floor cleaner recipe. It is amazing! It is inexpensive to make, is made from common household products (you probably already have the ingredients), and it works great! Best of all, it is streak free. The alcohol evaporates really quickly and the vinegar’s smell disappears after just a short time.
Another benefit is that it doesn’t contain any toxic chemicals that could harm the babies or pets.

Homemade Floor Cleaner Recipe

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup White Vinegar
  • 1 cup Alcohol (rubbing)
  • 2-3 drops Dish Soap
  • 10-15 drops Essential Oil (optional – I use 10 drops lemon, 5 drops lavender)

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle.  To use, spray on floor and wipe with a microfiber cloth/mop.



DIY Project – Baby Barefoot Sandals

When I was pregnant, I started seeing these sandals in various places around the web.  To purchase them, I saw prices ranging from $8 – $25.  Even $8 seemed kind of high but they are just so dang cute.  But then, on Pinterest, I found this tutorial.  I followed it exactlly and the result was beautiful.  I can’t even believe how darling they are.  They were very simple to make and took very little time.  I think most of my time was spent on cutting the fabric.  Best of all, they were FREE to make!  I used an old tshirt that was waiting to be donated.  They are so soft and sweet and perfect for newborn feet.  Do you have any darling project ideas for baby girls?

I have not posted in a few days but I have not forgotten. I am committed to following through on this blogging project.  🙂 I intend to post, at the very least, several times a week.  There may be, however, several days that I cannot.  My schedule fills up quickly. On a regular basis, I am caring for the girls, developing a routine/schedule, keeping the house clean and cooking dinner. As if that wasn’t enough, I decided that I would take 2 college classes this semester through distance learning.  Though I do not actually have to go to campus for my courses, they are going to be keeping me rather busy.  Sometimes it seems as if online courses are actually more work than their on-campus equivalents.  So, watch for a few more posts in the upcoming days as I seems to have a slight break in coursework (or so I always think before I get behind).

Just for fun,  here is my sweet baby S playing in her jumper this morning:

REVIEW – Rit Color Remover

I have been experimenting recently with repurposing clothing that is old, faded, stained, or just doesn’t fit anymore.  I decided that I would try my hand at re-dying some clothing.  Without wanting to invest too much time or money and not really caring about the results (these clothing items were going to be donated/tossed anyway), I decided to go with Rit Dye that can be picked up at any grocery store.  While there, I discovered Rit Color Remover, which is used when dyeing fabric a lighter or different color.  I decided to give it a try.

I picked out my clothing items and followed the directions on the package and used the instructions here for using a HE (high efficiency) front loading washing machine.  I used 2 boxes of the Color Remover for my small load of laundry and I set my washer on Hot/Cold. I also used the longest wash cycle available. Here is a before picture of my clothing (I promise that as I get better at blogging, my photos will also get better):


The results were not as drastic as I had hoped.  The three pink items on the left of the “before” picture were lightened quite a bit, enough that I could easily change the color when re-dyeing.  The 4 items with patterns (on the left) were only lightened slightly (almost not enough to even be mentioned).  Here is the after picture:


My major success with this experiment was an unexpected one. The tank top at the bottom of both pictures is one of my favorites.  I thought I was going to have to trash it as it had a very large oily stain on it.  The Rit Color Remover did not remove the color but it did remove the stain!  Hooray!  Now, just because it didn’t remove the color on my printed fabric does not mean that it will not remove yours.  Only try it on fabric that you are ok with whatever result you get.

I will post my dyeing results on another day.

TIP! – How to clean a White Porcelain Sink

I had seen this trick somewhere on the internet, maybe Pinterest, awhile back (I wish I knew where so I could give credit).  It works AMAZINGLY well.

My kitchen sink is the standard white porcelain kind and is many years old.  It seems that the original finish has come off and it has pock marks and divots all over that collect grime.  The thing stains really easily and always looks dirty. If your sink is like mine, here is what you can do:

First, clean the sink the best you can. Then spray it with some sort of household cleaner that has bleach in it.  While the sink is still wet, line it with 1 or 2 layers of paper towels, then spray again.  Make sure that the paper towels lay flat along the sink and that you get them thoroughly wet.  Let sit at least an hour (preferably overnight).  Remove the paper towels and voila!  Now, it isn’t perfect but it is a whole heck of a lot better.



Bumbo Recall – Repair Kit Error Message

Just in case you have not heard, all Bumbo Baby Seats have been voluntarily recalled due to risk of falls.  Bumbo has developed a restraint belt that corrects the issue.  You  are supposed to be able to request a free repair kit here.

I just tried to request the kits for my two Bumbo seats and received the error message “Zip Code is not valid”. I am sure that it is indeed valid. 🙂 I emailed recall@bumbousa.com, the address listed on the webpage.  I will have to wait to see what I hear back.

In the meantime, here is a pic of my sweet baby O sleeping in her Bumbo. 🙂

UPDATE (9/4/12)

I received an email reply from Bumbo USA stating that they will be shipping my repair kits and that I should expect to receive them in 2-3 weeks.

DIY Flower Girl Pillowcase Dress

I need to start somewhere so I will begin with a post that I started awhile ago.  I got married July 2011.  We were on a very tight budget (about $2000) but I still wanted a fabulous wedding so I took on MANY (maybe too many) diy projects.  One project that I really enjoyed was making pillowcase dresses for the flower girls.

DIY Pillowcase Dress

The flower girls in my wedding were my 3-year-old twin nieces.  In an attempt to save money, I decided to sew their dresses myself.  I decided to stray from the traditional white flower girl dress and instead went with a cute, fun aqua polka dot fabric that matched the theme and colors of the wedding.

I found the fabric at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.  I think I paid about $3/yard (each dress requires about 1 yard of fabric).  Each dress also needed 2 yards of satin ribbon.

I found an excellent tutorial here.

This project was the first clothing item that I made all on my own so it requires very little skill.   Sewing the dresses following the tutorial was pretty straightforward.  I got stumped a little when I got to the armholes but finally figured it out after reading and re-reading the directions several times.  The dresses turned great!

Here is the final product:


I guess that now is as good of a time as any to begin so here we go.  Writing the first post is intimidating.  It feels as though this one post needs to function as the intro paragraph of an essay; to map out my entire plan for this blog, which essentially means mapping out my future and that , I know, is impossible.  So, instead I am just going to begin and we can wait to see how the future unfolds on its own.