Do Any of These 10 Pinterest Cleaning Hacks Actually Work?

Do These 10 Pinterest Cleaning Hacks Actually Work?

Cleaning hacks. They’re everywhere on Pinterest, and they all claim to be the answer to your toughest, messiest dilemmas. But are they really?  I tested 10 hacks in my own house and here’s what I found out.   

 

1. Vinegar Microwave Cleaner

I’m going to start on a positive note… this was my absolute favorite. It worked like a charm! All you have to do is combine 2 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of vinegar in a glass bowl and add a toothpick. Continue Reading

Moving? Clean These 6 Commonly Overlooked Areas Before Your Lease is Up

Moving? Don't forget to clean these 6 commonly overlooked areas

It’s the end of the month, and if your lease is up and you haven’t renewed, that means it’s time to move! When relocating to a new apartment, you likely have a million things on your to-do list. Between trying to secure a rental truck on the same weekend everyone else is, and sweet-talking your friends so they’ll help you haul all your stuff, the last thing you want to think about is cleaning. However, you don’t want to forget about your precious security deposit! Continue Reading

Styling 101: How to Get That Scandinavian Look in Your Living Room

For as long as I can remember, I have gravitated toward Scandinavian design. Seeing images of homes that had that clean aesthetic made me want to transform my entire house into a peaceful and airy retreat. It's easy to believe that Scandinavian design means you have to be a purest: black, white, and grey spaces with very little clutter and furniture. But that's not necessarily true. There are all kinds of amazing styles that can mix well with the Scandinavian vibe we all love. Continue Reading

How To: Make the Ultimate, Reusable Fruit Fly Trap

DIY Fruit Fly Trap
Learn how to get rid of fruit flies for good.

Ah … summertime. The pinnacle of the produce season means amazing things for your palate: sun-ripened fruit, homegrown vegetables, and fresh herbs for days.

Unfortunately, ripe produce also invites other guests to the flavor party: fruit flies. These little monsters (drosophilidae), with their big red eyes and kneejerk-wave inspiring flight patterns, aren't terribly harmful (they have a lifecycle of around ten days)…they're just really, really annoying. Continue Reading

9 Areas of the Home You Commonly Forget to Clean, and How to Deal With the Dirt

You've cleaned your home from top to bottom - or so you think. Here are nine things most people forget to clean!

Occasionally you won't notice how dirty something in your house is until it's that dirt is called out. You drop something under your couch and discover a gang of dust bunnies living underneath. You throw open your curtains and find yourself in a front-row seat to a dust dance-off floating right in front of your face. Since it's spring cleaning season, now is as good a time as any to tackle those forgotten areas of your home. Continue Reading

A Room-by-Room Guide for Lightening Your Material Load (With Printable Checklist!)

A Room-by-Room Guide for Lightening Your Material Load

The spring cleaning bug has bitten me. Hard. Which is right on schedule for this time of year. After winter has long lost its charm, that's when I usually start itching to “switch things up” in my house. This usually includes throwing away or thinning out a good number of my material possessions. When it's so muddy and dark outdoors, feels like a fresh breath indoors, ya know? Rather than get overwhelmed at the notion of downsizing your entire house, I find it's nicer to stick to a list. Continue Reading

Make This: Minimal Magnetic Towel Bar

Make this minimal magnetic towel bar

Currently I’m living in a place with a kitchen that must hold some sort of record for tininess. There are four drawers, a couple of cabinets, and exactly one countertop. Said countertop is about 2.5 square feet, and that’s literally my entire cooking workspace. Suffice it to say, I need to be wise about kitchen organization if I want to keep from going crazy. Knowing there’s absolutely no room to store things horizontally, I recently went vertical with this magnetic paper towel holder.     Continue Reading

How to Clean Tile Grout

 How To Clean Dirty Grout

Dirty grout is a common problem. But with so many cleaning tips floating around on the internet, it’s hard to know what to believe. So I decided to take the guess work out of it by testing a few methods and reporting back to you. Read on to see what I discovered…  

 

I tried three different techniques – fresh lemon juice, Oxiclean and sulfamic acid cleaner (which can be purchased at your local home improvement store). Continue Reading

How to: Choose the Cleanest Houseplants

created at: 10/30/2012

While I’m blessed to have an occupation that sees me spending a fair bit of time outdoors, most of us spend as much as 90% of our lives indoors. In fact the EPA currently ranks indoor air pollution as the number one threat to public health, but did you know that humble houseplants can reduce the levels of several of these airborne pollutants?

NASA in fact recommends that the average 2,000 square foot household have no less than 15 houseplants and has published its findings in conjunction with the ALCA on the most effective plants for absorbing common household pollutants like Formaldehyde, Benzene, and Trichloroethylene. Continue Reading

17 Savvy Tips to Organize Your Life

created at: 03/27/2012
This Curbly guest post was written by Tiffany McLean of Living Saavy

I love it when my life and house are organized.  This month on Living Savvy, I dedicated all of March to organizing my life and space.  I attacked anything behind a close door!  I also asked a few other organized bloggers to share their own organizing secrets.  So, here are seventeen tips from the best of the blogosphere to get your life and home in order.   Continue Reading