How to Clean Glass Shower Doors

The Trick to Removing Soap Scum!Unless you are dedicated to squeegeeing your glass shower doors every time you shower, it won’t take long for them to start looking like this:

Magic Eraser to Clean Glass Shower DoorsCloudy and dirty. You can almost see through them. And maybe you’re okay with that?! I actually kind of prefer not being able to see myself naked in the mirror opposite my glass shower doors! Here’s a closer look at the filth.

How to Clean Glass Shower Doors the Easy Way

Lots of water spots and although you can’t see it, there’s also built up soap scum. So, the secret to restoring transparency to your shower doors?

Magic Eraser to Clean Glass Shower DoorsBehold, the Magic Eraser. Simply get it wet, start scrubbing, and let it do it’s magic! While this is a normal Magic Eraser, there are specialized Magic Erasers that are textured which I can only assume make it even easier on you. Can anyone confirm this? With the regular Magic Eraser, the soap scum and water spots lifted off with moderate scrubbing action and my shower doors were see through in no time. After scrubbing, I ran a wet washcloth over the doors and squeegeed them.

Clean Glass Shower DoorsAh, so refreshing to have clean glass shower doors!

How to Clean Glass Shower Doors

The Organically Clean Home

Great Reference Guide to All-Natural CleaningIf you enjoy using natural products to clean your home, you are going to love Clean Mama’s new book, The Organically Clean Home! Hot off the press and just released today, it is chock full of easy cleaning recipes-150 to be exact! I’ve got several bookmarked that I want to try out, including Kids’ Cleaning Wipes and Disinfecting Toilet Bowl Cleaner.

But recipes for DIY cleaning solutions isn’t all this book has! From the why behind organic cleaning products to the how of setting up a cleaning schedule with complimentary cleaning checklists, The Organically Clean Home makes for a perfect household reference guide! And it’s already saved me money by cluing me in on where to buy microfiber cleaning cloths. Following Becky’s tip, I found a big pack of microfiber cleaning cloths in the automotive section at Walmart for only $5! Huge fan of microfiber, right here! And huge fan of this new book!

Go check it out and have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Spring Cleaning Kid’s Stuff

Spring Cleaning Kid's StuffWelcome to Day 9 of The Spring Cleaning Challenge! Today, I’m going to walk you through spring cleaning kid’s stuff: all types of toys, furniture, and electronics. I’m even going to tell you how to wash booger murals. Yep, I have a wall wiper. Don’t worry, there won’t be pictures of that! I’ll also touch on sorting through and storing kid’s clothing by sharing my method for containing this madness! Are you ready!?

Oh, before we begin! One important tip: Have your kids help you! It is after all, their stuff. They wiped the boogers, make them wash them off. Check out iDream of Clean’s Chore List for Kids if you need ideas about what to delegate to your children. And have fun! Who says cleaning always has to be boring and hard?

Toys

Let’s break this down into types of toys based on material. Then let’s start with the easiest of toys to clean.

Plastic and Metal Toys
Washing toys with kids

Because these can likely be fully submersed in water, the easiest method for cleaning them is to do it in a tub or container of soapy water. You can use a squeeze or two of dish soap or a couple tablespoons of laundry detergent. Give your child a cloth and let them wash away!

All-Natural disinfectant rinse for toys

For an all-natural disinfect rinse, place the toys in a solution of water, tea tree oil, and lavender essential oil (4 drops each per gallon of water). These oils have antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties, making them a great all-natural disinfectant!

Alternatively, you can use Hydrogen Peroxide. Ask Anna shows you how here.

Stuffed Animals

How to Wash Stuffed AnimalsChances are, these can just be tossed into the washing machine. Read the care label of each and if it instructs to hand wash, examine it for delicate clothing as well as glued on parts. If it has neither of these and it has plastic pellets inside, you are probably okay to wash it on a delicate cycle in warm or cold water. It may also be a good idea to place the stuffed animals in a mesh bag before placing in the washing machine. Hang to dry.

Stain Removal 101 has a great article on washing stuffed animals which includes instructions for hand washing and spot cleaning them.

Wooden Toys

Take a rag dampened with soapy water to them. Dry well.

Dolls and Barbies

Strip them of their clothes if dirty and place in a mesh bag. Wash them in the washing machine in cool water. Wipe bodies down with a disinfectant wipe if they are plastic. Many fabric dolls can be washed in the washing machine on delicate cycle. Use your best judgement and ere on the side of caution! Spot clean if needed. Soak tangled hair in diluted fabric softener, then rinse and comb out for shiny, tangle free locks!

Kid’s Furniture

While I regularly dust the furniture in various areas of our house, I often overlook the furniture in our children’s rooms. Take a few minutes while you’re spring cleaning this season to wipe down and/or dust all the kid furniture. I know my baby’s crib is particularly dusty! And that easel pictured above got wiped down from top to bottom moments before I took it’s picture. I was pleasantly surprised to get dry erase marker off the wood portion! It’s amazing how a little cleaning can bring new life to stuff!

Booger Walls

This is right up there with diaper blowouts, as far as disgusting goes. Seriously. Have your child help out with this one as much as they are able! In order to get the dried boogers off the wall without chipping paint, you are going to need to rehydrate them. Grab a warm wet washcloth and hold it to the booger wall for several minutes. You may consider taping the washcloth to the wall and taking a nap while they soften. Once they are no longer hard, they should come off with a little rubbing of the wash cloth. Carefully use your fingernail to scrape if needed and if you can handle it. Good luck!

Electronics

Spring Clean Kids StuffTablets, game systems and remotes, iPods-they all need wiped down! The easiest thing for me is to use a disinfectant wipe. I then rub a microfiber cloth across screens to remove smudges.

Clothing

drawer stickers to organize

Now is also a great time to sort through kid’s dresser drawers and closets! Toss it, donate it, or keep it. With two young kids that are outgrowing clothes about as fast as I can buy them, having a system in place has been vital! Ours is simple. We always have a tote on hand, one for each kid. As they outgrow something we place it in the tote. When the tote is full, I label it by size of clothes inside and store it out of the way.

Once you’ve gone through the clothes, you’ll want to organize them! We’ve been using i-know-where-it-goes drawer stickers to keep things tidy. They have worked wonders! 5 sets are up for grabs in our giveaway, so be sure to enter below!

And continue to let the kids help as you clean on a daily basis with Clean Mama’s free printable Chore Lists!

We Challenge You To:

1) Spring Clean your kid’s stuff and involve them in the process! Do as much or as little as you have time for. The important thing here is that you make progress!

2) Take pictures along the way and share them with the Spring Cleaning Challenge Co-Hosts on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Use #SpringClean2014 so we can find them and celebrate with you! You can find us here:

A Real-Life Housewife  :  Pinterest  ::  Facebook  ::  G+

Ask Anna  :::::::::::::::::::::  Pinterest  ::  Facebook  ::  G+  ::  Instagram  ::  Twitter

Clean + Scentsible ::::::::  Pinterest  ::  Facebook  ::  G+  ::  Instagram  ::  Twitter

Clean Mama  ::::::::::::::::  Pinterest  ::  Facebook  ::  G+  ::  Instagram  ::  Twitter

I Dream of Clean  :::::::::  Pinterest  ::  Facebook  ::  G+  ::  Instagram  ::  Twitter

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3) Enter to win one of these awesome prizes: an EasyClosets Organizing Solution (worth up to $1000!), a copy of The Organically Clean Home, or a set of i-know-where-it-goes drawer stickers.


i-know-where-it-goes drawer stickers

Drawer Organizer Stickersi-know-where-it-goes drawer stickers are vinyl silhouette labels, designed to help keep clothes in their proper place! While we don’t use them on “drawers”, they have worked wonders for keeping Jayna’s hanging closet bins organized! I can’t say enough good things about them. I pinned them a year ago and when I finally got around to ordering them, the gals who make them contacted me to see if I would review them here. I said, “I’d love to!” While the following opinions are my own, this post is brought to you and is sponsored by Crafterhours!… 

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Simple Things Sunday | 1st Birthday Pics

1st Birthday Pic IdeaThis little mess maker turned 1 on Friday! We started celebrations off by filling his crib with balloons and taking some 1st birthday pics. He absolutely loved it! After all, “Ba!” was the first sound he associated with something. And that something was a balloon!

1st Birthday pic idea - Fill crib with balloonsI adore this boy and his big sister! They are the main reason behind this blog and definitely the best part about being A Real-Life Housewife! With that in mind, I’ve decided to join in Simple as That‘s weekly photo share, Simple Things Sunday. Each Sunday I’ll be popping in to share a moment from our week, because being a housewife is so much more than keeping house!

 

Customizable Cleaning Calendar for April

Here’s your customizable cleaning calendar for the month of April!
Customizable Cleaning Calendar - Free Fillable and PrintableClick on the picture above to open the fillable pdf and type on any blue area to start scheduling your cleaning tasks. Save and print and you are ready for the month! If this is your first time setting up a cleaning calendar, take a look at mine below for ideas. The most important thing is to make it your own so it works for you! I don’t include my daily cleaning tasks in the calendar portion, but I do assign each weekly, monthly, and yearly tasks to a specific day in the month.

Customizable Cleaning Calendar - Free Fillable and PrintableThe yearly task I’m taking on this month is spring cleaning (I finally got to cross off walls on last month’s calendar!!)! I’m planning on dedicating a portion of a few separate days to deep cleaning. I’ll be putting together a spring cleaning list soon with all the things I hope to get done.

Speaking of Spring Cleaning, have you signed up for the big challenge? It starts tomorrow!! Go here for all the details.

Spring Cleaning Challenge 2014

Who’s ready to do some Spring Cleaning?! Whether you are or not, it’s just one of those things that’s got to be done. So why not have some fun with it?!

I’ve teamed up with 5 other awesome bloggers who really know how to get the job done! We’ve put together a Spring Cleaning Challenge that will run April 1st-April 15th and we’ll be covering the whole house, from top to bottom with how to’s and great tips. Each day you will be challenged to tackle one thing (big or small) and at the end we will have some fabulous prizes!!

So before the challenge begins, be sure to do the following:

1) SIGN UP FOR THE CHALLENGE 

Enter your name and email below to receive a daily email (April 1st-April 15) directing you to the Spring Cleaning Challenge of the day.

Since this challenge involves 6 different blogs, this will be the easiest and best way to follow and participate!

2) SCHEDULE IT ON YOUR CALENDAR

Half a month of daily Spring Cleaning may seem a bit daunting, but don’t fret! You can do as little or as much as you’d like!

Here’s the Schedule:

  • April 1 – Prepare your supplies and make your own plan
  • April 2 – Bedrooms
  • April 3 – Closets
  • April 4 – Dining Room
  • April 5 – Kitchen
  • April 6 – Catch Up Day
  • April 7 – Bathrooms
  • April 8 – Living Room/Family Room
  • April 9 – Kid Stuff
  • April 10 – Laundry Room
  • April 11 – Windows
  • April 12 – Catch Up Day
  • April 13 – Floors
  • April 14 – Finishing Touches
  • April 15 – Last day to finish the Challenge!

3) Visit the Sponsors and Co-Hosts!

You know there’s gonna be PRIZES if it’s a challenge, right?! Well, we’ve got some great ones!

Let’s start with the Grand Prize  - – EasyClosets will be helping one of you lucky participants to organize your closet with an Easy Closets Organizing Solution, worth up to $1000!!

Spring Cleaning Challenge Starts April 1st! Awesome prizes up for grabs!We also have 2 copies of The Organically Clean Home, hot off the press (and written by our very own challenge co-host Clean Mama!), and 5 i-know-where-it-goes-drawer stickers!

And lastly, go say “hello!” to the Spring Cleaning Challenge co-hosts:

Ask Anna  :::::::::::::::::::::  Pinterest  ::  Facebook  ::  G+  ::  Instagram  ::  Twitter

Clean + Scentsible ::::::::  Pinterest  ::  Facebook  ::  G+  ::  Instagram  ::  Twitter

Clean Mama  ::::::::::::::::  Pinterest  ::  Facebook  ::  G+  ::  Instagram  ::  Twitter

I Dream of Clean  :::::::::  Pinterest  ::  Facebook  ::  G+  ::  Instagram  ::  Twitter

Stain Removal 101  ::::::  Pinterest  ::  Facebook  ::  G+  ::  Instagram  ::  Twitter

We can’t wait to Spring Clean with you!

Official rules can be found here.

 

A Fairy Garden Fort

Nurture child's imagination - Make a Fairy Fort togetherThe days are getting longer and the weather warmer! Last week we welcomed Spring by making a Fairy Garden Fort. In the case you’ve never heard of a fairy garden, let your imagination take hold and think miniature and magical. Oh and cute! A few simple supplies are all you need in order to enter into the enchanting world of these magical creatures.

Fairy Fort with LED lightsHow to Make a Fairy Garden

  1. Establish a location. For a transportable garden, use a pot like we did, or most any other container will also work. For a more natural setting, create your fairy garden at the base of a tree or near a stream.
  2. Gather materials. Some basic items you might want to use include dirt, sand, rocks, sticks, and plants. Check your local nursery for small scale greenery. Or go faux with things from the craft store. The trees we used were made by gluing craft moss to small Styrofoam balls. We then stuck them onto sticks! You’ll also want some kind of shelter for your fairy. We crafted a fort out of sticks and linen and added small LED lights for an added touch of whimsy! You can also purchase all sorts of fairy houses and furniture on Etsy as well as Amazon. The Etsy shop Woodland Fairy Gardens has the cutest fairy garden bed and dresser set, complete with a moss pillow. It is seriously adorable. Just go crazy and have fun with it!
  3. Bring location and materials together. This is the best part! My three and a half year old spent hours arranging and rearranging materials (we each had a separate pot), all the while chattering about how the fairies were going to love their new home.

Fairy Fort with Moss TreesOnce your fairy garden is complete, don’t stop there! Nurture your child’s imagination by exploring the fairy theme further. Put wings from The Dollar Store on and play fairies. Read a book about fairies. Or watch a fairy movie. Disney’s got a new one coming out on Blu-ray™ and Digital HD April 1st called The Pirate Fairy! It looks way cute. Watch the trailer here.

It Says “Dry Flat”, But On What?

Great idea for "lay flat to dry" items!

Chances are you probably don’t just have a mesh drying rack laying around to “dry flat” that new sweater you just bought. But I’d be willing to bet you do have an ironing board sitting in a closet, doing absolutely nothing. Pull it out and take off the cover for an instant drying rack!

How to dry flatThis blouse sat in my hamper for a good 2 or 3 weeks after I read “dry flat” on the tag, simply because I wasn’t entirely sure how to do that. I finally decided to just lay it on the carpet to dry. That worked, but it wasn’t the most convenient option. So I considered purchasing a mesh drying rack, but I really didn’t want to spend the money or have to find a spot to store it. Then the bright idea of using an ironing board popped into my mind!

Dry flat with an uncovered ironing board! Genius.With the cover pulled off, it works fantastic! The little holes on the board allow for ventilation and it’s up off the floor. Best part is, it didn’t cost me a penny!