How To: Remove Strong Odor From Your Microwave

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Have you ever heated something up, and couldn’t get rid of the smell in your microwave for days?  I have!  I made the mistake of heating up some leftover fish.  You can imagine what my microwave…and house…smelled like!

Here is the best way to get rid of those nasty smells in your microwave.

1. Wipe the top, sides, and bottom of your microwave with warm water and baking soda.  This absorbs any odor that may be attached to particles inside your microwave.

2. Rinse your cloth and wipe out again with plain warm water to rinse any baking soda residue left behind.  Just keep wiping out until all the baking soda is gone.

3.  Add 1/2 cup lemon juice and 1 cup of water in a bowl (a cup will boil and overflow) and heat for 3-5 minutes.  Let it sit in the microwave for about 15 minutes before you take it out.  This will help eliminate any odors caught in the filter and vent system.

If the odor is really stubborn, repeat the steps again until it’s gone.

If you have some odor eliminating tips, share away!  I would love to hear them!

Summer-ize Your Vehicle

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Now that summer is here, most of us will be driving more frequently.  With all those fun summer activities we’ll be in the car a whole lot more.  Let’s face it, we all want to have a clean and uncluttered vehicle to drive around in.

 

Here is a spring cleaning checklist to help keep your vehicle clean and tidy!

 

  • Remove all items that don’t belong….including the garbage floating around
  • Clean out the glove compartment and center console (make sure you have the latest insurance and registration info included)
  • Vacuum the carpets  and seats
  • Put all DVDs and CDs in their place
  • Wipe down all interior surfaces
  • Clean inside of windows
  • Place a small trash bin, car charger, tissues, and umbrella in your vehicle (preferably under the seats)
  • Don’t forget the trunk
    • empty out items that don’t belong
    • vacuum
    • stock with first aid kit and sunscreen
    • update emergency kit (include flares,  flashlight, spare tire, etc.)
  • Child kit – these can be small fun boxes or bins with toys, books, paper, crayons, puzzles, etc. that can keep your little one occupied when traveling
  • Ensure your inspection is up to date
  • Check oil and other fluids and add/change if necessary
  • Check air pressure in tires
  • Clean the outside of the vehicle

 

 

Now that your vehicle is all set, enjoy your summer!!  Make sure you keep up with clutter, and make sure your kids keep their “boxes” picked up.   Once a week, empty anything that has accumulated.

 

Happy Summer!!

 

 

Are you ever in denial about how unorganized you are?? I sure am!!

Sometimes my cupboards get to the point that I cant close them, but I don’t have the time to clean them out.  Does anyone know what I’m talking about?  You open your cupboard, something falls out and you quickly close it and pretend like you never saw the disaster that was inside.  I hate to admit it, but I do this all the time.  My husband is always laughing at me and telling me that everything needs a “home”.  I am aware that everything needs a home, and when I have the time to give it a home, I will gladly do that! Today a whole basket of stuff fell out of my bathroom cupboard.  I often wonder how it gets that bad.  Bad enough that stuff is really falling out.  This is what mine just looked like when I opened it.  Listen folks, I am being brave by showing you what a disaster my cupboard is.

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It didn’t take long, and here’s the result.

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So here is my new trick.  You know how sometimes you have like 10 minutes before you have to leave to go somewhere? Think of quick things like this that you can organize in 10 minutes and save them for those times that you have 10-15 extra minutes before you leave for your baseball game, church, etc.  (I know, sometimes those are rare moments.  Having an extra 15 minutes before you have to leave is a dream most days) BUT…I’m saving my kitchen cupboards for those days when I have a little extra time.

30 Days to a cleaner house-Day 19

Today I am going through clothes and putting away my kids winter clothes and taking out summer clothes.  I am organizing the clothing bins and drawers in their rooms.  I figured I might as well do it all at once.  So, I am sorting, folding, donating, and labeling all of their clothing bins.  Out with the old and in with the new.  I use big plastic bins and as I take summer stuff out, I put the winter stuff into the same bin.  I keep everything organized by size so that I know what I have.  Do you have a way that you keep your kids clothes organized?  Please share and let us know.  But today, start going through those clothes and cleaning out!

Day 1) Ceiling fans and lights

Day 2) cobwebs

Day 3) Walls and molding

Day 4) Windows

Day 5) Cabinet and cupboard doors

Day 6) Refrigerator

Day 7) TVs and mirrors

Day 8) Showers and tubs

Day 9) Drawers

Day 10) Tables and chairs, end tables, coffee tables

Day 11) Clean your mattresses

Day 12) Dust your bedrooms

Day 13) Porch, mudroom

Day 14)Bathroom

Day 15) Floors

Day 16) Under beds and couches

Day 17) Outside of windows

Day 18) Kid’s clothes and closets

30 days to a cleaner house- Day 18

Today since the weather is nice, I am washing the outsides of my windows.  They are dusty, dirty, and spotty from the winter.  I wash my outside windows with dish soap and water and then I use a squeegee (my spell check is telling me no to this is not a word) but you all know what I am talking about.  We’re too smart for spell check anyway! Anyway, I have a big picture window in my living room that seems to always be dirty, my porch windows look awful on the outside.  Earlier this spring, we had a bird that kept pecking at my window and running into it, it did this for days, I have no idea why but eventually after it probably wounded itself, it finally stopped.  It still left a big mark on my window that bothered me for weeks and today I am finally going to take care of that! So get out your squeegee and start cleaning.  If you don’t have one already, I recommend getting one.  It will save you lots of time and energy and you can get one for about $6 at dollar general.  The best $6 bucks you’ll ever spend!  So get out your ladder, get your bucket and start cleaning!

Aren’t you glad your windows aren’t like this…..I like to keep my feet on firm ground!

 

30 Days to a cleaner house-Day 16

Toy room! Today I am going through the kids toys.  I’m getting rid of broken ones and donating ones that they don’t play with.  This is usually a job that my husband and kids feel the need to”help” with before I actually throw away or donate anything because they feel that they need to keep junk!!! My husband still has a box of junk things (that I made him move into the barn) filled with his old wrestling shoes, trophies, pop cans, and every other strange thing that you can imagine that someone would EVER keep.  But I do adore him because he is sentimental and sweet.  Anyway, snap out of it Marissa and get back on track….

Ok, so I’m going through all my kids toys today, every single one and I am finding a “home” for all of them.  I like to keep their toys organized.  All the army guys are in a drawer, all the legos are in a drawer, all the balls are in a drawer and so on.  I have found that if I do this, it makes life easier on everyone.  Otherwise, if they are looking for a football and its not in with the balls, then they take every toy out to find it.  You see my idea here? Yes they are toys and they are going to make a mess with them everyday, but when they are better organized, they make less of a mess and they play better.

Throw away anything that is broken that you cant fix, anything that is missing pieces.  You wouldn’t believe the stuff I find at the bottom of the toy bin.  Apple cores, that missing shoe that has been missing for so long that I finally threw the other one out too, money, old cheese sticks, sippy cups, empty peanut butter jars, pacifiers. It feels good to finally clean this stuff out, plus my kiddos will have a bag of toys to donate.

Day 1) Ceiling fans and lights

Day 2) cobwebs

Day 3) Walls and molding

Day 4) Windows

Day 5) Cabinet and cupboard doors

Day 6) Refrigerator

Day 7) TVs and mirrors

Day 8) Showers and tubs

Day 9) Drawers

Day 10) Tables and chairs, end tables, coffee tables

Day 11) Clean your mattresses

Day 12) Dust your bedrooms

Day 13) Porch, mudroom

Day 14)Bathroom

Day 15) Floors

 

30 Days to a cleaner house-Day 15

Today, I am scrubbing my floors.  I usually use a trusty steam mop (that I LOVE by the way), sometimes it leaves a little film on my floors, partially because I have hard water.  So today I am getting my soapy mop bucket out and mopping them on my hands and knees.  I used to do this before I bought a steam mop and I hated it, but I could really get my floors to shine.  I have wood floors in my kitchen, bathroom, and living room.  I have tried a few different cleaners.  First I tried this:

Pledge Finish wood floor-I have to say, this made wood floors look like they were new.  I mean it! They would sparkle because it literally put a gloss finish over your floor.  I loved it, and I really mean that, I absolutely loved how this made my floors look…BUT, of course there is always a downfall.  I had been using this for weeks and bragging to everyone about it. When this finish gets wet it turns white and leaves a white stain that I couldn’t get out.  My kids would wash their hands in the bathroom and walk from the sink over to the hand towel holder and drip water on the floor, there was a trail of white spots.  I couldn’t figure out what it was until I finally figured out it was from the floor finish. Also it would start to peel off, if you didn’t continue using the floor finish each week, it would start to peel off and look like……well, it would look like your floor finish was peeling off.  It looked awful.  This floor finish is almost like a sweet delicious dessert that you love while you’re eating it, but afterwards you see the results in your waistline.  Ok that was one of the worst metaphors I could have ever thought of but I am not someone who likes to use the delete button very much (probably because I’m Italian and I speak before I think, in this case I type before I think).

Let’s move on, next I tried the old Murphys Oil Soap

Some of you may like Murphys oil soap but I don’t! Here is why…after I mop my floors with it, it literally does leave an oily feeling on my floors.  So then when my kids walk across it with their socks on, it leaves streak marks from their socks.  All in all I really don’t like using this stuff.  I have a bottle of it in my cleaning cupboard that I will occasionally use to wipe down my baseboards and window sills, other than that, no thanks Murphy.

I finally just started using a bucket of warm soapy water, and it does the job perfectly.  No oily finish, and no weird water marks. Just plain soap.  So get your mop bucket out and start cleaning.  If you don’t have wood floors, clean your kitchen floor or any other floors in your house that are not carpet.

 

Day 1) Ceiling fans and lights

Day 2) cobwebs

Day 3) Walls and molding

Day 4) Windows

Day 5) Cabinet and cupboard doors

Day 6) Refrigerator

Day 7) TVs and mirrors

Day 8) Showers and tubs

Day 9) Drawers

Day 10) Tables and chairs, end tables, coffee tables

Day 11) Clean your mattresses

Day 12) Dust your bedrooms

Day 13) Porch, mudroom, or shoe closet

Day 14) Bathroom

30 Days to a Cleaner house- Day 11

Today, since its Saturday and I always try to get all of my laundry finished today (so that I don’t have to do any tomorrow), I am going to wash all of my bedding, sheets, pillow cases and pillows as well as clean my mattresses. Here is how I clean my mattresses:

1) Sprinkle baking soda on my mattress:

I sprinkle baking soda on my mattress and then vacuum the entire mattress off, this not only takes care of any spores, but it also makes your mattress smell great!

2)Spray your mattress with disinfectant

Then I spray the mattress with disinfectant spray. I read this gross article about how your mattress is full of dead skin, oil, and sweat. Agh!! Gross! I’m sure Lysol doesn’t solve that problem but I definitely feel better when I spray it on my mattress.

 

I also want to add that I still use mattress protectors on my mattresses, and I wash them but then throw them away once a year, I still think its important to clean your mattress even if you are using a mattress protector.  I would lose sleep thinking that I am sleeping on sweat and dead skin! Get your disinfectant out and clean that mattress!! While this task wont make your house look cleaner, i

Day 1) Ceiling fans and lights

Day 2) cobwebs

Day 3) Walls and molding

Day 4) Windows

Day 5) Cabinet and cupboard doors

Day 6) Refrigerator

Day 7) TVs and mirrors

Day 8) Showers and tubs

Day 9) Drawers

Day 10) Tables and chairs, end tables, coffee tables

Day 11) Clean your mattresses

t sure is satisfying to know you’re sleeping on a clean mattress!

 

30 Days to a cleaner house-Day 8

This is another one of my unfavorite things to clean.  My spell check is telling me that unfavorite is not a word, but I’m using it anyway because every one knows the meaning of what I’m saying. My next UNFAVORITE thing to clean is my shower and bathtub.  Unfortunately it’s one of those things that you have to clean even if you dislike it because otherwise it gets gross.  I guess that pretty much goes for anything in your house but dirty showers and toilets tend to gross me out a little more than a dirty window, or ceiling fan.  So today your task is to clean that shower and bathtub…thoroughly.  You can use my shower cleaner recipe here, its super easy to make and works great, spray on and let it sit for a few minutes, your soap scum will be gone and you’re on your way to a cleaner house!

Day 1) Ceiling fans and lights

Day 2) cobwebs

Day 3) Walls and molding

Day 4) Windows

Day 5) Cabinet and cupboard doors

Day 6) Refrigerator

Day 7) TVs and mirrors

Day 8)Showers and tubs

30 days to a cleaner house, Day 7

tvDid you tackle your refrigerator yesterday? Mine was quite the task!

Today, I noticed all of my electronic screens needs a major cleaning as well as my mirrors.  So get out that windex, or your homemade cleaner 🙂 and wash your tv screens, computer screens, and all of the mirrors in your house. Then smile at yourself in that mirror because you are on your way to a cleaner house!!

Day 1) Ceiling fans and lights

Day 2) cobwebs

Day 3) Walls and molding

Day 4) Windows

Day 5) Cabinet and cupboard doors

Day 6) Refrigerator

Day 7) TVs and mirrors