4 Chemical-Free Cleaning Tips for Reducing Allergies at Home

I’ve always had allergy issues. Then I married my husband, who has also always had allergy issues. And now we’re finding out that our littles ALSO have allergy issues. No surprise there, I guess. Do you have allergy sufferers at your house?

Allergies can impact people inside their homes and outdoors. While you can’t control what’s happening outside your front door, you have a little more control of your environment at home. I’ve been doing lots of research on this, of late, and while cleaning can reduce allergies, many times people turn to chemical products for cleaning which can make allergies worse and take a toll on the environment. In fact, did you know that there are more than 80 different chemicals in regular household cleaners today? With the following four chemical-free cleaning tips, you can reduce the way that allergies can impact you in your home, reduce the amount of chemicals you are exposing your family to, and do more to “go green” as you clean!

Going Green With Cleaning

Clean Your Home with Natural Products

Did you know that you can remove 99 percent of bacteria and allergens using hot water with a little vinegar in it and a good cleaning cloth? If you find the vinegar smell a little too strong, dilute it and add some fresh lemon or orange juice. Cleaning your home without chemicals is much healthier for your family and more eco-friendly. When you’re done, you’ll feel great that your home is clean and smells naturally fresh.

Continue reading

How to Clean Your Toilet Properly

Just last week have I finally gotten our new house on a good cleaning schedule. It only took me 4 months. **SIGH** But I’m right on point today. Just finished cleaning a toilet, actually! 

Granted, we have had quite a few changes during that time. New house, and all the unpacking fun. I quit my job to stay home with the twins. My husband switched jobs. We got hit by a hurricane. The usual, right?

Any way you look at it, I’m thrilled to finally be on a good cleaning schedule! The house stays clean and I get to keep my sanity! (Well…at least my sanity that is related to a clean house, HA!)

toilets-sign_MyGtfkRO

So when Suzanne from Better Bathrooms contacted me to share a post on cleaning toilets, at first, I won’t lie: I wrinkled up my nose. I mean, really? Ewww. But then I thought better of it. I mean, we all have toilets, right? They all need to be cleaned, correct? So why not make sure we all know how to do it RIGHT! Let’s see what her recommended procedure is!

While no-one actively enjoys cleaning the toilet, it has to be said that the more often it’s done, the easier it is as stains, mess and smells simply don’t get any chance to flourish or take hold. If you’ve just got your new toilet from Better Bathrooms and you’re wondering how to keep it clean and pristine, look no further than this step-by-step guide.

Continue reading

Why I Want a Central Vacuum System

I’m always on the hunt for things that will help ease the allergies we have in our little family. I think my poor husband has the worst of them, honestly. The guy mows the grass after taking allergy pills and putting on a mask, and still spends the rest of the weekend sneezing his head off. So since getting married, I’ve changed a lot of our “normal” habits to be more “allergy friendly”. Things like diffusing essential oils instead of burning candles, etc. But a central vacuum system?! 

central_vacuum_cleaner_hose_attached_to_a_wall_inlet

A central vacuum system will reduce the amount of allergens in your home by getting rid of every form of dirt, sending the allergens through a system of hidden tubing in the walls of your home and out of your house! Using a good central vacuum system to clean your home will rid it of most potential harmful irritants, unlike the portable vacuum cleaners that will end up leaving lots of fine dust recirculating in the air.

How the central vacuum system works

The system is composed of individual components, each playing a vital role in reducing the job of the user. The motor is immobile and therefore does not need to be carried around when in use. The lightweight hose attached on the system makes it an easy task to plug into an inlet and start cleaning the debris and dust from your living room or anywhere you want to clean. Additionally, since the dirt is released outside there is no recirculation of dust or release of any unpleasant smell into the room.

Continue reading

House Cleaning With Children: How To Make It Fun And Easy!

I have to laugh at my girls. 

When it’s time to vacuum, and I turn on the vacuum cleaner, I have one twin who shrieks in excitement and crawls around after me, watching me vacuum. Then I have another twin who bursts into tears and must be held while I’m vacuuming, trembling the entire time.

Some may say that one year old is a little soon for me to be able to notice their preferences and tendencies, but I’m not sure that’s the case. After all, the one who loves the vacuum cleaner is the one who IS like ME the most! But I feel like, eventually, I’m gonna have to talk the other one into helping out around the house. 

Do YOU find it hard to get your kids motivated to help clean the house? I think the key is to have a little fun along the way!

Screen Shot 2017-08-28 at 10.50.56 PM

Let’s be honest here – cleaning your home (or anything for that matter) isn’t exactly a job that fills you with excitement, so why should your kids feel any different? Most people would rather be doing a million and one other things than scrubbing and dusting surfaces, but these jobs still need to be done. So, if you sometimes struggle to get motivated to do the housework, how are you meant to entice your kids to get involved too? Make house cleaning fun and easy, of course!

Continue reading

Make Bathroom Cleaning Fun (Really!) With Grove Collaborative + Mrs. Meyers

I’ve been on a big lavender kick these days. You ever do that? Get hooked on a particular smell? Even now, I can smell my lavender essential oils diffusing across the house, and I LOVE it! What if everything around this house could smell so good? Even the bathrooms! A girl can dream, right?! 

I mean, I do the best I can, but it’s no secret that cleaning the bathroom isn’t my favorite task. That’s okay – I’ve found something that makes it much easier to clean my least-favorite-to-clean area of my home, and it’s name is Mrs. Meyers!

DSCF3043-1200px

In fact, one of my favorite things to do is scrub down my bathroom sinks with Mrs. Meyer’s Tub & Tile (the lavender scent, of course!) and then wash my hands with the Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap in lavender, as well! These products have really made me WANT to clean our bathrooms, if you can believe that. And there’s a few other ways I can talk myself into cleaning the bathrooms:

Make it a game: Cleaning the bathroom always feels like it takes forever, but you’d be surprised how little time tasks actually take. I like to set a timer like my mom used to do and see how quickly I can complete each task. For example, it only takes one minute to wipe down the counters and sink — and makes a huge difference in how clean our bathroom feels. Who knew?

Continue reading