How to Spot Clean Upholstery Stains

Don’t be put off by stained upholstery, there are several ways you can spot clean it to look as good as new! Upholstery Stains We don’t have a lot of upholstered furniture. It may sound odd, but the majority of our pieces are just wood, or they are painted wood. In our house we have a sofa and a few chairs that are upholstered but that’s it. I don’t spend a lot of time messing with cleaning upholstery now that our kids are grown, but I did today. My recent re-decorating of our living room is about complete, as I found the finishing touches at the thrift store this week. These two fabulous side chairs were donated to the store, practically brand new. They have a bit of water damage on them, probably from one of our recent summer rainstorms. It looks like they were perhaps under a window that was left open during a storm. The water damage is mostly at the back of the chairs, and a little bit on the arm and back of the seat. You can see the slight stains in these photos. Sad for them, good for me because I scored these chairs for just $14.00 each! I was not concerned with the damage at all, water is just water and it does clean very easily. Here’s how to do it: How to Spot Clean Upholstery You will need the following supplies for cleaning water spots: Spray Bottle 3 Tablespoons White Vinegar (do not use other types of vinegar or they may make the…
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10 Products That Will Simplify Your Spring Cleaning

Spring is here! Spring brings many exciting holidays and warmer days, but it also brings along the notorious spring cleaning. While this may not be a chore you enjoy, it must be done. Here are a few of the products we use to make the task easier, more enjoyable, and safer for the environment.  A few years ago I came across an advertisement for Grove Collaborative. From the beginning, I was intrigued by their mission statement. They strive to create sustainable and safe alternatives to the mainstream cleaning products which are full of harmful chemicals, without compromising on efficacy. I was immediately hooked and greatly impressed by both the variety of products they offer and the quality of those products! This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! I’ve already waited far too long to share this excellent resource with you, but with spring cleaning looming in the distance I figured now was the perfect time to do so! Use this link to receive $10 off your first order with Grove Collaborative!  (They also love to throw in free items on almost every order which feels like a surprise gift each time!) And now, without further ado, I give you my list of Grove Collaborative must-haves.  1. Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap. I never thought I would be so excited over something as mundane as dish soap! Mrs. Meyer’s comes in a wide variety of scents and with ratings as high as these, you know it’s…
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15 Genius Storage Solutions for Your Home

Extra storage space is something we all crave.  It seems like there is just never enough! We found some genius storage solutions that will help you make the most of the space you do have.  This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! Kitchen Storage Most of us don’t have a huge pantry, but this product will create so much extra storage.  The adjustable shelving offers so much flexibility to store those tall bottles that never seem to have a place on the pantry shelf.  BUY NOW! A utensil divider is one thing I can’t live without.  Gone are the days of digging through the silverware drawer trying to find that one spoon that’s not dirty. There are many types of dividers that all have the same function, but I love this beautiful bamboo option that looks like it was made just for this drawer.  BUY NOW! An organized refrigerator is easier to look at but it also cuts down on food waste! See exactly what you have without having to go on a scavenger hunt to the back of the shelves. These plastic bins are also easy to clean just incase you have an occasional spill. BUY NOW!   Bedroom Storage Here’s another solution to a problem I’m having as we speak! Small closets run rampant in many homes and there never seems to be enough shelf space. The space that is there quickly becomes overrun with sloppy piles that turn into one huge heap.…
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Craft Room Organization Inspiration

Your craft room is a place for creativity, but just because it’s a creative space doesn’t mean it needs to be a disaster. We found quite a few handy tips on how to organize your crafting supplies, here are some of our favorites.  I have always appreciated a good pegboard. They’re such a flexible storage option since you can add or remove different aspects as your storage needs change. You won’t want to miss the transformation of this room on Just Call Me Homegirl. Polka Dot Poplars created this genius storage tower as a way to organize all the little things that seem to drop to the bottom of drawers. She made these fun colored jars just to match her room decor, the details are over on her blog. If you’re not a fan of the bare pegboard, check out this great alternative over on Southern Hospitality. She also shares a great organization tip for all that ribbon you have laying around. I wish I could tell you how hard it was to pick just one photo to share from In My Own Style. This is one of the most beautiful and organized craft rooms I’ve seen yet. I love the idea of this chest of drawers for organizing all those small pieces that don’t seem to have a home. Bonus: the labels on these drawers can easily be changed! You don’t want to miss this one! This is a fun way to display small bottles of paint. Today’s Creative Life used an everyday item from the home improvement store to create this cute (and functional)…
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10 Linen Closet Organization Ideas

The linen closet is the bane of every neat freak’s existence. Somehow, this one small closet attracts clutter much faster than other areas of the home. As we enter a new (hopefully less cluttered) year, we found a few ideas to inspire our own linen closet organization. This linen closet is every perfectionists dream! Julie Blanner painted the inside of her linen closet (a place that usually is neglected) a light color to create a brighter space, making it easier to find things. If this was my linen closet, I think I’d leave the door open all the time! No linen closet, no problem! Ella Claire added these practical yet beautiful shelves to her bathroom to create the storage space her home was lacking. Seeking Lavender Lane shares a great step-by-step guide for those that aren’t quite sure where to begin in their organizational efforts.  Make sure you head over to her blog to see the before photo of this closet, it’s very relatable and will give you hope for your own closet. While many people choose smaller baskets for their closet, Little Glass Jar uses larger metal bins. This creates such a clean feel to her closet while keeping all those smaller items in their place. For some reason, most homes have wire shelving in their linen closets. If this aspect of your closet bothers you, head over to Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry to see her solution! The large baskets Clean Mama uses create such a uniform feel. The best part about this closet organization though is the guest basket. No more digging around for clean (and relatively unwrinkled)…
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How to Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

Here’s how to make your own cleaning supplies and save money in your household budget. Using a few simple ingredients you can clean just about anything in your house! How to Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies Have you ever tried to make your own cleaning supplies? We have found that we are very allergic to commercial cleaners. They make our noses stuffy, we sneeze, our eyes water and we even get rashes at times from coming in contact with them. It’s shocking how these everyday chemicals can affect our health without us even realizing it. We have never been healthier since we did away with all the chemical cleaners in our home. Here are my top three favorite homemade cleaning recipes. First of all, my cleaning kit has a pair of rubber gloves, several spray bottles, a microfiber dusting cloth, microfiber towels, and some essential oils in it. I keep all these items in a handy plastic tote to carry from room to room as I am cleaning. Here are a few other great ideas for cleaning just about anything with simple ingredients! 1. All Purpose Cleaner 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda 2 tsp. Borax 1 tsp. Dish soap such as Dawn Dishwashing Liquid Lemon or Orange Essential Oil 2 cups hot water Mix all ingredients in a large bucket. Use with a sponge, microfiber towel or mop. This mild solution is great for washing floors, walls and general cleaning. If you prefer a scented batch, add a few drops of lemon or orange essential oil to the batch. You can purchase Borax in…
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DIY Cleaning Products: Drain Cleaner

  It’s been about four years since I started blogging. My most popular post is my DIY Drain Cleaner recipe. I really had no idea it would be a popular post, I wasn’t even sure anyone would be interested. Thousands of views have proved me wrong! I learned this home remedy from a late night TV show, about a million years ago. I have been meaning to make a new video for a while and it seemed like a natural thing to do, so here it is. If you have a clogged drain, give it a try, you won’t be disappointed! I use this combination for regular drain maintenance about once a month. I do not purchase any chemical cleaners in our home, this recipe works great and is cheap and clean for the environment. For bathroom sinks, I use the smaller amount, for larger drains like the shower and bath tub I usually double the amount given. My kids love to help with cleaning the drains, we call it “drain cleaning science”. I found out that the Cream of Tartar is a form of tartaric acid and is a bi-product of winemaking. Potassium bitartrate is derived from the crystals formed on the inside of the wooden wine barrels as the wine ages. These crystals are then refined into Cream of Tartar. Who knew? Here are my Amazon Affiliate Links so you can buy your supplies and get started! I would love to hear how you like this recipe, here are some testimonials or leave me a comment! “I know…
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DIY Drain Cleaner

  It’s been about four years since I started blogging. My most popular post is my DIY Drain Cleaner recipe. I really had no idea it would be a popular post, I wasn’t even sure anyone would be interested. Thousands of views have proved me wrong! I learned this home remedy from a late night TV show, about a million years ago. I have been meaning to make a new video for a while and it seemed like a natural thing to do, so here it is. If you have a clogged drain, give it a try, you won’t be disappointed! I use this combination for regular drain maintenance about once a month. I do not purchase any chemical cleaners in our home, this recipe works great and is cheap and clean for the environment. For bathroom sinks, I use the smaller amount, for larger drains like the shower and bath tub I usually double the amount given. My kids love to help with cleaning the drains, we call it “drain cleaning science”. I found out that the Cream of Tartar is a form of tartaric acid and is a bi-product of winemaking. Potassium bitartrate is formed from the crystals formed on the inside of the wooden wine barrels as the wine ages which is then refined into Cream of Tartar. Who knew? Here are my Amazon Affiliate Links so you can buy your supplies and get started!   I would love to hear how you like this recipe, here are some testimonials or leave me a comment! “I know…
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Spring Cleaning

  I have been spring cleaning for days. The house we are living in hadn’t been cleaned in years, in spring or any other time it seems. It was also previously used as a day care center for 7 children. You can only imagine what the dirt was like. Spring cleaning is a common ritual for me, but this time I needed more than my usual homemade cleaning products could provide. Generally I use bleach for these things, but I didn’t want to damage the woodwork so I decided against the bleach. I also hate the chemical smell of it. This project called for the big guns, so I settled on JUNLGE JAKE. If you aren’t familiar with Jungle Jake, you will want to run out and buy some for your next heavy duty project. You can find it at Home Depot, Farm and Fleet or Fleet Farm. I have tried many so called “industrial strength” cleaners on the market. So many of them are lousy. This is not a sponsored post, but I can tell you that Jungle Jake beats them all, hands down! The first project I tackled was the kitchen. It was caked with grease from the gas stove, and there was crud all over the woodwork and inside the cabinets. I used a strong mix of Jungle Jake, about a cup in a bucket of water to cut through it all and make it shine. I cleaned the appliances, cabinets inside and out, wiped down the wood work, cabinets and floors with the same mixture. It…
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Pink Wash Towel

    I have been knitting for weeks. It’s part of my winter routine, each night I spend an hour or two working on projects. You would be amazed at how much you can produce in such a small amount of time. I made a number of small gifts for the holidays. My favorite gift combination was hand knit wash towels and home made soap. If you would like to make your own soap, check out my tutorial here. Now it’s time to get back to my own knitting projects, I have been dying to make a couple of Wash Towels for myself.  I love their soft cotton texture, it feels like a gentle exfoliant on the skin. They look as luxurious and beautiful as they feel. The towels hold up amazingly well with regular use. They do stretch a bit as they are wet, but put them in the laundry and they shrink back to their original state in the dryer. Who knew yarn was so resiliant? The biggest plus of this project is it’s compact size, it’s easy to stick the needles and all in your purse and take them on the road with you. This is Peaches and Cream 100% cotton yarn in Rose Stripes. I love how the variegated yarn makes stripes appear as you knit. It’s like the yarn has a story to tell you that is revealed as you work. Who doesn’t love a good story? For this project, you will need 1 skein Peaches and Cream yarn and a pair of size 8…
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