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How To Clean Water Stains on Stainless Steel

Is it just me or did anyone else think that "stainless" meant NO STAINS?!! About 8 months ago we replaced our ugly, outdated dishwasher with a brand new stainless steel one. Not even a month later I noticed 4 long water streaks running down the right side of the door.


My go to cleaner is a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water. I keep the mixture in a spray bottle and use it on just about everything. I've used vinegar to clean some pretty tough stains in the past and I did't think these water stains would be any different. When I first sprayed the cleaner onto the dishwasher, the stains seemed to vanish right away. However, they reappeared as soon as the solution started to dry.




Over the past 7 months I have tried everything imaginable to remove these water stains. I even tried my baking soda paste that removed burnt on junk in my oven but it had absolutely no effect on the water stains. I tried lemon juice, pledge, even store bought cleaners meant for stainless steel. I read several articles on Pinterest claiming to work but they were all fails!! These stains would taunt me every time I walked into the kitchen. I'm pretty sure I even heard them laughing at me during my last cleaning attempt.

I was about to give up when I noticed the bottle of Bar Keepers Friend under my kitchen sink. Across the top of the bottle were the words STAINLESS STEEL!

I wasn't so confident that this cleaner would do any better than my previous attempts but figured it was worth a try. Following the directions on the bottle, I squirted a generous amount onto a damp rag then rubbed it all over the stainless steel. I let the solution sit for about 30 seconds while I rinsed off the rag then I used the clean, damp rag to wipe the solution off. Finally, I used a second rag to dry and buff the stainless steel.

I could not believe it! The stains were gone!!! After 7 months and multiple attempts, I am happy to report that my stainless steel dishwasher is once again "stainless".

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Keep Pests Out Of Your Home


Do you have a pest infestation? When insect and rodents invade your home it's time to fight back.

Living in the country I've had to deal with my fair share of pests. I used to go straight for store bought pesticides. While they worked great at getting the job done, I absolutely hated the smell of them and I wasn't to crazy about using harmful chemicals in areas where my kids and pets often played. Over the years I've tried out several natural pest control methods and have mentioned a few in my previous post 102 tips, trick, & hacks To simplify life. Today I would like to share them with you.





ANTS 


Repel:
Clean with white vinegar. Not only does vinegar make a great all-purpose cleaner but ants can't stand the smell and it will mask their scent trails so they will loose their direction. Follow the ants to locate the food source (usually something sticky that has been spilled on the counter or floor). Removing the source and cleaning the area with a solution of one part vinegar and one part water a couple times a day will usually eliminate the ants. 

Exterminate:
If you still find ants try this simple bait recipe. Mix one part powdered sugar to one part baking soda*. Place this mixture in small shallow dishes (I found that Gatorade or juice lids work perfect for this) and leave around the home in places where you often find ants. 

*Please note large amounts of baking soda can be harmful to pets. For this recipe you should only be using a small amount but to be on the safe side I would place the mixture in areas where your pets can't get to it.






COCKROACHES

Repel:
Place mint & bay leaves around the home. Cockroaches hate the smell and will stay away. I like to place the leaves in small mesh or muslin bags and place in dark areas such as closets and cabinets where cockroaches like to hang out. 

Exterminate:
The same recipe we used above for ants will also kill cockroaches. Place equal parts of powdered sugar and baking soda into shallow containers and leave around the home where you notice cockroaches.



MOSQUITOES

Repel: 
Grow marigolds, basil, & mint. Mosquitoes are repelled by the strong scent of these plants. Place live plants around your home or place dry mint leaves in muslin bags to keep in your home. Also cleaning with mint or citrus scented cleaner will do wonders at keeping mosquitoes away. 

Exterminate:
Make a mosquito trap. Mix 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1 cup hot water. Cut the top off of a bottle. In the bottom half of the bottle add the cooled down brown sugar mixture and 1 gram of yeast. Place the top half of the bottle upside-down inside the bottle. Wrap a sheet of black construction paper around the bottle and tape it in place. Place the bottle in at area of your home where you find the most mosquitoes. Placing these bottles in your front and back yard a few feet away from your home will also attract the mosquitoes and trap them before they have a chance to enter the home. 

Mosquitoes larvae live in water. Removing any standing water around your home can greatly reduce the amount of mosquitoes in and around your home. 

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MICE

Repel: 
Mice hate peppermint. Place a few drops of peppermint essential oil and a drop of  dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray this around your home especially any entry points or holes that mice use to come into the home. 

Exterminate:
The best way I've found to kill mice is a simple mouse trap. I've tried other traps and even tried poison with little or no luck. Place a small amount of peanut butter or cheese on the traps before you set them and leave them in several areas around your home where mice have been seen making sure they are out of reach of children and pets. Be sure to check the traps often. You don't want a dead mouse stinking up your home. If you would like to catch mice without killing them try out this handmade 5 gallon bucket trap and leave out the water. 





SPIDERS

Repel: 
Peppermint repels spiders. The same recipe used above to repel mice also repels spiders. You can replace the water with white vinegar and it makes a great cleaner. Use this solution to wipe down counters, appliances and even the floors. Your home will be spider free in no time. 

Exterminate:
Fill a spray bottle with one part white vinegar and one part water. Spray this directly on spiders. The acid in the vinegar will kill spiders on contact.



FLIES

Repel: 
Lemons & cloves. Cut a lemon in half and stick several cloves in the pulp. Leave the lemon halves on your kitchen table or wherever flies gather. The scent of the lemon and cloves will drive the flies away. 

Exterminate:
Cut a plastic bottle in half. In the bottom half pour in a small amount of wine and fruit scraps. (I usually use strawberries or some kind of melon.) Place the top half of the bottle upside down inside the bottom half. Place the trap in your kitchen and replace every couple days until flies are gone. Another option would be to use rotten meat in place of fruit and place the trap outside, away from the home. The rotten meat smell will attract the flies and keep them away from your house.




OTHER

On top of following these methods of controlling insects you should also find a cleaning schedule that works for you and stick to it. Insects and rodents tend to like messy/dirty homes a lot more than they like clean home. It seems that every time I find pests in my home it's always after a busy week or after I haven't been feeling well. That's usually when I tend to slack on my cleaning schedule and it doesn't take long for the bugs to set up camp and move on in. Sticking to a cleaning schedule won't guarantee that you will not find bugs in your home but it does help a lot to minimize them. 


Another great way to keep bugs out of your home is to make sure they can't get in in the first place. Go over your entire house and look for areas where insects may be entering the home. Replace any caulking around windows and doors, check weather stripping to make sure it's in good shape, and fix or replace broken window screens. 

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13 Tips for Organizing Your Life and Home

Cleaning and organizing your home can be a little tricky at times. Today I'm sharing a few tips and tricks to help you organize your home and your life.


Create pockets for the back of your cabinet doors. This is a perfect way to organize store receipts and bills. *Tips: When bills are out of site, it's easy to forget about them. Be sure to put these on the back of a cabinet that you use often so you see them daily. (via - Organizing Home Life)




Keep paper clutter off the counter with a simple mobile command center. This small file box contains a folder for each member of the family and a folder for new, unsorted mail. A family shared calendar on the front is perfect for keeping track of bills and upcoming event. (via - Lovely Crafty Home)


Organizing kids school papers can be quite overwhelming. This file system simplifies the process making it easy to organize all your kids papers year after year and eliminates the paper clutter. You'll need one large file box and 14 files (pre-k, kindergarten, and 1st-12th grade) per kid. (via - IHeart Planners)



Put the fake drawer in front of your sink to use. Install a towel bar to hang a hand towel on. I've seen a lot of people hang hand towels on their oven handle. One thing I hate about this idea is that the towel touches the floor every time you open the oven. Placing a towel bar in front of the sink will eliminate this problem. (via - The Domestic Heart)


Use plastic stackable bins to organize under the cabinet. These clear plastic bins with labels make it so easy to see what you have and you don't have to dig through the entire cupboard to find what you need. (via - Creating Mary's Home)



Here is another idea for organizing an under-the-sink cabinet. Use a lazy susan to keep all of your kitchen cleaners within easy reach. If you have too many cleaners to organize check out my post on The Ultimate List Of Kitchen Cleaning Hacks that uses minimal cleaning supplies. (via - Mommy Suite)


Use command hooks to organize your hair styling irons. Who ever thought of this is a genius. This is perfect for hanging up your curling irons without taking up too much space inside the cabinet. (via - source unknown)


Use a thrift store jewelry box to organize and store remote controls. Never loose your remote again when you have a designated place to store it. (via - The Interior Frugalista)


Keep you laundry sorted and organized with this mobile laundry system idea. What a great idea for any home. Dedicate a basket for darks, one for lights, and one for whites. Or you can dedicate a basket to each family member. (via - Hoosier Homemade)


Use a hobby craft storage container to organize your car. This craft organizer is pererfect for first aid supplies, kids after school snacks, sunscreen, kleenexes, phone chargers, and any other extras you can think of. (via - Blue I Style)


Create a Home Management Binder. Having a binder to keep track of all your important information can be a real life saver. Use these free organizing printables and free binder covers to keep track of contact information, important events, medical history, monthly bills, passwords, and so much more. (via - DIY Home Sweet Home)

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The Ultimate List Of Kitchen Cleaning Hacks

Last month I shared 21 Most Effective Products And DIY Hacks For A Perfectly Organized Fridge. Before that I shared my Pantry Organizing System. But what about the rest of the kitchen? Today, we are getting down to the nitty gritty as I share some tips and tricks to deep clean your kitchen top to bottom. The best part is that most of these cleaning methods use items that you probably already have in your home. Let's get started!!!


SINK

1.) The Thrift Couple shares how to restore shine to your stainless steel sink using a simple 3-step solution. First she uses a mixture of vinegar, baking soda, and dish soap to remove most of the gunk. Then she buffs the sink with a cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide mixture. She also uses rubbing alcohol to remove rust stains. Finally she polishes the stainless steel using olive oil and a rag. (view full tutorial)




2.) Restore a porcelain sink with this tutorial from Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry shows you how to remove scratches by rubbing baking soda unto them with a damp sponge. Then add a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to the sponge and go back over the area. Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes and your done! (view full tutorial)


3.) Behind The Studio shows how to clean and deodorize your garbage disposal with a vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda and salt. Start out by pouring some baking soda into you disposal, followed by vinegar, then boiling water and finally ice. Run the disposal to crush the ice. Then pour in some course salt and a lemon wedge. Finally use a toothbrush dipped in a vinegar and baking soda mixture to deep clean under the plastic flaps. (view full tutorial)


DISHWASHER

4.) These tips from EHow will make cleaning the dishwasher a breeze. Start by removing the bottom rack and inspecting the drain. Clean out any gunk or food that may be clogging the drain. Then spray the inside of the dishwasher with vinegar, and add a small amount of vinegar to the bottom of the dishwasher. Sprinkle on some baking soda, then run it on a light cycle. (view full tutorial)


STOVE & OVEN

5.) Drip pans can get yucky fast. Find out how to clean them naturally with dish soap and baking soda at Frugality Gal. (view full tutorial)



6.) Bob Vila share how to clean the electric burner coils. He starts by turning the burners on high for a couple minutes to burn off most of the mess. Then use a rag soaked in a solution of warm water and dish soap. For the harder to clean spots, scrub with a paste made of baking soda and water. (view full tutorial)


7.) This tutorial from The V Spot shares a super simple trick for cleaning burners. Just place the burners in a ziploc bag with a small amount of ammonia. Seal them up and set outside overnight. The gunk and grim will wipe right off. (view full tutorial)

8.) If you have a glass stove top try this cleaning method. Spray the stove with undiluted white vinegar. Let sit for 5-10 minutes then wipe clean with a dry dish cloth. Once dry, sprinkle baking soda over your stove. Place a warm, damp rag over the stove, covering the baking soda and let sit for another 10-15 minutes. Then scrub the stove with the rag using the baking soda as an abrasive to remove any gunk. Rinse and wring the the towel as needed until all the baking soda and most of the gunk has been removed. If you still have a few burnt on spots you can use a razor blade to scape the crud off being very careful not so scratch the glass.

9.) Make your own stove top grease remover. Add undiluted vinegar to a spay bottle with a few drops of dawn dish soap. Spray the solution on any stove top grease. Let sit for 5-10 minutes then wipe clean with a dish cloth.


10.) Once your done with your burners, check out my tutorial for cleaning your oven glass with a baking soda and water paste. Leave the paste on for about 30 minutes then scrub off. (view full tutorial)


11.) While your letting the baking soda and water paste soak on your door, check out eHow's tutorial to clean oven racks. Just place them in the tub, spray liberally with vinegar, sprinkle with baking soda, then cover with hot water. Let them soak in the water for 10 minutes then wipe them clean. (view full tutorial)


12.) And don't forget your hood vent! They tent to be out of sight so most people forget to clean them. Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch shares how she cleaned her hood vent by letting them soak in a mixture of water and borax. (view full tutorial)

13.) Be sure to clean the rest of the hood too! The range hood can collect dust and grease. To clean it fill a bucket with warm water, add a few good squirts of dawn dish soap and 1/4 cup baking soda. Dip a scrub brush or sponge in the solution and scrub your range hood. Wipe clean with a dry dish cloth.


POTS & PANS

14.) What's Up Fagans shares her secret to make copper pans shine again and you won't believe how easy it is. She sprinkles on a little salt, adds some vinegar, then scrubs the pan with a scour pad. (view full tutorial)


15.) You'll be amazed at how The Prepper Project cleaned these rusty cast iron pans. She uses her ovens self clean feature to remove years of baked on gunk and rust before re-seasoning them. (view full tutorial)

16.) Another way to remove rust from cast iron pans is to sprinkle with salt then slice a potato in half and use the cut side to rub the salt all over the pan. The juice from the potato and the coarse salt will work together to remove any rust. Once the rust is removed, rinse and dry the pan. After the pan is completely dry add a thin coat of vegetable oil to re-season it.

17.) To keep you pans clean and rust free you should be properly cleaning them after each use. When you are done cooking pour hot water into the pan and use a scrub using a sponge. If the water is too hot use a pair of tongs to hold the sponge and scrub the pan. Rinse out the pan. If there is still stuck-on food, add a handful of salt and a small amount of water to the pan. Scrub the salt and water mixture over the stubborn spots. Finally, rinse the pan with water and add a small amount of vegetable oil. Use a paper towel to rub the oil around and remove any excess oil.

18.) Are the bottom of your pans scorched with burnt food. Pour a solution of 50% water and 50% straight vinegar into the pan and bring it to a boil. Turn the stove off and let the pan cool. Once it's cool enough to touch just use a scour pad to wipe the inside. The burnt food will come right off.


19.) Check out this tutorial where I share my secret for cleaning sheet pans using Dr Bronner's Majic Soap With Tea Tree. Just dump some soap on the pan and scrub with a scour pad! (view full tutorial)


20.) Anna Mosley shows us how easy it is to remove baked on grease from your baking pans. She uses only dish soap and a scotch-brite extreme scrub sponge. (view full tutorial)


FRIDGE

21.) The best way to clean the inside of your fridge is to remove everything. Take out any removable shelves and drawers and let them soak in a sink (or the bathtub if they don't fit in the sink) full of warm soapy water. Wipe the fridge down with vinegar then dry with a paper towel or dry rag. Clean and dry the shelves and drawers in your sink and place them back in the fridge. Finally, place all the food back in, tossing anything that is moldy or expired.


22.) Karissa's Vegan Kitchen swears by vinegar and olive for cleaning her stainless steel fridge and making it shine. (view full tutorial)


23.) Once your fridge is clean be sure to check out my post on 21 Most Effective Products And DIY Hacks For A Perfectly Organized Fridge. Then use Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry's recipe for refrigerator deodorizer to keep those fridge odors at bay. (view full tutorial)


CABINETS

24.) Using a mixture of dawn dish soap, vinegar, and baking powder, this tutorial from eHow shows us how to get all the grease and grime off of our cabinet doors. (view full tutorial)


25.) Once your cabinets are gunk free, head on over to Simply Beautiful Kitchens and learn how to clean your kitchen cabinet hardware. For most hardware a simple mixture of vinegar, dawn dish soap, and water, is all it takes. (view full tutorial)

26.) Be sure to go through your cabinets and remove any expired food as well as any broken or unused kitchen items.


SMALL APPLIANCES

27.) If the inside of your microwave has seen better days try this trick out. Place one cup water and half a of cup vinegar in a microwave safe bowl. Set in the microwave, close the door and turn the microwave on for 5 minutes. The steam from the vinegar and water mixture will loosen and cooked on food and it will easily wipe off leaving you with a spotless microwave.


28.) The Typical Mom shares how she cleans the the inside of her crock pots heat mechanism. Start by pouring in a small amount on ammonia and letting it sit overnight with the lid on. The next day whip up a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide paste. Wipe down the inside using a paper towel dipped in the paste. (view full tutorial)


29.) Once the cleaning mechanism is clean it's time to clean the crock pot itself. Over at Life Should Cost Less, Sarah doesn't mess around when it comes to cleaning. After adding a mixture of water vinegar and baking soda, Sarah turns on her crock pot and lets it do all the work. After just a few hours in the crock pot the nasty grime will wipe right off. (view full tutorial)


30.) Now on to the toaster. The Kitchn shows us how easy it is to clean your toaster with only a pastry brush (a toothbrush may also work), some dry towels, soapy water, and vinegar. (view full tutorial)

31.) If your a coffee drinker it's important to clean out your coffee pot every now and then. To do this just add a solution of 50% water and 50% vinegar and run a brewing cycle. Once it's finished, repeat the process with plain water.

32.) To easily clean your blender fill it half way with warm water, add a few drops of dish soap, then turn it on for 30 seconds. Dump out the soapy water and give it a quick rinse.


33.) Food, Folks, and Fun has a super simple trick for cleaning your kitchen aid mixer. Most of the mixer can be cleaned by dipping a clean cloth in a simple mixture of dawn dish soap and water. Then use a q-tip to get into all the hard to reach spots. (view full tutorial)


DISHES & UTENSILS

34.) If you have cloudy glasses, Simple & Seasonal shares her tips of soaking the glasses in a solution of one part vinegar to one part water. After a few minutes of soaking use a clean, dry rag to buff away the grime. (view full tutorial)


35.) Jennifer at The Craft Patch was able to get all of the scratches out of her dishes using Bar Keepers Friend. Just sprinkle it on and scrub it off. (view full tutorial)

36.) Remove rust from knives using lemon juice. Just soak them in the juice for a few minutes then wipe clean.


CUTTING BOARDS

37.) Clean wood cutting boards by adding a pinch of salt to the board then use the cut side of a lemon to rub it in over the entire board. Rinse the board with warm water then dry with a towel. Once it's completely dry, apply a small amount of coconut oil and use a paper towel to rub it over the entire board. Allow the oil to dry before storing.


38.) Snapguide shares how to make your ugly stained cutting boards look white again. After many failed cleaning attempts, the best solution is soaking them in bleach water. (view full tutorial)


TRASH CAN

39.) Deep clean your trash can by scrubbing it with a mixture of 2 cups water and 1 cup vinegar. Use a cleaning brush to get into all the nooks and crannies.


40.) Place newspaper in the bottom of your trash can to absorb odors or you can try out these peppermint deodorizing disks from New Leaf Wellness. Place one in a ziploc bag with a few holes poked in it and set it at the bottom of your trash can. (view full tutorial)

41.) Once your trash can is clean and odor free check out these 7 ways to make your trash can not so trashy.


FLOORS

42.) This tutorial for clean grout from The Contractor Chronicles seams simple enough. Just sprinkle baking soda on your grout lines, spray with vinegar, then scrub with a toothbrush. (view full tutorial)

43.) Make your own heavy duty floor cleaner by mixing a solution of 2 gallons warm water, 1 Tablespoon Dawn dish soap, 1 cup vinegar, and 1 cup baking soda. Mix together in a large bucket and use a mop to clean the floors.

44.) To disinfect kitchen floors simply fill a bucket with 1 gallon of warm water. Add in half a cup of white vinegar. The acid in the vinegar will kill bacteria and disinfect the floor.

OTHER

45.) Make a super simple DIY multi purpose cleaner to clean your entire kitchen. Mix 1 part vinegar, 4 parts water, and 5-7 drops of your favorite essential oil. Pour in a spray bottle. Use this solution daily to clean all surface areas of your kitchen.



When was the last time you did some kitchen deep cleaning? Do you know any kitchen cleaning hacks that where not mentioned? Please let me know in the comments below.


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