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Fall Cleaning Tip: Getting The Most Out Of The Clorox Wipes

Since it’s Thursday, I’m just going to share a tiny fall cleaning tip. This tip could probably apply to any time of year.

Part of trying to embrace fall for me means getting the house ready for the upcoming holiday season.  So, I’m cleaning the many neglected parts.  It pretty much translates to cleaning the entire house.

Yesterday, following Mark Twain’s advice, I started in the kitchen.  I faced down my old nemesis, the kitchen table.  I plan to add a bit more fall decor to it at some point but right now, it’s simply nice to see the top clear aside from a bowl of apples and a lonely banana. fall cleaning tip

The long view: fall cleaning tip While the bowl of apples and clear kitchen table is lovely now, it did not start that way.

There were so many piles! And did somebody spill water?  A bad apple in the bag was trying to turn the others against us.  Thankfully, I caught it time before we lost too many apples to the mush. I used Clorox wipes to quickly blot up the rotting fruit juice.

Are you a fan of Clorox wipes?  fall cleaning tip I feel lost if we don’t have them in the house.  I blogged about some things I use them to clean in this post.

One aggravation I have with them is how I always run out of wipes before the container runs out of solution.  This is one of those simple everyone may know this already but me tips I’ll be sharing.

Fall Cleaning Tip: A Trick For Getting The Most Out Of The Clorox Wipes:

When you’ve used the last wipe, take some paper towels (I like the half-sheet ones) and put about 4-5 in the container.  fall cleaning tip Next, turn the container upside down.  I guess you could also shake it.  fall cleaning tip

The towels will soak up the extra solution and you can use them just like the original wipes.  fall cleaning tip

My fall cleaning in the kitchen will include: wiping down all the cabinets, clearing off and wiping off the fridge, clearing out and organizing the cabinets with special focus on the baking cabinet, maybe organizing the art supply cabinet. Yesterday, I also wiped down the kitchen walls and steam mopped the floors.

What does your fall kitchen cleaning include?

*This post is part of my 31 days of embracing the fall season series.

*Note: I didn’t get any compensation from Clorox for this post, I just like to use them.  The tip could also apply to the Lysol wipes, Sam’s Club or even the Dollar Tree brands which I’ve also used in the past.

Giving On A Budget

For today’s Tiny Tip on A Thursday, I thought I’d share some of the ways I’ve found for giving on a budget.  

Sometimes the extra money to donate is just not there.  A quick and easy way I’ve found to give back in this situation is to use my reward program points.

I tend to be one of those people who simply let my points in these programs pile up and once in a while, check in to see if I’ve qualified for anything worth the effort.  Many of these programs used to offer charitable donations as a reward option.

Unfortunately, the My Points program no longer offers charitable donations as a reward option.  However, following an idea suggested on their Facebook page, I cashed my points in for an Amazon gift code and then used that code to send items to the charity’s wish list.

If you would like to specifically donate to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, both Hip2Save and Money Saving Mom offer great suggestions!

The Swag bucks page has a “Do Good” option under their reward options where you can donate 5 plus Swag Bucks to the charities listed.

We really don’t travel much but many hotels also offer the option to donate their reward points to charity.

Note: When giving to any charity, I highly recommend first doing your research about it.  A favorite site of mine for this purpose is Charity Navigator.

They give charities 1-4 star ratings and you can see at a glance how the charity applies their funds between programs, fundraising, and administration costs.  It’s always ideal to look for a charity with the biggest piece of the pie going to actual programs.

Other Ideas for giving on a budget:

  • Have a garage sale and donate the profits to a charitable organization
  • Our local grocery stores offer cash donation options at the register, forgo an item or two on your grocery list and use the money saved to donate
  • Check for places matching donations, maybe your $5 donation could be worth $10
  • Share posts about places taking donations, it might help get it to someone with extra dollars to give

What ways have you found to give back while on a tight budget?

 

 

Display, Store, Or Give Away

For today’s Tiny Tip On A Thursday, I thought I’d share a true tale about helping J clean his room.

Last week I helped J clean up a corner of his room.

He started out on his own. His bed became a catchall.

The living room couch became his sleeping quarters for two nights while we waited for him to finish the job.

We gave him yet another nudge. The words of frustration spilled from his lips:

“I don’t know where to put any of that crap.”

The nicest words? No. Do you use the nicest of words when you are frustrated? Yeah, me either.

Sadly, I heard an echo of familiarity in the words.  And a call for help.  So I told him we would work together on the floor and the bed.

We started with a trash bag. A lot of last year’s schoolwork went into it (sorry, teachers) as did a broken binder.

I realized he needed a desk organizer (or in J’s case, a table organizer as he’s currently using his dad’s camping table as a desk. One problem at a time.). And, of course, more space.

He agreed, in a bittersweet moment for me, we could store all the loose Lego’s  in the basement.  We could also put his Lego table and chairs down there to make room for a place to store and practice his baritone (bonus tip: always try to talk your kids into the flute if space is an issue ;)).

The already put together Lego’s displayed all over his room?  Those are staying put for now. We have a long way to go but we did make progress.   Display, store, or give away

A lot of progress came from my asking him a simple question about various items: Do you want display, store, or give away?  Thankfully, my youngest son is easy about trash being trash.

This is my twist on the 3 box strategy of organizing and purging you see on a lot of sites.  Most will advise you to get three boxes or bags and label them with keep, give-away, and throw-away.

The idea of course is that you have a use in mind for everything you plan to keep. A great strategy but 12 is a tough age.  Let’s all cringe together when I say it’s “in be Tween.”  Not quite a child but not quite ready to let go of all their toys either.

Somehow, asking display, store, or give away softens the blow.

In the interest of full disclosure, we’re still slowly working on his room but we’re making progress!

We bought 3 storage tubs and a new trash can for his room yesterday. Hopefully, I’ll have more to share about this current organizing project soon.

What tips do you have for helping kids to clean their rooms?

 

 

 

 

Green Tea As A Cure-All

I thought I’d let you all in on how I use green tea as a cure-all for today’s Tiny Tip on Thursday post. It’s been a while since I shared any tips.

I’m sure the benefits of green tea aren’t going to come as a surprise to anyone reading this.

Not long ago, Tamy over at Chasing My Life shared an info graphic about green tea on one of her Happy Homemaker Monday posts.

Here are some of the ways I’ve used green tea as a cure-all:

  • The most obvious one is I drink it! Technically, I drink Stash brand Chai Green tea.
  • If my stomach is feeling off, I’ll start by drinking a cup of tea.  Sometimes it really helps.
  • If I need to relax, I’ll drink a cup of tea. Just one though…the stuff still has caffeine. I’ve found two cups is not exactly relaxing.
  • If I have a cough, I’ll drink a cup of regular green tea with lemon juice and honey mixed into my cup.  This is my go-to when the bronchial stuff finds me in the fall/winter months.
  • At Christmas, I had the beginning of an eye infection. Since I didn’t know of any urgent care open on Christmas night, I turned to Dr. Google and discovered Green Tea has weak antibiotic properties.  A cup of green tea (I used the regular stuff here) to drink and then a warm tea bag on my infected eye. Soothing in  so many ways. And my eye was better the next day!
  • Recently I had an infected bug bite, it hurt! It was during one of our hot, humid spells. Dutifully, putting the Neosporin antibiotic cream on it was not helping much.  A couple of nights with a green tea bag did the trick!

Here’s the part where I go I’m not a doctor and I don’t pretend to be one on the Internet either. If you need a doctor, please call one.  The above are just some things I’ve actually done and found to be successful.

One thing I don’t do is drink the green tea in the morning. I’ll stick with my coffee during the a.m. hours thank you very much.

Do you drink green tea? Have you found it to be beneficial?

 

Using A Quarter To Save on Shampoo And Conditioner

Just a super quick post today.  I did want to share my quarter trick with you for this week’s Tiny Tip on a Thursday though.

It’s actually still in the testing stage but so far so good.  I’m using a quarter as a way to save my hair conditioner.  It would work for shampoo as well which is why I titled the post to save on shampoo and conditioner.

I’m not the one using too much hair conditioner in this house.  Don’t you love teenagers?  My teenager likes to use my hair conditioner.  This alone didn’t bother me.  What bothered me was him using half the bottle every time he showered.  Perhaps I exaggerate?

However, every time I went to use my hair conditioner, I discovered an empty bottle.  The search for a solution began.  Telling didn’t work…yelling didn’t work…buying him his own…sigh…did not work. Then, I had an idea based on the directions on the bottle.  (Yeah, I don’t generally read the directions on the shampoo and conditioner bottles either.)

How To Use A Quarter To Save Your Shampoo/Hair Conditioner

The directions generally read use a quarter amount of the product.  Since my teenager is a visual kind of kid, I took the directions one step further.  (probably should have taken the photo before I showered)

I taped a quarter to the hair conditioner bottle and wrote the directions on the front with a Sharpie marker.

Surprisingly, the clear tape has held up really well.  I couldn’t find any other tape the morning I did this, not expecting it to work super well and fully thinking I’d be replacing the kind of tape I used.

Happily, this works! The bottle has lasted more than a week with both of us using it.  I think 4 days was the previous record.  The visual reminder seems to help a great deal.  It even makes me a bit more conscious of how much product I’m pouring out of the bottle.

Do you have any tips for saving on shampoo and conditioner?

 

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