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This is one of those valuable ‘Hints from Heloise’ that has been passed down from generation to generation. It not only works great, but is money-saving as well.


Mix 1/2 cup nonsudsing ammonia with 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol and 1 tsp. dishwashing liquid with enough water to make 1 gallon of cleaner. Put in a clearly marked spray bottle. Drying with crumpled-up newspaper will give you a streak-free window too.

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It has nearly brought me to my knees to have to pay high dollar for my laminate floor cleaner, so you can imagine the thrill it was to find a homemade recipe recently.  I had everything on hand and have been amazed by the results!


1 cup water
1 cup rubbing alcohol
1 cup white vinegar
1 Tb. liquid dish soap

Mix together and put into a spray bottle.  Use as you would purchased cleaner – and enjoy the $$ savings!!

My daughter, Deb, is doing a lot of ‘homemaking cleansers’ recently – so I wanted to share her ideas from a recent blog post….

Happy Homemaking Gals!

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courtesy of Bing.com

courtesy of Bing.com

Funny how it works isn’t it?  The plumber’s home needs plumbing repair…the mechanic  drives a broken down vehicle, and the housecleaner’s home (certainly mine!) needs a good cleaning too.  I like having shortcuts and time savers to be able to clean, and wanted to share a few with you. Even if you try to add one new idea, you’ll be better for it.

If at all possible try to spend 10 – 15 minutes first thing in the morning, tackling a specific task/chore. Wash up the sinkful of dishes…run the vacuum…sort the laundry – whatever you can find time for, and homemaking won’t seem so burdensome later in the day.

Every day, choose one task: a paper-covered desktop, a messy drawer, a disheveled closet. Now set your timer for 10 minutes and sort, toss and organize until the buzzer sounds.The goal isn’t to finish the job in one session but to chip away at it in short, focused bursts known as “power organizing.” Once you learn that, it won’t be long before you notice dramatic results.

I have never ever liked going to bed with dirty dishes in the sink.  It always seemed to affect my attitude first thing in the morning to face them, so I try to make that a habit so I can enjoy my morning coffee with ease.

I love the handy window cleaning wipes – I refresh my kitchen window often, so I don’t have to keep looking at the world outside through drips, and bathroom mirrors using the same one.  They are great for tackling smudges, and don’t leave streaks.   Put on some jazzy music and enlist your kids to help and they’ll love cleaning too – the next hint is inviting for kids also.

If you don’t have a hand swiffer – please invest in one.  They are so nifty for cleaning spots you can’t reach with a rag, and make dusting fun – really!  Try it – you just might like it!  The long handled ones are wonderful for reaching vents up high – and mopboards down low.  You just toss the dirty one and get another – it’s something no home should be without.

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credit: chaps1

credit: chaps1

Summer is such a busy time of year.  I’ve always been one who tries ( notice, I said TRIES) to keep a tidy home.  But as grandkids, and the computer, have come into my life, I’m leaning more and more on the thought that expresses…

My home is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy.

I believe I’ve become wiser as I mature, and keeping a clean home all the time, isn’t nearly as important to me as it once was.  This poem has been on my mind, and I wanted to share with you. (more…)

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