This is a blog post that I've been meaning to do for a while now. I know a lot of us are on Pinterest. And I've seen many people say how they pin a lot of stuff but don't actually do anything with the things they pin. I'm happy to say that I've used a lot of the ideas I've found on Pinterest. And while I haven't tried every single one (hello, I have a lot of pins!!) I thought I'd share some of my faves...and duds.
So this post will be all about the household pins I've found and used. I'll spend another post on food cause I've tried many of them! All of them are linked.
homemade laundry soap - made it, love it. The cost of the 'ingredients' was only about $6-7. I use about a cup per load and it isn't super sudsy like regular detergent. It gets out regular stains but not the super tough stains so I still use a stain stick from time to time and I have one bottle of 'regular' detergent that I'm saving for baseball season :) All in all I've been very happy with it and will never go back to paying higher prices for laundry soap.
Just don't do what I did the first time I made this and shake the bottle after adding the ingredients to the hot water. Usually I put the hot water in first, add the soaps, swish it a bit, then finish adding the cold water. Works out much better.
I've also tried this 'recipe' for stove top cleaner. Works great as well.
I know this one is a little hard to see since it's a white bag against a white door. This is one of my recent faves for organizing the socks in my house. I cannot tell you how much I detest sorting socks. Seriously people!
The bags cost a buck I think at Target and I sewed on a piece of ribbon as the 'hook' at the top using a different color for each of my kids. You can see in the photo that there's 2 for the girls...1 yellow & 1 pink and my son has red. That way when the bag comes out of the dryer I know who gets what bag. And no more sorting!!!
Of course, be sure you remember to zip the bag before putting it in the washer. I may or may not have done that once or twice :)
And this idea - sorting sheets in their pillowcases. Genius!!
I keep a trash can like this one in the back seat with my kids. That way they're not throwing crap up at me while I'm driving...or worse, dropping it on the floor...and it has a lid that closes.
I cannot find the original pin but this one is similar. The last time I cleaned out my fridge I put press n seal plastic wrap on the shelves. And the next time I need to 'clean' I simply have to pull it off and replace. Much easier!
A while back I shared this idea for hanging photos but I'll share it again. I found this pin with a great idea of using paper in the size of the frames you want to hang so you can space them how you want & rearrange as necessary. This worked so well! I simply used some old wrapping paper that I didn't like anymore. In hindsight I probably should've put the print side up but it still worked!
I used command strips to hang them and I'm happy to report that 3 months later they're still holding strong! Every once in a while (maybe once a month) I push them in just to be safe :) And since I used mostly the same size frames (all 11x14 and 8x10) I can switch the photos around from time to time. I get bored & like to change my decor :)
There's a few pins that I plan on trying soon to clean my dishwasher, washing machine, & oven so I'll share how those work soon!
As a side note, one of the sites that I seem to keep going back to for homemade cleaning 'recipes' is One Good Thing by Jillee. Lots of good info on her site!!
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