Cleaning

How to Clean Hardwood Floors

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How to clean hardwood floor || Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner & Swiffer Sweeper || by Hayley Fiser || thehayleyfiser.com When we purchased our home in Gaylord, I was beyond excited to have hardwood floors. They look great and are so much better for people who have severe allergies, like my husband. After we moved in I realized I had no idea how to properly care for hardwoods. I was afraid that I would ruin them. Now I know that it's not so bad if you've got the right tools.

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Everyday Care

No matter how recently I've cleaned, there is always, dirt and dog hair. So, typically everyday I sweep the hardwoods. And, let's be honest, life happen and stuff spills. If it's a dry spill, like flour or cereal, we'll sweep or vacuum it up. For liquid spills, we do our best to it soak up and use a damp rag if it's something sticky. Just make sure you don't have anything liquid sitting on your hardwood for very long! As you probably already know, wood and liquid don't mix well. Over time it can severely damage the planks, and you'll have to replace it.

For a while I was using the Swiffer Sweeper with the wet mopping pads for those spills, but I haven't repurchased them in a few months. I don't know if they are really needed if you're cleaning up after messes as soon as they happen. I've also learned that if you diligently clean spills right away, you're floor will remain looking fresh and clean. This will save you time in the long run, because then you don't have to constantly deep clean your floors.

Deep Cleaning & Added Shine

A couple times a month I want to get a deeper clean and polished shine, and I use my Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner. This stuff is amazing! Plus, it's GreenGuard Gold certified, meaning it's environmentally friendly and is even considered safe for sensitive individuals making it acceptable to use in schools and healthcare facilities. Knowing that, it makes me feel good about using it in my own home.

First, I'll sweep or vacuum the floors. Then, I'll put a dry rag on my Swiffer Sweeper, spray a light mist of the floor cleaner, and go over my entire floor. I have read reviews of people who say if you use too much it will leave a film on your floor. I personally haven't had this problem. You really don't need to use a ton anyway, as a little goes a long way.

If there is a hard-to-remove spot, I'll use a rag and a little more floor cleaner and scrub it out. I guess it's not really scrubbing, because you don't need a ton of elbow grease to get those tough spots out when using this cleaner.  Bing, bang, boom! You've got some super-shiny hardwoods.

Do you have any helpful tips for keeping your hardwoods clean? Leave a comment!

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Organizing a Tiny Bathroom

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Our main floor bathroom, is extremely small... Like teeny, tiny. Don't get me wrong. It's not the smallest bathroom I've ever seen, but it sure is tiny for the main bathroom in the house. We do have a second bathroom upstairs, but that's used mostly as a guest bathroom and storing anything we don't need day-to-day. So, we made some minor changes to this bathroom to make every inch a little more functional, and I wanted to share them with you.

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One of the first things we did was rip out the second medicine cabinet and add two shelves above the toilet. This small change was a major step to making this bathroom a little more functional, since now we can store some towels (and my makeup :)) in the bathroom now. I bought the pre-made shelves and brackets from Lowes, and the project cost less than $50.

Last month I bought plastic shoe drawers, and put them under our sink. I also have a metal file box, which is where I store my hair styling tools (straightener, hair dryer, curling irons, etc.). These drawers have been helpful to store things that we might not use every day, but we still need easy access to like extra q-tips, nail clippers, thermometers, and first-aid items. I love these little guys. It's super easy to find things under our sink now. I would definitely recommend the ones with the drawer over one with a lid, because it makes getting into the ones on the bottom a lot easier. Plus, I really like being able to use the vertical space under the sink, which makes the part of me that wants to use every square in of our house efficiently very happy.

REVIEW: Honest Company Essentials Bundle Free Trial

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Honest Company Essentials Bundle Free Trial A few months back I got my free trial of the Honest Company's Essentials Bundle. Some of them I used up within a week or two, and a few I still have sitting around my house. Keep reading to find out what was a hit, and what was a miss.

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honest lotion Face + Body Lotion loved this product! It was exactly what my face needed for a moisturizer, and it's fragrance free! This product is perfect for dry winter skin, anywhere on your body (face, hands, elbows, kness, feet, etc.). It's a very light, and non-greasy formula that really does the job. Honestly, if you're not sure if you want to give this free trial a go, I would recommend doing it just for this product. It's amazing!

 

 

_dsc0142-1Hand Soap I mean... it's hand soap. I like the lavender smell. It's nice, but not super overpowering. It got gook off my hands when I needed it to. It does what hand soap is should do. I do still have this half-empty container sitting in our main floor bathroom a few months after getting the trial, because it's basically the same as the hand soap we have in the dispenser. I do like the fact that it's advertised to not have any harsh chemicals... but in the end it's still a hand soap that costs $5 for 11.5 fluid ounces.

 

_dsc0143-1Shampoo + Body Wash To be honest, I was little upset when I realized this was 'orange' scented. If you know me, you know I hate oranges. The taste and the smell. Yuck! BUT I was pleasantly surprised, because their "Sweet Orange Vanilla" scent is actually like an orange creamscile, or orange push-pop. So to me that's a million times better than straight orange.

So, onto the product's performance. I thought it worked well as a shampoo and body wash. Nothing that was amazingly spectacular or mind blowing, but it worked. I did use my normal conditioner with this, and my hair styled the same as before. My skin wasn't overly dry, and it didn't leave a filmy feeling either. For me, this isn't something I would buy for everyday use, since the price tag is a little high. BUT! It's the perfect travel bag product, because it's one less bottle I would have to pack. For that reason, I'll probably buy one for me and one for the hubby.

 

_dsc0144-1Multi-Surface Cleaner I loved this product. In comparison to the Scrubbing Bubbles Heavy Duty All Purpose Cleaner, this stuff held its own. I had to use a little more elbow grease to get my oven cleaned after splattering spaghetti sauce on it, but it did the job. It also did a great  job on my wood surfaces when I dusted with it. All of these surfaces were left shiny and clean like they were brand new.

Also, I really loved the light, fresh white grapefruit scent, too. At first, I felt like my house didn't smell clean because it wasn't like the typical, over-powering lemon scent in most household cleaners. However, after using this for a week and going back to the Scrubbing Bubbles, I hated how strong that product was. This is one product I will definitely buy!

 

_dsc0145-1Organic Healing Balm Out of all the items in the box, this one is my least favorite. It did a really great job moisturizing and soothing my very dry, cracked cuticles. However, the smell of the product is a little too...uh... earthy for me. When I initially opened the container I thought it was very skunky. After using the product, it became more subdued but it's definitely not fruity or flowery. This smell definitely makes me think twice about reaching for this product, and I have been using their Face + Body Lotion over this one. At the end of the day, if I need to treat extremely dry skin, then I'll reach for my jar of coconut oil... it definitely smells better.

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Making a Cleaning Schedule

Making a cleaning schedule has changed my life! I have been super stressed about cleaning, and feeling like I was spending my whole evening and weekend cleaning or worrying about not having time to clean everything. So I went to Pinterest to see what others were doing for their cleaning schedules. Most of the ones I found had a list of every day chores (some  broke it down to morning and evening), another list for with a chore for each day, and a third list of things that don't need to be done every single day or week. I like the idea of a cleaning schedule, because if you miss a day you'll do it next week and the other areas of your house are still staying clean. It's been great having it as a check list before I walk out the door in the morning and when I get home at night. There's no worrying about what I'll clean, and when I'll get to it.

Making My Schedule

I took schedules and ideas from 3 or 4 different cleaning schedules to make my own. Since I work full-time I wanted to split up my morning items and my evening items, so I didn't get overwhelmed when I'm trying to get ready for work or trying to wind-down for bed. Also, I only wanted to spend an extra 15 minutes in the morning for the chore of the day, because I knew I could fit that in my current morning routine. Next, I wanted to make sure I vacuumed at the beginning of the week, because if we have people over or we're working outside there tends to be a lot of dirt tracked throughout the house. However, Buddy sheds a lot and I don't want to have people over on the weekend and have dust bunnies made of dog hair everywhere. So I added a quick vacuum on Thursday when I mop to make sure there's not a bunch of dog hair around my house. Another thing I did to make this schedule better for me is doing a load of laundry each day (wash it in the morning, dry it before dinner, and fold and put it away after dinner). I did this because I was trying to do laundry only on the weekend but we always seem to be gone or have people over and it wouldn't get done. Then most of our clothes would be dirty, and it was really overwhelming to wash, fold and put away 2+ weeks of clothes in a day.

Making Your Own Schedule

The best way to pick a cleaning schedule that works for you is think about your day. You might not find the perfect cleaning schedule for you online, but making a cleaning schedule is super easy to do yourself. Start by finding out what other people are doing (eh hem... Pinterest). Maybe you don't like the idea of the daily chore being all over the house, but would rather designate a room a day. Or maybe you are waaaayyy better at doing all your laundry all in one day (unlike me) and you can choose a day to do laundry. It's honestly super easy to make a cleaning schedule in Word or Publisher, and you can make one that fits your home's decor. Honestly, I'm sooo happy I took the 20 minutes to make my own, because it has saved me from a ton of stress!

Do you have a cleaning schedule?