Redecorating- DONE!!!!!

It’s done… and so am I lol! 😴 It took me the whole week to get it all done… washing the walls in preparation for painting, filling any holes in the walls and then sanding them smooth, the actual painting, cleaning everything before putting it back up, pulling out the old rug, and then finally putting down the new rug! Dillon helped me do that yesterday!!!

When I was talking to Kim she asked me if I took a before picture, and I was like crap… why didn’t I think of that? So… I did the best I could and took a sort of “before” picture.

This is my “sort of” before picture. I couldn’t believe the difference once I looked at the pictures side by side. It looks so much brighter and fresher!

Sort of Before Picture

This is during the painting…

This is after I put all the furniture back in.

Here it is after we took the old rug out and washed the floor so it was nice and fresh before laying the new one. (I tied up the curtains so they weren’t in the way lol)

And here are my after pictures!!! The new quilt I got for the trundle!

And here are the rest taken from different angles.

Now I just need to wait for the new rugs to go under the dog feeding “station” and in front of the trundle, and I can rest lol!

Sandie

Homemade Glass Cleaner

Here is another “recipe” for a homemade version of window/glass cleaner for your home.

Quick and easy to make and it leaves a streak free finish!

You will need:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cleaning vinegar
  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 tbsp. Corn starch

Mix everything together in a large measuring cup until corn starch is completely dissolved.

Pour into a dollar store spray bottle and you are all set to clean your glass, mirrors or the like… and you made it yourself!

Sandie

Homemade Dishwasher Tabs

I think I mentioned in a previous post that I have been getting into making my own cleaning products. It has been fun to experiment and even more so, knowing when I am cleaning I am not using any harmful chemicals.

I use cleaning strength vinegar for a lot of things but for some things, I like to go in other directions. I am going to make my own “Windex” in another post…. not very exciting but again, homemade and no chemicals.

Sandie

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Homemade Toilet Fizzies

Yes, I know… not very glamorous lol… but it’s a job we all have to deal with. This project makes that not so pleasant job a little more tolerable!

Toilet Fizzies!!!

Easy to make and even easier to use!

Here are the ingredients required to make them, and some silicone ice cube trays. The essential oil scent is up to you… I chose an orange scented essential oil.

To start, mix together 1 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of cream of tartar in a large measuring cup.

Add 2 – 3 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and about 30 drops of the essential oil and mix well.

Using a teaspoon, press the mixture into the ice cube tray cavities. I had enough for 20+ Fizzies.

Allow to dry for about 6 to 8 hours, maybe more depending on the humidity.

Pop them out of the ice cube trays…

And store in a covered container close to the toilet so you can pop one in a couple times a week!

Sandie

Homemade Laundry Scent Booster

I have been fooling around with different “homemade” cleaning alternatives. Some work, some don’t but all of them were definitely worth trying on the off chance they did work. This is one of them.

I love adding those little scent booster pellets to the wash, some of them smell so awesome. What I do not love is the price. I am already using a nice smelling laundry detergent and fabric softener so why spend upwards of $10 of a scent booster?

What is even better about this…. it only takes a few minutes to whip up a batch. And if after a while you find the smell is starting to dissipate, you can just add a few more drops of your favourite essential oil to the jar and shake it to disperse!

(That was the only label I could find the other day lol!)

Sandie

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Homemade Gel Air Fresheners

Here is a very quick project… less than 5 minutes to make and it will help your house smell great! I would usually buy something like this from the dollar store, but I find the scent never lasts very long. Now I just make my own and because you use essential oils, the scent lasts longer!

You can leave these plain, or you can dress them up however you want to suit your decor, the possibilities are only as endless as your own creativity!

Sandie

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Recycled Formula Container & Homemade Reusable Dryer Sheets

Yes, this post is twofold. I remembered seeing how to make your own reusable dryer sheets ages ago and kept forgetting to pick up the cloths to make them. When I finally remembered I started to think about what I wanted to store them in. I remembered all of the formula containers Kim gave me to recycle into whatever I wanted. One of the smaller formula containers seemed like it would be perfect for this!

I know I could have left the container as it was but I decided to “pretty it up” a bit before making the actual dryer sheets.

I picked up some flowered napkins from the dollar store, gathered up my modge podge and I was ready to go!

I cut the napkins into squares… they don’t have to be even… and started to podge the container.

Once it was dry I started on the dryer sheets.

To make the dryer sheets, you start by cutting your cloths into squares. I had originally quartered the sheets but they were still too big for my container so I cut them all in half again. It just means I will use two sheets per load.

I placed them in the container, leaving a space in the centre, and then poured in about 1/2 cup fabric softener and 1 cup of water.

I closed the lid, shook the container so all the sheets had the mixture on them and then stuck a label on the front. Now I have some reusable dryer sheets and won’t have to keep buying the disposable ones! Recycling and cutting down on waste… a win win situation!

Reusable Swiffer Dusters

This is something I have been wanting to make for ages. I am sure everyone is well aware of how expensive it can be to replace the dusters on a Swiffer duster… and even worse is that we are spending the money on something we are going to throw out after one use!

It just makes sense to try to make your own. I bought a fleece blanket from the Dollar store to make these. It cost me $3 for the fleece blanket and I will be able to get at least 8 duster refills out of the blanket. A sight better than the cost of a box of refills AND I will be able to wash and reuse them, over and over!

Sandie

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Angry Mama – Microwave Cleaner

Have you seen what is called “Angry Mama,” to help clean the microwave? I got one a while back and decided to do a post about it. I loved how easy it made it to just wipe away the crud afterwards!

Please excuse how dirty my microwave looks in the before pictures… Dillon decided to heat up a bowl of ravioli without anything covering it!!!

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Sandie

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