5 Awesome IKEA Storage Hacks for Small Spaces

Are you living in a small space and unsure what to do with it? Have you been looking for new and innovative ideas on how to store your things? Look no further. Today we’re sharing five IKEA hacks to help you store your things easily and creatively.

Here are five IKEA hacks for small spaces:

1. The Rolling Storage Box Hack

Ikea’s rolling under the bed storage box is an innovative way to store photos, magazines, or other important documents. And depending on what type of space you have, you technically don’t have to put this under your bed. You can roll this storage bin under anything and it’s out of sight out of mind.

2. The Storage Bed Hack

Storage beds are totally in these days. This hack helps you free up some space where you would normally put your dresser. The BRIMNES Storage bed comes fully equipped with drawers and beautiful brass handles.

3. The Shelf Closet Hack

As someone who’s currently building a tiny home, I love this idea. It’s simple, easy, and anyone can do it. Just put up a wall-mounted shelf and then one of Ikea’s fintorp metal railings and boom you’re done! 

4. The Nightstand Storage Hack

The Kallax series box shelving unit at Ikea is a goldmine for tiny spaces. It features four different units for an array of storage needs. And you can use it as a bedside table or an end table, whichever you prefer.

5. The Spice Rack Hack

Ah, the good ole spice rack hack. This hack can be used throughout your home. Whether you want to use it in your kitchen for extra storage or in your bedroom to store your jewelry, the sky’s the limit.

 

How do you store things in your small space? Have you tried some of these tricks? If so, how did they turn out? Let us know below! 

A Simple Guide To Cleaning Your Pillows

When was the last time you cleaned your pillows? We’re talking the actual pillows themselves—not just the pillowcases. If it’s been a while or if you didn’t know you could even clean pillows, your pillows have probably seen better days. Before you run out and spend your hard-earned money on brand new pillows, however, you may want to consider washing your pillows at home. It’s easier than you think and doesn’t require much more time (or effort) than washing any other load of laundry.

By having a better understanding of why and  how  you can clean your pillows at home, you can rest your head a little easier at night.

Why Clean Your Pillows?

You already wash your pillow cases, sheets, comforters, and other bedding (think cleaning your mattress) on a regular basis—and for good reason. Over time, bacteria from sweat, along with things like dust mites, can make your bed a less-than-ideal place to sleep. However, the same bacteria and creepy-crawlies can make their way past your pillowcases and directly into the pillows themselves over time.

When you take the time to consider what comes into contact with your pillows and pillowcases, it’s easy to see why they should be cleaned regularly. Chemicals from hair products, makeup, and saliva (if you’re a drooler!) can all lead to a breeding ground of bacteria within your pillow. By taking the time to thoroughly clean your pillows on a regular basis, you can cut down on this bacteria—and of course, enjoy the scent of freshly laundered bedding when you rest your head at night.

In addition to getting rid of bacteria and creepy-crawlies, cleaning your pillows can also help to restore the “fluff” to pillows that have otherwise become dull over time. This could result in a better night’s sleep for you and fewer mornings waking up with neck or back pain.

How often should you clean your pillows? It really depends on how quickly they become soiled. In most cases, washing them once every 2-4 weeks is fine, but some may prefer to wash them just as often as the rest of their bedding. Ultimately, it’s about what makes you feel the most comfortable.

Signs Your Pillows Need To Be Cleaned

First of all, if you’ve never cleaned your pillows or if it’s been more than a few months since you’ve done so, your pillows almost definitely need to be cleaned. Some other possible signs that your pillows are in need of a good washing include:

  • lack of “fluff” or support for your head and neck
  • frequent acne breakouts or blemishes
  • waking up with a stuffy or runny nose
  • noticeable stains or spots on your pillows

If you go through the process of washing/cleaning your pillows (as described in detail below) and are still experiencing these issues, please note that it may be time to simply replace your pillows (especially if it’s been more than a few years since you bought them and you sleep on them daily).

How to Clean Your Pillows

So, where do you begin when it comes time to clean your pillows? The process is easier than you might think. Just keep in mind that different steps may need to be followed for different types of pillows. Cotton and down pillows are still among the most common, but memory foam is becoming increasingly popular as well. We have outlined the washing and drying steps for each type of pillow below, so be sure to follow the specific process for your pillow type(s).

Washing Pillow Cases

Start by removing any pillow cases that may be covering the pillows themselves. Check the tags to find out more about their specific care instructions. For common materials, such as polyester and cotton, you may be able to wash your pillowcases in the same load of laundry where you wash the pillows themselves. For more delicate materials, however, you may need to hand wash them or wash them on a delicate cycle.

Before you wash your pillow cases, give them a quick check for any stains that may require use of a stain-removing product prior to being washed. This is more common for people who may fall asleep with eye makeup on, as cosmetics like mascara and eye-liner are notoriously difficult to remove from many fabrics.

Washing Cotton and Down Pillows

Cotton and down pillows are the easiest to clean, as they can generally be tossed into your washing machine like any other laundry. The key to cleaning pillows in your washing machine is to wash at least two at a time, as this will help better balance the load and will thus reduce any additional wear and tear on your pillows. This is especially true if you have a washing machine with an agitator (as most top-loaders have).

Once you’ve added your laundry detergent, you’ll generally want to wash your pillows on a “bulky” or “heavy” cycle. Check your washing machine for any setting that is designed for heavier items. Some washing machines even have a special “bedding” option, but if yours doesn’t, you can use your standard setting.

Drying Cotton and Down Pillows

Once your pillows have completed their wash cycle, it’s time to dry them. How you dry your pillows is extremely important; for down pillows, you’ll want to make sure to avoid using any heat. Use an air-dry or fluff setting instead. For cotton and synthetic pillows, a low-heat setting will be just fine.

You can help to cut down on the drying time of your pillows by adding a couple of clean tennis balls to the dryer. This will not only help them dry faster, but will have the added benefit of fluffing your pillows as well!

You may need to run your pillows through the dryer for a couple of cycles before they’ll be completely dry. Once they are, however, all you need to do is put your clean pillow cases back on and enjoy your fresh, like-new pillows!

What About Memory Foam Pillows?

Memory foam pillows will require a little more care to clean. Specifically, they’ll need to be hand washed and air dried. The best way to do this is to fill a bucket with warm water and some of your favorite laundry detergent. From there, dunk your pillow in the water and gently massage/squeeze it to wash it. From there, you’ll want to rinse the pillow thoroughly with warm water to remove excess soap and suds.

Once your memory foam pillow is nice and clean, gently wring it to remove as much water as possible. From there, it should be set out to dry (ideally in the sun for faster drying). This process can take quite awhile, especially when you consider that memory foam is made of a sponge-like material. Still, your patience will pay off when you have a nice and clean pillow that has retained its shape and comfort.

Can a Professional Cleaning Service Help?

Taking the time to clean your pillows regularly can provide a number of health and wellness benefits, and is a lot cheaper than replacing your pillows when they become soiled. Still, washing pillows can be time-consuming, especially when you have enough laundry to worry about as it is. This is where having a professional cleaning service can make all the difference.

By having a professional cleaner handle other aspects of your household chores, such as laundry and sweeping, you can free up more time to tackle things like pillow cleaning while still having plenty of time to do more of the things you enjoy.

Maid Sailors offers a wide range of cleaning services in New York City and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to find out more about the specific services we offer and book your first cleaning with us.

Trending DIY Cleaning Hacks That Don’t Work

Nowadays, new cleaning innovations for making life easier hit the market almost every day. This constant innovation makes today’s cleaning products and tools better than they were before. However, there are also people who get enticed by numerous hacks and tips online that promise better and easier cleaning. Most of these “helpful” tips and life hacks are not based on pure science and may cause you more harm than good in doing simple cleaning tasks.

But with so many cleaning hacks out there on the Internet, it can be hard to tell if these hacks are useful or not. Fortunately, we’ve rounded up and debunked some popular do-it-yourself cleaning tips.

Combining Baking Soda and Vinegar

Contrary to popular belief, mixing baking soda with vinegar only produces a salt and water solution and not a special cleaning solution. These substances are only neutralizing each other due to vinegar being acidic and baking soda being basic. The fizz that results from the chemical reaction creates more of a mess than helping remove the dirt or grime on the surface that you want to be cleaned. It instead uses water produced from the reaction to rinse out the dirt while using the bubbles produced as an abrasive to remove some of the mess. Fortunately, baking soda and vinegar are already useful on their own.

Mixing Vinegar and Dish Soap for Pet Stain Removal

Both vinegar and dish soap are not potent enough for eliminating odor and discoloration due to pet urine, excrement or vomit. That’s why the best alternative to this mixture is an enzyme cleaner which not only breaks down protein to remove stains but also makes for an effective carpet or upholstery cleaner.

Pouring White Wine on Red Wine Stains

While this hack might have an above average success rate due to white wine having a higher alcohol level, vodka is a much better cleaning agent for removing red wine stains. Vodka has 40% more alcohol than white wine, which only has 12.5% alcohol. Experts also advise spritzing a bit of hydrogen peroxide on the stain rather than using alcohol.

Removing Ink Stains with Hairspray

In the past, this popular cleaning hack was effective due to hairspray containing 100% alcohol. But now, ink stains will only look shiny and fresh when you spritz it with modern hairspray since they contain less alcohol compared to before. If you still want to get rid of that pesky ink on your fabrics, there are two possible ways to do it. For ballpoint ink stains, just sponge rubbing alcohol on the mark. You can also soak felt-tip ink stains in water and liquid laundry detergent for 30 minutes to an hour.

Applying Hydrogen Peroxide on Carpet Stains

This rug cleaning hack is extremely popular among carpet owners. However, hydrogen peroxide can bleach your rug if it makes up over six percent of a cleaning solution or if not diluted well. But don’t fret: carpet cleaning can be done in many other ways. You can learn how to care for your rug here.

Using Soda to Clean a Toilet Bowl

One of the most common and most believed DIY cleaning hacks is pouring carbonated soda down the toilet bowl which is a quick way to remove hard water stains after letting it sit and rinsing it after an hour. In reality, these refreshments are not made to remove stains or eliminate bacteria. Carbonated sodas leave a sticky residue that can cause bacteria growth by providing these microorganisms with food. However, these beverages have small amounts of citric and phosphoric acids that can gradually eliminate rust and a few stains on other home items.

Using Vinegar to Remove Water Rings on Wood Tables

While vinegar is a useful and affordable cleaning agent, it cannot effectively remove those pesky water rings and stains on your wooden coffee table. Vinegar can damage your furniture’s protective polish when you apply it to wood since it is an acidic substance.

Everyone would ideally love and want to live in cleaner spaces. And while cleaning can be tiring and time-consuming, doing these cleaning hacks can cost you a fortune rather than saving you time and money. Fortunately, there are other reliable special cleaning services that one can avail for a cleaner home. You can get a lot of benefits from these services, especially if you’re working or fulfilling family responsibilities.

One advantage is that special cleaning services help you save time and provide you a little peace of mind. They also offer $100-$150 or less on their rates and even let you avail of discounts to help you save money. These services also treat dust mites and allergies. Constant professional cleaning keeps harmful bacteria and microbes from developing. Many professional services even use HEPA vacuum cleaners to clean your rug and other parts of your home. These devices collect high quantities of dust, dirt, and dead skin from these places.

Hiring a professional cleaning service means that all your cleaning needs will be taken care of and saves you precious energy and time. You’ll also be able to do anything that you want since the service gives you more freedom.

Everything You Need to Know About Cleaning Your Toaster (And Toaster Oven)

Toasters are a kitchen appliance that we tend to take for granted. They’re often used on a daily basis, yet when we take the time to clean our kitchens, rarely do we think to do anything with our toasters and toaster ovens. As a result, they may accumulate years’ worth of bread and bagel crumbs before we think to clean them or simply choose to replace them.

What many people don’t realize, however, is that cleaning toasters and toaster ovens is easier (and quicker) than you might think! The whole process can take less than 10 minutes, and you probably have all the tools you need to tackle this project right now. By having a better understanding of why it’s important to clean your toaster regularly and how to properly clean it, you can check this item off your “to-do” list today!

Reasons To Clean Your Toaster Regularly

Toasters are often overlooked during kitchen cleaning because from the outside, these little appliances don’t tend to look very dirty. The majority of the crumbs end up inside the toaster itself, after all. Out of sight, out of mind…right?

Not so fast. As crumbs and other food debris build up inside your toaster over time, they can dry out and become a fire hazard. At the very least, you’ll probably begin to notice an unpleasant burning odor each time you use your toaster if it hasn’t been cleaned in awhile. And if your toaster is really dirty, this could even affect the appliance’s ability to toast your food evenly. You might end up having to replace your toaster prematurely due to the additional wear.

Cleaning your toaster oven regularly is also a must and for similar reasons. Fire risks can be even higher with a toaster oven that hasn’t been maintained, especially when you use your toaster oven to cook foods with flammable greases or oils.

How To Clean A Traditional Toaster

If you haven’t cleaned your toaster in the last few months or if you can honestly say that you’ve never cleaned your toaster, make today the day! You really only need to set aside about 10 minutes of your time to end up with a clean toaster and added peace of mind.

Not sure where to begin? We’ve got you covered with this step-by-step walk-through.

Unplug and Choose a Location

The most important step in cleaning your toaster ( or any plug-in appliance, for that matter) is to make sure it’s unplugged before you get started! Otherwise, you’ll run the risk of electrical shock. Furthermore, if you’ve used your toaster recently prior to cleaning it, you’ll want to make sure that it’s cooled off completely so you don’t end up burning yourself when you come into contact with it.

Before you get started in cleaning your toaster, you may also want to relocate it to somewhere that will minimize the chances of crumbs getting everywhere. Many people prefer to clean their toasters out over their sinks for this reason, but you can also set down some newspaper on your kitchen counters before you begin to catch crumbs and food debris.

Start With the Crumb Tray

Most modern toasters are outfitted with a time-saving feature known as a crumb tray. This tray is located at the bottom of your toaster and catches the majority of the crumbs as they fall from toasted bread, bagels, and other food items. Toasters that are equipped with crumb trays usually have a simple release button for the trays themselves.

Once you remove the tray, dump its contents down your sink or into the garbage. You’ll also want to rinse and hand-wash the crumb tray to remove any food residue or caked-on debris. Once you’re done washing it, set it aside so it can dry while you clean the rest of the toaster.

Give it a Good Shake

If your toaster doesn’t have a crumb tray, you’ll need to employ the “old-fashioned” cleaning method of turning your toaster upside down and gently shaking it to dislodge any crumbs. Even if your toaster does have a crumb tray, this step can be useful in getting those stray crumbs out as well.

You can also use a pastry brush (or another small, clean brush) to get into corners and remove any lingering crumbs for a more thorough clean.

Wipe and Polish

Once the since of your toaster is clean, you’ll want to tackle the outside. You can use a disinfecting wipe on many toasters (depending on the material), but if you want to play it safe, you can always wipe down the exterior with a damp cloth and some gentle dish detergent. This will help to get rid of any grease or other residues easily. Be sure to focus some special attention on the knobs of your toaster, as these tend to be the most grimy.

If you have a stainless steel toaster, you can restore its shine by using a polishing wipe designed specifically for use on stainless steel. If you don’t have any of these wipes available, you can achieve similar results using a bit of vinegar rubbed on with a clean, non-abrasive cloth.

Once you’ll all done, simply remember to replace your toaster’s crumb tray and you’ll be back in business!

How To Clean A Toaster Oven

Toaster ovens are just as important to clean on a regular basis, though they can require a bit more time and elbow grease to clean properly.

Unplug and Choose a Location

Just as with your traditional toaster, you’ll want to begin by making sure the appliance is unplugged and cooled off. Because toaster ovens tend to contain a lot of crumbs and other food particles, you’ll probably want to clean it out over your sink or over a garbage can to reduce the need for additional clean-up!

Wash Removable Parts

Begin by washing any removable parts on your toaster oven. This includes any trays or racks. Scrubbing with warm water and dish soap will usually do the trick, but a run through the dishwasher may be required for caked-on food debris. You might also consider soaking these parts for easier cleaning.

Once all removable parts are clean, be sure to set them aside so they have time to dry while you move onto the next steps.

Wipe Down the Interior

The interior of your toaster oven is probably the dirtiest part. You can make your own cleaner out of warm water, vinegar, and a small amount of dish soap. Apply some of this mixture to a sponge and then wipe down the interior of the toaster oven to remove additional grease and debris. A scouring pad can also be used on caked-on stains, but be careful not to damage any of the internal elements of the toaster oven.

Once the interior is clean, you can wipe down and polish the exterior of your toaster oven using the same steps. Replace any parts that you removed (assuming they’re completely dry first) and you’ll be ready to use your toaster oven once again.

How a Professional Cleaner Can Help

Cleaning small kitchen appliances probably isn’t your idea of a great time, but it’s necessary. The good news is that you can always hire a professional cleaning service to handle this and many other aspects of keeping your home clean.

Maid Sailors, for example, offers a wide range of cleaning services to New York City and the surrounding areas. Whether you’re looking for general house cleaning, a deep cleaning, or anything in between, you can trust Maid Sailors to do a thorough job and free up your valuable time for other things. Contact them today to find out more about their professional cleaning services or office cleaning service to schedule your first house cleaning!

Decorating With Hooks

Looking for a new creative way to decorate your house? Try decorating with hooks. Wall hooks are both a decorative and creative way to let your innovation shine. There are many different kinds of hooks you can decorate with. From custom wall hooks to wall mount hooks, and even DIY hooks. There’s a hook for everyone.

When it comes to decorating with hooks there are no rules. There isn’t a guide or a syllabus telling you how to do it. You can do whatever you’d like however you’d like. But you do want to make sure it makes sense. You don’t just want to hang some hooks on the wall and call it a day. 

Style

When attempting to decorate with hooks you want to make sure that you get some that will compliment your overall personal style. For example, are are you more of a Victorian Mediterranean or are you a modern day hippie? Your style makes all the difference.

If you don’t know what your personal style is yet that’s ok. Take some time to figure it out. This is an important aspect of being a homeowner. Your home is your haven so you want it to look and feel as good as you feel owning it. Once you’ve got your style down then you can move onto finding some awesome hooks to decorate with.

Display

When it comes to displaying decor in your home you want things to be perfect. You want your guest to notice the decor. And most of all you want it to look appealing. The bottom line here is that your display is important.

Imagine walking into someone’s home and seeing a bunch of random hooks on the wall and having no idea what they are there for.  In this particular scenario, the hooks are all different colors and they aren’t evenly lined up properly. You’re probably thinking to yourself, what were these people thinking? 

To avoid being one of those people, do your research. Try searching on Pinterest for ideas and ultimately coming up with your own from the inspiration. Once you know what you want to do you can get to hanging!

Here are a few examples of what you can do with hooks in your home:
  • Display coffee cups
  • Organize your jewelry
  • Organize belts and other accessories
  • Hang flower baskets
  • Hang your high heels
  • Make a towel rack

Command Hooks

When it comes to hanging pictures and artwork around your house, consider using command utility hooks. These aren’t decorative hooks but they’re used to decorate with. They are inexpensive, easy to use, and they prevent you from having to put a hole in your wall.

Aside from hanging pictures, you can use them to decorate for any occasions. These hooks are great for hanging party supplies and decorating for the holidays. And if you need to take them down for any reason it’s easy, you just pull the adhesive tab that hangs underneath it and it just pops right off. It doesn’t get any easier than that I tell ya.

For other decorating tips visit this article

Innovative Ways to Recycle Unused Washers, Dryers, and Ironing Boards

Recycle Unused Washers, Dryers, and Ironing boards

Landfills everywhere are completely overflown with more than just trash. They are filled with our used things that could easily be restored into something else. Like your laundry equipment for example. If we could help it, why not take those things and instead of throwing them in the garbage or the scrap yard, put them to good use?

Although you can do this with many household items today we are going to talk about the ones in your laundry room. Washers, dryers, and ironing boards specifically. There is no need to discard these items when you’re finished with them you can simply reuse them for your benefit. 

Dryer

Broken dryers can be taken apart and recycled into something that may be more useful to you. This could be a vintage decorative piece of decor or a place for storage. And once you’re done with the pieces you need you can take the rest to the scrap yard for a little play money!

  • Make the kids a toy chest: If your dryer has a plastic drum it’s the perfect piece for a toy chest. After removing the drum you can paint it any color. Then place it outside for any outdoor toys. Rinse it with a hose and the water to drain away dirt keeping outside toys neat and clean.

Iron and Ironing Board

Have an old ironing board in your laundry room that’s just gathering up the dust mites? Put it to good use elsewhere in your home by crafting it into something useful. You can use ironing boards for many different things around the home including:

  • A memo board: If you haven’t yet read our piece on how to make a memo board, head over there now. Using an old or unused ironing board you can make a cool memo board for your home office.
  • A folding table: This one may seem pretty obvious, but you probably haven’t thought about it.  Don’t worry, that’s what I’m here for! If you need a little extra space for a party just pop out the ironing board and cover it with a tablecloth. You can use it to place food, napkins, and silverware.
  • Decor: By spray painting an old metal ironing board you can make a fantastic statement piece. Use it in your office, in the living room, or in a guest room. With this DIY project, you can do anything you want. The sky’s the limit!

Washing Machine

Top loading washing machines are a thing of the past. But before you have it hauled off to the dump try taking a different approach. Old top loaders have metal, a stainless steel drum, assorted switches and solenoid valves, a motor, a water pump, wires, nuts, bolts, screws, brackets and more. If you put your craft hat on you can turn your trash into treasure. When you’re finished you can take the leftover parts to the scrap yard to make some extra money.

Here are some innovative ways to use parts from your old washer:

  • Build a fire pit: Use the metal drum from your washer to create a small patio fire pit. The metal drum can be placed on fire bricks or stones to lift it off the ground. The fire will stay contained and hold enough wood to create a very warming fire. The holes in the drum help create great airflow so the fire will ignite quickly and burn brightly. The drum is also light enough to move around. It’s easy to empty ashes from this fire pit. And it’s easy to rinse out for a smooth transport.
  • Make a pot: If you don’t want or need to make a fire pit that same metal drum is perfect for a container garden. You can spray paint the drum to create the look that you want. Fill the bottom with vermiculite or mulch to keep it light and then add potting soil. The drum has drainage hole already built-in so you can plant right away. Consider adding a decorative trellis if you want to grow vines or plants that need some added support.
  • Have a seat: C reate a very study ottoman for your living room by padding the plywood with polyester batting and cover with upholstery fabric or leather. You can spray paint the drum to fit your own personal style. And then cover the entire drum with fabric. It’s the ultimate vintage living room decor.

Lastly…

What did you use your old laundry equipment for? Let me know by dropping a comment below!

Note: Before using the drum, check to make sure it’s metal. Some drums are plastic. And you shouldn’t use a plastic drum to make a fire pit or an ottoman.

Airbnb – Hire a Cleaner or DIY?

The ultimate question for Airbnb rental host around the globe. Should you hire a cleaning service or clean your Airbnb yourself? Forget about managing bookings, connecting with guests, and marketing caring for an Airbnb rental is a full-time job all on its own.

When it comes to caring for your rental, you have one of two options. You can clean the vacation rental yourself or you can hire someone to do it for you. Of course, there are some obvious differences so today we are going to talk about them.

Do The Cleaning Yourself

Cleaning your Airbnb by yourself is a way for you to ensure that everything is done perfectly to your liking. As perfect as perfect can get anyways. It’s a way for you to take control of the situation which also helps you take control over your overall guest experience.

It also helps you save money. By cleaning your rental by yourself you don’t have to dip into your earrings in order to provide a good customer experience. The more you clean, the more you save. Now, that’s a motto to live by. But just because you clean your rental doesn’t mean you should skip out on occasional deep cleanings from a cleaning company.

So although you may clean on a regular basis it’s crucial that you allow a cleaning service to come in monthly or bi-monthly to do a deep cleaning on your rental space.  

Hire a Cleaning Service

Hiring a cleaning service allows you to devote more time to focus on your rental business. With this option you are able to automate your cleanings weekly, daily, monthly, or after each guest departs. Automated cleaning services provide you with an easy to use online platform so that you can schedule cleanings, read and leave notes for your cleaner, check inventory, and more.

Aside from automated services, hiring a cleaning company provides you with the freedom to focus on other priorities. While they’re taking care of your rental, you can be running errands, paying bills, or enjoying that free time you never get. This option is best for people looking to delegate some of their daily and weekly chores. It’s also super convenient for those who simply don’t have the time.

You can also save money by hiring a cleaning service. Now you’re probably thinking, you said I could save money by not hiring a cleaning service. And you would be right, I did say that. You can save money both ways. If you run a busy rental service on Airbnb hiring a company that has all the cleaning supplies and inventory will save you from having to stock up on those things a la carte.

Overview

So as you can see caring for your rental has options. The question is, what’s the best option for you? Would you prefer to clean it yourself or hire a professional?

How to Make Your Own Shower Cleaner

Are you having trouble keeping your shower clean? We all are. There’s no simple way to keep your shower from getting dirty. What you need to do is keep up with the cleaning. Make sure you’re not waiting too long to clean it. That only makes more work for you or your cleaner.

We’ve come up with a simple yet powerful mixture to help you clean your shower with ingredients that you already have in your kitchen. This shower cleaner is easy to make and it gets the job done. Before you begin, make sure you have everything you need to make your own shower cleaner.

What you’ll need:

  • An empty spray bottle
  • A bottle of Dawn dish detergent (2 cups)
  • A bottle of white vinegar (2 cups)
  • Sponge with scrub pad

How to make

Take a measuring cup and measure out two cups of your white vinegar. Heat the vinegar in the microwave until hot (2 to 3 minutes depending on your microwave wattage). And pour it into your spray bottle once it’s done heating. Next, you’ll pour your two cups of Dawn into your spray bottle with the vinegar, put the lid on, and gently shake.

And that’s it! Told you it was a simple solution. Here at Maid Sailors, we like simple. The simpler the better. Now on how to use your new shower cleaner.

How to use 

Simply spray it in your shower and let it sit for 30 minutes. Make sure you are spraying your whole shower. Be sure to get the walls, the floor, the edges of the tub, and the faucet. After you’ve let the solution set, you can begin wiping down your shower. If need be, take your sponge and give it a little elbow grease using the scrub pad.

 

How did you like this make your own shower cleaner? Do you enjoy DIY projects? Would you like to see more of them from us? Give us a shout by dropping a comment below!

Do it Yourself Laundry Detergent

Since conventional laundry detergent is loaded with phenols, allergenic fragrances, and more people everywhere are turning to homemade cleaning products to risk harsh chemicals and toxins being exposed to their families. Do it yourself products are the first step in transitioning into natural living. Are you ready to make the transition?

Making your own laundry detergent is cheap, easy, and fun. You can make either liquid or powder detergent. And you can even make your own scent. The possibilities are endless when it comes to making your own laundry detergent. That’s the fun of do it yourself projects. 

Base Ingredients: 

Do it Yourself Powder Laundry Soap

  • Step 1: Grate one Fels-Naptha bar with a cheese grater or food processor until finely ground.  
  • Step 2: In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup of washing soda with 1 cup Borax. Add in 1 part of your grated soap. Then you can add in scent boosters or essential oils to enhance your detergent.
  • Step 3: Store in a closed container like half gallon mason jars

Note: Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load.

Do it Yourself Liquid Laundry Soap

  • Step 1: Grate one bar of Fels-Naptha with a cheese grater or food processor until finely ground.
  • Step 2: Place grated soap in a pan with 2 quarts water. Gradually heat and stir constantly until soap is completely dissolved.
  • Step 3: Take 4. 5 gallons of hot water and place it in a 5-gallon bucket. Then stir in 2 cups of borax and 2 cups of Washing Soda. Stir until completely dissolved.
  • Step 4: Add soap mixture from pan into 5-gallon bucket stirring well.
  • Step 5: Cover and let sit overnight.
  • Step 6: The next morning you can stir your mixture until it’s smooth and then pour it into a gallon jug or another container of your choosing.

Note: Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load.

Pro Tip: When you stir your mixture in the morning try adding your favorite essential oils for a greatly scented detergent. You don’t want to add the oils until after you’ve boiled the mixture so the scent doesn’t dissolve away.
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5 Places You May Be Forgetting To Clean

Most of the time, it’s easy to see what needs to be cleaned in a room. It’s usually things like the pile of laundry on the floor or the pile of dirty dishes in the sink. We tend to pick up the obvious and leave the rest to pile on the dust. Some would say this is what they hire MaidSailors for. And they are right. But what do you do when you need to clean and the maid isn’t there?

Here are five places you’re forgetting to clean in your house:
  1. Walls, Baseboards, and Doorframes

Dust not only clings to horizontal surfaces but it clings to vertical ones as well. Like the walls, baseboards, and around the doorframes. If these surfaces have a textured layout to them, there’s an even bigger chance that dust will cling to them. It’s important to keep these surfaces clean to prevent dust in the air which can cause irritation to allergies. 
  1. Your Closet

When most people clean their closet’ they really just organize it. What they forget to do is, take their shoes out that are on the floor and vacuum. Or quickly wipe down the walls and baseboards that harbor dust. 
  1. The Vacuum 

This is probably the last place anyone would think to clean. When really it should be the first thing that you clean. when you vacuum, you are picking up debris and dust from your floors. You should be emptying the vacuum accordingly and wiping it out at the same time. This will prevent the debris from accidentally shooting back out onto the floor.
  1. Indoor Plants

If you have indoor plants that you’ve never cleaned you might want to go and check on them. Most indoor plants accumulate a good amount of dust. You don’t need to move them or clean them with any chemicals. Just take a microfiber rag, get it a little bit wet, and wipe down the leaves. Not only will your plant love you, you’ll love having a nice clean house. 
  1. Under The Furniture

Nine times out of ten, when you look underneath furniture there is a dust bunny or two hiding under there. These are places like under the couch, under the bed, and even under coffee tables. But no worries, they can be easily taken care of with a dust mop or a vacuum.

Want more tips? Check out this post on how to fight bathroom clutter.