Happy Tuesday, Everyone!! Is everyone still recuperating from their long weekend, like I am? I am so stuffed of delicious food and time with my hubby, I really did not want "normal life" to pick back up yesterday. After hosting an event like Thanksgiving, and right before the holidays, I thought it seemed fitting to test out some of the Pinterest cleaning tricks that we have all seen.
Since our sink was used A TON this past week, I wanted to give it a good cleaning. I saw this tip from Mallorie over at Happy Home, and gave it a try. Her directions are simple and easy to follow, and it worked so well for me. Here was my sink before. Not terrible looking, but in need of a good shine.
The first step is to spray down the entire sink with vinegar, sprinkle baking soda on top, and then let it sit for 10 minutes. It makes an awesome sizzle sound when the vinegar and baking soda mix, too! #yayforscience
While this is setting, boil some water and then when the time is up, rinse the sink with the boiling water.
Next, you spray more vinegar and scrub scrub scrub, then wipe it down with a paper towel.
The next step is the one I missed, which I wish I hadn't. After you're done scrubbing, spray goo gone, and clean the whole sink with it. I thought I didn't need this, but it makes life so much easier. The goo gone will get rid of all of the gunk left from the baking soda. Once this is nice and clean, wipe out your sink again with a paper towel.
The final step is to buff the sink with olive oil and a rag. This is the key to a great shine. Check it out!
Love it! And I plan to do this every few months to keep it looking great!
Next up is a trick I tried last week before our holiday guests arrived. Since we got Roxy when she was a puppy, she had a few accidents on the carpet, and left two stains upstairs. So, I stumbled upon this pin which actually takes you to eHow, and tested it out.
Now, I have not tested this on bright red Kool-Aid spots, just relatively light stains. All you do is spray the spot with a vinegar and water mixture, and place a damp rag on top of it. Then, with your iron on the steam setting, iron the spot for about 30 seconds. Then repeat until the stain is gone. I had to repeat about 2-3 times, but it was so worth it. Check out the before and after on this spot right next to our bed.
First you see it, then you don't! Like I said, I haven't tested this on bright stains, but it worked wonders on spots like this.
Next is a tip from Martha that I mentioned a few weeks ago when we were talking about bathrooms in the simpler home series. It's an amazing tub scrub that worked so well, I just had to share twice!
Since we just have a shower, not a full bath, I halved the recipe, and mixed 1/2 cup of baking soda with 1/2 teaspoon of liquid soap, and then just added small amounts of water until I had a paste. The recipe also calls for essential oil, but I didn't think that was necessary.
Do you see that line!?! I had only scrubbed for about 5 minutes when this happened, and I was sold. It was so easy, super cheap, and made our shower like new again.
After you're done with all that cleaning, you may want to help yourself to some pampering, so here's a non-cleaning tip for good measure. I saw this pin from the Gluten Free Navy Wife, and it is...you guessed it...amazing!! I apologize in advance if you are a man that does not shave his legs. This tip is for the ladies... or swimmers, I guess.
Obviously, I didn't take any pictures, but it was awesome! You just make a mixture of 2.5 cups of sugar, 1 cup oil (I used Canola), and 5 tablespoons of citrus juice (I used lemon). You need a razor to shave the hair off your legs, and then I also recommend having 1-2 more dollar store razors that you don't mind ruining. Then, follow these steps on each leg:
1. Shave leg with good razor to remove hair.
2. Take a handful of the mixture and scrub on your leg, then rinse.
3. Take cheap razor, and shave your leg again. This will remove all the dead skin.
4. Take another handful of the mixture and scrub your leg again, and rinse.
Not even kidding you, my legs have not been this soft ever. It is perfect for the winter-time when everything gets all dry here in Colorado.
So there they are, folks! Four tips from Pinterest that actually worked for me and I highly recommend. I'm working on some Christmas projects this week, as well as getting outdoor decorations up, so I will be sharing all of that very soon!