ARE YOUR HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS POISONING YOU??

Have you ever wondered if those chemicals you clean with might actually be poisoning you? Many people are becoming aware of toxic chemicals that are creating poisonous household cleaners. Most desire a more safe method of getting their homes clean. Did you know that there’s no federal regulation of chemicals in household products? No testing needs to be done, nor do cleaning products need to meet safety standards! My mother cleaned with bleach. As a child, I remember having white towels and white sheets because “they come spotlessly clean with bleach”, and Mom liked “spotlessly clean”. I, unlike my mother, don’t use bleach. Ever. I’m concerned about the environment and my children’s lungs more than spotless sheets. My sheets are blue. If you are moving toward a more healthy, toxin-free environment, you might be wondering where to start. Let’s start with poisonous household cleaners. Here are a few to get rid of. BLEACH – Bleach is a corrosive...

HOT TIPS for using ESSENTIAL OILS in the HOME

ESSENTIAL OILS are all the rage these days – the talk of Mom’s Clubs, Naturopaths, Massage Therapists – anyone who is interested in a more organic, toxin free lifestyle will wander across these ‘natural wonders’ in their personal research! What Is an Essential Oil? So – what exactly IS an ESSENTIAL OIL? What do they DO? Why USE them? And…why use them in your HOME? An ESSENTIAL OIL is the highly concentrated “essence” of the plant from which it is derived. Roots, stems, leaves, flowers and bark are processed by steam distillation, expression, or extraction, to create a usable oil product with varying  scents, These oils are valued for their healing properties, and wellness benefits. Essential oils are natural and chemical-free, which is why they are so appealing to anyone wanting a more “green” lifestyle. Essential oils can be used in different ways, including aromatherapy, topical application, or for our purposes, in household care! It’s funny – most...

The BEST Non-Toxic Ways to Make Your Home Smell AMAZING!

If you have ever walked into your front door after a day away and were almost knocked out by “THAT SMELL”, then this is the read for you! I love a fresh, non-toxic fragrance in the home, so I really dislike using toxic room sprays! Additionally, I don’t want to use unsafe chemicals to kill odors! After some research, experimenting, blending and mixing – I can help you LOSE that SMELL! Whether it’s ‘BOY ATHLETE’ scent, ‘WET DOG’ odor, or ‘GHASTLY FRIDGE’ fumes, here are a few heavenly recipes to get to the source of the bad odors, and turn your home into a ‘Sweet Smelling Dwelling’! Start with the Basics to Create a Non-Toxic Fragrance First of all, my go-to ingredient base is usually Baking Soda. You can by the giant-sized bag at Costco for a great price. The other ‘secret ingredient’ is a great Essential Oil! I have a stash of my favorite scents for...

The Savvy Mom’s Quick Guide to Keeping Your Car Interior Clean!

Keeping your car interior clean when you have kids is the daily struggle of Moms (and ‘Mr. Moms’!) everywhere!  “HAH! – Impossible”! (I know what you’re thinking!) My friend had a child take a SHARPIE marker out of her bag and color half the back seat before she caught him…Yes. True story. Cheer up families everywhere! Keeping your interior looking fabulous IS possible – even with kids! Here’s a few quick tips every savvy Mom needs to know! Tip 1 – Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!! Get carpets for the floor to put on top of the floor mats. Use a 6 ft floor runner to put under the car seats. Or use a doormat if you have bucket seats. This protects your upholstery, and when it gets dirty, just take it out and hose it off in the driveway! Get this tray for the kids! Best.Tray.Ever. The little edge keeps any snacks contained, as well as any toys or...

3 PLACES IN YOUR HOME THAT YOU ARE PROBABLY FORGETTING TO CLEAN

Housecleaning is a task that usually falls on the TO-DO list somewhere below “Wash the Dog”, and somewhere above “Write a letter to the IRS”!  Dusting, vacuuming, polishing and cleaning hidden areas can be tedious and time-consuming, so we tend to do ‘what MUST be done’, and push off the non-essentials for another day. So, unless you are a cleaning pro, there are 3 places in your home that you are probably forgetting to clean. 1 – AIR FILTERS AND EXHAUST FANS Out of sight, out of mind, right? If you occasionally remember the air filter, but don’t have a new one to change them out, just give it a quick vacuum and make a note to buy one soon. Don’t forget a quick wipe with a damp rag on the vent. A bathroom exhaust fan works in a humid atmosphere so it will get badly soiled over time. This task is a little more complicated and requires unscrewing...

3 Cleaning Mistakes you are Probably Making

3 Cleaning Mistakes you are Probably Makng! Everyone who loves to clean, shout ME right now! *Crickets* So I may actually have been the only voice! Many find housecleaning a daunting and dreaded task. I think I love to clean because I had a mom who loved to clean! Mom knew how to clean well, how to clean fast, and she taught me to avoid these three big mistakes: MISTAKE # 1 — Neglecting to Pre-Vacuum. I’m not talking carpeting here – Dust, hair, pet hair, and dirt are collecting everywhere, on every surface in your home daily. Instead of ‘moving the dust around’ by swiffering or sweeping, vacuum. Set your vacuum on the bare floor setting and vacuum all the hard surfaces before washing. Attachments are AMAZING if you use them correctly! Vacuum all your tile or wood floors before washing! Take the vacuum head off and attach the long wand with the nozzle to...

Pool Maintenance 101

Pool Maintenance 101 Here in the Southwest, 1 out of 3 homes has a swimming pool! That’s a LOT of water to keep clean! Although many homeowners hire a maintenance company to take care of their pool, why not save your money for some great pool area accessories and ‘do it yourself’? To get you started, here are a few basics every pool owner should know. The Basic Statistics You know the make and model of your car, right? You also know a few basics: sports car or SUV, gas or deisel, 4 wheel drive or standard…well you need to know some basics about your swimming pool too. Year built size horsepower of your pump saltwater or chlorine filter: sand,  D.E.(diatomaceous earth), and cartridge Water Care Now that you have the stats down, there are some easy basic care steps to have under your belt as well. That sparkling water doesn’t ‘just happen’. Every crystal clear...

3 Amazing Organizing Trips to Try RIGHT NOW!

3 Amazing Organizing Tips to Try RIGHT NOW! We all wish we could be INSTANTLY more organized, don’t we? *SNAP* your fingers and *POOF* everything in the perfect place! Well here are MY favorite tips to try TODAY to get yourself more organized in a flash! 1- USE HIDDEN SPACE- Bins under the bed for: Out of season clothing, shoes, boots, seasonal bedroom linens or decor. Baskets on shelves: For everything! Baskets are amazing! They come in every size, shape, color and material known to man! Use them to hold anything that’s an odd shape, or doesn’t look ‘orderly’. Here are a few great ideas: Line up baskets above laundry room cabinets for storage of odd household items that you don’t get into often, such as candles, special table linens or small holiday decorations. Use metal industrial-style baskets on a kitchen wall for mail, fruits and vegetables, or napkins and placemats. Two-Tiered wire baskets with glass...

3 Tips for Spring Cleaning Every Room in your House

3 Tips for Spring Cleaning Every Room in Your House Spring Cleaning can be a daunting task. Where to start? That is the question! First, organize your supplies. Next, take one room at a time, deciding where you want to start. The next step is to check out these three tips you’ll want to use for Spring Cleaning every room in your house! Step One- Remove what doesn’t belong! Stand in the doorway of the room. What doesn’t belong? First, get a laundry basket for all the straggling shoes, clothes, toys, books, etc. Then, take a bigger look! What big things don’t belong? Do you hate that picture on the wall every time you look at it? Is the table you hauled in from the garage to build puzzles on last Christmas still set up and piled with junk? Those things need to go. If you’re sick of that rug by the door, get rid of that...

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Organizing

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Organizing “It’s OVERWHELMING”. That’s what you are thinking, right? When you stand in the doorway of the office and see boxes stacked to the ceiling on the right, bins of nameless junk to the left, and pile upon pile of papers, books, and bags everywhere else that MUST be organized, it’s overwhelming. Translate this scenario to any room in the house–it doesn’t matter, and I’m sure the one word for organizing the chaos that does NOT come to mind is, EASY. Take heart friends! Miss Moxie to the Rescue! I’m going to give you a CHEAT SHEET…A SUPER EASY SYSTEM, to turn your chaos into order! Here we go! STEP 1- CLEAR and PURGE  Clear the room, closet, or cupboard completely. If it’s too big to clear entirely, as in the kitchen, or a 3-car garage, take a section at a time…One bank of cupboards, one drawer, or just the toolbench. Get rid...