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...

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...

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...

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...

Smart Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen

Smart Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen You know the daily kitchen cleaning drill: Load the dishwasher; Wash the big stuff by hand; Throw away anything from the fridge that’s growing green and fuzzy; Wipe down the countertops….basic enough.  Today we are delving into the nasty side of kitchen upkeep-the ‘once a year’ stuff: aka Spring Cleaning! It’s time to grab a cup of coffee and a notepad and make a plan on what you will actually want to do to make your kitchen NEW HOME CLEAN again! The LIST: Here we go! I can help you with what to do, and even how to do it. The DOING is up to you! If you are “big task squeamish”, or work 70 hours a week, MOXIE Girl can help! Feel free to give us a call! The Refrigerator Take everything out, Throw away old food, outdated condiments, old box of baking soda you were using to freshen. Take...

Spring Cleaning 101- Organizing your Cleaning Supplies

This week Miss Moxie will kick off a series of Spring Cleaning Blogs throughout the month of February. We hope you’ll join us for tips on cleaning and organizing your home for the new year! When I was a girl, I remember my mother tearing apart our house from top to bottom for Spring Cleaning! Everything was scrubbed, spritzed, shuffled, sprayed and shaken! Some sources say this yearly ritual began with the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleansing the home in anticipation of the spring-time memorial feast of Passover. In the more recent past, Spring Cleaning announced the end of the long, wet winter in the cold northern regions of the world. The Spring winds meant the perfect time to fling open all the doors and windows and blow the fireplace soot from the house. It was a time to haul the rugs, bedding and draperies outside and beat them over the clothesline to loosen the dust...

The Quick Guide to Organizing Your Pantry

Organizing! A concept that strikes fear into many of us! Images of hours and hours of sorting through boxes, bins and bags! Yuck! But the Catch 22 is that an organized home functions at a smoother and easier level than a disorganized one! So, what to do? Start with an easy and quick guide for one specific, heavily used area in your home: The Pantry! PURGE FIRST! What’s in there? Look at the dates on EVERYTHING. Expired items go in the trash. Do you have any ‘Mystery Food’? You know, cans without labels? Bags with unidentifiable contents? Boxes of who-knows-what? Throw those out too. Take out everything thats left, and set it all on the kitchen counter. Wipe down all the shelves with warm water with a squirt of dishsoap. Now: Let the organizing begin! TAKE INVENTORY Take inventory of everything you have.  Are you staring at a conglomeration of condiments that you can’t IMAGINE your reason for...

How to Plan Your Home Projects for the Year in 3 Easy Steps!

How to Plan Your Home Projects for the Year in 3 Easy Steps! January seems to be the month for planning! We take a look at our lives and review what worked last year, what didn’t work, and hopefully, we update plans for the new year. Did you know this is a great plan for assessing how your home is running too? One way to get more of those big, (and little!) life-improving projects actually accomplished is to schedule them out monthly throughout the coming year. Sound overwhelming? If you can schedule in a few hours on a Saturday, I think I can help! 1-First Things First Step One is to make a list of the challenges you experienced last year, and things you’d like to try this year: Visually or functionally unappealing rooms or areas of my home Rooms or areas that always seem to be a mess I can never find….. My partner doesn’t...

The Homeowner’s List of New Year’s Resolutions!

Each January on New Year’s Day the average American writes out THE LIST! You know the one…The 10 (or sometimes many more!) New Year’s Resolutions: the ambitious promises of things you will do to create this year’s best life possible for you and yours. This year, how about skipping the commitment to French lessons, and instead, focus on saving your money and spending your time on a couple of your most important assets: your home and your family! Here are a few tips to get you moving frugally and fabulously into the new year! Tip #1: Tighten the Grocery Budget A great financial goal to set at the beginning of the year is to re-evaluate the food budget! A huge amount of money can be saved through meal planning and organizing. Planning meals on paper helps to designate where your food dollars are best spent. A family of 4 can cut nearly 40% off the food bill...