How many of us enjoy a quiet Sunday spending the entire day doing our own thing? How many of us would cherish an opportunity to do just that? This tutorial might be the answer you are looking for. Here are some ideas to help you get more benefits from your hard labour and help your products work better for you. Organizing your cleaning schedule can be very beneficial in helping you to do the things you enjoy so much . . . . a little more often.


Step 1: Organizing Your Time

Here is a list of things you might consider doing.  Find short cuts to what you are already doing. 

•Pick one fifteen minute or half hour thing you can do two or three days a week during the week.
•Crock pot cooking has helped me a lot.
•Do a load of laundry in the evenings and fold the clothes while watching TV.
•Clean the refrigerator before you buy groceries. Maybe the night before.
•Clean rooms that are not used very much during the week.
•When cooking during the week cook extra for 1or 2 meals on the weekend and put it in the freezer.
•Have family members spend 15 minutes picking up the house every night during the week and reward them for their efforts.
•Make a grocery list and buy groceries after work during the week.

 It really helps to be organized and committed.

Vinegar and baking soda are excellent cleaners. I bought a child's desk from a seller on craigslist offering for $10. I was a nice honey color in the photo. When I arrived to pick it up, I realized why. It was originally a light, sunny yellow but was honey-colored due to tar deposits from heavy cigarette use in the home. It STUNK!!! Driving it home in the back of my pick-up did nothing to help. When I got home, I got out my trusty vinegar, poured some in a bowl and gave it a vinegar bath with some old rags. In some areas, the tar stain came off easily, in others, a little elbow grease was required. But, still, in an hour, I was satisfied it was clean enough but it still had some smell. I poured vinegar in old bowls and set them in the drawers and left them there for a couple days til the weekend came around. When I was ready to get back to that project, the smell was entirely gone! Stripping and sanding the desk gave off nothing but a wooden smell. I refinished it and it turned out beautiful! We got about 4 years use out of it before we decided to sell it in a garage sale--for $40!
Thanks so much for your input! It is a great miracle cleaner and deodorizer! I enjoyed reading your comment! Have a splendorous day! Sunshiine
I need to try this. My doggiekid has made some messes. The odor needs to go not my dog
For all the suggestions of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda together, I've had the same results with just using a spray bottle of peroxide. The ONLY caution I have is do not use peroxide for stains on whites - turns them a pretty yellow, forever. I have 4 cats (litter mates) and one has an issue with peeing on areas (he's very insecure) and even pooing right outside the box for various psycho-kitty reasons. We love him just the same and peroxide in a bottle comes to the rescue every time. Even male cat PEE my friends! Now with some peepee applications, he can be challenging (on our very expensive california king mattress) but I literally POURED bottle upon bottle of quart sized peroxide onto the bed because we had nothing to lose at that point....it actually worked! We did flip and pour for several days and we do live in the desert (so evaporation was much quicker than in greener parts of the country) but it worked! And every time he does some peeing, I pulled out of the peroxide. <br>I use a combination of spray bottle peroxide, activated carbon (I bought it in bulk) and silica sand for catboxes to keep their smells under control (it is hard because BOTH my males are very proud of their poo and refuse to cover it when they do their business in the catbox).
I do cat rescue-and just a little tip for you...there is a product called &quot;Comfort Zone&quot; and another called &quot;Feliway&quot; (both available at most pet care stores, and even Walmart) which comes in a plug-in diffuser form. It is a pheromone that calms cats when they are stressed and it is just amazing how well it works to ELIMINATE the peeing problem. The males that do not cover their feces may need a little reminder training. When you catch them after doing their business, gently take a paw and 'teach' them to cover their business. It doesn't happen overnight, you will have to do it several times, but eventually they will get the message (along with the pheromone therapy). Good Luck! I've bee very successful with this for years!
Thanks for sharing! Do you happen to know of something that works for dogs marking their territory? <br>
<p>The reason dogs mark their territory is because they are worried about another dog encroaching on it. A sure-fire way to eliminate the spraying is to neuter your dog, as the reason for the spraying is to eliminate competition for his chance of procreation. Another way, if you are breeding your dog, is to install obstructions to other dogs coming too close to his territory. You can eliminate other dogs coming into your yard by getting a motion-controlled sprinkler (I saw this on &quot;The dog whisperer&quot;, and no, I don't know where you can get them) and a motion-controlled noise-maker. You can, however, make them yourself. Go online and get a 5 volt motion sensor (about $3-4), and a 5 volt 2-relay board (also about $3-4), and from the same source. Then get an electric water valve for a washing machine ($10-15 new, much less used. You could also get one from a recycler for a couple of dollars if you remove it yourself from an old washing machine he has. Cut off as much of the wires to it as you can reach and keep them.). Connect the motion sensor to the input of the relay board. You will need a 5 volt wall wart for the motion sensor and the relay board ( about $3-5 new, $1-2 at Goodwill, probably free from your junk box). Connect 110 volts to the relay contacts of one of the relays. Connect a pair of wires from the relay to the wires of one of the electric water valve, or connect the wires on the valve directly to the relay, if you can run the water hose to the electronic package you are constructing. In any case, ensure there are no exposed wire connections, and the electronics are securely water-tight. A little plastic box with sealant on the holes for the wires would be ideal. Run a water hose in to and out from the water valve, and plug in the 110 volt cord. Place the sprinkler so that it covers the largest area near the house, and turn on the water. You probably will want to put a switch into one of the 110 volt wires, so you can turn it off when you want to go in the yard. The valves are double, so you could either make a separate motion control box, or just connect the 2 valves together so that they both come on at the same time, if you want a second sprinkler to come on. The effective coverage of the motion sensor is up to about 30 feet, I believe. The same source as the electronics above carries 5 volt buzzers (5 for about $5). If you want everything to come on at the same time, get a 4-relay board instead for a few bucks more, then run the 5 volt wall wart through one of the relays and out to the buzzers, which are tapped into a wire running from the relay output. I hope this was helpful.</p>
Thanks for sharing! <br>sunshiine
Don't know if you know, but vinegar &amp; baking soda is FANTASTIC for white socks with black, dirt stains on the bottoms. I walk around all day with just my socks, &amp; they get filthy (obviously). I just unfold all of my dirty socks (because I fold my socks prior to putting them in the hamper to reduce strays), &amp; put them in the bath tub. Then, add cool water until socks are covered. Add about a half gallon of vinegar, and about 2 cups of baking soda. Let them soak for about 30 minutes, drain tub, quick, light rinse. Put them in a bucket or hamper, &amp; put them into the washing machine. I always add vinegar &amp; soda to the washing machine also just to make sure. (I have a tendancy to over do things).
<p>Thanks so much for sharing your techniques! I hope your day shines! </p><p>sunshiine</p>
Nice instructable, i have very same problem with odor in my country house. What % peroxide you use? Because i heard you can find 3%, 6%, 12% and so on.
I use 3% proxide. If someone here would know if one could use a strong % please do let us know. It might be nice to try the stronger solution for really serious pet odors. Thanks for asking a great question.
<p> Yep you cab but read my longer message first Cheers</p>
<p>Peroxide ts sold here as Vol, numbers i.e.1 vol up to about 40 vol from hair=dressers supplies. BUT TEST AREAS FIRST AS IT WILL BLEACH in the higher strengths/ I had a friend whose wife ordered a new carpet. but decide to shampoo the carpet so that the carpet fitters didn't think badly about her housekeeping. We sold various environmentally safer products. One of which was Peroxide based. Raiding hubby's samples she loaded the shampooer with the neat product. Shampooed the carpet last thing at night while we were working an out of town patch. She came down next morning early to check drynes before the kids got up. She found a lovely clean sweet smelling light grey carpet. She was delighted and very surprised. Why ? Because the carpet was originally very dark brown.. She was so pleased she cancelled the new carpet. O.K. for her but be careful. when you have done the patch test ( over night at least ) put about 30 mil ( depending on strength to start with) into a litre spray bottle and top up with water until almost full then ad 3 or 4 drops of washing up liquid . quick shake and you are ready/ This will clean body fats from showers and shower curtains . and baths etc. Worktops, bread boards, cutting boards, cookers you name it. Blood and other body fluids in mattresses responds very well to hair shampoo and a soft tooth brush. Or try the mixture I just described. I tgink this is what is called a synergised material. Strong drain cleaner 98 % Sulphuric acid use with extreme care thick industrial strength rubber or vinyl gloves goggles . Pour acid into water with no plug iv hole. The acid will shoot straight for the drain and start eating through the blockage. It well neutralise as it clears the debris. Biodegradable stuff is what is left as it goes down the drain sorry so long but felt warnings important. kohn</p>
I use white vinegar to get rid of urine smell from carpet, walls etc. in rentals. One house was so bad I used a garden sprayer and sprayed the walls and floors before I could even start other work.
Thanks for commenting. Yes, my grandson told me he knew someone who used it because they had a fire in the house. They placed saucers around the house with vinegar and after a week the smell was gone.
<p>I purchased a dresser that had been in a fire with a horrible smoke smell. I read in a quilt magazine that to get the smell of smoke out of a quilt to put it in a garbage bag with a few bars of Zest soap. I did the same thing - put bars of Zest in each of the dresser drawers. Took a week or so but no more odors.</p>
<p>Thank you for sharing this! I will have to give it a try. I have never heard of this technique before. I hope your spring shines!</p><p>sunshiine</p>
I am looking for a instructable to make my own vacuum attachment for cleaning ceiling fans, dryer lint trap, etc. I searched but I could not find anything similar, I also could not find where to post a comment unless to a specific person. Do you know if anyone has made an Instructable for this? I greatly appreciate any help
Sorry, I have not seen anything like that either. I did a quick search and did not find anything. I am not sure what type of vacuum you have but if I were to make an attachment I would purchase a Sears round brush attachment which is not very expensive ( 10- 12 dollars) or contact the company that makes yours and ask if they have an attachment, or use pvc pipe to convert a Sears or other brand to fit. I normally clean my lint filter every time I use my dryer and I clean my ceiling fans weekly, not so much the light fixture but the fan blades. I use a damp cloth and oil them if needed. It has served me well to do that. As far as the dryer lint filter I don't know why a person couldn't remove the layer of lint and just rinse it under water and dry it with a towel. I hope this is helpful and I answered your question if not please let me know. I am happy to share what I can<br>Thank you for commenting and do have a splendorous week!<br>sunshiine.
Great tips and enjoy all the ideas that follow. My one tip that I use because I use to work in hospital. Straight peroxide will take blood stains out of just about anything. Be sure to place old cloth underneath material so there is no &quot;bleed through&quot;. (no pun intended)
Great tips, thanks.
Thanks for commenting!
Cats and dogs make great pets, but they can also make even bigger messes. Pet urine stains and smells can destroy fabrics and furniture. There are several cleaners to remove stains and odors, but everyone who owns a pet know they don't always work. Genesis 950 works with water to get into the stain. When absorbed by the stain, the mixture of Genesis 950 and water actually works to alter the stain's composition and break the structural bond of the stain. Once the bond is broken, the stain can be lifted and removed. Only by breaking the bond of the stain will you remove both the actual stain and the smell. If you do not do this, you are just masking it. Genesis 950 will break the bonds of stains and remove both the stain AND the odor. In addition, Genesis 950 is a deodorizer. It also acts as an anti-bacterial cleaner and will kill any germs or bacteria associated with the stain. But the best part is that Genesis 950 does not have the harsh toxins or chemicals that other household cleaners have. There is no bleach, acid, alcohol or ammonia, so it won't harm your carpet, your pet . . . or the environment. <br> <br>CAT OWNERS: Cat's urinate instinctively in the same spot where they smell urine. If your cat is peeing on the carpet, the furniture or clothes, the chances of it continuing are very strong unless you actually completely remove any trace of previous urine. The best way to get your cat going in the litter box is by fully removing the stain and odor. There are several cleaners that claim to do this, however you are very fortunate if they work. Enzymatic cleaners are live feeding cleaners and tend to wear themselves out before they get to the heart of the stain. Anything that contains ammonia or vinegar is a MAJOR no-no for cat owners. The Humane Society even recognizes and advises against using these to remove cat urine. The reason for this is because they contain elements found in cat urine. If you use these items to clean cat urine, and they have the same elements in cat urine, you are only reinforcing your cat to urinate in the spot where you &ldquo;cleaned&rdquo; with it. <br> <br>The next time you have this issue, first clean the urine with a paper towel and nothing else. Take that paper towel and place it in the cat's liter box. This will redirect the cat where the odor belongs. Next you have to fully remove the stain and the odor. This can be done with Genesis 950 as follows: <br> <br>1. Clean stained area (furniture, carpet or rug) of any loose debris. <br>2. In a bucket, mix 1 part Genesis 950 to 7 parts warm water <br>3. Using a sponge, absorb the mixture of Genesis 950 and water <br>4. Squeeze excess mixture out of the sponge <br>5. With the sponge, wipe down any stained or dirtied area of the furniture, carpet or rug - do not wipe in a scrubbing manner, just gently wipe and let moisture from sponge absorb into the stain <br>6. Let the area you have wiped absorb the mixture - Genesis 950 is designed to work with water to soak into the stain and break the bonds of the stain, which then lift the stain from the surface. This is what will remove the stain and the smell. <br>7. After about 2 minutes the stain will be loosened and can be lifted from the surface <br>8. Empty your bucket and fill with straight water once you have cleaned all the dirty spots on your furniture, carpet or rug <br>9. Use a sponge with straight water to wipe off the cleaned areas <br>10. Allow furniture, carpet or rug to dry. <br> <br>DOG OWNERS: Dogs are also instinctive in marking their territory and urinating. They develop a routine when going to the bathroom and every dog owner knows that dogs prefer to relieve themselves in the same spot. Even if they are going outside, they generally prefer to do their business in a familiar spot. If they begin to mark spots in the home, it is very important that you act immediately to remove the stain and odor to prevent repeated behavior. By removing the smell they have created in your carpeting, you are controlling the urge for the dog to repeat the unwanted behavior. This holds very true for puppy training as well. Genesis 950 is the perfect aid in training puppies not to urinate inside your home. By eliminating the smell from previous accidents, you are redirecting the instinct to go in that same spot. For spot cleaning, use the above mentioned instructions. <br> <br>For larger stains, and a more professional look, clean your entire carpet using Genesis 950 in any steam cleaner. Use the amount recommended by the steam cleaner manufacturer as you would any other cleaner they suggest. Steam cleaning carpeting with Genesis 950 will make your entire carpet look and smell professionally cleaned. As the mixture of water and Genesis 950 are absorbed by the carpet, any stains, dirt or grime will be loosened. Germs and bacteria will be destroyed. Your carpet will be completely deodorized. After cleaning the carpet using a steam cleaner and Genesis 950, be sure to go over the area a second time with straight water. When you do this, you will see all the dirt and grim that the previously applied Genesis 950 loosened from the carpet. <br> <br> <br> <br>You can get info on Genesis 950 at www.amerikalstore.com <br> <br> <br>
Where are my manners, I LOVED your household tips, some I have never heard of before and others reinforced the reason I was doing them (without really thinking about the methodology). THANKS :)
Thank you for commenting! Have a great day!<br>Sunshiine
Thank you so much for this article! I'm so excited, I can't wait to start using baing soda to clean things! I have a question tho, I have a blood stain on one of the seats in my car. Would I let the solution sit for some time, or would I soak up any excess moisture with a towel, and then clean it with a wet cloth? <br>
I have had best results using peroxide for removing blood stains. I suggest testing an area that won't be noticeable if it has a reaction to the fabric first. I have used peroxide on carpets before but there are so many variables to consider. Here is a place to start:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS387US387&gcx=c&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=removing+blood+stains+with+peroxide+" rel="nofollow">http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS387US387&amp;gcx=c&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;q=removing+blood+stains+with+peroxide+</a>&nbsp;. If that don't work then try baking soda. &nbsp;Again always test an area. &nbsp;Thanks for commenting! &nbsp;Hope this helps! Have a beautiful day!<br> Sunshiine
I hear you about that! My brother bought one a while back and we thought it would work in the washer but it was cheesy. You have to pay the extra bucks for a good one but it pays off in the long run. Thanks for sharing! Have a splendorous day!<br>sunshiine
Regarding plastic shower curtain liners: I love the clear ones but hate the visibility of the soap scum build up. So I spent a little more money and bought an extremely thick clear one (about $25.00) that is sturdy enough that i can toss it in the washing machine on low cycle with some bleach and soap! No need to dry (the spin cycle takes care of that) and there you go! Clean liner! Before my splurge i had been replacing my liner every 4 months or so. Now i have had the same one for almost 2 years! :)
Your sister has a beautiful country home! ::::jealous ;=|::::
She does! It is so nice going there, I never want to leave. Thanks for your comment.
wow love the method i
your welcome
I liked the tips.<br>Is your cat fat or pregnant ..<br>by the way it is very sweet.
Thanks, neither she is a he! And it is my sister cat. The dog is also. My sister lives in the country and it is so peaceful and wonderful there. I love visiting her. <br>
well than he is a little fat lol but cute!
Thanks, she spoils her animals. It took a long time for him to warm up to me. I took this picture for that reason. It was like haha I got ya!
I learned so much from this instructable. You inspire me to try your method of cleaning so I have more time for me!
Glad it was beneficial! Happy cleaning.

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