Tag Archives: Cleaning

Mom Hack: Bathroom Smells

Some of you may know what I am talking about. Boys are terrible bathroom guests. They leave horrible smells and the particular smell I am speaking of today is that stale urine smell. With the holidays here we have many guests in and out of our bathrooms, and if you are like me you have the guests using the kids bathroom. Not my brightest idea but its the only bathroom other than the master, and they are not going in my room. So every year around this time I must find ways to keep the stink of my kids bathroom to a minimum so that I can appear to be that mom I always wish to be, you know the one, the one who has it all together. Since that isn’t usually me, I enjoy appearing that one a few times a year. How do i do this you may ask? I do a simple clean up of the bathroom before guests arrive and call it a day. Haha! Yea, that smell I was talking about, a quick clean doesn’t cut it. So instead I clean, and create this simple little cleanser for the toilet give it a GOOD scrub, then create a little deodorizer for a continuous refresher durign the day.


  • 1-2 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup borax
  • dish washing soap

Use this fabulous cleanser scrub around the toilet base, under the seat, behind the seat, along the tank, and in the bowl. I suggest wearing gloves since it can be a little foul.

bathroom smells

I love to follow this with a little deodorizer that I leave in mason jar in the bathroom. This incredibly quick, easy, and sweet smelling recipe at Redefined Mom. Like me she doesn’t always have the time to be “that mom” 24/7 so hacks like this make life easier, and smell better. Go check out her easy to replicate bathroom deodorizer. Your guests will thank you, and so will your nose!

Chores for Kids: Yay or Nay?

So last week I was in the backyard with my daughter, age two, picking up the dog poop in our yard. If you have dogs, or other animals, you know this is a necessary evil, and it happens fairly often. I had pooper scooper in hand and wandered around the yard cleaning said evil droppings. When my daughter yelled out to me, “Dog poopoo mama! Here!” I walked over to her and indeed saw a spot I had missed. I went to rake it into the scooper she stopped me and asked to help. I let her hold the handle to the scoop basin while I raked the poop in. She loved it. She screamed about helping. She even went around and gathered a few more pieces. I was over the moon. Maybe soon I can stop doing this job and pass it off to her. Especially since she seems to enjoy it. My neighbor was not as enthused as I was. He actually yelled at me over the fence about using my child as slave labor. It is a parents job to work he told me, children should not do chores. I was baffled. I did chores as a child. It was not slave labor. I did what everyone else in my house was expected to do as well. So I pose this question to you readers, are chores unreasonable?

I have always taught my children to participate in the household duties, just as my parents did with me. It encouraged productivity, community involvement, and an understanding of how the world works. In order for the house to run smoothly for us all to enjoy our time together we have to work together to get things done. Every night my entire family helps. The oldest help in the kitchen at dinner time, chopping things, or assembling the salad. The younger children set the table, and everyone helps to clear at the end of the meal. My children also help to take the trash out, clean up their rooms, and feed the dogs. My two year old loves putting food in the dog bowl and carrying it in to the kitchen for them.

When it is time to clean up the house everyone pitches in, helping to dust, mop, and fold laundry. My two year old sorts the laundry, she revels in her ability to sort the whites from the colors.

So I ask you once more, what is wrong with this? My children still play, they go out with friends, they do not get punished for not helping, but they also do not refuse to help. It has never been a requirement, no punishments or treats are given for helping. It is just something everyone does. I feel it helps my children to understand responsibility, appreciate what they have, and teaches them how to run a household when they are older. I would hate to see my children at 30 unable to take out the trash, or cook a decent meal. What do you feel is a good chore for every age? Do you agree with the chart for different age group chores? Is there something you would add? Or remove?

Chores for kids

Creative Clutter: Cleaning Up the Chaos

Creative Clutter: Cleaning Up the Chaos

Do you and your kids have the same fight everyday about all of their toys and clutter? Is it always laying all over the house. A train in the living room, a shoe in the kitchen, a football in the bathroom, and Legos on the floor in the bedroom? We have all been there. The house is a mess and you see more of your kids toys on the ground than you see put away. It can be trying to deal with a houseful of kids that is also a houseful of clutter. Wouldn’t it be nice if they enjoyed cleaning up their things? If organization were their main priority at the end of a long day of play? Well we cannot promise that their favorite activity will be cleaning but we can help you find some creative ways to store all that clutter which will hopefully help your kids have more fun cleaning up.

Spoonful, the blog hosted by Disney, has some incredible ideas for creating fun and creative clutter organizers. With just a little elbow grease, some creative and repurposed materials, and some help from your kids you can create a few new organizers that are so neat and fun that your kids will love putting their things away.

Honey-Comb Organizer

What You Will Need:

Card stock
Paper clips
Tacky glue

What You Will Do:

1. Begin by taking your card stock and cut 3 x 9 inch strips. These will be rolled together and taped to form tubes. You can make as many tubes as you want.

2. Next use a flat piece of card stock as the back or your design. Arrange your tubes on the card stock backing so that things will not fall out of the tubes.

3. Arrange the tubes in the shape you want then one at a time remove them and use the tacky glue to glue along the bottom edge and place it back down on the paper. Continue until all of the tubes are secured to the backing. Allow the glue to dry completely.

4. Next place glue beside each tube where they meet so that they are reinforced in their shape together.

5. Cut off the extra backing so that only the tubes have paper backing. Use the pushpins to secure the honeycomb to the wall, or lay flat on a table. Now you can use the tubes to hold toys.