Tough Outdoor Cleaning with Mean Green

Disclosure – This post was sponsored by Mean Green, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tough Outdoor Cleaning with Mean Green

The patio off the master bedroom is my favorite place to relax and read after work or after the kids go to bed and I probably spend more waking hours there than any one other spot in the house. Although its a covered patio, it still collects all sorts of dirt, pollen and even grass clippings every time we mow the yard. I keep a comfy cushion on this chaise lounger but as you can see in the before picture (upper right) the edges that aren’t covered get dirty and discolored over time and it just doesn’t look pretty anymore when that happens. I like to use Mean Green Mildew Destroyer on the chaise because it takes care of the stains in a hurry. Just a few squirts and you can literally see the spots disappearing right before your eyes, a few swipes with a cleaning rag and this job was done. What a huge difference it made in the after picture on the left side!

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Late Spring Cleaning with Mean Green

Disclosure – This post was sponsored by Mean Green, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Late Spring Cleaning with Mean Green

While we like to keep the house as clean as possible all year round, I always like to tackle those projects each spring that seem to get missed during the year. It’s already getting pretty darn hot out but it’s technically still spring and I found a couple more things that needed a good cleaning like the outside of these patio doors. With so many kids handing slamming this door shut every day I wanted to be sure it was clean and bacteria free so I used Mean Green Anti-Bacterial Multi-Surface Cleaner to cut through this tough grease and grime while killing 99.9% of germs. I simply sprayed the door with the cleaner and wiped the grime away, I couldn’t believe it didn’t take a bunch of scrubbing to clean this mess.

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Excited to Be a Mean Green Ambassador!

Disclosure – This post was sponsored by Mean Green, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mean Green

With five kids in the house it’s nearly impossible to have the whole house clean at any one given time but I’ve always been a fan of Mean Green cleaning products because they help cut my cleaning time dramatically.  Anything that helps me save time and makes me feel good about the cleanliness of my home is a keeper in my book so it was a no-brainer when the opportunity arose to be a blog ambassador for Mean Green and I jumped at the chance to share my experience with their products with my readers.

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How to Easily Clean a Microwave Using Vinegar

How to Easily Clean a Microwave Using Vinegar

My five kiddos are growing up really fast and they’re trying to get more independent in the kitchen, unfortunately that means we have a lot more messes to deal with! They really like to get their own food from the microwave, but they’re not very good at wiping up any messes so we end up with lots of baked on foods in the microwave. In addition to being pretty gross to work with, it can be difficult to scrape that mess off.

I’ve found that the fastest and easiest way to clean an icky microwave is to heat a cup of vinegar for two to three minutes, leave the cup inside with the door closed for five more minutes, then open and clean it with the remaining warm vinegar. The vapors created from the vinegar inside the microwave help to loosen all the stuck on food so you can more easily wipe it down with a washcloth and get a sparkling clean interior.

When I was growing up we used vinegar to clean pretty much everything from lime deposits in the tub to the windows. Now that I know how to stack coupons and match them with sales I’m able to get bargains on all sorts of cleaning supplies but you rarely see them in my shopping trips because I prefer to limit the chemicals that I store in my house and stockpile, and I love being able to use natural, non-toxic ingredients.

Heinz Cleaning Vinegar

Although you may use any white vinegar to make your microwave sparkle, I enjoyed using the new Heinz Cleaning Vinegar for this job. Their all natural cleaning vinegar is a stronger “special cleaning strength” that will help you get even the toughest jobs done. White distilled vinegar is very acidic and it kills germs, bacteria and even most molds. Now with a stronger strength formula you can clean without harsh chemicals and for a very low price.

Heinz Cleaning Vinegar

When I shopped at Walmart for the Heinz Cleaning Vinegar I found it in the vinegar aisle along with a huge assortment of flavors and varieties of vinegar. Although I did stop and check out the other cleaning solutions, I much prefer natural cleaning methods like using vinegar.

Heinz Cleaning Vinegar

Do you have any healthy cleaning or vinegar tips that you’d like to share? I’d sure love to hear what works for you!

Disclosure – I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and HEINZ . All thoughts and comments are completely my own. #CBias #SocialFabric #HeinzVinegar


10 Different Ways to Use Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly is one product that can usually be found in homes all across the country—and even the world. Whether in one’s makeup kit, bedside table or bathroom, this household staple has hundreds of different uses. Here are some of them:

Perfume booster – A lot of females believe that petroleum jelly, when spread onto one’s wrists or behind the ears prior to spraying perfume, allows the scent of the perfume to linger for a longer period of time.

Makeup – Looking for a cheap, quick and easy substitute for lip gloss and mascara? Dab a little petroleum jelly on your lips, and apply some of the clear jelly on your eyelashes. For an extra lift, use an eyelash curler afterwards. Petroleum jelly can also be used as a facial moisturizer or as a makeup remover.

Protect your hands – If you’re going to do dirty work like painting, rub petroleum jelly into your hands to prevent spills from soaking into your skin. Your hands will not only keep clean, but they’ll also be soft and smooth.

Watermark remover – Bothered by those water rings and watermarks on your wooden tables? Rub some jelly into the watermarks and allow it to sit overnight. Buff the surface with a dry cloth the next day and enjoy a clean table again!

Tear-free baths – Why purchase no-tears shampoo for your child when you can use petroleum jelly? Apply a bit of jelly onto your child’s eyebrows in order to create a resistant shield of sorts that keeps shampoo and soap bubbles from running down into your child’s eyes.

Lipstick remover – Have you ever had to deal with annoying lipstick stains on your cloth napkins after a dinner party? Blot petroleum jelly on the stain, and then launder as you normally would. You may not need to throw those napkins out after all!

Loosen door hinges – Squeaky doors can be very annoying. Work in a little jelly all around the hinges to make the squeaking stop!

Winter treatment for the car battery – Undo the battery’s electrical leads and remove and clean the battery caps. Spread some petroleum jelly on the connectors and posts in order to remove both gunk and rust. The jelly creates a waterproof layer that keeps all metal components resistant to snow and salt.

Changing light bulbs – Before changing a light bulb, apply some jelly to the metal rim of the new bulb. The extra layer prevents rust from forming and keeps the bulb from getting stuck in a socket.

Shoeshine – There’s no need to buy separate shoe polish for your leather and patent leather shoes. Instead, apply a quarter-sized amount of petroleum jelly on your shoes!

These are just some of the many, many uses of petroleum jelly. What are the other things can this wonder product can do?

Photo Credit: iClipart


8 Things You Can Do With Alka-Seltzer

Do you happen to have any Alka-Seltzer in your stockpile?  Have you got any tough household stains or cleaning issues?  Well here are eight somewhat surprising things you can do with Alka-Seltzer, in addition to making your tummy feel better!

Polish Your Jewelry – Put two tablets in a glass of water and immerse your jewelry for two minutes.  Remove, rinse and pat dry.

Make Your Own Cleaner – Dissolve three tablets in a spray bottle with 8 ounces of water then use it to clean bathtubs, counters and the microwave after the fizzing stops.

Deep Clean Vases – Vases often have water ring stains on the inside, but you can remove them easily by filling with warm water and dropping in two tablets for an hour.

Remove Burn Marks From Cookware – Fill cookware or a dishpan (if stains are on the outside) with warm water, drop in 4 or 5 tablets and let sit for an hour.

Clean The Toilet – Once or twice a week you can drop two tables into the toilet bowl, wait fifteen minutes then do a quick swish with the brush and flush.

Unclog A Drain – Put three tablets in the clogged drain and pour a cup of very hot water over them.  Wait a few minutes for the fizzing to settle down then run the hot water over the drain.

Clean The Coffee Maker – Dissolve two tablets in the coffee pot then run the water through a brew cycle to clean out the tubes and other interior components.  Do a brew cycle with plain water to rinse before making coffee.

Build Rockets – Once all the cleaning is done you can entertain the kids by going out to the yard to make a rocket out of an empty film canister.  Put half a tablet in the canister then fill half way with warm water.  Replace the lid and set it down on the lid.  Stand back and watch as it flies into the air!


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