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Tips eliminating litter box smell, 7 ways to cut cat box odor #Cat, #cats, #PetTips, #LitterBox, #Pets

Our family has two cats, I LOVE my family and they all LOVE the cats, while I just “like” the cats. Since I love my family I allow these “fur balls” to live in my home.  Don’t get me wrong I am nice to them, and think they are cute and would never allow any harm to come to them.  I do however have a real issue with their hair, and the cat box being in my home.  I seem to be the only one that “smells” the litter box and I am totally paranoid that my house will smell like cats.

Here are a few tips I have found to keep litter box odor to a minimum:

1) The brand of cat litter you choose can make a world of difference.  They come in all different varieties, I have found I HATE the scented ones.  They are made to help “hide” the odor but I find I then just associate the smell  of the scented litter to a messy box even if it is clean.  So I personally prefer a scent free litter.  Plus my Mom’s vet told her that  the scented litter was causing her cat to have UTI’s (urinary tract infections) so a scent free litter might just be healthier for your cat too.

2) The brand of cat food you choose affects the smell of their urine and poop.  My husband loves to spoil his cats and buy them wet canned food, the cats LOVE it but oh my word…. it is like they pigged out at an all you can get restaurant.  As soon as the cat goes poop you can smell it throughout the whole house (yuck).   So I had to put a limit to how often the cats get wet food, due to the smell.  I also noticed that different brands of dry food make a HUGE difference in the  smell of the cats urine.  Some of them make the cats urine very STRONG…. I personally really like the Friskies brand dry food.  The cats like it, price is middle of the road and it seems to help the cats have a “mild” urine odor.

3) Scoop the box daily, or even twice a day.  As much as my kids think I am nuts, scooping the box OFTEN is huge to keeping odor down and keeping a fresh smelling box.

4) Use a box liner, we use a heavy duty black garbage bag to line the litter box.  This makes for easy changing of the litter box and also helps keep the box itself more fresh. The box is plastic and will absorb smells… so even with a liner I suggest to get a whole new box once a year.

5) Baking soda, can help cut down on odors.  I like to sprinkle it on top after scooping the box.

6) Change the litter at least once a week, with two cats at least twice a week.  Yes this is on top of scooping daily.  I know some people will put a lot of litter in and only change it every few weeks.  But I prefer to use less litter (about 2-3 inches deep) and change it more often.

7) Put the box in a well vented area.  An ideal room is one with a vent fan and a window that you can open to the outdoor.  Fresh air is your friend when…. after all most of us want a well vented bathroom.  Having your cats “bathroom” in a well vented area is ideal as well.

Bonus tip: to get the cat hair off the furniture I really like the Pledge Fabric Sweeper for Pet Hair, Empty and Reuse.

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Clean / Dirty Dishwasher Magnet

I don’t know why, in my house, we have such a hard time remembering if we ran the dishwasher or not!  Especially now that the kids are getting older and are helping more with the emptying and loading.  Fortunately it is easy to discover  if they are clean or dirty by opening it up.  My kids don’t seem to realize that all the time though and then life stands still until Mom tells them.  Anyone else have that problem?  I decided I wanted to make a clean and dirty magnet to help all of us remember.  Let’s be honest, we are busy and we can’t always keep little things straight!

You will need:

1 White card stock or thick paper

1 Patterned card stock or thick paper

scissors

A cup, bowl or something else round to trace

marker

brads

magnet

Hot glue gun and glue

Begin by making a large circle out of patterned paper.  Mine was 4.5 inches.  Now you will need to cut 2 circles slightly smaller then the large one.  Cut one out of the white card stock and one out of the patterned. My smaller circles were 4 inches.   On one side of the white circle write “clean” and on the other end of the same side write “dirty”.

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Once your paper circles are cut, you will want to find the center.  This is important for it to be exact or it won’t turn correctly.  Do this with all 3 circles.  Before connecting them, you will want to take your small circle of patterned paper and cut a small window in it.  To do this, I used my white card stock and traced a small oval that was big enough for the “dirty” and “clean” label to show through.  You want to make sure it is less than half or you won’t be able to get your brad in it!

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Now, simply connect with a brad.  (you can find the simple brass brads or fasteners in the office supply section of your store).  You are almost done!  Just turn it over and hot glue a magnet onto the back of your fastener.  Let it cool and you are ready to use it!  Great to add to a gift basket of kitchen necessities for a house warming gift too.

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Ziploc wants you to  Challenge Your Best Friend to a Closet Showdown: Your best friend is always there for you. You would trust her with your life. But would you trust her with your closet? If anyone can tell you the truth, it is her, so ask your go-to-girlfriend to help you clean out your closets—it doesn’t just have to be clothes. Work together to toss or donate whatever you are hoarding—shoes, costume jewelry, VHS collection etc.

I took the Ziploc Closet Showdown, but I did it with my 3 year old.  I feel it is so important to  help them understand how to clean and organize. You can do it for them, but then they will never learn those skills themselves.  So teach them while they are young! Knowing how to clean is a great skill to learn. 
Ziploc closet challenge, Quick tips to keeping your closet oraganized

 When I tell my kids it is time to clean their room, I normally get that look like “You are the worst mom ever” or they fall to the floor as if their life has ended and there is no reason to go on.  Yes, I know rather dramatic,  but hey when you’re three years old you also tuck your shirt into your AWESOME Rambo underwear…lol.   Today was no different when I informed my 3 year old son we were going to clean his closet, he curled up in a ball on the floor.

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But the frown quickly turned into a smile when I told him that we were going to us some COOL new Ziploc products to organize his room.  Oh boy was he excited, and could hardly wait to start.  The Ziploc big bags have a photo of a bunch of balls inside the bag, he saw that and yelled, “LOOK Mom,  I can be in the Olympics, see all the balls in the bag.”  Oh to be 3 years old again, and to be so excited about every little thing and have no limits to your dreams!
Ziploc closet challenge, Quick tips to keeping your closet oraganizedWe don’t keep many toys in his room, or he will play with them at bedtime. But he does have a few things, like cars and crayons.  We decided to use the Ziploc Twist n Loc  containers.  He thought that was a blast, each car he “drove” into the container. As he put away the color crayons he said the color of each one. When he was done, he could hardly wait to put them away.

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I let him pick where he wanted to put them, and he thought the red shelf would be best. I agreed that was a great choice.

Tip: In teaching your children to clean, help them learn to make choices and feel confident in those choices. Something as simple as allowing them what shelf to put toys on can empower them be able to make other choices in the future.

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Next we used the Ziploc Big Bags and Flexible Totes to help package like items.  We used the Ziploc Big Bags to put all the baby blankets in one and used another one to put sleeping bags in. Were were then able to fit 4  large quilts into the Flexible Tote!  My son thought the tote was amazing cause he could use the zipper to zip it up, he keep saying “Look Mom I can help you.” I was surprised how big these bags and totes are, talk about an amazing storage solution!

So our Closet Showdown took about 30 minutes to complete.  My 3 year old and I had a great time and he can’t wait to show his big brother what a good job we did organizing their closet while he was at school.

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Keeping Track of Your Child’s Medicine Doses~ Good Advice During the Winter Season

I love pretty much everything about Fall and Winter.  I think I can count on one hand the things I dislike about the cold months; heating bills, icy roads, and kids getting sick every time you turn around.  Honestly, with multiple kids it sometimes feels like someone in our home is sick constantly the whole season!  Don’t get me wrong, I feel blessed that they are small illnesses.  Colds, ear infections and sinus infections mostly.  But with our hectic life, and sometimes multiple children on medicine at the same time, it is easy to lose track of whether or not someone got their dose that morning/evening.  And then if you add 2 parents in there, what if one of us gives the medicine not realizing that the other one already gave it to them?

Here is the solution: Use a sharpie, or put a small label on the bottle of the medicine.  I tried the Sharpie, but with the red bottle, I didn’t feel like my oldish sharpie was dark enough. My son is taking his medicine for 10 days 2 times a day starting on the 12th.  I made 2 columns, one for am and one for pm and listed the dates down the side.  Now my husband and I can keep track of  when we gave him his medicine to make sure neither of us are double dosing him and that the child is actually getting all of the doses of the medicine so it can be most effective.

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Make your own pour spout for spices when you up-cycle a salt bottle

Make your own pour spout for spices, by up-cycling an old salt container

Every time I make something useful out of junk that should be tossed in the trash, I giggle a little.  Why, because it proves that the apple does not fall far from the tree.  Still confused as to what I am talking about?  Well my Mom can pretty much turn anything into something useful or pretty.  So when I take something destine for the trash and re-use it, I know it got at least a little part of my Mom’s creativity.

Make your own pour spout for spices when you up-cycle a salt bottle

One way to save money is to buy your spices in bulk at WinCo in the bulk in section. Or you can can by them in a bag instead of a spice container.  If I was to buy a spice jar full of cumin it would have cost we $2-$5 depending on what brand I buy.  But this bag was less than a dollar and has 2-3 times more the spice jar had.  But leaving it in a bag is not very convenient, it tends to spill and make a mess.  Plus it does not keep the smell in very good, your whole cabinet will smell if you keep it in a bag.

Make your own pour spout for spices when you up-cycle a salt bottle

So I often put the spices in a glass jar or an empty spice jar.  But the other day as I was getting the last bit of salt out of the salt container I had and idea….. What if I put the pour spout from this empty cardboard salt container and used it as the lid for a mason jar.  If it did not work, no harm done it was destine for the trash bin anyway.

Make your own pour spout for spices when you up-cycle a salt bottle

I took the top of the mason jar, traced a circle out for the right size.  Used a sharp knife to cut it out…. popped it into the ring of the mason jar and BAM…. I had myself my very own pour spout for my cumin.  No more messy bag, no more smelly bag …. I have a easy to use pour spout!  Love it!

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how to get crayons out of clothes

I had a reader email me and ask me how to get crayons out of clothes that have been thru the washer and the dryer.  Here are my two suggestions.  FIRST I would recommend  Resolve All Stains , I tried it for the first time a few months ago and LOVED it.  I got crayons out of a load of laundry, and many other stains out. I was so excited I even did a youtube video on it, you can watch it below.  Best part it is less than $5 a bottle.  This works great for spot treating.

If you can not view the video you can watch How to get crayons out of clothes with Resolve , Here

IF YOU HAVE A WHOLE LOAD that needed treated you might try this magic recipe.

My friend Melissa did this(with her kids brand new summer clothes) she was so excited when she was able to get it all out with a “magic recipe” that she was willing to share it with all of you…

Here is the magic recipe:

HOW TO GET CRAYONS OUT OF CLOTHES
1 c. Clorox 2
1 c. Borax
1 c. white vinegar
1 c. hydrogen peroxide
1 c. Triple Action Shout
3/4 c. Oxy Magic

It’ll cost you about $30 to get it all but that is better than having to replace your clothes (which I’m sure would cost hundreds). Put your “ruined” clothes in the washer and put all of these ingredients on top of them. Set your washer to hot water and to a heavily soiled setting. The clothes need to soak for at least 30 minutes (so depending on what kind of washer you have- either use soak option on washer or fill your tub with enough hot water to soak the clothes). Then wash normally with your regular detergent.

I seriously do not have a single sign of red or pink in my clothes. I am thrilled with the results. Think of me when/if you have to use this and let me know how it worked for you.

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