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We have a chore box. It is full of chores for my kids. Each day/time we are cleaning as a family they get to “pull a chore” or two. The chores are: vacuum the stairs, dust one room (mom’s choice), clean out under one bed (mom’s choice), dust base boards in one room (mom’s choice), clean all mirrors in house, clean back slider door, wipe down lower kitchen cabinets, clean off bathroom counters, gather all laundry….etc :) The kids love the luck of the draw and I love a clean house!
Even when I use a water softener, our toilets get rings around them because of the hard water. To get rid of the water rings, I use a pumice rock (super cheap @ Lowe’s $2.50?) and they come right off!
To clean that dirty microwave, place a cup of water in and microwave for about 2 minutes, it loosens everything up.

Campbell (Via E-mail)

A thrify and ‘green’ tip for the wash – there have been a lot of studies recently on the side effects of using fabric softener. I’m not sure which are true and proven yet, but in the meantime rather than take any risks – I use the only all natural fabric softener I know of – White Vinegar. I pour it straight into my fabric softener dispenser for nearly every wash (except darks- should be safe, but just in case). It smells when you pour it in but clothes come out smelling fresh and clean with no ‘vinegary’ smell at all. It’s good for the environment, can’t hurt you, and for $2.50 a gallon, MUCH cheaper than any fabric softener you can buy at the store. Try it – I’m totally hooked!


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