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I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I try to find storage for my kids things anywhere they might use it. So the coloring books and supplies end up in my china hutch.


It’s a pretty storage space when you’re looking at it like this. But open up the cabinet that the coloring supplies are housed in and….


YIKES! It’s like my tupperware cabinet. Shove something in and hope it stays long enough to close the door.

So when I was walking around Michaels the other day and saw these darling chalk storage containers, I knew they were my solution. They match perfectly and were the perfect sizes. There are tons of fun things down the Maker Market isle in Michaels right now.



First off, I cleaned out that cabinet and threw away a ton of old papers and broken crayons. By this time I had attracted the attention of my 2nd oldest. She was cooking with dad, but thought my project looked a bit more fun.


We used the smaller crates to store the markers and crayons. I wrote on each of the chalk board sides with the chalk markers I purchased at Michaels as well. She loved helping add those into the crates.



Next we made a bin for the coloring books, which I swear multiply. Then I needed an answer for all those homework woes, so I added in a homework bin. Each day after school, my girls are to unload their papers into this bin. I can then go through and trash what we don’t need and keep what we need to work on or what I want to save for later. This might be my favorite part!


Then we came up with a configuration of the bins that would be most useful. Coloring book bin is in the back on the bottom, with the markers and crayons in front. My logic here is that they can grab those things if they need them for homework or anything, whereas the coloring books can be pulled out afterwards if that’s what they really want. The homework bin is on top for easy access. Did I mention that I’m excited for that one?


I love how the storage bins fit perfectly and slide out like little drawers. The answer to my prayers!

And there you have it! It looks a lot better then it did.

If are looking for more ideas, you can always take a look at some of the fun projects on or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String for to see how they personalized their crafts!


This post is sponsored by Dispy Dabber, but all opinions are my own.


If you are anything like me putting Christmas decor away is a whole day project. I feel like I need to clean out, dejunk, and scrub down anything that had Christmas decorations. Maybe it’s because I have a clean slate once all the Christmas decorations are down. I wanted to share with you my favorite things to do to get my home cleaned after the holidays. And really, this would work anytime you want to refresh.

First off I made this bright printable checklist that you could store in with your Christmas decor. That way you will have it from year to year.

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I love to enlist the help of my kids in getting everything cleaned up and put away. It’s nice for them to have responsibility. It also helps them take ownership in our Christmas decorations and the rest of the house when they get a chance to help put things away and place things where you want them to go.


I especially love their help with the tree.

tips-for-cleaning-up-after-Christmas On the printable above I have explanations on what to do and why you’ll want to do it. When it comes to the touch-up paint, you might be saying, “Are you kidding me?” I’m really not and let me tell you why.


We found this amazing product, Dipsy Dabber–It’s a gamer changer.


You pour your paint in the can.


Add a little sample color on the label.


Write all the paint information on the label.


Now all you need to do is clean and spackle the wall and once it’s dry, use your Dipsy Dabber to touch up that paint.


It’s so easy my 9 year-old wanted to do it. She was pretty dang good at it.

Wanna see it all in action. Check out this video from Heather Cluff.

Dibsy Dabber wants our readers to be able to try out the Dibsy Dabber. You can enter code “dipsydab” at check out to save 10%. Offer ends on 12/21/2015.

But we want also wanted to do a giveaway! Three readers will each win a 10 pack. Enter below.

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5 steps to a spotless kitchen in 30 minutes

The kitchen is the one room in my house that we use all the time!  A clean kitchen = A Happy Mom!  I have found that a clean kitchen, even with other parts of the house a mess, can make or break a day.  Our family is calmer and happier with a clean place to eat, come together, and enjoy family dinner time together.

I’ve found a clean kitchen routine that works for us…without fail…if we keep it up, we have a happier home=happier family members.  If you do these 6 steps each day, your kitchen will stay sparkling clean all week.


I also find that if I do these 6 steps in this order, it just makes sense.  For example, it’s easier to clean the counters after the dishes are done, and easier to clean the floors after the counters are cleaned…hence the method to my madness.

Step 1:  Dishes in 5 minutes.

Each night we do the dishes and start the dishwasher.  In the morning, I do a quick unload job and load up our breakfast dishes.  This usually only takes 5 minutes, and makes my day less hectic.  If I wait to unload it until later, the dishes pile up and our evening chores take longer.

Kitchen faucet with a flowing water

Step 2:  A clean sink in 5 minutes.

I love a clean sink.  Your kitchen will smell fresh if you clean your sink daily.  After loading the dishwasher, I put a little cleaner in both sinks, and scrub away.  I make sure to brush over the drains.  I also run my disposal for 20 seconds with hot water.  If you have lemon or orange peels, those are great to add to your disposal.

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Step 3: Wipe down appliances in 5 minutes.

With this few minutes a day, it saves a lot of clean up time each week if I wipe down the stovetop, and kitchen appliances daily.  Just do a quick sweep to remove that cooked on water and food.  You can also quickly wipe down the microwave inside and out, and peek inside the fridge for any spills.   It’s much harder to clean when food and liquids have been sitting for a week or so.

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Step 4: Wipe down counters in 5 minutes.

After the dishes are put away, quickly wipe the counters down.  A trick that I use to make it quicker…baby wipes!  I take a baby wipe and clear off crumbs.  Then when I use my sponge/washcloth it makes for a quicker job!  It’s so nice to have clean counters for the next meal you will be making or serving.

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Step 5: Straighten drawers or cabinets in 5 minutes.

No matter how organized the drawers start out, they get so cluttered in just a few days!  Just choose one or two drawers or cupboards to straighten each day.  (you can pass on the tupperware one…can that one ever be saved!)  This saves me from a huge day of organizing the kitchen tools that get misplaced.


Step 6:  Sweep or Vacuum Kitchen Floor in 5 minutes.

This step is my favorite.  I have walnut wood floors throughout my kitchen and dining area.  They are so pretty…but can be a beast!  Every crumb shows!  Well friends…I have to tell you my new secret, I don’t even sweep!  I vacuum with the new Dyson V6 Absolute.   It is a cordless vacuum that is AMAZING.  I know you have heard of a Dyson vacuum, and I was so excited to try this out.  I love it.  It hangs right in my pantry, charged up and ready to tackle the next mess….which can be 3 or more times a day.  It is so light weight and even my kids can help.  You will have to read more about this amazing vacuum below and how you can get one this weekend for an awesome price!  I love that you can use it on carpet…or any surface.  And the attachment tools are the icing on the cake!

And that is how I keep up with the kitchen madness.  I can’t say much for the other rooms in my house, but when my kitchen is clean, I can breathe a sigh of relief!


dyson_v6_absolute_cordless_vacuum__96753.1425487786.1280.1280 And now for some great news for our readers.  On QVC, you can get the most amazing deal on the Dyson V6 Absolute.   We are giving you a sneak preview today but you won’t be able to purchase this on QVC until August 16th at midnight (ET).  The retail price is for around $600 but you can purchase it on QVC for $469.  You can read below details about how the vacuum was made, designed and why it is so powerful.   DysonV6AbsoluteInAction

Dyson V6 Absolute on QVC

  • Run time: 20 minutes
  • Price: $469
  • Hygienic bin emptying: Just push the button to release the dirt directly into the bin.
  • Weight: 4.96 lbs.
  • Tools included on TSV: Motorhead / Soft Roller Cleaner Head / Crevice Tool / Combination Tool, Mini Motorhead / Soft Dusting Brush / Multi Angle Tool / Flexi Crevice Tool / Stiff Bristle Brush / Wide Nozzle Tool
  • Warranty: The machine comes with a 2 year parts and labor warranty.
  • Availability: August 16 at 12AM (ET) on QVC. QVC features one item each day as a Today’s Special Value, which is offered at an exceptionally low price beginning midnight ET until 11:59 PM PT that day on QVC,, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515.


The V6 Absolute has two cleaner heads complete with HEPA filtration and is designed to tackle all floor types. It provides the power of a corded upright and reinvents the way you tackle dirt, with cord-free convenience. For the first time in the US, the machine will be available in two new colors: black and blue. The hero color will be red.

Big debris or microscopic dust? Most vacuum cleaners suck up one or the other, leaving either crevices full of dust or piles of Cheerios snow ploughed to the wall. Dyson’s latest cordless machine reinvents the way you tackle dirt, big and small, ensuring particles of all sizes are sucked up and flung into the bin. HEPA Filtration to capture allergens and expel cleaner air. Removes 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns.

The problem:

To pick-up fine dust, a machine needs to have a tight all-round seal to the floor. Keeping this seal means that larger particles, like rice or large cereals, pile up in front of the machine. Introduce a gap for this large debris and the machine is no longer sealed, the suction drops, and fine dust is left behind.

 The solution:

Using a soft roller cleaner head, Dyson engineers have radically redesigned the traditional cleaner head so that it tackles both big and small debris. Rather than strips of hard bristles, the soft roller cleaner head has a full width roller, covered with a soft nylon material and rows of carbon fiber filaments.

Large debris are enveloped by the soft material and flung inside the cleaner head, while the antistatic qualities of the carbon fiber filaments gently remove fine dust, without damaging floors.

James Dyson said, “To engineer a machine that tackles both fine dust and larger debris, like Cheerios, we needed to change the way we pick-up the dirt from the floor. The power of our patented V6 Dyson Digital Motor, combined with our revolutionised cleaner head, means V6 Absolute can tackle dust and that pesky cereal.”

V6 Absolute is also the first cordless machine to include two Dyson engineered cleaner heads: soft roller cleaner head, as well as Motorhead. The soft roller cleaner head uses a larger roller covered in soft woven nylon, while Motorhead features a second, direct drive motor and stiff nylon bristles for powerful performance on carpets.

This is a sponsored post, all opinions are 100% mine.

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We are always looking for the motivation to get chores done.  Today we’ve put together a list of our most favorite Chore Charts!

Your kids will love them almost as much as you will!

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

For more chore chart ideas visit our Pinterest Board.

Chore Charts

Morning Motivation Job Charts from The Crafting Chicks

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

Chore Jar from Whatever Dee Dee Wants

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

No Fail Summer Job Charts from The Crafting Chicks

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

Work for Hire Chores from The Chic Family

These printables are so great (and easy)!

Fill in the Blank Job Charts from The Crafting Chicks

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

Punch Card Chores from Thirty Handmade Days

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

Job Chart Template from The Crafting Chicks

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

Chalkboard Chore Charts from Eighteen25

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

After School Chore Chart from Somewhat Simple

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

Summer Bingo Chore Chart from The Dating Divas

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

Clean the House Treasure Hunt from Mother’s Niche

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

Tic Tac Toe To Do List from Design Eat Repeat

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

Frozen Chore Chart from Blessed Beyond a Doubt

These printables are so great (and easy)!

DIY Erase Chalkboard Chore Chart from Simply Kierste

15 easy chore charts that your kids will love!  These printables are so great (and easy)!

Chore System from Homemade by Carmona

These printables are so great (and easy)!


cleaning tips

It’s that time of year when holiday decorations are down and my house looks empty.  An empty house  always make me realize that my house needs a good cleaning!  So we’ve searched the web for the Top 15 Cleaning Tips & Tricks!  You’re going to love these!

For more cleaning ideas jump over to our Cleaning Tips and Tricks Pinterest Board!

How to wash pillows and make them white again by Inter Design Info

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks! These are great!

How to clean glass shower doors by Ask Anna

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks! These are great!

Homemade Granite Cleaner by No. 2 Pencil

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks! These are great!

How to remove carpet stains by The Shabby Creek Cottage

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks! These are great!

The world’s best homemade laundry soap by The Crafting Chicks

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Safely clean your computer keyboard by The Mamas Girls

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks! These are great!

How to clean moldy water bottles by One Hundred Dollars a Month

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks! These are great!

The no-scrub way to clean your stove burners by The V Spot

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks! These are great!

How to remove water rings by Homemade Mamas

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks! These are great!

How to remove hard water by The Thrifty Home

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks! These are great!

How to get hairspray off walls by Somewhat Simple

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks! These are great!

Sanitize and restore wood cutting boards by Sweet C’s Designs

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks! These are great!

How to make your old towels like new by Passion for Savings

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks! These are great!

How to clean your slow cooker by 365(ish) Days of Pinterest

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks! These are great!

How to detail your car yourself by Honeybear Lane

Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks! These are great!

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Hey everyone! I’m Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road and I am so excited to be here! A huge thank you to the Crafting Chicks for having me over today! At Yellow Bliss Road, I love to share simple & delicious recipes and fun free printables, especially around the holidays.

For my gift idea, I decided to put together two of the things I love most about Christmas – 1) Gift giving, and 2) the delicious scents of cranberry, cinnamon and citrus. Want to make your home and your neighbor’s smell like CHRISTMAS? Read on and I’ll show you how!

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri and Free Printable Gift Tags

I love to fill my home with amazing scents during the holidays, and there’s no better combination than citrus and cranberry mixed with cinnamon and spices. This is a simple recipe that you can simmer on your stovetop or in a crockpot to help fill your home with these delicious scents.

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri - This stuff smells amazing!!

All of these ingredients are combined in a small pot on the stove. Since I thought this would be a great gift idea, I created a fun printable tag to go with it. Just right click on the image above to save it to your computer, then print as many as you need.

Christmas Potpourri Tag

Just place the ingredients in a jar or gift bag. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t easy getting that orange in there so I’d suggest choosing a small orange, or slicing it and placing it in a ziploc bag before adding it to your jar. You also want to place the spices in a small bag so they dont just fall to the bottom. I simply cut the corner of a ziploc bag, poured the spices in, then tied it with a small piece of twine.

For the top, I just cut a circle out of a brown paper lunch bag and placed it under the ring of the mason jar. I then added a “To” and “From” just in my own handwriting. I attached the tag with some twine.

Christmas Potpourri with free printable tag

I love how fresh and rustic this gift is, and I love that it’s not another food gift!

Thanks again for letting me visit!

For more fun and fresh ideas for Christmas from Yellow Bliss Road, I’d love for you to check these out:

Hot Chocolate Bar with Free Chalkboard Printables 2

Holiday Hot Chocolate Bar with free printables

How to Plan a Christmas Movie Night with Free Printables

Planning a Christmas Movie Night with Free Printables


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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Huggies and Kleenex for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I don’t know about you, but it seems like I can never have enough Kleenex© Ultra Soft around my house. As a mother of 3 little girls, it seems like someone is always sniffling or sneezing especially when school starts and the germs start to circulate. The Kleenex Ultra Soft Facial Tissues are the best because they are super soft for those sensetive noses. gift-tags-for-teacher   I love to give Kleenex Ultra Soft to our new school teachers each year too, since they are dealing with a lot more sniffles and sneezes then I am on a daily basis. That’s another reason I buy a big pack of Kleenex© Ultra Soft from Sam’s Club. Then I can still have a stockpile at my house and be fine with gifting these. Another time saver is that Sam’s Club offers FREE online Order Pickup so you don’t have to do a ton of shopping if you have little helpers coming with you. So if you are like me and wanting to gift some Kleenex© Ultra Soft I’ve made it super easy with these great tags. Teachers-Printables In order to make this gift just run to your local Sam’s Club, then download and print these tags in color.

I made 2 different color schemes and I used a cardstock weight paper so the tags would hold up a bit. cc_download Kleenex-Teacher-Gift-Idea gift-ideas-for-teachers You could attach the tags with some cute washi tape, or some fun bakers twine like I did. printable-tags-for-teachers Tissue-gift-idea-for-teachers And there you have it. A great gift idea that’s sure to help your teachers and the kids stay a bit healthier this school year.

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It seems like the summer times brings out all the bug and bad guys in my neighborhood.  There are many neighborly reminders to shut garage doors and leave outdoor lights on at night. Many of  our neighbors have opted to have security systems installed in their homes.  I’ve been reluctant mainly because of the contract and monthly fees. So once I heard of Novi, I had to share.



A security system that sends photos and alerts to your phone (no contracts, no monthly fees, inexpensive, and portable)! We are working with this awesome Kickstarter project and want to get the word out! If you want to feel safe and secure go visit the site.  They have done a lot of homework to get this product to be the perfect solution for any home, apartment or business.  I know I’m excited to get these installed in my home!

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Hi all! Jordan from FunCheapOrFree here. Does anyone have the Spring Cleaning itch yet?? I have 3 kids, and my oldest just turned 4. Yes, you heard that right. And yes, my house can be a real disaster. Spring comes around and I am a cleaning machine! The rest of the year? Not so much…UNTIL NOW! Here are 3 simple techniques to help get you spring cleaning in no time, and keep your house clean all year long!

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If you’re anything like me, you tend to look at your messy house and have a hard time imagining when you’ll find a full day to get it clean again. My solution for getting, and keeping your house clean? Blitz clean! We might not have all day to clean our house top to bottom, but everyone can find 10 minutes in their day. Here’s how this works:

  • Find 5-10 minutes in your day, but no more than 10! (Why? It’s too easy to get side-tracked, it’s harder to stay fast and focused for longer, and it’s easy to find 10 minutes vs 20 or more.)
  • Pick one area of your home that needs to be cleaned/organized. Keep it to a small area, no greater than one room, as small as one drawer or closet.
  • Set your timer, and GO! I use the timer on my phone. Work as fast, hard, and focused as you can for those 10 minutes.
  • Clean generally first, then work down to fine details. Rather than picking up one item and running into the next room to put it away, be more general. Pick up all items first. If it doesn’t belong in that room, put it in a laundry basket to empty and put away later. Once the room is picked up and tidied, you can work to fine details such as vacuuming, decluttering, organizing, and even deep cleaning such as dusting and scrubbing.
  • Stop cleaning when the timer goes off and move on with your day.
  • Repeat. Commit yourself to two 5-10 minute blitz-cleans per day. If you happen to find another 5 or 10 minutes later in the day, do it again!
  • Get your family involved! My kids know what Blitz Clean means. We “huddle” up, decide what each of us is going to “tackle” in that room (“I’ll tackle picking up the floor. You tackle washing the windows. You tackle straightening the pillows on the couch. Ready, BREAK!”), and we make a game out of it! When the timer goes off the kids brag about how many things they “tackled”.

You can get a lot done in 10 focused minutes. After all, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! “Bite” away at the mess in your house and it will keep you encouraged and able to stay on top of the overall mess.

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One of my most viral posts is my “Keep your home clean with 1 chore per day“…because it really works! Again, it’s hard to find hours to deep-clean your house. In addition to the day-to-day chores we all must do, stay on top of deep cleaning by tackling one chore per day. If all you can dedicate is 15-20 minutes, that is enough. You can make your own schedule, or you can use this free printable and try my schedule. Here is a condensed version (see lots more detail HERE):

  • Monday: Laundry day. Keep the machines running all day long. Yes, you will probably have to do laundry throughout the week…but this is your day to dedicate to towels, sheets, rugs, clothes, etc. I also have Monday as a vacuum and tidy day.
  • Tuesday: Bathrooms. All parts of all your bathrooms. This may take you longer than 15-30 minutes the first time you do it. But remember…Tuesday comes around every 7 days! So by staying on top of the schedule it will be quicker and quicker each time because it will be more “touch-up” cleaning than super-deep cleaning.
  • Wednesday: Surfaces. Anything that can be dusted, mopped, vacuumed, or wiped (counter tops, base-boards, windows, floors, microwave, mantels, shelves, etc.). Again, it will be lots of work the first or second time, but if you stay on top of it, it gets much easier.
  • Thursday: Organize/clean out something. Your car, a junk drawer, a closet, your garage, big or little just pick one thing and tackle it that day.
  • Friday: Tidy and vacuum. Tidy the whole house (never leave a room empty-handed!) and vacuum the whole house, including stairs.

Note: My house is large, so often times I will split up the levels with bathrooms and sometimes surfaces. So I’ll focus mostly on the main floor the 1st week of the month, then upstairs the 2nd week, the main floor again the 3rd week (it’s the most used floor), and basement the 4th week.

Use catch-all baskets to keep your home clean.


A simple, yet effective tool. In each room, closet, or even on the stairs (like THIS ONE), have a “catch-all” basket. I recommend it to be cute, of course :)

As you tidy up your house, toss things that don’t belong in those baskets. In your closet, if you’re in a hurry you can toss your clothes in the basket, and put away the clothes when you have more time. It keeps things off the floor, and is an easy way for kids to put things away…”no dessert unit your basket is empty!”.

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I hope these cleaning tips will help you Spring Clean your home in no time…and keep it clean all year long! For more great tips be sure to visit me at!


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homemade laundry soap

Yes I did just stake the claim that this is the WORLD’s BEST Homemade Laundry Soap!! And I stand by every word of it!

I’ve been very hesitant to make my own laundry soap although I have always wanted to.  I was scared because I have a nice HE washer and didn’t want to ruin it.  I know you have to use special laundry detergent in those babies and I was never sure if the homemade stuff would work.  Well, the reason you use special soap is because you need less suds.  Somewhere we all thought that suds equals cleaner things, but really it is just extra stuff that’s added.  If you go back to basics then you lose the extra and your laundry will look and feel amazing!


The World’s Best Homemade Laundry Soap
  1. Grate the Fels Napha into a large mixing bowl. Add in all other ingredients and stir together until well mixed.
  2. Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load.

I’ve been super impressed with this recipe. Everything comes out smelling, feeling, and looking great.  It’s even taken that mildew smell out of my towels.  You’re gonna love it too.

Oh, and did I mention that you’re gonna save money? Well, you are! It’s quick and easy to make, and my girls love to help.  But don’t take my word for it.  Run and grab the supplies and let me know what you think. All products can be purchased at Wal-Mart type stores. Or you can order them from Amazon:  BoraxSuper Washing Soda, Baking Soda, Downy Unstopables, Fels Napha, and Oxi Clean. Hopefully that helps!

We have 15 great tips and tricks to getting things clean you’ll want to check out!

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If you need some motivation to get just get started, Becky has compiled this list of spring cleaning motivation.

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