How to Deep Clean Your Pantry
How to Deep-Clean Your Pantry
By Erin Huffstetler | 09/11/2013 | No Comments
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If you only have time to deep-clean one area of your house on a regular basis, make it your pantry. It’ll save you money by keeping you aware of what you have on hand, and help you to avoid a pantry moth infestation. I tackled my pantry this morning, and snapped some photos to show you my system for maintaining a clean, bug-free pantry.

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How to Wash a Backpack
How to Wash a Backpack
By Erin Huffstetler | 08/30/2013 | 2 Comments
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Don’t replace last year’s backpack just because it looks a bit grimy. These cleaning instructions will have that pack looking new again in no time:

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Permanent Markers
How to Remove Permanent Marker
By Erin Huffstetler | 08/23/2013 | 3 Comments
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Permanent marker isn’t nearly as permanent as the name suggests. Learn how to remove it, and you’ll be able to:

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Dolls
How to Clean Yard Sale Toys
By Erin Huffstetler | 08/20/2013 | 2 Comments
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I’ve been buying my kids toys at yard sales since they were born, so I’ve developed a system for cleaning everything that we bring home. It works for the germaphobe in me, so it’ll probably work for you, too. Take a look:

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Infused Vinegar
How to Make Vinegar Smell Better
By Erin Huffstetler | 06/11/2013 | 1 Comment
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Like the cleaning power of vinegar, but hate the smell of it? That’s easy enough to fix. Just tuck some citrus peels or one of your favorite herbs in a jar full of vinegar, and let it sit in a cool, dark spot for a couple weeks. When you open it back up, it’ll smell much better than before. Transfer your scented vinegar to a spray bottle, and you’re all set to clean.

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Air Out Your Bedding
Air Out Your Bedding
By Erin Huffstetler | 04/26/2013 | 1 Comment
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If you own feather pillows or comforters, airing them out is an important spring cleaning task. Over time they absorb a lot of moisture, and need some time in the sun to dry back out. Take them outside on a low-pollen day, and give them a few hours to soak in the rays. Since sunlight also kills bacteria, this is a great way to take care of any germs, too.

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Dirty Oven
How to Clean Your Oven (Without Oven Cleaner)
By Erin Huffstetler | 04/13/2013 | 6 Comments
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Trying new recipes is fun, but sometimes it leads to unexpected results, like this oven mess that I was left with the other night.

Ugh!

Now, I don’t have a self-cleaning oven, and I don’t use oven cleaners, but this mess was actually a lot easier to clean up than you’d probably guess. In face, my oven basically cleaned itself while I was out yardsaling. Want to know my trick? Here it is.

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Clean Out the Dryer Vent Hose
How to Clean a Dryer Vent
By Erin Huffstetler | 04/12/2013 | 2 Comments
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Be sure to include your dryer vent on your spring cleaning list. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, dryers account for 15,500 fires and more than $84.4 million in property damage each year. Most of those fires could be avoided by a simple, twice-yearly vent cleaning.

If you’ve never cleaned yours before, here are step-by-step instructions to take you through the process:

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