Showing posts with label Cleaning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cleaning. Show all posts

Monday, July 20, 2015

It's Possible to Do a One-Man General Cleaning with Very Young Kids Around

The afternoon of May 27 was the start of my most successful installment general cleaning this year. I already had two attempts early this year but I ended up fixing the same clutter that I normally fix everyday. I never thought that Bunso, a preschooler and more active than Kuya when he was at the same age, would behave and play on his own while I cleaned-up.

Pardon me, friends, if I shared photos of my general cleaning journey on Facebook. I was so happy that I was able to accomplish that much in one and a half days.

Obviously, I was so proud of myself because finally, I was able to let go of my precious nursing books and they were adopted by a good blogger friend. 

My friend, Jenette Soriano-Florig, said that it's nice to dispose and share old things to make way for new things. Yes, it's true. I feel very light and inspired to go back to my usual routines because I know that the things that I let go would be in good hands and it feels good to live and work in a clean and clutter-free environment. 

General cleaning with active boys around, including our husbands,  is merely impossible for us moms who have no helper or caregiver to lessen our load or to take care of our kids.

I was surprised because my endless planning and attempts pushed through. My strategy was indeed effective! 

Here are some tips to survive general cleaning while looking after your very young active kids:

1     Talk to your kids. Tell them that you are going to clean the house including its purpose and advantages. Plan with them the things that they are going to do while you are working. 

2     Start with the areas of the house that need minor cleaning for you not to be overwhelmed with so much cleaning and decluttering. It's a sort of priming and  motivating yourself. Doing this can make you feel accomplished knowing that you've finished lots of areas in a short span of time without your kids feel being unattended because you can play and take care of them during short breaks.

I feel relaxed whenever I see our precious books properly arranged on the shelves!

3      When items like clothing, shoes, and the likes are not being used within six months and up, they need to be disposed. You may donate them, share them with friends and loved ones, or sell them. But make sure that they are still usable and in good condition when you do. Always put yourself on other people's shoes. Who wants to receive dilapidated hand-me-downs or buy overused preloved items? Of course, nobody.

4    Next, declutter the areas that need major cleaning and sorting. By this time, your kids have the feel of what you are doing. You'd be surprised! They are going to help and cooperate.

I had pending orders while doing my installment general cleaning. I also had promises that were meant to be done the following week. Honestly, I couldn't concentrate when my kids' toys were unsorted so I fixed them first before moving on to my WAHM duties.

5     After decluttering and putting things in order with wiping and dusting on the side, do ceiling, wall, furniture, and floor cleaning and other finishing touches. Please start from ceiling to the floor. It follows the cleanest to the dirtiest rule.

6     Do multitasking to save more time. You may cook your viand by popping it in the oven, cook rice in the rice cooker, and do machine laundering while cleaning for instance. 

7     Most of the time, you need to touch the bedrooms, kitchen, laundry room lastly due to presence of active people and they are used all the time.

8     When the house is already spic and span, I do further sorting of files, documents, knick-knacks, photos, and receipts. Based on experience, it's better to check them out again once the house is already orderly so that you'll have a clearer judgement on what to keep and what to dispose.

How I wish that my working area stays this way ALWAYS! It feels good to work when the house is spic and span.

I hope that my general cleaning tips can help you. Do you have other cleaning tips that you want to share? Fire away! Feel free to comment! 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tips on Restoring Old White Uniforms and Shoes

School year 2014-2015 has began for some students. Hope the tips below can help moms who are still preparing for the opening of classes next week. 

As parents, we find ways on how to lessen our expenses like letting our kids reuse their old uniforms and shoes. There is no need to buy new ones if they still fit. Through this way we can save a lot of money and teach our kids frugality. 

To make old white uniforms and shoes look new and ready to use again, here are my practical tips.

White Uniforms
Soak yellowish or grayish white uniforms in a basin with water, detergent, and white distilled vinegar for 15-3o minutes. Acetic acid of vinegar removes stains, discoloration, and enhances the cleaning power of detergent. Hand wash the uniforms until they turn white again. Rinse with water, wring or spin, and hang them outside, most preferably exposed to direct sunlight.   

Yellowish or Grayish Plain White Canvas Shoes
Do the procedure above using an old toothbrush to remove excess dirt and stains. But don't expose it to direct sunlight when drying to avoid making the fabric weak. Based on my experience, prolonged exposure to sunlight turns white canvas shoes yellowish or grayish again. Make sure to air dry instead,  not tilted please, to avoid water marks on the exterior.

Old Plain White Rubber or Leather Shoes
Rub the exterior using plain white toothpaste with little water using a microfiber cloth. Remove the suds and dirt using clean cloth or wet wipes. Then air dry. Yes, believe me! It will make your white rubber and leather shoes very white and clean! The baking soda on toothpaste does the trick. I remember doing this during my nursing student days.

If the interior is very dirty, brush it thoroughly using detergent or dishwashing liquid solution. Rinse it immediately in running water. But don't do this on the exterior because it can make your shoes chip off. Then do the above-mentioned procedure on the exterior. Indirect warmth and good ventilation is the best way to dry them.

Old Black Shoes
Wipe the dust or dirt using dry cloth. Apply shoe polish, baby oil, or cooking oil on the exterior. Don't forget to brush or wipe them with dry cloth to make them even more sparkly!

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Friday, September 27, 2013


I was browsing my Facebook wall when the post of my good friend, Dr. Trinidad Borromeo, caught my attention.

This is Sandrine Burke's photo about her Homemade Grout Cleaner. I'm so glad I came across with this post. This makes cleaning very easy in no time!

I immediately grabbed my journal and recorded the ingredients of Sandrine Burke's Homemade Grout Cleaner!

Keeping our bathroom and walls grout free seems to be a difficult task for me. I tried it the following the day and it made wonders

According to Sandrine Burke
Super easy!!! 

What you need to do is to...

Prepare 7 cups water, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/3 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup vinegar - throw in a spray bottle and spray your floor, let it sit for a minute or two... then scrub.

My Version
I used 1/3 cup kalamansi juice as substitute for lemon juice because the former costs lesser and abundant here in the Philippines compared to the latter.
1 I prepared two basins---one with clean water and the other one with the grout cleaner.
2 I dipped microfiber cloth in grout cleaner and wrung the excess solution.
3 I wiped the walls in circular motion to mechanically remove deep-seated dirt.
4 When the cloth is dirty, I washed it with clean water before dipping it again into grout cleaner.
5 For very dirty walls, do the procedure two to three times for best results.
I admit, I always forget to clean our walls when I do house cleaning. See the difference after doing the above-mentioned procedure three times. Sandrine Burke's Homemade Grout Cleaner is simply amazing! From now on I'll do the maintenance cleaning once a month.
I just followed the procedure Sandrine Burke did. I did it two consecutive days for best results and did the maintenance cleaning two to three times a week.
Please excuse me for showing the Before photo. It's so dirty but it happens to our bathroom wall within three days after cleaning because it is not exposed to sunlight. Good thing that Sandrine Burke's Homemade Grout Cleaner really works! 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

How to Make Your Bathroom and Refrigerator Smell Fresh

Do you feel frustrated when your bathroom and refrigerator smell bad or "kulob" despite keeping them spic and span?  

A piece of GINGER is the right solution to this problem. It removes the fishy smell in seafood dishes. Well, it does too in your home! All you have to do is to place a medium or big piece of ginger with skin on to a strategic place in your bathroom or refrigerator where it doesn't get wet. Just replace it when it gets dry. It usually takes two to three weeks before it needs to be replaced.  

You'd be surprised about its deodorizing power! You don't have to buy expensive air freshener or deodorizer that might be harmful to your health.

I learned this from my dentist when I saw a piece of ginger in her comfort room. I asked her, "Dra. bakit po may ginger sa CR ninyo?". "Pampaalis po ng amoy kulob, Ma'am.", she replied. I immediately placed a piece of ginger in our bathroom and refrigerator upon arriving home. I observed for a week and it worked! 

Try it and tell me your feedback! 

Aside from Ginger's usefulness and effectiveness in cooking and healing diseases, it is one of the best and safest deodorizers I've tried (Photo Credits:

Sunday, September 1, 2013

REVIEW: Tiny Buds Bottle and Utensil Wash

 I loved Tiny Buds Bottle and Utensil Wash the first time I used it! Please stay for awhile and find out why.

Tiny Buds claims that...

Wash away those worries by using Tiny Buds Bottle and Utensil Wash, made from food grade ingredients, thicker concentration and not  watery, comes in light  green apple scent  that cleans the bottles well and does not leave an unpleasant  smell on the nipple of baby bottle. It also guaranteed  Paraben-free, *SLS-free (short for sodium lauryl sulfate) and is biodegradable and earth friendly.

Tiny Buds Bottle Wash comes in a slim capped bottles that takes up little storage space in the pantry. It can be dispensed in a bottle container with a safety cap; a special safety feature that shields away from crawling insects at night and other contaminants when left in the washing area.  A safety feature most mommies value and what's more, it also comes in a refillable pack.
Photo Credits: Tiny Buds

Product Details 


  • Tiny Buds is a mild natural cleaner specially formulated to keep baby safe from harmful chemicals.
  • Made from 100% food safe fruit extracts.
  • Twice the bubbles for a deeper clean.
  • Easily removes bacteria and foul odor from left over formula.
  • Highly effective but gentle on skin.
  • Free from artificial coloring which can cause allergies.
  • Free of cancer-causing Parabens

Natural surfactant from fruits, Food Grade Aloe Vera extract to take care of hands

  500 ml bottle, 350 ml Refill Pack, 128 ml 1 Week Pack

  500 ml bottle- Php 259.00, 350 ml Refill Pack- Php179.00, 128 ml 1 Week Pack- Php 78.00

Safety cap to shield from crawling insects (further sealed with two circular tapes)


Three years after manufacturing

Conway Innovations LLC GU, USA

IMF Beauty and Wellness Products Manila, Philippines


FREE: Courtesy of Tiny Buds

  • To clean a single baby bottle, just add 3 to 4 ounces of water plus 1 pump of Tiny Buds Bottle and Utensil Wash. Brush as needed, then rinse thoroughly with running water and sterilize.
  • To clean used baby bottles, utensils, and accessories soak in a basin of water plus 2 to 3 pumps of Tiny Buds Bottle and Utensil Wash. Scrub until clean, then rinse thoroughly with running water and sterilize.
  • To clean vegetables and fruits, add 2 to 3 pumps of Tiny Buds Bottle and Utensil Wash in a basin of water. Soak for 2 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with running water. 

3 pumps in 12 ounces of water are enough to clean feeding bottles dishes, utensils, and even the sink!

You may find all the information you need to know about the product on the entire packaging.

How I Used It 

1 I rinsed the feeding bottles with warm water to remove left over formula.

2 I put 12 ounces of water in a basin and added  3 pumps of Tiny Buds Bottle and Utensil Wash.

3 I brushed, rinsed them in running water, and sterilized them.

4 I used the solution again to wash our dishes and clean our sink.


In My Opinion...

PROS:  Tiny Buds Bottle and Utensil Wash is thick, colorless and has a mild green apple scent which prove to be pure and mild. It's thick consistency has a powerful cleaning action. In just 3 pumps (about 1 1/2 teaspoons) in 12 ounces of water, feeding bottles, dishes, utensils, and sink have been cleaned and washed. Soap suds have been washed off completely after rinsing. 

Take note, all articles washed became odor-free, grease or dirt-free, and sparkly clean!
My hands didn't dry and smelled fresh and clean too!

While sterilizing my son's feeding bottles, I noticed that the steam coming out the sterilizer's snout was odorless unlike when I used my old cleanser. It made me feel secured that all the residues were entirely removed while washing them in running water.

The absence of SFS  (short for sodium lauryl sulfate), surfactant and foamer usually found in industrial-strength cleaners, made it safe. My son wouldn't ingest cancer-causing elements. 

The packaging is very nice, sleek, neat, and informative where all the details about the product are written.

It is readily available too.
You may purchase it at selected Watson Stores., Mercury Drugstores, Baby Co stores, Rustan’s Department Store and Supermarkets Shopwise Supermarket, Robinson’s supermarket,  Babyland, Numa, Toys ‘R Us, Landmark, Unimart, Cash and Carry, Pioneer, Makati Supermarket, Metro Gaisano, Puregold Duty Free, Shoppers Mart, Waltermart, Bora Budget Mart, Sta. Lucia Mall,South Supermarket, Cherry Foodarama, Baby Steps, Citimart, LCC Supermarket, 360 Pharmacy, Gaisano Capital, Fooda Supermarket, Iloilo Supermarket, Gaisano Mall  of Davao, Alturas Supermarket & Department Store, LCC Department Store, HB1, NCCC, NCX, Ororama, & Lopue’s Department Store.  If you want to buy online, just log-in to Facebook and go to Tiny Buds Official Page.

It is real value for money. It's not just safe but economical too! I am glad to have a chance to use this product. I've experienced that it really works! It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


For more information, you may keep in touch with Tiny Buds.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Quick and Effective Way to Clean Leather Using Household Products

I am so excited to share this with you because it really worked! I did this in less than ten minutes!

I got the idea from this article. Here you can also find different related articles about cleaning leather items.
How to Clean Leather With Household Products By Carole Ellis, eHow Contributor 

For visual learners, you may watch this video. You may use olive oil as substitute to leather wipes, cleaner, and conditioner.

What I used:
  • 4 small and clean rags
  • water 
  • mild liquid hand soap
  • olive oil

  • My old, dusty, dirty leather bag before cleaning. Notice that the metal parts are very oily.

What I did:
1. I wiped the bag using dry rag to remove the dirt and dust.

2. I saturated a cleaning rag with water. I wrung out the rag so that it was just barely damp then I squirted about three drops of mild liquid hand soap onto the rag. I worked the rag so that the soap and water were dispersed throughout.
3. I wiped my leather bag with the damp rag with mild liquid hand soap using firm but calculated pressure. I didn't change my rag because my bag was not too dirty. Note: In case you are cleaning very dirty leather items, replace the rag if it gets too dirty so that you are not just smearing the dirt around.

4. I wiped down my leather bag with a rag that was barely damp to remove the soap residue that was left over after cleaning.
5.  I wiped my leather bag down with a clean, dry rag and made sure that it was completely dry.
6. I massaged a small amount of olive oil into the leather. I poured about six drops of olive oil on a clean, dry rag and worked it into the rag. I used firm but calculated pressure to work the oil into the leather. The leather should not be darker, shiny nor sticky. I used a dry cloth to buff off the excess oil.

My old bag looked so nice and clean!I'm so happy with the results!

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