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How to Clean Rust in Eco-Friendly Ways

A few of my friend’s bobby pins had fallen out of her hair and were on the bottom of my bathtub. We were in a hurry to get to her Grandma and Grandpa’s anniversary party. This was a weekend event. I never even thought about picking the bobby pins up. Worry about it when I get back is what I thought. Okay, neither of us considered they are metal in a damp tub. So, what do we end up with?

Rust.

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And it really happened just that fast. Three days later there it was. And there are chemicals that can remove rust, but we have been cleaning in a green way in both our homes for so long, it just feels weird to buy some non-friendly chemical.

So, I decided to turn to the only place that might have the answer. You guessed it. The internet! Someone out there must have the solution. Turns out a lot of people have solutions. They’ve done the experiments, and now I’m researching their work.

This does work. I compiled the best solutions for getting rid of rust and they’re all eco-friendly.

I’ll start with a Stainless Steel Sink. You will need:

  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Aluminum Foil

Spray the area with the vinegar, then sprinkle on the baking soda. It will create a foam. Crumble the foil into a ball and use it to scrub the rust away.

For my Bathtub this is what worked me:

  • A Lime
  • Salt

Believe it or not it was just this simple. Sprinkle the salt over the rust stain. Then cut the lime in half. Squeeze lime juice over the salt until it is soaking. Then use the lime to scrub the stain out.

After seeing small amounts of rust in other places in my home I did try other solutions. Another one I found that worked was:

  • Baking Soda
  • Water
  • A Toothbrush

Once again, the most simple stuff. Place about half a cup of baking soda into a bowl. Stir in just enough water until it forms a paste. Use the toothbrush to scrub the paste onto the rust. It takes a little elbow grease, but this is great for small rust problems.

These have all worked for me and I hope they work for you too! If you’re looking for a great cleaning service to take care of your home’s other needs and you happen to be in the Denver area, I suggest getting a deep cleaning in Denver. Happy cleaning!

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How to Use Different “Sodas” for Eco-Friendly Cleaning

I never realized how many types of soda cleaning products there were when it comes to eco-friendly cleaning. I assumed baking soda, and it is the most popular one in my opinion, but there are a couple of others. These user-friendly products are safe for children, pets, and allergen affected people.

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Baking Soda:  

The minerals in this slightly alkalined powder helps to dissolve proteins and neutralize acids to increase the cleaning power of detergents by balancing the pH level of the water. Pour some baking soda down a drain and add an equal amount of distilled white vinegar to create a foaming reaction within the drain and pipes, which cleans and deodorizes the drain.

You can mix this miracle cleanser with water to form a paste to clean silver, surface rust, laundry, and coffee stained cups. You can even brush your teeth, and vacuum cleaner from Only Canister Vacuum to completely remove the dust.

Washing Soda:  

Also known as sodium carbonate decahydrate, or soda ash, this natural mineral is effective for breaking down grease, removing stains, softening water, descaling coffee pots, espresso machines, and boilers. This can be found in the laundry aisle of most stores.

Club Soda:

Use this versatile liquid cleaner primarily for laundry. It is effective in removing stains from organic materials such as blood, coffee, wine, chocolate, and other food components.

The best part about these are you can experiment with them. Sometimes, I just try mixing a couple things together like I’m a scientist (which I am completely not) and have fun seeing what I come up with. The great part of the experimentation is it doesn’t hurt my wallet. All of these products are relatively inexpensive. So, experiment away!

If you aren’t into experimenting, leave the cleaning to the professionals like Eco Clean Madison.! They will leave your home in marvelous condition by the time they are done.

A clean home is a happy home!

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5 Ways to Decorate Your Walls Without Paint + Giveaway

If there’s one thing I hate about renting, it’s the boring and plain white/eggshell colored walls. No matter where I rent it seems to be the standard, and after 13 years of the same old walls, I’ve learned a thing or two about decorating them without using paint. Because quite frankly, when it comes time to move out, repainting the walls back to their white/eggshell color is the last thing I want to deal with. If you’re in the same situation, check out these 5 ways to decorate your walls without paint.

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~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

1. Framed Art, Posters & Magazines

A fun, easy and affordable way to add some color to your walls is by framing art, posters and magazines. I love to display my children’s artwork in their bedroom and also in the toy room. Simply framing the artwork adds a more sleek and professional look, if that’s something you’re going for.

The same applies to posters and magazines. I especially love framing pages from magazines. Obviously I’m not talking about ads, but you’d be surprised at what you can find that’s frame-worthy in magazines. It’s about thinking outside the box. Do you love to cook or bake? Take one of your favorite recipes from a magazine or book (which also usually include awesome food photography), frame it and place it on your kitchen wall.

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2. Fabric

There are a few different cool ways to use fabric to add color and accent to plain walls. One way is by wallpapering fabric. It’s much easier and quicker than painting, and has the potential to add more pizazz than a paint job. Not to mention, this can be done on doors too. Just think of all the different options when it comes to fabric prints.

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Or if you’re not wanting to go the fabric wallpaper route (because you’ll have to use an adhesive of some sort all over the wall), try just draping fabric on the wall. There’s no rule that says fabric and curtains have to be placed over windows. I like the idea of draping fabric behind the bed, adding the illusion there may be a window there, but also adding life to the focal point of the room.

Another idea is what I call fabric accent boards. Simply take a piece of fabric, wrap it around a piece of foam board, glue the fabric edges to the back, and voila! You have a lightweight, decorative accent piece to liven up your space. You could also use a piece of wood, but I like foam board because it’s light enough to attach to the wall using double sided adhesive strips.

3. Personal Photos

Okay, so adding personal photos to the wall may seem like a no-brainer, but there are so many directions this can be taken. Frames, foam board prints, collages, canvas prints, and the list goes on and on. I have to say I’ve personally become quite partial to canvas prints and my collection is growing constantly.

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In my bedroom, I stay away from photos of my kids because it’s mine and my boyfriend’s sanctuary, and our personal space. But the rest of the home is free game, and boy are my kids taking over. My most recent photo addition is a new 20″ x 16″ canvas print from Canvas Factory, on the wall in the toy room.

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The toy room houses the majority of my kids toys so it’s only fitting that their artwork and photos adorn the walls.

This isn’t the first time I’ve ordered a canvas print from Canvas Factory and it certainly won’t be the last, but I was a little more impressed with this canvas than the last one I ordered. It has nothing to do with the quality of the print, that’s always on point, but had to do with the backing.

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5 Ways to Decorate Your Walls Without Paint | #CanvasFactory #canvasprint #walldecor #decorating #giveawayCanvas Factory has added a flat, black backing to its canvas prints, meaning I can attach it to the wall without adding a hole. I can just use my trusty ol’ double sided adhesive strips. If you prefer to hammer in a nail and hang the canvas, that’s still an option because the hooks are still on the back, but as a renter I try to prevent holes in the wall, knowing I’ll have to fill them in later.

If a canvas print is something you’d like to explore more, keep scrolling for a Canvas Factory giveaway!

4. Removable Wall Decals

Really popular now are removable wall decals. Available you can find all kinds of themed graphics, from kids and baby rooms, to nature, laundry and bathroom themes. Yea, let’s not forget how boring laundry spaces and bathroom walls can be.

5. Shelving

Not only does shelving add storage and display space, it also adds depth to any room. Whether you choose simple floating shelves or something more intricate that scales the wall, shelving is a great choice for adding some life to a wall.

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I would even suggest making shelving colorful. You don’t always have to go with a wood design, but can add some flare to the wall by going with some color. The whole point is to help the plain and unattractive walls, and a splash of color will certainly do that.

How do you decorate your walls sans paint?

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Keepsake Picture Frame Revamp

Have a broken picture frame around the house? Don't throw it out! Get creative and revamp it to make it a beautiful and functioning picture frame once again (or even something else). Head over to the blog to see how I took a broken picture frame of mine and revamped it into a keepsake frame for my daughter! #photodisplay #DIY
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I am a total sucker for cute picture frames. I even have new ones that’ve never been used just stored away, waiting for the perfect photo. During our move a few months ago, one of the frames I’ve been using for years somehow got broken; to a point that I couldn’t fix it in a way that wouldn’t be noticeable.

Have a broken picture frame around the house? Don't throw it out! Get creative and revamp it to make it a beautiful and functioning picture frame once again (or even something else). Head over to the blog to see how I took a broken picture frame of mine and revamped it into a keepsake frame for my daughter! #photodisplay #DIY

I let it hang on the wall anyways, broken corner and all, holding a photo of my boyfriend and I. Then a few weeks ago I decided it was time to decorate the walls in my kids’ room. I had some beautiful canvas prints to use, but needed something more to make the photo displays complete. So I thought, why not add a few other photos around the canvas?

I first went through my stash of new picture frames, but didn’t find what I was looking for. Then a light bulb went off and I knew exactly what I needed to do. I turned that broken picture frame into an adorable keepsake frame for my daughter and now instead of a photo of me and my boyfriend, it preciously holds a photo of my rambunctious daughter.

Have a broken picture frame around the house? Don't throw it out! Get creative and revamp it to make it a beautiful and functioning picture frame once again (or even something else). Head over to the blog to see how I took a broken picture frame of mine and revamped it into a keepsake frame for my daughter! #photodisplay #DIY

Here’s what I did!

Step 1: Disassemble and clean.

The first thing I had to do was take the picture frame apart and clean it really well. This particular frame had two glass pieces because of the featured wording designs. The glass piece that goes in the back had something sticky on it (probably to hold a photo in place) and I had to get that off. I simply used a little elbow grease and Goo Gone to handle that.

Have a broken picture frame around the house? Don't throw it out! Get creative and revamp it to make it a beautiful and functioning picture frame once again (or even something else). Head over to the blog to see how I took a broken picture frame of mine and revamped it into a keepsake frame for my daughter! #photodisplay #DIY

Step 2: Paint the glass.

I wanted to add a little girliness to the frame since it was going to be for my daughter, so I took the back glass piece and painted the back of it pink. I didn’t have any pink paint, so I just mixed equal parts red and white paint together to get the perfect pink shade. After two coats of paint and letting it dry, I absolutely loved how this glass piece looked. It still had the white featured wording from its original design, inspiring to live, laugh and love.

Have a broken picture frame around the house? Don't throw it out! Get creative and revamp it to make it a beautiful and functioning picture frame once again (or even something else). Head over to the blog to see how I took a broken picture frame of mine and revamped it into a keepsake frame for my daughter! #photodisplay #DIY

Have a broken picture frame around the house? Don't throw it out! Get creative and revamp it to make it a beautiful and functioning picture frame once again (or even something else). Head over to the blog to see how I took a broken picture frame of mine and revamped it into a keepsake frame for my daughter! #photodisplay #DIY

Step 3: Remove wording from glass.

The front glass piece had black wording on it, again to the effects of live, laugh, love and it worked great for the original design of the frame. But for the revamped keepsake frame, I needed this glass piece to be completely transparent. So I took the blade from a box cuter and in a matter of seconds had easily scraped off the wording. Then I just cleaned the glass to make sure I’d gotten it all off.

Have a broken picture frame around the house? Don't throw it out! Get creative and revamp it to make it a beautiful and functioning picture frame once again (or even something else). Head over to the blog to see how I took a broken picture frame of mine and revamped it into a keepsake frame for my daughter! #photodisplay #DIY

Step 4: Reassemble and fix corner.

The next step was to reassemble the picture frame and fix the broken corner. Rather than using tape or glue, I made it super simple and just wrapped one of my daughter’s headbands around the right side of the frame. The headband holds the broken corner together and offers a keepsake feature. The cute pink rose headband is actually one my daughter wore as an infant and as she’s grown, has become too tight for her plump little head. I have to admit, I felt like a genius when I thought of this!

Have a broken picture frame around the house? Don't throw it out! Get creative and revamp it to make it a beautiful and functioning picture frame once again (or even something else). Head over to the blog to see how I took a broken picture frame of mine and revamped it into a keepsake frame for my daughter! #photodisplay #DIY

Step 5: Add photo and display.

The only thing left to do at this point was to choose the perfect photo for the frame and display it on the wall.

Have a broken picture frame around the house? Don't throw it out! Get creative and revamp it to make it a beautiful and functioning picture frame once again (or even something else). Head over to the blog to see how I took a broken picture frame of mine and revamped it into a keepsake frame for my daughter! #photodisplay #DIY

Have you ever revamped an old broken picture frame?

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DIY Book Shelf: From Shoe Rack to Book Shelf

DIY Book Shelf: From shoe rack to book shelf! I'll show you how I turned an old shoe rack into a useful book shelf for my son.

With my son’s collection of books getting larger and larger, his reading materials have outgrown their storage basket.  I have been browsing online to see what cute and effective storage ideas I could find and came across some pocket shelving.  The problem is that I wasn’t willing to pay its cost if it wasn’t going to hold all of his books.  So I held off.

 Book Shelf Idea

Shortly thereafter, while visiting my parents, my mom asked if I wanted a shoe rack she was going to toss out.  At first I said no because I had no need for it and certainly didn’t need any additional clutter in my home.

Then all of a sudden it hit me!  I was thinking about the shoe rack and it dawned on me that I could turn it into something similar to the pocket shelving I had previously been eyeing.

Once I got home with the shoe rack, I took to Pinterest to see if I could find if someone else had done something similar.  I mean, why do trial and error if someone else already has it figured out?  But I couldn’t find anything.  So I decided to just do it my way and I absolutely love how it turned out!

DIY Book Shelf: From shoe rack to book shelf! I'll show you how I turned an old shoe rack into a useful book shelf for my son.

I’m certainly no seamstress, but I do know the basics of sewing.  And not only that, but I don’t even have an average sewing machine that has all of the basic functions.  I have a miniature sewing machine that only does a straight stitch and was still able to pull this off.

Step 1 – Find the perfect material to make the shelves/pockets.

I decided to go with a canvas-like material so that it would be sturdy.  And I liked this particular design because the words were fitting with books and reading.  I purchased 1.5 yards and used it all.

Step 2 – Take measurements.

As far as width I lucked out with not having to do any measuring because when folded in half, the sheet of material was exactly the width I needed.

Width Measurement

Measuring the length was a little more tricky and required some little helping hands.  Before measuring, I made sure I had the poles I’d be using in their appropriate slots and removed any excess poles I didn’t need.  Each pocket requires two poles, one in the top back and one in the bottom front.  Just repeat the pattern all the way down the shoe rack being used.  My shoe rack was tall enough for four shelves.

Next, I literally strung my flexible measuring tape around the poles and draped it how I wanted the pockets to fall.  I preferred to have deep pockets so that I could fit as many of my son’s books in them as possible, without having any topple out the front.  I ended up with three deep pockets and then the bottom pocket I had to make some adjustments on because it would fall closer to the floor.

Length measurements can be tricky.

To take the length measurement we started at the top back pole and wrapped the measuring tape around it because I was going to be sewing a slot to insert the pole.  Then we draped the measuring tape down to the pocket depth we wanted.  Next, we continued the measuring tape around the bottom front pole and made sure to add enough extra length so I could sew a seam on the bottom side of the actual drape.

Add additional length so there's no oopsie like this.

I know – sounds pretty confusing, but take a look at this and you’ll kind of see what I mean.  This is my first attempt at a pocket and a big oopsie on my part, haha.  The back of my one-sided designed material was showing!  So much for trying to plan and think ahead.

Now you can see why it’s important to add some extra length to create that seam on the underside of the drape.  Luckily, I was able to fix it by sewing on some additional material and you can’t see the seams where I added it on.

Step 3 – Mark your measurements and make your cuts.

As I just mentioned, I needed three pieces with the same measurements for the deep pockets.  And for the bottom pocket I needed to cut the material a little shorter in length since it was closer to the floor and wouldn’t drape as deeply.

Step 4 – Pin and sew.

Now we’re getting to the meat and potatoes!  When ready to start pinning and sewing, the first thing I did was sew a finished look to the sides of the pockets.  I simply folded the edges back slightly and sewed a straight seam all the way down.  This will give a simple finished look and no frayed threads along the sides of the pockets.

Fold sides slightly and sew to provide finished edges.

Nice finished edges.

Next, take a pole and wrap the top of the material around it and pin it in place.  Remove the pole and sew along the pins.  If you have a one-sided and one-directional design as I did, make sure you’re actually doing this at the top of the design.  I would have hated to end up with the materials wording design upside down.Pin along the pole and sew.

The last part of sewing was the bottom part.  With the back side of the material face up, I folded back the bottom about 6″ (according to my measurements), pinned it in place and sewed along that edge.  This seam lies on the underside of the pocket’s drape so it can’t be seen when in place.

Fold the bottom back.

The seam will be on the underside of the drape.

Not only does this create a finish to the bottom, but now you have a slot to place the bottom front pole.  And that’s all the sewing you need!

Slot to insert the bottom front pole.

Repeat the same pinning and sewing for all pockets.

Step 5 – Put it together.

It’s finally time to put everything in place and admire the finished product!

DIY Book Shelf: From shoe rack to book shelf! I'll show you how I turned an old shoe rack into a useful book shelf for my son.

If you’re using a super flimsy shoe rack, you may have to do something to the sides to stabilize it.  Once we put the books in ours, it was fairly stable I think because of the weight of the books, but it’s final resting home also provides some stability in case it were to rock side to side.

DIY Book Shelf: From shoe rack to book shelf! I'll show you how I turned an old shoe rack into a useful book shelf for my son.