Category Archives: Housekeeping

Laundry Schedule

Do you feel like your “ball & chain” is actually your washing machine with all the laundry you do? Does Mount Washmore appear in your home if you skip even just one dat? If so, it would most likely benefit you to create a laundry schedule or tweak your existing one.

We are a family of 5 that had always just done it as needed which well hasn’t been working too well for us because that can also be taken as, don’t do it if you don’t need clothes lol. Anyway we always end up with too much laundry and with 3 teenage daughters we were finding much of it wasn’t even dirty but ended up mixed together either from them falling behind or from their lil morning fashion shows before school but once mixed up it all needed to be done over which is frustrating and such a waste of time and money. They have been responsible for their own laundry since they were very young however rather than getting better at it over time…they got worse! Our home was finally just becoming piles upon piles of laundry clean, dirty and ahh hell nobody knows lol.

The worst part is when you want to beven a laundry schedule/routine but have already fallen so far behind that catching up begins feeling hopeless with no empty basket in sight. I tend to get very overwhelmed when I feel things are out of control or I’m buried by things that shouldn’t have gotten that bad. Now with only one washer and dryer you can only go at their speeds not your own pace, laundry is one task you can’t just “get done quick”.


There are many things you can do to resolve this issue. One common thing that most try is doing laundry in between other daily tasks, that way you aren’t just “watching water boil” so to speak if you’re keeping busy. Another simple solution that I am personally fond of is to gather all of it and take it to the Laundromat where you can do all the loads at once, yes I know that sound tedious as well as not as cost effective when you own a washer/dryer however if you do get into the rut of falling that far behind and trust me it does not take much to get lost in Mt Washmore… Then the laundromat is truly the simpler of solutions and when it comes down to it is not as costly and is great for time management. Many places also now have drop off services for same day wash/dry/fold, some for only a few cents more per lb for pick up/delivery as well and it’s honestly not any more than paying and using the machines, surprisingly it’s very reasonably priced and best part is ALL the work is done for you! My husband and daughter recently got our family caught up and although I told him to just use the service he chose to do it himself to save a few bucks. In the end it did not save any money and was more time consuming only because the dryers were crap and had to be turned back on so many times. Hey, don’t worry he still got the credit for even doing it at all though. 😉 😉 

The laundromat is not a permanent solution of course, once caught up it’s best to try and be proactive and stay on top it, that’s where not only creating but enforcing a laundry schedule comes in handy.


Ask yourself these questions to know what will work for your family.

1. How Many Loads Of Laundry Are You Responsible For In A Week?

2. How Often Do You Have The Opportunity To Wash Laundry?

3: What Types Of Things Need To Be Washed, And How Often?

4: Do You Like Or Hate Doing Laundry?

There are no right or wrong answers. You really just need to be honest with yourself about what will work best for you and your family.

You may at first have to play around with it a bit to find what really works. Keep in mind that if you don’t like the laundry routine you created or things change, it’s not written in stone, just start over by tweaking or reworking it to find a better way for you and your family to get your laundry done that does work and leads to a simpler life with at least one stressor out of the equation of life.

Feel free to print this schedule out or create your own. image

The Many uses for Original Blue Dawn

ORIGINAL BLUE DAWN . . . IT’S NOT JUST FOR DISHES! Hasn’t been for awhile now, we’ve known of many but some may surprise you.

In each shower we have a scrub sponge wand filled with Dawn! Everyone knows to scrub the shower/bath real quick BEFORE getting into the shower. That’s it! Simple…while showering it gets rinsed and our showers are consistently kept clean without having to scrub them down! You’re welcome!

Here are many other great uses for Dawn!

Wild Life
Ever wonder why Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is the wildlife cleaner of choice after an oil spill? According to the International Bird Rescue Research Center, Dawn effectively removes grease but does not cause harm to the skin of the birds. It’s also biodegradable and contains no phosphates.

According to, Dawn dishwashing liquid makes great homemade bubbles. Here is the Giant Bubble Recipe used in bubble makers at many children’s museums: 1/2 cup Ultra Dawn 1/2 gallon warm water 1 tablespoon glycerin (available at any drug store) OR White Karo syrup works too! Stir gently. Skim the foam off the top of the solution (too much foam breaks down the bubbles). Dip bubble wand and get ready for some good, clean fun!

Kids get into the darnedest things! Like Vaseline and baby oil rubbed into their hair! Dawn is mild enough to use on their hair and strong enough to remove the most stubborn grease.

Once a month use original Dawn as you would shampoo. It will remove excess oil from your hair and scalp and strip away any build-up of styling products without any damage. Perform this once a month and you won’t have to buy expensive salon products that do the same thing.

Soak fingers in full-strength blue Dawn. It makes the cuticles soft and easy to work with. And it removes the natural oil from the fingernails, which allows the polish to adhere very well.

A safe, effective way to repel insects from your houseplants, including aphids, spider mites and mealy bugs. Put a drop of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid in a spray bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with water, shake well, and mist your household plants with the soapy water.

Try this recipe from Merry Maids: mix 3 drops Dawn in 1 gallon water and fill a spray bottle with the solution. Spritz and wipe as you would with any window cleaner.

Use it to bathe the dogs. It kills fleas on contact and is much cheaper than expensive dogshampoos.

After you have finished your automotive repair project, soak your dirty tools in Dawn before you put them away to remove all the oil and grime. Dawn also helps prevent rust from forming on the tools.

Partially fill a strong zip-type sandwich bag with Dawn dishwashing liquid, close and freeze. The liquid soap stays cold much longer and it can be re-frozen many times. It will conform to the place you need an ice pack.

Take a spray bottle and fill it halfway with white vinegar. Heat in the microwave. Fill the rest of the way with blue Dawn. Put lid on and shake to mix well. Spray on your tub and shower walls. Allow to sit for a few minutes and rinse away. It will totally melt all the gunk, slime, sludge and other stuff that builds up including a bathtub ring.

Spray counter-tops, cupboards and any other area where you see ants with a solution of Dawn and water. Wipe dry. The slight residue of Dawn that remains will not be a problem at all for kids or pets, but ants hate it. Should you see a trail of ants, go ahead and hit them with the Dawn spray.

Add a squirt or two of original Dawn dish soap to your washer and run a hot wash, then rinse until there are no more bubbles. Dawn is a degreasing agent and helps stripping by removing oily residue. Be sure to rinse, rinse, rinse until the water runs clear.

A cup of Dawn detergent poured into a clogged toilet allowed to sit for 15 minutes and then followed with a bucket of hot water poured from waist height will clear out the toilet.

Poison ivy spreads through the spread of the oil within the blisters. Washing the affected area with Dawn, especially on children who keep scratching the blister’s open, helps dry up the fluid, AND keep it from spreading.

If you have gasoline or motor oil stains on your driveway, you can use the kitty litter method to clean up the excess oil and then use a scrub broom and a solution of biodegradable Dawn dishwashing detergent and warm water to safely and effectively remove excess motor oil from the pavement.

Dawn makes a great facial cleanser for oily skin. A drop or two combined with warm water will do the trick.

Dawn combined with corn oil makes for the perfect paint or grease remover. Simply combine a little bit of both in your hands then rub it over affected areas. The corn oil and the dishwashing liquid both help to dissolve the grease and paint – yet leave skin soft, unlike harsher paint removers.

Plastic wading pools can get very gunky, very fast. Dump the water, then scrub the pool with Dawn and a sponge. More potent cleaners like bleach will weaken and dry out the plastic in the sun.

Merry Maids recommends using a drop of Dawn in water to clean ceramic tile and no-wax/linoleum floors. You can also use the spray on:
• Bathroom and kitchen counters and sinks.
• Woodwork, e.g., baseboards, shelves, and wainscoting. (Dry as you go–wood doesn’t like prolonged contact with water.)
• Tubs and toilet seats.

For oil-based stains such as lipstick, grease, butter, motor oil, cooking oil, and some pen inks, simply apply some Dawn dishwashing liquid directly to the stain and scrub with a small brush or toothbrush until the oil is removed, and then launder as usual.

Sliding glass doors, door knobs, hinges etc. It lasts much longer than any aerosol type spray that I have tried. And Its non-toxic! It does a great job of cleaning the parts that its lubricating as well!

For icy steps and sidewalks in freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways. They won’t refreeze. No more salt eating at the concrete in your sidewalks

Squirt Dawn down the middle of the pool and all of the dirt, suntan lotion, etc. will move to the edges of the pool for easy clean up! AND it makes the pools sparkle.

Simply rub a small drop of Dawn on eyeglass lenses, and wipe clean. It will leave a very thin film that will prevent them from fogging up.

Cover greasy footprints on shower floors with a coating of Dawn; let sit overnight. Scrub away the gunk in the morning with a stiff brush.

Mix two tablespoons Dawn to a gallon of water and put in your sprayer. Try to get spray both sides of the leaves, branches and the tree trunks. Let sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse the trees THOROUGHLY!

Here’s a brilliant idea! Need a hostess gift when visiting friends and family this summer? Print off this post and include it with a bottle of Blue Dawn! Talk about USEFUL !

Chores A Must~Age Appropriate

Ahhh CHORES!!!

Chore Charts~Do you have one yet? If not it’s a must! We had so many over the years, will post some later.

Consistency~Once you begin, there’s no going back. Most kids can’t wait to start being “Big Kids, The Helpers” however as they get older and recognize these as actual chores they don’t love them as much. It’s your responsibility to ensure they continue their responsibilities and that not doing them is not an actual option.

Each person should be responsible for picking up after themselves. Just because it’s Mary Lou’s day for picking up the living room and dish duty, does not give Sam & Tommy the right to eat Fruit Loops and leave their bowls on the coffee table and vice versa.

Working Together as a family is major.

It’s all a matter of teaching them responsibility and values that they will take with them as they grow as well as a deeper respect living with others.

Praise of a job well done, when they’re small even if they didn’t really do that great. Praise them and either fix it later or kindly say this is great I wanted to just go over this area one more time, let’s do it together!😉

Being rewarded for chores is up to the parent, not all agree on that one and that’s an entirely different topic.  It’s a matter of personal preference. Here are a few links that have more info regarding Famiy chores and age appropriate chores. Also a couple sample chore charts that can also be printed…more to come

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