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Not trying to force any muh tradwomyn stuff onto anybody, but does anyone else genuinely enjoy home care/cleaning, etc? We can also discuss interior design!
I'm not a mom yet, but I've been going to this lady's site for a few years now because I enjoy her cleaning recipes: https://wellnessmama.com/?s=cleaning
The recipe section leaves much to be desired, but her makeup recipes also aren't too bad. Not even gonna venture making that foundation though.
I'm very fond of those dryer satchels that can be made by sewing some fresh lavender into the pouch. Its a nice alternative to dryer sheets. I also have experimented cleaning with a concoction of apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil. I've found that lemon juice/oil does cut through grease and lavender oil is potent enough to kill staph. Plus, its a great antibacterial and its even used in hospitals to this day. I began to use natural cleaners after I had a bad reaction to bleach fumes.
Also, do you prefer incense or candles?
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This is such an adorable set up. I typically prefer cherrywood over this washed oak look, but this is pretty refreshing.
What about storage containers like these?https://www.yesstyle.com/en/list.html?bpt=48&q=storage
They can easily fit in closets, on shelves, and under the bed.
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What about taking advantage of using scents or essential oils you're fond of? Many oils such as tea tree, lavender, sweet orange, lemon, etc are useful for home cleaning and even as homemade air fresheners.
I do enjoy living in a nice clean and well-organized space but I also tend to get really absorbed in my hobbies and ignore stuff like cleanliness. Sometimes I have to turn cleaning into a game or race just to get it done, I'll set a timer and think "I have to get as MUCH tidied up as possible in 10 minutes go go go!" lol. I also really like buying candles as incentive, I hate having an area smell nice and look dirty so I'll always clean a room before lighting a candle in it.>>72080
making a list with small steps helps me too, when I have one task broken into multiple parts it makes me feel like I got more done when I check it off, which kind of gets the ball rolling and motivates me to do more.
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I use wax warmers, sometimes the scents I put in can be so strong that when I get to work everyone notices and tells me I smell similar to the wax I put in, I also like having some nice lights in my room, my roommate didn't like candles bc asthma so I just started using wax warmers, but candles and incenses are nice too, I might get a diffuser soon, but one of those wooden ones or black ones since it kind of bothers me when I get things that don't go with the "aesthetic" of my room
sounds odd but I like putting a thin layer of shaving cream on my marble floors just to give a nice little polish, I also like putting perfume or spraying oils on fake flowers, since I use to work at a floral shop when I was a teen, I use to sweep flowers and find traces of fake flowers on the floor and make stuff with it, I find a lot of DIYs on pinterest as well to make decoration, I love how pink, white and floraly houses look but it's not really my thing since I feel more comfy in a "dark/romantic" designed place
some houseplants are nice, and to freshen the air a little, I've been thinking about redoing my garden and making it bigger and more nicer looking, I use to have a birdcage gazebo but I might get another one since the old one is falling apart, I want to DIY a lot of furniture since I just moved in but I can't really be asked to build everything so I might just end up getting some things from the thrift store and revamping them to fit my aesthetic more
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For real can someone explain the succulent appeal or trend happening right now? They don't seem to be that interesting of a potted plant. Maybe I'm wrong.
they're just known to be low maintenance i.e. don't need to be watered often so they're more accessible to many people not just horticulture hobbyists. And ofc the same crowd who post memes about not getting out of bed and netflix and pizza embrace them for this same reason. They can be a smol plant bb with minimal effort.
I think they're cute though! They're like little rose cacti.
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dumping some interior design stuff
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Oh cute! Sweet, classic, or gothic?
I totally do not recommend using castille soap to clean the dishes or as a toothpaste substitute as some bloggers have claimed. Both times ended in disaster for me.
OT was wondering if anybody here has used Zote for their laundry? I wash my boyfriend's clothes and my stuff with Seventh Generation detergent but I was just curious about the Zote hype.
Don't get involved with someone who won't clean or do chores. Society has taught men that if they act dumb or like they 'can't' do something, it's a tactic to make women do all the work. Literally anyone can learn to wash dishes, do laundry, etc.
Make a list and have daily or weekly chores. Also, it's nice to do the 'whoever doesn't cook tonight's meal, wash the dishes'
I do that with my wife (i'm a lesbian) and it works out a lot. Neither of us like cleaning, but when you split up the chores, it works out and also keeps daily maintenance to a minimum.
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Can we discuss furniture revamping? I just moved out and I've been thinking of getting free furniture or going thrift store/ thrown out furniture hunting and redoing it
what the hell? before is absolutely beautiful and after is totally ruined D:
otherwise i love facelifted furniture, but i think it's important to stay true to the original in cases such as in your picture
Right? What the actual fuck is it with people wanting to paint over beautiful woodwork?
Worse still is that it's lazy and they always want to charge and arm and a leg just because it has a trendy paintjob.
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Darker toned classic and oldschool>>72545
I agree with the other anon, I've been looking at apartment therapy for some ideas and they have a lot of walkthroughs of nice modern homes, that might help.
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See the interior design pics dumped earlier, they help a lot, some fancy lighting fixtures can help a lot with putting the room together, especially if you're going for a modern minimalist design
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i love you guys thank you so much
i've been in love with lighting that looks like this, ever since i saw it at this local coffee shop, so im going to see what i can do about maybe getting these installed in the kitchen.
I also have tons of houseplants, mostly because they help with keeping the air from getting dry. I want to get a bigger one for one corner of the living room, but im worried my cats are gonna munch on it.
im gonna make a pinterest board for all these ideas
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I like the rest, but the lighting fixture is way out of place.
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Yep! There are a lot of easy ways to clean and save money. A huge jug of vinegar will last ages.
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I absolutely adore Passion for Baking's kitchen. She must have worked so hard to get it to be that perfect.https://www.passionforbaking.com/
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Anyone else obsessively use Pinterest? lol
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I'm trying to minimize my cleaning products and could use some tips. I know a lot of people use vinegar for damn near everything, but I'd be interested to hear from people who've narrowed down their supplies to just a few basic items.
Also, anyone have tips on keeping up with the dishes? I'm depressed as fuck most of the time and always get behind on getting them loaded into the dishwasher and then unloaded again.
Eucalyptus oil is the basis of my everything
~it’s cheap as hell where I live too ~
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Thought this was a cute idea for our apartment but I'll just buy the wood already cut.
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While cleaning, listen to YouTube, podcasts etc. I work with cleaning so believe me it makes the process lots easier.
Also don’t let shit pile up, it becomes more and more frustrating the bigger the task becomes.
It seems superficial but get nice, good smelling cleaning supplies and containers or things to organize and make a daily/weekly schedule. Even if you force it, if you clean up messes as you make them for a while, it'll become a habit. Preventative cleaning also helps, spray and wipe your sinks and shower, and put cleaner in the toilet every couple days before it becomes a problem you have to scrub and spend all day doing. I agree with >>73494
don't let it pile up or you'll get frustrated and it will be harder to clean.
OP here and seconding what >>73494>>73495
have said. Music helps the time go by faster or listening to podcasts, audio books if you're into that sort of thing, etc. It takes time, but you'll get the hang of sticking to a routine. Letting chores pile up always makes it feel 10x worse which is why little ten minute tidying throughout the week helps cut down on clutter and grime.
And yeah, nicely scented or aesthetically pleasing cleaning products can also help things to feel less daunting. Choose scents you're fond of and colors for rubber gloves, dusters, etc.
OT thought this was nice:https://www.artofmanliness.com/2012/04/03/how-to-remove-yellow-armpit-stains/
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I'm moving into an apartment soon, and to put it this way, it's a 2 bedroom apartment with 4 people and we are either putting two twin beds in it or a bunk bed, it's two women and two men,we are splitting the two rooms between genders, what are some good ideas to make the apartment look nice and aesthetic?
I think I'd like that bunk bed just for one person. I could sleep on the top bed and then use the bottom bed as a sofa/workspace.
You could get wooden bunk beds and install curtains on them (or a curtain on the top bunk), or just get two beds each room with each bed's corner/side having its own aesthetic, e.g arty shelves (if you are allowed/can repair later) with thematic items on them for each person. Maybe a subtly different wallpaper or paint job on each side, or a feature wall. Also fold-up ornamental screens (old-fashioned/China type) for when you are both in there and want some privacy. I think the thing is to make your space uniquely yours
rather than feeling like a shared area/walkway, which the above ideas would help to foster.
My kitchen is my point of pride but I have so much equipment it gets cluttered quick! Thanks for the vid anon
I do love cooking dinner, cleaning and keeping everything in order in my house. I can’t wait to move into my own apartment and be able to revamp it before moving, before I was always in a rushed position. Have you guys seen those cool stickers that cover your bathroom sink/whatever you want tbh that make it look like marble? Does anyone have experience with the lasting power of them (do they peel, withstand water)?
Lmao in my country that's literally the norm. Only rich ass (and I am talking rich
) motherfuckers have dishwashers and dryers.
same…? why would you even need such things in the first place? it's a total waste of energy and we ain't paying the bills for that. As someone who grow up without fridge,stove, microwave, tv, etc, seeing those cultural and economic differences will always make a good laugh.
if we need a quick dry, we use the back of the refrigerator lmao first world problems really are a thing
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I did this in winter whilst growing up? (Only when I needed to speed dry something + all surfaces where super clean)
My family was very well off but we tried to save energy bc hippy parents and ~environment~
Not everyone’s money goes towards the same things.
Only either people who have big families, or lazy people have dishwashers where I live. If a young adult without kids has one I just think that they're lazy and don't care about the environment, it's not that hard to just give your plate a quick rinse after you eat.
Dryers are definitely the same kind of thing in that only proper house owners have them instead of young adults. I really want one myself but none of my friends have them either. We have drying racks, or hang things off the radiator.
Nobody cares but my prents have one of those washer-dryer combo things and I have dreams about owning one. I hate the feeling of damp clothes that haven't quite dried on a cold morning, or the smell when you leave them in the washing machine a bit too long.
But how do you store perishable food?
Or do you just never eat eat, milk, yogurt, cheese, etc?
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depends on what aesthetic you're going for
Imagine trying to dust that shit though…
Or having to constantly replace them if they were fresh.
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Really pretty but like a lot of decor stuff here, wildly impractical. Pic related. I saw versions of this sink posted everywhere for a while and people kept gushing about it.
Yeah it’s pretty but who’s gonna scrub toothpaste out of that sumbitch everyday?
People tend not to keep their soap and other bathroom bits next to decorative fountains. Usually don’t have fountains placed exactly where the sink goes in the bathroom either. Cmon anon have you really seen fountains with usable taps?>>74983
Even with a protective coating it’s gonna be a bitch to clean. It’s a geode so it’s covered in crystal points. 200 crevices for soap scum to build up.
Oh that sounds fucking awesome
A resin sink fitted into the geode could be nice but it seems like such a lot of work for somewhere to wash your hands after the toilet
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Wall tapestry! That’s what I did in my old rental. There’s tons and tons on Etsy in all kinds of colors and shapes.
1) Make yourself some cute curtains! It's super easy and cheap for small ones. You can get spring-loaded rods so you don't have to drill holes either.
2)Decorate counters with cute jars and things for storage. Maybe some cute towels or small plants too. If you have space above your cabinets you could even go for larger plants.
3)find cute paper or fabric to line the inside of your drawers/cabinets. Not visible, but a nice touch.
4) If it's possible to easily switch out the handles on the cabinets you could do that. Quick way to bring in some color, just make sure you keep the originals somewhere easy to remember.
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Where my /hinchfags/ at?
Daily reminder that Lavender Zoflora is the most slept on fragrance.
>That soothing herbal garden smell when the lavender wears off
>Tfw can't find this stuff anywhere IRL
I've tried those places plus B&M.
Bought the last two pots of it in Savers two weeks ago, haven't seen any since in the two towns local to me.
Have you tried many stardrops products, anon?
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Chuck them in the washing machine with pic related. Pour in at least a mugful alongside your washing powder/liquid/pod into the drum containing the clothes, then wash on a 60°C cycle for at least an hour.
Pour around 2-3 Zoflora capfuls into the washing powder drawer for extra scent.
If that nor Oxy Action doesn't work, then I don't know what will. Good luck anon!
P.S. pic related is 79p from home bargains, about £1 everywhere else.
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Wow, thanks for the recommendation, anon. The sort of grime these things look like they can handle is godly and oddly pleasing… Think I'll save up for one.
Get so. many. containers. As long as something is put away and out of the open and covered, it's picked up. To reduce clutter, try "breaking up" with the items, especially if you (realistically) won't see yourself using it in a year or more and it costs under 10-20 dollars to replace. You can even write a breakup speech or something like "It's not you, it's me. I appreciate what I got out of your use, but you're taking up space." Because if this were a person, and you're just holding on to hold on, without taking care of it, then you need to let go. Donate it so someone else can use it, recycle what you can, or just toss it.
An organization system. I've decluttered, but still have a shitload of stuff, but its easy to clean and manage because everything has a "place" to go to at the end of the day.
Cleaning small messes as soon as you make them, putting things away as soon as you're done using them. Also consider the layout of your furniture. My room wasn't looking particularly decluttered or clean until I moved all the furniture into better spots. Moving the furniture also forced me to tackle the bits of things I swept under the figurative rug. "out of sight, out of mind" is not a cleaning philosophy. Actually having everything clearly visible helps me keep things tidy a bunch more.
Zero Waste doesn't have to be minimalism, you can have lots of stuff you like but remember to reduce the shit you buy new. Reuse old stuff, recycle things to recycling centers, if you need a replacement item, buy it second hand.
Mend and make do should have never vanished after the war.
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I finally ordered my steam mop and I can't wait until it gets here. I've never been this excited about mopping before. My floors always feel dirty no matter what I do.
The smell you're describing seems to me like mildew, but washing should fix that. Is there something wrong with your washer? Can you smell the inside of it? There's cleaners you can get for the washer that will fix it.
There's no magic fungus that is going to be spreading from item to item making it smell. I would definitely check the washing machine first and then go from there.
Add tea tree oil to your machine and let it run empty.
Wash your stuff with a few drops afterwards
I have a cat and it’s the only way to get smell out
Mildew is very well possible but if so it’s coming from my walls not my washing machine.
Ugh… welp. Thank you. >>115345
Thanks, I’ll try that
sage for samefag but I forgot about the word filter on toxic
, making me lol
Well it's good you wash the oil out. Tea tree oil can be toxic
"Tea tree oil contains various types of chemicals called terpenes. These are the chemicals that make the oil effective against bacteria and fungi. They are also the toxic
agent. Terpenes are rapidly absorbed into the body whether taken orally or on the skin. This means topical application of concentrated oil can result in the same toxicity as accidental oral ingestion. Given the tendency of pets to groom, especially cats, the toxicity risk of topical applications is amplified."
So uh, just be careful anons out there who want to use the oil but have pets.
I make a lot of my own cleaning products too and they're mostly baking soda and mild acid (vinegar or lemon juice) based. My husband pokes fun at me because I "use baking soda for everything" but it just works so well especially for stains and unpleasant smells.
The only problem I have is that it leaves a bit of a chalky residue sometimes and I'm not sure how to prevent that. It's easy enough to sweep away but it looks kinda gross.
What are the most important things you want to change/keep tidy?
I used to be a very messy person myself but I realised how much having a clean and tidy living area improved my overall mood so I slowly developed some good habits.
You should start small with one or two things that are most important to you, or the worst habits you know that you can change. Here's some of my habits that I slowly developed over time after moving into my own place:
- On sundays I do laundry, vacuum the floors and do a little bit of tidying up. Just getting things off of the floors or straightened up.
- I empty the dishwasher as soon as it is clean and dry, so that I can put whatever dirty dishes I have straight in the machine rather than letting them stack up. I am still trying to get better at washing pots and pans right after using though…
- I get rid of things I no longer use/need so that I am not drowning in clutter. Donate or recycle things you haven't used, and don't see yourself using in the future. Yes you love these brown shoes, but you know that you always reach for the black ones instead.
- Most importantly I try my best to always put something back where it belongs. Pasta containers go on the shelf for pasta after cooking, Books I am currently reading go on either my bedside table or the coffee table. The rum bottle goes back in the liquor cabinet after DnD-night rather than remaining on the desk for a week. (DnD-hating Anon stay away from me)
- I always hang towels and dish rags to dry out before putting them in the laundry basket. If you leave wet/damp things scrunched up they will get moldy and stink up all of your laundry even after washing.
Start by doing smaller tasks and work your way up to the bigger things. You'll probably find that it's not as bad as you think and you may actually enjoy the feeling of satisfaction you get from looking at a nice clean, tidy room. Do the washing up after you've eaten rather than leaving dirty plates there all day. Vacuum a room and then see if you feel like doing another.
For bigger tasks it's better to spend time thinking about why it happens. Areas and surfaces should be clear because it takes less effort to clean meaning that you're more likely to do it. Everything you own should have it's place. Not having enough storage space can be a reason for why mess gets out of control.