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October 30, 2014

Homeright SteamMachine giveaway & review

Welcome to day 30 of 31 days! I have been a crazy cleaning girl because I have been trying out the HomeRight SteamMachine.
homerightI’m going to show you some things I’ve been trying out -- it steams curtains, fabric! Here are the IKEA ones I am trying out in the bedroom. You know what a pain they are to take down and iron or throw in the dryer,

use steam cleaner for curtains


so I filled up the tank with water, waited a few minutes while it got good and hot. When both lights are on, it is heating up, when the orange one goes off, you are good to go.2 lights on


Look at that steam coming out when you pull the trigger!
homeright steam cleaner

The curtain looked so much better without the wrinkles and creases!
steam cleaner on curtains

Let’s go into the master bathroom -- this a corner that has not even been cleaned since we moved in. It’s by the closet and it got extra dirty when we were moving things in with mud & boots.
yucky bathroom tile

Just a few shots of steam took care of it!
steam cleaner

MUCH better.
bathroom after steamer

Moving on downstairs to the kids’ bathroom. We obviously need a lesson on scrubbing the tub. Lots of soap scum buildup around the edges and hard water stained fixtures.
bath tub before steamer

Shiny and clean again :)
bathroom after

My last trial: I’m packing up the rug that has been on our front porch but wanted to get the stains off first. My boys love to take otter pops and sit in the rocking chairs so we have lots of rainbow stains.
rug stain

I found that it works best to hold the steam over the stain for a good 20 seconds, then rub with a cloth. Then repeat 4-5 times or until stain is gone.
hold steamer over stain

Ta-Da!stain removed after steamer

I obviously love this machine, but here are a few pointers I wanted to share:
I was about to call the company to say that they had forgotten some parts. But lookie here -- parts inside! Just to save you a good 10 minutes looking around.
lift lid parts inside

The steam is HOT, as it should be to do the job right and to kill 99% of germs and bacteria . Your kids will see you using it and want to try it and that worries me a bit. There is a lock on the handle, but I try to use it when they are not around.

Warning: the first time you hold the trigger, water will spray out! Spray it in the sink or a bucket for a few seconds until the steam starts flowing.

There are a few things it wouldn’t take care of -- like some caked on hard water spots on the tub drain and the purple otter pop stain, but I didn’t work on that very long, I was too excited to try it for other things. :)

Some other things you can try your HomeRight SteamMachine for:

*cleaning grills -- it has a wire brush attachment.

* cleaning and sanitizing counters and floors without any chemicals -- it has long handles and attachments for both.

This is not me..stock picture from HomeRight:
 
* removing wallpaper! I sooooo wish we had this at our home in Texas -- it has a large plate attachment.

* use to sanitize your mattresses and kill dust mites.

And we’re giving one away today --  in the comments, just tell me the first thing you would use your SteamMachine on!

Happy Steaming!
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* this post was sponsored by HomeRight. When I am approached with product reviews, I agree to try it out and only share it with my readers if I love it.


October 29, 2014

let your phone be your personal assistant

I’ve shared with you how I use calendars to remind myself of yearly sales, things I don’t want to forget. Well, now my phone is my best friend. I didn’t think I would convert but it really is SO handy. I send myself notes and reminders constantly of things to remember, what went well, what I would do differently for random things. Here is one coming for the first Monday in November when I really get serious about Christmas planning --

make your phone work for you

I jumped on the “3 Gifts of Christmas” bandwagon last year and realized it just wasn’t for me. I’m better with having a budget for each child and doing what I can with it. Plus, we have 2 December birthdays and sometimes we get a larger gift by putting the Christmas/birthday budget together. I tried to pick outfits out for my girls and it was disaster. I thought I knew their tastes, but they are always changing. I should have just given them a gift card, we love to go out shopping together over the Christmas break anyway when everything is on clearance.

 Anyway, it ended up being more stressful for me and I was wondering why I was trying to do what everyone else was doing. So I use my phone to send myself helpful messages like -- don’t do the remote control cars you see everywhere again, they were broken by afternoon but the art sets would have been perfect for the boys.

It is also fantastic to remind yourself about great sales. For 2015, I have reminders set for the huge Forever 21 sale 50% off plus free shipping on Columbus Day for jewelry stocking stuffers for the girls. I LOVE the Gap Outlet friends and family in August where it is 40% off everything, plus you can use coupons on top of it.  My husband loves Jos A Bank traveler shirts, so I have a reminder set for when the sale usually is. I have a reminder next week that Target Halloween went 90% off on November 5. It saves time and money because instead of randomly shopping, you can know the best sales and wait for them.

Let your phone be your helper, and send yourself handy messages! Any other helpful phone tips that help you out or sales that you wait for every year?

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