Cleaners, Cleaning, Product Review, Spring Cleaning

The Magic of Magic Erasers

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Whew, I’m late to the party on this one!  Magic erasers have been on the market for YEARS now (find them here).  I’ve always been intrigued by them, but they make me nervous.  What exactly is in them that enables them to erase anything and everything?  Nobody knows.  Do I really want to spread something all over my home that I have no idea about?  Not really.  However, today’s inspiration blog post finally got me to try them.  How you might ask, well, let me tell you.  Here’s how it went…I know I’m an adult and adults have a glass shower door instead of a shower curtain.  The thing is, I despise shower doors.  Seriously, they are the worst thing to clean EVER!  I much prefer having a shower curtain that I can throw in the wash.  When I saw this post on Pinterest on how to clean glass shower doors, I immediately clicked on the article to see the magic secret.  Turns out the magic secret is magic erasers.  Fine, I’ll give in.  I’m still freaked out by them, but let me tell you they work wonders.  Simply get the eraser wet, squeeze out the excess water, and scrub the dirt away.  I leave one in the shower so I can clean while my conditioner is doing its thing.  Magical, seriously magical!  If you haven’t tried these yet, I would defienetly recommend giving them a shot.  You’ll be amazed!

Recipe Style:

How to #Clean #Glass #Shower Doors - Ask Anna
From Ask Anna

My Style:

Cleaning magic eraser shower doors
The question remains, do you prefer shower doors or shower curtains?
Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Beauty, Budget Shopping, Cleaners, DIY, Fabulous Finds Friday, Makeup

DIY Color Switcher

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
So, we’ve all been there. That time when your favorite makeup brush is full of the wrong color. It’s got purple eye shadow when you want to use brown, etc. What’s a girl to do? Ain’t nobody got time to clean their brushes every time they want to switch eye shadow or even blush. Enter the color switcher. These are the latest craze in the beauty world. Sephora and Ultra both have a version that will run you about $20 (find them here and here). You can find them slightly cheaper on Amazon and Wal-Mart even makes a version (here). Even the cheaper versions aren’t worth it when you can make your own for a buck. That’s right, $1. It’s easy! Here’s how. Run out to your local dollar store and pick up one of those hair bun donut things (here). Unwrap it and you’re done! Start wiping your brushes on it when you want to switch colors. Easy peasy! If you want to go the extra mile, you can put it in a tin. I’m sure you can find those at the dollar store as well. I just happened to have this tin laying around that was waiting for its purpose in life. The hair bun donut thing fit perfectly! Now, how’s that for an easy yet super useful DIY?!? 

This is by no means a replacement for cleaning your brushes with soap and water.  Speaking of that, I really need to clean mine.  How often do you clean your brushes?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Cleaners, Cleaning, DIY, Wacky Hack Wednesday

Wacky Hack Wednesday

Laundry Hacks

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Today, we’re trying out something new called Wacky Hack Wednesday.  Each Wednesday I’ll scour Pinterest, and maybe the rest of the internet, to bring you fashion, beauty, and lifestyle ideas to make your life easier.  First up, let’s talk Laundry Hacks.  Laundry is not super fun, especially if you have some stubborn stains on your favorite pieces.  No worries, though!  I’ve got you covered!
Oil Based Stains + Baking Soda or Chalk 
Inspiration from Apartment Therapy

Did you spill some olive oil on your shirt while you were cooking? Did some grease drip from that delicious pizza onto your pants? Oil based stains can seem impossible to remove, until now. Simply sprinkle some baking soda over the stain, rub it in, let it sit for a bit (I’ve let it sit anywhere from a few minutes to a few days and it seems to work just the same), and wash as normal.  Voila! The stain is gone! Chalk also works, but I don’t have a lot of chalk laying around, so I prefer baking soda.



Dry Erase Markers + Washing Machine = Genius!
Inspiration from Mother’s Niche
Ever throw something in the washer that wasn’t supposed to go in the dryer only to forget it wasn’t supposed to go in the dryer and then the item is ruined?  If so, have I got a hack for you!  Use a dry erase marker on the washer to write down the items that don’t go in the dryer.  Genius!

Homemade “Shout” Stain Remover

Inspiration from Tidy Mom
Sometimes mystery stains appear on our clothing with no rhyme or reason.  At least, not that we can comprehend.  No matter, homemade “Shout” stain remover to the rescue!  I never have “Shout” on hand when I need it, but I do have the ingredients to make the homemade version.  Simply mix 1 part Dawn and 2 parts hydrogen peroxide in an empty spray bottle.  I wrap my bottle in aluminum foil since the hydrogen peroxide is light sensitive, but that’s optional.  I’ve used this on a variety of stains and it works every time!
What are some of your laundry hacks?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Cleaners, Cleaning, DIY, Spring Cleaning

Fabulous Finds Friday: DIY Cleaning Kit

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

This past month, we’ve been looking at all things spring cleaning.  We started with FlyLady who keeps our cleaning schedule organized and simple.  Next, we made 5 DIY cleaning products to clean our homes.  Last week, we had some fun with DIY Fizzy Toilet bombs.  This week, let’s conclude this spring cleaning month with a way to store all those cleaning supplies.  I stumbled upon this idea on Pinterest and thought it was truly brilliant.  Cleaning would go so much smoother if all the cleaning products, scrubbers, cloths, gloves, etc. were in one spot in a handy carrying case.  Not to mention, how cute is this kit?!?  For some reason, the green just makes me happy.  If I’m happy looking at the cleaning supplies, maybe I’ll get them out and actually use them.  What a novel idea!  😉

Following the inspiration photo as a guide, I set off for my local Dollar Tree store.  The first thing I picked out was the caddy.  My store had the choice of blue, red, or green. I opted for the green because it really does make me happy.  Next, I scoured the store for spray bottles, squirt bottles, cleaning cloths, scrubbers, etc.  I managed to find everything I was looking for in that same green color.  Don’t you just love when everything matches?  That makes me happy too. To top everything off, I made some cute labels following the instructions here.  With that, my cleaning kit is complete and I’m loving the finished product!  This was a cheap project that left me with a super cute cleaning kit that will bring me joy everything time I use it.  With that, I’m off to clean!

Recipe Style:
From Jordan’s Onion
My Style:

What’s your favorite spring cleaning tip?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn          
Cleaners, DIY, Spring Cleaning

Fabulous Finds Friday: DIY Fizzy Toilet Bombs

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, we continue our spring cleaning theme with an easy way to freshen your bathroom.  This DIY will leave your bathroom smelling squeaky clean in just minutes.  You’ll love it, I promise!  
My recipe was adapted from the article Toilet Freshener Tabs on Bitz & Giggles.  The first time I made these I attempted to make the tabs as described in the article.  It didn’t go terribly, but there were a few downfalls to the tabs. For one thing, they didn’t stick together well and didn’t stay together once I placed them in a jar in the bathroom.   They also hardened over time and I was left with a glob of hardened toilet fizzies that I couldn’t remove.  I actually had to run the jar under water to clean it all out.   It was kind of a mess.  That very well could’ve been user error so you may have better luck than I did.  However, I knew there had to be an easier way.  The next time, I simply made the powder without making it into tabs.  That worked much better.  Here’s the rundown:
DIY Fizzy Toilet Bombs
1 ⅓ cup Baking Soda
1 bottle Citric Acid (you can find this by canning supplies)    
10-20 drops Essential Oil (I use lavender)
Fill an empty parmesan cheese container with baking soda.
Add citric acid and shake to mix.
Add oil and shake to mix.
Sprinkle into toilet and smell the clean!
Note: Be sure to let fully dissolve before flushing so not to damage the pipes.

Easy right?  I spray painted the top of the parmesan cheese container to add a little something extra, but that’s completely optional.  I’m loving the way it looks and, even better, I love how fresh the bathroom smells.  Now, that’s something everyone can appreciate!
How do you freshen your bathroom?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Cleaners, DIY, Spring Cleaning

Fabulous Finds Friday: DIY Cleaning Products

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s dive into the world of DIY.  I’ve been making my own cleaning solutions for years.  Partly because I appreciate knowing exactly what’s in the products I’m spreading all over my home, but mostly because I’m lazy and cheap.  Back before I started making my own cleaning products, I’d inevitably run out of cleaning product xyz and be forced to quit the task at hand.  As you all know from last week, cleaning and I don’t mix.  If I had the motivation to actually clean, stopping is not ideal.   I find it’s much easier to keep the ingredients on hand.  Also, most cleaning solutions are largely made of water.  I’d prefer not to pay $5 for a bottle of mostly water, right?  Today, I’ll go through my top 5 DIY cleaning products.  Without further ado, let’s get into it!
Daily Shower Spray: Originally from Pinky Has a Brain

 I was first introduced to Clean Shower by my lovely sister, Morgan (hey, Mo!).  This was a life changer for me.  Who likes to clean their showers?  Not me.  Who wants to reduce the number of times one needs to clean their showers?  Me, me, me!  I was skeptical at first, but this really does work.  When I found a DIY recipe, I was ecstatic.  When it actually worked as well, if not better, than the commercial stuff I was elated!  Here’s the recipe:

DIY Daily Shower Spray
24 oz water
4 oz Hydrogen Peroxide
4 oz Rubbing Alcohol
2 tsp Dawn
2 tsp Dishwasher Rinse Aid (like JetDri)
Mix ingredients together in a 24oz spray bottle.
Shake to mix.
Spray daily after showering.
Admire the clean!
For best results, start with a clean shower.



All-Purpose Cleaner: Originally from And Then I Was Mrs
My next DIY cleaning adventure was this all-purpose cleaner.  This works amazingly well in all sorts of places and on all sorts of surfaces.  I use this in the kitchen, the bathroom, the dining room, on counters, toilets, you name it!  Best of all, it’s super simple to make, requiring only a few ingredients. Here’s the recipe:
DIY All-Purpose Cleaner
24 oz water
2 Tbsp Vinegar
2 tsp Borax
2-3 drops dish soap
2-3 drops lemon juice or essential oil (optional)
Mix ingredients together in a 24oz spray bottle.
Shake gently to mix.
Spray whenever you would normally use commercial all-purpose cleaners.
Stand back and be proud of a job well done!
Tub and Tile Cleaner: Originally from From One Good Thing by Jillee
From One Good Thing by Jillee is a great blog.  If you haven’t checked it out I would highly recommend it!  She has so many fabulous ideas, one of which is this tub and tile cleaner.  My feelings haven’t changed about cleaning the shower.  It’s awkward, cramped, and just not fun.  This tub and tile cleaner makes cleaning the shower easier.  Simply spray on the surface of the shower and floor, wait 1-2 hours, lightly scrub, and rinse.  You’ll be left with a sparkling, clean shower!  Here’s the recipe:
DIY Tub and Tile Cleaner
8 oz Vinegar
4 oz Dawn
Heat vinegar in microwave until hot.
Pour vinegar into a spray bottle.
Add Dawn.
Gently shake to mix.
Spray generously onto shower.
Let sit 1-2 hours.
Lightly scrub (if needed) and rinse.
Rejoice in the sparkling shower!

Carpet Powder: Originally from Mrs. Happy Homemaker
I don’t know about you, but I’m always paranoid about the way my house smells.  Who doesn’t love walking into a great smelling home?  Well, I want my home to smell like that!  The problem is that you get nose blind to your house smell, so your visitors are really the only ones who know the smell of your home (especially my brother.  If Russell tells you your house smells good, you’ve won life!). I’m always running my Scentsy, which helps for sure, but I want to take that a step further.  I found this homemade carpet powder on Pinterest.  Not only does it smell great, it also cleans and deodorizes your carpet.  That’s a win-win!  Here’s the recipe:
DIY Carpet Powder
Baking Soda
2-3 drops Essential oil
2-3 Tbsp Borax (optional)
Fill an empty parmesan cheese container with baking soda.
Add oil and borax.
Shake to mix.
Sprinkle onto carpet.
Let sit for 10-15 minutes, then vacuum.
Breathe in the freshness!

Floor Cleaner: Originally from the Project Fix It Up blog
I’m a big fan of my OXO Good Grips® Microfiber Spray Mop from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  It has a microfiber mop head and a built in scrubber for those hard to remove spots.  Best of all, it has a refillable tank.  This enables you to use whatever cleaning solution you would like.  That’s a big plus in my book!  Here’s the recipe that will be sure to leave your floors squeaky clean!  
DIY Floor Cleaner
8 oz water
8 oz Vinegar
8 oz Rubbing Alcohol
2-3 drops Dawn
Mix ingredients together in refillable tank or 1-gallon bucket.
Mop floors.
Marvel at your squeaky clean floors!
Note: not for use on wood floors.  I have tried this on laminate, tile, and vinyl with excellent results.
Check out my Pinterest board, Cleaners, for more great DIY cleaning ideas!
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
Happy cleaning!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Cleaners, DIY

Fabulous Finds Friday: DIY Humidifier

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

For today’s installment of Fabulous Finds Friday let’s roll up our sleeves and do a little DIY.  It won’t be too difficult; I promise! The dry winter air is wreaking havoc on our household.  The hubby and I have both been sick for longer than I deem necessary.  Out of sheer desperation, I took to Pinterest to see what solutions I could find for our dilemma. This article, Six Ways to Humidify Your Home Without a Humidifier, came up in my search.  I was intrigued.  There’s a lot of great ideas in here, but the one I found most interesting was to put metal or ceramic bowls of water on heat registers.  This will push humidity into the air, especially when the furnace is going full blast.  That seemed easy enough!

To make the DIY humidifiers you will need some metal or ceramic bowls and water.  I picked up some mini loaf pans (example here) from the grocery store.  I think they were 5 for $1, so pretty cheap.  If you have pets or small kiddos, you might want to get the ones with the lids and cut a hole on top to prevent said pets or kids from trying to drink/spill/play in the water. I also purchased some essential oils to help with our colds (example here). The oil is totally optional. In our sickened state, though, we needed all the help we could get!  All you do is set the container on the register, fill with water, add a few drops of oil, and stand back and admire a job well done! 

These really do work. I’ve been using them for about 3 weeks now. Last weekend we dog sat for my sis-in-law, so I picked up all the pans and dumped them out. I didn’t want him to drink out of them and this was before I had the idea of using lids with a hole cut in them. A day after removing them, I could feel a difference in the air. Our clothes had more static and everything we touched shocked us. Once I set out the pans again, humidity was restored. 
This was a long post. Thanks for hanging in there! If you’ve made it this far, comment below or on the Facebook page with “Spring!” 
Have a great weekend, lovelies! 
lylas, 
MissyAnn
Cleaners, Product Review

Fabulous Finds Friday: Bar Keepers Friend Cleaner

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s get clean!  Many of us have family coming over for the holidays.  Many of us need to clean and don’t have time. Have no worries!  Bar Keepers Friend to the rescue!  This stuff is amazing! Don’t get me wrong, I love my homemade cleaners.  Sometimes, though, I need to get things clean in a hurry.  The powder I use to clean the toilets.  I almost feel guilty because I can clean them so quickly with this product. All you do is sprinkle in the powder, let it sit for a minute, scrub, and flush.  Easy!  The scrub I use to clean the shower. This is especially good for cleaning glass shower doors.  It gets all the soap scum off and leaves everything clean and shiny. Love it!  There are many other uses for this product that I haven’t tried out yet.  It’s certainly versatile and I would highly, highly recommend trying it out!
What cleaners would you recommend?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn