My Favorite Cleaning Supplies


Favorite Cleaning Supplies

I hate cleaning. I hate it more than cooking [is that possible?] Yet, I have to do it because it is what being an adult is all about. In the dream world I would have a cleaning lady, but that isn’t the greatest DIY mentality, is it?

Since I have been home for a while now, I have found a few products that really work. This is your guide to cleaning the laziest and easiest way possible. As I discover more, I will share and update this page! All of these products can be found at Target.

 

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Viva Paper Towels

Viva Paper Towels: I can be a bit of a paper towel whore and waste a ton of paper towels around the house. I know, I am horrible! But when I found Viva, my world has changed! They feel like rags and you really can clean up way more than with those cheap paper towels. Totally worth the extra $1 [and much less wasteful].

 

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Windex Multi-Surface Cleaner

Windex Multi-Surface Cleaner: I use this for every surface in the house! Windows, tv, tables, sinks, counters, dressers, whatever! It is anti-bacterial and doesn’t bleach whatever you are wearing. I have ruined a few different pieces of clothes by spraying 409 with Bleach in close proximity. I really love this product and have it stashed in multiple rooms.

 

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Dawn Platinum Dish Soap

Dawn Platinum Dish Soap: I am one of those unfortunate souls who doesn’t own a dish washing machine. I know, #1stworldproblems. But I have gone back and forth between many dish soaps and this is by far the most amazing dish soap ever. It cleans quickly and it really does give you the quality of an overnight soak in 5 minutes. Plus, Dawn was the foremost product used to clean animals during the BP oil spill – I love supporting them.

 

Dish Gloves

Dish Gloves

Dish Gloves: I have yet to try these adorable Fred and Friends Tuff Dish Tattoo Kitchen Gloves (as pictured) but I hope to one day soon! I never do dishes without my dish gloves. Often the cheap ones rip easily, so I recommend buying a little better quality gloves. When they do rip, I will go on strike until new ones are purchased.  I can’t stand dishes anymore without gloves.

 

Microfiber Cloths

Microfiber Cloths

Microfiber Cloths: I bought three microfiber cloths at Big Lots a few years ago and they are my best friend while dusting. I live in the desert so dust is a pretty annoying, and constant, issue. They pick up dust in one swipe and then can be thrown in the wash for a next round.

love, Sarah

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Beauty Secret #2 – Leave Tweezers in your Car


Ok, this already sounds like a gross post … and it is! When I hit the age of 25 something started happening. I started finding weird little dark hairs on my chin and above my lip. I guess this is a pretty normal, and terrible, part of aging according to this article in Oprah Magazine.

Now, onto to my beauty secret. I know how it is: You are at home, in your bathroom, doing that girl thing where you pluck hairs, obsess about black heads, and analyze all potential wrinkles. You think, “OK, this is as good as I can get it right now. Off to work!” You are on your way to work in your car singing along to Lady Gaga.  You get to a stop light and take these few moment to check your make-up in the car mirror. You see all these small little dark hairs that weren’t there before. Dammit to hell! If you follow my advice and have tweezers hidden in your glove compartment, you can use the natural light provided and feel confident your face is smooth and hair free.  Natural light helps highlight the hairs that your indoor lights just can’t.

When the guy in the car next to you looks over, you be all:

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Beauty Secret #1 – Luxy Hair Video Tutorials


This is the first of my beauty secret segments! I wanted to share with you my favorite hair tutorials on the internet: Luxy Hair Tutorials.  I have been doing my hair with the Luxy girls for about 6 months now and I am obsessed. I do not naturally know how to style hair or do up-dos, often throwing my unruly curly hair up into a bun with defiance. If any of you have curly hair, you know there are days when it looks just amazing, and days when you look like a poodle. When I first discovered Luxy Hair it often took me an hour to recreate an updo, but with practice I have begun to understand how to do hair! IT IS A MIRACLE! 

These videos are done with great care and have a production value I envy.  The Luxy sisters have a hair extension company and use the tutorials to promote their brand. I have no opinion on the hair extensions, but I love their videos.  To show you I really do use their videos, take a look at one hairstyle I tried to create. It doesn’t have the volume the Luxy tutorial does, but I wore the Retro Side Pony Tail to a wedding. I am pretty proud of my craftsmanship. This is my first picture of me on the blog (and you get a cute sneak peak at my Scottie)!

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Retro Side Pony Tail with help from Luxy Hair Tutorials

love, Sarah