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Now that the kids are back in school, it’s time to get back into routine and clean up the house. Check out these tips plus get a DIY Disposal Refresher Recipe.
All hail the Mommy New Year. The kids are off to school, which leaves me at home wondering what I’m going to do with all of this new time. Hah.
Y’all know I’m kidding right? What’s free time? In between work and running and managing my two-year-old, there’s still the house to clean, dinner to make, and laundry to fold. I’m not complaining though. I sure do love summer, but what I love about the Mommy New Year/Back-to-School Season, is what most people love about the actual New Year: Resolutions. Routines. A fresh start.
I’m on a mission to get my house back in order now that the school year has started. For me that means pulling out clothes for children’s and women’s consignment sales, dropping off unused toys at Goodwill, tidying up closets, and freshening my kitchen.
My fridge, especially, is often an overlooked space when it comes to my regular cleaning activities, and so has become a top priority for me as I’m putting my life back in order. I generally empty it out about once a month and wipe down all the shelves, but if I’m to be honest… it’s been more than a few months.
So, I gathered up my supplies and hit the fridge on my first day of my Mommy New Year. First up, I got my DIY Dish Soap that I love so much. You can find the recipe here. I loaded up my Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Soap Dispensing Dishwand with the soap and then grabbed Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty and Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges, which can all be found at Target.
The green sponge, which is heavy duty can be used for pots, pans, ovens racks, grill racks, tools, tires and sinks. The blue, which is non-scratch can be used for non-stick cookware, counter tops, cook tops, tubs, shower tile, windows, and dishes. For my messy fridge, I’m gonna need both.
Now, it’s time to empty out the fridge. Of everything. Anything that I can’t remember purchasing, with an expiration date, or that I don’t think will get eaten in time gets tossed.
It’s time to wipe down all of the shelves. I used the non-scratch scrub sponge for the clear shelves, but there was some stuck on grime that required use of the heavy duty sponge. (I think it was pork juice…. shudder.)
Once I got everything shiny and bright, and wiped the shelving dry, I put things back in – with a little more thought and care to where things went. I also pulled out some pretty bowls to arrange fresh produce in. The little details go a long way.
After the fridge is all loaded up, I loaded up my dishwasher with the empty leftover containers, and realized…. after the myriad of stinky food that I just got rid of, the sink has some serious stink. Now’s a good time to use a disposal refresher!
Here’s a great recipe that is easy to make. They make the whole kitchen smell bright and fresh, which is perfect after a cleaning job like this!
- 1 1/2 cup Baking Soda
- 1 cup table salt
- 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap (yellow is preferred!)
- 1 lemon
- Parchment Paper
- Mix the baking soda and salt. Add in the zest of the lemon, dish soap, and juice of the lemon. Stir until the mixture sticks into coarse crumbs, adding a little bit more dish soap if necessary.
- Scoop out the mixture into rounded teaspoonfuls on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Allow to air-dry overnight, then store in an air-tight container.
What cleaning projects do you have in store for the Mommy New Year? And don’t miss this Target Cartwheel offer to save 10% of a 9 pack of sponges!0 Yum