Tuesday, January 17, 2012

HGTV Mag: Feb/March Issue…

I was super excited when HGTV decided to launch their magazine. It was about time, don’t you think? Anyway, HGTV has become a part of my daily routine because I’ve been entering daily to win their 2012 Dream Home.  Who wouldn’t love to have multiple homes plus I would be the envy of all my friends if I won. You could all come and visitSmile.  Ok, I know i’m getting ahead of myself here, but you know the power of positive thinking…
So, today’s post is really about the magazine issue that is available on news stands today. It’s filled with lots of invaluable tips that could make housekeeping a bit less hectic. I know I can use all the help I can get (especially with a baby on board too)Here’s a snippet of what you’ll find…

Dirty Little Laundry Secrets from the Pros:

meet my dream laundry room (via houzz)

-A sink for hand-washing: A two minute soak in the sink isn’t enough. You need to soak stains for at least 10-30 minutes to really make a difference.
- Bins for sorting: Don’t just separate by color but also by material. You don’t want to wash fuzzy fabrics like chenille and flannel with corduroy or permanent-press items, which can be magnets for lint.
- Countertops for folding: Don’t fold clothes hot right out of the dryer (we know – we all do it!). You can wind up with creases that are hard to get rid of.
- A rod for hanging: A rod is hey for keeping shirts smooth and crease-free. Take collared shirts out of the dryer a few minutes before they’re dry to prevent the neck from stretching and the collar from getting floppy.
- Did you know: You should clean the inside of your washing machine to keep it and your clothes smelling fresh? You can put the lint screen from the dryer in the dishwasher? Hot pink, bring green, and electric blue can bleed more than other colors in the washing machine? Using too much detergent can actually make your clothes dirtier.
- 3 stain busters to have on hand: Rubbing alcohol for ink. Raise armpit stain remover for getting out touch sweat stains. Blue dawn dish soap for grease.

When was the last time you cleaned?…

via housetohome

-Your hairbrush: Beauty experts recommend washing your hair brush every two months. First pull out all stray hairs with a comb. Fill a sink with warm water and a squirt of soap or mild shampoo, and soak your brush for 15 minutes. (If your brush has padding, boar bristles, or a wooden handle, swish it back and forth in the sink and then rinse to prevent the brush getting waterlogged.

 via tumblr
-The inside of your coffee machine: Clean your machine after every dozen brews. Insert a coffee filter and fill the reservoir with two parts white vinegar and one part water, and run the machine through one full cycle. Then, repeat the process twice with cold water and filters.
- The produce bins in your fridge: Scrub your bins every few months to keep produce flavors fresh. Empty the drawers and remove them from the fridge. Dip a cloth in a mixture of 4 tablespoons baking soda and 1 quart warm water, then wipe down the inside and outside of each bin. Avoid household cleaners, which can make food taste like chemicals. Be sure to rinse the bins in warm water before returning to the fridge.

These are some great tips, don’t you think? Happy cleaning! XX


  1. i am IN love with that laundry room! why is it that mine doesn't look like that?!

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  2. As i'm reading this i've actually paused from a major blitzing of my home as my folks will be arriving from London in a few days time... Eek! So excited... Also about to attack the fridge now too.

    I tend to do lots of weekly cleans for everything though to keep everything maintained...

    That laundry room is amazing, great size, sigh!

  3. Great tips, Stacey! Oh and what I would do to have that laundry room. Kinda fabulous, right? :) xoxo

  4. these are some great snippets! i'll have to keep an eye out for this one.

    ps - did you know hairspray (the cheaper kind the better) will get ink stains out? the hubbers washed AND DRIED a pen with his brand new army uniform, and it took a few hours, but i got it 98% out! (hey, i was proud of myself. :P)

  5. Great pieces of advice!!!

    And washing the hairbrush?!? Umm...I've never washed mine :( Luckily, I don't brush my hair very often - I just finger comb it.

    Hope you are the boys are doing well :)

  6. Ha I just cleaned my coffee machine and pot!

    I am definitely going to have to check out the magazine. Love the images you posted.

  7. Working on our new laundry room right now, so this was great - love their tips and plan to incorporate some!

    And, what a great tip for cleaning out the fridge. Oops...looks like I'm behind schedule on that!

    Happy Tuesday!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  8. Hi Stacey,
    aah, the luxury of having a laundry room again...I had one in Houston, small but still, hopefully one day again, thanks for the great tips!
    hugs, Maureen x

  9. I wish I had that big of a laundry room but I don't. In a 222 year old house I'm lucky to have space for large machines upstairs. Great tips and hairspray takes out oil and ink stains too. I can't wait to pick up a copy of this magazine!


  10. I laughed when I read "Happy Cleaning" because to most there's not much Happy in cleaning but I totally LOVE a clean space!!! I am OCD at times (I have stainless appliances) but really don't like to clean at all. It's a necessary evil in my world!! Great tips! xo

  11. Stacey, These tips on cleaning are very practical. I will be using some of them. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog. I like your comment and will take it seriously.

  12. Amazing laundry room. Love the orange pull detail. Great post!


  13. HI
    I'm quite pleased with the ifonrmation in this post.nice and useful!
    thank you!

  14. I've been waiting for this magazine to come out and will have to pick up a copy... anything that makes cleaning my home a little easier would be welcome! Thanks for stopping by The Buzz and for your sweet comment.
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  15. i wish our laundry room had room for a sink and more places to hang stuff! would be soo handy!

  16. That blue and yellow cover is FABULOUS! Thanks for sharing with us, Stacey.

  17. I never knew that a laundry room could be so beautiful.

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  18. What a fabulous landry room!! Wow....and Im totally going to the store on teh way home to try to pick up the new magazine...how cool!

    Thanks for letting us know:)

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  19. I actually am the girl who does the tips! I clean my hair brush, coffee machine, et al often. Of course, I don't have kids to keep me busy lol

  20. I want that laundry room! I had no idea HGTV started a magazine. I am addicted to that channel. I also had no idea that rubbing alcohol got out ink.


  21. I so love to clean. But I have not had the time to ENJOY IT! These days it is a chore with having to juggle so much! But I have to admit, I am a lover of housekeeping! THANKS FOR THE TIPS DEAREST! Anita

  22. Oooh, I just finished cleaning :) Wish I had a laundry room of that size. Sigh!!! Have a lovely day!!

    Kristin ♥

  23. Pretty cool and i like that washer and dryer! Richard

  24. Thank you for sharing these great tips Stacey.
    Will definitely be checking out the magazine.
    I wonder what took them so long.

  25. I also love this magazine! And I'm really excited to have my online store,
    www.homefromindia.com, listed as a source in this issue, for black and white striped pillow covers!

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