Monday, June 18, 2018

6 Common Cleaning Tasks You Probably Forgot (That Will Make Your Home Cleaner and Safer!)

Do you use a cleaning schedule? Having a set schedule of what gets cleaned each day, each week, and each month (like those in our free cleaning binder) can make keeping up on seasonal cleaning tasks so much more doable, and, in fact, make it feel like there is less cleaning to do when spring cleaning and fall cleaning times roll around. But… there are still a few tasks that often get forgotten amongst the baseboards and drain cleaning and daily clean-up tasks.  So today we’ve partnered with Filtrete to talk about 6 common cleaning tasks you probably forgot — and these easy jobs will help your home be both safer AND cleaner this year!

6 Common Cleaning Tasks You (Probably) Forgot

1: Clean Your Vacuum

Your vacuum certainly *does* plenty of cleaning, but when was the last time you cleaned your vacuum, like really cleaned it?  Am I right??

Can you imagine what kid of dust, dirt and little biological creatures are spewing from you vacuum?!  EWW!!  Clean your vacuum people and while  you are at it, make sure you have the best filters in it possible.

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Did you know that a full vacuum bag OR a clogged filter can inhibit your vacuums’s power, reduce suction and leave allergens and dust behind?  Also, if you notice that your vacuum seems to be losing suction, you may not need to go buy a new one, simply replacing the bag and filters may restore the suction you have lost!

Filtrete is a leader in residential air filtration and the most trusted brand of indoor heating and cooling air filters on the market, and did you know they make vacuum filters, too?  In fact, to make this vacuum maintenance even easier, Clean & Cook Supply Website is an awesome new site for all the replacement parts you need for any brand of vacuum (so you can shop in your pajamas).  This is how we get things done!!

Filtrete Filters, Bags And Vacuum Belts

So what about timing?   How often you should change your vacuum bag, filter and belts?

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VACUUM BAGS: Change every 1-2 months.  Obviously you need to be changing out vacuum bags frequently.  Replace them with Filtrete vacuum bags every 1-2 months; don’t wait til it is so full you lose suction. Why go to all the effort of vacuuming if you don’t have full suction power? The new Clean & Cook Supply Website makes it easy to order online so you always have replacement bags ready when you need them.

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VACUUM FILTERS: Change every 3-6 months (so this is a good one to add to your spring and fall cleaning lists).  Filtrete filters help to improve the air quality of your home by trapping small particles of dust, pollen, and pet dander.  They can trap particles that are 75 times smaller than a human hair – including 99.97% of dust mite debris, animal dander, molds and pollen. Even if your vacuum has a washable filter, you should know that repeated washing can cause the fiber of the filter to break down over time  and not work as efficiently.  Let’s be honest – if I am going to go to the work of cleaning my house, then I want it to work as efficiently as possible, so using a replaceable, highly efficient Filtrete vacuum filter will help our house stay cleaner, by not just pushing that crap back out into the air, and that sounds like a good plan to me.

VACUUM BELTS:  Replace as needed. If your vacuum is making funny noises and not picking up debris, it may be a broken belt.  To see if a belt is broken, turn it on and look to see if the brush roll is spinning.  If it’s not, your belt is likely broken.  You can replace it on the Clean & Cook Supply website for a cost effective, quick fix.

Remember this care that you take with your vacuum is a budget-saver in the long run, as it will keep your vacuum running better and extend the life of your vacuum!

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2: Clean Your DishwasherSpring Cleaning Tasks, Cleaning Dishwasher

Again, your dishwasher works hard every day (and sometimes twice a day) cleaning the dishes , but have you ever cleaned the dishwasher? Especially if you have hard water like we do, it’s really important to do an annual checkup and make sure everything is clean and running smoothly. Every dishwasher has different specific parts but in general you’ll want to follow these steps to rid your machine of grease, food debris, and soap scum:

Step 1: Clean the drain and seal.  Remove the bottom rack and clear the drain and filter at bottom of the dishwasher interior. (If your dishwasher has a removable filter, remove and clean it as well.) Inspect the dishwasher seal and clean any build-up.

Step 2: Clean with vinegar. Run an empty dishwasher cycle with a cup of vinegar, using hot water. You can dump the vinegar right into the dishwasher, but we suggest placing the cup of vinegar in a dishwasher safe cup or bowl on the top rack. As the water runs through the dishwasher cycle, the vinegar is dispersed and cleans the dishwasher interior.

We keep up this cleaning every cycle by adding vinegar to each load of dishes we wash. In addition to keeping the dishwasher clean, it keeps our dishes sparkling even with the hard water in our area.

Step 3: Deodorize. Sprinkle a cup of baking soda in the bottom of the dishwasher and run a short hot-water cycle. (Our dishwasher has a sanitize cycle that is perfect for this.) Baking soda will also help remove any stains from the dishwasher interior.

If you have stubborn dishwasher stains and grime, you might also try a cleaning additive like LemiShine.

Step 4: Clean the dishwasher exterior. Now that the interior is sparkling clean, shine up the outside as well!

3: Clean Your Washing Machine

Spring Cleaning Tasks, Cleaning Washing Machine

We recently had some washer maintenance done and the service tech told me that we should be cleaning our front-load washer once a month! Oops! Spring and fall cleaning is a great time to rectify those tasks that don’t get done often enough, at least at our house.

Our front loader has a specific sanitize setting, so that makes it easy. You should also be washing the gasket regularly to avoid that musty smell that a lot of front-loading washers get.

If your washing machine doesn’t have a sanitize cycle, the process is still pretty easy. Vinegar comes to the rescue, again! Run a hot water batch, with the water to the highest fill level. While the washer is filling, add 1 quart of vinegar and let the vinegar run through the wash and rinse cycle. For top-loading machines, you can open the lid and allow the vinegar water to soak if you’d like.

Be sure to also wash the soap dispenser and any other high-gunk places on the washer. This is also a good time to check the connections to the hoses at the back of the machine to make sure they are tight with no leaks or drips.

4: Clean Your Dryer

Spring Cleaning Tasks, Clean Dryer

You clean the lint filter every load of laundry (hopefully), but lint builds up other places in your dryer, too. At least twice a year, it’s good practice to vacuum the lint filter holder (we always find spare change, par-tay!) and use gentle soap and water to clean the lint filter, too. (Let it fully dry before you put it back in the machine, of course.)

The lint filter in the dryer vent can pose a major fire hazard, so fall and spring cleaning is a great time to clean around the dryer and clean out the vent and ducts, too. Disconnect the dryer vent hose and remove any visible lint from both the hose and the machine. A long flexible brush or a vacuum cleaning attachment are helpful.

5: Check and Replace Batteries

Close Up Of Replacing Battery In Domestic Smoke Alarm

I try to remember to do this every time Daylight Saving Time starts and ends, which also conveniently coincides with fall and spring cleaning, but anytime you remember to check, do it! Check the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace as needed.

6: Check the Fire Extinguisher

Fire Extinguisher In Modern Hotel Building

Most home fire extinguishers last 10-12 years, but check the expiration date on yours because you want it ready when you need it! If it is expired, missing an inspection tag, or shows signs of excessive wear (such as a cracked seal, broken nozzle, or missing pin) contact your local fire department to learn about your options for recharging or replacing it. Remember, a fire extinguisher needs inspected and recharged after each use.

None of these tasks take very long or cost much money, but they’ll help your home be cleaner AND safer in the coming year.

Thank you Filtrete and Clean & Cook Supply Website for partnering with us on this post.  We love your products and have been using them for years.  All opinions are our own.

You might also like our free printable cleaning binder

DIY Cleaning Binder Printable Set, Spring Cleaning Checklist, And Kids Chore Chart @Remodelaholic Monthly Cleaning Checklist Printable Calendar

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

How To Create Beautiful Outdoor Pots and Planters

Good day to you friends! I am so happy to be back with some of my top tips for planting up a welcoming outdoor pot for your patio or front door! My name is Ashlea and I blog over at This Mamas Dance– where I document my adventures in DIY, mothering and most recently, starting up a cut flower farm! After such a long winter here in Canada, that seemed as though it would never end- I am so thrilled to be back in the garden getting my hands dirty. There are a few things that I have learned over the years when it comes to planting outdoor pots and planters.  Annuals work hard for us in the garden- and with the right care can provide beautiful blooms all summer long! It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to create balanced and full, outdoor potted planters.How To Create Beautiful Outdoor Pots And Planters | This Mamas Dance For Remodelaholic 26

How to Create Beautiful Planters with Annuals

Here is my step by step guide for potting up pretty annuals, plus 3 easy tips for keeping annual planters beautiful all summer long.

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3 Easy Tips For Beautiful Annual Porch Planters All Summer Long #remodelaholic

Step 1: Fill a Clean Pot with Potting Soil

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Tip #1: Start with a clean pot and fill with fresh potting soil. It is important that you specifically use a potting mix to ensure proper drainage and nutrients for the plants. For many years I made the mistake of re-using my old potting soil year after year. However, I now recommend using fresh soil as after a season of packing a pot full of flowers, all of the nutrients from the soil have gone into the plants, so there is really nothing left for the next season. Using fresh soil will ensure that your flowers have enough nutrients to put out many blooms!

Step 2: Add in a Slow Release Fertilizer

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This makes all the difference in potting up annuals! Tip #2: By using a slow-release fertilizer, you will end up with larger plants with plenty of blooms! This is my secret to beautiful plants. I also like to feed my pots throughout the summer with an all purpose liquid fertilizer, but if I get busy or forget, I know my plants are still getting nutrients throughout the season.

Step 3: Select Plants with Similar Light Requirements

These 3 easy planting tips for outdoor pots will help your create and plant a beautiful porch planter that will have plenty of large blooms all summer long! This Mama's Dance for #Remodelaholic

Be sure to take note of how much sun or shade your planter will get throughout the day, and choose plants that are well suited to that area: full sun, part sun, or full shade. Most annuals will show the light requirements on the plant tag.

Tip #3: You may have heard of the recipe for creating gorgeous planters: always have a thriller, filler and spiller. Consider color, not only of the flowers, but also of the foliage. (Or look here for some beautiful recommendations!)


I love incorporating unique texture and layers through the foliage of the plants. In this case my spike will act as the thriller- it will grow to 24″-36″ tall. The dianthus is also a bit of a thriller with that pop of pink while the spike grows in. The pansies are my filler, and the allysum will act as my spiller; I may pop it out in favor of a vine, but wasn’t able to find any that I liked for this project.

Step 4: Plant up the Pot

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Step 5: Water the New Plants In

These 3 easy planting tips for outdoor pots will help your create and plant a beautiful porch planter that will have plenty of large blooms all summer long! This Mama's Dance for #Remodelaholic

Be sure to give the pot plenty of water as the roots get established, and check it often throughout the summer. Don’t forget to fertilize it regularly to promote even more blooms. You can also pinch certain plant varieties back to encourage new growth.

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Some of my favorite annuals for pots in sunny spots include:

dahlias
geraniums
ornamental kale
petunias
sweet potato vine
pansies
dianthus
dusty miller
nemesia
marigolds

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Some of my favorites annuals for pots in shadier areas are:

impatiens
begonias
allysum
pansies
nasturtium
fuschia
dusty miller
coleus
lobelia

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I hope you’ve been inspired to pot up some of your favorites for summer! And perhaps learned something new.

Happy Gardening,

-Miss Ash


Build your own planter:

one-board hexagon planterI love this patio hexagon planter made from a 2x8!

monogram planter

elevated planter box

tall dyed concrete planter

DIY window box planter

tall wooden planterBuild a Tall Wooden Planter |

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Get This Look: Fixer Upper Living Room from The Americana House

We’re back with a new Fixer Upper ‘Get This Look’ post, this time with the modern industrial farmhouse stylings of The Americana House living room (Season 5, Episode 18).

It’s crazy to think that The Americana House was the last house Chip & Jo created as part of their Fixer Upper series. A perfect end note to their many Fixer Upper masterpieces, The Americana House is a prime example of Joanna’s signature, sought-after style. The expert mix of modern, industrial, and farmhouse design elements make this living room feel cozy and comfortable.

Get This Look: Fixer Upper Living Room from The Americana House | Recreate the iconic Joanna Gaines modern farmhouse chic style from the shiplap and neutral area rug to the chandelier and mid-century sofa with these tips, decorating picks, and DIY tutorials #getthislook #remodelaholic #fixerupper #modernfarmhouseGet This Look: Fixer Upper Living Room from The Americana House | Recreate the iconic Joanna Gaines modern farmhouse chic style from the shiplap and neutral area rug to the chandelier and mid-century sofa with these tips, decorating picks, and DIY tutorials #getthislook #remodelaholic #fixerupper #modernfarmhouse

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And while we’ve had to say goodbye to new episodes of Fixer Upper, Joanna doesn’t seem to be slowing down much. Did you hear the news that she’ll be releasing a design book this November? You can pre-order Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave on Amazon now. We can’t wait to get it our hands on it!

In the meantime, are you ready to create your own version of a Fixer Upper living room? Today we’re showing you how with 7 helpful tips!

7 Tips to Create a Fixer Upper Living Room

Images used with permission of Magnolia Market.

1. Hang an Industrial Chandelier

When it comes to overhead lighting in a living room or dining room, Joanna seems to favor industrial style chandeliers. The American House living room is no exception. Candle-style industrial chandeliers are extremely popular right now. To achieve a similar look, we’ve rounded up some affordable chandelier options.

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Industrial Chandeliers: 5-Light Candle-Style Chandelier, 8-Light Candle Chandelier, Edison Bulb 9-Light Chandelier, 5-Light Globe Chandelier, Metal Mushroom Chandelier, 6-Light Candle Style Chandelier

You might also like: Stylish Chandeliers Under $150 // 25 DIY Chandeliers

2. Shiplap Walls Forever!!!

You can’t really be a Fixer Upper fan if you don’t love shiplap walls. This timeless farmhouse design element has made a major comeback over the past few years thanks to our gal Joanna. The good news is that it’s easy to recreate the shiplap look in your own home no matter the room. Check out six of our DIY shiplap projects below.

6 Easy Shiplap DIY Projects Featured On Remodelaholic - create your own Fixer Upper style with these easy DIY shiplap tutorials #remodelaholic #shiplap

6 Shiplap Projects Featured on Remodelaholic

1. How to Shiplap a Wall for Free
2. How to Install a Shiplap Wall + Rustic Home Office Makeover
3. How to Build a Shiplap Backdrop for Photos or Parties
4. DIY Budget-Friendly White Kitchen Renovation with Shiplap Backsplash
5. How to Install an Inexpensive Shiplap Plank Wall Using Plywood
6. Five Marigolds Living Room Makeover with Stikwood Shiplap Wall

3. Choose a Mid-Century Modern Sofa or Sectional

Add an on-trend and classic piece to your Fixer Upper living room by choosing a mid-century modern sofa or sectional (depending on the size of your space). The grey sectional Joanna chose for The Americana House provides ample seating for a family and takes up a majority of the room.

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Sofas & Sectionals: Monterey Sectional, Mendosia SectionalCarlo Mid-Century Sectional, Andes Sofa, Monroe Mid-Century SofaAdrienne Sleeper Sofa

Get This Look: Fixer Upper Living Room from The Americana House | Recreate the iconic Joanna Gaines modern farmhouse chic style from the shiplap and neutral area rug to the chandelier and mid-century sofa with these tips, decorating picks, and DIY tutorials #getthislook #remodelaholic #fixerupper #modernfarmhouse

4. Adorn the Sofa with Embellished Throw Pillows

Add personality to your mid-century modern sofa with embellished throw pillows. Did you know that Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines is available at Pier 1 Imports? There are tons of Joanna-approved furniture, rugs, and throw pillows to choose from. Keep your design versatile by mixing and matching pillow sizes and patterns. Below you’ll find some of our favorite Magnolia Home throw pillow options.

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Throw Pillows: Jonathon Lumbar Pillow, Emmie Kay Black PillowJana Lumbar Pillow, Elise Pillow, Tristan Pillow, Zander Charcoal Oversized Pillow

Get This Look: Fixer Upper Living Room from The Americana House | Recreate the iconic Joanna Gaines modern farmhouse chic style from the shiplap and neutral area rug to the chandelier and mid-century sofa with these tips, decorating picks, and DIY tutorials #getthislook #remodelaholic #fixerupper #modernfarmhouse

5. Select a Large Neutral Rug

Keeping with the room’s neutral color scheme, the space is anchored with a large white and grey rug. The understand graphic print pairs well with the mid-century modern sectional and embellished pillows. Selecting a textured neutral rug adds visual appeal and makes it a focal point in the room without being too loud or flashy.

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Area Rugs: Magnolia Home Holloway Gray & Ivory Rug, Olga Gray Area RugBrandt Gray Area Rug, Project 62 Chevron Woven Rug, Project 62 Criss Cross Woven Rug, Safavieh Marea Rug

You might also like: Affordable Vintage Style Rugs // Our Favorite Blue-Green-Teal Area Rugs

Get This Look: Fixer Upper Living Room from The Americana House | Recreate the iconic Joanna Gaines modern farmhouse chic style from the shiplap and neutral area rug to the chandelier and mid-century sofa with these tips, decorating picks, and DIY tutorials #getthislook #remodelaholic #fixerupper #modernfarmhouse

6. Add a Simple Modern Coffee Table

A simple modern coffee table is easy to style while also being functional. Add a few plants, a candle, and a short stack of books and you’re done. No fussiness or excessive styling required.  The matte black metal finish and thin legs of the coffee table in this space flow well with the other modern elements in the room.

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Coffee Tables: Project 62 Glasgow Metal Coffee Table, Era Coffee Table, Room & Joy Retro Coffee Table, Safavieh Roe Black Coffee Table, Safavieh Mae Lacquer White Coffee Table, Acme Furniture Black Coffee Table

Get This Look: Fixer Upper Living Room from The Americana House | Recreate the iconic Joanna Gaines modern farmhouse chic style from the shiplap and neutral area rug to the chandelier and mid-century sofa with these tips, decorating picks, and DIY tutorials #getthislook #remodelaholic #fixerupper #modernfarmhouse

7. Incorporate a Variety of House Plants

And last but certainly not least, be sure to incorporate a variety of house plants in your Fixer Upper living room. Greenery fosters an appealing, lived-in feeling to the space. Artificial house plants and trees are great options if you don’t have green thumb. Often times faux plants can also be more affordable (especially because they never die!).

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Artificial House Plants: Artificial Fiddle Leaf Fig TreeArtificial Potted Plant, Artificial Jade PlantArtificial Tillandsia PlantArtificial Dracaena Plant, Artificial Calathea Plant

Below, we’ve rounded up everything you need to design your own Fixer Upper inspired living room. Simply click any of the images to learn more about each item. You may have to double-tap on mobile.

More ways to get the Fixer Upper style:

Get This Look: Fixer Upper Pocket Door House Living Room

Fixer Upper Pocket Door House Living Room Botanicals

Get This Look: Fixer Upper La Pequena House Living Room

Get This Look: Fixer Upper La Pequeña Colina Living Room

Get This Look: Fixer Upper Mountain House Living Room

Get This Look: Fixer Upper Mountain House Living Room

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Free Map-Inspired Printable: Adventure Awaits

Hello again! It’s Dawn here from AD Aesthetic, back with another free printable graphic to help you step up your home decor game.  Today’s print is meant to appeal to your sense of adventure and will perhaps inspire you to get out and do some exploration.

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Today’s print features the phrase “adventure awaits”, it’s a phrase that, to me, is full of mystery and intrigue. A quick search of the internet and you’ll find this phrase is most often paired with mountains and outdoorsy imagery. And while that does capture the sentiment well, it felt a little overdone. So instead I chose to focus on the adventures of the sea.

Have you ever been out sailing on a large lake or traveled on a fishing boat through the open ocean? Is there anything that fills you with more adventure than looking out to sea and seeing no land in site. How terrifying that must have been for those early explorers who set out looking for undiscovered land.

All that to say that today’s printable design takes that often used phrase and gives it a nautical twist. Like always, I have set you up with three common frame sizes (8×10, 5×7 and 4×6). Simply download the PDF, print out the page that includes your preferred size, trim and pop it into your favorite frame. To make an even bigger statement, try placing the 8×10 print in an 11×14 frame with a mat! This is great addition to a nautical themed gallery wall or for the kids’ play area or bedroom — anywhere you need a little inspiration. Pair it with one of these printable vintage maps (or these), these vintage aquatic prints, or these vintage travel posters.

Click here to get this free printable, all 3 sizes

Once you’ve found the perfect spot for your print, be sure to snap a pic and share it with us by tagging us on Instagram @adaesthetic and @remodelaholic. We all love keeping tabs on how you utilize our prints in your home!

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If you enjoyed this printable or are on the lookout for more home decor inspiration or freebies, you can check out all of my Remodelaholic posts here. Also, please come check out my site adaesthetic.com for more of the same! Also, don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram. Until next time, never stop exploring!

-Dawn


More travel-style printables:

Enjoy The Ride Free Printable Graphic AD Aesthetic For Remodelaholic Horizontal

Wonderful World Printable • AD Aesthetic for Remodelaholic.com

20 Free Vintage Map Printable Images | Remodelaholic.com #art #printable #maps

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