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This week marks 35 weeks of pregnancy for me with baby #3. For the majority of this pregnancy, I haven’t really been motivated to clean, and I was wondering if the nesting bug would ever kick in. I can barely keep up with the messes my two little ones create every day, much less organizing more and getting ahead of things. I was finally in the mood to get going with things a couple weekends ago, and wouldn’t you know, my dishwasher broke down. For the last three weeks while we await a replacement, I’ve been hand washing dishes and my kitchen has been looking like a war zone!

Nesting and CleaningI have to admit to being a little bit spoiled over the last several years. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve had to hand wash every dish we used. Owning a dishwasher is a creature comfort I can’t imagine not having at this point in my life, as we run a full load of dishes at least once a day with all of the snacks and meals we consume with two kids.

I had been using organic dish soap for the past couple months for times I would need to wash the occasional pan, but it just wasn’t cutting it. I went to Target and picked up a few items to get me through this time when I would have to hand wash everything. Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge, Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge, and Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Soap Dispensing Dishwand were all items on my shopping list. I also picked up some Dawn Dish soap since the organic stuff wasn’t doing a great job cutting the grease. 

cleaning a dishFor the majority of the dishes I’ve been doing, I’ve been using the dishwand, but when I have a tough caked on mess, I use the blue scrub sponge. You can use these on non-stick cookware, counter cops, shower tiles, dishes, and more. My personal preference is to use it to get the caked on stuff off of my dishes that I usually would need a scraper for. I love a sponge like this for getting to the bottom of a drinking class as well. With a little bit of elbow grease and some dish soap, you can get every last bit of grime of of your dishes. 

Dishes aren’t even my biggest problem though! My kitchen has just been a mess. I’m trying to keep up with it all but in the meantime my normally off-white sink has turned this skunky shade of brown from having dishes sit in there constantly. I wanted to create a quick tutorial for the DIY cleaner I created. I hope this works for someone else as well as it works for me!

best diy sink cleanerThis is probably the most easy DIY thing ever. I will get the whole sink wet, and mix Dawn dishsoap with any kind of powder cleaner. I’ll take a few drops of lemon essential oil and start scrubbing the whole thing into a thick paste mixture with the heavy duty green sponge. It has been working SO well. My sink is an off-white beige and the way it sits casts a shadow, but you can see from the beginning to the end that after using this mixture, it’s much cleaner in the sink basin. Not so brown, murky, stained, and disgusting! I especially appreciate that the way this mixture works it cleans off in a quick hurry, due to the green sponge cleaning tough messes 50% faster. 

Scotch Brite spongesBoth the Scotch Brite sponges in blue and green can be used to clean pots and pans and other surfaces within the kitchen, but I prefer to use the blue on dishes and the green on surfaces that may require cleaners that I wouldn’t want touching my dishes. It’s just an easy way for me to make sure I’m not cross contaminating when I color code like that. 

I realize that not everybody is nesting like I am, but sometimes it’s really satisfying to get your cleaning groove on anyway. With back to school time starting, it’s a great time to make some house overhauls in the next week or two. Clean the garage, clean out a closet, heck…this weekend I’m going to start migrating some fall clothing options into my kids’ room. I’m thinking of redecorating some of the pictures we have hanging too. Wait…did I say nesting hadn’t kicked in yet? I think I’m making up for lost time. 🙂

Target Scotch Brite pictureDuring my shopping and nesting endeavors, it’s safe to say I usually end up at Target. They always have great deals going, and you can save now on Scotch-Brite® Scrub Sponges at Target with this Cartwheel offer. During the week of 8/14-8/20 if you spend $50 on household essentials at Target, you get a $15 Target Gift Card. To see more ideas on how to clean life’s biggest messes, click HERE.

cleaning suppliesToday I am thanking the cleaning gods that my dishwasher is finally back in action. I fully expect to post more home posts in the next couple weeks as I work on new projects, like a fun collage wall in our living room. Stay tuned!

What’s your biggest mess in your home? Are you always looking for a better and faster way to clean like I am?

2 Comments on Nesting and Cleaning

  1. Judy H.
    August 16, 2016 at 4:55 pm (1 year ago)

    Your cleaning concoction certainly brought great reslts! I live in a 1952 bungalow whivh we were so fortunate to have found in MINT condition. The white sink in the main upstairs bath has begun to look a little murky. I’ve tried various types of the ‘scrubbing bubbles’ type foam cleaners to no avail, this might work. Does the lemon essential oil contribute to the cleaning ability? I know it contributes a wonderful smell! My daughter uses essential oils in her home and with her 3 sons and husband for everything from cleaning, to healing, to creating a fresh scent in her home. She has been trying to convince me for a long time to make the big jump and dive in head first. Perhaps I will…someday.

    • justina
      August 17, 2016 at 12:02 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Judy! I really think this may work for you! I love the way it smells but the lemon essential oil seems to almost peel away at the grime. I know you can’t drink water with lemon oil out of a plastic jug because the lemon oil will eat the plastic over time, and I’m wondering if it similarly “eats” the sink so that all the grime is gone? If that makes sense. I think you should definitely give it a try!


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