Whether you revel in it or loathe it, spring cleaning is most likely on your to-do list. To tackle everything from icky grime to those sources of suspicious scents, we’ve scouted all-natural DIY solutions that will get your home in tip-top shape for the season. This weekend, draw your attention to an oft-neglected corner of the kitchen: it’s time to freshen up the garbage disposal.

Garbage-Disposal Refresher

Ingredients
White vinegar
Citrus peels (whichever scent you favor: orange, lemon, lime)
Muffin tin or ice-cube tray

Directions
Put strips of your citrus peels into the muffin tin or ice-cube tray, fill with vinegar, and freeze. Once frozen solid, pop them out and transfer to a lidded container in your freezer. To use, drop a cube in the disposal and turn it on. The ice chopping will keep blades sharp, while the peels release a fresh scent.

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April 18, 2015

Spring has finally sprung and there are few rituals more satisfying than opening up the windows and cleaning house. Whether you live in a studio apartment or a three-bedroom home, consider this your goof-proof guide to getting it done.

Spring Cleaning Organization

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April 13, 2015

Whether you revel in it or loathe it, spring cleaning is most likely on your to-do list. To tackle everything from icky grime to those sources of suspicious scents, we’ve scouted all-natural DIY solutions that will get your home in tip-top shape for the season. Next up? Make your own dry carpet cleaner.

DIY Carpet Cleaner

Ingredients

2 cups baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup cornmeal
4 bay leaves
1 tablespoon whole cloves
Sprinkle-top container (for example, one used for sugar)

Directions

  1. Add ingredients to a blender and pulse on low until the mixture has an even consistency. Baking soda freshens and breaks down dirt, while bay leaves and cloves offer the double whammy of a fragrance boost with antibacterial properties.
  2. Pour the cleaner into the sprinkle-top container. Shake generously over carpet and let sit for two hours or even overnight.
  3. Vacuum up the powder. You’re done.


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April 11, 2015

Let’s go back for a second. Or over a hundred years back, actually, to 1903, when Thomas Lee was vacationing in the Adirondacks of Westport, New York. Thomas needed chairs for his summer home, so he chose to design some himself with 11 boards of wood. After countless comfort and durability tests (with family members rating his efforts) the Adirondack chair was born.

Adirondack Chairs

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April 9, 2015

Whether you revel in it or loathe it, spring cleaning is most likely on your to-do list. To tackle everything from icky grime to those sources of suspicious scents, we’ve scouted all-natural DIY solutions that will get your home in tip-top shape for the season. This weekend, conquer those stains in your bathtub with the help of grapefruit and salt.

DIY Bathtub Scrub

Ingredients
1 grapefruit
1/4 cup coarse kosher salt

Directions

  1. Halve the grapefruit with a knife and generously sprinkle salt on the flesh of each half.
  2. Wet your tub and sprinkle remaining salt on the bottom.
  3. Start scrubbing away at problem areas with each grapefruit half, squeezing slightly to release the citrus juices.
  4. Finally, rinse away the dirt, salt, and pulp to reveal a cleaner tub.

 

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April 4, 2015

What’s so appealing about a diamond? Its dazzling sparkle, clearly. It’s easy to incorporate some of that light-reflecting allure in your home with cut crystal, etched glass, and mirrored elements. Here are five metallic accents ready to brighten any room in a snap.

Add Some Sparkle

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April 1, 2015

Whether you revel in it or loathe it, spring cleaning is most likely on your to-do list. To tackle everything from icky grime to those sources of suspicious scents, we’ve scouted all-natural DIY solutions that will get your home in tip-top shape for the season. First up: a glass cleaner that leaves windows and mirrors sparkling (sans chemicals).

DIY Glass Cleaner

Ingredients
2 cups water
1/2 cup white or cider vinegar
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70% concentration)
1 – 2 drops of orange essential oil

Directions
Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray on a paper towel or a soft, clean cloth, then apply to glass. Take note: the solution may dry too quickly on a warm, sunny day, leaving behind streaks.

Crystal-clear windows? Just a spritz away.

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March 29, 2015

When it comes to motherhood, it’s hard to know which goods are right for you and your baby. Enter: bluum’s monthly shipments of four to six expert-picked, life-simplifying products. Peek into one of bluum’s recent shipments to see the latest parenting must-haves.

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  1. Moff
    This snap-on silicon bracelet syncs to your smartphone and delivers a host of kid-friendly sound effects. A ruler becomes a samurai sword, a whisk is now a magic wand, and so on. Goodbye video games, hello imaginative play.
  2. Mama’s Milk Warmer by nutto
    Forget the microwave. Just fill up this nonelectric, FDA-approved container with warm tap water. You’ll heat up your breast milk and help keep its nutritional value intact. Added bonus? It’s BPA-, phthalates-, lead-, and PVC-free.
  3. Toymail
    Make communication personal and (drumroll, please) screenless by sending voice messages to your tykes via these quirky toy mailboxes. Just download the free app and say hello – your little one can even respond with a soundbite of their own.

 

Want to try innovative items like these? Our bluum Boutique opened Monday, March 23, at 3PM ET.

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March 26, 2015

Your little one is destined for so many firsts, from toothy grins to wobbling around the house. The good news? Companies like bluum, a personalized monthly delivery service for mom and baby, are here to help you through each moment. Below are a few of its go-to products that make growing up a bit easier.

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First Tooth
Want to soothe pain and win smiles? Cue natural gum-relief gel and bibs galore. Oh, and don’t forget a stylish and functional Chewbeads Teething Bracelet.

First Word
They can say mommy. Time to expand that vocabulary with interactive games (like eeBoo’s rhyming puzzle) that make learning fun.

First Step
Now that they are on the move, you need to keep up. Slip Ez Sox animal socks on their feet for grip. And grab snack packs and organic towelettes for cleanup.

Want a helping hand? Our bluum Boutique opens Monday, March 23, at 3PM ET.

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March 23, 2015

For your closet: It’s time for spring cleaning. Minimize the amount of space you use to store bags and scarves by hanging shower rings or hooks directly on your closet rod.

For tarnished cookware: The key to shiny, bright copper and brass pots and pans? Already in your pantry. Squeeze a dollop of ketchup on a clean cloth and rub it onto your cookware.

For a too-tight lid: When you’re having trouble opening a jar or even a bottle of nail polish, reach for a rubber band. Wrap it around the tricky (or slippery) topper for a much-improved grip.

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March 23, 2015