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.

 

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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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.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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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.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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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.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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March 23, 2015

It’s been a long, cold, snowy winter. But we’re fast approaching the light at the end of the tunnel. Clocks have sprung forward, and on March 20, the calendar marks the official start of spring. Which means entertaining friends on the patio and curling up out there with a good book is within reach. Here’s how to make that outdoor space an extension of your indoor style.

Outdoor Living Essentials

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March 17, 2015

The concept of a build-your-own-salad is one our tastebuds support. And with spring break on the horizon, we suggest applying that same logic to packing your carry-on. Choose items from each of the four categories below to avoid checked-baggage fees. That well-organized suitcase? It’s only a few steps away.

Carry-On Checklist

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March 13, 2015

For your vintage haul: Nix that stale, old-clothing smell from your recent secondhand purchase. Grab some activated charcoal (try the fish section of the pet store), toss it in a large sealable bag with the garment, and let sit for 24 hours or up to a week.

For spring picnics: Prep for lunches in the park by transforming a basket tote into a backpack. Fasten two belts around the basket, top to bottom. Then loop your arms through to secure the tote on your back.

For a stubborn zipper: Chances are, your coats have worked overtime this winter. Encounter a stuck zipper? Dab petroleum jelly on it with a Q-tip to get it sliding smoothly again.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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March 9, 2015

For your bed: The ultimate lazy bed-making? While you’re still tucked in, spread your arms wide and grab the edges of your sheets and comforter. Flap them like a gym-class parachute, then lay back while holding the bedding. Fold it over neatly, and slip on out. Voilà.

For your microwave: Tackle microwave odors with a fragrant punch of citrus. Place fresh orange rinds inside and heat for a minute. The steam will distribute brightly scented oils – and all you have to do is wipe down the appliance.

For squeaky doors: If there’s an irritating noise coming from your door, just grab a stick of deodorant. As a quick fix, rub it onto the problematic hinges. Squeaks, begone.

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March 2, 2015