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Kid-Proof (and Pet-Proof!) Furniture Finds

If have kids and pets in your home, you know you sometimes need to make some compromises to keep them — and your furniture — safe. When kids and pets are in the mix, certain shapes, textures and even colors are suddenly off limits.

From the living room to the bedroom, these are my five top furniture picks for family-proof living.

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Bree’s top tips for a clean home

Hey there, homemakers! Grab a white glove and start doing spot checks, because it’s time to clean up around here! When it comes to tidying up your home, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune or take too long, and it can even be fun, believe it or not. Here are a few tips, from me to you:

Take it one room at a time.

Don’t look at your entire house as a mess and get overwhelmed by the huge job ahead of you. Take it one room or one chunk at a time, prioritize and day by day, even week by week if it’s really bad, you’ll soon have a cleaner home. Remember, getting started is the hardest part, so kick yourself into gear and get motivated!

Make it a game.

Odds are you’re not the only one who lives in your house, and you’re probably not the only one responsible for the messes inside of it. So the way I see it, you certainly don’t have to be the only one who’s going to be cleaning it. But why not make it fun? Turn on some music, make a plan, set up a series of rewards and maybe even give everyone a task they like and a task they don’t like so everybody does their fair share. Invite your family members to clean for stickers or computer time or candy or whatever’s going to entice them!

Go green for health and savings.

This one is a biggie for me. Today folks really don’t want to use harsh chemicals and pay big bucks for products, so I’ve listed some of my favorite DIY furniture cleaners that work really well for different types of fabrics and surfaces.

Leather cleanser + conditioner
Whip up this recipe to clean and moisturize your leather furniture while leaving it smelling super fresh!

¼ cup olive oil
½ cup white vinegar
10 drops eucalyptus oil (optional)

Fabric upholstery cleaner
Shake the following ingredients up in a spray bottle and spray onto the area you want to clean. Then, wipe with a soft towel in a circular motion and repeat until the stain is gone. Afterward, do the same thing with a towel moistened with warm water only to remove the excess soap. Allow to dry.

¼ cup white vinegar
¾ cup warm water
½ tablespoon gentle liquid soap

Wood polish and cleaner
Shake up this little salad dressing (yum!) and use it sparingly on a soft cloth to clean and polish your natural wood furniture. Bonus: It gives your home a natural lemony-fresh scent!

1 cup olive oil
½ cup lemon juice

Do you have DIY recipes you use for cleaning your furniture or other pieces in your home? Let us know when you come visit us at Home Zone Furniture, and we’ll be sure to pass them along!

Till next time, homemakers!

Bree