How to Clean Up Flour Beetles & Weevils After They Make Your Cabinets a Home

Have you ever opened a box of rice or other grain only to discover little bugs inside of it? Flour Beetles, Weevils, Cabinet Beetles, Cigarette Beetles, Almond Moth, and Indian Meal Moths just to name a few.

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Oh my gosh! So Gross!

Flour Beetle
Flour Beetle

I have had it happen more than once it is a common issue. Below are the steps I use to get rid of them nasty little pests for the long-haul.

Start Tossing.

Toss It
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Anything you think is or may be infested get rid of it. If you are unsure throw it away. Because one item of infested food and you will be starting over and in the end throwing away even more items.  Put them in the trash outside of your home.

Empty Your Cabinets and the Counter.

Food Cabinets
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Once everything is cleared vacuum the surfaces paying close attention to the cracks and crevices. If you have shelf liner remove it and toss that out. Make sure you vacuum up any and all spilled foods as well.

Give It All A Really Good Wash.

hot soapy water
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Hot soapy water is going to be your friend here. Scrub everything really really well. Wash every surface that your food lives on or near. Let it dry and replace with uninfested food.

Give Your Grains a Good Shiver Party.

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An elderly friend always kept her flour in the freezer and I could never figure it out. Here is the scoop. Your grains almost always contains a few larvae or eggs.  I know it is nasty putting them in the freezer for a few hours kills off the growth cycle. Keeping them frozen even better but no one really has room for that.

Keep It Clean

Cleaning
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If something spills wipe it up right away. Make it a habit to pull things down and wipe them down. Also, it is good practice to eat older foods first. Opened bags of grains should be poured into airtight containers.

Shoo Them Away

Some people swear by the idea of whole bay leaves placed in the cabinet as a deterrent. I remember my grandmother doing this.

There are also non-toxic traps you can purchase just for this purpose.
Such as these ones you can purchase on Amazon.

Pantry Patrol-set of 2 Traps

 

Have you dealt with these nasty little critters? How do you keep them at bay?

Love Jennifer

How to get rid of weevils or Flour beetles that have made homes in the food in your pantry. www.simplymoms.net


Credits and  Attributions:

Flour Beetle: By Eric Day, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va (http://www.genome.gov/pressDisplay.cfm?photoID=87) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

More Information: https://www.getridofthings.com/pests/beetles/get-rid-of-weevils/

 

5 home decor tips that are always trending

I am excited to share with you all a guest post by Julie Austin. She has written a wonderful article exclusively for Simply Moms. I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I have. ~Jenn


 

Decorating your home with tips trending is always a good idea, they make you feel up to date. Decorating trends come and go quickly but there are always some things always hanging around. We have five home décor tips for you that are still going strong.

 

1 – Go Green

The breathing plants and flowers make a house look lively and much more realistic plus they are always trending!

Yes, you have probably seen a lot of people using artificial plants and flowers in their house all the time, but they are just not aware of the fact that living plants and flowers are the prettiest. You can water them daily and keep them near a window so it can get its mandatory sunshine as well. You should avoid using artificial things and get more real. Going green has been the best home décor tip since it adds calmness and promotes peace in the house. If you think that adding plants to your home might require a lot of maintenance, then you’re wrong because some plants need nothing but water and some sun. The breathing plants and flowers make a house look lively and much more realistic plus they are always trending!

 

2 – Flooring

Wooden floor has taken the lead and look marvelous merged in with the rest of the room.

Yes, carpet might have been trending some years ago, but nowadays it’s all wood! People have switched from carpet to wood since quite some years now. Wooden floor has taken the lead and look marvelous merged in with the rest of the room. It blends in with every color, pattern, and décor. The wooden color also complements the other things such as rugs and pillows in the chamber well. You can add the pop of colors as well.

 

3 – Lucite

It is a transparent or translucent plastic material that has been trending for some time now.

It is a transparent or translucent plastic material that has been trending for some time now. It is famous for hand towels, drawers, tables, chair legs and the list goes on and on. People tend to use this material because of its non-existent color which blends in with almost anything. It is a fashionable accessory and does not even require such high maintenance.

 

4 – Brass and Gold

Metallic colors were always in, and they are perfect for the kitchen.

Metallic colors were always in, and they are perfect for the kitchen. People will be mesmerized by the way your kitchen looks if it contains stainless steel appliances and a golden faucet or light fixture. People have preferred brass and gold over silver since a long time now.

 

5 – Stop clutter

Simplicity and minimalism have been the key to an elegant and clean house

You should be adding the things that are required in the house and not dump everything in the rooms. When decorating the home or adding new furniture to your house, make sure not to overdo it. Simplicity and minimalism have been the key to an elegant and clean house. People always try to keep the items in the room at their minimum rate. You can donate items that you no longer need or just put them all in the store.

Other than all this, make sure to invest on quality furniture. For the bedroom of adults, a couch is an absolute necessary and as far as the kids are concerned, for their bedroom, a nursery glider is a must have thing. It makes an amazing impression. I hope it helps. Stay safe!

 

About the Author:

Julie Austin is a blogger who loves to write about home improvement. She is sociable and kind and loves to decorate almost everything! In her free time, she enjoys sunset with her friends at the seashore. Read her posts at http://nurserygliderz.com/

My Easy Peasy Morning Cleaning Routine.

I am a person of habit. There are some things I almost never stray from and my morning cleaning routine is one of them because as an adult with adult ADHD routine helps me stay focused and on task. My cleaning schedule takes me less than an hour each morning. Partly because I clean a bit before I go to bed so nothing builds up too much. This is not a deep cleaning schedule just a simple daily work through.

Choose simple effective tools for your cleaning routine.

My Tools of The Trade

  • Laundry basket or any large size basket
  • Broom, dustpan, vacuum, and mop
  • Cleaning Rags
  • Some sort of multi-purpose cleaner

 

My Personal Secrets

A very long time ago a good friend asked me how I keep my home so clean with all my children running around and to share my secrets. So today I will share some of them with you.

  • The laundry basket is key. As I clean each room I fill the basket with things that need to go in other rooms. That way there is no running from room to room and getting off track.
  • Always leave a room better than when you walked in. If I enter a room I straighten up a bit up or put things in their place.
  • Clutter makes it harder to clean I keep my flat surfaces pretty clear of nick knacks, junk, stray items and even small appliances.
  • Everything should have a home.  If something is out of place you should easily know where it goes.
  • Don’t let things build up clean spills as they happen and pick up as you go.

A cleaning routine is an important part of maintaining your home.

How I do it.

Have a routine do that routine until you can do it in your sleep. Below is mine. Feel free to do it the same tweak it or laugh and run.

  1. I love coffee and it is pretty much the way I start my day. That works out because while it is brewing I clean the dishes. I either hand wash them or load and start the dishwasher. If there is the time I toss in a load of wash.
  2. Once my coffee is done I check emails while I drink it or make a phone call or two.
  3. I clean off the counter, table and any toys Little Miss has scattered around the kitchen and place things that need to be put away in my basket.
  4. Flat surfaces get sprayed down as well as the surfaces in the bathroom with multi surface spray cleaner and I WALK  AWAY.
  5. The kitchen gets swept then the bathroom.
  6. The sprayed surfaces get wiped. and the toilet quickly swished most of the time I just spray on my surface cleaner.
  7. In the living room with my handy basket, I toss in misplaced items and Vacuum and quickly dust with a slightly damp cleaning cloth.
  8. Bedrooms are next and these days the boys do their own. I make the beds, sweep, toss items in my basket and put found ones away. Then I vacuum and make the beds (If my husband is already up I make it as I get out of it.) and dust surfaces with a slightly damp cloth.
  9. Last I mop. I have a shark steam mop and it makes for quick mopping. I love it!

Through out the rest of the day, I pick up as needed.

How to clean faster and better. Simple tips for a cleaning routine you can do each morning in under an hour!

Just a few more words on cleaning.

There are a few things I want to say.

One pick tools that are simple and help you clean quicker. My steam mop is an example of that. I simply fill it with water heat it up and go. Super easy. No messy mop or heavy water buckets to drag around.

So, to say the least, I’m not a fan of paper towels so I recycle old towels into cleaning rags. I find they add that scrubbiness that paper towels lack any how.

I do not do clutter. Clutter slows down the cleaning process. I keep the stuff on my surfaces to a minimum on purpose. Yes, I said that above but it bears repeating. If you are moving all these little things to clean you are wasting valuable time.

 

My routine works for me and I hope it gives you an idea or two.

What is your cleaning Routine like? We would LOVE to hear your tips as well!

Love Jennifer

 

I Created an Area Rug On a Budget

I love projects that I can build upon a bit at a time such as this area rug made from Dollar Tree carpet tiles.

How we created an area rug for a childs play space on a tight budget. www.simplymoms.net

We are apartment dwellers and the home we live in is older and has hard wood floors. Hard wood is wonderful but not very forgiving to a child who spends a lot of time playing on them or my feet.

Carpet Tiles

While browsing the Dollar Tree I came across these “rug remnants” they caught my eye because of the thick rubber backing. I originally purchased just one for a door mat in from of my entryway door. I also looked them up online and found out they are carpet tiles. You can do wall to wall with them or area rugs like I have. They do not need padding because it is built in. Some say you can use adhesive to hold them down. But I find on a clean floor they do not move unless little miss moves them intentionally. The rubber holds them still. So I decided that they would make a great area rug for Little Miss’s bed room.

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Creating The Area Rug

If like myself you grab these from the Dollar Tree have an open mind. They do not carry all one pattern sometimes there is one of this and six of that. Mix and match. I was more than okay with that as I figured for a child’s play space the mix and match would look fun. Creating the rug is as simple as buying your tiles and plopping them down on a clean floor edge to edge in a way that looks pleasing to you.

With carpet tile you can add to your area rug as you like.

We started out smaller just to see if they would slide around. Each tile is 19′ x 19″ So the rug we started out with would have been a good bit over 4X4 feet. 4.75 X 4.75 to be exact. As you can see with little Miss standing there it is a nice size to sit and play on. The original cost us  $12.00.

We ended up because of her large amount of toys and her need for a bigger bed moving her in the largest room in the place. So we expanded her rug area. With my plan to add around it until most of the room is covered in carpet.

Frugal, easy to change and move area rug from carpet tiles.

What was your latest frugal do it your self project? Please share in the comments below.

9 Things You Should Clean More in The Kitchen

After a month of being sick a while back and still being worn down from it, I realized there are simply a lot of things in the kitchen that get missed when you are not feeling super up to cleaning. I am not the perfect housewife. Who is? 

Nine things you should clean more in your kitchen. www.simplymoms.net

The refrigerator coils.

What is that? Yup, that is the coils under my fridge. The were vacuumed about two weeks ago. With our dogs, and kids running in and out dust accumulates fast. With all that dust your fridge and mine will not run efficiently. Vacuum them often. To keep your fridge running well and to cut down on your power bill.

remember to clean your refrigerator coils it will run better and save on your power bill

The sink sprayer.

My kitchen sink sprayer every so often seems to get a mind of its own and spray everywhere or slow to a trickle. Soaking the sprayer in a cup of vinegar will remove all the nasty hard water build up.

Cleaning the sink sprayer will help it spray better.

Oh, my gosh behind that sink!

**Blush** Yes I do clean it but with five other people using the sink and a toddler playing at it this happens fast and can be overlooked. I spray bleach behind here and it all whitens right back up.

Cleaning behind your kitchen sink

The microwave so used and often so forgotten.

Yes, it happens to the best of us. My kids tend not to cover anything so we end up with this. However a bowl of water with a splash of vinegar or lemon juice microwaved for 4 minutes or so and left to sit for 15 minutes (Let the steam build; so do not open the door) and after just wipe it all away. Easy peasy.

Microwave cleaning tips

Under the stove and other large appliances

Yes, they are heavy but, please pull them out every so often and clean. Have a big strong type help move them.  😉 Or give you a workout. And no lol that is not a dead rat way under there it is cardboard. Thank you, Miss Toddler for the heart fail.

Cleaning under appliances

 

The oven (Is something burning?)

Every so often my husband will ask me what I am burning. Generally, I start the oven after someone spilled something once again in the bottom of the oven. Of course, my intent is to clean it right away. Well, that was the intent anyhow. My oven is self-cleaning. It is a blessing and a curse. It cleans great but heats my house up better than the furnace and the smoke and fumes are terrible. Not to mention it is expensive to run.

Cleaning the oven

The dishwasher just because it washes does not mean it is clean!

How does it even happen? I mean it washes? But yes it needs cleaning. I run it with nothing but a bowl full of vinegar on the top rack at the hottest setting. After I wipe down all the edges and seal.

dishwasher cleaning tip

 

That overflowing junk drawer.

I think we all know it needs to be done and many of us just shove the drawer shut again or even um… start another junk drawer.

Clean out the junk drawer

 

 

Yes, even those window tracks.

Winter is over.  So we all need to remember to let in the fresh air minus all the dusty dirty window tracks and screens. I simply wipe them down including the screen while I am at it.

Clean the window tracks and screens

 

Now… I am off to cleancleaning smiley

 

Do you have any great kitchen cleaning tips? Please share them in the comments below.

Love Jennifer

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Free weekly Meal Planner to Print

Meal planning is something this Mama seriously needs to work on. I printed mine you print yours and in the coming week watch for my meal plan and please give me some fresh new dinner ideas! We are all so tired of eating the same old meals. Simply click the free meal planner of your choice image and print.

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5 Habits To A Cleaner Home

I know that maintaining a clean home does not come naturally to everyone. Some people really struggle with the day to day tasks of housekeeping. I realized I have habits that help keep my home fairly clean. I want to share them with you.

Habits to a cleaner home

My personal rule is I do not leave a room without leaving it just a little bit better than I found it. I also try very hard to get my family members to do this. What can I say it is a work in progress for the most part they try. If I walk into the bathroom and there is a towel on the floor I pick it up. If there are glasses on the kitchen table I place them in the sink. I do not complain about who left it I just leave the room better. It helps keep the room cleaned up.

I am a coffee lover. However, I hate dealing with the dishwasher and dishes away so as a personal rule if I am making a pot of coffee I deal with the dishes while it is brewing.  The two now go hand in hand. I also use this time to switch laundry.

Instead of folding everyone’s clothes and putting them away I make piles and deliver them to the person’s room unfolded. They know they are to promptly put them away. It keeps the laundry off my kitchen table in a huge pile which always looks messy.

On really lazy days I set a timer for five minutes and I set forth to do the one thing I am dreading for only that amount of time. Once I start it gets easier to tackle the rest of the cleaning.  Some days I will just clean each room for five minutes. You would be surprised what you can accomplish in a short amount of time

I don’t have more of any one thing than I need. We do not keep Knick knacks laying around. What we do have has very specific places where they belong. Even the toddler knows where her things go and can easily help during clean up time. Reducing clutter leaves less to clean and fuss over.

What are your cleaning habits?

 

My Frugal .69 Cent Closet Makeover

Not every little update in your home has to break your bank account. Nor does it have to be perfect. Just functional. Like this frugal closet makeover.

The one thing when we moved into this house that I never cared for was this horrible “linen closet” It may have even have been used as a pantry at one time prior to us living here. Personally, I Use it for towels and so forth because it is right out side the bathroom. The place we live in is a rental and to be truthful I am not investing too much into it time or money. So I sort of fixed it up quick and on the extreme cheap. I didn’t do any thing fancy, or impressive I am simply sharing so the next person can get ideas and yeah maybe even do better than I did so if you did a more impressive closet makeover be sure to share it in the comments below.

Closet makeover needed

As you can see it is a mess! I’m not trying to hide that.

The plastic shopping bags were out of control. I bagged them all in one big bag and put them on a shelf in the barn. I discovered dog food had been spilled, not that I can say I am surprised in this horrific mess. This also I am sure gives you a pretty good idea of why something needed to be done with this closet. Yuck! My towels are not pictured because they were all in the washer. My little closet makeover is way overdue.

I swept it out and quickly wiped it down. Not that it helped much but, that didn’t really matter because I just wanted it to be clean for painting.

I slapped a couple of layers of paint on that we had. So that cost to me was pretty much nothing.  You can still see it is not perfect but, that is really ok by me. It no longer looks like the Chokey on Matilda. I even painted the floor.  I may just but some stick on tiles since I would not need too many and they not too costly.

Not bad for quick and what was already laying around.

Tonight while I was at Kmart I saw that Christmas wrapping paper was 90% off. So I grabbed a roll that was screaming Merry Christmas! It was a whole .69 cents. Nice thick good quality paper. Yes, I could have gone to the Dollar Tree but, I was at Kmart when the idea hit me LOL. My idea was to do every shelf but, surprise… The upper two shelves do not remove. So I just painted those it was easier.

Yes, I know the pictures are not great quality but here is where the rest of the wrapping paper went with a bit left over for some more fun. She has a blast drawing on her huge paper. So, for .69 cents a couple of shelves got covered and Miss Toddler had fun and my closet looks way better.

Nothing overly extreme or fancy but, it certainly looks much fresher and all the clutter is gone and it is nice and tidy.

To be honest it looks nicer in person. Time to get a camera that is not on my cell phone. 🙂

Update: I even have enough paper left to do my drawers. This mom is getting things done.

Before… how utterly embarrassing.

And after.

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