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

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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

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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/

 

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

 

5 Fabulous Daily Parenting Tips

What little changes will make your children happier now and even later on in life?

When parenting, we all know life gets busy however these simple tips keep your children feeling happy, loved and most importantly at the top of your list.

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Slather on the love and affection.

Children need to be hugged, kissed, patted on the back and told: “I love you.”  Even in those less than adorable moments when it seems there is just one tantrum after the next those things remind them that no matter what they are loved, cared for a safe. It’s never okay to withhold your love from a child.

Get down with them and play.

Children learn through play. They learn so much more than you can imagine and when you get down there at their level you are showing interest in what is important to them in that moment.  It tells them in a none verbal what you care about them and what they are doing. I play with Little Miss, I play with my big teenage boy.  Let them lead you. You will be glad you did.

Listen to what they are saying.

Children are people. Though they are small or in some cases bigger they have interesting and important things to say. They key as parents are to let them talk, to really listen to what they are telling you without judgment or even fixing issues for them right away. I remember all through raising my children they would often come to me while I was washing dishes and just talk. I took that time to focus solely on what was being said to me and they knew it. Sometimes it was just silly little things and other times it was things that were heavy on their little hearts. So please if you want them to come to you just stop and listen.

Listen to what your children are saying

Show love, kindness, and respect to your spouse and other family members.

Live and model the sort of relationships you hope they will one day themselves have. Children thrive on a solid foundation o the family.  Embrace and love others so they can learn to do so as well. Even if your family is not the model family and Lord knows ours often is not… love respect and kindness go far.

Be kind and loving to your spouse

Teach them to help out.

There is no reason not to expect children to help around the home. It makes them so much more included in all that goes on and gives them wonderful life long skills and good habits to bring into adulthood. Children feel pride in being part of all things great and small. Even in just sweeping a floor or planting a garden.

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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? 

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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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Chores and how to Successfully get the Children to Help

It often gets asked on the Simply Moms facebook Group how do you get your children to do chores? How much do you pay them to help out? Why won’t my kids clean their room and messes?

Having personally been through many stages of parenting. I have raised that child who does not want to lift a finger, the one who cleans everything in sight because they have OCD tendencies and all those in between.

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I have been successful however in getting every child in my home to help out right down to Little Miss Toddler.

  1. Start when they are very young. 

    While a two-year-old will not have anywhere near the skills of your six or twelve-year-olds they can still help out with small age appropriate jobs and they should. This starts a firm foundation for life of understanding the value of being part of the family unit.

  2. We do not pay for chores.

    No-one pays mom to wash everyone’s dishes or wash clothes that everyone wore. We do not pay children for daily chores they are simply part of being a family and always have been. That has been our rule from day one. We pay with thank yous and I love yous.

  3. There are no assigned chores.

    We do things as they need to be done. Some days my son doesn’t mind dealing with the trash and other days he would rather go out and snow blow.  I tend to just call on the children as things need to be done so they are not stuck doing the same thing day after day.  It keeps the monotony at bay.

  4. Together is always more fun.

    If the yard needs cleaning you will find most of our family out there together cleaning. Even small things like dishes or cleaning a room are always more fun with help. Like the old saying, many hands make for light work.

  5. Make a game of it.

    Often times I will set a timer and we will race to see who can do the most. Or have a little one Play basketball with laundry that needs to be tossed in a hamper. We even incorporate learning with Little Miss Toddler such as asking her to pick up all the green blocks or pick up all the round toys.

  6. Give the whole family a reward for those big jobs.

    When the barn needing cleaning at the end of the weekend we all had a big cookout to celebrate. It’s not the same as a set allowance per chore it is more a celebration of coming together and working hard.

  7. Hold that Wifi!

    For the older children who love their computer time and such, we simply shut down the Wi-fi until things are done. Even as an adult I find it easier to get things done if I am no longer “connected”. It is a great incentive to get things done.

  8. Keep the rules simple.

    I have always taught my children you use it you put it away. You drop it you pick it up. It keeps it simple and them accountable for themselves.

  9. Cut down on things.

    As a family, we have cut way back on the clutter in our lives. It makes it far more easy to clean not only for myself but for the children to help out as well.

  10. Have a place for everything.

    If your children know where things go it will make helping with chores and be cleaning up after themselves much easier for you and them. When I need my can opener I know just where to look. Because everyone in the family knows where to put it after it has been used. A place for everything and everything in its place.

How do you get your children to help with chores? 

Be sure to stop by our parenting group for more on this topic from moms like you!

Love Jennifer

 

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The Word Friendly and Why I Had Stopped Blogging

I joined up Mama Kat’s Writing’s Workshop about a month or so ago. When I joined I was writing pretty regular and getting to know some of the pretty friendly people that also blog and join her link up.  I have known what the prompts were this week for a while now and just keep drawing a blank. Even still as I sit here my mind is just totally frozen. In fact, I have barely blogged at all. But I picked a prompt the word friendly.

So, really no blogs from me this week.

Why?

 

Because of life. Life just threw up all over me and I have not been feeling friendly, happy or like blogging at all.

I have been filling my mind with things like playing Ring Around The Rosie with little Miss Toddler. I sing she sings she holds my hands while jumping wildly on my bed and then we all fall down just so I can hear her laugh. Her laugh that makes everything right in this sometimes very, very messy unfriendly world.

I have been cleaning in a circle like I often do when I am stressed because my ADHD like symptoms show up uninvited when my world brings me for a ride that leaves me hanging on by a thread. This really mean the house is cleaned sub-par for my mind is hyper-focused on other things. So many things get started and left while I trail off to the next.

I wouldn’t call it depression. Maybe frustration that there are certain things in life that I can not fix. Or that nagging feeling I get that tells my mind something is off in life or coming at me and it eats away at me until it finally happens. By the time it happens, I am relieved in one aspect it did, it’s over and now it is about just getting back up and dusting myself off. Righting all those wrongs.

I have decided though it is time to just breath. Let things be and get back to being friendly, and doing the things that make my life have more joy and stop letting life sit so heavy on my shoulders for a while. Breath in … breath out. Ahhh much better already… right?

 

So while this is a lame blog post it is the start of pulling my boots back on by the straps. Therapeutic perhaps? 🙂

 

Tell me, when life does you wrong how do you bounce back?

And I will leave you with some happy moments from my week in case you have been missing our photos.

 

Boxes are a great place to sit for a toddler

Box with a Toddler in it
Little Miss Toddler playing Tablet in her box.

 

Turkey
Turkey for dinner because it is a comfort food and man does my oven need a cleaning. Yup real life.

 

Then go on over to Mama Kat’s Writer’s  Workshop and link up with those fine friendly people that make me smile each week. 🙂

 

 

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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?

 

When Should a Child Do Chores (A Guest Post)

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Doing chores is something that sooner or later every child should be involved in. However, there is no right moment to start teaching children to clean. No matter the age, all of them are able to take part in the housework, even if it goes about a symbolic participation. While toddlers can pick up toys and fill the dog’s food dish, a 6-year-old can sort laundry and set the table. With patience and positive attitude, everyone can help their child to build the habit of cleaning.

 

If you are a proactive parent, who is determined to familiarize their child with the domestic chores, here is what kind of help you can expect from children at different ages.

 

Chores for children between ages 2 and 3

It is pretty easy to involve children on this age in the cleaning because they accept everything as a game. For instance, if you clap your hands when your child puts a napkin in the garbage bin, they will like that and definitely do it again. The other thing about toddlers is that they are pretty curious and sometimes take the initiative to help even if we haven’t asked them for that. In such moments, the best you can do is to show your child that they are doing something good and you are very happy with that. In this way, you can teach your toddler to put the toys on their place, put clothes in the laundry basket, wipe the exterior of the appliances, dust and other simple tasks.

 

Chores for children between ages 4 and 8

If your child is in this group, you only need to find the right strategy for involving them in the cleaning and very soon you will have a little helper at your disposal. Fortunately, these children are easy to trick. Promise them that you will take them to the cinema or the fun fair and they will accomplish all cleaning duties that you wish. These children are able to cover chores such as making the bed, sort the laundry, sweep the floor, clear the table, etc.

 

Chores for children between ages 9 and 12

These children will fabricate all kind of excuses with the sole purpose of getting away with the cleaning. It won’t be so easy to make a 10-year-old help you with the housework if they haven’t done it before. However, when there is a will, there is a way. If you are persistent enough eventually your child will start putting the groceries in the fridge and the kitchen pantries, vacuum, fold clothes, peel vegetables, change the bed sheets and mop the floor.

 

Chores for children on 13 years old and older

If you have a teenager at home you can count on them for a variety of household duties, such as do the laundry, iron clothes, clean the kitchen, wash the windows, clean the bathroom and much more. Teenagers, however, prefer to be engaged in much more interesting activities than cleaning and you can often be confronted with their refusal to participate in the housework. In such cases cleaners from End of Tenancy Cleaning Agency West London advise that the best thing you can do is to speak with them and explain that the whole family needs to participate in the housework.

 

It is never too early or too late to get your child involved in the housework. Children adapt easily to everything, moreover, cleaning can be a very good way for them to learn what is teamwork and that just like the other members of the family, they also need to contribute to the family life.

 

Bio: Baily loves to help and share her experience. She is a small company owner that provides End of Tenancy Cleaning Agency West London, but most of her time is filled with laughter and cries from her two kids. Having your children help, could be a time saver and a great way to keep them busy.