How to Clean Textured Tiles

If you’ve been following me on social media you’ll know that I recently moved (again). I am no fan of moving—between all that packing, hauling, unpacking, and the general chaos it unleashes on my life, I would generally prefer to stay put, but… life happens. Anywho, among the many things about moving that are not awesome is the move-out deep-clean. One particularly irksome part about the move-out deep-clean for the house I just moved out of was the tiles that covered the entryway, kitchen, and bathroom. They had a very fine, hair-depth texture to them that trapped dirt that defied removal. That’s where this cleaning solution comes in.

How to Clean Textured Tiles

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Puppy Paw Paste

This super simple Puppy Paw Paste has become my go-to thing for schmearing on Lottie’s paws before we head out for snowy walks. Lottie has hilariously fluffy wookie feet and legs. Her feet appear to be roughly three times bigger than they actually are thanks to her adorably floofy feet. In addition to all the fur you can see, she’s also got quite a lot of it coming out from between every pad in her wee paws. All of this fur is a total snowball magnet in the right conditions. She’ll be covered in snowballs—they’ll dangle off her from the belly and all down her legs (I usually have to give her a bit of a luke-warm spray down in the shower when we get home otherwise she’ll be melting all over the house for the next hour). When there’s lots of wet snow, something to keep it from glomping all over her feet is a must. This Puppy Paw Paste is what I’ve been reaching for.

How to Make Puppy Paw Paste

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Lottie’s Dog Shampoo Bar

Lottie, my just-about-15-month-old Cocker Spaniel/Cavalier King Charles pup is very adorable, and also extremely fond of getting filthy. She is certainly not a prissy dog! She’s got very fluffy paws, and on warmer winter days when melting snow transforms our local dog park into a mud bath, those paws quickly go from blonde to black. It’s rather cute (everything she does is cute…), but it’s not a good look for my floors. Or, perhaps we’re out in the mountains and she’s found a bit of novel elk poop. What better way to become acquainted with it than to roll in it?! She has an uncanny ability to find foul things and wear them; there’s nothing quite like getting back into the car after a dog walk, shutting all the doors, and almost immediately going “what’s that?!” as some foul stench snakes up my nostrils. Delightful. Anywho—this dog shampoo. It removes stench, is wonderfully easy to steer around a wet and uncooperative dog, and works like a charm.

How to Make Lottie's Dog Shampoo Bar

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Super Concentrated Lemon Dishwashing Paste

If you’ve been using liquid dishwashing detergent, prepare to have your world rocked. Seriously. Solid dishwashing paste kicks dishwashing butt in ways you didn’t think could happen. It’s so amazing that I was actually excited about washing dishes as I was developing this recipe. Solid detergent blows liquid detergent out of the water and I will never understand why it’s not more readily available in North America. But no matter, because now you can make your own super concentrated lemon dishwashing paste!

How to Make Super Concentrated Lemon Dishwashing Paste

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All-Purpose Enzyme Cleaning Spray

I whipped up this simple all-purpose enzyme cleaning spray a couple months ago and it’s quickly become a household staple for me. It gently cleans and deodorizes, leaving my counter tops gleaming, and I think it’s easier to make than a cup of tea! I like to pair it with a microfiber cloth for wiping down counters, cleaning paw prints off windowsills and the back door, and deodorizing the bathroom. I highly recommend having a bottle on hand!

How to Make All-Purpose Enzyme Cleaning Spray

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Peppermint Lavender Linen Spray

I’ve been doing lots of fancier DIYs lately, so I decided to step it back with a simple DIY for freshening up linens, sheets, and rooms—just in time for spring. A simple, fresh blend of peppermint and lavender essential oils are diluted in water to create a simple spray you can use to spruce up your sheets and blankets and pillows, or maybe even the inside of your car if it’s starting to smell like feet and winter and dog. Easy peasy, peppermint squeezey.

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