DIY Removing Tile

The next step in turning our spare room into a bedroom is removing the tile and prepping for the wooden floor installation. Removing the tile can be very fun if you take the proper safety precautions.

Items you will need:

  • Sledge hammer
  • Tarp
  • Safety eye wear
  • Floor scrapper (preferably a power scrapper)
  • Leveling compound

First put on your eye wear just to be extra safe. Then lay down the tarp over the part of the floor you are going to start with. I suggest starting in the middle. Then take your sledge hammer and slam it down on the tarp to break up the tile. Once you have broken up as much tile as possible under the tarp, remove the tarp and start picking up the large pieces of tile to clear the area. You will then use a broom to sweep up the smaller pieces.

Move on the next area with the tarp. Once you have broken up what you can and removed all loose pieces you are ready to use the floor scrapper. A power scrapper can be rented from home improvement stores such as Home Depot. If you cannot use a power scrapper, then just use a long handled floor scrapper and know it can take longer since it will be more of a manual process. You will slide the scrapper under the edge of the tile and force it under the tile to lift it up.

Go over the bare floor with a broom or even a shop vacuum to clean it as much as possible. Now you are ready to make sure the floor is level. If you notice any irregularities use a floor leveling compound in those areas to make it as level as possible. Follow the directions on the compound mixture and make sure to allow enough drying time.

Now sweep and mop the floor. You are now ready to move on to the wooden floor installation process. At this point you can have a professional come in and install your floor, or you can keep an eye out for any DIY floor installation article. There is something about being able to do it yourself and having more pride in your home.

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Homemade Cleaning Products 101

I’m sure we all hate those harsh cleaning products that we use everyday. Fact, you don’t have to use those products anymore. Over the past few years, I have experimented with everyday items that make a cleaner, fresher smelling home any day. Please read my article about homemade cleaning products that are simple to make and simple to use. Most items that you will need are either in your home already or are inexpensive. I’m sure everyone has their own homemade cleaning recipes, but I just wanted to share mine with people. And as always, don’t forget to label your cleaning products.

Windows and Glass

To remove fingerprints, smudges and grease, combine 1/4 cup of vinegar and dilute it with 2 quarts of warm water. It is best to wash windows and glass with a lintless cloth or paper towels to prevent streaking. When washing windows, always start from the top to bottom in a side to side motion.


To remove grease and stuck on food, fill a small bowl with 1/2 cups of ammonia and 1/2 cups of orange rind. Place in your oven and leave overnight. The odor of the ammonia and orange rind will lift the toughest grease and stuck on foods from your oven. After, simple take a hot sponge and gently scrub then wipe clean with a paper towel.

Pots and Pans

Have you ever washed and washed your pots and pans, but food and marks were still on them? Well simply soak or boil each pot or pan with 3 tbsp. of baking soda. Let them stand for about 15 minutes then rinse.


I know that drains can become clogged and they can stink! But follow this and they won’t anymore! To remove clogs and odors, dissolve 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup lemon juice, and 1/2 cups of orange rind in boiling water. Next, pour the mixture down the drain and let sit for 10 minutes, then rinse with 3 cups of boiling water. You may do use as many times as you want. For me, I do this process 2 times a week.

Household Odors

To freshen each room, Simple take 1 bag of cotton balls and dampen with peppermint oil or your favorite fragrance. Next place in bowl and enjoy the freshness! Be sure not to soak the cotton balls, the scent will become to strong unless your freshening a much larger room.

Bathroom Cleaner

To get rid of mold and mildew, combine 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 2 cups of warm water. Put into spray bottle and shake gently. Next, spray on desired areas and let stand for 30 minutes. Then wipe clean with a dampened paper towel.


Mix 1/2 cup of Borax into 1 gallon of vinegar. Spray wherever is need and wipe clean with a paper towel. Using hot soapy water doesn’t always cut it when it comes to disinfecting. Borax has always been a #1 household product in disinfecting and for laundry.

Furniture Polish

To make a beautiful shine on your furniture, simply mix 2 teaspoons of olive oil, juice from 1 orange, and 1 tablespoon of warm water. When fully mixed, spray on wood and let sit for 5 minutes. Next wipe clean with a soft cloth. You may use a similar method for youwood floors.

Carpet Freshener

Combine 3 cups of baking soda and 20 drops of your favorite fragrance Mix in bowl and break up any clumps that form. Next, sprinkle on carpet and let sit for 10 minutes before vacuuming. If using for flees, add 1/2 cups of salt and let sit for 30 min. Salt is very toxic for flees.

Roof Cleaner

It may sound a little silly to add roof to this list, but there are great cleaning tips for everything, including your roof to keep it looking nice and new. This task can be time consuming and, of course, dangerous. Learn more about these best practices about your roof.

#1 Cleaning TipNever ever mix bleach with any type of acid such as vinegar or ammonia, this can create toxic fumes that are very dangerous.

Cleaning always doesn’t have to be a big pain in the butt, make it fun! Homemade cleaning products are easy to make and cost’s a lot less. Personally, I would much rather use homemade products. They contain lesser harsh fumes and has a decreasing affect for allergins. However, when it comes to toilets and cleaning your kitchen garbage can, I still tend to use pure Clorox bleach along with 1 cup of orange rind, just to hide the bleach smell.

My most two favorite natural cleaning items are vinegar and oranges. Vinegar has the tendency to naturally clean just as good as an all purpose cleaner. Oranges are another natural substance that quickly dissolves grease and leaves a pleasant odor. Another thing I usually do is I place 2 orange peels on each side of the garbage can, this will eliminate any nasty garbage smells.

Also, if you would like to get rid of any tough stains, simple pour a little bit of club soda on area, let sit for 5 minutes, then blot dry with a dampened cloth. Club soda is an effective way for lifting up stains.

Well I hope you enjoyed these simple homemade cleaning product recipes. As always be safe.

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