Cleaning Task – Mailbox

Birds sit on it and do their business, dust and dirt like to settle ontop, and ants like to start calling it home.  Grab a sponge and bucket of soapy water and give it a good wash, rinse and it will be like new again!  Or…wash it when you are washing the car next.  This is a perfect job the kids can help with!

Reusable Homemade Antibacterial Wipes

I noticed we use a lot of paper towel and wipes in our household and in my mission to be frugal and reduce our grocery bill I am trying to find cheaper alternatives, like using my own homemade all purpose cleaner.  Over the past few months I have been using reusable homemade antibacterial wipes. Read More.

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Step by step instructions – how to clean windows, using a natural homemade window cleaner. Read more here.


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Leisha April 12, 2011 - 6:08 AM

Happy Holidays everyone! Have to say I was a little surprised when I saw this on the list in the Newsletter – but trusted Katrina and put it on my trusty calender to get done this week. (However, never thought of getting the kids to do it!). Anyway, did the cleaning business at the front entrance and mailbox. Have now removed a colony of spiders and about 10 years of snails in the box (we live in a bushy area). That is now going to save me so much time and money as I won’t have to ring up service providers anymore to ask what the amount due is because “the snail ate my mail”! (true story!!). I can even see through the little mailbox window to see if there is mail… Thanks Katrina for the surprise challenge!

Casey April 12, 2011 - 8:38 AM

Hey Katrina – great idea (though your mailbox is far prettier than mine, maybe my task should be to purchase a prettier mailbox lol). I also want to say thank you for your posts on getting the laundry sorted, I never thought I’d be saying this but it is now my little quiet space, I retreat there and fold laundry when I need a little ‘alone time’. Thank you.
Katrina, I’d love some feedback on my post series for this week – Any ideas on how to make it more reader friendly would be most welcome!

Julie April 12, 2011 - 12:27 PM

Since I am organising the Easter raffle for our scout troop i really couldn’t be bothered with Eggs for my kids friends…I know i am being ba-humbug but I am finding it really hard to get them motivated to do anything…does anyone have any ideas on motivating teenagers?? I find it really hard to get a positive response from them for a while now …
besides ideally, my big 2 would do this themselves (15 & 14yo)and my little one won’t worry unless someone makes a fuss of it.

Thankyou for today’s blog – I can’t face the house so i think i will wash the car and letterbox instead!

Hope you all enjoy your day!

Calyxya April 13, 2011 - 10:29 PM

Loving all the cleaning and decluttering tips! What a great website! Decluttering is my current obsession after years of accumulating things, I now feel so much better (decluttering is highly therapeutic!). My decluttering tip is to always ensure your garbage bin goes out full (we only ever really need a third of the bin for normal waste). The rest is throwing out what you don’t need slowly and avoiding bringing things we don’t need in.

Claire March 5, 2012 - 2:42 PM

We keep our brick mail box clean, and regularly brush it out (sometimes washed with vinegar/water mix). So imagine my son’s surprise when he went to collect the mail and there was a huge ant nest in there. Millions of small black ants carrying larvae etc had set up overnight! Looking for the best solution online, some people said this is common after a storm and the ants are looking for a safe place for their nursery – they suggest keeping the mailbox open as they will migrate out quickly not liking the sun. So we’ll give that a go this afternoon….but if they are still there in the morning I’m going to have to go back to the vinegar water wash out!

Shireen September 20, 2012 - 10:18 PM

While having a clean up in the yard a couple of weekends ago my grandson, 4, decided the mailbox needed a clean – with baby wipes! Not wanting to turn him off helping I told him I now have the cleanest mailbox in Australia. He was so proud that he had done something and wasn’t asked to do it.


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