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How to Clean Cast Iron

Posted by Hallee on Feb 8, 2013 in Housekeeping

I use my cast iron skillet to cook with as often as possible. It is wonderful, distributes heat beautifully, and cooks evenly. But, you have to treat it differently when it’s time to wash it.

Here are the things you don’t do with cast iron:

don’t wash with soap
don’t use steel wool or any other kind of really abbrassive material
don’t put it in the dishwasher
don’t let it air dry

I wash mine with Kosher salt.

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Refrigerator Shelf Trick

Posted by Hallee on Jan 15, 2013 in Housekeeping

At any given time, this is what the inside of my refrigerator looks like. Good or bad, I’m not going to pretend that the shelves of my fridge stay spill-free. I’m not even going to pretend that I catch or see every spill that happens. I will share with you this super neat trick that I use to make keep the fridge shelves clean much much easier on me.

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Cleaning with Vinegar

Posted by Hallee on Mar 21, 2012 in Housekeeping, Stewardship

I recently saw a blogger comment that her cleaning lady used vinegar to clean her floors, but it made her house smell like a pickle factory.

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My Kitchen Help

Posted by Hallee on Feb 21, 2012 in Hallee's Galley, Housekeeping, Life

But then there’s this part of me that considers that on a normal day, I load, wash, and unload dishes into my dishwasher twice a day. I unload in the morning when I get up, and after lunch, it’s full and needs to be reloaded. I unload it during dinner prep, and re-load it after dinner.

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A Housekeeping Confession

Posted by Hallee on Aug 24, 2011 in Housekeeping, Life

I hate cleaning out my refrigerator.

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Homemade Powdered Dishwasher Detergent

Posted by Hallee on Aug 18, 2011 in Housekeeping, Stewardship

I’ve needed to go to the commissary for several weeks now, but have put it off or things have gotten in the way or I’ve just not had time. And there I sat, three days before a planned trip to the commissary, but out of dishwasher detergent.

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A Week in the Life of Hallee: Wednesday

Posted by Hallee on Jun 29, 2011 in Housekeeping, Life

This wasn’t a typical week for me by any stretch of the imagination. But, I thought that you might enjoy seeing the process that I went through to prepare my home for my husband’s return and to plan for Scott and Johnathan’s combined birthday party, which included out-of-town family being here. So, here it is, one of the craziest weeks of my life. I have determined that I will do this again once school starts and I do have a typical week, so that you can see that I’m not always so insanely overwhelmed with life. For this entire series, click here.

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Spring Cleaning: A Room at a Time

Posted by Hallee on Mar 16, 2011 in Housekeeping

If you look at your entire house, the thought of spring cleaning can be a little daunting. I mean, the thought of keeping it clean on a daily or weekly basis can be daunting, much less the extra work involved in a seasonal cleaning.

I find that the best way to do it is to take a room at a time. I may or may not do it all in one day or one weekend, but if I have a plan of action for each room, and I actually start working, then it will get done. Once one room is fully spring cleaned, I can’t wait to get to the next room and the next until I know my house is as clean and fresh as it can be.

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A Fresh Outlook & A New Schedule

Posted by Hallee on Sep 10, 2010 in Biblical womanhood, Housekeeping, Life

I had my day and my week planned down to the minute. My home ran like a well oiled machine. Things would interrupt that smooth operation — an out of town trip, the early stages of garden growing when you have to be outside tending the garden constantly, a night with no sleep and a cranky child — but for the most part, it was all good. For three years I excelled at the housekeeping part of homemaking.

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The Night the Lights Went Out

Posted by Hallee on Jun 18, 2010 in Housekeeping

When a light bulb burns out and you have to replace it, it is the perfect time to do some quick deep cleaning in an area of the house that is easily missed.

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