HouseKeeping: Simplify Your Everyday Tasks!

How to Laundry & Cleaning – for a Taahir (Pure) House!

The importance of maintaining purity cannot be over-stressed because it is a pre-condition of Salaat (prayer) – and requires a regular and careful routine; especially if you have young kids around.

However, at times, due to the fear of the place or thing being left impure, we over-do the washing – whereas, purification is simple, easy and a quick process as we know from the teachings of the Prophet (sallallahu alahi wasallam).

Watch this short 4 minute video explaining the basic guidelines of purification; and confidently maintain the purity of your home; clothing, mattresses, couches, bathroom floor, and everything else - the EASY way!

…and don’t forget to leave a comment. I love to hear from you!

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Stinky Towels after Washing?!! …here’s how you can get rid of the smell!


I wash my face and get hold of a just-washed fresh towel,
…and YuCk! …the SMeLL!

Do your freshly washed towels smell bad?
…sometimes, just after one or two use?!

Did You Know?
Most of the time, stinky towels aren’t a result of failing to wash your towels enough(!)

…Find out what’s causing your towels to smell,
and how you can easily get rid of it.

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For New Moms: Practical Tips for Cloth Diapering!

For New Moms,

Practical Tips for Cloth Diapering!

A few days back, during a discussion with a friend (who also runs a playschool) about what’s the right-age to potty-train kids, she said, “It depends upon a number of factors; how busy you are, how much pollution you are willing to make, and how much you are willing to spend on poop ( :/ ) ; …otherwise, as my mom says, you can let the kid wear them until the marriage-age, because then it will be really embarrassing if your kid is still in diapers!”
I bursted into a big laughter at that last statement, but the pollution thing got my head spinning for days!

“the earlier you train the kids to use the toilet, the earlier they get independant. I train kids in just 3 days!” she added.

I was ever-so convinced to let go the disposable diapers, but was really not up to the challenge of dealing with wet floors, smelly pants, and rushing to the washroom every time the baby makes “IT’s HAPPENING NOW Face!”


Incidently, a week later, the school teacher assigned the topic of ‘Garbage Disposal and Twin-bin System’ for my son’s next test, and talking to him about all the environmental harms of greenhouse gases, got me thinking about how much landfill I must have jammed up after 3 kids (?) with every child needing 6,500–10,000 diapers before potty training around 30 months old (!) – and it is estimated that most diapers need about 250-500 years to decompose (!)

Now I have to do something!

“It has to stop!” I said to myself after reading the potential health risks of disposable diapers to the baby.

…and then alhamdulillah today, this article popped up from somewhere; and it makes cloth diapers look not so bad as a susbstitute! Very well written with practical tips! A must read for new mothers.

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Avoid harmful toxic chemicals in household cleaning products!  - The Striving Muslimah Blog Asthma, fertility disorders, skin irritation and cancer…

- all been linked to the harmful chemicals found in conventional/antibacterial cleaners.

“Many mainstream cleaning products contain unnecessarily hazardous ingredients,” Rebecca Sutton, PhD, a senior scientist with the Environmental Working Group, says.

  • According to the American Thoracic Society, using conventional cleaners even once a week may increase the risk of developing adult asthma.
  • Petroleum distillates, found in kitchen and furniture cleaners – can cause damage to the nervous system and lungs.
  • Triclosan, a synthetic toxic chemical compound added to many anti¬bacterial products and other household care products, may disrupt thyroid hormone function - it has also been linked to allergies and antibiotic resistance.


Tests using lab animals have verified that exposure to large doses of triclosan can cause irreparable health damage, but industry representatives say that the levels found in consumer products are much too small to do so… even so, these cleansers seem to be a futile investment because research has shown that, in the home, antibacterial soap is no more effective than the regular stuff in preventing infection.

“there’s no evidence that they provide any extra protection from germs,” Sutton says.

In hospitals, the bacteria-killing properties of triclosan can prevent the spread of serious infections. But at home you don’t need to kill the bugs; all you need to do is wash them down the drain. Ordinary soap and water does that every bit as well as antibacterial scrubs, according to a 2005 FDA advisory panel.

Apart from the fact that these conventional products have the potential to harm you; while others leave pernicious fumes that linger… click the link below for a safe, cost-effective and home solution to cleaning your fridge interior…

Clean your Fridge Interior without harmful soaps & detergents | The Striving Muslimah Blog

Click the image to go to the Tip…

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— Shawana A. Aziz

Tips to Clean your Refrigerator | The Striving Muslimah Blog

We often stock up Ramadaan supplies in the refrigerator, and now it’s time to give this hard working appliance of your house some rest and clean up.

Refrigerators are subject to spills, odors, and overcrowding. This week we give you

  • some quick-tips to effectively clean it with safe home cleansers,
  • tips to keep it odorless and
  • also some storage ideas -

because a clean and organized refrigerator can save money on groceries and the power bill, and not only keep food fresher and more appetizing – but also keep you and your family healthier!

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— Shawana A. Aziz