• DIY Pool and Shower Flip Flops

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    This is the first post in a new series: 20x20x20.  20 things to make in under 20 minutes for under $20.  Sometimes you don’t have a lot of time or a lot of money but you just want to make.  And if you’re doing it with some girlfriends and a bottle of wine or two, you’re doin’ it right. 😉   So here we go, kicking off this amazing new series with DIY Pool and Shower Flip Flops.


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    Be warned, this is a little bit of a “first world problems” post.  But, you know when you’re running around the beach/pool/gym shower and you don’t want to kick off your flips for convenience/hygiene reasons but they make walking around in the water so darn difficult?  This DIY is for that.  It totally solves that completely awful, scarring experience. That’s obviously a little bit o’ sarcasm, but you’ll seriously be amazed at how nice these are to just run around in watery type situations.  Bonus: they take less than three minutes to make, so even if you drink a bottle of the afore mentioned wine before you get started, you won’t be slaving away all night tipsy.  (You will be using a power tool, though, so be careful!)


    Anyway, let’s get started!


    DIY Pool and Shower Flip Flops | www.SimplyCait.com

    Total cost: $1

    What you’ll need:

    Foam flip flops (I got mine at the dollar store, woot!)


    Drill bit (I used a 7/32″ drill bit, but as long as you’re close to that you’re golden)

    Sharpie (optional)



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    Step 1: Determine where you want your drainage holes and drill through those spots.  If you want to get fancy, you could make shapes or a design, but you’ll want to make sure that there are drainage holes all over the flip flop so you don’t get drag in certain areas when they’re in the water.  I find it works best to make sure that they’re all evenly spaced, so I just freehanded the drill holes.


    Remove hole plugs

    Step 2: Remove the plastic leftover plugs from the bottom of the flip so the water can get through.


    DIY Pool and Shower Flip Flops | www.SimplyCait.com

    Step 3: Take those puppies for a spin at the nearest pool or gym.  Yes, kiddy pools count!  {Can you spy with your little eye a fuzzy paw that wants to get in on this flip flop action?}


    And there you have it, folks.  The easiest, most useful summer DIY you could ever see for $1!  If I’m wrong, feel free to prove it with a link in the comments section!

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  • How to clean just about everything for under $5

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    Hey there!  Sorry I’ve been so silent the past week or so.  I had a number of meetings early in the week and then we got our air vents cleaned sending me into a cleaning tailspin.  Once they got all of the dust and icky stuff out of the vents, I thought it would be the perfect time to deep clean the rest of the house!  Thankfully, after two days of cleaning, it’s sparkling.  For a few days at least. 😉  When you clean obsessively for 8.5 hours straight, you notice which cleaners really work and which cleaners are just posers.  And I am happy (and totally surprised) to report that these few ingredients can clean most of your house/apartment/dwelling better than anything else I’ve tried… it’s like magic.  Really, it is.


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    You can clean almost anything with Dawn dish soap (I prefer Dawn Ultra), distilled white vinegar, and water.  I can’t take credit for this nor credit anyone else, because it’s all over Pinterest and the blogosphere and there’s no telling which brilliant woman came up with it.  But, I can’t keep amazing things like this to myself and everyone who I’ve told about it had never heard of it!  I make two concoctions to keep on hand for various cleaning duties, so I recommend you buy two nice spray bottles from The Home Depot so you can have them both at the ready whenever you need them.  {You know you’re getting older when you have your favorite “nice” spray bottles… yikes}


    Cleaning Concoction 1

    Good for: Extremely dirty areas like tile and tubs, baked on grease in the kitchen, or any really gross, sticky, nonporous surface. (I realize grout isn’t nonporous, but it works great on it and I’ve done it a number of times so I’m pretty confident recommending it)



    1 part distilled white vinegar

    1 part Dawn Ultra

    Directions: Spray generously on gross surface, wait 5-10 minutes, scrub gently and rinse off.


    It’s seriously that easy.  Our tub needs to be resurfaced, so it takes on dirt and grime super easily.  This is the only thing that will clean it and make it white again.  This concoction also worked amazingly on the mini-blinds in our kitchen that had grease and dirt stuck all over them.  (How does that even happen?!?) I just sprayed it on outside, scrubbed after about 10 minutes, and then rinsed them with a hose.  This stuff is seriously impressive.


    Cleaning Concoction 2

    Good for: Windows and other glass-like surfaces.



    1 part white distilled vinegar

    1 part water

    Tiny splash of Dawn Ultra (I mean tiny.  Like, a teaspoon-ish for a whole bottle.)

    Directions: Spray generously and wipe off with a paper towel or soft cloth.


    This stuff amazed me.  I actually started cleaning all of our windows last week, because one day I looked up and realized that they were just a dirty, streaky mess and couldn’t handle it.  Isn’t it weird how you don’t notice things for the longest time and then you look up and are like “holy $h*t that is embarrassing.”  So, I already cleaned them with two different glass cleaners (I wanted to test out Windex vs. Method) but they kept bothering me because I could see streaks when the sun was shining through them a certain way.  I looked up window cleaners on Pinterest and found this concoction x 1,000,000,000 so I thought I’d give it a try.  Let me tell you, it makes your windows freaking sparkle.  I will never use another cleaning solution again.  You walk into different rooms and realize it’s just so much brighter.  It’s amazing how much of a difference super clean windows make.


    I hope you like these uber inexpensive and impressive cleaning concoctions as much as I do.  If the faint vinegar smell bothers you, I’ve heard of people adding essential oils to mask it.  I didn’t have any on hand to try, but it seems like it could be a great solution!  You could even develop your own signature scent or change it with the seasons if you want to be fancy.


    Happy cleaning!

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