How to Keep Your White Furniture Clean

Inside: Learn some practical tips for keeping your white furniture white and clean, even when you have a house full of kids.    We recently moved into a new house, and …

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Inside: Learn some practical tips for keeping your white furniture white and clean, even when you have a house full of kids. 

 

White Sofa from the Futon Shop from the second floor

We recently moved into a new house, and as I’m sure you are aware, moving often means getting new furniture. In our case, we needed a sectional sofa to fill a large great room with 20 foot ceilings. After looking around, we decided to get a 5 piece sectional from the Futon Shop. What I love about the Futon Shop is that they have all-natural furniture with the option to have organic fill. They are non-toxic and chemical free which is really important to me and my family. As you can see in the picture below, they are comfy and we often find our youngest son sleeping on it. 

little boy sleeping on couch from the Futon Shop

 

One tip when buying from the Futon Shop (or anywhere, really) is to measure the space and make sure it is big (or small) enough. We initially purchased a smaller size, but when we put it all together, we realized that we needed one more piece, which we then purchased. The dimensions are posted on the site, so you should be able to measure before buying. Learn more about the Futon Shop and its natural furniture here

sofa from futon shop from second floor without covers

They have so many different options for colors fabrics, and in the end we chose to go with a white color. Now, many of you know that I have 3 boys, with another on the way, so you are probably thinking I am crazy for having white furniture. I have had that thought myself if I am being completely honest, but it went really well with the overall design and color scheme of our home so we went with it anyway. 

white furniture with pillows

Before making the choice, I did some research and found that you really can take some steps to keep white furniture clean. It isn’t easy, and of course there are going to be accidents, but I wanted to share some tips today about keeping that new white sofa clean. 

Pre-Treat the Fabric

The first thing you should do when you get your white furniture is treat it with fabric protector. This can make a world of difference because they are designed to repel spills and other messes. Based on my experience, this is not going to protect it from everything, but it definitely does a good job of repelling small spills and other accidents. There are many options to choose from, but I always recommend trying it on a small piece of the fabric on the underside of a pillow or somewhere else that isn’t visible to make sure it doesn’t cause any issues. 

Follow the Manufacturer’s Guidelines and Wash Often

The sofa that we got from the Futon Shop comes with easily removable covers for the cushions and pillows. This makes it easy to remove them and wash them in the washing machine from time-to-time. If you are using white slipcovers, you can take those off as well and wash them when needed. The important thing here is to make sure that you are following the manufacturer’s instructions for washing. Many fabrics require using only cold water and air drying. If you follow the instructions for washing the fabric, your furniture will last longer and should stay cleaner as well. 

Don’t let Spills Sit for a Long Time. 

The longer you wait to clean a stain, the more difficult it will be to remove and maintain the white color for your sofa. For example, if your child drops a popsicle on the couch, you should wipe it up right away and use a spot stain remover and probably wash that part of the couch at the very least. If you let it sit, it will be very difficult to get rid of later. 

Make and Enforce Rules 

This may seem like a crazy idea to all of you moms of boys out there, but if you want to keep your white furniture clean, you have to set rules and you have to enforce them. For example, we have movie night every night in our family room. With movie night, we serve ice cream, but my boys know that the rule is that we do not eat the ice cream on the couch. In fact, our overall rule is that there is no eating on the couch ever. It was hard for them to adjust, but they are used to the rule now and that has helped me keep our beautiful sofa clean. 

white furniture in the great room with rug

 

If you are going to spend money on a new couch, you should definitely take the time to make sure that you are doing what you can to keep it clean. I hope that these tips are helpful for you! Let me know in the comments below if you have any other tips. 

 

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100+ Easy Pantry Recipes

For all of you working on meal planning right now with pantry staples — I’m here to help! ♡ Below I have compiled a list of all of my favorite recipes made with pantry staples that are legit easy-to-make.  And more importantly, super delicious.  I’ve divided them up into the following categories to hopefully make things a […]

Easy Pantry Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert

For all of you working on meal planning right now with pantry staples — I’m here to help! ♡

Below I have compiled a list of all of my favorite recipes made with pantry staples that are legit easy-to-make.  And more importantly, super delicious.  I’ve divided them up into the following categories to hopefully make things a bit easier to search, including:

Each category is full of tried-and-true recipes that rely on basic pantry and refrigerator staples.  Plus I have also included notes to help with potential ingredient substitutions/adaptions that you might need to make during the coming weeks.  As well as tips for how to store and freeze these recipes too.

I really hope that this list will be a help to you right now. And of course, stay tuned for many more pantry-friendly recipes to come in the weeks ahead!

Sending lots of love to you all today. ♡  We’re going to get through this together. (more…)

My Favorite Recipes of 2019

A look back at my personal favorite new recipes here on the blog in 2019. This year marked the 10th anniversary of this little corner of the web.  And wow, what a year it has been. ♡ Here on the blog, I shared 131 new recipes, focusing especially on filling in some gaps for classic […]

A look back at my personal favorite new recipes here on the blog in 2019.

Salmon Tacos with Juicy Citrus Salsa

This year marked the 10th anniversary of this little corner of the web.  And wow, what a year it has been. ♡

Here on the blog, I shared 131 new recipes, focusing especially on filling in some gaps for classic recipes that you all have been requesting over the years (lasagna, beef stew, potato salad, shepherd’s pie, deviled eggs, caramel sauce), learning how to make important staples from scratch (pasta, gnocchi, hummus, quick-pickled onions, sun-dried tomatoes), creating simple side salad recipes for every occasion (Italian, Mexican, Mediterranean, sesame ginger, and kale), and offering more vegetarian dinner recipes for those of you focusing on more plant-based meals (vegetarian gumbo, mushroom lovers pasta, cauliflower curry, vegan pho, butternut mac and cheese and more).  You have showed up for it all, making this a record-breaking year for the number of visits to this site…which is something that I still struggle to wrap my mind around.  Yet leaves me feeling more grateful for you and your presence here than ever.  Thank you.

Behind the scenes, Barclay and I made the decision to extend our initial plans to stay in Barcelona for two years and continue on with (at least) a third.  And I have to say, our past few months here have been our best yet.  Something new just seemed to “click” for us around our two year mark in Barcelona, and we’ve found ourselves feeling more at home here with our sweet friends, with the culture, with the language, and with this magical city than ever.  ♡  Our adventure living abroad continues to be one of the greatest privileges of my life.  And I owe my deepest thanks to each of you for helping to make this special season possible.  Your continued support of this blog has allowed me to live out a dream I could never have imagined even 10 years ago when this blog began — turning this site into my full-time job, allowing me to work remotely from homes around the world, and doing meaningful work I love each and every day.  Your support truly means everything to me.  So again, thank you.

I have some pretty exciting plans up my sleeve for this year ahead, and hope that it may be one of our most healthy, delicious and inspiring yet.  So stay tuned for good things to come!  And again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you for being here as we move forward into our second decade together.  (Not to mention moving into the roaring 20’s together tomorrow — woot!)  I’m sending a biiiig, warm, Spanish hug your way today from over here Barcelona.  And wish you a wonderful start to your new year ahead.

Without further ado, here is my last post to close out this year — 19 of my personal favorite recipes from 2019!

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Your Favorite Recipes Of 2019

A delicious collection of our readers’ 19 favorite new recipes from 2019. Happy New Year’s Eve Eve, everyone! As is our end-of-the-year tradition here at Gimme Some Oven, I just went back and did a tally of the new recipes that you all clicked on and loved the most this past year.  And let’s just […]

A delicious collection of our readers’ 19 favorite new recipes from 2019.

Pad Thai Recipe

Happy New Year’s Eve Eve, everyone!

As is our end-of-the-year tradition here at Gimme Some Oven, I just went back and did a tally of the new recipes that you all clicked on and loved the most this past year.  And let’s just say — 2019 was a very delicious year.

From learning how to make some of everyone’s favorite restaurant dishes here at home (hello, pho, pad Thai, refried beans and lasagna), to lightened-up vegetarian soup recipes (especially this amazing chili and lemony orzo soup), to an ultra-quick-and-easy way to make homemade gnocchi, to some throwback American classics (potato salad and deviled eggs), to everything I’ve learned about authentic sangria while living here in Spain and more — I feel like these recipes are all staples that we will collectively be bookmarking and remaking for years and years to come.

I will be back tomorrow to share an additional list of my 19 favorite recipes from 2019, so stay tuned for a few favorites that you might have missed.  But without further ado, here are your favorite 19 recipes from 2019!  Take a peek and see if your faves made the list! ♡

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2019 Holiday Gift Guides!

Happy holidays, friends! ♡ I’m back today with this year’s collection of (ten!) new holiday gift guides to hopefully help provide a little inspiration for everyone on your list, and also, make holiday gift-buying a much more cozy experience from the comfort of your warm home.  Because who wants to venture out into those crowded […]

2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Happy holidays, friends! ♡

I’m back today with this year’s collection of (ten!) new holiday gift guides to hopefully help provide a little inspiration for everyone on your list, and also, make holiday gift-buying a much more cozy experience from the comfort of your warm home.  Because who wants to venture out into those crowded stores when you could just add-to-cart?  You know, all snuggled up at home with a ultra-soft sweatshirt and chunky knit blanket and a firewood candle burning, maybe with a warm bowl of cozy autumn wild rice soup or a gooey chocolate chip cookies nearby?

Yep, as someone who doesn’t really love to spend time shopping, I say bring on all of the hygge to make holiday gift-buying all the more convenient and cozy this year.  And all the better with these fun gift guides!  As you can see by the categories above, there’s hopefully a little something on here for everyone on your list.  (Plus maybe a little prezzie or two that will sneak into the cart for you too!)

So feel free to click the links below to skip to the gift guide of your choice, and I hope that you find some fun treasures to give.  Enjoy!

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