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10 Green Cleaning Essentials

  Green Cleaning Essentials Green cleaning sounds great. I mean surely we all want to ditch the nasty chemicals in cleaning products that are bad for our kids and the planet. But ... and there is a but, a big one!!! ... green cleaning can just seem like an invitation to spend a small fortune

Summer Cleaning

This year I've been in survival cleaning mode. So apart from a few jobs here & there, spring cleaning hasn't really happened yet. I am a great believer anyway in spreading it out throughout the year ... I mean who has a week to stop everything and clean?! But now the summer is here, there are a few jobs that I think just have to get done. Because I will pay, pay, pay for it if I don't. ...

Get Rid Of Household Pests Naturally

Am loving the sunny weather ... ... but hating all the bugs it's bought out. The wasps, mozzies & fruit flies are already starting to annoy and they'll only get worse. And do not get me started on the pests munching my veg and herb gardens ... am officially at war with rosemary beetles!! In previous years I confess I would have reached ... relunctantly ... for chemical sprays. But this year I'm cutting right back on chemicals and pricey products, so am determined to get rid of household pests naturally. ...

Survival Cleaning Routine

It's May. How did that happen? Surely it was only Christmas last month!! Time seems to be escaping me and I feel I've been in survival mode since the New Year. And jeez there have been weeks when the house has really taken a hiding. ...

Clean Wooden Floors Naturally

We have stripped wooden floor boards all through our house. They are mostly the original 1860s boards stained a dark Jacobbean oak colour and I love how they worked out. But there's three floors of twisty, narrow stairs worth of them which I do NOT love cleaning! I used to keep on top of them with a wood floor cleaner from Method that you just squirt on and wipe over with a damp mop. I have to say I loved this product! ...

Clean Your Stove Naturally

Cleaning the stove, yuk!!It's just such a hassle getting the grease & hardened gunk off.And as I always need do it on the fly when we're already running late, I just don't have time to get out cream cleaners & gloves & scrapers & more!Which means ... shhh, don't tell ... I don't do it and ... double yuk! ... my stove gets grim....

How to Kill Household Germs Naturally

As a new mum I obsessed about germs. I had anti-bacterial spray all round the house. And wiped down everything in sight before sanitising my hands with anti-bacterial gel. But a niggling little doubt started to grow ... was I really doing the right thing for my family? You see the anti-bacterial spray made me cough, my hands were red raw and my psoriasis flared up. So I started to investigate. ...

How to Clean Windows Quickly

Window cleaning seems such a massive job. And if you're struggling to do the laundry, get food on the table and whiz round with the vaccuum it's the last thing you've got time for. But then the sun shines ... and unkindly highlights to you and the rest of the world your grubby windows :-( But never fear Cinders, your windows can sparkle from now on as I have discovered how to clean windows quickly AND naturally with no hassle with a few simple tricks. Hurrah!! ...

How to Clean Floors Naturally

The floors in our house are my big bug bear. Like lots of London houses there's no side or back entrance so everything ... and I mean everything! ... has to go through the house. The kitchen in particular takes a real beating ... bikes, muddy wellies and gardening tools are not a recipe for a clean floor. It used to seem sooo much effort to clean it. So I ignored it. And then ignored it a bit more. And a bit more ... And I know they say, sticky floors = happy kids, but there are sticky floors and then there are sticky floors! And mine were sticky!! Until I found 4 simple tricks that get your kitchen floor clean FAST! AND without using loads of chemicals or expensive cleaning products. ...

Make Stainless Steel Shine

Why are all those lovely shiney stainless things I own soooo good at attracting smears, mucky marks and greasy stains? Well for a start there's ... ... hard water ... ... kids with forever grubby hands ... ... toothpaste with the top left off ... ... PLUS everything under the sun that gets dragged through our kitchen & bathroom on a daily basis ... Grrrr ... deep sigh ... :-( But as I refuse to spend hours every day cleaning, all that stainless steel had to stay seriously unshiney UNTIL I discovered I could get it all shiney again in seconds naturally! And I mean seconds! ...

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