Friday, 14 March 2014

My 5 Essential Items to make the Housework Easy PLUS a Bonus TIP - HW FW 11


Yes I have 
            
             5 things 
                          that 
                                 are essential 

for making the Housework as easy as possible in any room.

No matter what room, these 5 things will really make your jobs easier.





1.   STEAMER




 Since I bought my steamer over a year ago I will not tackle a good cleaning without it
  • windows
  • floors
  • tiles
  • showers
  • toilets
  • baths
   these are just the main things I use my steamer on but not the only things.

Remember the fridge in the kitchen last month - yes I used the steamer to get the stain off the bottom of the fridge.
The flat attachment is great for a lot of areas but then there is also the nozzle attachment which means you can get steam into small areas and corners and along edges.
Plus most of the time you don't need to use any cleaners because the steam is such a great cleaner and what could be healthier than water and no chemicals.

Only one problem with my steamer  -  it's green, oh if only it were BLUE!



2.   VINEGAR



You only need to go on Pinterest to realise what a great item white vinegar is,  there are just so many uses for it  - but please remember you want brown vinegar
when it comes to chips (French fries)



Of course vinegar is even more powerful
                when it is combined with the next item







3.   BICARBONATE of SODA / BAKING SODA




This can be used with water to make a paste and is a great cleaning product.
Check it out in Pinterest and see the many suggestions there.

Or mix it with water and vinegar to have a sizzling cleaning experience.
Again check it out in Pinterest and see the many suggestions there.

Also have a look at a previous post where I gave a link to the 
Toilet Bombs








4.   SPRAY BOTTLE




Use the spray bottle with a mixture of water and vinegar to help clean loads of surfaces etc.
Check it out in Pinterest and see the many suggestions there.

Or mix water and vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to have a stronger cleaner.
Again check it out in Pinterest and see the many suggestions there.

A spray bottle is great because you can spray a little cleaner or spray, spray, spray for a bigger amount and much more easy to control that trying to pour something out.


The bottle in the picture is from a Tea Tree Oil product which I used while in Belgium because it was not harmful to the environment but unfortunately my husband was not too keen on the smell so I don't use the product now just use the bottle.

Of course it is cheaper to use the water and vinegar than to buy a that cleaner.

5.   TOOTHBRUSH




Well this is that little tool that can get into the smaller places, corners, along ridges, and can be used for a light brushing or a heavy scrubbing.


Then combine this with any or all of the above and what can escape your cleaning attack.












These last 4 things are kept in a plastic container with a handle that is easy to grab and take with me to each room  (pity the steamer can't fit in)


This month we are Overhauling & Inventorying the Sun Room and Office but as well as those our schedule also included getting started in the garden for this year.



The temperature improved in Northern Ireland this week and we had very little rain and wind compared to the previous weeks so Fred & I both got out into the garden and started on the pruning.  We are not very good gardeners so I hope this was a suitable time to prune.

We also made a sad discovery.
Our garden shed looks like it will have to be replaced.
We knew from last year that there was a problem with the roof leaking so we had made sure that everything inside was covered but now we can see it is much worse as the branches of the trees behind it have grown more and have obviously been rubbing across the roof in the bad stormy weather we had this winter, causing the roof covering to be torn and broken off.  The wood is saturated and mouldy.


OK I bet you thought I was forgetting about the bonus TIP I mentioned 

in the title of this post.


No way would I forget something!         Okay just don't ask Fred how true that is PLEASE


The Bonus TIP


I keep a packet of Cleaning Wipes in various places especially the

  • bathroom
  • ensuite
  • Guest Bedroom ensuite
  • Back Toilet
  • Utility Room
  • Kitchen

Then when I am in any of these rooms I can do a quick wipe over before I leave the room.


For example 
I go to use the bathroom so before I leave it I just check if the wash hand basin is ok and if not I grab a wipe and a give it a quick wipe over and leave.

If there is a small spill or stickiness in the utility room or kitchen I can get a wipe out of the packet quickly and deal with it rather than let it wait until later or waiting for hot water and getting a cloth out and dirty for the small job.  Just wipe and go no need to dry off.


Maybe you have the same essential materials or maybe you have something else you feel you can't manage without - if so let us know.







23 comments:

  1. Great post! I have wipes in various places in the house too and use them all the time. If I run out I feel at a loss because they are so fast and handy to use. Thanks for sharing on the Four Seasons Blog Hop!

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  2. First, can I just say it is so exciting to see UK products that I know on a blog, silly I know but very exciting! Second, I couldn't clean the bathroom without a toothbrush but I do write FOR CLEANING on the handle just to make sure, Third, I would add another essential item to make housework easier - music. I have to turn the radio up and it all gets done it no time. Thanks for the great list!

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    1. Julia your comment is the second one that I found today that I remember replying to ages ago but somehow must have got disrupted and not hit the publish button. I remember finding that you were from the UK and adding you to my circles. I get excited too when I find other UK bloggers as there do not seem to be too many of us around. Thanks for dropping in and I'm sure we'll be meeting again.

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  3. We just got some cleaning wipes for time saving too. Great post - thank you for linking up to Motivational Monday.

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  4. I just recently started getting cleaning wipes to keep in various rooms. It definitely is a great tip to keep them handy! I may have to start using my steamer for more than just the floor. I had never thought of using it on some of the places you mentioned, but it makes sense!

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    1. Hi Lisa nice to meet you and I just popped over and added you to my circles. Glad you are in agreement about the wipes but you must get using your steamer more too. I just did the window in the garage the other day and I don't remember when it was last done, in fact I think it may not have been done since we moved in over 3 years ago but with my steamer it was no problem at all.

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  5. Great good ideas, I love vinegar to clean with, great air freshener too. I love those wipes, make quick mirror cleaning and counters in bathrooms.

    Thanks for stopping by to share your link on our Weekends Are fun.
    I hope all is well there now with your husband!!
    Karren

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    1. Hi again Karen, yes thank you, such an improvement started on Sunday afternoon and he was well enough to go to Morocco on a business trip on Tuesday all because the second lot of antibiotics were the right ones.

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  6. Great suggestions, but what I really need is for you to come to my house and "show" me. That way my house will finally be nice and clean. :)

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  7. Some great ideas. I knew about vinegar but but never did use it for that. Will go and try. Wipes are great.

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  8. What a great post for E ~ and great shots ~ Healing hugs to you and your husband ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  9. I am definitely going to look for a steamer! I have a lot of stone in my house and it would be perfect for that..

    Thanks for the tips!

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  10. I have a good steamer, but don't use it. Must use it now. Thanks for tips.

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  11. A steamer is such a great cleaning tool!

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  12. Great post! So many things I didn`t know ;)) Thanks for the tips!

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  13. A toothbrush is an amazingly handy too!
    A steamer--now that sounds fantastic! I will check into that.

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  14. Great tips, Sandra! My mom has a steamer and she loves it. I hate cleaning, so I have been trying out some new products to make my cleaning life easier. Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings!

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  15. I don't have a steamer because I didn't realize what an excellent and versatile cleaning tool it was!

    I'm going to check into one of these.

    I use the other four things faithfully!

    Thanks for an excellent link for the letter E.

    A+

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  16. Awesome Points. I use vinegar for a variety of cleaning and cooking meats as well. I definitely use an old toothbrush for those corners and cracks on the floors.

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  17. I use vinegar for cleaning all the time - and we've been thinking about getting a steamer! Thanks for linking up with us at the Motivational Monday link party - have a great weekend!

    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

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  18. I use vinegar for cleaning a lot but hadn't used bicarbonate of soda. I love the steam cleaner idea and just recently read some tips on using it. So I will be putting your tips to good use. Thanks for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

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  19. I use vinegar everyday, but I definitely need a steamer. Thank you for sharing these tips at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!

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  20. Great post! I have a steamer on my Christmas list this year. Hopefully Santa will bring me one. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

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