How I Put the Shine in my Kitchen Sink …

  If you stop to think about it, the kitchen sink is one of the hardest workhorses in your home because it’s used multiple times every day. I love walking into my kitchen and seeing a clean, sparkling sink, and it needs to be kept clean to:   prevent odours and smells   remove food stains, splashes and spills   prevent soap deposits from building up   prevent rust   reduce germs and bacteria   keep your kitchen looking organised and less cluttered   And the good news is, once you’ve … read more

5 Simple Tips to Help Care for your Mattress …

  Do you ever think about cleaning your mattress? Even though it’s covered by sheets, your mattress can still be a magnet for dust, dirt, stains, spills, dust mites and other nasties. When you consider that we spend 30% of our day lying on our mattress, it’s important that we give it plenty of tender loving care so that it stays clean and well maintained. Not only that, purchasing a bed is a costly exercise, so I want to make sure that I look after it so it lasts as long as possible.   Here is my regular routine for caring for my mattress: Use a … read more

How to Clean Your Microwave and Make it Sparkle in Under 15 Minutes …

  My microwave is one of the hardest working appliances in the kitchen. It’s used to defrost frozen items, reheat leftovers, cook vegetables and create whole family meals but, despite our best efforts, it can get dirty from splashes and spills. So, here is my microwave cleaning routine that helps keep it sparkling clean.   Daily … The simplest way to keep the microwave clean is to always cover any food placed inside. Be sure to cover everything with either paper towel, a lid with a steam vent or a loosely fitted lid that will allow steam to escape … … read more

How Creating a Simple Routine Helped me Win the Battle Against Dirty Dishes …

  Doing the dishes is one of those tasks that’s necessary but not a whole lot of fun. I’m sure everyone you talk to will have a different method and routine but if there’s one thing everyone will agree on … the dishes can’t be ignored!   Now, I definitely don’t want to spend the entire day chained to the kitchen sink but I also don’t want everything piling up on the kitchen bench either, so for me, it’s about finding some balance, creating a routine or a process and keeping that routine simple. Here’s what works for me:   I am fortunate to own a … read more

My Tips for Cleaning the Inside of the Fridge …

  Most of us spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so it’s important that it’s well organised and working as efficiently as possible. And because it’s where we do all our food preparation, it’s also important that the equipment and utensils we use are super clean. Cleaning and getting organised is mostly about creating routines that are simple to follow and that helps us to develop habits. I’m a creature of habit so it helps me to choose a day of the week to perform regular or routine tasks and that helps me stick to it. Some weeks other things get in the way … read more

How to be a Tidy Cook in the Kitchen …

  I do agree, cooking can be a very messy event! And when I hear people say “I hate cooking!” what they often mean is they hate the mess and cleaning that comes with cooking. But to be honest, cooking and cleaning go hand in hand. So here are some of the things I do to help keep my kitchen clean when I’m baking or preparing dinner.   Start with a clean kitchen. Nothing makes a kitchen messier than a kitchen that’s already a disaster before I even start, so I like to start with clean benches. I take a few minutes to put things away and wipe down the … read more

Caring for Your Kitchen Sponges …

Most of us will think long and hard about the things we need to clean around our house and how we are going to do that. We think about the cleaning products we will use and the types of cloths and sponges that are going to give us the best results but do you ever give much thought to the care and maintenance of your kitchen sponges because these little “work horses” are deserving of some love and attention. As well as wiping up mess, spills and cleaning surfaces, kitchen sponges also wipe up germs and bacteria. So when one of my lovely readers asked me recently what … read more

Show your Tea Towels Some Love …

Tea towels are one of those things that don’t really get much thought. However, because they are used in the kitchen for food preparation, they work pretty hard and really do need a little bit of tender loving care. Tea towels sometimes sit scrunched up and wet on the kitchen bench (particularly when you’re cooking) or they sit damp amongst the washing in the laundry waiting to be washed. Unfortunately, either of those things will make your humble tea towel a breeding ground for bacteria because it never gets the chance to dry out properly. So here’s a few things … read more

Bathroom Cleaning Checklist … Free to Download …

It doesn’t take much for the bathroom to get dirty and it sometimes seems like a never-ending job. I clean my bathrooms once a week and then every 3 months or so I roll up my sleeves and thoroughly clean it from top to bottom including exhaust fans, light fittings, doors, windows and inside cupboards and drawers.   Today I’m sharing with you my Bathroom Cleaning Checklist that I use for that more intensive clean. Simply click on the download button and print off your free copy … that’s right … absolutely free! Simply laminate and then keep it in the bathroom … read more