I actually like cleaning, is the thing. But a crazy work schedule, a busy-ish social life, and a houseful of boys mean my house is not always the cleanest. I do like to keep house and have things tidy, however…I am looking forward to a jolly good spring clean over the Easter break (and that goes for both my house and my classroom!).
When I clean I use a variety of products, but I do have a few things I *always* have in my cleaning cupboard. The first of these is white vinegar – great for washing windows. cleaning mirrors, descaling kettles and taps, plus pretty much another dozen or so household jobs (go ahead and google – it’s amazing stuff!). I like to have lemon around too – lots of clenaing uses, it smells nice (I sometimes boil some water with lemon in it to clarify the air after cooking something stinky), and it’s a must to use on hands after chopping onions!
I used to be a bit of a paper towel fiend, but am gradually cutting this back (it’s all about the environment…). I went to Poundland and bought a bunch of bright cloths which I now use for mopping up, cleaning, dusting and polishing. They’re great.
When it comes to the dishes, I *love* Fairy Liquid. I’ve tried so many other brands, but this stuff is worth every penny…just cuts through grime and dirt. And when something’s really messy a wire wool Brillo pad is a must have.
For laundry I use Bold (one of the few detergents I don’t react badly too with my sensitive skin), and usually iron using a nice water (Waitrose, M&S and Comfort all do lovely ones). I also love my metallised ironing board cover (even if we did have to gaffer tape it to the board!
After all that cleaning and washing, it’s definitely time for a sit down! Then I like to burn candles to make the clean house smell lovely. Yankee Candle, Prices’ and Lily-Flame are two of my favourite brands.
I can’t wait to read the other posts and pick up some tips! Happy Friday, all!