The one about the house clean

No this is not some very odd episode of Friends, although it could honestly be an episode dedicated to Monica starting a cleaning business/cleaning a very messy house. And no this is also not me declaring that my house is in dire need of a “proper good” clean.

I haven’t always loved cleaning and I know some people absolutely get their kicks off buying cleaning products and adopting the “Mrs Hinch” way of life, and after a brief moment where I actually tried it out, I knew it wasn’t for me. That being said, I 100% know that I have to clean my house or it will end up as a pig-sty so that’s where a bit of organisation comes in.

With working full time, (I work a normal working week compressed into 4 longer days), being the best mum possible, having quality time as a couple and having a social life, it’s very easy to put cleaning to the back of my mind. One thing I did learn from the “Mrs Hinch” way was tackling a room at a time and not trying to do everything in one go.

Every day I aim to squeeze in room clean and when that’s being worked around my normal job, I try to tackle tasks such as loading the washing machine/tumble dryer and filling the dishwasher. That means when I have to tackle the bigger rooms like the kitchen/bathroom cleans, I can focus on these at the weekend.

Now that I have a toddler running around and the constant reminder of tackling climate change niggling in my head, I have also tried to be more conscientious about the cleaning products I am using and not using ridiculously overpowering scents etc.

A great brand for cleaning products that can be bought both individually or wholesale is Jangro. One of my favourite arms of Jangro is the Jangro Enviro brand. When researching environmentally friendly cleaning products, their range really stood out for me. The packaging used on the cleaning products is made from recycled materials and reduces emissions to the air, water and land. The cleaning solutions themselves also come in both bottle and sachet format meaning if you are struggling for storage space at home, there are alternative options available to you.

2020 is definitely the year I become super organised in life whether it be finding fun family activities for us all, or managing to balance everything else and keep my house looking vaguely presentable and washing/ironing piles under control. I am going to make changes wherever possible to swap our usual products for more environmentally friendly options as well and can’t wait to embrace the changes.

Laura x

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Maternity Leave: 5 months in

I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve finally got my blogging mojo back and am trying to stay on top of writing up posts now. Unfortunately I now have a teething 5 month old to contend with so blogging is purely done when she’s in bed as mum life takes priority.

I love sharing new mama life with you and thought I’d share what my first 5 months of maternity leave has consisted of.

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Cleaning hahaha this is laughable in the first 10 weeks or so. I literally stressed my head off thinking about the cleanliness of my house and frantically running round at the weekend when Bob was at home to get it done. Eventually I remembered what everyone kept telling me; the cleaning would still be there and I needed to enjoy my time with Freya. I can confirm my house is generally pretty clean nowadays as I’ve got into a decent routine but it was extremely difficult.

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The SCA Summer Cleaning Challenge

Now that I own my home, I realise how much effort it takes to actually clean a big house and how much time my mum put into keeping ours tidy before I moved out.

When I was contacted to see if I wanted to take part in the SCA summer cleaning challenge, I was more than happy to oblige and share some of my top tips and hacks for helping speed up the process of cleaning the home. I received a lovely goodie bag of products to help inspire me to create new hacks which you can see below.

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My first hack was to make use of the compost bucket. Now we are pretty lucky enough to have a compost bucket with our local council so I didn’t really need it for that usage. Instead I decided to use it for all my pegs! Yep that’s right, it currently houses all the pegs for my washing line making it rather handy for grabbing to take out and hang clothing.

Next up is trying to find a hack for the smell from the bins. Now usually I would use regular old air freshener and just blast it every few days before giving the kitchen bin a proper clean. I received the very awesome bin buddy in my bundle which is a great citrus product which kills germs and neutralises odours in your kitchen bin. This smells awesome and is great for just shaking into the bin. I will definitely be buying this product again in the future as it really is so handy.

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Another hack I use it kitchen roll and Glass spray. I find that kitchen roll works great rather than dry cloths etc which tend to leave smears. I use it all the time on our patio doors and windows as we have a fair few to clean in this house and I’d be lost without plain old kitchen roll. I’m so glad I received a giant roll of Plenty in my bundle.

My next favourite household feature is a good old-fashioned feather duster. I have some pretty high ceilings and bits of furniture that need regular dusting and we kept forgetting to buy one every time we ventured to the shops. To my amazement I received a lovely new one in the bundle which has been extremely handy for keeping cobwebs at bay and dusting everywhere.

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In terms of cleaning my shower I always use Mr Muscle shower products and also use a kitchen scrubbing-brush to help clear grime and dirt out of the grout and tiling of the shower. I started to do this when we moved in as I was struggling to clean some of the dirt left from previous owners and this was the only thing that helped. The long bristles meant I could get right into the grout and scrub away without damaging any tiles or the grout itself. It’s my favourite cleaning tip if I’m completely honest.

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Last up on the cleaning tips is 2 smaller suggestions in my opinion. My black and decker handheld and cleaning wipes. Cleaning wipes are not only great for wiping down surfaces or leather but are also brilliant for carpeted floor and grabbing hair from the carpet itself. It sounds weird but if you have long hair especially it can get embedded into the carpet if you aren’t careful. This is a great way of gathering up hair and also leaving your carpet smelling clean and fresh.

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When it comes to the black and decker handheld, this is super useful for crevices in sofas or harder to reach parts of your room. I struggle to lift heavy furniture myself so this is great for getting under sofas or behind objects that are more difficult to reach. It’s come in very handy since we received it and I’ve used it quite a lot so far.

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So these are my handy tips as part of the SCA summer cleaning campaign and I hope they’ve inspired you to try something different yourself.

Laura x

*All the items in the first picture were sent to me to feature in the review, some others featured were bought by myself. No payment has been received for this post*

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