13 Tips for a Clean Home with Dogs

Dogs are bundles of fluff that bring joy and energy to your home. But that’s not all they bring. They also leave a trail of disaster – fur, toileting accidents, destroyed toys, and sand and leaves from the garden. Ferris the cavoodle joined our family last year, and the kids have loved having him around. […]

13 Ways to Love Your Dishwasher

It’s there for you in the kitchen everyday, doing the jobs no one wants to do. But do you give it the loving it needs? You can’t just expect it to do the deed for you every day and not get anything in return. I’m talking about your dishwasher. (What were you thinking?) When was […]

Dyson V6 Absolute Review

Back in 2011, I reviewed the Dyson DC35 handheld vacuum cleaner. It was purchased by my husband, and I fell in love with it. When I was asked to review the new and improved Dyson V6 Absolute, I jumped at the chance. I just love a new vacuum! Our home has a combination of hard […]

Learning to love the laundry

I look forward to laundry day. There, I’ve said. I’ve got to the point where I enjoy doing the laundry. I’ve complained in the past about how the washing takes ALL day, even if you’re only doing a load or two. So how did this mind-shift happen? Well, a bit like Miss Elizabeth Bennett’s love […]

How to remove washed stickers from clothes

I’m hopeless at checking clothes before they go in the washing machine. I rely on people doing the right thing and emptying pockets etc before clothes go in the laundry hamper. That worked out ok for me when it was just me and my husband, but as the kids get older and messier, my system […]

Bissell AirRAM Vacuum Cleaner Review

I love gadgets and tools that make life simpler, and I’m always on the look-out for ways to make housework easier. So I was excited to get the opportunity to review the Bissell AirRAM cordless vacuum cleaner. After having kids, I fell in love with cordless vacuums. These machines are so much more powerful than […]

Post-Holiday Clean Up and Organisation

We got back on Sunday from a wonderful, week-long camping trip to Monkey Mia and Kalbarri. It was a great family trip, filled with moments like these: But this isn’t a happy-snappy post-holiday slideshow. Nope, it’s about the downside of holidays – cleaning up and getting organised when you get back home. I once read […]

Dynamo Maximum Review and Giveaway – CLOSED

Dynamo sent me a sample of the new Dynamo Maximum to review. I’m a long time Dynamo user, so I was curious to see the maximised version, with even more cleaning power. Now that I have kids, I need all the cleaning power I can get! And just to prove I’m not pretending to be […]

Palmolive Dishwashing Review and Giveaway – CLOSED

Let’s get the disclosure up front. Like most people, I avoid doing the dishes and put as much as I can into the dishwasher. But sometimes doing the dishes is unavoidable. When I was selected to review Palmolive Dishwashing liquids, I had to stop and think – what do I actually look for in a […]

5 minutes/day Bathroom Clean

New house means time for some new and improved cleaning routines. (And a chance for you to take a peek at the bathrooms in our new place!) I hate cleaning bathrooms. I avoid it, and suddenly have to spend hours scrubbing to get them clean. Inspired by this article from Apartment Therapy, I’m going to […]

What to clean before the wife comes home

As I’m flying across Australia to visit friends, I can’t help but wonder what state the house will be in when I return. Bit of a back story first: in my previous life as an engineer, I spent 2 months in Ireland on a business trip. I made sure the house was spotless when I […]

6 Smart Thinking Cleaning Tips

Lifestyles of the Stay-at-Home Mum: sounds glamorous? I’d love to say I spend my days lounging around the pool, sipping mocktails while my kids play happily , but the reality is my days are filled with changing nappies, cleaning up the trail of destruction that follows my kids around and trying to sneak in some […]

Dyson DC35 Vacuum Cleaner Review

(Image from Dyson Australia) As I’ve mentioned previously, my kids (ok, my husband) bought me a vacuum cleaner for Mother’s Day. Normally, I’d be annoyed to receive such a practical and boring gift, but this wasn’t any old vacuum cleaner. It was the Dyson DC35 cordless Digital Slim vacuum cleaner. Now that I’ve used it […]

Laundry Routine

I’ve been struggling to do the laundry since Little Miss arrived. The thing that drives me nuts and stops me from even starting is the fact that it just takes all day. Round up washing…take it downstairs…put it in the washing machine…turn washing machine on…wait wait wait…get it out…hang it out to dry…take it off […]

Scrambled Egg Mess

I’m not a big fan of eating eggs, so cooking them is my husband’s domain. While I appreciate his cooking, the frypan is usually left looking like this: Baked-on egg is tough to remove. My usual trick of throwing everything in the dishwasher and hope for the best just does not work with this stuff. […]

3 Steps to Tackling the Difficult Chores

There are some chores that fill me with dread that I put off as long as possible (usually making the task worse!). As much as I try “clean as you go cooking” and making sure the kitchen is clean and tidy before I go to bed, the stove is one area that I tend to […]

Superwoman’s Tips On Spring Cleaning

With my husband away on a business trip this week, I thought I’d have lots of free time in the evenings to write all the blog posts that are floating around in my head. Alas no, Bub-to-be is draining all my energy. So for this week’s CLEAN post, I direct you to “Superwoman’s Tips On […]

Prevent Rust Rings on the Bathroom Vanity

Do you like to keep your cans of hairspray and/or deodorant on the bathroom vanity? Somehow water gets everywhere in the bathroom, the bottom of the can gets wet, and you’re left with an ugly orange ring on your bench-top. Now you can remove the offending by sprinkling a little bicarb (baking soda) and then […]

10 Tips for Clean As You Go Cooking

I enjoy cooking, but I hate the mess afterwards, and I can definitely make a mess! The problem with having lots of bench space in my kitchen is that I fill it with dirty dishes, empty tins and packets, and leftover ingredients. I’d like to have the philosophy that I cook, so my husband should […]

Fridge Cleanout

The nesting urge is kicking in at full strength now. Coming back from holidays, my husband mentioned in passing that with so little food in the fridge, it would be a great time to give it a good clean (but for some reason, he didn’t offer to do it himself…). Next thing I know, I […]

5 Cleaning Tasks Before Going on Holidays

We’re on vacation this week, enjoying a relaxing break in Kingscliff, in Northern New South Wales. Whilst going on holidays is great, no one wants to come home to a mess. Here is my list of 5 tasks to do right before heading out the door so there are no nasty surprises: Clean fresh produce […]

Cleaning Routine for when it’s all too much

Following first-trimester general fatigue and the never-ending second trimester cold (ok, I’m over it now!), I’m heading into the third trimester “I feel like a blimp and it’s too much effort to move” phase. Surprise, surprise, cleaning hasn’t been a big feature in my life recently, and I doubt it’s going to change for quite […]

Cut Your Laundry Time in Half

My cleaning posts seem to be a little obsessed with laundry at the moment (see here and here) – probably because it’s one of those tasks that I dread. With sorting, washing, hanging out on the line (or putting in the dryer), bringing in, ironing/folding up and putting away, washing your clothes is one of […]

Clothesline Laundry Tips

I try to hang my laundry outside as much as possible – living in Brisbane, it’s actually rare that I can’t hang the laundry outside. It saves a bit of money not running the dryer, on a windy day, the wrinkles get blown away, and I love the crisp feel of sheets dried on the […]