Day 4 Good Clean Fun – Clear out the larder

17 11 2014

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It is essential to clear out the larder every so often. It is the opportunity to throw out any stale biscuits or unused flour; do a bit of a personal stock take and reorder any sauces or herbs that are low in supply; do a Ready Steady Cook and transform your seemingly mismatched ingredients into an inventive family meal and of course clean up any spillages.

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10mins later…

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…perfection now off to do my online shopping with my updated list and use my rediscovered baking ingredients to bake a cake. Maybe a few episodes of Corrie first with one of those Belgium biscuits on my naughty bottom shelf.

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Day 3 Good Clean Fun – Window Sills

14 11 2014

Window sill dust

Window sills are a bit of a novelty as I didn’t have any in my previous home. I have however discovered, that while they afford me the space to display some of my knickknacks, they are also dust magnets. So today I banished the cobwebs, dust and debris, so now my ornaments are showcased to perfection on each polished ledge.

Tips: Try to remove dust and dirt before adding any liquid as the muddy residue is difficult to remove from corners and try not to get wood soaked so not to damage the paintwork and make sure you dry the sill thoroughly afterwards.

I used a dry duster to remove any dirt before mixing some detergent in warm water. I used a microfiber cloth to wipe down each surface and dried with a paper kitchen towel. As I was doing this I took the opportunity to dust my ornaments including one of my tea light holders was filled with the remains of a bunch of flowers.

Window sill dirtThis was a moderately satisfying job as the results were visible and I did tackle the window sills in each room so I felt I had achieved something in the kitchen:

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the longue:

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master bedroom:

Window sill 2and the baby’s bedroom:

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I am rewarding myself with a cup of tea and a biscuit – but I will be sure not to get any crumbs on the carpet.





Day 2 Good Clean Fun – Microwave

14 11 2014

Microwave dirtyThis is a fairly neglected job in my house.

I don’t use the microwave that much but when I do the evidence suggests that it is usually to heat food that is vivid orange or red.

The problem is that as it is not used often, once the door is closed the food spatter is forgotten. It is unsightly, smells funky and lets face it unhygienic.

it took me 10mins to clean. I put a mug of already boiling water into the microwave and set the timer for 5 mins.  After that I simply wiped it clean with a kitchen paper towel. The glass tray went straight into the dishwasher.

I also discovered a lovely trick to get rid of all the nasty smells. After the microwave as been cleaned cut a lemon in half and place it cut sides down onto a saucer with a tablespoon of water. Set the timer for about a minute. Remove lemon. If necessary wipe down the inside of the microwave with a paper towel and it will now be all lemony fresh – lovely.

I didn’t get quite the same level of satisfaction doing this as I did for other tasks as once the door is closed the results are not visible. Still it is reassuring to know that it is clean and fresh for the next time it is used.

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