Places people forget to clean

Here is a list of all the places that you should be cleaning but may be missing in your home. These are not everyday cleaning tasks but the ones to add into your monthly cleaning calendar


The living room is the place where we relax, unwind, watch television, and snack which can lead to crumbs getting between the cushions and under furniture. Here are some places you may be missing in the living room.

TV Remote Controls– the best way to clean these is to dip a microfibre cloth in rubbing alcohol and wipe over the entire remote. You can also grab a toothpick to get into any small crevices.

Behind and under furniture- My pink cordless vacuum cleaner is so easy to manoeuvre around my furniture because it’s so lightweight and has such great suction and lays flat to get right under my sofas.

Cushion covers – Try and pop these in the wash at least once a month

Lampshades – use a lint roller to remove any dust and dust the light bulb using a recycled make up/paint brush.

Throws – Over the winter months when you are getting cosy watching TV try and pop these in the wash every other week.


The kitchen is the hub of the home. It’s where we seem to spend the most time in, gathering, talking, and eating. It is also a huge clutter zone.

Kitchen utensil drawers

Splash back

Inside cupboards

Under cupboards – you will be surprised at how sticky these can get

Oven racks – you can leave these to soak in warm soapy water with a splash of white vinegar over night

Extractor fan covers

Extractor fan hoods – if stainless steel after cleaning buff up with a tiny drop of baby oil

Around and under the fridge – use this amazing flat headed duster

Fridge shelves – most can be removed so just soak in warm soapy water.

Kitchen table and chair legs – We often do the tops but how often do we turn over our chairs and do the legs and the same for the table legs.

Kitchen Chairs – If fabric use the Dr Beckmann upholstery cleaner if leather use the Astonish leather cleaner

Microwave – to clean the inside off the microwave, fill a bowl with a ½ cup of vinegar and a ½ cup of water and place it into the microwave on high for 5 minutes you can also use an angry mama. Then just wipes away the loosened grease and grim.


The bedroom is often just used for sleeping and dressing so shouldn’t get too dirty but can get very cluttered. Take a minute to look in your wardrobes, go through your clothes and take out what you are no longer wearing. Check under the bed and add these tasks to your cleaning calendar.

Mattress – Often over looked but ensure you use a thick good quality mattress protector and check out my tips on mattress cleaning.

Pillows– Again ensure you are using good quality pillow protectors and to refresh them either pop in the tumble dryer for 10 mins on a high heat to kill germs and refresh, spot clean using hydogren perxiode or steam clean them, some can be cleaned in the washing machine but follow my guide.

Under the bed – Pull out if you can as dust really does build up under the bed, if it is too heavy use my cordless vacuum as it goes nice and flat.

Bedroom Drawers – Empty and clean out.



So, you are probably cleaning all the obvious spots in the bathroom such as the sinks, mirrors, toilet, and bath and shower. But, there may be some spots that you have completely forgotten about. The worst places in your bathroom are the flush button and light switch/cord.

Light pull cord – Can often be discoloured where hands touch you can brighten this up using white toothpaste.

Shower Curtains – Must of these can be washed in the washing machine, if they have any mould patches treat with white vinegar

Shower Door – If built up with soap scum and limescale treat using my magic shower spray. or half a lemon dipped in bicarbonate of soda.

Shower Drain – Treat weekly by simply adding down a big scoop of bicarb, if blocked use a drain weasel

Shower head– if you have build-up on your shower head the best way to clean it is to fill a plastic bag with white vinegar and place it over the shower head. Make sure the shower head is immersed and secure with a rubber band and let it soak for a few hours or overnight if it’s really bad. If a bag won’t fix use a tea towel drenched in white vinegar.

Bathroom bin

Under and around the Sink base

Behind the toilet – dust can really build up here and it is hard to reach so blast with a steamer.

Toilet brush – Remember that silicone ones are the most hygienic.

Medicine cabinet– the medicine cabinet can not only get cluttered with stuff but it can get really dusty and dirty. The best thing to do is to pull everything out and declutter. Throw out anything out that has expired and then wipe out the inside before replacing the items.


Keep your home germ free this winter

We have had the loveliest summer here in the UK but I get the feeling winter is going to hit us with a real bang. With winter comes the cold and flu season. People will be coughing in supermarkets and  the germs will be flying around and unexpectedly hitting us.

During the colder months it is very important to make sure we try to keep our homes germ free.  There are a few basic steps we can all do to help stop the spread of germs and keep our homes germ free.

Hand Washing

It still baffles me that people don’t wash their hands as they come out of the toilet! Washing your hands really is important and really does stop the spread of germs.  The best way to wash your hand is with warm soapy and whilst washing you should pay particular attention to in between your fingers and count to 15 this way you know you have given your hands a really good clean. Wash your hand as soon as you come in as whilst you are out and about you will be touching many germ hot spots from door handles, shopping trolley, shopping baskets, coffee tables and keyboards.

I have invested in one of these Trolley Bags that acts as a basket for those quick trips to the supermarket. I really do highly recommend getting one.

To get your hand on one of these bags take a look here

Keep a small bottle of hand sanitiser in your handbag or pocket and use this as much as you can whilst out and about. Hand sanitiser won’t kill all the germs but it is certainly better than nothing!

Wipe down sides and door handles in your home.

Use an antibacterial spray and cloth to wipe down items people touch frequently such as phones, door handles, drawers, work surfaces, tables, remote controls, the fridge door, toilet handles and seat, light switches, computer keyboards and so on. if you can try to make a point and do this daily.  The dettol antibacterial spray is also really quick and easy to use as all you need to do is simply spray.

Put the toilet seat down when flushing and not in use

Toilets are some of the most germ-infected places in your home. Deep Clean your toilets at least once a week. Try to put down the lid of your toilet seat prior to flushing, to prevent bacteria and germ-infected water from landing on other surfaces in your bathroom, where it can survive for a couple of hours.The germs from your toilet can even hit your ceiling and do not store your toothbrush near your toilet.

Use a good toilet brush too that keeps germs safely locked away. I am a huge fan of this one as it’s not a brush top TOILET BRUSH

Disinfect your cleaning cloths and sponges.

Was these after ever use. There are a few simple ways to keep these clean.  Put them in the dishwasher on the top shelf, pop them in the microwave and run for a few minutes. soak them in boiling water and a disinfecting product whilst you are out or put them in the washing machine on a hot wash. The higher the temperature the better as the heat will kill the bacteria.

Shoes off

Do not let anyone wear shoes in your house. Encourage guests to remove their shoes. Leave a basket near the front door to back this up. You don’t want any mud and dirt coming into your home and spreading germs. If anyone is resilient about taking off their shoes due to health and safety etc. Offer them some Shoe covers

Carpet Cleaning

This is a good time of the year to clean your carpets. Try get into the habit of cleaning carpets once a quarter. I have linked here the one I have this is affordable and works very well. Carpet Cleaner

Bedding and towels

Regularly change bedding and towels and avoid sharing them. When finished with you towel make sure you hang it and keep the bathroom window open so your towel airs and driers. Try to prevent towels touching each other when being used by other household members. .

Invest in a Humidifier

Using a humidifier over the winter months can really help. They improve sleep, help you breather better, cough less and improve sinuses. You really don’t have to spend a lot of money on one of these either.  I use this one in Jake’s room – Cool Mist humidifier

I hope you have found this useful, you could always wear a face mask but that is not always practical! 

Thanks for reading
Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxo

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Cleaning Cloths Colour Coding

There is such a huge choice for cleaning cloths and sponges these days that for some of us it’s really hard to know where to start. I have always followed the old-fashioned rule when it comes to cleaning cloths to ensure that I avoid cross contamination. Just imagine using a cloth that has cleaned your toilet and then this same cloth cleans your bath!  The toilet needs to have its own very special cloth.

So I suggest when you are put buying cleaning cloths and sponges you keep this rule in mind the colour coding really make sense and its so easy to get into this habit quickly and stick with it.

  • Blue for the loo
  • Pink for the sink
  • Green for clean 
  • Yellows for dusting 

Feel free to adapt this colour code and make up one that suits you.

Due to the high level of cleaning I do I keep a plastic bag by my washing machine for all my cleaning cloths and then at the end of the day run these all through the wash. Once I have wiped over a surface the cloth will then go straight into the bag. I should imagine I use up to 50 cloths a day but you all know how obsessive I am. If you would like to some advice on how to clean micro fibre cloths then please Read this blog

Tea Towels

When it comes to tea towels.  Try and use them only for drying up clean dishes and no other cleaning tasks.  As bacteria and germs can linger on tea towels by sticking to the fibres and have been known to cause severe food poisoning Then aim to change your tea towel every single day.  Don’t leave it hanging around in your kitchen. Damp tea towels increase the chances of bacteria growth.

Hand Towels

WC hand towels should be changed daily especially if they are used by all the family.Damp hand towels offer the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive especially in a warm, moist bathroom. Not many of use wash our hands well. Did you know that hand washing should take at least 15 seconds ? and if your hand are not washed well this bacteria will sit on your hand towel.

With the winter fast approaching its great to get in the habit of good cleaning and following a the above.  Items that you think don’t contain many germs often do. What are some of the dirtiest items in your home

As always thank you for reading
Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxo


How to look after and clean pillows

Every night we put our heads on our pillows but do we actually ever thinking about cleaning them?

Here in the UK we have had the best summer on record for many years.  It has been really hot at night and our bedding has needed changing more often than usual.  But do you think to wash your pillows? I have covered mattress cleaning before so lets now talk pillows and give them a little TLC.

Here are a few ways to help keep your pillow clean and fresh

Always use good thick pillow protectors and wash these every time you change your bedding.

If you pillows are made from polyester then these can go into the washing machine on a low heat using your usual detergent although DON’T use fabric conditioner.  I would advise that you do a double rinse to get as much of the suds out as possible. For the second rinse you can also add a cap-ful of White Wine Vinegar which will help get rid of any nasty odours and those yellow patches.

Once washed tumble dry as you will want your pillows to be as dry as possible plus the heat from the tumble dryer will also aid in killing more germs.  Put them on a relatively low heat and add in a few tumble dryer balls. The tumble dryer balls will help them dry faster and keep them fluffy too.

If you want to give you pillows a quick freshen without washing just pop them in the tumble for 15 minutes as the heat will kill germs.

Foam pillows are not as easy to clean and require a little more attention.  If you do decide to give these a wash choose a warm breezy day as you need to relay on the weather as these pillows CAN NOT be tumble dried. As pillows are quite big wash them using your bath tub. Fill you bath tub a quarter full and add in your usual washing detergent and again DO NOT use Fabric conditioner but add in some White Wine Vinegar if you fill you need it.

Using a large sponge hand wash your pillow well. Give it a good scrub and focus on any sweat stains.  Once you are satisfied that your pillows are clean.  Change to clear product free water and rinse them thoroughly. You will probably need to repeat this process a few times.   Once you are happy don’t go squeezing your pillow to get all of the water out.  Cover in a large bath sheet and soak up as much as the water as possible.

For drying you need a clean flat surface outside and you will need to turn the pillow on a regular basis. So I do highly advise that on a day you decide to do this you are at home most of the day.

If this whole process seem a bit to much which if I am completely honest it’s not easy then look at investing in some new ones. There are some reasonably priced foam pillows that you can buy and if you are going to replace them a few times a year then you really don’t want to spend too much. These one I have linked here are great value. Foam Pillows

Don’t forget animal shelters will be grateful of your old pillows.


As always thank you reading Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxo

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How to keep flies out of your home

There is nothing worse than hearing that buzzing sound flies makes whilst in sat at home. There are quite a few types of flies that like our home particularity in the summer time.  Blue-bottle, house flies, fruit flies can be a real nuisance and they carry diseases such as gastroenteritis and salmonella which they transmit through saliva and faeces.

You can come across a house fly at any time of the day but not during the night, as house flies do not move in the night-time. They set up resting camps on the ceilings of your homes.

Flies come into our home looking for food so there a few things you can do to prevent them for wanting to come in.

Do the washing up or load the dishwasher straight away, don’t leave dirty dishes lying around.

Ensure your kitchen bin is always closed and secure and keep it out of sunlight as this can make the bin smell more.

Don’t leave food and dirty plates in bedrooms and never leave fruits cores in bedroom bins.

Keep fruit in the fridge as flies love a fruit bowl

Rinse out jam jars and fizzy drink bottles before putting into the recycling bin . 

If you do get an infestation of flies, Vacuum first, cleaning behind furniture and shelving because that’s where flies like to hide; then wash down surfaces with a disinfectant spray or wet wipes to pick up any fly eggs.

A few natural ideas to help keep flies at bay

Make your own fly trap using a jar filled with sugary water and a paper cone in the top. They are attracted to sugar.

Have herbs potted on kitchen window sills flies hate herbs that are strong-smelling like mint and basil. They also hate Lavender so having a small potted plant will also help.

If you have quite a few flies boil malt vinegar to clear your kitchen fast.

Flies hate the smell of essential oils like lemon grass, peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus so add a few drops in a spray bottle mixed with water and use around the house daily.

Fans are a simple and a very effective home remedy to temporarily shoo away the flies. The wind that blows will disturb the flies and will interrupt their flying pattern, making them leave to look for a less windy place.

Cut a chilli in half and leave on the side.  Another strong smell which they will avoid.

What you can buy to help keep them out

Some of these suggestions will cause harm, so it really is personal choice if you wish to try, I tend to stick to my natural methods to keep them at bay.

Sticky Fly Catchers  you can add this to your entrances and windows and the flies will then stick to them.

Bug Zapper  – Electric UV fly killer attracts and kills bugs such as flies, moths, mosquitos and midges in the home, perfect for use in kitchens or child and pet play areas.

Ultrasonic Plug in Pest Repeller  – Just plug-in the ultrasonic pest repellent into a wall socket and the area will be instantly protected from mouse , rat, spiders, ants, bed bugs, mosquitoes, fleas, cockroaches, and so on. Odourless and safe for home, greenhouse,garage,basement,office.

Fly Swat Wasp Bug Mosquito Swatter Zapper – The ultimate hand-held bug zapper

Spider catcher – This simple and easy to use insect catcher makes quick work of those annoying spiders or flies, simply cover the insect by the clear catching compartment with the shutter open, make sure it is on a reasonably flat surface, Then twist so the shutter falls and the insect is trapped inside the catching compartment. The insect can then be released outside.

Feed up of the birds messing on your washing? I certainly am.  I have a few useful tips for you HERE

I really hope this feature has been of use to you and lets hope it helps keeps those pesky flies and insects out this summer.


How to clean Microfibre cloths

A few of my top tips

Always wash your Microfibre cloths between uses as they are really good at trapping dirt into the fibres and the dirt will not be released until you have washed them. Microfibre cloths can be washed over 100 times and they will last and perform well provided you look after them well.

Try using a colour code system with your Microfibre cloths as this can be a huge benefit and will stop cross contamination of dirt and bacteria around your home.

I do see people use the same cloth for a number of household tasks!

I follow this pattern which works well for me and my family but adapt a system that works for you.

  • Blue for loo
  • Yellow for mellow (light dusting)
  • Green for glass
  • Pink for sink
  • Grey for stainless steel
  • White for stain removal on carpets

Washing machine

There are a few rules of thumb you should follow if you use the washing machine to clean your cloths. For starters, you should never use powdered detergents, fabric softener or bleach for microfiber cloth cleaning, or should you wash your cloths on a hot cycle.

Try to wash them all together and not with other laundry as even the most miniscule lint particles can clog the fibers of your cloth, rendering it useless.

Save them up in a bucket until you have a full load.

Hand washing

Wash with warm soapy water add in some washing detergent or even washing up liquid. Leave to soak for about an hour and occasional stir with a wooden spoon and then rinse with cold running water.

Drying microfibre cloths

One of the great things about microfibre cloths and towels  is that they dry really quickly so all you really need to do is hang them up to air dry and they will be dry in no time. If you want to dry them in a tumble drier use a low heat as heat can damage and shrink microfibre cloths.

You may want to wash your Microfibre cloths cloths and towels before using them the first time to remove any stray fibres and you really don’t know where your cloths have been before they have entered your home

I do have my own range of microfibre cloths too!


What are some of the dirtiest items in your home?

Everything we touch daily is covered in millions of living bacteria but not a lot of us know how often we should clean the items we use all the time. Some bacteria is actually good for our immune system but on the other side of the spectrum some can make us really sick. Germs can spread from person to person and from person to surface. Hand washing is so important and so many still go to the toilet and do not wash their hands.

Did you know?

Your bed

That you sleep in every night is covered in dead skin and your pillow case can contain more germs than your toilet seat.and your sheets can contain more germs than your bathroom door handle!  How disgusting is that. I am always asked about yellow pillows and this explains all, always use pillow protectors and ensure you wash your bedding at least one a week.  Fresh air in the bedroom too can really help and keep the bacteria from spreading and go deeper and deeper into your mattress. You should turn your mattress every six months and get a new mattress every seven years. Over time your mattress can become heavy from dead skin, gallons of sweat and millions of dust mites so make sure you hoover your mattress too or use a mattress cleaning system.

TV remote

Is one of the most commonly overlooked household objects that nearly everyone comes into contact multiple times per day. Your remote gets dropped on the floor, lost in the couch, coughed on, sneezed on, spilled on, and covered with any number of sticky messes. Most remotes are not designed to be easily cleanable and some TV remotes with a lot of nooks and crannies can’t be cleaned well even if you try to do so. ensure you wipe over your TV remote daily and spray with an antibacterial cleaner.  Always wash your hand when you come into the home or after using the bathroom to help keep the build up or germs and bacteria at bay.

Mobile phone and tablet

It’s a well-known fact that phones and tablets are dirty objects, but just how unclean are they? each square inch of your phone or tablet contains roughly 25,000 germs making it one of the filthiest things you come in contact with on a daily basis. That’s something to think about the next time you press your face to your phone. I tend to wipe mine over a few times a day with an antibacterial spray plus I also remove the case and place this in warm soapy water.  If your out and about having a coffee use handy handbag cleaning wipes to clean the table before you put your phone down and have an area in your handbag just for your phone or tablet.

Makeup Brushes

This is an important one. You need to be cleaning your brushes and sponges at least once a week. Among the nasty bacteria living in the bristles on sponge is Streptococcus, which can cause strep throat, scarlet fever and impetigo. If you are suddenly suffering from acne, pimple or an outbreak of spots then your makeup brushes could be the problem. Wash with baby shampoo or swirl in some olive oil.

Dish Cloths

The most important thing you need to know is that your dish cloth is most likely dirtier than your toilet flush handle or button. Soak daily in bleach or an antibacterial cleaner.  Sponges can go in the dishwasher too.

Washing Machines and Dishwashers

You would think that because these are constantly filled with soapy water then they are clean  but your wrong. These items keep your cloths and plates clean so they need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Think of all the dirt they pull off daily! A dishwasher can contain E.coli and pathogens that lead to infections of the urinary tract and skin. You should place a cup of vinegar and run through a hot water cycle weekly add in a drop of lemon juice too to create a fresh clean smell and with your washing machine keep the seal clean and run an empty cycle weekly..Read my Washing Machine Care feature and How to look after your dishwasher


In my opinion you need to change your toothbrush monthly as they are pron millions of oral bacteria. Did you know that when you flush the toilet chain and don’t put the lid down first, particles of toilet water, including faecal matter can spray up to 6 feet and land on your tooth-brush! Gross!  But this is true try to keep it in a cupboard or as far away from the toilet as you can. Its important to give your bathroom an Intense clean once a week, take a look at how I do mine CLICK HERE

Good habits like taking your shoes off before walking through the house and washing your hands after using the bathroom or touching raw food can help the amount of germs that build up in your home.

As always Thank you for reading
Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxo


Cleaning with Vodka

I love to make my own cleaning products using what I already have in the kitchen cupboards. bicarbonate of soda, salt, lemon and white wine vinegar are a few of my favorites along with a drop of essential oils but did you also know that Vodka makes a powerful disinfectant and makes a great degreaser? Plus you can use Vodka to make a great deodoriser too.

One of my favourite uses for Vodka is to tackle stains and loads of you have had great success with this across my social media channels. But I have listed below a few more ideas on how to use Vodka in your home not as a delicious cocktail martini but as a cleaning product instead.

Vodka Cleaning Tips 

Make your own line spray

Add vodka, water and your favourite essential oil to a spray bottle and then use to refreshen upholstery and fabrics within your home.  It’s always worth testing a small patch first but you should be absolutely fine.  Also don’t worry as you won’t get a horrible alcohol smell as the smell will evaporate quickly.

Room Diffuser

Using the same method as above you make a simple diffuser using an old one that has run out.

Soap scum and water marks

Use Vodka only in a spray bottle for shower doors, tiles, draining boards and taps. Allows leave for around 10 to 15 minutes before you rinse it off to allow the vodka to get to work.

Greasy cooking trays and pans

Add a few drops of vodka to greasy oven trays or pots and the vodka will cut right through the grease to make scrubbing a whole lot easier.

Sticky Labels

I always find it so frustrating when a sticky label won’t fully come off a new pair of shoes or the children have gone mad with a packet of stickers and stuck them all over their bedroom door.  Neat vodka on a cloth and a simple wipe will easily remove those left on marks.

Garden weeds

Mix vodka and water and a quick spray will kill those unwanted weeds.

Help keep your vases of flowers for longer

I always do this my Nan told me to be this years ago.  Add a drop vodka into your vase of flowers to help keep them for longer or to perk up wilting flowers.

Glass cleaning 

Neat vodka in a spray bottle will bring your glass up really shiny.

Chrome and Jewellery

Vodka works well when combined with a microfiber cloth and will shine up chrome and jewellery.


One of my favorite uses for vodka and this is why you should keep a small bottle in your laundry cupboard. Add neat vodka onto your stains, its brilliant at removing blood, grass, sick, and felt pens stains from clothing

I hope you have found this cleaning tips with Vodka useful. I have also put together some great tips on using Hair Spray in the home too

As always thank you for reading
Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxox


Did you know you can use the power of Steam to clean many household items?

Steam cleaning has become the cleaning method of choice for most health-savvy households and even medical establishments, and there are plenty of reasons why. Unlike traditional cleaning methods that can do more harm than good, steam cleaning has amazing benefits for you, your family, and even your pets. 

A few of those benefits include:

Steam cleaning refreshes your home makes it look new again.

Because steam cleaning uses high temperatures, it can remove dirt buildup and residue that has been left behind by other cleaning products. Additionally, using steam helps sanitise your home and surpasses the cleaning power of conventional methods that rely on solvents and sponges. Steam also deodorises and sanitises naturally, with the help of heat and moisture. 

Steam cleaning is versatile and can be applied in so many different areas of your home like bathroom tiles, natural stone countertops, hard flooring, curtains, mattresses and even upholstery.

Steam cleaning helps reduces allergies and dust mites.

Steam cleaning your home is a great way to keep your family healthier by eliminating allergies.

Airborne allergens are some of the most prolific allergy triggers in the home. In fact, allergens like the waste matter of dust mites is second only too pollen when it comes to causing allergic reactions. Steam cleaning your home regularly will remove these microscopic allergens for good. 

Steam cleaning eliminates stale and pet odours.

Just because you have pets around the house, doesn’t mean your home has to smell. Using steam can help you not only eliminate unwanted pet odours from your home, but it can also help keep your pet happy and healthy by killing fleas and their eggs.

Over the winter months sofas take a lot more wear and tear so a blast of steam every so often will eliminate any odours and make then feel refreshed.

Steam cleaning is an eco-friendly alternative to cleaning your home.

For the most part, steam cleaning requires mostly water, so it uses far fewer chemicals compared to traditional cleaning solutions. Apart from being safe for you, your family, and your pets, steam cleaning is also environmentally friendly since it reduces the number of chemicals that get washed down the drain and recycled back into our water supply.

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What can I steam………..

Refresh the carpet

Most floor steam cleaners will come with a carpet refresh option and a glide that you then attach to the bottom of your floor steam cleaner.  The steam won’t deep clean your carpets but it will kill surface germs, eliminate nasty smells, refresh and bring your carpet back to life.

If you have carpet dents from moving your furniture then simply glide over with the steamer and the dents will disappear. The steam will also help to loosen any carpets stains making them much easier to remove.


When using a Handheld steamer in your bathroom you can give the toilet seat and the pan a really good blast, killing nasty germs and bacteria also you can get to those hard to reach areas such as behind the toilet, the pipes and seat attachments.


Garment Steamers are great at helping you save time especially if you are not a massive fan or ironing. A shot of steam will take creases away in seconds.  Also Garment Steamers are great for outdoor wear big heavy coats that are hard to wash and items that require dry cleaning.

Curtains and upholstery

Steam cleaning is one of the best ways to clean upholstery because the warm moisture lifts stains without releasing too much moisture into the fabric and padding, will combat any nasty odours and refresh. A steam a few times a month will keep your sofa looking as good as new and the good news it your sofa will dry quickly in a well ventilated room. Use the flat headed attachment on your handheld steamer with the microfibre cover.

Close your curtains and glide over a few times of year to give them a refreshed look and remove any creases.

Car seats

Cars seats can get very messy especially if you have children so a quick steam every so often will help your car to stay looking good, remove stains and refresh.

Shower doors and screens

Soap scum and limescale can be difficult to remove and becomes hard like cement. Using a handheld steam cleaner makes light work of this job. Blast with steam to remove that top layer of dirt and limescale and then using a dry microfibre cloth buff dry to shine and polish.

Tiles and Grout

Steam will lift ground in dirt from tile grout and will leave your tiles looking nice and shiny.


I don’t think many of us find the oven a particularly nice job to do but steam cleaning will make this job so much easier. Add the oven attachment and glide back and forth, you do not need to press to hard just let the thick steam do the work for you. After steaming use a clean, dry sponge or towel to wipe off grime, grease, and any condensation as you go. If you have grease on the tops of your cupboards and your extractor fan from cooking steam will cut right through the grease allowing you easy cleaning.

Garden Furniture

Handheld steam cleaners are great for taking outdoors to clean your rattan or plastic garden tables and chairs. The steam will blow away any leaves and cobwebs and make lighter work off all the scrubbing.

Dirty windows

This is such a satisfying clean but you only really get the full benefits when cleaning filthy windows. Add the flat headed attachment and start at the top and work your way down, once the steam has broke down the dirt buff dry with a thick microfibre cloth.

Pet beds

Not all pet beds will fit into the washing machine but a good blast with steam will break down odours and refresh

Remember when using steam to clean you eliminate the need to use product as steam will kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria. Saving you both money and space in your cupboards. Steam can also help clean those place we sometimes forget to clean

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Did you know that your smart phone and tablet carry more germs than your toilet seat!

In many tests smart phones and tablets have repeatedly been found to be one of the most dirt-ridden things we own!  In particular, routine swab tests reveal that cell phones can carry more germs that the average toilet seat.  And not many of us go around putting our heads on toilet seats do we?  So, we need to ensure that we keep our phones and tablets clean, to stop germs spreading.

Household chemicals and disinfectants are too harsh for most smartphones. Make sure you don’t use window cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, ammonia, ajax, CLR, or abrasives. These cleaners are guaranteed to stain your phone or remove the finish. It is advised that no alcohol-based cleaners are used on iPhones or iPads and you can’t rely on rubbing it off with shirt sleeve!

Here is how I do it:

For the camera dampen a cotton bud with water and clean your camera lens and flash using a spinning motion. Once the lens is clean quickly dry it with the other side of the cotton bud so that water doesn’t dry on the lens.

Then for the rest of the phone being very gentle I use Wireless Wipes. I carry the wipes everywhere I have packets in my handbag, car, office and in my kitchen cupboards. These have been specially formulated for phones and tablets and are made of a quick drying fabric which doesn’t leave streaks or corrosive. They contain a germ fighting isopropyl alcohol and come in three amazing scents.  Rosemary Peppermint, Pomegranate citrus and Green Tea Cucumber.

You can order these amazing wipes from and they are shipped over from America.

Alliteratively if you don’t fancy waiting around for the shipping try these alcohol free wipes from Wipes Direct. The Sani Cloth Duo Flow wrap. Which can be used on your hands as well as your phone in very gentle motions. They fit nicley into your hand bag/ These can be found at