Category Archives: Cleaning

She doesn’t know how to do her washing!

She doesn’t know how to do her washing!

I recently cleaned my windows, which were just revolting!! I am embarrassed at how bad they had got…and I finally did something about it after my son was playing at the front windows and he had gunk under his nails from the yuk on the windows…eeewwwww!!!! Anyway, after I had cleaned them and I could see a clear picture of what outside looked like through the windows, I was reminded of this little story:

A young couple moves into a new neighbourhood. The first morning, while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees the neighbour hang up the wash outside.

“That laundry is not very clean,” she said, “she doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs another laundry soap.”

The husband looked on, but remained silent.

Every time her neighbour would hang out the wash, the young woman would make the same comment.

About one month later, the woman was surprised to see nice clean washing on the line and said to her husband,

“Look! She has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?”

Her husband said, “I got up early this morning and washed the windows.”

Now, there is a punch line to this story that I will share shortly, but honestly I felt a connection with this story. Not that I was looking onto anyone else’s washing, just my own front yard, but I seriously think that it makes such a difference to how your perceive what you are viewing depending on how clean your windows are! The plants in my garden bed looked lush and green through clean windows, where before they looked a bit dull!

So, coming to the punch line of the story – And so it is with life: What we see while watching others depends on the purity of the window through which we look through. Now that’s rather deep, so rather than me analysing that and popping it into some very clunky sentences, I’ll let you ponder that one. All I’ll say is that I love looking through clean windows!

See my before and after photos below. Click here to read about the fabulous products that I used to clean them.

Before and After

The curse of the laundry

I have spent the past 3 days trying to get on top of the laundry, and that’s just my little man’s stuff, not ours! Our dirty laundry basket is over flowing! My house feels like a dry cleaners with clothes hanging everywhere (because inevitably, when I am behind in the washing and I really need the sun to be out, it rains, consistently!). I heard someone say once that if we didn’t wear clothes they’d be on top of the washing…I had a little chuckle because I feel exactly the same way! How can a little person produce so much washing? From singlets to blankets, I seem to have had to wash every item of clothing or manchester my little boy has this week.

I have tried a few things to get on top of the feeling that I am never on top of the laundry, but I still end up at this point – feeling overwhelmed and very NOT on top of it! I have tried to do a load a day, at least, and I thought that was working to begin with, but then I realised that I also have to fold and put it all away – are you serious, I hear you think, what else would you do with it. I know, I know, I am a fairly smart person (I think, though I am blonde so go figure) so I know that I have to put it away as well, but when it all just piles up on the rocking chair in the living room, I feel that familiar overwhelming feeling and it’s almost paralysing. I just can’t seem to find the motivation to do it…until there is no more room on the rocking chair and both of my two laundry baskets are full, I realise that the time has come to take action and summon the energy from somewhere within. Surely I am not the only mum to feel like this?

Short of hiring someone to do it all for me (which is tempting but not really an option), what are some of your tips for getting on top of the laundry?!

Going green!

I have toyed with going green in terms of our household cleaning products. I have tried a few things, mainly vinegar and water as a surface and floor cleaner, and I have generally been happy with the outcome. However, I am still a bit sceptical about what really works, and how to get the best results with what products. My main cleaning bane is the shower…I can never seem to get the shower door clean with anything other than a chlorine bleach solution. It’s not my ideal choice, and the smell is rather toxic (I feel that I need to leave the house for hours after using it just so that I don’t feel like I am living at an indoor pool). I have found a few blogs in the last 6 months or so that have helped me to refocus some energy on going green – from household cleaning to hair care products, Madeleine at Sweet Madeleine and Sash at inked in colour have been an inspiration.

What are you tips for sustainable household cleaning products? I’d love to hear them!