Wednesday, 3 February 2016

9 tips to make Housework easier

Housework is an important part of life.  We need to live in a clean environment for our physical health,  but it also helps our mental health too.
Unfortunately it's hard work,  and for those severely affected by chronic illness it is not possible to do.  So the tips below  are only to help those who are strong enough to do some housework or the carers.

9 Tips to make housework easier:

  • Fill your sink with hot soapy water and as you cook place the dirty items in immediately to soak.
  • Get everyone to rinse their plate after eating.
  • Burnt or dirty pans - put water and washing up liquid in the pan, bring to the boil then let it cool. This should be easily washed as normal.
  • Keep a a spray bottle of cleaning fluid and cloth in the bathroom and when you have strength give the toilet, sink and bath a two minute spray over and wipe down.
  • Prioritise your housework into Necessary,  Useful, Nice, but not essential. Really think about it and you'll find that not everything you think is necessary is. Do little bits at a time, and rest in between.Concentrate on the necessary and if you have a good day spend ten minutes, or however long your health let's you, doing a useful job. DONT OVER DO IT , but these little jobs will help you keep on top of things.
  • Have storage boxes on the stairs, one for each family member. Place the discarded items of theirs in their box for them to take up. Idea found on 

  • Lost property box. Keep a storage box in each room for any unhoused item found around your house. That way you don't need to search all over to find something.
  • Behind a convenient door, place a rack with lots of pockets to store items, eg. Post, hats and gloves, magazines, toys etc. Idea found 
  • Keep a box/basket next to your bed, or couch of all the essentials you need. Drink, phone, snacks etc.
I thank Caroline Davis and Duncan Davis for the tips on using vinegar and natural cleaners free from harmful toxins. Here's what I learned about which products to use:

Olive oil - buff stainless steel with olive oil for shiny surfaces.
Salt - Sprinkle salt on oven spills, while they’re still fresh and warm. Mop up with a damp cloth.
-Kosher Salt, sprinkle on affected area for a tougher abrasive then wipe with a wet cloth.

Baking Soda- Sprinkle on surfaces then scrub with a wet cloth.
-for stains, hobs, sinks, fridges etc add water to baking soda to make a paste and let it set on the stain for a while, then remove.
- to deodorise carpets sprinkle baking soda over the stain and then hoover it up.

Lemon Juice- spray stain with lemon juice and remove with wet cloth.
- a couple of times a month rub lemon oil on your glass shower doors. This makes the water just roll off.
- Clean your bins with lemon juice and hot water.
- polish furniture with a soft cloth with olive oil and lemon juice.
Tea Tree Oil: Mix it with liquid soap and water to create a natural Disinfectant.

Vinegar - keep a spray bottle with vinegar mixed with water. This can be used to clean anything eg. Kitchen surfaces, kids toys, mirrors etc wipe down with a damp cloth.
- vinegar wiped with newspaper works well to clean and shine mirrors or other similar surfaces.
- Clean drains by pouring vinegar (about a cup full) down then leave for half an hour before flushing out with cold water. For stubborn drains, add baking soda too and flush with boiling water.
- swirl vinegar round your toilet bowl then leave for half an hour before scrubbing clean.

- Caroline says a really good air freshener is to use 1 part white vinegar,  add 10 drops of essential oils eg.  Lavender,  citrus etc,  then add 10 parts water.  Shake,  and make sure you shake well before each use.  It kills the smell rather than masks it and smells nice too!

Soda water - for carpet stains. This works only if you act immediately and remove any debris. Pour the soda water on the stain then blot with a dry cloth.

If you have any other tips to add, please comment underneath and I will revise the post.