Not long to go, so it’s time to make a plan. There will be enough to get done closer to the date without having anything more on your plate!
1 • Garden and BBQ area
Garden tidy and planting. Think about potted colour and hanging baskets. BBQ and outdoor area clean up.
2 • Lounge and Bedrooms
Get the kids involved too, donate or reuse, recycle wherever possible.
3 • Kitchen
The fridge needs to be spotlessly clean, and you’ll need all the extra space you can get. Baking Soda on a saucer will keep your fridge free of odours, change it weekly. Pantry tidy up time and oven clean too.
4 • Bathroom
A thorough clean required. Love the aroma of Toilet Cleaner at this time of year with essential oils of cedar and citronella.
5 • Dining and/or Outdoor Area and Last Minute Jobs
Wash glassware, cutlery and crockery. Wash and iron your Christmas linen.
Last minute bathroom and loo clean, dust, vacuum and wash floors with a small amount of Orange Power Cleaner, just because the residual smell of oranges works well at this time of year. Fresh towels in the bathroom, Hand Soap and guest towels.
Cast Iron Skillet – all cast iron should be rinsed with warm water, no detergent, otherwise you’re undoing the seasoning.
Wooden utensils and wooden cutting boards – really hot water and heat drying is likely to cause warping.
Vintage crockery – definitely hand wash, dishwasher detergents are way too harsh for delicate crockery, particularly gold/silver trim or hand painted work.
Garlic press and graters – best to wash by hand in warm soapy water.
Quality Kitchen Knives – good practise is to hand wash so as not to blunt the sharp edge.
Silver cutlery – hand wash.
Pots with burnt on bits – the dishwasher won’t cut it. Instead sprinkle a teaspoon of Bleach Complex & Stain Remover (handy in the kitchen as well as the laundry), pour over boiling water, leave it to soak overnight and it should easily wash out by hand in the morning.
Crystal – dishwasher is too risky, hand wash.
Copper pans – dishwasher detergent is likely to dull copper.
Non-stick pots and pans – may lose their non stick quality when washed with the dishwasher.
Your winter coats, or coats, are investment garments so great care will ensure they last you for years and years.
Always read your garment’s care instructions on the label, however, a wool coat can easily be cared for without dry cleaning.
Do up buttons or zips, turn inside out.
Treat collar and end of sleeves, armpit area, for any stains with gentle and effective Stain Removal Spray. Leave it for 10 minutes.
Hand wash or use cold water delicates cycle with Laundry Liquid Wool & Silk, also available free from natural essential oils fragrance Laundry Liquid for Wool & Silk neutral. These products use high-grade olive oil which is processed to obtain soap for outstanding cleansing properties that are also nurturing for woollen and silk fabrics, restoring the protective hydrolipid film.
Roll excess water out with a towel and turn outside in, dry on a sturdy hangar that will hold the shape of your coat.
Be ever so careful with the iron, if indeed it even needs ironing. Iron inside out with a cool iron, or hold the iron slightly above the wool and steam any wrinkles out.
Don’t use your pockets for keeping your hands warm, use gloves, or fingerless gloves instead. Once pockets stretch, that affects the line of your coat.
Attend to stains as soon as possible, much more likelihood of success when it’s fresh, as opposed to 24 hours old or more.
When tackling a stain, always start with cold water especially on stains of unknown origin. Hot water sets protein stains like milk, egg or blood, cooking the protein into the fibres. Hot water is fine for oily stains like butter.
Flush the stain from the inside of the fabric to push the stain out of the fibres.
Treat stains from outside in.
Dab stains on delicate fabrics, do not rub or brush.
Test the colour fastness on a small hidden area before treating the stain.
Spray on Stain Removal Spray and leave on to be effective for 10 minutes, then rinse or put garment straight into the washing machine.
Place blotting paper on the wax and carefully warm with a hair-dryer. Remove the remaining wax with a solvent. Be careful with using a hot iron as the wax liquefies too quickly and can become fixed to the fibres.
1. Of course you need to do a full on kitchen clean, pantry and pot cupboard tidy etc a couple of times a year, however we have 9 tips that will help you keep your kitchen cleaner on a daily basis with less work.
2. Ensure your sink is kept empty. Rinse and move items into the Dishwasher immediately.
3. When cooking, clean as you go. Nothing worse than trying to cook a meal and dodge things in your work area or a sink full of dishes. Or for that matter having the entire clean-up after a meal.
4. Keep your countertops as clear as possible, much quicker and easier to keep clean.
We recommend trigger action bottle of Sonett Multi-Surface and Glass Cleaner for quick after meal cleaning. Love the residual aroma of organic lavender and lemongrass too! If you prefer extra grease cutting orange, then make up some diluted Orange Power Cleaner in an old trigger bottle instead. Alternatively dilute All-Purpose Cleanser in a trigger bottle. Both of these products are extremely economical as they’re used highly diluted.
5. Clean your sink after washing the dishes as there’s no point cleaning dishes in a grubby sink.
Only takes a minute with Sonett Scouring Fluid. Alternatively, Sonett Scouring Powder is another favourite for this job, especially if you’re partial to pots of tea and have tea stains in the sink, it cuts through tea and any other stains in a jiffy. Containing no water it’s also highly concentrated and economical.
6. For tea/coffee stains in cups, put 1/4 tsp Sonett Bleach Complex and Stain Remover into the cup, pour over boiling water, rinse out in the morning. Quick and easy and not just for laundry purposes!
7. If you have burnt on offerings in a pot or pan, rinse as much as you can, then pop in 1 tsp of Bleach Complex and Stain Remover, pour over boiling water and leave overnight. You’ll be amazed how quick it just all rinses out in the morning. That saves a lot of hard work and time scrubbing!
8. Keep your cleaning products close. You don’t need an array of cleaners in the kitchen, keep it down to the essentials and then store them neatly under the sink, or in some baskets/buckets.
9.Bathroom Cleaner may be used wherever you need to remove limescale and greasy dirt at the same time. Removes limescale deposits in hard-to-reach places and simultaneously cleans fittings and stainless steel. In other words, a quick spray over taps, leave a while to do their work, then wipe.
If there are frustrations such a pots and pans that need replacing or fixing, or not having the right tools for the job, sort it.
Because you’re preparing food in your kitchen we think it should be a place of cleanliness and free from clutter, with just a few things that bring you pleasure, a room that ensures you’re in a good frame of mind when preparing meals for yourself and those you love.
Make sure your rooms are comfortable with everything around you being familiar or nostalgic. Create a relaxed atmosphere, a place for fun and giggles, create a sense of connection and belonging.
Clearing clutter feels good, you’ll have more space, it’s easier to clean and an organised home goes a long way towards creating a calm home. When everything has its place there’s less likely to be drama looking for ‘lost’ items during a busy morning and getting out the door for the day ahead.
3) Enjoy your possessions
Things you love bring you joy, your camera/phone keeps hold of memories, your music is uplifting, a painting or print on the wall may remind you of a special holiday.
4) Cleaning & Laundry
Cleaning and laundry is a never ending cycle. However, there’s ways to make it easier, for example complete a small task each day, which is better than spending your entire Saturday on the job or put together a roster to share the jobs around the family, so the load isn’t entirely on one person in the family. Perhaps create a playlist of uplifting music for cleaning.
Make it work for you and your family’s schedule, so the result is a clean, comfortable home with the least amount of stress.
Just a plug at this point for Sonett, as it’s much more pleasant cleaning with the calming and relaxing aromas of natural and organic essential oils or fragrance free sensitive/neutral range for the young or sensitive.
5) Family connections
Put rules in place to foster your relationships, such as no phones at the dinner table, no television during your family meals either. Make it a time to share and connect in our busy lives.
6) Rituals and celebrations
Celebrate family achievements, light a beeswax candle. Connect with nature and the seasons with a table centrepiece of apples, and golden leaves in autumn, a vase of bare branches in winter, spring flowers and summer flowers and fruits.
Firstly remove the dishwasher filter and give it a really good clean and return it. You’ll find it under the lower spray mechanism.
Put 1 cup of white vinegar in the dishwasher and run it without any dishes. This gives your dishwasher a good clean of any build up.
May sound obvious but don’t put dishes in the dishwasher with food leftovers still attached.
Use the correct cycle, for instance, no quick cycle after a roast dinner.
The optimum dishwasher temperature is 50 degrees Celsius.
Don’t overcrowd your dishwasher, you just won’t get a good result.
Use Clear Rinse 500mlalso available in10 litrewith sulphated castor oil, alcohol, and sugar surfactants which reduce the surface tension of water, enabling the water of the final washing cycle to drip off the crockery more easily.
Hard water just makes getting dishes clean harder. An integral part of every dishwashing machine is an ion exchanger which traps the calcium and magnesium ions which cause hard water and feeds soft water into the machine. This prevents the development of limescale on glasses and cutlery. If the ion exchanger becomes saturated with calcium and magnesium ions, its absorptivity must be restored by regeneration. Sonett Regenerating Salt causes the exchange of the hardness ions and ensures optimal rinsing results.
The main active ingredients of the Sonett Tablets for Dishwashers are sodium carbonate, silicates and sulphated castor oil. They make food left-overs swell, emulsify and dissolve fats and oils. Bleaching oxygen (sodium percarbonate) serves for removing tea and coffee residues from cups.