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A little about me and you, plus win a $150 Big W voucher

Today I am celebrating my 4th Blogiversary.  I can’t believe my blog has been running for 4 years, no way did I have an inkling that so many people will be following and getting a front seat view of how I run my household. image credit You know though, I get it, I love sitting […]

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  • KYLIE

    Kat, you are nothing but inspirational to me, you are real and so relatable, I love everything about your website, it has helped me so much. Thank you for all you do.ReplyCancel

  • Susan W

    I have been reading your blog every day on a few short weeks after you have started, I can’t believe that it has been 4 years. Thanks Kat for all you do, Happy Blog Birthday.ReplyCancel

Task 31 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here). Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or […]

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Homemade Potato Salad

I have never been a fan of potato salad, but I have to say I truly love this home-made recipe. Homemade Potato Salad   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 35 mins   Author: Katrina Serves: 8 Ingredients 1kg red delight potatoes 4 eggs 5 shortcut bacon rashers 4 spring […]

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  • I love potato salad. I usually put dried cranberries, spring onion, bacon and parsley in our christmas potato salad!

    So Yum!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      ooh that sounds really good Erin, a great little Christmas twist!ReplyCancel

  • I like the addition of bacon and garlic aioli Kat! :D ReplyCancel

  • We make a low fat version with spring onion, celery, peeled green apple, pickles, chives and a yoghurt/olive oil/lemon juice dressing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Might have to try it with pickles ANB, my son loves them!ReplyCancel

Task 30 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here). Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52 View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or […]

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Task 29 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday. I am a few tasks behind as I took some time off with the kids over school holidays and sadly had to attend a funeral which set me back a little.  So this week will be DECLUTTER CATCH UP WEEK!! I will share […]

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  • This is seriously something I really need to take the time to do. Thank you for visiting us on the blog today.ReplyCancel

I met Oprah’s organising guru Peter Walsh

I remember many many years ago religiously sitting on the lounge watching Oprah while the kids were young having their daytime nap.  She was always such an inspiration to me helping the many women that sat on the couch next to her or those watching at home.  I remember many times when hubby came home I […]

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  • Frances

    I have been lucky enough to have both Peter and Barry help me in the declutter experience. It was an amzing experience and They are both genuine people!!! I have four new rooms now and am learning to live a uncluttered life!!!! Glad you got to meet themReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow Frances that must of been such a remarkable experience, they are both such very clever men and as a duo they are absolutely hilarious they made me laugh.ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations! That must have been so exciting to meet them and then hear him talk as well!ReplyCancel

  • Bake Play Smile

    Oh wow!!! How exciting! I definitely remember seeing Peter Walsh on Oprah. I am a massive organiser too and remember watching him and thinking how wonderful he was!! How cool to have actually have met him! :-) ReplyCancel

{MEAL PLAN} Cheese, Bacon and Spaghetti Pie

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, benefits of meal planning, more meal plans & meal planning printables.   This weeks meal plan MONDAY – Potato and Leek Soup TUESDAY – Spaghetti Carbonara with Garlic and Herb Pull Apart WEDNESDAY – Frozen fish fillets and vegetables THURSDAY – Cheese, Bacon and Spaghetti Pie FRIDAY –  Roast Beef with potatos and vegetables SATURDAY – […]

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  • Lacey

    Kat, thank you so much for your meal plan inspirations, I struggle to come up with creative food ideas for my family and I love reading and getting ideas for your and what your other fans have too. Curry sausages are one of my favourites when I was a child so I am looking forward to making them for my boys.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Lacey, They all look so good don’t they. Hope you and your family enjoy these yummy dishes.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat, thanks so much for featuring my cheese bacon and spaghetti pie recipe. I hope that you and your family enjoy it, and your readers also. Have a great week. KyrstieReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Kyrstie, Ooh my yes it was very yummy! Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

{WIN} A MightyPurse – a purse that charges your phone

Handbag Butler was created in 2008 which started with the Handbag Holder a bejewelled and printed hook which then was followed by the Key Holder which simply clips onto your handbag to hang your keys. The entrepreneurial duo did not stop there! Frustrated with running out of battery on their mobile and not liking the overly “techie” solutions on […]

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  • Vivien Lee

    I would love to see a compact backpack in royal purple.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Richardson

    black and pink :) leapardReplyCancel

  • Sitizalifah Syed

    I sling bag with a phone compartment and for it to come in denim.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Groves VonFange

    I’d like to see a satchel (small) in Cerise with black accents. ReplyCancel

  • Karen Morley

    A style of bag that I could take away on holidays within my beach/pool bag. Something with a tropical beachy pattern and somewhat waterproof!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Campbell

    Cross body leopard print with pink trim.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Campbell

    Cross body with phone charger in leopard print with pink trim.ReplyCancel

  • Ariel Loh

    Semi-waterproof, shoulder bag with organized compartments; aquatic teal with metallic gold accents, teal striped with light coral for the interior. Compact, functional, and classy.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Hudson

    glittery evening bagReplyCancel

  • Michelle L Harrison

    I would love a larger tote bag in a green and blackReplyCancel

  • Tanya Honore

    I think a clear one would be awesome. Very funky and just add a little colour with the strap. Fluro maybe :-) ReplyCancel

  • Gwen Frame

    I would love a bag that has some pretty bling on the front of it that I would be proud to show off on special occasions and take to church too.But I wouldn’t want it to be overly embellished so if I wanted to use it for a casual affair it would still be appropriate to carry it then too.
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  • Lorrie Brook

    One that is easily cleaned and big enough to hold a nappy wallet as well for us mum’s on the go!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    A satchel or messenger bag style in denim would be fantastic. Hands free, large enough to carry all my bits & bobs & goes with everything I own – almost.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Cox

    I would love a bag that was in denim (for day), that then had a clear extra cover with some gold/silver bling – to take through to night/special occassions!ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Massey

    I would love to see a Black and silver lace…. This is such an amazing purse! I need one!!! Would be so awesome to get it work bag size as I would love this as my work bag.ReplyCancel

  • Lorna Monteiro

    A mustard or saffron colour and some custom made monogram ones would be great!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Lewis

    A black and white stripe is classic and neat.
    Stylish and functional can’t be beat!
    A mighty purse makes any outfit complete.ReplyCancel

  • Georgina

    A colour changing of soft gray to baby blue with several fake diamonds over it.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Nicholls

    I would suggest a similar size but make it two compartments, one containing pockets for credit cards and a wallet/fold out pocket for cash; the other side being a simple zippered compartment containing the charge battery plus space for a phone and lipstick/compact. Rather like a new cross body bag which Fossil have released (but is too small to be practical). Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • I would love to see the Gypsy mighty purse. Made with vintage saris, coins and little mirrors!ReplyCancel

  • Holly

    I would love to see a red clutch in patent leather. I love this idea!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    Something black and sparkling for going out, maybe old style glowmesh style :) as a mum of 4 having hands free and organised is a must!ReplyCancel

  • Sam Coppack

    I would love to see a Teal coloured soft leather MightyPurse with a silver zip and a small flap that covers the opening.ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    A white wedding/bridal version – pretty white lace with delicate pearl and Diamante additions. What bride wouldn’t want one!ReplyCancel

  • frances

    As a chubby grandma I need all the help, I can get. This bag leaves me hand free,

    when out and about, with my munchkins, and always in contact as well well done

    RED so I can find it easierReplyCancel

  • Jacelle

    A bag with some extra dazzle like diamonties or sequins for fun.ReplyCancel

  • Diana Gamra

    Mightypurse……..what a great idea,
    Many colours are already here.
    Perhaps a golden or bronze hue,
    Would make it extra spacial for me and you!ReplyCancel

  • Carley Monk

    I would like to see a nice looking wallet that enables me to charge my phone on the go in a nice pink, bronze, silver colours. The wallet can store everything I need daily.ReplyCancel

  • Noni Goodchild

    What a fabulous product! I’d love to win one. The style I’d like to see next would be a tiny bit bigger to serve as a more functional clutch, with card and coin compartments. Same gorgeous colours and quality!ReplyCancel

  • Alanna Weaver

    I’d like to see a snazzy bag that you could take on a posh night out or wear with a pair of jeans – metallic? It would need to be big enough to hold my purse, phone, keys, glasses, and my lippy! Any additional space would be a bonus.ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    One of the new spring colours is Cyan, which makes any outfit look fresh. A bag that can take you shopping, the park with the kids and a wine out with friends. Versatile and bright. Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Vandermey

    Love it. I would like to see, something abit bigger. Maybe multicolour. Love the orange and blue. ReplyCancel

  • Carlene Franklin

    Frosty Ice White Shimmer Purse – a gold zipper, solid gold heart decal added to the hand strap, gold battery insert, detachable shoulder strap :) ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Willis

    The color doesn’t matter so much, but black is the most adaptable. The style I would really like is a mini backpack or maybe not so mini. I love backpacks.ReplyCancel

  • caitlin

    I would love a royal purple one and something with purple polka dots. Actually anything purpleReplyCancel

  • Melissah Trenfield

    A little bit of bling would make may phone sing.ReplyCancel

  • Kirby

    I would love to see a coral coloured on. Keeping it simple but something to match me on my wedding day!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Citrus
    latest fashion accessory colour light bright zingy
    stunning paired with jeans and a tee for day
    fabulous splash of colour for evening glamourReplyCancel

  • Susan

    A mini backpack in any colour. Then the phone will be hands free too :) ReplyCancel

  • Eden

    I would love to see a nice purple and black purse, maybe in a zebra stipe pattern. A few subtle studs around the bottom would add a nice touch. One of these would definitely be handy insted of having my bulky KK purse lol.
    Goodluck everyone :) ReplyCancel

  • Sherryl waterson

    Slouch type bag in matt black. Yes pleaseReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    Bright and bold rainbow stripes with a wrist strap to bring colour to even the greyest day!ReplyCancel

  • Carly Sherriff

    A small tan or caramel barrel handbag. Love the idea and the colour is very versatileReplyCancel

  • Natalie Blair

    neon pink or neon yellow, being a purse it is on the smaller scale so a color that bright would not be too much, it would be the perfect accessory, other than that maybe a timeless print like orla keily. ReplyCancel

  • Deb Hornsby

    A shiney pinkish copper would be a lovely new addition

    Id love love an orange purse but i am totally sold on any colour, the concept if these little beauties is just fantastic. I am a NON handbag person but i need something and this is my rolls royce of what i had i mind. Blown away!ReplyCancel

  • Patty

    Backpack style in a teacher motif.ReplyCancel

  • Margareth

    It would come handy as I am always on the go. Thank you for giving us the chance to winReplyCancel

  • Joanne

    A little bigger with curved edges more shaped like a hand bag.
    Orange with some bling & a tassel. Great idea!!ReplyCancel

  • Bonny

    I would like to see an all pure white purseReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    Would love to see a little bit bigger (to fit ipad)crossover type with front & back pockets for travelling in dark brown.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Callus

    Easy, CHEVRON!!! :D ReplyCancel

  • Clara

    Purse with wrist strap covered with bling, ie diamontesReplyCancel

  • Denise Macfarlane

    Such a great collection already, how about some footy team colours, maybe a bit bigger in size, more unisex so the boys can get in on the act. ReplyCancel

  • Maddie Bowerman

    A nappy bag version would be great!ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    A brighter turquoise purse (real leather, silver zip/clips/etc) with the Sakura purse hanger/key finder design as a feature on the outside. *sigh*ReplyCancel

    • Jen

      Btw, the email provided with this entry does not match my FB email. Just thought I’d mention that in case you were using it to cross-reference with likers of the page…

      ps. I hadn’t heard of these purses before and they’re a great idea!

      pps. Another idea – some designs a man would be happy carrying around… Maybe something less purse-like and more like a card-wallet that could fit in a pocket?ReplyCancel

  • Annette Connor

    I’d like a bag that could convert to a small backpack (in red or black), big enough for phone, money and passports while travelling. A backpack feels more secure for daytime touring, while an option to take off straps to use as a handbag or clutch for night would be perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Parker

    Bright orange like a sneaky little fox with silver bling bits as it would be my little sly secret about what a clever purse I own.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly

    it is almost spring time so it’s great for pastel colout
    would be great to mix baby pink & turquoise
    will be great if the bag can be folded when it’s empty
    and adjust the strapReplyCancel

  • Mascha

    A nice looking leather (or other ‘expensive looking’ fabric) backpack that looks more like a normal bag/purse with loads of different pockets! I’m called the bag-lady by friends now (not good), cause I always have my groggy backpack with me as I need to bring so many things to work with me.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Arnold

    Cool gadget to have. Would like to see a sporty version next so phone charges on really long walks or whilst training at gym. Colour would be ice blueReplyCancel

  • Summer Hinaki McDade

    Id love to see a two-tone mighty purse style with a bold print one side and a soft casual colour of sorts ob the other side but that goes togetherReplyCancel

  • Heather Green

    Electric blueReplyCancel

  • Definitely a baby bag style would be awesome. Mums get flat phones too!ReplyCancel

  • gillianne

    Of love to see a matching portfolio/ briefcase and matching wristlet in red and black both with charging capabilities. Red and back both allow total maximization of every outfit from sweats to dress and dual charging maximizes the ability to charge a phone and reader at the same time.ReplyCancel

  • Susie Venkat

    I LOVE the idea of a cross-body bag just for me in (drum roll) aqua-blue.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi t

    I’d love a watermelon coloured mighty purse for travel, slim line with room for iPad, phone, magazine, sunglasses & credit card and key holderReplyCancel

  • Emily Bobbitt Nicholson

    I WANT THIS BAG! What’s next? Make one a bit wider to fit my EpiPen (saves my life) along with crucial items: cards, money, phone.ReplyCancel

  • Tania

    Love to see pink and purple colors together

    And bag a bit biggerReplyCancel

  • Janine

    I think some floral ones would be fabulous! :) ReplyCancel

  • Cherie

    Camoflague so I can accessorise with my uniform.ReplyCancel

  • Jalna Hampton

    I’d like a satchel style with a zip
    on the flap in a denim blue leatherReplyCancel

  • Nerissa Roberts

    Black hobo style with a long strap and
    braided leather detail on the front.ReplyCancel

  • Krista Savkovs

    Creamy White with Jet black skulls, and visa versa. Maybe will some metal studs!ReplyCancel

  • Krista Savkovs

    Oh and in double body cross overReplyCancel

  • Amanda Rossetto

    A chevron pattern in the pastel colours of spring/summer such as mint, yellow or apricot. Something casual for day time.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Stacey

    I would love to see a “mighty handbag”-a bit bigger than a purse, with room for purse keys, handbag stuff! The outside would have small crochet flowers and cute owls embroidered on! Brown leather with bright colours!ReplyCancel

  • Kellie Servaas

    I’d love to see some blokey styles, or at least more middle of the road! Grey felt or suede, denim, more shoulder bag than tiny clutch. I have 4 boys so my girly tastes are slowly fading…ReplyCancel

  • Naysie

    a larger handbag style, tiffany blueReplyCancel

  • I have one of those Hangbag Butlers in my bag. A necessary thing for a lot of restaurant dining. My friend has one of those purses and she swears by it.ReplyCancel

  • Lucretia

    I would like to see some denim bags in the mighty purse range. Pale wash, fringes!ReplyCancel

  • Carly

    I’d love a purse with one side business and the other casual/bling covered, a modern day mullet – business in the front, party in the back!ReplyCancel

  • Mariana Azuero

    Is love to see one in real leather. Camel or tobacco color. I like this clutch just the way it is in size. Small enough to take as a clutch and if you need a bigger bag, it fits in there just fine. :) ReplyCancel

  • Bron L

    Would love to see one with a bow on it.ReplyCancel

  • I would love a bag just big enough to fit a small purse, packet of cig guess & my phone, that was any colour, so long as it was covered in elephant pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Jessi worley

    I would love to see chevron! Pink!ReplyCancel

  • Helen W

    I would love to see a funky, bright nappy bag style! I’m a modern mum on the go who constantly forgets to charge her phone.ReplyCancel

  • Sally Ferreira

    Love the MightyPurse, I would love to see a floral one with an Australian Native Plants design and some beautiful earthy colours.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Gibb

    I Would love to see some more multi coloured options such as black and white, red and black, or cream and black. ReplyCancel

  • Donna Parsons

    I don’t understand the 2 different cablesReplyCancel

  • Emily Nicholson

    I WANT THIS BAG! What’s next? Make one a bit wider to fit my EpiPen (saves my life)along with crucial items: cards, money, phone.ReplyCancel

  • Michele Pound

    As the face of Lupus and arthritis, I would love a Lupus awareness bag to help raise awareness of this debilitating and deadly disease.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Shaw

    Absolutely love this idea. I’d love to see it as a compartment in a slightly bigger purse, for nights out to the theatre, concerts or movies. I could still charge my phone if need be but would be able to carry some cash, cards, and make up or medications I need with me without going to a handbag.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    A slightly larger satchel, messenger bag or mini backpack. For me I work out of the office all day going from one client to the next. So something’s a little bigger that fits my phone a notebook, asthma spacer, plus sections or cards, money etc. as for colours something bright! Blue, yellow or mutlicolour!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah G

    I would love a metallic rose gold color and in terms of size, a bag large enough to fit my iPad with extra room for wallet, phone, and keys.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Pruss

    A backback in tan and gold – my hands are free while it charges and carries my loadReplyCancel

  • Jac

    Keep it simple, yet add a dash of sparkle with sequins or different colour zipper to the leather ie pink with mintReplyCancel

  • Laila

    A cross over bag with in purple with an added bit of sparkle. All your bags look fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda White

    A Mighty Purse in bright Chevron would be sure to impress!
    It’d be perfect by day, or by night with…my little black dress!ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Cantero

    Love it. I would like to see any of the current colours with added silver studsReplyCancel

  • I’d love to see something in a simple colour block, eg mostly black (goes with everything!) but with a 2″ strip of emerald green or electric blue for a pop of interest.ReplyCancel

  • Mara Morrison

    Love it – perhaps a vintage denim and lace with detachable strapReplyCancel

  • Tiffany Kurniawan

    I would like to see the same style with skin colour, i think it would look elegantReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Gibb

    More multi coloured options such as black and white, red and black, or cream and black, or a touch of green or blue.ReplyCancel

  • Micheala Donohoe

    Would love to see some ‘chevron’ styles! Black and white, hot pink and black, navy and coral! Then I could co-ordinate with any outfit!ReplyCancel

  • Nic syriotis

    I love this funky cool idea!
    I would love a tan/camel coloured purse – so versatile!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Schramm Clifton

    Truly amazing idea – I think one in denim with bling would be an awesome purse. Would appeal to all age levels and be great gift for my daughters and grand daughters.ReplyCancel

  • Lindi Owen

    A mighty purse would be might pretty in silver or gold, to add some glamour to a night out!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Wendels

    I would love it in a compartment in a hobo style handbag, that would be fantastic and in a tan leather colour!ReplyCancel

  • Tania King

    what a great idea never seen these before I love it! perfect for me as my phone is nearly always going flat! charging up anywhere would be awesomeReplyCancel

  • Vicki O'Neill

    I would love a black satin evening-style clutch with a bit of bling – sequin flowers or diamantés.ReplyCancel

  • Kristie-lee jones

    Would love to see a black with hints of bright pink.ReplyCancel

  • Karina Walls

    Glomesh would look amazing! Glitz and glamour with incredible functionality!ReplyCancel

  • Stefanie

    Embroidered with bright flower patterns. Love hibiscus flowers.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Whyte

    I love this idea, my phone is always going flat when I’m out! I would like to see a bag which is big enough for my purse, keys, etc.ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Would love to see a hard cover clutch version in the classic colour of black.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    Big, bold and bright in yellow. To fit the kids tablet which I end up carrying every time. Adding perfect colourful OOMPH to any outfit.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Finden Hanson

    This is a great idea. I would love a zebra print.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren A

    I’d love to see a MightyPurse in a “bum bag” or armband style, for use when exercising or travelling, and either in basic black or casual denim.ReplyCancel

  • Adele Smith

    A tote bag with custom designs. I would like to be able to add my own personalised touch like a photo or a quote, something that means something to me. Well done on such an innovative product.ReplyCancel

  • Carly Pilton

    A neoprene version of a MightyPurse in neon colours would be a must have to take to the beach/pools or on holiday with you.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I’d like to see a futuristic/Continuum-style Mighty Purse. Bring on 2077! That would be AWESOME!ReplyCancel

How I organise all our pet supplies & keep the house pet clean

We have one very gorgeous but snobby Ragdoll cat, her name is Millee. She sleeps all day but finds her energy at night running around the house and scratching at the doors cause she wants some attention.

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  • Yanni Pearson

    Where did you get the plastic stackable storage bins for the brushes, nail clippers, flea treatments etc?ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    If you are concerned about scratching on the furniture a cat tower is a good idea, you can team this up with soft claws! Found on Ebay for about $4 from an Australian seller, they just slide over the claws and are rubber caps. I don’t sell them but I do have a few cats and find this reduces pulls on the couch and carpet.

    I have quite a large laundry so I buy all my foods in bulk and store the tins in the cupboard and the biscuits & kitty litter in separate tubs with scoops.

    I change my trays every second day and line the bases with half a newspaper as it absorbs wees and smells. I then use the cheaper clay kitty litter on top. I too have non slip bathmats in front of the kitty litter for any loose bits that get tracked out.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Great idea, thanks for sharing Kylie.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    Could anybody give me advice on keeping down the doggy odour and how often to mop? I steam mopped and wiped round with vinegar and still later on i could smell it. I’m getting paranoid. I wash her blankets regularly too. I feel like i should be cleaning all day everyday just to stay on top of the smell!! She is a Sprocker Spaniel puppy and we have only had her for 3 weeks. I’m just not used to doggy odour, help?!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Hi Mandy,

      I find having a specific rug for my p0och to lay on in the lounge room is helpful. It needs to one that is easy to put in the wash. When you wash it put in some dettol, it sounds harsh but it cuts through the doggy smell. Also let sunlight be your friend. If you dont have time to wash and clean your pet things just placing them in the sun can do wonders for getting rid of odours. Also ensure you open your windows and curtains for a good breeze to cross through your house at least once a day. Set up vanilla or ocean scented diffusers in laundries and bathrooms. I find those scents are not to overpowering.
      Most importantly dont over wash your dog. The natural oils actually work to contain their odour to their coat. Allow them to bask in the sun during the day. It not only keeps their coat healthy it helps them grow great bones. I would also avoid pet sprays. I find they are expensive and dont actually work long term.

      Hope this all helps. Good luck! dogs are the best people :)
      AmyReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Great idea, thanks Amy!ReplyCancel

      • Jules

        I would definitely NOT recommend any phenol based disinfectant like dettol be used on anything that will come into contact with a dog or cat.

        Any disinfectant that turns white when added to water contains phenol and is very harmful to both cats and dogs. Please google phenol and dogs or cats to learn more.

        In my experience as an mum to 4 cats and 2 dogs, a normal wash of bedding on a high temperature followed by line drying on a nice windy day is all that is needed. Vet bed is easily washed and dries very fast but my Danes prefer human type fleecy blankies. ????ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Vinegar is probably your best option, Mandy. I would suggest try mopping twice a week and also try using a Diffuser as they are a nice subtle but constant smell.ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Mandy,
    I just typed the following onto facebook. I’m using my phone, which is not conducive to typing it all again so I’ve just copied & pasted straight from fb.

    Trina, this is one I can help with. I’m probably one of your most disorganised followers so I’m excited to have something to share!

    I have 10 dogs. 5 live inside (3 chihuahuas, 1 italian greyhound puppy and 1 retired greyhound) and 5 greyhounds who live outside – so I know my stuff! :)

    NEVER use HOT water (steam mop, hot washing machine cycle, hot mop water) to clean doggy (or cat) smells from floors, furniture or pet bedding. Heat ‘sets’ the stain on fabrics and carpets and ‘sets” the odour on other surfaces – we can’t smell it but our pets can and it makes the area more likely to be messed on again. Don’t use bleach or ammonia based cleaners directly on pet messes either – it makes the area more inviting to pets to mess again.

    The best and easiest trick is paper towel, bicarb soda, vinegar and COLD water.

    PEE MESS
    Hard floors
    1. Clean up excess liquid with a paper towel or mop. If the mess has already dried go straight to step 2.
    2. Sprinkle bicarb soda on the area and leave for 10 minutes (or longer – sometimes I leave it overnight). Bicarb absorbs the odour.
    3. Put cold water in mop bucket, add vinegar (I use, roughly 1/2 cup white vinegar to 2 litres water).
    4. Mop the messed area, bicarb and all. Vinegar is slightly acidic and counteracts the alkalinity of the pee and makes the area less attractive for your pet to pee on again.

    Carpet & upholstery – take care and test in an inconspicuous place first@!!
    1. Blot as much liquid as possible using a paper towel, start from the outside of the mess and work towards the middle.
    2. Sprinkle lightly with bicarb and leave for a few minutes to absorb the odour.
    3. Put vinegar & cold water in a spray bottle (2 tbsp vinegar to 500ml water).
    4. Brush off excess soda and spray the area with vinegar/water mix. Be generous.
    5. Blot area again with paper towel or pet towels/blankets.

    SOLID MESS
    1. Pick up the solid mess with toilet paper snd flush it down the loo. Because I have so many dogs I have a dustpan & brush that I only use for solid waste.
    2. Follow the steps for pee mess.

    CLOTHING / PET BEDDING
    1. Rinse in cold water ASAP.
    2. OPTIONAL soak items in vinegar & water to neutralise odour.
    3. If stained spray with stain remover if desired.
    4. Use your regular detergent – do NOT use napisan powder (or similar). Put undiluted vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser (or add to the rinse cycle).
    5. Wash in cold water.
    6. Wash again in hot water if disinfecting is desured (ie if puppy has peed on baby’s clothes).

    DISINFECTING
    Bleach is the best cleaner to use on hard floors to disinfect – particularly important if you have puppies/kittens that aren’t fully vaccinated.
    Clean the floor using vinegar and cold water first, then go over it using bleach and warm or hot water afterwards.
    Vinegar cleans things really well but it just doesn’t disinfect like bleach does

    MY DOGGY ODOUR PREVENTION STRATEGY FOR THE INSIDE DOGS
    I don’t have kids and live alone so this routine may not work for most of you who have kids & other people to consider.
    * I do a poo patrol morning & evening, flush it down the loo.
    * I work fulltime so am not home on weekdays. The little dogs spend the day in the ‘dog room’ (2nd bedroom) in their crates and the greyhound sleeps on the couch all day.
    * I let the dogs out when I am home and encourage them (praise) when they toilet outside.
    * I do regular spot cleans when I’m home. I’m lazy so will just sprinkle the bicarb and leave it and then take the mop & vinegar to all the spots in one hit late in the day.
    * I sweep the floor every 2 or 3 days (I don’t have any carpets) and mop it with vinegar & cold water once or twice a week (remembering that I spot clean everyday).
    * The dogs all have polar fleece blankets or towels in their crates. I put them through a cold wash with vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser once a week or so. The puppy gets a new blanket or towel every day because he still messes in his crate – the others very rarely do so.
    * This might gross some of you out, but they all sleep in my bed with me. I change the sheets regularly and wash with vinegar in the rinse. Every morning when I leave for work I spray vinegar lightly over the sheets and leave the covers pulled back. I discovered by accident that it keeps the sheets smelling nice and fresh – before I discovered this trick my sheets needed to be changed every 2 or 3 days. You could probably try the same thing with carpet or upholstery if ypur pet has a favourite spot that you want to keep fresh.
    * I don’t wash my dogs all that often (when I do I use Aloveen shampoo & conditioner which smells *Amazing!*) I started feeding them raw food (no tinned, no kibble) and noticed a huge change in the ‘doggy smell’, it’s less of a stink and more of just a smell. I include 5ml (20ml for the big dogs) of apple cider vinegar in their dinner which supposedly helps to keep fleas at bay. I haven’t found anything that says it helps with doggy odour but it works for me!

    I have just typed all that on my phone & it’s very difficult to proofread so I hope it all makes sense.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      WOW Thanks so much Jo!
      Really great useful information.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    This isn’t about cleaning, but I find my dogs have a play straight after eating and then settle down for cuddle time and bed. Is it worth trying feeding your cat earlier and then playing with her a bit so she calms down when you want to sleep? (this won’t change her personality, but might move play time a bit!) I feed mine straight after we finish dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Roberta

    My family and I have had a catahoula puppy for a month now. He’s a great dog. I was wondering about a couple of things, one is there a good vacumme that’s not exspensive for pet hair, and two merlin (the dog) is afraid of his kennel, how do we convince him its a goodcthing?ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Love the post Katrina just wondering what you put under your cat
    Litter tray. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    Thank you Amy and Jo for all the doggy odour tips. I will definitely be trying them out! :) xxReplyCancel

  • Kristy Dickson

    I feed our Ragdoll raw steak. She loves it :) ReplyCancel

  • Georgie

    The best thing we ever got for our cat was a littermaid it’s an automatic litter tray it has a deoderiser that constantly works and 15 minutes after Rex the ragdoll does his business it rakes it from one end to the other where there is a bin with a lid that stores it till you put it in the rubbis in the bin also is the perfect size for shopping bags to be the liner so you don’t have to go near you king the stuff and the machine is battery back up for 240v so you don’t have to worry about losing power and having a stinky litter tray which is useful for us as we live in cyclone terrorityReplyCancel

  • Suhasini Sriarshi

    very awesome tips…!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Debra Chesterton

    I have a gorgeous long haired Burmilla called Jasper who leaves traces of himself all over the house as you can imagine. My best friend has become my Dyson handheld vac as it picks up his furry ‘tumbleweeds’, spilled litter on my floorboards and has a special attachment to clean the cat hair off the sofa before visitors arrive. He’s a bit high maintenance but I adore him! I too have started using Pet Circle to have his special vet diet bickies and extra large bags of litter delivered automatically every 7 weeks which works out great as I don’t have lug them home!ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    Do you need to flea her once a month even though she is always inside and never meets other cats? Im just wondering as we have an indoor tabby. We flead him for the first 6 months and now we dont bother, because where would he get them from? (And he definatley doesnt have them..)
    :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      My vet suggested that we do anyway, we keep most of the windows and screen doors open through the day and have animals in the neighbouring yards. We also give her the worming tablets even though she doesn’t go outside only because we have the occasional skink come inside and she likes to attack them.ReplyCancel

      • Laura

        Ahh I see! Mine seems OK now but in summer it might be worth me looking into that…

        ps: Shes very beautiful :) ReplyCancel

        • Katrina

          Thank you Laura, she is beautiful and she knows it too!!ReplyCancel

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