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Step by step instructions – how to clean walls, using natural homemade cleaners.

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  • Amber Rhodes

    These are great tips. My walls are terrible! Four kids will do that I suppose! AmberReplyCancel

  • Karin

    any advice on getting felt pen off wallpaper please.ReplyCancel

  • jasmine

    love your website Kat, thanks for the natural cleaning solutions. i need to write the recipes and put them where i can see them so i use them! thanks for the cleaning inspiration. i need it, i do my daily routine but need to do those extra things like cleaning walls and scrubbing the white tiles in my bathroom! jasmineReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      it’s these little jobs that just get forgotten, or if not forogetten left because we don’t have time. Glad you like the cleaning recipes :)ReplyCancel

  • I love how you use an old white sock! It just proves you don’t need any fancy equipment! I’m off to make a batch of your natural cleaner – what a fab idea!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You’ll love it Lucy, save you money. And the sock… what can I say, best cleaning tool!ReplyCancel

Step by step instructions – how to clean windows, using a natural homemade window cleaner.

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  • With a newly turned three year old and an almost two year old I’m certainly in that ‘hopeless caus’ phase! It doesn’t help that our living area is made up of two walls of bifold doors and they are ALWAYS covered in little finger and hand prints! I do try and give them a good clean down at least once a month, just so I can enjoy clean windows for a good 10 minutes or so! I will certainly be giving this homemade glass cleaner a try – thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL, that’s it Lauren, 10 minutes of clean before fingers are on them again :)ReplyCancel

    • lexi

      Can u give them a spray bottle and cloth to help?
      I used to when my son was about 2.5yrs
      I ended up with lovely clean floorboards :)ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Fantastic idea, Lexi.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Joyful

    From when my children were about 18 months old I taught them to “look with their eyes”, not their hands, thus clean windows! One does not need their hands to see through a window! This also applied in shops, so they never touched anything on display and I’ve never had to panic about paying for breakages.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great tip i do like it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer B.

    Here’s the Lazy Window Cleaner’s recipe – obviously just for the outside of windows as you’ll see…

    2 litres of warm water
    2 tablespoons laundry detergent (1 tbsp Morning Fresh)
    1 tablespoon of rinse aid

    Wash the windows with a sponge with this solution, HOSE THEM DOWN working from across the top and down and then walk away!
    The water ‘sheets’ down to give a streak free finish just as it does on glasses in your dishwasher.ReplyCancel

    • Molly

      i think i have used morning fresh and rinse aid and washed windows just like this!!! today at our old rental my mum cleaned my windows with a dustpan brush and hot soapy water (dish liquid) and the hosed off….worked a treat…lots of finger prints from little 21month old!!!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Great ideas, Molly!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i like the sound of this! I am going to try adding the rinse aid, thanks for sharing a great tip, Jennifer! ~ KateReplyCancel

  • We have avoided cleaning our windows since we moved in as we still have so much dusty sand to cover. They are so bad now im paying a pro to come clean them tomorrow. I still have to keep these tips to keep them cleanReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    Just wondering about the vinegar, i used to clean my floors with it but my husband didn’t like the house smelling like vinegar, is there a particular vinegar to use maybe i used too much? Can you smell the vinegar?

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Kelly, I only ever clean with vinegar. Maybe try again, to give you an idea i use 2 litres of water to a very small dash of vinegar ( about 1/3 cup) i just use the coles homebrand vinegar. I hope it works better for you.:)ReplyCancel

  • Lilian Dolan

    You can add either fabric conditioner or essential oil of your choice to mask smell + to feel like uve had a treat too xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i like your idea, Lilian! Some of the fabric softeners smell so good.:)ReplyCancel

Round 2 of the 20 Days to Organise and Clean your home challenge starts Monday 2nd March Early bird special to save $20 was meant to finish last night, however with the terrible cyclones/rain here in QLD over the weekend my kids school day was cancelled and I wasn’t online to properly remind you of it closing, […]

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  • Beth

    I have joined the 20 day challenge but have lost the pre challenge tasks. Could you please forward them. I am looking forward to the challenge.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Beth, you should be able to log in and access the prechallenge tasks on the website, email me challenge at if you have troubles.ReplyCancel

  • louisa

    How much is the 20 day challenge if you missed the special?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Louisa, The Basic package is $69.95 and includes lifetime access the Premium is $89.95 and includes lifetime access and 6 week facebook support and accountability group and the Deluxe is $119.95 includes lifetime access, Deluxe printables Bundles (retails at $120) FREE access, 6 week facebook group and accountability group.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Hi Katrina,

    ive lost my link to the 20 Day challenge, i know my login details but could you tell me where to login?ReplyCancel

I’m very excited to share with you my newest series.  Last year I ran the 52 things to declutter in 52 weeks series, this year I’m mixing things up and will be running a cleaning series, giving you a cleaning task to complete each week.  I’ll give you the task along with steps on how to clean this area/item. […]

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  • Lysa

    Love this idea, I keep my house clean but I do the bare minimum, I know there are many things that need cleaning like the phone, it has so much dirt build up. My front entry is so dusty and must admit very neglected, so will put that on the list to do today. Thank you Kat you are such a wonderful motivation.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes the phone, and a place germs can harbour and spread, so pleased you are going to follow along!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Tufilli

    love this idea for the forgotten spaces in the home. A good way to create new cleaning habits. TxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Most of these are easy enough that you can do them while chatting on the phone :)ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    Love seeing what you are going to give us next. I have just completed my front door area. It looks fab now very happy. Thankyou for your continued inspiration.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You are very welcome Mandy, pleased you can follow along :)ReplyCancel

  • I take my shoes off the millisecond I get home because I don’t like wearing shoes. Everyone else at mine takes their shoes off in various locations in the house (that’s annoying, lol), but because we all have bare feet or socks inside, visitors tend to take their shoes off, too. They don’t have to – and I really don’t mind if they don’t! But if I go to someone else’s house I don’t take my shoes off unless they request it.

    The Minions will be looking for things to do this weekend, so I shall be getting them to do the low down bits of the entry at ours. It’s cluttered up with a box of shoes, and as we have a doggie… copious hair!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love your getting your minions to help Miss Maudy!!ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    Not sure if I’m having a “blah” moment, but how do I follow along? Is there and icon to press so that I can register for this free series?ReplyCancel

    • Carol

      Donna, there is a text box located below the heading in blue “Will you join along with the cleaning tasks each week”? There is a picture of some flowers on the left with an offer to join the challenge and just select it.ReplyCancel

      • Donna

        Sorry – in the 3rd paragraph, it says that this is FREE to join along. When I hit the box you suggested, it tells me that it is at least $47?
        Still confused.ReplyCancel

        • Belinda

          Yeah when I click the link I am getting a link that directs me to the 20 days to organise your home that you need to pay for.

          If someone could post the free link that would be very helpful, I am probably missing it & it is really obvious. LOL


          • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

            What you have read is the FREE series, just below is this weeks task, cleaning your front entry area, each weekly task will be published on the blog (each week). However, if you want to go into more details about creating a clean and organised home you can join along in the 20 Day challenge which starts early March, completely separate to this free series.

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Sorry for the confusion Donna. What you have read is the FREE series, just below is this weeks task, cleaning your front entry area, each weekly task will be published on the blog (each week). However, if you want to go into more details about creating a clean and organised home you can join along in the 20 Day challenge which starts early March, completely separate to this free series.ReplyCancel

          • Donna

            Oops – sorry luvvie!
            I’ll get with the program eventually!

        • Nikki

          I am having the same issue & would like to find this out too! Kat can you please help!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      The free series will be published on the blog each Tuesday, you can join up to receive my newsletter, link in sidebar which I will email you daily with latest blog post. Or pop back every Tuesday to see the new task.ReplyCancel

      • Belinda

        Got it, thanks Kat!

        I receive your newsletter so I will keep an eye out for this.

        Thanks again for clearing that up.ReplyCancel

  • Ana

    Hi Kat i love this idea. Will start with our front door / entrance this week. I really look forward to this series and would like to thank you for motivating me to get things done. I find it much easier doing one thing a week, especially knowing we are all doing it at the same time!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Weekly tasks are easy to achieve ;)ReplyCancel

  • I definitely need all the help I can get, thanks for the great tips! Now just to get motivated.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I can definitely keep you motivated Mandy :)ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    Love this idea. Especially like that it is weekly so easy to manage.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      So pleased your following along Kirsty!!ReplyCancel

  • Karina

    Hi Kat,
    This is a great idea! One question I’ve wanted to ask…….how the heck do you clean the inside of your toaster? Or is this the one lost cause in the house?

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fabulous idea Karina, I’ll add it to the list!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Hi Kat
    Thanks so much for your great website and the many helpful hints, tips and ideas to help us busy mums keep our house in order. Looking forward to your new series “Forgotten Areas” which no doubt will bring to light a few things that need attention around my home.
    Just wondering do you have any ideas on how to clean and restore a tired old cream leather couch?? You help would be much appreciated. Many thanks in advance.

  • Kelly

    i’m off to do the front entrance now before school pick up. Thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    Is there anywhere for people to upload photos of what they have done? I’m in need of some ideas and inspiration. Eg InstagramReplyCancel

I noticed we use a lot of paper towel and wipes in our household and in my mission to be frugal and reduce our grocery bill I am trying to find cheaper alternatives, like using my own homemade all purpose cleaner.  Over the past few months I have been using reusable homemade antibacterial wipes (although […]

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  • Lee

    Great idea!
    I love the fact they are on hand. Being able to launder them make me feel they are good as new when I pull one out.
    Fans and skirting boards are my focus this week.

    A little label for the jar:
    Pick me.
    Use me.
    Launder me.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love that idea of the label Lee LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Jayne

    Kat you never cease to amaze me, I have never thought of this, love it going to make some up today.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Jayne! Would love to see a photo once you have made them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    If you add clove oil it kills mould spores, too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      great idea Justine!ReplyCancel

  • Mascha

    Tip: do not throw any disposable wipes in the toilet. Instead throw them in the garbage bin. Safes heaps of energy and $$ to our waste-water treatment process!!

    They do not really disintegrate, even though it usually says on the pack that they are biodegradable and you can throw them in the toilet. DON’T…

    I would take probably months if not longer for them to degrade and before that they will already have to be taken out of the waste-water treatment process (or have clogged up something/somewhere)!

    Major burden on the treatment plants and our tax-payer bills!!! :)ReplyCancel

    • Mascha

      Ow, and of course (totally forgot): I LOVE YOUR BLOG :)
      Really inspirational and fun…
      Thanks for making the chores more fun!ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    I always get so many great ideas from your blog! Thank you so much!


    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you, Alison! So lovely to hear.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Pender

    Is there another oil you could use? My mum is highly allergic to lavender.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Rachael, you could try using tea tree oil.ReplyCancel

  • Erica

    I just made my own version of these on Monday! Same recipe but mine has eucalyptus oil instead of lavender and they work a treat!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s fantastic Erica!ReplyCancel

  • Dani

    Such a good idea. I use a 50:50 mix of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle to clean just about everything, using paper wipes mostly. Even though they’re recycled paper and mainly go into our compost, I’ve been wanting to cut down on waste and costs. I’ll have to give this a go, thanks :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea, Dani! Yes give it a go, i’m sure you will love it!ReplyCancel

  • These are great, I have used lavender oil and water in a spray bottle for cleaning surfaces for ages and love this idea, Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Your welcome Jane :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I love this idea. I am going to make one today, without going to the shops. One old glass cookie jar and some old cut up tee shirts, I always have vinegar for cleaning in the cupboard. I like the comment about the clove oil. I am always happy to save money and the environment. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Saving money and the environment together is a great combination!ReplyCancel

  • I have been looking forward to trying these, just waiting on a jar. Today I made them up using Earth Choice surface cleaner (nice eucalyptus scent) and lavender oil. LOVE them, thanks for the great idea.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh so glad you like them! I think they are beautiful too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Greta Adams

    I use this same recipe except i use Thieves cleaner (by Young Living) and thieves essential oil. Germ Killer! I love it.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’ve never heard of this, thanks Greta!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Taylor

    I love this, I use some lavender, some calming oil.
    I have made my daughter some too! I am on my 3rd batch lol

  • Solid post, thanks a bunch for sharing this.ReplyCancel

  • Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I’m thinking of leaving out the lavender oil (gives me migraines) and adding in a half cup of lemon pine o clean instead. What do you think?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      you could use any oil you like, or if not oil yes use the lemon pine o cleanReplyCancel

This is a guest post from reader Donna One of my readers Donna, emailed me with her tips and tricks for cleaning her home chemical free with vinegar and thought I would share them with you all. I use vinegar in the rinse compartment of my washing machine, a great fabric softener and helps clean […]

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  • These are great tips, its a really good and non-toxic way to clean your home. I would be curious to know if the scent is strong on the vinega after cleaning.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Laura, They are great tips, i agree. And not to mention chemical free but also so much cheaper than all those cleaning products that cost a fortune. The vinegar leaves a clean smell, not to strong unlike bleaches.ReplyCancel

  • Vinegar is great for cleaning bathrooms and kitchens and it helps keep pipes clean to as it washes down the drain. I love the sugar soap hint and will use this in future. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Bec! It is great in the kitchen just a tip i personally wouldn’t on stone benches but any other should be fine.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Vinegar is a great low toxin way to clean, though when vaporised in a spray bottle, it is just as toxic as most cleaners so please be careful. Oh, and it is not chemical free, acetic acid ( vinegar) is a chemical too!ReplyCancel

  • Sim

    Vinegar is acidic and therefore corrosive. It is not suitable for many stone bench tops and stone floors such as marble and travertine.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes you must watch stone benches but great for glass, mirrors and bathrooms.ReplyCancel

  • I love these tips! And it’s much cheaper than buying cleaning products too! You’ve got some very clever readers!! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Penny

    Please stop perpetuating the ignorant myth that certain products are “chemical-free”. Vinegar is a “chemical” C2H4O2. Even pure water is a “chemical” H2O.ReplyCancel

  • Erica

    Laura, I personally find that the vinegar smell disappears considerably after it dries . :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes your right, only takes a few minutes to disappear.ReplyCancel

  • As much as I love vinegar as a cleaner. Vinegar is made up of  acetic acid and water. “Chemical free” is a marketing ploy designed to reel consumers in who don’t understand Chemistry and get them to buy products. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it isn’t toxic. Toxicity is indicated by dose. The dose of a substance determines toxicity. Water consumption can be fatal if you drink enough.ReplyCancel

  • Squeaky Cleaning Services Bundaberg & Wide-Bay

    So many uses. #nochemicalsrequired ReplyCancel

  • Soheer Elshair

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  • Jill Mcgilvray

    Enjoy all your tips ReplyCancel

  • Always good to hear new tips, whether you decide to use them or not. I love putting vinegar in with my wash as an alternative to fabric softener and the cost factor is definitely a bonus.ReplyCancel

  • You can also try using baking soda and freshly squeezed lemon juice as an alternative. Works miracles!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s right, great alternative!ReplyCancel

It’s only in the last two years that I have started drinking coffee.  I can’t believe I went through my whole 20’s without it, but it just didn’t appeal to me.  Now that I have eliminated coke from my diet (now 10 months without any!!) I am enjoying my relaxing cups of coffees more. I […]

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  • Coffee is my life’s blood. I must have it. Speaking of which I have to go…ReplyCancel

  • Mareesa

    I have heard that you shouldn’t boil a stainless steel kettle with vinegar in it. My kettle is stainless steel, and I fill it to the top with 2pt vinegar, 1 pt water, let sit for 30 mins, then rinse a few times to remove vinegar smell/taste.ReplyCancel

  • Carley Monk

    This was great to be reminded to do, it’s one of those things that people (I know I) tend to not even think of doing. Mine now looks spotless thanks, but was wondering how do you clean those coffee pod machines? I use mine everyday, but couldn’t tell you how to clean it, any tips?ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Hudson

    I’ve used the Rubbedin brand “Kettle Magic/Descale Magic” that did a fantastic job, but to be honest, looking at the ingredients, it’s mostly citric acid – boiling up lemons would do the same job. I do, however, use their Washing Machine cleaner and descaler, and I also have CLR for cleaning limescale in the bathroom.ReplyCancel

  • SueM

    I use citric acid. need to reboil kettle a few times after to make sure the next user doesn’t taste it. ask me how I know this ;)ReplyCancel

  • Bradley

    I would boil the kettle with it on the draining board. We didn’t have much vinegar in the kettle and it boiled over.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I read your ‘how to clean a kettle’ post but at the end there was a reader tip which I tried since I had a lemon and no vinegar. This worked 100% perfect! I was never sure how to get rid of the limescale and it surprisingly worked with no harsh chemicals. With the boiled lemon water I put it into a bowl and with a warm tea towel I cleaned the outside of the kettle with the hot lemon water. That also worked a treat! Thank you! From one very happy housewife <3ReplyCancel

  • Wow – it worked my kettle is now really clean – thanks for the Tip.ReplyCancel

  • Georga

    Wish I had read the boiling over comment before I just did this! Only had about half a cup of vinegar and a cup of water to cover the element and when it reached boiling point it shot out of the spout like a fountain, flooding my toaster and the kettle element! Lol. Toaster is now out in sun drying out but I suspect I will need a new toaster and kettle! At least it will be a clean kettle I guess.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Oh no Georga! Oops.:)ReplyCancel

White vinegar is such a useful household tool! It’s cheap to buy in bulk and is great for using around the house, not just the kitchen, and can replace a wide range of harsh chemical solutions. Its magical ingredient is acetic acid which does wonders in a lot of different ways! Around The House Mildew […]

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  • Fiona 'Fi' Keller

    I mainly use vinegar along with bicarb soda to clean a lot of things
    I use vinegar on tough stubborn stains or use it in conjunction with bicarb and form a paste.ReplyCancel

    • It’s a great combination together!
      Katrina Springer
      The Organised Housewife

      Also find me: Website | Shop | Facebook | Pinterest | InstagramReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Landers

    Hi. I tried spraying my shower screen with white vinegar and giving it a scrub but the soap scum build up is VERY stubborn. Have also tried making a paste with bicarbonate of soda, scrubbing and then spraying with vinegar, repeating the scrubbing and then rinsing. Have tried a few commercial cleaners in the past but nothing is working. HeLP!ReplyCancel

    • Lucelle Sauer

      Have you tried those magic eraser, the white block you can get them in the cleaning isle of the supermarket, All I do is rub it on the shower screen and the tiles and it comes clean. (like rubbing pencil out with a rubber) No nasty smell. Hope this helpsReplyCancel

    • laurabella

      put in a spray bottle equal parts vinegar and dishwashing detergent, spray it all over glass, the tiles the shower floor and let sit for a bit, and gently scrub and it will all come off easily, the detergent gets all the soap scumb off and the vinegar deodorises and leaves a beautiful shine on the glass and tiles,. wish I knew this before years of buying every single product down that isle and nothing worked!! :)ReplyCancel

  • diamonlyn

    I use it to spray in my small bathroom – and on the carpet in the hallway leading to it; I have an older furbaby who unfortunately has made the area his own and no amount of cleaning helps it – i spray vinegar over the surface and it helps the odor fade.ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    2 cups of vinegar to 9l of water and clean my sealed cork floor.ReplyCancel

    • great idea Helen, I get asked a lot how to clean cork floors, but so this is a fabulous help! Katrina Springer
      The Organised Housewife

      Also find me: Website | Shop | Facebook | Pinterest | InstagramReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Lamb

    i only just found out the other day that most vinegar is derived from petroleum, do you know of natural brand as most bulk cheap brands are petroleum based. :(ReplyCancel

  • Christine

    Do you have a good window cleaning recipe? Vinegar, Bicarbonate, dish washing liquid?ReplyCancel

  • Vinegar has to be the best product out there! So many uses and perfect for those highly polished floor tiles! Thanks againReplyCancel

Some drink bottles come with very small opening making it hard to get a sponge or a brush in there for a good clean.  Over time if a drink bottle is not cleaned properly or left for a period of time in the car or bag it can become quite slimy. A simple trick to […]

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  • Redrose

    Hi there, thats a great idea. but how do you get rid of the mold that gets built up around the the small opening?ReplyCancel

    • PookiMa

      That’s guck is so annoying and it keeps reappearing! I’ve invested in a big pack of pipe cleaners. Just bend the tip into a U shape. They’re really good for getting into the straws as well.ReplyCancel

    • Kim

      To get rid of mould on lids I soak them in Milton(used to sterilize baby bottles). You could soak the whole bottle.ReplyCancel

  • Norlin Mustapha

    Great tip!!! Never thought of that!ReplyCancel

  • Louise De Luca

    Would you be able to soak them in bleach then rinse in running water to cleanReplyCancel

    • I wouldn’t Louise, I would keep bleach well away from surfaces and products that are used for eating or drinking.ReplyCancel

      • Vanessa

        but it’s ok to put denture’s back in your mouth?ReplyCancel

  • off duty dentist

    That build up is a biofilm, like plaque on false teeth. Best way to disrupt a biofilm is to scrub it off with hot soapy water and some kind of brush. A toothbrush gets in most places. You can bend the handles if you heat the plastic to make it easier to get inside rims. Then run em through the dishwasher.ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah

    I clean plastice bottles with hot soapy water, about a tablespoon of rice, and a whole lot of shaking. It helps to get the gunk on the bottom of the bottle that is hard to reach with brushes.ReplyCancel

  • Monica

    I clean my water bottles with a bottle brush (from the baby aisle).ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Monica, i have also used the baby bottle brushes too, they work well i agree . I like to also use the denture tablets for those hard tricky places i can’t get to with a brush.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Katrina, do you know if the denture tablets can be used in steel drink bottles or just plastic? (I recently replaced all of the plastic drink bottles with steel!!!)ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Amanda, Yes they can be used in both.:)ReplyCancel

Cleaning the oven would have to be one of my  least favourite jobs too.  But I love to bake and doing it in a clean oven is preferable. I have mentioned before about my allergies and not being able to use horrible smelling cleaners, which is a good thing in a way because I prefer to use non […]

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  • […] See details on how I clean my oven here […]ReplyCancel

  • Sonia G

    I just use washing soda and hot water to clean my wire racks. I don’t even have to leave them soaking for very long. Usually just long enough that the water is bearable on my hands…lolReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    Any tips on cleaning the top of the oven? I too hate the chemical cleaners but have not found a way to clean the roof of the oven effectively with non chemical cleaners.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Pang

    I just did this for the first time last week and it was great… the shelves were black and look so much better…… not perfect but I ran out of scrubbing time. Plan to do it again after Christmas……..ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Maree Woods

    Use the bathtub to soak the oven racks! BRILLIANT! I’ve never been happy with trying to fit mine in the sink on weird angles…so rarely do they get the full treatment they need. That will be-a-changing now. :) Yay! (Oh dear… how sad that I am so excited by this. ;) )ReplyCancel

  • Ah in the bath!! Genius … Except the bathroom with the bath is not built yet! LolReplyCancel

    • Erica

      Laundry trough?ReplyCancel

      • We don’t have a laundry right now either! LOL Ah the joys of renovating your own house, it takes years but one day it will be worth it!ReplyCancel

  • serve safe first

    sorry but YUCK – I would never do this in a million years!ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid

    what a great idea using the bathtub! im going to try this today, part of the reason mine so desperately needs a clean is that its too hard to try and poke it around in the sink! thank you for this great tip! I also bought some Lemon Oil from the Neat Freak on facebook and this dilutes in a spray bottle with water to clean just about everything in sight, so by using this after my initial oven makeover, it will be so much easier to maintain.ReplyCancel

    • Warden

      I love the concept, but you can get a plastic “toy container” from most hardware stores. Big enough to hold an oven rack, but smaller than a bath. And you don’t have to worry about scratching the bath.ReplyCancel

  • Sam Campbell

    OMG what fabulous timing, my oven desperately needed a clean as I have been using those oven trays with the holes to get crispier chips, etc but they leave such a build up on the shelves it is horrible. Was trying to work out the best way to do it when I saw your post so I have them in the bath as we speak and have done the bottom of the oven and door as well with the bi-card and vinegar (hope it works on the door too, you didn’t mention that) oh well will let you know how that goes, it can’t hurt it I suppose. YAY, thank you again.ReplyCancel

  • kate @ livinglovinglaughing

    these are great tips and i am going to give them a go, esp the racks idea! but my biggest challenge is the glass oven door – it seems to be stained with brown/film of some sort. any tips on how to get that off without scratching it to pieces??ReplyCancel

    • Janice

      With regards to the glass oven door, I use a glass scraper like that used for glass-top cook-tops (stoves). With a bit of spray first, vinegar is good, it comes off easily. Just be careful to keep scraper level so as not to dig in, and buff with a clean cloth afterwards.ReplyCancel

      • kate @ livinglovinglaughing

        thank you!!! i will try that – i think we have one of those scrapers!ReplyCancel

        • christine

          Gumption gets it off easily. Just wet a chux, and apply, so easy. Available in cleaning Isle at supermarket. ReplyCancel

  • Sara

    I skip the bath and put the trays in my dishwasher on pot wash – brilliant and NO cleanup!ReplyCancel

  • This sounds super easy, will give it a go and see if it will work for me.ReplyCancel

  • Rusty Hoe

    Keen to give this a go, but do you end up with a grime covered bath after or does it easily wash off? Just don’t want to exchange one chore for another.ReplyCancel

    • Kelly

      I did have to clean the bath afterward but it wasn’t a big deal. Just a quick wipe down

  • busybee

    i recently used this method to clean the washable parts of my exhaust fan…could never have got it so clean without this advice. thx. Unfortunately the exhaust has a charcolar filter….and it’s passed it’s use-by…that can’t be washed or cleaned….so off to the shops for new one.ReplyCancel

  • kate @ livinglovinglaughing

    hi, i just tried this with my oven racks – soaked in the bath overnight with super hot water and napisan…. went to get them this morning and…. nothing has come off or will come off, even w scrubbing!!! :( have I done something wrong? something else to add to water?ReplyCancel

  • Jem

    This was the most amazing trick ever! My oven hadn’t been cleaned for what looked like a good 5 years… after living in the place for the past 2, it was time. I had some issues with the removal glass. Grime didn’t budge from there or on some of the racks.. Jif Cream Cleanser worked on that with a little scrubba dubReplyCancel

  • PipC

    Best trick that I have just been told and tried with great success is to clean the range hood is soak it in some good hard core oven cleaner and then put it in the dishwasher on the hottest setting that you can get. It comes up a treat – absolutely sparkling.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I am going to try this tonight and see how we go.ReplyCancel

  • Anna LaRosa Brown

    This actually does work and I love not having to use those horrible oven cleaners, which I can’t use in my new oven. Thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Flowers

    What is nappy San?ReplyCancel

    • Christine Macdonald

      Karen Flowers…..Nappisan (? spelling) is a powder used to soak baby’s cloth nappies…..very good to use…..ReplyCancel

  • HarkoandMarleen Ellen

    My laundry tub is big enough for the shelves sideways… and I’ve used just ordinary washing powder…works just fine. I too am interested in how to clean the back and top of the oven… any tips??
    Good tip for a microwave oven… half fill a microwave proof jug with hot water, add a goodly splash of vinegar, microwave for a few minutes until it’s nice and steamy inside…. anything on the walls, etc will now just wipe off.ReplyCancel

  • Signora Gatto

    The oven is the bane of my life.ReplyCancel

  • gwen

    What can I do to clean the glass in the middle of my oven doorReplyCancel

  • Bobbi

    I used this method to clean the filters in the rangehood a few months ago and it worked a treat. I hadn’t gotten around to the shelves in the oven but I will have to get onto it.ReplyCancel

  • Any ideas on how to get the grime off the roof of the oven? Or just elbow grease? Other than that, this is brilliant, thanks! :)ReplyCancel

    • I remember watching the girls on ‘How Clean is your house’. They would use Borax to create a sludge that would stick to toilet bowl insides, maybe this will work in this instance as well.ReplyCancel

  • Wow, What awesome advice. I hate this job so much and really do hate those oven cleaners as well.

    I’m eager to try it out now, might give it a go today. It’d be great to have something simple that can do more often.ReplyCancel

  • karen

    Used the soda and vinegar trick – yep it worked! No luck on getting oven glass clean tho… anyone?!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Karen you could try using a bit of gumption on the glass, usually this does the trick!ReplyCancel

      • Karen

        Thanks Kat! I did see that someone mentioned Gumption – I’ve not used that product before and was hoping to get my oven cleaning done and dusted today….without another trip to the shops! Anyways, if the Gumption is as good as I’m reading it to be – sounds like that’s the plan :) Might work on my wood heater door too while I’ve got the cleaning cloth out!! Thanks heaps Kat, love your site!ReplyCancel

        • Karen

          Well, I tried the gumption and it didn’t work on the oven glass door :(
          Seems like I’m not the only one with this issue!
          Any other ideas?ReplyCancel

          • Ann

            Karen, do you have Jif (NZ product) where you live? I use it on my oven door with a paint scraper and it works a treat.

  • Melinda Lain White

    How do you clean the sides and the glass on the door without chemicals?ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    Next oven you buy should be a pyrolytic one. They are wonderful for not having to clean the oven yourself. Just set to pyrolytic setting and after the cycle, wipe out. Easy! You still have to clean the shelves but that’s easy enough.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Susan, I just purchased a new oven and have used this feature, but not sure I liked it, now all my racks don’t slide out nicely, it’s like it cooked away the nice sheen on all the racks, and I get a shiver, (like nails on a chalkboard) every time I take out a rack am so disappointed,ReplyCancel

      • Susan

        Hi Katrina, Did you read your instruction booklet? Mine says to take the racks out before you do the pyrolytic clean. I really hope you haven’t ruined them. Maybe give them a buff with some steel wool or a scourer.Hope it works out for you. I love my ovens. (I have two, big family).ReplyCancel

  • Kay Brown

    And for the glass/enamel door and the sides and back of the oven?ReplyCancel

  • In my experience if you heat the oven to a medium temperature first this makes the bicarb soda work better,ReplyCancel

  • These are some great tips! I agree that the shelves have to stay a long time in the water before the dirt comes off. And if you want to make everything a lot easier, you should clean your oven right after you use it, or at least heat it up a little, because this way the grease will come off easily. The biggest issue most people have when they clean their oven, is the fact that they haven’t cleaned it for a long time, and the grease has just built up there and gets stuck for good. If you wipe your oven after each meal, you practically won’t have to put so much effort into cleaning it.ReplyCancel

  • Jaime

    Lol I’m sure wiping out the oven after each use would work a treat, but I feel pretty darn proud just to get a meal on the table most nights!
    Also, I really don’t understand the logic in using bicarb (a base) and vinegar (an acid). They just neutralise each other. That’s how you make those cool volcano science experiments. They look good, but it’s basically just CO2 and water.ReplyCancel

  • Ann

    I pay $95 once a year for a lovely gentleman from Loven Cleaning Company (NZ) to clean my oven with steam and hot water – I am allergic to the oven cleaners on the market today as well. He does a wonderful job.ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    Hi Kat, last time you posted this up I had sparkly clean oven racks and a clean glass door however there is not way the stains on the bottom of my oven are coming off with vintage R and bicarbonate of soda – every time I have true to use this cleaner it has never worked!!ReplyCancel

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  • Tracy

    Thank you for this! I’ve never known the best way to clean the dishwasher and I certainly didn’t want to pay asking price for the commerical cleaners to do the job. Looking forward to giving your method a go :-)ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Telfer

    Ooh yeah! That gunk under the door… Get rid of that!!!ReplyCancel

  • Evette Pagano

    My parents lived out in the country where they had minerals in the water. They would put a cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle with every load. The dishes came out spotless and the dishwasher never had any build up. This works like a charm!ReplyCancel

  • Nic

    is this the same for 2 drawer dishwashersReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Don’t forget to pull out the filter from the bottom, it gets all covered in gunk, if you don’t clean it regularly, you’re dishes won’t wash properlyReplyCancel

  • Anna

    Is the vinegar in the bowl meant to all spill out during the wash cycle, or just some spill out and more water collect in the bowl?ReplyCancel

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    run a load of citric acid instead of powder in an empty wash with vinegar as the rinseReplyCancel

  • Tony

    Don’t forget to remove and clean the filter. Then remove the spray arms and clear any foreign bits that block the spray nozzles.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Great tip thanksReplyCancel

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    • Katrina

      Hi Alison,Ooh i usually try to clean mine every few weeks.ReplyCancel

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  • Camelia

    Hi, Kat! I must say, I’ve been reading your blog for a few hours now and I still have so much to read! I just discovered your blog today (under the tag My Inner Bree Van De Kamp on Pinterest – I was instantly in love with your beautiful baking tray basket), and also searching for tips on how to wash my washing machine). I am amazed at how well you maintain your home and raise your children. You are truly a homemaker. And you make it look so easy! Everything is in such good taste, I love it! I think I will soon buy some things from your store. So practical and beautiful at the same time! Now this particular post I found strange, as it is September and it’s been the start of autumn, (not spring) ever since I can remember. But then I remembered you live in Australia! (I am from Romania, Europe – the other part of the world from my place). Nonetheless, it’s an amazing post to be read when the time comes. I am thrilled to have found such an amazing place on the web. Thank you so much for everything you do and write. I will certainly come by more often. (Probably with silly questions hehe).

    Best wishes,

  • I have to confess that I am putting of dealing with my jumbled mess of a kitchen. I am waiting till our big walk in pantry is built… but the longer it takes the more I realise I might have to tackle the job regardless. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel