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When your shower head starts to do random squirts you don’t need to buy a new one, just give it a good clean. Check out these tips on how to clean a shower head removing the build up of mineral deposits which are clogging it up and affecting your water flow.

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  • Jackie

    this is very timely I have been saying to my partner we need to buy a new one, going to try this.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Absolutely give it a try, Jackie. May even save you some dollars in not having to but a new one.:)ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    The squirts have been driving me crazy lately. Great tips Kat.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Yes i know exactly what you mean, Louise! Hope it gets rid of those annoying squirts for you!ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    I think you could just use the vinegar and have a brilliant result!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Maybe, worth a try Jo.:)ReplyCancel

  • Love the new dettol easy and faster.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Me too Jenny! It is so easy to use and my shower has never looked cleaner.:)ReplyCancel

  • Annette

    Is it safe to use in my moulded fibreglass shower?ReplyCancel

Dirt, dust and germs build up on remote controls, like other surfaces in the home. Follow these tips and steps to clean your remote controls.

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  • Diane

    Can you use the alcohol on the laptop or computer keyboard as well?? My ten year old has his own laptop and a school computer that I am constantly trying to keep clean.. he sneezes on it.. and well, you know they just get everything on them ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organi

      lol…boys are just great aren't they. Yes cleaning alcohol with a cotton bud is recommended for cleaning laptops/keyboards. Remember to disconnect from the wall before cleaning. Turn keyboard upside down trying to get out all dirt. Try using your vacuum cleaner to gather all dust between keys, or alternatively use your hair dryer to blow out the dirt. ReplyCancel

  • Leila

    Phones are another thing that should be cleaned regularly. Both home and mobiles as they pick up lots of germs and dirt. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organi

      Yes phones, I should definately do a random job post on cleaning the phones!! Thanks Leila!! ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    We have a tv in the kitchen so we wrap our remote in glad wrap to keep it clean. It works really well.ReplyCancel

  • Marelize

    Just saw the phone’s cord… Yagh! Will get toe the phones as we don’t have a TV remote.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It is amazing how quick the dirt and grime builds up on our everyday items, such as phones.ReplyCancel

      • Jeanette MCDONALD

        Hi Katrina. Your web site is awesome! I use a disinfectant spray eg Glen 20 on my remotes, keyboards, door handles etc. Any where germ laden fingers make contact.ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Thank you Jeanette!ReplyCancel

  • Remote controls, once a cool piece of technology, now an annoying place holder on our coffee tables! I wonder what kinds of advancements our kids will have when they are older…hopefully someone will have thought up something to replace remote controls :)ReplyCancel

  • […] Dirt, dust and germs build up on remote controls, like other surfaces in the home. Follow these tips and steps to clean your remote controls. Read more. […]ReplyCancel

Follow along in the weekly cleaning series where I give you a task along with steps on how to clean an area/item in your home.  Most of these tasks will be easy, from light switches to toys, towels to stinky shoes, cleaning many of the forgotten areas or things in your home.  View previous cleaning tasks here. Set yourself up […]

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  • Dare we say that the humble knife block is probably the most neglected thing in the house in the cleaning regime? And they get oh-so grubby and greasy. :/ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      very greasy!ReplyCancel

  • Oh gee, our knife block is something that I just don’t like to even think about. How horrible is that! Thanks for giving me the inspiration to give it a good clean Kat.ReplyCancel

  • Eisa

    Mine doesn’t get greasy after keeping it safely inside a cabinet. I am a police officer and this is a true story. Years ago a local serial killer in my county used knives he picked up from the ladies- who became his victims– own countertop. I moved my block inside a cabinet just as I wouldn’t leave my pistol sitting out on the countertop. Plus, I don’t like the cluttered look of it all.ReplyCancel

Door handles can get dirty and harbour germs. I share with you how to clean door handles and finding a solution so you don’t forget to clean them.

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  • Awesome tips! It’s good to have someone remind you about these things, because it’s proven, that many home owners completely forget to clean such things. And the door handles and knobs are only the beginning – keys, phones, TV remotes, light switches, our sunglasses, and a lot more things. We just don’t take them into account when we think about cleaning, and they often are left neglected. And they shouldn’t, because these things gather lots of bacteria.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I totally agree.:)ReplyCancel

  • Farah

    Question: I live up on Tamborine Mountain and as a resident, we suffer badly from mold up here with all the rainforest around us. I am concerned about having fabric and liquid in a jar, can you confirm that it will stay fresh and not go manky inside the jar?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Farah, i can honestly say i have never had it go yucky on me. Always has that fresh clean smell for me.:)ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    Hi Kat. Where do I find all of the previous weekly cleaning tasks. Going to catch up but can’t see every week. Thanks LeahReplyCancel

I often mention ‘purging clutter‘ in my cleaning and decluttering tasks.  To me purge has many meanings. When I refer to purge I mean for you to do one of the following with the item you are ready to part with: Donate This item still needs to be fully functional, clean and in good condition.  I have a basket in my […]

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  • Erin

    I like to donate on my local Pay it Forward facebook page. That way I know it’s going to someone who needs it.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love this idea, Erin!Good on you.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kody

    I just cleaned my bathroom as per my weekly cleaning checklist and decided it was time to declutter and get rid of my wrought iron towel holders. Advertised on a local fb buy, swap, sell and the sold 1 minute late and were gone within the hour.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      WOW That is fantastic Kody! Good on you, a good clean out and making extra money at the same time!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Can you publish instructions on how to sell on the local facebook page please?ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette O'Meara-Corral

    Hi. …the image with the little house and the quote looks to be by an author called Susan BranchReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You are wonderful thank you Jeanette, I am updating the post now!!ReplyCancel

Typically when cleaning we dust surfaces, clean appliances and wash floors, but one of the most used areas in each room gets neglected and can be the most grotty… the light switch. This is another great task to do while on the phone, it only takes a matter of minutes and all your light switches will be dirt and germ free. Read further for my tip on how to clean a lightswitch

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  • Renee

    I love these weekly cleaning tasks, is there any way to subscribe to have it directly come to my email?ReplyCancel

  • Molly

    i do the light switches and power points when i clean each room. the light switches can get so grubby with little kids…ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s wonderful, Molly! It’s great that you keep on top of it, i must admit it is an area so easily overlooked.ReplyCancel

  • I love these mini weekly cleaning tasks. A light switch has so much bacteria – probably more than my cell phone or an ATM. It has been overlooked in my cleaning routine, but I will try to remember not to miss it ever again in the future. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I agree Shannon, they tend to be an area that gets overlooked in the weekly clean. I usually remember to do mine when i have the vinegar spray bottle in my hand.:)ReplyCancel

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

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is very easy for the walls to get grubby quickly, i find mine still do even with older ones in the house.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Karin

    any advice on getting felt pen off wallpaper please.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Karin, I would try using some sugar soap and if that doesn’t work hairspray. Let me know how you go.:)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

  • Kylie - Mummy Tips

    For large wall surfaces I use a microfibre mop (one that has a flat head) with sugar soap, it makes a tedious task into a quick one :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea, Kylie.:)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I use a squeegee mop to do the walls. I keep one just for walls.. You can do a larger area that way a lot quicker than by hand.ReplyCancel

  • It’s quite funny to know that a tea tree oil can be use for cleaning the wall. Also I have baking soda in our house most of the time they are just being wasted when not in use. Truly your tips are amazing and very useful. I will try these tips in times of needs.

    Keep up on posting great post. It’s my first time reading your blog and all I can say is perfect you have a clean beautiful design and informative.

    Congratulations. Cheers! :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Keyte

    I find eucalyptus oil is great for removing sticky and greasy patches too. Haven’t thought to try tea tree oil, but will keep that in mind for when I run out of Eucalyptus – I always have both in the house. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Kaz

    Thanks for all of the great advice. Do you have a page listing all of your cleaning recipes? A printable?ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Neville

    Hi Kat, I just read your post to clean a couple of walls I looked up at my ceiling and started to giggle. It is 14 foot high. Maybe I need knee high socks lol. I am now on a mission to find a couple of socks and attach to my broom, spray the socks and clean. I love your daily posts.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh yes that may be a bit of a challenge LOL.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Kat's Assistant

    Thanks Kaz. I love using my homemade All Purpose Cleaner. Here is the link for you:

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

    • I run a professional window cleaning business and yes we use mainly dish washing liquid. Getting the proportion of liquid to water can be tricky for some. If your squeegee judders along the glass, this is usually a sign there’s not enough dish washing liquid in the mix which acts as the slipping agent. Put too much in and you can sometimes get a haze effect when properly dry. We remove stubborn bugs and marks on the glass by using 0000 grade wire wool. Its amazing, use it wet or dry and even the most stubborn of marks will be removed. Happy cleaning!ReplyCancel

  • 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

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  • My guess is that most people forget or seriously neglect their window cleaning chores. Almost everyone I know does it. The natural cleaning solution you picked is great and simple. I use a similar one, but I also add some lemon juice and a few drops of liquid soap, if the surface is very dirty and stained. It works like a charm, and there even aren’t any visible streaks after you’re done.ReplyCancel

  • Nikki Adams

    Hi Kat! You have some cool tips here. I like how you use natural ingredients like vinegar to clean your window. Very eco-friendly. Cleaning windows is not really my forte. I usually hire Cleaning service Melbourne based professionals to do it for me. So, far I am satisfied with their service but will definitely give this a go to.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Keyte

    I’m a bit of a slacker (OK, huge slacker) with windows, but when I really want to have a go at them, one thing I find good for loosening all that nasty in the tracks is one of those cans of compressed air that you use to clean computer keyboards. A good spray shakes everything up and makes it easier to vacuum out.

    (Confession – shhhh – I sometimes also use this for dusting small spaces like under the wine rack, when I couldn’t be bothered moving lots of things).ReplyCancel

  • This is a great post.
    SUCH an easy DIY that works wonders.
    All natural too so when the little ones start pressing their faces against the windows you don’t have to worry about chemicals!
    Thanks, I’ll be sharing this with my followers too! :)ReplyCancel

  • Great article though a little time learning how to use a squeegee will make the job even quicker and easier. Use 0000 grade wire wool to scrub away stubborn marks.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

  • Molly

    i am about to move into our new house, i will be following along with this new series to keep my place under control…my aim is to keep my place respectable each day so i wont have to worry if i have unexpected guests….also i love the shoe sign. i have printed this and will be adding to my front door. all my guests get asked to remove shoes, even the plumber takes them off…in our rental we have white carpet, and i am over the stains….our new place has light carpets currently until we renovate, but even after that i want my floor boards protected…my guests don’t mind removing shoes…most people i know remove shoes in their homes too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Molly, That is fantastic! Yes i hear what you are saying and i am glad to hear you have printed off my shoe sign.:) I too take my shoes off before entering my own home or anyone elses, i just thnk it is polite and respectful.:)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

  • Belinda

    Im really wanting your free weekly cleaning task email but having trouble with the yes please button.It wont won’t workReplyCancel

  • Lyn

    Luv this siteReplyCancel