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{Cleaning} Quick tips on cleaning the OVEN

I have mentioned before about my allergies and not being able to use horrible smelling cleaners.  I find as detailed below a very simple, non toxic way of cleaning my oven: To remove the baked on food at the bottom of your oven sprinkle with bicarb soda.  Fill a spray bottle with vinegar, then spray […]

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  • Kristen

    Love this! My oven is in dire need of a clean and I hate oven cleaner with a passion, will definitely give this a go instead! Though I will have to cover the floor as my door is side opening, lol :-)ReplyCancel

  • Mama Currie

    Hi Katrina
    Came accross this great tip to clean the racks in your stove. Fill your laundry or bath tub with hot/boliling water add 2 dishwasher tablets, soak over night. Very little scrubbing required in the morning.

    When I fill the bath, I used hotwater and boiled the kettle a couple of times.

    They came up beautifully.


  • Amanda Brownhill

    great idea! I nearly choked using oven cleaner and it made me think if I did this more often I wouldnt have baked on stuff.. ha in my dreams…ReplyCancel

  • I am definately going to try this – I am so over having asthma attacks from the fumes of oven cleaners…..ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    After cleaning our oven we always fold some alfoil and place it on the bottom of the oven. Makes for easier cleaning next time.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Hi there
    I also soak my trays in nappysan oxy action though, it is amazing. I usually leave them over night and they are soooo sparkly when I get them out. Shiney as new. I also clean the inside of the oven with nappysan oxy action, just make a paste and put it on and leave for a few hours and come back and wipe off. Works on stove tops too!!! Such a great way to clean without the toxic smells!! Especially considering we have too cook in there and the horrid chemicals would end up in our foods!! gross!!!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Kylie, I shall buy nappysan oxy action with my baby wipes when I go out in a few minutes!

  • MIchelle

    Hi there, you should really check out Enjo products – you’ll never use a chemical again. I have found them well worth the money!ReplyCancel

  • Mamagringa

    Great ideas! I would normally use my dishwasher to clean the racks but now, we have just upgraded our kitchen and we bought a pyrolytic oven – SELF CLEANING! Apparently, you turn the oven up high to 250 degrees C and leave it to burn off all the food residue. Then, you can just wipe it or vacuum the ash out once the oven cools. Will let you know how it goes when I try it. :) ReplyCancel

    • I have wondered how the self cleaning oven works. I have never thought about vacuuming the ash, what a great idea!ReplyCancel

      • Chris Hall

        I know this is bizarre, but when I used my self cleaning oven, twice because I wasn’t sure, it melted the sealant between the oven and the splash board and the wall.ReplyCancel

    • Suzanne

      We had a self-cleaning oven for years. It works great but the electric bill is a bit higher.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    I have just used both of the tips above and WOW!!! I can’t believe how good it looks! Sparkly showroom condition. I’m so impressed, and I didn’t have to use any nasty chemicals. Thanks so much! xReplyCancel

    • That’s great Fiona, love the sparkly bathrooms and a bonus to use no chemicals.ReplyCancel

  • I actually clean my oven with nothing but baby wipes, and it comes up sparkling just like new every time! I heat the oven for a short while, and then when it is cooled a little but still warm, just wipe all surfaces over with baby wipes! Presto!ReplyCancel

    • I have a friend who also swears by cleaning with baby wipes! Great idea Kristie!ReplyCancel

    • Nikki

      surely that wouldn’t be for an oven that hasn’t been cleaned in over 6 months

    • Jilly

      I am going out to buy baby wipes! Thank you for the tip!

  • Anonymous

    Another trick I have learned is that once you’ve cleaned your oven – make a paste of bi-carb soda and water and use a pastry brush to coat the inside of your oven. Yes, it looks bizarre – all white, however, all fat splashes are absorbed. Once the coating turns brown, simply wipe off – voila clean oven! – and simply repeat the process. ReplyCancel

    • Suzanne

      That’s an EXCELLENT suggestion! So, you bake, roast, etc with the dry soda paste on the oven surfaces, right? If so it would help me see what’s going on as my oven’s interior is navy blue. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • [...] bicarb and vinegar are a great combination for cleaning the shower, around the basin taps, the oven, almost everywhere.  I keep my bicarb in a powdered sugar shaker, from spotlight.  Shaking [...]ReplyCancel

  • Jus

    This method works really well, i also wrap my oven racks in alfoil when soaking them and use a regular washing powder. Amazing results!ReplyCancel

  • kate

    dont forget you can clean your exhaust fan thingo’s in nappy san too, i just took mine appart this week and soaked for an hour or so and got rid off all the grease and grimeReplyCancel

    • This is a question I have too…do you mean the mesh type of grills on the overhead exhaust fan?….ReplyCancel

  • I tried the bi-carb and vinegar just this morning for the first time (until now have used the stinky foams) . The oven wasn’t terribly dirty but I wasn’t completely satisfied with the results from the bi-carb/water/vinegar combo. Once I’d wiped out the residue, I dribbled some liquid dishwashing detergent on a wet chux and wiped the walls over, rinsed and did it once more. It’s now lovely, shiny and grease-free again! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Darson

    Just a question about using Nappysan. Doesn’t that have bleach in it as well? Just not sure about using the chemicals in Nappysan on things that I cool with either?ReplyCancel

    • Darson

      I meant ‘cook’ with not ‘cool’ with, lol.ReplyCancel

    • Yes, however I always make sure it is thoroughly rinsed off before putting back in the oven. ReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    Here’s how I do mine…Start with a cold oven, remove the trays, boil a kettle and fill a metal bowl with the boiling water. Place the bowl in the oven and quickly shut the door. Take 1/4 cup of ammonia and reach into the oven (keeping your nose away) and tip carefully in the bowl. Shut the door and leave overnight. Cleans quite easily with the bit of bi-carb for any stubborn bits.

    Meanwhile…take the trays and place in the bath. I place a towel in first so that I don’t get any scratches on the bath surface. Cover them with hot water and add a 1/4 cup Morning Fresh laundry Liquid and 1/4 vinegar. Leave until the water is cold and get a ‘curly wurly’ scrubber and run over the trays.

    Everything sparkles.ReplyCancel

  • Sueellm

    After the oven is clean I coat my oven and oven racks with bicarb/water paste also… makes it such a quick, easy job to clean in the future (which I do about once a month). It looks a bit yukky though, but I could never go back to using Mr Muscle and the like. ReplyCancel

  • Norwex oven and grill cleaner – enzyme based – spray on – wipe off.  No smell to hurt your nose.  Not caustic – doesn’t hurt your skin – works in minutes.  So much cheaper than Mr Muscle.ReplyCancel

    • Suzanne

      where did you get the Norwex? Who makes it? Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • This is awesome, I am so glad I found this post.  Have been staring at my oven for weeks now procrastinating about cleaning it and I would never have thought of using nappy san.  I am definitely going to do this tomorrow!  ReplyCancel

  • Savi

    My oven was really bad. Tried your trick, but I just ended up with bicarb gunk to remove. I ended up cleaning my oven trays by soaking in a solution of detergent and bicarb mixed together with boiling water, and they cleaned cleaned up a treat with a gentle scrub (got my 5YO cleaning them for me :) ). The oven itself was very baked on, and we used our new hand held steamer and a fair bit of elbow grease, and it looks fabulous. I also used a technique similar to amosi. I have a misture of vinegar and bicarb in a spray bottle, and read that if you give a spray every now and then in the oven, it will soak up the grease and you just wipe it all off. It looks weird as it dries white, but I am amazed at how much black is still wiping off now!!!ReplyCancel

    • Love the idea of using the hand held steamer, after all the gunk is off then bicarb and vinegar will be all you need.ReplyCancel

    • Savi

      ooops just realised I had a few major typos. It was the oven racks I was cleaning with the above tip, and the solution used was ½ cup white vinegar and ¾ cup dish washing soap and then I covered the racks with very hot water. Regadless, I am very happy with my clean oven :)

  • My oven glass is terrible. I’ve tried bicarb and vinegar but I think my problem is wiping it away too quickly. Will attempt letting it sit for an hour. Can I do it when the oven is hot or should I do it when it’s cold?ReplyCancel

  • Megan Harrington

    For the glass my husband showed me a great tip! I was using a gumption paste with a little water (you could also use the bicarb paste) when he brought in his razor blade scraper from the garage….and proceeded to scrape the glass clean in about 10 secs flat! I was impressed and have used this method ever since. However tomorrow I’m going to use the napisan bath method as soon as I get home from work. Never been so excited to clean the oven!!!ReplyCancel

  • What a great idea, I have put all my oven racks in the tub already, can’t wait to check it tomorrow! lol I’m addicted to cleaning now. Thank you so much for your inspiration!

  • Helen

    Just did my glass door of the oven with a wipe of a soapy cloth and some scraping with the razor scraper – fantastic tip!!!ReplyCancel

  • jeannette

    Great idea but what is “nappy-san

    • Napisan is a brand of cloth diaper soaking solution. It comes in a powder form and in Aus supermarkets is available in the laundry aisle. I’m sure there would be an equivalent available.ReplyCancel

  • Where do i purchase nappy- san at in Georgia?ReplyCancel

  • Christine

    What is bicarbonate?ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    I love the Napisan remedy… Have tried it on a few other tings too, with excellent results, eg the exhaust fan covers….wonderful, they are back to clean white plastic. Love it. Oh and I asked the man of the house to help fold some sheets one day and he says the inside of the cupboards dont care how sheets are folded, OK he just got himself out of that task.. forever…. :)ReplyCancel

  • Suzi

    What is nanny-San ?ReplyCancel

  • dirtbustinmofo

    Pumice stone fellow cleaning-fairies!!! P U M I C E S T O N E !
    A wet pumice stone will clean a dirty oven faster than ANY spray-on product, no kidding!

    It won’t scratch porcelain if its wet because porcelain is a harder surface, it’s amazing for toilets as well. Your local hardware stoe should carry it, I’m in US so we carry it in Home Depot, Ace, Orchard Supply, Lowe’s and any Pool Supply Store – it’s what they use on the stubborn tile stains in pools!ReplyCancel

    • s

      What is the product name? The pumice stone I know is a small rectangular
      brick. Do you mean “pumice Powder”? We have Home Depot etc here. Thanks.ReplyCancel

      • dirtbustinmofo

        Yup, that’s the one I’m talking about! The small rectangular stone you’re thinking of is going to be your new best friend!

        But don’t use the ones they sell for beauty unless it’s 100% natural. You can get one at HD in the cleaning-supply section. The brand they sell is called “Pumie” it’s about $3 (US). They also sell a stone in the pool-supply section but it’s about $10 (US).

        It’s magical. I use it for ovens, stoves, toilets, bathtubs & sinks. Basically, anything ceramic or porcelain & heavy steel oven racks too! It won’t scratch as long as you keep it wet while you scrub & all you need is water = no chemicals!

        Here’s a link for a maid service in Texas that swears by it!

        Hope this helps, happy cleaning!!!ReplyCancel

  • Janel Finnigan

    Hi my name is janel does anyone know if I can do this in a gas stove ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    Looking in my oven this morning funnily enough thinking I should give this ago before it gets any worse. Will try it this arvo after I’ve done my afternoon tea muffins:)ReplyCancel

    • Justine

      Finally got around to it and it worked. Needed abit of elbow grease for the sides and top but came up really well for a 30+year old oven.ReplyCancel

      • It looked fabulous in the photos you shared on Facebook Justine, it looks amazing for a 30 year old oven, you did a brilliant jobReplyCancel

        • Justine

          Shame after all my hard work getting it clean, it stopped working about a month later, have had to get a brand new oven as it was an old lift up door, which the spring had broken, and the electrician legally could fix it. Managed to get one of the last Miele 70cm oven in Australia as they have discontinued it, and it fits perfectly in the space, with room to put the shelf above for the micromave, so I can get it off the bench top:)ReplyCancel

  • Pippa Smith Waddell

    I haven’t read all 50 comments below, so not sure if anyone has mentioned, but it is a good idea to line the bottom of the oven with foil. When it gets dirty, just throw it away. This way you never have to clean the bottom of the oven again!ReplyCancel

    • Cassandra Webb-Writer

      New ovens have heaters below the base and will ‘bakeon’ the foil, so not a good idea.ReplyCancel

      • Deb

        yes, i made that mistake the very first time i used my brand new oven, i put foil at the bottom not knowing there was a hidden element there and now i have baked on foil at the bottom of my oven forever coz i dont know how to take it off :(ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Micallef

    Seriously people, you MUST try Norwex Oven and Grill cleaner. It will completely change the way you feel about cleaning the oven. For me it was once a job to be avoided at all costs, now it it easier than doing a load of washing – seriously!!
    10 minutes, wipe off, no fumes, no chemicals. Free demonstrations available or try it for 60 days with a money back guarantee. You have nothing to lose.ReplyCancel

    • leah

      Amanda, can you use on a gas oven?ReplyCancel

      • Amanda Micallef

        Yes you can use it on all types of ovens, even self cleaning and woodstoves (if you were wanting to).
        Come and see me at
        I’ll tell you more about it :)ReplyCancel

  • Cassandra Webb-Writer

    My partner cleans ovens for a living, (well for a new home business of ours) and he uses a steam cleaner. For the serious oven cleans he uses a blade, like the type you put in a box knife, and carves the baked on food off.ReplyCancel

  • wendy-lou Inglis

    I know this is an old thread but can someone tell me how to clean the glass oven door min looks awful brown colour but no amount of cleaning seems to helpReplyCancel

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{Giveaway} my new favourite product VIVA Shower Fast Wipes

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED, WINNERS DETAILS AT BOTTOM OF POST This post is sponsored by Nuffnang Did you know: that almost half of australians undertake a household chore naked! Aah, I don’t know about you but I am not one of those people, I’d be too scared somebody will knock on the door and see me prancing […]

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  • Mandy McNeill

    I am a busy mum of 4, juggling working with the joy of running a busy household! I have 3 showers that are in constant need of attention! These wipes will give me time to think, time to restore and time to rejuvenate!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Spend more time with my 4 month old. As I find it hard juggling with the housework and himReplyCancel

  • I should say I would spend it doing something for “me” but I will probably use it to clean the other two bathrooms!!! Hopefully with these wipes I could clean all 3 bathrooms in the time I usually spend on one!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Just think if I delegate the kids bathroom cleaning to the kids I may just be able to start reading one of the books on my bedside table…. :-)

    Do you use the wipes daily? or weekly? Thanks for the review!ReplyCancel

  • Renée

    I’m 31weeks pregnant and have a toddler, so with the time I’d save cleaning the shower, I would be trying to rest up a bit!ReplyCancel

  • I would spend more time with my newborn twin girls :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Simple, I would have a longer shower that involved no cleaning! As a busy mum of two under two, his is a luxury I can’t even relate to!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    I have only just started my new exercise regime this morning, and kept thinking about the 3 showers I have to clean!!! Turned on the computer to your blog and WOW!!!! Would love to win them just to be able to exercise without a guilty conscience each day, which will hopefully encourage me to spend more time on getting healthy.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Gates

    I would spend the extra time cuddling my daughter or making a yummy family dessert to share.ReplyCancel

  • Bree

    I would say i would try to find some ‘me’ time having a toddler & 4 mth old, but would probably end up doing another chore or attending to the kids!! :o)ReplyCancel

  • I’ve liked this post.

    With the extra time I could work some more on my move to a self hosted blog.

    Also, I used Viva shower wipes to clean our stainless steal rubbish bin, the scrubby side got off the grime really easily which was fantastic. I loath cleaning the rubbish bin but it neds to be done reguarly and I can see it happening much more often with the help of Viva shower wipes.

    Most cleaning products give me asthma and after a childhood incident accidentally drinking bleach (mums never fill your kids water bottles with bleach to clean them, please) … well I can’t stand the smell of bleach either. Love the Viva shower wipes, no smell, easy to use.ReplyCancel

  • Pam Gurkin

    Any free time would be fabulous….I would just sit down with a cuppa to read the newspaper….just 5 minutes…that’d be niceReplyCancel

  • Bonnie leslie

    I’d take the time to relax as lifes very busy with 3 kids under 4ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    The extra time I get from using the Viva Shower Wipes, I get to do my nails and spend some extra time on my hands, thats if my 4yr old lets me hehe.ReplyCancel

  • Paula

    I’d use the time to clean out under the bathroom sink – there seems to be more things in there everytime I look!ReplyCancel

  • Sheridan Olf

    I would spend the extra time with my Mum who is living with us as she has terminal cancer and try to create some memories with her and my 6 and 3 yr old.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Using Viva shower wipes will give me time to sit back, relax and catch up on my blog reading :)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie O

    ooo thats easy!! we have had -0 weather here lately, so id spend my time snuggling with my lil man so he can keep me warm :)ReplyCancel

  • Rhi Kemp

    With the extra time I would spend longer bathing my gorgeous daughter. She is four months old and I am doing my best to play with her and keep on top of my duties around the house.ReplyCancel

  • Clare

    YAY for VIVA Shower wipes!!
    That’s easy – I’d spent the spare time freed from shower scrubbing by cleaning something else that VIVA hasn’t yet made a cleaning wipe for… like VIVA flushable toilet wipe or VIVA fridge cleaning wipesReplyCancel

    • Clare, viva have some stainless steel wipes which are great for cleaning the outside of your fridge…if it’s stainless steel! They are coming up with great wipes aren’t they!! I would really love some flushable wipes, I think you are onto something there!ReplyCancel

      • Clare

        thanks for choosing me to WIN!!
        Yes, I love that Viva is thinking of quick and easy ways to clean a space. I am just totally OCD about sponges – all the bacteria that lives in them after wiping something… gross… the thought makes me shudder! Our sink sponge/cloth gets thrown into the wash on a daily basis, so I have lots in rotation. But a product that lets me clean and throw it and the germs away will always be a winner in our house!! I’m thinking an inside the fridge wipe with a scent of vanilla……ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    I would spend time baking for my always hungry teenage sons… they love my cooking….ReplyCancel

  • Michelle McDornan

    After going into hospital for simple day surgery and only just getting out 18 days after as they botched it up and left me with more surgery to fix, I can’t clean or do anything myself for at least the next six weeks. The Viva Shower Fast Wipes would be a god send as I could delegate the shower cleaning to my children.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea M

    Using Viva Shower Wipes would give me more time to organise my bathroom cabinets!ReplyCancel

  • Priscilla garcia

    I would rather get cuddles from my kiddies!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda V

    I will be able to spend more time getting to know our new 6 week old baby boy then worrying about trying to fit cleaning the dreaded show into my day.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Simpson

    After using these wipes on my 2 bathrooms, i will have the time to play with my 3yr old son, or do other tasks that i usually have to put off on the days i clean the bathrooms as it usually takes me most of the day to do.ReplyCancel

  • Melisa M

    Extra craft time would be a treat,
    Viva wipes just can’t be beat!ReplyCancel

  • I ‘Liked’ the post.

    I would more then likely spend the spare time on Facebook or Twitter.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Adams

    I have two little boys and two showers to clean. I would spend the extra time playing with my kids and I’d take some time out for myself by sitting on our front lounge looking at the mountains with a nice cuppa and a good book!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    With a 15yr, 2yr, 9mth old I do 90% of my housework is done with a child in tow but I would use the time to spend with the family all together!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Thew

    Wow, with these wipes I’ll actually be able to spend some time looking through your previous posts about organisation!! I have become a recent convert and am working my way through the house one room at a time. In fact, my hubby even watched your video on how to fold sheets!! He was impressed ;-)ReplyCancel

    • Lol, wow you have done so well to get hubby to watch the video!! Great work Ashely, so happy you enjoyed it :) ReplyCancel

  • melissa_robinson

    Busy busy busy like everyone else these days. With the time Id save, I may just feel a little less guilty for all the time Ive been spending on Pinterest and not cleaning my shower!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Brownhill

    Me: “Hubby.. do you think you could clean the shower just this once”
    Hubby: “cleaning.. what is this word you speak of??”
    Me: “Clean – verb – the act of making something clean”
    Hubby: “With what do you use to partake of said chore?”
    Me: “Well Viva Shower Fast Wipes of Course, won’t take you long.”
    Hubby: “well if you insist.. I will help you out with this word you call clean, if it is quick and easy and I don’t have to do two things at once”ReplyCancel

  • Jessica bOnham

    As I have 14 week old twins and a 17 month old son the shower doesn’t get done as often as I would like so this would really help. Then I could spend the time I save doing other chores that don’t get done often enough!ReplyCancel

  • nicole disbrey

    I like the idea of these wipes, no strong chemical smell (I always worry about that so I clean the shower after my littlies have gone to bed, no risk that my son will touch the chemicals either). So my extra time would be spent snuggling with my hubby and watching a movie, something we don’t get to do very often these days!ReplyCancel

  • Harmony

    My Hubby cleans the bathrooms, so i dare say he would very much apprechiate the extra time it will save him so he can spend it with his girls. He deserves it too :)ReplyCancel

  • nikke miller

    If I had these wipes I would spend the extra time washing my hair and not the shower, Im one of those naked shower washers, I scrub the shower then me!ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    DO some much needed gardening :o) Great therapy!ReplyCancel

  • Deb Gibbs

    Just by having a nice clean shower I would actually spend time enjoying being in the shower. Being time poor like everyone else, it is the lower priority and when I have a shower now all I want to do is scrub the shower…. so for me….enjoying a shower! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jo Carpenter

    Think it would just be nice not to have to clean naked.My shower screen goes right around my bath so it takes ages, Just to know I don’t have to walk into the shower with Shower power and a scourer, I can walk in and just have a relaxing shower.ReplyCancel

  • The shower is my least favorite thing to clean. As I’m also running around after 2 kids under 3 by the time I’ve cleaned the rest of the house the kids want some attention and no time to scrub the shower with nasty chemicals. With these wipes it won’t matter if the kids are in the bathroom with me or not and I might for once have a sparkling clean shower instead of one screaming at me CLEAN ME PLEASE!ReplyCancel

  • Katie O

    After using the Viva Wipes I would put on some music and dance around for joy that the bathroom cleaning has taken a third of the time that it normally takes.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Prismall

    WOW, 14 working weeks in a lifetime. I’d take those weeks and GO ON HOLIDAYS!!!! Wish it worked like that…… :P

    I’d be able to get the whole bathroom done in the time it takes me to do the shower? And then read more blogs…… :PReplyCancel

  • celia Abou Zaki

    By having a clean shower, i would enjoy a long long and relaxing shower.It’s a dreamReplyCancel

  • Melissa Mitchell

    I would spend more time with my 2 1/2 year old daughter and 7 week old son.ReplyCancel

  • Ooh!

    Ok, I’m guilty of doing house work naked -you’ve sprung me! Usually cleaning the ensuite, or making our bed – though the naked housework Olympics never venture outside of our bedroom. Hmm what would I do with my new found time? Actually relax and enjoy my shower, and get dressed! LOLReplyCancel

  • Cynthia

    I’d spend my newfound free time playing with my boys (toddler and 5 month old) – I hate spending time cleaning that could be spent with them (so our house is not very clean!). :)ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    Oh to have some extra time!!! I’d probably chillax on the couch and watch some old Greys and paint my nails! Or perhaps bake something yum while my 7 month old sleeps… :)ReplyCancel

  • Sandi

    My most dreaded chore is cleaning the showers! Well, I seen a T.V ad for these, but hadn’t been able to find them in a store here in Perth. Must look again. Ok with the extra time….hmmm it will give me extra time to get the camera out and get into the studio!ReplyCancel

  • Christina Hall

    I have started setting myself 15min tasks everyday. Viva wipes will only take me 5 mins which means I might actually get to what I call my Floordrobe!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Hill

    To be honest I’m not too sure it would give me extra time- I have saved heaps of time by not cleaning it in over a year, but as a result my shower is horrible and now the job is too big and I just keep putting it off. I need help! Please let me win some!ReplyCancel

  • I would spend my extra time baking up some yummy goodies in the kitchen!!ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    i am recently single after 20 yrs … suddenly there are all these things i need to find the time to do again … funny how you cant imagine leaving the house without shaved legs, once there is a possibility that someone might actually run his hand along them … oh my :P thats what i’ll do, shave my legs!!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Graham

    To have nice, clean, non-scummy glass in my shower!
    That would indeed be wonderful.
    I would spend the time I saved, just spending that little bit of extra time enjoying my nice, warm, spotless shower.
    Before I get back to my busy, kid-filled day.
    Thank you Kleenex Viva and thank you to The Organised Housewife! <3ReplyCancel

  • Janet Warren

    With my extra time I might be able to invest a bit of time back to myself and do things like shave my legs and have a long hot soak in my very clean bath (thanks to viva wipes!!)ReplyCancel

  • Leila

    The extra time.. I’d like to think that i would get the extra time to relax in a nice warm bath by myself without the ‘mummmmmmmy’ shout/cry/whinge (as much as i love the 4 of them a bath without them is bliss!)
    In reality the extra time would allow me to spend more time with the kids, playing, reading, baking, creating or just being with them (and maybe getting them all tired and off to sleep peacefully so i could get the bath in too!)ReplyCancel

  • Daphne Brooks

    I must also confess I am a nudist shower scrubber! lol
    it would be nice not to have to clean the shower and clean myself at the same time with the added benefit of saving hot water and electricity.

    I would then be able to spend time doing something much more interesting such as researching which delicious cake/biscuit/desert recipe I would like to try next!ReplyCancel

  • courtney

    i will use the spare time to take more photos of my 3 month old and for some time with my darling fiance, as we dont get much together anymore as he just got a promotion!ReplyCancel

  • Donnah Francome

    This is not an entry, but in response to the 1/2 of aussies doing a chore naked, well that is a pretty broad brush. I do A chore naked – I clean my shower and then step into in to rinse it and shower myself. As for the other chores? Nah, they get done fully clothed.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    I’d like to spend my time with my beautiful children or out in the winter sunshine with a coffeeReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    I love the look of these wipes so much that I’m going to buy them anyway! And with my spare time…I might just take up a new hobby! Or maybe go back to an old one that I have had time for anymore. Do you think I could teach one of my 3 kids to use the wipes for me like in the commerical…then I’d have even more time for my new hobby!! LOLReplyCancel

  • Michelle smith

    What a great idea. If they are half as good as the viva window wipes I’m sold. I would use the time to stand back and admire my handiwork oh and then a cup of coffee.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    We have just had an extension done, with a new bedroom and ensuite just for my husband & I. It’s soooo nice having all things new. Now I want the other shower to be gleaming shiny and clean like my new one. Will the Viva Shower Fast Wipes be up to the job??ReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    Viva shower wipes – keep my shower all clean
    I’m a time poor mum who works from home
    I bit of spare time would make my month
    And keep down all the soap scum :)ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy

    I’ll be enjoying an even longer hot soak in the bath with a great book should I win.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    I’m a busy mum of 3 children under 3 my youngest 7 weeks old…my husband works away during the week so could really say Im a busy busy single mummy of 3 5 days a week…these wipes would make the job of cleaning my shower so much easy especially since I hardly ever shower alone without one of my girls invading… I try and clean the shower at night when I am alone these wipes would mean I could clean whilst they are in there with me saving me so much more time and giving myself more me time at night :)ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    ………..I would use the time to finish off some layouts sitting on my scrapbooking table that are waiting for me!!ReplyCancel

  • Hmmm.. I think I’d use my spare time to read :)ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    I would use the extra time in the shower! Showers at the moment are a joint affair with at least one, if not 2 kids. It would be nice to spend an extra minute on my own, rather than rushing around manically! It would be lovely to use 2 hands to wash my hair/shave my legs! :DReplyCancel

  • Donna

    I actually asked my 12yr old son to clean his shower, and he came out saying it was “FUN” well then….. Continue please. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    With 2 showers to clean the extra time saved using Viva would be used scrap booking, I just don’t get enough time to do this.ReplyCancel

  • kelly

    They sound great, i would use my extra time to spend with my hubby and 11 month old, since our son was born my hubby has had to work away :( so it would be nice when he is home to spend more time as a family and less cleaning haha!ReplyCancel

  • Donna D

    I would use the extra time to play more with my 2 DDs! Something that Istruggle to do enough between cleaning, organising and cooking !ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    Viva, Viva shower fast
    Helps me let go of my past

    No more chemicals down my pipes
    Cos I use my shower wipes

    Itchy nose and reddened skin?
    Not this time – the answer’s in!

    Viva, Viva Clever cleaning
    Far less effort gets it gleaming

    Scrub side cuts through icky soap scum
    Smooth side wipes and gets the job done

    Tiles, glass and shower screen
    Now this is the way to get them clean!

    A little bit of extra time?
    Well that will suit me just fine!

    I’ll cuddle my babes, sneak extra kisses
    Or be responsible and put away dishes!

    A few more stitches in the quilt that I’m growing?
    The choices are endless, that much I am knowing.

    Perhaps close my eyes, ponder on life…
    How lucky I am as a mummy and wife.

    Either way, extra minutes are always a gift
    To treasure and give yourself a small lift.

    So Viva, Viva, thank you for this
    Efficient cleaning = BLISS!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    I would use the extra time to probably do my hair, I mean actually do more then stick it up in a boring pony tail.ReplyCancel

  • I’ll sit and relax with a cup of tea, congratulating myself at how good the shower looks! :)ReplyCancel

  • Vicky Moran

    Umm, well….I’ll have to go back to the ‘I’ve got a headache darling’ one liner for hubby!!! ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Carly

    We are renting at the moment and I DETEST cleaning the shower. The bathroom is so old and the grout keeps falling out from between the tiles – major mould build up area. I clean this damn shower twice a week spending about an hour each time. With the extra time I would have I would clean out the bathroom cupboard, make an apple crumble and cuddle up on the couch with hubby and daughter and watch a kids movie all together :)ReplyCancel

  • jillian R

    hopefully it works in my house like it does in the ads because it takes me all day to clean my bathroom properly. this would give me a chance to stay one step ahead of my cheeky 3 yr old son and hopefully catch him before he messes up the rest of the house or wake my newborn baby girl.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth

    With the time I’d save I would make some cards. I love home made cards but I just haven’t had time lately.ReplyCancel

  • mishell

    After the viva wipes make my bath tub sparkle, I will be laying in it with a glass of red!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    I would luv these as currently my husband cleans our bathrooms as with my asthma I can’t handle the fumes from most products & they tend to make by hands red & irritated. Which means if this dosen’t do that I can clean instead of bothering my hubby as he won’t clean them as often as I would like.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Boulter

    I could use the extra time to pamper myself with a foot bath and mini pedicure.ReplyCancel

  • Lynley

    If I spent less time cleaning the shower, I would spend more time baking :)ReplyCancel

  • Diana Towers

    probably find something else to clean !!!!would really love to give these a try Iam a fanaticial cleaner so i am finding it hard to believe that wipes could do such a job … i have even thought about bringing back in the old shower curtain to eliminate this job …lol so if these work they will be a blessing and if i did score some free time i think i would just go for a nice walk .ReplyCancel

  • Cathy H

    The extra time I will have after using these fantastic wipes will be used to catch up on my scrapbooking; I’m years behind :(ReplyCancel

  • Kay R

    I’m so excited, just found your site and this is just the thing I need, our shower is a shocker. I would the extra time to spend on my family history research in the hope of finding more living relatives.ReplyCancel

  • melzeiher

    i brought the wipes last time you mentioned them and LOVEEM !…but i would say i still procrastinate on all the other housework!!!ReplyCancel

  • My spare time will be used sittiing down and reading a few blogs with a cup of Joe in my hand and a Tim Tam or two! Bliss. Viva la “feet up”!ReplyCancel

  • Hmmmm – can always do with a little more respite from cleaning – and I’d use the spare time scrapping, of course!! Hahahaha!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya Crerar

    I would spend my newfound spare time pampering ME!ReplyCancel

  • I know I can’t be in this giveaway, because I live in Sweden. I just love the way you describe the product and I would love to try it out! Do you know if they are in stores in Sweden? Hugs from Stockholm!ReplyCancel

  • I would use the spare time to relax with a nice cuppa tea whilst Charlie Girl is asleep! xxReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Albrecht

    I would definately spend the extra times shaving my legs… Time barely allows me to wash my hair so I am often in pants and jeans to hide. It will be nice to finally have a real choice when I look in the wardrobe after an extra long shower!ReplyCancel

  • Jaci Holden

    I would use the extra time to bake my boys some cupcakes. I have been meaning to do it for 2 weeks, but just never seem to find the time.ReplyCancel

  • I would love to spend the extra time cuddling my children and/or reading my latest good read!ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    I would use the extra time to plan my wedding and spend time with my gorgeous grandmother, who is 87 and extremely ill. Every moment is precious and many a time I have had a dirty shower to do more important things with my time. But boy oh boy, would I love to have a clean shower AND the time to spend with my Nanna! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Williams

    I would spend more time in the shower scrubbing myself instead of the walls :)ReplyCancel

  • Extra time. Ummmm….I’m just not cleaning the shower unless I win these. I won’t be saving time I’ll just have a sparkling shower.ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    What I would do with the extra time that I would spend it on myself which is sadly neglected at the moment.ReplyCancel

  • I would love to spend more time playing with my gorgeous little boy and less time scrubbing the shower :)ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    I’d spend my new found free time trying to get back my crafty mojo that’s been missing since we moved.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Harris

    With the extra time I get, I will be spending my time with hubby in the bedroom….heheReplyCancel

  • Elisa Sutcliffe

    A a busy Mum of 3, I would spend the extra time with my kids! Every minute counts!!ReplyCancel

  • Kym Sharp

    I am having my 2nd childon thursday, so would spend my time interacting with both my kids, especially my 2 year old so she doesnt ever feel left out!ReplyCancel

  • I am 19 weeks pregnant with my 4th baby. I would not know what to do with spare time as this is defiantly a new concept for me LOL. Maybe get my Hubby to massage my sore feet :)ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    With my extra time….. I will clean the second shower!ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    It would give me time to clean the shower, have so much work lately, don’t have much time to do any houseworkReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    I would use the spare time to make my beautiful mother a cup of tea !ReplyCancel

  • Cinnamon

    I would use the spare time for some “me” time, with 3 young kids and a household to run I dont get alot of it :)ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    I will definitely use the extra hours to perfect my Yugoslavian tap dancing technique and learn to read braille(in Czechoslavakian.ReplyCancel

  • With my spare time I would actually put my feet up and have a well deserved cup of tea.


  • Rebecca

    Being a busy mum of a 3 year old and 8 month old and part time worker, I would love to get my house organized so I can spend more time with the family than feeling down because my house is a place of unorganized clutter.ReplyCancel

  • Genevieve Peden

    We have 2 showers that I could make great use of some Viva Fast Shower Wipes with. My husband is a mechanic so his shower is always needing a good clean and my shower I normally give a good rinse so its not so hard to clean at the end of the week. So please help me make my husbands shower a little easier and quicker to cleanReplyCancel

  • Bec

    I’ve just found you and think you are great :)
    Like you I have allergies and am sick of waiting for my hubby to clean the shower too… I can spend my extra time with my 2 beautiful boys and hubby :)ReplyCancel

  • ma graham

    I think I’ll take a few minutes “me time” and sit on the patio with a cup of tea, a book, and a fabulous granddaughter.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I would spend my extra time admiring my sparkly shower :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kirrily

    Extra time? Ha ha ha! I’ll be supervising my 2 year old cleaning the shower – twice the fun but three times as long (and half as accurate!!)

    Another great suggestion for cleaning the shower is to use a grout scrubbing brush – no chemicals needed, just a really stiff, angled brush. I love it, as it makes cleaning so easy – just be careful over loose grout. Hopefully these wipes will be a bit gentler on the old grout.ReplyCancel

  • Dannielle

    Currently I am pregnant so VIVA wipes would mean no more waiting for Hubby to use harsh chemicals to clean away the grime. I could actually do it myself!!! No more waiting. YAY…

    Otherwise in my spare time… What is this Spare time thing you speak of?… I could only dream of such things.

    I could sit and read a book, eat tim tams and drink a HOT cup of tea while my little one sleeps OR I could just sleep. :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Frearson

    Awesome-as a mum of twin 1year olds and a 3 year old, less time cleaning and more time to do anything else is a dreamReplyCancel

  • Narelle

    Free time, I think I remember what that is! I’d love to put my feet up and enjoy a ‘hot’ cuppa.ReplyCancel

  • Helen-Claire Jones

    With the extra time saved using Viva shower wipes I’ll be able to spend more time in the kitchen with my son making delicious food and a big mess!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    My husband says that instead of scrubbing the shower he will be able to spend some extra time mowing the lawn!

    I of course will have my feet up with my laptop and a coffee :)ReplyCancel

  • mellie jane

    With the extra time i could catch up on my blog reading.ReplyCancel

  • Veronica

    After all the elbow grease I used to use shower cleaning D= I will be using the spare time I have after using Viva shower fast wipes at the chiropractor getting my elbow fixed =DReplyCancel

  • Less time cleaning the shower would actually give me more sleep time – something I just don’t get enough of!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Courtney

    VIVA Shower Fast Wipes would give much needed time to tackle those other jobs around the house.ReplyCancel

  • Georgina Harvey

    Well I would actually clean the shower, I am one of those that attempts to clean whilst in the shower, only problem I am having is that my kids end up in there with me which means no cleaning the shower. If I had those wipes I might actually be able to sneak in there while they are busy and give it a quick once over. Oh what I would do to have a lovely clean shower.ReplyCancel

  • Deb Risley

    I would go and have some extra sleep – haven’t slept in 3 nights, kids with coughs … sigh.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Mitchell

    With my spare time after a speedy shower clean, I would probably play cars or LEGO with my 2 boys!ReplyCancel

  • jaie

    less time cleaning more time to spend with my two girls (7 & 10 months)my partner works away (2 weeks on 2 weeks off) so while he`s away if there’s anything to cut cleaning time; im up for that.
    That would be fabulous!


  • kelly jones

    I will spend that time allowing myself to relax, enjoy a coffee and enjoy my favourite magazineReplyCancel

  • Katie Clews

    If the thought of cleaning gives you a fever, then don’t stress, just reach for the shower cleaning Viva!! you won’t know yourself, you’ll have a bash, with all that extra shopping time you will splash…ReplyCancel

  • Cindy

    What would I do with my free time, use it! There aren’t enough hours in the day as it is. In the time I saved I could spend quality time with my children, cook a delicious meal, exercise, read a book and sleep. But who am I kidding. I’ll probably waste that time in the shower just admiring it’s sparkling clean surface.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    With the extra time i would save i would finish the book i have sitting on my bedside table but never seem to find the time to read.ReplyCancel

  • jaie

    Hi katrina i was just informed by my parner that he was still logged into face book on the computer when i liked this page, also telling me that it is quite embarassing liking a organised house wife page. lol to my amusement. so i am unable to like it under my account not sure why? so the liking i did was under Gavin Cleaver. i will try to fix the problem in the mean time he is the housewife lol.

  • jaie

    it worked yay i have now liked the page!!!

  • I’ve liked the page but its under my real name, not my blogs.

    I always feel like I’m rushing from one job to another so maybe this will help me catch up and slow down.ReplyCancel

  • Shae

    Wow!! Viva Shower Fast Wipes up for grabs?!! Awesome!

    With all the free time I would tell all my friends, acquantaces and enemies about Viva Shower Wipes thereby liberating women (and men) around the world from the harsh oppression of bathroom chores and rid the earth of one less evil!

    Really! I would!ReplyCancel

  • Shae

    And i’ve liked your blog ages ago but will do so under this email address too!ReplyCancel

  • Simone stratford

    My god this would make mu life soooo much easier living witj a disabiliy scrubbing the shower is a long horrid task but if I had the spare time from it I would use it to kick back watch my fav tv shows with a few wines oh and not forgetting the chocolate :)ReplyCancel

  • Ebony

    if i had these wipes it would give me the extra time to sit and read through all your older posts to make me even more organised and on task, and therefore able to spend even more quality time with my 4 beautful kidsReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Curried Sausages with rice

I remembered to take some photo’s this week!! I am also in the process of updating the recipe section.  You will soon find it easier to search and print my recipes.  Please give me some time to get them all in. I hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful week.  Are you keeping up with […]

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  • julie

    What a shame I don’t facebook!!
    I have enough to keep up with just email but I try to check this blog everyday for all the hints and tips
    I did wonder what happened to the daily tasks you set…
    Having this blog as a one-stop shop would be great

    Enjoy the long weekend all the WA folk!ReplyCancel

  • Your buttons wouldn’t work but I linked back to your blog! :) CheersReplyCancel

{Readers ask Kat} Kitchen Utensils

Vicky – I was just reading your post on decluttering the kitchen bench from last year HERE. I do this every 2nd day and it is driving me insane!! The kitchen bench seems to be the hot spot area, example, when you come home you place the mail, along with junk mail, your handbag, the […]

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  • Sharon

    That was really helpful thanks! Love how tidy your utensil drawer is!! More inspirational ideas – thank you :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      These drawer dividers are meant for your clothes, but I found them perfect in the kitchen. Being plastic very easy to clean.ReplyCancel

  • I like that your dividers aren’t all joined together. Smart.ReplyCancel

{Inspiration} Bathroom Organisation

Bathroom Inspiration Each Saturday I will be showing you images to inspire you, along with links to the original source. Everyday Minimalist (above) Little Green Notebook (above) Home Ideas (above) Apartment Therapy (above) Decor DIY (above) I have always loved these ladder shelves Mummy of all trades (above) My Lot (above)  

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  • Tanya

    Thank you for giving me the motivation to clear my very little clutter I have.. Yesterday I attacked the bathroom cabinets and my oven.. and made Apple Strudel, so I went to bed feeling like I accomplished lots. Love reading your posts on FB
    Tanya xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Wow, cabinet, oven and baking that’s a wonderful effort, you should be please. Would love to see pics of your bathroom!!ReplyCancel

  • now if only my bathroom was big enough to fit all this stuff in … love it tho – food for thought :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Maybe even just 1 idea may help you. I think alot of the american bathrooms are much bigger than ours in Australia.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    *DROOL* My bathroom just got a tidy up….. but now I think I need to go and do it again…….ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      There are a few nice bathrooms in those pics aren’t there.ReplyCancel

  • I am definitely in need of inspiration, my bathroom is so small and useless.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Are you able to put any shelves on the wall, this could help with lack of storage.ReplyCancel

  • Perthcastings1

    A few months ago I was inspired by the TV show “Hoarders” to have a major de-clutter. Whole house, every cupboard, drawer, shelf, box, suitcase… I sorted everything. The bathroom cabinet was one of our areas needing attention. I sorted all the contents into type of use ie hair, face, nails, soap, bath, lotions, teeth, appliances, Dad’s things, travel things, female hygiene, feet care. I threw out anything that was old & nearly empty, especially if I had a new equivalent and I got rid of products I had tried once but didn’t like (so I put them in the cupboard for some reason??). Anyway, in the end I put my sorted items back in the bathroom cupboard with LABELS on the shelves so that everything has a place. The system is working very well. I did the same in my medicines cupboard. Grouping & labelling is the vital key for me keeping it under control. PS I used a clear plastic zippable bag (from a blanket purchase) to hold the female hygiene products with the zip to the front of the shelf, it is perfect for the job.ReplyCancel

    • Thankyou for this great tip, do you mind if I share it in the newsletter?

{Tips} Bathroom Organisation

Bathroom organisation tips Create a home for each item, when this item is being used, ensure it is returned to its ‘home’ when finished. Use your storage areas wisely and practically, eg using baskets to keep like items together. Mor-stor, have a great collection HERE Perhaps dedicate a basket for each family member If you are […]

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  • Cleaning bath toys is the worst job ever. They have such tiny nooks to get in and clean, most the time I toss them out.

    I use an ‘over the toilet’ shelf like the one pictured, only I use it on the wall opposite the toilet with a short set of drawers underneath, as our toilet has a window above it.

    I have also seen some nicer looking white wooden ones from places like Aldi. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Aldi has been selling some wonderful organising items lately. Your right I can’t stand bath toy’s either, so happy my kids don’t use them anymore!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    Yay, ensuite, kids bathroom is now clean and decluttered. Still want to add a few items to the kids bathroom and then it will be complete. What an achievement! I hate cleaning the bathroom, so I tackled that room first. Now to do some baking and tackle the master bedroom tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • For every family the needs will differ. We have three boys. Cuts and bruises are part and parcel of our farm-life. My husband doesn’t like blood and dirt in the kitchen sink, so all first-aid stuff needs to be in the bathroom at easy reach for the children too to help themselves (our eldest is a daughter, she and firts brother differs 2 years, the other two are six years younger)

    Living on a farm means we have lots and lots of dust, so I can’t keep towels in the open, unless it’ the ones we use for that week.

    But, as my bathroom is the smallest space in the house, with probably per sq metre the most cluttered, I think I’ll make a start there.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    That sounds like a fantastic idea, Marelize.ReplyCancel

{Declutter} Expired beauty products

Continuing on with the Decluttering 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge. Did you know that most products in your bathroom have a used by date? Amazingly alot of people don’t realise, but if you have a look on your products usually it is mentioned in a very small font.  It maybe hard to say goodbye […]

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  • Kylie

    I actually did this only yesterday and found it a bit terrifying! When my MIL passed away, I was given all of her make up which was mainly Clinique – and LOTS of it! It has sat in my bathroom since Nov 09 and hadn’t been touched, so yesterday I got rid of it all. So much more room in my make up bag now :)ReplyCancel

  • I didn’t know the expiry date on everything so thank you! I recently went through all my old make up! But I didn’t throw out the lipstick/eyeshadow right away. I let my kids use them as an art material and they LOVED IT!

  • Well, guess that means I’m turfing 99% of my make-up out. Obviously I dont wear it nearly enough when there are things there that were purchased in high school…. OH DEAR!!! LOL
    Nevermind. It’s the perfect excuse to update the supply and buy some more! xoReplyCancel

  • Its so sad when i go check the expiry date of my makeup and i find makeup that i love expired..ReplyCancel

  • Oh no, I’m going to have to get rid of everything in my cupboard that’s been sitting there “just in case I need it some day”, all my perfumes and half the stuff in my makeup bag! Eww, I can’t believe I didn’t know some of these things have an expiry date. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Not many people do and most of this stuff goes on our face, which we want to make wrinkle free for as long as we can.ReplyCancel

  • Sj

    I’ve heard mascara should be Thrown out after 6 weeks!! Liking your time frame much more!! Who can go hrough a tube of mascarra that quick anyway!!ReplyCancel

  • [...] it expired?  Makeup, perfumes, lotions etc have expiry dates. Yes, throw [...]ReplyCancel

  • Go Green

    All of your make-up and products will contain many harmful chemicals and plastics that are doing your skin no good at all, even the ones that claim to be “mineral” or “natural”.
    If you buy an truly all natural make-up, such as Australian made MUSQ, the expiry dates can be indefinite due to the quality of the products. Their products will also help heal your skin. I have never worn make-up before due to the terrifying truth about commercial products. Since finding this company I actually look forward to wearing makeup. Looking forward to throwing away my body shop not-so “mineral” makeup then got used once. ReplyCancel

  • Bryar

    By the looks of it my whole makeup bag needs to be replaced.  ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    I only recently did this actually as Ive begun wearing makeup again after many years of not being bothered. All apart of my Drab Mum Fab transformation after reclaiming my body after extended breastfeedingReplyCancel

  • Carly

    Most make up / cosmetic products have a small logo on them that identifies their shelf life. The logo is a small round container with its lid sitting ajar with a number next to it e.g. 6 or 12 which represents that the product has a shelf life of 6 or 12 months after you open it. When you open a new product, especially for more expensive or seldom used items, find the logo and write the date you opened it on with a marker. That way you know when its past its shelf life.ReplyCancel

  • SarahBear77

    Oh my gosh, I have lots of perfume. what actually happens if you wear it longer than the recommended expiry date? (or do I really have to throw it out?!)ReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    hmmm, I wear makeup about once or twice a year at most. I have makeup, perfumes, even specialty hair conditioners that I’ve had for 15 or more years! Most of them look nearly brand new. It’s so hard for me to throw these things out when I’ve barely used them and I bought them because I really do like the colors!ReplyCancel

    • it is hard to part with them, but a few years ago I found myself with terribly irritated eyes. It was on going for about 3 weeks, I have red puffy eyes with big dark circles underneath, Dr’s couldn’t help, Optometrist really didn’t know, in the end, I worked out that my Mascara was out of date and was causing my eye problems. So just watch out for any side effectsReplyCancel

  • Putting eyeshadows and powders in the freezer for a short while will kill anything that could potentially be living in there, and will then be safe to use again.ReplyCancel

    • Really, I’ve never heard of this. This is how you can kill dust mites, so it makes sense. Thanks for the tip Debbie.ReplyCancel

{Organise} Bathroom

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang The bathroom always needs a regular clean especially if you have children splashing water all over the vanity top when washing their hands, toothpaste splats on the mirror, towels that are dirty from the mud on their feet or the paint brushes they cleaned in the basin, maintaining a […]

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  • Shannon Gallaway

    Can I suggest good old bicarb and vinegar for your shower if you have some allergies? I got that hint from Shannon Lush’s book – get a shaker (the type they use in fish and chip shops for the salt!) and fill it with bicarb, go like the clappers shaking it around the shower, then put some vinegar in a spray bottle and spray that all around the shower – I promise that if you do that every couple of days that your shower will be sparkling. The only downside is if you go ultra crazy with the bicarb you have to rinse for ages to get rid of the residue :)ReplyCancel

    • That’s a great idea about the shaker for bicarb – it’s sounds weird but the feel of bicarb on my fingers makes my skin crawl and I always find that I put wwwaaaayyy to much bicarb on everything so I’ll be going to get myself a shaker. Thank-youReplyCancel

      • it will also stop the bicarb coming out in lumps. Glad you liked the idea :)ReplyCancel

  • Selin

    We share our bathroom with kids and I have do a daily wipe to keep it presentable and somewhat clean buttt I always forget to wipe the shower screen.ReplyCancel

  • Caley

    Hi Katrina, I’ve only recently discovered your blog but I am loving reading them. I couldn’t help but tell you about Nature Direct products. They replace all cleaning products we have in our home. The are 100% Natural, no harsh chemicals. Please email me, so I can send you more information on these amazing products.ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    I am not quite so bad as you, but I can relate to the issues with scents! (It was worse until I had sinus surgery 10 years ago.)

    I have a feeling I know what the product is, and I’ve used it too. Looking forward to your review! :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    I just use microfibre cloths, with the occasional Bicarb and vinegar clean. Almost a chemical free house now.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I’m slowly getting there too Rachel, love Bicar and vinegar!ReplyCancel

  • I used Exit Mould the other day for the first time in our showers. It nearly blew my head off when I stepped in and turned on the hot water to scrub it down! Pew! I have now bought Shower Sparkle which is less powerful but still gives a good result. Since losing my cleaner, I now fully scrub down the 2 showers every 2 weeks (going over every inch of tiles and suddsing up)which includes drying the tiled walls and glass totally so it is sparkling clean. Very satisfying when finished.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I LOVE the idea of the suction cup holder on your mirror for the toothbrushes!! I’m off to clean the kids bathroom and re-use a suction cup holder I have elsewhere for their toothbrushes!! Thanks for the inspiration!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Nifty, I’ll do a better blog post and picture about that soon.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        I am LOVING this new ‘products’ I’ll let you know about it soon!ReplyCancel

  • Thats it I am getting of the couch to give my bathroom a clean thanks for the inspiration:)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Lol, how did you go? did it get a good clean?ReplyCancel

  • Leisha

    Perfect timing (again) Katrina. Today was bathroom day and you have inspired me and my 3yo helper to give it a nice sparkle. Love your idea for the toothbrushes.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I’ll do a better post about the toothbrushes soon!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    I also have to recommend nature direct products. I only heard of them recently and I had a demo and bought the lot. They work really well and are 100% safe for kids as well as adults. When you find out about the nasties that are in regular cleaning products, you’ll never use them again.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I’ll have to look into them, thankyou!!ReplyCancel

  • Lise

    I TOTALLY relate to you hating smelly bathroom products, I used ot hate cleaning the shower due to the fumes that would make me feel sick and lightheaded. I started using Norwex products a few months ago (went to a party one of the mums from school held), and it is fantastic – no fumes! For most cleaning, I just use one of their cloths (with no chemicals at all), but for the shower and all that scale/scumm build up, I use their spray-on descaler – it works really well, leaves the shower super-sparkly and clean, and no ponginess (not sure if that is a word sorry!).ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It’s a word, some cleaners really smell, especially on your hands after a few hours. Thankyou for the tip!!ReplyCancel

  • You read my mind! June is the month when I am going to get all 3 bathrooms organised and sorted!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Good minds!! I would love to see photo’s when you are finished!!ReplyCancel

  • It came up great Katrina my hubby was very proud, I told him it took me hours but in reality I spent 20mins in there :)ReplyCancel

  • [...] clean as each other. But realise that cleaning the shower is alot more effort. Like I mentioned HERE I have allergies which stops me from being able to give the shower a really good clean.  [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] Category: Cleaning•Cleaning Tasks•Kitchen•Tips No comments I have mentioned before about my allergies and not being able to use horrible smelling cleaners.  I find as detailed below a very simple, non [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] a week I use the VIVA shower wipes to clean the shower [...]ReplyCancel

  • Christine Hammond

    I use Enjo cleaning mitts.
    No spray/fumes!

    • I have one of their cleaning mits for dusting. They have a shower variety dont they??ReplyCancel

    • Enjo is beautiful!!!! Cleaning the bathroom is a breeze if you do it regularly. I bought quiet a bit before I moved into our new house and it’s still in tip top condition after 4years.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Gardner

    Hi Katrina, just a quick question – do you remember where you bought the orchard from? I’ve been on the lookout for one in a nice white pot for ages! Thank you! ReplyCancel

    • Yes, I purchased it from Adairs, I love it too, so simple and elegantReplyCancel

  • Pam G

    Hi Katrina, is the cream towel just to the right of the your basin for drying hands? Our main visitors bathroom is also the kids bathroom, and with 2 boys and 2 small towel rails, both rails are occupied with the boys’ bath towels. There is a small towel rail located around the side of the basin/cupboard, but it is easy for visitors to miss (and hangs down near the bath where the boys can tug on it). Any suggestions for where/how to include a small hand towel for visitors so they don’t dry their hands on the boys’ towels?ReplyCancel

    • No these are the kids bath towels. What about an over the door hanger for the cupboard below the basin for the hand towel?ReplyCancel

  • Justine Hastings

    I also use the Enjo bathroom glove and drying cloth its called the ‘miracle’. I highly recommed them, Ive never found a product that comes close. The added bonus is that you dont need any chemicals. They are expensive but well worth every cent and last for ages, Ive been using mine for almost three years now. Vinegar & bicarb also works a treat for stubborn stains & cleaning the oven, havet used an oven cleaner in years.ReplyCancel

  • I don’t use chemicals in my oven, when I’ve just turned it off I place an old tea towel soaked in water on the floor and shut the door for a while, usually most of it wipes straight off, sometimes it needs a bit of elbow grease. I’ve also heard that Eucalyptus oil is good in the shower, though that won’t help you.ReplyCancel

  • […] 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 […]ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    I noticed you have an orchid in your kids bathroom, I have one in y girls bathroom as well. It add such a lovely, calming touch ReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Easy Grilled Chicken Schnitzels

I would like you to please forgive me, I always intend on taking photo’s of my meals, however I have the worst memory and I always remember half way through eating.  I am going to try and make this a priority in the future. I love to cook yummy scrumptious meals, I am sure I […]

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  • Monday – meatballs and vegies, Tuesday – stir fry chicken and glass noodles, Wednesday – apricot chicken risotto, Thursday – vegies in the slowcooker and noodles, Friday – baked beans (canned), Saturday – OUT (without kids WOOHOO!), Sunday – tomato soup (canned…)!

    We are moving on Sunday so trying to use as many heavy or frozen items as possible. Canned baked beans and canned tomato soup are not weekly staples in our house – especially not in the same week! Similarly, we wouldn’t usually have chicken two nights in a row but the meatballs have to be eaten today, MIL for dinner Weds so can’t give her baked beans… Aaah, what a crazy week.

    Thanks for the forum for allowing me to plan each week and keep myself accountable, k :)ReplyCancel

  • Don’t be disturbed – those Cinnamon Crumble Muffins are a favourite here too and why not – they turn out perfectly every time. Bri often takes a few in winter to school for her friends. If I take them somewhere I always get asked for the recipe! I say it’s a recipe from my Auntie Betty!ReplyCancel

  • I’ve been slack posting up my meal plan, so much so that the one I did up today – finishes tomorrow!ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Packet mixes are not an issue if you choose your brands wisely (i.e. the less weird numbers the better!) packet mixes you use at home are far better than many of the highly processed, extensively stored products that can be bought from some independent grocers and major supermarket chains. Their production also produces alot of what amounts to cosmetic waste, the cost of which is passed onto you :-| Also industrial/factory made cakes (a top national bakery) are often produced using bulk packet mixes anyway!
    If you want the convenience of packets pre-measure all your “dry” ingredients into a snaplock bag, that way you are half done to whipping up a batch at short notice (they may even store in fridge or freezer)
    For cookies/biscuits/pastry freeze uncooked, cakes/muffins un-iced. Just wrap well to prevent freezer burn.ReplyCancel



    Your website is incredible. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Tash x


  • Alison

    Monday: roast pork, roast veggies and gravy.
    Tuesday: Cold pork (leftover from Mon) and salad.
    Wednesday: Pumpkin soup with bacon and onion savoury scones.
    Thursday: Braised steak and onions with potato mash, carrots and beans.
    Friday: Homemade pasties, using leftovers from Thurs meal.
    Saturday: Spaghetti and meatballs in roasted tomato sauce
    Sunday: Veggie soup with meatballs, using leftovers from Sat meal.

    As you can see, I do one big meal every second night so that I can use the leftovers in a simple meal for the following evening. Works for me!ReplyCancel

{Readers} Q&A and Tips

Naomi – My theory has alway been… Beds made and dishes done makes the whole house look so much cleaner! I completely agree Naomi, without fail both these tasks are completed each day. I enjoy walking past the bedroom seeing the bed made, it makes everything look tidy.  I also love waking up to a […]

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  • Sarah

    Might be a silly question, but where does one get their skin checked? Just at their GP??ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Hi Katrina, love your work! Is that your bedroom? I adore the quilt cover, any ideas what brand it would be? My room is heading for a makeover soon, after LTR (living through renovations), all the plaster dust should settle, and some serious decorating can start…lol
    Thanks againReplyCancel

{Inspiration} Motivational quotes

Each Saturday I will be showing you images to inspire you, along with links to the original source. Motivational Quotes Shopsaplingpress (above) (above) Paper Art Originals (above) It’s a crafty life (above) The Organised Housewife (above)  

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  • Yolanda Tapp

    I love your motivation quoates.ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    These are great. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    It’s one of my favourite Winnie-the-Pooh quotes :-)

    If anyone is looking for a very comprehensive quote resource either for study/writing (nothing worse than a great quote for an essay you can’t use because you can’t reference!!) or personal use such as SCRAPBOOKING or faithbooking (yay!) i like the website