Best domestic cheats, please share.

(299 Posts)
farmersdaugther Thu 17-Jan-13 20:46:36

Basically I need some tips on how to make me look like I'm an utter domestic goddess but without all the faffing about! wink

Don't get me wrong I'm fully capable of making my home lovely (clean and tidy etc) cooking and baking but I struggle with having a young family.

So what are your best domestic cheats?

I've started with a bread maker and a slow cooker.

OutInAllWeathers Thu 17-Jan-13 21:02:45

Depends on your standards I guess. Me, I don't iron apart from the odd shirt...just tumble dry and fold! Saves me hours of time!

Seabright Thu 17-Jan-13 21:05:49

If you've only time to do one thing, Hoover.,if the carpet looks nice, it makes the rest of the room look nice

Never ever iron. I second the hoovering tip too. And buy those big multipurpose cleaning wipes. A quick rub with those and the bathroom and kitchen look all clean as if you've scrubbed them for hours.

moonstorm Thu 17-Jan-13 21:10:20

I always want to try car wax in the shower.. Apparantly rubbing in (clear!) car wax to the tiles means that water skims over them and makes it harder for mould to take hold.

Lower standrds... once upon a time, everytime I hoovered, I would hoover under everything such as cushions etc. Now I have been known to hoover around mess. (If I spend all my time tidying, it never gets cleaned). It's a half- job, but better a half job than no job - it keeps me on top of things until the time I get the chance to do things properly.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 17-Jan-13 21:12:38

Spray furniture polish round before visitors arrive - it makes them think the house is clean!!

bar keepers friend is ruddy brilliant. It'll clean most surfaces. I use it on the stainless steel hob and ceramic sink. No scrubbing needed, it gets it lovely and clean. Great on taps too!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 17-Jan-13 21:13:41

Oh and someone posted on here recently - 'don't put it down, put it away' - I have tried to apply this and my home is much tidier for it!

SneakyNuts Thu 17-Jan-13 21:42:04

Don't go upstairs empty handed smile

farmersdaugther Thu 17-Jan-13 22:00:19

Thank you all, these are brilliant. I'm a SAHM and find all these chores very depressing. I just seem to spend so much time picking crap up and doing large amounts of washing! Anything to make life easier must be a bonus! smile

GTbaby Fri 18-Jan-13 01:39:44

I clean the bathroom sink as I brush teeth. Saves time.
Also if time clean loo just before guest comes. So smells clean.
Deff use wipes. Big time saver.

SashaSashays Fri 18-Jan-13 02:09:30

Dettol mould and something, has bleach in it and smells good. I pretty much just launch it around the bathroom each morning, seems to work.

Buy things that ont need ironing including bed linen etc. Also ideally things that can go in tumble drier.

I reuse to do more than one load of washing per day and it goes on overnight, spun and hung in the morning. I spend about 15 minutes a day on washing for a house of 7. I think a pre sorted linen basket helps (one that has whites, darks and lights sections).

If something is really creased that it has to be ironed I hang it up in the bathroom before I have a shower and the steam sorts a lot of the creases out.

Microfibre cloths. Don't require polish, great on glass and chrome, sometimes just dampen slightly for tough marks.

Child labour.

Febreeze fabric stuff and plug in air freshners do keep things fresh even if you haven't had a chance to clean that day.

GTbaby Fri 18-Jan-13 06:55:51

Bump. I want more tips!

OrangeLily Fri 18-Jan-13 07:00:22

I have a clear plastic hung on the back of a cupboard door for organising all my cleaning stuff. It's easy to see, I'm not fading around under the sink and I can easily see when something has run out.

We put things on the stairs and you have to take something upstairs or downstairs with you. We have two stories of stairs so we are always up and down them.

OrangeLily Fri 18-Jan-13 07:00:53

Clear plastic shoe organiser!!!! Woops!

farmersdaugther Fri 18-Jan-13 08:40:19

Brilliant, I knew MN won't fail me. More tips please

I'm now worried as I already have quite a few of the things suggested shockblush

After DD goes to bed and before sitting down for the evening, I've started spending 15/30 mins tidying up and putting this away. As then in the morning things look less depressing!

I clean the bathroom while I have dd in the bath.

WhatchuTalkinBoutPhyllis Fri 18-Jan-13 10:24:51

Baby wipes. Just a cheap pack for 50p last about a week I use them to clean the kitchen and bathroom because i can't use sprays.

Clean the bathroom when it's steamy. So much quicker.

Do all messy work, like floury stuff and slicing bread on the surface above the dishwasher, then you can just open the dishwasher doot and swipe the smallish crumbs into it.

Touch paperwork once. Don't put the stuff down to be sorted later, do it now.

Use blue roll that they use in shops for cleaning,much better than kitchen roll and great on windows.

Never leave a room empty-handed.

Don't have DC.

KnightBusRider Fri 18-Jan-13 10:34:26

Babywipes to clean sink/bath/surfaces/anything.

JuliaSqueezer Fri 18-Jan-13 10:40:04

Open your bedroom windows every morning. I've been in 'clean' houses that are very neat and tidy but you can tell they never let any fresh air in. Air-fresheners/ Febreeze/ candles/ bowls of pot-pourri do not make a house smell nice if there's an under-lying staleness, they just make your house smell of pot-pourri...

AudrinaAdare Fri 18-Jan-13 10:54:40

I like the MN bedding-bale tip. Sheet, duvet cover and the other pillowcases all go inside one pillowcase of the set. They look tidy in the airing cupboard and you don't waste time searching for the right things when you're changing the beds.

Agree with Chaos about DC and would add that DHs can also make the place look untidy and are best kept out of the house at work.

Iheartpasties Fri 18-Jan-13 10:59:12

more tips please - i have added a few things to my shopping list, and I have ordered microfibre cloths from ebay!!

Pinot Fri 18-Jan-13 11:01:27

lolol @ Don't Have DCs. I love you Chaos grin

Lidl's pink printed loo roll is so strong, it can be used to clean the bathroom with. So spray, wipe, flush, smug.

farmersdaugther Fri 18-Jan-13 11:01:38

chaos don't have DC whoops too late wink...what about not having a DH messy bugger

Okay,
Windows open,
quick 10 min worth of hoovering,
Baby wipes for cleaning bathroom,
Candle,
Microfibre cloths,

I already do that...why then do I feel my house is always just a bit messy. Maybe I should just roll with it. I doubt hope it's not that bad.

Blue roll..can I get this at the supermarket? Brilliant.

Flowers...I think they also look so joyful and make your home smell lovely.

Pinot Fri 18-Jan-13 11:01:58

poundshops sell microfibre cloths, as do supermarkets/wilkinsons etc

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