It is with the deepest stupor, consternation and humiliation that we discovered that our desks, computer and telephone keyboards were dirtier than our toilets. Thorough, methodical and regular cleaning of the disaster areas is imperative.
What, with bird droppings, barbecue drippings and various other indignities, your terrace is a sorry sight. To give it a good eco-friendly clean, black soap or Castile soap is the super hero and your better half its faithful assistant.
Recent studies have raised concerns about cleaning product chemicals, calling some of them “Serial killers”. The good news is that they can happily be replaced by natural and safer super dirt and grime busters. So rejoice, proud motorcycle owners: removing the most stubborn spoke stains without using harsh chemicals is possible and painless.
Tout-Petit peed on Suzanne’s carpet. As the misdeed was committed only minutes ago, it is not a tragedy. The victim stands a good chance of surviving without sequelae. Older accidents are more difficult to deal with. A quick intervention to clear the mess can erase the dreadful duo of stain and smell.
A nasty biro stain is ruining your beloved leather It bag and you are torn between screaming and fainting. Forget both, take a deep breath before trying to assess the situation. If the unfortunate victim is your Hermès bag, do what Carole did: use the siren and speed to the nearest Hermès shop where the professionals will take care of the poor wounded arm candy. For bags with no after-sales service, time is of the essence, so act as quickly as possible. Each stain is an ordeal and a big challenge you have to face with fortitude, sometimes in tears, with the tools at hand in your cupboards.
The good news is that you can clean your home without slaving away for hours or poisoning yourself and your family. All you need to destroy domestic terrors is the holy trinity of cleaning, three fabulous, efficient, eco-friendly and economical products: sodium bicarbonate aka baking soda, vinegar and hemp oil soap.
Cleaning the fireplace insert doesn't have to leave you fuming. The task can be daunting and tricky the first time around but once you master some simple techniques, returning the insert to its original beauty won't be a problem. You won’t feel like Cinderella before her fairy godmother took matters in hand.
According to experts, the air in your home is more polluted than the ring road. Needless to say, that you are mortified to admit that your cosy little love nest is a den of pollution, full of extremely toxic non-grata squatters. Among them, the horrendous VOCs (Organic volatile components) clan – with members called benzene, acetone, formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, etc. – and their toxic mates ammonia and carbon monoxide.Thank goodness, your indoor plants are gallant fighters of these villains in your home sweet home. Your lovely little botanical companions have got amazing talent to combat air pollution, release oxygen in the room at night, filter out a host of toxins and help you breathe better, thanks to the humidity from their leaves.
Fruit stains are always a tragedy. They are members of the terrible Tannin gang, not an easy lot to deal with. The fiercest are the red fruit ones, like the deadly splashes left by Giovanna’s heavenly blueberry pie on Raymond’s white shirt: a delight for the taste buds but a demon to get rid of. Next time, the dear boy will have to wear his diving suit to wolf it down without damaging his clothes.
Some historians will swear that top to bottom housecleaning originated in Persia, over 3000 years ago, and was part of the new year – Norouz – celebrationsheldon the first day of spring. Others assert that, around the same time, Hebrews did the same for Jewish Easter festival – Pessah – in the spring too.
God bless Josephine Cochrane, inventor of the first working practical automatic dishwasher. And bless her clumsy servants for badly chipping her expensive 17th century heirloom China tableware. Without then, Josephine might have stuck to embroidery or taken up golf.