Nifty Tip: Clean Your Dishwasher The Natural Way

I hate buying chemicals to clean especially I have items in my pantry that will work just as well.

I tend to remove and clean my dishwasher filters before I put it thru a wash cycle and then repeat at the end.

Then sprinkle a good amount of bi carbonate of soda in the bottom of your dishwasher. Place about 1 cup of vinegar in a dishwasher safe container/jug and place it on the top shelf of the dishwasher.


Close the door and set it to run on the highest temperature cycle. Press start……it’s as easy as that!


Bi-Carbonate of Soda + Salt = Clean Sink

You don’t need fancy cleaning products to clean your home. I remember spending many a day helping my grandmother clean with basic material that you find in your pantry – lemons, bi-carbonate of soda, salt, and vinegar.

When it comes to cleaning most things bi-carbonate of soda comes out on top.

Tonight I looked at my kitchen sink and realised it was looking a bit ordinary.

So all I did was sprinkled some bi-carb in and some ordinary old cooking salt (coarse kind) and just rubbed with a damp cloth. With a little elbow grease I was all done…


So give it a try….why waste money on expensive cleaning materials that are made up of who know’s what when simple methods and simple materials work wonders!


PS: I also use this technique to clean my shower ūüėÄ

Nifty Tip – Removing Permanent Marker

Well, whilst my mother in law had her back turned one morning my darling 2 year old boy somehow managed to find a permanent marker and play Picasso on my wall, sewing table and my leather couch.

Thankfully, through numerous posts over the last 2 years on Nifty Mums asking how to remove this sort of thing I stumbled across the answer……


Simply spray onto the surface and wipe with a clean cloth – works a treat!!

Linda ūüôā¬†

Bi-Carbonate of Soda – My Top Ten Uses Around the House

I LOVE bi-carb soda – it is pretty much my go to cleaner around the house.

What is it? 

The knowledgable Wikipedia tells us that sodium bicarbonate or sodium hydrogen carbonate is the chemical compound with the formula NaHCO3. Sodium bicarbonate is a white solid that is crystalline but often appears as a fine powder. It has a slightly salty, alkaline taste resembling that of washing soda (sodium carbonate). The natural mineral form is nahcolite. It is a component of the mineral natron and is found dissolved in many mineral springs.

Since it has long been known and is widely used, the salt has many related names such as baking soda, bread soda, cooking soda, and bicarbonate of soda. In colloquial usage, its name is shortened to sodium bicarb, bicarb soda, or simplybicarb. The word saleratus, from Latin sal æratus meaning aerated salt, was widely used in the 19th century for both sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate. The term has now fallen out of common usage.

Where do you buy it?

Bi-carb is found in the bakery section of the supermarket. I tend to by McKenzies brand rather than home brand version as I think it is better.

I have noticed in the cleaning aisle of the supermarkets they are selling “cleaning bi-carb”….this is nothing special or different to the ordinary so don’t waste your money on it!

Note that bi-carb has a limited shelf life so don’t buy too much as it will become inactive if not used within a specified period (some have used by dates on them).

  1. ¬†Odour neutraliser – smelly fridges, cars, kitty litter, stinky shoes – the list goes on. In fridges add a container with bi-carb and place in it absorb smells. Sprinkle a layer of bi-carb the bottom of a cat litter tray before putting down fresh litter. Also to keep the smell under control you can put a little on the surface to absorb the smell in between litter changes. Sprinkle in shoes over night to absorb odours…..the list goes on!
  2. Stainless steel cleaner – quite a while ago I ran out of the store bought stainless steel cleaner for my saucepans. Not only is it not really cheap to buy, I kept forgetting to buy it. So instead you can sprinkle in some bi-carb and using a damp cloth polish and then rinse.
  3. Tea/coffee stains and brightening old crockery – put some in the stained cup, plate etc and polish with a damp cloth and rinse. I recently bought some antique crockery that looked pretty ordinary but polished up amazingly doing this.
  4. Scouring – for baked on food on plates, dishes etc wet the dish, sprinkle on some bi-carb and some cooking salt and wipe clean. No need for steel wool or scouring pads any more!
  5. Stain removal on benches – for wine stains etc on laminex benches or to give them a general brighten up – sprinkle bench with bi carb – spray on some vinegar and then wipe down. Wipe with a fresh clean cloth.
  6. Grease/oil removal from washing – if you have grease stains/oil spit marks on clothes, bi-carb is brilliant for lifting oil and grease. For a general wash of greasy/oily clothes just add a cup of bi-carb to the wash. IF you have stain marks – make a paste of bi0carb and water – put paste on the stain and leave for a few minutes before washing as normal.
  7. Fabric softener – normal store bought fabric softener can cause a greasy build up in the machine. To make your own fabric softener that cleans your machine while you use it you can do either of the following: in an empty container add 1 litre of water and 1 cup of bi-carb – shake before you use – adding about 1/4 cup for front loaders and 1/2 a cup for top loaders. Alternatively you can mix 1/2 a cup of bi-carb with 1/2 a cup of vinegar (be careful it will fizz and may overflow) and then 2 cups of water. Add the same amount as described for the previous mix. You can also add 5 drops of your favourite essential oil if you like.
  8. Cleaning grout – to clean shower/tile grout make a paste of water and bi-carb and apply with a old toothbrush – scrub and then rinse off with clean water.
  9. Ingredient in home made washing powder click here to go to the recipe
  10. Cleaning shower glass – put some bi-carb in a container and dip a damp cloth into it. Wipe down shower glass and rinse.

I would love to hear if you have any great tips for using bi-carb around the house!


Toy Boxes – Storage Solutions

I have some Ikea storage units that you can put boxes into but I haven’t had a chance to get some more boxes to tidy the kids room and organise it. So I decided to use some boxes that I had that were fairly sturdy in the interim.

I downloaded and printed out images of my daughters toy collections e.g. Barbie, My Little Pony, Tree Tots, Toy Story and stuck them on the outside of the boxes with contact. So now her collections have a home. She knows exactly what goes in each box by using the pictures. Makes tidying so much quicker!