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Meal times can be messy with a baby around. Protect your floors and carpet from spills by putting a mat or old rug under their highchair.
It’s very close to Christmas and you’ve already done most of the big projects: the house has been cleaned and dusted, the tree and decorations are up and you’re probably finished with most of the Christmas shopping. If you’re the one hosting the Christmas dinner however, there’s still some way to go. Being the host is a satisfying but demanding task that needs plenty of preparation. We’ve put together a list of all the last minute things that need to be done, in order to keep your house spotless, keep the children occupied and stay on schedule for the big event. The Great British Bake Off Gravy, mince pies, pudding and stuffing are some of the things that can be prepared long before the main event. To save yourself some last minute pressure make some of your key Christmas treats early and keep them in the freezer until Christmas eve. Freshen up your soft furnishings Freshen up your throws and the cushions from your sofas with a quick wash using your favourite detergent and fabric softener. For a larger wash load, the Vileda 2 in 1 Indoor Airer will provides ample drying space to hang your soft furnishings, with up to 18 meters of drying space. For those with just a few cushion covers to wash these can be easily dried using the airer’s detachable wing that can be hung on the radiator. Make sure to follow your soft furnishing’s washing instructions. The nose knows A clean house is a joy but a nice scent makes it more alluring. Bring the smell of Christmas into your home, and get crafty with your kids by making a holiday garland. Bake slices of oranges or apples and string them together with cinnamon sticks and cloves. Place a garland in every room to spread the holiday scent throughout your home. Make room for food Five days before Christmas you need to sort out your fridge and cupboard space. Take into account what your family will be eating for the next few days (you don’t want them nibbling on what you’ve meticulously prepared for Christmas dinner), get rid of everything that’s past its expiration date and make room for the food and drinks for the big day. Get the trusty ironing board out Tablecloths, placemats, dresses, shirts and ties - they can all use a good iron to ensure your family and table look smart in your festive Instagram pictures. The Vileda Park and Go ironing board has an ironing surface of 120 x 38 cm making it perfect for those larger items. Keep the busiest areas spotless When you start with the cooking, it’s necessary to know that both the kitchen as well as the bathroom - the two areas with the most traffic - will stay as clean, spotless and fresh as possible. The perfect solution is the Vileda Steam Mop. Taking just 15 seconds to heat up it can then clean for up to 28 minutes on one tank. The steam power and microfibre pad will kill up to 99.9* of bacteria and will help keep your sealed hard floors pristine. Finish up & be creative Once we get to the 25th of December, it’s all hands on deck. Now is as good a time as any to show your children how to set the table properly: forks on the left of your placemat, knives on the right and the spoon on top. Why not let them play around with napkin design as well? Type “napkin folding” on YouTube and let your little helpers work their magic while you finish up your delicious recipes.
Does the thought of hosting a Halloween party make you as white as a ghost? At Vileda we’ve got the tricks and treats to make your house BOOtifull and sparkling clean. Here, we’ve pulled together some of our top tips for the party prep as well as the dreaded aftermath! Decoration Preparation To make sure your house is the most haunted on the street, you’ve got to get some spooky decorations. Pumpkins, big or small, every haunted house needs one and they can be bought at most major supermarkets. Cut the top off your pumpkin and scoop out the insides (it’s the best time to be gory, right?). Then it’s time to choose the design you want to carve into the pumpkin. This can get a bit messy but don’t stress - use Vileda’s Sunsplash All-purpose Cloth to wipe down any messy surfaces. Pumpkin carving is an activity that the whole family can get involved in, just make sure the little ones are supervised while you’re doing the cutting and carving. Feeling more creative with decorations? Then get those window stickers up. From creepy tree scenes to spider webs, there’s tons to choose from. Don’t fret about the cleaning either – the Vileda Windomatic Power quickly vacuums away water after cleaning and will leave your windows sparkling and streak free. Now it’s time to think of your own costume – for sure your kids have had theirs ready for some time now, but how about you? Will you be dressing up for Halloween? Of course you will, that’s half the fun! Be creative with your make up (we’re sure there’ll be some eye shadow and lipstick you or your partner never wears so you might as well use it up now), put your hair in a crazy style or don an extravagant wig and dig deep into your cupboard for your costume. Food for All Mummies, Skeletons, Vampires and Zombies they may be dead but they’re also dead hungry. Try the Sausage Mummy Fingers recipe and you’ll keep everyone eating your food! Ingredients 1 pack of Frankfurters or chipolatas Tube of 6 ready-to-roll croissants or a ready-rolled puff pastry 1 tbsp flour to sprinkle 1 tbsp honey 1 tbsp ketchup Decorations: black olives, soft cheese Method Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and brush 2 baking trays with a little oil. Mix the honey, ketchup and mustard together in a bowl, then brush over the sausages. Unroll the pastry and cut into long thin strips. You will be needing approximately 1-2 strips per sausage. Wind the little strips around the chipolatas, leaving a little gap at one end to make a slit for the eyes. Place on baking trays and bake for 20 mins. Cool a little, then, using the olives and soft cheese dot a pair of little googly eyes on each mummy. Party tricks Now that you’re done with the spooky setup and you’ve finished the snacks, all you need is to choose the right entertainment. Since it’s likely that you need to keep all ages happy without breaking the bank, why not try one of the below… - Apple bobbing is a classic Halloween game that never gets old. To set this up, use a big plastic container and fill up ¾ of the tub with water. Place the apples in the water and they should float. Keep your mop handy to absorb all the mess (you don’t want anyone slipping). The aim of the game is to pick up an apple only using your mouth, it’s a lot harder than it sounds! - If all the stress of hosting a party is starting to take a toll on you, our next game is designed to let you channel that in a fun festive way. Piñata’s are a fun easy way to keep everyone entertained. They come in all shapes in sizes and for Halloween too! The day after Now that the party’s over you can let out a sigh of relief. Everything went well, the kids had fun, the party was a success and you received lots of nice compliments for handling the event so well. So, what now? The best way is to start at the beginning: aka the kitchen. You will need to keep that area clean because not only will you want to make a brew (and use a clean cup!), but soon your little ones will be asking for breakfast. So make sure you clean all of the dishes, wipe down the surfaces and mop the floors. The Vileda Turbo spin mop and bucket, with its pedal operated wringer will make it easy for you to whizz over the floors giving them a quick freshen up. Now you’re ready to tackle the big project - party central - aka the front room. Tidy the room and put anything back that’s been misplaced. Once done, the Vileda VR302 Cleaning Robot will help clean your floors whilst you, finally, get to enjoy a cup of tea in your lovely, clean house. It’ll feel like the party was all a dream!
After six weeks of staying up late, relaxing in pyjamas and being free of any homework, it can be tough getting back into the swing of things when school starts - not just for children, but for parents too! Studies have shown that it can be a shock to the system for children come September, with 58% of kids being grumpier when they return to school, and it taking on average 8 days for them to adjust back into a routine. Whether you’re reading this before the kids have gone back to school or after, here’s our top tips to help make things a little easier. ESTABLISH A NIGHT TIME ROUTINE Kids tend to hate bedtime at the best of times, but after 6 weeks of a more relaxed approach, suddenly introducing an earlier bedtime the night before school starts, is bound to end in disaster. Instead try moving their bedtime earlier, bringing the time back 15 minutes each night, giving your child's body clock time to adjust. Also try including a ‘winding down’ period before sleep to calm your child/children down. For example reading a chapter of a book together or getting into bed with them to discuss their day quietly, either way, make sure it isn’t ‘screen time’ focused as the blue light will keep yours and your child's brains alert and awake. For those of you feeling a little mischievous, you could even try moving the clocks forward an hour, so they get used to an earlier bedtime/wake time without actually knowing it. CLEAN AND REFRESH YOUR HOME Of course, our favourite tip for the new school year is to spend some time making sure your home is a clean and tidy environment - you know what they say, tidy house tidy mind. So it doesn’t seem like a mountain of tasks, allocate a few time slots a day to get your house in order; you could even enlist the kids to help with a chore list, getting them back into the habit of completing things they may not want to do. Remember not to neglect the floors. After 6 weeks of little children running in and outside all day, there’s bound to be lots of dirt and grime. If you’re not sure what to use, try the Vileda SuperMocio 3Action XL Mop. With 25% extra floor contact and a telescopic handle, it will have your floors sparkling in a giffy, giving you plenty of time to relax with a biscuit and a brew before 3pm rolls around. If you’re in need of some motivation, why not try our 7 Day Cleaning Challenge? PREPARATION IS KEY The phrase ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ can literally be applied to anything, the same can be said for a back to school routine. Ideally you should do all of these things before the holidays are over, but if you’ve missed the boat don’t fret - better late than never. 1. Make sure you give all of your school uniforms a good wash and iron. If you’re running low on anything, take a look at our laundrycare section. From ironing boards to indoor airers, we’ve got plenty to choose from. 2. Create a list of dinners for after school so you’re all prepared. If you’ve got time, why not try to bulk make meals to make it easier on yourself? 3. Check yours (and your partners) schedule and calendars to ensure all school runs are covered. 4. Start to implement homework before the holidays end to get children back into an academic mind frame. 5. Grab every single towel and duvet cover you own and put on a couple of large washes; is there anything more satisfying than jumping into a fresh set of bedding after a long day? Our large Premium 2in1 Dryer is perfect for this, with 18 metres of drying space - no more slinging things over the top of doors for you! We hope this helps to make life a little easier getting back into a routine. If not, don’t panic Christmas is only around the corner!
Although it can be hectic and draining, the summer holidays are perfect for enjoying some quality time with the family; the last thing any of us want to be doing is running around the house trying to keep everything spic and span whilst your kids have fun without you. It can be a really busy couple of months, especially without a structured routine in place. To help, we’ve put together a 7 day Cleaning Challenge. Whether you complete the challenge within one week or over a couple of weeks, after 7 days of bite-sized deep cleaning tasks, you’ll be ready to get back into your usual cleaning routine. DAY ONE Throughout this 7 day challenge, we’ll sometimes go by room and other times by task – whichever is the most productive. To start with we’ll be focusing on clearing the clutter. And when we say clearing, we don’t just mean moving it to another place, we mean you either find a home for it or you say goodbye! Go around each room putting everything away in a sensible place. If you use it often, make sure it’s accessible or you’ll never put it away again. If you hardly use it, tuck it away somewhere safe. If “hardly” actually means never – give it to charity. This task might take a while but it’s vital to get on with the rest of the cleaning. If you’re looking for something to do with the family, challenge them to find the most clutter they can in exchange for a reward. DAY TWO Next we’re going to focus on the toughest room of all – the bathroom. Let’s get it out of the way early whilst you’re still full of motivation – it can only get better from here! Your first task in the bathroom is to tackle your shower/bath. Make sure you have a microfiber cloth and your chosen disinfectant spray, then use a squeegee to wipe away any shower screen scum. For glistening streak-free results, try the Windomatic Power Window Vacuum on your shower screen and windows. Now onto the toilet...Firstly wipe down any dust around the basin with a cloth, and then spray your toilet with your chosen toilet spray or natural cleaning solution and give it a really good scrub. A top tip for those with little boys who may go a little ‘astray’ shall we say, would be to grab an old toothbrush to really get into all those little crevisis. DAY THREE Today we want you to tackle your fridge and cupboards. Throw away anything you don’t need, and quickly wipe down all the walls/shelves with hot soapy water. For stubborn stains, mix a small amount of baking soda with a little water to produce a thick paste. Apply the paste to the stain, go about your business for an hour, then come back to wipe away the paste with a damp sponge or cloth. When it comes to making dinner, challenge yourself ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ style using all of the ingredients you need to get rid of. DAY FOUR On the fourth day, it’s time to give the kitchen a deep clean. If you’ve got little ones at home, set them up with a picnic in the garden or games inside so you can get to work. Now back to the task in hand, clear everything off the surfaces and starting from the highest point, spray kitchen cleaner and leave to settle for a couple of minutes before wiping down with a microfiber cloth. Give the stove and microwave a good clean and your oven. You may need to use a specialised oven cleaner depending how long you’ve left it! DAY FOUR Today we want you to dust down all the surfaces throughout your house. A quick and efficient way of doing this is to pop on your favourite music, and give yourself until the end of the album to quickly whizz around the house with your duster and polish. This is also a great chore to delegate out to all the family. Remember to use a dry microfibre cloth for dusting any wooden surfaces and don’t forget to get inside any cupboards and underneath any objects – just because you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean you don’t have to clean it! DAY FIVE Warning...today will feel like more of a workout than cleaning but at least you can enjoy a nice guilt-free treat tonight! We want you to focus on your floors. Start with any hard floors first, sweeping up any dust and dirt with our 3Action Broom so you don’t miss a single crumb. Next choose your mop. For laminate floors try the 1-2 Spray Mop, for vinyl the Steam Mop or for wood the ActiveMax Wooden Floor Mop. If you’re after a good all-rounder the EasyWring & Clean Turbo Mop is perfect. For a full guide on which mop to use, take a look here. Whilst your hard floors are drying, use the time to vacuum all of the other rooms. If the kids are getting restless why not turn it into a competition – who can collect the most dirt?! For something a little more lightweight (ideal for the younger ones), try the Vileda Easy Sweep. DAY SIX This is probably the easiest of all days - laundry day. A top tip here would be to wrangle your kids up and create a ‘Who can bring me their sheets the fastest’ challenge, with a weekly reward for the winner. First thing in the morning, pop all your sheets in respective washes with your clothes from the washing basket! Hang them all up to dry and you can get on with your day knowing fresh laundry awaits! Don’t think you’ll have enough drying space? You clearly don’t have a Vileda Premium 2 in 1 Indoor Dryer with 18m of drying space! DAY SEVEN Congratulations, you made it to day 7! After a week of busy days, we understand how non-cleaning related tasks can start to build up and let’s face it, you want to enjoy your weekend! So all we ask of you today is that you have a quick look around and touch up anything that doesn’t look clean. Once that’s done, today is your chance to catch up on anything whether it’s popping to the shops, meeting your friends for a coffee, clearing out your wardrobe or doing your big shop, use this day as a chill out day, so you’re prepared and fresh for next week's antics.