So I’ve done a few posts like this in the past, but never a full list of my cleaning go to’s and must haves. Tazmyn told me to do this post, because my cupboard is literally brimming of products I use on a daily basis so I thought I’d share them with you, for all you clean freaks out there like me! 😇🌿💓
These are my most favourite cleaning items! I’m going to break it down and talk about each item here, including the price and where you can find them too. I’m going to start by saying my favourite shop for cleaning products is without a doubt Wilkos. I genuinely just love Wilkos, I love that they have their own brand of things and everything’s so cheap as well! You can find pretty much everything in there too and it’s just great! Majority of the items in the photo above can be found in Wilkos as well as other stores too!
Okay, so how cute are these baskets? £1 each from Poundland, super cute for every day use, either for cleaning products or whatever you want to put in them! I’ve used the purple basket for cleaning products for upstairs, and the pink one for my anti bac wipes downstairs! I’m sure I’ll find other uses for them too.
My favourite washing up liquid! 60p from Sainsbury’s, this is actually a limited edition one but they’ve stocked it for a while now so maybe it’ll be here for good! I love the smell!
Tumble dryer sheets! Oh my god, these are just the best things ever. I actually used the Lenor summer breeze version of these before but didn’t like the scent very much, but these Wilkos Vanilla & Lavender ones smell amazing and have so many uses. Obviously you can use them in the tumble dryer with your clothes, but I also like to stick a sheet in each cushion cover on my sofa, as well as down the back of the sofa too. We also have a few in between clothes in our chest of drawers and I put some in the book shelf in my lounge too, just for added freshness everywhere! These are priced at £1 so absolute bargain! Love them, and I always have them in the house.
Dishmatic! Don’t we all have one of these in our kitchens? I just purchased my pink one, but I love these, and they’re so handy to have! £1 from Wilkos, but they sell these pretty much everywhere, although I don’t think everywhere does the limited edition pink though!
Duck! Okay, so I’ve tried every single scent in the duck toilet cleaner, and the Mint is definitely my favourite! I am a little obsessed with cleaning my toilets, and do them every single night! There’s nothing nicer then the smell of mint coming from your toilets, god I sound so old! 🤦🏻♀️ From Wilkos and Poundstretcher this is £1, some supermarkets vary in price so always get the best bargain where you can!
Bloo foam aroma – I discovered this maybe 3-4 months ago now, and I am obsessed! I’ve tried the citrus fresh version and the ocean scented one too, but this is my fave, Rose & Apple blossom! Again, I use this every single night in my toilets, once I’ve scrubbed them clean, and put my mint Duck toilet cleaner all around the rim of the inside of my toilet, I go ahead and sprinkle a capful of this powder/crystals into the base of my toilet, watching it foam and fizz away is so satisfying! I leave the lid of the toilet open, and honestly the smell just radiates around the house. Who knew a clean smelling toilet could be so great?
The pink stuff! If you’re a cleaning obsessive like me and you’re into your social media, you’ll have seen this stuff raved about everywhere! It really does do what it says on the pot, it is the miracle cleaning paste! It kind of smells like sherbet, and is light pink in texture. You only need a tiny bit of it at a time, and you can literally use it on anything! I use it on my hob, all around my sink, taps and draining board! You don’t need to use it every day but I use it a couple of times a week when you really want to do a deep clean! It’s just amazing, and a tub this size lasts aaaages! This costs 99p and available from Savers.
Ironing water and Fabric Freshener! Absolute must haves. Both from Wilkos, the ironing water is 75p and the fabric freshener £1! Both smell insane, and pretty self explanatory really, can’t ever not have either of these in my house!
1001 spray! My favourite item out of all of my must haves. I get through a bottle every two days, seriously. Hooked on the stuff. So basically this is a spray you can spray all over your carpets, curtains, rugs, sofas, blankets, beds, whatever really! It comes out like snow, and it smells insane. This is my favourite scent and it’s the only one I believe in the range that is pet friendly which is a bonus for me! I use this every single day after I hoover, and it just makes everything smell and feel super fresh. It can be pricy though, I’ve shopped around and the cheapest place I can find this so far is poundstretcher that sells it for £1.50, some supermarkets retail it for up to £3.50! So definitely try to get a bargain where you can on this, especially if you end up using it as much as I do!
Anti bac sprays! So, Method is without a doubt my favourite cleaning brand. I just love it, but it’s pricy. The French lavender scent is my favourite, and sometimes you can find a good deal on it for about £2 in supermarkets, otherwise it tends to be a bit more. I’ve also shown you the Wilkos own brand in the Apple and apricot scent, which is a foam texture and I also really love, this is priced at £1 so much more reasonable. I have so many bottles of anti bac spray in my house, it’s so handy, I must wipe down my kitchen sides at least 100 times a day with this stuff, coffee tables, dining room tables, you name it!
My two absolute favourite washing softeners! The Love for Lace by Oasis, exclusive to Sainsbury’s is just unreal. It smells like perfume and I can’t get enough of the stuff. It’s priced at £2 so really really reasonable. And the new limited edition frosted pine and apple comfort, again smells insane for this time of year too! I picked up mine for £2 in Poundland but I believe poundstretcher have it too for slightly cheaper so stock up as I imagine it will sell out fast! Everyone is loving all things pine at the moment aren’t they?
My MINKY!! 🤣🤦🏻♀️😇 if you follow Mrs Hinch on instagram aka the cleaning guru, you will know all too well exactly what this is! The holy grail of the cleaning products. People are literally forming Facebook groups complaining that they can’t get hold of one of these as everywhere has sold out! I got mine a few weeks ago on amazon, it was £2.99 and I’ve not needed to purchase another one since. I use this with the pink stuff to rub the paste into whatever it is I’m giving a good clean, and yeah it’s great! I’ll be honest, I don’t really know why people are crying their selves to sleep at night because they can’t get hold of one though, it’s just a sponge pad in all honesty, and there’s cheaper alternatives out there, they all do the same thing! 💛
This Glade, magical forest limited edition air freshener spray at £1 from Wilkos is my favourite spray at the moment! It smells like Christmas trees, it’s so fresh and I’ve stocked up, I’ve got 5 bottles of the stuff because I’m just a crazy cleaning obsessed woman who goes through these like you wouldn’t believe!
Zoflora! Of course. I’m not going to talk too much about Zoflora because I did do a entire blog post on it and all it’s uses which you can find here – my cupboard is quite literally full of different zofloras but these are two of my faves. And I use them every single day without fail. £1 from any Poundland, supermarket, Wilkos, poundstretcher etc..
Plug ins! We have plug ins at all times in our house, usually lavender or linen fresh, but keeping with the pine theme and as a lover of all these autumnal and Christmassy, this is our new one, it smells like Christmas trees! This was £2 from Wilkos, but be careful as Sainsbury’s are selling the exact same one for £4!
Wax melts! I absolutely love wax melts, and once the house is hoovered and all clean, you want a nice candle or wax melt burning to radiate even more of a lovely smell around the room, so this Vanilla and Tonka Bean wax melt is from Sainsbury’s and was reduced to £1.25 so it would have been rude not to buy it! I usually buy all my wax melts from Instagram independent stores so I’ll keep that for another blog post maybe, but for this price you can’t complain, and it smells lush!
Anti bac wipes! I literally don’t understand why people buy branded names of these that are stupid prices, they all do the same thing at the end of the day in my opinion! These Apple and apricot ones, smell lovely and are priced at 50p per pack at Wilkos. Dirt cheap and so great to have in the house for whenever you need them. I have a pack of these in the upstairs bathroom at all times, a pack in the downstairs toilet at all times, and a few packs in different scents under the kitchen sink too! They do the exact same ones in lemon at Wilkos too for 50p!
Lastly on my cleaning product must haves, is my homemade febreeze spritz! Right so for this, you need a spritz bottle – £1 from Wilkos, your favourite fabric softener and your favourite Zoflora. I’ve used linen fresh recently because combined with this softener it smells insane. So 2 capfuls of softener, 1 capful of Zoflora and the rest of the bottle water. I spritz this absolutely everywhere, sofas, curtains, carpets, bed, towels, etc! Every night before bed I spritz the shit out of everything with this, it’s just so satisfying knowing you’ll wake up to nice, fresh smelling furniture haha 🤣💓 you know you’re gonna go and make one yourself now don’t you? Do it!
So that’s it guys, that’s my cleaning must haves! I hope you enjoyed this post 😘
When I started this blog, it was for no other reason than my love for writing. I’ve always been a sharer, good with words some have said, and I’ve found writing a form of therapy. When we got married I thought it would be a beautiful way to document the first year of marriage by creating this blog, a place where I could write about the things we do, the memories we have made and the places we have visited.
Since then, my views have been mind blowing. Literally. I’ve worked super hard on promoting this blog and asked for feedback from my readers, but I never once anticipated it getting to the point where brands and companies would be reaching out to me for paid posts, sponsored posts and being gifted items to review on the blog. I’ve reached out to companies too, some with no reply at all, some rejection emails, and then the agonising wait before you finally get the response you had been hoping for.
A hotel that Tazmyn and I have visited often for drinks and food, but never actually stayed at for the night, have reached out to me and invited us for a complementary stay with them, inclusive of an evening meal/lunch and breakfast the following morning. To some people this is nothing, and they get thrown opportunities like this all of the time, but for me this is huge. It may be a hotel only a couple of minutes from where we live, and walking distance from the house I grew up in, but this is the start of more than I ever imagined. We absolutely love staying in hotels (we have stayed in many), we love eating at different restaurants and visiting new places, I love to review places, and make a habit of reviewing everywhere we ever stay, so I am super excited and grateful to have been given this amazing opportunity. The review of this hotel will go straight on to my blog, and I can’t wait to share our experience with you all.
Thank you to all of my readers who continue to read my posts, every single day. Some of you have told me how challenging it is to post daily, and asked me how I always have something to write about, the truth is, I find it so easy. The key to writing and producing content worthy of gaining any sort of traffic is simply, planning. I always plan my posts, I am forever writing notes down of things I want to say, stuff we experience together as a married couple, places we go, plans we have coming up, products I love, food I’ve recently cooked, meals she’s made, as long as you keep your niche organic and true to who you are as a person, and are passionate about the things you write about, you will never run out of things to say. I truly believe that.
& Thank you to the companies and the brands who have reached out to me, given me the most incredible feedback, offered me an opportunity or sent me products to review.. you are more than I ever imagined, seriously, and I am so honoured to be able to do this. And this, is only just the beginning.
Lots of love,
I took you for breakfast this morning, you had a red berry smoothie and I had tropical. You said you thought it was cute how you have brown sauce with your bacon and I always have red. It was the first day so far where I’ve actually felt like it’s autumn. We had a mooch about the garden centre, got excited about the fact their Christmas display is nearly up, talked about how we want to take your parents there when they visit, we found conkers on the ground.. “put some in your bag to take home because they keep spiders away” is what you told me, right after I took a photo of them. All the leaves have changed their colour now, we went for a walk, it’s not hoodie weather just yet but i know it won’t be long.
My mama has left for Ibiza. She was a bundle of nerves on the phone to me telling me how she’s lost her make up bag and that she had to go to Superdrug this morning to buy the essentials, I’m certain I get my disorganisation from her. I hope she has the best 8 days and brings us back presents. She always does.
We came home and put our pyjamas straight back on, I painted my nails.. red because I’m in that kind of mood. We stripped the bed, and used our new oasis washing softener that literally smells like a £60 bottle of perfume, I’m gonna shave my legs later because please tell me what better feeling there is than getting into freshly clean sheets with silky smooth legs? You can’t.
You made us a midweek roast for dinner. Beef because it’s my favourite, we hardly ever have beef. I made the glaze for the beef like I always do, honey, balsamic, crushed garlic, sea salt and black pepper. I’m gonna make you love beef one day. You introduced me into cheesy leeks, it’s been 2 and a half years, you’ve cooked me 100 roast dinners and we still have never had them together.. I’m a fan though. It was the best roast dinner I have ever had in all of my life. I know I say that every time you make me a roast or any meal, but seriously, it was the best. Where did I find you? Who made you? How lucky am I that you’re all mine and I’m the one that gets to experience your amazing cooking every single day of my life? Food is 1 million percent the way to my 💗
We spent the majority of the afternoon and evening snuggled on the sofa, I somehow managed to twist your arm enough into watching Mrs Doubtfire with me. You usually hate all the films I love. I think it’s devastating that children born in this day and age don’t have films like the films I watched growing up. Mrs Doubtfire, Matilda, Curly Sue, The Little Princess, The Secret Garden.. thankful to be a 90s baby right now. This evening we watched the brand new series of The Apprentice, I think this is either the 3rd or 4th season we have started to watch together, we love it!
Today has been one of my absolute favourite days, we even lit my bath and body works candle that you got me for my birthday, I have been waiting for the autumn to actually start using it.. bath and body works are without the doubt the best candle brand in all the world. Expensive but so worth it! Do you remember when I had the chocolate pistachio bath and body works candle? And our entire flat smelt like mint chocolate chip 😍✨
Hoping for many more perfect autumn days like today, and I’m so lucky I get to spend them all with you 💓
Todays post is a long one! I’ll be answering “99 questions you’ve never been asked”
Let’s not waste any time and get straight into it.
1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
2. Do you take the shampoo and conditioner bottles from hotels?
3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
4. Have you stolen a street sign before?
5. Do you like to use post-it notes?
Can’t say it’s something I think about
6. Do you cut out coupons but never use them?
7. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?
Erm a big bear, I think?
8. Do you have freckles?
9. Do you always smile for pictures?
Most of the time
10. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Fuck there’s too many, people who cough without covering their mouths is the first that comes to mind though..
11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
No but Tazmyn has a tracker on her phone and she usually tells me at the end of every day
12. Have you ever peed in the wood?
13. Have you ever pooped in the woods?
14. Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing?
15. Do you chew your pens and pencils?
Don’t think so
16. What size is your bed?
17. What is your song of the week?
I’ve had “hands up” by Chris Brown on repeat for the past two days
18. Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
19. Do you still watch cartoons?
No, never watched them
20. What’s your least favourite movie?
21. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
I wouldn’t bury it
22. What do you drink with dinner?
Diet Coke usually 🤦🏻♀️
23. What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
Sweet chilli sauce
24. What is your favourite food?
Pasta or roast beef dinner
25. What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
The best of me, like crazy, the Vow, pretty woman, dirty dancing
26. Last person you kissed/kissed you?
27. Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
28. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
29. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
30. Can you change the oil on a car?
31. Ever gotten a speeding ticket?
32. Ever ran out of gas?
33. Favourite kind of sandwich?
Roast beef, chilli jam, cucumber and salt and pepper. On Boxing Day it’s the best!
34. Best thing to eat for breakfast?
Pancakes and or watermelon
35. What is your usual bedtime?
9pm if I had my way
36. Are you lazy?
Nowhere near as lazy as I used to be
37. When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
Halloween has never been my thing, dressed up as a school girl one Halloween when I was like 15 with my friends but that was sooo cringe thinking about it now
38. What is your Chinese astrological sign?
39. How many languages can you speak?
English and Italian
40. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
41. Which are better legos or lincoln logs?
42. Are you stubborn?
I can be
43. Who is better…Leno or Letterman?
I have no idea who they are
44. Ever watch soap operas?
45. Are you afraid of heights?
46. Do you sing in the car?
47. Do you sing in the shower?
48. Do you dance in the car?
49. Ever used a gun?
50. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
51. Do you think musicals are cheesy?
I’m not a fan of musicals
52. Is Christmas stressful?
No, Christmas is magical
53. Ever eat a pierogi?
54. Favourite type of fruit pie?
55. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
The queen or a spice girl
56. Do you believe in ghosts?
57. Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
All the time
58. Take a vitamin daily?
59. Wear slippers?
60. Wear a bathrobe?
No but I love my dressing gown
61. What do you wear to bed?
Pyjamas, I have too many!
62. First concert?
The spice girls, I was 7.
63. Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart?
Don’t have any of them in the UK
64. Nike or Adidas?
65. Cheetos Or Fritos?
I haven’t tried either
66. Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?
67. Ever hear of the group Tres Bien?
68. Ever take dance lessons?
Street and hip hop when I was 13/14?
69. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
Yes she works in law
70. Can you curl your tongue?
71. Ever won a spelling bee?
72. Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
I cry a lot, both happy and sad tears.
73. Own any record albums?
74. Own a record player?
75. Regularly burn incense?
76. Ever been in love?
Yes I’m married to her
77. Who would you like to see in concert?
Carrie Underwood and Adele
78. What was the last concert you saw?
Maleek Berry in February
79. Hot tea or cold tea?
80. Tea or coffee?
Tea these days
81. Sugar or snickerdoodles?
82. Can you swim well?
No I’m really not a confident swimmer
83. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
84. Are you patient?
Not at all
85. DJ or band, at a wedding?
A band would be pretty cool
86. Ever won a contest?
I have won a couple of things
87. Ever have plastic surgery?
88. Which are better black or green olives?
89. Can you knit or crochet?
I can knit
90. Best room for a fireplace?
The living room, of course.
91. Do you want to get married?
I am married
92. If married, how long have you been married?
2 months and 1 week.
93. Who was your HS crush?
Definitely didn’t fancy anyone from my high school what’s so ever lol
94. Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
It’s been known lol
95. Do you have kids?
96. Do you want kids?
I’d love to have a little girl one day, but at the same time I don’t think I’d feel incomplete if it never happened if that makes sense
97. Whats your favourite colour?
Yellow these days and grey.
98. Do you miss anyone right now?
Missed my cat while I was on holiday
99. Who should answer these questions next?
Anyone who wants to!
We’ve been pretty boring this holiday, literally just ate, slept and drank all day. I’ve been drafting my blog posts in the afternoon when Tazmyn has a nap, in between reading Lily Allen’s book, which can I just say is amazing.
I waited for what felt like forever for this book, and so far it’s been everything I wanted it to be and more. Yes I have loved Lily Allen since my early teens, strangely not a huge fan of her music but of her as a person. I love her voice (not singing voice) and how she comes across in interviews, I recently watched her interview she did with the BBC regarding her stalker who she had been dealing with for years and years of her career (you can find that interview on YouTube!) anyway it was about an hour long and I was just sat intrigued in how she spoke and how she came across. Very hard to explain but the things other people probably don’t notice, I always do. She interests me and always has done. So this book written by Lilly herself has described the ups and downs of both her personal life and career. She talks about her childhood, her marriage to Sam Cooper and her 3 babies, including her first born son who she sadly lost. I’m almost finished the book now, and it took me less than two afternoons to finish it. I’d highly recommend it if you like Lily Allen and want to know more.
Yesterday we took a train from right outside our hotel to a little town called Calella. The train journey was super cute, it was mainly filled with old people, it was €2 per person for a return and you could jump on and off the train as many times you wanted throughout the day. We got off in Calella and had a wonder about the town checking out some of the shops. We stopped at a bar for a drink and contemplated having lunch there too but decided against it in the end and thought we would have lunch at a beach bar we loved right outside our hotel instead. Once we got the train back to our hotel, we headed across the road to the beach bar Molokos. We sat right on the sand and it was beautiful. I had tagliatelle carbonara and Tazmyn had a wrap and chips.
Today have been super lazy, had a late breakfast, pancakes again duhhh, then went up to the rooftop and sunbathed for a few hours, it’s 26 degrees today but super windy so we stayed up there until lunch, ate and then came back up to the room. I had pasta again for lunch, and I never thought as an Italian girl I would be saying this, but I’m actually sick of pasta now. Give me a roast dinner!
We’re going to get showers in an hour or so and then go for a walk along the strip down past our hotel and see if we can find a nice bar/restaurant to have dinner at.
I haven’t brushed my hair in 3 days but,
Lots of love,