Top Cleaning tips with everyday household products


Top Tips with Alka-Seltzer

3 tablets down the kitchen sink followed by a cup of white vinegar.

Leave for a few minutes then rub hot water- clean pipes.

4 tablets in the toilet will bring your bowl up sparkling clean.  Leave for an hour then brush.

To remove the stain from the bottom of a glass vase, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.


Top Tips with Baby oil

Use a small amount of baby oil and rub over stainless steel surfaces like cookers to make it look watermark and finger mark free.

Use baby oil on shower curtains to avoid mould and discolouring.


Top Tips with Baking Soda

Baking soda is mildly alkaline which makes it useful for neutralising mild acids such as Lemon Juice. It can be used as a versatile cleaner, stain remover and deodorizer.

Use on a damp sponge to remove grease easily from stove, back splash etc.

Great for carpet deodorising, just sprinkle onto carpet before going to bed and vacuum in the morning.

Used for many jobs around the house, scrubbing sinks, bath tub, stove, refrigerator and laundry.

Keep pipes clean under the sink-pour about one quarter cup of baking soda down the drain with about 1 cup of vinegar, this makes a chemical reaction, then pour some hot water down the drain.

To minimise odours in your fridge, remove top from box of baking soda and place it on one of the shelves.  From time to time stir contents.

Use with hot water to clean brushed and combs.

Remove stains from silver cutlery by dipping a damp cloth in baking soda and rubbing over the stain.

Freshen up a mattress by sprinkling a mixture of baking soda and aromatic talcum powder over it. Leave for 1 week then vacuum.


Top Tips with fresh lemons and juice:

The acidic nature of lemons make the juice useful as a mild bleach, disinfectant and cleaning agent. Efficiency and strength are enhanced when used with Baking Soda.

To remove stains from Marble, sprinkle salt on a fresh cut lemon. Rub very lightly over stain.  Do not rub hard or you will ruin the polished surface.  Wash off with soap and water.

Lemon juice and newspaper to clean shower doors.

Clean glass table tops by rubbing with a little lemon juice, dry with paper towels and polish with newspaper for a sparkling table.

Salt on a lemon will remove tough grime from inside the washing machine.

Squeeze juice into a bowl of water or use a piece of cut lemon and place into a refrigerator to eliminate odours.


Flip it! Pancake day Tuesday 4th March

Pancake day will soon been here, or its official name – Shrove Tuesday.

Shrove Tuesday was originally the last day of enjoying fatty foods before the ritual fasting of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday.

Here is our recipe for pancakes so get flipping and enjoy!!


110g plain flour, sifted

Pinch of salt

2 eggs

200ml milk mixed with 75ml

50g/2oz butter


Sift the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl, make  a well in the centre and break the eggs into it

Begin whisking the eggs into the flour

Gradually add small quantities of the milk and water mixture, still whisking until you have a smooth batter, with the consistency of thin cream

Heat the butter in a frying pan until fairly hot and add a small amount of the batter mix

Make sure you have a go at flipping your pancakes and when cooked add topping of your choice, enjoy!!!


Green cleaning tips

Green cleaning tips

These days the supermarket shelves are full of cleaning products.  Many contain very strong ingredients that can harm people, animals and often surfaces they are meant to clean and most are harmful to the environment. At Tailor Maid we pride ourselves on researching the best ways to clean our client’s homes using methods and products that are safe for our clients, the environment and ourselves.

Here are some of our favorite tips and ideas for greener cleaning around the house:

Defogging your bathroom mirror

To stop your bathroom mirror fogging up with steam after your shower, clean the mirror with shaving cream. Rub shaving cream all over the mirror, then wipe it off well with a soft cloth.  You will then have a clear view after showering.

Rust removal from sinks, baths, toilets and tiles.

Use lemon juice and salt.

Shower curtains

Place several large bath towels in the washing machine along with the shower curtain.  Add ½ cup vinegar. Remove curtain before the spin cycle and hang immediately. Soaking shower curtains in salt water will prevent mildew.

Toilet bowl stain removal

Pour a can of coca cola in the toilet bowl and let it sit for a while; the phosphoric acid in the coca cola will work on the stain.  Or put a few denture cleaning tablets in the bowl.

Clean hard to reach spots in bathroom

Keep an extra toothbrush in the bathroom for cleaning awkward places, including plug chains.

Homemade wood furniture polish

In a pump spray bottle, place one teaspoon of light olive oil and half a cup of white vinegar.  Shake well.  This is as effective as any store bought product, yet is far more economical.

Mirrors and glasses

Make up a spray with 50% vinegar and 50% cold water, then add half a teaspoon of washing up liquid and shake well.  Use a microfiber cloth to polish.


Ten top tips to keep your kids amused during half term

10 top ideas for keeping your kids amused during half term

February half term can be tough for parents to find things to keep their kids amused, mainly due to the weather being so rubbish, so we have compiled some fun and affordable tips to keep those dreaded words “I’M BORED!” at bay!

  1. BAKER DAY- get on your aprons and chef hats and become creative in the kitchen, let the kids get their hands dirty and tasting spoons ready, make delicious recipes such as choc brownies, shortbread and cupcakes that the kids can decorate anyway they want. Go to for some inspiration and great recipes ideas.
  2.  FAMILY TREE- Let the kids get involved with researching your family history and creating your very own family tree. Use the internet to look up your family members, add pictures to make it more colorful and interesting. Visit for some great family tree templates.
  3. BIKE RIDE- Get your bikes out and go on a bike ride, make sure your kids have helmets and visible clothing on, and avoid busy roads,               parks and woods are a good place for younger children to cycle.  Take a rucksack with a flask of hot chocolate and some snacks
  4. WELLY WALK- Perfect for wet days, make the most of the bad weather by getting the kids wrapped up warm and in their                      waterproofs and wellies and go puddle splashing and mud squelching.
  5. TAKE PHOTOS- There may be a budding David Bailey in your family waiting to be discovered! Go for a walk and lets the kids loose with a digital camera, let them take snaps of anything they want, let them be creative, then let them make a scrap book of all their pics.
  6. PLAY IN A DAY- choose one of their favorite books or stories and get them to act it out as a play. If you are feeling creative, make costumes out of old clothes.
  7. MAKE A DEN- dig out some old sheets, blankets and cushions and let them make a cave, you may need to use chairs and tables to create the perfect den.
  8. LEARN TO JUGGLE- Teach your kids a new party trick, you will need soft balls and beanbags and you may want to take it outside so nothing gets broken. Check out this website for step to step instructions on how to juggle,
  9.  HIDE AND SEEK- take it in turns to count to 50 whilst the others hide then go searching for them. You could also hide an object and let the kids find it, or make a treasure hunt with clues and hide various treats around the house and garden.
  10. PAINT –let the kids loose with a paintbrush and let them create a masterpiece. Let them paint some cards or pictures for granny or granddad and you could even frame them and give them as gifts.  Old clothes and newspaper needed for this activity to avoid too much mess. Visit Art for Kids, a new website with lots of free info and events in your area.