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What I Keep In My Cleaning Kit ~ Part 1 ~ The kitchen .

The Organizer Uk ~ what I keep in my cleaning kit ? Part 1 ~ the kitchen

Have you ever wondered what  a professional  carries in their cleaning tool kit ?

Now is your chance to take a peek into the mysterious world of the professional cleaning kit to see what I use to tackle the toughest jobs around !  Just click on the photos from a desktop site if you’d like to purchase any of the products shown !

The Kitchen.

Ok the kitchen is one of my least favourite places to clean, especially other peoples kitchens!

The major headaches for a professional cleaner in the kitchen are

  • Ovens
  • Hobs
  • Extractor fans
  • Grease
  • Baked on food
  • Dried on food
  • Pet food

 

So, lets tackle each of these jobs at a time !

For the oven

These are my go to products to tackle even the cruddiest of ovens and I’ve seen some horrors !

Foamy oven cleaner £9.95

Clean Pro+ Professional Hygiene Systems Oven and Grill Cleaner H17 1 Litre

                

razor scraper £4.82

 

 

Non scratch scrubber £5.99

 

Clean Pro+ Professional Hygiene Systems Oven and Grill Cleaner H17 1 Litre

Get the crud !

This foamy cleaner grips the sides of the oven , so you can walk away and do other jobs while it gets to work! It quickly removes Protein , Carbon and Fat deposits.

For any very stubborn areas  use a wet scraper, and of course a non scratch scrubby for the rest of the oven !

 

 

For Hobs, Extractor Fans And Grease.

My favourite product for these areas is my Heavy Duty Cleaner and Degreaser , I call it my pink juice because I use it for tough jobs all over the house!

 

 

heavy duty cleaner and degreaser £11.09 5 litres

My pink cleaner!

This product cuts through the grease in a jiffy making quick work of those nasty time-consuming areas!

 

 

Baked on food , dried on food and pet food.

We all know that dog or cat who likes to plaster his food all over the kitchen which turns to cement by the time we discover it,  don’t waste time scrubbing, spray on some pink cleaner and scrape away!


     £3.18

The crud buster!

Spray and scrape!

 

 

So now you’ve got no excuse to pull up your sleeves don the rubber gloves and get stuck into the kitchen!

 

 

 

 

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How I Got My Kids To Love Eating Vegetables.

how to get your kids to love eating vegetablesHow I got my four year old to love eating vegetables.

My 4 year old  son is naturally a fussy eater, he does the usual trick of pretending to vomit at any given opportunity when salad or vegetables are served on his plate . If it’s green he refuses point blank to go near it .
This revelation came as a huge shock to me because I was one of those (smuggety smug) parents who already had a six year old who would eat absolutely anything .
So of course I had to be clever with this little fuss pot , using the age old tricks to get some veg into him:

  • Green smoothies at breakfast . A hand full of spinach , a banana , and a handful of berries blended together with a handful of ice and some Almond Milk
    or coconut water  Coconut Water, these are always wolfed down in our house, the kids think they are a milkshake. Sometimes if my kids have been super busy with school and activities or are feeling low in energy ager being poorly  I add a scoop of  Bioglan SmartKids Superfood Shake for an extra boost.
  • Blended  or juiced vegetables in sauces, these can be anything from courgette, carrot, beetroot, celery or anything else you have in the fridge , these can be blended in your Vitamix Blender or any other blender you have .
  • Home made soups , made from fresh cooked  vegetables and stock then  blended and  sprinkled with parmesan cheese for a delicious comforting dish.
  • Fresh juices made from a mixture of vegetables such as carrots , beetroot celery and fruit to give it the sweetness, my kids love apples and oranges added to their juice , I prefer the tartness of grapefruit in mine. this is also a great way to use up fruit and vegetables and if you use a slow press juicer such as Retro Cold Press Masticating Juicer  you can keep the fresh juice in the fridge for longer , although it doesn’t last long in our house !

All of this effort  of course , ensured that my son had enough veg in his diet but it didn’t make him “love ” vegetables.
I wanted him not to shy away from veg , I wanted him to grow into an adult who naturally wants to choose to eat vegetables.
Then I came across a book called  French Children Don’t Throw Food

Which gave me a huge insight into why kids in France eat the same as  their parents eat at every meal and in restaurants, including vegetables without any fuss at all.

 

So, how do French people get their kids to love vegetables, what is their secret?

Well one thing they do is serve a platter full of raw veg sliced as a ” starter ” before every meal .

This idea made complete sense to me because:

  1. Before dinner my kids are
  2. At their hungriest
  3. At their most relaxed
  4. Not particularly paying attention to what they’re eating especially if the tv is on.
  5. Likely to wrestle the other child to the floor for no reason what so ever !
    All perfect conditions to sneak some veg into them without them really noticing!

So,  in conclusion this would mean that they would:

  1. Be less fussy with what they are eating!
  2. Not be psyched up and prepared for a dinner table battle ( catch them off guard !)
  3. Not paying attention to what they are eating!
  4. Willing to fight each other over the last carrot !
    It was a light bulb moment for me !

So now the test !

What did I do ?

I decided that the first day would be all about coaxing them over to the plate

  • So, I  mostly sliced fruit which I know they love, with just some bell peppers sliced in between .
  • I left the plate on a table next to the TV and walked away ,no nagging, no coaxing , no acknowledgement of the plate of food , I just dumped it and ran !
    They dived in , wrestled each other for the last piece and then asked for more !

 

 

  • The second day I reduced the fruit by half and added different vegetables including olives which my kids love .

 

  • On the third day it was all veg they had eaten on the first 2 days
    After that I added one new vegetable a day .

                 Each day they cleared the plate , no matter what I put on it !

How did it affect mealtimes ?

Dinner time became much more relaxed because I knew they’d already eaten a ton of veg as a starter in front of the TV so there was no pressure to eat it at dinner time , we were all more relaxed and it didn’t matter too much if they left food at dinner time because they’d already eaten the good stuff!
So now my 4 year old is choosing to eat lots of veggies for himself with no input from me at all and the dinnertime battles have ended!

 


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