Anyone else have this problem? You can’t put Ewan the Dream Sheep in the washing machine, so how do you keep the sodding thing clean?

After Little’s got very grubby, we have finally found 3 ways that we can rid a well used Ewan of his smell and germs!

Bicarbonate of Soda

I swear by cleaning with bicarbonate of soda at the moment. Any stubborn grease and a bit of bicarbonate and vinegar gets rid of it in no time.

When trying to figure out how to clean Ewan, the hubby googled how we could get the smell out of something that couldn’t be washed and, unsurprisingly, bicarbonate came up top of the list!

Put Ewan in a large zip lock bag, with a good sprinkling of bicarbonate. Shake it up to get all of him covered and then leave for an hour or two.

We found that it really helps neutralise the smell. Once you have given it a good shake and brush down, it is totally safe for little hands and mouths.

 

Laundry Detergent and Hot Water

The body of Ewan can’t be washed due to the wires for the lights being sewn in to each leg, meaning the battery pack can’t be removed. Little absolutely loves to chew and suck on the ears so the head is the most disgusting part of her Ewan. Luckily there are no wires in that part so the head can get a good dunking!

Put the head into hot, soapy water and give it a good scrub. Once finished give it a rinse with clean, warm water until it runs clear.

 

Milton Anti-Bacterial Surface Spray

The body can’t be washed due to the electrical components inside. Although the bicarbonate gets rid of the smell, I couldn’t help but think it needed a good scrub down.

Milton say their anti-bacterial spray provides fast and effective germ-killing action, and is clinically proven to kill a wide range of bacteria and fungi. It also leaves no surface residue and therefore is safe for use around a baby. So this meant we could get rid of the germs on the body, without completely soaking it through and ruining the electrical bits inside.

Just spray it on and give it a good scrub with a damp cloth.

Once it’s all fresh, leave Ewan to dry. Preferably in the sun, but by a radiator will do. And there you have it – a fresh and clean Ewan that is ready to be chewed and snuggled again!

 

So 2017 was supposed to be the year of me getting my shit together. We’re over half way through and I have to say I’m not so sure I’ve really got too far.

To be fair, I have managed to keep a child alive and well, so that is a pretty amazing achievement! We’ve also sorted out some major jobs in the garden, got rid of tons of crap (although there is still plenty to go!) and I’ve been adjusting to being a working mum, so when you put it like that I guess I’ve made some strides!

The big thing I’d like to achieve is getting the cleaning cracked – having a good schedule that I (and hubby) can stick to without it taking up too much time. Is it just me or do you struggle to fit it all in?

Don’t get me wrong, my house isn’t a pug sty (or pig sty – thanks autocorrect), but it does need a good scrub – especially the bathroom!

I’ve been all over Pinterest trying to find good cleaning schedules that fit around our daily life. The ones I’ve found are useful but have so much in them!

I’ve also been watching other people’s routines and tips on YouTube on some of my favourite Mum accounts. I don’t k ow what it is about watching other people clean and tidy their homes but I find it oddly entertaining! It’s not just me is it?

I found that by taking ideas from all of these I could make something that fits for us. This is just daily/weekly jobs here, the deep clean stuff, like scrubbing the skirting boards, vacuuming behind the sofa and all of those things that I’ve seen my mum do haven’t quite made it into my plan yet! But

Weekly Schedule

Monday: Steam clean floors and vacuum downstairs

Tuesday: Dust downstairs and give sink and hob a good scrub

Wednesday: Scrub down stairs loo

Thursday: Put away any laundry/general tidy of each room

Friday: Rest day – once hubby and I are home for work on a Friday we are both pooped so seemed a good day for a rest. You have a rest day at the gym so why not for cleaning too!

Saturday: Scrub en suite and main bathroom

Sunday: Vacuum and dust upstairs. Give inside windows a clean.

 

Daily Routine

Morning – rinse out the shower and spray with Method Daily Shower Spray, empty dishwasher, wipe down after breakfast, quick mop and vacuum of kitchen/dining area and stick on a wash (if a non work day.)

Evening – load dishwasher, wipe down kitchen, rinse out the bath, stick on a wash (on a work day), bleach the toilets, and then sit down and watch Love Island {or whatever new show I’m obsessed with}

Easy right?! I’m pretty certain we’ll stick to it for all a few weeks before we start to falter, but even if we move a few things round/have a few more rest days, using this as a guide we’ll be able to make sure that things don’t build up on us. We do have a handheld Dyson (although one of the older models so its not quite as good as the new ones!) and I love my Wilko antibacterial wipes so do tend to use these each day as needed, but setting out when the big hoover comes out and giving things a good scrub will really help!

I feel like I get some serious mum points planning this out! What are your cleaning routines? Let me know in the comments what works for you and if there is anything I’ve forgotten!

Little Big Love

Becky xx