A while ago I mentioned I'd bought a steam cleaner and I'd update about how useful I find it, that day has arrived.
I really like it, I think I've said before that I didn't like it for cleaning the shower screen/tiles, but for everything else it's great. It really helped when I cleaned the kitchen blinds and windows last week, the nozzle is great for getting into the nooks and crannies of the window frames. For the blinds I just blasted steam all over before using the usual cleaner on them. The steam certainly helped to loosen the gunk and it made a really long job a little bit easier.
I've also used it for steaming some dry clean only clothes, to freshen up the mattresses and curtains, but the best use is still when cleaning our the buns. I keep a couple of the brushes for this purpose, it's great for the litter trays and the vinyl flooring. It makes the job a lot quicker and I'm not using chemicals as much - I attract a lot of attention when I'm cleaning so I have to keep an eye out for licking tongues!
Update number two is on the soap we made a few months ago. I received a soap making kit for Christmas, had forgotten about it then was reminded by another blog. I have been using the soap for a few weeks now and I have to say it's really good! It has a pleasant fragrance (lemongrass and lavender) but it's not overwhelming, after using it I smell fresh rather than perfumed. The lather is nice and light and the soap isn't drying at all, even to Dan's skin which can be very sensitive. The one downside is the bits of lavender, they are driving me bonkers! On a couple of occasions I thought there were dead insects in the sink when they have come apart from the bar. Nothing that a quick wipe doesn't solve, but it's mildly distracting.
In other news the drive shaft (?) of the car has a crack. A couple of days ago Dan noticed a bit of a weird noise at certain times so he took to the garage as he thought maybe the tyres hadn't been balanced properly when we had the new ones put on last month. Sadly the man said that was not the issue, so it's booked in for a poke around on Friday. I already know this means we're not going to have the car over the weekend which is a shame because... my niece has been born *yay*. It's not been a simple process but the baby and my brother's girlfriend are not too bad and are being looked after for the next little while at the hospital. We were hoping to visit this weekend but it may have to be a train journey and a request for Father to pick me/us up from the train station instead.