Dinner Party Woes – Cleaning The Oven (Part 11)

Dinner Party Woes – Cleaning The Oven

Cleaning the oven (part 2
The oven is one of the most essential products to our day, yet cleaning the oven is one of the most dreaded tasks for every home owner. From boiling the kettle to baking a cake, this appliance truly goes through the wringer and ironically, as it’s such an often used device, it’s easy to forget that it needs to be cleaned. Images of cleaning the oven probably conjure up fears of hours spent scrubbing with rubber gloves, but products can cut through the grease so you don’t have to! Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll continue to look at how to deal with the various oven features which take a hammering.

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Dishwasher Woes – Dinner Party Woes 9

Dishwasher Woes

Dishwasher clean (part 3)

In our final instalment on how to clean the dishwasher, we’re singing the praises of the main component to Fish and Chips: versatile vinegar.

A fighting force
A fighting force


1. Fill two mugs with vinegar

2. Place one on the top rack and one on the bottom

3. Run a hot cycle with everything else apart from the mugs in the washer. As the water fills the machine, it will overflow the mugs and disinfect the dishwasher due to the acidic quality of the vinegar.

Also, the vinegar’s properties mean it will automatically eradicate any odours lingering around – the best of both worlds!

Happy Gleeming!

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Weekend Dinner Party Woes (Part 8)

Dishwasher clean (part 2)

After last week’s great Bicarb bomb solution, we’ve been hard pushed to find any crafty fixes but we have discovered probably the most satisfying way to clean a dishwasher: an old toothbrush and some hard graft!

Our weapon against caked on grime...
Our weapon against caked on grime…

1. Fill the sink with hot water, washing up liquid and a cup of vinegar. Dip an old toothbrush into the water and scrub along the dishwasher door and into any crevices.

2. Use a sponge dipped in hot, soapy water to remove any of the grime loosened by the toothbrush. Wipe down the sides and door of the dishwasher too.

3. Put the machine on a rinse cycle to remove any remaining grime

Plus, for a citrus aroma, why not place a cup of lemon juice at the bottom of the washer and switch on the rinse cycle? This will leave your appliance smelling lemon-fresh!

Happy Gleeming!






Weekend Dinner Party Woes (Part 7)

DIY dishwasher clean (1)

The dishwasher, saving our bacon since around 1950. Yep, this truly is a miraculous, time-saving piece of machinery. But, many of us forget that it needs some TLC too if we want to be sure our dishes are really getting scrubbed.

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If anyone has a dog, they’ll know this sight very well!


Many of us are flummoxed by this as considering its function, we automatically assume the dishwasher to be self-cleaning. Yet shockingly, a 2011 study found that 62% of dishwashers across 6 continents tested positive for fungi –  lovely news!

Gleem will be looking at a number of solutions as to how to deal with this problem over the next few weeks. Our first fix being…

The Baking Soda Bomb:

By far the most fun option, with the crafting involved we are massive fans of this approach. The recipe involves 2 cups baking soda, 3 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide and 20 drops of lavender oil.

Mix all together and shape into balls, rest overnight to set and leave in the bottom rack. Combine 2 cups vinegar and 1 tablespoon detergent and place on bottom rack. Put your dishwasher on and wait and see/hear!

Keep an eye out over the next week, when we’ll be continuing our focus on dishwasher cleans.

Happy Gleeming!



Dinner Party Woes (Part 5)

Waxing lyrical…

Candles can make all the different to the atmosphere of a room. However, the ambience might not be so relaxing the next morning, as sticky residue remains impaled on the choicest surfaces. But no fear, for Gleem is here to advise you how to remove this seemingly stubborn material.

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The Iron:

Turn this on to a medium heat and it will cleverly soak up the wax as it melts!  Layer paper towels on top of the wax and cover with a tea towel. Move the iron over the cloth so the wax melts, to be absorbed by the layer of paper towels.

The Hairdryer:

Turn it on to its slowest, hottest setting and remove the softened wax with a paper towel. Then wipe it down with cloth which has been dipped in equal parts vinegar and water.

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A can of compressed air:

This cools rather than heats the wax. Blow the air on the wax to cool and make it more brittle, then scrape away using a plastic spatula. Do not use a metal object to scrape as could mark the surface

Use an all-purpose spray to remove the final layer of grease.

Needless to say, apply caution when using these solutions on a wooden surface!

Happy Gleeming!

Weekend Dinner Party Woes (3)

How to get rid of the eau de ashtray in your kitchen

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Many of us like a drink, but some guests may leave some unexpected hangers on if they’re smokers. Yes, we’re talking about the terrible odour of smoke, which is not something that many of us welcome when venturing downstairs in the morning to face innumerable dishes. Even after the general clear up is done, this smell lingers to haunt many a sore head. Of course, another cause of an unwelcome BBQ smell is overcooking that steak you planned to be the ‘piece de resistance’ of dinner – don’t worry, it happens to all of us!

But there’s no need to put up with this, here’s some excellently simple solutions to eradicate the smell and freshen up your eating area to remove the traces of the night before.

1. The Catch All: brilliant Bicarbonate of Soda

Lightly sprinkle chairs or sofas with some bicarb, allow it to sit for a few hours and then vacuum off.

2. The Air Freshener Approach

This deodoriser will firmly dismiss any persistent smells, all using products from your kitchen cupboard!

Simply take 500ml of hot water and dissolve 2 tablespoons of bicarb in it, and add 120ml lemon juice for a citrusy odour. This will leave your living space smelling crisp and fresh!

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3. Versatile Vinegar

Get a shallow bowl and fill 3/4 full with white or cider vinegar. Place in the room where the smell is concentrated and leave for 12 hours. By the end of the day, the smell should be gone

If yesterday’s party frock/favourite shirt is scented with a less than flavoursome odour, then mix 200ml vinegar with a bath of hot water. Close the door and hang the clothes able the steam and this should remove the smell.

With all these solutions, we guarantee at least one of them will be able to rid your dining room of its unpalatable smell – whether it be from culinary error or a chain-smoking relative!

Happy Gleeming x


Weekend Dinner Party Woes (2)

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Celebrating the new season of spring or simply glad this week’s over? Considering getting your friends together for a chat, some food and possibly a (few) good bottles of wine this weekend? We can picture the scene, the menu will be extensive – at least two courses of fare prepared by your own fair hand to impress the socks off your guests. A good evening will be had by all.

But the next morning, feeling slightly under the weather due to one too many the night before, you’re confronted with the horror of the remnants. That impressive passata which accompanied the magnificent parmigiana? All over the table cloth. Even the walls. How did this happen??

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But, take a step back. We promise this is not as bad as it seems! Follow these simple steps to ensure you’re pure white table cloth is restored to its former pristine glory.

1. Place the cloth over a bowl, secure with an elastic band

2. Pour boiled water over the affected area from a 2-3ft height (avoid burning yourself!)

3. Soak in warm water with a teaspoon of detergent for 15 minutes

4. Rinse with water and sponge with white vinegar

5. Rinse again. Repeat 3 & 4 if stain is particularly persistent!

And there you have it! Are you a frequent host of your own dinner parties and want to know more of our expert tips? Leave a comment concerning any post-dinner cleaning conundrums, and we can solve them for you over the next few weeks!

Happy Gleeming x

Weekend Dinner Party Woes (1)

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It’s the weekend, which means a break from the 9-5 and a chance to socialise to the max to forget working worries. For the ambitious of us, this might mean a three course dinner – garnered from the hottest chefs in the Sunday supplements, whilst the more relaxed of us may rely on tried and tested staple meals – Joe swears by hot chilli beef and a mean sweet potato. However, to truly push the boat out, most of us will make a trip to the wine shop (we can recommend local Corks of Cotham!) or at least the local supermarket in order to compliment long-slaved over meals.

Of course, with so much delicious and tempting wine about, the results could be a little… mixed. As wine buffs at our office, we know this tipple can have unintended effects when you have a little too much, and have some disastrous tales to tell about how our carpets still bear the signs of that boozy, though hilarious night back in 2012.

Yet, we decided enough was enough, and as keen drinkers, but even keener cleaners, we would seek out the best way to ensure a night of socialising wouldn’t be marred by an unfortunate discovery on the cream carpet the next day – here are our tried and tested tips to remove that Malbec from your mat…

1. The Bicarb Solution

Blot up as much of the stain as possible, sprinkle a little bicarb over the spot and give the powder an hour to absorb the stain. Then use a trusty vacuum to retrieve the leftover powder.

2. The Big Guns: Hydrogen Peroxide

We say go for a weak solution (3% max) and add equal parts household soap, as HP is very corrosive! Use dry paper towels to blot the solution onto the stain.

3. Fight Fire with Fire: White Wine

Sounds a downright silly idea, but Gleem can verify this works – apparently the tannins in white wine cancel out those in the red. Clever, eh?

4. Shaving Cream (yes really – but only if you can put the offending item in the washing machine afterwards!)

Beware! Only use this if the stain has completely dried – work a small amount of foam into the area and then put in the machine on a short wash of low heat.

There you have it: a pick of the best to guarantee your home will be left ‘gleeming’ even after a raucous gathering of your nearest and dearest.

Gleem hope you enjoy your weekend, whatever/whoever it may entail! Of course, if you’re feeling a little under the weather after a successful night, then Gleem can take the hassle out of your hands – our Half Term offer is still running, just use the code ‘halfterm10’ in booking before Sunday 22nd February to get 10% off.