Cleaning child car seats

If you have little children you will know what a mess car seats can get into. They are not so hard to clean and these days most will have removable covers which will make life a lot easier. For the removable covers, just wash as per the instructions but for those where the fabric is attached there are a few little tricks to getting rid of the mess. 


  • Vacuum cleaner with the long thin and brush attachment 
  • Water spray 
  • Bicarb soda
  • Lavender essential oil 
  • Old toothbrush

Take the chair right out of the car. This will make your life so much easier as you won't keep banging your head on the car roof. It will also give you the chance to turn the chair upside down and give it a good shake. Spray the chair with water in small sections and wipe clean, you may need a toothbrush here too.

Once done and the chair is dry sprinkle bicarb soda liberally, with a few drops of lavender mixed in, all over the chair and leave this for an hour. This will give you time to find all the squashed fruit and crackers that have escaped the confines of the chair.

All you do once the hour has passed is vacuum up all the bicarb and you should be left with a fresh smelling crumb free chair. Just ready for the next food collage to be created.

Cleaning oil and watercolour paintings

Do you have a painting that has hung on the wall for a few years that could do with a little bit of a clean? Well, there is a magic method that professional restorers use that starts with a single slice of white bread. 

Please note: if your painting is precious or you are at all worried, take it to a professional. Do not try this method unless you are 100% comfortable. It is also important to make sure that the paint is not cracked or flaked. 

What you need:

  • Slice of white bread with the crusts cut off

The number one rule is to be very gentle and have the paining on a flat surface with a clean dry towel for support behind the canvas. Take the white bread and very carefully dab it on the paining. Work in small sections and be methodical working from the top down. Any dust and small particles will come off onto the bread and away from the painting.