KILDARE PARENTING COLUMN: Some gadgets that make this mammy’s life much easier

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Ruth Chambers


Ruth Chambers


KILDARE PARENTING COLUMN: Some gadgets that make this mammy’s life much easier

Pre-chopped onions are the business

Last summer, in this very newspaper, I wrote about the love I have for my Dyson upright vacuum cleaner.

It was a new toy back then but my love hasn’t waned. Not in the slightest. In fact, now that I’m a mammy of the stay at home variety, I think I love it even more. It gets used countless times every day and I’ve even bought a spare filter for it so it’s not out of commission when one filter is waiting to dry after being washed. I live the life, don’t I!

So inspired by my previous column about the Dyson, this week I’m going to be talking about things that make my life so much easier these days. Now these things aren’t just things that make a stay at home mammy happy.

Indeed they could potentially make any mammy happy, but then again other mammies may not be as sad as I am.

During the first few months of my new role I totally embraced my flare in the kitchen. It was a brand new kitchen after all and I was delighted to have so much space to cook up kormas, cottage pies and carbonaras from scratch. I’m not a fan of sauces from jars or from packets where you have to add water. The shine quickly wore off however. Luckily though I discovered some genius products that make life in the kitchen so much easier.

The first of these products are the pre-chopped frozen onions from Aldi. My kids won’t eat onions unless they are chopped up really small and to be perfectly honest I had a pain in my face cutting onions every day. The vast majority of recipes call for onions and not only was I tired cutting them but I wasn’t a fan of the onion tears either.

These frozen ones from Aldi are just the dog’s boll*x altogether. I buy them in spades and they save me so much time. Daddy Chambers does pontificate that eating fresh is the only way to go and little does he know that he’s eating onions that have been chopped up in a factory, bagged and then frozen! If he was the one cooking dinners every evening, he’d soon forget about fresh onions I can tell you.

Staying on the cooking theme and staying with the freezer aisle in Aldi, I highly recommend their little boxes of fresh but frozen chopped herbs. Dry herbs just don’t cut the mustard for me, while buying ones in pots is pointless because I always kill them. Now, however, I have basil and parsley galore in the freezer and all I have to do is shake them in to the pot. No faffing about chopping herbs here. These little boxes also come in ginger, chilli and garlic so my life is complete.

From cooking, I’m moving on to cleaning. My life consists of a lot of it these days. The Dyson will always be king but it has a challenger. Always sucked in by a bargain and on Black Friday last year, I invested in a Karcher Window Vacuum. Yes, a window vacuum. Himself scoffed at me when I purchased it and said it would be used once and shoved in the back of the press in the utility room. Oh he was wrong though, so very wrong.

This little gadget is the absolute business. Didn’t I think it would be a good idea to put glass internal doors in some of the rooms in the new house. Sure, they look fantastic but mostly from a distance. Glass doors, an almost six-year-old, a four-year-old and a dog do not make for squeaky clean glass. In fact, the glass in my doors could pass for frosted some days thanks to paw marks, greasy fingers and all the yogurt Sarah manages to smear all over them.

For the first few months these glass doors broke my heart. Enter the Karcher Window Vac and all is good with the world once more.

So this wee gizmo comes with a bottle for window washer with a removable cloth attached to it. So the first task is to spray and wipe as you normally would. It’s at this juncture that I usually ran in to trouble. I could never get the glass streak free no matter how hard I tried. Now though, it’s shining in a matter of seconds. After washing it, I turn on the small vac, run it down the glass, it sucks up the excess water and all I’m left with is gleaming clean glass.

And it’s not just my internal doors that are shining. I use the window vac on so many things around the house. It works a treat on my shower doors, my mirrors and the glass in my picture frames. I use it to clean the front of my oven, the front of my microwave and my ceramic hob. Naturally it does a great job on the actual windows in the house too.

I told a friend recently to invest in one for her gloss kitchen units and she told me it has revolutionised her life. You see, there are other people out there who are just as sad as I am. I am no Mrs Hinch, indeed I’m the opposite.

I don’t get great joy from cleaning but I love a clean house. So anything that gives me a clean house in rapid time is a winner for this mammy.

Until next week folks!

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