When I meet people in person, a lot of them ask me why I have ‘slummy’ in my blog name. I expect they are disappointed that I don’t have bits of scrambled egg in my hair, or odd shoes on, or something like that.
True story as a quick aside – I did actually wear odd shoes out the other day. In fact, I had actually bought odd shoes, not noticing that one was a matt orange colour and the other a shiny red. It’s because I mainly looked at them through Instagram filters rather than in real life, and it was confusing.
Can you tell??
Anyway, the slumminess is really less to do with my outward appearance, and more about my dislike of any sort of cleaning, especially the sort that involves getting my hands wet. (I.e. the worst kind.) I prefer dry chores like reorganising books and light dusting. Washing up is my absolute least favourite thing. Oddly, when I’m actually doing it, it’s not so bad, but there is something about the thought of it that just makes me want to cry or hide in a cupboard.
When Ecover sent me some of their new washing up liquid to try then, I wasn’t exactly jumping up and down with excitement at first. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ecover as a brand, not least because I feel properly middle class with a bottle of it by my sink, but you know, dishes and all that…
I’m a bit of a nazi when it comes to taps being left running, or food waste going in the wrong bin, so I’m totally on board with the green principles behind Ecover. Their new washing up liquid has an improved formula, so now it washes more plates than ever, at the same time as being made with 99.8% plant based materials.
Despite my dislike for washing up, I did like the Ecover washing up liquid. Sometimes with ‘green’ products you feel like you’re compromising on cleaning power for the sake of the eco-credentials, but you really don’t get this with Ecover. I’ve always used their sprays and have never been anything other than totally happy with the results. When I run out of spray, I’ll often make up another bottle by diluting some of their multi-purpose cleaner with water – it lasts for ages that way, plus I save money too.
We were particularly pleased to have the Ecover washing up liquid with us on our motorhome trip around Ireland, as we stayed for two nights at an eco camp site, where no chemical cleaning products were allowed. We fitted right in in the camp kitchen.
Now the best bit.
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In a geeky way it’s actually a prize I’d really like myself as my under sink cupboard is a disgrace and coated in a sort of weird rust. I love the idea of cleaning it all out and having everything lovely and neat and matching. To enter, simply fill in as many of the options as you can in the Rafflecopter widget below.
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I love polishing – everything looks shiny an smells fresh!
I love cleaning the kitchen, I don’t know why!
I don’t know if there’s any favourite, but I don’t mind washing dishes, actually find it relaxing x
Sadly it’s ironing
I love pegging washing out on a sunny, blowy day x
I’m sure it sounds mad but I .love sorting the recycling out, deciding what goes into the recycling box and what doesn’t.
I’ve quite got into hoovering since we laid off the cleaning lady :)
my favourite is changing the bed, nothing better than a fresh bed to slip into at night
Hoovering as I love to see a clean and tidy floor when I have finished
I like cleaning my kitchen
favourite? Did you say “FAVOURITE” household chore!!??!?!!!?? LOL …. I actually enjoy washing up. :)
I love ironing because it gives me a sense of achievement knowing that my hubby is going to work looking smart and not in a crumbled up creased shirt.
I don’t mind hoovering
Washing and seeing it blow/dry in the sunshine, although I hate the ironing that follows.
I like hoovering, its the noise of the crumbs going up the pipe, I love it!
cleaning the bathroom
Cleaning the kitchen!
Cleaning the paintwork – I find it really satifying to see it gleaming! (God i sound old! LOL)
dont mind ironing i catch up on soaps then
doing the washing – up
Putting clean clothes away … but I am very fed up with always washing clothes.
I like hoovering
Loading the dishwasher
Cleaning the floors love the fresh smell.
I enjoy cleaning the bathroom!
I love ironing! – I just adore the smell and the crisp feel it leaves behind on my clothes.
Hmm, hard one! Hanging the washing out if it’s lovely and sunny I guess!
I enjoy de-cluttering because I hate untidy looking rooms.
hoovering I love it
I love cleaning the leather chairs and sofa – they look so good afterwards
I love ironing
I dont have a favourite, I dont mind washing up!
clothes washing, esp my babys :)
Hanging the washing out is my favourite!
I dont mind hoovering.
I like ironing, except bedding. I iron in the bedroom. It is the only chance I get to watch what I want to on tv
Um, favourite? Let me think. You did say favourite, didn’t you? Meaning, one I actually like? Hmm. I’m going to say meal planning, because that’s the closest thing to a household chore I actually like ;)
I don’t really have a favourite household chore – I detest housework, the least objectionable would have to be doing the laundry :D
I don’t really enjoy any of them, so I would say having a good declutter and clean up at the same time. It makes me feel as though I have achieved something
Cleaning the bathroom and ironing I find relaxing
Dusting, little effort big results!
Putting the washing in the machine because it’s easy
Cooking, but only if it’s from scratch. Just bunging something in the oven is just boring! x
Favourite household chores?? Now I know for sure you’re crazy!! My least unfavourite, then, is ironing, at least there’s an end in sight and I can get away with saying most of it doesn’t even need ironing
Favourite house hold chore. cooking….
I love hanging out & folding the laundry
Washing up is my preferred household chore
It has to be mopping the kitchen floor – I find it very relaxing :D
Changing the beds cos it doesn’t take too long but you get to sleep in the result and it’s all fresh and lovely
I’m a laundry fanatic. I love to see the clean laundry once it’s done and the fresh smell of them. I prefer to dry laundry outdoors but I’m realistic in that they often end up in my tumble dryer! I also enjoy ironing the things that need ironing sssssssshhhhhhhhh! That doesn’t mean I iron everything!
Love ironing , find it relaxingv
I always used to love cleaning of any sort but sadly now I’m disabled I can’t do it any more. My favourite used to be steam cleaning my carpets & upholstery
Hoovering! I try and look at it as a workout!
My favourite chore is getting rid of the dirty dishes. My pet hate is a dirty sink
Sorting out the freezer. I like to tidy everything up for the next person.
My favourite household chore is washing and ironing the bedding, love the smell of fresh laundry and there’s nothing like the feeling of getting into a freshly made clean bed. X
I love ironing, especially duvet covers and pillowcases!
This is a difficult one (and not because there are too many to choose from!); but I quite like the feeling of making a bit of space in my wardrobe and on my bookshelf after a spring clean, I’m always happy to drop a bagful of stuff at the chartity shop :)
I don’t really like housework at all but it has to be done, I suppose my ‘favourite’ is dusting.
I love ironing and washing up, very strange I know. :-)
Funnily cleaning out my kids bedrooms! When its done there is such a big difference! lol
Ummm….changing the bed linen because it feels the best afterwards!
I didn’t know it was possible to have a favorite household chore, but I do like the sense of accomplishment when I toss out some old items and get a bit of space.
Since I’ve bought a steam mop I just love mopping. I have all hard floors and it’s so theraputic to glide the steam mop over the floors, hissing and making short work of stains and dirt. It’s also eco friendly as it doesn’t need detergents to get the floors really clean.
I quite like hoovering. I think it’s a little theraputic
Hoovering is my favourite chore.
Cleaning the kitchen
Ummmmmmm, not a lover of chores, but i do get a lot of satisfaction from cleaning the bathroom.
Hanging out the washing
I love ironing!
My favourite is loading the dishwasher then pressing the button and letting the machine do the rest especially after a Sunday dinner.
I hate all housework, but my favourite hate is hoovering x
Doing the laundry I love doing the ironing
I like doing the laundry & dusting :-)
My favourite chore is hoovering
Ironing – I find I can get into an almost zen like state of meditation whilst ironing shirts.
Vacuuming, I find it relaxing
dont mind dusting
I love hoovering – it all just looks so clean and tidy when its done x
favourite chore – ummmm……… does cooking count? although it’s more the eating than the cooking…….
I quite enjoy mopping the floors!
I quite enjoy mopping the floors!
Cleaning the floors – the easiest of all the chores
Ironing, but only if I can find something good to watch on tv!
My favourite household chore is washing clothes – put in washing machine, turn on, go and have a cup of tea – job done!
Ironing – especially if I can watch a movie at the same time!
I like doing the laundry!
love to do the hoovering I know it sounds weird but I do lol
I absolutely adore cleaning windows but its got to be with windolene….love the smell!
Ironing! You can watch TV!
Love doing the laundry, emptying the washing machine and hanging it outside.
My 2 year old had a lovely time playing with my sister’s hoover this week. Because it was the first time he’d seen one :-/
i love hoovering
Putting clean washing away, I love how fresh it all smells.
Don’t mind washing up with the radio on’
I like scrubbing the floor – Good anger release
Doing the washing up.
None of it lol – I quite like dusting I guess as I like the smell of polish :-)
I honestly cannot think of a single household chore I actually enjoy!!! If I really HAVE to choose one I hate that bit less than everything else probably cleaning the oven….
Hanging washing on the line… Sounds sad, but that’s my ‘me time’!!
I love anything that I can use a spray bottle with, so usually love doing things like cleaning the bathroom or the kitchen surfaces. I also love ecover washing up liquid, I bought a huge quantity in a box (kind of like a box of wine with the bag inside!) and it lasted us such a long time. Brilliant products!
Steam mopping, my floor looks so lovely when its clean
Hoovering up as such a good workout as a bonus xxx
Hoovering up as it is a good workout as well xxx
Favourite? Hahaha – sweeping the floors and the stairs because it’s quicxk and makes a big difference :)
Shredding paperwork…so therapeutic!! I have loads from the last few years I’m working my way through!
I like pegging out the washing on the line
I love cooking! Is that a chore?!
Dusting, because it’s usually my last chore and then I know it’s all over and I can relax!
Tidying the kitchen x
Hoovering I love knowing our floor is dust free
I like doing the laundry
i love cleaning thre bathroom.
Dont mind the iorning
My favourite household chore?? Ha ha, that’s a good one!!!
Putting on clean sheets
I like it when my kitchen sparkles
I love to cook
I love hanging out the washing – especially when the weather is nice!
Ironing, listening to Lisa Tarbuck’s Saturdayevening Radio 2 show on catch up
I love polishing and dusting…so satisfying to see the dust wiped off everything
My favourite chore is washing up
breaks the bordom
I have always loved washing the dishes and doing the laundry, but I absolutley hate ironing.
Cleaning the kitchen gives me most satisfaction
Using my new steam mop to clean all the tiled floors.
Hoovering, as it’s a mini workout at the same time!
Vacuuming,i hate seeing bits on the floor.
oh dear i am not a housework lover but if i had to choose my least hated chore it would be hoovering as it is easy
I like mopping the floors. I put lots of lemon or grapefruit essential oil in the water so the house smells really fresh.
Mopping the floor. I like the smell of lemon disinfectant on a lino floor.
Sorry, I don’t ‘enjoy’ any household chore!! But I do love cooking ;-) xx
Doing the laundry is my favourite, it’s so much easier than hoovering, ironing or scrubbing
I’m with you on the washing up – hate it, but I do rather like ironing
Is this a trick question?! I suppose laundry, I like the fresh smell!
I love dusting – I have lots of lovely vintage items and it gives me a thrill to clean them!
Errrm maybe switching the washing machine on
I don’t have a ‘favourite chore’, that’s an oxymoron right? I hate chores. I like cooking – is that a chore? Other than that I hate cleaning, hoovering, ironing etc – I do it, but no enjoyment.
i don’t mind washing up
Watering my plants.
Any I delegate to the other half
Sorting out drawers and cupboards and re-arranging things – I love having a really good tidy.
I enjoy washing up….I find it quite satisfying!
I love Hoovering
I am a little obsessed with organising and vacuuming!
I love to hoover. Love it.
I like cleaning the shower!
I don’t mind doing the dishes, favourite chore sounds like a trick question though!
Doing the laundry, especially pegging it out on the washing line.
hovering as you see the results instantly
Not a fan of many household chores but I do quite enjoy vacuuming on a good day
I haven’t got a favourite, I hate them all equally!!
I love dusting up don’t know why but I just like removing dust from places :)
We use ecover at home, I was a bit suspicious that maybe they had left out the active ingrediaent s to make it “green” but the products work just fine…
btw I thought slummy single mummy was chosen ‘cos it rhymes so well, which it does.
I actually don’t mind doing the washing up…don’t love it but doesn’t send me into despair like the thought of cleaning the toilet :D
Ironing, I do it while watching a good film
steam cleaning the sofa so it smells nice!
don’t enjoy so no favourite but lovely getting washing out on sunny/windy days
Cooking – especially with the kids. Quite enjoy bulldozing toys from the lounge into the playroom if that counts!
i love hoovering, as long as i have music on!
I definitely do not have a favourite but get satisfaction from seeing the kitchen clean, tidy and sparkling
Genera tidying – i see a quick result
hoovering. instantly makes the room bigger
hoovering, with 3 cats it always makes a big difference
I quite like cleaning around the bathroom as love to see it sparkle x
Don’t have a fave but I guess the least hated would be washing up…
Cleaning the Kitchen!
Vacuuming. Unfortunately the dog hates me doing it.
I love ironing. x
my fave household chore is ironing
I really like ironing my family’s clothes :)
empting the dishwasher
Believe it or not, I love washing dishes!
Steam cleaning in the kitchen
I actually love cleaning (hangs head in shame) and it’s really hard to choose one chore, but I’d probably say cleaning the bathroom, making sure everything is sparkling clean and germ free.
I love sweeping the kitchen floor!
I love squeaky clean windows
My favourite household chore is crashing on the sofa with a glass of wine after I’ve done a little vacuuming..
I like dusting and polishing, as it’s relaxing :)
I like hoovering the stairs x
Is it possible to have a favorite household chore?????? Least hated one maybe and I think that would be windows because I really do find it oh so funny when I clean them all to turn around and see my 2 year old with his hands on them, or my 7 year old with his face on it, or my husband with his bum on it.
I quite like ironing x
I like moping, knowing everything is squeaky clean and fesh : )
I love cleaning the kitchen and sorting the cupboards out.
I always find a good clear out satisfying, whether it is cupboards, wardrobes or toy boxes. Any type of de-cluttering really. :)
my favourite chore ummmmmm none i think
The ‘Putting your feet up with a nice cuppa and admiring your efforts’ part :-) x x
I love them all – provided they are done by someone else!
hanging the washing out, just love to see it all clean on the line
polishing is my best if i have to pick x
I don’t mind hoovering
Cleaning the windows.
Dish washing, as I encourage family to empty their plates etc. As food is for eating, whilst if they can’t manage it all:- then they know where to dispose of it, and that place is Definately not the sink or dishwasher. Here it is the bin, some places have bins for recycling leftover foodstuffs. Whilst from TV programmes etc it looks like America has waste disposal units. I rinse dishes under the hot tap, till they look clear/ clean of debris. Then I soak dishes in hot water and washing up liquid. The dishes come out squeaky clean, to be stacked in the dish rack to dry. Then I return the clean dry dishes to the cupboard, ready for when they are next needed. Seems a Woman’s work is never done, Thank goodness for equality etc.
I love vacuuming! I find is so therapeutic – just stick in some earphones and off I go!!
Ironing, I find it really relaxing
I love cleaning the windows, it is so therapeutic
Ii don’t particularly like any, although it’s really satisfying once it’s all done. I think my favourite would be steaming the floors and seeing them all nice and shiny after :)
HONESTLY it’s ironing
Washing, especially when it dries quickly on a bright sunny day.
Cleaning the kitchen counters. Love that fresh sparkle when im done!
it has to be loading the dish washer
Ironing, before I got sick
I like cleaning sinks.
Decluttering/tidying/organising. Not too clean on actual cleaning haha
cleaning the kitchen xx
Washing up,I actually find it quite relaxing. Not so keen on drying up though.
I hate them all! Best one washing up, instant achievement
Steam mopping the floor and decluttering
Ironing – I do it in front of the telly – and basically its just an excuse to watch what I want!
Ironing – I offer to do other peoples I love it so much!
I hate all housework but I suppose I don’t mind washing up
Polishing wooden furniture. It looks so shinney and I just love the smell of the polish
Putting dirty things into the dishwasher and then within a hour all sparkling and clean :-)
Only discovered your blog today and loving it so far :)
As for favourite chore?? Definitely not ironing! Dusting and tidying are ok I guess!
I like doing the laundry
Can’t say I have a favourite, but I love washing new bedding and putting it on the bed so it smells lovely
Struggled to find one but if I have to choose it would be cleaning windows but only because I got one of those window vac things
I’d be lying if I said I had a favourite! But the one I hate least is probably hoovering.
Oh, I hate all household chores! :)
Emptying the dishwasher is the most bearable for me!
I love the sense of achievement from decluttering
Hoovering, I like to see results :)
no favourite but I don’t mind a bit of hoovering
Hoovering – it’s the easiest one lol
Wiping away dust.
My favourite chore is hanging out the washing :-)
I don’t mind ironing too much!
Washing up :)
I love ironing!! x
I wouldn’t say any household chore is a particular favourite but hoovering helps my allergies so I’ll say that :)
None. None at all :)
Mopping the floor…
Favourite household chore? None!! Although doing the ironing gives me a great opportunity to catch up on any programmes I’ve missed or to even time to watch a dvd that the boys in my life wouldn’t want to watch
If I had to choose one it would be hoovering.
None. But the one I hate the least is washing the dishes. I hate to see dishes left on the side. The have to be washed straight away xx
mopping the floors
Hoovering as you can see the results quickly
I think it has to be hovering!
hanging out the washing
I just like having a genuinely good tidy up so my home is my own again!
The bathroom is – I never mind doing it :)
I like to fold the clothes
I enjoy getting the steam mop out and doing the carpets. I find it oddly soothing (unlike hoovering!), probably because it’s a quiet job!
Cleaning the kitchen floor -always looks great when done.
Washing the dishes
I love hoovering
I enjoy doing the washing! I feel like i have been very busy when i hear the washing machine on hahaha I love to hang the clothes out too
mmm cleaning the floors
Cleaning the kitchen
I’m afraid I really don’t have a favourite.. washing floors at a push
Ironing as I can watch tv at the same time!
I like doing the hoovering
Hoovering – you see results straight away x
Making the bed, love crisp soft clean sheets!
Enjoying cleaning the kitchen worktops, easy job!
ironing. theres something so therapeutic about it!
I like washing the dishes but not drying them.
washing up the pots
Washing the pots
doing the laundry
I love cleaning windows!
I take real satisfaction in cleaning the bathroom!
Cleaning the bathroom as I love the way it looks all shiny and new afterwards :)
I love doing the ironing its quite relaxing with a glass of wine
doing the washing up has its lovely to have my hands in nice warm water (has they are always cold) and wipeing up and seeing all the work tops clean and mess free
I love de-cluttering (but then re-filling with more clutter lol)
Hmm hard one lol … Vacuuming :)
I don’t have a favourite – but I don’t mind washing up too much
scooping up spiders (in a glass) and putting them outside..no more pesky cobwebs!
If you enjoy it its not a chore! Probably vacuuming for me as my least abhorred!
If pushed, I would say emptying the airer of the dry clothes – they smell so good!
I like hoovering. x
Picking coins up off the bedroom floor.
hanging the washing out
Checking the flavour and texture of freshly baked cakes.
I’m OK with vacuuming
Cleaning my kids wardrobes out so I can re shop
Cleaning the kitchen.. Only if I can have my music on.
Controversial, but I LIKE IRONING!
i enjoy cleaning the bathroom making it all sparkly
I love hoovering
Love dusting the smell is just clean when you are finished
Ironing just find it so relaxing
I love ironing I find it very relaxing
I like cleaning the surfaces, I hate knowing there are little germs sitting in wait for me lol and feel satisfied once I’ve gotten rid of them.
Changing the bedding, love the smell of clean sheets and I HAVE to be the first one in
I like ironing best
Steam mopping the kitchen floor
I love Cooking
I’m actually really odd I love cleaning
I love ironing x
iI don’t mind the washing up :-)
using the washing machine-it’s great for doing a lot for no effort at all!
Coffee break – difficult but worth it
I like hoovering
I love cleaning the whole house
Cleaning kitchen with fragrances products
I love cleaning the bathroom
Ironing can be quite therapeutic.
I don’t mind cleaning the bathroom!
Has to be hoovering it makes a room look so much better straight away :)
Nothing!! I hate household chores and only do them out of necessity – perhaps if I won it would make me feel a little better ;)
Hoovering, I have budgies and their feathers get everywhere, it instantly makes a difference
The most satisfying is wiping the granite worktops, I feel satisfied when they sparkle!
Vacuuming as I love to see clean carpets.
Cleaning windows is quite fun
I love dusting! Love the smell of polish!
my favourite household chore has got to be ironing……….whilst catching up on my favourite soaps of course.
Hanging out the washing, love the smell of clean laundry dried on the line
Ironing. Good time to reflect. Angry ironing is quite good too!
Emptying the dishwasher as it’s a job I share with my young son.
Dusting – for some reason all those particles flying through the air make me want to sing (and indeed sneeze on many an occasion)!
I don’t know why but I like pairing socks I find it therapeutic x
I love cleaning the house.
Mines the hoovering – I find it therapeutic!
i love doing the ironing especially if i have the radio on
I like cleaning the bathroom. Its nice to have a soak in a bubble bath and look at clean shiny taps! :)
I have to have a clean bathroom. especially if I go in after my family.
I don’t have one I hate it all lol
Washing floors, everying looks cleaner with a clean floor
Washing & Wiping happy to see the bowl is empty and it makes your kitchen look clean x
Dusting is very satisfying!
Dusting or doing the washing, but not utting the clean washing away, i hate that part!!
I quite like dusting the TV table. Only because the dust annoys me when I watch TV.
I really love cleaning the fridge because it then gives me a good excuse to tidy it up and restock any ageing food with new goodies ;-)
I bizarrely enjoy ironing
I love sterilising (usually with bleach) my kitchen work surfaces, Then I know they are o.k. to do food prep on
I like ironing on a sunday. I do it whilst I catch up on my soaps for the week
I love using the feather duster to dust up a height….only because it’s the only thing I don’t have to do every day!
I really enjoy vacuming the stairs ever since I got one of the rechargable dysons.
Ironing, I love the neat pile of clean clothes when I’ve finished!
Belive it or not, but it’s ironing, there’s something so satisfying about freshly washed, dried & ironed clothes
im quite partial to putting on some music and washing the dishes
Cooking, does that count? Otherwise I guess dusting
Mine is hoovering and find it very rewarding. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.
Laundry! I love doing it x
Hoovering, love hearing all the crumbs go up into the vacuum, weIrd I know!
Like you id much rather be organising books!!
changing the bed as i love sleeping on fresh sheets
Laundry! I actually rather enjoy it.
Ironing – as long as I can watch TV at the same time.
hoovering seems least annoying lol
Dusting I love
If I really had to choose a favourite I suppose it would have to be doing the dishes…I like to put my headphones in and have a dance while washing up! It’s a bit of downtime for me :)
I love ironing. Strange I know!
anything I can use my steam cleaner on :)
I love polishing!
I like hoovering best
hoovering, I like seeing the carpet cleaned
Washing up maybe
Changing the bedding
Ironing, because I can do it whilst watching the TV!
emptying the dishwasher
has to be mopping, its therapeutic for me !
Struggled to answer this one as the word favourite and housework do not mix … at a push I will say mopping wooden floors
making the beds – it could tudy up a bedroom very easily
Theres Something strangely therapeutic about dusting
I really like washing (clothes) – it makes me feel useful & like I’ve achieved something with very little effort!
I love hoovering, it relaxing and I love dancing with the hoover while I work.
I like cleaning something when it’s really dirty…. so you can really see the difference you’ve made
Mopping the floor.
Hoovering – I can sing (shout) really loud and the noise from the hoover drowns it out.
I like cleaning the bathroom
sweeping. I really enjoy sweeping. Maybe because in America that means comping?!
Ironing with Pointless on the telly
Love my penguin steam cleaner can always find something to use it on
Ironing – because I can watch the TV whilst I’m doing it xxx
Changing the beds love the smell of clean bedding
does cooking count? that’s my job? or hovering.
I love cleaning glass & mirrors! It’s so satisfying ridding them of fingerprints!
Who has a favorite household chore, I don’t. A chore is a chore for a reason
If I had to pick something it would be Polishing
I like a clean home so I like getting down to business and getting on I don’t mind cleaning
I’m disabled and largely bed-bound, so I don’t have the ability to do the household chores any longer (in the case of ironing – thank goodness!) but I always loved to cook, so on the days that I can I do that.
I enjoy cleaning the kitchen worktops.