When Did You Last Wash Your Pillows?

As today is Clean Sheet Tuesday I thought it would be fitting to talk about pillows!

On TOMM bed sheets get washed weekly but what about pillows? When was the was the last time you washed your pillows?

Pillows need washing at least every six months (more regularly if you live in a hot climate) and the good news is that it is actually really easy to do!


  • Most pillows can be washed in the washing machine, but be sure to check the washing label as not all can be!
  • If you have very delicate pillows it might be wise to wash them on the handwash cycle on your machine (as this will keep the spin cycle low) 
  • If you don’t have a handwash cycle then turn the spin speed down. 

Here’s How To Wash Your Pillows:

  • Make sure you follow the laundry care instructions to the letter!
  • I usually wash two pillows at a time and dry two at a time. Being careful not to overload your machine. But at the same time, you want it to be balanced.
  • When clean give them a really good thumping this will help them get back into their pillow like shape (this can be very good therapy if you are feeling a teensy bit stressed!)
  • Now place them in the tumble dryer on a low setting. (I bung in a couple of clean tennis balls to help reshape them). If you fancy being posh you can buy tumble dryer balls like these!

Et voila! Clean Pillows!

Top tip for replacing pillows: Obviously pillows don’t live forever so a top tip is to fold them in half and if they spring back into shape they still have some life left in them!

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How Julia Rocks The Housework!

Name: Julia
Who lives in your house?: I live with my husband and 2 kids (5 and 3). One is at school and the other is at nursery 2 days a week.
How would you describe your working situation?: I work part-time (2 days a week) doing 12-hour shifts. These could be nights or days.
Tell us about a typical day: On a typical day shift I am out of the house between 6 and 6:30, and back between 8 and 9 (depending on whether I leave on time!). On a night shift, I leave at 6:30pm and am usually back by 8am. On the days I’m not working, I’m looking after the 3-year-old, which often includes going out doing something in the morning, then back for lunch and naps before picking the eldest up from school. Then it’s dinner/homework/bath/bedtime. And then I get to sit down!!
How do you fit TOMM in?: On a non-working day, I try to get level 1 jobs done before school run in the morning. I do a quick bathroom wipe round while waiting for the shower to warm up, if I want to do a deeper clean I do 1 thing in the bathroom each day. Then when I go down for breakfast I take a load of washing and put it on, then it’s a quick hoover while the kids are getting shoes on.
Level 2 jobs vary depending on the day and what we have planned. For example, on bedroom day, I usually do this in the morning and the toddler helps. If I can’t have her helping (for example, kitchen day) I wait until lunch time and do it while she naps. I like to set my 30 minutes and get it all done in one go. If I am working a day, I generally don’t worry too much, as I know I will be back in that room the following week. That said, I will always ask hubby to do at least a few items off the list (and he is pretty good at getting stuck in). Level 1 jobs I don’t worry about if I’m on days because I know they will be done the next day. If I’m working on a Friday Focus day, I might just add the focus on to the appropriate level 2 clean, or do it at the weekend if we aren’t busy.
In general, I try to find the pockets of ‘wasted time’ and do little jobs to keep on top of general tidiness (eg I will unload dishwasher while making a cuppa, or fold washing while kids are playing after school).
What has been the most challenging part of TOMM?: I think the hardest part is fighting the tiredness. I am on my feet for 12+ hours when working, and if it’s busy it can wipe me out for days. I do find, though, that if I can just set my timer, even if I don’t get everything done there is a lot less guilt because I know I’ve done something. Or if I really can’t face up to it and absolutely need that nap in general, the house is still fairly clean so I try not to dwell on it!!
What have you enjoyed most about TOMM?: My favourite thing is the lack of guilt! As a mum, I think we can feel guilty about all the things we didn’t get time to do! Before TOMM, I found it difficult to focus on one thing because I was constantly thinking about all the things I “should” be doing. Now, I know everything is under control and I have so much more headspace. I can enjoy playing with my daughter without worrying about the pile of washing, or I can sit down at lunchtime, or have my nap (!) without feeling I’ve not done much.
What are your top tips for newbies?: Easy, just do it! You don’t need to bootcamp, or wait for week 1 to come around, you can literally just start whenever! My other tip would be to find those pockets of “wasted time” and think about how you could make them more productive. Be kind to yourself and learn to let go sometimes! Finally, make TOMM work for you, whichever way helps you to feel good about your home find it and do it!

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Have a happy Thursday everyone …. have you done your kitchen yet?

Gem x


Top 5 things you might be forgetting to clean in the kitchen!

You’ve set your timer and you’ve blitzed your kitchen whilst listening to the TeamTOMM cleaning playlist (available on my Youtube channel) but have you cleaned these?

The crumb catcher in the toaster … where the raisins from your fruit loaf go to die.

The seal around your fridge and freezer … often neglected, but so satisfying to clean!

The cutlery drawer tray … I don’t know how it gets so dusty in there!

The extractor fan filters … mine can go in the dishwasher!

The kitchen cupboard kickboards … when was the last time you get on your hands and knees and gave them a good scrub?

There you have it … next time it is kitchen day spread the cleaning love between these five!

Lush Mushroom Curry

I am so excited about sharing this with you because it is BLOODY LUSH … hence the name  😜

This is fab served with my onion bhajis!

Print and keep Lush mushroom curry

Lush mushroom curry (2)


Dairy Free Lasagne

Dairy free lasagne is so much easier than people think to make. You really don’t miss the cheese and this tastes AMAZING with a crisp salad. Make a double batch and freeze for another night (no washing up!)

Recipe Card DF Lasagne (1)PRINTABLE Recipe Card DF Lasagne


Pesto Cod Wrapped in Bacon.

You all know I love EASY, TASTY food and this is a great way to get a mid-week fish hit! I serve the fish with pea puree (cooked frozen peas blitzed with a hand blender, with some mint sauce stirred through)This can easily be dairy free using dairy-free pesto 🙌

You can download and print the recipe card here 👇

Recipe Card Pesto Bacon Cod



Recipe Card Italian Chicken