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Posted on 19 Oct 2015

Dogs (and cats) may be a man’s best friend but they’re certainly not a carpet’s.   If you’re owned by a dog or cat you will most certainly have encountered the odd suspicious-smelling puddle behind the couch, or a brown stain accidently tramped in from outside. 

These little incidents occur more frequently when our pets are both very young and very old – but can also happen in between for many reasons including illness, territorial feelings and anxiety.  Fortunately it is possible to enjoy and indoors pet and fresh upholstery.  Here’s a great stain remover you can make up at home.

You'll need:

1 cup white vinegar
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 capful, or around 30 drops of eucalyptus oil

Posted on 25 Nov 2014
Is the sun starting to shine through your windows at home, reminding you how badly they need cleaning before guests start arriving over Christmas?
 
Well, put down those bright blue, artificially-coloured sprays because we’ve got a recipe that works a charm for a fraction of the cost, with ingredients you probably already have at home.
 
Posted on 25 Nov 2014
We all love our furry friends, and they’re even nicer to snuggle up with when they have soft, clean, shiny fur.  Most dogs should be bathed around once a month – more frequently if you have a long-haired breed or your four-legged buddy likes getting dirty. However commercial pet shampoos – especially “natural” brands - can be very expensive.
 
Making your own dog shampoo is simple and can really help your budget.  
 
Posted on 25 Nov 2014
If you’re an allergy sufferer you’ll know it can take its toll on your looks.  Constantly blowing your nose, itching your eyes and scratching your face can leave you a red, puffy, blotchy-looking mess.   Attractive?  No.   Fixable?  Yes!
 
Mix up some of this cooling, refreshing facial spray and keep it in the fridge.  Spritz your face a few times a day - with the natural anti-inflammatory properties of lavender and the sinus-clearing powers of eucalyptus, you’ll be fresh and ready to face the world in no time.
Posted on 25 Nov 2014
Whether you’re donning a flirty frock or a pair of shorts a body scrub is the perfect way to banish dry, flaky skin and keep your pins in top condition.  It's also vital if you're planning to self-tan, because exfoliating first helps make your tan more even and last longer.
 
This gorgeous exfoliating scrub uses magnesium-rich Epsom salts, nourishing coconut oil and skin-loving lavender which help boost circulation, remove any rough patches and reveal soft, smooth skin – not just on your legs but all over.
 
Posted on 25 Nov 2014
If you’ve ever accidentally inhaled hairspray you’ll be aware it’s not the most lung-friendly of products… and if a cloud of hairspray chemicals is toxic enough to make you cough your lungs up, it’s probably not the best for your health or the environment.
 
Luckily you don’t have to forsake fashionable follicles while trying to be earth-friendly - we’ve come up with a solution that’s safe and easy, includes hair-nourishing essential oils and will save you a fortune compared to its commercial equivalents.
 
Posted on 25 Nov 2014
Take a moment and look at your current bottle of dishwashing detergent.  Do you see a list of ingredients on there?  No?  Ever wonder why?
 
A whole lab full of chemicals can go into the average “grease-fighting” dish liquid – including foaming agents, dyes, colours and fragrances - and even if you use gloves so they don't get on your skin, all those synthetic ingredients are still going on your plates, and into the waterways.
 
Posted on 25 Nov 2014
Knitting, baking, and bikes with wicker baskets have all become hip again – maybe it’s time for a potpourri revival?
 
These collections of scented, dried flowers, popular in the 70’s and often found in bathrooms, have had a bit of a daggy image.  But with today’s focus on biodegradable, recyclable and repurposed materials, they couldn’t be a more perfect fit for the eco-friendly home.
 
Posted on 25 Nov 2014
There are many things which could be classed as a miracle while on holidays – finding a clean toilet precisely when you need one, your bags being first up on the carousel; a taxi driver who doesn’t go the long way.  Arriving with an entire suitcase of perfectly crease-free clothes?  That’s another one for the wish list.
 
Even if you fancy yourself some sort of packing ninja, no matter how carefully you roll or fold, inevitably some items arrive a little worse for wear.
Posted on 25 Nov 2014
Did you know that even if you wash in hot water, germs can still linger in your laundry? 
 
That’s not a huge problem for an everyday load of washing, but there are some circumstances where you might want to take a bit of extra care.