Posted on 20 Mar 2018

You know the drill, you've done this a million times, right?  But wait before you pick up the cleaning spray.  There's a good chance you're doing some things all wrong - in fact, according to experts, most of us are!

Mistake 1: Using hot water on stains

There's practically no circumstance (except one) in which warm or hot water is good for stain removal.   Warm water reacts chemically with most stains, making it bind further with fabric, carpet or upholstery fibres.   This creates a stain that's impossible to remove.   Always use cold water on stains for a better result.

Posted on 19 Mar 2018

We know that lots of essential oils can be really useful in the great outdoors.  But if you're going camping and packing light and can only take one - make it the Camper's Little Helper, Tea Tree Oil.

A natural antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral and insecticide, it has a multitude of uses for all kinds of situations you'll encounter outside.    Try it for these.

1. First aid

Tea Tree Oil is known as the 'medicine kit in a bottle' for good reason. It soothes cuts and scrapes, including any nasty blisters from hiking or other outdoor activity helping kill germs and prevent infection.   Tea Tree Oil can be applied neat to the site of minor wounds, or diluted in water to clean larger scrapes.

Posted on 19 Mar 2018

Let's face it, laundry can be a bit boring.  So here's some fun facts to lighten your load!

1. 70% of dirt on your clothes is invisible.

Think those jeans are clean?  May want to think again.  After a few wears your clothes may still look fine, but according to scientists what's making them dirty isn't necessarily dirt.  It's "human matter" like dead skin cells, sweat, natural body oils and also products like lotions, deodorant and soap.  Which leads us to fact 2...

Posted on 21 Dec 2017

Let's face it, in the average busy week most of us only get "surface" cleaning done.  But every now and then, a room needs a good, throrough deep clean - that's especially true of the bathroom.  If you're home a lot more at the moment, it's a good chance to give the most used room of the house a healthy, germ-free makeover.

1. Shower

  Here's how to clean this area:

Posted on 20 Dec 2017

Feeling a little bloated after a festive season free-for-all?  Here are some clever hacks to keep you looking good regardless!

1. Saline spray

A combination of a lowered immune system after a big night out, and mingling with lots of people in a crowded place can make summer sniffles a real possibility.  A simple, non-medicated saline spray like this can help gently flush away mucous, smoke and airborne bacteria and help keep your nasal passages - and you - healthy.

If you do get struck down with a post-party flu, bed rest, fluids and warm steam inhalations are a sure-fire feel better remedy.

Posted on 20 Dec 2017

 Managing stress is a huge part of capturing that elusive "wellbeing" we're all after.  But it's easier said than done, particularly as the family issues, money worries and hectic schedules take their toll.

That's why now's the perfect time to start embracing a few of these zen habits.  Make them a part of your daily routine and you'll be in better shape to handle all life throws at you.

1. Drink green tea

If you can't completely kick the coffee habit, try replacing just one cup a day with green tea instead.  Green tea contains theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation.  Caffiene can worsen stress response, but on the other hand, Green tea as a substitute could  help you keep your cool when the going gets tough.

Posted on 15 Nov 2017

If you've been waiting all winter to free your feet, the time has come!   As the weather warms up, the sandals and thongs come out... the only problem is your feet may need some TLC before you want to show them to the world.

Peppermint is the perfect essential oil for foot care, as it helps improve blood circulation, has germ killing properties and a high level of menthol, which creates a pleasant, tingling cooling sensation.   This easy DIY foot scrub nourishes dry skin and improves the appearance of rough, dry spots.   To keep feel healthy & soft, exfoliate once a week.

Posted on 15 Nov 2017

It's a staple product many Australian families have at home, perhaps purchased to get a sticky label off or to diffuse when they have a cold.  But how many truly appreciate all the amazing things you can do with that bottle of eucalyptus oil?

Here are our Top 10 favourite uses.

Posted on 15 Nov 2017

For many of us cleaning the rest of the house (and picking up after others!) takes priority over ordering our own space.  But your bedroom says a lot about how you value yourself.  After all, it's the one place in the house where you can recharge, reset, and shut out the chaos of family life.  If yours is a more of a dumping ground instead of a calm, zen oasis, it's time for action.

1. Anything work related.

80% of young professionals confess to working in the bedroom, a terrible habit that wreaks havoc on our sleep.  If you begin to associate your sleep space with work-related worries and tension, those adrenaline hormones will naturally kick in when you're there, preventing your mind from unwinding and relaxing.

Posted on 17 Oct 2017

Why use toxic looking blue window cleaners when you can get great results with this all-natural & "green" peppermint version!

If you prefer the aroma, eucalyptus or citrus work beautifully too.

You'll need:

3 cups of distilled water (you can buy this at Big W, and also auto parts retailers like Super Cheap Auto)

1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (Chemist Warehouse & Priceline both sell it), or vodka

1/4 cup white vinegar

20 drops of Bosisto's Peppermint Oil