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Posted on 12 Apr 2017

Household germs (such as staphlococcus and campylobacter) can cause nasty illnesses, some of which are more common in winter.

But which are the cleaning and hyiene habits that really make a difference?  According to Dr. Simon Swift, an associate professor in microbiology and infectious disease at the University of Auckland, it's the little things that really matter when it comes to staying well at home.

Posted on 06 Apr 2017

Our first ever Customer Top Tip comes from Tracey Reed who found a great use for our Bosisto's Tea Tree Oil:

'My tip is to use Tea Tree Oil to treat the infections seedy toe and thrush in horses hooves, and then once cured to use it as a preventative.

First clean the hoof with a special hoof pick and then scrub it clean with a dry scrubbing brush. Drip some neat Tea Tree Oil into the central sulcus and each collateral groove of the frog and onto any cracks or suspicious areas of the hoof and wall. Do this daily and the thrush will be healed in no time. Once cured, use it weekly as a preventative.'

Posted on 09 Mar 2017

Laundry.  It's like painting the Sydney Harbour Bridge: as soon as it’s finished you need to start again.  If you'd rather be doing anything else other than sorting, folding & ironing, cut your laundry time in half with these clever tips.

Posted on 09 Mar 2017

We know you're on a mission to rid your home of harmful chemicals.  And - we're here to help.

Proudly introducing Bosisto's NEW range of ready-to-use cleaning products... Bosisto's Floor Cleaner, Bosisto's Multi-Purpose Cleaner and Bosisto's Bathroom Cleaner.   All free from harmful chemicals, and with the antibacterial power of real Bosisto's Eucalyptus Oil.

Now, you can have both a clean home and a clear consience, because Bosisto's formulas are naturally strong on grease and grime: no weak 'naturals' here.   We're busting the mold - and the mould! - with formulas that really make your home sparkle, while adding nothing harmful for your family.

Posted on 08 Mar 2017

Here at Bosisto's, we think eucalypts are amazing.   And on National Eucalypt Day - 23 March - Australians everywhere will have a chance to honour them, too.

There is nothing more iconic, and no smell more evocative of "home" than that fresh, crisp scent of the Australian bush.  But here are some things you may not know about Australia's most famous native tree, and our deep connection with them here at Bosisto's.

1. Eucalypts are truly unique.

There's no other tree species in the world, for example, that can produce timber, paper, essential oil and even honey! 

Posted on 15 Feb 2017

Hands up who hates ironing?  US TOO!

That's why we love it when we find some great ideas that help us cut down on, or avoid it all together.  Here they are.

Posted on 15 Feb 2017

We’ve all experienced the horror… that slow-motion moment the chocolate cake slips from the plate and icing goes down your favourite silk blouse, or the moment you discover your toddler ‘decorating’ the couch with your orange lipstick.

Stains are an inevitable part of life but if you know the right thing to do – and do it straight away – you can spare a lot of cost and bother.

Here’s some of the most common stains and how best to treat them.

Coffee

To get coffee out of carpets, simply sponge up with cold water or paper towel.  A gentle carpet shampoo with a dash of eucalyptus oil works wonders too.

Posted on 15 Feb 2017

Shrunken woollens and rainbow-dyed white sheets, suds all over the floor and broken bra wires… most of us learn the basic rules of laundry the hard way.  But what of the things you think you’re doing right which are actually detrimental to clothes?

There are more sins happening in the laundry than you think.  Are you guilty of any of these?

1. Too much detergent

Counter-intuitive though it may be, more soap does not equal cleaner clothes.  Instead, it can make them grimier as soap residue fades colour and attracts more dirt.  It can also lead to bacteria build-up in the machine and on clothes, especially in areas where excess soap holds dirt and doesn’t get washed away, like seams, pleats or collars.

Posted on 14 Feb 2017

Did you know the earliest fabric softeners were made from just soap and olive oil?.  Unfortunately that's not the case today.

Now in many you'll find nasties like benzyl acetate, camphor and chloroform - not to mention artificial perfumes and dyes (you can bet there are no oriental flowers in that "Oriental Bouquet"!)

Fabric softeners leave a thin coating of synthetic ingredients on your clothes, much like wax on a car.   This makes your clothes feel smoother, but also makes the fibres less absorbent, which isn't always ideal - especially in the case of bath towels, and sweat-absorbing fabric in athletic wear.

With microfibre cloths and towels, softeners can actually ruin them - so keep your expensive Enjo away!

Posted on 07 Feb 2017

In a recent competition, you shared with us all the clever and creative ways you use essential oils around your home.  We were so impressed, we had to publish some of our favourites.  Read on for some truly inspiring ideas on how to achieve a healthier, chemical-free home using natural oils.  As Nadine Hill states, "Essential oils are a wonderful addition to home cleaning.  In addition to being antibacterial agents, they improve your emotional state as well.  The amazing fragrances lift your spirits and actually encourage you to enjoy your cleaning."  

Note: we haven't tried and tested these tips, so we always recommend the usual caution of patch testing on any sensitive household surfaces or materials.