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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.

Posted on 15 Dec 2016

Sunburn is so last decade.  There is never a good excuse for getting as red as a lobster, not now we’re surrounded with education about harmful UV rays and the dangers of melanoma (http://www.sunsmart.com.au/).  Plus advances in ‘realistic’ looking tanning creams and sprays mean lying around in the sun isn’t just uncool and unhealthy, it’s unnecessary.  

That being said, the most diligent of us have been caught out from time to time, a little pink here or there despite our best efforts – in those cases it’s great to have a cooling, soothing solution on hand.

Posted on 15 Dec 2016

Unlike cats, who are meticulous self-groomers, our canine friends don’t have high standards of hygiene – most dogs don’t naturally enjoy baths, and would be happy as a pig in mud to stay dirty all the time.  However this isn’t ideal both for their skin health, and for their owner’s noses.

Luckily, we’ve found some clever ways you can turn bath time into fun time, making it as stress-free as possible for both you and your dog.

Associate bath time with good things

Teach your dog that bathing is always followed by the things he loves.  If your dog learns that bath time reliably leads to wonderful stuff – like special treats, brand-new chew toys, a walk in the park or dinner time – he’ll soon learn to feel much better about it.

Posted on 15 Dec 2016

Let’s face it: mosquitoes are a major buzz kill.

But walking around a party like a stinky chemical factory, or guests choking on clouds of pesticide-laden insect repellent isn’t a whole lot more desirable.

Ditch the toxins and declare your gathering a bug-free zone with these natural repellent candles. They do take a little bit of effort but they look beautiful (especially at dusk) and if you put them in pretty jars they make excellent gifts, too.

Note:  You don’t have to stop at jars – once you get confident making these you can put the candle mixture in anything from clean tin cans to little ceramic flower pots or small colourful metal buckets.  Check out the local $2 shop or Vinnies, and use your creative flair!

Posted on 15 Dec 2016

One of summer’s less than sensational aspects is … bugs.  Hot weather plus rain equals lots of creepy crawlies coming out of the woodwork – or the garden, or the bathroom for that matter (why do daddy long legs hang out in the bath?). 

But if you’re not keen on exposing your children, pets (or yourself) to a bunch of chemicals how can you get bugs to bug off?  Luckily nature  - and your kitchen cupboard – hold plenty of non-toxic solutions.

Posted on 14 Dec 2016

Your fridge is the hub of your kitchen, and one of the hardest working appliances in the house.  Taking the time to clean it out regularly is important.  For one, it's much easier to see and use things on a daily basis, you'll reduce the risk of nasty food poisoning bacteria - and opening fresh-smelling fridge is simply much nicer than the alternative!

Here's our tips to clean your fridge.

1. Take everything out

It's a must.  You probably don't have a clue half the things you have in there.  Clear a space on a large bench and put everything out.  You can do the fridge and the freezer seperately.

Posted on 14 Dec 2016

Even if your house is immaculate, just one off-putting smell can ruin everything.  In the lead up to party season (and the guests it brings) make sure your home is an aroma-paradise with these simple deodorising tricks.  Best news?  They're all completely natural, with not a synthetic fragrance in sight.

1. Freshen furniture with baking soda

Posted on 16 Nov 2016

Oh no, what's this?   A white t-shirt, streaked in dirty brown greasy stains that definitely weren't there when it went in the wash.  Or mysterious chunks of white powder on a dark jumper.  Why are clothes coming out of your machine dirtier than they went in?   If this scenario is familiar to you, you can bet your washing machine is crying out for a good clean.

When you think about it, it makes sense - washing machines deal with not only the dirt and grime from our clothes, but the residue of all the powders and liquid softeners we put in there daily.  Eventually it's going to build up and bits of gunk are going to bust loose.

Luckily there uis a cheap and simple way to clean your machine which is environmentally friendly, too.