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10 Amazing Spring Cleaning Hints And Tips

With spring approaching, you might be thinking of cleaning your home in time for the better weather. While Googling ‘cleaners near me’ will bring up a range of professional domestic services that will certainly give you a helping hand, you might decide rolling up your sleeves is the best way to get the job started. So, if you’re not afraid of a bit of elbow grease, here are 10 amazing spring cleaning hints and tips to check out.

1. Disinfect your surface with lemon juice

Believe it or not, lemon juice is a natural disinfectant and is ideal for cleaning everything from work surfaces to stainless steel. Rub salt over one half of a lemon and you’ve even got yourself an organic abrasive that’ll remove tough marks and stains.

2. Add lemon juice to your laundry

You can also add a cup of lemon juice to your laundry as this will not only do a great job of whitening but it’ll leave your clothes smelling wonderfully fresh. It’s also much gentler on the skin than other products like chlorine bleach, so why not give it a go?

3. Deodorise the dishwasher with lemon juice

‘Lemon juice again?’ you may cry! Why indeed! It’s a wonderful natural cleaning agent that can be used all around the home, but if you want to deodorise your dishwasher try filling half a tea cup with lemon juice and placing it on the bottom rack. Run the rinse cycle and your dishwasher will be clean and fresh too.

4. Freshen up your carpets

Want to keep your carpets clean and fresh? Then sprinkle down some baking powder mixed with 10-20 drops of essential oils before hovering.

5. Steam clean using vinegar and water

If you want to steam clean your carpets without using any harsh cleaning chemical, try adding equal quantities of vinegar and water to your steam cleaner. This will help remove stubborn stains but if you don’t want your home to smell like a salad dressing, add several drops of essential oils too.

6. Get rid of smells from your fridge

To properly clean your fridge, take everything out and wipe it down with a concoction of washing up liquid and hot water. Rinse with a clean, damp rag before sprinkling down some bicarbonate of soda and leaving for 30 minutes. This will neutralise odours. Wipe away and put the food back in.

7. Polish your furniture with vinegar

Vinegar is not just for pouring over fish and chips. It’s also great for shining up old tables and polishing furniture, so why not try it out for yourself? Simply shake a few drops onto household objects and rub in using a dry cloth.

8. Unclog sinks with vinegar and baking soda

Did you know you can unblock drains using just baking soda and vinegar? To do this, simply put three heaped tablespoons of baking soda down the plughole followed by several glugs of white vinegar. Wait for the hissing to stop before washing through with hot water. The ferocious chemical reaction should clean your pipes and is a great way to get water flowing properly without calling out a plumber.

9. Fight oil with oil

Oil and water do not mix, so try fighting those annoying grease stains with a few drops of vegetable oil. Scrub using an abrasive sponge and you should find the mess comes away quite easily.

10. Clean your shower head with a toothbrush

One of the biggest enemies your bathroom faces is limescale. It can build up round taps and shower heads so try removing it using a squirt of lemon juice and a firm toothbrush. The bristles will help clean all those little holes helping water to flow more freely.

So there you have it, ten spring cleaning tips that will leave your home looking fab.

February 26, 2015

Simple Ways To Stay Healthy in 2015

With a new year, come a bunch of resolutions which will probably never see the light of day. If your resolution is to lose weight and keep fit, don’t let it fall through the cracks for another year.

Toning your body and losing a few extra kilograms certainly won’t happen overnight, but it will be worth it in the long term. Just think of how far you could come in a year from now? Incorporate a few of our tips into your daily routine, to create a happy, healthy life in the future.

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Substitute ingredients

You can still enjoy the occasional homemade pizza without compromising the delicious carb-filled taste. Substitute a few ingredients fatty ingredients for a healthier alternative, and your meal will taste better (and guilt-free!). This could mean anything from creating a low-calorie base made from cauliflower, to removing the cheese in favour for more crunchy vegetables. The choice is always yours!

Exercise

Even if you don’t have the time to go to the gym, it is really important to get up and walk around. Instead of driving, catching the bus, or even grabbing a lift with a friend, walk to your next destination (of course if it is close enough). This could make a great impact, and think of all the money you could save on tickets.

Don’t buy junk food

Out of sight, out of mind really applies to some of us who love to pig-out on a regular basis. If the food isn’t in the house, then the craving pretty much goes away. This won’t always be the case, since you might find yourself driving to the closest supermarket for that block of chocolate, but it is definitely a start!

Frozen vegetables

Keep a few bags of frozen fruit and vegetables in the freezer as a back-up meal. This way, you always have something in the fridge which can last for months on end before it expires. You can create smoothies, juices, and even delicious soups from almost anything in the fridge.

Eat homemade

Processed foods are packed with extra ingredients which could be adding a few centimetres to your waistline. Where possible, eat homemade food as much as you can, and cook from scratch. Making your own tomato sauce instead of buying a pre-made jar could save you from so many hidden calories.

Drink less

Alcohol that is! Many women don’t often think about the invisible calories which almost all alcohol contains. Rather than choosing a vodka-lime-and-soda as a ‘healthier’ alternative, it’s better to just stick to a refreshing glass of water. You will thank us the morning after!

What are some of your tips to live healthier in 2015?

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January 29, 2015