Top Cleaning Tips

• Don’t store brooms with the bristles sitting on the ground because they will flatten and get out of shape. Store them upside down. • If paper becomes stuck to a surface, remove it with a little sweet almond oil or any other soft oil. Then wipe over it with rolled up pantyhose. • Avoid the stale smell in suitcases …

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Choosing Fresh Food

Do you know how to tell if fruit and veg is fresh? We’ve taken the guess work out for you. Here’s a sample of what you can find in our book How to Be Comfy. Or get the Comfy Shopping List which lists fruit and veg on one side of the page and has space for your shopping list on the other. …

Jen FlemingChoosing Fresh Food

Scratchy Shower Screen

One of our most common questions is how to fix a shower screen that has that cloudy look. The cloudy look is, in fact, glass cancer in which air cavities have been created between the layers of glass. For many people, getting a new shower screen is the only option.You can alleviate the scratchiness, wipe with sweet almond oil on …

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Tanning Moisturiser on Carpet

Q: I have a couple of stains on my daughter’s bedroom carpet. The carpet is less than two years old and is a mixture of wool and synthetic. The stains that are most difficult to shift are from tanning moisturiser. I know – what were we thinking? There are now two blotches of yellow in the middle of the beige …

Jen FlemingTanning Moisturiser on Carpet

How to remove mould

Mould has a knack of getting into difficult-to-reach corners. Fortunately, this solution can be applied to a range of hard surfaced areas. First up, you’ll need some oil of cloves available at the chemist – you may have to ask to have it ordered in. You’ll also need a spray pack and some water. Add ¼ teaspoon of oil of …

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Deter Spiders with Lemons

Lemon oil is found in the peel of lemons and is extracted in bottle form as well. It deters insects, particularly those pesky spiders. Wipe lemon oil around the places where spiders set up home and reapply every 3 months. To reach under eaves and other hard-to-reach places, put pantyhose over the head of a broom, wipe it with lemon …

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Refresh Old Carpet

If a room is a bit smelly and you’re not sure why, it might be time to give the carpet a good clean. Mix equal parts unprocessed wheat bran and bicarb and sprinkle over the carpet. Sweep the mixture into the carpet fibres using a clean broom. If the broom is dirty, you’ll simply create more cleaning. Leave for 5 …

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Towel Softener

To keep towels feeling soft against your skin, use this recipe in your washing machine. For a large top loader, add 1/2 cup of bicarb to the wash slot and 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the conditioner slot of the washing machine. For a small top loader, add 2 tablespoons of bicarb and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. For …

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Is it OK to use bleach?

Bleach is a cleaning agent and an antibacterial but it’s also quite corrosive and high in phosphates. Many people equate the smell of bleach to cleanliness but if you can smell bleach, it means it the area hasn’t been rinsed properly. Over time, it makes grout porous, strips the glaze off tiles, causes glass cancer on shower screens and breaks …

Jen FlemingIs it OK to use bleach?