Low Toxic Cleaning Ingredients

Have you noticed the level of fear used when advertising cleaning products on TV? We are told germs are lurking everywhere ready to strike you or your family down. Ignore the fear and instead, use low toxic alternatives to the ones advertised on TV. Here’s a list of items that should be in your cleaning cupboard. Bicarb and white vinegar …

Jen FlemingLow Toxic Cleaning Ingredients

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 …

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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 …

Jen FlemingHow to remove mould

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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How to clean the oven

The easiest way to clean it is to sprinkle bicarb over the base and door and spray with white vinegar. When it fizzes, wipe with a pair of rolled up pantyhose. If the gunk is really caked on, you may need to repeat this process a few times. To clean the sides, remove the shelving and apply what Shannon calls …

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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?

Caring for Glass

What would we do without glass? This malleable, durable but delicate compound is used in so many different ways in the home. From drinking glasses to window panes, we’d be lost without it. Here are some tips on caring for glass so it lasts a lifetime. • To maintain the condition of glass, you need a constant temperature, lack of …

Jen FlemingCaring for Glass