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In the kitchen

Clean a hob the eco-friendly way

When you have a toughened glass hob you need to clean without scratching. Here's an eco-friendly cleaner that works on tough grease.

 

 

Microwave myths

Using a microwave is convenient and essential to the time-pressed home cook. A microwave is simple to use, quick - and use far less energy than a standard oven. Yet even with great advances in technology, myths around microwave cooking continue to persist in health-conscious homes.

 

Keep your food fresh in the heat

Whether your household is considered to be on the higher-end or the lower-end of the income scale in South Africa, you are sure to feel the pinch as the drastic effects of drought have got the food prices shooting through the roof. The last thing you need is food spoilage

 

Spotlight on World Food Day

Food brings people together, it nurtures and makes people smile. World Food Day is happening on 16 October 2016 and is dedicated to appreciating the value of the food that we have.

 

It's time to upgrade to energy efficient appliances

Upgrade to energy efficient appliances and save on your monthly bill and reap the benefits of advanced features.

 

 

What is baking soda?

I often receive enquiries  asking where to buy, or what is, baking soda. For those that don't know, baking soda is also known as Bicarbonate of Soda, or Bicarb.

 

 

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Clean away grime and mineral deposits without chemicals

As we look for greener, more eco-friendly options, cutting out toxic cleaning products is one way to clean your home, and you don't need expensive cleaning products - packed in plastic bottles or refill packs - to do this.

 

New collection of Elite Ball jars

The elegant and contemporary jars, with their beautiful brushed silver lids and bands, are sold in a 4-pack and are the perfect size for craft projects, or as an ideal gift size for jams and jellies, or for condiments.

 

Life hacks that make everyday living easier

These days we are all pushed for time, and a few life hacks go a long way towards making everyday living easier.

 

 

If in doubt... don't drink the water!

When it comes to clean drinking water, South Africans shouldn't be surprised to find out that drinkable tap water might be a thing of the past.

 

 

Safe use of LP gas in the home

The use of LP gas in the home is a popular choice for many as we look for options during power outages and to cut down on the monthly electricity bill.

 

 

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How to put out an oil fire in the kitchen

A friend of mine recently experienced the horror or an oil fire in the kitchen that almost got out of control and burnt down the entire house. I am sure there are many homeowners out there who have experienced the fear of putting out an oil fire, but if you haven't here are some tips to ensure you handle the situation.

 

Pattex Repair Gel / Glue for quick fixes around the home

Pattex have recently launched a new product and I decided to put it to the test. Pattex Repair Gel and Glue are suitable for use indoor and outdoors, since both products are waterproof once cured. The bonding is also flexible and can resist temperatures between -50°C and 80°C, which is why I decided to try this out on the seal around my fridge door.

 

Make your own eco-friendly home cleaning products

With so many people putting eco-friendly or homemade cleaners and polishes to the test, the recipes for homemade household products have evolved to be more efficient and less affordable, which means you not only save money on your monthly grocery bill, but you also have a healthier home.

 

Fix a stove top or hob burner plate that doesn't work

When you are renting a home, chances are you have to put up with a stove that is ancient and decrepit. Years or use and neglect mean layers and layers of grease and chances are the one or more of the hob plates don't work. Replacing a broken hob plate isn't difficult and you can buy appliance spares for a wide range of stove models.

 

Repair chipped crockery or ceramics

Today epoxy glue and putty make fixing chipped or broken crockery and ceramics simple. You can repair a treasured cracked vase, or restore grannies old tea set and put them back into use without anyone even knowing they were damaged.

 

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Maintain a gas braai for your safety

If you haven't yet fired up the gas braai, before you do here are some maintenance tips you should perform on a regular basis before lighting that flame. A seasonal maintenance check of your gas grill is essential for ensuring the safety of your family and your home.

 

Refresh a home the eco-friendly way

After the doldrums of winter it's so nice to be able to refresh a home for the arrival of spring. Pop on your apron, tie your hair up and grab a few eco-friendly cleaning essentials to give your home a complete spring makeover from top to bottom. Here are some spring cleaning hints and tips to get you started...

 

How clean are your cleaning products?

With its slogan that it kills up to 99.9% of household germs, the Brit -produced product was declared unsafe for use after SA's National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications performed testing and found the brand wasn't living up to it's promises, resulting in over 4000 units being recalled.

 

Stop mildew and mould with Rubson Stop Humidity

Rubson Stop Humidity unit uses refill tabs that absorb all the moisture from a room and it's amazing how fast this little device gets to work at doing just that. Rubson have now re-launched the product with a modern design that you can use in any room in a home.

 

Clean the dirtiest microwave with easy

Toss out those toxic cleaners and use natural products to clean a microwave. All you need is a jug or bowl of water, lemons or concentrated lemon juice and a cloth to refresh and clean a really grubby microwave. This tried and tested method has been around for ages and works like a dream.

 

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Care and cleaning tips for stainless steel surfaces

As one of the most resilient materials for household use, stainless steel is a practical finish for many surfaces and appliances. It is the chromium film that coats stainless steel that is responsible for its resistance to rust and tarnish, and with proper care this film can provide protection for many years.

 

Using natural cleaning products

Here are some home cleaning tips that show how natural cleaning products really do work and they won't harm your health or your family in the process. Use natural cleaning products to clean a grease-stained stove top or remove hard water stains in the bathroom, these are just a few of the cleaning tasks you can do with natural cleaning products.

 

Defrost a fridge... fast

I have a frost-free fridge-freezer combination. You did notice that I said frost-free right? At least twice a year I have to remove big chunks of ice from the back of the fridge, so how is that frost-free?

 

Keep knives sharp

One of the best ways to sharpen your knife is to use a whetstone – it takes a little time and patience but, once you’ve mastered it, you’ll never have to battle again with a blunt knife.

 

 

Light my fire

This article is for all the single women out there who want to avoid the embarrassment of being completely oblivious on how to light up a braai or having to ask someone for help.

 

 

Repair a tumble drier

My tumble dryer is one of the oldest appliances I own, and while I do need to replace it with a more energy efficient model, I simply cannot afford it at the moment.

 

 

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Fridge repairs

Here are some simple fixes for the four most common refrigerator problems: an ice-maker breakdown, water leaking onto the floor, a cooling failure and too much noise.

 

 

Energy-efficient appliances

With all the appliances and cleaning products touting their eco-friendly reputation these days, how do you know which ones are legit?

 

 

Ants taking over?

Every morning I wake up to a kitchen sink that is covered in an army of ants. When trying to get rid of ants, it’s helpful to first have a basic understanding how ants live and thrive:

 

 

Need more kitchen space?

For many families, the kitchen is the busiest room in the house. Even though kitchens are a hub for conversation and great food, they can also become a black hole for household clutter.

 

 

Home remedies

You don't always need to use harmful chemicals in the home to sort out odours, stains and other problems. There are plenty of home remedy solutions.

 

 

Natural cleaners

By using all-natural substances to clean your home you can have a healthier home and a healthier family and many of the natural home cleaning methods mentioned here are significantly cheaper than manufactured cleaners, saving you money as well.

 

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In the laundry



It's time to upgrade to energy efficient appliances

Upgrade to energy efficient appliances and save on your monthly bill and reap the benefits of advanced features.

 

 

What is baking soda?

I often receive enquiries  asking where to buy, or what is, baking soda. For those that don't know, baking soda is also known as Bicarbonate of Soda, or Bicarb.

 

 

DIY t-shirt folder

If you're a fan of Big Bang Theory you may have seen Sheldon use this t-shirt folder during the show. It looked simple enough to make, and with a bit of prodding from an avid reader I decided to make one!

 

Laundry tips for the modern home executive

Here are some tips for time- and energy-savings tips for the cleanest laundry and that might even save you money.

 

 

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Get rid of mould or mildew

The most common areas for mould to appear are bathroom, kitchen and laundry rooms. This is due to the amount of moisture in these rooms and, more often than note, insufficient ventilation. Mould around bathtubs and in showers is a problem area and the appearance of mould should be taken as an indication of poor air circulation through these areas. If you make it a habit to open windows and doors regularly, this will greatly reduce the possibility of mould growth.

How to care for vintage linen

Vintage linens are an essential accessories when decorating a home in vintage style. Generally, vintage linens are manufactured using linen or flax. These fabrics were considered durable and of high quality for items such as table linens, bed linens and decorative items. You will also come across vintage pieces made of woven cotton.

 

Change to cloth nappies

Disposable nappies can drain a family's monthly budget, forcing them to spend a fortune each week on disposable nappies. With cloth nappies, a family only spends a few hundred Rands upfront and is set for their baby's entire diapering years.

 

Keeps towels fluffy

Buying towels is not something you want to have to do every few months. Quality towels should last years, standing up to the rigors of regular use. But how do you keep them fluffy and fresh?

 

Fresh smelling laundry

Smelly laundry -- usually caused by a build-up of bacteria and mould -- may leave you wanting to throw away your towels and clothes. But there are solutions! Here's how to make your laundry smell good again.

 

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Keep whites white

White is the perfect summer colour, but keeping whites white is another story. If you're like me and have a tendency to attract dirt, you need to know some insider secrets.

 

 

Static-free laundry

With winter well on it's way more clothes will be going into the tumble dryer. Did you know you can get static-free clothes with a few household items you can easily find in your own home ... some tennis balls.

 

Time to update your appliances?

If your washing machine is over 10 years old, it's time to update your appliances to save energy, water and detergents.

 

 

Repair a washing machine

My washing machine recently started making a loud knocking noise. Having previously repaired a washing machine I decided to see what I could do before taking any drastic steps to call someone in.

 

Maintain a tumble dryer

Did you know that a tumble dryer should have a venting system fitted so that moist air is not circulated into the home?

 

 

Clean up a dirty hob

No matter how hard you try, you always end up with spills on a glass hob. Cleanup is easy if you follow a few simple steps.

 

 

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In the bathroom

What is baking soda?

I often receive enquiries  asking where to buy, or what is, baking soda. For those that don't know, baking soda is also known as Bicarbonate of Soda, or Bicarb.

 

 

Clean away grime and mineral deposits without chemicals

As we look for greener, more eco-friendly options, cutting out toxic cleaning products is one way to clean your home, and you don't need expensive cleaning products - packed in plastic bottles or refill packs - to do this.

 

Life hacks that make everyday living easier

These days we are all pushed for time, and a few life hacks go a long way towards making everyday living easier.

 

 

Natural air freshener for a bathroom

When people come to my home and use the bathroom I am often asked about the bottle of perfume next to the toilet. I have been making my own natural air freshener for the bathroom for the past couple of years and I know I have saved myself a bundle in the process.

 

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Using natural cleaning products

Here are some home cleaning tips that show how natural cleaning products really do work and they won't harm your health or your family in the process. Use natural cleaning products to clean a grease-stained stove top or remove hard water stains in the bathroom, these are just a few of the cleaning tasks you can do with natural cleaning products.

 

Clean glass shower doors, taps and more...

Keeping glass shower doors clean can be a lifelong mission, especially in a home where the shower is used frequently. There are other areas in the kitchen and bathroom that are affected by limescale and there are natural cleaning solutions that work extremely well.

 

Get rid of mould or mildew

The most common areas for mould to appear are bathroom, kitchen and laundry rooms. This is due to the amount of moisture in these rooms and, more often than not, insufficient ventilation. Mould around bathtubs and in showers is a problem area and the appearance of mould should be taken as an indication of poor air circulation through these areas. If you make it a habit to open windows and doors regularly, this will greatly reduce the possibility of mould growth.

Make your own bath bombs

Bath bombs, or bath fizzies as they are also known, are inexpensive gifts to make and when wrapped in a beautiful box, are the perfect gift for Christmas, Mother's Day and birthdays. Here's how to make your own bath bombs or bath fizzies. For this project we've gone with a heart-shaped design... for someone you love!

 

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Remove ugly stains from toilets

I receive plenty of enquiries from readers who have a problem with stains in their toilet or old porcelain tubs and hand basins. Mostly caused by hard water and metals, these stains are impossible to remove with supermarket-bought cleaners.

 

Control mildew

How you tackle mildew depends on how much you have and how long it’s been there. You don't have to resort to chemical cleaners or products.

 

 

Not hot water?

The most common explanation for lack of hot water is due to the geyser being emptied, but there's more to investigate...

 

 

Repair chips

Repairing chips and gouges in a porcelain or enamelled bath or basin is fairly easy if you have the right materials.

 

 

Get rid of soap scum

There's nothing fun about spending a day scrubbing your shower, but there is a way to prevent soap scum. Here are some easy ways to stop soap scum stains from taking over your tub!

 

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Get rid of mould

Over the years I have found three natural ingredients that kill mould: Tea tree oil (an essential oil found in most health food stores), grapefruit seed extract and vinegar. There are pros and cons of each, but all three work. Vinegar is by far the cheapest.

 

Know your plumbing

Unless you can afford to fork out every time something goes wrong in your home, it pays to know a few plumbing basics just in case.

 

 

Remove stubborn stains

The right product and technique can cut cleaning time by 30 percent. We'll show you how to remove tough stains in toilets, sinks and showers. We'll also show you the easiest ways to remove rust, lime and scum.

 

Keep mould at bay

Mould in the bathroom is definitely a no no. Depending on the severity of the mould problem there are ways to get rid of it without resorting to toxic and harsh substances.

 

 

In the home

Quick Tip: Remove crayon from walls

Every mother knows there are going to be times when your child decides to add his or her art onto walls. Don't stress... grab a can of WD-40 to easily remove crayon from walls.

 

 

Refresh a mattress

Did you know that the human body constantly sheds dry skin and releases oils and sweat as you sleep? That means that your mattress needs to be cleaned regularly, even more so if your pets sleep with you.

 

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Fresh flowers last longer

Fresh flowers are a wonderfully inexpensive way to boost the mood of a room. Keep flowers looking vibrant for longer with these easy tips.

 

 

A fresh smelling home

Here are just some tips on how to clean and freshen up any home using only eco-friendly products - consisting of household ingredients you probably already have.

 

 

Declutter home - and life!

We're already into a new year, and if your life is filled with clutter and you're looking for a fresh start, organisational expert Mari Kondo shares how to let things go.

 

 

Install home security

Did you know that you can install your own alarm system in less than a day - with little more than a screwdriver!

 

 

Secure your home

It's that time of year again when families take a break and head out for the annual holiday. Before you go, here's a checklist that you can use to make sure your home is secured over the holidays.

 

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Homemade jewellery cleaner

Use baking powder to clean your jewellery when combined with sea salt and aluminium foil. The combination of these three ingredients creates what is known as ion transfer - a chemical process that can be used to clean jewellery.

 

Tips to make your kitchen more eco friendly

The recent rain showers have brought a little relief and hope for the alleviation of the national drought crisis that the country is currently facing. So how can homeowners ensure that they do this, and ultimately for their own benefit decrease their monthly cost on water rates?

 

Home security camera options

What type of cameras should you use to keep your home safe, how do they work and what will they cost you?

 

 

Clever ideas for an organised home

If you are struggling to corral the clutter, we've put together a selection of clever ideas that you can easily put into practice to help keep your home clutter-free.

 

 

Life hacks that make everyday living easier

These days we are all pushed for time, and a few life hacks go a long way towards making everyday living easier.

 

 

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DIY t-shirt folder

If you're a fan of Big Bang Theory you may have seen Sheldon use this t-shirt folder during the show. It looked simple enough to make, and with a bit of prodding from an avid reader I decided to make one!

 

A cost-effective way to keep cool

It's hot enough at the moment that you don't really have to heat up the oven to do any cooking, all you have to do is leave it in the car. This doesn't bode well for anybody at home, and there's nothing more uncomfortable than roasting while you go about your daily business, if you feel like doing much of anything at all to begin with.

 

Protect your home from intruders

Here are some tips to avoid being a victim of a home robbery if you are going away for the holidays.

 

 

Safe use of LP gas in the home

The use of LP gas in the home is a popular choice for many as we look for options during power outages and to cut down on the monthly electricity bill.

 

 

New Pattex Repair Gel and Glue for quick fixes around the home

Pattex have recently launched a new product and I decided to put it to the test. Pattex Repair Gel and Glue are suitable for use indoor and outdoors, since both products are waterproof once cured. The bonding is also flexible and can resist temperatures between -50°C and 80°C, which is why I decided to try this out on the seal around my fridge door.

 

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Refresh a home for the new year

When I was a young girl I always remember the time between Christmas and New Year as being a busy one. Both my gran and my mom rushed around the house cleaning every room. I could never understand why, and it's only as I grew older that I realise how nice it is to start off the new year with a clean home.

 

Best tips using natural cleaning products

If you haven't yet the discovered the power and money-saving benefits of using natural cleaning products, in this article we'll show you how to do even more dirty cleaning in and around the home.

 

Natural alternatives for smelly homes

Sometimes, no matter how clean your home, smelly odours pop up. We take a look at various natural alternatives to rid a home of smelly odours. Some of these natural air fresheners you may already know, but there will be a few that will surprise you!

 

Clean a ceiling fan or room fan

As we head towards warmer weather it's time to start thinking about dusting out the cobwebs from keeping windows and doors closed during the winter months. One appliance that tends to get overlooked is a ceiling or room fan, and yet this appliance is the one that collects the most dust.

 

What to look for when buying a backup or emergency generator

Power outages are about to become a way of life in South Africa and many homeowners are looking at the option to buy a backup or emergency generator for when the lights - and power - goes out. But what do you need to look for when buying a generator and what type of generator is the right one for you?

 

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When high thread count is too high

The lure of high thread count can easily be used to manipulate shoppers into thinking they’re buying better quality linen than they really are. In actual fact, you might have more chance getting a good night’s sleep by counting sheep, rather than the number of threads in your bedding.

 

Clever ideas that save you time and money

Here are some great tips for saving money and saving time. Some you may have seen before, but I guarantee there will be a few you haven't thought of...

 

 

Care for your new lounge suite or sofa

These days buying a lounge suite or sofa is a major spend, especially if you are looking for one that will last a long time and will stand up to everyday living. Once you've moved your new lounge suite or sofa into the room there are a few tips you can follow to extend the look and life of your new furniture...

 

Tips for ultimate TV enjoyment

Thursday night is my night for TV and it's really the only night I walk away from the PC and take a break. This made me think about how much time we spend in front of the TV, especially when it's a sports weekend or soapie time. So here are a few tips and making your viewing better and more enjoyable...

 

Cleaning and care for e-gadgets

As we move ever further into the electronic age, many of us can't be parted from our iPads, tabs, iPods and cellphones, so keeping them clean and protecting them from harm makes good sense. Here's a quick guide on cleaning and caring for your electronic gadgets and hi-tech home appliances.

 

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How to restore and prevent cracked leather

On an older leather lounge suite or sofa cracks will start to appear if the leather is not conditioned regularly. Normal household furniture polish won't conditioner leather, it will only give it a false shine. It's important to regularly clean and condition leather furniture with the correct products to keep them looking good and extend their lifetime.

 

Fix up pancake-flat leather sofa cushions

A leather sofa doesn't come cheap these days, and whether you buy one new or secondhand, somewhere down the line you are going to have flat cushions. Here's how to plump up flat leather cushions for a leather sofa that looks good again.

 

Remove paint stains from carpet

For the past two years the lounge has been used as a workshop and we have assembled and painted endless furniture projects in the room, so you can imagine what the carpet looks like. Since I haven't yet decided what flooring to put down, I'm cleaning the carpet as best I can for the time being.

 

Repair a lounge suite with 'sinkholes'

My hubby is one of those that doesn't just sit down, he flops down with all his weight. Sitting down this way is just not good for a lounge suite, and particularly one that has timber cross beams or spring wires as supports. My lounge suite has spring wires underneath and, while outdoors cleaning, I turned the couch over to see if I could find the problem.

 

Does your lounge suite need a good clean?

The hot sunny weather is the perfect time to get your lounge suite outdoors for a well-deserved clean. With three small dogs, my lounge suite is looking considerably grungy. There are 'pup dew' marks all over the arms, back and front and it's starting to smell like a kennel...!

 

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Which is the best vacuum cleaner?

As a must-have appliance in most homes, we rely on a vacuum cleaner to not only remove everyday dust to keep our home clean, but also to maintain a healthy home environment. But which vacuum cleaner is the best?

 

10 practical uses for an old tennis ball

Ha, and you thought that tennis balls were only good for tennis! We have managed to find 10 practical ways to use old tennis balls for anything but tennis!

 

 

How safe is your home

Fire and burns remain a leading cause of unintentional injury and death for children, particularly those under the age of 5. You can't rely on your senses to detect a fire while you are sleeping - but a smoke alarm gives that vital early warning.

 

Have a safe haven

We all need an escape from the world at some point, and for many of us it’s the bedroom. The last thing we want to worry about when taking time out is security, so here are some tips on how to make your bedroom area a safe haven.

 

Refresh indoor air quality

We know that plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Studies are now showing that certain plants can also enable us to breath cleaner air by absorbing toxic chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. You can enquire at your local nursery or garden centre as to plant species that will be suitable for your home.

 

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How to hire a handyman

Here in South Africa hiring a handyman can be a tricky business. How do you know if you are getting quality work at the right price? What happens when something goes wrong - will the professional you hire still be in business tomorrow?

 

Bothered by ants or roaches?

We all experience occasional problems with ants and roaches. The recent spate of hot, humid weather has enticed more than a few of these insects into our home. Efekto have launched a range of ant and roach traps and baits that effectively - and safely - control these home pests.

 

Displaying kid's art

It's a precious time indeed when children bring home their artwork. That first masterpiece that is made with love and presented with joy is only the first in many, many, many works of art that will be brought home for you to display.

 

How to keep a home cool and comfortable

Global warming, greenhouse effect, whatever you want to call it, it's definitely getting hotter. The fact is our climate is changing; daytime temperatures are definitely heating up during the daytime, but that doesn't mean that you need to turn up the air conditioner.

 

Remove red stains from carpet

The prospect of getting red cold drink stains out of carpet can be a nightmare in light coloured carpets. Fortunately, there are some simple tricks can help you remove these stains effectively, without destroying your carpet!

 

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Cleaning mistakes to avoid

Did you know that washing windows on a sunny day may be causing those stubborn streaks you see on the glass? Or that rubbing carpet stains is a definite no-no? Read on for common household cleaning mistakes:

 

Child safety at Christmas

Children are instantly drawn to glittering tree lights, ornaments and decorations. Here are a few safe options to take into consideration when decorating a home for the holidays.

 

 

Children at risk from cellphones

Recent research tells us that 22% of children ages six to nine own a cell phone, as do 60% of ages 10 to 14 and 84% of teens. Combine those stats with today's souped-up cellular devices, and it's a recipe for risky behaviour.

 

Great ideas for stuff in the home

Here's a collection of great ideas that I have come across on the Internet. Some of them save you time, some are really useful, and there's bound to be at least one idea that you will use.

 

 

Top 10 tips for home living

Tips to save you money and make life a little easier.

 

 

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Make sure your child is safe

The latest statistics from the emergency medical services provider, Netcare 911, indicate an interesting trend.

 

 

Preserve family photos

While many of us use digital cameras to take family photos, your images are not meant to be stored there permanently.

 

 

Life without underlay

All too often, homeowners cut corners when it comes to what’s under their feet.

 

 

3-D without glasses?

Watching an advert the other day, they mentioned 3-D TV - without glasses. No I know I might be blonde, but how does 3-D TV work if you don't have the glasses?

 

 

Maintain leather furniture

Keeping leather in good condition does not require buying any special products. There are simple, effective formulas for homemade leather conditioners.

 

 

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Keep upholstery looking good

With children and pets in a home, your sparkling clean sofa or chair can look grubby in minutes. Here's how to keep your upholstered furniture looking fabulous all year round.

 

 

Dust -free for longer

Unfortunately, dust is unavoidable. Not only is it nasty, but it can also trigger allergies. Make these simple steps part of your cleaning routine to create a healthier home for your family:

 

 

Does your home smell?

Our warm, sometimes humid weather is the perfect breeding ground for the mould and bacteria that cause most household odours. Try these techniques to tackle the root of the problem.

 

Speed clean your home

Got a life? Then you probably don't want to spend any more time on housework than you have to. Here's how to clean your house better and faster.

 

 

Eco-pest repellants

Whilst it is impossible to completely rid your home of some of these nasties, there are eco-friendly pest remedies that will slow them down!

 

 

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Safe use of LP gas

While not considered an eco-friendly heating options, LP Gas is one way to affordably heat a home, especially in view of the rumour that Eskom has power outages on the cards.

 

 

Treat carpet stains

Oops! Whether it be grape juice, a little present from Fido, or finger-paint artwork from your 3-year-old, it seems whatever is not supposed to get on the carpet always does. Here are a few tips on how to clean your carpets using products you can find around your house.

 

Fix damaged carpet

Accidents do happen, and if you have an open fireplace in your home, they tend to happen more frequently than you would like. If a carpet does become damaged, perhaps by a stray ember, there is a quick fix that you can try to repair the damaged area.

 

Stain removal guide

Use this handy stain removal guide to treat common household stains in the home.

 

 

Clean upholstered furniture

There's nothing like new upholstery to freshen up your fave soft furnishing for spring. Follow this three-prong strategy to keeping soft furnishings looking fab year-round.

 

 

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Caring for genuine and microfibre suede

Genuine suede requires regular maintenance with a suede brush and suede cleaner, both of which are usually available at dry cleaners or shoe repair stores.

 

 

Control household dust

Dust can create havoc with our sinus and nasal passages. Don't just spread dust around - get rid of it! Here are some dust-busting strategies.

 

 

Uses for baking soda

Long known for its odour reducing properties, baking soda can also remove smoke and sweat odours from your laundry.

 

 

Clean windows like a pro

If you get stuck with the chore of cleaning your windows, part of what makes window washing such a chore is that homeowners insist on doing it with wadded-up paper towels or newspaper, spray cleaner, and a ton of elbow grease.

 

Deal with household emergencies

A household emergency can strike at unexpected moments and your response, or lack thereof, could determine how things come out in the end.

 

 

Here comes the cockroach

Hot and humid. Summer is just around the corner and once cockroaches are in your home, getting to know them is your least concern.

 

 

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Pets at home

Doggie steps

I have a pair of Dachshunds and one is getting on in age. To help them climb onto the bed I made a set of storage doggie steps.

 

Grow your own cat grass

Cat grass - dactylis glomerata - keeps your cat entertained and happy, and it's so easy to grow your own cat grass from seed.

 

 

App for dog owners

DoggyDo is an app that lists all the dog friendly restaurants, accommodation, camping spots and more throughout South Africa.

 

 

@Frits Dog Hotel and Daycare

For those pet owners who loathe to leave their pampered pets at home, @Frits Dog Hotel and Day Care Centre offers a home away from home.

 

 

Designer pet homes

Whether your pet sleeps indoors or outdoors, designers are making sure your pampered pooch or fashionable feline has a dream home that fits in with his or her style, just as much as yours!

 

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Does your home smell like a doghouse?

Unless you keep your dogs outdoors 24/7, you are bound to have certain 'doggy' smells in your home. The problem is that you may not know it. You become so used to living with these smells that they become a familiar part of your home. But ask a friend if they notice any pet odours and the answer may shock you!

 

Caring for a paralysed pet

I am opening this feature for anyone that has a crippled pet, in order to be able to provide more information - not only for myself - for anyone who has ideas and suggestions for caring for a dog or cat that has been crippled.

 

Allergic to your animals?

Pets and allergens don't have to go together. Mild allergies shouldn't have to stop pet lovers from enjoying their animals. Following some simple tips and investing in pet-specific products can leave you breathing easier in no time.

 

Living with pets

Many pet owners love a good cuddle, but is it unhealthy for you (or your pet) to spend the night together in the same bed? In this article we explore this (potentially furry) issue.

 

 

Ooops he did it again!

When your pooch makes a liquid deposit on the carpet, you have to act fast. Pet urine - whether from a dog or a cat - can damage fibres and even change the colour of carpet. Permanent damage may take days to develop, but it can also happen in minutes, so any delay is risky.

 

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Out and about

Avoid holiday accommodation scams

If you are one of those that has left booking holiday to the last minute, consider the option for searching  online classified ads to find the perfect holiday spot. According to Junk Mail Classifieds, online classifieds are easy to navigate and contain all the necessary information for you to make an informed decision.

 

Rust-Oleum bakkie and truck bed liner

Rust-Oleum Road Warrior is a two-part epoxy/rubber based product designed for maximum protection and easy do-it-yourself applications. The product is designed for recoating and restoring worn, unfinished or previously finished metal bakkie and truck beds.

 

Polish your old car new again

Here's the second installment of my car polishing saga. This time our old Polo (2004 model) receives the full treatment of 3 steps to restore the colour and shine to almost brand new condition.

 

Restore your car to showroom condition

No matter how hard you try to protect your car, eventually you will have a scratches here and there, sap spots if you park out in the open, and possibly even swirl marks in the top coat of paint from polishing. Even if your car has none of these, over time the surface of the paint becomes oxidized, which causes it to become dull and loose it's shine. That's where Liquid Shine is amazing.

Be more energy efficient in your car

Warm weather typically means the windows are rolled up, the aircon is switch on, the radio is turned up. High fuel costs and the extra mileage on your vehicle, however, can hit your wallet - and the environment - harder than you'd like.

 

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Car aircon leaking?

Know the difference between a top-off and evacuation.

 

 

Is it time to replace your car?

Maintain your car battery


What to do when involved in an accident

How to jump start a car

Tips on driving in wet weather

Safety tips for women drivers

What to do when your car ...

Regularly check your tyre pressure

Get to know your car

Don't drive when you're tipsy

Plan for safe travel

How to change a flat tyre

Get insured for the year ahead

Do you know where to find your car's fuse box?

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