Posted on 19 Oct 2015

Dogs (and cats) may be a man’s best friend but they’re certainly not a carpet’s.   If you’re owned by a dog or cat you will most certainly have encountered the odd suspicious-smelling puddle behind the couch, or a brown stain accidently tramped in from outside. 

These little incidents occur more frequently when our pets are both very young and very old – but can also happen in between for many reasons including illness, territorial feelings and anxiety.  Fortunately it is possible to enjoy and indoors pet and fresh upholstery.  Here’s a great stain remover you can make up at home.

You'll need:

1 cup white vinegar
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 capful, or around 30 drops of eucalyptus oil

Posted on 03 Sep 2015

You may have heard a lot of talk about “serums” in skincare but are not really sure what they are or when you should use them.  A serum is the powerhouse of your skincare regime.   It helps boost hydration, encourage cell turnover and contains natural occurring antioxidants that help  buffer environmental damage that occurs during the day.   If your skin is looking dull and needs a boost, a serum is probably what it’s crying out for.

A serum can replace your moisturiser, but often it goes on underneath and is primarily used for skin rejuvenation at night.

Posted on 03 Sep 2015

A good night’s sleep can be irritatingly elusive sometimes, which leaves you bleary-eyed and not functioning at your best in the morning.  If it happens to you regularly, you can set up a pattern it’s difficult to get out of.  Try getting your sleep groove back on with some of these clever tricks.

Posted on 03 Sep 2015

One of the most versatile essential oils, lavender oil delivers myriad therapeutic benefits...

Most renowned for its relaxing effects on the body and mind, therapeutic-grade lavender is also a wonderful antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial especially good for minor burns and acne.  And let’s not forget that sweet floral aroma.  

Carrying a bottle of lavender oil with you is like having your own personal first aid kit, perfume, stress reliever and germ killer rolled into one.   Here’s our favourite uses – have you tried them all?

1.    Sleep & insomnia

Posted on 06 Aug 2015

When most of us were growing up mum kept a bottle of eucalyptus oil handy in the cupboard.  She used it for getting sticky labels off jars and sat us down with our head over a bowl of eucalyptus and hot water when we had a stuffy nose.

But how many of us have really explored the full potential of this versatile essential oil?  Did you know it’s a natural antibacterial, freshener, de-greaser, solvent, stain remover and germ-killer amongst many other things?  So if you’re still only using it for stickers and colds – you’re missing out!

Try some of these great ideas while the weather’s still chilly.

1.    Wake up shower

Posted on 03 Aug 2015

Little people: they sure can leave a big mess.  Ground-in playdoh, tomato sauce on shirts, crayons on walls… if you care for children, or even have them visit from time to time, these will all be familiar scenarios.

But don’t cover your house in plastic bubble wrap (although they’d probably really love that): we’ve got some easy clean up tips which all use the amazing powers of eucalyptus oil to get you out of child-engineered sticky situations. 

Tip 1: Common kid stains

Posted on 30 Jul 2015

Nothing’s worse than dirty, smelly gym clothes; here’s the ultimate guide to washing them properly

Nothing beats a good workout - and nothing smells worse than the perspiration that comes with it.  But slow down before you chuck your shirts and leggings in the wash. Sports gear takes a beating, and it doesn’t come cheap, so it’s worth taking the time to give them a little extra TLC in the laundry.  Nothing like a seam coming lose at the wrong time during Pilates to make you wish you had!

Don’t how how to properly care for your sports clothes?  Don’t sweat it: we’ve got your ultimate guide right here.

1.    Detergent danger

Posted on 16 Jul 2015

Freezing?  We hear you (especially if you're in Melbourne this week!)  But wait, don't touch that climate control.. did you know just a one degree hike in temperature can have a significant impact on your power bill?

Instead, try these tips from The Cheapskate Club's Cathy Armstrong - she, like many others grew up without indoor heating and said her Mum's tips always kept them warm.  We would also suggest a hot water bottle or a wheat bag (heated in the microwave),  is great for warming the tootsies in bed on a cold night.

Mum's Simple & Effective "Keep Warm Tips"

Posted on 16 Jul 2015

Even the most avid dog lover would have to admit they can sometimes be a bit “on the nose”.  Whether it’s bad breath that could strip paint or a really whiffy coat, here are some tips to help you keep those odours under control..

1.    Check for allergies

Posted on 16 Jul 2015

Most of us view our bedroom as an escape from the toxic nature of the outside world; a serene safe-haven.  After all, we spend up to a third of our lives sleeping there (teenagers, even more!).  But shockingly, according to government bodies (including the Australian Goverment Department of Environment, and the EPA), the accumulation of gasses, chemicals, mould and other toxins mean that indoor air can be more polluted than outside.

To make sure your pillow-covered paradise isn’t harming your health, try these easy detox tips.