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Today we are becoming more conscious of how our actions impact on the environment and future generations. Some of the information about maintaining our home and environs came about because you might ask “Dad, How do I…?”

Organic oven cleaning method

July 26, 2013 | Filed under Cleaning hints and tips

Most of us are aware of and dislike intensely the awful smell of chemical oven cleaners.

The good news is that you don’t need to use these cleaners.  Salt of good old baking soda and vinegar will do the trick without the chemical invasion of your kitchen.

Jill Ettinger has put it very nicely here so there is no need to me to repeat it all.


Shoe polish

March 25, 2013 | Filed under Cleaning hints and tips

As an alternative to coloured shoe polish where you need a different colour for each different coloured pair of shoes, try using furniture polishing oil.  …Read more

Washing soda crystals in the laundry

December 12, 2012 | Filed under Cleaning hints and tips

I have used the washing soda crystals in a rinse in my washing machine (best to be dissolved in warm water it dissolves easier) it helps to take stains out of clothes.

It also cleans out your washing machine and hoses as well as acting as a softener for hard water.

Contributed by Nadine.

Nadine’s All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

December 7, 2012 | Filed under Cleaning hints and tips

Nadine uses this solution for floors, kitchen surfaces, bathroom cleaning and windows.  She says the one solution does virtually everything you need cleaners for!!


1 litre of water
200 ml White Vinegar
40ml Eucalyptus oil
40ml Detergent
2 dessertspoons Washing Soda Crystals.


  1. Mix all ingredients together and it’s ready to use. It makes just short of 2 litres.
  2. Fill a spray bottle & use it to clean tables,benches & the bathroom.


  1. It cleans & polishes everything, including windows.
  2. I’ve never seen stainless steel taps, kettles etc. so clean!
  3. I’ve even taken small smears of dried paint drops off floors with the cleaning solution.
  4.  Use 60mls in warm water to wash floors.


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