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How to keep your house clean (and dustmite free!) this winter

Do you know what dust mites are? A house dust mites are a type of mite that occur naturally in our home environment. They feed on dead skin flakes from our body, which we manage to ‘drop’ in bedding, carpets and soft furnishings throughout most homes.People’s reactions to dust mites are variable, but they are considered an allergen; their droppings are a common cause of asthma and allergic symptoms such as dermatitis or skin rash.The good news is that there are number of simple steps that you can take to reduce dust mite populations in your home.This month Oakwood Amabassador, Arabella Forge shares with us how to keep your home dustmite free this winter!

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 Categories: Household, winter, household, clean


5 steps for clearing clutter from your home

2015 is now in full swing. You may have made resolutions at the beginning of this year that relate to becoming healthier, spending more time with family and friends, or maintaining a fresh and tidy home. Chances are, this final resolution will have been the hardest to keep. This month Oakwood Amabassador, Arabella Forge shares with us her 5 steps for clearing clutter from your home!

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 Categories: Household, household, clutter, cleaning


10 fun and thrifty ways to re-decorate your home for 2015.

 Would you like to re-decorate your home on a budget? This week Arabella is sharing with you 10 fun and thrifty ways to re-decorate and ‪freshen‬ your home for 2015!

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 Categories: Household, summer, household, decorate


A household freezer storage guide for the summer months

Have you ever had lots of food left over from weekend celebrations? To keep you super organized in the kitchen, Arabella Forge has put together a freezer storage guide for summer months.

Freezing fruits and vegetables in summer is an excellent way to ensure that you have access to this produce throughout the year. Almost every fruit and vegetable can be frozen; either packed in bulk, or mixed-and-matched into pre-made meals for convenient last minute dishes.

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 Categories: Household, General, waste less food, household


5 ways to waste less and save money this festive season

How tight is your budget during this festive season? I have 5 tips on how to waste less and save more during this festive season. Following these tips can be handy as while this season it might be considered the ‘silly season’, Australians are predicted to spend up to $10 billion on food during December and January, with up to 35% going to waste. Read More Here… 

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 Categories: Household, General, waste less food, festive season tips


Step head this Spring with clean leather boots

Have you spent the winter jumping through muddy puddles and giving our boots plenty of wear and tear? Now it’s time to give them a fresh spring clean for the summer months. And if necessary, store them properly so they’ll be fresh and new for next year.

Good quality leather needs plenty of proper attention. If you care for your boots regularly– by cleaning, and conditioning the leather when it needs it– you’ll find that they stay trim and soft; and last twice as long. Here are some tips for spring cleaning and proper storage during the summer months. 

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 Categories: Household, Leather, Shoe Care, shoe polish, shoe care, how to clean boots, cleaning shoes


Spring cleaning in the kitchen

Spring is here, but before you start baking raspberry muffins and having your friends to tea, it’s worth freshening up the kitchen to prepare for the warmer months. Spring is a key time for hosting lunches and evening get-togethers, so creating a clean, and homely environment for entertaining is really important.

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 Categories: Household, natural cleaning, household


Six steps to brighten your leather sofa this Spring

It was a cold and rainy September morning and I decided our living room was long overdue for a makeover. With Spring in our midst and the damp, musty smell of our fireplace still lingering in the air from winter, it couldn’t have been a better time.

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Kitty Litter Tray Troubleshooting

Cats are known for being fastidiously clean, it’s part of their nature and a reason why they are such great pets.  

Occasionally things do go wrong and cats demonstrate a behaviour known as ‘inappropriate elimination’ – weeing and/or pooing in the wrong spot.  This is one of the most common cat behavioural problems and can be particularly unpleasant as urine smells are often difficult to remove.

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 Categories: Household, pet care


10 ways to cut back on plastic in the home

Plastic materials are everywhere in our environment; they help keep food fresh, homes clean and often make our lifestyle just that little bit easier. 

Unfortunately, most plastic products are not environmentally friendly, and many contain compounds, known as endocrine disruptors, which can disrupt normal hormone function in the body. 

Reducing the use of plastic in your home is fairly easy. 

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 Categories: Household, household