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How to save more money by having a home maintenance plan

We can all agree that the purchase of a home is probably the single biggest investment many people will make in their lives. 

Just like with a car, a home needs regular maintenance to remain in the best condition possible and deliver value on the original investment, increasing it every day.

We all need to clean, so why not clean green

Do you know that you can also contribute in some small way, very easily to safeguarding our planet?

Yes, it's as easy as looking at what cleaning agents and other household products you are using. 

Switching to eco-friendly green products will be healthier for you and your family and beneficial for the planet.

6 Tips to de-clutter your home effectively

Let's face it, most people have "stuff" lying around in in their homes that they either don't use, need or want anymore.

I'm sure that if you are reading this, you are thinking about exactly what you have that takes up space in your home.

Removing excess, unwanted "stuff' from your life has a beneficial effect not only emotionally but also physically.

Don't let your home make you ill - 5 steps to make your home germ and allergy free

With today's busy lifestyles it's little wonder that some of the essential things we should be doing sometimes get neglected. 

Cleaning your home is one of those things, unfortunately. A clean home is a pleasure to live in and its crucial for our wellbeing, both from a health and emotional perspective.

Learn what to put in the compost heap - Save money and the planet

Question is though, what can be placed in the compost heap and what should never find its way in there? Here is a quick reference list to see both.

What can be included

What should be left out

Fruit and vegetable peelings and cores - great for getting the ball rolling

All Fats and oils

Uneaten cooked table scraps

Meat and bones - take too long to break down and attract pests

Coffee grounds from fresh ground beans - supplies proteins and oils

Citrus peel - maybe in small quantities, but contains a natural preservative that can inhibit decomposition

Old fashioned tea leaves and unbleached teabags - only include teabags if you 100% sure they are unbleached, otherwise break open the bags and remove the leaves

Corn cobs - take too long to decompose

Old bread

Salt

Eggshells

Anything that has been treated with chemicals

Shredded newspaper in small amounts

Weed seeds and weeds that have been removed from the garden

Wood shavings, sawdust or fire ash

Dog and cat faeces

Household dust and hair

Disposable Nappies

Garden waste - leaves, non-woody pruning's and grass cuttings

Used Sanitary towels and tampons

Leaves from trees in Autumn

Plastic bags in any shape . size or form

Old Bills and other plain paper documents shredded or torn into smaller pieces

Plastic bottles

Pencil shavings

Any paper products that have a plastic coating like cereal boxes etc.

Very old cotton towels and sheets - torn or cut into smaller pieces

Used printer cartridges

Cardboard egg cartons broken up into smaller pieces

Cigarette butts and ash

Spoiled rice/ almond / soy / coconut milk

Any chemically treated wood products

Coffee Filters provided they are produced from natural fibres

 

 

If you in any way unsure what can be included, rather err on the side of caution and leave it out.

Many people may ask where the savings would come in if they do not have a garden large enough to need the compost that has been produced from what you have included in the compost heap, but look at the savings in terms of less garbage to remove, which means less trucks on the road and less fuel being used for this task. Even if you only have a very small garden or just some house plants - they will thrive with the nutrition they will draw out of the compost you have created.

Another trick is to place some of the compost in a watertight container, add some water and let it stand for at least two weeks, frequently releasing the air that has built up in the container and then using that "black gold" water to fertilize your vegetable garden or your house plants. Its concentrated nutrition.

If you have enough, share it with your neighbours and family - they will definitely love you for it.

7 Ways to prepare your home for a great summer

I'm sure, like me, most people get to the end of winter and cannot wait for the warmer days to appear. 

Those long warm summer days spent outside in the fresh air with friends and family. Good times indeed.

Having a "green" dinner party? Here are 5 ways to make it special

In today's socially connected world, having a dinner party to connect one-on-one with friends and family is a really novel idea.

Make the most of the opportunity and show that you care not only for the people you invited but also for your environment by going green.

Here are five ways to make your dinner party an eco-chic soiree that everybody will rave about.

10 steps to a good night's sleep

In our fast paced world we all live in today, it seems as if sleep is over-rated.

People are working harder and harder, many taking work home with them and working until late at night.

Once they are done and then move on to bed, they are struggling to get to sleep and it's no wonder.

This type of lifestyle and stress will inevitably start taking a toll on body and soul and it's not one that we suggest or support, but here are 10 steps you can use to ensure that when you do go to bed, that it's the best quality sleep that awaits you to help revive and restore you.

Natural ways to curb household pests

Are you aware that ants, cockroaches and pantry moths(weevils) gather in the kitchen because its normally warm and it has a plentiful food supply?

If you have firsthand experience of this, then you know that pesticides are the last thing that you want to use to curb this problem, especially in the kitchen area.

So what is the answer? There are natural alternatives that are as effective, if not more so, than toxic pesticides and there is the old favourite, common sense. If these little invaders have nothing to eat, they cannot have a party!

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