Organising your life using the Internet

by on February 28, 2007
in Efficiency

There are some fantastic tools available online to help manage your life and to allow you to be more productive at home and work.

One of the ones we stumbled onto recently is ToDoist, which can be found at

ToDoist is a FREE online to do list creator and manager. It allows you to group items it to projects and being online could be used by a group of users.

It is also hosted online so you can check your to do list anywhere on the planet!  You can also allow your partner access to it so they can add things to your list too! Be careful of that one though!

Organizing the kids room

by on February 28, 2007
in Clutter Clearing

Now matter how hard we try to encourage our kids to pick up after themselves and keep their rooms neat and tidy they very rarely do. Often it is down to mums to give their rooms a through scuff out and re-organise, here are some tips to help you in the battle for tidiness in your kid

Using dishwasher powder and dryer sheets to help clean your home

by on February 28, 2007
in Cleaning

The fabric conditioner sheets which we use in the tumble dryer can be put to good use as a cleaning aid as can dishwasher powder, try them to make life easier when it comes to cleaning.

If you are having trouble removing stubborn baked on food from pans then fill the pan with boiling water and place a dryer sheet in it, leave it soak for an hour or two then pour off the water and clean the pan, you should find it comes off much more easily. If particularly stubborn then leave to soak overnight with more hot water and another dryer sheet.

You can use a dryer to sheet to easily clean dust and pet hairs from blinds, fans and air conditioning units, not only will it make cleaning much easier but over a long period of use it will leave a protective coating for even easier removal.

Use a sheet on your TV and monitor screens to help eliminate dust and static build up.

Another way to remove burn on food from pots and pans is to cover the area with just enough hot water and dishwasher powder to make a paste and allowing it to soak overnight before cleaning the following day.

To clean copper pans and make them shine first clean them in dishwashing soap before taking half a lemon which you have poured salt on and use it to scrub the copper. Remember to keep adding more salt as you clean.

Cleaning up after your pet

by on February 7, 2007
in PetCare

It is a well-known fact that the British love their pets, however we don

Using baking soda to make cleaning easier

by on February 7, 2007
in Cleaning

Besides being useful for cooking, bicarbonate of soda can also be really helpful when it comes to removing stains. Here are just a few of the ways it can be used when it comes to cleaning.

To remove grease more easily from the cooker or back splash put a little baking soda on a damp sponge or cloth and watch the grease vanish.

If your carpets or rugs smell a little stale then sprinkle some baking soda over them before going to bed and leave overnight before vacuuming.

Baking soda is excellent when it comes to making baths and sinks sparkle without the need for scrubbing.

Pour a quarter of a cup of baking powder down your drain quickly followed by 1 cup of vinegar, the two will react together and when you wash it down with hot water it keeps the pipes clean and clear.

If you find yourself inundated with small insects sprinkle a little baking soda down where they run and this will help get rid of them.

Putting some baking soda in a burnt pan while the pan is still hot and allowing it to soak in hot water will work wonders in helping to remove the burnt mess from the bottom.

If you have odours in your fridge open a tub of baking soda and place it in the fridge with the lid off, stir the contents of the soda every once in a while to help remove the odours and leave your fridge smelling clean. The same works for your microwave but put the soda in some water and switch the microwave on for a minute or so.