Ecozone 5 in 1 Dishwasher Tabs

ecozonedishwashertabTrying to be eco-friendly with a dishwasher can be incredibly difficult. When all the popular brands, such as Finish, have long-lasting and brilliant results, how do you find a good eco product that actually works? Fortunately I am here to let you know that I finally found a product that is both eco-friendly and works incredibly well on the dishes. So much so that I finally feel better about making the big decision to get a dishwasher in the first place.

Ecozone 5 in 1 Dishwasher Tabs are easy to use too. All you need to do is place the tablet – plastic still on – into the dispenser tray and then turn the dishwasher on. Due to its eco-friendly nature, the plastic is part of the cleaning process and will dissolve safely in the water. You do, however, have to be careful when putting the tablet in by making sure that your hands are completely dry.

Once the dishwasher is complete, you will find that your dirty dishes will be shiny and look completely clean and new. On top of that, they’ll also smell quite nice as well, which is also a worry when it comes to eco products. But Ecozone seem to really know what needed to be done to create a brilliant, user-friendly, environment-friendly product and I could not recommend it more.

If this sounds like the kind of product that you’d like to use within your home, the company that we use – and love – is Big Green Smile. What’s great about this website is that while you’re buying this product, you can browse the hundreds of other eco-friendly products on offer. What’s not to love about that?

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Thursday’s Ramblings; It’s time to Spring Clean!

It’s that time of year again! It’s time for the Spring Clean.

There is something about the longer days, the heat rising and the smell of freshness outside that makes us look at our homes and realise that they need to be sorted RIGHT NOW. And a little nigging voice in the back of our mind asks how we could possibly have been living in this awful state. And we tell ourselves that we will never let it get into this state again. But then the next spring comes around and we realise we broke our promise to ourselves.

But doesn’t spring cleaning feel like such a drag sometimes? Really, all you want is for your home to look brand spanking new without any of the hard-work, right?
So here are just a few tips to spring clean your home as quickly and efficiently as possible.

De-Clutter Your Stuff

Before you even THINK about getting out the cleaning gear, you first need to get rid of all that junk that you don’t need. Go through your stuff and anything that you did not use this year, chuck it! This can either go into the bin or into a bag for charity. But either way, it’s to get out of the house.
Already you should feel a little more rejuvenated and see that you actually have a little more space then you did before.

File That Paper Away

Every year I somehow end up with piles and piles of paperwork scattered about the house. For whatever reason it has been looked at and then put down but not put away. So I like to take a few hours to sit down with all of that paper and organise it. First I put it into individual piles – important, maybe, and chuck. Then I put the pile to chuck straight into the recycling. Go through the maybe pile again and make a decision whether to keep it or chuck it. With all the leftover paperwork, I then separate it out into further piles according to which folder it will end up in. For me that’s banking, bills, important receipts, invoices and information booklets. I then grab the folders and put the paper in them and then put them back!
We’re really starting to feel like the house is getting a little less cluttered and really just needs to be tackled with a duster and some polish!

Room by Room

The best way to do a spring clean of the entire house is to tackle it room by room. You’re not allowed to move onto a new area until the room you are in is completely and utterly clean. This may seem counter-productive as it does seem to make more sense to do all the hoovering at once, for example, but this actually isn’t very productive. You end up using too much energy moving around the house and will probably give up halfway through and resign to leaving it for another day. But by taking it a room at a time, you exert less energy and can feel very accomplished after only a short amount of time, thus keeping your motivation high to continue on to the next room.
It really won’t be long before you’ve got the whole house cleaned.

Take Little Breaks

If you use the room-by-room technique, it also works quite well for breaks. Once a room is complete you can grab a quick cup of tea before moving on to the next room. This means that you will keep your energy up – you don’t want to burn out on the first two rooms. And knowing that when you finish the room you can get a break and possibly even a little reward or treat means that you’e probably more likely to work harder to make sure that you actually get the room sorted.
Of course, you need to make sure that you’re not cutting any corners when trying to race for a break.

Don’t Do It Alone

The biggest tip to keep you motivated and to make the job quicker and easier is to make sure that you don’t spring clean alone. Get your children up and ready to help, get your other half to help out too and make it into a fun game for the entire family. If you don’t have a family, live in student accomodation or just live alone, there are other ways to do it with someone. Ask a friend if they’ll be spring cleaning their house and then agree to do it at the same time. Use the phone (with your preferred method, texting, calls, internet, etc) to communicate with that person and to see how they’re getting on. Motivate them back into cleaning if they seem to be lagging and they’ll do the same for you. There’s nothing nicer than knowing you’re doing this big task all on your own.
And then when it is all over, you can bask in the glory of a job well done and give yourself a big treat.

So there are just a few tips to make the spring cleaning better, quicker and more likely to actually be completed. Would you agree? Do you have any other tips that you’d like to share with us?

Did you like this post? Why not pop back next Thursday for another Thursday’s Ramblings!

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Tuesday’s Tips; Cleaning Your Microwave

Tuesday Tips

Cleaning Your Microwave

Do you have a really dirty microwave that potentially smells but you’re too lazy to give it a proper clean? Or even just want a quick, easy and efficient way of cleaning it. Don’t worry! I discovered this incredible tip and I’m happy to share it with you all today. It has definitely made my life easier. I can do it while I continue cleaning the rest of the kitchen!

Place a cup of hot water and vinegar solution into the microwave and switch it on for 3-5 minutes.

Then all you need to do is wipe it over with a cloth and VOILA. A beautiful and clean microwave ready to be used again!

If you liked this tip, don’t forget to come back next Tuesday for the next one!

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Monday Morning Fun

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Tuesday’s Tips; Making Coffee Effective

Tuesday Tips

Do you LOVE coffee? Does it keep you going when you feel like your energy is lagging? Then I have a few tips for you to help you get the most out of your coffee!

If you drink coffee before exercise, you’ll burn off more fat as your body will have more energy and therefore you’ll push yourself that little bit further.

Coffee starts working very quickly. After only ten minutes you’ll start to feel the effects so make sure that you drink it ten minutes before you need the energy boost to keep your mind alert while you work.

The best time to drink coffee is actually in the middle of the day. In the morning your body is using it’s natural resources to wake up and become alert but in the middle of the day, it needs a little help. In the evening your coffee will either keep you awake too long or will actually cause you to feel sleepy.

So why not go ahead and grab yourself a coffee now?

If you liked this tip and want to read more like it, don’t forget to come back next Tuesday!

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Thursday’s Ramblings; Different Types of Tea

There is nothing we love more in this office than a warm, tasty cup of tea. But did you know that different herbal teas can help with different ailments?

Green Tea
Green tea helps you if you have a slow metabolism. Due to this it is also great at helping you lose weight. And, if all of that isn’t enough, it has caffeine in it so will also help to keep you feeling more awake if you’re tired.

Ginger and Chai Tea
If you’re feeling a little nauseous, drinking a ginger tea or a chai tea can help to make you feel better.

Chamomile Tea
Do you struggle to sleep at night? Instead of drinking hot milk or horlicks, you should try chamomile tea. It is a tea that has natural calming effects and you’ll soon find yourself nodding off.

Elderflower Tea
This tea has medical herbal remedies associated with it. It is said that this tea can help if you have a cold, the flu or other sinus infections. This is due to the natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

Peppermint Tea
Are you prone to getting sick? Don’t worry, if you drink peppermint tea it can actually help to boost your immune system. On top of that, it is also known to help with aches and pains, such as headaches, and can also help if you’re prone to bloating.

Oolong Tea
It is rumoured that this tea can help you lose weight. There are some scientific reasons for this and studies are still being compiled but it has to do with helping metabolism, and is more helpful as it is both black tea and green tea. Pretty nifty, huh?

Lemon Tea
Are you feeling stressed out? This tea can help with that! The smell of lemon is very good at lifting our moods and so this tea, drunk regularly, among other benefits can start to make us feel a lot less stressed about things.

So… what tea will you be drinking today?

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Tuesday’s Tips; Easy Sticker Removal

Tuesday Tips

If you’re anything like me then you probably take forever to remove stickers from objects. But then I found this handy tip and it saved my life!

To remove stickers easily, all you need to do is spray it with perfume!

Spraying it with perfume or something else with alcohol is effective because alcohol eats the glue adhesive, allowing for a more clean removal.

If you liked this tip and would like to find more, don’t forget to pop back next Tuesday!

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Monday Morning Fun

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