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Guest post: Why to use more eco friendly products

Today more and more people decide to take up actions which are beneficial for our environment or at least to use products which will cause none or minimum damage to the nature. Actually it is something great that people become more conscious about their well-being and about the living world. We have only one planet to live on, right? We have to preserve it for as long period as possible. For this purpose, nowadays many manufacturers take advantage of the whole situation and try to promote their eco products convincing us that it is all about the environment. The truth is that everybody take care of their own interest but indeed going green can make a large impact- on our own lives and nature itself.

Living a green and healthy life is actually not something hard to achieve. You can simply start with changing what you eat or to run more frequently, for example. However, the easiest way to start changing your life and at the same time contributing to our environment is to change the products you use in your household. Fortunately, people have already realised that that the products they use are dangerous not only for the environment, but for themselves as well. When one’s health on the line, then change is possible and necessary.

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Your home is your temple, in order to keep it clean and safe for you and your family, there are a few steps you can take. Unfortunately, there are various materials and tools common to many households that can simply put your health in danger. Great majority of the products we use in our every day life contain harsh chemicals, artificial ingredients and many more bad-for-our-health compositions. You probably did not know but the laundry detergent, for instance, which is one of the most toxic products we use.

Even though the nature responsible products has positive impact on the nature and our health, it is still not enough to change the mind of the rest of the people. One of the main reasons because of which people avoid using eco friendly products is their price. Yes, if you want to use such products you have to overpay a little bit more but you will surely preserve your health so we think it is worth the price.

In order to protect yourself and your family, Flat Cleaning Services advise you to use organic cleaning products. They do not contain artificial additives which put our health at risk, they do not contain harsh chemicals as well. What is even more, they do not contain perfumes and synthetic dyes which as you know can lead to serious health problems, allergic reactions or outbreaks. Inhaling these chemicals while cleaning may lead to serious damages on our well-being. Every time you use organic and eco friendly cleaning products, you, your family and the environment are safe and well-preserved.

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The environment has been seriously damaged over the last few decades due to the usage of detergents containing various dangerous chemicals. The use of such has been inspected in details because of their toxic effects on the nature and its fauna. Save our planet and choose the green life- start choosing environmentally products which can help reduce the toxins and poisons that harm our environmental world.

The good news is that many manufacturers are willing to go green and keep on promoting their natural products aiming to protect Mother Earth and at the same time to satisfy people. The best option is to start using organic products that contain only natural toxin-free ingredients. They are safe for you and for our nature.

Guest post by Margaret Ellis

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Teaching Children to Clean

I’ve tried hard to suggest to my boys that they should tidy one game up before getting another out and that they should put things away at the end of the day, but my words always seem to fall on deaf ears, so when Schar Ward contacted me, to see if I would like a free e-copy of her book “Teaching Children to Clean” to review, my answer was definitely yes please.

Don’t get me wrong, they both do a few chores. Son1 usually brings the bins back after the dustmen have been. And he pairs up clean socks. And they both sometimes remember to put their plates in the dishwasher, son2 is better at this than son1. But they were horrified when we got them involved in washing-up on holiday recently, a task that I can remember regularly helping with myself from age 3.

Teaching Children to Clean by Schar Ward

Here is the book blurb.

By the time a child is sixteen, they should be able to clean every room in the house–Schar Ward

This book contains step-by-step instructions for teaching children and teenagers to clean an entire house. Plus many other life skills such as doing laundry, loading a dishwasher properly, and making a bed.

Cleaning is not an option, it’s a necessity! If your child doesn’t learn, it’ll plague them the rest of their lives. According to the latest research, teaching your child to clean may be the most important thing you ever do for them! You want your child to learn basic life skills, but finding the time for accomplishing this seems to get more difficult each day. What’s the answer? A new approach, that practically does it for you! You’ll find it in these pages and even more:
* The research on children & cleaning
* Proven tactics to get the job done
* Chore charts for every age
* Room evaluations for easier cleaning
* What tools they need
* Safe green cleaning solutions, you can make yourself
* Checklists for detailed cleaning in every room
* How to clean appliances
* How to do laundry, set the table and everyday chores
* How to take care of pets
* Fun cleaning games

Knowing how to take care of yourself in your everyday environment is a skill no one should be without!

my son's untidy room

This is usually what I see in both my sons’ rooms and it tends to start spreading round the rest of the house, so I dived into the book to see how to change my tactics as my current approach is obviously not working.

I’ve picked up lots of tips from this book, so I’ve started by ordering 4 drawstring bags from Amazon – 2 white and 2 black. I have hung one of each colour in my sons’ bedrooms and explained that they are for their dirty laundry. White for white clothing and black for coloured clothing. Hopefully eliminating the need for me to pick up their dirty laundry from all over the floor. And if that goes well, I hope to progress to them bringing the full bags downstairs and then to them loading the washing machine, a task that son1 has carried out occasionally. However, so far son2 has put nothing in the bags, but son1 is remembering to use them sometimes.

The book has certainly highlighted why my current tactics haven’t been effective. And I like the room evaluation guide for making the rooms cleanable. Making beds is something the boys have been taught but ignore. However for instance the book suggests making it easier by moving the bed away from the wall, so that will be my next plan for son2’s room.

One area of the book that is not for me is the chapter on making my own safe cleaning solutions. I certainly don’t have time for this, so I’ll be sticking to buying my usual brands, although I do like the idea of pretending we’re making magic potions.

I think the younger your children, the more you will get out of this book, particularly with regards to cleaning games. I don’t think a game would win my boys over, when they would much rather be on their gadgets.

I do plan to attempt to implement some chore charts and it is a very useful starting point that the ones shown in the book can be downloaded here.

Also it is great that other life skills have been included too. I know this is going to be hard work as far as my boys are concerned, but hopefully I haven’t left it too late to get them to adapt. And I’ve learnt quite a few things myself too, so it is not just all about children.

Teaching Children to Clean is available  on Amazon, currently priced at £15.95 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. A very useful parenting guide, aimed at those with children age 3-16. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

Chambers natural leather care products review and giveaway

So do you care well for your shoes, bags, furniture and other leather products? I recently received a box of natural leather care products free to review from Chambers complete with a microfibre lint free cloth. Time to give my walking boots and handbag some tlc.

Chambers leather care products

Chambers leather care products

The items I received are:-
1. Chambers Leather Balsam Clear – 200ml tub
2. Chambers Leather Foaming Cleaner – 500ml spray bottle
3. Chambers Leather Waterproofer – 100ml tin (for black leather)
4. Chambers Leather Conditioning Cream – 450 ml tub

The Balsam also comes in Vanilla and Lavender varieties too.

First up for attention, my walking boots. Although they haven’t been used much lately, as the boys aren’t keen on walking, these have given me good service. And I like to think that it is in part due to caring for them well. I can’t remember when I bought them, but at least 10 years ago, as I had this pair when I walked the Great Wall of China.

Cleaning and waterproofing my walking boots

So a two-stage process for the boots, cleaning then waterproofing. The cleaner is in a spray pump bottle which foams up nicely on the cloth. You can easily see the difference in picture 3 above between a cleaned boot and the other boot which i hadn’t started. I then allowed time for it to dry. After cleaning, I then applied the waterproofer, but I must admit that I did struggle to open the tin and had to ask for help in the end. The instructions on the tin indicate that it requires heat after application for the waterproofing to become effective, so I gave it a good blow with my hairdrier. I wasn’t sure how long to do this step of the process for, so it would have been useful to have been given a time estimate on the instructions. Finally I buffed them up.

My boots certainly look much better now, but I haven’t had an opportunity to fully test out how waterproof they are. Roll on a wet wild wintry walk to find out. Did I really say that? I love summer and don’t want it to end.

And then my everyday handbag which takes a lot of strain, but I have to admit, hasn’t had any care from me since I purchased it about 7 months ago.

caring for my handbag

I didn’t think my bag needed cleaning, so I went straight to the conditioning step. The pot says that the balsam is good for hands too, so I doubled the test, by using my hands to apply it to my bag. And yes it did feel good on my hands. I left my bag for about 10 minutes for the oils to absorb as recommended on the instructions, before then buffing it with the lint-free cloth.

I was pleased with the results. I had been a little apprehensive before starting as I wasn’t 100% sure whether the surface of my bag was considered to be smooth, as it is slightly dimpled but that may just be due to the grain of the leather. My worry was due to the fact that the pot said that the product was suitable for smooth leather only.

The leather balsam currently retails at £9.75 for 200ml, the waterproofer at £7 for 100 ml and the cleaner at £7.50  for 500ml. Note that the products are not suitable for suede or nubuck.

I haven’t tested out the leather conditioning cream yet, but the large size tub means it will be great for furniture and other bigger items. It currently retails at £8.75 for 450 ml.

I loved how the products are 100% natural, produced from items like beeswax and coconut oil. Plus they are all made in England.

Chambers website is very new but they will be gradually adding lots of tips and information, so keep checking back.

You may purchase Chambers products either via their own website or their Amazon shop.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a set of leather care products courtesy of Chambers to one lucky winner. Prize value is £33 and you can choose your preferred variety of Balsam.
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a Rafflecopter giveaway – Please click on the link to enter.

And you may see my other giveaways here.

I’d love to hear your top leather care tips.

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Disclosure. This post is a review of products I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.

Dettol products review

I received a free 500ml bottle of Dettol Anti-Bacterial Surface Cleaner and a packet of 72 Dettol Anti-Bacterial Cleansing Surface Wipes to review.

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I am sure most of us know and trust the Dettol brand. I have been using their antiseptic disinfectant liquid for years now, but hadn’t tried either of these two products. I do use a different brand surface cleanser after each meal. I don’t currently use surface wipes although I used to use them regularly when the boys were younger on things like changing mats. Now I just use pocket packs of a different brand of antibacterial hand wipes when out and about, carrying them in my handbag.

So putting these two products to the test in the kitchen after cooking and eating tea. I used the spray in just the same way as my usual brand on the cooker, kitchen surfaces and table and was equally satisfied with the result. It cuts through grease and grime. And I repeated the same test the next day with the wipes. I found just 2 wipes were sufficient for the whole kitchen. Very pleased although I personally preferred using the spray.

My granite surface isn’t ideal for a before and after photo, but I’ve circled a dried-on blob of strawberry ice-cream in the left hand picture, which I easily cleaned with the Dettol wipe.

Dettol wipes put to the test

The current RRP for these products is £2 for a 500ml bottle of the surface cleanser and £2 for a 36 pack of the wipes and both are available in most major supermarkets. I believe this price is of similar value to other brands. I would be quite happy to recommend both these products.

You can follow Dettol’s Mission for Health on facebook.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.