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March 22, 2018

Silverfish are another household pest that we don't want around. They consume starches and carbohydrates and are capable of destroying book bindings, wallpaper and photos as they consume the glue found in these. They also consume linen, silk, cotton, and carpet. If you find your clothes with holes in you may think it was moths that put the hole in your clothes however silverfish can get in clothes baskets and clothing draws and may leave your clothes with holes. 

So how do you get of these pesky little creatures. The conventional way to get rid of these is by using pesticides containing permethrin and deltamethrin. However these are harmful for our health and should never be in the house especially around children and animals. 

Luckily like most household pests there are essential oils that silverfish don't like and are a great control for these pests. 

The best oils to get rid of silverfish are Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Citrus oils (Lemon, Orange), lavender, peppermint and basil essentia...

November 27, 2017

I am going to be really honest now. I hate slime and have tried to keep it out of the house, but with 3 kids aged 9, 7 and 6 this wasn't happening. 

I hate slime for a couple of reasons - 

1) Most slime is made out of glue and borax. Being a Natural Mama I am not happy about my kids playing with either of these with their hands.

2) Slime gets on clothes, bedding or carpet it isn't easy to get out. Or at least that's what I thought!

I now let me children make their own slime as I found a slime recipe that doesn't have Borax and Glue as ingredients. This made me a happy Natural Mama, I will share this recipe with you in another post. 

I also found that slime is easily removed with one of my favourite natural household cleaners, vinegar.  All you need to do is soak the slime affected area with vinegar and then remove the slime with water and wash like normal. The same applies if you get slime on your carpet pour a little vinegar over the slime and then wipe with a cloth and clean with wat...

November 14, 2017

Using natural laundry stain removers for most stains on clothes works very well. Most of the items that you can use you will probably have in your kitchen cupboards at home. 

1 # White Vinegar

White Vinegar is an essential item to have in your natural home laundry. White vinegar is cheap and very gentle on fabrics and safer to use than bleach or fabric softener.

White vinegar is great for removing yellow perspiration stains and odour from underneath the armpits of shirts. I use it daily as a stain remover for your kids white cotton school tops. It even removes tomato sauce stains. 

White Vinegar is a great natural fabric softener and when added to the final rinse section of your washing machine will keep your clothes soft. Adding the vinegar to the final rinse also helps to keep your clothes smelling fresh even if you leave them in the washing machine for a while prior to hanging your clothes out. 

Using white vinegar in your washing machine regularly will help to keep away musty washi...

September 27, 2017

It's great to have clean mirrors and streak free clean windows and making a Natural Glass Cleaner to use at home is easy with only a few ingredients needed. 

What you will need - 

2 cups of Distilled or Filtered Water

1/2 a cup of white vinegar

10 drops of a citrus essential oil - Lemon, Grapefruit, Lime, Mandarin, or Sweet Orange. (pick your favourite or a combination of the above)

Add to a spray bottle and then spray on mirror or window and wipe clean with a microfibre cloth. You will be left with beautifully clean mirror and windows and the room will smell great. 

March 23, 2017

There is nothing worse than having to throw out food due to a moth infestation in the pantry. The best ways to keep the pests at bay in ensure that all your food items are stored in air tight containers once opened.

However if you suspect that you already have moths in your pantry you take the following steps to get rid of the problem ASAP - 

1) Check all flours and grains in your pantry first as this is preferred breeding areas for moths, also check any sweets, dried fruit etc. You are look for moths, larvae and eggs which look like webbing or clumps of grains. 

2) Remove any suspected moth infested food from your home.

3) Wipe down your pantry shelves with the following homemade natural moth prevention spray - 

1/4 cup of vinegar 

1/4 cup of distilled water 

4 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil, 8 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and 10 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Add to a spray bottle 

4) Add dry Bay Leaves to each shelf in your pantry to repel future moths.

February 23, 2017

I love using lemons and limes in cooking but did you also know lemons and limes are excellent cleaners and can help clean you kitchen.  

Ways I use Lemons -

Natural Rinse Aid for your Dishwasher - Add your used lemon to a shelf in your dishwasher ensuring that all pip's are removed. The lemon will act as a natural rinse aid and you will glasses that shine without using a harsh chemical rinse aid. 

Microwave Cleaner - Use half a cup of water and squeeze in the juice of 1 lemon. Microwave for 3 minutes and let stand for 5 minutes wipe your microwave clean. 

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