Natural Fibres to Use in your Bedroom

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Green Goods, Home Essentials | 0 comments

There’s something comforting about snuggling up under a warm wool quilt or kicking back in cotton sheets, and your go-natural approach doesn’t have to end there. There are a host of options for going natural in the bedroom that will ensure you get a perfect, uninterrupted night’s sleep. Whether you suffer allergies or just like the crisp feel of using natural products, the bedroom is the perfect place to employ the use of natural fibres.

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Wool

Renowned for its anti-allergen and insulation properties, wool is one of the go-to products for the boudoir whether you utilise wool quilts, pillows or underlays. Wool bedding comes in a variety of weights and paddings, meaning it’s easy to select the perfect product to suit your sleeping arrangements. Wool product companies such as MiniJumbuk specialise in wool bedding so it’s worth checking out the MiniJumbuk website; for some ideas and advice.

Some of the great features of wool are that it’s very easy to care for, tends not to retain moisture and, if looked after, will serve you for many years to come. And while we’re talking wool, don’t forget woollen rugs and carpets. Natural fibre flooring also deters dust mites and has a beautiful look.

Feather down

Like wool, feather and down bedding has great insulation and hygiene qualities, and is also easy to care for. Whether used for quilts or pillows, feather and down provides great warmth for its weight and re-plumps to shape readily. As a natural fibre, it resists moisture and dust mites, making it another perfect option for those with allergies and asthma.

Cotton

Crisp, clean, cotton sheets have to be one of life’s little luxuries and are a must-have for the bedroom. Cotton breathes well, so is perfect for bedding as it draws moisture away from your skin. While cool on warm nights, it also helps retain warmth when the weather’s chillier. Like wool, cotton is a hypo-allergenic fabric, meaning it’s great for allergy sufferers and those with sensitive skin. A good set of cotton sheets will also wash and wear well over time, so check the label to ensure it’s 100 per cent cotton you’re slumbering upon. Likewise, cotton quilt covers are fresh and easy to care for with the same attributes as sheets.

Bamboo

In recent years bamboo has been increasingly used for bed linen and bedding. A readily available resource, bamboo feels like silk, yet is fully breathable. Again bamboo boasts anti-allergen properties and is highly absorbent, making it perfect for hot summer nights. Bamboo is even considered antibacterial due to the structure of the fibres.

Mohair

Nothing says luxury quite like mohair and a mohair blanket or throw is a beautiful addition to any bedroom. Made from the wool of Angora goats, mohair is soft and renowned for its shine and lustre. Like wool, it has great insulating properties and also repels moisture, keeping it cool in summer.

Not only are natural fibres great for allergy sufferers and renowned for their breathability and moderating temperature, they are more sustainable than their synthetic counterparts. This means you’re not only doing yourself a favour by using them, you’re helping the environment a little as well.

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Get a Fill of Travel Experiences in Spain

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Earth Friendly Activities | 0 comments

They say that the best gift you can give your family is time. Not the five minutes chat over breakfast or a ten-minute phone call while you’re working late in the office. I’m talking about quality time with undivided attention – time to share experiences and build memories together. The best way to have this precious time without distractions from work is to travel discover the world together.

A travel destination with a nice mix of beach, nature, food, culture and nightlife is one of the best places where a family like ours can spend a holiday. Having these options available makes it easy to satisfy any travel experience each family member may want without hopping from one country to another. Those who are looking for such a destination can check out what Spain has to offer because when it comes to travel “Whatever I need, I need Spain”.

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It is quite common for countries to boast of their beautiful beaches and countryside to entice people to visit their country. But you can have so much more than this if you know where to go. Turespaña’s campaign “Whatever I need, I need Spain” points us to the right direction by showcasing the variety of travel experiences that Spain has to offer. You can match any travel mood from gustatory, adventure, or culture with a destination in Spain. For instance, a trip to Vitoria Gazteiz or a Tapas Tour of Madrid will be a perfect opportunity for food adventurers to experience the true flavors of Spanish cuisine. The white towns of Cadiz offer a romantic and enchanting ambiance for couples or those who are simply romantic at heart. There are also plenty of nature and adventure experiences for the whole family or those who would like to rough it out in nature. The Pyrenees in particular caught my attention and is now in my travel agenda.

Spain is also rich in arts, culture, and history as can be seen in their various world heritage sites and museums. This makes a great destination for artists, historians, students and people who would simply like to enrich themselves with the country’s culture. Those who would like to spend their time partying all night will not be disappointed with what Ibiza, Madrid and Barcelona has to offer. These are well known venues for some of the hottest parties in the world.

Before viewing this video, the wonderful beaches and the renowned nightlife in Ibiza were the only destinations on my list. Learning about Spain through the “Whatever I need, I need Spain” campaign opened my eyes to new travel possibilities in just one country. This is definitely a country my family would love to explore together. I wouldn’t mind spending all our holidays in Spain until we get my fill of everything that they have to offer.

Visit www.spain.info/whateverineedspain/en and find out more about the travel experiences that your own family can share in Spain.

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UV Systems: Keeping your home and water safe

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Green Goods, Safety Tips | 0 comments

Who wants to have unclean water in their homes? No one… There have been many methods of disinfecting it since boiling days. Continued research and studies brought us different technological breakthroughs that aimed to bringing clean waters to each home. Different disinfecting systems  were adapted by each country with one goal, to make it safe and healthy.

Although many disinfecting systems have been used and despite meticulous process of filtering our, water we still can never be sure of its safety. Different kinds of bacteria still lurk in our water making it unsafe and unhealthy. Because of this many opt to install systems that cleans and help them feel safe with the water they take in their homes. This system is called the UV Systems. How does it work? The following infographic will tell you how.
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Make Your Home Wheelchair Accessible

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Home Design Ideas, How To's | 0 comments

You’ve put time and effort into making your house the dream home you’ve always wanted- but have you planned for if you’re ever wheelchair-bound? Using a wheelchair doesn’t mean you have to leave your home and live in an assisted-living community; in fact, with just a few modifications, you can make your home wheelchair-accessible so you can continue to live there comfortably and safely. Here’s a list of suggestions to improve your home so that it’s wheelchair accessible, room by room:

    • Bedroom: Install an overhang lift or manual trapeze to get in and out of bed safely.
    • Bathroom: Install a bath tub lift and a commode lift, as well as grab bars next to the toilet and shower/bathtub.
    • Basement/attic: Install a stair lift to move safely between floors.
    • Outdoors/porch: Install an outdoor stair lift or a portable ramp to access your front door.
    • Kitchen: Check that cabinet and countertop heights are within arms’ reach from a wheelchair, and leave 27” of clearance between the floor and the underside of the table. Also, clear a space of 30”x48” at each seating location.
    • Garage: A two-car garage guarantees that you have room to maneuver between your home and your vehicle.

Here’s an infographic on how you can make your home wheelchair accessible.

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You can also improve your home’s accessibility by clearing your pathways and making them wide enough for mobility scooters, rollators, and/or wheelchairs. In general, hallways should be 36” wide and doorways should be 32” wide to accommodate these mobility vehicles; also, the minimum clear space for a 180 degree turn is 36” in all directions.

Also, keep your home well-lit to decrease the risk of slipping and falling throughout the day or night. Light controls must be easy to reach and use. Finally, install several phones and alert systems throughout your home so that in case of an emergency, you’ll be able to get help quickly. It’s especially important to have a phone next to your bed and in the bathroom (near the toilet or shower).

You’ve probably taken on many home improvement projects over the years, but making your home wheelchair accessible is the most important thing you can to do make sure you’re able to age in your own home. With these guidelines, you’ll be able to modify your home so that it continues to fit your needs.

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How to Remove Concrete Stains

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Care Tips, How To's | 0 comments

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One practical option for your flooring material is concrete. There are modern concrete flooring designs in different colors and textures that complement your interiors. This material is considered to be cost-effective because of its durability and low maintenance features. But just like any floor they can be subjected to stains and scratches. Not to worry though as there are ways to remove concrete stains on your floors.

The garage, basement, and outdoor walkways are more prone to stains compared to indoor concrete flooring. Oil and grease, rust, molds, mildew, and old paint are common culprits in staining the flooring. These stains are easier to remove when they are still fresh. One can tackle oil and grease stains using water and dish soap. Just cover fresh spill with absorbent material like towels or cat litter to remove oil or grease, and then spray water and soap on the affected area. Scrub the stained area with the use of a nylon scrub brush until you are able to work up a thick lather. Never use brushes with wire bristles to remove concrete stains as they may cause more damage to your floors. Rinse the soap with warm water after scrubbing. Strong cleansing solutions may be used for removing stubborn stains. Cleansers with Trisodium Phospate or TSP are recommended for hard to remove oil and grease stains.

Rust is another stain culprit that homeowners often encounter. There are homemade and commercial options for removing rust stains on your concrete. Vinegar or lemon juice is quite effective in stain removal. Pour a sufficient amount to cover the affected area and let it sit on the surface for a few minutes to help loosen the stain. Scrub surface with nylon brush until stain is removed. Acid solutions may be required for the removal of difficult stains. Cleansers with oxalic acid work well in removing rust stains.

Other culprits are molds, mildew, paint, and other chemicals that can stain your concrete floor. Each type of stain would require a different treatment option. It doesn’t hurt to have specially formulated cleansers around to help remove concrete stains in the house. The best way to protect concrete floors from stains is to have them properly sealed and treated with a coat of wax once in a while.

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Pest Removal and Prevention

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Care Tips, How To's | 0 comments

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Keeping the home free of pests can be worrisome for some people. People live in climates that are more likely to have particular pests. For instance, those who live close to wooded-areas may encounter a higher number of squirrels taking up residence in the attic; while people in drier climates may have more field mice frequenting the garage. One thing is for sure: Proper home cleaning and maintenance is the best defense against pests. Once pests take up residence in a home, they are hard to get rid of, and they are more likely to attract other pests due to the odor caused by their urine and fecal matter they leave behind.

Bed bugs are especially problematic. Bed bugs are difficult to see. They hide in the crevices of mattresses and pillows. They keep out of site and venture out at night time to bite humans and animals. They are difficult to find—even with a flashlight. People find out they have bed bugs after they wake up with numerous itchy bites. Bed bugs can be difficult to kill as well. Despite numerous washings of bedding, bed bugs are hard to get rid of. The number one way people end up with bed bugs is by bringing them back after going on a trip. The best and cleanest of hotels often have bed bugs, and the bed bugs hitch a ride in luggage to the visitors’ homes. It’s best to use products designed on ridding of the problem. For instance, visit this site for ideas on products that help prevent the issue: http://www.bedbug.com/bed-bug-home-protection-smart-buy.html.

Cockroaches are another pest problem. The cleanest of homes can have them. Any place that they are likely to frequent—from the neighborhood to the right conditions—can cause a home to have them. Laying down bait and making efforts to seal off their entry points is a good way to avoid the problem. Cockroaches like damp, cool places with a supply of food. Keep the kitchen, restrooms and the garage area clean and dry. Try to wipe down countertops frequently. It’s a good idea to use an anti-bacterial solution as well to get rid of any germs cockroaches track through the home. Contacting a professional can help to take care of the problem as well.

Pests can cause sickness and allergies. Although allergies are less problematic, they can make the body feel ill and make the body more susceptible to sickness. It’s important for each home occupant to live in an environment that is without pests for optimal health.

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Downsizing Your Home: What To Do With Your Excess Furniture

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Earth Friendly Activities, green living, Home Furniture, How To's | 0 comments

Downsizing! Whether you’re moving into a new life phase, getting rid of the past or making a fresh start, there’s always the dilemma on what to do with your excess furniture. Having trouble deciding on what to do with your excess furniture? Check out these ideas to help with downsizing.

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Pack It Into The Garage

Of course, the first place many think of to put excess furniture is in the garage. Why not – it’s close and it’s free. The problem many face when storing excess furniture in the garage is we tend to store too much. That antique or heirloom furniture often becomes something to store things on, in or around. Creepy crawlies love making homes in old draws, mould creeps in and before you know it, that beautiful furniture that you were hoping to keep for the kids has been scratched, rotted or infested.

Put It Into Storage

Without a doubt, storage comes at a cost. You’re paying for someone else to give you more space. A good storage facility will be mould and pest free, will ensure that old furniture does not have other peoples stuff stacked on it and will still give you easy access to your goods, if need be. Some storage companies such as http://www.yourlocalmovers.com.au/ will even come and collect everything you need to store. Look into the storage options in your area – you might even be amazed at how cost-effective it is!

Give It To The Kids

We all started out with second hand or used furniture, right? Your kids aren’t going to want your furniture. Not yet anyway. Why? Because that heavily stained chipboard table will look terrible in your kids townhouse, that’s why. The only time it is really appropriate to palm off excess furniture to the kids is if they need it AND they ask for it. Your kids aren’t going to want a bulk ‘donation’ of your old stuff.

Give It To Charity

We’ve all given a dodgy barbeque or brown couch to charity, but what about that furniture that is just that bit too good to turf? With most things in your home, furniture has a certain sentimental value. That couch you used to snuggle up on to watch the Saturday night movie. The table you spent many evenings eating around. That bed you spent many hours… sleeping in! Giving to charity is a great way to give things you truly don’t need or want anymore – but things with a special memory?

Those things you really ought to keep. Downsizing your home can often mean a change in life stage. The kids have left, maybe you’ve re-partnered and have excess furniture. Maybe it’s just time to update or upgrade. What have you done when you’ve downsized? Have you found any of these tips helpful, or would you do things differently? Leave your ideas in the comments, below.

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