Hanging onto a bad buy will not redeem the purchase.
For many years, I’ve made my own household cleaners, mainly because I don’t want a toxic soup of harmful and unnecessary chemicals in the house. While most things can be cleaned adequately with bicarb, vinegar and water, mixes made up in this way tend to clog up the sprayer. Recently, however, in a book about cleaning (yes, I’m that sad),… Read more »
This house used to be full of colour. No more. After a stay in a beautiful gite in Brittany, which made me feel utterly calm, I redid much of our house two years ago (it is even simpler now than in these pictures). It took me a while to analyse what it was about that gite that I loved. I took… Read more »
Keep empty tins and jars fresh by popping a sugar cube inside before sealing. This is an old antique-dealer’s trick and works on all manner of sealed containers in glass, ceramic and metal, including biscuit barrels and decanters. In the biscuit barrel, it also has the advantage of keeping your biscuits crisp. Sugar is a biocide, so nothing can grow… Read more »
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci
It’s mid-March and nature is beginning to wake up, for all that it’s cold and blowy. Celebrate the feel of the season by going outside and bringing something natural inside – a sprig of pussy willow, a daffodil stem, a single blossom of primrose that you can float in an eggcup on your desk. If you don’t have access to… Read more »
Clean copper and brass with a paste made up of white vinegar or lemon juice, table salt and flour. The vinegar will etch straight through to the surface of the metal, the salt has a gentle abrasive action and the flour helps it stick to the metal. Apply with a soft cloth, buff to a shine and then rinse.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle
Cat litter freshener makes a great freshener for carpets and hard floors. Sprinkle it, leave for 10-15 minutes and vacuum up. I recently found Christmas Spice cat litter fresh at our local discount store – smells fabulous. You can also sprinkle a layer at the bottom of your bin bag, or add to empty yoghurt pots and use as a… Read more »
This is a fabulous product that you can use as an air freshener to get rid of nasty smells, as an air purifier in case of sickness or to prevent sickness, on your clothes or your pillow if you’re having trouble breathing due to a cold, or as a disinfectant on wounds. It also smells fantastic. I’ve used it for… Read more »