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How to choose the best washing machine for you

Buying a new washing machine is an important decision, they are not a cheap appliance to purchase or to run. The more efficient the washing machine is the cheaper it is to run. Some newer models will have a energy rating of A+++. How to choose the best washing machine for you depends on the size of your household, what features you are after and how efficient you want it to be. The standard size of a freestanding washing machine is 85 (H) x 60 (W) x 55 (D) cm.…

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Spider Season is back!

Spider season is creeping up. It seems each year the spider season is getting longer, and the beasts are getting bigger. This is not good for arachnophobia. Spider season usually occurs at the start of September when the male common house spiders are on the hunt of a mate. Around 80% of the spiders we see in our homes are male. Our homes are the ideal habitat for spiders. The good news is that these spiders are harmless to humans. They like to kill other insects around our homes which…

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Spring Cleaning

The nights are drawing out, the sun is starting to shine and there is a pleasant smell of freshly cut grass in the air. Spring! This gives us more motivation and moods are lighter, time for the annual spring clean. What can start out as a small task often leads into a bigger project. Here are a few tips how to help you get through and prepare for spring cleaning.   Preparation Make a list of what rooms you need to go through and what needs to be cleaned from each…

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Self-Cleaning Ovens, Pyrolytic vs Catalytic

Pyrolytic ovens Pyrolytic ovens are the most effective self-cleaning ovens. These ovens have a feature that allows you to heat the oven to around 480°c. At this temperature food residue will turn into ash. The door will automatically lock when the cycle is on and unlock when the oven is cool enough. These ovens will have a cleaning function usually between 2 to 4 hours long. This process does often create smoke, so the ovens use a catalytic converter in the exhaust vent to eliminate emissions. Once the cycle is…

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Hobs buying guide

Finding the right hob for your kitchen is not the easy decision you thought it was. There are many types to choose from and each one has its own pros and cons. So which type is the right hob for you? Here’s a simple guide to get you started. Hobs types There are five main types of hobs; Gas, gas on glass, induction, ceramic, and solid plates. In this article we will explain the special features of each type to help you decide which one of them is the right…

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How to wash your coloured clothes

Many of us make the mistake of putting all our clothes together in the same wash. We think that advanced technology and improved detergents are now capable of cleaning different colours and fabrics together without causing any damage. But when your new black jeans start to look greyish we realise how wrong we were. Here are some tips and tricks to help you keep your clothes looking as good as new for longer: First, separate your clothes into three piles: Light colours, dark colours, and black colours. Black colours can…

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Freestanding VS built-in kitchen appliances

Kitchen appliances, such as ovens, fridges, freezers, dishwashers and washing machines are not cheap to buy, they are a big investment and essential part in your everyday life. If you are already spending a lot of money on renewing your kitchen, then take your time before spending more on appliances so you don’t regret your purchase straight away. One of the confusing questions that you may face is whether you should get them free-standing or integrated in to your kitchen. Here is everything you need to know: The style and…

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New Year New Home – Interior Design Challenge

The new year is always a great time to start a challenge and something we love as a project is turning one room in our home in to the paradise it deserves to be. In this post we will show you our top tips for how to plan your perfect room redecoration and start this year with a fresh start in mind. Inspiration No design should be  started without collecting the inspiration for your room. You can look through magazines, catalogues, websites and blogs to collect ideas but make sure you…

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Ready for Winter

As the nights draw in and Autumn rapidly turns wintry, it is time to winter proof your home and get ready for the new season ahead. In this article we highlight home checks and repairs that need to be completed in the winter months,  chores to do in preparation and home decor changes to keep your home warm and bright in the darker months. Home Checks and Repairs Check the roof for missing or damaged tiles, get them fixed before lashing rain begins  Inspect your pipes & service the boiler…

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Decluttering Tips

We can all do with a bit of a freshen up of our space and decluttering your home is a great way to get started. We all have lots of things in our lives and sometimes they can overtake our space. Having a frequent purge of our household items can reduce the amount of things we have to clean and look after and give us space to enjoy the items we really love. Here are a few tips for getting started on declutterings and stop the prospect becoming to daunting.…

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