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How much do you spend on cleaning products?
Saturday, 20 February 2016 00:00

Save by making your own cleaning products


A South African family spends an average of R7700 per year on cleaning supplies.

That’s a lot of money, especially toward products that are made mostly of water! If you cut 75 percent of your cleaning-supply spending (which many of the following ideas do), you could save up to R5775 a year.

That could cover a nice getaway for the family. Pick your jaw up off the floor and get ready to DIY!

1. Dishwasher Tabs

We could pen an ode to dishwasher tabs. Using them feels way easier than a detergent, yet they seem to come come with a big markup. These homemade detergent tabs use baking soda to cut grease, washing soda (which you can make yourself) to clean, and kosher salt to reduce hard water buildup. This recipe could run you as little as 46 cents per tab -- about a fifth of what you might pay at the store.

2. All-purpose Cleaner

This cleaner is the solution to so many messes -- in the kitchen, bathroom and the dinner table where your little one (perpetually) spills some milk. Vinegar is a homemade cleaning heavyweight and the star of this potion, with disinfecting properties thanks to its acidity.

3. Glass Cleaner

This glass cleaner is as simple as vinegar + rubbing alcohol + water -- three ingredients already in your house! The game changing ingredient in this concoction is rubbing alcohol, which works to dissolve dirt and oil and dries quickly for a streak-free finish.

4. Fabric Softener

It’s worth repeating, vinegar is the cleaning superhero that conquers all. This recipe for fabric softener uses it as a softening agent and static cling fighter, while a measure of conditioner incorporates your favorite scent.

Bucket List for Kids
Monday, 14 September 2015 00:00

What every kid should try to experience before they turn 18

Bucket List for Kids: Things to Experience in Childhood

There are so many fun things to do with your kids, here are some your child should experience before growing up.

We want to give our kids the world. Yet those wonder years only last so long – and can only contain so much.

Every day, each experience, no matter how magical or mundane, fills it up a bit more. Like sand in a beach pail.

Here are some suggestions on what you should help your child fill their "bucket" with:

1. Soak up the night sky away from the city lights.

2. Get dirty! Splashing in puddles, making mud pies and rolling around in the grass gives kids a fun, carefree feeling.

3. Correspond with a pen pal from another country. (Handwritten letters a plus.)

4. Learn yoga and meditation. Such great tools to help calm the mind and help them deal with stress!

5. Get exposure to all sorts of music. The Beatles, Neil Young, Elton John, Prince, Chaka Khan, Baby Mozart and Bach. It is a great way to connect to people.

6. Drink rain.

7. Go to overnight camp when they are old enough. They’ll meet kids from other areas, make friendships that could last a lifetime – and taste life away from home.

8. Care for a pet – especially feeding it. It teaches kids how to be in charge, responsible, caring, considerate, creates respect and loyalty, and helps them focus.

9. Learn to swim (without water wings).

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