The obvious choice for an Easter gift is pretty hard to miss this time of year as you navigate the walls of foil wrapped eggs and bunnies in the supermarket. But there’s nothing in the rule book that says you can’t think outside the box of chocolate! Show you care enough to put some effort into selecting a thoughtful gift.
Unlike the effect that chocolate may have on the waistline, it’s enjoyment is short-lived. Consider giving your someone special something that they will love using everyday, and they’ll think of you each time they do!
It may seem hard to believe, but not everyone eats chocolate. Particularly when it comes to buying for someone you don’t know personally, stand out from the crowd and show your appreciation with something unique and useful.
The golden rule when it comes to buying a gift is if you don’t want to give it away, you’ve made the right choice. So if you keep that in mind whether you decide to part with your carefully considered offering or not, either way you’ll make someone’s day!
Obviously, you now how to use dish soap, duh. But did you know that you can use it to unclog a blocked toilet? Yes, Honey! Now that’s some news you can use. If you ever find yourself stuck without a plunger (or the will to use one) just do this instead:
1. Get yourself a bottle of dishwashing liquid. We know a great one that’s safe for septic tanks.
2. Pour a generous amount (generally half a cup should do it). The idea here is that the soap is denser than the water and will drop to the bottom of the bowl.
3. Leave it there. Go away and do something else for at least 30 minutes. The dish soap should have penetrated the clog and lubricate the trap way.
4. Put the kettle on! After 30 minutes, pour a bit of boiling hot water down the loo. Be careful not to overfill the bowl.
5. Cross your fingers and flush. It should work the first time, but if you have a Titanic type dealio down there, you may have to repeat steps 1 through 3 again.
6. If it’s still no good, you may have to resort to a plunger, but it will be a lot less trouble after the soap trick. If you don’t have a plunger, this is the time to find a stick or get a wire hanger out of recycling to push the poo through the loo.
Just FYI: a regular squeeze of Dish Soap down the bowl is a great way to make sure this Never. Happens. Again.
We’ve all been there. You suddenly have people coming over and you need to snap your house into shape, pronto! It happens. So before it happens again, we have some tidying tips that will help you get your clean on with a quickness (and keep it there). As in all things, it takes some preparation and planning. First things first: you need a reliable cleaning kit with the basic stuff you’ll need to clean house.
Here’s what you need:
• Dish Soap
• Glass Cleaner
• Bathroom Cleaner
• All-Purpose Cleaner
If you’re like us, you don’t have time to DIY, so we’ve short-handed it for you and made one that's ready to go right here: Murchison-Hume's Clean Starter Kit. Once you’ve got one of these under your arm, you’re ready to tackle just about any household cleaning job. We also made it light and added a handle to tote from room to room.
Also good to have:
• A large basket (a laundry basket with handles is ideal)
• Paper towels + Lint free cleaning cloth
• Dust pan and brush
We’ve broken it down into easy-to-do tasks, depending upon how much time you have. These are in order of importance (and impact). Ready? Let’s do this!
If you have 5 minutes or less: Your Mother-in-Law is coming up the driveway, this is what to do:
• Grab your basket and throw everything that needs putting away in there: Toys, slippers, mail and random papers, shoes, and your handbag. Whatever’s out of place. Work from the entry to as far as you can before the doorbell rings. Throw the basket in your bedroom and pray she doesn’t go in there.
• On your way to the door, grab your All-Purpose Cleaner and spritz a little into the air, so it will at least smell clean (even if it’s not).
If you have 15 minutes or less: Your new friend just rang and wants to stop by?
• Do the 5-minute plan and then clear all the dirty dishes form the counter.
• Spray your kitchen surfaces with All-Purpose Cleaner and wipe down with paper towels.
• Fill a sink full of water with dish soap. Put all of the dirty dishes in there and let them soak.
• Go do the same in the bathroom: Spray bathroom cleaner all around the toilet bowl and rim and let it sit while you spray wipe the seat, handle and tank. Now wipe it down with toilet paper. Flush it and you’re good to go!
You forgot about Hosting Book Club this week and it starts in 45 minutes? Don’t panic, Mama, we got you! Do the 5 and 15 minute plan. Plus this:
*Immediately order 3 large cheese pizzas to be delivered. Grab any leftover greens or anything remotely interesting from the pantry. Wash and chop them to scatter on the pizza when it arrives. If you have wine, chill it or open it. Then…
• Put the dishes that were soaking into the dishwasher and run it (even if it’s not full…this is an emergency)!
• Grab your glass cleaner, go back to the bathroom and spray the mirror, faucets and any reflective surfaces. Polish dry with your lint-free cloth (or with the towels if you have time to change them for fresh ones).
• Make your bed and put away your clothes. Move that basket of stuff into the closet. Don’t forget about it though, your wallet is probably in there!
• Use the dustpan and brush to give the entry, kitchen and bathroom floors a quick sweep.
• If you have extra time, go outside and snip a few branches off a leafy tree and pop them into a vase with some water for the table. Extra points for doing the same in the bathroom. It looks super fresh and will also signal that you were prepared (even if you weren’t).
Now pull your hair back, slick on a little lip-gloss, put music on and relax. Nobody will mind that you’re still in yoga pants and haven’t vacuumed if there’s pizza and wine on the go. #fact
When you are shopping for your favorite Murchison-Hume cleaning product, you may notice a few ingredients we stay away from, and you may wonder why we choose the ingredients we do and why we stay away from the ones we do. We thought we’d cover a few of these whys and why nots in this week’s article. We believe that it’s important to choose ingredients that are not only effective for the job they do but are healthy to use and healthy to make. Murchison-Hume cleaning products are healthy to use in your home, and the ingredients are chosen with the health of the planet, and it’s many special creatures in mind as well. In this week’s article, we’ll cover a few of the products we avoid when making our plant-based cleaning products.
Say No To Palm Oil
You will see that we do not use palm oil or palm oil derived products in any of our plant-based products. For those of you who do not know, palm oil is an oil that comes from the palm fruit of the African oil palm tree. While this crop is grown in many countries, 85% of it that is used in products in America comes from Malaysia and Indonesia. The problem comes in the practices used to clear land to make room for this crop. Clear cutting of rainforests is something that environmentalists have fought against for decades, and every time one section of the forest is saved, it seems that another one is endangered, and all the diverse animals that depend on the forest. Two remarkable and now endangered animals that are being driven to extinction by this type of clear cutting are the orangutan and the Sumatran tiger. This, plus the fact that children are often used as labor on these plantations, are reason enough to say no to palm oil.
At least for the past few decades, there has been increasing awareness of ingredients that are used in common everyday products. While no one can argue that parabens are a highly effective preservative, the mechanisms by which they preserve products is under scrutiny. They are thought to act by penetrating the cellular membrane of bacteria and inhibiting DNA and RNA. Scientists are looking to make sure that parabens are safe, and for ways to make them safer, but for now what has been discovered is that, for instance, when applied to the skin in sunscreen, the UV chemical reaction, in combination with the paraben, can create a DNA change in human skin. There is also a concern with their level of estrogenic activity. Many people are also concerned that parabens may have endocrine interrupting properties and prefer to avoid them until scientists can give firm answers to these questions.
Murchison-Hume works hard to make sure that there is a balance in our products. We products highly effective products that smell great, but that are plant-based and contain no harsh chemicals. If you have not already tried them, do so, and we know you’ll be convinced of how great they are. If you have tried them, then you know how great they are, and we encourage you to give them as gifts for housewarming parties to share the clean green power of Murchison-Hume.
Be kind, be creative, be clean.