A couple of handy household tips


bicarb for shoes

If you’re experiencing problems with stinky feet and you need to deodorise shoes, above is a great tip. Just pour some bicarbonate of soda in your shoes, leave and when you want to wear them, tap out the bicarb. Simple.

You can also use bicarb to deodorise carpets and pet beds. Sprinkle with the bicarb and then vacuum out. A bit like the Shake n Vac lady of old! Remember that ad?

Bet you’ll have this song in your head all day now! You’re welcome!

Here’s another wee tip… For those of you, like me, who hate cleaning venetian blinds!


Don’t worry about the vinegar smell, that will go after a wee while.

Dawn xx



How to keep your hands looking nice this winter and other tips

So, I didn’t get around to making soap and face cream last week. I was just too busy and had no energy. I’ve been working really hard on a number of projects, with more in the near future. Plus (confession), I’ve been binge watching The Stranger and Locke & Key on Netflix. What can I say? The kids were off on holiday from school this week and I wanted to relax a bit. Plus I had visitors. And wine. And too much chocolate.

Anyway, getting back to this week and I’ve decided to share with you some tips I pulled together for my client, Tranquility Holistic Centre, who provide health and wellbeing to the people of Helensburgh. I used these on their Facebook page and there are some good tips.  PS recommend Tranquility for massage etc if you are in the area.

beauty tipYou might also think about using cold, used teabags on your eyes. This is an old trick I learned from my granny. It works well too.


hairI’ve not tried this one myself, but I think it could work. Hmmm.


handsThis one I have tried and it does work. It leaves your hands feeling soft and lovely. Don’t worry, you don’t smell of olive oil afterwards, not if you’ve rinsed it off properly.

Give them a go and let me know how you get on.

Dawn xxx


Soap making and creating face creams

So, a couple of years ago, I went through a mad bout of intention: intention to make my own soaps, intention to make my own ointments and intention to make my own cheese. And I bought some equipment and ingredients to make them. Now, that intention was washed away very quickly in my busy life: I just didn’t have the time to do anything of this and I was too tired at night to be bothered making soap.

So, the equipment and ingredients have spent the past two years gathering dust in my study.

Not good. Especially as I am trying to be better at being frugal.

Anyway, today I have made the decision to give soap making a try. I bought the Reader’s Digest Homemade: Over 700 Everyday Items that are Easy to Make and will Save you Money back in 2011. I have made a few things out of it – food – but it does have a section for making our own soap and creams.

I have all the things I need to make them so I’m going to finally get around to doing it. Wish me luck!

Have any of you tried making your own lotions, potions and soaps at home? How did you get on?

In the village where I live we have a lady who makes and sells her own soaps and toiletries. I must ask her if she does lessons? Hmmm.

Anyway, I will leave you with this blog here. I’ll let you know how I get one. I may even have some soap to show you! 🙂

Dawn x