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No Children Were Harmed In The Making Of This Post. #amumslife

February 17, 2016 Read more

So after yesterday’s early morning start I was pretty hopeful to have a lay in this morning. The kids stayed up a bit later playing with friends who came to visit and were suitably worn out when they went to bed. However eldest Diva had other plans and decided to enter the fake coughing Olympics at 6:11am in order to wake everyone in the house up.

Does anyone else’s child do this? Instead of going downstairs quietly and perhaps turning on the TV or getting the Ipad they decide to make as much noise as possible because basically if she can wake her sister ASBO up then the whole house is definitely up.

Then as the coughing is being ignored and I’m trying to refrain from bursting through her door like Jack Nicholson in the Shining, she decides to get up to come into my room to ask what the time is.

Bearing in mind she can tell the time! Bearing in mind she has a sodding digital clock on her bedside table! The anger is mounting as I send her downstairs and then finally admit defeat and get up to go downstairs and make breakfast.

 

Roll on tomorrow so I can go back to work for a rest.

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IT’S MY POTTY AND I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO #adadslife

February 17, 2016 Read more

 

I know fans of Cricket say that there is nothing better than hearing the sound of ‘Leather hitting Willow’, I don’t think the potty training equivalent of ‘soft poo hitting hard plastic’ will ever catch on in the same way. 

The Jam-eater has been telling us lately when she’s had a ‘Wee-Wee’ and a ‘Poo-Poo’, so we decided to give potty training an initial go. I don’t think she’s quite ready just yet, but we shall persevere when we have more time in the house with her. 

Yesterday started great with several successful tinkles in the potty, which to be honest, Emma and I applauded like it was ‘last night of the proms’. Then, unawares Flo takes to the potty and ‘SLAP!!’, shit went down. Literally. 

‘Emmmmaaaa!!!!!!!!’ I shouted upstairs.

‘What?’ The reply came. 

‘It’s massive and looks like a Snickers bar’ I reply while running up the stairs, poo laden potty in hand, half excited and half gagging from the smell. 

  

Once again the applause continued and due to commitments we left the house with Flo, now in pull ups, being interrogated by us asking ‘do you need a Wee?’ Every 73 seconds or so. 

Unfortunately the success was short lived as Flo was clinging onto the living room floor-lamp later in the day whispering ‘I’m having a Wee daddy’. She was basically hanging onto the lamp like a smiling, incontinent stripper. 

I’m sure we will get there over the next few days with a lot more perseverance and a lot less pee soaked lamps. I’ll keep you posted.

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Aldi Wants To Make Fresh Organic Produce Available To Everyone

February 16, 2016 Read more

 
After listening to LBC today there are mixed feelings about Aldi & Lidl . I often shop in Aldi and find most of it good value, with my best buys being the organic range and the cava!!
 
'Aldi we believe it's important for organic produce to be available to everyone'

WHERE'S BEST FOR YOUR BUCK? ALDI ORGANIC PRICES COMPARED TO OTHER BRITISH SUPERMARKETS

ALDI – organic potatoes 99p, organic cauliflower £1.29, organic carrots 79p, organic broccoli 99p and organic onions 79p

ASDA – organic potatoes £1.50, organic cauliflower £2, organic carrots £1, organic broccoli 98p and organic onions 97p

TESCO – organic potatoes £2.00, organic cauliflower £2, organic carrots £1, organic broccoli £1.25 and organic onions £1

SAINSBURY'S - organic potatoes £2.45, organic cauliflower £2, organic carrots £1, organic broccoli £1.20 and organic onions £1.10

MORRISONS – organic potatoes £2.19, organic cauliflower £2, organic carrots 85p, organic broccoli £1.39 and organic onions 99p

Price matched to ASDA, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons on its respective websites on 20th October 2014



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Do You Have A Hobby Business? HMRC Clamping Down.

February 15, 2016 Read more

Research released by RBS in January claimed that 1 in 5 UK adults are ‘hidden entrepreneurs’. These are defined as people who are running small businesses in their spare time or who are using their spare time to plan a new business venture. 38% of these people reported that they earned extra money from their hobby.

HM Revenue & Customs have launched a new campaign today aimed at people with this kind of ‘Second Income’. They define ‘Second Incomes’ as people who are employed and are paid wages through PAYE for their main job but who earn extra money from activities such as:

  • consultancy or other services such as public speaking or providing training
  • organising parties and events or providing entertainment
  • activities such as taxi driving, hairdressing, providing fitness training or landscape gardening
  • making and selling craft items
  • buying and selling goods, for example regular market stalls, boot sales etc

What to do if you have this kind of Second Income?

The ‘Second Income’ campaign is one of the regular campaigns that HMRC run targeting different groups (recent ones have targeted eBay sellers and electrician). With these campaigns HMRC offer a kind of amnesty. If you have a second income which you have not been telling HMRC about you can declare it now. You will still have to pay any tax you owe but any potential fines will be reduced (or waived) and HMRC are less likely to take criminal action against you.

If you declare your second income voluntarily they will normally limit the declaration to 6 years. If they find out about your second income without you declaring it then HMRC can go through all of your tax affairs for the last 20 years.

You can notify HMRC of your second income by filling out a form online. If you want to find out more about how the scheme works there is a dedicated Second Incomes page on the main government website.

What to do if you plan to have a ‘Second Income’ in the future?

If you are planning to start a business in your spare time, or earn some money from your hobby, then you need to tell HMRC. The two most common ways to do this are:

Register as a sole trader – this tells HMRC you will be earning some extra money. They will then send you a Self Assessment Tax return to complete at the end of the year where you declare any income and profits. This is a very simple and cheap way to do things but it does mean that you are personally liable for any losses or problems with the business. You can register as a sole trader for free.

Register a company – this is a more complicated option which will involve a lot more paperwork. However it can be a good option if you are starting a business with other people as it gives a formal structure through which you can share ownership and responsibilities. It can also be a good idea if you will be doing large deals or running big events as a limited company will offer some liability protection. If you form a company HMRC will be told automatically and will expect you to complete tax returns each year. You can register a company for free.

Keeping track of your earnings

If you are earning extra money then you need to make sure you are keeping accurate records of your incomings and outgoings. HMRC will expect you to accurately complete tax returns at the end of each year using the records you have kept and can ask to see your information at any point.

If you are only doing a few transactions per month then a simple spreadsheet will be enough to get you going. As you start to get busier then it is worth investing in some specialist bookkeeping software which will let you manage your business finances more smoothly. You can get a free 1 month trial of specialist bookkeeping software by registering on The Company Warehouse website.

 

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Stripey Stork Mother's Day Campaign #mum2mum2016

February 15, 2016 Read more

Stripey Stork is excited to announce the launch of #Mum2Mum2016  Mother's Day campaign 

Back by popular demand: our Mum2Mum campaign for 2016. Now in its third year, our Mother’s Day campaign has really struck a chord with so many of you. We get great feedback from those who donate as well as those who receive.

With that in mind we are sticking with the same simple format – show another Mum you care by donating just £5 to Stripey Stork so we can arrange a mini ‘pamper pack’. These will be included with our upcoming deliveries in the run up to Mother’s Day and (subject to numbers) in the weeks after.

pamper pack

Many of the Mums that we help won’t receive a gift on March 6th. So many of them go without to provide for their children and we want to let them know that we’re thinking of them – local families helping local families. Mum to Mum.

Last year one of our supporters Emma wrote about being a single Mum on Mother’s Day on her blog:

“As a single-mother-by-choice, Mother’s Day isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact what’s supposed to be a celebration of all that it is to be a mother, has often become a lonely reminder of what I’m missing – a person to share my daughter with, and to share both the joys and responsibilities of parenting.”

With your support we’ll make up some little packs including things like shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath and moisturiser and send them out with our best wishes. We can buy these items at reduced prices from places like In kind Direct so your donation will go further.

And never underestimate the difference your donation can make. Last year as Mother’s Day approached we received a request from a health visitor supporting a family where the mum had terminal cancer. Conscious that those undergoing treatment for cancer suffer sensitivities to some beauty products, we took advice and were able to provide a bespoke package of treats just for this mum. We heard later just how touched this Mum had been with the delivery.

So how about you skip your take-away coffee and croissant one day this week and sponsor one of these packs instead?

You can make your donation at any time until Mother’s Day (Sunday March 6th): https://localgiving.com/appeal/mum2mum2016

And, as an alternative, if you have items at home that you can donate – a beauty gift set received at Christmas that you haven’t yet opened, or pretty gift bags in good condition – then we can rehome them too.

Details of times you can drop these off at our offices in Redhill can be found here.

 

Thank you x

 

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One Parent's Message About The Sistema Twist 'N' Sip

February 15, 2016 Read more

I am blogging about this product as I have used these myself and although I am also meticulous about cleaning, these cups do go mouldy. 

Today I have seen the message below shared across soical media and thought I would share it with you. Below you will find  cleaning advise from Sistema.

'The post was started as a general warning to 'INSPECT' your bottle caps, not throw them away. It is not a Witch Hunt, or an attempt to boycott the manufacturer. Hence the reason they were never informed, or tagged. Please share respectfully.'

 

'Just a note to anyone using a Sistema Twist 'N' Sip reusable drinks bottle, either themselves, or by your children. The cap is not a user serviceable part. Although we have been absolutely meticulous cleaning the bottle and cap every day, including dispersible sterilising tablets, the cap has been making our 7 year old daughter poorly. We haven't been able to work out why she has had an upset stomach, and occasional runs for what seems around four weeks, until I figured it might be the Sistema bottle. It's the only constant item she has had contact with the whole time. Today, I took a sharp knife and broke the cap apart. It isn't designed to be taken apart and requires a bit of force to disassemble. The internal components have been hoarding bacteria. We were horrified and heartbroken that out little girl had been using this bottle in this state. Anyone that knows me, will be fully aware how OCD I am about keeping things clean. This bottle and cap has been rinsed in boiling water and sterilised every day. A friend of mine told me a story of a thermos flask with a pop-up lid he had that kept making him sick, which directed me to investigate the cap in this Sistema bottle. It's probably wise that you inspect any of these type of bottles with a mechanised cap. Not just Sistema brands, but anything that pops-up or twists.

 

EDIT: 15th Feb The post has now been shared all over the country and beyond. I'd just like to add, because as with all post on FaceBook, if it isn't written down, it never happened! I've read quite a few comments that state 'The caps need to be air dried before the next use'. So, just to clarify, the cap was air dried before every use. The other abundance of comments are, 'We put ours through the dishwasher, had them for years and they are fine'. That's great, I'm glad that worked out for you. Please carry on sharing that information. The post was started as a general warning to 'INSPECT' your bottle caps, not throw them away. It is not a Witch Hunt, or an attempt to boycott the manufacturer. Hence the reason they were never informed, or tagged. Please share respectfully. Thanksves, or by your children. The cap is not a user serviceable part. Although we have been absolutely meticulous cleaning the bottle and cap every day, including dispersible sterilising tablets, the cap has been making our 7 year old daughter poorly. We haven't been able to work out why she has had an upset stomach, and occasional runs for what seems around four weeks, until I figured it might be the Sistema bottle. It's the only constant item she has had contact with the whole time. Today, I took a sharp knife and broke the cap apart. It isn't designed to be taken apart and requires a bit of force to disassemble. The internal components have been hoarding bacteria. We were horrified and heartbroken that out little girl had been using this bottle in this state. Anyone that knows me, will be fully aware how OCD I am about keeping things clean. This bottle and cap has been rinsed in boiling water and sterilised every day. A friend of mine told me a story of a thermos flask with a pop-up lid he had that kept making him sick, which directed me to investigate the cap in this Sistema bottle. It's probably wise that you inspect any of these type of bottles with a mechanised cap. Not just Sistema brands, but anything that pops-up or twists.

 

How to clean a Sistema bottle

The videos, which we have posted below, show customers how to clean the Twist 'n’ Sip, Davina and Wave and Gripper bottle cap models.

 

Twist 'n' Sip cleaning instructions

Davina cleaning instructions

Wave and Gripper cleaning instructions

 

In the instructions, Sistema recommended:

*After use, remove the cap from the bottle
*Extend the pop up sipper to the open position
* Put the top either in the dishwasher or hand wash and then place in water for five minutes with a sterilising solution.

Sistema add: “If you want to thoroughly sterilise them we recommend that you disassemble the top as per our video instructions. There are three styles of Sistema caps currently on the market, please identify which one you have and watch the appropriate video.”

Please do share is info with any concerned parents. 

 

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How to run a business and raise a family? Practising yoga helps!

February 12, 2016 Read more

Finally, in our #yearoftheleap series we’re turning to yoga for our inspiration and to Sandra, the mum behind Banbury Village Yoga.

How did you come to start your own business?

I’m an ex-military nurse and a full time mum to my two pre-school children. I’ve always been a very active person and I am passionate about health and wellbeing. I needed to find something that would work around the children and I had thought about teaching yoga for many years. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to do something for myself, to both build a business and friendships within the local area.

What’s the best thing about running  Banbury Village Yoga?

Well it’s mostly been fantastic but I really enjoy meeting lots of interesting people. Most people are interesting to me in some way! It’s been good to learn so much about myself and also about yoga too. When you’re setting up a business you become totally immersed in your trade and that feels good. I also love knowing that I am making a difference in people’s lives. It makes me feel quite proud.

It sounds great, but are there any negatives?

Yes of course, for one thing it’s really hard to manage when you are sick. I either have to battle on (not ideal when teaching a yoga class) or cancel which disappoints customers and affects my revenue. There is no backup so it’s best if you don’t get ill! I think also it’s hard at times because you need to source your own development and initially it might be a bit of a steep learning curve.

What are your goals for the business?

Overall I want to bring the life affirming benefits of yoga to the local communities. I’ve got a rough idea of what I want to achieve over the next five years and at the moment I am focusing on both finding new customers and building relationships with my current ones. Encouraging people to shop locally is key to small businesses succeeding so I also aim to work with local networks like Banbury Health and Wellbeing on Facebook and continue advertising with leaflets, posters, via Facebook, Supermums website and hopefully through word of mouth. One day I’ve love to have my own yoga studio, for now a more realistic expectation is to cover business costs and start a second yoga class.

What would you say to mums wanting to change career and work for themselves?

When you have a full time job it can be really hard getting started just through the pure lack of time. I would advise mums to look at all the elements in their life that you can affect and have the ability to change to make life better for you and to give you the time and energy you need to embark on a new career. Think about making a change to diet or drinking habits, using childcare options if you can, giving up time in the evenings for work and not forgetting to ask for help. My family life is busy but wonderful and we do our best to reduce stress wherever possible – practising yoga helps!

Who inspires you?

I’m most inspired by hard working people. Anyone who is starting out in business I am interested in hearing about and it’s good to read stories of other business journeys when you’re in those early stages. I don’t have any role models exactly but my Dad was pretty inspiring. He was someone who never saw time as a limiting factor. He used to say ‘You can always find time’. I see that now as an attitude to live by, because if you really want something then you can achieve it.  

For mums who are embracing 2016 as the #yearoftheleap and thinking about starting a business do you have any tips?

Whatever your business idea and how good you think it is, make sure you talk it through with your partner and other close family or friends. It’s important to make some SMART goals, keep it simple at first and start small. Also it’s so important to believe in yourself and take the time to reaffirm why you are doing something, especially in moments where it seems hard.

Sandra lives with her husband, two pre-school children and is the owner of Banbury Village Yoga. She inspires people to take up yoga that is focused on strength and length in equal measure and balancing mobility with stability. Classes are Tuesday mornings in term time located in Farthinghoe Village Hall. You can find out more information via the Banbury Village Yoga Facebook group or by emailing Sandra on sandrabandrayoga@gmail.com.

Banbury Village Yoga is just one of the many mum-run businesses working with Supermum Oxfordshire. If you’re interested in local advertising, take a look at the Bronze, Silver and Gold packages - as well as one-off advertising slots on our website. Alternatively, drop an email to Michelle directly via oxfordshire@supermum.org or call her on 07969 677760 to have a no obligation chat about your small business needs. 

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'The first year is a lot of work, but the job satisfaction is worth it' says owner of The GUEST Factor Oxfordshire

February 11, 2016 Read more

Working part time and launching your own business? It’s not for everyone but Supermum Sharon tells us about her busy life for our #yearoftheleap campaign.

What made you set up your business?

I already have a part-time job but I had the idea, skills and ambition to start Guest Factor Oxfordshire in 2013. It really was for the satisfaction of working for my own company, as well as the opportunity to earn a little bit of extra money.

What is Guest Factor?

Guest Factor is a fun and unique guest book for weddings and other events. We deliver and set up everything before the party starts and guests simply touch the screen (held within a free-standing kiosk) to record a personal video message or take a photo on the spot. After the event we pick up the kiosk and transfer all the photos and videos to a gallery where you can remove any you want to (sometimes people get a bit carried away after a few drinks) but usually there are lovely memories to cherish - have a look at these little video tasters from our website gallery. The hosts receive a DVD of all the photos and videos to keep forever all included in the price.

Do you have a business strategy?

My strategy is to provide all Guest Factor customers with fantastic customer service and a lasting memento of their big day, as most of my customers are wedding couples. I’m hoping to continue to grow the business over the next five years and that means focusing on finding new customers all the time.

What would be your top tip for a mum who was thinking of starting a business?

I think any small business owner needs to be prepared to put the hours in and work hard. It’s not a new tip but it’s definitely necessary. In the first year there will be a lot of work but if you make some great contacts there’s a strong chance you may even make a profit.

What is the worst thing about having your own business?

I’m a really busy mum with two jobs. I’ve got a husband, daughter, dog and cat to look after so it can be a struggle to fit everything in at times. I really enjoy the job satisfaction but all of the sales and organisation falls to me, which is the downside of working for yourself. You can’t just focus on one area of business; instead you have to basically do it all!

What advertising do you do?

A lot of my business comes through social media which plays a big role in spreading good reviews and also looking for potential new customers. At the moment I advertise by using Facebook more than any other social platform. I attend wedding fairs and events and advertise on two big wedding planning websites Hitched and Guides for Brides. I’ve built a really good relationship with Guides for Brides especially. I also work with local wedding fairs as it’s a great chance to exhibit the kiosks and let people see for themselves what they can do. Obviously my business relies on regular advertising because there is limited customer retention (most people only get married once!)

Sharon lives with her husband and daughter and is the owner of Guest Factor Oxfordshire. If you’ve got a wedding or big event coming up that you want to remember, why not hire a free standing kiosk with built-in HD camera and microphones to take photos and videos of all your guests? The all inclusive service costs £445 and you can find out more information on the website. 

Guest Factor Oxfordshire is just one of the many mum-run businesses working with Supermum Oxfordshire. If you’re interested in local advertising, take a look at the Bronze, Silver and Gold packages - as well as one-off advertising slots on our website. Alternatively, drop an email to Michelle directly via oxfordshire@supermum.org or call her on 07969 677760 to have a no obligation chat about your small business needs. 

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Meet Saveria. A mother, hypnotherapist and business owner.

February 11, 2016 Read more

We’re continuing our #yearoftheleap campaign until Leap Day on February 29th, sharing stories of mum-run businesses to inspire others to join the Supermum Oxfordshire community. This week meet Saveria, a hypnotherapist, a Wise Hippo hypnobirthing instructor and a HypnoMothering practitioner from Wallingford.

How was Nesting Mums born?

Funnily enough, my business has grown naturally and organically, in the same way that pregnancy and birth can unfold. I was originally a freelance editor and proof-reader when I first moved to Wallingford back in 2004, then when my daughter was a toddler I trained as a birth and postnatal doula. I had felt so unprepared for motherhood, and having no support because my family was far away, I really felt this call to help other women in birth and postnatally. I went on to become a hypnobirthing instructor in 2012 and two years ago I completed training as a hypnotherapist and practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT). I never really thought of it as a business until 2015, when I needed to spend more time and money on my website, advertising and marketing. 

What challenges have you faced as a business owner?

At first I was working as a doula and teaching hypnobirthing classes but the doulaing was very slow to take off so I decided to focus on the hypnobirthing classes, which had been successful from the word go. In hindsight, I can see how important it was to adapt and follow the path of what was working – it is that focus that pushed me more towards the hypnobirthing and the qualifications I now hold in its associated fields. 

The other challenge I faced is that, for some reason at the end of 2014, I started having a smaller number of steady clients. I hadn’t needed to advertise before - I had just created business cards and promotional postcards and attended local childbirth groups. That is when I realised that I was a business owner and so had to operate like one! So I started advertising properly in 2015. 

What do you love about your work?

Knowing that I have the ability to help my local community is a great feeling. I love enabling people to have more enjoyable lives and increasing the chances of a woman having a very good birth experience. Motherhood can be hard and those early days are not without their trials and tribulations. I feel proud to have built a reputation as the ‘go-to’ person for highly specialised classes and sessions and in doing so I can make a real difference to people’s lives. The variety of people and what they each bring to the classes is also a really interesting and rewarding part of my job.

So what is the best thing about running your own business?

Flexibility. I relish the fact that I can work whenever I want to. I can choose to work at the weekends, the evenings, in the daytime, and not having a set routine means it truly can sit alongside other commitments and my two daughters. Being able to work when it suits me also means that every day and every week is different. I am never bored!

And are there things that are hard?

It’s hard to balance work and life at times. I think when you work set hours your work time is more clearly cut and the boundaries are easier to define. Unfortunately this is harder when you’re working flexibly for yourself. When you’re at home playing with the children or relaxing in the evening, there might be that one email that cannot wait or a phone call that’s really important to deal with. Those times can be difficult but it’s all about priorities.

How would you describe your personality at work?

I am open-minded, really supportive and always at the end of the mouse or phone to provide extra support to my clients if they need it. My classes are fun, informal and relaxed but very educational and I manage to provide a lot of information in a short space of time. I think my personality at work is the same as at home and I really hope that comes across when people meet me.

When you aren’t working, what can we find you doing?

When I’m not working I look after my daughters who are three and seven, but I also take yoga classes and go for walks or bike rides locally. I enjoy reading and meditation so I try to make time for that as much as I can within my flexible working schedule! 

Do you have any role models?
My maternal grandmother was undoubtedly a phenomenal woman. She’s definitely been a huge influence on me. Born in 1919 she was a 1940’s doctor, later went on to become an acupuncturist and also a writer, working until she was in her 60’s.

Saveria is originally from France but moved to the UK over 20 years ago. She has two daughters and is a qualified Wise Hippo hypnobirthing instructor, hypnotherapist and NLP, IEMT, EFT and HypnoMothering practitioner. Although she specialises in weight loss/management, fertility issues and anxieties surrounding pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood, she can offer help to adults and children alike on a wide range of issues. For a free 30-minute consultation, call 07720 438684 or visit her website for more information.  

 

Nesting Mums is just one of the many mum-run businesses working with Supermum Oxfordshire. If you’re interested in local advertising, take a look at the Bronze, Silver and Gold packages - as well as one-off advertising slots on our website. Alternatively, drop an email to Michelle directly via oxfordshire@supermum.org or call her on 07969 677760 to have a no-obligation chat about your small business needs.

 

For updates on local businesses, exclusive special offers, local events and the latest news from Supermum Oxfordshire, join in the conversations on Facebook and Twitter.

 

2016 is the #yearoftheleap. If you are thinking about taking your dreams to the next step then this is the year to do it. Use the hashtag #yearoftheleap to chat with us about your journey.

Written by Zoe Greenall

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Tips On How To Get Rid Of Unpleasant Odours In Your Home

February 10, 2016 Read more

For a start it is very important to check every room in your home to find out where is the source of odors. Most likely they indicate some problem or contamination. They can point where is the place where the mold is developing and which are the spots that threaten the health and may cause allergic reactions. Be alert for any of these odors so you can get rid of them in time. We have gathered for you, nine of the most common odors and the ways which can help you to remove it.

1. The unpleasant smell of smoke
If you nose out smoke and none of the household is a smoker, it’s a good idea to check the ranges and wiring in the rooms, as the high levels of carbon dioxide are toxic. If the smell is caused by someone who smokes, you’re probably aware that it permeates everywhere and is difficult to remove from fabric and wood. To remove at least partly the unpleasant smell of cigarettes, you can wash the walls with a solution of a cup of white distilled vinegar in two cups of water. The fabrics can be rubbed with baking soda, to act at night and in the morning brush or clean it with a vacuum cleaner to remove the remnants, which took smells. The carpet can be cleaned with shampoo and brush; you can wash the curtains with a little lemon juice and refresh the air in rooms with ventilation.

2. Nasty odors from the cloths
The smell of sweat on the clothes can be removed by soaking it in a mixture of white distilled vinegar and water, before the washing. Other method is to pour a cup of lemon juice in the washing machine because it will give a fresh and pleasant aroma of the fabrics. However do not overdo it with the amount because it is possible fabrics to fade.

3. Obnoxious smell from the old furniture
The old wooden furniture can be moistened and with the time they can acquire an unpleasant odor. Usually these are furnishings that haven’t been used and cleaned for a long time and stored in poorly ventilated rooms. To remove the smell, move the furniture and remove the contaminated parts of the sun to dry the surfaces. Remove the drawers and open the doors, place them in an area with sun and wind. Clean the surfaces with a mixture of water and bleach to remove the mold and after that, rinse well with clean water. Then, wipe with a paste of baking soda and water and leave it to work in the open air. Wipe the surfaces with a rag soaked in lemon oil. If the smell is not removed, apply paint or varnish to seal the surfaces.

4. The haunting smell of fish
To remove the smell of fish from the surfaces in the kitchen, your hands and the vessels, use a paste of baking soda and water, to rub the area. If you want to eliminate the smell that fish released during the roasting, place near the stove a cup of vinegar until the smell disappears.

5. The smell from the sink
If you can smell the sewage from the kitchen sink, it can indicate that one of the pipes is probably dry. Pour in the channel a tablespoon of vegetable oil, which will retain the evaporation of the water in the system, which prevents the entry of gases from drains inside the room. If the smell is not specific, you can clean the pipes with a little bleach to clean up the remnants on the walls. As prevention, you can pour a packet of baking soda and a little vinegar and then run hot water down the drain.

6. The cat smell
Against the unpleasant odor in cat litter, mix the granules with a little baking soda to absorb partially the smell of cat urine.

7. The smell of garlic
To remove the smell of garlic on the kitchen board, clean it with a paste of baking soda and warm water. After letting it work for about 20 minutes, rinse the board with clean water. To remove the odors from the air, boil some water with lemon juice or ionizer. With a little lemon juice you can clean the surfaces of utensils before washing them.

 

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