Mar 102014


As you can imagine a ‘big’ household like ours is pretty busy, there is always food to be cooked, laundry to be done, rooms to be cleaned, kids to be showered, beds to be changed and homework to be checked and (like most mums) I often feel there is just not enough time in the day. I love finding ways to save time on everyday tasks so I have more time to do fun family things.

More time to go out and explore

More time to go out and explore

One of the ways I cut down one housework is by using a dishwasher, we have had our dishwasher for 2,5 years now and if you use it wisely you can not only save water but save energy too which is awesome news for the environment and your wallet. Our dishwasher runs on average every other day, sometimes even every third day which I think is really quite good for a family of six.

More time for spontaneous visits to the park

More time for spontaneous visits to the park

The helpful team at Dishwashing Expert is on a mission to help Australian families get the most out of their dishwasher so they have put together a quick list of handy, and surprisingly easy, tips to save money, energy and water:

  • Do not pre-rinse dishes by hand, it’s not needed and only wastes water.
  • Fully load the dishwasher, leaving room for water to circulate
  • Use 50°C, ECO or AUTO wash cycle as your every day program, designed to use minimal energy consumption but still maintain cleaning.
  • Use the timer setting to run the dishwasher in the middle of the night to use cheaper energy rates.
  • Check and clean drains, filters, spray arms and rubber seals regularly to ensure efficient operation.
  • Recycle product packaging.

I would love to hear your clever tips for cutting down your time spent on chores, maybe we can all help eachother out? As a little thank you I have two packs of Finish Dishwasher Protector to give away.

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Oct 252011

When parents bring their new baby home from hospital there is usually a freshly made cot or bassinet waiting. The sheets are carefully washed, maybe even with special ‘baby washing powder’ so they are nice and clean, because everyone wants the best for their baby. You might even have selected organic sheets to make sure there are no dangerous chemicals near your precious bundle. But what about the mattress protector that is no doubt hiding under your fitted sheet? How safe and clean is that? Make a healthy choice by choosing Protect-a-Bed.

The award winning Protect-a-Bed Tencel Mattress Protector is made with 100% natural eucalyptus fibre offering a lot of benefits for babies and children. Tencel is a natural fibre which is hypoallergenic, antibacterial and free of pesticides and chemicals so your baby can sleep safely without breathing in anything harmful. Babies have very sensitive skin which can get irritated quickly, but as the Tencel textile is very soft and smooth it is gentle on your baby’s skin.

Unlike with regular mattress protectors your baby can sleep directly on the surface of the Tencel protector so it saves you both washing and work changing the bed. Of course the protector is waterproof and absorbent (as well as stain proof) yet still breathable and very cool (perfect for the summer months). The Protect-a-Bed Tencel Mattress Protector is a fitted sheet design available in two different cot sizes

After reading all the scary facts and figures about dust mites and bedbugs I pay a lot more attention when choosing bedlinen for my family. The Protect-a-Bed range covers it all, from tiny bassinets to king size beds and from mattresses to quilts and pillows. The products are designed to create a so called healthy sleepzone so everyone can sleep in a safe and dry environment. Protect-a-Bed products are available at nearly 1000 retailers across Australia.

To find out more about Protect-a-Bed, to read about the many benefits of Tencel textiles and to locate stockist near you visit

For your chance to win a Protect-a-Bed Tencel Mattress Protector (cot size 130x68cm) visit and answer the following question: Name two of the features of the Tencel Mattress Protector you really like.

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Competition ends November 25, 2011. Sorry, Australian entries only.