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August Bank Holiday Closure

A reminder that Monday 29th August is a Bank Holiday and as such we will be closed.

Orders received after 3pm on Friday 26th may not be processed until Tuesday 30th and no orders will be dispatched after 4pm on … [read more...]

Special Offer!! Revitalise Your Outdoor Wooden Garden Furniture And Decking.

While we have a few days where the weather tries to trick you into thinking that summer has finally arrived, there is no better time to finally show some TLC to that tired old wooden sun lounger or patio table … [read more...]

Presenting The Homecare Essentials, Great British Bake Off, Kitchen Survival Kit!

It’s that time of year again, when the nations eyes are glued to the telly and kitchens all over the country quake in fear as people with big dreams and aspirations that far outweigh their ability, attempt to channel a … [read more...]

Driving In Summer Could Cost You More Than You Think.

A nice sunny day, top down, the open road and the wind in your hair, Maybe a trip to the coast or just head off into the countryside, we all love a nice trip out. Problem is when you finally … [read more...]

It’s Here!! Granite Gold Has Arrived!!

After 40+ days at sea and a journey of over 10,000 miles, Our shipment of Granite Gold products has finally docked in our stock room where our warehouse gnomes are hard at work getting it unpacked and shelved ready for … [read more...]

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August Bank Holiday Closure

A reminder that Monday 29th August is a Bank Holiday and as such we will be closed.

Orders received after 3pm on Friday 26th may not be processed until Tuesday 30th and no orders will be dispatched after 4pm on Friday 26th until Tuesday 30th.

Be aware, not all courier or delivery services will be operating on the Monday so you may have an extra day in your delivery schedule and Amazon delivery schedules may not take this into account when calculating your delivery windows.

From all at Homecare Essentials, have a great long weekend and we will see you all when normality resumes on Tuesday.

Special Offer!! Revitalise Your Outdoor Wooden Garden Furniture And Decking.

While we have a few days where the weather tries to trick you into thinking that summer has finally arrived, there is no better time to finally show some TLC to that tired old wooden sun lounger or patio table and chair set or that expensive wooden decking that take the brunt of our weather 300+ days a year.

We have partnered with Bartoline to bring you the best deal on their Teak Oil you are ever likely to see online.

Bartoline Limited, a privately owned family business first established in 1876 is the leading UK manufacturer of pre-packed solvents, woodcare products, fillers, wallcovering adhesives and many other products associated with the home improvement industry.

We have squeezed a few pennies out of them to allow us to give you 5 Litres of Bartoline Teak Oil for £ 9.95 (Excl shipping).

That’s not a typo, it really is £9.95 for 5 litres. That is a massive saving of £3.97 per container over the regular price which was already pretty low to start with.

Now, we can only sustain this offer for a limited time. Come September 1st, the price reverts back to it’s usual £13.92 so act fast, the stock could disappear faster than the sun.

A liberal application of Bartoline Teak Oil, will revitalise the look of tired and weathered outdoor wooden furniture or decking and make it look as though it had just been purchased and also help protect it from the sun.

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Presenting The Homecare Essentials, Great British Bake Off, Kitchen Survival Kit!

It’s that time of year again, when the nations eyes are glued to the telly and kitchens all over the country quake in fear as people with big dreams and aspirations that far outweigh their ability, attempt to channel a spray tanned Liverpudlian and a Pensioner and join the circus that is The Great British Bake Off.

The last time GBBO graced our Tv screens, we were inundated with requests for oven specific cleaners and Hob cleaners and pretty much anything that could clean up an exploded Victoria Sponge or get molten Jam the consistency of lava off the cooker.

This year, we have pre-empted the requests and put together two Kitchen Survival Kits, that will have you covered for just about any biscuit or pie related disaster you can think of.

Kitchen Survival Kit 1 has been carefully crafted to cover a kitchen that utilises Ceramic, Halogen or Induction hobs. The three main products are HG Hagesan Grease Away, This has been married with Hg Hagesan Oven, Grill and BBQ cleaner and also Hg Hagesan Ceramic Hob Daily Use Cleaner. These three products will have no problems removing or cleaning up baked on cake batter or burnt in Jam.

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Kitchen Survival Kit 2 Has been designed for a kitchen that cooks on Gas. The three main products are the same except we have substituted the Ceramic Daily Use Cleaner for Problem Solved Gas Burner Cleaner.

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With both of these Kits, we are throwing in a FREE Non stick reusable Oven liner which is worth £3.30 on its own. Place the oven liner on the bottom of your oven to catch any little overspills and save you some time and effort later.

I personally love GBBO, like many blokes around the country over the next few weeks, I know I will be turning to my missus after watching Paul Hollywood deride some poor guy about the quality of his buns and say

“I can do better than that!”

Driving In Summer Could Cost You More Than You Think.

A nice sunny day, top down, the open road and the wind in your hair, Maybe a trip to the coast or just head off into the countryside, we all love a nice trip out. Problem is when you finally get back home again, does your car look like this at all?

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It looks like you have half the country’s bug population splattered all over your paintwork and windscreen. Bugs on the windscreen are a major problem, especially if you still have miles to go before your destination, not only do they look horrible but they pose a danger to your visual acuity and the wipers and screen wash only tend to make matters worse.

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It is vital that you take the time to get the remains off your paintwork as soon as possible and I mean as soon as possible, not next Sunday when you were planning to wash the car, I mean right now.

All us motorists know about bird droppings and the effect they have on your lovely shiny paintwork, well you may not realise that insides of your average bug is highly acidic so you can imagine what damage the couple of hundred or so currently adorning your bonnet and front bumper is doing to your finish if you do not act quickly.

A bucket and sponge and warm soapy water won’t get the job done, it may remove the lumpy bits, but not without some considerable effort, especially if you have left them to mature for a few days, but at that point, the damage has already been done and your pristine shine has turned to this.

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Once it has reached that stage, you are going to need professional help or worse a respray and both those options can cost ££££££’s.

A much more wallet friendly approach is to use a dedicated bug remover, one of the best is by McKlords who make the best selling Inspired range of cleaning products.

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The V12 Advanced Bug and Tar Remover is specially formulated to remove the bugs with ease without undue elbow grease and will not leave any streaks. It does this in a fraction of the time it will take with ordinary soap and water and will not damage the paint or leave a residue when dry. It also works on the glass of your windscreen and the plastics of your headlamps and number plates.

Personally, I keep a bottle in the glovebox along with a good microfibre cloth, that way I can tackle the bugs as soon as I get home. Click the green link above and purchase some for yourself, you won’t regret it.

It’s Here!! Granite Gold Has Arrived!!

After 40+ days at sea and a journey of over 10,000 miles, Our shipment of Granite Gold products has finally docked in our stock room where our warehouse gnomes are hard at work getting it unpacked and shelved ready for your orders.

Included in the shipment of over 100 boxes are three brand new products that have never seen the light of day upon our green and pleasant shores before along with established best sellers such as the Granite Gold Daily Cleaner and the Granite Gold Polish.

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First up we have the incredible Granite Gold All-Surface Cleaner.

Deep cleaning goodness that is specially formulated to work on Stainless Steel, Mirrors, Glass, Appliances, Brass and Copper and also Natural Stone. Pretty much all the household surfaces you may have in your home.

Next up is the amazing Granite Gold Squeeze and Mop Floor Cleaner.

Designed to quickly deep clean Granite, Marble, Travertine and all other Natural Stone and Ceramic Tile floors. No rinsing for ages and no bucket required just Squeeze and Mop for a beautiful streak free clean and shine.

Finally we have the brilliant Granite Gold Clean and Shine.

It both cleans and polishes in one easy step for Granite, Marble and all other Natural Stone and Quartz surfaces. Leaves a streak free finish that helps resist water spots, soap scum and fingerprints.

Previously, cleaning and protecting Granite or Natural Stone floors and worktops required different products with different properties, not with Granite Gold, manufactured in Southern California where the prevalence is for Natural Stone floors and surfaces because it keeps houses cool, they have been producing for over 60 years. Now we can also benefit from their more than half a century of knowledge and experience.

Please click on the product links in green above to be taken to the product pages where you can get more in-depth information into these amazing products.

Top Of The Shop – July

Welcome to our monthly top 10 best sellers from the previous month. Summer can’t seem to make up its mind if it is staying or just passing through but that has not stopped you shopping. Let’s have a look at last month’s best sellers.

*cue Led Zeppelin – A whole lotta Love*

New at N°10Kilrock Spirits of Salt 500ml.

Also new at N°9Vim Classic Scourer 500g.

Another new entry at N°8 – Hotspot Black Stove and Grate Polish 170g.

Up 2 places at N°7Kilrock Meltaway Fridge De-Icer.

Yet another new entry at N°6 – Zero In Clothes Moth Killer 300ml.

Up 3 places to N°5 – Pure Spa Hot Tub Surface Cleaner.

Up 2 places to N°4 – Inspired Mattress Stain Remover.

Our highest new entry at N°3 – Supafix Felt Guard Protector Pads Pack of 27.

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Holding at N°2 – Original Barkeepers Friend Bundle Pack.

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Up 4 places at N°1 – HG Hagesan Window Cleaner 500ml.

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That’s it for another month, will HG Window Cleaner be top next month? stay tuned to find out.

UK Is Set For A Summer Ant Invasion

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Ants tend to keep the same nest for several years at a time if not disturbed and while a cold winter can wipe out a local ant colony, we have had the 3rd warmest winter in 100 years and a warm spring too, conditions are just about perfect for ants to mate and thrive.

The most common ant species in the UK is the Black Garden ant, which generally lives outside in nutrient-rich, moist environments. During the spring and summer, they are often found in the warm, damp area beneath paving slabs. They frequently make their way indoors in search of food and additional places to nest. Should they find a food source, the ants will lay down a chemical trail to give other ants a signal to follow, causing a potential problem to quickly escalate in your home.

Preventing an ant problem all starts with simple hygiene. Storing food in sealed containers and wiping down surfaces will go a long way to keeping your home ant free. If caught early, ant issues can be dealt with quickly and easily. A range of products are available for use indoors and outdoors, in the form of sprays and powders, and nests can be treated with a killer gel which the ants themselves then help spread within their nest.

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However, immovable infestations may require professional attention to effectively and finally deal with the problem, particularly if the ants have found their way into wall voids or under floor tiles.

There could also be an increase in the number of Flying Ants – these are the males and new queens produced by the black garden ant colony, growing up to three times the size of their peers. The goal of the flying ants is to breed and build new nests in other areas creating a potential pest nuisance for the following season. On a side note, flying ants make a tasty inflight snack for most common garden birds so if you see a large flock of birds suddenly appear over your house or garden around sunset / early evening then chances are you have flying ants in your immediate area.

Tips to prevent ant problems:

Exercise good hygiene
When there is a spillage or mess, clean it up as soon as possible. Once ants have found their food they leave chemical trails to lead other ants to the area. Be sure to clean up sticky messes, shut food containers properly, and don’t leave washing up to fester. Also keep surfaces clean and clear of food, so there won’t be anything to attract them.

Regular deep clean
Aside from maintaining a hygienic environment on a day to day basis, a regular, proactive cleaning regime plays an important role in avoiding an unwelcome visit from ants. Pay particular attention to those hard to reach places, which could be fostering the moist conditions craved by ants. Cleaning also disrupts the chemical trail left by ants.

Keep an eye out for any ants outside your home
Most patios are laid on sand, and ants will often emerge between the cracks to find and carry food. By watching where the ants disappear into the crack, you’ll be able to locate the nest and have a place to aim that ant killer spray before it spreads any further.

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As shown in the picture, the finely granulated soil on the pathway is a clear indication of an inhabited Ant colony and also marks the main entry / exit of the nest.

As the summer progresses and the weather stays hopefully warm, remember to check below windows before throwing them open and keep a close eye on any paving slabs or patio areas you have in your garden for the signs of an ant colony under your feet.

Protecting The World From Underage Fruit Eaters

Last night, we got a notice that one of our products had been removed from our Amazon storefront because we didn’t get age verification of the recipient and we had violated Amazons Policy on the shipping of bladed products.

The policy which was introduced at the end of June states thus

1) From 28th June, all age restricted bladed products must be shipped with an age verification on delivery (AVD) ship method. Tracking numbers for each age restricted product shipped must also be uploaded to Seller Central, to enable Amazon to verify that the product has been shipped with an appropriate AVD method.
UPS is one carrier which offers an age verification service which is compliant with above requirements.

However, if you wish to use a different carrier to ship your products with AVD, please contact bladed-product-carriers@Amazon.co.uk, with the following details:

a) The name of the carrier.
b) A link to the carrier’s website which shows the age verification on delivery service offered.
c) Confirmation that the carrier requires a signature for all age restricted products shipped.
d) Confirmation that the carrier employs the ‘Think 21’ or ‘Challenge 25’ standard for all age restricted products shipped.
e) The unique identifier for age verification that will be displayed within the order tracking number. This will enable Amazon to review your orders and confirm that you are using age verification on delivery for all orders
i. Example: All Age verified shipments sent by ‘Carrier A’ have the letters ‘AV’ in the 5th and 6th character of the tracking number – such as: “d4h6AV9O0pL”

Amazon will then review the information provided to determine whether the carrier can be included in the list of permitted AVD carriers.

The other two policy changes relate to the type of products which require the “over 18 Knife” warning on the product detail page. The table below highlights the changes which will be made to the existing bladed product policy on 28th June.

2) All bladed products, regardless of the length of the blade, will require an “over 18 Knife” flag and must be shipped using an acceptable AVD method (see above) – this will include all unlockable folding blades of less than 3 inches, which under the current policy are exempt from needing AVD.
3) All knives (excluding steak or cheese knives) included in ordinary cutlery sets with spoons and forks will no longer require an “over 18 Knife”, and can be shipped without an AVD method.
Thank you for your cooperation.

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The item in question was a fruit peeling knife priced at £2.75, just a little bit sharper than your average spoon.

The issue with Amazons requirements are that the courier companies charge a large amount of money for age verified deliveries. We sell predominantly household cleaning products with a small range of kitchen utensils and general household items. If we were selling hunting knives or swords then I could understand the problem. Secondly, why should the onus be on the dispatcher to verify the age of the recipient, surely the age verification should be on the purchase of the item not the receipt of it and surely it should fall to Amazon to police this in house as you have to have a credit card to buy from Amazon in the first place and you must be of age to set one of those up.

One day, I am going to write a book based on all the daft decisions Amazon have made and the crazy logic they employ when dealing with their merchants. In the meantime, you will have to use your own knife to peel your fruit, we can’t send you one anymore.

SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!

At the present time we are having severe internet issues, we are having problems processing orders from all platforms. Apparently there are known problems to BT across the country at the moment and they are working to resolve them as fast as possible.

At the time of writing, we do not know how long this is going to last so we may end up having a very unproductive day if it not resolved shortly.

Please accept our apologies if this causes any delays to orders placed in the last 24 hours. We will notify you once we are back online again.

Thank you for your patience.

Homecare Essentials Team.

** Back to Normal By Lunchtime that day, Sorry for the lack of update. **

Back At Last! – Dylon Machine Use Fabric Dyes

It is always frustrating when a much loved product just disappears off the shelves without warning, This was the case with Dylon, their range of machine use fabric dyes just stopped being available to supply and the only answer we could get was “They are being looked at”.

After months of uncertainty over their future, We are pleased to announce that they are back. Now in stock and available to buy.

A change of formula that now includes salt, the same great and vibrant colours as before, they even kept the names to avoid any confusion, well two changes they did make, “Antique Grey” is now called “Pewter Grey” and the box is bigger, in a new 350g size over the 200g previously.

The whole range of dyes, both machine and hand use can be found HERE along with other great products from Dylon.