Archive for July 28, 2015

#teatagtuesday – Everything stops for Tea.

It is the last great English institution, nothing beats a well prepared cup of Rosie Lee, that’s Tea for those born after 1990.

High Tea, Afternoon Tea, Elevenses, An Empire was built on it and it has beneficial medicinal properties too.

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Many, many varieties are available and all have a purpose in life, from waking you up in the morning, to getting you ready for bed in the evening, from stress relief to energising your body.

There is a whole ritual involved in preparing a proper cup of tea, i’m not talking about putting a bag in a mug and pouring boiling water over it, My Gran would skin you alive if you did that at her house.

  1. Bring freshly drawn, cold water to a boil in a kettle
  2. When water is at a gentle boil, remove heat.
  3. Pour hot water into teapot and teacups and pour off. By warming the cups in this way, the water temperature will be more consistent.
  4. Add the proper amount of tea leaves per person to the pot.
  5. Allow water to cool to the proper temperature, if necessary, and pour over the tea leaves.
  6. Steep for the proper length of time. 3 minutes is optimal
  7. Strain completely into another teapot or directly into the serving cups.

We offer a large range of Specialist Teas at Homecare Essentials, come and celebrate #teatagtuesday with us and raise your pinky.

Dont Forget the biscuits!

Water, Water Everywhere. But……

What is the first thing most of us do when the weather turns good? We bask in the oh so rare sunshine and tend to the garden. Mow the lawn, plant the flower beds, maybe even plant a few veg. Of course we also water them too.

We have all done it, taken our Watering Can to the tap, over filled it, found it’s too heavy to carry properly and poured a pint or two of freezing cold water into our shoes as we waddle, penguin like, back to the flower bed.  Now not everyone has an outside tap to make their lives a little easier and you have to risk sloshing water all over the Kitchen floor or scratching the sink surface as you try and jam the Watering Can under the tap to fill it.

You do realise that Tap water contains all sorts of additives so that it is drinkable to us don’t you? Some of those additives are dangerous to plants, especially indoor plants. The UK is one of the wettest countries in Europe and yet we use Tap water, which you are paying actual Pennies to have piped into your home, to water your plants and vegetables. What if there was some way you could harness all that free water that just falls out of the sky 98% of the year?

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A water butt!

A variable sized, barrel shaped container that sits in your garden that collects the rain, these have a couple of benefits. Firstly, the water is 100% natural, no additives or harmless chemicals (generally) that will harm your plants or make your Veg taste funny. Secondly it’s FREE!!! It doesn’t cost a penny besides the initial cost of the Butt itself and collects all that rain you have spent months complaining about.

But Wait!, I hear you shout, I can not fit a water butt where i can collect rain easily. Ah ha! we have the answer for you. A Water Butt Filler Kit, fits the downpipe from your guttering and diverts the water to your water butt instead of just washing away.

But I have a Water Butt and with all the rain we had it is full, I have just bought a second one so the first one wont overflow. Well we have you covered there too. A Connector Kit. Just link the two together and spread the flow between them.

Oh no! my water butt has gone green and has “stuff” growing in it. Dont Panic!, we have just the thing to sort that out for you too, a Specialised Water Cleaning Kit, removes Algae and unpleasant odours.

Got a broken tap on your water butt, we have replacements, a Universal Tap that fits even Sankey and Ward Water Butts.

A water butt may seem like an unnecessary thing to have, but in the time when we are fiscally challenged and everyone is belt tightening and watching every penny, using a free resource is a no brainer and it’s environmentally friendly to boot.

Home At Last.

Back in stock after a protracted absence, redesigned and repackaged but still the great cleaning power it’s always had.

Ecover Delicate Laundry Liquid, reduced into a more manageable, handy sized container and a reduced price to reflect that.

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Ecover Delicate Laundry Liquid is all you will ever need to keep your delicates and unmentionables safe whether hand or machine washing. Each 750ml container is good for 16 washes and carries the Woolmark approved seal of approval.

Whilst adding this to your shopping cart, have a browse of our extensive range of Ecover environmentally friendly products and go green today.

Summer Sunday’s, Don’t forget the marinade.

It’s only a few days before the Kids are home for the summer holidays, the weather is getting more like the summers we all remember when we were their age. Now is the time to bring out the old BBQ that has been winter vacationing in the shed.

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For me, nothing says a lazy summer Sunday than the smell of the neighbour’s BBQ, steak, and burgers, wafting over the fence. So why not see if that old BBQ is up to the job and have an outdoor cook up this weekend, No? the old smoker a rusty, spider infested, cobweb covered mess?

Why not get a new one. We have an extensive range of BBQ’s and accessories for sale. For the rest of this month, we have discounted the whole range of Landmann BBQ products. So pick up a bargain today.

Why not add a hint of the Louisiana South and a lingering taste of New Orleans by adding  some Landmann Jim Beam Woodchips, made from the oak barrels that store and age the Bourbon itself.

And when all is said and done and you have eaten your fill of Steak and Burgers, give the BBQ a proper clean down when it is cold by using these specially made Landmann BBQ brushes and Landmann Barbecue Cleaning Wipes.

So why not set your summer off with a bang, grab yourself a BBQ, get those steaks sizzling, cold beer in hand and imagine yourself as Bobby Flay.

You deserve it!

Weekly Web News Nuggets.

Bringing you a weekly news bulletin from the last 7 days.

 

3 in 5 would pay more for eco-friendly cleaning products

A survey has revealed 3 in 5 people (59%) are willing to pay more for cleaning products if they knew they were better for the environment.

The research carried out by Bunzl Cleaning and Hygiene Supplies (Bunzl CHS), a supplier of cleaning, janitorial and hygiene products, discovered perceptions towards “going green” in the workplace as a whole.

Attitudes look positive with 41% of those who took part in the survey believing that their workplace is already “moderately” environmentally friendly. This sets future prospects for these businesses in good stead; over two-fifths (44%) of respondents stated that it’s ‘somewhat important’ to do business with environmentally-conscious companies.

Despite being relatively new to the market, consumer awareness of environmentally friendly cleaning products is apparent, with one quarter of respondents revealing they have used them and a further 15% claiming to use them all the time.

Effectiveness of environmentally-friendly cleaning was also addressed. When compared to ‘traditional’ products; nearly a third of people (31%) believed they are more effective and 3 in 5 people, (59%) were willing to put their money where their mouth is and spend more on environmentally friendly cleaning products.

The survey was conducted online in June 2015 among a sample of UK adult professionals.

See our Range of Eco-Friendly cleaning products.

“A Change Is Gonna Come”

In the words of the Immortal Sam Cooke,

“A change is gonna come.”

Over the course of the next few months, we at Homecare Essentials will be more engaging with you, our customers.

We will be producing twice weekly blog posts about new products, items of interest or product sales.  We will be utilising our Twitter feed and be more socially engaging on Facebook, stay tuned for details.

We will also be updating our video content on our YouTube channel, with real world product demonstrations and product showcases.

All this and more in the weeks ahead, in the meantime,  feel free to check out the following.

Follow us on Twitter @HomecareMedia

Like us on Facebook  www.facebook.com/homecareessentials

Subscribe on YouTube  HomecareMedia

Website www.homecareessentials.co.uk

Hope4Malawi

Homecare Essentials is proud to announce we have joined forces with Hope4Malawi to provide essential hygiene products that will be distributed as part of a larger package given free of charge to young women in rural Malawian schools.

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Many girls in Malawi drop out of school when they reach puberty, due to poor sanitary materials and as a result don’t want to return to school.

Hope4Malawi aims to help girls to continue in education by making washable sanitary towels available and training the girls in hygiene. This would free them to take advantage of economic and educational opportunities in rural Africa.”

Hope4Malawi is a registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of the children of Malawi; they provide Kitchen facilities and cooks to provide a hot nutritious meal for primary school children where previously there was none.

They are working to improve schools in the impoverished South of the country by providing access to library facilities and ensuring children have enough seats in the classroom.

If you wish to see all the worthwhile and life-changing projects Hope4Malawi are involved in, then please Click Here to be taken directly to their website and if you wish to add your support by donating to the many projects underway, this can be done through their website also.

Thank you to Mark from Maid Simple Products for helping us by donating some Maid Simple Laundry Soaps which make up part of the kit.

An Old Friend Returns.

The incredible Astonish Grease Buster tablets have returned, a new package and a new title but the same outstanding cleaning power has not changed.

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Homecare Essentials brings you the Astonish Grease Lifter tablets, now with 10 tablets to a box.

Cleans Pans, Bakeware and Deep Fat Fryers, Fast and easy with no exhausting scrubbing, makes Pans etc  look as good as new in minutes.

Astonish Grease Lifter Tablets are specially formulated to remove the toughest burnt on grease and grime from pans,  bakeware,  deep fat fryers, oven racks and cookware

Check out the video below, you won’t believe how easy it is to remove baked on burnt grease.

The Astonish Grease Lifter Tablets are a kitchen essential you cannot be without.

Order now only £2.96

 

BRAND NEW FLAVOUR from Yogi Tea “Choco Mint” – Best New Product BIOFACH 2015

Homecare Essentials are proud to be the very first UK Stockist of the latest new Tea from Yogi. Let us introduce Yogi Choco Mint Tea.

New Yogi Tea

New Award Winning Yogi Tea

 

The new Ayurvedic tea blend “Choco Mint” was awarded as “Best New Product 2015” in the category of drinks at the BIOFACH, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food.

Yogi Tea Choco Mint is fresh, clearing and relaxing. The sweet cacao shells in Yogi Choco Mint Tea exude the delicious fragrance of chocolate, enabling us to calm down again entirely naturally. The refreshing cooling mint it contains compliments this perfectly, as its essential oils relax the senses, freeing our minds of any unnecessary burden of thought. This allows us to put everything into proper perspective and relax with clear mind.

Vanilla and a hint of cardamom and black pepper add the finishing touches to this tea.

17 bags – Special offer Price £1.95 CLICK HERE

or 6 x 17 bags £10.95 CLICK HERE

 Get ready for a new tasting experience by YOGI TEA®. May the summer come soon!