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Free Offer!! Maid Simple Washing Up Liquid.

Long has it been said “you don’t get something for nothing”, well I am about to prove them wrong.

Starting today, we are giving away a FREE 500ml bottle of Maid Simple Washing Up Liquid* with every Maid Simple product purchased through our website.

Maid Simple Washing Up Liquid turns a chore into a treat. Leaving squeaky clean crockery, cookware and cutlery and has a pleasant Lemon fragrance.

How the offer works is simplicity itself.

When you add to cart any of our range of Maid Simple products, you will see the following.

Get a Maid Simple Washing Up Liquid 500ml product free by adding one to the cart.

Click the link and add 1 to the cart. you will see the words Maid Simple Free Offer discounting the Washing Up liquid to nil value.

Complete the checkout as normal.

*While Stocks Last.

 

Shortly, we will be adding a flyer and a sample sachet of the washing up liquid to all orders, so you can try the washing up liquid for yourself. In the meantime, check out our range of Maid Simple products HERE.

Uh Oh! It’s All Gone Dark!

 

At least we got advance notice this time. On the 2nd June (Friday), we have been informed by the power company, they are having to upgrade some wires in our area and are having to shutdown the power grid for a while.

We have been told it will be from 9am to 12pm.

For an online business this is a little bit of a problem for us as besides the no lights problem, it also means we will have no computers, no computers means no orders can be processed or taken, it also means we cannot communicate with anyone as it also kills our phones, so if you need to call us, you will have to leave a message and we will call you back when we are able or alternatively email

customerservice@homecareessentials.co.uk

and we will respond when we can get power back.

Thank you for your patience.

Spring Bank Holiday

 

You have got to love the month of May, just when you thought you could sneak quietly into June, it throws out another long weekend for us all, much to the consternation of the guv’nor who is now trying to figure out how to break the laws of physics and cram 5 days work into 4.

That being said, we will be closed on Monday the 29th, what this means is orders received after 3pm on Friday 26th will not be processed until Tuesday 30th May when we will resume normal service again and if it is anything like the last bank holiday weekend, we had over 1500 orders requested during the 3 days we were closed, that added a few more grey hairs let me tell you.

Please remember that Royal Mail will not be delivering on the Monday 29th May nor will there be any collections that day either, so please factor in the extra day to your delivery schedules.

From all of us at Homecare Essentials that will get to enjoy the long weekend, have a good bank holiday.

May Day Bank Holiday

Having only just recovered from the extended break that Easter gave us, we find ourselves facing another days holiday.

Our administration office will be closed on Monday 1st May

In practical terms it means we will be unable to process any orders received after 3pm on Friday 28th April until Tuesday 2nd May when normal service will be resumed.

This also means that Royal Mail will not be operating so no deliveries will occur nor will there be any collections from our warehouse on the Monday either.

Our office answerphone will be taking messages over the holiday weekend and emails will be replied to on the Tuesday when the office email pixie gets back from his weekend hibernation.

From all at Homecare Essentials Customer Team, Wishing you a Merry May Day.

Special Offer – Cholula Chipotle Hot Sauce 150ml Bottles

Exclusive to our E-Bay store, we have a fantastic offer to share with you.

If you love the great taste of Cholula Chipotle Hot Sauce, then now is the time to re-stock the pantry.

If you are one of those individuals who puts Hot Sauce on practically everything, then this is the deal for you.

We are virtually giving this away, why? I hear you ask. Simply due to the best before date which ends on the last day of July this year. That is 15 weeks of tongue warming, sweet, smoky goodness for the ridiculously low price of £2.50 a bottle and these aren’t the little bottles either, these are the restaurant sized 150ml bottles.

Yes! you can buy 1 bottle of Cholula Chipotle Hot Sauce for only £2.50.

But, we are feeling generous today, so we have offered a half case of 3 bottles for the insanely low price of £3.95.

BUT WAIT!! we haven’t finished yet!

Why go for 3 bottles when we will offer you a case of 6 bottles (and I can’t believe I am about to say this) for only £7.49

Let me break that down for you, that’s a case of 6 bottles for less than £1.25 a bottle!

and because this is exclusive to our ebay store, it’s all FREE DELIVERY.

Here is the link to the listing on E-Bay,

For those of you who don’t like Chipotle, we are also offering a Case of 6 bottles of the Cholula Chili Garlic Flavour Hot Sauce as well for the same low price of £7.49 a Case.

Here is the link to that listing on E-Bay,

 

Right I’m off for a lay down, this is all too much.

Happy Easter Everyone.

 

Easter is upon us once again, this year it is late and almost clips the heels of the May bank holiday just around the corner.

This does mean that we get to enjoy a long weekend break, however, like all holidays in the retail trade, it carries a double edge. It means that our warehouse and administration staff will not be there to process and get your orders out the door (not that would be able to go anywhere if we were open, as our carriers and Royal Mail are also on a break).

Good Friday 14th April – Closed

Saturday 15th April – Closed

Sunday 16th April – Closed

Monday 17th April – Closed

Tuesday 18th April – Open as usual.

This means that any orders received after 3pm on Thursday 13th April may not be processed until Tuesday 18th April and orders cannot be dispatched after 4pm Thursday 13th April.

Please don’t forget to factor in the extra days lost in any delivery schedules that encompass the holiday period, this is especially true with Amazon and eBay estimated delivery schedules.

On behalf of all of us here at Homecare Essentials, I would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter.

 

Dog Owners Rejoice. Say Hello To The Barkbath

While we are still waiting for our new website to be completed, our blogging schedule has curtailed mainly because we cannot add any new products to show to you. While I was trawling our usual websites to find an interesting item to blog to you about, I came across this and thought I had to share it with you all.

Bissell, the company that make carpet cleaners and steam cleaners have come up with, quite frankly such a brilliant idea, I am surprised it has not been thought of before.

It is called The Barkbath

It is a portable gadget that falls somewhere between a shower and a carpet shampooer and is used to clean your dog, I kid you not! Take a look at the video below.

 

Anyone who has had to tackle a reluctant pooch into a bathtub or tried to stop a wet and soapy hound from shaking himself all over the bathroom can attest to the probable joy this invention will bring, We have a Bernese Mountain Dog and when he gets wet, we all get wet.

Despite being around for years and being very well established, Bissell have crowdfunded the development of the Barkbath, presumably to see if enough interest was out there, It is their first crowdfunded project, and has already made more than double its $50k (about £40,000) goal.

Unfortunately at the moment it is only available to to Indiegogo backers in the US and has about a month left to run and is expected to go into production around June this year. Doubtless it will quickly find it’s way onto our shores soon afterward and I for one will definitely be buying a Barkbath.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Whether you hail from the the Emerald Isle or have a touch of the Irish in your family ancestry, We at Homecare Essentials, Join you in raising a glass and proclaiming.

“Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!”

“Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”

 

 

Who was St. Patrick?

With the aid of the History Channel, allow me to cut through the “Blarney” surrounding the myth of the man.

St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. But for all of his prevalence in culture, namely the holiday held on the day of his death that bears his name, his life remains somewhat of a mystery. Many of the stories traditionally associated with St. Patrick, including the famous account of his banishing all the snakes from Ireland, are false, the products of hundreds of years of exaggerated storytelling.

It is known that St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. He is believed to have died on March 17, around 460 A.D. Although his father was a Christian deacon, it has been suggested that he probably took on the role because of tax incentives and there is no evidence that Patrick came from a particularly religious family. At the age of 16, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family’s estate. They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity. (There is some dispute over where this captivity took place. Although many believe he was taken to live in Mount Slemish in County Antrim, it is more likely that he was held in County Mayo near Killala.) During this time, he worked as a shepherd, outdoors and away from people. Lonely and afraid, he turned to his religion for solace, becoming a devout Christian. (It is also believed that Patrick first began to dream of converting the Irish people to Christianity during his captivity.)

After more than six years as a prisoner, Patrick escaped. According to his writing, a voice—which he believed to be God’s—spoke to him in a dream, telling him it was time to leave Ireland.

To do so, Patrick walked nearly 200 miles from County Mayo, where it is believed he was held, to the Irish coast. After escaping to Britain, Patrick reported that he experienced a second revelation—an angel in a dream tells him to return to Ireland as a missionary. Soon after, Patrick began religious training, a course of study that lasted more than 15 years. After his ordination as a priest, he was sent to Ireland with a dual mission: to minister to Christians already living in Ireland and to begin to convert the Irish. (Interestingly, this mission contradicts the widely held notion that Patrick introduced Christianity to Ireland.)

Familiar with the Irish language and culture, Patrick chose to incorporate traditional ritual into his lessons of Christianity instead of attempting to eradicate native Irish beliefs. For instance, he used bonfires to celebrate Easter since the Irish were used to honoring their gods with fire. He also superimposed a sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross, so that veneration of the symbol would seem more natural to the Irish. Although there were a small number of Christians on the island when Patrick arrived, most Irish practiced a nature-based pagan religion. The Irish culture centered around a rich tradition of oral legend and myth. When this is considered, it is no surprise that the story of Patrick’s life became exaggerated over the centuries—spinning exciting tales to remember history has always been a part of the Irish way of life.

Above Courtesy of History.com

Spruce Up Your Patio This Spring.

For the last few weeks, I have been looking out into my garden and making mental plans on what needs sorting out now that Winter has officially finished and Spring is finally here (well calendar wise, it doesn’t feel like spring yet temperature wise).

My eye is constantly drawn to the sorry state of my once proud patio, (I say drawn, it is more like an unconscious desire not to look at the Jurassic state of the lawn and flower beds at the moment). The slabs now have a distinctive greenish hue and look decidedly furry in bright sunlight and provided the weather holds for the weekend, I have to tackle the undergrowth (so the other half keeps telling me!).

Braving a short excursion to the shed tells me I am going to need to buy some proper stone cleaning liquids. A little bit of research later and I have found the two products that suit my purposes exactly and they are both from the same company.

Firstly, to give the flagstones a proper deep clean, I use HG Hagesan Patio Cleaner. Simple to use, wet the patio first and get rid of any puddles, dilute 1 litre of cleaner with 4 litres of water in a bucket or large bowl and get scrubbing, I like to use a proper Deck Scrubber Brush or hard wearing stiff bristled handheld scrubbing brush. Once you have done that, go and have a cup of tea, just don’t allow the liquid to dry out. When you have had your libation of choice, just rinse off with water (a garden hose will make short work of the rinsing process).

Now, to tackle the green and furry growth that has infected my nice (now clean) flagstone slabs, I use HG Hagesan Algae and Mould Remover, this is potent stuff and definitely gets the job done, dilute at about 1:20 water (500ml or half the bottle is about a decent sized bucket full) and “water” the affected area with a watering can of the mixture. You do need to give this time to work, it is going to need at least 36 hours really so best to put this down on a Friday evening and come back to it on Sunday afternoon. After this time, you can just brush or hose away the dead moss and algae and you will be left with paving or patio slabs that look like they were just laid the previous day.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture to show you how the patio turned out because I forgot to take a before photo D’oh!

At least now the patio is done and I can then turn my attention to the jungle that is the lawn, that is another weekends work.

4 Years In A Row…

For the 4th consecutive year, Homecare Essentials has been granted the Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award.

Feefo Gold Trusted Service

 

Homecare Essentials AWARDED FEEFO GOLD TRUSTED SERVICE AWARD 2017

February 2017, Homecare Essentials has won a Feefo Gold Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, rated by real customers.

Created by Feefo, Trusted Service is awarded to businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine ratings and reviews. A badge of honour, this accreditation remains unique as all the awards are based purely on the interactions with verified customers. This feedback has been collated by the Feefo review platform, with the accolades being awarded based upon performance.

Homecare Essentials met the criteria of collecting at least 50 reviews between January 1st 2016 and December 31st 2016, and achieved a Feefo service rating of between 4.5 and 5.0.

Mark Brown Customer Relations Manager, Homecare Essentials commented: “It’s a real honour to receive this award from Feefo. To be recognised for delivering exceptional experiences to our customers is a great achievement. We’ve been working hard to ensure our customers receive the best service possible, and being able to listen, understand and respond to their needs has enabled us to improve our offering in 2016. We’re looking forward to another successful year ahead.”

 

“We would like to offer our congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Feefo Trusted Service award. We are so proud that so many businesses are putting customer service first.,” said Andrew Mabbutt, CEO at Feefo. “We have been working closely with all our customers to build trust and transparency online, and ultimately helping shoppers buy with confidence and make better decisions.”

 

Feefo is a ratings and reviews, and customer analytics platform. We collect genuine, purchase-verified reviews on behalf of over 3,000 businesses. Feefo ensures that all feedback is authentic, by matching it to a legitimate transaction; we believe this is the best way to combat the rising issue of fake reviews.

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