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This is how often you should be replacing your bed linen

<p>The ultimate bed is one you want to dive right in to. Beautifully dressed, lofty and full, it is accessorised thoughtfully with perfectly plump pillows, a soft throw and plush duvet. But knowing when to replace certain key elements is essential.</p> <p><strong>Mattress</strong></p> <p>A quality mattress should be chosen according to your age and perhaps body type. “Look for a mattress that promotes perfect posture and comfort, while reducing pressure on your entire body,” says Timothy Dutt from <u><a href="https://ultimatebeds.com.au/">Ultimate Beds</a></u>. “It should be constructed of natural materials and not include metals, latex or synthetic fabrics.”</p> <p>Contrary to popular belief, a premium mattress requires minimal maintenance, he says, and shouldn’t need to be flipped. “If it does, it is generally a sign that it will collapse, and the manufacturer is hoping to ensure it will collapse evenly,” says Dutt. “A quality mattress should also feature removable breathable covers and sit on a bed base with quality solid slats that provide adequate ventilation.”</p> <p>Because our bodies change as we get older, consider the support your mattress provides.</p> <p>“A general rule of thumb, is that a mattress should be changed every seven to 10 years. This is also for hygiene and health reasons,” says Dutt. “Look for signs it is failing, like lumps in the pillow top, dead spots in the springs, sleep impressions, waking up with aches and pains and not feeling rested.”</p> <p><strong>Pillows</strong></p> <p>When choosing your perfect pillow, being aware of your habitual sleep positions is imperative to make the right selection.</p> <p>“You might be a back, tummy or side-sleeper, or a bit of everything,” says Lauren Roe, Creative Director at <span><a href="https://www.ilovelinen.com.au/">I Love Linen</a></span>.</p> <p>“Different pillow styles are designed to support your head and neck based on how your body will be positioned at night. For example, if you prefer side-sleeping or you are a larger frame, a high-loft pillow might work best for you.”</p> <p>A pillow is only as comfortable as what is inside it. “Always ask about its inners,” she says. “If it’s microfibre, ensure it is soft, long-stapled and high quality, not cheap, rough polyfill. If the filling is natural fibres like feathers, ensure they are virgin. It means it is animal-friendly and a better quality filling.”</p> <p>Daily plumping is also essential for keeping your pillows in tip-top condition.</p> <p>“Every pillow has its own specific-care recommendations that should be closely followed,” she says. “Daily plumping is really effective for ensuring good air flow throughout and keeping fibres soft and supple.”</p> <p>Every 12 months check your pillows for signs of wear and tear. “You are spending so much time in close contact with your pillow, that for your own comfort and health it pays to replace them. If they feel flat or lumpy or show signs of holding too much dust, there could be dust mites trapped inside.”</p> <p><strong>Bed linen</strong></p> <p>“You know you have high-quality bed linen, when it’s still the set you want to dress your bed in years after you purchased it,” says Alex McCabe, designer at Australian bed linen company <span><a href="https://kipandco.com.au/">Kip and Co</a></span>.</p> <p>“When purchasing, look for fabrics that will really last. That means that they need to be good quality and can mix and match well. Always select for the season. I love the warmth and comfort of jersey and velvet, but during the warmer months I gravitate towards 100 per cent cotton or French linen.”</p> <p>This summer, beds are set to bloom with beautiful botanicals, she says. “Think timeless florals, creeping vines, stone and citrus-fruit pops,” says McCabe. “Our latest collection is called In Full Bloom. It’s inspired by colour-drenched Europe in the spring.”</p> <p>For long-lasting, dreamy bed linen, be sure to launder mindfully. “Bed linen doesn’t have a use-by date,” she says, “but it will last a long time if you follow the care instructions.”</p> <p>When the fabric begins to look worn out or threadbare, it’s time to be replaced. “For longevity, let each set of bed linen rest by rotating it regularly. Each season, add to your collection, but don’t throw out your old stuff. Changing it up means it lasts longer and is a great way to refresh the whole look and feel of your bedroom.”</p> <p><em>Written by Elizabeth Clarke. Republished with permission of <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.domain.com.au/living/this-is-how-often-you-should-be-replacing-your-bed-linen-20180828-h14jrf-760518/">Domain.com.au.</a></strong></span></em></p>

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The parts of the home you’re forgetting to clean – according to a professional cleaner

<p>It’s the kind of advice you need, but don’t want, to hear:  What tiny nooks of the home are you forgetting to clean, and what are the subsequent hygiene issues associated with them?</p> <p>Of course, most floors get a mop and tables a wipe. But for every bench that demands a wash after dinner, there’s an equally-as-deserving shower curtain that has spent months, perhaps years, crunched in a corner and draped in festering human gunk.</p> <p>And therein lies the great inequality of all: not all parts of the home are made equal with regards to the ones we are willing to clean.</p> <p>In a recent <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/8qfm3u/professional_house_cleaners_of_reddit_what_do/">Reddit</a> thread that generated more than 7000 comments, professional cleaners shared the parts of the home most likely to be neglected when it comes to cleaning.</p> <p>According to the owner of professional cleaning service <a href="https://www.maidinmelbourne.com.au/">Maid in Melbourne</a>, Rita Dossis, the thread is “very accurate”.</p> <p>“Many of these things that you would assume people would be doing, they are not. Sometimes they look at the bigger picture and don’t notice the little things that need doing,” she says.</p> <p>We’ve summarised some of the most commonly ignored parts of the home, with Dossis telling us exactly what happens when they are left untouched for extended periods of time.</p> <p><strong>Mould in bathrooms, on walls and around windows</strong></p> <p>“There are spores that are not good for you,” Dossis says. “You need bleach to get rid of these and you should be keeping on top of it as they only multiply.”</p> <p>While it’s a simple tip, Dossis says not enough people are “opening [their] windows to get fresh air through the property” to avoid a build-up of mould.</p> <p><strong>Cleaning around door and cupboard handles and light switches </strong></p> <p>Considering how many hands are touching handles and light switches, it’s little surprise this one made the top of the list.</p> <p>“A simple quick wipe with a damp cloth [fixes] it up and is easier to maintain,” Dossis says.</p> <p><strong>Filters on your rangehood</strong></p> <p>When it comes to cleaning the filters on a rangehood, Dossis says they seem to fall in the old “out of sight, out of mind” bucket.</p> <p>“Put them through your dishwasher, they come out sparkling. If not [the] dishwasher, fill your sink with boiling hot water and detergent and then soak.”</p> <p><strong>Shower</strong></p> <p>A shower might clean you, but it certainly doesn’t clean itself, with Dossis noting it’s one of the most neglected parts of the home.</p> <p>“Clean this at least fortnightly, it keeps mould at bay and is much more pleasant to step into a clean shower. We had a client who thought his shower glass was opaque, after we cleaned it [spending over one hour on it] he called us to say he had not realised the glass was clear.”</p> <p><strong>Toothbrush holders</strong></p> <p>“Give it a good clean regularly, you don’t want to be putting your toothbrush into something that is breeding,” Dossis says.</p> <p>Shower curtains</p> <p>According to the professional cleaners of Reddit, shower curtains are one of the most neglected parts of the home when it comes to cleaning.</p> <p>“That’s the accumulation of body oils and fluids that has splashed off your body. You can disinfect and make a bathroom sparkle, however, the stench off the ripe curtain…,” the thread reads.</p> <p><strong>The dish drying rack</strong></p> <p>The dish drying rack, and particularly the bottom of it, is rarely considered in a major house clean.</p> <p>“Check the bottom of it,” Dossis suggests, saying, “soap scum and mould builds up”.</p> <p>“Replace your sponge regularly and wash your tea towels weekly,” she says. “Just because it does not look dirty doesn’t mean it’s not.”</p> <p><strong>Microwaves</strong></p> <p>Depending on how often you are using them, microwaves are also commonly forgotten when it comes to cleaning.</p> <p>Dossis says cleaning them takes only a handful of minutes.</p> <p>“Get a small bowl, put about one cup of water in it with maybe ½ cup white vinegar and then put on high for 4-5 minutes. Leave it for about 10-15 minutes, then open the door and wipe it out.</p> <p>“It’s quick, easy and gets rid of everything. If you use your microwave regularly just do this every few days. If you have put something in and it has splattered everywhere, clean it right then and there.”</p> <p><em>Written by Zara McDonald. Republished with permission of <span><strong><a href="https://www.domain.com.au/">Domain.com.au.</a></strong></span> </em></p>

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Can you spot the venomous snake hiding in this photo?

<p>An Aussie snake catcher has taken to social media to warn people of the increasing number of snake sightings, after he discovered a venomous snake in a suburban garden.</p> <p>Christian Andersen from the South Burnett Snake Catchers 24/7 in Queensland said people need to be more vigilant around the reptile and to avoid them wherever possible.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FSOUTHBURNETTSNAKECATCHERS%20%2Fphotos%2Fa.502765439839076%2F1879875788794694%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="594" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>“It was a yellow faced whip snake going just by the scales alone,” he said.</p> <p>“Their venom isn’t considered to be dangerous to humans.</p> <p>“That said, people can still suffer an anaphylactic reaction to the bite so medical treatment still shouldn’t be dismissed.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 375px; height:500px;" src="/media/7821697/snake.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/abcc4a8a17604c4588220df9f7f06861" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo:<a href="https://www.facebook.com/SOUTHBURNETTSNAKECATCHERS%20/photos/a.502765439839076/1879875788794694/?type=3&amp;theater"> South Burnett Snake Catchers 24/7</a></em></p> <p>Yellow-faced whip snakes are often considered to be the “cheetahs of the snake world” due to how fast they can slither.</p> <p>The pale-olive snake is sometimes confused for brown snakes whose venom can be lethal.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 375px; height:500px;" src="/media/7821695/44896721_1880122878769985_7710240515714711552_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d4aa66ad9b2d4335b6b76dd5832c4b59" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo:<a href="https://www.facebook.com/SOUTHBURNETTSNAKECATCHERS%20/photos/a.502765439839076/1879875788794694/?type=3&amp;theater"> South Burnett Snake Catchers 24/7</a></em></p> <p>Typically found in backyards and gardens, the yellow-faced whip snake is attracted to feature retaining walls or rockeries as they have indentations the serpent can nestle into.</p> <p>Speaking to<em> <a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/find-tiny-snake-hiding-rocky-garden-001648132.html" target="_blank">Yahoo7</a></em>, Andersen recounted the moment he was called to the Queensland home where he met with the terrified owner who believed he saw a brown snake in front of their garage. </p>

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What you cannot put in your rubbish bin anymore

<p>Victoria’s state government has revealed that from mid next year, residents will not be able to discard of their e-waste in their household bins.</p> <p>E-waste refers to old electronic items such as mobiles, TVs, laptops, tablets, as well as anything with a plug, including hairdryers, toasters and irons.</p> <p>Victoria, who is following the lead of South Australia which made the change in 2013, will prompt residents to be more careful of how they dispose of their defunct electronic goods.</p> <p>The head of Sustainability Victoria, Stan Krpan, wants to stop e-waste from becoming the world’s next plastic pollution issue and hopes all Aussie states and territories will follow suit.</p> <p>“E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world,” Mr Krpan told <a href="https://www.news.com.au"><strong><u>news.com.au</u></strong></a>.</p> <p>“In the next 10 years, we’ll actually double the amount that we’re producing, we’ve got to get on top of that.”</p> <p>The ban will ensure that consumers take their old electronic goods to a recycling station.</p> <p>“Rather than put it in a bin, or a council collecting it and putting it in landfill, you’ll need to take it to a designated recycling station,” Mr Krpan said.</p> <p>If no measures are put in place to reduce e-waste in Australia, it is estimated that it will increase from around 138,000 tonnes produced in 2012-13 to 223,000 tonnes in 2023-24, reported news.com.au.</p> <p>Mr Krpan highlighted that e-waste not only dumps hazardous materials, such as lead, mercury and arsenic, into the environment but it also discards of precious metals such as copper, silver and gold.</p> <p>In Australia, there are very few facilities to recycle batteries as a lot of our e-waste has been shipped to facilities overseas, where there are fewer laws to protect workers from hazardous materials.</p> <p>However, China recently stopped accepting e-waste from other countries and last month Thailand announced that it will also be making the same change.</p> <p>To respond to Australia’s urgency for finding homegrown solutions, the Victoria government announced earlier this year that it will increase access to dedicated e-waste recycling centres early next year, as part of a $15 million spend.</p> <p>The funding will update more than 130 e-waste collection sites around Victoria, making the various facilities within a 20-minute drive of 98 per cent of Victorians in metropolitan areas.</p> <p>For those who are unsure of how to discard of your e-waste, Mr Krpan recommends taking your pre-loved devices to tech companies that accept them and to do a Google search for a nearby e-waste business.</p> <p>How do you discard of your e-waste? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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The terrifying spot huge brown snake was hiding in family home

<p>A family in Queensland had the fright of their life after discovering a six-foot long brown snake making itself comfortable in their home.</p> <p>The snake was spotted after a father and his children were taking their shoes off in the garage on Saturday, when they noticed the slithering beast sitting on top of their fridge in their Yandina Creek home.</p> <p>After the snake noticed it was outed, it made its way onto the shoe rack, hiding amongst the sneakers while the father called a snake catcher for help.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fsnakecatchersunshinecoast%2Fphotos%2Fa.645617402181302%2F1870658369677193%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="502" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>“By the time I arrived, it was on the ground, basically just near the shoe rack,” said snake catcher at The Snake Catcher 24/7, Stuart McKenzie to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/terrifying-spot-huge-brown-snake-hiding-family-home-074231495.html" target="_blank">Yahoo7</a>.</em></p> <p>“It ended up going into the shoe rack and that’s where I pulled it out of.”</p> <p>Mr McKenzie was surprised by the size of the reptile, as he claims it’s the biggest he has ever dealt with.</p> <p>“I reckon it was about six foot, would have been nearly as tall as me.</p> <p>“It was pretty big, and it was real chunky, too, big girthy snake.</p> <p>“That’s about as big as I’ve caught, that’s probably equal as to the biggest Eastern Brown I’ve caught.”</p> <p>During the capture, the snake attempted to attack Mr McKenzie.</p> <p>“He felt threatened by me, cause obviously, I was this big animal coming at him and trying to catch him,” Mr McKenzie said.</p> <p>“He did try and lunge at me, just to basically say, no, you’re not touching me.”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fsnakecatchersunshinecoast%2Fphotos%2Fa.645617402181302%2F1870658283010535%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="502" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Mr McKenzie said the best way to avoid being attacked by snakes is to leave them alone.</p> <p>“Like all snakes, you leave them alone, they’ll leave you alone,” he said.</p> <p>“They can be incredibly dangerous, but only if you mess with them.”</p>

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The simple $4 Kmart hack – using string!

<div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>It’s amazing what you can do with a few everyday items and a whole lot of creativity to make a thrifty addition to your décor, as home stylist Ashlee White has demonstrated using a $4 cushion from Kmart and some string.</p> <p>The DIY designer created a striking feature for her lounge chair in her predominantly white colour-schemed house, starting with the very reasonably priced Kmart Kira cushion with a macramé finish, reports the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6301953/DIY-artist-saves-fortune-decorative-pillows-sharing-simple-4-Kmart-hack.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>. She added an intricate pattern using jute string to make the tie-up pillow.</p> <p> </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BotDzzfHKjx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BotDzzfHKjx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ashlee White (@_ashlee_white_)</a> on Oct 9, 2018 at 12:31am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>White, who designs hacks using affordable products from Kmart, <span>had a simple tool bag with a ruler, a black marker to set out the insertion points in the pillow, scissors to make the holes, and a large needle.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn8euoQHHGr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn8euoQHHGr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ashlee White (@_ashlee_white_)</a> on Sep 20, 2018 at 3:43am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p>She threaded pieces of string through the holes, then used a knot-style to create the decorative pattern. The home decorator finished off the inventive hack with tassels made from four pieces of string tied into a knot, attached to each side of the pillow.</p> <p> </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo3nzoZAtZx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo3nzoZAtZx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ashlee White (@_ashlee_white_)</a> on Oct 13, 2018 at 2:58am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>White posted the impressive result in a series of pictures on her Instagram account, and her followers loved it.</p> <p>One mum said the “clever” cushion hack could be a great addition to a worn couch.</p> <p>“Very clever !” she wrote. "I have an old couch ( which I won’t be updating any time soon with small children ! ) and it’s very hard to find cushions to go with the colour however this would work perfectly!”</p> <p>Another said, <span>“I love it, so gorgeous.”</span></p> <p>Will you be trying this cheap and stylish design hack? Tell us in the comments below. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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How should your cutlery drawer be arranged? Huge debate sparks online

<p><span>A New Zealander has unwittingly set off a furious debate about how one should arrange their cutlery drawer, in a post on social media platform </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/newzealand/comments/9of3ee/how_does_nz_arrange_the_cutlery_drawer/" target="_blank">Reddit</a><span>. Should it be a left-right configuration of fork, knife, spoon? Or knife, fork, spoon? And which direction do you place the head of the cutlery?</span></p> <p>The post was headlined: “How does NZ arrange the cutlery drawer?”</p> <p>“How is the cutlery drawer arranged in your kitchen?” they wrote.</p> <p>“My whole life I’ve gone with the (L-R) fork, knife, spoon configuration (teaspoons below) but have stayed places where knives are on the far left.”</p> <p>“What’s the setup at your place?”</p> <p>As it turns out, people are very passionate when it comes to their cutlery configuration of choice, with hundreds giving their opinion. Some became quite angry about the issue voicing some very cutting commentary. “I actually get so irate over this,” said one Reddit user.</p> <p>One person spoke of a familiar cutlery situation many of us will be familiar with – both order and chaos.</p> <p>“Large knives, knives, forks, spoons, teaspoons at the bottom,” they said of their ordered drawer. “And then other two drawers a mess of utensils until you have a clean out every three years, because you just can’t find the f***ing quarter cup.”</p> <p>Another user agreed, saying, “This is the standard my household follows.”</p> <p>And one person praised the owner of the cutlery drawer as a <span>“cultured individual with a fine taste in cutlery organisation”.</span></p> <p>But the debate was far from over. The utensil talk became even more controversial with the issue of which direction you should place the head of your knives, spoons and forks. Should it be towards the drawer handle or to the back of the drawer?</p> <p>“What sort of animal would arrange the handles towards the back of the drawer?” wrote one person.</p> <p>But as another Reddit user pointed out, “If all the handles are at the front then all forks, knives and spoons look the same.”</p> <p>However, another commenter admitted their cutlery drawer was “pure chaos”.</p> <p>“I just throw them all in the drawer together, no organisation, pure chaos,” they wrote. When someone branded the disrupter a “monster” they replied, “Survival of the fittest.”</p> <p>How do you arrange your cutlery drawer? Let us know in the comments section below</p>

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The $13 Kmart appliance sending shoppers wild

<p>Coffee is famously known to provide everyday Australians with the energy they need to get things done – and now, caffeine addicts are turning towards an affordable staple to give them their daily fix.</p> <p>Kmart, known for its budget items, has done it again, as its latest coffee grinder has sent social media wild with people around the country grinding their own coffee beans – and it only costs $13.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 480px; height: 480px;" src="/media/7821463/41191743-1-f.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bcbffbc683574a538243a5d13951a731" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo: <a href="https://www.kmart.com.au/product/coffee-grinder/128170">Kmart Australia</a></em></p> <p>Making a promise where you will receive “the same taste in every cup” the coffee grinder is easy to use and operates using a simple “one touch” method.</p> <p>Despite being made to grind coffee beans, savvy shoppers have found various other uses for the handy item.</p> <p>Customers have shared their hacks for the budget item, as some are using it to create a perfect combination of spices, ground rice or crushing nuts. Proving that there isn’t just one use for this compact appliance.</p> <p>Another shopper posted her secret on how to make pancakes using the grinder, saying she used the item to grind flax and sunflower seeds into flour which was the main component of the recipe.</p> <p>Posters on popular online forum Reddit shared a photo of the appliance stocked at Kmart, with plenty available due to the high demand.</p> <p>Coffee fans were also pleased to know that they can now save money as buying coffee every morning was proving to be an expensive habit.</p> <p>“This may surprise you, but beans are more cost-effective way to go, if you like a strong cup,” explained one commenter.</p> <p>“A half kilo of Blend 43 will give you about 125 cups at two teaspoons per cup, but you can get a kilo of beans for the same price and get about the same number of cups.”</p> <p>But not everyone was a fan, as some speculated the quality of the appliance saying that it’s better to splurge on a high-end, milling grinder instead.</p> <p>“You’ll be looking for a while to find a good (grinder) for under $60,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“’Good’ coffee grinders use a milling action, rather than chopping, and I excitedly snapped-up my DeLonghi when Big W had them for $90.”</p> <p>But if you’re on a budget, then it won’t hurt to try it out.</p> <p>Will you be checking out the $13 coffee grinder from Kmart? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Mums share genius $29 Kmart creation

<p>Mothers around the country have taken to the internet to share photos of the different ways they styled their affordable Kmart bar cart.</p> <p>The trolley, which cost a mere $29 from the discount department store, appears to be plain when first opened, but the savvy mums got creative and styled it in different ways.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bl7NV4MH32m/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bl7NV4MH32m/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Kmart I love you 🍬 . . . . . #kmartaustralia #kmartaddict #drinkstrolley #lollytrolley #kmarttrolley #kmartlollyjars #candybar #allensredskins #naturalsconfectionary #mandms #newhomewares #homestyling #kmartaus #kmartmumsaustralia</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/magicalmumma/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> 💫✨magical~mumma✨💫👨🏻‍🎓👩🏻‍🎓👦🏻👶🏻</a> (@magicalmumma) on Jul 31, 2018 at 10:49pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>One woman uses the affordable cart to hold her wine bottles as she decorated the trolley with a cocktail shaker and an artificial plant.</p> <p>The woman who shared the creation was looking for advice on how to spruce up the cart further, and while social media users loved what she had done, they happily offered her suggestions and constructive criticism.</p> <p>“Looks perfect. Maybe it’s the colour you’re not happy with. I’ve seen some that have been coloured white or gold that look amazing,” one woman said.</p> <p>“I love it, maybe add something sparkly or some colour,” said another.</p> <p>The post then inspired other women to share their creations as one after the other shared photos of their bar cart creations, giving people plenty of style inspiration.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm1nUeDnwj7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm1nUeDnwj7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Loving this hack by @hatingkatie on the @kmartaus Drinks Trolley!!! Thanks for tagging me lovely! #kmartaus #kmartaustralia #kmartnz #kmartinspiredliving #kmartbargains #kmarthome #kmartnewfinds #kmartlovers #kmartstyling #kmartstyle #newtokmart #newfind #homedecor #decor #decorating #interiordesign #interiorstyle</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kmart_new_finds/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kmart New Finds</a> (@kmart_new_finds) on Aug 23, 2018 at 3:12pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>One person used art-deco pink glasses and a bamboo tree to spice up the cheap trolley.</p> <p>She also placed the alcohol bottles onto a mirrored tray, which not only organised the cart but gave it a modern twist.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BkuP3gkHUty/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BkuP3gkHUty/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">New Find Alert 🚨 this drinks trolley has been picked up by @astylecollector in New Zealand for $35! Guessing it will be $29 in Australia when it hits our shelves. Thanks for the tag hun. #kmartaus #kmartaustralia #kmartnz #kmartinspiredliving #kmartbargains #kmarthome #kmartnewfinds #kmartlovers #kmartstyling #kmartstyle #newtokmart #newfind #homedecor #decor #decorating #interiordesign #interiorstyle</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kmart_new_finds/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kmart New Finds</a> (@kmart_new_finds) on Jul 2, 2018 at 1:30am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>There was also a reoccurring theme of including an ice bucket or decorative pineapple pieces. One woman used fairy lights to give the whole trolley a whimsical feel. </p>

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The brilliant dryer hack that will put an end to ironing clothes forever

<p>Ironing is high up on the list of most dreaded chores, but if you’re feeling lazy and need crease-free clothes in a snap, then you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s a trick that does exactly that.</p> <p>And the best part? It’s free.</p> <p>After putting your clothes in the dryer, place two or three ice cubes along with them and then raise the setting to the highest heat for a few minutes. Apparently, the hack should make your clothes look like they’ve been freshly steamed.</p> <p>And it works, as multiple people have tested out the trick and shared their results online.</p> <p>You may be trying to figure out the correlation between ice cubes and smooth clothes, and it’s simply because once the ice is melted, the heat from the dryer transforms the water into steam.</p> <p>So, not only are you getting dry, clean clothes, but now they’ve been pressed for you once they come out.</p> <p>However, there are some things to consider. It is advised by those who have tested the hack to not overfill the dryer if adding ice cubes, so a few shirts and trousers should be enough for one load.</p> <p>Once the trick gained traction online, many others came out with their own secrets to avoid ironing, such as hanging your clothes as soon as they’re out of the dryer.</p> <p>And also using a hairdryer as a steamer. Others say running a damp towel over dry clothes can help with crinkling.</p> <p>Or you might take to your kitchen cabinets, as experts believe that vinegar is the secret to soft linen, towels and bedding.</p> <p>“Use vinegar instead of fabric softener. Works better, and no, it doesn’t smell,” said one social media user after a woman asked for advice on how to keep her towels feeling brand new.</p> <p>Do you have any hacks to avoid ironing that you swear by? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Cancer Council calls for review into world’s most popular weed killer

<p>Cancer Council Australia is calling for an independent review into the world’s most popular weed killer following reports that it has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.</p> <p>Weed and grass killer Roundup is the most widely used herbicide in the world and is very popular with farmers and gardeners in Australia.</p> <p>However, the controversial key ingredient in Roundup, the chemical glyphosate, has not been formally reviewed in Australia in more than two decades.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:340.292895309717px;" src="/media/7821182/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0d69c5e316c84784863b06ee4a773e18" /></p> <p>In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) deemed glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans”, reported the <em style="font-weight: inherit;"><a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-08/cancer-council-calls-for-review-amid-roundup-cancer-concerns/10337806"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>ABC</strong></span></a>.</em></p> <p>"We are concerned that this issue's not being taken seriously enough in Australia, particularly by the agricultural industry," Cancer Council Australia CEO Dr Sanchia Aranda said.</p> <p>"The IARC report is independent and does suggest that there is absolutely a reason for concern."</p> <p>The chemical, which was first introduced by Monsanto four decades ago, allows farmers to spray glyphosate to kill weeds before planting their next crop rather than ploughing or tilting fields.</p> <p>Roundup was advertised to farmers and home gardeners as being both safe and effective.</p> <p>Scott Partridge, the vice-president of Bayer, the company which recently bought Monsanto, said: "It is the safest herbicide that's ever been developed.”</p> <p>However, in August Californian man Dewayne Lee John was awarded $US289 million after claiming the weed killer was a key factor in causing his terminal cancer and that the company failed to warn him of the health risk.</p> <p>The trial uncovered company documents, known as the Monsanto Papers, which revealed the business attempting to ghost-write articles in support of the chemical, trying to undermine the IARC finding and internal concerns over the safety of their product.</p> <p>One uncovered email from 2003 revealed that Monsanto’s lead toxicologist warned that the company could not say that Roundup is not a carcinogen because they hadn’t done the necessary tests.</p> <p>Brent Wisner, a lawyer on the legal team that won the case, said: “"For the last 20 or 30 years, Monsanto has engaged in a systematic and deliberate campaign to attack any science that says their product is not safe and to attack any scientist that has the courage to say something.”</p> <p>Wisner added, "They have a corporate culture that has zero interest in safety. It has only an interest in maintaining the ability of them to sell this product."</p> <p>But Monsanto claims the documents used in court were “cherry-picked” and is challenging the jury verdict.</p> <p>Now in America, more than 9000 people are suing the company, claiming that the Roundup products led to their cancer.</p> <p>Australia’s regulator, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), has not reviewed glyphosate since 1995.</p> <p>Concerns have also been raised about the regulator’s impartiality as it is primarily funded by the chemical companies it regulates.</p> <p>"Governments have an obligation to fund these kinds of agencies with public money so that transparency and independence can be assured," Dr Aranda said.</p> <p>Do you use Roundup weed killers? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Can you spot the two-metre snake hiding in this sewing room?

<p style="text-align: left;">Your sewing room isn’t exactly the first place you’d expect to find a snake. But with plenty of nooks and crannies in this one, it would be the perfect place for a snake to rest its scales.</p> <p>A woman got a huge surprise yesterday when she found the two-metre coastal carpet python, calling reptile wrangling company Snake Catchers Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan &amp; Gold Coast to her Sherwood home, southwest of Brisbane</p> <p>In a post on the company’s <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/www.snakecatchers.com.au/" target="_blank">Facebook</a> page, the business said the snake “had made itself quite comfortable here in a sewing room of a Sherwood home. If it weren't for the few displaced items, the homeowner wouldn't have noticed it.”</p> <p>A photo of the room, with the snake hiding, was posted on Facebook by the company which started a game of what we’re calling “Where’s Snakey?”</p> <p><img style="width: 243.137px; height: 500px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821151/hiding-snake-full.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4359988693f94a9bbee2df1c92ec4038" /></p> <p> </p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/comment_embed.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fwww.snakecatchers.com.au%2Fposts%2F885394811649133%3Fcomment_id%3D885567401631874&amp;include_parent=false" width="560" height="153" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/comment_embed.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fwww.snakecatchers.com.au%2Fposts%2F885394811649133%3Fcomment_id%3D885524158302865&amp;include_parent=false" width="560" height="133" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/comment_embed.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fwww.snakecatchers.com.au%2Fposts%2F885394811649133%3Fcomment_id%3D885760814945866&amp;include_parent=false" width="560" height="133" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>As the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6237721/Homeowner-Queensland-gets-shock-finds-snake-cluttered-sewing-room.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em> reports, snake catcher Jasmine Zeleny said that coastal carpet pythons can grow to a length of up to three metres and were often caught in Brisbane.</p> <p>“They’re a non-venomous species, and they do very well in an urban environment,” she said.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821152/snake-reveal.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1da829d9459e4aa8b5a4efc806a50eb0" /></p> <p>How long did it take you to spot the snake? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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Prince Charles and Camilla's extreme laundry ritual leaves royal fans baffled

<div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>For most people, ironing is a dreaded chore that, if possible, would be avoided at all costs. But no one has it as hard as the staff members who work for the royal family.</p> <p>While the British royals are known to live the high life, it has recently been revealed that a single bed sheet for members of the family must be ironed for at least one hour as there cannot be a single crease visible and people are baffled at the revelation.</p> <p><em>Queen of the World</em> – the new documentary that shows an exclusive preview into the lives of the royal family – featured one segment that showed just how much effort was needed when Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, stayed in Canada at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.</p> <p>To ensure the couple have a comfortable experience, their bed linen must be crease free and immaculate.</p> <p>“There are special sheets that are used for members of the royal family and they’re kept aside and brought out on only those special occasions when they’re here,” said Christine MacIntyre, the master of the household.</p> <p>“It takes over an hour to iron one sheet … After a long day of travelling there’s nothing better than getting into a bed that doesn’t feel like a hotel bed,” she says.</p> <p>“And that’s what you’re trying to do, is to make it feel like they’re in their own bedroom and they are.”</p> <p>And it isn’t the responsibility of one person to iron out each crease, as there are two people working together to ensure the sheet is smooth.</p> <p>After the segment aired, viewers took to social media to air their opinions on the protocol.</p> <p>“Over an hour to iron a bed sheet?! Bet the Royals wouldn’t even notice if it didn’t happen. #QueenoftheWorld,” one viewer wrote.</p> <p>“Stick [it] in the tumble dryer. It’ll be fine,” another said.</p> <p>Do you think ironing one sheet for an hour is excessive? Let us know in the comments below.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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New recycling rules in force – do you know what each label means?

<p>Thanks to a new label launched by the government yesterday, shoppers will now find it easier to sort out their recycling.</p> <p>The Australasian Recycling Label clearly states what parts of the packaging are to be recycled and what needs to be disposed of in landfill.</p> <p>For a long time, people have dealing with confusion around what they are able to recycle, as many times the packaging features many different components.</p> <p>For example, the photo below is a label you may find on a box of chocolates.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7821028/imagev1b75d838bfa346ae366f045adb675f0cb-v9ro60hra01szvjn0r2_t460.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3d73ffa5ae1d4db186209dcaddd2b724" /></p> <p>The image clearly states that the box is recyclable as it is made out of cardboard and the tray which consists of plastic may be recyclable depending on the council you belong to, and then the wrap is not recyclable so should be disposed of in the rubbish bin.</p> <p>When coming across the label and the instruction to “check locally”, you can visit <a rel="noopener" href="https://recyclingnearyou.com.au/" target="_blank">RecyclingNearYou.com.au</a> to check your council’s policy.</p> <p>Over 50 Australian businesses have joined the program including Australia Post, Blackmores, Nestle, Officeworks, Unilever and Woolworths.</p> <p>The label hopes to meet Australia’s 2025 targets to ensure 100 per cent of all packaging is recyclable, reusable or compostable.</p> <p>The aim of the target is to have 70 per cent of Australia's plastic packaging recycled by the year 2025, and to make sure that any new packaging being introduced contains an average of 30 per cent recycled material.</p> <p>Environment Minister Melissa Price launched the label at the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation’s Towards 2025 event in Melbourne yesterday.</p> <p>Ms Price said it would remove confusion surrounding recycling and reduce waste.</p> <p>“[It] provides people with easy to understand recycling information when they need it most, in those few seconds when they are deciding what bin the packaging goes in,” she said.</p> <p>After China introduced tough new standards that meant most waste from Australia would no longer be accepted, Australia’s recycling industry has been thrown into a crisis.</p> <p>Australia produces a massive amount of waste a year, with the number being at 64 million tonnes a year. 35 million tones is then recycled and four million tonnes is sent overseas to be disposed of. Out of that number, 1.3 million tonnes is exported to China.</p> <p>In order to reach the 2025 recycling goals, waste sorting and recovery will need upgrades and extra support for recycling markets will be needed.</p> <p>Australia’s National Waste Policy is currently under review and will be looking at the entire supply chain process from creation through to use, collection, recovery and recycling of packaging waste.</p>

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The Block judges' brutal feedback after labelling one room “disastrous”

<p>Contestants felt the pressure more so than usual on <em>The Block</em> this week as they had just four days to complete three rooms, alongside the added stress of a water leak drama.</p> <p>But Sara and Hayden, who garnered praise from the judges for their high scoring master bedroom reveal last week, seemed to have strayed the complete opposite direction as they went way back down the leaderboard, with a score of just 18.</p> <p>The judges were in agreement as they found more wrongs than rights in their hallway, laundry and powder reveal.</p> <p>While the NSW couple started the week confident, the situation slowly started getting out of hand as they were ordered to clean up their mess or face being shut down – Sara went ballistic – and unfortunately for the pair, they weren’t able to finish everything as they originally hoped, causing major ramifications.</p> <p><strong>Hayden and Sara – 18</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="width: 500px; height:280.52550231839257px;" src="/media/7820967/sarahayden.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/13c80d4ff35347059f25ccac6fbfa74c" /></strong></p> <p><strong><img style="width: 500px; height:280.1857585139319px;" src="/media/7820966/sarahayden-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9e2e6aa30d6146aea221e6873d97b183" /></strong></p> <p>Despite Sara desperately hoping the judges would see past their “filthy” unfinished rooms, even going so far as to interrupt host Scott Cam during the judges' feedback session to defend their actions, the judges were not having any of it.</p> <p>The judges started off with praise as they complimented the couple on the nice soft glow and drama of the space in their hallway.</p> <p>“I love the step lights all the way down the hallway; I love the shape they make on the floor, it’s very beautiful and I love the light behind the art, it’s dramatic and classy,” Darren Palmer said.</p> <p>But that’s where the positives ended.</p> <p>“It’s dirty,” Shaynna Blaze said.</p> <p>“The floor is filthy, and it really lets it down – there’s no excuse for not cleaning your spaces in time for delivery,” Neale added.</p> <p>He was bewildered as he couldn’t seem to figure out how the couple got some things so right and other things so wrong.</p> <p>“When I look at the left-hand side of the hallway I think it’s lovely, the artworks give off this beautiful rich, warm glow, then I look at this shelf (pointing to the other side) and it’s a disaster.”</p> <p>“To me that looks like a garage sale,” Shaynna said, adding its among the worst styling she’s seen on <em>The Block</em>.</p> <p><strong>Kerrie and Spence – 29</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="width: 500px; height:279.7527047913447px;" src="/media/7820962/kerrie-spence-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7c8de03bb28f49b5b5499ff59ecfed2a" /></strong></p> <p><strong><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="/media/7820963/kerriespence2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/94f81a43cddb4c80b01858863cbedf45" /></strong></p> <p>Kerrie and Spence have done it again, as they topped the leaderboard for the second week running.</p> <p>Scoring just one point below a perfect score of 30, the pair didn’t gain the attention of the Buyers Jury as they felt uninspired by their apartment, but they did hit all the right buttons when it came to the judges.</p> <p>“There is nothing I like more than a hallway that looks like a gallery,” Neale said.</p> <p>All three judges applauded the pair on their choice of artwork. Neale loved the simplicity of the design statement – it was all about the art and the lighting for him and “that takes amazing confidence,” he said.</p> <p>The praise continued into the laundry with Darren asking: “Is this what laundries have become that they are this glamorous almost kitchen like finesse … it’s just beautiful.” Shaynna agreed with those sentiments as she seemed visibly proud of Kerrie, saying she had come a long way.</p> <p>“I don’t think I have yet seen them as good as this,” Neale said.</p> <p><strong>Courtney and Hans – 24</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="/media/7820960/courneyhans1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7ccc2ad392b0469f80aa3309f25d4d31" /></strong></p> <p>With the largest hallway on <em>The Block</em>, Courtney and Hans won Neale over with the quirky art pieces, but Darren wasn’t 100 per cent sure about the cabinets, as he found it looked out of place with the furniture in the living room.</p> <p>“I think it’s got a glamorous eccentricity about it that really appears to me. It’s a bit kooky,” Neale said.</p> <p>Darren said the artworks could do with being closer together.</p> <p>For Shaynna the laundry was not on the luxury level of Kerrie and Spence’s – but said it wouldn’t lose them any buyers either.</p> <p>The powder room did grab their attention with Shaynna describing it as glamorous, particularly the vanity.</p> <p>The WA couple came second last, but they were still six points ahead of Sara and Hayden.</p> <p><strong>Norm and Jess – 25</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="/media/7820965/norm-jess.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1b203089b5ed4342a9bfb7e8d4321d72" /></strong></p> <p>Starting off the week with a rough start, especially when their plasterers pulled out before finishing the job, the Queensland couple still managed to make a comeback, with Jess also managing to secure some great local artwork.</p> <p>Darren was impressed the moment he walked through the doors, stating “this marble is exquisite” and loved how the shelf tied in with the kitchen bench.</p> <p>Darren thought it’s a lesson in styling 101 – “don’t crowd it and let the marble speak for itself".</p> <p>They all loved the simple arrangement of the room and agreed that the hero was the ceiling with its heights and choice of pendants. They loved the offset skylights and how it sent light down the hall.</p> <p>They also loved the laundry, finding it beautiful and compact.</p> <p>“It’s obvious there was no luxury of space to work with and small space solutions should have been put into play there,” Shaynna said, referring to the powder room which she thought lacked good orientation with the toilet pointing directly at the people in the dining room.</p> <p>“Execution is terrible, it’s really bad,” Shaynna said.</p> <p><strong>Bianca and Carla – 27.5</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="/media/7820964/last-one.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2a190c68a8f74c8eb81fd51f2c394061" /></strong></p> <p>Netballers Bianca and Carla had problem after problem with their rooms from waterproofing issues to tiling dramas. They even copped a $1000 fine because their electrician was painting when he shouldn’t have been. The girls redeemed themselves though, proving they’re still the styling queens.</p> <p>“Oh, that’s sexy,” Shaynna said as she walked into their hallway. “And so is that carpet runner,” Neale added.</p> <p>The judges were impressed by the choice of skylights and how the art lights were in the well. Shaynna also thought their signature cabinet by the front door was beautiful and consistent with the rest of the apartment.</p> <p>“It’s nicely styled too. It takes restraint and purpose to have good style,” Darren said.</p> <p>Looking at the art choices, Shaynna thought it made the apartment feel a bit more fun and quirkier.</p> <p>“The lounge and dining areas are very contemporary, very modern, I feel this hallway adds that sense of quirkiness the apartment didn’t have,” she said. “This is a stunning hallway, I love it.”</p> <p>But Shaynna was critical of one thing, and that was the execution of the paint.</p> <p>The judges went on to praise the laundry as they loved the tiles and timber laminate on the bench.</p> <p>“It ticks boxes of functionality and amenity, but they have done it with finesse,” Neale added.</p> <p>Which team's hallway, laundry and powder room reveal gets your vote? Tell us in the comments below.</p>

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Today show's battle of the budget stores: Which offers the best value for money?

<p>Over the years, Big W, Kmart and Target have made a name for themselves in the market of budget-friendly home décor, with customers making it their go-to stores when looking to revamp their living spaces.</p> <p>That means shoppers can spruce up their homes for summer without the hefty price tag.</p> <p>Recently, the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9now.com.au/today" target="_blank">Today</a></em> show put these stores to the test, making over a room in three ways using a selection of homeware items from each.</p> <p>The result was beautiful, summer-ready bedrooms with the least expensive costing a mere $243 in total.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="/media/7820845/kmart.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3a30c3a5f08640a4ac0da20f11365f45" /></p> <p>Starting with Kmart, <em>Today</em> show reporter Jo Abi demonstrated how pink bed linen, cushions – which included the store’s most popular knot pillow ($8), and a grey knitted throw made for a chic and affordable bed setting.</p> <p>“When you go to Kmart, you can pretty much get everything you’re after,” said Jo.</p> <p>To add pops of colour, elements of greenery were added to the setting using a $10 palm print. To add a further sense of comfort, Jo then included a jute rug which made for a “beachy air.”</p> <p>Other items included a bedside table, a lamp and a shelving unit.</p> <p>The total cost of the Kmart bedroom came to $288.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="/media/7820844/big-w.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5ded7bdfcacb4ce0bda626a2364263e0" /></p> <p>Next on the line was transforming a bedroom using home décor items from Big W.</p> <p>Jo picked out a reversible quilt cover that featured a bright green leaf pattern, and she went on to explain that the set could be used on its own or mixed for a fresher approach.</p> <p>At the end of the bed was a low table standing on top of a rug. And to finish off the look, Jo added Scandi-inspired side tables and gold-coloured lamps for a trendier vibe.</p> <p>“Once again at Big W you can go from nothing to this beautiful decorative set for your bedroom,” Jo said.</p> <p>She also went on to mention that this was the most affordable out of the three, as it cost $243.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:278.02359882005896px;" src="/media/7820846/target.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7613c52ba42049b6807590bc936dabba" /></p> <p>And lastly, Jo styled the third bedroom with items from budget department store Target.</p> <p>“Target has done a lot of work on their ranges and they have these beautiful features for your bedroom,” said Jo.</p> <p>Out of the range, Jo chose a white embossed bedding offset with touches of pink, including fluffy pillows, priced at $20 each, printed cushions and a rose-hued throw.</p> <p>The added tasselled rug in shades of grey added an element of luxury as did the matching ottoman.</p> <p>For decoration, Jo added side tables, a reading lamp and vases.</p> <p>The price for the Target makeover was the priciest, as the total came to a little over $570.</p> <p>Jo’s advice was to shop around, and to not limit yourself to one store.</p> <p>“I recently moved homes, and I didn’t get everything from one place. I went to lots of different places and built it from there,” she said.</p> <p>Which bedroom makeover do you like the best – and what is your favourite discount store to shop at? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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Laundry tips to live by

<p>Your laundry should be as minimal, clean and organised as possible. Yes, I know it’s a drag of a room and no one wants to be in there for long, but there are ways to make the laundry a more hospitable space. Fill large glass jars with bulk items like buttons, threads, pegs and twine and put them on display for a stylish touch. It’s so easy to recreate this look and add a little style to an otherwise drab space.</p> <p><strong>LAUNDRY TIPS TO LIVE BY: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Keep your laundry as minimal as possible, with no fuss and no mess.</li> <li>Use a collection of baskets to separate colours, dry-cleanable items, ironing etc.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 333.33333333333337px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7820812/ch_autumn_laundry_020-c-lisa-atkinson.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f7f5ae71afd148d185aa8fb9d2dd6fbd" /></p> <ul> <li>Keep a basket for items that need to be darned and next time you are sitting in front of the TV, mend those holes.</li> <li>Store spare buttons in a jar so they are always close at hand.</li> <li>Keep a piggy bank for loose change that falls out of pockets.</li> <li>Use a small laundry bag to store all those stray socks whose partners will eventually turn up.</li> <li>Have washing labels on display so you can see how to care for each item at a glance.</li> <li>Always fold your jumpers away – never hang them on coat hangers.</li> <li>Keep whites white by soaking your clothes for 10 minutes in a bucket of hot water with two sliced lemons.</li> <li>Always clean stains immediately.</li> <li>Try and clean your clothes with natural cleaners, like vinegar, bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and lemon.</li> <li>Always handwash your delicates.</li> <li>If buying detergent, make sure you buy the right one for the right fabric to ensure your clothes’ longevity.</li> <li>When handwashing your knits, never wring them out as they will lose their shape. Instead, roll them up in a towel to squeeze the excess water out.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Homemade linen water recipe</strong></p> <p>Making your own linen water is an easy way to bring your favourite scent into the bedroom. I love to use lemon and rose oil.</p> <p><strong>What you’ll need: </strong></p> <ul> <li>30 drops (approx. ½ teaspoon) essential oil of your choice</li> <li>90ml (3 fl oz) vodka</li> <li>375ml (12½ fl oz/1½ cups) distilled water</li> </ul> <p><strong>Makes: </strong>Approx 500ml (17 fl oz/2 cups)</p> <p><strong>Method: </strong></p> <ol> <li>Mix the essential oil and vodka in a glass.</li> <li>Add the distilled water and funnel the liquid into a spray bottle.</li> <li>Shake the spray bottle before each use and keep it in a cool, dry place for up to six months.</li> </ol> <p><strong>This is an edited extract from <em>Chyka Home </em>by</strong> <strong>Chyka Keebaugh</strong> <strong>published by Hardie Grant Books $39.99 and is available in stores nationally.</strong></p> <p><strong>Photographer © </strong><strong>Lisa Atkinson, Armelle Habib</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="width: 200px !important; height: 300px !important;" src="/media/7820814/chyka-home-cvr.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/306c969042bf48d795683e77bc59780a" /></strong></p>

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Savvy woman saves thousands of dollars with this genius laundry trick

<p>If there was a list of the worst chores one can do, laundry would most likely be right at the top.</p> <p>But one savvy woman has revealed how she plans to save “a lot of money and time in the next 20 years.”</p> <p>Posting on Facebook, Jen explained that when her washing machine broke down, she decided to invest in a commercial quality machine instead of another regular washer.</p> <p>According to Jen, the machine will save her hours and thousands of dollars in the future, and she hasn’t regretted her decision in the slightest.</p> <p>“[it was] a big investment but hopefully worthwhile for larger families,” Jen posted on the budgeting Facebook group, saying that the Speed Queen machine is great for those who have “a lot of washing to do.”</p> <p>“I found my machine that was three years old decided to sh*t itself,” she posted. “I burn through machines quickly!”</p> <p>After going through regular machines that Jen claims she would “overload and overuse” and pay thousands of dollars for, she decided on purchasing a Speed Queen commercial washer.</p> <p>While it costs a cool $5295 for the machine and an extra $800 for installation, Jen could not be happier, as they are said to last around 25 years when used in a home environment.</p> <p>“I was extremely lucky enough to have my husband’s insurer help pay for my new washer and dryer (the difference in cost for domestic v industrial), BUT I have saved two days of washing in the one day that would usually take me three,” Jen said.</p> <p>Speaking of the machine, she said it’s “fabulous.”</p> <p>“Does a quick 8kg (max load is 10kg) wash in 26 minutes to the max intensive wash at one hour!” said Jen.</p> <p>She then went on to say that the dryer is “also super efficient”, and despite the fact that it’s industrial and will consume a lot of power, she has solar so is hoping it will be “less expensive.”</p> <p>“I looked at just getting an extra large 20kg top loader, but the basic wash programmes for clothing still took 1.5 to two hours,” she said.</p> <p>“With this 8kg, I can get 24 kilograms done in three hours maximum! Far less electricity long term.</p> <p>“For us, with the last twelve years, and over $6000 on machines, if it lasts for 15 I’ll be happy.”</p> <p>Would you be willing to drop the cash on an industrial washer? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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