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How to properly burn a candle

Candles can be a lovely addition to any room.  I have a confession, I am or now can say was a candle hoarder.  Much like when I was little I would collect stickers and never use them.  Then when I moved out of home I had a box of stickers that I never used and they […]

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  • I love coconut scents. Coconut & lime is lovely. I quite like apple/pear smells too. I tend to avoid any musky or floral onesReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Leanne, i agree i am not big on musky smells either. I love mango and papaya!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I love Yankee Candles and bath and body works. I love peppermint scented. Candles and always stock up in Jan when its on afte
    r Christmas clearanceReplyCancel

    • Oh yes peppermint, so refreshing! I have peppermint shower cream atm. Its so nice!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Ooh the peppermint shower cream smells delicious! It smells like something you could eat! LOLReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes great idea to stock up then, Melissa. Ooh i don’t think in have smelt a peppermint scented candle burning.ReplyCancel

  • Anthea

    Oh I l-o-v-e candles!… strangely enough my faves are a range at Spotlight called ‘Emporium’… there are a number of scents, but my fave is White Tea… the Fresh Cotton scent is lovely too.

    I found this site only recently, & have really been enjoying the tips & daily tasks – doing a small thing each day makes such a difference! Thank youReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Anthea, i will have to check out the range at Spotlight. I also like the Fresh Cotton / Linen scents.ReplyCancel

  • Candles with fresh citrus scents are a must when I’m working and then anything with vanilla or coconut are my favourites to relax to.
    Thanks for the great tips on burning them.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Melissa i totally agree with you! Love all of those scents too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Alisha

    I love candles too and have recently discovered a range from Lemon Canary which have divine scents and the candles come in beautiful vintage jars.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Alisha, i will have to check these out. I like the sound of the vintage jars!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I love candles too and the best one I know of are
    the soy candles from Bali gift and soy candles.
    There is a shop on gallery walk on Mt tambourine.
    They are all natural, have a great scent and last
    ages in really lovely jars.
    They have great melts too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh i may have to take a drive up to Mt Tambourine and check them out. They sound lovely, Michelle.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My favourite candles are Partylite candles- the wax doesn’t burn when you touch it and the scents are AMAZING! And they are all natural ingredients! I have too many favourite scents to choose just one, it depends on my mood and the time if year!ReplyCancel

  • Janene

    Thanks Katrina, I’ve just found your page and loving the tips and challenges. Just got onto the candles and my kids really love the ‘monkey farts’ candles. It’s banana and vanilla.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Janene, Welcome!.:) Yes i have heard of the “Monkey Farts” candles, they do have a really nice scent.ReplyCancel

  • I loved your article, great tips for everyone. I also use to be a hoarder but now that I make my own not so much. I also love the ambiance a candle creates. I will share your link on my page as I think my customers would love your advice.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Thank you so much, Natasha. Thats’s really kind of you.:) Ooh i like the sound of making your own candles!ReplyCancel

The Organised Housewife’s Guide to doing the dishes and detoxing the kitchen

This post is sponsored by Finish Power and Pure Kitchen cleaning is like ground hog day, every day it has to be done.  Prior to kids I always had the kitchen tidy, however after the twins were born I let my routine go.  I would make dinner, spend the evening with the kids and hubby and […]

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  • Kimberley Lack

    Oh how I wish I had a dishwasher! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Kimberley, I wish for one for you too xxReplyCancel

  • Terry Bowery

    What is nappy-San?ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Jones

    Kat, I love these kinds of posts and I was wondering if you could post a typical week for you, including your routine and when you wash and cook etc. Thanks! ReplyCancel

  • Marina Vannucci

    By soaking the racks in the tub I was surprised at how much easier it made it to clean the burnt on food off. ReplyCancel

  • Veronica Celani

    Soaking the oven racks in the tub definitely helps! My mother in law set my oven on fire last year and I was able to salvage one rack because I soaked it in my bathtub. I had to take steel wool to my bathtub when I was done but it was worth it!
    ReplyCancel

  • Bliss of Living

    These are super awesome stuffReplyCancel

  • Sue

    Well, the Finish Power and Pure stood up to the test of the casserole dish – clean as a whistle. I usually never put the casserole dish in the dishwasher as I find it usually just bakes on any remaining food and makes a bigger scrubbing job. Then the ultimate challenge – poached eggs with runny yolks. I also usually never bother putting the crockery and cutlery from poached eggs in my dishwasher as it bakes on but this time the silverware and plates came out sparkling. I am sold.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Wells

    I was a lucky Organised Housewife devotee chosen to sample the new Finish Power and Pure dishwasher tablets. When my little express parcel arrived I couldn’t wait to see if these tablets which contained less chemicals (great bonus for our little family always striving to live a healthier life) actually cleaned as well as the heavier chemical varieties. The answer is yes they certainly do! I would usually wash my heavier pots and casseroles by hand but decided to pop them all in the dishwasher with no pre-rinse and try these new Finish Power and Pure tablets out. Firstly, I loved not have to unwrap them and being able to simply put them straight into the dispenser- no mess, no fuss. Secondly, my dishes came out sparkling clean and no watery residue on anything- all the bowls, glasses and kids plastics came out clean and dry. Fantastic! Will be making the switch from the ordinary Finish tablets to the Power and Pure for sure. Thanks for giving me the chance to try these out.ReplyCancel

  • Annette

    Not leaving any residue on the dishes is definitely a plus with this product. I still had some dirt left on the lasagne dish, but it was baked on and pretty stubborn! Would definitely buy this product after the samples have run out.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Love how each tablet is covered in plastic that dissolves so there is no need to unwrap each tablet. I was very impressed that there was no residue left on the dishes and my glasses were actually shinier after using these dishwasher tablets. An unexpected bonus was that my dishwasher appears cleaner than normal. Thank you for the opportunity to try such a great product.ReplyCancel

  • I tested Finish Power and Pure with a macaroni and cheese dish – a messy dish in our household! The saucepans and baking dishes went straight into the dishwasher with no pre washing and I was pleasantly surprised when they came out clean and sparkling – even the baked on crusty cheese bits were gone! There was no residue, and even no funny eggy smell that occasionally happens with the breakfast plates that were also in there. Love the plastic wrapper dissolves which saves time as well. As a mama, every second saved with no unwrapping or pre-washing is a gift!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Daly

    I was lucky enough to trial the Finish Power and Pure. I only use Finish products in the dishwasher, so I was expecting good things. I am also actively trying to reduce our chemical and antibacterial use in the home. The first thing i noticed is that they smell amazing! I sniff the packet every time I get a tablet out! Not only are my dishes shiny and clean, including my cheap shop plastic mixing bowls, but my dishwasher sparkles. This might sound a little silly but I am convinced my tap water tastes better after drinking out of a power and pure washed glass…Definitely will be making the switch.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Hall

    In a culture where the terms “organic” and “chemical free” are commonly used to describe the food on our plates, it comes as no surprise that we adopt this mentality when it comes to cleaning the plates themselves!

    As far as cleaning the dishes, the performance was great.

    Already using Finish tablets at home, I went into this with my eyes open, researching ingredients in the current tablets, compared to Finish Power & Pure. I was surprised at the difference.

    It comes down to asking yourself – “Do I expose my family to unnecessary chemicals to clean our home?”

    Definitely not!ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    The first thing I noticed about Finish Power &Pure, was its pleasant non-chemical fragrance. After my first use I noticed the dishes had an amazing shine, my wine glasses did not have water marks and my casserole dish that had a little caked on rice came out super clean. Very happy!ReplyCancel

  • Janis Bryden

    I was one of the people who got the free pack of Finish Power & Pure and they are IMPRESSIVE- cleaned ramekins which had been sitting in the dishwasher for about 18 hours and had apple crumble mix baked on around the rim, crumble mix completely removed, since I started using them haven’t had to hand wash anything that’s come out of the dishwasher.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    With my youngest having skin allergies I’ve been very mindful of the chemicals around my home & have made a conscience effort to reduce these chemicals. To say I’m impressed with Finish Power & Pure is an understatement. No chemical ridden smell, all fresh smelling, cleaner dishes & not to mention cleaner dishwasher! Definitely recommend this product!ReplyCancel

  • Helen Lambeth

    I always use finish tablets as I find they clean better than other brands so I was not surprised that Finish Power and Pure clean just as well as the Finish All-in-1. The only problem with the All-in-1 is that I cannot use the Eco wash because the chemical smell and taste linger. I am very excited that the Finish Power and Pure do not leave either a chemical smell or taste. That means I am once again using the 1:26 minute cycle instead of the 2:03 cycle and I save power and water! Dishes were very shiny too!ReplyCancel

  • corrie

    F-Fabulous,
    I-Is easy to use
    N-Never any residue left
    I-Is something I would purchase
    S-Simply shining glasses
    H-Helps me get the job done more easily and so I can spend time with my kids!

    I found Finish really good, and worth the cost, I’m big on saving where I can so I have tried all sorts of dishing washing powders and tablets, but I have to say that I would happily spend more to buy this product. My dishes were clean, sparkling and smelt great, I only needed to wash once and there was no residue left on them. My mum even commented on the results! I’ve converted my mother in law and she in turn has converted her sisters! Great product, would happily recommend!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    I was lucky enough to be sent a sample of the tablets and I must say I was sceptical. Have previously bought dishwasher tablets that promised and failed to deliver. From the first wash, the Finish Power and Pure delivered. The true test came after a slow cooker pot was left on overnight with very little in it. I awoke to a baked on mess. Into the dishwasher with, I’ll admit, thoughts of having to handwash. The dish came out like new! Not having to unwrap the tablets is an added bonus. Winner, Winner – no baked on Dinner!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    This was a fantastic opportunity thank you. I must say that I was very pleased with the Finish Power & Pure. The big test was the baking dish from the Braised Beef and Onions. I had to resist the urge to scrub before putting it in the dishwasher. It came out beautifully clean. Colour me impressed.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Parker

    the bath rack soaking advise is a saintly tip, thanksReplyCancel

  • Janis Tyler

    We have been ever mindful of the chemicals being put into our water system, so were very pleased to find these new tablets used considerably less.
    No unwrapping required so no residue left on hands. After the cycle the dishes were clean and dry with glasses in particular emerging sparkling. No water spots remained. Each time not only were all traces of food removed, including cooked-on porridge from bowls but baked on food like cheese sauce and lasagne from casserole dishes, pans & wooden spoons.
    Thank you for the sample.ReplyCancel

  • Petra Chaplin

    We have been hunting for a dishwashing tablet that not only cleansed the dishes and everything else in the washer thoroughly but also left all the items dry. “Clean and Dry”, we used to say – if only the dishwasher would clean AND dry. Well, having been lucky enough to receive one of the 100 sample packs of Finish Power & Pure, we tried it, and it works wonderfully! We have now got clean and dry dishes, and to top it off, it’s kind to the environment. We have also used it on the short cycle and get the same compelling results.ReplyCancel

  • Julie-ann

    Being on a tight budget and having rainwater plumbed into the dishwasher, I thought that I could just use cheap dish-washing tablets & that they would work on cleaning everything. I received my sample of Finish Tablets & I thought that I would try again at putting pots and pans, cooking trays, slowcooker pot, anything that I used in a normal week, that normally I had to soak and scrub by hand, into the dishwasher. All I can say is thank-you, everything came out spotlessly clean, no more having to remove the item from the dishwasher and then scrubbing it by hand, now doing the dishes is no longer a chore.ReplyCancel

  • Anita

    Finish power and pure is a lifesaver we are a family of 6 I have to do dishes twice a day one in the sink and one in the dishwasher and I own a very old dishwasher it’s 14 years old and I thought I might have to buy a new one as it wasn’t cleaning well anymore and I had to buy the dishwasher cleaner every week. Finish power and pure has just saved me $1000 from buying a new dishwasher and my dishes came out so clean my pots had no residue left on them and my glasses were sparkling I’ve had baking dishes, slow cooker pot, and the racks from the oven and BBQ in there. I am so happy and will defiantly be switching products I never thought I would ever be excited about my dishesReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    I was lucky enough to try the finish power and pure and it really is awesome!
    I normally spray oil on all my casserole dishes before use to help stop the food sticking, I still scrub but no where near as much as usual. So I wasnt surprised when these dishes came out sparkling from our dishwasher. So I decided to do the ultimate test and not spray. In to the dishwasher went my day old pasta bake dish that I hadnt sprayed. OMG it came out looking brand new!! No more washing dishes for me :) Thanks FinishReplyCancel

  • nancy ngauamo

    Great product. Love that it is covered in plastic and that I don’t have to use my teeth to open the packet to get the tablet out like I usually do with other tablets. Dishes cone out very clean and streak free. I would love to switch to this product but I don’t think can afford with the amount of dishes we have with a big family. Thank you for the opportunity to try !ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    I am already a loyal Finish customer but wanted to try the Power and Pure because of the reduced chemicals. I didn’t really expect any obvious improvements in the cleaning so was surprised after the first use that the dishes were noticeably more sparkling and clean. I have now used the Power and Pure for a week and the dishes continue to be cleaner and more sparkling than when using other Finish tablets. I have actually done more cooking this week because of guests and found that casserole and baking dishes have come out spotless first time (normally they would come out with a little food left on that would need to be hand washed). Dishes, in particular plastic, seem to be drier and not needing to be left to drip dry. The final thing that I like about Power and Pure is the self contained packaging, it may seem like a small thing but as my hands are often crampy or numb due to chemo it can be tricky to remove the wrapper of the other Finish tablets and there is no risk of the tablet crumbling. In summary, Finish Power and Pure are easier to use providing a cleaner, shinier and drier finish, and all importantly, with less chemicals. Thanks for the opportunity to trial.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Dilkes

    Some background: We are dairy farmers with tank water. The dishes need to be clean first time, every time as I can’t afford extra water to rinse the dishes, run the load again or hand wash dishes not cleaned. I ran the dishwasher every evening after tea including the plastics, trays, pots and pans. Every time the dishes came out clean, even the one occasion when the tablet didn’t eject properly from the dispenser. The dishes also dried without streaking. I would recommend Finish Power & Pure for value and effectiveness.ReplyCancel

  • Kate Gissell

    I tested these, I mean really tested, cooked the messiest, stickiest, baked on meals I could. No pre-rinsing, left dishes for a while before sticking in the dishwasher just to make it harder and WOW was I amazed!! I searched over every plate, cup and dish after washing looking for any tiny leftover residue but No, none to be found!! I was constantly and pleasantly surprised! I will definitely be continuing use. One little request though…. being so successful on dishes, can you make these suitable for washing clothes??!! haha!ReplyCancel

  • Cassandra Agar-Wilson

    I used to think it was normal to run the dishwasher twice because dishes were still dirty, and that it was standard practice to air plastic containers afterwards in the drainer to completely dry. I admit I was sceptical at first, but after trying Finish Power and Pure, I now expect a new standard of ‘normal’ from dishwasher powder. I no longer waste time and electricity re-washing dishes, and the best bit is, I know that my kids are exposed to less chemicals. Mother-of-the-year to me! Finish Power and Pure is AWESOME!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I am amazed by the incredible performance of Finish Power and Pure dishwashing tablets! Having a house full of hungry boys, our dishwasher seems to be on a non-stop cycle but there is always dishes that need an extra scrub. The tablets honestly cleaned EVERY dish well, including pasta-bake dishes and dried weet-bix breakfast bowls. Knowing that they use less chemicals was great, as this is one area of my home where I have been searching for a lower chemical product that still delivers outstanding results Finish Power and Pure is now a staple on our cleaning list!ReplyCancel

  • Jenni Cooke

    As a mum with two very busy little boys, anything that makes life easier and allows more time with the family is a winner in my book. If I can reduce our chemical waste too – even better! Enter Finish Power & Pure.

    Its fair to say I threw everything I had a Finish Power & Pure. From casserole dishes to pot pie ramekins, in it went. I was unsure what to expect as post dishwasher re-washing is a common requirement for me, however I was most pleasantly surprised. Not only was I hit with a nice fresh smell when I opened the dishwasher but everything was clean and sparkling. EVERYTHING!

    Casserole Dish – Sparkling!
    Pie Ramekins – Clean as a whistle!
    Dried on Weet-Bix – Gone!

    Well done Finish Power & Pure, you’ve won over this (slightly less) Organised Housewife for sure :)ReplyCancel

  • Danni

    I’ve been using a different brand of tablet so was keen to see how Finish Power & Pure matched up. Although not recyclable, the minimal packaging is designed to store the tablets until you need them and they’ve reduced the level of phosphates too. I cooked a roast in a bench top oven, and after three hours of cooking the glass bowl had all sorts of baked on grime – perfect for this test. I placed it straight in without presoaking or scrubbing and let the tablet go to work. The bowl came out spotless! I think that speaks for itself.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa McCallum

    I really put this product through the ‘ringer’. I have a family of 5 so we run the dishwasher every day. I must say, the product stood up very well.
    I ran it with a full cycle and it performed perfectly. Everything came out clean and shiny regardless of our poor stacking.
    I did a load with a lot of plastics and they came out clean AND DRY which is what we all love. No one wants to have to wipe dry anything that comes out of the dishwasher – it defeats the purpose of getting a machine to do the work for us!

    I also ran a load with pots, now to my surprise they came out better than I had expected. With previous brands, I had always been left a little disappointed. This time they were clean and shiny as opposed to just clean and I mean ‘just’.

    I also ran the product through a quick-30 min cycle (although this isn’t preferred I know – I read the packaging) but it’s how I would need to use the product in our house and once again I wasn’t disappointed.

    It’s a great product 5/5.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Penco

    I found them to work better than the otherReplyCancel

  • Chelsea De Luca

    I first used the tablets in a regular load and happily noticed they did as good a job as my usual detergent. However, my husband pointed out that we rinse our dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. So we decided to try them without rinsing first. I was rapt to find all dishes and glasses were spotless.
    Third time lucky- we put in all of our saucepans, a lasagne dish, dried soiled plates and some stained coffee cups. Wow! The girls were wondering why Mummy did a happy dance in the kitchen!!! Amazing!!
    Definitely recommending them to friends.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Gleeson

    I absolutely love the idea of less chemicals in necessary products such as dish washing tables! I could not survive without my dishwasher. Thanks to Finish Power & Pure, there is now a brilliant product on the market that uses less chemicals and continues to strive for excellence ~ a fantastic result! My dishwasher is sparkling clean and so are all my dishes. I am always on the look out for chemical free products as I am mindful of the impact they have on our environment. I love receiving my Organized House Wife tip every day ~ it’s a fun way to keep on top of mundane chores here at my house! Thank you for your wonderful emails and for bringing this new product Finish Power & Pure to my attention ~ it’s a winner in my book! I will purchase this product in future for sure. :)ReplyCancel

  • Loved the new finish tablet. Great ssmell. Noticed dishers dryer and best of all no residue left. They stood up great to test. Even getting my bake on lasagna dish sparkling.

    Thanks heapsReplyCancel

  • Di Thompson

    I was one of the fortunate to receive the new Finish Power & Pure. I must say I am impressed. I had always used Finish Quantum but recently tried a new product out and was very disappointed in the results. I have recently started having Green Smoothies everyday in an attempt to get my 5 serves of fruit and vegies every day. I like to put my blender parts and smoothie cups in the dishwasher, as I do with most of our dishes and pans. The other company’s product left my dishes with a fine gritty residue. I cleaned my dishwasher thinking that may be the problem, but it still persisted. No such problem with the Finish Power & Pure though, all gritty residue is now gone. Thank goodness. I do not have time in my day to do hand washing of dishes these days.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Saggus

    I put everything in the dishwasher, dishes, pots, pans, blender, cat bowls, tupperware, lock n lock, dishcloths and toothbrushes!!

    I use my dishwasher everyday and I definitely think the Finish Power & Pure are hands down the better buy.

    I am all about using less chemicals so they are dead-set winner for me.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Finish Power & Pure is a huge improvement on Finish Powerball Classic. Not only does it have less chemical, it actually cleans better! No half dissolved tablets left in the machine after the wash and no need for rinse aid. Even plastics wash and dry well with no powder residue. I assumed popping plastics onto the dish rack to dry was the price I had to pay for using a dishwasher – boy was I wrong!
    The tablet was too big for my dispenser but popping it straight into the machine worked a treat. Definitely on my shopping list.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    With some reservations I tried these new Finish Quantum Power and Pure Powerballs. Conclusion, I’m impressed. Definitely standing up to its claim of ‘tea stain removal’. For big coffee drinkers this will really cut back on scouring those mugs. Upon opening the door, no odour’s emitted, just warm steam. Giving it a real workout, leaving mashed potato leftovers in the bowl. Voila – all clean. Another clear observation, glass wear is left sparkling, a phenomenon I’ve not experienced before.

    Final Conclusion: A+ vote from me. Will definitely buy in the future for ease of use, containing less chemicals, great cleaning power.ReplyCancel

  • Janice Campbell

    I am surprised at how clean the Finish Quantum Power and Pure Powerballs actually worked. I normally soak my casseroles dishes overnight but decided to put them in the dishwasher to try with Power and Pure, great result, found the dishes also dried better. Did have a couple that didn’t ejected properly however they still did a great job.ReplyCancel

  • Alyce Golby

    I was pretty excited to receive this package as I’d heard great things about the tablets. I normally buy a cheaper powder for the dishwasher but after using these tablets, I’m seriously considering making the switch. Having two young kids who go through at least a load of dishes a day it is important to me to not use so many chemicals, especially because I put my sons bottles through the dishwasher. I found the smell of the dishwasher to be quite fresh instead of the chemical smell I’m used too. Great product & one I will be recommending to my other “mummy” friends!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Barker

    I was chuffed to get an opportunity to trial Finish Power & Pure. My first impression was the smell – clean and fresh; not chemically. My husband was excited about the dissolvable wrappers (he’s an engineer – it’s all about small details). I was sceptical about the tablets’ performance but I was… surprised. No need to rewash baking dishes or utensils to remove the last bits of gunk. Win! The dishes also looked and felt cleaner. I still have a mega box of “other” tablets; I’m doing some maths to countdown how long before I can buy more Power & Pure!ReplyCancel

  • Sammy

    I lived with an unused dishwasher in our house for 7 years, until some smart person pointed out it would actually SAVE water to use it. I am now a complete convert and love my dishwasher! I usually hand wash any bigger items (saucepans etc), and anything that has been ‘baked on’ but thought I’d really put the Finish Power & Pure to the test. I wasn’t disappointed! There was never a dish that had to be re-washed, everything was spotlessly clean. I think most importantly they are using less chemicals and the powerballs are not individually wrapped. A win for humans and a win for the planet!ReplyCancel

  • Suzette McGuire

    Thankyou so much for the generous sample of Finish Power and Pure. It has been a godsend!!! Not only because it leaves our plates, pots and cutlery spotlessly shiny but most of all….my husband was so excited about getting a free sample sent that HE PACKED AND UNPACKED THE DISHWASHER!!!! Hallelujah!!! ThankYOU Finish :-)ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    I was excited to see my Finish Power and Pure arrive in the mail, however skeptical because I wasn’t sure it was going to be any better than any other product out there. Well I’m happy to say I was wrong. The first test was my slow cooker bowl which had been bubbling away with a beef casserole all day. Usually I handwash this as it will always come out with food residue stuck to it and need to be finished off with a handwash, but it came out sparkling clean, as did my pot that had rice caked on the bottom! Although I think the most impressive improvement I noticed that all my dishes came out dry (this is not always the case with my current detergent) and my glasses had no watermarks on them – this was the best bit for me. Thanks Organised Houswife and Finish for letting me test the Finish Power and Pure tablets.ReplyCancel

  • susan

    I found Finish Power & Pure really good. It has a very pleasant fragrance without all the harsh chemicals. All my dishes pots and even baked on pots came out sparkling. Their was no residue left on items like other products do and no streaks which is great to see. Will defiantly recommend and have also brought some more.ReplyCancel

  • Bree

    Prior to trialling Finish Power and Pure, I was buying dishwasher tablets in bulk. After cooking the organised housewife’s choc caramel slice recipe, chocolate topping was truly stuck to the saucepan so it was great to see Finish Power and Pure only took one wash to remove the set chocolate residue (must be the power of oxygen similar to advanced laundry agents). For normal use I can continue with regular dishwasher tablets but would recommend these for tough one wash pot, pan and tough baked on food where it saves water, time and money using Finish Power and Pure instead.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    Baking dishes with baked on grime
    Are too much to endure
    Sceptical, although I was
    I trialled Finish Power & Pure
    The fresh and gentle scent
    Delighted me from the start
    But it was the single cycle cleaning power
    That really won my heart!

    Finish Power & Pure has granted all my wishes
    I’ll no longer hand scrub food remains
    Off stinky, grimy dishes!

    The switch to Power & Pure doesn’t take much nouse
    As I already use natural cleaners
    Through the rest of the house

    With sparkling results, plain to see
    This is the new dishwasher tablet for me!ReplyCancel

  • Annie White

    I started this trial a little sceptical and ended as a convert! I was so incredibly impressed with the results when using Finish Power & Pure dishwasher tablets. Everything came out sparkling – even the 2 day old casserole dish! I’m convinced the dishwasher was cleaner too.

    The trial inspired me to run a chemical detox for my home and family simultaneously.
    We’re now all a little healthier, cleaner and leaner. Thank you for the opportunity and inspiration, my whole family has benefitted and we’ll continue to enjoy the long-term bonus of reduced chemical use.

    Added to the shopping list!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    I was excited to be given the chance to try Finish Power and Pure. The dissolving wrapper is great – no detergent on my hands. It worked as well as, actually probably better than my regular detergent, even with casserole dishes, pots and pans. Everything came out lovely and shiny, smelling fresh and leaving the dishwasher clean too. I loved the opportunity to further reduce the chemicals I use at home. It is great for my family, as well as my environment – particularly important where we collect and dispose of all the water that we use. Thanks Finish and Organised Housewife.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Eeeek!
    The dishes are still dirty and its past 7.30!
    With a family of 5, there’s nowhere for them to hide.
    There’s no time for scrubbing, my baby needs cuddling.
    The only way I can finish for sure, is to use my Finish Power & Pure.
    I don’t need to scrub not even rub.
    Finish makes my dishes sparkle and picks up every little particle.
    The baked on food is washed away, giving us all more time to play.
    No more white spot formations, like our spotty pet Dalmatian
    The dishes all come out dry, so the time unpacking surely does fly.
    I would recommend for you all to use Finish, and your time cleaning dishes will surely diminish.
    Thankyou Organised Housewife for introducing me, and freeing up time for this Mummy!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Chapman

    I was very excited to put the new Finish Power & Pure dishwashing tablets to the test, hoping fewer chemicals could still be tough on my dirty dishes.

    I loaded the dishwasher with the usual crockery, cutlery, and glassware then added my lasagna dish with plenty of baked on residue. To my amazement, everything came out spotless and shiny. Day after day dried up porridge was removed with ease.

    It really is true, a sparkling clean with less chemicals. I’ve been won over by the results and have made the switch. Better for the environment, better for my family.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Byrne

    Modern life seems to be a balancing act. As a mum I constantly have to juggle budget, efficiency, impact and time. After trialling Finish Power & Pure for a week I am feeling great about the product, it does what it says it will well and has the added bonus of being a better choice for the health of my family. I love a product that ticks more than one box and makes my life easier.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Spires

    Finish Power and Pure Quantum tablets are similar to other Finish Quantum products I have tried in the past, they have the same shape with a dissolvable outer layer and 3 sections of different coloured powders – I assume each with a different type of cleaning action.

    The cleaning action of Power and Pure is by far the best I’ve seen in any dishwasher tablet I’ve tried. Baked on food from casserole dishes and the slow cooker pot was all cleaned away.

    A problem I was hoping Power and Pure would solve has been grainy sediment often left in cups or on the undersides of bowls and plates. My hopes were realised and this has not been an issue in the week I’ve trialled Power and Pure.

    We have fairly hard water in Sydney which means rinse aid is a must to prevent spotting and promote drying so I was excited to see that Power and Pure has a “Rinse” action. However on reading the fine print I was disappointed to see that “Rinse Aid is still recommended”. That being said the amount of spotting on glasses, plastics and cutlery has been minimal and not in every wash.

    As a household we use minimal products for cleaning, hot water, soap, occasionally vinegar usually suffice for most messes but I have struggled to find a natural alternative that washes well for the dishwasher, while Power and Pure doesn’t quite fit the term “natural” it is nice to know that there are less nasties than in your average dishwasher tablets.

    Overall a good quality product that does what it advertises.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Thomsen

    Finish Quantum Power and Pure with its soft, safe scent is strong enough for every housewife’s worst nightmares: Husband created fatty fried egg frypans, three day old abandoned milk cups, the family roast pan, paint and papier mache spoons, bowls and so much more.
    Yet wrapper free, finish power and pure is still gentle enough for the crystal wine glasses, freed of wine, at the end of a busy night.
    Family life made easier with no rinsing required, spot free and shiny dishes every time.
    Thank you Finish Power and Pure for making this mother’s life simpler and safer.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Zois

    Finish Power and Pure is my new best friend. Have not had to rewash any dishes since using it. Even dried up egg came off! Love the fact that it contains less chemicals and that it doesn’t leave a strong fragrance on my dishes. Doing the dishes is so much easier, no rinsing, no rewashing and no meed to air out dishes after washing. Thanks for this opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    I will admit, I was a bit skeptical. In my mind, when something says it is ‘chemical free’ or ‘environmentally friendly’ I straight away think it will do half the job. I know that for my family I should be more environmentally friendly and all but when I clean something I want to know that it has no chance of making my family sick.

    Using the Finish Power and Pure I found it not only cleaned my dishes it also broke down the hard to get off grubby ones like my oven dish that I use to make lasagna in. Definitely will be purchasing this in the future.ReplyCancel

  • Leah Mildenhall

    With scepticism I started in,
    The only bait, a prize to win.
    But shocked was I when all done washing,
    Plates, pots & pans, all clean and sparkling!
    Less chemicals is an enormous plus,
    Now the washing up chore isn’t a fuss!

    On a more serious note, I have loved using the Pure and Power tablets. Usually a change for the better requires a lot of effort, or a lot of added expense. Not so with Finish Pure & Power. Quite simply, these tablets gave a sparkling clean, and are a product I’ll continue to use and recommend.ReplyCancel

  • Annette Higgins

    I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to try Finish Powerball. I have fibromyalgia so not having to scrub dishes is a wonderful help in managing my pain. I had a quiche pan and delicate wine glasses come out perfectly clean after using the product. I love the finish of the dishes being so clean and dry. Love that it has less chemicals as I am sensitive to strong chemicals. So easy to use. Will definitely use this product in the future being so convenient and easy to use. Thanks to Finish and the Organised Housewife.ReplyCancel

  • The Finish tablets definitely are powerful and pure! I loved not having to unwrap the tablet and everything came out wonderfully clean. I put it to the test with stubborn grime on items I would normally hand wash and it passed with flying colours! What a bonus to find a product that uses less chemicals and actually works better than it’s competitors.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola

    As a full-time working Mum of two life needs to run smoothly as much as possible. Not having to worry about doing the dishes is an integral part of this and I definetly don’t want to re-do dishes that have already been through the dishwasher. With Finish Power and Pure I know that every time my dishes will come out sparkling and def no need to re-wash!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Atwood

    I have always tried to use dishwashing tablets that were friendly to the environment and my children. My children are very sensitive to chemical and their smells. When I first used the Finish Power and Pure I was amazed at the smell from the dishwasher. It smelt clean and fresh. The dishes and glassware were clean and from from any slimy residue. I love that we can get a great clean with less chemicals. I have been sold on this product and will continue to use it. Many thanksReplyCancel

  • Clare Dorey

    I’d always resisted the temptation to try powerball products, not believing that they could really be that much better than powder. Your samples certainly proved me wrong! In the first 2 washes there was still residue left in my mugs, but subsequent washes really saw an improvement. Even my husband commented on the cleaner dishes and a much cleaner machine too!ReplyCancel

  • jackie Sutherland

    I’m lucky I have people (my kids) who stack and clear away the dishwasher for me (and if there is any muck still on them – they put them on the bench for me to wash in the morning)
    When we received the sample pack, I kept a tally of what I had to wash in the morning, and with that in mind I put everything I could into the dishwasher – and I’m pleased to say – I didn’t have to wash anything over the past week.ReplyCancel

  • J

    Fantastic product! Thanks for letting me try it. We eat a lot of eggs so I’m never without Finish quantum tablets as they are the only ones that clean properly (and clean the dishwasher too!). I do worry about chemicals though, especially in dishes as you are ‘eating’ any residue left on your plates, glasses etc. Fantastic that you have made a version with less chemicals!!! These seemed to work just as well! Thanks so much for the opportunity to try them, I’ll definitely be buying them.ReplyCancel

Adding text, doodles and borders to photos on Instragram

I have been trying to use Instragram more lately, to try to give you a personal insight to my everyday life.  I am asked regularly ‘what is the app that I use to put the text, doodles and borders onto my photos’?.  It’s a really sweet app called A Beautiful Mess, it’s $0.99 available in […]

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  • Sharon Johnson

    thanks for sharing. Most helpful link that will come in handy.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara

    The A Beautiful Mess app isn’t available for android – do you know of any others?ReplyCancel

    • I just downloaded the new Rhonna Designs app, I’m unsure if this is available for android but it’s great too.ReplyCancel

      • JessD

        Late to see this but have been wondering about how to do this with my pics for ages. Thanks Kat! A Beautiful Mess is now available for android. I have come across a free app called Photofy that has a lot of content for free, but also content to purchase. I’m going to give it a tryReplyCancel

  • Corrina

    Photofy is a good FREE one for AndroidReplyCancel

A Housewife’s Guide to: Good TV Shows

What is your favourite TV Show?

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  • snotface stinkbum's mum

    offspring for sure! that darn show makes me cry every week!  i’m also a sucker for the law and order franchise – especially SVU – i love Ice T’s character!ReplyCancel

    • Yes, Offspring is my number 1 show. Looking forward to tonight’s episode. ReplyCancel

  • K Turner

    Love Offspring too, so addictive, my other faves are Once Upon a Time, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey even a bit of Spartacus and even though I know it’s a bit tacky love Merlin lol :)ReplyCancel

  • Lynley King

    Am soo excited to see a New Zealand show on the list :-) Love Almighty Johnson’s, just the right mix of drama and humour!!ReplyCancel

  • sarahbraaksma

    I love Dexter.. I hated HB watching it for the first two seasons and then somehow I found myself watching one and really enjoying it.. its my dirty little indulgence ;)ReplyCancel

    • Ooh Dexter is a favourite of ours, can’t wait for the next season to start.ReplyCancel

  • I just finished watching New Girl then – lordy it makes me laugh. I’ll also give a vote to new kid Tricky Business :) ReplyCancel

    • I have heard good review on New Girl, would love to find some time to watch it.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    The new show on Channel Nine on Monday night Tricky Business is really good too.ReplyCancel

  • Don’t think I can add anything to this impressive list… love Downton Abbey. ReplyCancel

  • I absolutely loved Brothers and Sisters. The series ended with one episode’s notice and I was devastated!  ReplyCancel

    • I was too, I watched it from the beginning and thought Nora was just so lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Kristie

    Offspring is my fave at the moment as well as Greys and Revenge but havent had time to watch any…… might need to invest in a TiVo!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Revenge, Criminal Minds, NCIS,  and Castle, are at the top of my rotation list… I just keep doing marathon after marathon… also partial to Lie to Me, Bones, The Mentalist (the early stuff), Greys Anatomy and The Good Wife.
    I have to admit that I don’t watch anything live on TV, I wait till the DVDs are released and then watch the whole tv series from season 1 through to the current season. Between times it’s finished TV shows like Lie to Me and Brothers & SistersReplyCancel

  • Sarah-Jane

    Downton Abbey, Offspring are my absolute favourites and will make the time for those. My husband loves to scout for new series that are showing overseas so if you love Gilmore Girls, look out for “Bunheads” – it is done by the same director as Gilmore Girls and does feel a bit too much like Gilmore Girls but still enjoyable. It has the mother from GG as a starring role and she is very much the same but more loveable. The other one we are starting to get into is “Perception” which stars Eric McCormack who was Will in “Will and Grace”. He plays a professor of neuroscience who is very eccentric like Greg House (“House”) but extremely intelligent and assists in cases with the police as a sideline. Speaking of sidelines, I love Castle too; perfect to watch and  have some down time on a Sunday evening. I am looking forward to Channel 9’s new show “House Husbands” as it has Julia Morris in it.ReplyCancel

  • Elita Hooper

    Beauty and the beast(has Australian Jay Ryan from offspring)Reign give them a go. Great shows for mumma at home to relax and enjoy. ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    Beauty and the beast is really good too.ReplyCancel

The Organised Housewife’s guide to: How to sync outlook with your phone

Each Sunday I email or post on facebook the daily task of preparing for the week ahead, and one of the tasks is to sync your phone with your calendar.  I have had quite a few requests with needing help on how to do this, so hopefully you can find my tutorial easy to understand. […]

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  • So you know of a good diary/planner ap?ReplyCancel

  • I just downloaded remember the milk, yet to use it but it looks goodReplyCancel

  • I sync my gmail calendar to my iPhone iCal. It’s the best and I don’t loose anything. Love it!!ReplyCancel

  • An alternative that allows real time syncing across all your devices and even access from any computer is gmail! You can have your email, calendar, etc synced to outlook through IMAP or the exchange function on your devices! Synching things across devices then isn’t contingent on plugging into your computer & syncing with iTunes!

    (Though if you’re happy with your way & are able to leave your computer on at night time, you can set up your iPhone & iPad to sync automatically with iTunes over your wifi home network when you plug them into charge at night)! :-)ReplyCancel