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Going Green – Pest Control and Going Organic

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Pest Control Tricks and Living Hacks – the Green Way

It might be pretty easy to buy pest control products off the shelf from your local store or the supermarket, but you should really consider going for the more environmentally friendly option.

But Why?

First of all think about the thousands of people spraying these pest control formulas and pesticides in the air, polluting the air that we breathe. Going green will purify the air around us and the air in your house, as well as reduce the amount of carbon dioxide, methane and so many other toxic gases that end up in the atmosphere.

The Hacks – this is the myth and magic examined

Garden Bugs

Myth – panty hose nets

Magic – hot sauce spray: the solution comprises of 1 part hot sauce (without seeds) plus 3 parts water.

Note: hot sauce seeds clog up the sprayer, so use a kind that doesn’t have them. This works really well if you grow tomatoes and cannot control the pests.

 

Spiders

Maybe – osage orange: we’re not saying that this method is 100% foolproof yet it does decrease the amount of spiders that come along. Keep them in your garage or lower floors for more of an impact.

 

Ants

Myth – lemon halves + cloves: this method brings with it more fruit flies than it deals with your ant issues

– cayenne + water spray: even though ants do not like pepper this is not going to work and will just stain your cupboards

– cornstarch: this will attract the roaches

So what can be done…

Magic – cayenne pepper sprinkle: simply does it! Just sprinkle some cayenne in the areas the ants seem to come from. Also check for any cracks and crevices that can be fixed.

Gnats

Myth – white vinegar + soap + water in a plant sprayer: this will just close to kill your plant

Magic- cup apple cider vinegar + dish soap: the soap acts to break the surface of the vinegar. So if you have a gnat problem simply place a bowl or cup of vinegar with a few drops of the dish soap in it which will attract the gnats.

 

Roaches

Magic – pets usually cats!

 

Mice

Myth – peanut butter in traps: just don’t use traps in general

Maybe – peppermint oil: this works sometimes and at others it doesn’t work at all. Just try it out, besides it will diffuse a great smell into your space

Magic – again cats are perfect

Magic – steel wool clogs: be aware of any holes in your building, if you identify such spots then fill them in with the steel wool clogs till you can come up with a more permanent solution.

 

Mosquitos

Myth – dryer sheets for prevention: mosquitoes like water, nighttime parties, and hanging out in fields. Trying to use some lavender sheets will not really work for many people.

Magic – lime juice: it turns out that lemon and lime are enough to repel as well as numb the itch of previous bites. This is handy when you’re in your garden or balcony, if you’re going out make sure to just dash a few drops on your neck, arms and legs just before you head out.

The issue of using Truvia

It might be surprising yet in reality you can use Truvia as a pesticide! The results from a study by Drexel University found the key in one of Truvia’s polyol (sugar alcohol) components, Erythritol. If you sprinkle it generously on soil, it acts as a reproductive suppressant for adult flies, halting their egg production and killing the larvae of the adult flies within three days.

It might seem strange considering that people actually use these for their drinks and they can be used to kill insects. Makes you realize that we should be very aware of what we are consuming.

 

Why is it important to go Green?

How this affects your life

Doing the right thing when it comes to choosing the right food for your diet already feels amazing but then it would mean nothing if you are taking in so much crap from the pesticides that are sprayed onto your fruits and vegetables.

– Importance of washing your greens

In light of the above, think about the amount of pesticides going onto your greens. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) release an annual Dirty Dozen List which reports which fruit and vegetables have the highest detectable pesticides – it’s good to have a peek at it! Strawberries and apples were found to be the most affected. The pesticide residue is minute it is true but if you have many fruits every day then you want to minimize the intake of these toxins. Properly washing fruits and vegetables can remove most of the existing residue on the surface (the pesticides that are absorbed by the roots are unavoidable but are a very small percentage of the overall pesticides).

1. Make sure your hands are clean.

If your hands are dirty when you start washing the produce, you’ll transfer the bacteria that’s on them to your fresh, beautiful vegetables. To be safe, wash them for at least twenty seconds with soap and warm water before preparing your vegetables.

2. Rinse your produce under running water.

You should not wash your fruit or vegetables with soap, if you think about it adding soap to your produce is like adding more chemicals to get rid of chemicals, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. For the cleanest fruit, just run it under clean water and for firmer produce, use a clean produce brush to rub off any dirt or residue.

3. Dry with a clean towel.

Once your produce is squeaky-clean, dry it off with a clean dishtowel to further reduce the amount of bacteria it comes into contact with.

– Consider going organic

The more you know about your food the more you will be able to eat and buy sustainably. Of course, what it means to eat like this is complicated. We don’t eat locally grown produce all the time – think about your coffee beans, and we don’t always manage to shop from our farmer’s market! Every time we make a purchase we can try to be more conscientious of our decisions – think of every purchase as a vote of what we want to see more of.

A label is not going to tell you everything you need to know about a product – there’s a wide range of farming practices that all play a part in the end product and that you won’t really know about. Next time you’re down at your local farmer’s market strike up a conversation and always stick to the same farmers for particular products.

List of foods you could easily buy organically:

Strawberries and apples

Nectarines and peaches

Celery and grapes

Cherries and spinach

Tomatoes and peppers (any type)

Cucumbers, kale and collard greens

– Habits supporting good soil

The source of healthy eating is ultimately our soil. Healthy soil gives life to flavourful food, it stores climate change-accelerating carbon and nourishes natural ecosystems. To support integrative growing practices we need to start thinking about and looking at the big picture – we have to go for anything that nurtures the environment.

1. Check out the cover crops.

Planting cover crops is a vital part of vegetable rotation that helps farmers to fortify the soil and lay the groundwork for a thriving harvest. But the demands of industrialized agriculture mean that if farmers want to make money, most have to forgo cover crops. It’s not a sustainable solution, but it is a short-term fix.

As consumers, we can encourage farmers to plant what they need to nourish the soil by bringing “cover crops” into our own weekly rotation. Spelt, rye, barley, and buckwheat are major cover crops.

 

  1. Support farmers who practice permaculture.

Permaculture is a holistic approach to farming: Practitioners keep mind the interconnectedness of all elements of the landscape in mind, integrating landscape design, ecological philosophies, and sustainable farming principles to create a “closed-loop” ecosystem. A productive permaculture system is self-sufficient and supports the kind of resiliency and interconnectivity that our soil needs to thrive by recycling waste products, storing energy, and fostering biodiversity.

Put these principles into practice by buying biodynamically-grown grains and supporting local permaculture practitioners. In this way your harvest is both sustainably grown and flavour-packed because it’s soaking up so many nutrients.

3. Experiment in the kitchen!

Biodiversity is integral to soil health: We need a vibrant variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers to revitalize the soil.

So if you find yourself stocking up on the same things: whole-wheat bread, spinach, tomatoes…break out of the mould by trying out heirloom tomatoes, purple carrots, ancient grains, and rarer breeds of kale.

Grabbing the less-common ingredients at the farmer’s market encourages farmers to continue to grow a rich diversity of plants.

 

  1. Go non-GMO.

Regardless of where you stand on the capacity of genetically modified organisms to feed the world, the systems in which GMOs are embedded – seed privatization, monoculture agriculture – are threatening to soil health. The use of GMOs can create super weeds and bugs that eradicate biodiversity and weaken soil resiliency. And across the world, indigenous and small-scale farmers are losing rights to their native seeds – which represent storehouses of biodiversity – in the face of GMO giants such as Monsanto.

With that in mind always look for “Non-GMO” on the package. This can be tricky terrain in light of recent policies that make it harder to determine just what constitutes a genetically-modified organism, but in the end it’s better than doing nothing.

 

Keeping these tips in mind will make it easier to live a greener and healthier life.

Under 125cc Motorbikes in Malta

By | Learning

Maltese drivers spend almost 52 hours in traffic every year, which is hardly surprising considering that there are over 340,000 cars on Maltese roads. The increase in traffic certainly isn’t news, however the government’s new legislation regarding motorbikes under 125cc is. In this blog, we attempt to demystify the new legislation by looking at the questions many have been asking.

How much is the road license fee?

In the recent budget, the government announced that road license fees for motorbikes under 125cc will be cut to €10, down from €60 last year. This low fee is meant to attract more people to buy motorbikes, with an engine capacity of under 125cc, and hopefully reduce the number of cars on the road. As with most changes proposed in the budget, this change comes into effect as of January 2016.

I’ve got a B license, can I also drive a motorbike?

This was the question on many people’s lips after the Finance Ministry accidentally uploaded a working document of the budget. The answer is yes. If you have a B license, you can drive a motorbike as long as it’s under 125cc. This law is popular in many European countries, such as Italy, where motorinos are a popular mode of transport, especially amongst young people.

Does this mean I can start riding a motorbike as of January?

There are still some uncertainties surrounding the possibility. The government recently announced that an educational campaign on how to use motorbikes of less than 125cc, and a road safety campaign is going to be launched. Apart from this, there have been talks surrounding the need for a set number of lessons before being able to head out onto the road.

Will having more motorcycles on the road really solve the traffic issue?

No one knows for sure, however reducing the amount of cars on the road is certainly a step in the right direction. Motorbikes take up less space than cars, so that certainly helps when it comes to parking. Apart from this, motorbikes can be a convenient mode of transport for many Maltese because of the short distances between one place and another. Ultimately, the aim of this new legislation is to encourage people to use motorbikes over cars, and perhaps this could be one thing that helps many Maltese beat traffic.

Maltese Motorsport

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In spite of Malta’s small size, Maltese motorsport has taken on many different forms over the years. A new day, a new way for a dirty car! Here is just a selection of a few of the different disciplines which are practised in Malta:

Hill-Climb Sprint

Hill-climb sprint racing is basically man and machine against the clock. As the name suggests, drivers try to clock the fastest times on a twisty uphill course, which demands both speed and precision in order to get right. Cars are organised into categories in accordance with their engine capacity, drivetrain layout and kerb weight. Hill-climbs take place at locations such as Mizieb and Xaghra in Gozo. This is arguably the least effective type of Maltese motorsport featured in this blog for creating a dirty car.

Drag Racing

Drag racing pits two cars against each other to see who can cover a quarter-mile in the fastest time possible. The main location at which drag racing takes place (other than naughty boys racing away from a set of traffic lights, that is) is Hal Far. One of the old runways which formed part of the former RAF airbase is now torn up, metaphorically speaking, each week by some very fast street cars, together with numerous dragsters and drag bikes which are built solely for going fast in a straight line. In fact, some of the top fuel dragsters and drag racing trucks which are built, modified and maintained in Malta are some of the fastest in the whole of Europe.

Off-Roading

Dirty car alert! Ever seen a little off-roader such as a Suzuki Samurai, Daihatsu Terios or similar wearing a set of ridiculously oversized wheels and tyres driving about on our roads? While there is no dedicated area for off-roading in Malta, there are numerous locations at which keen 4×4 mud-pluggers enjoy their sport. Whether that’s within the remit of the law or not is for someone else to argue, but the main areas that off-roading enthusiasts enjoy their sport are Selmun, Wied Hanzira and the Ahrax area of Mellieha.

Autocross

Autocross sees a variety of cars, normally older street cars of minimal value which have been stripped out and strengthened using roll cages, take on each other on a circuit which consists of both tarmac and rough terrain. There’s a dedicated facility in Ta’ Qali for this type of racing, however events also take place at a variety of locations, such as Qrendi, Naxxar and Sannat in Gozo. The action does tend to get a bit argy-bargy at times, with cars banging wheels and body panels as they vie for victory. As you can expect, this kind of racing doesn’t only result in dirty cars, but broken ones too. Denominations of this form of motorsport which are also practised in Malta include quad-bikes and motocross, popular forms of Maltese motorsport.

Drifting

Drifting is a discipline which originated in Japan, as local kids drifted their home-grown, rear-wheel-driven sports coupes up the island nation’s deserted mountain roads. Rather than being a form or racing, drifting is actually a performance. Drifters are judged on corner angles, how far they can get the back of their car to the edge of a drifting course during a slide, and general style. Drifting has really caught on in Malta, with a dedicated Association and Academy, together with display teams. The island has played host to numerous international level drifting events in the past few years. Drift cars are usually Japanese or German-manufactured, with upgraded engines, trick suspension setups and crazily-angled tyres. Definitely a sight to behold!

Do You Have a Dirty Car?

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A Look at Maltese Marinas

By | Boat, Learning, Yacht

There are numerous marinas around the Maltese Islands which are ideal for berthing your yacht, providing it with plenty of shelter and ample facilities. Here is a look at Maltese marinas.

Grand Harbour Marina

The Grand Harbour Marina is located in one of the creeks of Malta’s Grand Harbour, which is purported to be one of the world’s most beautiful natural harbours. It was set up some 15 years ago and plays host to many a fabulous yacht, featuring berths of up to 100 metres in length. If you have a yacht which is particularly large, then this is the ideal place to berth it. Some of the famous yachts which berth or have been berthed here in the past include The Maltese Falcon and the Pelorus, which is currently owned by record producer David Geffen. It is definitely one of the most famous of the Maltese marinas.

Manoel Island Marina

Manoel Island Marina is on the other side of the Sciberras Peninsula to the Grand Harbour Marina on which Malta’s capital city, Valletta, is constructed. It is also located in a creek, known as Marsamxett Creek, and the marina is located on the south side of Manoel Island, which is connected to mainland Malta by means of a road bridge. The marina is close to Malta’s commercial hub, namely the Gzira, Sliema and St. Julian’s areas, and provides all the standard facilities one would come to expect from a yacht marina which allows for the berthing of yachts up to 80 metres in length. Bowlines are provided, however stern lines must be provided by the yacht owner.

Mgarr Marina

Mgarra Marina is situated on Malta’s smaller sister island, Gozo. It is not capable of berthing yachts the size of the previous two marinas in this blog entry, consisting of 208 berths. The Gozo Channel ferry, which links the islands of Malta and Gozo by sea, can be observed entering and exiting the area adjacent to the Mgarr breakwater. It is an ideal stopover marina for anyone who is in the Maltese Islands on a short stay aboard a yacht.

Msida Marina

The Msida Marina is both substantially large, featuring some 720 berths, and very well-sheltered following the construction of a breakwater across its entrance. It features floating pontoons unlike other Maltese marinas there are 15 of them, which provide berths for boats or yachts up to 22 metres in length. Water and electricity is provided to berthing yachts, together with service modules. It is a very well-established marina, being full to the brim with yachts and boats throughout the year.

Portomaso Marina

Portomaso Marina is arguably the most glamorous of the Maltese marinas and a wonderful place to berth a yacht in Malta, having the five-star Hilton Malta Hotel as a backdrop, together with many luxurious facilities close by which can be accessed by yacht owners. It is situated to the North of the Malta’s Grand Harbour area, with the marina’s entrance located next to St. Julian’s Bay. In operation since 1999, it has some 110 berths, which allow yachts or boats of up to 16 metres to berth.

The Beginning of Maltese Motoring

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The exact date of origin of Maltese motoring varies by a few years, depending on who you ask, but it ranges somewhere between 1904 and 1907, but the car which kicked it all off is something of a celebrity.

The car in question is a 1904 Siddeley, which was apparently bought by three sisters and became the very first car registered in the Maltese Islands. What’s even more interesting is that this vehicle was actually used in Gozo rather than Malta’s main island.

In use for just a short time after it was purchased, apparently because the three sisters’ brother, who was a priest, thought it drew them too much attention, the car was mothballed and placed in a barn circa 1908. It remained undiscovered for some 60 years, when a man called David Arrigo rediscovered it in 1968.

It then spent the next 44 years in the UK, before being returned to its rightful place in Gozo. It is now in a fully-restored state and is adorned with its original “1” number plate, indicative of it initiating Maltese motoring.

Public Transport

By the time buses came on the Maltese motoring scene in 1905, mechanised public transport had already been in place for some 50 years, namely through railroads and trams.

An Englishman who went by the name Mr. Spiller was the first individual to be granted permission to import buses from the UK. They initially ran between St. Andrew’s and Valletta, before further buses were imported in the interim between the initial imports and the first semblance of a bona-fide transport company being formed in 1921.

Law Enforcement

It seems quite odd to consider that, in the history of Maltese motoring, there was a 15-year gap between the first car being registered and the Malta Police Force receiving its first car. The first record of a Maltese police car dates back to 1920, when a Crossley was imported for Police Commissioner Henry Bamford and his senior staff to use. The Crossley became known as the Flag Car, only being used on special occasions.

It’s quite amusing to think of policemen chasing Maltese motorists with horses as they awaited their first vehicle to arrive!

Maltese Motoring Classics

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Maltese vintage cars are heavily associated with our fathers and grandfathers, and although cars today look completely different, they’re most definitely still part of the Maltese motoring landscape. Let’s journey a few decades back.

Ford Anglia

The Ford Anglia was the predecessor to the Ford Escort, and was produced between 1939 and 1967. The shape we’re familiar with seeing on Maltese roads is the 100E, which was produced between 1953 and 1959. While it is the butt of many a Maltese motoring joke, almost 350,000 100Es were produced in its six years in production. A few local examples got “hot-rodded” over the years, much like the Mark 1 Escorts that followed it, with bigger engines, wheels, tyres and flashy paint jobs.

Ford Escort Mk1

To this day, the Mark 1 Ford Escort is synonymous with Maltese motoring. The model was unveiled at the 1967 Brussels Motor Show before being put into production in 1968. The Escort, the production of which ran for six generations until 2004, was created as a replacement for Ford’s long-running Anglia model. The two-door versions of the model are highly sought after even in the present day, with British enthusiasts paying thousands of euros to return Maltese-registered examples to the UK.

Hillman Avenger

The Hillman Avenger is a fastback-inspired small family saloon produced by the British Rootes Group between 1970 and 1976. It is noteworthy for being both the first and last model produced by Rootes following its takeover by Chrysler in 1967. The Avenger was also sold in different international markets under a variety of names, such as the Plymouth Cricket in North America and the Dodge Polara in Brazil. While there aren’t many left on Maltese roads today due to the passage of time, they were popular cars in their heyday.

Morris Minor

More than 1 million Morris Minors were produced throughout the model’s production lifetime, however it’s the Morris Minor 1000’s bubble-like shape which sticks in the Maltese motoring enthusiast’s mind. Its claim to fame is that it was designed by Alec Issigonis, the genius designer who gave the world the Austin Mini, although the Minor wasn’t nearly as good a car. There are still a few of them knocking about on Maltese roads today, and can usually be seen in the more rural areas of the island. The Minor is also the subject matter for a song performed by one Malta’s most notorious comedians.

Mini

This is a car that changed the world due to how its front engine was laid out in order to maximise passenger space. Not only was it economical, fun to drive and reliable, it also made a great rally and touring car, as evidenced by its exploits in such racing disciplines throughout the 1960s and 70s. It also had incredible longevity, being produced between 1959 and 2000. It was replaced by the BMW-developed new Mini thereafter. There are still plenty of classic Minis to be seen on Maltese roads. In fact, they are beloved to many a Maltese motoring enthusiast.

Garage Storage Benefits

By | Cleaning, Exterior, important, Learning, Maintenance, Tips, Winter

Having garage storage is luxury for some, and an absolute necessity for others. Storing a car in a garage has numerous benefits, not least prolonging its longevity and protecting it from the elements. Here are some more reasons to look at investing in garage storage:

Avoid bird droppings

Bird droppings are acidic and will damage paintwork if left unattended to over a number of days. Storing your car in a garage means that it’ll be indoors for half of its life, so your dearest avian friends won’t be able to come and… relieve themselves on your pride and joy as often.

Halve the risk of break-ins or theft

If your car is kept in a garage overnight, there’s much less risk of a cheeky little so-and-so, who has a penchant for pinching things such as whole cars or the contents of said cars, giving it wholly unwanted attention.

Slow down the rusting process

In a hot country such as the one we live in, rusting isn’t as much of an issue as it is in colder places where roads are salted during autumn and winter to dissipate ice build-up on the roads. With that being said, if you live close to or along one of Malta’s many seafronts and just park your car on the street, you’re leaving it exposed to sea salt. A garage will help you avoid this problem. Garage storage also means that your car stays cooler for longer. Lots of heat means increased oxidation and in turn, rust.

Cheaper Insurance Premiums

Your insurer will rejoice if you have a garage in which to store your car, and this is because it is at less risk of being damaged or stolen than it would be if it was parked continuously on the street. Less risk means a cheaper premium, which means more money in your pocket, so you can buy more stuff you don’t need.

Keep Paintwork Sparkling

The Mediterranean sun shines incredibly strongly here in Malta, especially during the summer months. While you may enjoy basking in it yourself, making your skin all nice and brown, your car doesn’t as much. Using your garage storage for your car  for as long as possible means its bodywork will look newer for longer.

 

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Rigid Inflatable Boat Manufacturers

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Many of us happen to have a Rigid Inflatable Boat, otherwise known as a RIB or dinghy, which we pootle around on for pleasure purposes or use as tenders for bigger craft, but there are some extreme rigid inflatable boat manufacturers out there who make RIBs for the most highly specialised of activity, both legitimate and illicit. Here’s a selection:

Tornado

Tornado was started in 1975 by David Haygreen, who wanted a boat suitable for his marine survey company. He didn’t find anything on the market to satisfy his needs, and thus went about building his own rigid inflatable boat. His 5.5-metre creation, powered by a 50 horsepower outboard engine, which was unusually potent for that era, drew so much attention that he eventually decided to go into production. The result was Tornado Boats – a world pioneer in RIB manufacturing, design and construction.

Damel

This specialised Dutch shipyard provides boats and ships of all shapes and sizes, ranging from expedition ships, to fire-fighting and police vessels. The rigid inflatable boats it produces are used by police forces and armies, and are slightly unusual in that they are a fair bit larger than your standard RIB and can be configured in multiple configurations depending on usage – think cabins, rows of seats and different-shaped hulls.

Ocean Craft Marine

Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, USA, Ocean Craft Marine’s rigid inflatable boats have genuine racing pedigree to back them up. These fast RIBs are produced for both commercial and military purposes, notably for US Navy SEAL use and other specialised work. Ocean Craft Marine’s creations are sold in no less than 80 countries around the world.

Crompton Marine

This company reached notoriety in 2007 when its owners were charged with supplying drug smuggling boats to transport drugs between the north African coast and southern Spain. One of the rigid inflatable boats it produced, which was seized by Spanish authorities, was powered by no less than eight 250 horsepower outboard engines. It has now ceased trading and it is not known what happened to the owners.

The Middle Sea Yacht Race

By | Boat, important, Learning, Uncategorized, Yacht

The Rolex Middle Sea Race has run for 35 editions as of last year, and is considered a “must-do” race for competitive sailors from around the world. Competing boats head northeast towards Messina then head northwest to Stromboli before heading southwest to Favignana, Pantelleria, Lampedusa and back to Malta. High winds, strong currents and fierce competition typify this race.

Co-founded in 1968 by the Royal Malta Yacht Club and the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the Middle Sea Race is no less than 977 kilometres long, starting and finishing in Malta. The competing fleet travels in an anti-clockwise direction and races over a duration of two to three full days.

The race has attracts between 25 and 30 yachts annually, with the largest-ever fleet being recorded last year. Over 120 yachts took part. The Middle Sea Race is often mentioned in the same breath as the Rolex Sydney-Hobart, Newport-Bermuda and Fastnet races as a competition that must be entered into if one considers him or herself a true sailor.

Changeable Conditions

It is notorious for changeable conditions which really challenge skippers are crew, pushing man and machine to breaking point. They do get a small piece of respite from the stunning scenery, seeing as they pass by various islands. Some even go as far as calling it the most beautiful yacht race in the world.

Between 1984 and 1995, there was no racing, however luckily things kicked off again in 1996 and the race is arguably in as good health as it has ever been, down in no small part to the backing of international luxury watch manufacturer, Rolex.

Course Record

The course record is held by the USA’s George David, who skippered “Rambler” to victory back in 2007, with a time of 2007 – 47 hours 55 minutes and 3 seconds. This year’s race will start on Saturday 17th October – earlier than usual. Entries from countries as far-flung as Australia and Canada have already been submitted. It promises to be another exciting race!

7 Car Care Essentials

By | Cleaning, Exterior, Interior, Learning, Maintenance, Tips, Winter

This list may seem a little odd to you, but these things do really work! Here are 7 Car Care Essentials:

Nail polish remover

Dilute nail polish remover with a little water to remove any scuff marks from plastic trim pieces or rubbing strips. Wipe off immediately after using.

Epoxy Resin

Epoxy will make any two broken bits of a car stick back together again. Use a two-part epoxy resin for the best results. Keep a small kit with you just in case you have a mishap while out on the road.

Penetrating Oil

A low-viscosity penetrating oil, of which WD-40 is a great example, can be used to free nuts and bolts that have rusted together. This is definitely a handy car care product to keep around, especially if you drive something older.

Duct Tape

Let’s say you run your bumper over a high pavement and it comes loose from its brackets. You’re obviously going to want to drive home with it, so a bit of duct tape to hold it in place temporarily will definitely come in handy. A very important car care essential, keep it in your glove compartment or boot/trunk of your car.

Tyre Cleaner

We all love shiny black tyres to complement our newly-cleaned car, so investing in a tyre cleaner allows you to give it the finishing touch it needs. This is the very last step of a thorough car clean.

Hand-held Vacuum Cleaner

Getting into all the nooks and crannies of our beloved rides can be a pain in the proverbials without a having a hand-held vacuum cleaner close by. These are great from removing annoyances from a car’s interior.

Microfibre Towels

The primary use for these on a car is for removing any residual water present on your car’s paintwork after a good wash, however they have a whole myriad of uses because they can be used anywhere and on any surface. Having one around might see you preventing a messy spill all over your car’s interior too. Probably the most essential car care essential of all!