Archive for the ‘Home and kitchenware’ Category

Why your kitchen sink might be dirtier than your loo

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

A new study from a group of environmental scientists suggests the average family kitchen can contain more harmful germs than the bathroom, according to the news agency Associated Press.

The scientists, working on behalf of a cleaning products manufacturer, took samples from 20 family homes in seven regions including the UK – and their findings were alarming.

Internationally, 90 per cent of kitchen cloths, 46 per cent of kitchen sinks, 38 per cent of bathroom sinks and 14 per cent of children’s toys had a total bacteria count of more than 100,000 per square centimetre.

Professor John Oxford, a virologist at St Bartholemew’s and the Royal London Hospital, led the study. He is also chairman of the UK’s Hygiene Council – read its recommendations here.

He warned that families put great effort into cleaning toilets but not nearly as much time into keeping their kitchens clean: “You could eat your dinner in a US toilet but there is a lack of appreciation that kitchen sinks can be contaminated with faecal organisms, either coming in with fruit and vegetables or from pets and children.”

The moral of this tale? Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. Disinfect high-risk areas. Dispense with all your horrible old cleaning cloths and replace them, as this is where many of the nasties live.

Or give them a one-minute spell in the microwave, as this is a sure-fire way to kill bacteria. (Except you probably don’t want to do that with the bathroom ones.)

Get 10 per cent off at Heals this weekend

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Home store Heals has a special offer on that will allow you to stock up on some gorgeous kitchenware this weekend with a 10 per cent discount on everything on its website.

So, what’s available online? Here’s a few items that caught our eye:

Heals: Irony barstool

  • Irony barstools at £150 – instant chic for your breakfast bar with this seamlessly-curved Italian design in chrome.
  • Jamie Oliver anodised cookware collection from £40 – featuring lovely, curved shapes as well as tough, hard-wearing performance, revolutionary dishwasher-safe technology and clear glass lids so you can keep an eye on your cooking. Go on – who need ever know?
  • Longchamp decorative glassware from £20 – not for the faint-hearted, but it certainly seems to be making a splash at the moment. Guaranteed to brighten up absolutely any dinner table!
  • Kitchen accessories from the retailer’s Sping Brights range from £5 – groovy tea towels, oven gloves, colanders and utensils. Cooking need never be dull and boring again…
  • Pantone mugs at £8 – named after the eponymous colour charts these carry a big cachet with those in the know as well as complementing absolutely any paint scheme you care to name. The challenge will be buying just one.

To claim your discount just type in pd1019 at the checkout when prompted. Offer valid until Sunday March 16

Currys: discount code for free delivery

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Just a quick heads-up if you were thinking of shopping at Currys – this retailer is offering you free delivery until February 29 on all orders over £199.

This could be great news if you were thinking of stocking up on bulky household appliances. Just enter the code AWSPRDEL at the checkout.

And don’t forget, if you need to add a few pounds to your order to qualify, that they have a kitchenware department too…

Blue Cross discounts at Wallace Sacks this weekend

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Wallace Sacks‘ Giant Winter Sale ends on January 31, so it pays to be quick if you’re on the hunt for stylish interior bargains.

Wallace Sacks: butterfly espresso gift set

And there’s more. During this coming weekend, January 26 and 27, the retailer is holding a Blue Cross Sale. This is a site-wide sale with an extra 10 per cent off all current prices, sale and full.

You can check out its tableware section here with discounts on glass, ceramics and lace accessories.

Also well worth a look are its best sellers and its clearance shop. Happy bargain-hunting!

Look out for new ideas following the KBB show

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

If you’re looking for the very latest in kitchen trends then it’s a good idea to keep an eye on a major industry event coming up soon.

The KBB (that’s kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms) show is taking place at the NEC in Birmingham at the beginning of March.

While it is a trade show for industry professionals rather than an event laid on for the public, it’s used as a launchpad by all sorts of companies to unveil new product lines.

Manufacturers already announcing kitchen innovations include built-in appliances from Sovereign, new colours and finishes from Alno, a glass and steel sink from Franke and new products from BLANCO and Carron Phoenix.

With the show attracting buyers, designers and architects, it shouldn’t take long for all these new products to filter down into the reach of homeowners.

So April should be a great time to revamp your kitchen! Watch this space…

Find out more about the KBB show here. >>

Money off at Cookware.co.uk

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

The Professional Cookware Company is the UK’s largest cookware specialist selling quality cookware, knife sets, cutlery, tableware and major brands of electrical items.

It’s got a great range for you to browse through – and, just to make its products even more attractive, there’s currently a sale on. Take a look at the following special offers available until January 31 – plus there’s free delivery if you spend £75 or more:

  • Professional Cookware Company: ProCook T304 four-piece stainless steel cookware setProCook T304 four-piece stainless steel cookware set – now £69.95, reduced from £79.95. The perfect set for the keen cook and new home starter. Includes 4cm saucepan with lid, 16cm saucepan with lid, 18cm saucepan with lid, 20cm saucepan with lid. Stylish satin finish and self-basting tempered glass lids that seal in flavour and juices. The entire range can be used on all heat sources including induction and can also be used in the oven. 25-year guarantee.
  • Professional Cookware Company: ProCook T304 five-piece anodised cookware setProCook T304 five-piece anodised cookware set – now £79.95, reduced from £99.95. Includes 14cm saucepan with lid, 16cm saucepan with lid, 18cm saucepan with lid, 20cm saucepan with lid and a 24cm frying pan with Teflon Platinum Pro non stick coating. Combines superior heat conductivity, 30 per cent stronger than stainless steel and the Teflon coating provides the ultimate low-fat cooking solution. The saucepans come with glass self-basting lids which are completely oven proof. 25-year guarantee, not suitable for dishwashers.
  • Professional Cookware Company: Oliver Hemming kettle and toasterOliver Hemming Kettle and Toaster – now £79.95, reduced from £99.95. Outstanding value twin pack includes the JL003 Kettle and JL006 Toaster, both from the Oliver Hemming Attitude Collection. The kettle has a heat-resistant handle plus the latest safety technology from Otter controls. Auto switch-off at boiling with power light indicator. Stainless steel concealed heating element and washable water scale filter for perfect, clean boiling water. Cord storage and a 360-degree cordless base. The two-slot four-slice stainless steel electronic toaster has a reheat function to warm up cold toast and a defrost setting for frozen bread. Muffin warmers on the top allow the gentle warming of muffins or croissant. Very easy to use and very reliable.
  • Professional Cookware Company: Oliver Hemming blenderOliver Hemming blender – £29.95, reduced from £49.95. A powerful two-speed pulse-action blender for making soups and natural fruit drinks. It has a 500W motor,1.5 litre glass jug and four power settings. The blade is made from the highest-quality stainless steel and can be used for ice crushing.

Half-price cookware at Woolworths

Monday, January 14th, 2008

Discount alert! This high-street favourite has got some neat kitchenware offers available at the moment:

View more Woolworths cookware bargains here >>

Home and kitchenware – discount code

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Kitchen and homeware retailer Beautiful Homes has let us know that it is celebrating Christmas with a great range of unusual gifts – as well as some superb ideas for your kitchen. And the retailer is offering an extra 10 per cent off to MyKitchenFinder readers with a lovely little seasonal discount code!

We suggest taking a look at these products:

Or try its Christmas shopping ideas here.

Final order date if you need to get your stuff before Christmas is 12pm on Thursday 20 December 2007. The voucher code is XMAS200710 (enter at the checkout as usual) and it’s valid until 20th December 2007.