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I bought this for my two 6 and 5 year old grandsons' last Summer. They both love playing football and I thought it looked such a good idea that they could pack it up in a bag and take it to a field, the beach or when going camping.
***What it Says on the Box***
The World's Most Portable Football Goal complete with bag for storage
Lightweight 3.5 kg
Simple Assembly - All Poles are Joined Together with Elastic Cord (Just Like a Tent!)
Quick- Assembled in Only 2 Minutes, No Instructions Needed
Perfect for the Garden, Park or Holidays
Took rather longer than 2 minutes though instructions supplied are good.
A bit confusing that two of the back upright poles have to be bent quite a bit to fit into crossbar.
The two legs that sit on the floor needed twisting by two people to get it stable.
We managed to get it together after about 20 minutes but thought "well we know how to do it now so it should be easier next time"!
Kids really enjoyed using this goal post. We did take it apart and put it up at our holiday home and found this much easier now we knew how to do it so portability aspect was quite good.
Unfortunately, by the end of the Summer parts of the net had perished and I spent a good few hours sewing it back together with a very strong wax thread and feeling like a fisherman on the beach.
Perhaps we should have disassembled the goal post and stored it away between use. We HAD left it up in the garden through hot sun and rain, but this did seem too much of a chore. I think that at this price they could have used a much stronger net.
My daughter and family live in the Channel Islands and I have spent a fortune over the last three years phoning her on my BT landline. Although the Channel Islands has an 01 prefix BT do not allow free evening and weekend calls to this destination.
Then I read about 18185 on moneysupermarket.com and in Which magazine. Apparently I could subscribe to 18185 and phone any number starting with 01 for 'zero p per minute'. I would pay 5p for each call but no matter how long my call lasted I would only pay 5p for the connection. I couldn't quite believe this so I gave it a go and sure enough what I had been told was true. I am now saving a fortune and my daughter and I have lovely long conversation for just 5p.
18185 is a telephone discounter company which offers incredibly cheap prices to many areas of the globe. You have to go to their website http://www.18185.co.uk/index2.php
and sign up with them first. This is a quite simple procedure if you have a BT telephone line. You can still use 18185 if you have a mobile or another landline company but it appears to be a more complicated with a different charging structure and prefix.
When subscribing they ask you to enter the telephone number you wish to make calls from and to enter the details of the account you wish to make the payment from. I was a bit worried about this but as it was reviewed in Which magazine, I thought it must be reputable. I did, however choose my debit card, rather than credit card, to pay the balance as I keep a minimal amount in my current account. Some people say they have set up a separate account to pay the charges. You can also enter a mobile number but I have never tested the charges for this.
For the last 5 months I have made calls to the Channel Islands and to 01 numbers in Scotland and other long distance numbers in the UK. You have to dial 18185 first then the number beginning with 01. The dialling tone stops and a voice informs you that the call is 'zero p.per minute' The dialling tone then continues until the call is answered or otherwise.
You can phone other numbers in the UK too but I am not sure whether they work out cheaper and I have not as yet used any - eg:
Calls within the UK:
UK fixed 0.0 (these are the 01 numbers where you pay 5p for whole call)
UK mobiles (sat/sun) 7.0
UK mobiles (weekdays) 6
0845 (sat/sun) 3
0845 (weekdays 6pm/6am) 3
0845 (weekdays 6am/6pm) 3
0870 (sat/sun) 2
0870 (weekdays 6pm/6am) 3
0870 (weekdays 6am/6pm) 3
On the 18185 website you can click on the 'rates' tab at the top and you are given a long list of charges per minute for countries all over the world. I have read that Canada and Italy are particularly cheap but you would have to look at the long list to decide whether it would be worth it for you.
Another good thing is that you can log into the site with your password and get an up to the minute list of calls you have made and what has been charged. They seem to take a monthly balance and withdraw it from the account you have given. Up to now the balance I have viewed on the website is the only amount withdrawn from my account and this has never been more than £1.75. You can also unsubscribe, without obligation, at any time.
The only area that worries me, and other people too, is the fact that you don't appear to be able to contact any customer services. If you click on 'contact' you are only given a list of Qs&As. I suppose they may not be able to run this service so cheaply if they employed customer service staff.
All I can say is 'Give it a Go' you can always unsubscribe if it doesn't suite but DO make a comparison between 18185 charges and your own provider first.
I am extremely allergic to anything which has nickel in it and even wearing watches with metal straps or buckles can bring me out in an itchy rash - especially in hot weather.
I used to buy the resin Swatch watches but they became quite expensive for ordinary wear and I do so much gardening which can take its toll on a watch. However this Casio watch looks very similar to a Swatch watch, has a lot of the features but is only £6.74 on Amazon with free delivery. Sounds almost disposable!
*** Main Features of this Watch***
*Most importantly for me it has a resin strap with a non metal buckle fastener.
The back of the watch is stainless steel which apparently seals in any nickel content and so it is quite safe for allergy sufferers.
* It has an analogue face with a seconds hand - perfect for nurses (used to be one!)
* Japanese quartz movement
* Water Resistant to 30m depth
* Scratch resistant face
* Casio report it has a battery which can run 2years before replacement necessary
* It has a 2 year guarantee.
It has a very simple and flat appearance with a white face and black resin strap.
Amazon sell a 'mans' and 'ladies' watch of this design - however the man's size looks more stylish and I love large simple watches.
What more could you ask for at £6.74. This is my second purchase - my last one lasted for 3 years before the battery ran out and only cost £4.99 so I thought a new one would be more economical than buying and having a battery fitted - even at the higher price.
I read in another review that the strap can break after only one year - well my last one certainly did not and it was still intact after three years of heavy gardening.
I just hope they are still available 3 years from now.
Having just recovered from a virus which caused a really chesty cough and a subsequent catarrhal condition I resorted to my favourite daytime remedy Meltus Chest Cough Linctus which is an 'over the counter' product.
***What It Is and Does***
The bottle state that it has an antiseptic base, which is good for sore throats.
It has a thick consistency which means you can swallow it down really slowly and get the benefit of the vapours which come from the mixture and loosen the mucus in the bronchial tubes.
It also contains Guaifenesin which has been proved to thin the mucus (catarrh) and this ingredient is a main part of the much more expensive Benlyn product. Many other products have this ingredient but Meltus contains 100mgms per 5mls - the same as Benlyn.
I think it has a lovely liquoricy taste which may be personal to me.
I do use the Benlyn night time mixture to suppress coughing and aid sleep at night but as Benlyn 'non-sleepy' is so expensive then Meltus is just as good for daytime.
There is also a Meltus for Baby and Meltus Dry Cough mixture - though I have not tried these.
***Where to Buy It***
Boots charge £2.85 but you can buy the 100ml size from Poundland at £1 and Savers for £1.99 though Savers periodically have it on offer for 99p. Amazon have the 200ml size for £4.99 and the 100ml at £1.66 with free delivery.
***Does It Work***
In my opinion this is the most effective and comforting cough linctus I have used and it is similar but also MUCH cheaper than Benlyn which is hard to find at any discoount price. Meltus really does appear to loosen the mucus so you can cough effectively however you do have to be careful as the taste is rather addictive!
I must spend pounds+++ each year on sun lotions and sprays. Since I spend so much time out in the open gardening ( I do my own and two as a volunteer) I really do need to use good sun protection for the whole summer long if I am not going to end up a wrinkly leathery old dame.
I had already bought the M&S lotion and discarded it because it made everywhere feel really greasy. I hate going out, even into gardens, with a shiny greasy face.
There was an offer on at Boots for this Soltan Light Mist so thought I would give this one a go.
+++What It Is+++
There is 150mls of the product in a metal recyclable container. The blurb says that it is has a 50+ protection rating, that it is water resistant and is easily absorbed into the skin. Also it claims to be non-pore blocking and moisturizing. As you can use it as a spray on your hand, to rub in, or a spray to direct at different areas of the body it is able to 'spray at all angles'.
The can also gives the useful advice -"Use approx 2-3 tablespoons for the whole body". (I never had a clue how much lotion was enough to provide a good protection before.)
+++Using the Spray+++
As I always apply my sun lotion in my bedroom I sprayed the lotion into my hand and applied it only to the parts of my body which would be exposed to the sun. If you are lucky enought to be lying on a sun-lounger by the side of a pool or on the beach then the spray application can be used to the full directly on all parts of the body.
You are told to apply 15minutes before going out into the sun and then every 1-2 hours - however I have only applied it once per day and have suffered no sunburn or redness in temperatures of 80 degrees+.
+++What I Like Most About this Product+++
It is light and only has a slight fragrance. It is easy to apply, both into the hand and onto the body areas.
The best thing though is that it REALLY IS NON-GREASY and this is the first sun product of this strength which I have found does not leave your face shining with oil. Therefore you can easily apply make-up over the top as you would normally do. I just hope, that now I have found a good product which works, they do not take it off the shelf next year.
As my 3 year old grandson loves the CBeebies programme 'The Night Garden' I thought the 'What a Noisy Pinky Ponk' book would make an excellent addition to his Iggle Piggle doll birthday present.
I found it on Amazon and it was described as quite a large hardback book with 24 thick pages with very brightly coloured illustrations of the Night Garden characters.
Down the side of the book are 18 buttons which when pressed SHOULD give the sounds of the Pinky Ponk (a sort of air-balloon) and sounds of the various characters.
I thought this would be a perfect gift for him as he loves interactive books so I ordered it to be sent to my grandson in the Channel Islands.
However I was most embarrassed, several weeks later when visiting, to find that none of the sounds had ever worked and my grandson had been really upset trying to get the buttons to make the sounds. His older brother told me this - my daughter had not told me as she knew I would be hurt.
So this review is really to warn people that this type of book is best bought from a bookseller where one can test whether the sounds are working. Amazon and its Market Place is an excellent way to buy children's books and toys especially as some can be delivered free, even to the Channel Islands, but you DO have the risk of a child's disappointment when receiving a faulty gift.
We have just recommended this auto reel hose-pipe to our 85 year old neighbour, who was spending hours using watering cans, and she loves it as much as we do.
We are now on our second one as the first one developed an annoying leak however this was after 7 years use and we did not always store it in the shed over the winter months as you are advised to do. We did find out that there was a part you could buy for £10 if the leak was from a certain area but as we were not sure we decided to buy a new one. This just proves how good the product is and how useful it is to us.
We bought ours from Amazon for £51 with free shipping. It comes complete with a wall bracket and fixing set. You just have to fix the bracket to the wall by the side of an outside tap. You do need a drill and rawl plugs and my husband used larger and longer screws than those supplied. You then simply lift the hose drum onto the bracket and a separate pipe fits quite easily onto the wall tap. The hose drum itself will then lift off easily so that you can store it in a shed or garage for the Winter as frost does affect all plastics. If you are fixing this auto reel hose in a shared area or at the front of the house DO fix the hose part to the bracket with a padlock as it is so easily removable.
The Auto Reel Hose is 20m long (about 65') this is fine for our garden which is only a little longer. However the hose is a nice normal diameter and has such a strong flow you can make a good arc of water to reach further beds. You can purchase 40m Auto Reels for very large gardens and and a mini 10m for smaller ones.
The wall bracket rotates 180 degrees to allow you to walk the hose in different directions from the wall.
When using the auto reel an internal spring and ratchet system does all the work for you so there is no heavy pulling or winding to be done. When you have it extended to the length required you have to listen for 2 or 3 clicks and then give it a little tug - the hose will then lock and not recoil back onto its base until you need it to. Give a little tug on the hose again and it will automatically rewind itself neatly onto its drum with no twisting or snagging. I would recommend holding onto the hose as it rewinds as it can go at quite a pace. (A friend of mine complained that it was difficult to use as it kept rewinding but she hadn't read her instruction book about listening for the little clicks. I should imagine this may prove a difficulty for a hard of hearing person but they may be able to feel the ratchet clicks??) A spray nozzle which you can twist to turn the water off is also part of the package.
One little note: my neighbours Auto Reel was shown on Amazon as green but a yellow one was delivered. If you are particular about the colour you might want to query this with the seller before ordering.
This is a beautifully designed product which I could not be without.
If you are lucky enough to have a Lakeland shop in your area then this is where you can buy a packet of these very useful 'Klippits'
They are a plastic fastener which, when fastened over a bag or packet, closes with a click and seals the bag or packet so it is airtight. No more fiddling with wire ties which are never tight enough.
They come in a variety of sizes and packs to suit your purse but I would recommend going for the Bumper Mixed pack - 48 Klippits for £8.49. This contains some jumbo sized Klippits which will even seal the tops of large cereal packets.
They are extremely strong and can be washed in the dishwasher.
I use mine for so many things that I am now on my second Bumper Pack.
I seal the bread wrappers, cereal boxes, biscuit packets and everything I store in the fridge and freezer - so no more peas rattling around the drawers. I even use them to seal my garden seeds and chemical packets so they last for so much longer. If you open a drawer,cupboard or shed at my house you will see the little army of Klippits have taken residence.
I thoroughly recommend them as, like everything at Lakeland, they are so much better quality than those you see in supermarkets. I have never broken one yet.
I normally use loose powder but it leaves so much mess on your dressing table. I have great faith in Rimmel as all the Rimmel products I have used have been good quality and really work well so I bought the Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder -and how glad I am that I did.
I comes in a rather flimsy container and no powder puff, compared with some far more expensive products, but this did not bother me as I bought a second one to fit into my nice handbag compact and I use a duster brush instead of a puff.
I bought my Stay Matte from Superdrug at £3.99 but they have an 3 for 2 offer on Rimmel at present time so you could get one for your drawer, one for your handbag and another Rimmel product free gratis!
The powder claims to have 'natural shine control with natural minerals' - I don't quite know what the minerals do but it is certainly anti-shine and appears to last for ages. I have not yet used it in the middle of a heat wave but up to now I have noticed it certainly lasts the evening out.
I normally dust my whole face and neck after I have applied foundation and blusher, then apply the rest of the warpaint on top. It works a treat!
I colour my hair at home and do not like using the chemicals too often. When I saw Schwarzkopf Root Retoucher in Superdrug I thought 'just what I have been looking for'. There weren't many colours in the range but I chose a light brown which was fairly near my colour. I thought it was quite expensive at nearly £7 but thought I would give it a try.
The product is in a tubular container with an unscrewable lid. When you unscrew the lid there is a comb like structure on top which is to be filled by the the dye below when you turn the tube upside down. Then you are supposed to comb this dye over your exposed roots. I tried this but could see hardly any result. Even shaking the tube brought very little product onto the comb.
I took it back to Superdrug and explained that I thought I had faulty dried out product and they kindly replaced it. However, the new one was just the same. I left the container upside down in my drawer and tried again but still without any significant result. When I tried it a few weeks later it appeared to have dried out completely.
A useless product so don't waste your money trying it.
I make double use of this Rimmel Eyeliner Pencil. As well as using it as an eyeline I use it to gently outline my lips if I am using brown or bronze lipstick.
I have never been able to find a Lip Liner which is soft enough to be effective and stay on.
Try this with the Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil:
Smear a little Sp15 Lipsyl stick on your lips. Then use the pencil to gently outline the lips - then apply your lipstick..your lips are protected as well as defined.
When you have used the pencil over the Lipsyl it is then so easy to apply as an eye liner - it just glides on.
This pencil is also easier than most to keep sharp - though I use a small Stanley type blade with great care. I find it quite safe as you can retract the knife into its holder. I find that cosmetic pencil sharpeners never work with the soft Kohl type pencils.
Rimmel is such a good product. Its one of the cheapest brands but definitely one of the best.
Fiskars Lifestyle Tree Cutter 909130
This product is an excellent garden tool for pruning trees and high shrubs.
The most important aspect of using such a tool is that it is sharp and light.
We had one previously which was sharp and worked quite well but it was so heavy that you could only use it for short bursts of time before your arms and shoulder ached but not so with this Fiskars Lifestyle Tree Cutter. Even I, a 68 year old female used it with ease.
***What it looks like***
It looks good quality, sturdy but light and very well designed
It consists of a long aluminium pole about 5 feet tall so it easily fits into your shed but this pole is telescopic and extends to nearly 8 feet for reaching high branches.
At the top of this pole is an adjustable head and a really sharp carbon coated steel cutting blade. The pack comes with a 12 inch pruning saw for pruning larger branches.
***How it works***
You extend the pole to the height you require and place the hook part of the head over the branch you wish to prune. Push the little handle on the cord to the right place to make the cord taut and then pull the cord which operates the cutting blade with a sharp downward movement and hey presto the branch drops down. The cutter should cut easily through branches about 1 inch thick or even a little more. For the really thick branches you need to fit on the pruning saw.
Always use this first about half way down a branch and with a backward sawing action (not the to and fro action of a wood saw). After that saw the remaining part of the branch as close to the trunk as possible. This is the safest way to prune large heavy branches. Also do make sure you wear safety glasses as sharp twigs and debris and sawdust can easily fall into your eyes. You can also use the saw attachment separately for pruning low thick branches and plants.
***More Great Things About this Tool***
It has a 10 year guarantee
It is exactly the same tool as the Wilkinson Sword Lifestyle Tree Cutter (as Fiskars make Wilkinson Sword brand tools) but it is sold at a much cheaper price. We bought ours on Amazon for £33.93 and the Wilkinson Sword is sold on Amazon at £50.03
I made an enquiry at Fiskars and they confirmed they were the same tool!
We decided to buy this Combination Microwave as it was a Best Buy in Which Magazine and got a good review on the Good Housekeeping site.
We have had our Panasonic NN-CF778S PBQ microwave for a few months now and would thoroughly recommend it. We even bought another for our student son.
However this microwave is different from others as it has no turntable but looks like a mini oven with shelves.
It is called a Flatbed Inverter microwave as the microwave operates from the bottom instead of the sides which serves to provide extra usable space for shelves and dishes.
It is on the large size (width 53 cm & depth 534cm) so make sure you have enough space for it on your worktop. The vents are on the side so you need.....space on either side and it should not be pushed against a side wall or cabinet.
The NN-CF778S has:
· A stainless steel exterior which looks well built and has a stylish in design
· 1000 watt power with a 27 litre interior capacity
· An 'E' energy rating (which means very efficient)
· Two shelves, one wire and one enamel are provided
· A large square glass dish at the bottom to use for microwave mode only.
· A 1300 watt quartz grill with three settings
· Self clean clean catalytic lining so it is easy to keep its interior clean.
· A removable drip tray for collection of any excess water
· A drop down door which is useful for placing light containers on for stirring etc.
· Controls are quite simple and easy to use and there is a child safety lock
***Using in Microwave Mode****
This is very simple as the controls are very obvious and easy to use. You must make sure, though, that you do not use the wire shelf or metal tray when using microwave. Its OK to use it in combination auto programs as microwave strength is quite low. I had to contact Panasonic to query this. You should place your items on the glass dish and not on the base of microwave itself. You can, however, use metal dishes if you place the 'spark ring' on top to prevent arcing.
***Convection Mode (a mini fan oven) ***
This works really well - you can use all shelving units and fit quite a lot in. My singleton student son uses this and microwave mode most of the time and states that he never uses the large electric oven or the instruction book!!
*** Combination Auto Mode***
We have not been very adventurous with this up to now but its quite simple to use.
The programs for each type of food are numbered and you can find them in the Instruction Manual. You just press the auto button and move a knob around until you get to the correct number, which is also labelled with food type.
You do, however, need to weigh your item as you have to enter this into the auto program. We have found that we are now remembering roughly how much commonly cooked items weigh. It cooks a whole chicken to perfection and it also produces really fluffy jacket potatoes. A tip here is to select potatoes that are not too big and that are of roughly uniform size. We like really crispy skins so we increase the weight we enter into the program to achieve this. You can even devise your own auto programs to suit your taste and enter them into the memory. The Instruction Manual has many useful recipes. There is also a useful cookery advice line by phone or email. I have used this and its very good.
This is a quartz grill with three settings and is very fast to heat up (unlike my conventional oven grill) It works really well as grill alone, along with convection or part of an auto program. Its great for finishing off a Shepherds, Cottage or Fish pie as you can fit large square dishes in quite easily. If you have to grill just a few rashers of bacon or a couple of sausages then its much more eco friendly than a large oven grill.
Summary: This microwave is quite a bit more expensive than some, we paid around £300 from John Lewis as we wanted to get the 3year guarantee, however Amazon have it reduced to £239 at the present time.
We have found it to be a really versatile machine. My husband loves it so much he often offers to cook the whole meal! The fact that you can use the shelves to fit so many items in when in convection mode and be able to fit it in large square dishes means you can cook a whole meal at the same time using far less electricity than your large oven. I would thoroughly recommend this microwave for families and single people alike.
This year I found a miraculous garden product which has saved us ££££'s.
I volunteer for a local mental health charity and make up some very large garden pots for the courtyard garden. Theres no extra funds so we cannot afford to keep replenishing the compost and plants each year.
As this courtyard garden is in shade I plant lots of Fuchsia and Buzy Lizzie which the dreaded vine weevil adore. The vine weevil (in its grub stage) is a fat, white, c shaped grub with a brown head and it eats away at the roots of its chosen plants; especially damaging to plants when they are in pots.
I normally have to spend hours sifting through the compost and roots to get rid of them before the next seasons planting. I tried the Provado chemical product with little success.
Then I found out about Nemasys Vine Weevil Killer. I used it in April and the plants were vibrant all through the Summer. I have just emptied the pots for Winter and have not found a single vine weevil grub.
***What is It?***
Nemasys Vine Weevil Killer is not a chemical and it is completely harmless to children, pets and birds. It consists of millions of microscopic nematodes, like minute worms, which migrate through the compost and eat the larvae of the vine weevil.
***How You Can Purchase It?***
I ordered mine from Amazon and it came from 'The Green Gardener'. A pack to treat 125 sq yards costs around £9 with free shipping. You can choose to receive half your order in Spring when you are planting your new season's plants and the next half in Autumn to kill off any grubs which may still be in the soil over the Autumn and Winter months.
***How You Store It.***
The package of nematodes is sent through the post and you are instructed to store it in the fridge until you are able to use it. However it does have a 'use by date' on it so make a note of this. Don't worry about the fridge - the nematodes are not live until they are mixed in water. All you can see is a powdery substance.
***How to Use It***
The nematode solution must be applied to moist soil so just before you you are ready to use it you are instructed to thoroughly water all the pots and garden beds you plan to treat. ( If the day is very hot it is best to carry out the task later in the day so the nematodes will have chance to burrow under and throughout the moist soil overnight.)
Then you divide the powdery substance in the pack and (for this size pack - do read the instructions on yours) mix half of it in 8 litres of water in a watering can. Keep stirring it as you use it.
Just pour a 'slurp' of the solution in each previously well watered pot. (Ithink I used far too much the first time I used it and it did not fill the advertised number of pots or bed area) For the garden bed area I pour a slurp over areas around plants I know the vine weevils like eg. Primulas, Polyanthus, Cyclamen Sedums, Fuchsias, strawberry plants, Runner Beans and all the bedding plants mentioned above.
Do the same as above with the remaining powdery substance in the pack into a further 8 litres of water and remember to keep stirring the solution.
Use ALL the solution, it won't keep, if any is left pour it over any garden bed.
Then its sit back and enjoying happy vine weevil free gardening!
I've suffered from dry eye syndrome for some time now but since using this eye bag I've at last found something which enormously helps this very irritating condition.
After I was diagnosed with dry eye syndrome (blepharitis), some months ago, I have been struggling to follow the rigorous routine prescribed by the opthalmologist. This entailed (amongst other things ) bathing the eyes with a hot flannel for ten minutes twice a day. As the flannel gets cold very quickly you are constantly re-soaking your flannel in the hot water and reapplying. The hygiene aspect of using a flannel worried me too - though I did sterilise it in the microwave quite frequently.
Then I saw an advert for the Lumecare MGDR Eye Bag and life has become so much easier. The eye bag is very well made and has a velvet side and a smooth side. It contains lots of little flax seeds which retain microwave heat for some time.
You simply place the eye bag in a dish and pop it in the microwave for about 30 seconds, give it a little shake around, then sit or lie down and relax with the bag over your eyes. After this you gently massage your eyelids from the inner to the outer area and your eyes feel so much better. The more you use the mask the better you feel and the microwave action destroys any bacterial accumulation on the bag.
I tend to microwave slightly longer than 30 seconds as by the time you sit or lie down the bag is just ready to apply. Even so - do test it on the inside of your arm before placing over the eyes. I start with the velvet side and then turn it over - give it a little shake and use the smooth side.
The Eye bag is good for Dry Eye Syndrome but it can also be used to soothe any sort of eye discomfort such as styes, tiredness or having had something irritate the eye.
It comes with a free tube of Lumecare Tear Gel which is recommended for dry eyes and a very good explanatory leaflet which you should read carefully before using the Eye Bag.
Instructions do say that when the Eye Bag starts to lose its ability to retain the heat then you should replace it. However I have had mine for over 3 months now and its still working very well.
This is an excellent product which makes life so much easier for eye condition sufferers and it really does the job.