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Five Alternatives to Disposable Coffee Cups

August 1, 2016

My previous post about Hugh’s War on Waste certainly generated a lot of discussion, in the comments, and also on Facebook and Twitter. It’s so great to see these things being talked about, and if nothing else, then the programme has facilitated those conversations, and hopefully raised awareness of just what a huge issue waste for us all, as individuals and as a society.

I’m sure I’m probably teaching you all to suck eggs here, and that everyone is already a convert to re-usable cups, and always remembers to take their own ( šŸ˜‰ ) with them when they think they might need a coffee fix, but just in case…

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Homemade Dishwasher Tablets

April 11, 2016

There is a whole debate about whether washing up by hand or using a dishwasher is the most environmentally conscious thing to do, but I will save that for another day…
For now, suffice it to say that we do have a dishwasher, and I have to confess to offering up a little prayer of thanks to it every time I happily shut the door on the dirty dishes, and simply press “On”.
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Homemade Washing Powder

March 29, 2016

We’ve been using Ecover washing powder for several years now, and I have no complaints about it-it seems to wash pretty well, and we buy it in bulk in paper sacks, so it wins on the zero waste side too. However, when I started making soap, all my experimenting with different recipes and oils, has meant that we have something of a stockpile amassing. So I started to look for other uses for the small mountain of soap that is taking over our kitchen. I found this recipe inĀ Sarah Harper’s The Natural and Handmade Soap Book, which is, by the way, a FABULOUS book for anyone interested in all things soap.
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Natural Cleaning-Citrus Vinegar

March 23, 2016

Somewhat belatedly, my plan for a month of Spring Cleaning related posts is coming to fruition with just a week left of March..!
I’ll post some recipes over the next week or so,Ā that incorporate soap, so that if my soap-making post inspired you, you might always end up using your very own soap for them.

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How to… Make Soap

March 21, 2016

As soap forms the basis of so many of the recipes for the homemade cleaning products that I want to share with you guys, I thought I should go over a basic soap recipe, in case anyone is keen to have a go! The more I read and learn about making soap, the more I realise how much there is to read and learn. I am only at the very tip of the iceberg, and although it’s actually a pleasingly simple process, there is quite a lot to take on board, so be warned, this is a bit of an epic post!

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