Back to basics

Clothes, windows, floors, toilet etc..

Multi purpose washing liquid.

This is all you need to clean your clothes, windows, floors and even the bathroom. Once product I forgot to add to the picture is vinegar, cheap white vinegar.

Here is a tutorial to make washing liquid to clean your clothes but as mentioned above I use this product to clean my whole house.


Good News

I am so glad a friend on Facebook posted a link for a different kind of newspaper.

I don’t watch television due to all the ads I would have to watch. I really don’t have the patience for it any more. But now a new world has opened up to me. The world of good news, positive news. In order to feel better and make the world a better place it is important to keep up morale. I had stopped reading magazines years ago due to the demeaning ways it portrays women and the intent for shock articles. I also stopped reading the news as my morale seemed to slump but now I am glad to report that I have been reading inspiring articles and would like to inspire you to do the same.

I am sure there are more. This is an important step to take for everyone. We need to be inspired by the news not brought down. If you believe in quantum physics and that thoughts paints your future then make sure you feed your mind with positivity.

Happy reading to all!

I found this on Facebook a nice insight on popular belief

Being GreenChecking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.”

The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were truely recycled.

But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.

But too bad we didn’t do the green thing back then.

We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smartass young person.

We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off.

The Powers of 10 by Kees Boeke (1957)

Cosmic View: The Universe in 40 Jumps


I have been perusing the internet to learn about baking soda and it’s uses, since I learnt how badly animals are treated so that we can still unsafely use shampoos and other cosmetics. I say unsafely as I have suffered from irritations on my scalp for years. Not to mention all the chemicals we willingly put into our mouths on a daily basis to clean our teeth. So I have learnt the following recipes:

  • Shampoo: soda bicarbonate with water and rinse with white vinegar.
  • Toothpaste: coconut oil, soda bicarbonate and a few drops of peppermint essential oil. (I wouldn’t do it more than once a week though as soda bicarbonate is slightly abrasive). I have yet to find an alternative to regular toothpaste.
  • Deodorant (it really works): coconut oil, soda bicarbonate.

Now I have tried them all and my mouths feels fresh, I smell fresh and my hair well smells a bit sour but I am willing to smell a bit sour if it helps my skin and the planet. It does feel very soft.

I have ordered some natural soaps with which I can wash my hair and make washing powder.

Homemade Solid Perfume


I came across this website and I will try and make my own solid perfume. It is so much better for you and so much cheaper than commercial perfumes.

Proctor & Gamble, Unilever and Johnson & Johnson

The three corporations to avoid buying their products from.

Here are the lists of companies that do test on animals and companies that don’t. I don’t want to participate in cruelty towards animals by purchasing their products. I will print these lists and pledge to avoid each and every product. What you should know is the subtlety of labellingImage

Companies will fool you into believing that their (finished) product is not tested on animals, however their ingredients (purchased from third parties) have been tested.

Lists from Peta

The Venus Project

Studying Vs. Passion

Irony is lurking again. I love teaching but I hate having to study it. The theory kills the drive. I feel limited and contrived.

Here a fun talk to keep me motivated.

Coconut oil and its benefits

Coconut oil has numerous amounts of benefits for consumption and for your skin.

My sister had cancer and decided to fight with all her might to beat the disease. She researched all she could on the subject and decided that Food matters! So she went to Florida to the Hippocrates Institute. She learned  that you should only put on your skin cream that you can eat. It makes sense. Skin is like a sponge all the chemicals you put on it will be absorbed and end up in your bloodstream.

So, I tried it three years ago now. Unrefined coconut oil smells great and the skin absorbs the oil quickly without leaving any residue on your skin. I use it to take off my make up with a piece of cotton wool, I then wash my face with black soap and if my skin feels a bit dry I will add a little coconut oil. Simple and chemical free!

I have used coconut oil on my scalp overnight as I tend to have dry scalp. Now when I think back to when my son was a baby and I would lather  commercial cream all over his skin, I shudder. Had I known then what I know now I would have used coconut oil or unrefined Shea butter. Another product from nature I love but it’s a bit thicker and it doesn’t spread as easily as coconut oil does.

Another fact about coconut oil is that you can use it instead of butter on your bread (with honey and cinnamon, yummy) and coconut oil has a high heat tolerance.

Simplify your life by using coconut oil to cleanse your face, rehydrate your skin (face and body) use as a spread on bread, cook with (especially for Thai recipes).  Coconut oil fits under both categories “simplicity’ and ‘sustainability’ as it is multi-purpose and good for the environment.