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Mar. 29th, 2010

Ten Things To Replace: #1

1. Deodorant:
With: Found a great recipe online: http://1greengeneration.elementsintime.com/?p=596
 (not sure why this link isn't clickable, I assure you it does work.)
Just a bit of cornstarch and baking soda...and then for a nice smell, making a nice-smelling body spray is easy too :D

Well, this is a fairly easy thing to replace...you CAN buy good natural ones. But I found a great recipe here: http://soapmaking-bath-products.suite101.com/article.cfm/how-to-make-natural-hair-shampoo The only thing I probably would change would be using a much lighter oil than olive oil...possibly almond oil...my hair gets greasy too quickly with anything too heavy.

3. Kitchen Spray:
Again, easy natural recipe - eventually I hope to replace the dish soap with natural dish soap I've made myself: http://www.howtodothings.com/home-garden/how-to-make-the-best-all-natural-kitchen-cleaner-on-the-planet

4. Facial Cleanser:
I like this because it has a range of different ideas. Personally I like the coconut recipes, because like my hair, my skin doesn't really like a lot of oil. But I can try several 'til I find one that works for my skin :) Of course, where it says to use yoghurt or cream I will be replacing them with soy versions.

5. Room Spray:
I found this recipe at www.thriftyfun.com -
  • 15 drops lavender oil
  • 8 drops orange or lemon oil
  • 2 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 1/4 cup water
Then you just stick it in a bottle and spray it like anything else. Woot :)

6. Shake'n'Vac:
What I like best about this (VERY simple) recipe, is that I can make whatever scent I want, just by using different essential oils. http://www.grouprecipes.com/29629/carpet-freshener.html

7. Fridge deodoriser:
I don't need to trawl the internet for this one...believe it or not, I saw this on How Clean Is Your House. All I need is half a lemon filled with salt placed in the fridge...the salt absorbs excess moisture which helps prevent bad smells, and the lemon makes it smell nice! :)

8. Soap:
Took me a while to find this one...but this is one HELL of a comprehensive site: http://www.cranberrylane.com/soapmaking.htm Bit more complicated than any of the others I've done so far, but it will be worth it, I think. I also found, in my travels, a great site for making nice decorated gifts soap - might be a great way to save money on gifts, especially if I end up being any good at it: http://www.teachsoap.com/

9. Washing-up liquid:
Here's one, an easy one: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=286469. I'm happy with this one because I can just grate up the soap from above to make the soap flakes :D

10. Toothpaste:
http://mizar5.com/toothpst.htm This has a recipe both for toothpaste and tooth powder...next time I will be looking into some mouthwash to go with it :D


Mar. 28th, 2010

One Green Generation: Green Your Insides Challenge

This challege is all about 'greening' (yes, it's a verb!!!!!) myself and my environment. No more harsh chemicals, no need for all the artificial crap...I want to learn how to make my own cleaning products and cosmetics. I will be getting ideas and support from here:

http://1greengeneration.elementsintime.com/?page_id=184 and the picture I am using is the 'doodad' from the site too - from now on, whichever of the challenges I am taking on will be the icon for those posts. If that makes any sense?


Introduction to The Blog

I am a twenty year old student, and having finally gotten my own place to live (with my gorgeous partner) I have been thinking more and more about minimising my effect on the planet. A vegetarian for four years, I am now taking this further with a jump into cutting out all animal products, i.e. veganism. But that in itself is not enough. I, with the help and support of my partner, intend to make every possible effort to  a) become self sufficient and b) grow/create as many of my own products as possible, to avoid using harmful chemicals and handing my money to global corporations with poor business practices.
As a start to this, I will be setting myself as many challenges as possible. I will get the first couple from One Green Generation, a fantastic website with a lot of useful tips and excellent support system :) First: The Green Your Insides Challenge! Wish me luck!!