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Homemade soap, the traditional Castile way

Spanish grandmother Francisca, 81, prepares traditional homemade soap.We spend our lifetimes living and learning, collecting little pearls of wisdom and knowledge that shape the way we think and act and perceive our world.

But sometimes, I think, we forget that the elders in our society have walked these same paths before. They’re like a great beautiful leather-bound book of knowledge just waiting to be cracked open and read. We just have to find the time to honour that wisdom, to seek them out and listen and learn from their stories.

A few months back I spent an afternoon with the grandmother of my friend Juan (y’know, the guy of homemade vegan Nutella fame.)

Grandmother Francisca is 81-years-old, and grew up in Spain during the difficult years of civil war and rule under Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, a time of using and reusing by necessity because often there simply wasn’t enough to go around. Continue Reading →

Natural homemade laundry detergent powder

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For a long time now I’ve been wanting to swap out store-bought laundry detergents and make my own all-natural washing powder, as part of a gradual shift toward making my home totally chemical-free. I just kept putting it off because I thought it would be difficult, both to find a good recipe and then to make it.

Turns out I was wrong on both counts.

A few weeks back I fiiiiiinally bit the bullet and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I’ve tested this particular powder with all types of fabrics and colours and everything has emerged in perfect condition and squeaky clean.

What’s more, the powder is unbelievably easy to make and the ingredients are so cheap. Continue Reading →

How to: clean your bathtub with just a grapefruit and salt

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I live in a share house with four busy 20-somethings and, as anyone who has ever lodged with other young things can attest, cleaning doesn’t rate high on the priority list. Especially the bathroom. *shudder*

So I’m well qualified to declare with utmost sincerity that the somewhat doubtful duo of grapefruit and salt (first spotted here) really does possess miraculous cleaning powers. I was shocked at how quickly our grimy bathtub and sink morphed into a squeaky clean and shining wonder with very little elbow grease required. All for under $1 and with no nasty chemicals in sight. Continue Reading →