Saturday, 28 February 2015

The Joys (and Realities) of Simplifying

When you're kicking off a new project, whether it's waste reduction or anything else, it's easy to get wrapped up in new ideas. Sometimes all you want to do is try out ONE MORE new recipe for DIY hand lotion, ONE MORE new recipe for DIY dish soap, or maybe you just want to try out ONE MORE type of store-bought dishwasher detergent in your search for the least-packaged/best-working variety you can buy.

The problem with that is that soon your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room are overflowing with half-used products. This is the place that we are at right now. I do feel like I've found what I like for most of the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry basics, but nevertheless my cupboards are overflowing with stuff.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Ice Cream (Without the Wax Carton)

As you can tell from the picture below, I was half-way through this jar of ice cream before I realised it was blog material. When I bought it, I just picked it up on a whim because the Camp-fire S'More flavor was too enticing to resist.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Here's a simple DIY project the next time you're running low on vanilla extract (or out drinking vodka). With just two ingredients, you can make your own vanilla extract.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Toilet Paper by the Case

Sometimes the thing you are looking for turns out to be right under your nose. Finding plastic-wrap-free toilet paper has been on my to-do list pretty much since I started this blog. I should qualify that; I was looking for toilet paper, without plastic, that didn't cost over $1 per roll. On the online store of a popular waste reduction blog, there is a link to toilet paper that costs over $1.40/roll. That's taking things a little too far, in my opinion.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Plastic-free Dishwasher Tabs

Sometimes you have to draw a line when it comes to making things yourself. For me, the line is when the DIY product is overly complex, or doesn't work properly. The latter has been my experience so far in trying to make dishwasher detergent. My attempts have left my dishes dirty and/or filmy, and further research into other recipes has not been encouraging.

I have also had a tough time with boxed powder detergents. I found that they caked into the dispenser and never fell into the wash. It was a frustrating experience.