Real Cleaning

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As an earlier post mentioned I am upping my sustainable ways as a way to reduce our living costs and consequently reduce our waste. I have been experimenting with various concoctions of  baking soda, white vinegar, lemons, sunlight soap and essential oil for cleaning my home and my body and I have been getting amazing results! I no longer need to buy:

  • toilet cleaner

white vinegar (re-use toilet cleaner bottle and replace liquid with vinegar)

  • general household cleaner spray

white vinegar (dilute with water in spray bottle)

  • window cleaner

white vinegar (as above)

  • shower cleaner

white vinegar spray and baking soda for scum build up

  • washing powder

washing soda crystals, sunlight soap (1.5kg soda crystals, use the food processor to break crystals down, finely grate 3/4 sunlight soap bar then combine)

  • laundry refresher/whitener

lemon juice added to rinse cycle

  • dish-wash detergent

sunlight soap (finely grate a couple of tablespoons of sunlight soap, add to warm water in a suitable bottle, shake to dissolve then top up with cold water)

  • hand-wash

sunlight soap (same method as above)

  • fabric softener

white vinegar

  • deodorant

see the zero waste chefs’ great recipe here

  • shampoo & conditioner

baking soda, white vinegar (amazing results- where have you been all my life!)

  • face wash

baking soda (made into a paste with water)

  • insect repellent

neem soap and water (same method as hand-wash and dish-wash, this can be used on plants as-well as a natural alternative to rid bugs)

Uses for baking soda and vinegar are endless – if you have a household cleaning tip please share by leaving a comment, it would be very much appreciated!

 

 

 

 

 

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Real Nappies… An Update

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I thought that I would do a follow up on reusable nappies. Since using reusable nappies I have never looked back, they are so easy to use and the washing aspect has been a breeze. I bought mine second hand from a local mum on neighbourly. I purchased 15 outer nappies and 30 cloth inserts for $50. It was the deal of the century.

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Some people may be hesitant about buying second hand but as long as the domes are in good condition and the elastic around the legs is intact then I don’t see a problem. I use the new nappies I got from the nappy lady workshop as overnight nappies as they are a bit more sophisticated than the second hand nappies.

For those thinking of making the switch here is how I go about washing and organising my nappies.

I have a bucket in my laundry for dirty nappies and dirty baby clothes. Cloth inserts with wees go straight in, if the nappy outer is not wet then I reuse for the next nappy change by inserting a clean cloth insert.

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For poos, when baby was exclusively on breast milk her poo was pretty loose and so I would rinse the insert and outer if required under water in the laundry sink before putting it in the bucket. Now that baby is onto solids her poo has changed consistency so it can be put down the toilet and if needed I do a quick rinse in the laundry before adding to the bucket. (I’m looking at attaching a small hose to my toilet to help with this job)

Ok,washing. I put all the cloth inserts and nappy outers and reusable cloth wipes into the washing machine onto a 20 minute rinse cycle. Once this is finished I add any dirty baby clothes and put on a warm wash cycle with the recommended amount of laundry liquid.

Once washed I hang up on a rack that is placed near a window or outside with natural light to dry.

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UV light helps kill bacteria

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips:

I have around 18 nappy outers and 35 cloth inserts, this seems to be the perfect amount as I never run out.

Wash everyday.

Line dry.

Follow manufactures instructions.

Op shops often sell second hand nappy outer and inserts.

If you are into sewing make your own outers and inserts. There are hundreds of sites with free nappy patterns – start googling!