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Tips to naturally handle static electricity and clingy clothes

Tips to naturally handle static electricity and clingy clothes

Urgh, we all know (and dread) the zap that static electricity causes.

According to Oxford Languages, static electricity is a stationary electric charge, typically produced by friction. I remember as a kid, rubbing my feet on carpet and zapping my brother (and anyone within arms-reach to be honest!). That was fun, but what’s not fun is when you’ve got a shirt, or skirt, that relentlessly sticks to your body!

You might notice it to be particularly noticeable after removing clothes from the drier, and when the weather is dry. The type of fibre also plays a role in how staticky clothing can be; I notice synthetic materials, like nylon and polyester, to be more of an issue than cotton or hemp, for example. So when purchasing new clothing, try to avoid the synthetic stuff (although this can be difficult these days!)

How do we get rid of static electricity?

Well, David Harris, a physicist and curator of the Physics Museum at University of Queensland says that the best way to get rid of static is to discharge it.

One of the best ways I have personally found to discharge static in an outfit is to ‘ground’. Have you heard of it? Grounding (or earthing) is basically getting your bare feet on, well, the ground or earth. So simple, and it offers a crazy number of health benefits too. Alexx Stuart taught me all about it – you can read more here.

Think about how we tend to live these days… We’re typically in rubber/plastic-soled shoes when outdoors, or we’re inside houses and buildings; we’re in contact with earth less than ever before in history. So when static is an issue, it needs help to go away: when you’re getting ready to go out, and static rears its ugly head, get outside and place your bare feet (hands work too) onto the earth. It’s worked for me; hopefully, you find success in this little trick too!

Here are some other tips and tricks to try:

Tip 1 – Use vinegar as a fabric softener

The theory here is that vinegar helps to keep clothes soft, and soft clothing creates less friction, therefore less static. I only ever use this recipe or plain white vinegar as fabric softener, and I rarely have issues with static.

Tip 2 – Dry clothes on the line

It’s free, the sun kills bacteria and it gets you outdoors – winning! Of course, rainy days are an issue here, but rather than a dryer, opt for an indoor clothes horse. Either way, rain or shine, avoid those energy-sucking machines at all costs!

Tip 3 – If you must use a clothes dryer, use dryer balls

Not only do these reduce drying time, but they also reduce static – here are some natural, wool dryer balls to check out. You can also get them here – use the code “Krissy” for 5% off your order. I’ve heard a few safety pins on a sock also help when using a clothes dryer.

Tip 4 – Spray clothing lightly with water

Tip 5 – Moisturise your skin

This is a great recipe if you fancy some DIY.

Some of these tips I’ve had personal success with, others are floating around as suggestions on my social platforms. I’d love for you to leave a comment if you have any other useful tips to add!

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 40,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her newly-released kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

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A naturally perfect gift idea

A naturally perfect gift idea

The jolly season is almost upon us and I know people are starting to think about gifts for their favourites!

I do believe Christmas can be done naturally, it can be done on a budget, and it can be just as merry (even more so) when the health of people and planet are taken into consideration.

I’ve spoken about simple gifting ideas here, and ways to have a more sustainable Christmas here. I also have a free Christmas eBook here – see, lots of tips, tricks and recipes to give you a greener Christmas!

Well, I have another trick up my sleeve!

I’m so excited to share this little gift idea with you, something perfect for the kids (5-12 is the target age group but I do believe it would work well for a broader age group too)! 

This is guaranteed to keep the kids entertained, and happy, and productive, and excited, for hours!!!

Make & Play Gift Hamper

Why not put together a hamper of ingredients and a copy of Make & Play, and make a kid’s day?!! It would even be perfect for a family of kids, and that makes this gifting concept even more affordable 😉

Including the book, colouring and one bottle of essential oil, this hamper works out to be under $80 (of course, this depends on whether you buy in bulk, and how many colours and oils you include).

Depending on your budget, you could include more or less than what you see pictured.

The ingredients I’ve included cover 10 recipes from Make & Play:

⭐️  Lip Balm

⭐️  Foaming Sludge

⭐️  Bath Bombs

⭐️  Wobbly Jelly Soap

⭐️  Soapy Dough

⭐️  Doughnut Moisturising Bars

⭐️  Paper Paint

⭐️  Puffy Paint

⭐️  Driveway Clay Chalk

⭐️  Spotty Goop

The breakdown of ingredients are as follows, along with approximate costings:

👉  Activated charcoal powder, 1 tsp – 50c

👉  Arrowroot flour, 385g – $1

👉  Beeswax, 35g – 3.5

👉  Bicarb soda, 220g – $1

👉  Chia seeds, 10g – 17c

👉  Citric acid, 85g – 70c

👉  Cocoa powder, ½ tsp – 5c

👉  Epsom salt, 30g – 20c

👉  Gelatin powder, 10g – 40c

👉  Liquid castile soap, 200g – $7

👉  Olive oil, 100g – 60c

👉  Salt (fine), 170g – 15c

👉  Self-raising flour, 80g – 10c

👉  Shea butter, 75g – $1.50

👉  White clay, 105g – $3.4

👉  Colouring, x3 – $7.5

👉  EO, x1 (optional) – $10

👉  Lip balm tubes x5 – $4

👉  Moulds (arrow/hearts/doughnut/bath bombs) – $10

👉  Paintbrush x1 – $1

Of course, to save on costs, you could include enough ingredients to cover 2 or 3 recipes – it’s up to you! The most common ingredients, used in Make & Play can be found via this link – it should help you decide.

So there we have it. A super fun gift idea, under $80 that will keep the kids happy for hours on end! Enjoy 🙌 🤩

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 40,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her newly-released kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

Turn bicarb into washing soda in a few easy steps

Turn bicarb into washing soda in a few easy steps

Bicarb (sodium bicarbonate) and washing soda (sodium carbonate) are staples on my DIY trolley. I use them (mainly) for cleaning purposes, as they’re completely natural and particularly useful in stain removal!

Bicarb, commonly known as baking soda, is a versatile ingredient used in both body care and cleaning recipes. It is antifungal, antiseptic and gently exfoliating, and excellent at eliminating odour.

Washing soda softens water and is effective at removing stains. It acts as a fungicide, helping to eliminate mould and mildew.

If you can’t get your hands on any washing soda, or you’re looking to reduce the number of ingredients you need to track down for DIY, you can actually make it yourself!

I won’t get all science-y about it, but basically, you only need bicarb, a tray and an oven – and you’ll bake out the moisture. How awesome to be able to buy one ingredient and, after a simple process, end up with another. So cool!

So how do you do it?

👉  Simply spread 3-4 cups of bicarb on an oven tray and bake it for about 60 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius (no fan).

👉  At the 30 minute mark, use a spatula to stir and squash the mixture to make sure there aren’t any clumps of bicarb hiding and avoiding a roasting!

👉  You’ll know when it is done when you feel the texture change to a gritty, slippery feel, which doesn’t clump together – sort of like dry, fine sand.

👉  It might be handy to keep a little bicarb aside so you can test the difference.

👉  Extend the time if you need to.

And that, my friends, is it!

Warning! Be careful not to inhale the dust, and wear gloves, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 40,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her newly-released kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

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Win a copy of Make & Play

Win a copy of Make & Play

I’m a ‘giver’ by nature: time, energy, acts of kindness, gifts… I like to spread joy – it makes my heart happy. That’s good news for you because…

I’m giving YOU the opportunity to WIN one of FIVE copies of my latest book, Make & Play 

And entry is easy-peasy!

Simply leave a comment, right here on this post. That’s it!

Note: when you leave a comment it will require our moderation before it is published – don’t stress, we’ll sweep through daily and action this. Your comment (so long as it’s appropriate and relevant) will count! *Make sure your email address is correct.

A different winner will be chosen, based on the following:

1x comment from the first 50
1x response that makes me 🙂
3x randomly picked

This is what a few people have had to say about Make & Play…

🥰  Lara says: ‘OMG the kids are LOVING the new book!’

🥰  Alyson says: ‘I think Make & Play is such a wonderful book and will make lots of kids happy to have a copy.’

🥰  Kim says: ‘This is definitely not a book to read, admire and put away.  It will be used over and over to create so much fun!

See, you’ll want one on your bench! And if you don’t want to leave it to chance, you can grab one right here.

Good luck 🤞 🙏 🍀

Competition T’s & C’s

Limit one entry per person. Prize value $24.95 plus shipping (covered by me). Competition ends 5pm (AWST) Sunday 1.11.20. Winners selected on Monday 2.11.20 and contacted via email by Wednesday 4.11.20. Incorrect email addresses, or failure to respond within 48 hours will render your entry invalid. Physical shipping to AU residents only (international winners will receive a digital copy of Make & Play worth $14.95). Comments may be used as feedback on other platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. These terms are in addition to our standard T&C’s. Click here for our Privacy Policy.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 40,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her newly-released kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

5 simple, natural and effective tips to get your house smelling lovely

5 simple, natural and effective tips to get your house smelling lovely

People often say that me and my house have a certain smell – I assume they mean a good one! 😜 

Seriously though, they do, they say it smells fresh and clean and earthy! I’ll have to take their word for it because I can’t smell it myself – but that happens with scent doesn’t it, we get so used to it that we no longer notice it?

I’m going to give you some clever ideas, aside from the obvious ‘flowers on the coffee table’, to ramp up the scent in your home, the natural way!!

Clever little tips

Tip 1 – add a few drops of essential oils to your fabric softener

Hopefully it’s this homemade version, made from vinegar and salt! I use eucalyptus and lemon mostly, and whenever the rinse cycle starts, everyone knows about it (even if this natural scent doesn’t last on your washed clothes).

Tip 2 – Add essential oils to an old sock

When drying clothes in a clothes dryer, add a few drops of essential oils to an old sock (or any sock really). It really transports a beautiful (natural) scent through your home.

Tip 3 – Use Banksia pods!

Get a Banksia Pod and place one in each room you want a soft, gentle aroma. I get mine from here (and you can get a discount with code: Krissy15). You simply drop oils into the little hole on top and let them do their thing. They’re also super cute, don’t you think? Or, another idea is to grab a cinnamon stick, and drop some essential oils onto it. Cinnamon is the obvious choice here, but orange is also lovely. Then, hide these sticks on bookshelves and window tracks, in drawers and wardrobes, topping up as you feel like it.

Tip 4 – Get a Simmering Scent Pot going!

This recipe is from Naturally Inspired, my book with 125+ recipes and tips for natural DIY, but I’ll give you the basics. Simply fill a large saucepan with 1 litre of water and things like apples, oranges, limes and lemons (quartered), cinnamon quills, star anise, cloves and vanilla bean pods, then simmer on a stove, topping up with water as required. It smells DIVINE (trust me!!). And it is a good way to use up any extra, or old fruit you may have lying around!

Tip 5 – Make up a bottle of room spray

You have a few choices here: fill a little spray bottle with rosewater and spray away (no need for essential oils); or you could add 2 tbsp water, 2 tsp alcohol (the highest proof you have, the better) and 40 drops of essential oils of choice, to a small 50ml spray bottle, then shake well (before every use) and spray as required.

What do you think? Simple and achievable?

Just because you’ve made the decision to ditch the toxins, doesn’t mean you can’t smell delightful! Gone are the days where we rely on nasty fake fragrances squirting out of automatic plug-in systems to ‘freshen’ the air. Yay! 💪

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 40,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her newly-released kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

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Converting recipes for thermal appliances and microwaves

Converting recipes for thermal appliances and microwaves

So, you have a thermal appliance in the house and you’d like to use it to make my recipes?

The good news is that many of my recipes (unless they’re super-dooper easy) already have a thermal appliance method listed.

Recipes that have been written specifically for kids don’t. Why? Because I found that the simplest, and often safest, way for kids to make my recipes is the conventional way!

But, I am here to help you with some tips to convert recipes, just in case you want to use your thermal appliance!

Top tips when converting recipes

Weighing 

While ingredients can be weighed straight into the bowl, I prefer separate digital scales, as they are the most precise, especially for small quantities. You can pop the thermal appliance bowl on the kitchen scales and weigh in the ingredients that way.

Melting 

Keep the temperature between 60-70 ˚C and on low speed.

Mixing 

I recommend low to moderate speed.

Blitzing and Milling 

This will need to be done at the highest speed.

Kneading 

Most thermal appliances have a special function (or attachment) that will come in handy when kneading.

Extra tip

Be sure to use the little cup on the lid of your thermal appliance when mixing and milling to prevent the ingredients from escaping.

What about a microwave?

If you choose to use a microwave to melt your ingredients, just keep your zapping to short 15-20 second bursts, on the lowest power setting.

Check the ingredients and mix (as you would when using the conventional method) each time.

Please, don’t stand too close!

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 40,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her newly-released kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

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