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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...

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Win a copy of Make & Play

Win a copy of Make & Play

** GIVEAWAY CLOSED ** 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!…

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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...

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Keeping ants outside – naturally

Keeping ants outside – naturally

I’m sure most people want to live in harmony with nature’s creatures, big and small, but ants are often an exception for many of us. Seeing their endless black trails from the smallest of gaps in your flooring, and having muffins (left on the bench for what seems like...

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Wash your face with oil

Wash your face with oil

You're sick of oily skin and breakouts. You're tired of dry and flaking skin. You no longer want to use commercial products that strip your skin of its natural goodness, sending who-knows-what down the drains. Well, if the oil cleansing method is not already on your...

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Septic systems: your questions answered

Septic systems: your questions answered

I’ve been getting quite a few emails recently regarding septic systems, and whether natural DIY ingredients, like citric acid and bicarb, can be flushed into them. As I don’t have one myself, I’m pretty green in that area so I had to do my research. I decided to have...

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Your essential guide to doing the laundry, the natural way

Your essential guide to doing the laundry, the natural way

We all want to be able to throw our dirty laundry into the washing machine, set it to go and have everything come out clean, fresh and stain-free, am I right? Here’s the thing... Marketing has conditioned us over the years to believe that whiter whites, bright...

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Unrealistic expectations are nobody’s friend

Unrealistic expectations are nobody’s friend

Ahhh, expectations – the biggest block I see when it comes to natural DIY outcomes and performance. Something we need to remember is that we’ve become conditioned (did somebody say clever marketing?) to expect products to behave in a certain way. Sadly, this…

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Where does one start with DIY (and why)?

Where does one start with DIY (and why)?

I was privileged to be considered someone worthy of a spot at the launch of ekko.world's new The Eco Channel. Ekko.world is a game-changing platform that makes it easy for people to make better choices for people and planet. Whether your focus is on toxin-free living,...

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Cleaning & disinfecting – should we be killing all germs?

Cleaning & disinfecting – should we be killing all germs?

Do you know what my eight-year-old son said to me today, while we were outside getting our 30 minutes of sunshine and exercise for the day? "I'm going to create a virus." Ummm, say what?!! He went on to tell me (his words) the virus would be called 'The Happy Virus',...

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Reasons to make the switch to DIY fabric softener

Reasons to make the switch to DIY fabric softener

There are so many reasons why ditching mainstream fabric softener is worth considering, but the best reason I have for making the switch to a natural DIY version is that it is the only way to know for certain, what you’re using! Are you aware that, in Australia at...

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Castile soap – what is it and how do you use it?

Castile soap – what is it and how do you use it?

The more we look into natural body care and cleaning alternatives, the more we realise that Mother Nature really is giving us so much of what we need – with minimal processing. When an ingredient like castile soap can be used for body care and cleaning, why would...

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Inspired to sell your DIY goodies?

Inspired to sell your DIY goodies?

I love that people feel inspired to get busy with natural DIY, and then want to share their creations with the world! The best way to get people on board is to give them a product to try – once they can see that it works just as well as its commercial counterpart, how...

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Simple & natural DIY gift ideas for Christmas

Simple & natural DIY gift ideas for Christmas

For me, Christmas is about family and friends and precious togetherness under sunshine, with good music, maybe a beverage or two, and laughter, lots of it. Gratitude features prominently in my life, but even more so at Christmas; I choose to reflect on the year that’s...

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Creating a natural & sustainable Christmas

Creating a natural & sustainable Christmas

You may be visiting this blog post because you saw my most recent DIY segment on Studio 10 - if so, I am so glad you followed me up (I'll assume I inspired you, and that's a huge win for me)! I'll cover the three recipes I demonstrated on the program, plus give you a...

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A beginner’s guide to natural DIY

A beginner’s guide to natural DIY

I’ve spent a fair bit of time travelling to different cities and states across Australia, meeting lots of new people. Some are well-established in their journey towards a life less toxic, and others that have given it some thought, taken a few little steps (like...

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What is Sick Building Syndrome?

What is Sick Building Syndrome?

Have you heard that term before? Have you ever walked into work or a similar indoor environment and felt sluggish, with scratchy eyes or even a tight chest? Sick building syndrome gives Monday-itis a whole new meaning. If you have experienced that unwell feeling when...

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Beautiful bicarbonate

Beautiful bicarbonate

Commonly known as bicarb or baking soda, Sodium bicarbonate is an ingredient you might be most familiar with seeing in cakes and muffins, but did you know how useful it is in both body care and cleaning recipes? I would absolutely recommend it as a staple to have...

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Handling household mess naturally

Handling household mess naturally

Cleaning is not a job many of us particularly want to do, but one that most of us simply have to do! Where does one start? A walk down the supermarket aisle presents us with a plethora of bottles, jars, sprays and powders, right? But what do we really know about these...

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The humble soapberry – my new DIY friend

The humble soapberry – my new DIY friend

It really is all in the name – fancy having a tree that produces soap-filled berries! Mother Nature really showed off with these little gems, which happen to be cousins with the commonly known lychee. The dried shells of this fruit contain saponins, a natural...

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Plenty of reasons to love vinegar

Plenty of reasons to love vinegar

White vinegar is the unsung hero sitting in the kitchen cupboard of so many homes. It is biodegradable, inexpensive and useful in so many cleaning applications – even for use as a mild disinfectant. It is definitely a staple ingredient in many of my natural DIY...

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Index of natural ingredients

Index of natural ingredients

It would be quite normal to be asked to make a cake, right? Most people would probably guess that butter, eggs and flour are generally required. However, if that same person was asked to make deodorant paste or dishwasher tablets, they might find it a little more...

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Colouring your DIY lip balm

Colouring your DIY lip balm

Have you made a batch of my natural DIY Lip Balm yet? If not, check out the recipe here. It only requires 3 ingredients, plus essential oils, and takes less than 10 minutes of your time. It is a WAY better option than most store-bought varieties and is an economical...

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Challenge -100 items of clothing and buying ban

Challenge -100 items of clothing and buying ban

What is the challenge? The challenge is to reduce my wardrobe to 100 items of clothing. That’s it. Everything else goes into a box, or the attic, and stays there.Why am I doing it? I had already pledged to not buy anything new (clothing, accessories, shoes or...

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DIY recipe hints, tips & important info

DIY recipe hints, tips & important info

Whether DIY is new to you, or you consider yourself an old pro, I have no doubt that you'll find this information useful. Please take the time to read through the DIY recipe hints, tips and important information thoroughly.Substituting Ingredients Sometimes you will...

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Preservatives, shelf life & safety information

Preservatives, shelf life & safety information

How I absolutely love the simplicity of DIY. I don't think I will ever tire of the fact that 3-4 natural, easily accessible and nourishing ingredients, can create an effective alternative to mainstream products. I am under no illusion, however, that DIY products will...

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The journey of The Inspired Little Pot

The journey of The Inspired Little Pot

The Inspired Little Pot and how it became what it is today It was just me and a desk in my home office, back in October 2014. And it remained just me for a few years before I worked out that I would lose my sanity if I didn't get some help. So I did! I'd love to tell...

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Troubleshooting tips for your foaming pump bottles

Troubleshooting tips for your foaming pump bottles

Sometimes foaming pump bottles get a little clogged up and 'sticky'. The following tips might help you. Follow the recipe These foaming pumps work by mixing liquid-thin soap (I use castile soap) and air, and turning it into foam. Always follow the correct dilution...

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DIY shampoo. Why I don’t really do it…

DIY shampoo. Why I don’t really do it…

"Do you have a shampoo recipe?"  This is a question I get asked a lot. Here’s the weird thing with hair – people tend to be SO much more fussy about their hair than their skin. We all have different hair types; curly, straight, frizzy, flat, dyed, grey, thick, thin…...

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5 simple tips for a less toxic body

5 simple tips for a less toxic body

You want to feel good, right? I know I do. Reducing the number of toxins we expose ourselves to on a daily basis is a great place to start to achieve that! Let me point you in the right direction, and empower you to make better choices concerning skin and body care,...

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Why I love my JuJu cup, and tips to help you love it too

Why I love my JuJu cup, and tips to help you love it too

I just LOVE talking about the concept of the menstrual cup. People are either intrigued or grossed out! The thing is, if you're female and between the ages of around 15-50, you're most likely getting a period around 12x a year; over 400 in your lifetime. And if the...

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Choosing the right oils for your skin

Choosing the right oils for your skin

Our skin craves nourishing plant oils to replenish, renew and perform. Many mass-market cosmetics contain mineral oil, a petroleum-based liquid. This cheap oil offers no nourishment and has a drying effect on the skin. Synthetic chemicals are also present by the dozen...

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Transitioning to natural deodorant – my top 10 tips

Transitioning to natural deodorant – my top 10 tips

Natural deodorant is growing in popularity, and it is no wonder, with the amount of research out there now highlighting the detrimental effect that the commercial stuff has on humans. Some of the key ingredients in many commercial deodorants that you want to be...

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My top 10 tips to DETOX your home

My top 10 tips to DETOX your home

In my opinion, detoxing your home is the first and easiest step to take when trying to create a life that is less toxic. We are constantly exposed to various chemicals, day in and day out. Not all chemicals cause immediate harm or long-term effects. There is growing...

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5 tips to help you become a label detective

5 tips to help you become a label detective

The best way to move forward with natural DIY, and to ensure the journey you’re on is steady and sustainable, is to get educated, be inspired and empower yourself with the necessary knowledge and tools. Relying on others to give you the answers will eventually result...

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My list of questionable ingredients to learn and avoid

My list of questionable ingredients to learn and avoid

This is a condensed list of the main ingredients I believe should be added to everyone's 'watch-list'. It is by no means a comprehensive list. What it is though, is a great starting point - a list of names to add to your 'chemical awareness catalogue'. Become familiar...

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Living a life less toxic – my mission

Living a life less toxic – my mission

Here’s the thing: it is physically impossible to live a life completely void of all chemicals and unrealistic to desire a life that is ‘chemical-free’. We live in a chemical world and the word ‘chemical’ doesn’t always equal toxic. Everything has a chemical name. The...

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Essential oil information & inspiration

Essential oil information & inspiration

To put it simply, essential oils are concentrated natural oils from plants. They are extracted using various methods including distillation and cold pressing. They can be applied topically, diffused, inhaled and even taken internally (although I recommend you do the...

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Cleaning up after DIY

Cleaning up after DIY

Cleaning! Urgh! It can be a tedious task that requires patience. The best advice I have is to find a time to get creating when you’re not in a rush. Stress is not something we want hovering around us during DIY!  Most recipes are so straightforward, you won’t need to...

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What’s the deal with borax?

What’s the deal with borax?

There is so much conflicting information out there, and I get asked all the time about this mineral’s safety. Here’s a little look into the ingredient…

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Fake smells and why they need to go

Fake smells and why they need to go

I have an open hate for fake smells. They give me an instant headache and I can smell it a mile away. There is nothing ok about it at all. Fake, synthetic fragrances are coming at us from all directions. Deodorants, shampoo and conditioners, baby wipes, washing...

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