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...

Wobbly Jelly Soap

Wobbly Jelly Soap

There isn’t much to say about this recipe except that it’s wobbly and fun and simple and natural, and the kids love it! Enjoy!

Cleaning your make-up brushes

Cleaning your make-up brushes

This post is for those of you who wear make-up. I don't wear much, and I don't wear it often. I therefore forget that my make-up brushes need cleaning. Anyone else neglect their brushes too? The images below give you an idea of how long someone who doesn't wear much...

Krissy Reviews

Krissy Reviews

I thought it would be handy if I listed my opinions on products I’ve tried, all in one place. On occasion, businesses have gifted me products to try, but most often I have purchased them myself. Either way, I can assure you that whatever you read from me, or hear me say, is my unbiased opinion.

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. Christmas doesn't need to be an expensive time of year, and it certainly doesn't need to generate copious amounts waste. How's this for a stat: 30%, or...

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...

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...

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...

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',...

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? Take a walk down the supermarket aisle and you'll be assaulted by a plethora of bottles, jars, sprays and powders. How much do we really know...

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...

Deluxe Foaming Face Wash

Deluxe Foaming Face Wash

This recipe is AMAZING! It is delicious, divine, lush. I am officially in love with this combo, and my face is a fan too! The inclusion of rose water is a luxurious ingredient in this recipe (it helps to calm irritation, soothe and hydrate skin) however, it may be out of budget for some.

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' so here are a few tips to help solve that issue.〉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...

Cleaning Your Oven the Non-Toxic Way

Cleaning Your Oven the Non-Toxic Way

I've created a simple guide to cleaning your oven the non-toxic way, so you can avoid using commercial oven cleaners. Have you ever looked into the ingredients in some commercial oven cleaners? A few of the common and worst offenders, found to be detrimental to our...

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

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

"Krissy, 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,...

Creamy Body Wash

Creamy Body Wash

If you’re looking for a change from my super-simple foaming body wash or hand wash and want something thicker and creamier, then look no further. This recipe for natural hand and shower wash is seriously amazing. With 5 ingredients, you can’t go wrong!

My top 10 tips to DETOX your home

My top 10 tips to DETOX your home

Detoxing your home is the first and easiest step to take when trying to create a life that is less toxic. There is growing evidence from countless research articles indicating that indoor air is more polluted than the outdoors. Anne Steinman, an...

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...

Simple Stain Treatment Paste

Simple Stain Treatment Paste

My washing powder works; I have hundreds of testimonials I could share on its brilliance! But sometimes stubborn stains just need an extra kick up the bum. Here are 2 simple stain paste recipes for you to try when that oil/blood/sweat/grass stain won’t budge!

Make-Up Remover

Make-Up Remover

Don’t waste your money on commercial make-up remover. Not when an ingredient as simple as coconut oil can do the job while simultaneously nourishing the delicate skin on your face.

Cleaning Paste

Cleaning Paste

Every single time I replace a toxic, chemical-laden commercial household or beauty product for a clean, green and natural homemade product, I do a little happy dance. It’s a great feeling! This cleaning paste is no exception. I use it to clean my toilets, sinks and showers. I also use it to clean porcelain mugs that have discoloured from tea and coffee. A soft dish cloth and a little scrubbing power is all it takes!

Liquid Laundry Detergent

Liquid Laundry Detergent

I adapted my popular washing powder recipe to create this liquid laundry detergent version, purely for those of you who have machines that don’t take powder. And with no soap suds, this formula is suitable for front and top loader washing machines.

Natural Homemade Pest Repellent

Natural Homemade Pest Repellent

The whole point of us making the effort to grow our own veggies is to avoid all of the toxic sprays that commercial farmers use, right? The problem is, caterpillars (and their mates!) love our fresh produce almost as much as we do…

Basic Dishwashing Liquid

Basic Dishwashing Liquid

Unfortunately, we have been brainwashed by clever marketing to believe that we can’t clean properly without big, fluffy, sudsy bubbles. You need to know that this is not the case at all.

Foaming Face Wash

Foaming Face Wash

Did you know you can adjust the essential oils in any of my foaming wash recipes to create new formulas for face, hands, body etc? I encourage you to give this face wash a whirl and replace another commercial product with a safer, cheaper, homemade alternative!!

Foaming Hand Wash

Foaming Hand Wash

Commercial hand washes that contain antibacterial agents are highly toxic. Triclosan is one of them. According to the Environmental Working Group, triclosan is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity, and low levels may disrupt thyroid function.

Foaming Body Wash

Foaming Body Wash

This recipe was born after I tried a popular mainstream brand of shower wash that makes ‘natural’ claims. It feels and smells lovely, but has a price tag of about $8 per bottle and contains quite a few ingredients, some of which I am suspicious of.

Washing Powder 

Washing Powder 

The chemicals, fillers, fragrances, etc., in many mainstream washing powders are not what you want sticking to your clothes and touching your body all day. Nor are they the kind of thing we want washing into our waterways…

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