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 is often at the expense of our health as a population, and the health of the planet.

Bubbles to clean? Not necessary.

Fragrant washing powder? Not necessary.

Blue toothpaste? Not necessary.

Plastic beads to exfoliate? Not necessary.

See where I’m going? Imagine if we never showed children that bubble baths, glittery skincare, perfumed teddies, etc., existed? They’d never know any different. Imagine, just imagine! I used to be that person that thought she needed perfume, aerosol deodorant, 5 different cleaning sprays… It took time to realise the need for this to change, to action it, and finally to accept it in all of its natural glory.

So, when you’re ready, give that DIY dishwasher powder, body lotion, cleaning spray a try, forget what you know, adjust your expectations, use fresh eyes and see if you can learn to love it, too.

And if you can’t learn to love it, if you only love some of it, if you love it but it’s just not going to be a full-time swap, THAT’S OK TOO! Do what you can do and be proud of that!

I have plenty of free recipes here, and a beautiful and inspiring recipe book here to help you on your natural journey, however that may look.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger


Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious choices that honour both humans and habitat. It is her mission to gently guide people towards this beautiful way of life. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to increasing awareness on common and avoidable toxins, as well as educating individuals on simple ways they can adjust their lifestyles to better serve themselves, and the planet. Natural DIY is Krissy’s speciality, and she has sold over 50,000 copies of her recipe books, including her latest book, The Lifestyle Edit, the award-winning, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids.

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