I love re-using and re-purposing things, especially when they have come from family. This was all very normal for my Nan’s generation – passing things down, keeping a bottom drawer, finding other uses for things – which seems to be sadly lacking nowadays. Last year I was lucky enough to be given her laundry bowl and basket. Now these items are just amazing! The bowl is an old enamel baby bath. Her baby bath. She’s 91! How cool is that?! I use it for the wet laundry when pegging out, just like she did.
The basket is for the dry laundry (AKA how many odd socks basket). This used to be a fisherman’s basket (her Dad’s family were mainly fishermen, plus they worked the lifeboat in the village) before it was her laundry basket. Her Dad, my great Grandad, gave it to her when she got married, telling her it would last a lifetime! I’ve no idea how long it was used before my Nan and Grandad got married in 1949, but it’s been going strong ever since, and will continue to do so long after I’ve finished with it.
Do you have anything you are reusing or re-purposing that you’d love to share?
Occasionally someone contacts me as they are having trouble with stubborn stains on the makeup remover pads. Soda crystals are my go to, although if anything does stain mine (usually nail polish 😉 ) I just leave it as I know they are clean…they just have a rainbow on them.
I just add a teaspoon of soda crystals to a bowl, then add hot water and the pads. I leave for a few hours (or until I remember that I’ve been soaking something), then tip the whole thing in the washer. Add the rest of the load and do your normal wash.
Soda crystals are great for numerous household cleaning including:-
unblocking your sink (pop into plug hole then pour on a kettle full of hot water);
softens water (add to normal wash powder);
prevents limescale (add to normal wash powder);
natural deodorizer (you can add to normal wash powder or run the machine on empty with some soda crystals);
natural degreaser (pre-soak).
They do all this good stuff, plus they are biodegradable! How amazing is that?! You can pick them up in any supermarket or hardware store.
I’d love to know if you have any other cleaning tips using soda crystals.
Well that never went to plan! This post should have been out at the end of November but the Etsy shop went crazy so I had to concentrate on getting orders out and maybe seeing my family a little bit 😉. Everything’s back to normal now so let’s talk makeup removers.
The sweet almond oil worked just like the sunflower oil, as it’s quite a thin oil. It would definitely work better with muslin or flannel, and I had intended to actually make myself some (I use hemp or the flannel/towel mix at the minute) but orders came first. I’ll treat myself this month 😂😂. Anyway, I used more oil than I’d have liked because of its consistency, but it removed the makeup, and the pads washed well afterwards.
Price per bottle £7.96 for 1 litre from Mystic Moments.
Price comparison (Boots No 7 as the ‘norm’ – £7.50/100ml – 75p/10ml 😳)
Organic Coconut oil – £2.29/300ml – 8p/10ml
Sunflower oil – £1.10/1000ml – 1p/10ml
Olive oil – £2.35/500ml – 5p/10ml
Sweet almond oil – £7.96/1000ml – 8p/10ml
You’d definitely use more of the sunflower oil and sweet almond oil each time, making those more expensive. You’d use less of the coconut oil making it last longer, plus there’d be less waste.
I don’t think you’re surprised really 😉 I love that it is solid so I barely use any. I love the smell. I love that it is organic. I love that there are NO nasties, and it comes in a glass jar. I love that I don’t drip it anyway while trying to get it on the pad. I love that Aldi have it at £1.99 at the minute making it even cheaper!
Have you tried any? What did you think? I’d love to know ☺️
Well, this week has been the sunflower oil week. After using the coconut oil last week I must admit to being a little apprehensive about this as the coconut oil was so fab.
I’ve just being using the bottle straight out of my oils rack, rather than decanting as it was quite low. The first thing I noticed was how it soaked straight through the pad, just like a conventional makeup remover, meaning I would be using more over the week. It felt messy. On first look it seemed to work as well as the coconut oil, but when I checked there were still tiny bits of mascara round the eye. I think, because it soaks straight into the pad, rather than sitting on the top like the coconut oil, then more of the oil is needed. The extra rubbing made my eye tender at the time, but OK later on. The skin was not as ‘baby soft’ as the previous week.
I haven’t washed the pads yet, as I stupidly put the whites in without the pads, so I’m not sure how it will clean. I shall keep you posted though.
This bottle was £1.10 for 1 litre from Tesco, although I would usually shop in Aldi so it would be cheaper still.
I’ve seen a few posts about this amazing business but I wanted to share my own experience. At the beginning of the year I saw a friend on Facebook had shared that she’d tried these loo rolls that were made from recycled paper rather than trees. I thought this was awesome so I went to investigate. Turns out that not only do they use recycled paper, they also give 50% of their profits to charities that help build toilets and improve sanitation across the world. A-m-a-zing!
Did you know that more people in the world have mobile phones than toilets?! I didn’t either. Two children a minute die from diseases caused by poor sanitation. Comparing those two facts is beyond shocking. I didn’t hesitate in signing up. We have a 12 week rolling subscription, where a box of 48 rolls (wrapped in paper, not plastic) are delivered to the house. It’s great. Someone said to my Hubby that ‘you can get cheaper loo rolls you know’. Hmm…it’s not about the money though.
If you’d like to give them a try, pop over to their website and have a browse yourself.
(I’m not gaining anything from Who Gives A Crap for this post, I’m sharing their ‘profit-for-purpose’ values as I believe in what they do)