How to make your own sunscreen video

I love this video on making your own natural sunscreen from coconut oil, beeswax and zinc oxide powder. If it’s good enough for a fair-skinned surfer, Zach Keenan, then it will be good enough for me in the beaming Australian sun.

It’s important to not cover your whole body in sunscreen as you need exposed skin to absorb vitamin D.

Transition tip: Make your own green cleaners


Transition tip: Make your own green cleaners.

It’s easy to make your own green cleaners with a few tried-and-true recipes. You’ll be protecting your health by avoiding using toxic chemicals in your home and these are better for the environment. Better yet, you’ll find yourself saving money.

What’s not to love?

Here’s a round up of my posts on how to make your own green cleaners:

How to make your own pH test

Alys Fowler has some instructions on how to make your own pH test:

To check your soil pH, you can buy a kit from the garden centre, but the easiest way is to make one yourself, using red cabbage. This contains a water-soluble pigment, called a flavin, that turns red in acid conditions, has a purplish tinge in neutral conditions, and shows bluish green to greenish yellow in alkaline conditions.

Bring two cups of chopped red cabbage to the boil and let them cool. Drain off the water – and eat the cabbage! Put about a tablespoon of soil in a cup and half-fill this with water. Stir the soil around so that it’s suspended in the water. Now add about 3mm of cabbage water.

The liquid will turn a purplish red with a slight tinge of blue for a neutral soil. Greenish-yellow is very alkaline and very red is acid. You should check soil at various locations around your garden. Be aware that builder’s rubble contains a lot of lime which will give alkaline results, so make sure you take a few different readings.

Thrifty Gardener
– by Alys Fowlder

How to make your own fabric softener


White vinegar softens fabric and stops static cling. Add a cup of vinegar to the wash, with a few drops of lavender oil for odours.

Wool will stay soft if washed in warm water with eucalyptus oil.

Other green stain remover products to try are:

How to make your own furniture oil

Apply sparingly and buff up to a gleaming shine.

250ml olive oil
20 drops lemon essential oil

Pour the olive oil into a clean dry bottle, add the essential oil and shake well.

To use, place a little oil on a soft cloth, wipe onto wooden furniture and buff to polish.

How to make your own laundry powder


A cost-effective alternative to conventional laundry detergents can be made with the following ingredients:

Equal parts bicarb soda, washing soda and soap flakes.

White vinegar can also be added to act as a fabric softener and deodoriser.

We add a couple of drops of tea tree oil to kill off any dust mites and leave a fresh smell. You could use your favourite essential oil instead.

Other green laundry products to try are:

Rhonda from Down to Earth blog has a recipe for homemade laundry liquid.

How to make your own dry shampoo

Here is a great recipe for a natural alternative to dry shampoo. It will help to absorb excess oil and is a convenient quick fix in-between washes.

1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 cup of cornstarch
1/4 cup of rice flour

  1. Mix together all the ingredients and keep in an air-tight container.
  2. Massage into the scalp and through the hair as needed.
  3. Leave for about 5 minutes then brush out vigorously. You may like to stand over a sink as it can be a bit messy!

Alternatively you may like to ditch your shampoo gradually and know how to go shampoo free (also know as “no ‘poo”).