Super Foaming Handwash

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Look at any bottle of hand soap on the market today and you will notice that the first ingredient in often Water. The rest of the ingredients are probably chemicals with incredibly long names but lets stick with water for the moment. It seems a little crazy to be spending so much money on a product that we can get from our kitchen tap doesn’t it? This only really struck me when I made my own foaming hand wash. I’ve been using this for about 2 years and it’s a good no nonsense, no frills soap that the kids love to use too. You can vary the fragrance for a change and it takes mere minutes to make. You will need an old Foaming Soap Dispenser so perhaps collect a few before you switch to making your own because you won’t want to buy commercial ones after giving this a try!

Ingredients

Water
Dr Bronner’s Liquid Castille Soap (any fragrance)
Almond oil
Essential oil (optional)

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Start by taking a clean foaming hand wash bottle and filling it with tap water. Leave a good few centimetres of space for the other ingredients. The foaming hand wash lid is quite bulky and you don’t want it to over flow.

 

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Add 1 Tablespoon of Dr Bronner’s liquid soap to the water.

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Add 1/2 teaspoon of almond oil. You can also add some essential oils too at this stage. I love using citrusy oils like tangerine, lime and sweet orange.

 

 

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Put on the lid and hey presto!

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It looks exactly the same as commercially bought Foaming hand wash but it feels and smells much better and it’s a fraction of the cost! Frugal and Functional and (if you add some essential oils) a little bit Fancy too!

Garden Share Collective May

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Do you know what? I’ve been blogging for over  a year now! My first post was all about making Quince Jelly on 1st May 2013. I’m a bit late celebrating my Blog-iversary but I began thinking about what I loved blogging about the most and it’s the Garden Share Collective posts. So, to celebrate my One Year here is my May contribution to Lizzie’s Garden Share Collective from Strayed from the Table.

Its been a blissful Autumn so far; warm, sunny days with a nip in the air in the morning and evening.  If an alien landed in my garden in the day they might be forgiven for thinking its Spring. I have some confused plants in the vege garden at the moment. Remember all the trays of Calendular seeds that I sowed in the Spring?

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Well, look at the seedlings that have merrily and quite wantonly self seeded in the gravel paths and beds!! Some are even flowering.

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Remember the Nasturtians ‘Peach Melba’ I planted to scramble between the courgettes? The courgettes really swamped it but look at it now!

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I also spotted some beans that have self seeded (I think they must be French Beans)…

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…and look what I found in the strawberry patch? A plump, juicy strawberry; three in fact.

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Not sure what to do about the Florence Fennel. I thought it had all gone to seed but I have quite a few healthy plants. I’m wondering if a cold spell over winter might fatten their bulbs? I love the experimental aspect of vege gardening!

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I might even see an Echinacea flower this autumn. I sowed these in the Spring and wasn’t expecting to see anything until next summer but here is a little bud. Crazy flower.

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Back to normality now and here are my beautiful crisp Pak Choi destined for a stir fry or two….

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…some healthy looking peas…

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…and spinach and silverbeet swamped with calendular seedlings…

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Grapefruit and lemons are ripening…

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…and limes are as prolific as ever. I’m tempted to try a Lavender and Lime Drizzle cake from Tales from The Farmhouse. It sounds delicious and I have plenty of lavender to make the sugar.

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Celery is looking healthy and doing a good impersonation of parsley!

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Ah no here’s the parsley and fennel..

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…and some self sown dill. Veges and herbs really are your friends; always willing to grow and save you a job 🙂

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Here are some quintessential Autumnal photos; the very last of the quince and the prickly hedgehog of a nut Horse Chestnut.

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For the southern Hemisphere folk amongst you this fruit is easily recognised as the feijoa. It has a smooth green skin and is generally eaten like a kiwi fruit; cut it in half and scoop out the soft green flesh inside. I’d love to say I enjoy eating feijoas. I have three trees laden with them every Autumn. However, I think they taste like antiseptic. sad but true. Mr Fig and the Figlets adore them though! It is definitely a Kiwi Thing and if you are averse to the feijoa then Be Wary. You will find feijoas slipped innocently into juices, desserts, even ice cream. Eek!

To Do

The greatest thing about blogging is you can Hide A Multitude of Sins that occur in every garden. The weeds in my garden are positively rampaging through the beds. There is a pile of broken plastic pots and other gardening rubbish to be sorted, seeds to be sorted out, spring onions to plant, a big bonfire to burn, limes to be juiced and frozen, prickly horse chestnuts to be raked up and on and on….

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I think I might have a seat in my new (or rather second hand) chair and contemplate my To Do List for a few minutes! Have fun in your garden this month 🙂