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DIY Lemon Dusters

25 May

Today I made my own lemon dusters. Apparently they make the room smell amazing, which means they may encourage me to actually dust. Also:

  • No stupid packaging.
  • No weird chemicals.
  • Quicker than going to The Supermarket.
  • Inexpensive.


I followed this easy recipe from Wendyl Nissen.

Put half a cup of white vinegar and half a cup of water in a bowl, add 6-8 drops of lemon essential oil.

Soak some dusters (made from old cloths, sheets etc) for a few minutes, then squeeze out. Roll the dusters up with some lemon peel within the folds.

I didn’t have a lovely glass vintage jar (or any glass jar) big enough, so I’ve put mine in an icecream container. Apparently you can use other type of oil if you’re not keen on lemon. You just take them out as you need them, and if they don’t get too grubby, you can reuse them.

Reading the comments on Wendyl’s site, I see a couple of people had experiences with their cloths going a bit mouldy. That’s the kind of thing that happens to me, so fingers crossed it works out.


Know Your Butcher

23 May

Today was grocery shopping day. Part of this includes going to my local butcher. His name is Mark. This is him looking a bit like a Scary Butcher for the camera today:


Despite this photo, he really is a wise butcher. I haven’t bought meat from The Supermarket for many months. You can’t beat the personal touch a butcher provides. Mark knows exactly the best way to cook each cut, no matter what my budget is. His daughter also works there, and she once recommended I rub anchovies all over lamb before roasting. You really wouldn’t get that kind of advice at The Supermarket. Everything is of the highest quality, it’s all sourced locally, and has no preservatives added. I asked Mark today for some information and reasons for buying meat in a sustainable fashion – for the wallet and the planet. He suggested the following:

  • If you’re on a budget, use casserole cuts or mince to really stretch out the dish – use whatever leftovers you have in your fridge.
  • By shopping at your local butcher, your meat has probably┬átraveled┬áless, and you’re putting money directly back into your local economy (it’s surprising how much of our supermarket meat comes from overseas – for Kiwis, that means Australia. Also in New Zealand, many of our supermarkets are not Kiwi-owned).
  • Butchers wrap your meat without any unnecessary packaging or labels.
  • You can control portion size easily at your butcher – not so easy when everything is pre-packaged at The Supermarket.

It’s also a myth that butchers are more expensive. Yes, they can’t compete with the extreme specials that The Supermarket can have, but most other products can be very competitively priced.

Make a trip to the butcher a regular part of your shopping trip, especially if it’s next door to a vege shop.