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iota Mon 15-May-06 12:40:50


it's empty in here

carla Mon 15-May-06 12:41:32

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Blu Mon 15-May-06 12:43:00

It's clean, it's green - what else could it need?

iota Mon 15-May-06 12:44:18

solar panels - we need to be self-sustaining

hunkermunker Mon 15-May-06 12:44:48

<<looks around>>

Could do with a lick of paint, I think. Looks a bit tatty. I've got a spraycan of red here, I'll just add a touch of colour

monkeytrousers Mon 15-May-06 12:45:58

Whoo hooo, I suggested this!

Jessajam Mon 15-May-06 12:46:28

RE self -sustaining - Could we find a way to generate some energy from all the hot air spouted (on occasion) elsewhere on MN?!!

Frenchgirl Mon 15-May-06 12:46:33

oh no, we're gonna get bl**dy Dave Cameron over in a minute......

monkeytrousers Mon 15-May-06 12:50:22


iota Mon 15-May-06 12:52:58

Jessajam - we could extend a large tablecloth over everyone's head and capture it like that - could probably heat a small town

seb1 Mon 15-May-06 12:54:49

Asda were doing small low energy bulbs for 49p

expatinscotland Mon 15-May-06 12:55:58

A compost bin!

Tatties Mon 15-May-06 12:56:11

Well done MT for suggesting it! Maybe we could get a windmill in the garden?

monkeytrousers Mon 15-May-06 12:57:34

You could get one in my...sorry so excited to be back

expatinscotland Mon 15-May-06 17:40:44

let's get this rolling!

here's the recipe i use for surface cleanser.

500mL water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
.5 teaspoon of washing up liquid
1 tablespoon bicarb of soda
1 teaspoon borax
a few drops of your fav essential oil

Put in a spray bottle, shake well and apply to any hard surface - except wood.

twocatsonthebed Mon 15-May-06 17:42:47

sounds good! where did you get Borax from - I can't find it. Either that or I'm not looking in the right place.

MissChief Mon 15-May-06 17:45:26

great one!
will try - anyone got ideas for an effective deodorant? tried all the crystal sticks or whatever but get too swaety, heard some swear by half a lemon but think they must be those who merely glow rather those those like me who are swaety betties

other than that, walk to school/playgroup etc, don't use the car unless essential! Obvious stuff but can't believe how many of the mums at school drive all of 1 mile to school and back again each day

expatinscotland Mon 15-May-06 17:56:47

i get borax in boots. in their laundry section.

i found tom's of main roll on deodorant w/zinc in a local herbalist shop where i get dd1's shampoo.

expatinscotland Mon 15-May-06 17:58:24

for essential oils, i can't recommend this place enough - GREAT prices, too (no, i'm not related to anyone there or know them, just found 'em on ebay and have enjoyed really quality products from them.

abbey botanicals

twocatsonthebed Mon 15-May-06 17:59:44

ah, we have a rather pants Boots, which may be the problem. I'll have to go to the Big Town...

Tatties Mon 15-May-06 19:07:03

Expat, how long does the surface cleanser keep for?

Mercy Mon 15-May-06 19:10:18

I saw an advert for a book recently extolling the virtues of vinegar as a multi-purpose product. Anyone have any tips?

expatinscotland Mon 15-May-06 21:05:31

i've used it for about a month, tatties.

tallmummy Mon 15-May-06 21:07:44

I've just mulched me toms with composted nappies!! ( It took 3 years to compost them but it's lovely stuff!)

expatinscotland Mon 15-May-06 21:11:12

i buy a HUGE jug of vinegar in a Chinese market up the road from our home and use it a lot!

keep some in a spray bottle in your bathroom, mixed w/a few drops of tea tree.

use it as an after shower spray instead of those rank chemically ones.

voila! no mould buildup on your tiles and shower head.

run it through your kettle or coffemaker - i do half vin/half water- to descale.

put a slug of it in the fabric softener compartment mixed w/some essential oil to freshen your clothes.

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