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So far Delphine has created 6 blog entries.

Indesit, it’s indecent!

By |2021-02-04T17:04:33+01:00August 11th, 2019|We speak, We try|

Do you know the Indesit brand? If so, it means that, like me, you belong at best to the middle class. We have an Indesit washing machine. For five years. It’s not long five years for a washing machine, is it? Well, for corporations, it’s probably as long as the age of the universe. A device that lasts 5 years is a financial pitfall. We need to find a solution. Scheduled obsolescence What a wonderful invention! The programmed obsolescence, or the continuity of the capitalist logic. How would they do if we kept our appliances for life? [...]

Alternative to conventional laundry detergent

By |2021-02-04T17:05:40+01:00August 11th, 2019|We do, We try|

I've been doing my own laundry powder for 3 years now and I have to say that I'm very satisfied with it. It washes as well as industrial detergents and is much environment friendly! In the early days, I used to do my liquid laundry detergent but it takes a lot of time and I inhaled a lot of soap and other products fumes, it wasn't pleasant.  That's how I wondered why I was diluting the soap in water? I've come to make my own laundry powder. It takes me about 1 hour to do 2.5kg of laundry powder. [...]

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Comparing (eco)toxicity of commercial and home-made laundry detergents

By |2021-02-04T17:07:18+01:00August 11th, 2019|We speak, We think|

I have worked as a research chemist for many years in a water treatment company. The knowledge I acquired during that period of my life allows me to be appalled when I read the chemical composition of some commercial or industrial products. The thing is, alternatives do exist. The reason why these are not implanted on an industrial scale, I’ll let you guess… What I will do here is follow up on an inspiring article I read a few days ago, written by Delphine Stein. Delphine presents an alternative recipe to laundry detergents. She developed it [...]

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Synthetic sponges are toxic. Opt for a bio and effective alternative: The Loofah.

By |2021-02-04T17:09:09+01:00August 11th, 2019|We do, We speak, We think, We try|

Did you know that your go-to sponge is stuffed with toxic and eco-toxic chemicals? Up to a few days ago, I didn’t know either. In this post, I will detail how this is. I even made a little experiment of my own... results are quite scary... Then I will present an amazing alternative: The Loofah. Today, my kitchen sponge is a kind of large cucumber: Yes, you read well, a cucumber; a special type of cucumber called a loofah. And it does the job very effectively! A few weeks ago, a friend gave me a piece of Loofah [...]

Winter is coming? Keep calm and breathe!

By |2021-02-04T17:10:29+01:00August 10th, 2019|We try|

Winter is approaching and with it, colds and blocked noses, sore throats and coughs. Last year, I tested a homemade recipe of a crème that is very similar to Vicks VapoRub ointment. I easily found all the ingredients in The Netherlands and of course I privileged organic ingredients. Did you know that it is easy to make your own? This ointment has been used for several decades to relieve coughs and other cold symptoms. This decongestant, used to fight common respiratory diseases (colds, coughs, simple bronchitis) is actually easy to make. We can therefore make ourselves an [...]

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What to do with all those limes?

By |2021-02-04T17:11:54+01:00August 10th, 2019|We try|

Some of you have been very creative in using the limes we got in our baskets. As the lime invasion continues, here are 3 recipes to get rid of them all. 1 - Candied limes in olive oil Can be kept 1 year Step 1 Rinse and dry the lemons. Step 2 Cut them into 1/2 cm thick slices. Put them in a sieve, sprinkle with salt. Step 3 Let it drain for 12 hours. Step 4 Wipe them dry and store them in successive layers in a jar. Step 5 Add 3 or 4 [...]