Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Friday, March 18, 2011

Cotton dishcloths & Chemicals

Ok, so I have taken up this challenge from the Down to Earth Forum.We are to knit a dishcloth. It doesn't sound that hard, after all, millions of people knit. I learnt to knit on 4 inch nails when I was little, having mum cast on & off for me...I wonder do I still have that skill? I don't think I do.

I have taken the inspiration for this challenge from a lovely lady in WA, who swapped with me, a knitted dishcloth for a piece of my  "mother of vinegar". Now really, myself not being a knitter would have thought that the time taken to knit a dishcloth would be worth far more than any old 'mother of  vinegar'. I told Harriet that I would love to have one of these dishcloths that everyone has been raving about, but knowing the work that must go into one, I would be just as happy with some recipes of hers.

Much to my delight, a few days later; Yesterday in fact, I received a lovely parcel in the mail, with a new dishcloth for me.

Thank-you so much for this dishcloth Harriet, it is absolutely lovely. I carried it around with me all day yesterday, occasionally bringing it out of my hand bag to once again admire. Holding it up to my face, it feels so soft...
is it too good to use on dirty dishes...????

When I do start using it, I know that it will be far superior than the recycled flannel pillowcase pieces I am using at present. So I must say again, Thank-you so much Harriet, this gift from you is greatly appreciated.

Teamed nicely with my home-made soaps,
unfortunately the photo doesn't do the lovely knitted pattern
on the dishcloth any justice. 

I can only hope that the dishcloth that I knit, is a fraction of the quality of this lovely dishcloth. 
I never like to give up on anything so I will be trying my hardest to do this.
I have always told my children to 'try it, before you say you can't do it, or like it"
so Rose, I take you up on that challenge. 

Check back in a few days to see how my dishcloth is going.


Over the last week or so, I have been organising my price diary...I have always tried to keep track of the cheaper prices in my head...but now that I have a price diary, it's one less thing I need to store up there....I can refer to the diary at any time, as it is small enough to keep in my handbag. While researching on the phone, I found a chemical company not far from home in Corrimal, that has really cheap chemicals.
They normally only sell 25kg bags of each chemical, but as I don't have the space, I opted for 5 kg buckets. They will make these up for you, but you have to order ahead to give them time to do the order. I didn't have to have an account with them, nor did I need a credit card or a business.....I found them through the Yellow Pages phone directory, and rang them, along with many others. 

UF Chemicals in Corrimal; is now the place where I will be buying most, if not all of my chemicals.

The prices are as follows......

Other suppliers of chemicals I use
UF Chemicals prices

$ per kg
per 5kg
BAKING SODA Bi-Carbonate of soda OR Sodium Bi-Carbonate
Corey Wong Warilla
Hounds Chemicals-Unanderra
Sodium Carbonate
Total savings on chemicals when buying from UF Chemicals                                                 $55.30

I'm off now to check out their online catalogue, to see if I can make any more savings...I wonder what else they sell, that I use? 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Narelle,
    What can I say, what an awesome blog you have! Thanks for sharing so many great ideas & tutorials.
    This post in particular has been most helpful, I have been buying my bicarb from Wollies and I can't believe I never thought of contacting UF Chemicals before (since I live in Corrimal)

    I want to say another big thank you for pointing me in the right direction to Green & Harris Farm meats. We have been searching for a decent butcher for ages! We currently shop at Illawarra meats but they don't have 'happy meat' as we call it!

    I will definatley be keeping up with your blog.
    Thanks agian,
    dkpoots (at) hotmail (dot) com


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