When I first remember seeing the ‘conventional’ way of cleaning bathtubs, with my mum bent over with a scrubbing brush, groans of effort and beads of sweat on her forehead, with the chemical smell of Jif (or Cif in other countries) floating through the air and her nostrils, I knew there had to be a better way. So it’s in the spirit of helping others avoid these chemicals, that I have decided to compile some of my favourite Green Household/Health tips that are cleaner, easier, more effective and in most cases much more enjoyable than conventional methods.
You will have the added benefit of keeping those toxic chemicals out of your house and body and will save money as well. I will start with household first and health in the second part of this article.
Bicarb Soda is brilliant for bathtubs.
Poor Ahmed wishes the Americans didn’t bomb so close to the oil well.
This has got to be my favourite for proving how wasteful and unnecessary ‘conventional’ cleaning is. All you need for this is a $1.81 box of bicarb soda. Jump into the bath, sprinkle liberally all over the tub, turn on the shower and wet the powder a bit. Now start ‘dancing’ and using the balls of your feet to run that bicarb soda into the bath. Easy!
Bicarb soda is one of the best for removing built up grease and grime from your tub, and if that isn’t enough, add a few drops of tea tree oil to penetrate the oil. You will be amazed at how much better this is than the old ‘sucking in Jif’ method.
Hot water — great for dishes, roaches and other things.
…except for nice big friendly pet ones like this
Fly spray is nasty stuff and it used to give me headaches. Whenever I see a roach now, I just turn on the kettle or the hot water tap and a quick pour kills them pretty much instantly. (A kettle for the tougher American ones.) This is convenient because in our kitchen the little suckers usually like to hover around the dishes and sink area. Some people prefer the boot squish method, but I’ve never been a fan of picking up the mess afterwards. Apparently they can leave eggs too so this is a hygienic way of killing them and disinfecting the area around them. If they are on a wall you can probably get one of those steam sprayers, which are super handy in the garden and for lots of other things too, otherwise I just use a boot or rolled up TV guide (all its good for) to stun them and finish them off with the water. Clean up any wall stains with vinegar.
Reading "Naked Lunch" while taking drugs… not a good idea
We all know how annoying flies can be, especially in summer when they seem to pop out of everywhere, but I have some entertaining ways to deal with them.
I came up with my own quasi-sport I call ‘fly herding’, where you pick up one or two tea towels, and ‘herd’ the flies straight out the door and back into the garden. It’s quite fun, good exercise, and will bring either a laugh or a smile to anyone nearby or even yourself. It’s especially good for Buddhists or others who don’t like killing living things.
The evil genius way is of course to get an electric fly swatter off Ebay for $13 with free shipping and play some ‘fly’ tennis or just use a regular fly swatter.
They never told me that dishes day was
one day of the freakin year!
A way I save water/time is by putting all my cutlery and dishes in a cooking pot or in the sink, and filling it partly with either boiling or hot water from the tap or kettle. Add a bit of vinegar or drop of tea tree and this will pre-clean and break down any grime for easy rinsing later.
My preferred method of cleaning dishes is a scrubbing brush which i keep dipping into a bowl of vinegar, or a green, natural dishwashing liquid. Vinegar is an excellent disinfectant and has good germicidal and anti-fungal properties. Conventional dish washing liquids are another toxin source that is good to get rid of in the house, due to the unhealthy surfactants and other chemicals added to the cocktail soup that makes up typical products.
An example of prickly pear paint with papercrete sprayed on, in ‘hippage’ grey
I’ve always disliked the strong chemical smell of paints, and after learning that sometimes 50% or more of the paint is volatile organic compounds or VOCs, I learnt why.
A green alternative to toxic paints is to make your own and save money. There are a few options out there, from flour paint, milk or casein paint or prickly pear paint.
My experiment with prickly pear paint wasn’t too successful (too watery) and probably needed some added touches, but it’s simple enough to do by chopping up 20 fronds, adding 80 litres of water with 20kg of salt, and a 15 litre bag of lime. Usually it helps to have a mixer of some kind or chop the prickly pear so it makes a nice uniform sludge. Apparently used all the time in Mexico, the paint is waterproof, anti-fungal and very cheap to make. I’ll probably go with milk paint/casein next time as it seems easier to make.
Weeds- Don’t pull them, eat them and make Awesome Super food smoothies
Eat raw, and turn into Fabio
The relationship we have to ‘weeds‘ shows the problems we have in living with nature. Whenever I see someone using poisonous weed killer chemicals, I can’t help but think they are taking nature’s best and most expensive multi-vitamin bottle, and spraying deadly toxins into it.
I learnt a lot about weeds though Tim Low’s excellent book "Edible Herbs & Weeds of Australia and New Zealand" and the more you learn about the topic, the more you realize how these super foods are packed full of nutritional and amazing medicinal properties. (A photo guide to common herbs and weeds coming soon.)
An absolutely brilliant and ground-breaking way of using weeds was in making "Giant Super Food Smoothies" which I came across from raw food author Markus Rothkranz.
Simply go into your garden and look for whatever is growing that you can identify with confidence. I usually like to pick dandelion leaves or yellow flowers, Nasturtium, thistle and the golden sow thistle.
After picking your herbs you then get a clean two litre glass bottle (always use glass bottles because of the toxic leaching of BPA in plastic) and make a larger portion of your super food smoothie. I usually like to add or mix up several bananas, almonds, frozen berries, watermelon, honey, tahini, maple syrup and sometimes eggs. Make sure you go down to your continental foods shop and buy a box of Cacao (chocolate powder without the sugar and cheap too) or whatever else for taste. Occasionally I will also add some super green powders like wheatgrass, barley grass or spirulina/cholera. I usually like to buy the discounted items at the organic food shop to save money.
The reason why this is so revolutionary is that you get your whole day’s energy and nutrition from one preparation, plus you are detoxing your body from the terrible western diet of fungus and parasite-friendly bread, meat and dairy. You will be amazed at how much energy you will get from this one large bottle of nature’s goodness, and you will be getting the wonderful anti-cancer immune-boosting benefits of the edible herb and weeds. Did I mention it tastes great too?
I can’t tell you how much more energy I have from switching most of my diet over to the majority being unprocessed raw foods, and I’ve noticed I rarely get sick now especially from the contagious waves of viruses that have been going around.
Water, it’s supposed to be good for you
Anna Bligh and other politicians say: Not
wanting to drink toxic waste is
superstitious nonsense. Well drink about
5 grams straight and our problem is solved!
I am pretty flabbergasted at how many still drink tap water in Australia, and it really is no secret anymore that fluoride and the other chemicals added to our water supply are deadly and bad for our health. There is a mountain of evidence from medical professionals and scientists coming out against this very unethical and potentially criminal act of fluoridating the water supply.
Not only have I probably doubled my health and energy levels by drinking distilled water or clean spring water, but I have also noticed benefits to my health by installing a shower filter.
Did you know that we can be exposed to quite a lot of these chemicals simply from having a shower?
I bought my 8-stage shower filter off Ebay.com.au for about $129, and the seller stated it not only removes chlorine but fluoride as well. A plumber told me it was a very good filter, and for $129 I am avoiding the various deadly chemicals that vaporize into the air, as I have actually noticed there seems to be much less steam being created than before.
For those concerned about distilled water ‘leaching out trace elements’ you can throw in a grain of natural sea salt to add the trace minerals back in.
If you are going for rain water I have seen big 500 litre rain water tanks selling locally for about $110, so looking around in the classifieds/local rag can help you save heaps on rain water tanks, but make sure to check what type of plastic it is and whether or not it leaches BPA or other chemicals.
Be warned there are a lot of over-priced and not very effective reverse osmosis water filters being sold in Australia. I tested a friend’s $500 RO filter, which still needs cartridges swapped, and it still had about 60 ppm which I don’t think was good enough. My top choice would be a water distiller from EBay for $250, or making a solar distiller.
Bottled water, shake it up
I’m surprised that I seem to be in the small minority of folks who drink out of glass bottles, and people seem to comment on this when they see me. I don’t like or trust the chemicals in plastic bottles and after avoiding them I can taste the BPA and possibly other nasties in the so-called pure spring water bottles. I do not think aluminium drink containers are any good either, so why not recycle all those perfectly good wine/alcohol/juice bottles and use them?
I like to shake up my water throughout the day and energize it so that it is lighter and tastier and contains more oxygen. There is nothing like the taste of fresh water from a clean river, and the bio-dynamic practices of energizing water do seem to work. You can learn more about the amazing powers of energizing vortexes in water from the incredible research of Viktor Schauberger.
Master Mineral Supplement (MMS) – The Master of your Medicine Cabinet
Big pharma’s worst nightmare and your
best health friend
What used to be called Miracle Mineral Supplement is what I feel certain is one of the most ground breaking discoveries in medicine, and has had a long and established track record in use and in sterilizing food. MMS could possibly be the world’s most effective anti-viral, anti-parasitic agent known at this time.
This brilliant little bottle costs $25 off Ebay and gives you a year’s supply. It has saved me or helped me on several occasions, including:
- Several nasty open wounds in Thailand that were starting to go yellow/green and become infected
(from a motorbike accident)
- Food poisoning on 2x occasions in Thailand on same trip
- Killing a nasty chest flu during the swine flu wave
- Helping to clear up several colds much faster
- Disinfecting water
- Neutralizing a nasty spider bite
- Repelling bed bugs or insects
- Getting rid of a case of pox
- Excellent for brushing teeth and keeping teeth and gums clean and healthy
It is an absolutely essential part of my travel kit, especially if travelling into countries where food poisoning or malaria is an issue. The very corrupt medical establishment has been running a smear campaign on this great little medicine, so I would recommend stocking up on this essential household item, before they do something crazy like try and ban it. So far, MMS has been shown to be safe after being taken by tens of thousands of people across the world, unlike pharmaceutical drugs which seem to kill hundreds of thousands a year, but I guess if it works well and it denies them revenue it must be unsafe and deadly.
Jim Humble, its founder, has stated that many thousands have been cured of their malaria, and has apparently even had successes in Africa treating AIDS in combination with MMS2. As always do your research on this topic and follow the instructions. Google Jim Humble and read up on his amazing work and see for yourself the many hundreds if not thousands of very happy users from Curezone or elsewhere.
On a side note, it seems that parasites play a part in the growing amounts of disease and health problems we are seeing today, and MMS can also effectively help you get rid of harmful parasites in your body and many of the associated problems that come with them.
Everyone needs to clean the pipes out! Bring in the Douche bag
Isn’t it funny how certain words jump into popularity? Well, a certain word I’ve noticed of late being ‘douchebag’ is not colloquially describing an orange-spray-tanned male with over-gelled hair and too much jewellery, but actually one of the most miraculous health tools in the form of an Enema bag or ‘douche’.
These little beauties cost about $15-$20 on EBay, and will give great healing benefits immediately and help to cure any disease or health ailment. They are also brilliant for getting over a bad hangover or when feeling depressed or toxic.
Is it any wonder that many have to keep their energy levels up and stress levels down through the day with coffees, fatty food, cigarettes or other means? The barrage of disinformation that is put out when it comes to food and health, means that many are buying over-processed food full of additives, preservatives or other harmful chemicals, eating too much meat laden with parasites, eating too much bread, yeast or dairy foods, and not getting enough or any fresh and preferably organic, fruits, vegetables, nuts and other raw foods. It’s exactly those who would object to doing an enema that need it the most!
If you have any doubt as to the shocking stuff that is sitting in our bowels, just Google ‘Colon Mucus’ or ‘colon parasites’ and read some stories of what comes out of the typical person’s insides!
Natural Sun block
Slip slop slap eh? Well I know that the people behind this silly campaign probably need to be slapped in the head a few times. Sun block is expensive, and full of harmful additives and petro-chemicals.
We all apparently need 15 minutes of sun exposure a day and leading medical professionals are saying that lack of adequate sunlight is going to cause/is causing the next major health crisis, and I know that at primary schools they seem to push the "sun is bad" "vaccines are good" policy quite heavily.
For those hot summer days when going to the beach I like to make natural sun block that works better than the shop stuff and also keeps the moisture in my skin.
- 5 parts olive oil
- 5 parts sunflower, sesame or other oil
- 2 tablespoons coconut cream
- 1 teaspoon of honey, maple or golden syrup for tanning
- 1 or two teaspoons of Cacao powder
Mix it up in an empty jar or maple bottle and apply liberally.
For someone with curly hair that tends to turn into a boof, I simply squeeze a freshly cut orange a rub into my hair. It gives a nice wet look and I think the sugars make the hair go stiff, plus I reckon it probably protects the hair.
So there you have it — some of my favourite Household and Health tips. I’m glad you have made it this far, and hopefully I have informed, entertained or at least offended some of you ;). I am always open to cool new ideas in this area which makes life easier and better, and when in doubt I usually find good ideas from searching on the internet or experimenting. A lot of these things, as you can see, are based on common sense and a desire to make things easier.
Some extra favourites for health & household in closing:
- Don’t get vaccinated — vaccines are stupid, dangerous and you are a fool if you take them
- TV is a depraved and disgusting source of filth and perversion. Learn about its harmful effects so you are turned off from it. Start watching some of the great edutainment/documentaries online instead. Some of my favourites have been TTC’s lectures on the history of freedom, permaculture, edible weeds & herbs, survival, conspiratorial history, quantum physics, success, martial arts, etc.
- Consider stepping up in lifestyle and stepping down in consumption. Investigate living on a boat, out of a campervan, in an eco-village or intentional community, or at least growing a vege garden or edible weeds/herbs patch.
- Stop voting for sell-out politicians and the two party fraud, they are a huge danger to our health and the whole country. Consider supporting grass roots parties/organizations like the PRI or the Australian Sovereignty Party, or getting involved yourself.
As a last added bonus for getting this far in reading my rant, here is a handy checklist I have stuck on the fridge as a simple reminder: