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What’s Your Why?

In the world of business and entrepreneurial practice, this is a question we are asked to think about, because if you know your why, you are more likely to take the actions needed to get you to your where or what. But it applies in other parts of life too, including learning to live more…

Soap Making & Living Simply after Cancer Strikes

This week I am so pleased to bring you a guest post from artisan soapmaker of more than ten years experience, Ros Wathen of Larkrise Soaps, about her inspiring journey to more natural living. My family had always lived a fairly healthy life, cooking from scratch, growing our own vegies, keeping chooks, making bread, preserving…

The Norwex Kitchen Cloth, All-Purpose Kitchen Cloth & Envirocloth – What’s the Difference?

The Norwex Kitchen Cloth, All-Purpose Kitchen Cloth & Envirocloth - what's the difference? | SustainableSuburbia.net

Here’s a question I get asked a lot: What’s the difference between the Norwex kitchen cloth, the all-purpose kitchen cloth, and the envirocloth? I often describe the envirocloth as your “everything” cloth – you can use it on walls, cupboards, bathrooms, even carpet. It’s the densest cloth in the Norwex range, so it’s the one…

How to Make Quark (aka Yo-Cheese)

Have you ever tried making cream cheese out of yoghurt? It’s really very simple to do, and surprisingly good. You can make it out of plain yoghurt, flavoured yoghurt, or plain yoghurt with some fruit or herbs added. (And if you don’t already know how to make your own yoghurt, take a look at this…

Gifts, Winners, Parties and an Announcement

Norwex AntiBac Body Cloths in pink, yellow and green | SustainableSuburbia.net

{This post has been edited to bring it in line with the Norwex media policy} Today’s blog post was supposed to be an announcement of the three winners for Fabulous Norwex Body & Baby cloths, AND the announcement of the next Giveaway. But instead, I’ve given you Homemade Natural Mosquito Repellent, plus an Organic Bug Spray Review. What gives?

The Fabulous Norwex Makeup Removal Cloth

Fabulous suede microfibre Norwex Makeup Removal Cloths in purple, green and blue

Well, we are in the middle of giveaway central here at the moment, and I have 5 winners to announce from last fortnight’s giveaway, plus another giveaway to talk about! First, this fortnight’s giveaway. And yes, this time it is open World Wide and with No Social Media requirement! This week I was planning to…

Toxic Cooking: Choosing Safer Cookware

Non Toxic Cooking: Choosing Safer Cookware | SustainableSuburbia.net

Did you know chemicals can leach from your cookware into your food? Not just from plastics in the microwave or from Teflon either. More about that below. First, safer choices for your cookware: Stainless Steel – as long as you don’t have a nickel allergy, that is. Avoid cleaning frequently with abrasive materials which may…

One Cloth to Clean it All (Well, Almost)

Giveaways! Parties! Excitement! Announcements! It's all happening at Sustainable Suburbia this month

The Norwex antibac envirocloth is a really “grabby” microfibre cloth, which means that it not only picks up all the dirt, it then holds on to it, instead of transferring it to the next surface you wipe. The fact is, the products I’ve tried really do work. They clean exceptionally well, with nothing but water.

Cleaning the Indoor Air with Ionisation: Beeswax Candles, Himalayan Salt Lamps, and Electric Ionisers: Do They Work?

Can beeswax candles really clean your air?

According to the US Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), indoor air pollution is one of the top 5 environmental risks to public health in America. While one common concern in America, Radon, is less of an issue in Australia (because we don’t generally have basements), the Australian Environment Department also notes that “many chemicals present in…

DIY Non-Toxic Drain Cleaners

DIY Natural Drain Cleaning with vinegar, lemons and bicarb soda

Almost everyone has experienced problems with clogged drains at one time or another. Most people really don’t think about potential issues with their drains until a problem actually occurs. When it does, the reaction of many people is to run out and buy commercial drain cleaners in the hopes of quickly putting an end to the problem. However, there are many things that you should be aware of regarding the use of commercial drain cleaners.