Kirsten McCulloch

Kirsten McCulloch is an Australian mother of three living in the suburbs. She has a background in writing and editing, particularly for the web, and a life long interest in living sustainably. On her journey to reduce her energy and resource consumption, she makes her own non-toxic cleaners, keeps chooks, has a few fruit trees, and a mostly organic vegetable patch. She is learning to knit and crochet but she can’t sew to save her life. She is trying hard to declutter her home. Slowly. She is trying to teach her children to value the natural environment and not to waste resources, with somewhat patchy success to date.

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Exfoliating Facial Mitt Instructions

Exfoliating Facial Mitt

Gentle double-sided mitt with pocket for better control.  Soft, suede-like microfibre (the same texture as our make-up removal cloths) wipes away all traces of makeup while exfoliating side removes dull, dead skin to leave fresh, glowing skin. How to use:  Use with water only to avoid harsh chemicals during facial cleansing. Moisten the mitt and…

2019 Norwex Catalogue (Australia)

The new 2019 catalogue is here! Download the 2019 Australian Norwex Catalogue in PDF here (11 MB), or browse the images below (click the page you want to read to see it larger, and scroll through them from there). You can look at the catalogue as a flipbook using Flash here, or browse the website…

March Norwex Customer Specials

March 2019 Norwex Customer Specials Australia | SustainableSuburbia.net

The March customer specials have some of my favourite products in them! A travel envirocloth was my very first norwex product, given to me as a host gift when I booked my first party. I brought it home and couldn’t stop cleaning, I was so amazed how effective it was! They are great to have…

30% off Norwex Laundry Powder (Bonus Buy)

Norwex Laundry Detergent BonusBuy Feb 2019 - 30% off | SustainableSuburbia.net

For those looking for information on the amazing, filler free, Norwex Laundry Powder bonus buy – here it is! If you spend $50 in a Norwex order, in Australia or New Zealand, you can get a bag of the washing powder at 30% off. Since it is very rarely on sale, that is pretty awesome!…

Norwex Liquid Laundry Detergent Instructions

Norwex Liquid Laundry Detergent - Enzyme powered innovation

Tough on dirt, not the environment.  The pre-measured pump delivers a highly concentrated enzyme formula which is tough on odours and stains.  Biodegradable, fragrance and filler free.  Suitable for septic tanks. How much to use in Front Loaders: Depending on load size – 1 pump = small (2ml); 2 pumps (4ml); = medium, 3 pumps…

Climate Change could mean higher exposure to toxic heavy metals

Climate change means higher exposure to heavy metals | photo: Pheonix Dust Storm by Alan Stark, Flickr | SustainableSuburbia.net

A study published this month gives us even more reason to be concerned about climate change, and to reduce toxic chemical use. ‘People’s exposure to chemical contaminants could increase due to climate change,’ says Dr Bhabananda Biswas, a researcher with the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) and the University of South Australia’s Future Industries Institute.

Norwex Kitchen Cloth vs Raw Chicken (demo)

Norwex raw chicken vs kitchen cloth demo | SustainableSuburbia.net

When I am demoing the Norwex cloths, and explaining that they do, in fact, pick up 99% of everything off the surface, I often mention the raw chicken demo often done by American consultants. So I thought it was time I put a couple of those videos here on the blog, so instead of telling…

Natural Oven Cleaning – Before & After Pics

Natural Norwex oven cleaner before and after pics | SustainableSuburbia.net

You might laugh when you hear that some members of my family have been known to laugh at me for being a Norwex consultant (not to mention talking so much about non-toxic cleaning on this blog), because they know how much I hate to clean. Actually, the truth is I hate to tidy more than to…

Norwex Flavoured Lip Balm Instructions

The Norwex original Timeless Lip Balm is still available, but we now also have these larger flavoured lip balms.  “With USDA certified organic ingredients, our over-sized Lip Balms come in three scrumptious natural flavors to help soothe, moisturise and protect your lips. Each one provides fast, lasting relief for rough, dry lips, with none of the harmful chemicals found in petroleum-based products—so…

Why You Should Go To A Norwex Party

A review from Angie at Know.Shift.Repeat. (She’s all about reducing the chemicals too, but she’s not a Norwex consultant – just a customer). She says if you are invited to a Norwex party – GO! I say, if you’re not invited – have one of your own!! And of course, if you want to have…

How are Australia’s 160 Million Hectares of Eucalypt Forests Responding to Rising Carbon Dioxide?

The Story of the Understorey - Rising CO2 and how it affects our forest | SustainableSuburbia.net

Six years of research by Western Sydney University shows that higher carbon dioxide (CO2) levels cause significant changes in the diversity of our forests understories. They first established that “Australian trees can’t take advantage of extra carbon due to a lack of soil phosphorus and that rainfall has bigger effects on forest growth than elevated carbon dioxide.” Now, three years…

Counter Cloth Instructions

Norwex counter cloths in limited edition box set | SustainableSuburbia.net

These ultra-absorbent, reusable cloths feature a unique new weave and are constructed from 50% recycled materials. They are the perfect replacement for paper towels as they quickly pick up spills and messes. Where to use: In the kitchen, bathroom – actually anywhere! How to use: Wet and wring out before use. Maintenance: Rinse thoroughly and…

Wrinkle Release Spray Instructions

Wrinkle Release Spray is specially formulated with natural ingredients to remove unsightly wrinkles in no time. Contains unique biodegradable ingredients found in natural hair conditions that gently condition as they effectively remove wrinkles while preserving the shape of the garment. It is naturally fragranced, phthalate-free and safe for bright colours and delicate fabrics. Great for…

Dishcloth Instructions

Norwex Dishcloth

Loosely woven netted Dishcloth is great where scrubbing action is required in the kitchen.  It’s also great for removing flour, dough or other sticky substances from benchtops after baking.  It stops transferring germs without absorbing debris, odours or grease.  It is made from 100% nylon. You can also use it to pick up things dry…

Natural Deodorant Stick Instructions

The Norwex Deodorant Stick uses a blend of essential oils and natural perspiration-controlling ingredients to safely and effectively combat odour-causing bacteria.  The Norwex Deodorant Stick is specially formulated to provide a safe alternative to traditional antiperspirants which may contain triclosan, fragrances or other harmful chemicals. It will leave you feeling fresh and clean throughout the…