Why buy shampoo when real poo is still free?

Or better yet, use the “No ‘Poo” method of washing your hair!

When I discovered this method, I had great difficulty finding instructions on how the bicarb and vinegar were supposed to be applied for maximum cleaning effect. Plenty of people were raving about how soft and clean it made their hair, but nothing about how to mix or what proportions to use. Given that bicarb soda and vinegar will cause a big mess to occur when they are mixed, I was pretty sure that they weren’t supposed to be applied at the same time.

I started using the No ‘Poo method because I’m basically a frugal kind of person and I like to know what’s in the things I’m putting on my body. Most shampoos contain parabens which are used as preservatives. They are also known hormone disruptors because they mimic the shape of hormones in the body (especially oestrogen) and can lock into the receptor sites on our cells and cause all sorts of metabolic issues.

Using bicarb soda and apple cider vinegar allows your scalp to return to it’s normal pH and moisture levels, which can assist with the control of dandruff and other scalp complaints. So here’s how it works:

No ‘Poo hair wash

1 tablespoon of bicarb soda

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (I used pasteurised vinegar as it’s cheaper than the real stuff but if you make your own, feel free to use unpasteurised, it will work just fine. You can also substitute white vinegar if you like, but I think ACV smells better.)

500ml boiling water

500ml tap water (or cooled, boiled water)

2 (or 3) jugs or other pouring containers

OPTIONAL: To make a gorgeous herbal rinse so that your hair smells divine, you will also need an extra cup of boiling water and an extra cup of cool water. For blonde through mid-brown natural shades or those who would like to lighten their natural shade, you’ll need the juice of one lemon. For those whose natural hair shade is mid-brown through black, add the crushed leaves of a sprig of rosemary or a tablespoon of dried, crushed leaves. Do not use the lemon rinse on dyed hair! I’m not sure what would happen but I expect the acidity would have dire consequences on your colour . . .


Add the bicarb soda to one jug and pour one cup (250ml) of boiling water over it to dissolve.

Do the same for the ACV in the second jug.

Add one cup of cool water to each jug and stir.

If using the lemon rinse, add the lemon juice to the third jug and pour one cup of boiling water over it, then add the cup of cooled water and stir.

If using the rosemary rinse, add the leave to a mug and pour one cup of boiling water over them to make a rosemary “tea” by steeping the crushed leaves in the boiling water for about 3-4 minutes. Strain into the third jug, then add the cooled water and stir.


To wash your hair, get it wet in the shower or over a sink. Pour the bicarb soda mixture onto your hair and massage your scalp with the pads of your fingers until it feels sufficiently clean. Be gentle as there’s no suds to lubricate the massage. Rinse out the bicarb soda mixture with plain water.

Rinse your hair with the vinegar mixture. Gently massage your scalp again to ensure that the vinegar is all through your hair. Rinse with plain water.

If you want your hair scented, rinse your hair with the lemon or rosemary mixture and then towel dry. Style as usual.


My little brother is off to Japan to treat himself for his birthday this year. It’s got me thinking. We did a lot of travelling as a family when I was a child. We lived in England for 18 months and did side trips around the UK in the summer holidays. We visited my dad’s European friends from when he was an exchange student back in his high school days. We visited far flung family members on the way back to Australia. It developed my love of change, new experiences and travel to foreign climes at an early age. Charles and I went back to the UK for Christmas in 2005 when my Dad was living there, before we got married.

Pretty much since Charles and I met, we have talked about going on the Trans-Siberian Railway for our 10th anniversary. It was never decided whether that would be our 10th wedding anniversary or our 10th anniversary of meeting.

Today is our 10th anniversary of meeting and we had discussed making the trip in October this year (our 9th wedding anniversary) as we figured the Autumn weather would be pretty awesome for a trip across Europe and down through China. Also, my older brother and his family are living in China at the moment, so it would be a great chance to catch up with them.

Now the time has come to start planning the trip, I’m in two minds about it. I’d still love to go; it’s not somewhere I’ve been before and I love train travel over massive distances. On the other hand, peak oil is upon us and I can’t honestly justify increasing my carbon footprint by such a huge amount to get to the start of the journey (either St Petersburg or Beijing depending on which direction we travel). I know that the plane will go whether I’m on it or not, whether it’s full or not; I know that the train will run too. But at a time when I’m trying to cut down on my driving to help reduce my carbon footprint and fossil fuel use, I don’t think we’re going to head overseas any time soon.

What are your thoughts on international travel? Do you class it a need or a want? Does it make a difference if it’s for business?

Ol’ Smokey

Anyone would think that the district is ablaze like it’s mid-Summer today. The smoke haze in our part of the world is thick and still, stinging the eyes and back of the throat. Asthmatics beware!

I was driving back from Bendigo and became more and more incensed by the increase in smoke haze as I travelled towards ThisLittleFarm. We live in an area with many vineyards, but also large cropping properties further north. I was dismayed by the burning off of the crop residue and vine prunings that I saw as I drove. What a lovely opportunity for carbon sequestration going up in smoke!

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Rediscovery and recovery

Hello there! I’ve been away from the keyboard again. Normally this would make me feel intensely guilty about not sticking with my goals and plans etc, but part of what I’ve been doing while I’ve been away is a bit of self reflection.

I was busy being a domestic goddess in Melbourne and going quietly crazy through depression and boredom so I got help and got better. Life is looking good again and I’m back to share it with you, lovely readers. I rediscovered my passion for farming and have decided to eschew the big smoke for good. I have moved; lock, stock, cats and chooks, back to ThisLittleFarm and it’s time for action about the place. We’re starting with harvesting the olives but there’s plenty to get into after that so watch this space.