Quarantine Diaries: Keeping busy with sustainable DIY’s

Hey world & Happy Easter! ❤

I hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy during these scary and uncertain times. I’m sure that since your first day of being stuck in quarantine or social isolation you’ve pondered on how you will spend all these extra hours that you’ve always wanted and finally gained due to really fucking odd and unpredictable circumstances.

Learn a new language! Learn to play an instrument! Write a book! FINALLY start squatting and grow that booty.

It all sounds so easy until you’re actually handed all this spare time on a plate with the weight of the world on it too. Social media is fuelled with online yoga classes, influencers creating new podcasts, videos and blogposts, and all of your friends have perfected the art of baking the beloved banana bread. It often feels like everyone is achieving or working towards something brilliant right now, but that’s not the case. If all you did today is make some toast, read a few chapters of your book and drink a bottle of wine then that’s okay. You still kick ass because who knew this year would greet you with a PANDEMIC?

I’ve done a few things that have made me feel like I’ve achieved something positive (in-between Harry Potter marathons, eating everything in my cupboard and staring at the wall). I’ve started these ‘quarantine diaries’ to have something to look back on in years to come when we can all be like ‘Covid-19 whooo?’,  and maybe inspire a reader or gain some advise from others as to what you’re doing to keep your anxiety at bay right now.

This entry of quarantine diaries is about a couple of DIY’s that I’m testing out at the moment. I’ve been incredibly inspired to live a little more consciously for the past few years – so I’ve been thinking a lot about ways I can introduce this kind of living into my day to day life. How can I build a sustainable home when I eventually have my own? How can I adopt a low-waste lifestyle but still have fun and not feel overwhelmed by all the things I’m not doing and feel like I should be doing? The key is to get creative, get all those arty, farty, fun juices flowing – There are so many resources online to inspire you to do so! So here are a couple of ways I got creative with my forever growing pile of pickle and salsa jars.

All-purpose cleaner

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I’ve wanted to make my own cleaning products for a while and after one of my dear friends gave me about two litres of white vinegar that I had no idea what to do with I came across an Instagram post by @SedonaChristina (check her out she’s AMAZING) about making your own all-purpose cleaner. And what better time to make your own low toxic, low waste cleaning product than when the entire globe is obsessing over hygiene. It’s super easy!

  1. Eat one or two big delicious oranges. Get all that vitamin c in you honey. I keep my oranges in the fridge and then cut them up when I eat them; cold and juicy mmmmm.
  2. Keep the peels and stick them in a glass jar that you’ve up cycled (mine was from a coconut oil jar).
  3. You can also add some fresh eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender…whatever you want to give it a nice smell!
  4. Pour white vinegar into the jar.
  5. Keep the jar in a cupboard for up to four weeks to extract all that antimicrobial goodness.
  6. After all the cool science happens within those four weeks, strain the solids and poor the liquid into a reusable or up cycled spray bottle.
  7. Dilute with water if the scent is too strong – and tadaaaa! Spray, spray, spray away!

The cleaner is great for mirrors, glass and most surfaces but maybe don’t use it on wood as the acidity of the vinegar can cause it to erode.

Sauerkraut

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I started making my own sauerkraut about a year ago but haven’t had the time to do it in a while. One again, this is an incredibly easy DIY, it’s absolutely delicious and doesn’t take up too much of your time. I always bring a jar with us camping to have with my tofu-dogs or burgers. Sauerkraut is also a probiotic, containing a bunch of vitamins as well as potassium and calcium…and it’s vegan!

  1. Grab yourself a whole cabbage and one or two carrots from the grocery store. Remember that social distancing folks!
  2. Take two cabbage leaves and pop them to the side.
  3. Cut the rest of the cabbage up in small squares or shred it, whatever you preference.
  4. Do the same with your carrots.
  5. Put everything into a bowl with a table spoon of salt.
  6. WASH YO HANDS
  7. Put some Fleetwood Mac on (essential step) and start massaging everything in the bowl for about 5 minutes. It’ll begin to decrease in size and form a residue.
  8. Grab your dry and clean jars and start scooping the sauerkraut into them.
  9. Remember the two cabbage leaves you saved? Use them to cover the top of the sauerkraut inside the jars and then pop the lids on.
  10. Leave the jars in a cool and dry cupboard for up to two weeks. The cabbage will begin to ferment and do all this other magic stuff to form some good and healthy bacteria. Yum.
  11. Store in the fridge when you start consuming it.

And that’s that! You’ve up cycled a bunch of your jars that have been getting lonely in the kitchen and made some delicious, healthy food that has a long shelf life. Well done! Now you can go back to re-watching Tiger King for the fourth time.

I’m going to attempt to make my own oat milk soon too so if anyone has any tips please share in the comments along with any other sustainable DIY’s that you’ve attempted and think I should too.

Look after yourselves and stay inside.

V

 

 

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