Zero waste – Bar shampoo

Love this old saying

Use it up, wear it out

Make it do or do without.

I have had a time with my scalp. Tried so many dandruff and medicated shampoos. I was to the point where if I used anything but Head and Shoulders then my scalp would be a dry, flaky mess in a week.

I tried making my own shampoo. I added tea tree oil. It helped but gradually got back to needing medicated shampoo. Maybe I just didn’t use enough tea tree oil.

I had wanted to try bar shampoo after hearing some reviews from Trash is for Tossers and was thrilled to find a shampoo bar by J. R. Liggett’s with tea tree and hemp oil at my local health food store.

I have used it for about two weeks now. I feel like my scalp is actually healing from all the shampoo chemicals of the past. Two thumbs up!! Yay for zero waste! I put the wrapper in my compost.

I use a small jar to hold my shampoo bar between showers to keep it from washing away in other family members’ showers.

I like how much lighter my hair feels. I don’t believe I could ever go back to the weighted feeling of conventional shampoos. Not to mention all the plastic waste! What an easy way to help save the planet!


I had emptied my worm farm freezer that I thought the ants had destroyed. In the bottom, I found healthy worms and black soil. They survived!!!

So I began filling it back up with lawn clippings and household compostables. It’s full!

My Aldi’s compost bin is full too. What do I do with my compost? I really want a chicken run that I can toss the kitchen scraps and let them eat or scratch it into garden soil.

My garden beds had become seriously weedy. To the point that weeds outnumber the garden plants and it’s debatable whether we should weed it or just mow and start over. My perfectionist mind was waiting for a chunk of time when I could do the whole job. Then I got a brilliant idea. Let the problem be the solution!

I started right outside my kitchen door. I dug down with a shovel and dumped all the kitchen scraps.

I pull the weeds and crumbled the soil over the compost. Then I planted lettuce.

About a week later, I planted carrots beside the awesome stand of lettuce.

Then I planted kale on the other side of the patio.

Then radishes. Then beets. For 20 minutes once or twice a week, I am composting, weeding and planting. I am transforming my space into a fabulous cottage garden. This is doable. This is progress. This may be the best gardening habit ever!!

I asked my boys to bury the canteloupe and watermelon rinds in their garden beds.

David has a jim-dandy canteloupe. It might be too late to make fruit but it’s still pretty neat. Yes, you may get volunteers by burying compost in your garden. But I LOVE volunteers. It’s like Nature’s way of saying, “Good job! Here’s a bonus!”

How is your garden? Still producing like a champ? Gearing up for fall vegetables?

Have a blessed season!

Shiki Futon alternative

I found this tablecloth at a yard sale. It was stained but only $1.

Don’t you just love the butterfly and bee?! I was considering converting to shiki futons because of dust allergies that my son and I have.

This dragonfly! Too cute!! I thought about joining this table cloth to some extra fabric to make it long enough for a homemade shiki futon.

I folded the tablecloth in half with the right sides together and sewed both ends. I turned it right side out. I spread it out on the floor and eyeballed the center. I placed straight pins as markers for two lines of stitching about 2 inches apart to give space to fold. I started looking through my stash for fabric to add to make it long enough.

I found this quilt top made by my great Aunt Iantha. It has the year 1977 stitched in the corner. At this point I decided to use the quilt top for my futon and give the butterfly garden futon to my daughter. I sewed both ends. Turned it right side out. Sewed two lines of stitching to divide it into thirds. It was fabulous that the quilt top was six squares long so each section is two squares long.

I am stuffing the futon with old pillows and comforters. This way I can take it apart and wash each part and hang on the clothesline to allow the sun to disinfect.

To keep the stuffing from falling out, I needed a closure. I contemplated zippers but trying to sew them filled me with dread. I decided instead to make these cute crocheted ties.

My daughter slept on hers last night before the ties were put on and just loved it!

I used a small metal hook to poke a hole just inside the hem of the tablecloth. I pulled the yarn through and made a foundational chain for about six inches.

Each section has three bows for a total of 12 chains for this futon. I will also use 12 chains for my futon. One bow for each square. All the boys are excited to get one for themselves. My linen closet is getting emptied. That is good.

We may have to buy some more comforters or blankets for stuffing but because we are using them inside the cover, they can be ugly inexpensive finds at the salvage store or thrift store. It will still come in at a fraction of the cost of buying mattresses online.