Baking Soda Nails It Again

Baking soda as part of nail care
Baking soda as part of nail care
Baking Soda in Nail Care

One of the biggest surprises on my quest to live a greener life has been baking soda.

Besides acting as a leavening agent when baking, baking soda also acts as a green alternative to a myriad of cleaning- and beauty products. In short, you get the shine without the unpleasant residue.

So without any further ado, let me introduce baking soda into your nail care regime.

Baking soda works wonders on your nails and cuticles to exfoliate and polish them. It whitens your nails and help to remove residue that can make your nails look yellow and dull.

Here’s how you do it:

  • Mix up a super easy paste of three parts baking soda and one part water.
  • Remove all nail polish.
  • Rub the paste into your nails and cuticles or use it on a nail brush.
  • Rinse off with water.

Have a fab week and check back soon for more green news.

Sharing is Caring, or is it?

Reduce by Sharing what you own

While researching even more ways to go green, I recently came across UK-based website Streetbank. Streetbank adresses the issue of reducing what we buy/own by introducing the (age old) concept of sharing stuff that we own or skills that we posses with people who live in our communities. More than just reducing what we consume, it strives to re-create communities that care for and help out one another for free.

Participants share anything from garden tools, french lessons, child care and even vacant land for a gardener without land. Communities are considered as people living in a radius of a mile (approx 1.6km) from you.

A novel idea and one that initially filled me with excitement, untill I got to registering. Because you see, on registering, I had to specify at least one item that I would like to share with my community. That got me thinking and to my surprise, I could not initially come up with any one item that I was prepared to share with just any stranger that popped up on my front door.

I have to admit that I was a little shocked at my own reaction, especially as I am generally regarded as ‘nice’ and even ‘caring’ by most of my friends. After some soul-searching I decided to bounce the idea off some of the other ‘nice’ people I know and found that the non-sharing attitude was mutual. Is it a South African thing? Do you trust people in your community enough to share your lawnmower with them or invite them over for free assistance with their tax returns?

Why not take 30 seconds and tell me if you are prepared to share some of the stuff that you own with people in your community, and if yes, what are you prepared to share? Also, did you actually go and register at Streetbank? I did! Leave a comment and I will let you know what I’m sharing. See you soon.