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Spring Natural DIY Cleaner

Citrus All-Purpose Cleaner This is such a nice simple recipe for making a natural all-purpose household cleaner. It requires no special ingredients, works great and is quick to make on the go.   We all have our reasons, but I started experimenting with DIY cleaning concoctions because I didn’t like all the plastic bottles that commercial cleaners resulted in. To add to that, I needed one for my floor, one for my toilet, another for my tiles, and a walk-in pantry to keep it all in.  For some of us, it is the expense, for others its the toxins that we inadvertently ingest or the chemicals that despite going through a water purification process, pollute our waterways, harming wildlife. Whatever your reason,...

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The Making of an Eco-Friendly Kitchen Cloth

It was a good kitchen cloth I was after. I thought about it many times a day. In fact, every time I reached for a cloth to wipe something up. I wanted an alternative to the non-biodegradable micro-fiber cloth made from petroleum based products and shipped in from China.  Something natural that worked well - how hard could it be? Then in 2009, on a visit home to Canada I was reminded that the cloths we used growing up had been hand-knit either by my grandmother, or my mom or picked up at the flee market.  This is the story of The Posh South African Kitchen Lappie. Hand-Knit Production Creates Home-Based Employment My grandmother knit a prototype that I brought back...

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Sage One Small Business Awards

  It was so fun being a finalist in Sage One  Small Business Awards. Here I am being chummy with Cape Talk's Breakfast host, Kieno Kammies. (he had his picture taken with everyone) Sivo Mongo of Ziyahlanjwa Laundry Services in Khayelitsha was the winner. A truly inspirational story and a heartwarming result. Ziyahlanjwa means "they are being washed" in Xhosa.  I will definitely call on her for Spaza laundry jobs in the future.  If you need a reason to smile today, listen to her story or read Cape Talk's article below. http://sba.capetalk.co.za/articles/4929/inspirational-once-tiny-township-laundry-service-scoops-small-business-awards

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First Post

Oh wow - I wasn't sure where to start and then out of the blue, I get a call from Cape Talk informing me that I have been nominated for The Small Business Awards with CapeTalk and Sage One. AND could I be available to have a discussion with John Maytham live on the radio - today 5:20.  Ok - and we're off! http://sba.capetalk.co.za  

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