Stopping Shopping Pt 4 – Getting Rid of “The Man” in the Kitchen

Getting rid of “the Man” in the kitchen (aka stopping shopping) is another huge confrontation with one’s comfort zones.  By “the Man” I mean “the system”, consumerism, plastic, petroleum-based products etc.

But I did it and it’s mostly done!  It was the usual “overnight success” story where I’d been building up to it for years and years and then did it in one night.

off to the neighbour's...
off to the neighbour’s…

There were actually two bags of cleaning products that I took over to my neighbour’s house.  Now I am left with these four items.


I must admit that I’m not at all familiar with the usage of Borax or the Lectric Washing Soda – I’ve been using the last of my store-bought machine washing laundry detergent.  But since I’m the kind of learner who must do it dragged kicking and screaming, the time is shortly upon me!  Probably in 2 washes’ time.

The all-purpose cleaner I’ve made up from an internet “natural” recipe is wonderful and I’ll share it with you now.


1/2 cup white vinegar

1 teaspoon peppermint oil (which also features in your DIY toothpaste)

1 teaspoon eucalyptus oil


I spray bottle

The smell is the loveliest aroma for the kitchen.  You simply have to make this up just to smell it!  

And know that there are no harmful chemicals in it, for your nose or the drainage system – where it eventually meets the light of day somewhere.  Stopping shopping works and feels wonderful and smells nice too!


That night I banished plastic from my kitchen as much as I could, has led me to storing grains etc in glass jars.  Luckily I love to eat peanut butter and vegemite a lot!  This in turn leads to consciously buying stuff sold not in plastic containers if possible, but glass ones.

I use a gift from my oldest friend as my shopping bag.  He sent me this really tough, large, natural beach bag for my trendy beach towel and cossie (?).  Since I don’t live anywhere near a beach it serves a higher purpose for now. 

On the to-do list are make up a dish-washing-by-hand detergent, dish-washer detergent and a laundry detergent.  I mention the laundry because I renovated the washing machine out of the backyard laundry and up into the kitchen, just like the British do on Escape to the Country.  It freed up the backyard a treat for entertaining in, especially after I sent the clothesline to Coventry at the side of the house.

Another friend said recently that aiming for self-sustainability is “exhausting”.  I don’t disagree.  It takes small steps and just at your own sweet pace.  There’s no competition.  

Why do it?  To get out of the system of consumerism, the endless buying of stuff, new stuff, more stuff, use of plastics in manufacturing, harmful toxins in products that also harmed animals in testing labs.  You know what’s in it and you made it yourself…

AND it also brings me personally back into touch with my female ancestors – how they coped, what they used. 

The reasons are many to get rid of “The Man” out of the kitchen, your whole house, your whole way of life!  The planet will bless us.

And to get as far away from Debt as possible.  Woo hoo! 

Buen Camino on your DIY journeys,


About Nancy Liddle

In 2014 I walked from Seville to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, some 800 ks I walked, aged 56. I learnt that no matter what age we are, our bodies are strong work-horses. Ageing doesn't have to be the nightmare that our culture feeds us. We can be strong and vital and energetic! And meditation exercises our minds. Clearly these discoveries have impacted my life deeply.

4 thoughts on “Stopping Shopping Pt 4 – Getting Rid of “The Man” in the Kitchen

  1. hi Nancy
    Great news! I can’t say I am perfect on using natural cleaning products but have been to a Pam Marshall class in Adelaide. You don’t need to go to class however, her website is:

    There might be some little gems there!


    • I will have a look and see what the GO is! I’m not perfect either – it’s small steps all the way but I’m learning that once a step is taken it SNOWBALLS and just feels RIGHT!!!!!!

    • I look forward to your sharing it so I can share it too! The whole DIY thing with recipes is making me see through consumerism even more clearly. I think their main catch-cry is “convenience” and no mention of plastic and toxins. Learning cliff!