baabuk slippers

January Favourites and Wardrobe Review

January, oh January.  Why are you such a hard month?  I’m somehow found January particularly difficult this year but a few things have kept me going.  As well as getting out for walks when I can (got to keep those vitamin D levels up!) here are some things that have made the month that little bit nicer:

January Favourites moral fibres

Gin – specifically Lidl’s own brand gin, Hortus.  It’s £15.99 a bottle, distilled in the UK in copper pots, and tastes like a gin double its price.  I wasn’t sure what to expect when I bought some of the Oriental Spiced Gin before Christmas, but I have to say this gin is lovely and have been enjoying a little glass every now and then.  I’ll be buying another bottle next time I’m in Lidl, that’s for sure.

Baabuk Slippers – having cold feet is a sure fire way to being miserable.  Baabuk kindly sent me some of their felt slippers just before Christmas, and these bad boys have been keeping my toes toasty warm through December and January.  Ethically made by hand from wool and natural latex, these are felted in one piece, without seams or stitches, making them extra durable and extra comfortable.

baabuk slippers

Padraig Cottage Slippers – speaking of slippers, I bought a pair of these beautiful slippers for my littlest for her Christmas.  Doing that thing that two years old do, she would not wear them at first, but now she’ll quite happily wear them around the house.  They keep her little feet warm, and a happy toddler is a happy mama.  I bought mine from The Cats Miaou in Edinburgh.

Quorn Fishless Fingers – I tend to crave comfort food in January and this January has been no exception.  I have been turning to Quorn Fishless Fingers more times than I care to admit to this month.   These vegan-friendly fingers are all kinds of amazing.  A few fishless fingers, some potato wedges, some peas and a wedge of lemon and I tell you, I am happier than a pig in you know what.  What can I say, sometimes you just want what your favourite meal was when you were 7 years old!  I am trying to cook more food from scratch more often but sometimes also just need a backup in the freezer when you’ve had a long day at work.

Weleda Skin Food – Winter is a tough time on skin, but I like to keep this stuff* to hand.  I smear it over my little ones cheeks to help prevent windburn, on my face at night, on my hands, and anywhere really that could do with an intensive moisture boost.  This is one of those products I wouldn’t be without.

While we’re here rounding up the month, I thought it might be useful to show you what I’ve bought this month, clothing wise.  I will also include the value of anything I’ve been gifted.  It’s an experiment to see how much an ethical wardrobe actually costs over the course of a year, with the aim to see if an ethical wardrobe is more expensive than a non-ethical wardrobe.  I’ve never added it up before, so it will be of interest to me too!

ethical shopping

My first purchase of January was an organic stripe top from the Seasalt sale (similar to this one).  It cost £19.95 and was purchased as my existing stripe top is looking a bit sad these days from years of wear.  It fits right in with my existing wardrobe, and I have worn the top at least once a week since I bought it so I am pretty pleased with my purchase.

My second, and final purchase in January, was a pair of secondhand boots from eBay, purchased because my old ones (also secondhand from eBay), that I had for years, were beyond repair.  Total price £20.  I have worn these around 3 times a week since I purchased them, making the price per wear £1.33 already.

This brings my total spend for January to £39.95.  Apparently, the average British woman spends £74 per month on clothes – £888 per year, but I’m not going to celebrate my £34.05 ‘underspend’ just yet – we’ll see how the year pans out!

where to buy white vinegar in bulk uk

Where to Buy White Vinegar in Bulk

where to buy white vinegar in bulk uk

Hello!  Let’s talk vinegar – specifically, where to buy white vinegar in bulk.

You see, I go through a lot of white vinegar in our house. If I’m not cleaning with it, I’m pickling and preserving the bounty from our allotment.

Glass bottles of white vinegar can be picked up relatively cheaply from the supermarket or corner shop.  It’s around 80p for just shy of 500 ml.  And what I love is that the glass bottles are very useful.  Simply pop a spray nozzle on the bottle once you’re done and you’ve got an instant eco-friendly cleaning bottle.

The thing is, when you’re using vinegar in relatively higher quantities, the price soon adds up, and shop assistants give you funny looks when you start buying five bottles of vinegar in one transaction.  Voice of experience here.

To save money, and to save blushes, instead, I buy my white vinegar in bulk online and get it delivered to my door.

Looking to buy vinegar in bulk too?  I have found the cheapest place to purchase white vinegar in bulk – let me share my secrets with you.

Where to buy white vinegar in bulk

eBay is by far the cheapest place I’ve found to buy vinegar in bulk sizes.  Early in the New Year, I picked up 20 litres of vinegar which cost me £7.94 with free postage. That’s around 40p per litre, compared to £1.60 a litre when buying the glass bottles.  A whopping saving of £1.20 per litre.

The price tends to fluctuate on eBay – at the time of writing the average price is around £15 with free postage.  This still works out cheaper than buying from the supermarket, at this is 75p a litre, compared to that £1.60 a litre, so is still a significant saving.  Do check here* to see the current going rate.

Worried about storing 20 litres of vinegar?  Worry not, the vinegar arrives in four 5 litre cartons, which are a lot more manageable to handle and store than one 20 litre container.  To make life easier I decant the vinegar into a glass bottle to make it even easier to pour.

What Can You Use White Vinegar For?

white vinegar in bulk

Here are some of my favourite white vinegar uses:

How to make infused vinegar for cleaning with

How to make your own fabric conditioner

How to make homemade weedkiller

How to remove stains, naturally

There are also more ideas for using white vinegar to clean your home in my new book, Fresh Clean Home, packed full of green cleaning recipes for every corner of your home.  It’s out on Thursday, so do check it out.  Of course, it’s not all about vinegar – there are lots of other great ways to clean your home naturally without vinegar which I cover in the book too.

Have you found white vinegar cheaper anywhere else?  Do let me know – I love a good deal on vinegar!  Some people get excited by sales on clothes or TVs – not me, no, I get excited by sales on vinegar…!

Please note – don’t use vinegar on granite, stone, marble or similar surfaces, as it can damage the stone.