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Zero-Waste Apple Slices and other simple delights.

On Saturday we went to the Soap Dispensary to pick up some soap nuts and a few other things. All of my purchases were put in my own containers. I love easy zero waste!

I will be making some soap nut liquid to try as laundry detergent. With the leftover fruit, I plan on making some shaving cream.

Now that I have some citric acid I can pack apple slices (zero waste) for my oldest sons lunches. 

I put the apple slices in a solution of 3 tbsp’s citric acid to 1 cup water. Next time I would use a 2 cup, wide mouth Mason jar or a bowl. It was a little hard to get the slices out of the normal jar.After a bit of a shake I stored the apple slices in a Rubbermaid container. I left one slice out for about an hour to test the results. It was definitely not brown but tasted very sour. I will have to play with the measurements still. This is a really important step for us. My sons teachers want him come with pre-sliced apples vs. a whole apple. He won’t eat browned apple slices so this would solve that.After I gave in last week and re-introduced hand soap into the home, my mom took the soap intended for the kitchen into the bathroom. Apparently my oldest son likes it better that bar soap for washing his hands. Okay, okay. Fine. So we needed more soap. This soap fit the bill. It’s liquid and zero waste.

I also needed some Castile soap. I will be testing a dilution for cleaning our faux leather ottoman. No longer will I be buying special leather cleaner for my fake leather.

I find zero-waste every where. On Friday, I bought some zero waste pepperoni sticks from the Langley Farm Market. I just put the sticks straight into my cloth bag. The photo shows only one stick. There were four. By the time I took the photo there was only one left. Now they are all in my tummy. Yum yum.

I have been busy painting our main bathroom. It’s low VOC paint. Our oldest son chose the color. His original choice was orange. I helped guide him to his ultimate choice. He would like the theme to be either Star Wars or Ninjas.

So what do you think… Star Wars or Ninjas?


“Having more and newer things each year has become not just something we want but something we need. The idea of more, of ever increasing wealth, has become the center of our identity and our security, and we are caught up by it as the addict by his drugs.”
Paul Wachtel

“If you don’t know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.”
Henry Kissinger


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


14 thoughts on “Zero-Waste Apple Slices and other simple delights.

  1. NInjas all the way , I am so tired of Star Wars.Let me know how your testing of the apple slices goes I may try it for my grand-kids who all of a sudden want their apples sliced. This past weekend I carried a knife with me just to cut apples for lunch. You are very fortunate that your son can bring his own food from home to school. Many schools in our area are refusing to allow parents to pack lunches for the children, insisting the children must eat the school lunches. The only way around it is to have a doctor write a note specifying exactly why a child can not eat the school lunch, and it must be a real medical reason.

    Posted by livingsimplyfree | May 20, 2012, 9:20 pm
    • I promise to update the citric acid recipe!

      A doctors note! crazy. We don’t have school lunches. He’s had 3 special food days this year. Hot dog day, pizza day and sub sandwich day. Otherwise we have to pack his lunch.

      I like ninja’s too!

      Posted by stephanieough | May 20, 2012, 9:31 pm
      • STAR WARS! But you knew that already 🙂 The soap nut liquid works great, I added about 10 drops of rosemary essential oil after it had reduced, let it cool and froze the liquid in a couple of ice cube trays as the liquid will spoil (not sure how long it lasts, but why take chances). I let 3 cubes thaw and then put them in the wash (if I’m washing with warm water, I just put them into the dispenser and let the warm water melt them). I used the castile soap for the first time today…WOW it worked so well, way better than any of the commercial crap I’ve bought, I think I’m in love ❤

        Posted by Sarah Tobin | May 20, 2012, 10:00 pm
      • Sarah – What would Mike think about ice cube trays full of laundry soap? That might push him over the edge 😉

        Posted by stephanieough | May 20, 2012, 10:10 pm
  2. ninjas, or if you can talk him into it, ninja-pirates.

    Posted by Renita | May 21, 2012, 9:37 am
  3. Star Wars!

    Posted by Jennifer | June 1, 2012, 9:33 am


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