domestic delights

domestic delights

Everyday, in all the little bits, you can find a way to GIY.

In this project area explore anything and everything relating to the delights and domesticities of life and family - cooking, cleaning, washing, child-rearing and cup-o-tea making.

If there is a domestic issue or project you would like us to sort out, email us on

NEW: Bokashi Basics - Smale scale composting for small spaces.


A bokashi bucket is a small-scale kitchen 'composting' bucket that works on the principle of fermentation.  It's a really easy and efficient form of composting if you haven't got lots of space.

The air-tight bucket can fit almost anywhere and can handle almost all your kitchen waste - raw and cooked food, meat, dairy, citrus and onions. The only thing it can't take is big bones and lots of liquid.

WATCH NOW: How to read your electricity bill


Do you open your electricity bill with fear and dread of what it contains?  The confounding graphs, confusing codes and jibberish jargon ... not to mention the cost of it all.

Don't just look at it as a price to pay but a regular energy report card.

Grab your electricity bill and join me over a cup of tea to decode the highs and lows of the bill and why it's a great tool in your energy saving kit.

Watt a nice way to while away the kilowatt hours (groan-inducing joke).

WATCH NOW: How to fix a slimy, smelly, fly-ridden worm farm


Your worm farm should smell as sweet as a Richard Marcs love song, be a writhing mass of wrigglers happily munching through food and be free of any form of little black flies. 

If your worm farm is full of smelly, slimy uneaten food which is attracting hordes of little black vinegar flies your worm farm needs a makeover.

This video will show you how you can quickly fix it up so that it becomes a lean green wriggling composting machine.

Trickiness rating: Easy 

WATCH NOW: What's an all-in-one (AOI) cloth nappy?


Modern Cloth Nappies (MCN's) are a great alternative to disposables - in fact many types of MCN are just like putting on a disposable nappy only you wash them rather than throw them in the bin. 

All-in-one nappies are the closest cloth nappy to disposables - they are all in one piece with the stay-dry layer, absorbant layer and waterproof layer all sewn together.

This video takes you through the basics of the all-in-one (AIO).

WATCH NOW: Building up a worm farm.


A well working worm farm is a joy to see, and smell. Earthy rich soil and not a fly to be seen. 

Worms will turn all your organic scraps into fantastic garden fertilizer and don't take up much space - perfect in courtyards, balconies, carports and gardens. 

Worms are the perfect pet - you don't have to take them for walks, you feed them rubbish, you want their poo all through your garden and you can even carry them around in your hand-bag to cafes (if you're Paris Hilton)

Find out everything you need to know to build a worm farm from scratch.

WATCH NOW: An introduction to modern cloth nappies


Cloth nappies are no longer just about terry towelling squares. The modern cloth nappy (MCN)  just like a disposable only washable.

There are so many types, styles, materials and brands to choose from that it can get a bit overwhelming.

In this GIY video I give an intro into the different cloth nappy 'systems', styles and lingo so you can choose nappies that suit your bubbas bottom, and you. 

I give the nittygritty details on each 'system'  in separate videos. You will find these in the 'domestic delights' section.

COMING UP: Bokashi Bucket Bits - a great way to recycle your organic waste if you live in an apartment.

In this GIY episode find out what to do you do with all your organic waste if you live in a little apartment using a Bokashi Bucket.

The bokashi bucket is a composting system that is ideal for small spaces. It is, as the name suggests, a bucket with a tight fitting lid and a tap that fits in a corner of your balcony or under your kitchen sink. 

It does a great job of fermenting your green waste, doesn't smell and when it is full, just bury it in a friends garden. 

This is not land-fill on a small scale - it just sounds like it!