How does a waste grinder work?

The principle of operation of a waste disposer is very simple: first it is connected between your sink and the drainage of waste water, the waste crusher is responsible for reducing the food waste into tiny pieces that came from your dinner.

By pressing a power button on the side, the waste stuck in the grinding chamber will be reduced to liquid and then evacuated in a conventional way by your piping.

The waste crusher does not require any special equipment for its installation except for the place under the sink. Waste crushers can be imposing and a power supply and a 90 mm minimum sink space are required – although it is possible on some crushers to insert an adapter.

If you aren’t quite sure where to start with buying a crusher then read reviews of garbage disposals here to inform yourself.


The advantage of the waste disposer is that it allows you to save on your household waste – some manufacturers make claims of 30% less waste – but also give better hygiene for your pipes, especially if your installation proves to be poor like most peoples.

Be careful, however, a waste disposer is not overpowered… you should avoid putting hard bones or  garbage in it, otherwise it will be damaged. If your situation requires this kind of needs, you should rather turn to professional shredders or even professional crushers but the prices will definitely be much higher.

Keeping your kitchen clean

Keeping the kitchen clean requires a daily and constant work.  Cooking causes stains. The use of a lot of products can be bad for us in these times. In addition to ecology, the use of soap, vinegar, baking soda and lemon can solve almost all our problems when it comes to eliminating the grease and dirt in our kitchen.

The stoves

For the kitchen stove we can use several options. One is to use dishwasher soap and warm water, rub and rinse. Although, the most economical and natural are vinegar and lemon.

In the case of glass ceramic and induction stoves we must always clean with cold, to avoid crusting of the cloth or sponge. As an alternative to products for this type of kitchens we can use bicarbonate diluted in warm water or vinegar. Before drying we can rub a lemon and rinse with the cloth. There are de greasers as well, but the ecological and economical option is to use a cloth moistened in hot water with sodium bicarbonate. We can also use natural soap or dishwasher, rub, rinse and dry with a dry cloth.

The extractor

Once it has been disconnected, we will remove the panels and soak them with de greaser or vinegar. The inside of the extractor will be cleaned with a sponge moistened with vinegar. The exterior, with vinegar or lemon diluted in water.

Marble: The best is soap water, rinse and dry just after each use. If the stain is recent, a handful of salt to absorb the liquid.

Wood: it is enough to clean it with water, although once a year will have to do a waterproofing treatment with oil.

Laminated: better, with soap and water.

Unnatural stone: with water and baking soda, water and soap or with water and vinegar.

Sinks and faucets

If this is stainless steel, it is best to clean with vinegar or diluted soap in warm water, and rinse . If we want to give it more shine we can rub with lemon and dry. In a white enamel sink we can prevent it from yellowing with lye and water, or with vinegar and warm water. For examples of the types of faucets that will use this method go here

The steam that comes from boiling the juice of 4 lemons is great for cutting grease out. For the maintenance of faucets the use of vinegar or lemon juice with water is usually quite effective and highly recommended. To unclog drains, we can mix a quarter cup of baking soda with half a cup of vinegar.

Tiling and walls

The normal thing is to clean them with de greasing products and to let them act until the rinsing with the damp cloth. We can also do this with white vinegar diluted in water, rinsed and dried . A good method is to boil the juice of 4 lemons. The vapor that comes off results de greasing, softening the dirt and facilitating its extraction.

The refrigerator

To clean it, we will remove the drawers and shelves and wash it with water and natural soap or washing the dishes. Rub with a soft sponge, rinse with a damp cloth and dry. We can also choose to use warm water and bicarbonate, which absorbs and neutralizes odors.

What is a Mala?

mala beadsA mala (or Japa Mala) is a Buddhist or Hindu rosary used to count prayers and mantras.
It is traditionally composed of 108 pearls and a central ball called a Guru (or Meru), which represents the Master. Some malas contain fewer beads, in which case there will always be a multiple of 9.

The manufacturing of a mala is done with conscience in mind, in the calm, the letting go and the present moment. A precise intention can also be thought of.

Why 108 Beads?

The number 108 is sacred in the Indian tradition, as well as in many other spiritual traditions in the world. Its symbolism is very vast, it is found in sacred architecture, cosmic cycles, myths and legends, philosophy.


The seeds of Rudraksha are traditionally used for the making of malas. They come from a tree that grows in India and are also called “tears of Shiva”. The legend tells that during a meditation session, Shiva would have visualized the sufferings of the world and that he would have cried. One of his tears fell to the ground and a tree was born, the seeds of which are called Rudraksha.

According to Ayurveda, wearing seeds of Rudraksha would be beneficial to calm the nerves and help with concentration. They would also have electromagnetic properties that would help reduce hypertension and depression.

Semi-Precious beads

Beyond the aesthetic aspect, the presence of semi-precious stones allows to incorporate the mineral energy in the malas.

The stones are chosen to offer the malas a specific vibration that will come to work on different aspects of the body, the emotion and the mind. For example the pink quartz directs us towards the softness and the opening of the heart, the amethyst calms the mind, lapis lazuli brings wisdom and lucidity.

Reciting mantras with a mala is a beautiful way to send a prayer or to put energy into a project or a process (change, healing …). It is also an effective way to calm the mind at night and facilitate sleep.

The person who recites a mantra will at the same time emit harmonizing sound vibrations and receive the subtle vibrations of the mala that it has in hands. According to tradition, our first mala is offered to us as a gift. He then becomes our companion of meditation and he takes charge of our energy and our prayers.

Where to buy Malas?

To get some malas you can just head down to your local yoga or meditation center.  If you happen to own a yoga center then you would buy from a wholesale supplier like this one.  You can also buy from larger eCommerce suppliers like alibaba.


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