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Chatted with 3 CP(carnivorous plant) growers in the last week.


"How are you?"

"Coping okay with lockdown?"

"Hope family is safe"


Totally "how are your plants doing?"

Reminds me of when kid was newborn. People called to ask about him, like I was a phone service :p

Kashmir - An Artisan soap as complicated and layered as . -

The design of this soap will keep changing as you use it and new layers are revealed - do see the photos of the making in the link.

Silenced Valley - An Artisan soap inspired by . -

This soap is a memory capsule of sorts with a saffron flower and chinar leaves in their autumn glory. Buy the soap and keep waiting for the day you can finally use it.

And much later, you get the OTP emails in a rush. No SMSes yet. Enter OTP from email, it has expired, d'uh.

The email looks like this:

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Bank of baroda netbanking. "please enter OTP sent to phone and email"

Check phone. Check email. No OTP.

Rinse, repeat.

So much for digital India.

For those not used to working with weights and are confused with percentages, it simply means that if you want 100 grams of sanitizer, you use 80g isopropyl alcohol, 15g of rose water and 5g of glycerin.

If you want 250g of sanitizer, you use 200g, 38g, 12g. And so on.

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Er.... NEVER EVER EVER NEVER NEVER (you get the idea) drink isopropyl alcohol.

Even when the daaru shops are shut. It is not daaru. You will regret. Or maybe not live to regret, I guess...

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Thread for DIY sanitizer. Basic recipe in first tweet is all you need. Remaining tweets if you'd like to play around with it.


Friend asked for my sanitizer spray recipe. Here it is. You can get everything from a medical store.

80% isopropyl alcohol
15% rose water
5% glycerin

By WEIGHT, ideally.

Isopropyl alcohol for the sanitizing, rosewater and glycerin so you don't screw up your skin. Done.


If you use a LOT of sanitizer, probably better to use ethanol rather than isopropyl alcohol. But you won't get that easily at the medical store. Amazon may have.

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If you use a LOT of hand sanitizer, like all the time, because of lots of contact with people, you can down the glycerin a bit to avoid that feeling of it building up on your hands with lots of reuse before it dries off. It will dry off slower than the alcohol and rose water.

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You can also use fancy stuff like serums etc (water based) for the moisturizing ingredients. Bonus, you'll end up pampering your hands several times a day.

I don't bother, because door knobs don't need expensive ingredients.

Or just use water - will dry skin.

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if you don't have a weighing scale and are using volume instead, aim for higher % alcohol

Don't eyeball it unless you've done such stuff before. Easy to mis-judge quantities.

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