Lately I’ve been getting more and more interested learning how I can make some of my daily necessities at home rather than buying them at the store. One of our rental farmer’s wives taught me to make soap and laundry detergent recently…then I found a how-to online for making your own deodorant…and began reading a cookbook on foraging…each thing was so fascinatingly easy that I began to ask myself, why don’t more people do these things?
I know a big stumbling block for me along the way has been the comfort of convenience – and that is a difficult thing to beat. However, I’m finding the sense of accomplishment, the security of knowing exactly what ingredients are involved, and the monetary savings are all much more satisfying than convenience. I believe a sustainable lifestyle must come in little steps at a time. So each time I learn to make something on my own rather than buy it, I feel I’m taking another little step in the right direction.
It hit me today as I was thinking about all this that we have a whole community of people here on the blog who probably make LOTS of their own things for everyday use. Will you share your favorite do-it-yourself/make-at-home project? It can be anything you’d like to share!
And here is the laundry detergent recipe that I was taught. All items can be found on the laundry detergent aisle at the grocery store:
1.5 C Borax
1.5 C Washing Soda
1 grated bar of soap (Fels-Naptha)
Mix it all up and use a few tablespoons per load.
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