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Imagine my husband's surprise when I told him that I wanted safety goggles and rubber gloves for my birthday. I have decided to try making not process soap, using lye. This is a big change from the melt and pour soaps that I have been doing.

I have been getting into making my own lotion bars, body butter, and some household cleaning products.

Does anyone have any tips or advice?


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Imagine my husband's surprise when I told him that I wanted safety goggles and rubber gloves for my birthday. I have decided to try making hot process soap, using lye. This is a big change from the melt and pour soaps that I have been doing.

I have been getting into making my own lotion bars, body butter, and some household cleaning products.

Does anyone have any tips or advice?


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Imagine my husband's surprise when I told him that I wanted safety goggles and rubber gloves for my birthday. I have decided to try making hot process soap, using lye. This is a big change from the melt and pour soaps that I have been doing.

I have been getting into making my own lotion bars, body butter, and some household cleaning products.

Does anyone have any tips or advice?

Sorry girl, I bought a couple of books on soap making but never got the chance to make any before my back gave out...


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Imagine my husband's surprise when I told him that I wanted safety goggles and rubber gloves for my birthday. I have decided to try making not process soap, using lye. This is a big change from the melt and pour soaps that I have been doing.

I have been getting into making my own lotion bars, body butter, and some household cleaning products.

Does anyone have any tips or advice?


I had a few book, but never tried it. I’d ask the new soap shed we have if I decided to try it now. I think I could probably watch. There used to be a couple of shops that came to craft fairs that seemed willing to teach too.

As for home cleaners try Everyday Cheapskate, she has several recipes for homemade cleaners, and which ones that the commercial is simply better. Her shower cleaner has vinegar and blue Dawn in it. It works pretty well for me and isn’t overpowering. She sends a daily newsletter but her info on some of the cleaners can easily be found.
 
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Reed,

I've been buying issues of a magazine called, Willow and Sage, that has some recipes for homemade products. I was making my own shampoo and rinse for awhile, until I discovered shampoo bars.


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JR,

Your back is still bothering you? Oh no! Isn't there anything they can do for you?


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I've been buying issues of a magazine called, Willow and Sage, that has some recipes for homemade products. I was making my own shampoo and rinse for awhile, until I discovered shampoo bars.


I’ve seen several recipes for laundry detergent, they are all similar it seems. Right now I’m looking for a hair conditioner because my hair has suddenly turned to hay!
 
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Reed,

I'm going to try making some laundry detergent, too. I saw on YouTube a homesteading program called Doug and Stacy. She made laundry detergent from washing soda and a bar of castile soap, which she grated into the washing soda.

The hair rinse I made was a vinegar infusion. I would take whatever smelled good that was blooming at the time in the yard- lilacs, roses or whatever herbs I could spare, like sage and thyme. It made my hair feel soft and at this point in my life, my hair is really dry.


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I'm going to try making some laundry detergent, too. I saw on YouTube a homesteading program called Doug and Stacy. She made laundry detergent from washing soda and a bar of castile soap, which she grated into the washing soda.

The hair rinse I made was a vinegar infusion. I would take whatever smelled good that was blooming at the time in the yard- lilacs, roses or whatever herbs I could spare, like sage and thyme. It made my hair feel soft and at this point in my life, my hair is really dry.


My mother used to rinse her hair with vinegar to get the soap out, for sure. And yes, my hair has gotten dry too, and rather suddenly. I suspect a cpap is partially to blame. As for the laundry soap Cheapskate’s new recipe uses no grating.
 
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It made my hair feel soft and at this point in my life, my hair is really dry.

I've heard that coconut oil is good for dry hair...
coconut oil hair treatment
Mine is usually dry only on the ends, so I just rub a bit straight from the jar on the ends of my hair.


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JR,

Thanks for the link.


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Thanks for the link.


I got it per her suggestion, some time back. I haven’t tested on a large amount of skeeters, but it did help with leg cramps. I need to be sure I get it out again.
 
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I’ve misplaced a recipe for carpet cleaner that Astrocat posted. I think Jr had a version too. I remember it contained peroxide and maybe rubbing alcohol?

Got any suggestions?
 
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Your back is still bothering you? Oh no! Isn't there anything they can do for you?

Oops, I didn't see this one...

I have scar tissue in the torn back muscles from an auto accident. Not much to be done at this point.

When it first happened - about 12 years ago - the focus was on realigning the spine. I had severe whiplash and my spine looked like an S on the x-rays. Took quite a while to get the back stable again, but by then the scar tissue had already set up.


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Thanks for the link.


I got it per her suggestion, some time back. I haven’t tested on a large amount of skeeters, but it did help with leg cramps. I need to be sure I get it out again.

Actually, Magnesium Oil is better for skeeters. That said, any oil will repel them to some degree because it clogs their breathing apparatus - they breathe through their skin - as well as breaks down their skin.

But coconut oil is one of the best oils to use on the skin. It isn't oily - soaks right in - and leaves it moisturized and soft. AND you get all the benefits of the oil without the calories!

https://www.eatthis.com/benefits-of-coconut-oil/


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Thanks for the link.


I got it per her suggestion, some time back. I haven’t tested on a large amount of skeeters, but it did help with leg cramps. I need to be sure I get it out again.

Actually, Magnesium Oil is better for skeeters. That said, any oil will repel them to some degree because it clogs their breathing apparatus - they breathe through their skin - as well as breaks down their skin.

But coconut oil is one of the best oils to use on the skin. It isn't oily - soaks right in - and leaves it moisturized and soft. AND you get all the benefits of the oil without the calories!

https://www.eatthis.com/benefits-of-coconut-oil/


In order to notice it is working I’d need to be where others are being bit! It seemed to help the one time I tried it.
 
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I tried a recipe for making laundry detergent, which wasn't too hard to do. I was happy with the results. Has anyone else tried making their own detergent?


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I tried a recipe for making laundry detergent, which wasn't too hard to do. I was happy with the results. Has anyone else tried making their own detergent?


I’m happy with the powder I’m using, but know at lease one person in my sewing guild that learned to do it in the peace Corp and continues today! She likes her results.
 
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Idaho's governor, a couple of days ago gave us a "stay at home" order for the next three weeks (I was already in my first week of voluntary stay at home).

I was curious about what people might be doing with their time at home.

So far, I have finished making a quilted Christmas table runner and two glittered fairy lanterns.

My husband is the bread baker in the family, but I have been developing a sourdough starter and have made various forms of sourdough bread, one of which has been dubbed 'cement bread'. I was more successful in my subsequent try.

We have been 'shopping in our freezer and pantry', so I have been trying to get creative. A couple of days ago I made deer heart kabobs and a few days before that, it was deer osso Bucco (sp?).

My husband is also the cookie baker in the family. We could get fatter during our hunkering down.


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Look for some vegetarian cookie recipes. They have whole protein and are easier to use as part of a healthy diet.

As for us everything is about the same. We are usually not out 10 - 14 days anyway.

I’m trying to find old fabric that got put away that I can use to make masks for the local nursing homes.
 
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Look for some vegetarian cookie recipes. They have whole protein and are easier to use as part of a healthy diet.

As for us everything is about the same. We are usually not out 10 - 14 days anyway.

I’m trying to find old fabric that got put away that I can use to make masks for the local nursing homes.


We have run out of elastic for the masks but some of the ladies are improvising by substituting cloth ties.


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Look for some vegetarian cookie recipes. They have whole protein and are easier to use as part of a healthy diet.

As for us everything is about the same. We are usually not out 10 - 14 days anyway.

I’m trying to find old fabric that got put away that I can use to make masks for the local nursing homes.


We have run out of elastic for the masks but some of the ladies are improvising by substituting cloth ties.


Peggy sager was cutting wider elastic apart. I have some tape that makes good ties and they allow for latex allergies assuming the fabric has no latex. I have some elastic that is wide, but isn’t strong enough fro a waistband too.

This is a mess! And not likely to get better soon. I had been working on some lightweight clothes for a cruise that has been cancelled for some time now. All of the fabric is knit, most without latex.
 
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Peggy sager was cutting wider elastic apart. I have some tape that makes good ties and they allow for latex allergies assuming the fabric has no latex. I have some elastic that is wide, but isn’t strong enough fro a waistband too.

This is a mess! And not likely to get better soon. I had been working on some lightweight clothes for a cruise that has been cancelled for some time now. All of the fabric is knit, most without latex.[/QUOTE]

Reed, that is a good idea, to cut wider elastic apart, or using bias tape.

Before all the craziness really got started, I laughed to myself when I saw a woman standing in front of a pet store, walking her dog, while wearing a leopard print mask over her nose and mouth. Now it doesn't seem so crazy anymore.


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I actually have twill tape too. I bought it on a partial spool for less than $1.50 some years back. Bias tape is mentioned on many sites too. Especially since most people have left over short pieces that they saved but knew they’d likely not have a need that short.
 
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