I decided to try a couple of recipes that use salt – soap with pink salt as an exfoliant, and then soap with salt water in the lye to make a harder bar (its called soleseife in German). Salt is supposed to produce a nice lather and a soft, soothing soap. Everything went well until […]
After my success using neem oil to control insects around the farm and to cure my toenail fungus (how I use neem oil), I did a lot of reading about neem oil and I was keen to try to harness its properties as an anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory to help heal skin. Neem oil itself is […]
Be a thrifty homesteader and learn to make simple and cheap laundry detergent! With just three ingredients this detergent is easy to make and better for you and your wallet. It’s great to use if you have sensitive skin.
For years now Pete has been using a saving stick and brush rather than shaving foam. I remember when he used to buy the cans of foam, it was like the can only lasted two or three shaves before he needed another one. The shaving stick lasts for MONTHS and the brush will last for […]
Recently I started offering my handmade soaps and salves for sale on Etsy. I really just wanted to share with others the products that I make and use every day. Since then I have had a few questions, so I thought I should explain more about the soaps and salves that I make. It seems […]
Many homesteaders pride themselves on making their own products, be it the cleaners they use in their homes, their own incubators for hatching out chicks and ducklings, or their own shampoos. We are just DIY people. One area that a lot of homesteaders find themselves stuck is making soap. They want to enjoy luxurious homemade […]