Thursday, July 26, 2012

Homemade Vaseline (without the petroleum)

I couldn't wait to post this!  Have you ever heard of homemade Vaseline?  Without the petroleum, of course.  Merissa has all the easy instructions (did you see that it's easy?) at

Love this stuff!  And her picture (below) is pretty dang nice, too!

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Homemade Lye for Making Soap

A lot of self sufficient people make soap, both laundry and bar soap.  Homemade laundry soap will save you some bucks every month, but bar soap?  Well, depends on the recipe and ingredients!  Of course, the good thing is that you know exactly what is in your soaps. 

Unless you're using melt and pour for your bar soaps, you have to use lye, which is sodium hydroxide OR potassium hydroxide to make bar soap.  Recipes are different for each product - it's not interchangeable. 
Most soapmakers today buy their lye.  A long time ago they made their lye from wood ash.

"Lye made from wood ash is potassium hydroxide, not sodium hydroxide -- there's 10 times as much potassium as sodium in wood ash."  (Copied from the link below.)

For the brave of heart, here's a couple great links on how to make lye:

And this one has the soap recipe to go with it:

This stuff just appeals to the inner scientist in me.  Bill would just give me 'the look'.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Homemade bug repellent!

When I was a kid, we'd occasionally head to southern Oklahoma to visit my aunt.  Ungodly heat and humidity seemed to be the norm with every visit.  They also seemed to have mosquitoes by the zillions.  My aunt would pour puddles of apple cider vinegar in her hand and just rub it all over me.  Whatever bites I already had seemed to stop itching sooner plus I don't remember getting more bites.  Could be that I was afraid of getting another rub down of vinegar.  Who knows?

I did find a great post over at Crunchy Betty's, including a recipe plus other suggestions for bug repelling.  Take a look -

And she has the homemade bug repellent in such a cute little spray bottle!

What about treating bug bites the natural way?  Try some of these:

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

DIY Chicken Feed Sack Tote

This was just too funny, and too cool!  I had to pass it along.

You can get the directions, complete with photos from

Some people are just too creative!