Below is the link to a couple websites that I have learned so much from.
It all started a few years ago when I wanted to make homemade yogurt. I Googled it and found this lady. She has a lot of kids, and a lot of money saving homemaking tips. I love learning this stuff. From her site I learned about Nourishing Traditions, a cookbook of how and why food was cooked the way it was in the past. Sally Fallon is the author, she promotes grass-fed meats and food fats, while giving a good argument against sugar and white flour.
Last month I made homemade laundry detergent. The stuff is awesome and so cheap. Someone figured it about .71 cents per 2 gallons. I make it in the powder form, my HE washing machine only uses 1 Tablespoon per load (I spent about 10.00 to make a huge amount that will prob last at least 6 months if not longer). It took a little getting used to, but I love the smell of Fels Naptha (one of the 3 ingredients). I use vinegar in the rinse, and the sun to dry the clothes. I actually don't hate laundry as much as I used to, it makes me feel like I am saving and being efficient.
Next on my list is homemade toothpaste. The little girls brush their teeth a lot and love toothpaste. When I read the label I am not comfortable with this. I found a recipe which uses coconut oil, baking soda, and peppermint essential oil. All common ingredients at our house. I just need a good way to dispense it. The funny thing is that I saw a recipe for homemade deodorant using these same ingredients. The other website is where I saw the deodorant recipe, she also has a cool lip balm recipe I would love to try.
My favorite thing about the internet how much stuff you can learn from other people. Its like having a really smart grandmother-teacher at the tip of your fingers....
A big thank you to the ladies from the above blogs and all the others who share there wonderful homemaking knowledge with us!