How To Make Homemade Soap

Alright, let’s make soap!  It is easy, you can make it however you like, and you will never buy another bar of drying, chemical laden soap again! First, gather your ingredients.  You can buy these items online at places like Brambleberry or Essential Depot but I like to support local business so I head down to Buckley’s Homestead Supply in Old Colorado City and pick up what I am missing. You will need a digital scale to measure your ingredients.  Place the digital scale in a plastic freezer bag to protect it.  When dealing with the lye use safety glasses … Continue reading How To Make Homemade Soap

The Clean Green Homestead

Spring cleaning time!  Did you know that conventional cleaners are very toxic?  They can cause issues like asthma and even cancer.  They do seep through the skin and are inhaled.  They are also very expensive!  Not only that, but they are very hard on the environment as they never really go away, just go sit in our waterways.  You can save a bundle, and have a really clean, green, and healthy home by making your own cleaning products.  And yes, they work every bit as well as conventional. Dusting Oil- This makes wood look brand new and super shiny.  The oil … Continue reading The Clean Green Homestead

Soapy Girls and Their Lyes

  Nancy and I have always wanted to learn to make soap.  I have looked at soap making ingredients and have talked with soap makers and after hearing every warning under the sun about blindness, explosions, and eating through skin, I thought in my innate clumsiness that perhaps working with lye was not for me!  Yet, the customers keep asking for soap.  The homesteader in me wants desperately to know how to do everything myself.  Soap making is just one more thing we needed to conquer on our quest as farmgirls.   My friend, Kathi, innocently put up a picture … Continue reading Soapy Girls and Their Lyes

Of Sea Salt, the Art of Bathing, and Writer’s Block

One of the great pleasures in life is the bath.  It is often overlooked for its relaxing abilities.  It is basically a gift to oneself!  I personally have a great deal of trouble relaxing.  I feel like I have to go-go-go all the time.  I have lists of lists to do and I must fill every moment doing something or I get antsy and quite grumpy.  I promptly fall into bed at 9:00 and sleep great.  However, I think a little balance is due.  I am not a super young person and though I love to keep busy and I will … Continue reading Of Sea Salt, the Art of Bathing, and Writer’s Block