DIY Homemade Deodorant Stick and Spray

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Natural deodorant recipes have a lot in common with commercially manufactured deodorants and antiperspirants, but it is what they don’t have that is most important. The vast majority of store-bought deodorants contain aluminum and other potentially harmful toxins. DIY natural deodorants are our best only option to control sweat and body odor without infusing your … Read more DIY Homemade Deodorant Stick and Spray

Bagworms – What They Are and How to Get Rid of Them

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Bagworms are tiny little creatures that will not harm you, but can be highly destructive to the trees on your homestead. These non-poisonous worms feed on the leaves of trees and plant foliage – sometimes in massive quantities. Nearly 200 different trees are targeted by bagworms. These parasites are native to North America, but primarily … Read more Bagworms – What They Are and How to Get Rid of Them

How to Dry Flowers in an Oven or Microwave

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Drying flowers to preserve them has been a homesteading tradition going back hundreds of years. The only downfall to the process is all of the patience it requires. Pressing flowers between boards or sheets of cardboard takes weeks. These oven and microwave flower drying techniques take only an hour or less. There are many reasons … Read more How to Dry Flowers in an Oven or Microwave

Survival Crackers Recipe and History

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Doomsday crackers, or survival crackers, as they are sometimes called, were created during the Cold War era after extensive research by the federal government. These shelf stable crackers are somewhat like hardtack crackers on steroids. Making and preserving your own crackers will provide a nutrient-rich and inexpensive food source that can be plucked from the … Read more Survival Crackers Recipe and History

How to Needle Felt Animals, Dolls, and so Much More

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Needle felting is a completely no-tech and super low cost crafting “habit.” I opted against using the word hobby to describe needle felting, because once you pick up a piece of wool and the proper needle, it is almost impossible not to get addicted. I discovered needle felting accidentally when browsing Pinterest and ETSY for … Read more How to Needle Felt Animals, Dolls, and so Much More

How to Build Hugelkultur Beds and Why You Need Them

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The concept of a permaculture garden is to provide long-term solutions that maximize outputs and minimize inputs, while cycling energy and resources through the system. This creates closed-loop efficiency within your system and prevents excess waste. In fact, one of permaculture’s most favored sayings is ‘there’s no such thing as waste, just things in the … Read more How to Build Hugelkultur Beds and Why You Need Them