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DIY Homemade Deodorant Stick and Spray

June 30, 2019 Tara Dodrill 0

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 […]

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How To Eradicate Corn Smut

June 27, 2019 Tara Dodrill 0

Corn smut is something most homesteaders hate to see develop in their growing plot. Just about when big juicy ears of sweet corn are ready to harvest and be enjoyed is when the ugly knobby […]

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DIY Natural Wax Melt Air Fresheners

June 15, 2019 Tara Dodrill 0

Making your own natural wax melt air fresheners is easy, fun, cheap, and keeps potentially harmful artificial ingredients out of your home. Commercially manufactured wax melts are made with a paraffin wax. There is no […]

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Survival Crackers Recipe and History

June 13, 2019 Tara Dodrill 0

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. […]

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DIY Natural Disinfectant Wipes

June 11, 2019 Tara Dodrill 2

Keeping our homesteaders as germ-free as possible helps prevent illness from emerging and spreading. When there is a mess or raw meat and eggs residue in the kitchen, we sometimes feel that plain old soap […]

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DIY Natural Mascara

June 5, 2019 Tara Dodrill 2

Making natural mascara is perhaps the most difficult of creating your own cosmetics from ingredients that are not artificial – and possibly toxic. A lot of trial and error is involved when making anything from […]

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DIY Natural Fabric Softener

May 28, 2019 Tara Dodrill 1

DIY natural fabric softener keeps your clothing, towels, and blankets both feeling soft and smelling fresh. Commercially manufactured fabric softeners, even some “organic” ones, are comprised of potentially harmful chemicals. Fabric softeners not only keep […]

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How To Eradicate Brown Rot In Your Garden

May 27, 2019 Tara Dodrill 0

Brown rot is a fungal disease that particularly affects peach, plum, apricot, cherry, nectarines, and other stone fruit trees. This type of fungal infestation becomes especially problematic during spring when wet and humid conditions abound. […]

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How To Eradicate Black Knot Disease

May 21, 2019 Tara Dodrill 1

Black knot is an all too common fungal disease that afflicts fruit trees, and various types of ornamental trees – especially varieties of cherry and plum trees. The fungus causes black tumor-style growths, or black […]