Homemade Hippie Liquid Laundry Soap

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This is the laundry soap that I used before I discovered soap nuts. See all about soap nuts HERE and other ways to use them besides laundry HERE. I was at my girlfriends house the other day and she was complaining about the high cost of laundry soap and all the chemical junk that it contains. I showed her how to whip up a batch of homemade laundry soap. Her cost: $0.83 cents! This does 60-64 loads of laundry. That is one penny per load baby!

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

  • 3 pints water (6 cups)
  • 1/3 bar of Fels Naptha soap grated (we cheated and grated it in her food processor . ha!)
  • 1/2 cup washing soda (not baking soda)
  • 1/2 cup borax
  • 1 Quart hot water (4 cups)
  • A 2 gallon bucket with a tight-fitting lid (we used an old coconut oil bucket, if you’re really nifty you can funnel this into an old detergent bottle and nobody will even know you’re a cheap skate!)
  • cold water to fill bucket

1. Mix Fels Naptha in a saucepan with 3 pints water, heat on low until dissolved. Stir in the washing soda and borax. Stir until thick and remove from heat.

2. In the 2 gallon bucket add 1 quart of hot water. Add soap mixture to the bucket and stir well.

3.  Now fill the bucket with cold tap water (leaving room to stir).

4. Set bucket aside for 24 hours. Uncovered. It will turn into a gel.

5. Place lid on bucket and you’re ready to wash some clothes.

Use 1/3 to 1/2 cup per load. You can stir in any essential oils that you like, if you are a fan of scented laundry.

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Related Articles:

What the heck is a Soap Nut?
Soap Nuts around the House (and on your head)

Homemade Hippie Orange Cleaner

Homemade Hippie Scouring Powder

Homemade Hippie All-Purpose Cleaner and Disinfectant

Homemade Hippie Dishwasher Detergent

Homemade Hippie Windex for 0.12 cents a bottle

ALL Homemade Hippie Recipes

Homemade Hippie Hot Hair Oil

Many of my Homemade Hippie fans know that I am the ultimate cheap skate. I was standing in the grocery store aisle reading labels (yes I am a Label Nazi, and you should be too!) and after much searching, finally found a deep conditioning hair mask that didn’t list the first two ingredients as water and alcohol. It has such yummy ingredients as coconut oil, olive oil, keratin, aloe vera gel and carrot seed oil. I then turned the bottle over and saw the price tag. $12.59! This bottle claims to treat your hair 2 times and contained 2 ounces of hair oil. I don’t know about you, but smoothing my split ends isn’t worth $6.29 per shower. So of course I decided to make it myself.

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First of all, to be very cheap you’re going to want to use what you have on hand. Just about any type of oil will nourish and moisturize your hair. If you want to be very specific:

OILS

  • Avocado Oil- good for very dry or very frizzy hair
  • Coconut Oil- Good for all  hair types, and works well for dandruff
  • Castor Oil- Good for those with oily hair or scalp
  • Sesame Oil- Good for thinning hair
  • Jojoba Oil- Good for oily hair or scalp, a very light oil and easy to wash out
  • Neem Oil-Excellent for dandruff
  • Argan, Almond, Apricot- Good for all hair, but expensive to be washing down your shower drain

Other Ingredients:

Essential Oils

Herbs

Aloe Vera Gel- Clarifies and strengthens

Eggs- A source of serious protein and keratin, things that hair is made of

With all of this in mind, make up your own personal oil blend. In a pinch grab whatever natural oils you have at home already and mix with a couple of raw eggs.

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Homemade Hippie Hot Hair Oil

This was compiled with ingredients that I already had, and for my specific type of hair. I have red hair that is very fine and thin and does tend to dry out easily.

  • 2 Tbsp Avocado Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
  • 2 raw eggs
  1. In a small double boiler or saucepan gently heat oils and aloe, stirring to mix and melt. Remove from heat and whip in the eggs with a fork.
  2. Wet your hair in the sink and apply warm oil to wet hair. (you can apply to dry hair if you like. I just feel like it absorbs better when my hair is wet)
  3. Run a bath towel or large kitchen towel under very hot tap water. Wring out towel and wrap it around your head.
  4. Sit around with your oily head and watch the Lifetime Movie Network or check out old Homemade Hippie Posts (below) and plan your next concoction.
  5. I don’t time this, but it’s best to leave the oil on your hair as long as you can. 30  minutes minimum.
  6. You can rewarm the towel under hot water if you wish.
  7. Wash your hair as you normally would. You will probably need to wash it twice to remove all of the oil.

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MY COST:

2 TBSP Avocado Oil $1.33

2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil $0.81 cents

2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil $.047 cents

2 Eggs $0.00 The beauty of dating a chicken farmer If you aren’t so lucky, you can add approximately $0.25 to your total

For 1 hair treatment this cost me $2.61 and used 3 ounces of oil. That is $0.87 cents per ounce!

Calling all Cheap Skates

Calling all Cheap Skates

Related Posts:

Homemade Hippie Lip Balm

Homemade Hippie Hair Spray

Homemade Hippie Body Wash

Homemade Hippie Bug Spray

Homemade Hippie Tooth Paste

Homemade Hippie Orange Cleaner

Homemade Hippie Scouring Powder

Homemade Hippie Dishwashing Powder

Homemade Hippie Wrinkle Cream & Eye Cream

Homemade Hippie All Purpose Cleaning Spray

Homemade Hippie Windex for $0.12

Homemade Hippie Mouthwash

Homemade Hippie Face Wash

Homemade Hippie Simple Hand Lotion

A COMPLETE LIST OF HOMEMADE HIPPIE RECIPES

Magnesium Oil and Restless Legs Update

Many of you have inquired about Rob’s restless leg syndrome. For those of you who missed it, the original post is HERE and how to make the Magnesium Oil for cheap is HERE.

I am happy to report that my darling bed-mate is no longer turning the sheets into a tiny ball in the middle of the bed, kicking me in the knee caps, running up and down the stairs in the middle of the night, sitting up in bed and loudly sighing, constantly twitching or flipping around the bed like a fish. My legs are back to being the normal pasty white color, instead of various shades of black, blue and purple. We are both resting well and I am not lying in bed awake dreaming up ways to smother someone more than  twice my weight with a pillow. In short, IT WORKED!

Rob has found over the months of trial and error that he does much better if he sprays with magnesium oil twice a day. In the morning before work, he sprays his legs and rubs it in until its dry, then gets dressed and goes about his day, leaving the magnesium oil on his skin. At night about 1/2 an hour before showering he sprays his legs, arms, and torso and rubs it in. He pays special attention and sprays an extra amount along his spine, as he feels that it absorbs better there. Zero scientific proof of that, but he ‘feels’ that it works better so that’s what he does 🙂 Sometimes you just have to listen to your body right? He lays around and lets it soak into his skin for at least 30 minutes, then gets into the shower and gets ready for bed.

I can attest that twice a day is much better than once. He is completely still at night! It’s amazing the difference between Crazy Twitchy Rob and Non-Heebie-Jeebie Rob. I don’t want to strangle the new guy. He’s so nice and peaceful to sleep with that I’ve decided he can stick around 🙂

This program has also turned out to be very affordable. You all haven’t forgotten that I’m a cheapskate have you? We are still using the original 2.2 lb bag of Magnesium Chloride Flakes that I purchased for $14.99. I am happy to report that I have since  found an even cheaper source for you HERE at Iherb. This is 2.75 lbs of very pure Magnesium Chloride for only $13.85!  IF YOU USE THE COUPON CODE HIF798 YOU WILL RECIEVE A $10 DISCOUNT. PLUS THEY OFFER FREE SHIPPING! YAY!

The Easiest Cancer Cure in the World?

Well Perhaps. Or perhaps not. I tend to lean on the side of the guy who is not profiting from this whole cancer cure game. His name is Dr.Tulio Simoncini and he claims to have found the cure for cancer. Dr. Simoncini is an italian oncologist and he isn’t trying to sell anything, or patent anything or raise money for any kind of cause or race or magic cure. He says that he has been led by God to heal people and that is what he’s doing. Call him a quack if you want. But it’s awfully hard to argue with a 90% cure rate!

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I would recommend that EVERYONE read this book. You can buy it HERE. I make no money from the sale of this book, I have read it cover to cover more than once and it seems ridiculous at first glance. When I read it the first time I had to put the book down. I was completely blown away. It was one of those moments when you realize that everything you believed was wrong. I started crying so hard for all of the people who died and are going to die because of the greedy bastards who don’t want to let this message get out. 

That something SO simple could work….. But it works! This man is curing people of ALL types of cancer at a 90% cure rate. Some of the trickier bone cancers are less successful, but oh geez you just have to read it!

RESEARCH STUDIES AND UNBIASED STATISTICAL ANALYSIS SHOW THAT THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR ORTHODOX CANCER TREATMENTS LIKE SURGERY, CHEMOTHERAPY AND RADIATION THERAPY AND THAT THESE TREATMENTS  DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD!

Aromatherapy Part 2: The Dark Side

Although essential oils are natural products, it is still necessary to follow certain precautions when using them. Essential oils are very concentrated and volatile, this is why they work so well! There are certain essential oils that should never be used in aromatherapy. They are all either narcotic, toxic, capable of causing miscarriage, likely to provoke epileptic seizures or can seriously damage the skin.

Dangerous Essential Oils

These oils should Never be used

  • Aniseed Pimpinella anisum
  • Arnica Arnica montana
  • Boldo Leaf Peumus boldus
  • Calamus  Acorus calamus
  • Camphor Cinnamomum camphora
  • Cassia Cinnamomum cassie
  • Cinnamon Bark Cinnamomum zeylanicum
  • Costus Saussurea lappa
  • Bitter Almond Prunus amygdalis
  • Bitter Fennel Foeniculum vulgare
  • Elecampane Inula helenium
  • Horseradish Cochlearia armorica
  • Jaborandi Leaf Pilocarpus jaborandi
  • Mugwort Artemisia vulgaris
  • Mustard Brassica nigra
  • Origanum Origanum vulgare
  • Origanum (spanish) Thymus capitatus
  • Pennyroyal (European) Mentha pulegium
  • Pennyroyal (North American) Hedeoma pulegioides
  • Pine (dwarf) Pinus pumilio
  • Rue Ruta graveolens
  • Sage Salvia officinalis
  • Sassafras Sassafras albidum
  • Sassafras (brazilian) Ocotea cymbarum
  • Savin Juniperus sabina
  • Savory (summer) Satureia hortensis
  • Savory (Winter) Satureia montana
  • Southernwood Artemisia abrotanum
  • Tansy Tanacetum vulgare
  • Thuja (cedarleaf) Thuja occidentalis
  • Thuja Plicata Thuja plicata
  • Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens
  • Wormseed Chenopodium anthelminticum
  • Wormwood Artemisia absinthium

Rosemary: Should not be used by people with epilepsy

In addition to the above list, there are a number of oils that do have valuable therapueutic properties, but need to be used with caution.

Oils that should not be used by people with Epilepsy

  • Fennel (Sweet) Foeniculum vulgare
  • Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis
  • Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis

(plus Sage and Wormwood, from the previous list)

Geranium Oil: Do not use during Pregnancy

Oils That Should Not be Used During Pregnancy

  • Basil Ocimum basilicum
  • Birch Betula alba, B. lenta, B.alleghaniensis
  • Cedarwood Cedrus atlantica
  • Clary Sage Salvia sclarea
  • Cypress Cupressus sempervirens
  • Geranium Pelargonium asperum
  • Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis
  • Jasmine Jasminium officinale
  • Juniper Juniperis communis
  • Marjoram Origanum majorana
  • Myrrh Commiphora myrrha
  • Nutmeg Myristica fragrans
  • Peppermint Mentha piperata
  • Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis
  • Tarragon Artemisia dranunculus
  • Thyme Thymus vulgaris
  • Camomile Anthemis nobilis, et al.
  • Lavender Lavandula vera
  • Rose Rosa centifolia, R.damascena  

Lemon Oil: Do not use for prolonged periods

Essential Oils with a Risk of Chronic Toxicity

Do not use these oils for more than a few days at a time

  • Basil Ocimum basilicum
  • Cedarwood Cedrus atlantica
  • Cinnamon Leaf Cinnamomum zeylanicum
  • Eucalyptus Eucalyptus globulus
  • Fennel (Sweet) Foeniculum vulgare
  • Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis
  • Lemon Citrus limonum
  • Orange Citrus aurantium
  • Nutmeg Myristica fragrans
  • Thyme Thymus vulgaris

Clove Oil: Can irritate the skin

Skin Irritants

Always dilute these oils to 1% before using

  • Angelica Angelica archangelica
  • Black Pepper Piper nigrum
  • Cinnamon Leaf Cinnamomum zeylanicum
  • Citronella Cymbopogon narus
  • Clove (all parts) Eugenia caryphyllus
  • Ginger Zingiber officinalis
  • Lemon Citrus limonum
  • Lemongrass Cymbopogon citratus
  • Lemon Verbena Lippia citriodora
  • Orange Citrus aurantium
  • Nutmeg Myristica fragrans
  • Peppermint Mentha piperata

Bergamot Oil: Can cause sunburn or sun damage

PhotoSensitising Oils

Do not use on skin before sun exposure

  • Angelica Angelica archangelica
  • Bergamot Citrus bergamia
  • Lemon Citrus limonum
  • Orange Citrus aurantium

I certainly don’t mean to scare anyone away from using essential oils, but I think a lot of us (myself included) think we can just go around using essential oils without a care in the world, without realising that they are incredibly strong and can have harmful effects if used improperly. It’s easy to think of the as just fancy scented oils, that you can add to whatever you want. For example, if you add lemon or orange oil to your body lotion recipe and use it every day, you run a risk of toxic levels building up in the body over time. Also be careful about gift giving. I was going to make peppermint shower scrub as a Christmas gift last year, until I researched peppermint oil and found it can cause spontaneous abortion!

Honestly if you are nervous, I would contact a Certified Aromatherapist (which is where I got these lists). I have been using essential oils myself for many years, with no ill effects, but I always research an oil before I use it.

Related Posts:

Aromatherapy Part 1: How it Works

Essential Oil of Bergamot

Essential Oil of Geranium

Essential Oil of Thyme

Cinnamon Bark: A Dangerous Essential Oil

Homemade Hippie Bug Spray

In Michigan we are surrounded by water, which causes lots of humidity, which causes mosquitos the size of pterodactyls. For some reason mosquitos love me. Maybe because I am an extremely white, white girl and you can see every vein in my body, which to a mosquito must look like the best all you can eat lunch buffet in town. I also get welts the size of a quarter every time I get bit, so I spend  most of the summer looking like a victim of scabies. They have hatched really early this year, because of the crazy warm weather, so it’s time to get out the arsenal and try to fend them off before they start carrying away small children.

The best natural bug repellant I’ve ever used is Bite Blocker by Homs LLC. I have tried several different kinds, but they all seem to wear off after a few minutes. Bite Blocker really works for hours, and doesn’t smell nasty at all. I decided to make my own version of Bite Blocker at home, because the ingredients list is pretty simple.

If you don’t want to  make your own it can be purcased HERE. If you use the coupon code HIF798 you will receive a $10 discount and free shipping.

Homemade Hippie Buy Spray

1/4 cup olive oil (or any cheap liquid oil you have laying around)

2 Tbsp vegetable glycerin

1 Tbsp Citric Acid

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp homemade vanilla extract

6 drops Lavender essential oil

6 drops Tea Tree essential oil

6 drops Clove Bud essential oil

6 drops Peppermint essential oil

6 drops Rosemary essential oil

6 drops Eucalyptus essential oil

10 drops Geranium essential oil

Mix all ingredients and pour into a spray bottle. Shake before each use. Reapply after 2-3 hours. You can use any strong mixture of essential oils that you prefer, this is just what I had a lot of in the house. I would make sure to use the Geranium oil, because that is the main active ingredient in Bite Blocker. The others I’m sure you could play with and have good results. Let me know what you use!

I have used this a few times so far and it does work very well. Rob and I went to a terribly overgrown area to chop down some dead trees for fire wood. It was way back in the shade, and next to a small creek. Every step we took sent up swarms of mosquitos and I thought for sure we’d be covered in welts. I got one nasty bite on my ankle, through my sock and Rob got zero bites. Considering that we were outside for 2 1/2 hours hauling firewood and sweating profusely I think that is pretty darn good don’t you?

This also smells good, and isn’t offensive to Rob’s manly nostrils, as he doesn’t like to “smell like a flower”.

Related Posts:

Homemade Hippie Wrinkle Cream

Homemade Hippie Mouthwash

Homemade Hippie Face Wash

Homemade Hippie Hand Lotion

Homemade Hippie Lip Balm

Homemade Hippie Hair Spray

Homemade Hippie Body Wash

Homemade Hippie Tooth Paste

Homemade Hippie Body Lotion

A COMPLETE LIST OF HOMEMADE HIPPIE RECIPES

 

The Use of Clay as Medicine

White Bentonite Clay

Who knew there were so many reasons to eat dirt. Apparently it is nearly universal around the world in the tribal and traditional rural societies, and extremely widespread in the animal kingdom. Many cultures mix clay with water and dip their food into this mixture while eating. Like a little dirt gravy anyone? So what did they know, that we don’t?

When mixed with water, clay forms a temporary colloidal system in which fine particles are dispersed throughout the water. Eventually the particles settle to the bottom of the container, but a variety of mineral ions will remain in the water. These mineral ions are available for absorption, while other minerals that form an integral part of the clay particles may be available for absorption through ionic exchange at the point of contact with the intestinal villi. Highly adsorbent families of clays have been demonstrated to cause the lining of the gut to change both on a cellular and acellular level, protecting the gut from chemical insults as well as alleviating ailments such as esophagitis, gastritis, and colitis.

Clay particles, defined as having a size less than 1-2 microns, have a very large surface area relative to their size. They carry a negative electric charge and can attract positively charged pathogenic organisms along with their toxins and carry them out of the body, Thus, clay compounds not only provide minerals but also can be used as detoxifying agents. As such, they facilitate assimilation and can help prevent intestinal complaints, such as food poisoning and diarrhea. They also will bind with antinutrients found in plant foods, such as bitter tannins, and prevent their absorption.

Green Clay

Clay for Internal Use

Preferably sun-dried, fine or superfine clay may be used internally thanks to its consistency, composition and cleanliness. Montmorillonite is the clay of election for internal use because it has a specific molecular structure which allows an extremely high adsorption as well as absorption capacity. By acting as a strong detoxifying agent, green clay removes whatever hinders the healthy biological processes in the body. In parallel, Clay also protects the gastrointestinal tissues, can neutralize acid or alkaline excess and heal a food poisoning crisis, and regulate bowel movement.

Clay has been used for centuries for:

  • Detoxification
  • Heartburn, stomach-ache, gastritis, stomach ulcer, flatulence, colitis, functional colopathy, food poisoning, abdominal bloating, diarrhea.
  • Gingivitis, bad breath, stomatitis, dental abscess, mouth ulcer.
  • Colds, rhinitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, laryngitis, bronchitis.
  • Acidosis, hepatic dysfunction, intoxication, parasitosis.
  • Clay like Illite is ultra rich in minerals and trace elements and can be used as a mineral supplement in combination with plants extracts or herbal teas. Minerals present in clay include: calcium, chromium, copper, iron, germanium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, selenium, silica, silicon and zinc.
  • Clay does contain aluminum, but because of the high silica content in clay, the aluminum is not deposited in the body. In fact, silica absorbs aluminum and other metals already in the body and carries them out.

Bottoms Up!

How to Use Clay Internally

Place 1 teaspoon of Azomite, Montmorillonite, Bentonite (or other) Clay Powder in an 8 oz glass of pure water and stir very well. Leave it sit until the clay sinks to the bottom of the glass. Drink the water, leaving the clay in the glass. Once your body has adjusted to this mixture (1-2 weeks) you can drink the whole glass, including the clay for a stronger detox.

Where to Buy Clay

When you start researching clay, you’ll discover there are zillions of brands and it can get very confusing. I actually buy mine from a local feed store. It is sold as a mineral supplement for chickens and is less than $1 a pound! Keep in mind that a little goes a very long way. This stuff is super absorbent. There are many varieties online and at the health food store. It’s definitely the cheapest thing you’ll ever buy at a health food store 🙂

There is a great confusion in the world at large about what makes bentonite bentonite, what makes montmorillonite montmorillonite, and what makes caclium bentonite a calcium bentonite and not a sodium bentonite… What is a volclay, and what makes a volclay different from a sea clay or a glacial clay? Ad infinitum.

What makes a bentonite a bentonite, and what makes a montmorillonite a montmorillonite, is simply the name people call it! Whether someone calls it by the French name or the American English name, what they are stating is that the clay is a smectite with certain particle characteristics. Smectite layers are stacked on top of each other, and the particle shape is rectangular; when hydrated, the colloid presents a zeta potential with a negative charge. Minedat.org has it correct when they list montmorillonite as a synonym for smectite, and list bentonite as a clay consisting primarily of bentonite. Therefore, when considering therapeutic clays, do not get too caught up in terminology.

Azomite Clay

Clay for External Use

Externally, clay may be used as part of powder, poultices, compresses, masks, baths, mouthwash, nose wash, wraps, shampoos and soaps. Poultices are made by adding a small amount of water to a bowl of clay, letting this mix rest until you have complete saturation, preferably under the sunlight. The poultices should cover the area to treat with at least a 3/4 inch thick layer, wrapped with a cotton cloth and be left on for at least one hour. Externally clay is a great treatment for:

  • Skin Cancer
  • Acne
  • Scars
  • Bites & Stings
  • Abscess
  • Boils
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Athletes foot
  • Arthritis
  • Sprains
  • Cramps
  • Swelling
  • Splinters (draws them out)
  • Surface infections
  • To eradicate finger/toe nail fungus

Making a Poultice

Cautions:

1. When taking clay internally, it is very important to keep the body hydrated by drinking 8-10 glasses of water daily. The water helps soften and loosen impacted fecal material lining the walls of the small intestine and colon. This material is then absorbed by the clay and removed from the body through normal elimination.

2. Do not take clay at the same time as any medications, wait 1-3 hours. Do not use clay if you have chronic constipation or high blood pressure.

3.  I am not a doctor and never give medical advise. Contact your doctor for that.

4. Use pure water. I use distilled or spring water

5. Clay should not come in contact with any metal. Including the stirring spoon.

6. For external use it is important to place the clay directly on the skin, and then cover the clay with a cloth. This keeps the air off of the clay and allows the proper drawing/pulling action to take place.

I have personally used clay to heal a horrible ear/sinus infection in 4 hours. I spread a thick 1 inch layer of clay on the right side of my face and below my ear. I looked like the swamp thing! I washed this mixture off and replaced it with fresh clay every hour. By the 4th hour my fever was gone, my sinuses were clear, my nose was no longer congested and the searing pain in my ear was gone. I could literally feel the pulling, drawing sensation as the clay sucked the bacteria and toxins out of my body. It was a very cool experience, making me a total believer in the healing powers of clay. Since then I have used clay on several small cuts, to draw a metal sliver that was deeply imbedded in my palm, as a spot treatment for the occasional blemish, as an additive to homemade toothpaste, and a face mask (your pores totally disappear!). I also take it internally for 3 days and then rest for 4 days every week.

How We Afford to Eat High Quality Food

When I first started eating a healthier diet I whined and complained about how expensive it was. In fact, my main excuse for not buying organic grass-fed beef was the cost. I knew that it was so much healthier that it was practically a different food altogether, but the fact that I would be paying $4.25  a lb for ground beef was a major sticking point for me. Here’s how we did it (and something I didn’t even consider at the time). By eliminating a TON of other things that we used to purchase!

Things that we no longer buy:

  1. Boxed dinners, helpers, roni’s etc
  2. Pasta (make it myself)
  3. Pasta Sauce (make it myself)
  4. Pizza Sauce (so simple to make)
  5. Tortillas (make them myself corn and flour)
  6. Bread (bake it myself)
  7. Muffins (make them myself)
  8. Crackers (make them myself)
  9. Breakfast cereal (make it myself, recipe coming)
  10. Coffee (We quit caffeine and we feel great!)
  11. Purified water (bought a Berkey and love it!)
  12. Paper towels or napkins (we use cloth napkins)
  13. Pre-made frozen food (pot pies, pizza, burritos etc)
  14. Ice cream (make it myself, recipe coming)
  15. Potato chips (stopped eating them, but I have made them myself once)
  16. Lunches out (we pack our lunches every day)
  17. Trail mix (I soak and dry the nuts first, then make the mix)
  18. Nut butters (very easy to make at home, tutorial coming)
  19. Jams or chutney (make and can)
  20. Yogurt (make it myself from raw milk)
  21. Sour cream, cream cheese, butter, buttermilk (make them from raw milk)
  22. Dry mixes like pancake, brownie, cake etc (make it from scratch)
  23. Cigarettes (yay!)
  24. Condiments (make most from scratch)
  25. Salad dressing (very easy to make)
  26. Soda pop (we drink homemade Kombucha or Ginger Beer)
  27. Canned spaghetti or pizza sauce (make and can)
  28. Salsa (make and can)
  29. Seasoning Salt and other blends (easy to make)
  30. Worcestershire Sauce (yes you can do this yourself)
  31. Cocktail Sauce (very good homemade)
  32. Canned vegetables or fruit (make and can)
  33. Vanilla Extract (very easy to make)
  34. Shaving cream (coconut oil is an excellent shaving cream!)
  35. Shampoo (I use soap nuts liquid)
  36. Conditioner (don’t need it since I started using soap nuts liquid)
  37. Bodywash (make it myself)
  38. Perfume (either don’t use it, or use essential oils)
  39. Windex (so easy to make)
  40. All-purpose cleaners (make it yourself)
  41. Dishwasher Detergent (easy to make)
  42. Scouring Powder (very simple to make)
  43. Orange Cleaner (make it myself)
  44. Facewash (make it myself)
  45. Hand & body lotion (make it myself)
  46. Wrinkle cream (make it myself)
  47. Manicures or pedicures (I keep my nails short and plain)
  48. Pro hair cuts/color/style (I have very long hair and cut it myself)
  49. Toothpaste (make it myself)
  50. Mouthwash (make it myself)
  51. Hairspray (make my own for a penny)
  52. New clothing (we buy 95% used from a few different thrift stores)
  53. Food at restaurants (we eat out maybe once a month)
  54. Movies at the theater (we watch Netflix movies on the computer or read)
  55. Cable TV (we actually don’t own a television)

Things that we buy in bulk

  1. Herbs & spices (once a year from Mt. Rose Herbs, see link in blogroll)
  2. Makeup $35-40 a year (once a year from Everyday Minerals)
  3. Plain un-scented soap (once a year from a local soap/candle store)
  4. Organic vinegar (Sam’s Club 1-2 times a year)
  5. Rice (once a year)
  6. Baking soda (1-2 times a year from Sam’s Club)
  7. Washing soda (1-2 times a year from Sam’s Club)
  8. Borax (1-2 times a year from Sam’s Club)
  9. Toilet paper (2-3 times a year from Sam’s Club)
  10. Coconut oil, coconut butter, coconut cream and dry coconut (once a year from Mt. Rose Herbs see blogroll)
  11. Beans (once a year)
  12. Organic, sprouted flour (often from a local health food store)
  13. Nuts & dry fruit
  14. Raw honey (twice a year from a local beekeeper)
  15. Maple Syrup (once a year from a farm in Northern MI)
  16. Half of a cow. 100% grass-fed and finished. 320 lbs of meat (from a farmer that we know and trust)
  17. Rob is raising heritage breed hogs for us this year and he is growing 30 chickens and 5 turkeys for the freezer. He also has a laying flock of 25 hens that keep us well stocked in fresh eggs. In the future we plan to raise our own beef cow and I would love to have a dairy cow! Mmmmm cheese…..We would also love to buy bulk wheat and oats and grind them ourselves. Someday soon we will have a large vegetable garden. Always more projects on the way!

My point here is not to sound like I am perfect (because I am SO not), but to let everyone know that for me the cost of properly grown, properly prepared, nutrient-dense, real, whole food is worth it! We have sacrificed a lot of convenience and time and effort to make this happen and guess what? We saved $6,000 in insurance premiums last year because we are never sick. I had 2 teeth cavities remineralize themselves. No more expensive dental visits for me! We don’t spend any money on prescription drugs, over the counter drugs or co-pays for doctor visits. By starting with just one thing at a time we have saved ourselves thousands of dollars. We are now spending that money on the highest quality meat, cheese, milk and vegetables that we can find, from local farmers that we know and trust. By really making our health a priority we have been able to slowly make these changes, and have a lot of fun along the way. (It also helps that we both hate to shop! It takes an act of God to get us into the store 🙂

P.S If you’re wondering how we have time for all of this, see #55

Homemade Hippie Orange Cleaner

This is almost too easy to post about. I feel like I should have been doing this my entire life, and somehow I got tricked into paying $4 for a spray bottle of orange cleaner. Craziness.

I have a juicer now, and I am really enjoying fresh vegetable & fruit juices. However, I now have citrus peels coming out my ears. This is just one of the many uses for them. I’ll keeping posting more ideas to get rid of them, as I find them. Unfortunately chickens don’t like citrus peels, which is what I do with the rest of the veggie pulp, and I can’t bear to throw them away! (no I’m not a hoarder, just a crazy hippie)

Homemade Orange Cleaner

  • Vinegar (just plain organic, white vinegar will do)
  • lots of citrus peels (orange, lemon, lime or a combination)

Place peels in vinegar. I cut mine small and put them right in the original vinegar bottle, because I’m crazy like that. Let this sit around for 6 weeks or so. When you remember to shake it, shake it. This releases oil from the peels and makes it more a more potent grease cutter. I shook mine a lot and vigorously and let it sit around for about 2 months. You’re going to love this and use it like crazy, so I would recommend that you start a new gallon every month or so, so you never run out. Also, writing the date on the jug/jar really helps 🙂

Strain out the citrus when you think it’s “done”. Refill an old spray bottle (because I know you’re saving those right?) I honestly don’t think I will need to make any other cleaners now. This one just takes the cake. I have cleaned my oven, stove top, kitchen counters, sink, added 1/2 cup to the mop water, and sprayed the whole bathroom. It is very excellent for dusting! The only thing it won’t work for is windows/glass or to polish faucets and such. It is also excellent added to your sink full of dishes. If you are soaking some kind of baked on nasty lasagna or something, this does the trick. We all know that vinegar is great for cleaning and is a natural disinfectant, who knew that adding a bit of citrus oil would improve it so much?

Related Posts:

Homemade Hippie All Purpose Cleanser and Disinfectant

Homemade Hippie Windex for 0.12 a bottle!

Homemade Hippie Scouring Powder

Homemade Hippie Dishwasher Detergent

Homemade Hippie Lip Balm

Homemade Hippie Wrinkle Cream

Homemade Hippie Mouthwash, Face Wash, Body Wash

A COMPLETE LIST HOMEMADE HIPPIE RECIPES

Homemade Hippie Scouring Powder

I have been experimenting with making homemade cleaning and beauty products as I run out of them. So far I have made my own dishwasher detergent, window/glass cleaner, all purpose cleanser and disinfectant, lotion, wrinkle cream, hair spray, toothpaste, mouthwash, and lip balm and now it’s time to tackle scouring powder.

I happen to be in love with a handsome mechanic. He comes home with much grease and leaves the shower and sink with nice dark rings and smudges.  I need a serious scouring powder to tackle this stuff 🙂 I have used this powder 3 times now, and I find that it works just as well as comet, and rinses off much better. I don’t feel like I’m wasting zillions of gallons of water trying to wash the comet residue down the drain….I have tried plain baking soda before, and a baking soda/vinegar mix and in my opinion this is much better.

Homemade Hippie Scouring Powder

1 cup Baking soda

1 cup Salt (I used kosher for extra grit)

1 cup Borax

Mix all ingredients in a container. I usually just refill the bottle/container of whatever I ran out of. Do you guys have a whole bunch of bottles and tubes that are full of homemade concoctions too? However, you can’t refill a comet container very easily, so I took a small coffee can (see saving those coffee cans isn’t weird! You really will find a use for them. You will!) and poked holes in the plastic lid. You can use a canning jar, or any old container you have been waiting to repurpose. Fill with powder, top with lid. Sprinkle and scrub to your hearts content.

I think next time I will dry some orange or lemon peels and make them into a powder. I think that would smell great and add some extra scrubbing power. Plus I have a juicer now, and I’m dying to come up with a use for all of these citrus peels.  I already made orange oil, and I love it! I’ll post that recipe for you tomorrow.

COMPLETE LIST OF HOMEMADE HIPPIE RECIPES

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