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Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste

Making your own homemade peppermint toothpaste couldn’t be easier!  It’s as simple as mixing 8 ingredients together and storing it in a jar.  This homemade peppermint toothpaste adds trace minerals to help re-mineralize your teeth and does NOT contain any fluoride.

How to Make Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste

Gather all ingredients and let them sit until they are room temperature.  Get a glass or ceramic bowl and mix all 8 ingredients together, pour into a glass jar for storage and use everyday.  To help your teeth stay white, make a whitening mouth rinse of water and hydrogen peroxide.  Combine an equal part of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide and Water in a glass, swish around in your mouth for 1 minute then spit out; simple.

Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste

Ingredients:

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MIX ALL INGREDIENTS IN A GLASS OR CERAMIC BOWL WITH A WOODEN SPOON.  (The Bentonite clay will absorb any metal or plastic).  Feel free to try other essential oils, other than peppermint.  Cinnamon is another great option to try!

Ingredients for Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste 

Mix Ingredients with a Wooden SpoonPour Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste into a jar to Store

 

Why I Make My Own Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste

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Grow Your Own Mushrooms

You have heard of a yule log during the Holidays, but how about a mushroom log to grow your own mushrooms?  Grow Your Own Mushrooms

Every year your family asks you what you want for Christmas, why not ask for a mushroom log so you can grown your own mushrooms !   You can explain that mushroom logs allow you to easily grow mushrooms at home within a few months.   There are a few companies that sell tree logs that have been injected with mushroom spores.  The mushroom varieties have included shiitake, button, etc.

This is exactly what I asked of my mom for Christmas and to my surprise, on Christmas Day, I opened up a present and it was indeed a shiitake mushroom log!  I think it was my favorite present this year!

How to Care for Your Mushroom Log

When you get your mushroom log you must soak it for 24 hours.  It is VERY important to use spring or distilled water, or in my case…melted snow.    You can’t use tap water because it has chlorine that will kill the mushroom spores.  (Luckily for me, it had snowed the night before and so I went outside and collected snow and melted it down.)    Soak Mushroom Log for 24 HoursUse a large tub to soak your wood and be sure to weigh it down to keep it … READ MORE...

Spiced Pumpkin Butter

I can’t make enough Spiced Pumpkin Butter, I use it in everything that plain old pumpkin puree can be used for because I like (LOVE) the added spice flavors.  I use pumpkin butter to make Pumpkin Spice Waffles, Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins, and Pumpkin Bread!

  • Start by making pumpkin puree from pie pumpkins or bigger jack o’lantern type pumpkins. Each year I find that I use a mixture of both because that is what I grew, had on hand, or got from the farmer’s markets.  If you have never made pumpkin puree before, follow the directions here: Processing Pie Pumpkins for Pumpkin Puree.

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  • The recipe that I use is Spiced Pumpkin Butter from The Better Homes & Garden book, Can It! on page 213.  
  • Making the puree is the most labor intensive part of the process, but once you have puree, the butter is SIMPLE to make.  It is as easy as gathering all the ingredients, throwing it into a crock pot and waiting a few hours for it to cook down to a thicker consistency, then can it and enjoy!   I cook it on high for about 3-4 hours, or until it gets a little thicker in consistency.  Once it reaches your desired thickness, pour it into some clean canning jars (leave 1/2″ headspace) and FREEZE.  
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Bentonite Clay Deodorant (without Baking Soda)

Tired of irritating deodorants?  Tired of other homemade deodorants that melt in the summer?  This recipe solves both problems and smells great! 

My Story

I figured with summer around the corner it would be nice to smell fresh and clean.   Truthfully, I haven’t worn deodorant for a while (including last summer); about two years ago Bentonite Clay Deodorant - COLROADO URBAN HOMESTEADERI ran out of the store bough stuff in the winter time and just never bought another deodorant stick.  If there was something really important that I needed to smell presentable for or an extra hot day where I would be around a lot of people, I would steal my husband’s store bought deodorant and just smell a little manly for the day.  I remember my body getting use to not having deodorant and kinda going through a pit detox if you will.  After a while, I just wasn’t stinky anymore.  Occasionally, I would think to myself “wow I stink” and then I would go take a shower and that would solve the problem.

Since I have been without deodorant for so long, I am not sure where the urgent need to make my own came from.  I think I just miss smelling good all day long, and by creating a homemade and good smelling deodorant, I can achieve that.

 

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How to Acquire Free Mulch

Free Mulch - COLORADO URBAN HOMESTEADERI live in an awesome town that has a tree & branch collection site.   You can drop off your tree clippings or branches, the city then takes them and turns it into mulch and has a huge pile for anyone to take. …for FREE.    Check your city’s website to see if they provide a free mulch service.

Free Mulch - COLORADO URBAN HOMESTEADERMulch makes great layers when filling in raised garden beds and to mulch around fruit trees and berry bushes.  When acquiring mulch, check to see if it is from Christmas Trees.  Many cities will mulch Christmas Trees too, but for your typical garden you want to STAY AWAY from Christmas tree mulch because it is too acidic.  Luckily our city separates the Christmas Tree mulch from the traditional stuff.

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*Tip*  In order to not get our car quite as dirty, we purchased a Bagster – Dumpster in a Bag from Home Depot and used that to lay in the bottom of our van and fill it with mulch.  We figured that we would end up using it later for it’s intended purpose.

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