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Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

I have been nervous about this homesteading adventure; making my own hand soap.  Why?  Because of the smell!    No-no, not the smell while making it, but of how to infuse or get a nice smelling hand soap while making it at home.  

I have always liked going to my friends’ houses and they have the fancy Bath & Body Works hand soaps. They smell AMAZING, but I have to wonder what the fragrances are actually made out of.  Most fragrances are now conjured up in some science lab.  There is no way a pomegranate in real life smells as strong as the fragrance they put in their soaps!!  PLUS, I could never bring myself to pay that much for hand soap.   Make Hand Soap for $9 per Gallon - Colorado Urban Homesteader







Good news, Dr. Bronner’s makes a castille soap that is gently scented with natural ingredients, so the soap still smells good without being overpowering.  Check it out here for all their soaps Dr. Bronner’s Ingredients.

Homemade Hand Soap

Super simple to make and makes the house smell great too!   Grate the bar soap using the coarse side of the grater.  Put soap shavings into a large stockpot and add … READ MORE...

Reader’s Digest ‘Homemade’

Book - Reader's Digest 'Homemade' - Colorado Urban HomesteaderIf you are starting out homesteading, or are a DIY person, or like being a mad scientist concocting recipes…you NEED this book!

It is ‘Homemade: How-to Make Hundreds of Everyday Products Fast, Fresh, and More Naturally‘ put out by Reader’s Digest in 2008.  This book has 379 pages filled with  “702 Ways to Save Money and the Earth!” and of “How to Make Hundreds of Everyday Products Fast, Fresh, and more Naturally”.  

I personally use this book as a reference for household items to make.  I have tried many recipes and made Post-it-Notes for the recipes I have improved. 

  • Chapter 1: Replacement for Pantry StaplesReader's Digest 'Homemade' - Colorado Urban Homesteader
  • Chapter 2: Pickled, Preserved and Frozen Foods
  • Chapter 3: Baked Goods You Can Make
  • Chapter 4: Snacks, Nibbles, and Drinks
  • Chapter 5: Make Your Own Take-out Food
  • Chapter 6: Easy-to-make Sweet Treats
  • Chapter 7: Your Own Beauty Products
    • This is where I got the base for the Moisturizing Lotion, “Glorious Green Aloe Moisturizing Lotion”
  • Chapter 8: Healthy Home RemediesReader's Digest 'Homemade' - Colorado Urban Homesteader
    • The “Herbal Tea for Flatulence” actually helped my daughter during a rough spell
  • Chapter 9: Wholesome Natural Pet Care Products
  • Chapter 10: Spit-and-Polish Cleaning Products
    • “Laundry Soap” and “Automatic Dishwasher Detergent” are some the base for some of my recipes
  • Chapter 11: Useful House and Garden Products


Dishwasher Soap with Citric Acid