• DIY,  Urban Homestead

    DIY Raised Garden Beds

    The beautiful thing about gardening is that you can be completely creative with how your fruit and veggies are grown. There are many different container options for growing. When plants have plenty of room to grow along with the nutrients needed, they can be grown in almost anything. Some examples: tires, plastic totes, pvc pipe, barrels, pallets, milk jugs, large yogurt containers, gallon ice cream tubs, etc. Your raised beds can be as simple or as complex as you like. I could go on for DAYS about how many different containers you could use and recycle for growing plants. What we chose to do. We decided to use recycled wood…

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    Natural Cleaners

    We all know that the majority of items used to clean homes today are packed full of hazardous chemicals and they can be a bit pricey. I started making my own cleaners mostly to save money and avoiding the chemicals was just a bonus. I am super glad I started to make my own cleaners though because now I don’t have to worry about my children getting into anything harmful. There are people who make a cleaner for every surface of their home, but I’m a lazy person so I like to keep things simple. I’ve learned water and some elbow grease can go a long way. All purpose Cleaner…

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    DIY Cloth Napkins

    I absolutely love sewing, and I have a weakness for fabric when its on sale. Hobby Lobby was having a 30% off sale one day and I couldn’t resist this 100% cotton fabric with sunflowers I had found. So I did what any strong willed woman would do, I bought half a yard of it for $2.45. I decided to make some pot holders and dinner napkins with it. The dinner napkins were SUPER easy to make. I was able to make 5 within an hour. 1. I cut my fabric into squares. I didn’t measure, but most people do 18 inch squares. 2. I folded over the edges and…

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    DIY Reusable Dryer Sheets

    Making your own dryer sheets is a great way to avoid chemicals and unnecessary waste while reusing things around your home. I personally do not make them right now because I feel like they aren’t a necessity, but if you enjoy them consider making your own. There are two options to choose from. The first option uses old scraps of fabric in a vinegar solution (don’t worry the vinegar smell will disappear) and the second is wool dryer balls. Reusable Dryer Sheet Ingredients Scraps of fabric (old rags, old t-shirts, leftover fabric from crafts) 1c  White vinegar 20 drops of essential oils Glass container (mason jar is fine) How to…

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    Natural Laundry Detergent

    Laundry detergent is one of the first zero waste/eco-friendly swaps I made. I was 19 when I made my first batch and I haven’t used anything else since. I started making it as a way to avoid chemicals, but turns out this recipe is great for saving money and avoiding plastic waste as well. I have very sensitive and dry skin, even water can irritate my skin, but I’ve never had any issues with this recipe. My son is seven and his clothes have been washed with this since he was 3, he never showed signs of skin irritation either. There are MANY recipes out there for DIY laundry detergent,…