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Homemade Cleaners I Can’t Live Without

By Fredrica Syren: When we went zero waste a couple of years ago, we started making our own household cleaners. It reduces waste from packaging, and it saves money; but most importantly, the homemade cleaners contain no chemicals that can harm your family or the planet. One ironic result is …

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Homemade Tomato Ketchup

This time of year, the tomatoes are super sweet and since we grow lots of tomatoes on our homestead I make tomato ketchup that is magical. My secret is that I add a little rosehip powder to it because it gives it a fuller taste, but you can also make …

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Homemade Fruit Leather

By Fredrica Syren: Of all the kids’ snacks you can buy, fruit leather must the biggest rip-off because making your own is so super easy. So forget those processed, sugary fruit leathers, and say hello to juicy fruit leathers bursting with natural flavors — and that contain only fruit. As …

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Got Lemons?

By Kim Robson: Where I grew up, we had a prolific lemon tree in the backyard. At least once a season, I’d haul from the garage a fruit-picking contraption like this, with powerful snips at the end of a pole. The snips are activated by pulling a rope, and the …

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My Zero Waste Beauty Routine

By Fredrica Syren: When you start a zero-waste life style, the bathroom can be the trickiest place to go green and stop using disposable items. I say that going zero waste means both reducing waste as well as chemicals, especially when it comes to beauty routines. You can, of course, …

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DIY Bath Bombs for Christmas

By Larraine Roulston: During the holiday season, some individuals strive to surprise family and friends with memorable homemade gifts. If sourcingherbs and other ingredients to create personal care products are your focus, this bath bomb recipe with scented evergreen needles is a popular choice. Bath bombs, also known as bath fizzies, …

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DIY Bath Salts

ByKim Robson: I’m a huge fan of hot baths. Summer is always a sad time for me because it’s too hot for anything beyond a lukewarm shower. Taking a long hot soak is out of the question. (At least football season is starting!) But winter is coming, and then I …

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DIY All-Natural Bugs Spray and Remedies to Treat Bug Bites

By Fredrica Syren: As daylight and temperatures increase, we tend to spend more time outdoors. Unfortunately we’re not alone …. Bugs!!! Like it or not, they are part of summer and one part of nature that can be quite bothersome. Luckily, there are sprays and other products you can use …

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DIY Gourmet Pasta

By Larraine Roulston:  If you are searching for recipes that are both inexpensive and delicious, you might try making your own homemade pasta. Personally, I do not have a pasta machine but with flour, salt, eggs from cage-free poultry, as well as some garden herbs and olive oil on hand, …

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Benefits and Uses of Witch Hazel

By Fredrica Syren: Witch hazel, a shrub that grows in the eastern and midwestern U.S. as well parts of Canada, has been used by native Americans as medicine for a long time. It’s best known for its anti-inflammatory properties because it contains tannins that help reduce swelling and fight bacteria. …

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