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Urban Homesteaders

Growing and do things the old way. Do you grow your own vege, make soap, use herbs, cut your own firewood, long for the pioneer days where it literally came from your own back yard. If you do then this is the group for you.

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Fermentation 17 Replies

does anyone have any idea on how to ferment foods ?I know how to make ginerbeer and have found a wonderful video on youtube that take me step by step through it...but i would luv to know how to…Continue

Started by Linda Lucas. Last reply by kiwi brown Jan 24, 2013.

Trouble rolling/flaking oats

Hello everyone,I was excited to try out my new Family Flaker Mill on some hulled oats but it isn't working properly. The roller will flake wheat and rye with no trouble so there is nothing wrong with…Continue

Tags: Flaker, Mill, Family, Flaker, roller

Started by Katie Jul 26, 2012.

Making your own home cleaning products. 14 Replies

Hi AllJust wondering if people may be able to share there "How to make home cleaning products" recipes with me.Clothes washFloor washTable polishSoap (husband has sensitive skin)Oven Cleaner (and by…Continue

Started by Rachel Gardiner. Last reply by Donna Mac Rae Jun 24, 2012.

Make your own toothpaste? 5 Replies

Hi Fellow Ooooby's Does anyone out there make there own toothpaste? A friend of mine is wanting to do so but has no computer at the moment. All replies would be FABBO!!!!!! Thanks RachelContinue

Started by Rachel Gardiner. Last reply by Roxy Hart Feb 22, 2012.

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Comment by Kirsten on June 12, 2011 at 6:51pm
When i was a kid we just used a can with wire through the top, holes punched in the bottom with a nail. Put sunlight soap ends in it...free...
Comment by Fi and Steve on May 28, 2011 at 5:26am
Hi everyone,i have just found some new soapshakers,look up'the selfsuffiency store nz;they are getting someone to make them for them,$42,not cheap but they do last forever,cheers Fi
Comment by Lynn on May 20, 2011 at 8:39am
Hi Kelly...I usually do a warm wash. But would be very happy to find a recipe that would be effective in a cold wash, yes.
Comment by Kelly Ronayne on May 19, 2011 at 9:03pm
Hi Lynn, does your recipe work in a cold wash? The other recipes I've tried clump and stick to the clothes unless you use a hot wash  :-(
Comment by Lynda Wood on May 18, 2011 at 8:20pm
we used them in early eighties during high school home economics lessons - brings back memories - loved them, got a great froth. Would a tea cage do same I wonder? (built similar, have fine mesh cage and handle)
Comment by Lynn on May 18, 2011 at 8:19pm
I make my own laundry powder, Fi. Grate 1 bar sunlight soap, 2 cups washing soda, 1 cup borax (optional) and 1 cup baking soda. Mix all together  in a plastic bucket for the purpose (you don't want borax around food areas) and use 1/4 cup per wash.
Comment by Fi and Steve on May 18, 2011 at 7:34pm

Just in case folks out there are unsure what we are talking about re soap shakers,they where around in most kitchens before about 30 years ago,small metal or plastic cage with handle,mainly a small block of sunlight soap was used(lasted for ages) used instead of dishwashing liqued.The other cost saving trick our Grannie did was to grate sunlight soap instead of washing machine powder,works fine,cheers Fi

Comment by Lisa on May 17, 2011 at 10:09pm

I got mine from the Op shop. I have however seen them in $2 shops somewhere. 

 

Comment by Lynn on May 17, 2011 at 9:30pm
Hi Fi...I have been hunting high and low, second hand shops, antique shops, garage sales, junk places...and haven't been able to find one. Maybe some enterprising person will make several dozen and sell them on here?
Comment by Fi and Steve on May 17, 2011 at 8:25pm
Hi all,does anyone no where to buy soap shakers,thanks
 

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