July 2012

Skin Irritation, Hard Water: DIY Laundry Detergent Troubleshooting

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

Irritation and Yellowing Lots of folks choose DIY detergents for skin irritation.  But then they’re skin is still irritated!  There are no additives, right?  And why are my clothes getting dingy and yellowing? Amazingly, it’s NOT additives that get most people.  It’s the pH of the clothes when they come out.  Even with no additives, […]

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3 Things Before You Mix Baking Soda and Vinegar

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

I see so many DIY recipes where people mix baking soda and vinegar together.  The main value of this is the immediate reaction.  It lifts and breaks up dirt, but after that, what you have leftover is just salt water.  That salt has no cleaning ability beyond the mild ability to suspend hard water deposits, […]

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Weekend Links

by Ivory Soap LHITSLinky

How to Get Started with Dutch Oven Cooking:  The Morris Tribe.  I have one of these in the garage and I never tried to use it! The Dry Freeze:  Molly Makes Do.  Learn to “dry freeze” all those peaches from the farmer’s market before they go bad. How to Clean a White Sink Without Bleach: […]

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LHITS Friday Linky #9

by Ivory Soap LHITSLinky
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DIY Granite/Multipurpose Cleaner

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

by James Bowe  I hate mixing proprietary cleaners.  But, I don’t have special surfaces in my kitchen.  I like the flexibility of choosing my solvent based on my mood.  But if you have granite, marble, tile/grout as your countertops, you have limited options for safe cleaners.  But the good news is, you have limited options. […]

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Organizing Failure: #1 Mistake

by Ivory Soap Simplify

You’ve cleaned the closets, the pantry, and set out a gorgeous workout schedule and meal plan.  And it all works…for three days.  Then it all falls apart and you’re back to your old habits.  What happened? Some would say that it takes two weeks to start a new habit.  Just gut it out.  As a […]

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Baking Soda Body Care: 5 Things You Should Know

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

1.  Straight baking soda irritates sensitive skin. I have sensitive skin.   Most commercial products irritate my skin.  Baking soda is a really gentle, effective  product for sensitive skin, if  diluted by something else.  If you are using baking soda as a homemade deodorant or shampoo or body wash, be careful.  I use a dilute […]

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Must See Links of the #8 Party

by Ivory Soap LHITSLinky

Check out that pile of cans from Old World Garden Farms ! I am so jealous.   These enchiladas look fantastic! Honey-Lime Chicken Enchiladas:  On the Home Front   And I’ve never seen a prettier presentation of roasted veggies. Simple Oven-Roasted Veggies on a Bed of Pasta:  Our Homemade Happiness   A dessert that I […]

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LHITS Friday DIY Linky #8

by Ivory Soap LHITSLinky
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Book Giveaway: Cheese and Culture

by Daisy Reviews

If you are a cheese scholar, you will already have this book on your wish list: Cheese and Culture: A History of Cheese and Its Place in Western Civilization, by Paul S. Kindstedt, professor of food science in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont. He is also the codirector […]

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Body Care Essentials: 8 DIY Products

by Ivory Soap Body Care Products

Over the years doing this blog, I’ve done lots of research on DIY products.  Now, my daily ablutions are all taken care of with homemade products…’cept the cotton swabs and toothbrushes! In the Shower Baking Soda solution in old rubbing alcohol bottle (shampoo, body wash) Dilute solution of apple cider vinegar in old peroxide bottle […]

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Compost-Along: Week 8

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

When I first started my compost for this compost-along, things got real smelly real fast.  I put so many activators in there my husband remarked it smelled like the circus was in town, IN our yard.  He was right.  It was rank.  I’ve never had a stinky compost pile before, but I’ve also never had […]

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Washing Hands with Baking Soda

by Ivory Soap Body Care Products

Daisy says she’s raising apes.  If she leaves out liquid soap or bar soap by the kitchen sink, the natives attack.  She noticed however, that her Parmesan shaker can of baking soda and tea tree oil “carpet cleaner” remains untouched.  So, she started using it to wash her hands.  Even hands she thought were relatively […]

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Washing Hair with Baking Soda

by Ivory Soap Body Care Products

I finally tried washing my long hair with baking soda, and it works! The Principle of the Thing The equation of clean, as I have said many times, is: (1)Temperature + (2)Agitation + (3)Chemistry + (4)Time = CLEAN In the shower, you have hot water(1) going for you already.  Baking soda has two basic cleaning […]

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Adventures in Hatching Eggs: Pt. 5

by Daisy Barnyard

It was Day 21. THE day. It seemed like forever since I placed my order for hatching eggs, waited, got the package, waited another long day for them to “settle,” placed the eggs under a grumbling and growling Idee, and marked off 21 days on my calendar. Each day I made a big “X” to […]

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Cheesemaking Giveaway

by Daisy Z

Some months ago, I wanted to try out the cheese press I built. I found a great site for supplies and super-specific, descriptive tutorials/recipes with LOTS of photos, New England Cheesemaking Supply Company. I made their colby cheese, which turned out so good, by the way.  Aside from having lots of pans to wash, it […]

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Compost-Along: Week 7

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

This week, turn your compost. This is WORK! Why are we doing this again?? To revisit why we are going to all this trouble, I thought we’d take a look at some of the benefits of composting to keep our spirits up. Composting: Conditions and improves soil structure.  This means it turns imperfect soils (sandy, […]

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Adventures in Hatching Eggs: Pt. 4

by Daisy Barnyard

chart from Enchanted Learning All along, as we waited to see if we were going to have chicks, I had been checking chick growth charts to see what was (supposedly) going on inside those eggs.  It was day 20, and I really had no idea if any of the eggs even had chickens in there. […]

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LHITS DIY Linky #7

by Ivory Soap LHITSLinky
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Even Simpler DIY Stain Routine

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

Yesterday, I did a presentation on DIY cleaning at my local library.  I think I learned as much as they did.  Having to explain the stain routine and answer questions really helped me refine it.  The best contribution, though, was a lady who knew what old-timers used to use for enzyme cleaners before the fancy […]

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