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5 Things to Know Before You Build With Pallets

by Ivory Soap Green Up

I have more than a couple of friends who working warehousing and retail and shipping and all that and I’ve been quizzing them over using wood pallets. Here’s what you need to know: 1)  They aren’t always discards.  Many companies store the pallets outside before they are returned, recycled, etc.  If you take them, it […]

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7 Things You Should Know Before Making Citrus *Enzyme* Cleaner

by Ivory Soap Simplify

I have spent HOURS on the this database researching all of the possible chemical formulations of citrus cleaner and this what I found. The usual formula 1/2 cup Brown Sugar 1 teaspoon yeast 1 liter Water 2 cups Lemon and/or Orange Scraps Mix and ferment for a month.  Strain into bottle and use. Good News: It does […]

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Homeschooling Styles and How I Screwed Them Up

by Ivory Soap Simplify

There are plenty of methods out there, and many are all jazzed about their own way being the best and that anything else is garbage.  Please don’t get waylaid by the propaganda.  Almost anything will work if you stick to it (which I have obviously not done.) The goal is to find something that fits […]

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How To Start Homeschooling

by Ivory Soap Simplify

Used to, another mother looked at you like you had four heads if you said that you homeschooled.  These days, it’s akin to sainthood.  “Ooooh, I couldn’t do that!” Regardless of whether you love it or hate it, I know I was born to do it.  That’s my reason.  I can give lots and lots […]

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Handmade Gifts for First-Timers

by Ivory Soap Simplify

  If you DIY, August is the planning time for the Fall DIY season.  We need time to cure that soap and crochet those afghans.  And for newbies, it’s the time for perusing the possibilities.  What can I make that doesn’t require months of practice?  Well, good news.  I have put together a list for […]

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5 Ways to Live Seasonally in June

by Ivory Soap DIY

Farmer’s Markets are in full swing, mama animals are making tons of milk, and the produce in the garden is coming on faster than you can pick it.  Welcome to summer!  Well, technically, summer doesn’t start till June 20th, but the HEAT is already here in West Tennessee. So what can we do to live […]

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10 Things You Should Know Before Making Homemade Laundry Detergent

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

I have spent HOURS on the this database researching all of the possible chemical formulations of laundry detergent, and like dishwasher detergent, it has completely CHANGED how I make homemade laundry detergent! Cleaning Power 1. NO commercial detergents contain BORAX and WASHING SODA together. It’s an either/or.   Powder is washing soda.  Liquid detergents have borax, usually […]

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Picky Eaters: How I Reversed My Cooking Strategy and Brought Peace to the Dinner Table

by Ivory Soap Simplify

I have friends who have trained their kids to eat what’s in front of them. This is not my life. There are a few things that they don’t HATE and I can pull the whole “you sit there until you eat it,” but there are many foods that even if I force them to eat […]

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10 Things You Should Know Before Making Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

I have spent HOURS on  this database researching all of the possible chemical formulations of dishwasher detergent and it has completely CHANGED how I make homemade dishwasher detergent! Cleaning Power 1. NO commercial dishwasher detergents contain BORAX. Isn’t that nuts?  I was so surprised.  I studied the chemistry and  I wouldn’t go so far as to say […]

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3 Steps to Simplify DIY Stain Removal

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

1.  Reality Check Do you really treat stains?  I don’t.  I NOTICE stains after they’ve been through the wash.  If you aren’t an avid stain treater, you really only need a bar of soap and a faucet.  Here’s my REAL stain routine: Shoot, there’s a stain on the shirt I just put on! Can I […]

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5 Ways to Simplify Your DIY

by Ivory Soap Simplify

If you’re not paying attention, you can overwhelm yourself with “simple living.”  You can clutter up your life with so much DIY that you can’t see your way out.  DIY only simplifies your life if you keep your DIY simple. Pick double/triple duty products. DIY is empowering and fun.  It’s shouldn’t be overwhelming.  Don’t use DIY […]

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3 Steps to Simplify Your DIY Cleaning Products

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

  1.  Learn About T.A.C.T T.A.C.T. stands for Temperature, Agitation, Chemistry, and Time.  It means, the hotter the water the better it cleans.  The more elbow grease you use the better it cleans.  The stronger the chemicals are, the better it cleans.  The longer you let it soak or sit, the better it cleans. Now […]

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5 Ways to Live Seasonally In May

by Ivory Soap Simplify

1.  Find your farmer’s markets Most markets are open now. We have seven in our area. There’s one open every day of the week. Not only are there fresh greens, but the egg season has started (Valentine’s to Halloween), and the mama animals are making lots of milk. It’s time to find out what fresh […]

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Live Seasonally to Live Simply

by Ivory Soap Simplify

                  To everything, there is a season, unless you live in the burbs and the seasons are totally obscured by shipments from Mexico and California. Reduces Your To Do List Pioneer homesteaders lived seasonally.  There were no tomatoes in the winter, no acorn squash in May.  In […]

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6 Reasons Why to DIY

by Ivory Soap Simplify

1. Save Time – For real. Making your own (jelly, bread, cheese) takes just a few minutes actual work time. Most of the ‘time’ involved in household DIY is wait time, or time you can be throwing Frisbees and playing with the dog instead of driving to the store, staring at shelves trying to find […]

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