Start living cheaper, healthier, and happier!

Discussion in 'Living on the Earth' started by whitterbug2012, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. So I've taken on the roll of housewife now and I've been looking for ways we can live cheaper. I like the idea of being as self-sufficient as possible, but with the house we live in right now, we can't do it all. So I figured might as well do what I can.
    I have recipes for cleaning supplies, pet supplies(for cats, dogs, and guinea pigs), and toiletries including hair and make-up stuff. I also have a list of what we can plant inside and out in our area(the midwest) for food and medicinal purposes.

    Here is a list of the things I have recipes/instructions for:
    Disinfecting Wipes
    Non-Toxic Disinfecting Spray
    Toilet Bowl Cleaner
    Window&Mirror Cleaner
    Shower Cleaner
    Laundry Stain Remover
    Laundry Soap
    Fabric Softener
    Crayon Remover
    Ant Killer
    Mosquito Repellant
    Dish Soap
    Produce Cleaner
    Carpet Cleaner
    Dusting Spray
    Wood Furniture Polish
    Leather Furniture Polish
    Air Freshener
    Mop Solution
    Castile Soap (used for many of the above recipes)

    Shaving Cream
    Facial Cleanser
    Facial Mask
    Facial Moisturizer
    Body Wash
    Deodorant Bars
    Aloe Vera Gel

    Make-up Brush Cleaner
    Eye Make-up Remover
    Blush Powder
    Lip Balm

    Hair Gel
    Hair Spray
    Detangle Spray
    Static Guard
    Hair Mousse

    Scented Candles
    Citronella Candles
    Incense Sticks

    Cat Food
    Cat Treats
    Cat Litter
    Dog Food
    Dog Treats
    Guinea Pig Bedding
    Guinea Pig Food
    Guinea Pig Treats
    Flea Shampoo

    I shared this because I figured it might inspire some of you to try this stuff out and save some money. There are a lot of unnatural and unhealthy ingredients in the store bought versions of these things that some people would rather live without. A lot of people are surprised at all the things you can actually make/do yourself. I only have recipes for the stuff that I use, but I would be more than happy to share any and all of them.:)
  2. N.L.Baron

    N.L.Baron Member

    Have you made and tried all of the things that you have listed? I have always wanted to make soap. I read a book on the subject but have yet to get around to it.
  3. I have not made all of them yet, but I have made most of them and they've all worked great. I've been making them as we run out of their store bought versions. Soap is really easy and it's one of the most fun ones because you can play with scents. Definitely try it out if you think you'd want to, it's worth it.:)
  4. la Principessa

    la Principessa Old School HF Member

    I'd like to see the recipes. I just started using my own mixture for cleaning the counters after I make meals. It cleans well but if it gets on plastic surfaces, it leaves streaks.
  5. Bilby

    Bilby Freerangertarian Staff Member Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

    I would be interested in the sunsceen recipe.
  6. eggsprog

    eggsprog anti gang marriage HipForums Supporter

    Diluted vinegar works well :)
  7. la Principessa

    la Principessa Old School HF Member

    Yeah, that's what I use! Bit of vinegar, bit of baking soda, lot of water, squeeze of lemon. Works very well.
  8. I'd be interested in hearing what you do for air freshener and ant killer?

    Whether you wanna post it here or pm me. :)

    I also like to make various things... like toner/astringent, soaps, etc myself. :)
  9. Sorry to anyone asking for recipes, I don't have internet at my house and occasionally forget about all the stuff I used to do on it. lol
    Next time I am on I will make sure to have my book with me, it has all the recipes I've been using.

    For those of you that have recipes of your own, I'm sure we'd all love to see 'em. Everyone is different so sometimes you need to try different things to see what works best for you.
  10. Irresponsible

    Irresponsible Member

    My girlfriend and I live on fruits vegs and Kosher foods. NYC freeganists all the way kid. Pool rent money. Paying for

    super cheap food from Chinese markets
    sub/bus fare

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