Nontoxic homemade cleaning products

Nontoxic homemade cleaning products

homesteading non toxic cleaners

Here at the Cunningham homestead we are attempting to switch to all nontoxic homemade household cleaning agents. I have posted a few recipes on this topic in the past but today I want to talk about what supplies you need in your pantry and what they are good for. Baking soda, borax, white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, salt, castile soap, washing soda and lemons are the ones I want to talk about today. Let’s start with baking soda.

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Homemade window cleaner

Homemade window cleaner

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My mother in law has used this for years and it works great. If ammonia is too strong of a smell for you and your family substitute ½ cup white vinegar.

 

 

1/2 cup sudsy ammonia

1 pint 70% rubbing alcohol

1 tsp liquid dish detergent

water to make a gallon

 

Shake or stir and it’s ready to go

Removing plastic from the kitchen

Removing plastic from the kitchen

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The CDC found BPA in 93% of urine samples collected in 2004, this is scary because BPA mimics estrogen in the body and not only does it increase cancer cell growth but it reduces sperm count. High estrogen levels have linked it to the US’s children going through puberty at a younger age than ever.  If BPA mimics estrogen then it is safe to say that this it contributing to the problem.   The FDA has admitted that all plastic leach chemicals into our food.

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OEFFA conferance

We are going to the OEFFA conference in Feb. OEFFA stands for Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association. We will spend the weekend of the 16 + 17 of Feb filled with workshops and networking with like minded people in the state of Ohio, exciting! Be sure to let us know if you are attending we would love to meet you.

Uncooked Play Dough

Uncooked Play Dough                                   NCC

homesteading play dough

I posted an article about homemade play dough last month and I found this recipe for uncooked homemade play dough needed to share it for those in the community who are trying to save energy.

5 cups Flour

2 cups Salt

4 Tbsp Water

4 Tbsp Veggie oil

Mix flour and salt.  Add water slowly to make pliable mixture.  Add veggie oil to prevent hardening.  Powdered tempera may be added with the flour, or food coloring can be put in the water for color.  If finished artwork is to be dried, substitute 5 tablespoons of wheat paste for the oil.  Store dough in covered container or plastic bag.

Water for your emergency kit.

Water for your emergency kit.

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When an emergency happen you might not be able to count on your tap to supply the water you and family needs to survive. Prepare yourself by building a supply of water that will meet your family’s needs during an emergency.

Questions to ask yourself include:

How much water do I need?

How should I store water?

How do I prepare my own containers of water?

What should I store my water in?

How do I make my water safe to drink if it comes from outside?

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The Generosity Of Our Fellow Man

I just had 5 wisdom teeth removed (yes I am extra wise) then on the car ride home we had a tire blow out. Something I could have easily changed out myself if I had not just had surgery. So we had to change the tire on the side of the road, during below freezing weather. So homesteaders the moral of this story is, if your car is vibrating hard at every speed go have it checked out and do not drive it until the tire literally explodes at the worst possible time. Fortunately someone stopped to help us change that tire.

And to the dear man who stopped on the side of the road to help strangers, people he had never meet, and will never see again.  I THANK YOU. We usually only hear about the worst in our fellow man, and often forget of all the kindness that is in this world. This man is the reason that the world is still a great place, he is a perfect example of why I believe, we as humans are still mostly good.

How to shelter in place at home

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Why would I need to shelter in place? You would need to shelter in place in the event of a chemical accident or terrorist attack. Some chemical accidents may include chemical  biological or hazardous materials spills or leaks, terrorist attacks could be anything from a dirty bomb to the releasing of a hazardous chemical into your town.

Choose your room in advance, the best rooms are ones with as few doors and windows as possible, having its own water supply is a huge plus, the master bedroom would be idea if it will work for your family.

 

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Home Emergency Kit

Home Emergency Kit

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Water, food and clean air are necessary during an emergency. That being said each families kit will need to be different accounting for the needs of all members such as infant needs, daily medications and pet needs. This list was compiled from many different sites including FEMA, The Red Cross, and The CDC among others. Hope you find it as helpful as I did. Continue reading Home Emergency Kit