Do-It-Yourself: Life Off the Label

Acetaminophen: Medicine or Menace?

How often do you take medicine? How often do you give acetaminophen to your kids? Is illness and pain the result of an acetaminophen deficiency or something that needs our attention so that we can heal?

Organic Makeup

Is organic makeup worth the money? Not always . . . But don't let that deter you from reducing your exposure to chemicals. 

Homemade Deodorant

Learn why I don't race for the cure, I run from the cancer. Seriously, get rid of the Secret if you want to be Sure . . .

DIY Sauerkraut Recipe

Fermented foods like yogurt and sauerkraut are essential to gut health. Commercial brands are pasteurized, which kills the probiotic microbes. In less than 30 minutes, you can make a supply that lasts up to six months.

The Importance of Soaking Raw Nuts

Soaking raw nuts and seeds before processing or cooking is beneficial. Thinking ahead and optimally preparing will reap exponential health benefits and dynamic flavor that makes a difference.

Homemade Almond Milk

Almond milk is the easiest of all the plant milks to make. And honestly, it’s my favorite. No tedious advance preparations are necessary, though *soaking is beneficial. The flavor is so good it needs no additional ingredients.

How to Make Homemade Soy Milk

Learning how to make homemade soy milk is simple, and easily lends itself to a “system”. Whether you drink it daily or use it occasionally for baking, spending $2+/box is not necessary.

What’s the Easiest Way to Make Nut Milk? Ditch the Nut Bag…

No matter which milk you are preparing, it will need to be strained. And every recipe I read calls for using a nut bag. Either I’m doing it wrong (likely) or they left out the part where working the milk through the nut bag is akin to doing laundry on a wash board down in the creek.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Deciding to make homemade dishwashing detergent took months of consideration. Actually making it took less than 15 minutes.

How to Dry Herbs

While I ran around the kitchen trying to decide which blender or chopper would get the leaves off the stems, my daughter sat on her stool, playing with the parsley. I asked her to please “play” over a bowl. Once I’d assembled my tools, I realized I didn’t need them.

What to Do with Green Tomatoes? Make Pickles!

Every year as I prepare my garden for winter, I wonder what to do with green tomatoes. There is a special place in my heart for the little guys that work hard till the end, only to be defeated when the first frost declares “times up!”

How to Make a Homemade Fruit Fly Trap

We all hate ’em… those pesky little fruit flies. They suddenly appear and hang around that pretty little bowl of fruit you have virtuously displayed in your kitchen. So annoying. So when you have had enough and are ready to declare war, I have just the thing… a homemade Fruit Fly Trap!

How to Make Homemade Hot Pepper Sauce

End of season peppers are a dime a dozen. Found in your own garden or local farmer’s market, there are enough hot peppers this time of year to set the roof (of your mouth) on fire. Here’s a simple recipe for homemade hot pepper sauce.

How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

Learning how to make homemade laundry detergent is the easiest thing since sliced bread. And it's cheaper. My faithful brand-name (Tide) costs over $.50/load (the estimated load/box is for a small scoop, but if you wash a full load, it amounts to half of that! Like...

Easy Homemade Vegan Yogurt: No Equipment Required

  Make your own non-dairy, gluten-free (even soy-free!) vegan yogurt without a machine, thermometer or hard-to-find ingredients. This inexpensive and simple technique will bring yogurt back into your diet.   I haven't eaten much yogurt since we went vegan several...

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