I want to talk a little bit about self sufficiency. Skills that we should all have if need be.
When I was younger, I had a huge aversion to what I grew up calling “Granolas”. Granola is kind of an organic, often a vegetarian or a hippy. I’m not trying to pidgin hole but in my experience that is the type of person I would categorize as a “Granola”. Second factor would be that they tended to use super holistic medicines when available and they use “all natural” whenever possible. I mean everything, natural toothpaste and shampoos, lotions, all of that. The most disturbing of these is deodorant.
Okay, so maybe the all natural deodorant might not be the issue so much as the lack thereof, ANY. All natural deodorants don’t work as well or so I’ve heard or smelled rather.
So put all that aside. I was really just making the point that there are people who have always used this stuff and not because they had to, just because they wanted to be more “organic” maybe?
I agree that using all natural ingredients is good. I feel like food tastes better generally when you cook it yourself from scratch. But sometimes with toiletries, it’s the chemicals in them that make them work better.
However, in food storage, you try to accumulate cleaning products and toiletries as you can. I try to get two of anything I buy. When something is on sale that we regularly use I buy more. But normally if I buy a tube of toothpaste, I pick up two, it just makes more sense. It helps me regularly accumulate, and toiletries and cleaning products are normally so expensive that buying in bulk is more for me to spend than I’d like, I try to focus more heavily on food and slow accumulate toiletries/cleaning products.
But let’s say you no longer have the ability to run to the store, that it’s for the long haul, or you want a more natural product that you can say you for sure know what all the ingredients, or you’d like a cheaper option than to store purchased products, and trust me, what you make will be cheaper.
Granted it may cost a bit more to begin with to make your own, buying the ingredients, I mean, for your all natural concoctions BUT what you buy will be enough to make a huge amount, that in some cases may last you a year, for your entire family.
So basically what I would like to do, is to talk about these concoctions and recipes I find, I will talk about how to make some of the basics first and add additional recipes to those entries or under those headings if/when I find them.
If you know of some awesome recipe or type of household cleaner that I haven’t added, please let me know what it is. I would love to add it. I’m also going to explore finding a longer term solution for storing home made concoctions, I am sure that I can somehow package at least some of it, to last much longer.
So as I write the entries I will link them to this page under the following bullet points: