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Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. » the true cost of stuff. Often we think about cutting down on what we buy because we’d like to be frugal, and save money.

» the true cost of stuff

And I’m all for that. But there’s more to buying less. Way more. The cost of purchasing an item just scratches the surface. When we buy something, we are taking it into our homes, our lives, and we are taking on the life of another object in this world. The life of an object?

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The Frugal Life News: Make Your Own Antimicrobial Spray. I've been making my countertop and bathroom sprays for many years.

The Frugal Life News: Make Your Own Antimicrobial Spray

Now there are many recipes for homemade cleaners and that's an exciting thing! People are now more aware of the dangers of cleaning supplies and the Make Cleaning Products Safe Campaign gives us a way to participate in encouraging the manufacturers to inform the public what is in their cleaners. The post on Toxic Dryer Sheets & Cleaning Supplies makes us well aware of the dangers of these toxic products so it's nice to see more natural ones coming into the marketplace. Cheap and natural cleaning alternatives. Want to get that icky bathroom mess tidied quickly without spraying a lot of unpronounceable substances everywhere?

Cheap and natural cleaning alternatives

We've rounded up a list of gentle, effective natural cleaners that are safe for you and your family. They'll save you money while helping to protect the environment. Blast the bowl! Who needs "scrubbing bubbles" when you've got baking soda and vinegar? Wet the sides of your bowl with a toilet brush. Make your own disinfectant spray. Homemade Hand-Milled soap. How to make soap at home: 5 tips.

Until around 1916, making soap at home was commonplace.

How to make soap at home: 5 tips

Using wood or plant ashes and leftover animal fats, families produced their own soap for cleaning their clothes and themselves. During World War I, when animal fats were in limited supply, German scientists developed synthetic detergents — and commercial soap was born. Make your own natural body lotion. If you’re tired of all the chemicals and synthetic fragrances in most store-bought creams and lotions, you might want to consider making your own.

Make your own natural body lotion

Most people think that making creams and body lotions is difficult but it’s actually fairly easy. Homemade Perfume. A fine perfume can have a hundred ingredients — but sometimes simple is just as sweet.

Homemade Perfume

While you can make perfumes with combinations of essential oils, or with complex top notes, middle notes, and base notes, a delicate water-based perfume with a floral scent is deliciously direct — and an ideal gift for a romantic at heart. Not to mention that making your own perfume is a way to eliminate the harmful chemicals or preservatives often found in synthetic fragrances, such as phthalates, some of which have been shown to cause health problems.

A homemade, all-natural, water-based perfume is the best Earth-friendly option.

Recipes

The kitchen spa. Help your skin survive unpredictable weather with these two essential steps: exfoliation and moisturization.

The kitchen spa

Skin-cell buildup leads to dryness, poor circulation and blemishes. Exfoliation eliminates these dead cells, revealing fresh skin that is better able to absorb moisture. And guys, take note: While men’s skin tends to be oilier than women’s, men may be more prone to epidermal dehydration. Food: Avocado Purpose: Moisturizer The scoop: Loaded with vitamins A, B, C and E, as well as potassium and fat, avocado is the perfect moisturizer. Green chai facial toner recipe. Q.

Green chai facial toner recipe

My mother is very sensitive to chemical fragrances and synthetic ingredients, so I’ve become a homemade beauty product buff over the years. Natural face care from the fridge? Gardening through the seasons. Eating fresh food from your garden is a bit like drinking good coffee: Once you’ve had it, you can never go back to drinking freeze-dried instant or to eating tasteless fare from the frozen food aisle.

Gardening through the seasons

But what if your growing season is woefully short? (When I lived in a Colorado mountain town at an altitude of 8,750 feet, we joked that the seasons were composed of “July, August, and winter.”) Fall vegetable garden. Preparing your garden bed for winter.