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Making soap: 5 tips for homemade soap

Making soap: 5 tips for homemade soap
Until around 1916, making soap at home was commonplace. 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. Homemade soap became less of a necessity, and gradually the practice dwindled. In recent years, back-to-the-landers and simple-living adherents have revived the homemade soap-making process — but it’s not only in favor with those who leave the big city for rural life or those with an anti-commercialist bent. Homemade soap is good for your wallet: you can make big batches of soap from scratch for less than it costs to buy bar after bar at your local drugstore, and you can reuse leftover bits to make new soap. Step-by-step instructions for making soap at home are widely available online and in various DIY books. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. More resources: Photo credits

How to Budget: Financial Planning on a Homestead Your Financial Budget can be made easier by using a Budget Worksheet. Photo by J&J Money. It runs the world. Love it or hate it, money is unavoidable. Despite the importance of money in so many peoples lives, budget planning is not as well taught or understood as it should be. That line of thinking is no way to live. Budgeting can be very complex, even in your home. Home Budget This article does not cover every possible concept, but if budgeting is a new process for you, this will get you thinking in the right direction and provide you the basic tool you need: some basic budget software. I decided to write this article because our LLC was officially formed this week. Yes, we plan to accept cards down the line – even I do most of my business online or with my ATM card. Here is what you need to get started for your new budget: Continue Reading for Page 2: Budget Planner Click here to watch the How to Budget Video, or watch below: Some of our similar posts: Pages: 1 2 3

Basic Knots | How to Tie Basic Knots | Animated Basic Knots Basic knots Welcome to Basic Knots The eight knots in this section are the most basic knots - the building blocks of knot tying. Select the knots from: the index above left; the pictures above; or the Basics Usage page. Selection The knots illustrate the fundamental principles of knot tying. Confusion The terms Overhand Knot, Half Hitch, and Half Knot are often confused and frequently used as though they are interchangeable. Other Sections Many of these knots have critical uses in the various other sections of this website and, when space permits, these knots are repeated there. Building a Bronze Casting Furnace Pouring the Lid & Bottom of the forge 1. Castable refractory is used to line the bottom and top of the shell. It should take at least 2600°F and should be about 2-1/2" to 3” thick on the bottom. 2. Make a cardboard ring the size of the hole in the lid and tape it into place with duct tape. 3. 4. 5. 6. In Los Angeles, refractory can be purchased through: Harbison Walker Refractories7831 Paramount Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660(562) 942-2151 Independent Foundry Supply Co 6463 Canning St, Los Angeles, CA 90040(323) 725-1051 Harbison Walker should have outlets in all the major cities - they are a worldwide manufacturer. Inswool can be purchased by the linear foot from the following websites by the linear foot (it comes 24" wide). 5 foot lengths (10 square feet), about $3/sq foot. By the foot for $8 a linear foot (2 sq ft).