Christmas Savings

Christmas Savings

Hey all,

With Christmas literally just days away, I got to thinking about how we go about saving money for Christmas and other times of the year. Here’s one thing we do.

As homesteaders, my family is always looking for ways to be frugal. One of the things we have started doing a few years back, is making the liquid laundry soap that the Duggar family makes. We’v.e found that it enables us to make large batches of soap fairly cheaply and we get more soap this way.

Here’s the recipe:


• 4 cups hot tap water

• 1 Fels-Naptha soap bar

• 1 cup Arm & Hammer super washing soda (not baking soda or detergent!)

• 1/2 cup borax

Preparation Instructions

1 Grate the bar of Fels-Naptha soap; place in saucepan with water over medium-high heat. Stir soap constantly until dissolved.

2 Fill half of a 5 gallon bucket (2.5 gallons) with hot tap water.

3 Add melted soap from saucepan, washing soda and borax to bucket. Stir until completely dissolved.

4 Fill remainder of bucket with hot tap water; let sit overnight.

5 (Optional: add 10-15 drops of essential oil to two gallons of concentrated soap after it has cooled.)

6 When ready to use, fill half of a clean laundry soap dispenser with the soap concentration and the other half with water. The two will form a gel.

We use 3/4ths of a cup of this to wash our clothes. It saves a lot on money. This is especially helpful in terms of all the extra things you can buy when you aren’t paying as much for laundry soap. Christmas just got easier.

Until next time,

Homestead in health ya’ll,



A New Discovery

A New Discovery

Hey all,

I try to keep a lifestyle of learning, and recently I learned something through an online class which I then tried with the Homesteadingedu web page. The class had me use the Safari app to add their website to my phone as an icon kinda like having an app. It keeps their class at my fingertips which is a good thing considering how much I’m usually up to.

It also works with our website, Homesteadingedu. The way you do this is:

1. Open the Safari app. Get it if you don’t have it.

2. Type in

3. There is a little box with an arrow sticking out of it at the bottom of your Safari app. If you click on that, it will give you a bunch of choices.

Pick add to home screen.

You’ll get this screen on your phone:

Click add.

After you add, you’ll see an icon like this on your phone.

Now that you have that icon, you can convienantly visit the blogs of all the other homesteaders of different ages and experiences, plus you can take classes from your phone if you want. I thought it was pretty cool and wanted to share. Some of our other bloggers tell some fascinating old time stories in their blogs on that site.

If you don’t have an IPhone, I would recommend using google chrome on your android.

After you type in the website, click on the three dots in the upper right hand corner. It will open this.

As with Safari, select Add to Home Page.

There you are! A quick icon to check in on our site and see all the fun stories being told there. Like I said before, we also have a variety of cool classes available and more of those on the way.

Homestead in Health Ya’ll!