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Did you know I make my own...

I'm pretty frugal.  I'm also a bit adventurous in the DIY department.  Those are two reasons I make a lot of things myself.   A third is easy access to tutorials thanks to Pinterest, but I digress...

What do I make exactly?

Syrup!  This recipe is from a friend.  She said, "allegedly this costs .11 per batch."  I haven't done the math myself, because it passed the taste and simplicity tests.  If you are going for a low-calorie or low-sugar syrup, then this is most definitely not for you.

1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon maple extract

Bring the water and sugars to a boil, stirring constantly until it seems to be thickening.  The longer you boil - the thicker it will become, but know it will also thicken as it cools.  Remove from heat, allow to cool and add the extract.  Store in the fridge.

What else do I make?  Laundry detergent!  I have been using this recipe I found on The Yellow Brick Home via Pinterest for months now.  Love it and won't go back!

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I also make my own oven cleaner.  You can read that post here.

I have tried making my own liquid hand soap using this recipe from The Farmer's Nest (also via Pinterest).  I failed at my first attempt because I used this awesome-smelling, locally made lavender mint soap by Indigo Wild and the consistency was wrong.

Their soap is made with goat's milk and I think that had something to do with it.  I used three bars (although the recipe calls for one) and it was still too runny.  Nevertheless, I had a gallon of it and we are using it all up so I can try again.  (It works OK for a shower gel, though!)

The last thing that I make is my own lavender spray. It is great for people with curly hair as lavender has cleansing properties so it kind of cleanses and deodorizes the scalp while reviving curls.

I have also used this spray to to freshen up clothes that smell like bonfire smoke. The recipe (5 drops pure lavender oil to 2 quarts water) is from the book Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND to anyone with wavy to curly hair.  I have a copy to loan!

A final reason I enjoy making things myself?  I feel it is Eco-friendly.  I cut down on packaging by not purchasing bottle after bottle of syrup or laundry detergent.   I obviously still have to purchase ingredients, but they are either in smaller containers (maple extract), paper containers (Fels Naptha) or purchased with less frequency (washing soda).

Is there something you could buy but choose to make yourself instead?


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