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The Thrifty Housewife: How to prepare for doing laundry during a power outage (or dryer outage) in winter!

how to DIY your own laundry detergent

Instructions, how to make lye from wood ash

Wash hair w baking soda and vinegar. My hair has grown a ridiculous amount and is now the longest it's ever been. It also takes 4 days for it to even get SLIGHTLY greasy, where as before it would start getting greasy in less than 18 hours. I will NEVER go back to regular shampoo.

Soak orange peels in vinegar for two weeks in a sealed mason jar then pour the vinegar into a spray bottle. Use as a non-toxic and yummy smelling "green" cleaner. I love using vinegar to clean with but have always wondered how to make it smell better - can't wait to do this!

Instructions, how to make lye from wood ash

Cucumber Handmade Soap Recipe

Equipment review: The James Washer. How homesteaders wash their clothes without an electric washer.