Self-sufficient households; help!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by TheOLDNewChick, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. TheOLDNewChick

    TheOLDNewChick I'm an original

    Jun 12, 2007
    Tioga, Louisiana
    Alright guys. So my family is FINALLY giving into my idea of becoming more self-relient (especially after seeing this months electric bill! [​IMG]), by making our own laundry soap, of course we have the garden thing going, plus me and my dad hunt...about to hang the clothes line back out. But we wanna do more than that. I was talking to mom about a milk goat or two, but she's skeptical about how goats milk tastes...anybody care to try and explain the taste difference between goats milk and rocket fuel injected store bought cows milk? Does it have to be processed? How does that work? And Southern28Chick -- what's the general soap-making process require? Anyone grow your own animals feed? If so, what is it and how do you do it? Anyone have recipe's for homemade dishwashing & laundry detergent? Anything else y'all wanna share? Thanks, dears!!
     
  2. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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  3. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you try to do it all at once, you'll likely burn out pretty quickly.

    Soap: Find it on sale and buy a year's supply.

    Growing animal feed: Again, you can't grow bulk grains as cheaply as you can buy them. Maybe grow greens or small patches of grains and let your girls forage in them as a supplement.

    Goat's milk: If she didn't know what it was, she probably couldn't tell the difference.
     
  4. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    HomeMade Powdered Laundry Detergent

    Use ONLY 2 tsp per load! No need for fabric softner

    2 cups borax
    2 cups washing soda
    1 bar grated Fels Naptha Soap
    1 cup dry color safe bleach

    Mix all together in an empty pail and use just two tsp per load. This is a real wallet saver
     
  5. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Michigan
    How big of a load are you washing??? That would save me oodles! Gonna have to give that a try and pick up a copy of that book!
     
  6. FLchook

    FLchook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is washing soap? I like the sound of that laundry soap!! And where can I buy the Fels Naptha soap and dry bleach?'

    thanks!
     
  7. chicks for better health

    chicks for better health Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Goats milk.............At first you will notice a difference due to the fact that it hasn't been pasturized and has all of the milk fat in it. It takes only a short time to get used to it.

    If you are currently drinking skim or 2% there will be a big difference, however if you are drinking whole milk if isn't much of a change.

    Goats milk will taste very similar to cow milk prior to processing.

    Personally I miss goats milk. I haven't had any in 14 years. I raise Nubians for 6 years or so when I was growing up. They were alot of fun.
     
  8. mangled

    mangled Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I know I can get Borax and dry bleach, but where would one pick up washing soda and fels naptha? Do you get them locally or are they on-line purchases?

    Thanks in advance-
    Em
     
  9. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    washing soda is in the laundry isle right by the borax in your local walmart
    fels naptha bar soap is there as well. You grate it into the mix

    In Canada we don't have fels napha so I use the sunlight bars that are also found in the laundry isle
     
  10. Half-a-dozen

    Half-a-dozen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I know I can get Borax and dry bleach, but where would one pick up washing soda and fels naptha? Do you get them locally or are they on-line purchases?

    Thanks in advance-
    Em

    [​IMG] I'd like to know also....
     

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