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In a survival situation, everybody has a list of things that they feel are necessities. What about the things that aren't really necessary that we take for granted everyday?  Does anybody have a "recipe" for shampoo or soap, or even something like fabric softener? 

One of the things I have thought alot about lately is canning.  If you needed to can food and didn't have or couldn't get the seals to seal the jars you could use wax.  It will seal the jar and you can save it, melt it and reuse it.

That will work my Grandmother used wax to seal jelly and jams.

My sister and I have been cutting corners since fuel cost have gone so high.  We no longer purchase laundry detergent, instead we use this age old recipe.
I store it in a quart jar and you use only 1 or 2 tablespoons of detergent depending on how dirty the clothes are. 

1 bar of Fels Naptha soap (grated fine)
1/4 c Arm & Hammer washing soda
1/4 c 20 Mule Team Borax 
Mix & store.  1 quart of this cost us about 2.00 instead of costing 15.00.  This does about 50 loads depending on if you use 1 or 2 tablespoons.

It cleans very well. 

I've been making my own household cleaning products for a while now and can post some recipes later on when I can compile them.  Most of them involve basic ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, Borax, castile soap, and essential oils (tea tree, lemon oil, etc.).  Much healthier and cheaper to use than the expensive chemical-laden branded products from the store.  My mom has made me homemade beauty/personal care products with good success on several occasions, so I can try to hit her up for recipes as well.  She can make lotion, soap, nail cream, cuticle oil, and bath oil/salts that I can think of off the top of my head.

It's kind of funny seeing how the chemical companies have tried so hard for so long to get us to adopt their products by acting as if they are vastly superior to "basic" products like baking soda.  Yet now that we are in the midst of a "green revolution" you see companies touting the virtues of simple products like baking soda!  These things worked for our grandparents, I don't see why we should be led to believe they won't work for us, except the profits are not as fat from simple products. 

I figure the more we can return to natural, inexpensive, simple products now, the easier our transition will be when the other stuff isn't available for whatever reason in the future.  Even if we just don't have the money to spare for those things.  I'll try later on this week to get a list together of some recipes to use.  I'd be interested in knowing what other homemade products people have had good success with as well.


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