Greg Harvey Interiew, Maple Syrup, Ice House, Goats, Pigs, Making Deodorant Chapstick,& Dish Washing Liquid YCH#19


An interview with Greg Harvey, we talk about maple syrup and how to do it.  What is happening on his homestead, pigs, goats, guinea fowl, pig tillers, an ice house, gardening with wood chips and hugel beds.

I had so much fun yesterday.  I made my own chap stick and deodorant.

The chap stick is absolutely luscious.  Creamy cocoa butter, coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax.  Clean and pure. Pretty easy just get a pot with boiling water,  a pyrex cup set inside.  Put in 2 tsp coconut oil (slightly less) 1-1/8 tsp cocoa butter, 3 tsp olive oil, 1-1/2 tsp beeswax, 3 vitamin E caps – or use a few drops of liquid.  Put everything except vitamin e in the pyrex and heat it in boiling water.  When it is melted squeeze the vitamin E from the caps.  Stir and put in chapstick holders. It makes 7. Delicious!!

And I am giving homeade deodorant another try.  I did it before and it burned my pits and didn’t work.  But I tried it again with shea butter, coconut oil, baking soda, and arrowroot powder. And lavender oil.  I am still waiting on my rose oil to come in.  I have some on now and it is burning slightly… So we will see!  Here is a link to the recipe, thanks Doodle: Be careful with the baking soda.  Some have aluminum.   That kind of defeats the purpose. You can buy it aluminum free from Bulk Apothecary.  I haven’t purchased from them yet.  But their prices look great.  I will update you!

This week I ran out of dishwashing liquid, so I made my own.  So easy and much cheaper than buying it.  I think it is easier on my septic system too!   Just put a little white vinegar in the rinse cycle.  It will make your dishes sparkling and help clean the mineral deposits off the pipes!  Here is the recipe:  1 cup washing soda, 1 cup borax, 1/2 cup citric acid (we will talk about this and substitutes on the podcast.), 1/2 cup salt.  This worked great. I don’t plan on buying the stuff from the store anymore!  (hmmm sounds like a country song. LOL)

And I found something I can use to de-ice my truck windows.  1 & 1/2 cups vinegar to 1/2 cup water. in a spray bottle.  It really did work much faster.  I tried it with the spray and 1/2 without.  It de-iced much quicker with the spray!




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