Progress Report One

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progress report one

This is my first progress report here on The Homemade Experiment.  This is something I plan on making a habit of doing.  I started The Homemade Experiment as a place to try things out, and find alternatives to the chemical loaded products we use everyday.

I want to be one hundred percent honest on The Homemade Experiment.  I see it as a place for learning, sharing, and figuring out what works for each person.  I share what I've tried, I give my honest opinion and results of my latest experiments in the homemade.

I won't continue to use everything I try.  Some things are too much trouble, don't taste good (basic homemade baking soda toothpaste), don't work, or I just don't like them.

That doesn't mean they might not be right for you, and that's why I share everything I try.

These progress reports are a record of what has stuck for me.  The specific things that I have chosen to incorporate into my life, and will continue to use going forward.  Those homemade experiments that don't make it onto this list are areas where I will continue to explore new alternatives and other options.

So without further ado, my first homemade progress report.

– I'm a convert! –

These are the things I've fully switched to.  I gave their store-bought brethren the boot, and have embraced the following for everyday use:

– Hygiene –

Homemade Deodorant Powder

homemade deodorant powder

Although I have a post of six different homemade deodorant powder recipes from around the internet, the one that I find the most useful is the most basic one of them all from here at The Homemade Experiment.

I love that it can be any scent I chose, or even scent free depending on my mood, the season, or whatever is most handy at the time.  It is particularly nice because it is aluminum free (which seems to be a cause of cancer), and only has two primary ingredients: baking soda and a starch (I use arrow root powder).

I love it because it is easy, safe, and most of all it works.

– Home –

Carpet Freshener Powder

homemade carpet freshenerI will be using this carpet freshening powder ever couple of times that I vacuum.  The biggest reason I like it is because it isn't scented nearly as strongly as what you can get at the store, but it can be if that's how you like it.  And it works just as well to boot, so what's not to like.  I did try an alternative carpet freshener with borax, but I don't see the need for borax so I'm sticking with this easier homemade carpet freshener.

Essential Oil Diffuser in a Cup

homemade essential oil diffuserThis was an idea that I came up with all on my own, I bet a million people already do something similar, but at the time I was very proud of my new invention.

It is so easy to make your home smell great this way with no wax floating in the air, and nothing to sit around and take up shelf space at the risk of being nocked over by someone clumsy like yours truly.  I like it because when you're done with it everything gets put away no hot wax to worry about (not that it's really a big deal), just a cup, I like that.  Plus I don't have to buy anything new or special, and candles are expensive.

– Replacement Products –

Mason Jar Shakers

diy mason jar shakerI got a load of mason jars from my grandma, and this is an awesome way to put them to use while cutting back on plastic used in our home, and cut down on the waste that we are generating.  They are super easy to make, I recommend you go and check out how to make these mason jar shakers, you can also make them with any glass container with a metal lid if you don't have any mason jars laying around.

I've already put these shakers to use with my homemade carpet freshener and under my sink with homemade air freshener.  There are probably half a dozen other ways I will be putting these shakers to use in the near future because they are so handy and easy to make.

– Further Experimentation Required –

Basic Homemade Toothpaste

homemade toothpasteThis toothpaste works, that's about the best I can say for it.  It does get the job done, but…  It doesn't taste good.  The recipe calls for salt, and even if the salt is left out it just doesn't taste very good.  It also doesn't have the greatest consistency.  I know that's because the toothpaste is lacking a bunch of the chemicals that store bought toothpastes have.  But it's just too not quite good enough for me.

I'm sure there is a better homemade toothpaste alternative out there so I'll keep looking for it.  In the mean time I've found a natural toothpaste called Earthpaste which is made with clay and comes in some great flavors, I have wintergreen.  So far it has worked great for me.  Don't worry, I will still keep looking for a toothpaste recipe I can make myself.

*****

That's it, my first progress report.  So far I've adopted a few great homemade alternatives into my everyday life with many more to come.  Give a couple of these a try yourself, and let me know how they work out for you.

Feel free to say hi in the comments or tell me what homemade products you've fully switched to in your own life.

Thanks for reading,
– Lance

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