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Old 02-24-2013, 02:37 PM   #1
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Is there a "Make it Yourself" Book/Guide/Resource

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I was just wondering anyone knew of a book, guide or other resource tool where I could learn how to make things myself. The types of things I am thinking about are- laundry detergent, shower and toilet cleansers, wood polish, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, makeup and makeup remover, simple furniture, dishwasher detergent, plant fertilizer, etc.

These are only the things I can think of off the top of my head. I would look each up individually on the internet, but it would be nice to have a resource where the recipes/instructions are already compiled. Thank you.
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:08 PM   #2
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I couldn't find what you're looking for, however I do remember this old thread....

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Let me know if you find it. As of now, Google is your friend and once you do each a few times it will be no big deal to remember in the future.
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:11 PM   #4
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There are many websites that discuss this "frugal" living concept. I found a few:

Do It Yourself

MaryJanesFarm | Farmgirl Connection
(look in the chatroom)

Chickens in the Road | Author Suzanne McMinn
(just printed off a recipe for a brown sugar facial scrub today)

Some of these "recipes" I find in chatrooms, and others are in blogs. Honestly, I've never found just one site that has everything - it all depends on what I'm doing.

I'd have to say for me, Google is my friend. It's just as easy for me to google what I'm looking for as it is to remember the name of a particular site I've bookmarked.

Let us know what you find.
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:12 PM   #5
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Ok..I searched again...this might help. Don't have any experience making stuff from it tho....

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Ok..I searched again...this might help. Don't have any experience making stuff from it tho....

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Cool link. Thanks.....
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This looks like what you want. Hard to go wrong for a penny.

The Formula Book: Norman Stark: 9780836206296: Amazon.com: Books
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For Plant Fertilizers and overall lawn care made from many household items, check out Jerry Baker's stuff. He has books at the library and his videos are on PBS. I found this forum about his recipes here:

Jerry Baker's recipes - Tips & Techniques Forum - GardenWeb

He has his own website that also addresses home and health too:
Jerry Baker, America's Master Gardener

I've been using his formulas for tree,shrub and lawn care for years and it works really well.
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If you want to make your own toy cannon:

Amazon.com: The Boy Mechanic: 200 Classic Things to Build (Boy Mechanics Series) (9781588165091): The Editors of Popular Mechanics: Books
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Thi is the one I am familiar with.

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Foxfire series books may contain what you are looking for and more.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:10 PM   #12
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I just google it and bookmark the various sites that come up.
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I was just wondering anyone knew of a book, guide or other resource tool where I could learn how to make things myself. The types of things I am thinking about are- laundry detergent, shower and toilet cleansers, wood polish, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, makeup and makeup remover, simple furniture, dishwasher detergent, plant fertilizer, etc.

These are only the things I can think of off the top of my head. I would look each up individually on the internet, but it would be nice to have a resource where the recipes/instructions are already compiled. Thank you.
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