DIY Dishwasher Powder

We are slowly in the process of converting everything we can in our home to a homemade equivalent. From soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, cleaning spray, beard oil, hair pomade, bath bombs, lip balm, skin balms, you name it. Something new we have tried recently is dishwasher powder – And with two kids under 3 in our home we do a lot of dishes.

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*Update*: I’ve had a couple of questions on whether this is safe to be used with septic systems and the answer is…. Yes! In fact, we have a septic tank / field system ourselves. There has been some controversy about whether powdered detergents are safe… What I can tell you is that some are and some aren’t, but the ingredients in this formulation are totally safe. The powders to avoid are commercially produced ones that contain fillers (like montmorillonite clay) which can damage septic systems.

To be on the safe side, ensure that all of your waste water flows into your septic tank before going to the field and use the hottest water possible to ensure powders dissolve completely.


We are slowly in the process of converting everything we can in our home to a homemade equivalent. From soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, cleaning spray, beard oil, hair pomade, bath bombs, lip balm, skin balms, you name it. Something new we have tried recently is dishwasher powder – And with two kids under 3 in our home we do a lot of dishes. Continue reading “DIY Dishwasher Powder”

DIY Shampoo Bars

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Recently I’ve had a lot of questions about a post I had up for a couple of days in our Instagram story (@homesteadalive) about my shampoo bars. I’ve been making them for a while now and have seen a dramatic improvement in the quality of my hair. Continue reading “DIY Shampoo Bars”

DIY Bath Bomb – So Easy!

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Some time in the recent past, I wouldn’t have even blinked at the prospect of spending $5-$10 on something as simple as a bath bomb… I’m still guilty of making frivolous purchases despite my best efforts to cut our household costs down and only spend on essentials. This is especially true when it comes to our kids – I am my own worst nightmare, I can’t say no! What makes them happy makes me happy, and what makes big H happy is BUBBLES. Bubbles of all kinds. And don’t even THINK of giving her a bath without some form of bubbles – But I’m sorry, $5 per bath is too much for me in general, and now that I’m staying at home – forget it ($5 x 30 baths a month? $150.) Sure bubble bath is cheap and kids don’t need a bath bomb every time, but they are so much more fun than just regular bubbles!

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Yummy, Treats in My Tummy! How To Make Fresh and Healthy Dog Treats

Who doesn’t like giving their dogs treats, amIright? These guys are part of the family and we want to feed them like it.

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Well ok, treats in our dogs’ tummies. Who doesn’t like giving their dogs treats, amIright? I can feel the gratitude from my dogs when they receive a treat – but all three of our dogs have struggled with weight gain after spay and neuter, and controlling what they eat is important to me. These guys are part of the family and we want to feed them like it. There are a lot of really great natural treats for dogs on the market right now but nothing is more fresh than something made in your own kitchen. We are fortunate in that our pets don’t have any allergies… but what if they did? I recently saw a call out from a local pet rescue requesting donations of treats to sell at a bake sale and wanted to contribute. It was important to me to donate products that people could feel confident feeding their pets by avoiding the use of wheat and making some free of dairy as well – Both very common allergies in dogs of all sizes and breeds.

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