Homemade: How-to Make Hundreds of Everyday Products Fast, Fresh, and More Naturally

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For the first time in one book, here are low-cost, all-natural replacement recipes for 713 name-brand products that you buy week in and week out at the supermarket, pharmacy, or discount store. Save a fortune making your own everyday cooking, cleaning, and toiletry products! At the same time, you’ll fill your cabinets with fresh, super high-quality products at work or taste great—without all the chemicals and preservatives of store-bought versions. Plus, ‘think green”—you will greatly reduce the amount of ...

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For the first time in one book, here are low-cost, all-natural replacement recipes for 713 name-brand products that you buy week in and week out at the supermarket, pharmacy, or discount store. Save a fortune making your own everyday cooking, cleaning, and toiletry products! At the same time, you’ll fill your cabinets with fresh, super high-quality products at work or taste great—without all the chemicals and preservatives of store-bought versions. Plus, ‘think green”—you will greatly reduce the amount of useless, environment-damaging waste and garbage—spray bottles, jars, and cans. For cleaning, laundering, and polishing, the compounds are much gentler and less damaging to drains, sewage, and septic systems.

The ingredients in most brand-name products account for only pennies of the purchaser’s dollar and rest of what you spend covers advertising, packaging, shipping, and the retailer’s overhead.

Try these easy to make recipes:

  • Food Staples: mayonnaise, peanut butter, breakfast cereals, soft drinks, soups, pickles, and jellies—save 50% on homemade salsa
  • Beauty and Health Supplies: moisturizers, facials, lip balm, aftershave, decongestant, foot powder, and PMS tea—save 90% on aftershave
  • Household Compounds: glues, wood stains, ant traps, and houseplant food
  • Cleaning Supplies and Polishes: carpet fresheners, cleaners, mildew remover, dishwasher detergent, and fabric softener—save 95% on homemade bathroom cleaner
  • Pet Supplies: liver snaps, dog shampoo, flea dip, cat litter, pet bird honey treats, and hamster fruit cup—save 73% on cat treats
  • Garden Products: fertilizer, soil conditioners, weed killer, deer repellents, and snail traps
  • And much more

Making low-cost, more natural versions of your favorite name brand grocery items is simple when you know the secrets. Homemade is your guide to saving a small fortune by making everyday household items yourself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762109043
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 2/14/2008
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 382,533
  • Product dimensions: 7.83 (w) x 9.94 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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Reader’s Digest simplifies and enriches consumers’ lives by discovering and expertly selecting the most interesting ideas, stories, experiences and products in health, home, family, food, finance and humor. Our portfolio of products includes our flagship magazine Reader's Digest; Taste of Home, the world's largest circulation food publication; The Family Handyman, America's leading source for DIY; and a suite of Enthusiast titles including Birds & Blooms, Country, Country Woman, Farm & Ranch Living and Reminisce. Our content is delivered in multi-platforms including print, digital, books, and home entertainment products. Further information about the company can be found at www.rda.com

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    Just What I needed!!

    This book is what I just needed, just more to my knowledge. Most of the remedies here, have ingredients that can be found in your pantry. Recipes vary, from homemade living/garden products to beauty products, pet care, cleaning products and, did you run out of ketchup? No worries. This book also has some info on how to make baked goods, snacks, drinks, pickled, preserved, frozen foods, and replacements for pantry staples. Does not have anything on baby food. Although this book provides a lot of info, it doesnt have ALL homemade remedies in there(theres about 702 remedies) But its definitely staying around for a long time. Buy it today, and start living a healthier green life, whithout harsh chemicals.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2009

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    Highly Recommended

    With the economy the way it is, and everyone wanting to go green, this is the perfect book. Sometimes it's easier to go green, if it means more green in your wallet. After all, the planet can't get you out of debt lol! This book is great. I've gone around the house writing on products "SAVE" so when we run out, I'll reuse that container to make a homemade version.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    Great book to get started!

    I've been into the anti-chemical movement for some time, but was having trouble fitting bigger changes into my lifestyle. This book is a nice, broad sweep of the changes you can make... from cooking, to cleaning, etc. I highly recommend folks check this out and get started being healthier today!~

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2008

    great book!

    I really enjoyed this book b/c it teaches you how to make homemade bath products, beuty products, etc. But I wished there was arecipe of how to clean Wooded floors, without using vinigar. Totally reccommended though!! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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