Homemade: 707 Products to Make Yourself to Save Money and the Earth

Homemade: 707 Products to Make Yourself to Save Money and the Earth

by Editors of Reader's Digest


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Homemade: 707 Products to Make Yourself to Save Money and the Earth by Editors of Reader's Digest

Make your own pantry staples, cleaning products, pet food, health and beauty supplies, and hundreds of other household items—fast, fresh, and more naturally.

Here are low-cost, all-natural replacement recipes for more than 700 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 that 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, pasta sauce, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621453802
Publisher: Reader's Digest
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 226,804
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents


The Joy of Homemade Living 8

The Rewards of Making It Yourself 10

Creating Your Own Food Products 12

Creating Health and Beauty Products 15

Making Products for the House and Garden 19

Part 1 In the Kitchen 22

Pantry Staples 24

Breakfast Cereals 26

Condiments and Spreads 28

Salad Dressings 34

Seasonings 41

Marinades 47

Cooking Stocks 49

Sauces 52

Dessert Sauces 58

Dry Mixes 61

Pasta 62

Pickled, Preserved and Frozen Foods 64

Pickles and Relishes 66

Chutneys 74

Jams, Jellies and Marmalades 76

Frozen Vegetables 85

Frozen Fruit 88

Baked Goods You Can Make 90

Quick Breads 92

Yeast Breads 99

Muffins 107

Rols 110

Cakes 116

Pies and Meringues 123

Cookies, Slices and Brownies 128

Snacks, Nibbles and Drinks 134

Fast Foods and Snacks 136

Breakfast Treats 139

Appetizing Nibbles 143

Dips 150

Cold Drinks 154

Hot Drinks 160

Take-Out and Prepared Food 164

Deli-Style Dishes 166

Main-Dish Pies 176

Pasta Dishes 179

Soups 187

Salads 195

Easy-to-Make Sweet Treats 202

Candy 204

Custards, Mousses and Puddings 211

Fruit Desserts 217

Ice Cream 220

Frozen Yogurt 228

Ices, Granitas, Sherbets and Sorbets 230

Frozen Pops 235

Part 2 Health and Beauty Care 238

Your Own Beauty Products 240

Face Care 242

Care for Lips and Mouth 251

Shampoos, Conditioners and Rinses 254

Body Care Treatments 257

Bath Products 263

Nail, Hand and Foot Care 268

Just for Men 272

Healthy Home Remedies 274

Digestive Distress 276

Colds, Congestion and Fever 279

Bug Bits, Hives and Itching 284

Skin Outbreaks 288

Cuts, Bruises and Burns 291

Food Care Products 295

Lips and Mouth 297

Dental Care 299

Joints and Muscles 301

Women's Problems 304

Headaches 305

Anxiety and Fatigue 307

Natural Pet Care Products 310

Dog Food 312

Dog Care Products 315

Cat Food 319

Cat Care Products 322

Treats for Birds 324

Food for Other Pets 327

Part 3 Around the House 330

Clever Solutions Cleaning Products 332

General Housecleaning 334

Air Fresheners 337

Furniture Polishes 338

Mold and Mildew Removers 339

Metal Polishes 340

In the Kitchen 342

In the Laundry 345

In the Bathroom 347

Cleaning the Car 350

Useful House and Garden Products

Household Compounds 354

Craft-Making Supplies 358

Household Pest Repellents 364

Garden Helpers 368

Garden Soil Care 371

Garden Pest Deterrents 374

Houseplants 382

Index 386

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