30 Things to Make Instead of Buy

30 Things to Make Instead of Buy | KeeperoftheHome.org

By Brandy, Contributing Writer As homemakers, there are so many things that we can easily make at home instead of buying products that contain ingredients that are potentially harmful to our health.  And with the internet at our fingertips, ordering supplies to make a product here or there has never been so easy. I love when I walk through my favorite stores and pass right on by the baking mixes, the household cleaners, and vanilla extract, because I know I have everything I need at […]

5 Ways to Detox Your Laundry Routine

5 Ways to Detox Your Laundry Routine

By Erin Odom, contributing writer It wasn’t long after I started my natural living journey that I realized that I needed to detox my laundry routine. Most conventional laundering supplies contain dyes, perfumes and many other toxins.  At first, I simply began using a free and clear detergent. But even those are not quite as pure as they may appear. The final push for me to fully detox my laundry routine was when I made the switch to cloth diapers. When I discovered that I […]

7 Homemade Recipes I Always Make (and 7 I Don’t)

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By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer There are homemade recipes out there for just about anything.  I have tried many of them over the last few years. I consider myself a big “DIY-er” and I love to try anything I run across, or create my own recipe for anything I can.  Sometimes, it doesn’t last past that initial experiment — I really only do it that one time.  Other times, it becomes part of my normal routine and I do it over and over again. Some […]

Homemade Condiments for Fantastic Summer Barbecues (with 4 Recipes!)

Homemade Condiments for Fantastic Summer Barbecues from KeeperOfTheHome.org

By Kresha, Contributing Writer The summer holidays are just about to be upon us in North America and with them come summer barbecues. Oh, goodness, I love summer…. ::sigh:: With Memorial Day in the U.S. and Victoria Day in Canada just around the corner, summer picnics, pool parties, and backyard barbecues will soon be in full swing. But as conscientious mothers and homemakers, there is a niggling question: In striving to feed our families healthy, nourishing whole foods, we often focus on the big food […]

How to Make Mayonnaise

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Today I’m going to share my favorite mayonnaise recipe and give you the details on how I make it. It’s not complicated, but it does take a little patience. The first time I made mayonnaise it was a complete flop. I rushed it, and well, I never actually got mayonnaise. Since then I’ve tried a few different methods and have settled on the one that works best for me. If you’ve attempted to make mayonnaise before and it didn’t […]

Simple Steps to Safe and Natural Personal Care {And 18 Homemade Beauty Recipes}

Simple Steps to Safe and Natural Personal Care {With 18 Homemade Beauty Recipes}

By Emily, Contributing Writer As you’re beginning your journey toward more green and natural living, one surprising thing you will most likely encounter early on is the truth about the dangerous chemicals and toxins lurking in the personal care and beauty products you use every single day. This knowledge can be somewhat shocking and overwhelming at first. I know it was for me! I specifically remember what I first thought upon hearing about the EWG’s Cosmetic Safety Database, where they score personal care products based […]

Healthy, Homemade Food for a Crowd

Healthy, Homemade Food for a Crowd

By Brandy, Contributing Writer When it comes to feeding a crowd, I need look no further than my own kitchen.  And when it comes to social gatherings, I’m usually not the least bit intimidated about the large amounts of food needing to be prepared. So many times, we think it’s much easier, and therefore really tempting, to simply grab ready-made food from the store.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  There are many homemade foods that can be whipped up in a snap […]

25 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil Uses

By Rachel, Contributing Writer Today we’re talking about an essential oil that you’ve probably heard of before or have even seen in recipes for homemade cleaners here at Keeper of the Home: tea tree oil. Tea tree has such a diversity of usefulness that’s both practical and convenient that you’ll never want to live without it again! And the good news is that it is very inexpensive in comparison to other essential oils. photo credit What is Tea Tree Oil? Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca alternifoliais, is an […]