Homemade Natural Dishwasher Detergent

We have been looking for quite some time for a good homemade natural dishwasher detergent. I have made recipes that came very close, but either they wouldn’t clean our dishes very well or leave a cloudy residue on our dishes no matter what rinse agent we tried.

Well, we finally found the perfect recipe!

Today, I’ll show you how to make your very own homemade natural dishwasher liquid, for pennies a load! (see the cost breakdown below)

Here is what you will need:



  • 3 Cups of Water (Tap worker works fine!)
  • 1 1/4 Cups of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (Not Baking Soda!)
  • 3 Tbs Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap (We use Peppermint and it smells amazing!) Do not substitute with other castille soaps- they are not the same
  • Regular Quart Mason Jar with a Lid

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Onion Update: We have sprouts!

Yesterday we woke up to see that several of our onion seeds have sprouted! It seems like the homemade warming mat helped a lot since the onions were “supposed” to germinate in 7-14 days according to the package, but ours germinated in only 5 days!  It was very cool to check back during the day and see more and more green poking up.  Oh, and in case you’re wondering, our mould issue on top of the soil resolved itself with the help of the holes we poked on the top of our domes!

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Our Garden Journal

We thought it would be a good idea to keep records of what we are planting and write down the outcome so we can purchase or avoid a certain seed types in the future.

We searched to see what was out there as far as a record books and we found the perfect one in the 2014 Alamanack & Garden Journal.

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Planting Onions from Seeds

It’s mid-way through February and it’s time to start planning our onions!  Our garden planning software suggests we plant indoors for 4-6 weeks before transferring them to our garden in mid-April.

The plan is to start them in bigger containers and then after 4 weeks, transferring them to bigger containers so their roots can expand and continue to grow.

Here are the materials we are using:  Miracle Gro Organic Choice Potting Mix (the only organic potting soil in town in mid-February!), two packages of McKenzie Organic Sturon Onion Seeds, two take-out type containers with lids, a spray bottle full of water and a  big bowl to mix the soil and water together.

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Our First Post – About Us

Thanks for visiting our blog and please join us as we try to transition from an average family to modern day homesteaders. Our family consists of dad Mike, mom Julie and our three children, The Giraffe, The Lone Wolf and The Bear.  For the last couple of years we have been dreaming of a more active lifestyle, a sustainable organic food supply and a small homestead of our own. Things started small, we had a small vegetable garden, did some canning, made our own soaps and household products.

Now we’ve taken the plunge and bought 6 acres to start our new life on. There’s only one catch, we have no idea what we’re doing!  We’ve read pages and pages and watched hours of YouTube videos about gardening, chickens, and sustainable living.  With a family of five, three kids, two jobs, and one limited budget it’s sure to be an adventure.