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Making Bacon Soap

We eat a lot of bacon. Even our vegetarian meals tend to have a strip of bacon. And I save every drop of grease. How could I not? I grew up with a mug of bacon grease in the fridge for frying eggs in the morning. This was ironic because we otherwise avoided animal fats (the fat-free craze was gaining speed at that time). Instead we used Imperial Margarine (Canada’s premier butter-substitute) for baking and ‘buttering’. Except for potatoes and popcorn – those were butter. I guess my parents just made this stuff up… Continue reading

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Creamy Goat Milk Soap

The city of Seattle allows some types of small farm animals to be kept on urban lots, including pot-bellied pigs, miniature goats, and chickens. Last spring I sold soap at a Goat Festival put on by Sustainable NE Seattle to … Continue reading

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This is your hair off heroin

“Commercial shampoo and conditioner are like heroin for your hair” – Umbra They call it ‘no ‘poo’. No ‘poo is washing your hair without commercial shampoos and conditioners. Yes, an alternative to shampoo is soap. No, that is not what … Continue reading

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The Value of Making Dish Soap

Tonight I was thinking about value. We make money to pay people to make things for us; food, soap, goods. Most of us don’t have time to make things for ourselves. But the truth is that we choose not to. Division of duties can be good; I’m not very interested in making my own bicycle, nor do I think I’d be very good at it. Sometimes it is much better to pay someone skilled to make something for you. But often I’m paying for something that’s not even what I want Continue reading

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