Self Sufficiency

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I’ve learned that being prepared includes learning skills in addition to storing supplies.  I found it is fun, and helps you save money at the same time.   These projects are easily done in an apartment or small house, at very little cost.  Here are a few easy projects that I’ve done:

Homemade Vanilla

Growing Herbs


Yogurt Making

Make your own Cleaning Supplies

Basic Shoe Care

Preserving Eggs

Homemade Liquid Soap (from a Soap Bar)

Homemade Dishwashing Detergent

Easiest Homemade Laundry Detergent

Off-Grid Laundry

Sprouting – How to Grow Fresh Food Fast in Very Little Space

Drying Herbs without a Food Dehydrator

Home Remedy for Sinus Allergy Sufferers

How to Brew Coffee without Electricity

How to Make Banana Muffins without an Electric Mixer

How to Cook Dried Beans

Make Your Own Moisturizing Salve



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15 thoughts on “Self Sufficiency

  1. Thanks for all the instructions. I was just talking to my wife that we needed to move toward using homemade cleaning supplies. Again, thanks.

  2. As for homemade cleaner that I use first of all you need to get 32 ounce spray bottles from a Janitor supply store and they are cheap I got two with high capacity sprayers as well as the 32 ounce bottle for about $7 and two with regular capacity sprayers for about $5 since the recepies that I am giving you are based on 32 ounces. The cleaners that I make I use to clean bathroom except for the Ammonia and water mixture that I use a general purpose cleaner. First of all the cleaner that I use for the shower stall and bath tub:

    15 ounces of water
    15 ounces of White distilled vinegar
    2 ounces of liquid dish soap

    for the counter top, sink and toilet:

    16 ounces of water
    16 ounces of Ammonia

    for inside of the toilet bowl and this I do not use a spray bottle for I just ad the items directly to the toilet bowl than I scrub with a toilet bowl brush

    2 cups white distilled vinegar
    2 cups borax

    for the mirrors and I use a spray bottle for the mirror as well

    16 ounces of water
    16 ounces of White distilled vinegar

    Also I use microfiber cleaning clothes to wipe off the cleaner and they can be washed in a washing machine and used again just do not and I repeat do not use fabric softer when you wash the microfiber cleaning clothes.

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  4. Living in a condo does not give you room to follow what is suggested in almost every survival guide I’ve come across. I am so glad to find your site! I was beginning to wonder if the survival guides were for only those who could live in the country, etc. I am looking forward to learning a lot from this site.


  5. Bernie:

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    Your interview can be recorded when it’s convenient for you.

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    “Preparing America–One Family at A Time”

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  7. Hey great info here. I have tried a lot of these already and most of them work great. One great thing about making your own is that you know exactly what is in it. Thanks again

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