Category Archives: Eco Friendly

Different Ways I Use Soapberries For A Natural Clean

by Texas Homesteader~

I was thrilled to find a soapberry tree growing in our NE Texas property. I found it far back in a remote pasture. The berries on the tree had already turned yellow in those cool autumn days.

As a matter of fact, it was the yellow orbs that attracted my attention to the three. So I took photos of the tree, leaves, bark and the berries and sent them to my extension agent for proper identification.

She reported back that the tree was a Western Soapberry Tree (or Sapindus saponaria ssp. drummondii) 

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How To Make A Cute Porch Lantern

by Texas Homesteader ~

RancherMan & I had a wonderful porch addition built to augment our back porch. Even before the porch addition, we’ve always spent our evenings out there enjoying that Texas sunset. 

And when we have company, we all naturally congregated on the back porch. But now with the addition there’s even more room to spill outside & visit. And I’ve landscaped it up (on the cheap though, y’all) so it really is an oasis!

Recently I found several cute glass jar lantern lights at various craft & antique shops when we took a fun quick trip to Granbury, Texas. Of course I thought to myself: “I can make that!”

I used an old broken flip-top jar, some gravel and a small votive candle to make the cutest porch lantern ever. Come see! #TexasHomesteader

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Zero-Waste Hygiene: Using A Safety Razor

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I’ve been on a journey toward zero waste for years. Will I ever be truly zero waste? Probably not. But I know each step I take is just that much more waste diverted. One place I was bothered mightily was the sheer waste of disposable razors.

Buy – Use – Throw Away – REPEAT… 

PLUS not remembering which replacement heads fit the particular brand of disposable razor I’d purchased weeks before meant I was replacing the whole shebangie every time. More plastic, more money, even more waste!

I wanted to try a safety razor but I was nervous. Aren’t they dangerous? Maybe I’ll cut myself?

As it turns out, all those fears were unfounded. A safety razor has been one of the most awesome (and frankly luxurious) zero-waste steps I’d taken so far.

A Safety Razor is a great zero-waste option! We've been using vintage safety razors for years with nary a cut. Don't be afraid - they take a little getting used to but they're easy to use! #TexasHomesteader

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Repurposing a Coffee Canister to a Cute, Country BreadBox

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I repurposed an empty coffee canister and turned it into a cute, country-style breadbox. I love the way it turned out. And repurposing these empty cans makes my crunchy heart happy.

Do you have an empty coffee can? Want to make your own cute bread box? Well read on, dear friends. 

I'm always repurposing those empty coffee canisters. But this time I've made an oh-so-cute country bread box. Love it! #TexasHomesteader

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Repurposing An Empty Coffee Canister: Dried Herbs

by Texas Homesteader ~

Coffee canisters are easy to repurpose for any number of things. And repurpose them we do!

Y’all know we love our coffee. We prefer Folgers to other brands of coffee. But at least their coffee canister is food-grade plastic. So in addition to other non-food repurposes, I’m able to do even more with it.

I can store large quantities of dried herbs in them.

Use those empty coffee canisters to store dried herbs. I have a huge harvest of dried rosemary stored to use in cooking & soap making. #TexasHomesteader

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